The Best Places to Live in Norfolk

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Norfolk is an independent city located in Virginia on the East Coast. The city has a population of 237,764 residents residing in more than 100 diverse neighbourhoods. Norfolk is home to the world's largest naval base, the region's international airport, waterfront shops, numerous restaurants, excellent selection of churches and museums. The region also boasts of a collection of cruise ships, ferries, sailboats and commercial vessels sailing on the River Elizabeth.

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Ghent is a posh and expensive area and is perfect for those who would like to spend on their accommodation in Norfolk. The area is divided into Ghent, West Ghent, East Ghent and Ghent Square. Many stately homes surround the Ghent area. The neighbourhood is popular for its range of restaurants, galleries, boutiques and antique shops that are located on the Colley Avenue and the Monticello Avenue. The neighbourhood is home to an art museum, the Virginia Opera Home Stage, the Harrison Opera House and the Chrysler Museum of Art. It also has Norfolk's largest medical complex, containing four hospitals: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sentara Heart Hospital and Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters.

Larchmont & Edgewater

Larchmont & Edgewater is a residential neighbourhood that is located close to the Old Dominion University and is the largest in the state. The neighbourhood is home to more than 5,694 people living in more than 2,300 houses that include single-family homes as well as college student housing. The houses were built in the early 20th century, and their style include Colonial Revival, grand Victorian and Craftsman bungalows. Many of the houses face the Lafayette River or the Elizabeth River. The neighbourhood has one restaurant called D'Egg West and a grocery store to fulfil basic necessities.


Berkley is located directly across the eastern side of River Elizabeth and was an incorporated town in Norfolk in 1890. The area was once popular for its port facilities, shipyard and train terminal. The neighbourhood has 21 churches and a community development centre that houses facilities like a library, fitness centre and swimming pool. The neighbourhood houses Farm Fresh, which is a grocery store; a sandwich shop; and a Chinese takeaway restaurant. Other utilities include a post office, car rental, funeral home, spa and salon.

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