If history is a bottle of wine Virginia Beach’s bottle costs $1000. Many places are more widely praised than Virginia Beach for its involvement in the colonial growth of the United States, however Virginia Beach provided its start. First Landing State Park marks the place that Admiral Christopher Newport landed with his crew in 1607 to start a new life from the UK to American soil. Meanwhile, beach, beach, beach! Virginia Beach boasts one of the most popular summer coastal getaways with about 20 miles of beach and a 3-mile “Oceanfront” resort area complete with popular boardwalk along the beach. Virginia Beach doesn’t just attract tourists. It possesses homes for many wealthy industries, including the Oceana Naval Air Station. If the outdoors is your friend, you’ll find companionship in Virginia Beach. Fishing is a staple in town as well as marine and wildlife. Do you like general outdoor fun? Virginia Beach is home to 265 different parks! One of which is called Mount Trashmore, which is literally a 165-acre landfill covered with clean soil – a local treasure and the highest point in the city. Virginia Beach provides life to those looking for vibrancy and if you love the outdoors you won’t be disappointed.
There are few places where you can enjoy the close proximity of a high-profile beach setting with the comfort of quiet neighborhoods. Virginia Beach has this! You have two great choices – live like you’re on vacation right near the beach or, if you prefer the solitude of suburbia, enjoy a more relaxed style living but with close access to the beach. It’s an excellent one-two punch! And the Virginia Beach Oceanfront is loaded with festivals! First of all, 2 high-profile races bookend the warm months (Rock & Roll Half-Marathon & Shamrock Marathon), the American Music Festival, massive 4th of July Fireworks, the Patriotic Festival, the Neptune Festival, you get the drift. Virginia is for Lovers but Virginia Beach is all about loving people and fun. Also nearby is the Virginia Aquarium, an expansive aquarium that educates about water life, but also the outdoors, as well. And of course, the 3-mile Boardwalk along the Oceanfront – it’s the perfect spot to walk on a date, go biking, or even perusing down the Oceanfront to pick the perfect spot to eat overlooking the water!
As of 2012, 10 of Virginia Beach’s public high schools ranked in the top 9% nationally, according to the Washington Post. In 2016, 2 of Virginia Beach’s schools ranked in the top 15 in the state according to Niche.com. In 2011, Bloomberg ranked Virginia Beach 8th in its list of “America’s 50 Best Cities”, saying, “Endless miles of sandy beaches and a happening three-mile boardwalk, along with thousands of acres of parks, make Virginia Beach a beautiful place to live”. Think that was a short-lived fad? In July of 2016, WalletHub did a study of 2016’s Best Large Cities to Live in. Where was Virginia Beach? 12th! When you have a well-run city that focuses on safety, beauty, and a vibrant lifestyle, it will be staying high on these lists for a long time. And we haven’t even mentioned the new, trendy Town Center, which is the “downtown” piece of the city. It’s loaded with top-flight restaurants (Bravo, Cheesecake Factory, Gordon Biersch, McCormick & Schmick’s, Ruth’s Chris, etc) and shopping (Anthropologie, West Elm, Ulta, Brooks Brothers, etc). It is a spot with plenty of new apartment options, as well as an array of businesses wanting to call Town Center home. All these factors and more make Virginia Beach’s well-balanced quality of life worth seeking after!