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Norfolk has a major history with the Navy and national defense due to its strategic location at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. There are a lot of associated businesses due to this which also keeps the economy pretty stable. Also many retired veterans and miltary people just stay in the Norfolk area for their retirement.

Since Norfolk is surrounded by water, boat lovers will enjoy the plethora of opportunities to go out on a day cruise, fish, and swim. The Chesapeake is full of sea life and the crab is world famous up the Chesapeake in Maryland.

Norfolk is home to many cultural attractions including what the New York Times considers the best art museum in the state of Virginia (Chrysler Museum of Art). There are other attractions related to Norfolk's long history of naval and shipping activities.

Norfolk's weather is quite a break for northerners looking to retire. It rarely dips below freezing in winter and there is little snow in late December to early March. The summer months aren't as hot as further south destinations like Florida and Georgia due to the proximity to the water which acts as a sort of air conditioning system.


Retirement Housing Options: In the city there are unique housing options which include condos, apartments for rent, hi-rises, retirement communities, lofts, co-ops, luxury condominiums, top end townhouses and other housing for over 55 boomers and seniors. There are lots of independent living options and when you need it, assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facility.

Norfolk Senior Retirement Communities

Virginia Active Adult 55+ Communities - Homes (VA)
Northern Virginia, VA 20136
OWL55.com presents the best of the active retirement communities in Virginia. Includes community information and MLS (resale) listings.

The Settlement at Powhatan Creek
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Located adjacent to the pristine, cypress-lined fresh waters of historic Powhatan Creek, The Settlement at Powhatan Creek is set among a dense variety of deciduous and evergreen trees native to southeast Virginia. Over 70% of the community 225 acres.

Harbor's Edge: A nicer view on Retirement Living in Norfolk, VA
Harbor's Edge is redefining retirement. Norfolk's only high-rise luxury retirement community, Harbor's Edge offers breathtaking waterfront and downtown views, open and elegant floor plans, the finest amenities and guaranteed lifecare. At Harbor's Edge exceptional comfort, services, security and the support needed to enjoy an active and vibrant lifestyle are guaranteed. Offering a perfect blend of metropolitan living and the relaxed Hampton Roads lifestyle, Harbor's Edge is recognized as one of the premier urban retirement communities in the United States. Isn't it time you considered Harbor's Edge for your carefree, resort-style retirement?

At Commonwealth Assisted Living, we care about Virginia's seniors. We consider it a privilege to care for each and every one of the over 500 residents in our 12 communities throughout Virginia.

Among the gentle river breeze and seafaring spirit of Norfolk, Virginia, The Talbot on Granby welcomes you. The moment you walk into The Talbot on Granby you are part of our family. Relax in a cozy chair, go for a swim in the pool, shop the nearby stores or enjoy one of our many stimulating activities, we make you feel right at home. From our caring, dedicated Independent Living staff to our inviting courtyard, pool and decor, The Talbot on Granby creates a family-oriented place you will want to call your own.

Many consider Norfolk and the Hampton Roads area to be among the best retirement cities in the U.S.

Here are some other reasons to choose retirement living in Norfolk Virginia.

Social Opportunities: studies have shown that a good group of friends is more important to a happy retirement than money or health. Norfolk offers many opportunities with civic groups and hobby clubs to generate a solid core group of friends. These friends can help ward off the problems of aging like dementia and health issues.

Public Transportation: rural living isn't good for seniors who can't drive since they require someone's help to get around. The expenses of transportation add up quickly for fixed-income seniors so the public transportation of Norfolk is quite beneficial. Even better is that most public transit systems have senior rates that are much cheaper than normal.

Access to Medical Services: it's pretty obvious that if you live near a hospital, you're more likely to survive a medical emergency. Despite how your mind feels, the body starts to break down and there's a good chance you'll need a hospital visit during your retirement years. Living in Norfolk is great since there are more specialists and medical services available and at cheaper rates. Downtown Norfolk is in close proximity to the best local - and regional - medical care. Within walking distance of:

* Sentara's Norfolk General Hospital - a 543-bed care facility offers top clinical care including the Sentara Center Institute, and the area's only Level 1 Trauma Center.
* Sentara Heart Hospital - the only dedicated heart hospital offering patients the most specialized cardiovascular care in the Mid-Atlantic.
* EVMS Health Services - a not for profit physician practice affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) with more than 150 physicians representing over 20 specialties from primary care to medical and surgical services.

Access to Local Businesses: city living offers walking distance to most businesses that you'll ever use in your retirement years. Even if you need to travel, there are a lot more shopping centers and discount stores in urban areas.

Fitness: exercise is critical to keeping healthy during your retirement years. Cities have every type of fitness facility from standard fitness centers to niche fitness places like indoor rock climbing walls so there's something for everyone. Even if you want to exercise on your own, there's tons of parks or indoor malls to enjoy walking in.

Continuing Education: today’s seniors know the importance of exercising their brains, as well as their bodies. Urban living provides access to a wide range of classes, through local universities, museums, city recreation departments, etc. Enrolling in these types of courses can help stave off the depression that some people feel once they stop working full time.

Travel: Norfolk is a great home base to travel throughout the Chesapeake Bay, historic Virginia's Williamsburg, Richmond, and Charlottesville as well as Washington DC and mid-Atlantic areas. Holland America cruise ships leave from the Norfolk Harbor!

Norfolk's Cultural Attractions: Norfolk is one of Virginia's leading centers for arts, theatre and music including:

* An annual series of dazzling traveling shows through Broadway at Chrysler Hall
* Chrysler Museum of Art offers a rare collection of over 5,000 years of art
* Virginia's opera company performing at the Harrison Opera House
* Virginia Ballet Theatre hosts the state's premier ballet company
* Virginia Stage Company performs at the elegantly restored Wells Theatre
* Attend one of more than 140 annual performances by the Virginia Symphony
* Enjoy a wide range of artistic performances and feature films at the elegantly-restored Roper Center for the Performing Arts
* Hear live music and attend outdoor festivals at the downtown waterfront Town Point Park

Food and Entertainment: retirement should be full of activities you never had a chance to enjoy while working. Dinners out to fancy restaurants or weekend getaways to a nearby city or historical site are all possible living in a city. Usually, cities have tons of entertainment venues like theaters and museums and there's always something going on.

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