Your Apartment Guide To Virginia Beach And Its Many Properties

Your Apartment Guide To Virginia Beach

If you’re getting an apartment in Virginia Beach, Virginia, I know you’re excited. How close are you going to be to the oceanfront? Regardless, you know you will be making your way to the beach quite often, especially during the season. Perhaps you’re going to be right on the oceanfront like me, only I’m in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, just a little further down the east coast. There should be some steals on oceanfront condos and apartments in Virginia Beach, and you can definitely rent them for cheaper during the off-season, too. This is a perfect apartment guide virginia beachContinue reading

Virginia Beach Town Center could be growing, redeveloping

Courtesy of Armada Hoffler Properties

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Development company Armada Hoffler Properties proposed some big changes for Virginia Beach Town Center this week.

First, the company proposed a new City Hall in the heart of Town Center saying “Our vision for City Hall, to be prominently showcased as both an eminent and seamlessly integrated civic partner of Town Center, will be the catalyzing project to initiate the next phase of business and economic development through a fruitful public-private partnership with the city.”

City officials have been talking about moving city hall from its current location, citing asbestos issues, as well as mechanical and electrical problems with the building.

Armada Hoffler has proposed significant changes to the area around Town Center, the proposal says. City Hall would be built where the existing Regal Cinema movie theater sits. The theater would move across the street.

Along with the development of City Hall, Armada Hoffler has proposed an area called Columbus Village which would have mixed-use private development with retail, multifamily housing and office space.

Additionally, parking would be restructured. The company said they estimated the project would require around 1,200 parking spaces.

The expected range for the project would be approximately $100 million.

The project is laid out in four phases.

Phase one – Relocate and rebuild Bed Bath and Beyond

Phase two – Relocate and rebuild Regal Cinema, new parking deck and retail, new office building

Phase three – New City Hall, new parking deck and retail, new hotel

Phase four – New multi-family apartments

The date ranges on all four phases begin on October 2, 2017 and are scheduled to be competed by December 15, 2021, according to the proposal.

All of this remains just a proposal. City council will get more information about the idea in June.

Click here to read the entire proposal.

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Suspected Virginia Beach arsonist caught on surveillance cameras

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Home surveillance cameras captured an act of arson in a Green Run neighborhood.

In the video you can see one person slowly walk across Rembrandt Court to a home on the other side of the road. Minutes later flames take over the front of the home, where Wayne Diveris was inside with his family.

"When I came down it had already grown above the bay window," Diveris explained. "I just thank God that I was able to put it out before it got too high for me to actually put out."

Diveris said his wife was the one who alerted him to the flames.

"She found out that the outside shingles of the house were actually on fire. She came up and woke up everyone."

According to fire investigators, the person seen in the video slowly walking away from the home, is likely the person responsible for lighting the home on fire just before midnight on April 17.

The family told News 3 they only found about their neighbor’s surveillance video a few days ago.

They said they have no idea who the person in the footage is. The family also said they have no idea why they would want to set their home on fire, potentially injuring or even killing them.

"Since we keep to ourselves we don`t have any company coming over or anything of that nature here it kind of bewilders us," explained Diveris. "With the way that our front door and stair case are, had the front of the house caught on fire no one would have been able to get out of the front. I would have had to force everyone to try and escape from the rear."

With the accused arsonist is still on the loose, the family had to take some protective measures in order to feel safe again in their own home.

"After living here for four years, for about a week or two we lost that security. Now with the security system here we are very happy."

If you know who the person in the surveillance video is, take action and call the Virginia Beach Fire Marshall’s Office.

Virginia Beach-based Coast Guard Cutter seizes over 8,000 pounds of cocaine

PACIFIC OCEAN -04.08.2017 (Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The crew of the Cutter Dependable returned home Thursday after a two-month patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

The Coast Guard said during the patrol the crew seized over 8,000 pounds of cocaine with an estimated value of $122 million.

The evidence gathered will be used to prosecute 19 suspected smugglers.

In four separate cases, the crew of Dependable pursued five vessels suspected of smuggling narcotics; including several high speed pursuits of go-fast vessels specially fitted to smuggle contraband.

The Virginia Beach-based Dependable is a 210-foot Reliance class medium endurance cutter with a crew complement of 75.

They conduct homeland security missions in the offshore waters of the Western Hemisphere from New England to the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific, the Coast Guard said.

Nearing its 50th year serving America, Dependable and the other 26 aging medium endurance Coast Guard cutters are scheduled to be replaced by new Offshore Patrol Cutters in 2021.

Giant cecropia moth waits for her prince to come in Virginia Beach

A beautiful cecropia moth perched on a tree at the Virginia Beach Middle School Butterfly Garden patiently waited for her prince to come.

She slowly opened and folded her wings occasionally, but she didn’t fly.

Her belly was big and swollen with eggs.

