The city of Norfolk is made up of a diverse population. There are pockets of really nice neighborhoods, along with pockets of not so safe areas. Norfolk is known for its old historic colonial style homes. Norfolk definitely has a different look than Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and other areas. It has a lot of charm. Norfolk also has a bustling downtown area with skyscrapers, McAurthur shopping mall, and lots of restaurants. Granby Street is the main street in downtown Norfolk that has shops, restaurants, and bars. During the day, it’s a great place to shop at MacArthur Mall then grab a bite to eat on Granby Street. At night, Granby Street transforms into a great place for nightlife where you can bar hop from hip martini bars to cozy sports lounges. Another popular area in Norfolk is Colley Avenue and 21street. Old Dominion University is just North of this area which has a mix between young college students and families who live nearby.
Popular Neighborhoods in Norfolk
Larchmont, Ghent, East Beach, Colonial Place, Lafayette Shores, Riverpoint, Talbot Park, and a lot of new condo and apartments near Granby and 21st Street. Read reviews about neighborhoods near Norfolk.
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Commute Times from Neighborhoods in Norfolk
Norfolk Naval Station: 10-20 minutes
Little Creek Base: 10- 20 minutes
NAS Oceana/Dam Neck Base: 30 minutes
Portsmouth Naval Hospital: 15-20 minutes, tunnel and a toll
Joint Forces in Suffolk: 30 – 40 minutes, tunnel and a toll
Langley AFB/Ft Eustis – Must use a tunnel. Read about the tunnel systems and traffic patterns.
Norfolk Public Schools
Norfolk Public School system is good, but it seems the elementary schools in the nicer neighborhoods are good, but the high schools draw from a diverse population. However, many military kids do great in these environments, it’s what fits your child’s needs and learning style that is important. Check out the schools and see if it’s a good fit for your kids.
Private schools such as Ghent Montessori, St. Gregory, Christ the King, Norfolk Christian, Norfolk Academy, and Norfolk Collegiate, are great options for your kids.
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