Check out the waterfront community in Norfolk, Virginia designed and built in the tradition of Atlantic Coastal villages.
The 2011 Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House is in East Beach -- a waterfront community in Norfolk, Virginia designed and built in the tradition
of Atlantic Coastal villages.
East Beach is very well located: - just a 10 minute drive from Norfolk International Airport, and a 20 minute drive to downtown Norfolk, the major employment centers and military bases. The community is right on the Chesapeake Bay where the Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. In just ten minutes you can walk from the beach at the north end of the community to your boat at the deep water marinas at the south end of the community.
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.
The attention to detail – both in the Master Plan and architectural style- is what sets East Beach apart from other neighborhoods. East Beach is a “Traditional Neighborhood Development” (TND), designed and built in the style of traditional Atlantic coastal villages. The Master Plan for East Beach was developed in the style of “New Urbanism” by world renowned TND master planners Duany Plater-Zyberk. Design guidelines for East Beach homes are set out in the East Beach Pattern Book. Newly constructed homes reflect traditional classic detail and proportion of Tidewater Virginia homes, and are built with materials that will withstand the test of time and forces of Mother Nature and the Chesapeake Bay.
Walking down the flower-lined paths of this pretty neighborhood in Norfolk, where friends stop to chitchat, it's difficult to imagine what East Beach used to look like: a run-down urban pocket. Less than 10 years later, thanks to investment from the city and developer East Beach Company, shingle-style, Victorian, and Craftsman houses (built wiht products that have the charm of traditional materials but with more weather protection and in need of less maintenance) stand proud.
Residents include families and young professionals, military personnel, and retired folks from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds who enjoy walkable streets, a mix of residential and commercial space, and public amenities like The Bay Front Club—right in the city. "Instead of building on undeveloped land inhabited by wildlife, we redeveloped a neighborhood just minutes from the regional airport and major employment center," says East Beach Managing Partner Bart Frye. "To me, it doesn't get any greener than that."
Houses in East Beach are clustered around bayside greens and linear parks that not only encourage gathering but also extend water views to non-waterfront homes. Parks, porches, and The Bay Front Club on the beach promote a sense of community.