My parents live in Norfolk, VA directly on the Chesapeake Bay. While I’m visiting, I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the gorgeous homes in the area. The neighborhood pictured here is filled with old world charm but all new construction. I’ve had the privilege of being inside many of these homes and they are equally charming on the interior as they are the exterior!
You’ll notice that most of the front porches include ceiling fans which make summer nights in August almost tolerable.
What you can’t tell from my shoddy photography on my ancient camera is the immensity of these homes. Each boasts a detached garage which is connected to the home by a breezeway. The garage houses an in-law suite which is sweet indeed.
Below you are viewing the side of the home pictured above. Here you can see a typical in-law suite. I wonder if they’d have room for a family of four???
These guys below need a drink but the flower boxed pepper plants and ivy made a charming combination. The landscaping everywhere was gorgeous.
This neighborhood was designed with community in mind. There are numerous common grounds and common areas for neighbors to relax and enjoy. The benches in the front of this white treasure are one of such areas.
This home had the most beautiful hanging baskets. They are a bit washed out in this picture, but trust me, they were stunning. I also loved the lattice work on the porch. Isn’t it great?
I was even in love with the “For Sale” signs in this neighborhood! Realty signs can be such an eyesore and this neighborhood association has taken care of that problem by only doing its own selling.
Tall trees add to the charm and more established feel to this neighborhood. I was so glad to see that the neighborhood planners left them in the plans!
Another charming porch that I contemplated resting on. It was hot here today!
It is hard to see from the photo, but the top porch of this home boasts 6 white rockers! Love it.
This barn-style house is actually the neighborhood spa! Yes, a spa! The neighborhood is intermixed with businesses operating out of buildings that seamlessly blend into the community.
Here is the neighborhood clubhouse and pool constructed to look like a lighthouse. It was crowded with mommies and kiddos today trying to get in the last of summer fun. (School doesn’t start here until next week.)
I was so hoping to catch it on a day when the child-sized chess pieces were out, but no such luck. Next to the clubhouse is this huge bay-front chess board which looks so cool when set up. Neighbors can enjoy a game of chess or checkers while getting a bit of a workout from moving the pieces around :).