One of Virginia’s oldest cities and where NASA trained the Mercury 7, Hampton has always been an important Hampton Roads city. Residents enjoy ready access to two major interstates, miles of shoreline and public services. Norfolk International Airport is within 20 minutes from Hampton; the famous VA. Beach Oceanfront is only about 40 minutes away! Naturally, Hampton offers a plethora of residential housing as well. Current real estate taxes are set at $1.04 for every $100 assesses. From your typical neighborhood to waterfront homes to historical bungalows and victorians, there a great variety of homes in Hampton. Looking for an established community w/ easy access to Langley AFB? The Foxhill section of Hampton would be an excellent choice. Located within minutes of the King Street entrance to the base, there are several types of Foxhill neighborhoods to consider. Willow Oaks, Malvern, Elizabeth Lakes, Essex Park, River Point and Holiday Park are just a few examples. Inlet Point is a waterfront community on the Harris River and is made up of both detached homes and townhouses. Howe Farms, another Foxhill community, offers larger homes and lots. In fact, there are several waterfront communities located within the Fox Hill section. Southhall Landing offers condos and single family homes, all with amazing views of Salt Pond. Grandview is a charming “resort-feel” community, right on the Chesapeake Bay. Besides amazing views, residents enjoy riding around on their golf carts and being steps from Grandview Beach. There’s even a fishing pier and dogs are allowed on the beach between Labor Day and Memorial Day. Outside of Foxhill is another waterfront community, Salt Ponds. A mixture of detached and attached homes, owners can purchase a boat slip at the marina and have access to the Chesapeake Bay. Plus, they can walk to both Malo Beach or Buckroe Beach,(complete with fishing pier).
Several other Hampton neighborhoods enjoy easy water access and views. Along the Hampton River and James River, you’ll find communities such as Poole’s Grant, Ivy Home, Crown Point and Merrimac Shores. However, it is hard to rival the charm and character of Old Wythe. Situated between Kecoughtan Rd. and Chesapeake Ave, this lovely established community is a must see. From quaint bungalows, darling four squares to amazing waterfront mini-mansions, all of Old Wythe enjoys ready access to the James River. Plus, Lasalle Ave. offers an easy commute to Langley AFB (via the Lasalle gate), the interstate, etc. Further “inland”, there are a plethora of great Hampton neighborhoods as well. Micheal’s Woods, Hampton Woods, and Northampton are just a few. All offer great homes with quick access to area bases, shopping and entertainment. Bellgrade, Reed’s Landing, Sanlun Lakes and Westview Lakes are some other nice communities. All are convenient to both NASA and the west gate for Langley AFB. Hampton offers many school options; public and private. Currently, there are 20 public elementary schools, 6 middle schools and 4 high schools. In addition, there are several early childhood centers and alternative schools. Gloria Dei, St. Mary Star of the Sea, and Bethel are just a few of the private schools. The main campus of Thomas Nelson Community College and the renounced Hampton University can also be found in Hampton. Even if you don’t owe a home there, you’ll have plenty to do and see in this vibrant city. Langley AFB regularly opens its gates to the public for exciting air shows. The Hampton Coliseum is the place to see your favorite performers in concert, Disney on Ice or a Monster Jam. Bass Pro Shop is a outdoors man’s paradise and located right in the Power Plant shopping center. The new Peninsula Town Center offers tons of shopping and restaurants in a cool “outdoor-mall” feel; it even has “leaping fountains” for the kids to play in on a hot day. The Downtown Hampton district is home to the Virginia Air and Space Museum,(complete w/ IMAX theater), the Harbourside Carousel and hosts several annual events each year. The Hampton Pirate Fest and Hampton Jazz Festival are some of the most popular ones, drawing thousands each year. For avid boaters, there are numerous spots where you can dock/launch your boat in Hampton. Examples would be Bluewater Yachting Center, Sunset, Gosnolds Hope Park, Dandy Point and Dandy Haven.
It’s easy to see why Hampton, Virginia continues to be a popular place to live!