We Serve the Greater Hampton Roads Area

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We know our strategy works, and we hope each one of our customers can experience that strategy firsthand.

By realizing that each person and property has unique needs, Keyrenter is able to find the right tenants, perform proper maintenance, and much more so you can reap the benefits you deserve.

We currently provide our services to select areas in the Hampton Roads area but may expand to others down the road.

Cities We Serve

Norfolk

Virginia Beach

Chesapeake

Located less than an hour away from Virginia Beach, Chesapeake is the second-largest city by land area in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is also the third most populated city in the state, with an estimated population of 238,000. It is a very young city, becoming independent from Norfolk county in 1963, which itself dated back to 1691. Despite being in its youth, Chesapeake was voted 21st best city in America by Bloomberg Businessweek, in 2011.

The US Census Bureau reports the Median Household Income between 2012-2016 was $69,978 and that the poverty level is well below the national average. From the same Census report it is reported that the median home value in this Virginia community is $256,500 and that the average cost for the rent of a 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom house is $1,400-$1,800 a month.Education

Besides reasonable housing and income, the education is great for students of all ages. With 48 public schools in the district it brings the class size to an average of 15 students per classroom, making it easier to learn without over-crowding issues. For an advanced education right out of high school, there are also institutes of higher learning located right in Chesapeake including the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Kee Business College and Tidewater Tech.

Entertainment

The large urban community has a variety of entertainment for all ages and families. In the heart of the city is the Arboretum. The arboretum is a 48-acre “Nature’s Classroom” dedicated to horticulture and environmental awareness. It is home to Virginia’s most impressive trail system that includes 8 bridges, a 3-acre lake and several picnic areas along the way.

For more outdoor fun there are several parks to choose from including the Fun Forest. Fun Forest is a 3-acre city park dedicated as the ultimate children’s playground. It was originally built in 1995 by over 1,800 volunteers and was the winner of the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society “Best New Facility in Virginia”, in 1996. There is something for everyone here, including an area for older children that encourages gross motor-skill development. Many of the attractions are also handicapped accessible to really make it a place for everyone.

The city also boasts its own Planetarium. In 1963, the school board funded the building of the Planetarium as result of the National Defense Education Act (NDEA). It was built as a teaching aid for the school system but has been made available for the general public as well. The public is invited every Thursday night to attend free educational programs, which change every month to give the individuals a general overview of astronomy.

Another fun place to go is to the Chilled Ponds Ice Sports Complex, home of the Whaler Nation Hockey. This 90,000 square foot facility homes two full sized ice surfaces. They offer nights of public ice skating as well as nights dedicated to hockey games for all ages. They also have programs to teach people basic ice skating, teach you how to play hockey and even classes to learn figure skating. Chilled Ponds also accepts reservations for private and public parties and events.

Historical Sites

If you want to live near history, this city has plenty of it. They have the Great Bridge, which is the original site of the Battle of Great Bridge on December 9, 1775. This legendary battle helped solidify the Continental Army’s reclaim on the state and drive the British Government from the colony. The bridge as well as a park dedicated to the battle are on the, appropriately named, Historic Way. The parks has many monuments surrounded by nice scenery to make it the perfect place for events and learning about our nation’s history while you are there. The first Saturday and Sunday of every December they have a two-day reenactment of the Battle of Great Bridge for the public to watch and participate in.

In front of the City Hall on the municipal center grounds is the Chesapeake Veteran’s Memorial. The memorial is made of a marble structure and more than 1,800 individual memorial pavers. It has been placed here to commemorate the service and sacrifice of the citizens and loved ones from this city who are serving, or have served, in all branches of the military. The memorial groundbreaking was held in conjunction with the Memorial Day Ceremony on May 30,2002. Every Memorial Day since then they have had a ceremony on that very site.

Portsmouth

Lovers of naval history will find themselves right at home in the charming and historic hamlet of Portsmouth, Virginia. One of the towns in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, Portsmouth is home to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (commonly known as the Norfolk Navy Yard), as well as an expansive maritime museum and a bustling riverfront. Read on to learn more about what life has to offer in this cozy corner of Virginia, including housing costs, what residents are currently earning, all the can’t-miss destinations, and much more.

Average Annual Income

Yearly income is on the rise, with an April 2018 survey showing an average annual salary of just over $40,000 for residents–an increase of 1.5 percent over the previous year. The salary range for the area is quite broad, from $33,000 to $208,000.

Median Home Price

A home in this town will cost, on average, $148,600. Be forewarned that prices have risen over 5 percent in the past year and are expected to increase still further in the months to come–an estimated 2 percent more. Given the annual income that a resident can expect to earn, this isn’t out of keeping with industry standards, but it’s something to consider nonetheless.

Average Monthly Rent

A 2-bedroom apartment will run about $920. Smaller digs will naturally be somewhat less expensive, about $873 for a one-bedroom pad, and $740 for a studio.

