Whether you want to live near the beach in Ocean View, riverfront communities on the west side, historic eclectic Ghent area, the Downtown urban center or historical neighborhoods of the Southside, one of Norfolk's many different and diverse neighborhood will suit your needs.
The American Planning Association (APA) designated the city’s West Freemason Neighborhood as one of 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2013. It is a community of people dedicated to preserving the historical authenticity and charm. It was the first neighborhood to be rebuilt in the city after Norfolk was nearly completely destroyed during the Revolutionary War and has the city’s the oldest surviving cobblestone paving and granite curbs.
Downtown Norfolk is vibrant, compact, pedestrian-friendly, and home to popular arts and entertainment venues, historic sites, chef owned restaurants, museums and so much more.
Norfolk’s historic Ghent Neighborhood is a vibrant community filled to the brim with character, culture and delicious cuisine.
Surrounding the historic Ghent neighborhood are the districts of Chelsea, North Colley and beyond- a diverse and delightful intersection of commercial, industrial and undeniably local. As another award-winning area of Norfolk, Colley Avenue received the 2015 APA "Great Place in America" People's Choice award.
Norfolk’s relaxing beach communities of Ocean View and East Beach will leave you feeling as though you’re in a whole other world-one filled with fresh seafood, sand and seaside fun.
Norfolk's Southside neighborhoods are diverse and celebrating the opening of the new state-of-the art Campostella STEM Academy.