Splish, splash! That's the sound of you frolicking in the ocean near your new home on Norfolk. When you think of Norfolk, Virginia, you likely think of water and the Chesapeake Bay, and rightfully so as it's located on the mouth of the James River and Elizabeth Rivers, right where they meet the Chesapeake. It's a city not only framed by, but deeply influenced by the water. Naval Station Norfolk is the largest Naval station in the world, home port to more than 75 ships and thousands of sailors. Along with the other military installations scattered throughout the Hampton Roads area, it is an integral part of the economy. Beyond that, the bases and the personnel stationed on them are part of the social fabric. The symbiotic relationship has at times been chaotic but has helped make Norfolk and neighboring Virginia Beach important regional cities.
The proximity to Virginia Beach makes Norfolk part of the beach destination as well. Anyone flying in will go into Norfolk International Airport and might stay in nearby hotels. Of course, there are other great things as well. The city is home to great museums, music venues, eateries, gardens, and more. It's a great place to learn to sail or kayak and there are festivals and special events scattered throughout the calendar. The entire Hampton Roads area is rich in history and culture dating back centuries. From the intriguing history of native peoples to the first European settlement just up the river at Jamestown and on to the struggles of the Civil War, the past is represented all over the place.
The Norfolk area is full of fascinating landmarks. The Battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin is moored here as a floating museum that is available for tours. She served the country from WWII through the Persian Gulf War. Scope Arena, the shimmering Chrysler Hall, Attucks Theater, the Harrison Opera House, Wells Theater, and Harbor Park offer entertainment and sports viewing. The General MacArthur Statue and MacArthur Memorial Museum, Fort Norfolk, Armed Forces Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Norfolk Police and Fire Museum, and the dozens of mermaids that make up Mermaids on Parade are just some of the other intriguing landmarks around town.
The weather in the Hampton Roads and Norfolk area is fairly typical of the Mid-Atlantic coastal regions. Winters can see periods of cold and snow, interspersed with relatively warm spells. Spring brings warming sunshine, blooming and budding trees, and an increase in rain. Summers are hot and humid, with afternoon and evening thunderstorms very common. Autumn is usually the most pleasant season, with crisp, cool nights and pleasingly settled days with plenty of sunshine. With an average high of 48 degrees fahrenheit, January is the coldest month while July, at 87, is the hottest.
When it's time to get about the business of finding apartments for rent in Norfolk, it's wise to get a plan and follow it through. Think about what amenities appeal to you and try to match that with what's available. It's wise to gather information on previous placed you have lived, along with references. If it's houses for rent that you are looking for, the same considerations apply. The area typically has a lower vacancy rate than the national average, so be prepared by having backup choices. Your apartment search will reveal pretty much every kind of rental housing, from duplexes, condos, and studios to luxury apartments and large homes.