2011 Ultimate Beach House

This year, we went to East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia to build a seaside retreat from the ground up. Go inside to find pretty decorating ideas and smart design finds.

All About East Beach

Check out the waterfront community in Norfolk, Virginia designed and built in the tradition of Atlantic Coastal villages.

A water front home in East Beach, Virginia

Living in East Beach

The philosophy behind a community like East Beach is a Traditional Neighborhood Development, also known as New Urbanism.

Streetscapes are designed for walking. Walk just a few short blocks to the Chesapeake Bay. Walk in the other direction to Pretty Lake’s deep water marinas and the shops along Pretty Lake Avenue.

A neighborhood designed to bring people together – on the sidewalks, in the parks, and on their porches. A neighborhood designed for pedestrians, with shops, amenities, and schools all within easy walking distance.

Homes are designed in traditional architecture styles which feel like they’ve been here forever.  A mix of housing styles. Hidden gardens. Carriage house apartments. And always, at the end of each north-south street, the Chesapeake Bay.

East Beach is one of the few communities in Hampton Roads that allow golf carts on the streets.

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20 Beautiful Beach Cottages

From polished and sophisticated to rustic and casual, browse through this roundup of beach cottages to find your favorite coastal style.

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