Living in Chesapeake

If you’re interested in scenery and love the outdoors, a Chesapeake home may be the right move for you. Chesapeake is one of the seven cities that make up Hampton Roads, or as some call it Coastal Virginia. Neighborhoods include Deep Creek in South Chesapeake -- which touches the North Carolina border and offers a rural lifestyle -- as well as Great Bridge, Greenbrier, Indian River, South Norfolk and Western Branch. Chesapeake is conveniently located to the rest of Hampton Roads and is known for being a safe city where people know their neighbors.


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There is plenty for families to do. The Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission educates the community about music, architecture, drama, dance, painting, and sculpture as well as hosts “Food Trucks on the Square.” In the summer, listen to live bands at the Towne Place at Greenbrier Summer Concert Series or view the heavens with the Back Bay Amateur Astronomers. History buffs will love that this area was one of the first to be settled in the state’s colonial era and is known locally for The 1775 Battle of Great Bridge during the American Revolutionary War.

The city is known for great schools, libraries, and city recreation programs including seven high schools that are recognized regionally for excellent academic and athletic programs. In the fall, children can participate in the city’s football and cheerleading programs. The Chesapeake City Park has 60 acres of open space and 30 acres of reforested pine trees. There are dog parks, the Fun Forest playground for kids, horseshoe courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts, an outdoor fitness area, a skate park, and a walking trail. Paintball, boating, and horseback riding are also popular activities in Chesapeake.

The Outdoors

Love water sports or the outdoors? The Dismal Swamp Canal runs through Chesapeake and is a great place for bike rides, hiking, and boating. The site was originally surveyed by George Washington and is the oldest continuously used man-made canal -- in use for over 230 years. The Oak Grove Lake Park features paddle-boarding, kayaking, fishing, a play area, picnic shelters with grills, and a 1.5-mile trail that runs around the 65-acre lake. Triple R Ranch is very well known throughout the region to summer campers with fourteen cabins, archery and shooting ranges, swimming pool, climbing wall, plus seventy horses and other assorted animals. Speaking of outdoor children’s activities, Chesapeake is also home to the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast headquarters. They serve more than 11,000 girls throughout southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.

The Intracoastal Waterway passes through the area making Chesapeake known for its drawbridges. In the spring and summer, Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism host the event “Rolling on the River” twice a month at Elizabeth River Park. Since 2008, the Sustainable Chesapeake Initiative has worked to ensure the area continues to be environmentally sustainable to protect Chesapeake’s iconic outdoor settings.

The Economy

All this water isn’t just for fun and play. The city boasts frontage and port facilities on the Elizabeth River. Chesapeake is home to Dollar Tree, QVC and Cox Communications headquarters. Top employers include the city of Chesapeake, the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, LTD Hospitality Group, Sentara Healthcare, HSBC Finance, and Hewlett-Packard. There are two Navy bases in the area: Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress and the Northwest Annex. Chesapeake is also a great area for non-profits. Hampton Roads has an important relationship with the military and is home to The Combat Wounded Coalition. Their vision is to ensure every wounded warrior has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Restaurants and Amenities

Chesapeake has several centrally located shopping centers and citizens enjoy dining in locally owned restaurants. Since 2007, The Egg Bistro has been a local staple. The classic American steakhouse, The Butcher’s Son, serves beef, pork, and poultry that is antibiotic free, hormone free, humanely treated, and locally harvested. At Off The Hook Seafood Restaurant, you’ll find fresh and local seafood, prime cut meats, fresh produce, and a New England style clam chowder. For authentic Jamaican jerk barbecue visit Cutlass Grille and for the most authentic sushi in Hampton Roads, Daikichi Sushi Japanese. Other neighborhood favorites include The Amber Lantern, Passion, Courthouse Cafe (locals love Prime Rib night), Winston’s Cafe, Wicker’s Crab Pot, Ddeb’s - A Taste of Home, just to name a few.

Homes in Chesapeake include historic farmhouses and Victorian older homes, as well as modern ranches and craftsman style houses. There are also several planned communities offering new construction with open floor plans and custom builds. Fieldstone is a premier new home community off of Elbow Road. Many residents find that buying a home in Chesapeake is a great value, and they can easily commute to nearby cities. Plus, Chesapeake is known for low traffic (except near the drawbridges). Whether you call it Coastal Virginia, Hampton Roads or Tidewater, we hope that you will call this region “home”. Let us help you find your home here.

  • Population: 237,940
  • Average Home Value: $267,100
  • Median household income: $72,928
  • Average resident age: 36.9 years
  • Median condo/ home value: $267,100
  • Median gross rent: $1,184

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