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Where to Retire in Virginia Beach and Home Prices

Virgina Beach is made up of several communities and neighborhoods, and offers many condo developments, timeshares, single family homes and military housing. Homes close to the the water are pricey.  The National Association of Realtors reports the median sale price of a home in the Virginia Beach, Norfork, Newport News VA-NC area was $235,000 in the second quarter of 2018.

What is special about Virginia Beach

Miles of beautiful beaches and a three mile boardwalk make Virginia Beach special.  The boardwalk has a bike path and features outdoor cafes, music, and entertainment; over 200 parks offer all types of outdoor recreation and programs, and its park system has been recognized as one of the best in the the United States; The Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is an 8,000-acre fresh water refuge, and two state parks offer camping, outdoor recreation and nature tours; along with a plethora of outdoor activities, Virginia Beach is also home to museums, art galleries, historical sites, and a perfoming arts center. 

What is not special about Virginia Beach

The summer months bring many tourists, vacationers, and traffic congestion;  in some Virginia Beach neighborhoods jet noise from Oceana, the large Naval Air Station, is quite noticeable.

Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 44 degrees, with July's average at 79 degrees. Snow does occur here but totals less than six inches during the winter months. It is not usually in the path of hurricanes and major tropical storms, with the exception of Hurricane Isabel in 2003.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

As a tourist destination, there are hundreds of restaurants and entertainment venues in Virginia Beach, along with over 4,000 acres of parks;  The Virginia Beach Amphitheater presents concerts with popular performers, and The Sandler Center is a 1200-seat performing arts theatre; the town is also home to 18 historical sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, along with The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, The Virginia Aquarium and and Marine Science Center, and the Military Aviation Museum located at the Virginia Beach Airport.

Crime

The crime rate in Virgina Beach has been in a steady decline the past several years, and is now below the national average.

Medical facilities

Virginia Beach is served by Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and by Sentara Princess Anne Hospital.  There is a VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) here and a VA Medical Center about 30 miles away in Hampton.

Transportation

Hampton Roads Transit provides public transportation for the region; Norfolk International Airport is about 20 miles away; Virginia Beach has been named a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze Level by the League of American Bicyclists.

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