The 5 Best Neighborhoods near Norfolk Naval Base

Posted by Tereesa Admin on Thursday, March 14th, 2019 at 5:20pm.

From Portsmouth, to Chesapeake, to Virginia Beach, the area around Norfolk, Virginia is brimming with fantastic neighborhoods to live in.

But, if you're looking for somewhere close to Norfolk Naval Base, then your options are going to be a bit more limited. You're still in luck though, since the areas within commuting distance of Norfolk Naval Base still include some absolute gems, and some of the best neighborhoods in Norfolk...

Not sure where to start?

Well, you're in the right place! Here is a list of some of the best areas and neighborhoods near Norfolk Naval Base. In no particular order, they are:


Ghent will often feature at the top of lists for "best Norfolk neighborhood", and that's no surprise. Just west of downtown Norfolk, this area has all the desirable characteristics of a historic city suburb: mature trees, character buildings, and a pleasing level of density.

The broader Ghent area consists of a number of sub-areas, like West Ghent, and Ghent Square. These offer variable levels of accessibility to Norfolk Naval Base, but all will likely take Hampton Boulevard north, over the bridge, and past the Meadowbrook area. It's still relatively close, but commuting times will depend more on traffic. 

While a bit further than some other areas on this list, the trade-off is proximity to a host of other attractions in other areas. Not only is downtown Norfolk close by, but Ghent's own Colley Avenue and W 21st Street are home to some of the city's best eateries.

The area boasts many lovingly-restored historic homes, as well as many affordable townhomes and condos for the buyer-on-a-budget. In Ghent you can also rest assured knowing that you're close to one of Norfolk's best medical centers, including Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sentara Heart Hospital, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, and Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Find a Great Ghent Home


This is another highly sought-after and historic community, just a short distance north of Ghent, situated on the south shore of the Lafayette River.

Separated from Ghent by Old Dominion University campus, here you can enjoy the benefits of being close to downtown Norfolk (and Ghent!), along with a sense of suburban seclusion. Not only that, but here the beautiful waterfront properties begin to make a showing.

Also similar to Ghent, Larchmont-Edgewater is a well-established neighborhood with classic East Coast character homes. The three C's: Craftsman, Classical, and Colonial - you'll find elements of these lining the streets, usually with on-street parking, and beautiful front lawns and entryways.

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Just over the Hampton Boulevard Bridge, this riverside community includes many waterfront properties with private docks. The area is also home to the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club - so this is a really great area for those who enjoy boating.

Other attractions include the Hermitage Museum and Gardens, nearby Titus Town, and Sewells Point Golf Course. And best of all, a short 5 minute drive over the 406 will put you at the Norfolk Naval Base gate.

Find a Great Meadowbrook Home

East Beach

This master-planned community is a bit further afield at 20 minutes away from Norfolk Naval Base, but the extra commute is worth it. In East Beach you'll be living the dream in a new-urban community featuring tree-lined boulevards, parks, and beaches.

The fantastic design of this community incorporates an affinity for people-focused density, making this the perfect place to get to know your neighbors. The Little Creek Marina is another highlight, so this is another great place for boaters.

Enjoy historic East Coast architectural design enclosing modern buildings and a diverse mix of residential housing types, surrounded by beaches and water on all sides.

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Talbot Park

The area west of Granby Street, south of the 406, and east of Riverfront, incorporates a collection of areas including Talbot Park, Riverpoint, Wards Corner, and Algonquin. We'll consider these neighborhoods collectively here since they're all rather small, close together, and quite similar.

Similar how? Well, more trees, more riverfront properties, more beautiful streets lined by historic character homes. The difference-maker is that you have a few choice amenities thrown in, like the Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center, Midtown Shopping Center, Little Creek Gateway Shopping Center, Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, and both Granby Elementary and High schools.

For such a small area, the amount of family-friendly facilities and attractions is pretty good. Access to Norfolk Naval Base is also a plus - just get on Terminal Boulevard or Little Creek Road going west, and when you hit Hampton Boulevard it's just a few minutes north to the gate.

Find a Great Talbot Park Home

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