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What Do I Need To Know Before Buying A Mobile Home In Virginia Beach, VA?

Virginia Beach would seem to have it all – a great climate, the “beach lifestyle,” and plenty to keep anyone entertained. The Virginia Beach economy is strong – it has had a substantially lower unemployment rate than the national average for years. Even its per capita income is better than most. However, the cost of living there can be high. Even buying a mobile home in some parts of Virginia Beach can be costly.

In this article we’ll explore the city of Virginia Beach and its surrounding metro area. We’ll look closely at some of its most sought-after neighborhoods – exactly the kinds of places people buying a mobile home in Virginia Beach, VA should be looking at. We’ll explore the city’s climate and general weather patterns, as well as what the people in Virginia Beach do for fun. In essence, we’ll tell you what you need to know to imagine yourself living there accurately.

History

History

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The Chesepian People lived in what would become known as Virginia’s Tidewater before first contact with the Europeans. They were likely an Algonquian speaking people, but little is known about them today. The Chesepian were part of the Powhatan Confederacy, a political organization of tens of thousands of people living along the coasts there. Three ships landed in what would be called Cape Henry in 1607, loaded with English colonists. The region soon fell under English control, but the area that would become Virginia Beach remained a rural, plantation-based area until the coming of the railroad in 1883. By the late 1890s, Virginia Beach was a budding resort community. Virginia Beach became an incorporated town in 1906, and grew rapidly ever since. The casinos were replaced by more family-oriented amenities and amusement parks by the late 1920s, and the city became independent from the surrounding county in the 1960s. Virginia Beach is now part of the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Statistical Area, counting more than 1.7 million inhabitants.

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Things to do in Virginia Beach

Things to do in Virginia Beach

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The Neptune Festival attracts half a million visitors every year, and the NAS Oceana Airshow brings in another 350,000. Anyone buying a mobile home in Virginia Beach would have easy access to these, as well as to the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, Sandbridge Beach, First Landing State Park, the Black Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Neptune’s Park, Mount Trashmore Park, and more.

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Before buying a mobile home in Virginia Beach, you should have a feel for its location and what that means for its weather year-round. Virginia Beach is located at the far southeast corner of the state, along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Though Virginia Beach is the largest single city in its metro area, it really serves as a residential suburb of Norfolk, which serves as the central business district of the entire metro. This location gives Virginia Beach a humid subtropical climate, with cool, dry winters and hot, humid summers. Average July highs reach 88 degrees F, while average January lows barely dip below freezing. It gets between 47 and 50 inches of precipitation most years, depending on where in the city you measure. Its location makes coastal hurricanes rare, one of the reasons it became a resort community in the first place. Before you decide whether or not any of the Virginia Beach mobile homes for sale are right for you, think about what kind of neighborhood you really want to be living in. Will you need a quick commute into Norfolk? Would you rather be near the best schools? How important is it to be close to the beach or the city’s nightlife? Each of the following neighborhoods offers something unique. Virginia Beach Neighborhoods Thoroughgood, Bayside The Thoroughgood neighborhood includes the Bayville Golf Club, as well as plenty of waterside plots. It is a great spot to site mobile homes in Virginia Beach. It is suburban in flavor, like most of the city. Many of the residents serve in the military. The median real estate price in Thoroughgood is a little over $66,000, and most of the single-family units have 3 or more bedrooms. Most were built between 1970 and the turn of the century, but a few date back to WWII. The vacancy rate here is around 5.4%, so you will be able to find a few properties at any one time. Broad Bay Colony You’ll find the Broad Bay Colony neighborhood a great place to buy a mobile home in Virginia Beach, VA. It includes both Bay Island and the “mainland” section around Shore Drive. You’ll find plenty of large single-family homes and high-rise apartment complexes as well, most built after 1970 but before 2000. The median listing price for real estate in Broad Bay Colony is just under $700,000, but the vacancy rate is a much more approachable 7.5%, so you may find a little wiggle-room if your favorite plot has been on the market for a while. Fort Story The Fort Story neighborhood is arranged around Joint Expeditionary Base East, as well as a large swathe of protected wetlands ironically called “The Desert.” Median real estate prices here top 715,000, and the population density is roomy and rural. It would be the perfect place to site Virginia Beach, VA mobile homes for sale, were it not for the neighborhood’s unmeasurably low vacancy rate. Properties in Fort Story rarely come up for sale publicly, and when they do, they go fast. Sandbridge If you’ve decided to buy land in Virginia, consider the Sandbridge neighborhood in Virginia Beach. This area includes both Sandbridge Beach and Sandbridge Marsh, and is a lovely place to live. It can be pricey, though – real estate median prices there top $766,000. Most of the homes are owner-occupied medium and large single-family units, with a few condo high-rises mixed in as well. The vacancy rate in Sandbridge is a staggering 59.5%, putting it in the bottom 1% for occupancy nationwide. Much of the housing is only occupied seasonally, but that still leaves plenty of disused properties available for sale.

Virginia Beach demographics

Virginia Beach demographics

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Virginia Beach’s population as of the 2020 census was 459,470, up nearly 22,000 from the prior census in 2010. With expansion so high, housing can be a problem. Many people choose to buy mobile homes in Virginia Beach because they can be built and delivered much more quickly than a traditional home, and are therefore in greater supply.

Fully 94% of Virginia Beach residents over the age of 25 have high school diplomas, and just over 37% have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. The median household income was $78,136 in 2020, and the median value of owner-occupied housing units was an approachable $287,400 in the same year.

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Arts in Virginia Beach

Arts in Virginia Beach

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Anyone living in mobile homes in Virginia Beach, VA will be able to enjoy the local arts and cultural scene. As the city is a major tourist destination, it has cultural institutions to match. These include the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, the Military Aviation Museum, the Virginia Beach Amphitheater, the Adam Thoroughgood House, the Francis Land House, the Cape Henry Light Station and the Edgar Cayce Hospital for Research and Enlightenment.

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Schools in Virginia Beach

Schools in Virginia Beach

Options for education in and around Virginia Beach include Landstown High School, Princess Anne High School, Green Run High School, the Chesapeake Bay Academy, Tidewater Collegiate Academy, Strelitz International Academy and the Cape Henry Collegiate School. Colleges and universities in and around Virginia Beach include Atlantic University, Regent University, Virginia Wesleyan University, the Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University Joint Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia Tech’s satellite campus and Tidewater Community College.

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Why Virginia Beach?

Why Virginia Beach?

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There are plenty of reasons to buy Virginia Beach, VA mobile homes right now. The economy is strong, the median housing prices are low, and the city is growing every year. The real question, though, is whether you and your family would be happy there, and whether you can afford the costs of a “good” neighborhood.

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