Are you going to have to travel through the tunnels? We are getting ready to add tolls on the downtown & midtown tunnels.
For night life you will have to leave the city. VB is the place but for the most part you will PAY to be near the ocean front.
We have lived in P'town for > 11 years now.
Downtown is nice to spend weekends browsing antique stores, has some nice bars and coffee shops, The Bier Garden and the Commodore Dinner Theater are well known. We have a very nice City Park with boat launch.
To many some of the schools are a problem so check that out if it may be a concern to you before buying . We have great private schools here. I think the best way to do that is for new young families to move here and love here like I do. I am just an average homeowner here.
There is a large amount of crime and drugs and cops that don't do a thing about it.
Neighbors have been reported for gang activity and selling drugs three blocks away from the police station in olde town and cops have refused to do a thing about it.
All neighborhoods are full of Section 8 housing. Tax rates are the highest in the area, and two of the schools were on "probation" and about to lose accreditation
Homeless dominate the Olde Towne streets and benches during the days and warm nights
Portsmouth also has the highest use of food stamps and Welfare in the area.
Virginia Beach or Norfolk are the way to go!!
Downtown I have been enjoying the Biergarden, real German food and beer and a new tapas bar, Still. At nights I can catch a good movie at the Commodore or even take a ferry to watch the Norfolk Tides play some AAA baseball.
However, taxes are the highest in the area and the majority of the population is in section 8 and govt assistance so those that work are getting taxed to death...
Old Towne is a nice part of town. However, if you can afford it the Ghent section of Norfolk might be more your taste.
I love the Port Norfolk Area. We have lived in this area moved in when we were 22 and my husband 24 and we can walk to the Stove (platinum plate winner in Hampton roads) and the Pizza place, there is a hair place I can walk to as well as many other small stores/shops. Portsmouth is the best kept secret in Hampton roads.
I would suggest that you surf the web for more specific info about crime and nice places to eat.
I have actually ridden the Ferry and it was great, especially at night.
Portsmouth VA has several pages on Facebook as well.
There are several restaurants and bars in the High St (Downtown Portsmouth- Olde Towne) area.
The ferry is a great way to travel to Norfolk, VA.
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