We Serve the Greater Hampton Roads Area

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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

Located in the southeastern part of the state, near Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, Norfolk is the second most-populous city in Virginia, with over 247,000 people. Its proximity to the waterfront, and location in the Hampton Roads region, near many major metropolitan areas, makes this city an attractive place to live. The cultural diversity is great with large European and African American populations. Over 61 percent of the adult population has at least some of a bachelor’s or associate’s degree or higher.

Norfolk is an older city, as it was founded in 1682. Most of the current buildings were constructed in a Federal style, because the city burned down during the Revolutionary War. The latest U.S. Census Bureau reports the median household income between 2012 and 2016 was $45,268. As of April 2018, the median home value in this city is $183,318. The average cost of a three bedroom, two bath rental property is over $1,600 a month. The median rent price for all properties is $1,350.Call us for an in-depth market analysis of your rental property.

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Real Estate Facts

The median sales price of homes is $205,000. According to Zillow, home values have gone up 5.9 percent in the past year, and they are expected to rise by at least 2 percent in the future. The median list price for square foot on a property is $133.

Neighborhood Scout

Some of the most desirable neighborhoods are Ghent, West Ghent and Larchmont-Edgewater. Ghent, which includes Colley Avenue and 21st and 22nd streets, is a historical area. Many attractions and amenities can be found within walking distance, which adds to its appeal. Larchmont-Edgewood is five minutes from downtown, so it is close to the hustle and bustle. Right now, Ghent’s median home value is $343,043, while the median price of homes is $323,900.

Schools

Larchmont Elementary, Willoughby Elementary School and Crossroads School are good bets for elementary and middle education. For secondary schools, The Governor’s School For The Arts and Granby High School are well-respected. Old Dominion University is located right in the city.

Weather

The weather is characterized as a humid subtropical climate. The average temperature‎ is‎ a moderate 60°F, while the average high is 68°F, with the low at 52°F. Winters are pretty mild, only seeing light snowfall. Heavy outwear is not usually needed, except for light hats, gloves and jackets. Light layers, pants, shorts and long and short-sleeved tops are needed to dress for the temperatures, which tend to be not too cold, but not too hot.

Historic Landmarks

There are numerous historic landmarks in Virginia, and this city is no exception. The Ghent Historic District, which includes museums, shops, old buildings, cafes and a bustling cultural scene, is a must-visit. It is easily travelled by walking, and Colley Avenue, Colonial Avenue and 21st Street are at its center. The Ghent Business District also offers much to see. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is also worth a look.

Things to Do

View the artwork at the Chrysler Museum of Art. The paintings, glassworks and artifacts are standout works. The best part is that admission is free for visitors. Live theatre fans can take on a show at Chrysler Hall, which features national tours, famous artists and other visually-stunning productions. For a unique attraction, walk the Mermaid Trail to see the Mermaids on Parade, colorful artworks, located around the city. Visit the Mermaid factory to paint your own miniature mermaid sculpture.

Go Outside

The Botanical Gardens and the Hermitage Museum and Gardens offers endless opportunities to get outside, see the lush green grass and admire the flowers. For an escape, visit the Pagoda & Oriental Garden. It is typically so quiet that you might just forget that you are in a city. If you are into sports, take in a Norfolk Tides baseball game at Harbor Park.

Other Noteworthy Attractions

Go onboard the Battleship Wisconsin, go shopping at the MacArthur Center or visit the animals at the Virginia Zoo.

Where to Eat

No Frill Bar and Grill offers up affordable eats from crab cakes to Asian portabella salad. Check out the Sunday brunch for croissant French toast, Eggs Benedict and plenty of cocktails. For fancier fare, dine at the Chartreuse Bistro for good service and fresh farm-to-table food. The menu changes every day, so there is always some variety in the offerings. Some recent choices included mushroom ravioli, turnip bisque, Chesapeake Bay Rockfish and pistachio crème brulee. Are you in the mood for some American dishes? Look no further than the following two places. The Grilled Cheese Bistro offers unique takes on the classic sandwich. Maybe you will go for a three-cheese one, the Sam I Am, with chimichurri, ham and Swiss or the Smoke House with Carolina pork and slaw, plus cheddar. Doumar’s, another noteworthy eatery, is the home of the first waffle cone. Watch the cones being rolled while noshing on some grub. Choose from barbecue, burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches. The minced pork barbecue sandwich, cheeseburger and double meat hot dog are sure to satisfy your hunger cravings. Finish it off with ice cream in a handmade cone. Stick with the classic flavors of chocolate, vanilla or strawberry for an all-American meal.

