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    Explore Virginia Beach Neighborhoods

    va_beachVirginia Beach is the most densely populated city in Virginia, and the city limits are vast and cover many miles. That means there are numerous options available to consider for your PCS within the Virginia Beach city limits!

    When looking for military homes for rent in Virginia Beach, I also researched information on Military Town Advisor. The following listed areas seemed to be the most popular in this region. If you're relocating to the Hampton Roads area, which includes Virginia Beach, remember to examine the dependence on the tunnel system and tolls each location.

    Virginia Beach Neighborhoods Popular with Military Families

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    As its name implies, the Atlantic Ocean provides the typical beach vacation experience, complete with lots of overpriced tourist activities and a boardwalk. The area near 32nd Street has boutiques and restaurants worth checking out. NAS Oceana and Dam Neck Base offer the shortest commutes at five to ten minutes. 

    Chesapeake Bay Area near Little Creek

    This area seems to have it all: easy access to calm bay water, plenty of residential access to the beach, and dining options favored by locals. Great schools and location tend to push housing prices higher. JEB Little Creek - Fort Story has the shortest commute from this area at ten minutes.

    Town Center Area

    Also referred to as the downtown of Virginia Beach, this area ia convenient and centrally located. While on the smaller side, the Pembroke Mall and its surroundings provide all of the commercial entities families need, such as Target, Old Navy, and family-oriented restaurants. Again, those headed to Little Creek have the shortest commute at ten to fifteen minutes.

    NAS Oceana Area

    More specifically, south of NAS Oceana is very popular with military families. Older homes combined with newer planned communities make up this suburban part of the Virginia Beach vicinity. Red Wing Park is a community favorite to run and play. As you can guess, NAS Oceana and Dam Neck are about a five- to ten-minute drive.

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    Courthouse/Amphitheater Area

    This area has experienced rapid growth including housing developments and shopping centers. A few reasons for the growth include the proximity to the Princess Anne Hospital and the central location for commuting to multiple military sites. Naval Station Norfolk, Little Creek, NAS Oceana/Dam Neck and Portsmouth Naval Hospital are all within a 20- to 30-minute commute.

    South Indian Road River Area

    This area is growing despite some of the inhibited access to highways. Over the past years, new planned communities have been built amongst farmland that is being changed to new construction homes. 

    South Holland Road Area

    Although centrally located to several military bases, the lack of highway access creates longer commutes due to traffic lights during rush hours. Landstown Commons Shopping Center and Lynnhaven Mall provide a multitude of neighborhood entertainment and attractions. There's a 30- to 35-minute commute to reach Norfolk Naval Station, Little Creek, NAS Oceana/Dam Neck and Portsmouth Naval Hospital.


    This may be the town for you because of its central location. Kempsville is made up of many newly constructed neighborhoods and planned communities at more reasonable prices. This area seems to be more utilitarian with plenty of strip mall shopping and dining, but little charm. Little Creek, NAS Oceana/Dam Neck and Portsmouth Naval Hospital have the shortest commute times at 20 to 25 minutes.

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    Dawn M. Smith


    Dawn M. Smith

    Dawn is a real estate and military life writer who has a serious HGTV habit. When she is not writing, her teen daughter, Army husband, and golden retriever keep her busy through chauffeur duties, travel planning, and long dog walks. Dawn is pleased to share her experiences with MilitaryByOwner readers who are hoping to simplify military family journeys of all kinds. Follow Dawn on Pinterest for more ideas and resources and visit her site at Dawn M. Smith Custom Content Creation.

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