Best Neighborhoods

According to Neighborhood Scout, the town’s three most expensive neighborhoods are Waterview, Sterling Point/Briarwood, and West Norfolk. Does this make them the best? That’s up to the individual, of course. Here’s a brief primer on each, to help along the decision-making process.

Waterview

Located along the western branch of the Elizabeth River, Waterview has a rich 250-year history and a selection of beautiful homes, most built between 1920 and 1950. The Waterview Civic League has set up a handy website, with a section that helps new arrivals with basics such as gas and electricity suppliers, trash removal, cable and internet, and the like. Neighbors like these can help to alleviate the hefty price tag.

Sterling Point/Briarwood

Families with young children will no doubt appreciate the educational opportunities offered at Churchland Elementary School, one of the best such schools in the region. This academic powerhouse is one of the main reasons why homes in the neighborhood skew higher, but as with Waterview, it’s for a good cause.

West Norfolk

Residents of West Norfolk tend to be active on Next Door, a convenient website that encourages conviviality between neighbors by keeping a live roster of upcoming events. Those who enjoy a lively neighborhood vibe would be right at home here, despite the relatively high cost of living.
Historic Landmarks

The commonwealth of Virginia is richly steeped in US history, and this town is no exception. Olde Towne alone contains an impressive collection of antique homes, with over 300 years of memories just waiting to be explored. Visit the one where Benedict Arnold was allegedly once held captive, or the one that was used as an apothecary for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.

Popular Activities

A stroll along the Seawall is always a welcome diversion, as is a shopping expedition to historic Olde Towne. Visit the tourist website for a comprehensive list of the area’s shops and markets, as well as insider tips on the best places to dine.

The Nauticus Maritime Museum is an enthralling place to spend the day, for folks of any age. This evolving marine-oriented facility offers many exciting tours and exhibits, including a guided tour around the engine room of the battleship Wisconsin. Note that the museum is closed on Mondays.

While Virginia is certainly best-known for its naval connotations, there’s plenty to delight the art lovers as well. The Chrysler Museum, founded by the son of automobile tycoon Walter Chrysler, is home to a number of remarkable works of art–it even has a glass studio, offering classes and workshops on select days. The gallery includes pieces by Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, and many more.

When local folks become tired out from all this activity, they head over to Town Point Park in nearby Norfolk. This 7-acre waterfront park, located on the Elizabeth River, is the ideal meeting place or picnic spot, and buzzes with activity most weekends of the year.

In conclusion, Portsmouth is a splendid area to visit, and an even better place to settle down. Best of all, the friendly folks who already call the place home are ready and eager to welcome new arrivals. Come and experience the best that this unique section of America has to offer.

Suffolk

Suffolk was founded in 1742 by English colonists and was used as a port town on the Nansemond River. There are miles of waterfront property here whether it is on the Nansemond river or on the James River. It is the largest city in Virginia by area and the 14th largest in the country at over 400 square miles. Virginia offers a certain calming wildlife experience, and Suffolk captures that while still offering much more. You can enjoy the diverse wildlife at Lake Drummond as well as in the Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve, but you can also find dozens of amazing places to eat. There are museums like the Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum that offer unique experiences as well as bars like the Brick and Mortar Brewery that brews its own beers. There are three different golf courses to try out as well as a center for cultural arts that you can go see performances. They also offer spas, an art gallery, batting cages and more. You will always have something new to try and experience.

Places of Interest

Peanuts are a major industry here and in the surrounding areas. Planters Peanuts was established here in 1912 and it is considered the birthplace of Mr. Peanut. The Planters Peanut Center is located here, and there are dozens of places to see. Bay point farm is a historic home that you can see that was the home of Amedeo Obici, the Planters Nut and Chocolate Company founder. It is a two-story Italian renaissance style house that looks over the Nansemond River.

Suffolk historic district is a must-see part of this city that encompasses 514 buildings including the Old Post Office, Nansemond County Courthouse, and a variety of church houses. These beautiful buildings were built as early as the 1700s and have many different architectural styles including Greek Revival, Queen Anne, and Bungalow.

Two high schools are also in this district. This district also has Virginia Apartments which offer a place to live in this historic district. The Riddick house or Riddick’s folly is located here. It was built in 1837 and during the American Civil War, General John J. Peck and his staff maintained Union Army staff headquarters here in the house. The wealth of history in this district is vast and will keep you entertained for a very long time.

