I live in Portsmouth, in the Waterview neighborhood off of high st, near Churchland, and it is an excellent short commute to the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth NMCP. We bought in July 2013. Excellent neighborhood, great amenities ( parks, museums, etc). We are super satisfied with our decision to live here. I am a nurse, turned stay at home mom, and my husband is an officer in the Navy, stationed at the Medical Center. No traffic problems means more time with my husband. Live on this side of the river if you work at the Medical center, you will not regret it. Also, you get much more bang for your buck over here in Portsmouth. Our neighborhood is awesome, but so are many others. Neighborhoods I can reccomend are Waterview, Churchland, sterling point, green acres, just to name a few. Before you make your decision where to live, talk to people who live in Portsmouth. Youll find that there are ALOT of young professionals, and lots of families. Lots of activities for the kids too. Also, Olde towne has a great deal to offer in terms of dining and entertainment. I kind of love this area so much, I dont want it to get spoiled by too much popularity...that would mean more traffic...but when you love something, its kind of contagious.Happy house hunting.