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North End - Town vs. County Stats
Avg Price in North End: $842,300 / County Avg $450,900
Avg Taxes in North End: $13,200 / County Avg $4,400
Avg Sq. Ft. in North End: 2,454 / County Avg 2,235
Avg Price per/ft2 in North End: $343 / County Avg $202
Avg Walkscore in North End: 18 / County Avg 29
Avg Year Built in North End: 1985 / County Avg 1987
Avg Days on Website in North End: 106 / County Avg 83
North End Real Estate Market Health
If you could live in paradise, would you? It’s a no-brainer, isn’t it? Of course you would snatch the chance to call paradise home! Chances are you wouldn’t second guess the choice for a second. But before you can grab the opportunity, you have to find it. Finding paradise just might be as simple as snatching up real estate in the North End area of Virginia Beach.
Nirvana in the North End
The North End is found at the northernmost point of Virginia Beach. It stretches along the coast from the edge of Fort Story Military Reservation and encompasses the streets of 40th through 89th off of Atlantic Avenue before reaching Seashore State Park. Atlantic Avenue serves as North End’s main and most important street. The area bordered by the beautiful Crystal Lake, and it is chalked full of the most prime and finest real estate Coastal Virginia has to offer.
The average property runs in the $900,000 range, but the astute homebuyer teamed with a knowledgeable real estate agent can take advantage of reductions and short sales to catch a deal.
No one can deny Virginia Beach knows how to take excellent care of their beaches and shore. The North End Beach is not touristy, but a local’s chunk of oceanfront. Every street in the North End provides access to the beach, and it is one of the most immaculately up kept spots in the area. Local residents love the dog-friendly policy of the beach, and there are a number of tastefully placed trash cans and bags for keeping litter off the sand.
At the northern most end of the North End, the beach begins at Fort Story. Access beside the base is restricted, but the rest of the beach is open. The restricted area is well marked, and it won’t pose any problems for locals who choose to kick their feet up at the northern tip of the North End beaches. In fact, the seven-block stretch from Fort Story to Shore is one of the best for enjoying the ocean in one of the quietest settings in Virginia Beach.
Joint Expeditionary Base East
Fort Story is a sub-installation of Fort Eustis, the U.S. Navy, and the Little Creek Amphibious Base. It has been renamed to Joint Expeditionary Base East, but many locals still refer to it as Fort Story or Fort Story Military Reservation.
The installation sits prominently at Cape Henry, which is situated at the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. The shoreline stretches from the fort down Atlantic Avenue in North End. It offers a unique combination of relaxing oceanfront features, including beaches, dunes, deep-water harbor, sand, surf, changing tides, oceanic forest, and open land.
The Joint Expeditionary Base itself is a prime location for underwater operation and Logistics-Over-the-Shore (LOTS) training. It is important to abide by the posted restricted access, but the base’s training and operations have never interfered with North End residents set on enjoying the shore and the ocean.
The installation dates back to 1914. During the First World War, it was integrated into the Coastal Defenses of Chesapeake Bay. After the war, it became a Harbor Defense Command and was largely inactive. In 1944, the base began a transition from heavily fortified coastal artillery garrison to serve as a convalescent hospital for veterans returning home. It closed in March 1946 after having served over 13,472 patients.
In 1946, after the end of the Second World War, Fort Story became an amphibious training facility. At the end of 1961, it was declared a permanent installation. Since then, it has primarily operated as an amphibious training facility. Three historical sites are in close proximity to North End thanks to the base:
The Cape Henry Memorial Cross: The cross marks the location at Cape Henry where the Jamestown Settlers first made land in 1607. The Memorial overlooks the landscape in which the Battle of the Virginia Capes took place. A statue of Admiral Comete de Grasse accompanied by a granite memorial honoring all who fought the famous sea battle in September of 1781 is nearby. It is an American Revolutionary War tribute beaming with history.
The Norfolk Southern Railway: Built in 1902, this is the original passenger station of the Norfolk Southern Railway. It was restored during the ladder part of the 20th century and is today used by the Army has an educational facility.
Coastal Artillery: The base houses two 16-inch coast guns, which were installed in the early part of the 20th century. Designed to defend against any attacking naval forces entering through the Chesapeake Bay, the weapons themselves were removed after the end of WWII. The former ammunition bunkers and armored gun emplacements are today used for storage, but they are a great attraction to see for history buffs.
A Coastal Community for Ocean Lovers
The North End offers an unrivaled coastal community for those who love the ocean. It is an area with the best to offer from the relaxing beauty of the ocean to the calm scenery of Crystal Lake. And its location makes it the perfect spot for anyone wanting to take advantage of Virginia Beach’s thriving economy without sacrificing the highest standards of living.
Crystal Lake has been the backdrop for an active ecosystem restoration project, which began back in 2008 thanks to the Crystal Club. Today, the North End is sandwiched between two incredible ecosystems – that of Crystal Lake and the Atlantic Ocean. It is the perfect location for ocean lovers, particularly those who take an interest in restoration and preservation.
Paradise at its finest can be found in the North End. It is a coastal location rich with history, close to sought after amenities and laced with a sense of serene calm not easily found on touristy beaches. The nearby military presence does nothing to detract from the upscale nature of the area, and if anything it contributes to Virginia Beach having one of the lowest crime rates in Hampton Roads.
Nothing is missing from the North End, except for you! Ally with one of our experienced real estate agents today. Together, we will get your settled into the North End so you can say you chose to make paradise home.