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is situated at the cross-section of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. This peaceful oceanside community boasts adventurous waves and a 3-mile boardwalk along the Atlantic in the Oceanfront District, as well as the more low-key sun and surf of the Chesapeake Bay area. It is home to a large number of retirees as well as college students, creating a diverse community. It also offers many opportunities to immerse yourself in the arts, including a museum of contemporary art, a weekly concert series called “YNot Wednesdays?” located in Sandler Center Plaza, and the 1,200-seat Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. If you are looking for water activities, head to the Rudee Inlet Marina District. Here you’ll find opportunities to parasail, jet ski, taste the local seafood, charter a boat to fish, as well as take tours to see dolphins and whales. You’ll find a more secluded area in Sandbridge, to the south of the classic Oceanfront District, featuring sand dunes, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park. The Pungo District is an agricultural community replete with activities including berry picking and horseback riding. As of July 1, 2016, 452,602 people live in Virginia Beach, and the population has been growing (with an increase of 14,695 people since 2010, according to the US Census Bureau). With numerous opportunities to enjoy the outdoors as well the art, culture, and shopping of the city, thie lovely area has something to entice everyone.

According to US Census Bureau reports, the median home sale value between 2012-2016 was $262,200 and the median gross rent for the same time period was $1,258. Currently, Zillow reports the median home value at $258,208. Although this number is lower than the Census data from previous years, Zillow has seen house prices rise by 1.9% in the last year and they predict the same rise in the next year. In square feet, the median home price is $158 per square foot in Virginia Beach ($20 higher than the Metro median). Zillow also reports the median rental price at $1,395 for a house or condominium with roughly 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Breaking this down into categories, Expatistan reports that the average rent for a 900 square foot apartment in an expensive area costs $1,485, whereas the average rent for the same size accommodation in a “normal” area costs $1,091, in addition to an average of $186 for the cost of utilities (not including internet).

The cost of living is higher here than in other parts of Virginia, as well as most other parts of the United States. AreaVibes ranks the cost living at 118 compared to 108 in Virginia as a whole and compared to 100 in the rest of the United States. This demonstrates an 11% higher cost of goods and services in Virginia Beach as compared to the rest of the state, and a 10% higher cost as compared to the rest of the United States.

According to data from NeighborhoodScout, the most expensive neighborhood is Cavalier Park, with a median home price of $859,400 (making it a more pricey neighborhood than 96.6% of those in the rest of the state and 95.4% of those in the rest of the country). Interestingly enough, the rental prices are more reasonable, falling at an average of $1,531 which is lower than 43.9% of neighborhoods in the rest of the state. It is located right on the beach and has a low crime right and is very walkable, making it ideal for retirees. It contains the Princess Anne Country Club as well as the Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club. It is a very educated area, containing 68.9% of inhabitants who have acquired at minimum a 4-year B.A. (which is 46.3% higher than an average neighborhood in the rest of the country). This area is notorious for great schools.

The safest neighborhood is Sandbridge Rd / Princess Anne Rd, with a median home price of $420,794 (73.6% higher than the rest of the neighborhoods in Virginia and 78.0% higher than the rest of the neighborhoods in the U.S.). The average rental cost is $2,470, higher than 87.9% of other areas in the state. However, not many houses are rented since the area is primarily occupied by people who own their own homes, which is a good indicator of the safety of the neighborhood. It also has a very high proportion of residents who are active in the military. Notably, this neighborhood contains more 4 or 5+ bedroom houses than 97.2% of the rest of the country. It is also rated well for schooling.

A more affordable neighborhood for buying a home is Haig Cir / Macarthur Rd, with a median home price of $217,339. However, the price is high to rent, with a median of $1,939. This area also has a very high amount of row houses, totalling 35.5% of the real estate in the area. It is predominantly populated by college students due to its low rates of crime and good walkability. It is ranked as 89.3% better for college students than anywhere else in Virginia.

Virginia Beach is an enticing opportunity for anyone, but is generally rather expensive and caters to a wealthy crowd. It does, however, have a lively art scene and a population of students, making it a unique place to live.

