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Princess Anne - Town vs. County Stats

Princess Anne - Town vs. County Stats

Avg Price in Princess Anne: $482,700 / County Avg $450,900


Avg Taxes in Princess Anne: $3,300 / County Avg $4,400


Avg Sq. Ft. in Princess Anne: 2,994 / County Avg 2,235


Avg Price per/ft2 in Princess Anne: $161 / County Avg $202


Avg Walkscore in Princess Anne: 2 / County Avg 29


Avg Year Built in Princess Anne: 1993 / County Avg 1987


Avg Days on Website in Princess Anne: 150 / County Avg 83


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The Rustic Charm of Princess Anne, Virginia

Located within the city of Virginia Beach, Princess Anne is a longstanding community with a sort of rustic charm coupled with modernization. The houses inhabiting the area neighborhoods date to the 1980’s and offer unique character. But there’s more to the area than meets the eyes.

The History of Princess Anne

The community dates from 1691. It was named after Anne, the Queen of Great Britain from 1665 to 1714. Before ascending the throne, she was known as Princess Anne of Denmark and Norway.

History records that on March 8, 1702, she became the Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland. During her reign, two of her realms (the kingdoms of Scotland and England) were combined to form a single sovereign state – Great Britain. The Acts of the Union passed by the then Parliament made the unification possible, and Queen Anne ruled over Great Britain and Ireland until her death on August 1, 1714.

In 1691, what was designated as Lower Norfolk County was split in half. The western portion became known as Norfolk County. The eastern portion became Princess Anne Shire, which would later be called Princess Anne County.

Between 1691 and 1963, the consolidation of Virginia Beach and Princess Anne County would result in the Prince Anne community serving as the county seat. It was often called Princess Anne Courthouse, and the actual courthouse dates back to the 17th century.

For some time, the area remained rural. In the late 1970s through the 1980s, a few middle to upper middle-class neighborhoods began to appear. Since then, Princess Anne has seen a boom in residential neighborhoods and suburban business. It has become an increasingly private and affluent area within Virginia Beach.

Since 2000, a number of large, upscale single-family homes have been built in developing neighborhoods stretching to London Bridge Road, Sandbridge, and the Red Mill area. There is a taste of everything in Princess Anne for homebuyers, from older homes in well-established neighborhoods to newer construction in developing quarters. Some of the noteworthy neighborhoods include:
Courthouse Estates
Heritage Park
Holland Oaks
Indian River Plantation
Lago Mar
Pine Ridge
Princess Anne Woods
Red Mill Farms

Indulging in Princess Anne’s History

The appeal of the beach and the amenities held within Virginia Beach and the Oceanfront area are not the only attractions in Princess Anne. For anyone who enjoys history or wants to live in an area with rich roots, there’s plenty to do:

The Upper Wolfsnare is a Georgian style white brick house dating back to 1759. Although occupied by live-in tenants, the house is open on a limited basis for special events and occasions.

The Adam Thoroughgood House is found nearby. It dates to the early 1600s and is one of the oldest houses from the early Colonial Period in Princess Anne County.

The Lynnhaven House is an early 1700s treasure. It stands as a fine example of 18th century Tidewater architecture. It has also been referred to as the Boush House or Wishart House.

The Old Coast Guard Station is found nearby. A museum paying tribute to the seamen of the Coast Guard Life Saving Stations, special events are often held here for locals and tourists.

A Modernized Community

Today’s Princess Anne houses both conservative and upper-scale properties. The area boasts an exceptionally low crime rate. It is positioned in close proximity to some of the best schools in the public school system of Virginia Beach, including Kellam.

Floyd E. Kellam High School first opened its doors in 1962. Named after a judge, it serves a large percentage of the city of Virginia Beach. The attendance boundary extends all the way to the North Carolina border. Kellam is the third oldest school in the city, followed by Princess Anne High School and the Frank W. Cox High School.

Princess Anne sits in one of the most prestigious areas of Virginia Beach. It is in close proximity to Pungo, easily accessible from the Oceanfront area, and nearby the affluent coastal community of Sandbridge. Its prime location makes it a hot spot drawing in business and new residents.

Princess Anne: Home to a Subtropical Climate

As is the case in much of the Southeastern United States, Princess Anne is smack in the middle of a comfortable subtropical climate. Winters are relatively short and mild. Summers are usually hot and humid. Thanks to the community’s close proximity to the waterfront, temperatures are more moderate in comparison to inland locations. On average, residents can anticipate roughly 55 inches of rainfall each year.

The local climate makes Princess Anne the perfect spot for a variety of plant life. The area is permeated by Azaleas, Camellias, Gardenias, and Oleanders. While many associate specific topical trees with the beach, the area boasts a diverse assortment of trees, including:
Crepe Myrtles
Cherry Blossom Trees
Fig Trees
Live Oaks
Magnolia Trees
Windmill Palms

Living Near the Resort Area of Virginia Beach

The resort area of Virginia Beach has seen incredible growth since the late 19th century. It began along the Atlantic shore at the northeastern portion of Princess Anne County. The shoreline grew, particularly post 1888 when electricity and the rail service arrived in Virginia Beach.

In the mid-20th century, the western borders of the area lost territory to annexation suits by Norfolk. In a successful effort to block any further annexation of land, Princess Anne County merged with the then small city of Virginia Beach.

Today, Virginia Beach is a metropolis in its own right with an estimated population of over 440,000. It ranks as the 39th most populous city in the nation and has built an international reputation as one of the best resort cities in the world. And it’s no wonder as the city is found in the Guinness Book of Records as having the longest pleasure beach on the planet!

Princess Anne sits in the heart of one of the most historical, modernized, and lively areas in the United States. It’s more than a place to visit; it’s a place to truly live.