And if her prince didn’t come at some point, she would just give up and lay those eggs, unfertilized, explained Maurice Cullen, the teacher who oversees the school garden.

It’s tough for a “princess” cecropia to find a mate she when she emerges from her cocoon early in the season when males also can be sparse. Fortunately, the males are no dummies and they can be drawn to her sweet pheromone perfume from far away.

Cecropia moths, one of the largest moths in the United States, are in the giant silkworm family and their wingspan can more than 5 inches across, But life is no bed of roses for these beauties.

They have no mouth parts, do not eat, and live only to mate. So here’s hoping our female cecropia’s prince will come.

Without food and lacking a prince, there’s not much left to make the world go round.

Have you come across a surprise or puzzle in nature? Do you have a tidbit of local lore? Share your stories and sightings with columnist Mary Reid Barrow. She’ll take your questions and photos, too! Read Mary Reid Barrow in The Beacon on Sundays and Thursdays.

Two injured in Virginia Beach boat fire

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Fire crews responded to a boat fire in a neighborhood Wednesday.

Officials said the boat was at a dock at a home in the 2100 block of East Kendall Circle.

One person was seriously injured and another had minor injuries.

Fire officials said they were called to the home earlier in the day for a gas leak coming from the boat.

After they left the scene crews were called back in minutes for the explosion, fire officials said.

The fire is out and was originally reported around 3:40 p.m.

The boat was significantly damaged.

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Relocating To The Resort City Of Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is a very popular tourist destination. The resort city is best known for its beautiful beaches and there are hundreds of restaurants, hotels and self-catering apartments located along the oceanfront. However, the area also has several residential apartment blocks, as many people are choosing to relocate to the area on a more permanent basis.

If you are looking for an affordable 1-bedroom apartment in the resort city, your first point of call should be local real estate agents and agencies. Make sure that you know your specifications and budget before you contact an agent, as this will enable you to save a lot of time. After all, there is no point looking at apartments you cannot afford to rent. For reference, the average monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in the area is $983.

Another way to find nice apartments to rent in the Virginia Beach area is to buy local newspapers. Many landlords only advertise vacancies for tenants privately in local newspapers in a bid to save money on agency fees. If you are from out of the area, this means that you may not get to know about the best apartments available for rent. Keep in mind that safety can be a big concern when renting from a private landlord, so don’t be afraid to walk away from a contract if you don’t feel comfortable.

In general, it is best to visit a selection of apartments in person before you sign a tenancy agreement. Looking at photographs, videos and floor plans on a real estate agent’s websites won’t provide you with the real feel of an apartment. As a potential tenant, you should find that many agents are happy to show you around multiple properties. Visiting properties in person will help to ensure that you rent somewhere that you are not ashamed to call home.

Bye-bye Virginia Beach cornfields. Hello more houses and roads.

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Kathy Van Mullekom | For The Virginian-Pilot

Heard from the back seat of my SUV recently, taking my granddaughter, Mattie, to preschool at Courthouse Academy: “Nana, I am going to miss those fields.”

Wow, what an unexpected revelation from a 4-year-old who saw those fertile cornfields only last summer.

I am going to miss those fields, too – the rows of corn growing right up to the waist-high ditch along West Neck Road and the entrance to our neighborhood, The Villages at West Neck.

Several times, I thought about pulling over and quickly picking a few ears of corn but never did. Instead, I just admired them and thought about the simple beauty they brought to the two-lane country road.

Now, that land is under siege by heavy machinery scraping away the rich topsoil and digging the first of eight small lake-like retention ponds.

Soon after we bought in West Neck, we sadly learned the farm would become home to 152 new residences, priced $500,000 and up, according to our neighbors.

The Princess Anne and Pungo areas attracted us because there are still many undeveloped areas that allow you to breathe and enjoy a landscape uncluttered by rooftops and driveways. Now, as I drive the same roads, I see more and more “for sale” and “sold” signs.

While, I know it’s not American to deny a landowner the right to sell property, are there alternatives to putting some of that land in conservation, even if only small parcels of each?

When I reached out to the city of Virginia Beach, I learned that 90 of the 158 acres at King’s Landing will be reserved as community open space or remain in their current undisturbed natural condition. That leaves 68 acres for 153 residential lots and public streets, according to Carrie Bookholt, development liaison for Planning & Community Development. The existing Gray family home will remain on the property, Bookholt adds.

West Neck Road, curvy and narrow, will be improved.

“It will be wider, nicer and safer,” says Tom Leahy, deputy city manager for infrastructure.

“There will also be multi-use paths on both sides of the road.”

Fortunately, those added paths will connect West Neck Villages to the sidewalks in front of Kellam High School, allowing residents to walk and bike to the post office or nearby Harris Teeter and other useful shops. That is something to cheer.