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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Newport News

Newport News is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. The population hovers around 180,700, ranking it fifth in population in the State. The city is located on the Peninsula side of Hampton Roads in the Tidewater Region, next to the Atlantic Ocean. It primarily serves as one of the business centers on the Peninsula.

Encompassing over 2 dozen distinct communities, the neighborhoods are varied throughout the city. Over a quarter of the population has a bachelor’s degree or higher. There are 24 elementary schools, 7 middle schools and 5 high schools in the city. There are five universities in or around the City, as well as a community college and a shipbuilding school.The median home price is $183,450 and the median rent price is $1195, while the median household income is around $55,322. Home values have gone up by 3.5% over the past year and are expected to continue to rise. The average price per square foot in the region is $110. There are approximately 78,000 housing units, nearly half of which are owner-occupied.

The overall cost of living is slightly less than the US average here, and promisingly, job growth over the next 10 years is predicted to be 34.72%.

There is extensive public transportation available. The city is served by three airports and miles of waterfront port facilities and docks. Amtrak runs four trains a day and the city is served by its regional bus system, Hampton Roads Transit. In addition, Greyhound provides transportation between cities.

There are 32 city parks to enjoy in the area. The largest is Newport News Park, the second largest city park in the United States. It offers 188 campsites, 30 miles of trails and a discovery center, which offers a historical and educational view of the park. In addition, the park offers an archery range, a disc golf course, and an aeromodel flying field. For geocaching buffs, the park offers over 50 geocaches in the park. Endview Plantation is another City park. This 18th-century plantation is now a historical site used for military reenactment. For fishing, yet another park, the Hilton Pier Ravine is visited frequently by locals and is known for its Croaker and Trout during the summer months.

The city maintains 8 sports facilities and community centers. There are youth and adult leagues in a wide variety of sports like football, softball, basketball, and more. High School Football is big here and plays a large role in the city’s culture. The John B Todd Stadium houses five high schools’ worth of football games. Collegiate level sports can be found just outside of the city and include NCAA Division I and NCAA Division III. The Atlantic Ten Conference has been headquartered in the city since 2009.

Typical of the rest of Virginia, the culture in this area is rich with Southern heritage. There are a number of American Civil War battle sites and historical plantations that have been preserved. The Mariners museum has approximately 36,000 artifacts recovered from the USS Monitor. The Virginia War Museum offers a chronological journey through various periods of American history. The museum also has a supply of artifacts dating back to the Jamestown Settlement period of the state’s history. Another interesting perspective is found at the Army Transportation Museum where a large collection of nearly 100 military vehicles can be viewed on the grounds of Fort Eustis.

For natural history explorers, the Virginia Living Museum houses more than 250 species of animals found in statewide. This outdoor museum hosts a number of events and planetarium shows. Two red wolves reside at the museum as part of a federal Species Survival Plan.

If outdoor activities, museums, and natural history aren’t enough, there are plenty of other activities in the area to choose from. With hundreds of restaurants and bars to choose from, one can indulge in nearly any culinary specialty. The Circa 1918 kitchen and bar located in the historic Hilton Village is a favorite. Serving creative American cuisine such as Dry Roasted Suffolk Piggie or Braised Octopus Leg, and melted leek and smoked tomato saute, this five-star rated restaurant is sure to please. The Fin Seafood Restaurant is the place to go for the freshest seafood, and The Melting Pot Peninsula touts itself as offering “a dining experience like no other in Newport News”. This Fondue restaurant is a great place for a romantic date or a bite to eat with friends.

Craft beer and fine wine enthusiasts will love the Coast Trail, which has a listing of breweries, wineries, and distilleries in the area. Participants are encouraged to pick up a guidebook at the tourism office and start collecting stamps along the tasting journey.

Lastly, shopping abounds in Newport News. The Marketplace at Tech Center offers the stores like Carters, Ulta, Starbucks, and others. A more upscale experience can be found at City Center at Oyster Point which features Ann Taylor, Loft, The Perfect Setting, and a number of other higher-end retailers and eateries. Finally, the historic Hilton Village presents all you would expect in a quaint setting. Here you will find eclectic, locally owned boutiques filled with a wide variety of merchandise in a planned English-village-style neighborhood listed on the national registry of historic places.

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