I am a native of Smithfield and we live in the waterfront community of Gatling Pointe which our company developed from 1989 to 2002. we have raised three children here and we love keeping our boat in the GPYC marina located in our neigborhood. We love the friendly atmosphere, the great schools, excellent restaurants, and the recreational opportunities.
I know the principals at the Elementary and middle schools in Isle of Wight County and I highly recoomend you contact them. John Caggiano lives in our neighborhood also...http://wses.iwcs.k12.va.us/
Smithfield is nicely removed from the city yet close to the mjor cities in our Hampton Roads region. Located only 15 minutes to the Peninsula (Newport news/Hampton area) and 30 minutes to Downtown Norfolk. I recently wrote an article about Smithfield as a desirable place to move to- http://activerain.com/blogsview/2081874/why-smithfield-virgi
Please check out our community website at http://www.gatlingpointe.com
and our other new home community, Founders Pointe in that area, http://www.founderspointe.com.
We specialize in quality neighborhood design with resort stlye amenities and recreational areas.
Thanks for your question and I'll be happy to help any way I can. Thanks!