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Robert, Home Buyer in Monterey, CA

looking to buy a home in Norfolk. Currently live in CA and was wondering where is a good furnished,

Asked by Robert, Monterey, CA Tue May 12, 2009

short term lease place to keep my family while we search for houses. Not getting much help from Google.

Also looking for a house in the $350 to $450 range. Wife likes to run (marathons) looking for a place that has good running areas and good elementary schools (2 young girls). Location is key for us.

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Larchmont is a nice area and good school but I agree Va Beach is probably a better area.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 9, 2009
Robert:
As a real estate buff and a naval officer with three residential properties OCONUS and in Va, I highly recommend buying in the Larchmont neighborhood in Norfolk - it is a wonderful, beautiful neighborhood of older, lovely homes with lots of character. Larchmont Elem is the best public lower school in the city filled with highly professional and devoted teachers and staff. Easily on par with any private school program and from what I hear, better than the new parochial school down the street. Super easy commute if you are stationed at the main base. It is a great area for runners and cyclists. There are die-hard runners who run up and down Powhatan Ave, thru the neighborhood and Hampton Blvd. There are other beautiful neighborhoods full of executive homes along the water to run thru as well.
Right now there are lots of homes to choose from in your price range and prices have come down significantly from '05-'06 pd. Definitely the time to buy as long as you avoid funny financing. Recommend avoiding the hassle of staying in a short term apt if you can. Check out http://www.ahrn.com and militarybyowner.com in addition to the commercial agency sites. Also, look at zillow.com and trulia.com to get insight on what people paid for homes you're interested in.
Good luck and Go Navy!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 5, 2009
Hello Shae. First of all, welcome to the East Coast! I don't know if you are here yet but I am sure you will find this area a really fantastic place to live, work and raise your family. Our Region has superb recreational amenities and lots of very close-by weekend-type family oriented destinations. I am a multi-generation native of Norfolk and love living here. I lived away for graduate school and work for many years but came back and I am glad I did.

From corporate apartments to single-family houses, there are multiple options usually for short-term furnished leases. And remember that if you cannot find a furnished place for short-term leasing, there always are furniture rental places which can set you up relatively inexpensively with the basics for a monthly rental charge. What I have done for some buyers from out of town that I work with is even to take a place which requires a minimum one-year lease, and craft a provision allowing you to terminate it prematurely on 60-days notice and the payment to the landlord perhaps of one-month rental as a premature termination fee.

As far as looking for a house - I would love to help you with that. As I said, I am a native of the City and a big fan of it. Your desired price point range presents many good options in solid neighborhoods.

Let me know what I can do. Best regards.
wayne.goodman@longandfoster.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 4, 2009
i would say the bayview neighborhood because it nice and northside park off of tidewater drive is a good place to go running
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i would say the bayview neighborhood because it nice and northside park off of tidewater drive is a good place to go running
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 5, 2009
Hi Robert,

I too have two young girls and can tell you that this is a great place to live for families - great schools, lots of activities, etc. I'm happy to give you any info you may need. There are many short-term housing options and I can be of more assistance if I knew more - such as pets, timeframe, etc? I'm a relocation manager so happy to give all that you may need for relocating to Hampton Roads. In terms of running, many of us love the trails at First Landing State Park in VB and your wife might be interested in the Rock-N-Roll Half Marathon Labor Day wknd. http://www.rnrhalf.com. It's fun!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 22, 2009
Hi Robert, I could email you listing of properties for sale in Norfolk also rentals. I am with Century 21 Nachman Realty, Please call me at 1-800-441-2112 (Shirley) or email me. Thanks, and have a great day!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 22, 2009
Robert:
When do you need the rental? A neighbor here in Larchmont may be willing to rent out their house for the next 6 months since the husband is deployed and wife went to her home (overseas) to finish out her pregnancy.
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Also, if you wanted to get acclimated to downtown culture Marriott just built and opened a Residence Inn: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/orfrn-residence-inn-no…

In Norfolk, The affluent neighborhoods are Algonquin, Belvedere, Larchmont, Lafeyette Shores. You will pay some bucks for the first and the later. Lafeyette Shores is very nice for kids. Algonquin, if you choose the worng way to get in you go through a fairly rough area and you'll get some not-so-friendly looks. Norfolk, in general floods bad from a Summer downpour. Also, the public school systems are not the best for Middle schools in certain areas and there really only two decent high schools.

DO NOT move somewhere if you have to deal with a tunnel to get to work. If you live in Norfolk you will not have to deal with much traffic. You will be going against the flow each way. In the AM everyone is piling into ORF and leaving in the PM.

Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 17, 2009
Robert,

If you haven't found a short term rental yet you might want to check Wynne Residential Corporate Housing. I have had clients use them in the past for short term rentals. They have single family homes that are fully furnished, includes utilities and usually cable/internet connections as well.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 16, 2009
Robert, The Hampton Roads area, which includes several cities besides Norfolk, has many fine area and neighborhoods. Every city has good features. Norfolk is re0opening its Town Point Park this weekend with Harborfest. Virginia Beach has many different activities besides its beaches, including the half-Marathon and the Shamrock Marathon. Chesapeake and Suffolk also have different activities for you to enjoy. Go ahead and rent for six-twelve months and take your time selecting the area you and your family feels comfortable with. And, of course, when you're ready I hope you decide to use me. Whether you do, or not, I do recommend you intervies at least three agents.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 30, 2009
I may have the place you're seeking! Try the Woodbine subdivision in Norfolk. Some families have decided to sell large tracts and new subdivisions are underway. Its near the Elizabeth River and some proerties are on the River, but far from traffic. Most area residents have never seen this secret place. There are rental s and for sales there. Personally we own 5 lots of 3.6 acres going on the market very soon, plus 2 homes for sale, one of which is a rental currently.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 30, 2009
Robert, have you checked the ahrn site?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 8, 2009
Robert, have you considered renting, then purchasing on the Peninsula? We have a lot of friends who live here and work in Norfolk. I know you have the tunnel to contend with but you will then have the opportunity to check out some different locations, since you mentioned that's a key factor.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 8, 2009
I forgot to mention, there are lots of good running trails and areas in areas of Virginia Beach.

We also have the annual Rock n Roll half marathon along with plenty of 5 & 10K runs.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 8, 2009
Robert:

There ARE lots of rentals available in many VA Beach areas. I guess they are just hard to find online. Keep looking, there is some great stuff available.

You certainly need to rent before buying in the area. Prices are still on the way down in most of the area and I would re-consider living in Norfolk vs. Virginia Beach. Generally, Virginia Beach is much nicer and has MUCH better public schools. I have two school age children I would never even consider letting go to a Norfolk public school. Of course, you will pay more to live in VA Beach, but it is usually worth it.

Here was the only news hit I found on Larchmont, which the other poster reccomended.

http://www.wvec.com/news/topstories/stories/wvec_local_03010…
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 8, 2009
In that price range and looking for good schools look around DePaul hospital or Ghent. No sure if you're wife can run anywhere in Norfolk, it's pretty city like. I've been to MOnteray and Norfolk is a little more congested than that. If you move to Va. Beach near mount Trashmore she could run there and the schools are better. I've heard Portsmouth has some furnished apartments. They are right on the water. Not too sure I'd run in Portsmouth though.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 21, 2009
When will you be in the area Robert? Our property management office is closed on the weekends, but I would like to check with them on Monday and be able to tell them at that time, when you are in need of a place. They may know of something coming up that they could tell us about, or....they may just have something. And I'll do some other checking around.

Would you just like to contact me directly, so we can chat a little more about some details that would be helpful to me?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Vicki Woody
(800) 479-7355
Email: vicki@vickiwoody.com
Web Reference: http://www.vickiwoody.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 15, 2009
No, its proving to be more difficult than trying to find a house! We were hoping to find a place that had two bedrooms and furnished that goes for around $2500 or less a month.

There has to be something like this around a military town? We have a place here that rents out on a weekly basis around $600 and this is a small military community....... and its Monterey.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 15, 2009
Robert,

Have you been able to locate a short term rental for you & your family yet?
I would still like to help if you,re interested. I just didn't want to jump ahead if you've already got something.
Let me know.

Vicki Woody
Long & Foster Realtors
vicki@vickiwoody.com
Web Reference: http://www.vickiwoody.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 15, 2009
Robert, If your stay will trully be temporary and your ready to purchase. For less than a month or a weekly rate try Intown Suites in Chesapeake 757-523-1448 or Virginia Beach 757-499-1700. If you need a longer term rental you can search my website for rentals and sign up to receive home listings at DJonesRealEstate.com
Web Reference: http://DJonesRealEstate.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 12, 2009
Hi Robert,

I am going to check with our property management division and see what they may have in a short term rental now, or coming up. I can put them in direct contact with you if you wish. Just email me directly and I will take care of the rest for you, should you be interested in that help. It's good to have a One-Stop Real Estate Resource Center, as I like to call it.........and that's us at Long and Foster!

Visit my website as well to help with anything you may need and I am always just a phone call or email away to help you!

Vicki Woody REALTOR
Accredited Buyer Representative
Long & Foster Realtors
Toll Free: (800) 479-7355
Direct: (757) 685-3842
Email: vicki@vickiwoody.com
Web Reference: http://www.vickiwoody.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 12, 2009
Hi Robert, Location is key for most people, or should be! An agent can assist you in searching for a rental. When are you coming? In the resort areas many units can be rented off-season when the tourists go away, post-Labor Day. You can post an inquiry at my website, and search rentals there as well.
Web Reference: http://kkgerman.com
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