Smitty, East Oceanview, now east beach, was/is being developed too fast for the market - before you think of purchasing a house in EB, ask and demand the home inspection report from the city of norfolk. Many homes were thrown together and after the purchase these new home owners were slapped with a list of discrepancies; indoor lumber used to build exterior spaces, gutters that drain into the foyer, wimdow installed backwards, and the list continues, personaly, after living in Norfolk for 32 years I recommend beach minded folks to buy and invest in willoughby spit -, a tight neighborhood' firm real estate values ' and access to anywhere via the interstate that borders all of willoughby spit, http://www.thespit.com
another situation with EB, many properties were taken by the city as eminent domain in exisitng high occupancy unit area, and without thinking, developers built grand mansions within these high occupancy strips - so many are co-mingling with transient renters and, adding salt to the wound is the number of tenents living is the same space, too many for the space, so during the day the tenants just hang around on the streets, really looks bad, so there you are with a beautiful front porch that you can't use because of the view. and besides, what good safe community demands survilence cameras be installed to monitor the surrounding residents? - don't get me wrong,
This a great area to live - so much history - water recreation and great folks, just choose wisely, now if i was an empty nester and i no longer had children in school and commuting wasn't a nessesity, I plan on
living in historic phoebus (in Hampton,) on a house boat docked at the Fort Monroe Marina http://www.fortmonroe.gov,
civilians are allowed total access to this historic fortress across the bay from norfolk.
or actually buy a waterfront space in phoebus. a charming quaint fishing village that abutts FT.Monroe. water is everywhere - the fishing is great and I can get to the north end of Va.Bch (the way I drive) is under 30 minutes. firstname.lastname@example.org 10-29-07 -