Wednesday, March 31, 2010

House Hunting In Virginia Beach...

House hunting in Virginia Beach has been interesting. Our search revolved around school districts, distance from the Norfolk Navy base, 3+ bedrooms, 2+ bathrooms, 1,500+ sq. ft., a yard or community area and an open floor plan. Ryan and I looked at houses for months and we were excited to finally get to Virginia Beach to see some of the “beautiful” houses we found online. Well, when we went to see the homes, they were in “transitional” neighborhoods i.e. a few really nice houses built into traditionally rundown neighborhoods. Being that we wanted a safe neighborhood, we discounted all of the houses and areas we saw the first weekend.

After another week of research, we decided to increase of price range a bit and look at five more houses. We strongly considered two homes, but one was not an open floor plan and was in need of a new roof. There were five different floors on the first floor (wood, carpet, laminate, 2 types of ceramic) and the entire upstairs was carpeted in a royal blue and there was carpet in the master bathroom…yuck! This house was also at the top of our price range, so we would not have had as much extra money to invest in fixing up the house. The other home was in a great neighborhood on a golf course. It was advertised at a 3 bedroom house, but essentially it was a master bedroom, a room with French doors and a closet (i.e. an office in my opinion) and a loft with two closets. Only half of the upstairs loft area was finished, so we would have had to finish it, at a window and a bathroom to make this house safe for a family. The floor plan was exactly what I was looking for, but the limited amount of bedrooms, amount of work and danger of golf balls flying into our house and at future kiddos worked against the house. The workmanship was also a bit shoddy, crown molding falling off, loose wood flooring, etc.

On our drive home Ryan and I decided to look into townhomes because the yards we were getting were about the size of a townhome and had a ton of work. We found a few townhomes and on Tuesday, 03/30/10, we drove down to Virginia Beach again and looked at a few townhomes. We liked a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, open floor plan, 2 car garage townhome that was in a good neighborhood, great school district, near a great college and park, easy access to work and PA, so we decided to make an offer! Wish us luck!

Here is the floor plan of the house we decided to make an offer on.

Let me know what you think!


  1. Bummer about the homes you were looking at before you left being in "transitional" neighborhoods. What a letdown. Some of those places you showed us looked pretty cool!

    However, congrats on finding a neat townhome in a great area that you're putting an offer on! I checked out the floor plan and it looks AWESOME! So excited for you guys! Can't wait to find out what happens!

  2. Thanks a bunch Kara! Yea, we were pretty bummed the first time we went down (3 hour drive one way) and saw the neighborhoods.

    We are keeping our fingers crossed about the offer!! I'll keep you posted!


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