A progressive, growing community, Chesapeake is the third largest city in Virginia. In spite of experiencing tremendous residential and industrial growth, Chesapeake still retains that small town charm. The Chesapeake real estate market includes both residential and commercial development. The residential areas combine both historical properties and brand new subdivisions.
Some urban developments exist, but growth is challenged by the many natural wonders that surround this area. Some of the nature that surrounds Chesapeake include the Dismal Swamp Canal (which runs adjacent to U.S. Highway 17, through the city), the Intracoastal Waterway (along the western and southern portions of the Elizabeth River which is the source of a booming shipping industry), and a portion of the Great Dismal Swamp plus extensive forest and wetlands throughout the area.
Chesapeake homes offer a selection of both old and new, with a large variety of styles, prices, and neighborhoods. You'll find impeccably restored historical treasures on large lots; modern subdivisions with new homes in varying sizes; townhouses and even high-rises.
Settled in 1620, Chesapeake has more than its share of historical attractions. The Virginia Civil War Trails, several historical homes, and the Great Dismal Swamp Canal are just a few notable sites.
With 111,000 acres of forested wetland and preserve, there are unlimited opportunities for bird watching, boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking and exploring this vast wonderland. The Northwest River Park offers picnic areas, horse shoes, volleyball and even designated equestrian areas. Inside the Chilled Ponds Ice & Turf Sports Complex there are over 90,000 square feet of ice skating and hockey fun.
Golfers can venture to the nearby Chesapeake Golf Club, Battlefield Golf Club, or Cahoon Plantation course.
You can find information on the public schools in Chesapeake at the school district website. Another great resource for Chesapeake schools information is here at Great Schools. Using the school district website you can contact and ask questions about available programs and schools that might be attractive for your children. Great schools offers reviews and third party information about each school, both public and private.