Is it a viable option to buy a government owned home with a VA home loan? Ultimately where we can afford to live will determine where we settle.
Try Greatschools.org if you would like to find out the best schools in VB and Chesapeake.
I regularly help German NATO military renters. You do not say whether you are looking to rent, or to buy.
Although the German military command is in Norfolk, if they have a family they usually ask to see Virginia Beach or Chesapeake, but their preference is Virginia Beach.
One drawback for Virginia Beach is that jet noise cuts a wide swath blanketing the city with, what we call, the 'sounds of freedom'. If you are averse to a lot of noise, that would eliminate a lot of areas in Virginia Beach, especially a lot of neighborhoods known for their schools.
If we cannot find what they like in Virginia Beach, we head out to Chesapeake. Chesapeake is a farther commute for somebody working in Norfolk, but one can usually get more house for their money when renting.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss more the pro's and con's of each city as pertains to your individual situation. Good luck to your husband with the new post!
KK German, Wainwright Real Estate
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neighborhoods to choose from in all diffrent price ranges. Most neighborhoods are very close to the interstate highway which goes into the Norfolk area. Virginia Beach also is near the new Lightrail train which goes right to Norfolk State. Chesapeake, however is less congested.
Please let me know if I can be of service to you in choosing the right home for your family. Thank you.
Olde Virginia Realty
Best wishes with your move! What a huge change in your lives! I know you'll enjoy our area. Its a lovely place to live!
Both of these cities have very large footprints and provide "city", suburb and rural communities to choose from. Your question is a bit difficult to answer because of this. You can find a bit more "tourist" attractions in Virginia Beach as it is internationally accaimed.
I would suggest you develop a relationship with a professional REALTOR, have several telephone conversations until you can make the trip here. This professional can learn more about your specific needs and wants and provide you personalized information to help you determine which is best for you.
Reaching out to someone willing to spend a little time with you, who might be willing to take virtual tour pictures of areas and provide verifiable facts about specific areas in the cities can make this move much smoother for you.
Naturally, I would love to help!