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Martin DeOlden
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I lived in Chesapeake (Deep Creek area - nice) and Portsmouth, VA for over 3 years before I moved up to northern VA. Chesapeake is a nice place and you will soon get the feel for Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Norfolk as most of the roads fo through all of them and it could be more said they are all one big city with different borough names.
Mostly Portsmouth and Norfolk are the lower class areas as Chesapeake has tried to upscale itself in the past few years. Virginia beach is very touristy in the summer months.
I used to play games at the 2 Atlantis Games and Comics stores and they have 1 store in Portsmouth right over the Chesapeake border that is more CCG based and the Virginia Beach store is more Tabletop and Miniature based. The owner Steve is very nice and the clientel was freindly and open to gaming.

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I live in Suffolk. We purchased there and have been enjoying it for 5 years. Before that I was in Virginia Beach in a house rental for a year. Within Chesapeake, some nice areas include Western Branch and further south, Great Bridge. It depends on what you are looking for- are schools important? Where will you be working? etc. Are you looking for specific areas within Chesapeake or are you looking more broad- including all of hampton roads? If you're searching, I wouldn't limit myself to just Chesapeake, since there are nice areas in Suffolk and Virginia Beach as well. I'd stay away from Norfolk, unless you look into a downtown place near waterside- and I'd also stay away from Portsmouth, though there are some pockets of nice areas.

For gaming, I go to Miniatures of Chesapeake "The Hangar" which is located in Hampton, oddly enough. The group there is great- a bit of a drive- but worth it. Lots of miniatures and board games hit the table between Thursday and Sunday.

http://www.odms-club.com/index.html

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violentzen wrote:

Thanks for your reply. Schools are important. I have 3 kids: 11, 6 and (almost) 2. I'm looking for areas in Chesapeake because I'll be working at the Coast Guard communications station on the VA/NC border (incorrectly listed as US Navy NW Radio Station on Google Maps) which is approximately 15 miles south of Chesapeake. So it will be a balance between (1) schools, (2) neighborhood and (3) commute. We're actually willing to buy, but of course in the current market that seems a little risky.


Based on that the Great Bridge area would be a good fit for you, or maybe on the other side of the border into Moyock. I have quite a few friends that grew up in the GB area. Suffolk is a nice up and coming area, but you're commute has the potential to be horrible. Princess Anne, Kempsville, and those areas of Virginia Beach are reasonable close to the area as well, but the pricing goes up when you cross the VB/Ches border.

Once you're here and settled in be sure to look up the local "Euro" group: http://tidewaterstrategygroup.org
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Great Bridge or Deep creek would be a great area for schools. The Virginia Beach area is one of the top areas for schools in Virginia and has some very nice schools. My wife went to Deep Creek and my mother in law is a professor at TCC and works as a Reading Specialist for the Virginia Beach Schools. The schools in Portsmouth and Norfolk however do not rank very well in comparison to Chesapeake and VB.
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