[This is Part 4 in a series about places to live near in Hampton Roads, Virginia]
Whether you are stationed at Norfolk Naval Base (NOB), Portsmouth Naval Hospital, NAS Oceana, or Portsmouth Shipyards, there are a lot of fun areas to visit while living in Hampton Roads. If you are PCSing to Hampton Roads soon, you might want to check out these different areas when house hunting. Lots of military families live near these great landmarks.
- Find Off Base Housing near NAS Oceana
Granby Street in Norfolk, VA
Colley Avenue & 21st Street in Norfolk, VA
Shore Drive Area in Virginia Beach, VA
First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Rudee's Inlet near Virginia Beach, VA
#7 Red Wing Park near Virginia Beach, VA
#8 Red Mill Commons Shopping Center in Virginia Beach, VA
#9 Sandbridge Beach in Virginia Beach, VA
Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach, VA
Landstown Commons Shopping Center in Virginia Beach, VA
Town Center in Virginia Beach, VA
Greenbrier Shopping Center in Chesapeake, VA
Harbour View in Suffolk, VA
#7 Red Wing Park
Virginia Beach, VA
Red Wing Park is a great place to throw the football and run around. Facilities include four tennis courts, a basketball court, four volleyball courts, two handball/racquetball courts, badminton courts, horseshoe pits, five shelters, three playground areas, three softball fields, nature trails, four gardens, picnic areas, grills, a dog park, open fields, vending machines, restrooms, and wooded areas. Â If you live near NAS Oceana or Damn Neck Base and are looking for a good park, check out Red Wing Park.
Nearby Neighborhoods: Park Place (note: this is NOT Park Place of Norfolk which is a government subsidized neighborhood)
#8 Red Mill Commons Shopping Center
Virginia Beach, VA
Red Mill Commons Shopping Center is located off Nimmo Parkway and Uptown Drive. This is a great shopping center for families who live around NAS Oceana or Damn Neck Base. Popular shops include Michaels Art's and Crafts, Pier 1, TJ Maxx, Walmart, Home Depot, Target, Hot Yoga, Panera, Buffalo Wild Wings, and much much more.
Nearby Neighborhoods: Red Mill Farms, South Shore Estates, Uptown Estates, Pine Meadows, Fieldstone Glen, Ocean Lakes, LagoMar, and Sherwood Lakes.
See neighborhood reviews and photos near Red Mill Commons Shopping Center.
#9 Sandbridge Beach
Virginia Beach, VA
Sandbridge Beach is located southeast of NAS Oceana. During the summer, this beach is a hot spot for family rentals. One of the benefits to Sandbridge Beach is you can fly into Norfolk Airport (ORF) and drive 40 minutes and arrive at your beach rental. As it tries to compete with the Outer Banks of North Carolina, it's location is probably it's best selling feature. The beach is nice, but it's only about 5 miles long, so it doesn't compare to the size of the Outer Banks. We rented a 5 bedroom house last summer and it was great for our extended family and there are lots of grocery stores and shopping nearby. It's just 10 minutes from Red Mill Commons shopping center where there is a Walmart, Target, and many other stores.
In my opinion, Sandbridge Beach is a great vacation spot, but I wouldn't live there if I was stationed in Virginia Beach. It's a 10 minute drive to just leave the beach and reach civilization. However, if you are looking for temporary housing in Hampton Roads, Sandbridge might be the answer for you. The winter rentals are very cheap and most houses are furnished. Check out what they have to offer at Sandbridge Realty.
Read Sandbridge beach reviews.
NOTE: No matter where you chose to live in Hampton Roads, make sure you think about how the tunnel systems will affect your commute.
(Read Part 3 about #5 Virginia Beach Oceanfront and #6 Rudee's Inlet &
Part 5 about #10 Mt. Trashmore, #11 Landstown Commons, #12 Town Center)
Where do you recommend living in Virginia Beach?