Even though I fuss about the disappearance of woods and farmland, I have to acknowledge the city has done some good, acquiring land through its Open Space program, which works with the Parks and Recreation Foundation, according to Barbara Morrison, communications manager for the city. In its 2015 report, it lists 25 properties acquired totaling 2,829 acres for $49,868,307 since 2001.

All told, the city, which is 248 square miles, has 293 parks and park facilities totaling 7,000 acres, adds Morrison.

To put this in perspective, the much-smaller city of Newport News, which is 64 square miles, features more than 9,600 acres of park property.

Hopefully Virginia Beach will protect even more green space – starting with its 28,000 acres of farmland that is also its third economic engine. In other words, slow down on the housing gobbling up land, please.

Don’t Pass Up These Popular Virginia Beach Attractions

There are quite a few popular tourist destinations along the east coast, but Virginia Beach is one of the top ones. I live at another top east coast tourist destination, Myrtle Beach. Have you been to Virginia Beach? They have a great Boardwalk, and in fact it is the top attraction. People talk about the Christmas season being especially nice with the lights, considering that the Boardwalk is a good place to walk.

The Boardwalk also accommodates bikes, and there is going to be quite a bit that you find there. Some call it the best east coast boardwalk, but I don’t know considering how much I also like the one in my own city. The Military Aviation Museum is located on Princess Anne Road. It is a top attraction that is said to feature quite a collection of vintage airplanes. The reviews do say it’s little out of the way, but they also say it is an attraction you don’t want to miss.

There are a lot of popular beach areas of course outside of just the general Virginia Beach part of the landscapes. For example, there is the First Landing State Park and Sandbridge Beach. Next up, you have attractions like the Old Coast Guard Station, the Naval Aviation Monument and Ocean Breeze Waterpark for the kids. See there is all kinds of fun to be had in Virginia Beach.

Many people also like to check out the fishing pier, and then there is False Cape State Park. Does Motor World sound fun to you? Would you like to get in some shopping at Lynnhaven Mall? No I am not getting short on attractions to list. There are 114 listed on a top travel site, so you know you’re going to be staying busy the whole time.

Don’t Pass Up These Popular Virginia Beach Attractions

There are quite a few popular tourist destinations along the east coast, but Virginia Beach is one of the top ones. I live at another top east coast tourist destination, Myrtle Beach. Have you been to Virginia Beach? They have a great Boardwalk, and in fact it is the top attraction. People talk about the Christmas season being especially nice with the lights, considering that the Boardwalk is a good place to walk.

The Boardwalk also accommodates bikes, and there is going to be quite a bit that you find there. Some call it the best east coast boardwalk, but I don’t know considering how much I also like the one in my own city. The Military Aviation Museum is located on Princess Anne Road. It is a top attraction that is said to feature quite a collection of vintage airplanes. The reviews do say it’s little out of the way, but they also say it is an attraction you don’t want to miss.

There are a lot of popular beach areas of course outside of just the general Virginia Beach part of the landscapes. For example, there is the First Landing State Park and Sandbridge Beach. Next up, you have attractions like the Old Coast Guard Station, the Naval Aviation Monument and Ocean Breeze Waterpark for the kids. See there is all kinds of fun to be had in Virginia Beach.

Many people also like to check out the fishing pier, and then there is False Cape State Park. Does Motor World sound fun to you? Would you like to get in some shopping at Lynnhaven Mall? No I am not getting short on attractions to list. There are 114 listed on a top travel site, so you know you’re going to be staying busy the whole time.

Don’t Pass Up These Popular Virginia Beach Attractions

There are quite a few popular tourist destinations along the east coast, but Virginia Beach is one of the top ones. I live at another top east coast tourist destination, Myrtle Beach. Have you been to Virginia Beach? They have a great Boardwalk, and in fact it is the top attraction. People talk about the Christmas season being especially nice with the lights, considering that the Boardwalk is a good place to walk.

The Boardwalk also accommodates bikes, and there is going to be quite a bit that you find there. Some call it the best east coast boardwalk, but I don’t know considering how much I also like the one in my own city. The Military Aviation Museum is located on Princess Anne Road. It is a top attraction that is said to feature quite a collection of vintage airplanes. The reviews do say it’s little out of the way, but they also say it is an attraction you don’t want to miss.

There are a lot of popular beach areas of course outside of just the general Virginia Beach part of the landscapes. For example, there is the First Landing State Park and Sandbridge Beach. Next up, you have attractions like the Old Coast Guard Station, the Naval Aviation Monument and Ocean Breeze Waterpark for the kids. See there is all kinds of fun to be had in Virginia Beach.

Many people also like to check out the fishing pier, and then there is False Cape State Park. Does Motor World sound fun to you? Would you like to get in some shopping at Lynnhaven Mall? No I am not getting short on attractions to list. There are 114 listed on a top travel site, so you know you’re going to be staying busy the whole time.