Historically, Chesapeake Virginia was a part of Norfolk County and became an independent city in 1963. It is one of the larger cities in Virginia with more than 353 square miles of land area, and as such, is the 11th largest city in the country. Chesapeake is part of the area called “Coastal Virginia”, which is considered to be one of the top six recreational areas of the country. And happily, the city is consistently ranked by the FBI as one of the five safest cities of its size in the country.
a Multitude of Charm
Do you dream of living along a street lined with row houses or other attached homes? You can find this kind of charm in the Great Bridge neighborhood! This could be your home in paradise! With 28.3% of the homes and real estate here classified as rowhouses or other attached homes, this neighborhood brims with opportunity to find the right place for you. Only 3.6% of U.S. neighborhoods have more row houses than this neighborhood, making it one of the most interesting things about this special neighborhood.
For residents with children, there is an excellent selection of high ranking schools in the city. There are 53 public schools serving approximately 39,600 students from pre-k to high school and they include the top ranked Great Bridge Intermediate and Middle schools, Hickory and Grassfield High Schools and many more.
Chesapeake is a family friendly city, offering much to residents and visitors who enjoy the space of the suburbs with all the activities available in a larger city. It is considered central in the Hampton Roads area, putting residents only 20 minutes from the beautiful beaches of Virginia Beach, 15 minutes from the museums, restaurants, shopping and nightlife in downtown Norfolk and Virginia Beach’s Town Center and 45 minutes from the Colonial Williamsburg attractions.
Fun For All
Chesapeake is also host to a wide variety of fun events throughout the year. Springtime brings strawberry picking at the Hickory Ridge Farm Strawberry Jamboree and the Chesapeake Jubilee with rides, music and fireworks. In summer you’ll find many family friendly events such as 4th of July fireworks, parades, and a Symphony under the Stars. When the weather starts to cool, residents and locals alike can enjoy the Chesapeake wine festival as well as several harvest and Halloween events. In winter, Chesapeake keeps things going with holiday craft shows, a historical reenactment of the Battle of Great Bridge and a Christmas parade.
Chesapeake Virginia boasts many beautiful natural areas and parks for outdoor recreation. These include Chesapeake City Park with 90 acres of recreational area including a dog park and fun forest, the Chesapeake Arboretum with 45 acres of natural trails through mature hardwood forest, Great Bridge and Deep Creek Lock Parks, which are stops along the Intracoastal Waterway, The Dismal Swamp and Canal, Northwest River Park and more. Right in the heart of the city, there are an abundance of outdoor activities available to residents and visitors such as walking and biking trails, bird watching, canoeing and paddle boarding, sky-watching, race events, fishing, golf, and the list goes on.
Aside from all the wonderful shopping, dining, activities and events available in Chesapeake, you’ll also find a touch of southern hospitality and neighborly charm wherever you go.