South Norfolk has a huge project going on. It's a mixed use project that begins at the entrance of South Norfolk. It is all the buzz right now. After years of planning, it is officially under way. There is going to be
building with retail, office, and lofts on the 3rd floor overlooking South Norfolk.
You can Google 'Gateway at SoNo' or look at some of the links below.
There is also a lot of other new construction homes in the area. I sold an older home in 2006 to a naval officer and his wife. They recently got transferred but loved the area and their historic home. Before they purchased their home we looked at 30 homes. They chose that home for the charm and price.
Historic South Norfolk:
The New Gateway at SoNo Project :
Depending on your price range, have your agent pull up other areas that you may like. Most buyers look at homes in different cities and subdivisions.
Why did you pick that area? I work in downtown Norfolk right off 264. I would consider some of the area just to the south of 264 near downtown Norfolk to be the worst area there is. It's all Section 8 slums until you get near Chesapeake.
I bet that property is very low cost.
What is the address?
call me if you want further assistance.
Spivey is absolutely correct. My family just PCS'd here and we looked at several homes in the school districts our research told us were sufficient for our family and the home prices were ASTRONOMICAL!!! We decided to rent for a year and wait for prices to do the inevitable "back to earth" drop. One of the most frustrating things with working with a real estate agent is, as a military member, we are sometimes forced to locate to places we have never heard of or even stepped foot into and agents really have their hands tied to answer even the most basic, most important questions you have while making such a large investment. Despite the rhetoric, things like schools your children will be going to and "safe neighborhoods are NOT relative!!!!! My advice.....rent for a year, give yourself time to research and learn the area and THEN decide if you want to buy. Right now in Hampton Roads you can rent homes for 40% less than what your mortgage would be on the same home and despite what the "experts" say, prices are not going to skyrocket anytime soon.
South Norfolk may be the only really affordable part of Chesapeake right now, buy it's also the area that anyone with a family or kids wants to live. It has a reputation of being the least family friendly, or safe, part of Chesapeake. If your considering Chesapeake, the best balance of "safe"/ family friendly and cost would be Greenbrier.
I would not recommend buying anywhere in Hampton Roads right now. Prices have been falling, and will continue to do so no matter what your agent says. Put your BAH to better use and rent for now.