Best Neighborhoods in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach, Virginia is an independent city at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia Beach, with a population of approximately 437,994 is the most populous city in Virginia and the 41st in the United States, according to the 2010 Census Bureau. Virginia Beach is known as a resort town, and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest pleasure beach in the world. The city's largest festival, the Neptune Festival, attracts 500,000 visitors to the Oceanfront and 350,000 visitors to the air show at NAS Oceana.

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Temperature

Average High - 84.7, Average Low - 32.3

Sports

Football - Virginia Destroyers, a UFL expansion team

Crime Rate

Virginia Beach has a relatively low crime rate as compared with other cities its size.

Top Neighborhoods

Chesapeake Beach is a neighborhood that stretches approximately 2 miles just west of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. What originally developed as a lookout post during the war has turned into some of the most desirable real estate in the Virginia area. There is less public traffic because the residential area is virtually undiscovered. With subtropical weather for a great portion of the year, residents in the Chesapeake neighborhood have tremendous access to sand beaches and every imaginable water sport.

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Green Run is a neighborhood and commercial community extending 6 square miles in the center of Virginia Beach. Within Green Run are many single family homes, town homes, condominiums, and large apartment complexes. The Green Run neighborhood has a host of amenities and facilities to take advantage of including tennis courts, swimming pools, 14 parks and playgrounds, and large green spaces with roughly five miles of canals and 11 or so miles of beachfront. Residents in the Green Run neighborhood have access to great school systems and annual fairs and cookouts that bring all Green run neighbors together.

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Kempsville is a neighborhood that proudly represents the urbanized portion of Virginia Beach. Located in Princess Anne County, the Kempsville neighborhood boasts a community center, golf course and community college campus. Kemps Lake, housed within the boundaries of this urbanized neighborhood, provides residents with many water sporting activities. Providence Square and Fairfield Shopping Centers provide residents with a variety of casual to fine dining restaurants to choose from; as well as retail therapy in their own back yard. Kempsville gives family a number of public and private schools to choose from.

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Pembrook Manor, located in the heart of Virginia Beach, is a neighborhood that includes one of the city's core business districts. Pembrook Manor is home to many high end shops and restaurants, as well as luxury apartment buildings. Pembrook Manor is also home to Pembrook Mall; a sprawling retail development that rivals the best the state has to offer. Residents of Pembrook have access to great schools, both public and private. And even though Pembrook is an urban community, it still benefits from relatively close proximity to the beaches.

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Princess Anne Although rural for most of its history, since 2000, much bigger and fancier homes were built. Princess Anne has one of the lowest crime rates in Virginia. Some of the best schools in the state are in the Princess Anne neighborhood. Having a beachfront accessible to the residents makes Princess Anne a wonderful place to live. A number of celebrities have lived and continue to live in the area.

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Pungo is a neighborhood located roughly ten miles south of the heart of Virginia Beach. Pungo is a rural community surrounded by farmland. However, even with its rural charm, Pungo has its own business district with quaint little shops, antique stores, and local eateries for the residents of the Pungo neighborhood to enjoy. Pungo also has an interesting history. Grace Sherwood (1660 to late 1740's) is a local legend in the Pungo area, and was thought to be a witch. She survived every effort they made to torture her and her resiliency in that situation has kept that story alive to this day.

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