With 2011 all but in the books, it’s time to look forward to a new year with great optimism. 2011 may have been a trying time for some – with unemployment and related financial and health woes to endure – but a new year tends to bring the hope of change for the better. Therefore, it’s not uncommon for some to look into changes that involve moving to a new area to find work, enjoy a change in climate, or to be closer to family. The Hampton Roads area of Virginia, for one, has always been an ideal location for individuals, families, and retirees.
So, what is it about the Hampton Roads area that makes it a potential home for you in 2012? If you desire beach living, you definitely want to explore your options in Virginia Beach and along the Ocean View district of Norfolk. Homes and condos in the area are more affordable than you think, and the “Seven Cities” remain active with many recreation and leisure opportunities. Just a few reasons you should consider moving to the area include:
1) Great schools. Public schools in the metropolitan area are among the best in the Commonwealth. Norfolk and Virginia Beach are also home to renowned private schools, including Norfolk Academy, Norfolk Christian, and the Friends School. If you have children close to college age, you are near Virginia Wesleyan, Old Dominion University, and the College of William and Mary.
2) Weekend entertainment. Residents have no reason to become bored here. You can explore wildlife at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, take in a number of historical and scientific museums like the Virginia Aquarium and the Virginia Air and Space Center, and during the warm seasons there is Busch Gardens Europe to enjoy.
3) Great food. Peanut dishes, Virginia ham, crabcakes, and wine are just a few of the delights synonymous with the area. Foodies here look forward to annual Restaurant Week promotions, and the Williamsburg Winery is a great place to visit and sample the fruit of local vines.
4) Location, Location, Location! The Hampton Roads area is ideally located in Virginia. From here, you are only a three-hour drive to Washington, DC and about two hours from the Outer Banks. You can fly to Philadelphia in an hour, and New York City in two. Also, the area is nice if you prefer a “staycation.”
Will 2012 be the year you decide to make your move? Explore your options in Southeastern Virginia and see what opportunities await you.