No denying Ghent & West Ghent have much charm. However, in the neighborhood where I grew up in Virginia Beach we didnâ€™t have random people passing through our neighborhood, with absolutely no purpose, scoping things out. Like any place in Norfolk you will have random people strolling down the street who probably do not live in the neighborhood, but you have to wonder what was his or her purpose to begin with. You never know when this is going to be a problem, but why put yourself or your loved ones at risk.
I was IN Harris Teeter the other day and some random guy tried to pick my pocket. I was running errands yesterday and saw the same guy walking by Suntrust bank with no business or purpose, just a random guy saying â€œwhatâ€™s upâ€ to people as he passed them. The same way he tried to distract me in the grocery store, fortunately, my wallet was not going anywhere. Before the economy soured most of these â€œtrendyâ€ places had security at the door. Now you need them more than ever because I would image some people are desperate.
Along Redgate in West Ghent, down Olney Road, Princess Anne Road, and all of the branches from these main roads thereâ€™s much of this "random traffic." More concerning there's a great little park many residents take their kids off of Redgate. Sandwiched between the houses are condos and apartments, which have a range of people barely scraping by to college kids & medical students to professionals. I feel downtown is a better choice for a single professional, so if you're not married that might be a better choice. If you feel you'll eventually marry or have kids and want a yard, then West Ghent may not be for you. Good Luck!