You’ve finally gotten your orders, and surprise: you’re transferring to Hampton Roads!
Oh no…Hampton Roads? Isn’t that nine different cities mushed together with a bunch of interstates?
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Hampton Roads is the name of the metropolitan region in Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina. Hampton Roads is comprised of Williamsburg, Poquoson, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Suffolk metropolitan areas of Virginia and an extended combined statistical area that includes Elizabeth City, NC. The area is known for its military presence, ice-free harbor, shipyards, and miles of waterfront property and beaches, all of which contribute to the diversity and stability of the region's economy. Hampton Roads has a population of more than 1.7 million, making it the 37th-largest metropolitan area in the United States and the largest on the Eastern Seaboard, between New York and Miami.
Something that sets Hampton Roads apart from other areas is the amount of military presence in the area. Within the nine cities, each branch of the military has numerous facilities, including:
- Camp Allen, in Norfolk
- Camp Peary, in York County
- Coast Guard 5th District, in Portsmouth
- Coast Guard Base Portsmouth in Portsmouth
- Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, in York County
- Fleet Training Center Dam Neck, in Virginia Beach
- Fort Eustis, in Newport News
- Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Fort Story, in Virginia Beach
- Lafayette River Complex (LRC), in Norfolk
- Langley Air Force Base, in Hampton
- Naval Air Station Oceana, in Virginia Beach
- JEB Little Creek, in Virginia Beach
- Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, in Portsmouth
- Naval Station Norfolk, in Norfolk
- Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, in Chesapeake
- Naval Consolidated Brig, Chesapeake
- Naval Support Activity Northwest Annex, in Chesapeake
- Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, in York County
- Norfolk Naval Shipyard, in Portsmouth
- Saint Julian's Creek Naval Depot Annex, in Chesapeake
Depending on where your military career takes you in Hampton Roads, there are a variety of temporary lodging accommodations, both on the Peninsula and the Southside. Staying at a lodge can take some of the pressure off of you while looking for a place to live.
If you’re moving to the Southside without a waiting home, check out 1 of the 3 Navy Lodges: Little Creek/Fort Story JEB at the north end of Virginia Beach, Oceana/Dam Neck in the central part of Virginia Beach, or Naval Station Norfolk.
If you’re traveling with the family pet, check with the lodge before you arrive to find out if they have any pet-friendly rooms available. If they aren't, the staff may be able to give you some local kennel information.
There are military veterinary clinics in the area, offering pet exams, immunizations and treatment. However, they don’t offer pet boarding. If boarding is required for any reason, call the clinic and ask whom they would recommend.
Because of the number of military housing communities in Hampton Roads, your transfer packet should contain contact information to a housing office closest to the base to which you’re checking in. Should you need a reminder of what the Base Housing Allowance is currently, you can check it online, at the Defense Travel Management Office website.
If you decide to buy a home on the peninsula, Newport News’s median home value, as of December, was $169,900, according to Zillow. “Newport News home values have declined -0.7% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.1% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Newport News is $115, which is lower than the Virginia Beach Metro average of $137. The median price of homes currently listed in Newport News is $179,900 while the median price of homes that sold is $165,744.”
The median rent price in Newport News is $1,100, which is lower than the Virginia Beach Metro median rent of $1,350.
On the Southside, Norfolk’s median home value, also during December, was $182,200. “Norfolk home values have gone up 3.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.0% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Norfolk is $131, which is lower than the Virginia Beach Metro average...The median price of homes currently listed in Norfolk is $204,900,”Zillow reported.
The median rent price in Norfolk is $1,300, which is also lower than the Virginia Beach Metro median rent.
If you’re still looking for more of what Hampton Roads is like, follow PCSMoves on Pinterest to check out our “How To PCS Like A Pro” and our “Life in Hampton Roads, VA” boards.
Because of the scope of the military in Hampton Roads, check back next week for part 2 on Hampton Roads, VA.
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