Housing and Living

The median home value here is $231,000 and home values here have gone up 4.3% over the past year. The median list price per square foot here is $127 while the median rent price is $1,500 per month. It has a population of 90,237 as of July 2017 with a median household income of $65,435. 26.59% of adults 25 and older here have at least a bachelor’s degree which puts the overall education level in this city higher than the average US city. There are 2.76 violent crimes per 1,000 residents which is a rate below the national median at 4. More than that, the murder, rape, robbery, and assault rates are all individually lower than the national average. It is a safe community and a place that you could raise a family or live alone and know that you will be okay. This is a thriving city with a diverse population. People who live here describe themselves as belonging to a combination of racial and ethnic groups. Most residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American but racial groups include English, Irish, African, and Italian.

Summary

This is a city that is full of history, wildlife wonders, and entertainment. If you love the beauty of Virginia but do not want to miss out on any of the nightlife activities and entertainment that the world has to offer, look no further than Suffolk. You can see a performance one night, go to a museum the next night, and go enjoy the great outdoors on the next night without needing to travel outside of your own city. It is a city that is accommodating and enticing for all ages because of this wide range of entertainment. It is an affordable place to live whether you are renting or buying, and a place that you can make a decent salary while you are surrounded by like-minded individuals. This is a city that you can be sheltered from crimes that are prevalent elsewhere, enjoy the outdoors, and enjoy various restaurants and entertainment. Living in this paradise is entirely possible for you.

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Hampton

The Mid-Atlantic city of Hampton, Virginia is sits on the south east end Virginia’s peninsula and is home to an estimated 135,000 people, based on the most recent US Census Report. This Hampton Roads community is one of seven foremost cities in Virginia. The city of Hampton is one of America’s oldest cities having been established over 400 years ago. This thriving city is a modern technology mecca build on a foundation of classic American history and old-fashioned values. The city sprawls 51.41 square miles and with an estimated 2,673.2 people per square mile respectively.

The median household income is $49,890 with 24% of the population holding bachelor’s degrees or higher. The economic make-up in the area is a blend of military and civilian professions. 61% of the civilian workforce primarily work in manufacturing, healthcare, retail and food service, based on US census reports.United States history is strong in this region. Captain John Smith with one of the first to set foot on what is now US soil. Along with various other settlers Fort Comfort, now called Old Point Comfort, was established and the community blossomed. Over time it developed into one of the most active Atlantic seaport destinations. The first Africans entered the port in the early 1600s and the destination is rich in African culture and heritage.

In 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) trained the first group of astronauts for their journey into space here. The Langley Airforce base and Langley NASA are a driving force in space and aeronautical aviation and based in this seaside community.

The local parks, beaches and recreational options are endless. Fishing, hunting and nature trails are plentiful. Bethel Park is a local favorite and set on Langley Air Force Base. There are many outdoor options to enjoy at Bethal Park and features baseball fields, fishing, volleyball and hiking trails. Buckroe Beach Park is ideal destination for the beachcomber. Set along the Chesapeake Bay the beach spans approximately three quarters of a mile and is a favorite summer destination for the locals and vacationers alike.

The coastal region is a popular vacation destination is a draw for tourists throughout the summer and year-round. Beachside rentals, bed and breakfasts and variety of local hotels are available to suit any travelers need. The Magnolia House is a popular B&B as well as a popular wedding destination.

There is a rich food culture in this coastal market. Foodies and oenophiles have much to enjoy. The farm to table movement is in full swing with local farmers markets active such as Dean & Don’s Farm Market, to a variety of seaside restaurants and downtown gems such as Park Lane Tavern, The Barking Dog and The Deadrise. For those interested in the brewery scene local craftsman at Bull Island Brewing Company and St. George Brewing Company are building the brewery culture in this seaside Virginia town.

The city is rich in arts and culture. The Arts and Cultural District is a hub of collaborative artists, museums, theaters and musicians. The city is focused on developing the local artisan culture and providing financial incentives for bringing new business to the community. Charles H. Taylor Art Center, 670 Gallery and Elixir Sensory Art Gallery are establishing the community as a mecca for fine art and culture. Local businesses like Barrel-Art are cultivating a niche for custom furniture design.

Hampton Coliseum is the area’s largest concert and event venue and his home to local high school and college graduations, home shows and music concerts. The annual Hampton Jazz Festival, which was established in 1968, is hosted at the arena each year. The venue brings in national and international entertainment year-round.

Economic development is strong in both commercial and residential real estate in this medium-sized city. Neighborhoods like Fox Hill, Raleigh Terrace and Pine Chapel Village all have their own charm and nuances to suit any lifestyle and personality. The area is diverse in culture with varying ethnicities including Hispanic and African American.

The home value index is an estimated $153,453 per Zillow.com. As of March 31, 2018, the anticipated sales growth in the residential retail market is 1.5% over the next 12 months. The median listing price per home is $174,900 (February 28, 2018) and $160,300 is the median sale price (February 28, 2018).

Median gross rental rates as of 2016 was $1,032. Overall the market has 60,146 units in July of the same year. The average rent for a two-bedroom, two-bath rental, is approximately $1,195 per month. (February 28, 2018)

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