Virginia Beach, Virginia 

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Great Place to Grow Up - 6/13/2018
I lived in the Kempsville area of VB growing up and loved it. There's no way to be bored when you have so many public and neighborhood parks, libraries, events, activities, restaurants, etc. all around you. One great thing about the area is that the military installations meant there is a lot of transience, which means that more local people are used to making friends with the new family on the block. Like with all big city/suburbs, there are the richies and the struggling, but most of VB is middle class, and have good schools. The only bad things about VB are the traffic, the mosquitoes, and the Read More

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A Great Place to Raise a Family - 8/20/2014
I was born & raised in southern California but I've lived here in Virginia Beach since 1976. The weather is not as nice as California but really nothing to complain about. The friendliness of the people more that make up for a few chilly days. We have great beaches, restaurants, malls, transportation, parks, theme parks...plenty to do. I love it Read More

Virginia Beach has it all - 1/24/2014
Amazing reading these other posts!
Came to website verifying a statistic I had read about the cost of living in Hampton Roads area. Got sucked into reading the posts which I never usually do because Freedom of Speech allows even the ignorant to contribute.
This is the unbiased truth from someone who lived in Baltimore Maryland ( Federal Hill) and has currently lives in Virginia Beach.
This is the 411 on Virginia Beach. It is a city with all the economic and racial diversity that you can find in an urban setting. Therefore city issues occur here too.
CONS:
Traffic is bad due to the large population, and it is a city. I also admit that lots of people could use driver refresher courses.

Crime is not bad compared to other cities with equal population.

Bugs.. hello.. we are southern and coastal. Its the price you pay for paradise. Promise that you will see similiar comments about all southern coastal cities

Taxes... Read More

Pleasant - 1/14/2014
Its a very secure, versatile, Fun city! Always offer something for the family doesn't matter what season of the year. Read More

Waste management fee - 11/13/2013
The city is now charging a fee for trash pick up that was previously paid from a 'General Fund'. It seems that the G.F. is now going for: Tourism Investment Program Fund - This reflects the merging of the Tourism Growth Investment Fund and the Major Projects Fund. Both of these funds received dedicated revenue streams to fund tourism and other economic developed related capital projects. Specific major projects include: $203.3 million for a completely rebuilt Convention Center on the
existing site; $32.3 million for a new performance theater; and $3 million to expand the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center parking facilities. I thought tourism was supposed to help the citizens, not Read More

I would not move here ! - 1/16/2013
I have lived here on the oceanfront for 9 years to long now. I am from Baltimore Md. The reason for me staying , my clients, I am a hair stylist. Took all these years to build it up.Sooo $$$ is good. First off.
1). very rude people 2). terrible traffic 3).dirty trashy 4)drug infested 5). big roachs locals call them waterbugs Bullcrap 6).gangs
7).just this month 5 shootings in a 1 mile from my house, and I live in one of the better areas. Felt safer in Baltimore 8). lack of jobs 9) filthy restraunts 10) lack of things to do eat and drink thats it! 11) very hot and humied in the summer 12)lots of homeless people everwhere 13) rent and property are very high 14)taxes are 10% for restruants.15)money rules here 16) they rape there locals on taxes here. you are taxed on everything !! 16) you will pay property taxes on your car every year and on top of that you will need to get it inspected every year. 17) you better be a repub. and not a dem. when you move here or you will be Read More

Relocation to VA Beach - 12/1/2012
Lisa,

I am a Realtor here in VA Beach and actually live in the John B Dey school district. I am happy to help you navigate the area if you have not already found something (I see you were asking this question back in August!) Many of the communities in this area have a little neighborhood park and many homes have individual pools because of the climate. However, one of the benefits of VA Beach is our Recreation centers. they are throughout VA Beachand there is one right down Great Neck Road from John B Dey. They are VERY reasonable and have a pool, fitness centers, racquet ball, basketball & various programs/classes for the community. There are also several golf/and or country clubs that you could join if you like. There are many options and if you need help send me a response Read More

VARIED CLIMATE - 11/24/2012
Very nice place for families; affordable, low crime and excellent schools. The weather is somewhat varied but not too extreme. Summers are hot and humid, spring and fall are ideal and winter is cold but not too bad. My only dislikes are the humid summers, thunderstorms, hurricanes, the many mosquitos and the lack of interesting things to do. I'm single and traveled quite a bit and just find things a little too slow moving for me and not much culture; I'm actually bored here and although it has pockets of prettiness, it's not for Read More

COST OF LIVING HIGH TRAFFIC IS BAD AND ROADS ARE T - 11/13/2012
I lived in virginia beach area for a total of seven years, 2002-2006 loved it had alot of potential, crime was low. When I left I couldnt wait to get back, even bought another house 8 miles from the board walk, Crime had increased and it seemed like trashy people took over the city. Didn't feel safe walking the boardwalk. Man was beaten to death, police officer killed. housing maket crashed leaving everyone trapped in over priced houses. I bought a outdated house fr 300,000 New construction is done half ass, most people with heat pumps freeze in the winter, most of the city doesnt have gas lines running through them so unless you have propane, eletric is very high. When it comes to jobs, its who you know, you will be treated as a outsider by locals. took three years before some of my neighbors even spoke to my family and the schools have students favorites, unless you donate alot of money or take over the Read More

Virginia Beach - 11/13/2012
I love the climate, because I don't mind the humidity in the summer, but the traffic around here is atrocious (good luck if you have to commute far, especially if you need to take the highway), and the pay for jobs really sucks. It's probably because there are so many military people that the retired military already makes a decent retirement, so they are able to take jobs for crap Read More


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