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
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
Active Adult 55+ Communities - Homes (VA)
Northern Virginia, VA 20136
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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.
Edge: A nicer view on Retirement Living in Norfolk,
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?
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
* Virginia Ballet Theatre hosts the state's premier
* Virginia Stage Company performs at the elegantly restored
* 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
* 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.