564 apartments for rent in Virginia Beach, VA
Guide to Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach Apartments For Rent
Are you ready to stand at the edge of the surf and bury your toes in the sand as the water swirls gently around your ankles? Sure, there are plenty of coastal communities where you can do this – but there’s only one location where you can sink your toes into the same sand as the earliest colonists to the New World! Virginia Beach was first settled in 1607 by the Virginia Company of London, before the settlers (who named the area Cape Henry) decided to move more inland, to Jamestown.
Virginia Beach is filled with amazing historic sites, a boardwalk, shops and restaurants, and plenty to do. Virginia Beach is most definitely for lovers – of surf, sand, and sun! There are 35 miles of coastline, including the longest pleasure beach in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The beaches are divided up into three sections: Chesapeake Bay, Resort Area, and Sandbridge. Each is a little different, offering something for every type of beach-goer.
Ready to get some sand in your shoes? Get the information you need to find the perfect apartment for rent in Virginia Beach, then pack up your board shorts and head for the surf!
Things to Do in Virginia Beach:
Of course, Virginia Beach is all about the water. Boating, fishing, jet-skiing, parasailing, surfing, swimming, dolphin-watching, beachcombing, and sunbathing – this is a resort city, and the main attraction is the beach. You’ll also want to check out the boardwalk, which links more than 40 hotels and has a bike path. From there, head to the Virginia Legends Walk – the attractions here include monuments to famous Virginians such as George Washington, Pocahontas, and Edgar Allan Poe. The main attraction has to be the 34-foot bronze statue of King Neptune, which overlooks Neptune Park.
First Landing State Park is a terrific location to visit after you’ve made your own pilgrimage to your new Virginia Beach apartment – this is where the colonial settlers landed in 1607. Later, pirates used the Cypress swamps as a source for fresh water – and it supposedly served as a hideout for Blackbeard. First Landing State Park is the most-visited park in Virginia. It has 20 miles of trails, 1.5 miles of sandy beach, and rare plants and wildlife.
Beyond the beach, there are 18 historic sites open to the public, including the Cape Henry Lighthouse. The original lighthouse was the first authorized by the US government and the first-ever federal construction project under the young Constitution. The original lighthouse was built in 1792 and is a US National Historic Landmark. A second lighthouse was built in 1881 after concerns about the older lighthouse’s stability. The old lighthouse is still standing and is open to the public.
After touring the 1792 lighthouse, you might want to continue your historical tour and visit the Lynnhaven House. This house was built sometime around 1725 and was originally a 250-acre plantation. Today, the property includes five and a half acres. The house still has about 85 percent of its original materials intact, making it one of the nation’s best-preserved buildings from the early 1700s. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and currently operates as a house museum, open for guided tours.
The Adam Thoroughgood House was built sometime before 1720 and is a National Historic Landmark. The brick house is believed to have belonged to the family of Adam Thoroughgood, one of the earliest settlers to Virginia. He arrived in 1622 as an indentured servant, and for many years it was believed he built the house. But architects and historians now believe the house wasn’t built before his death in 1640, but was built much later by his great-grandson in the early 1700s. The house museum details the history of Adam Thorowgood (in its early spelling), one of Virginia’s first colonists.
After touring historic sites, you might want to visit the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, which features the 300,000-gallon Norfolk Canyon Aquarium and hands-on ocean exploration exhibits. Lynnhaven Mall, Town Center, Pembroke Mall, and Hilltop all offer an array of shopping opportunities.
There are 210 parks in the city – be sure to find your favorite after you move to your new apartment in Virginia Beach. Enjoy live entertainment at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater, or celebrate Virginia Beach’s heritage at the annual Neptune Festival. Be sure to visit other attractions such as the Battleship USSS Wisconsin, the National Maritime Center, the Chrysler Museum, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, and the Virginia Zoo.
Virginia Beach is pedestrian-friendly, featuring a downtown waterfront filled with charming shops and a variety of restaurants. From your new Virginia Beach apartment, you can head to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown to explore our nation’s infancy, or you can go downtown and catch a show at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, see a performance at the Little Theatre of Virginia Beach, or tour the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.
What to Consider When Moving to Virginia Beach:
Virginia Beach enjoys an average temperature of 82 degrees and has about 200 sunny days a year – perfect for enjoying the beautiful outdoors (and hitting the beach!). Virginia Beach is the most densely-populated city in Virginia – and that doesn’t include the tourists! This is a popular resort city, and tourism is a major part of the economy. The other major part is the military – Virginia Beach is home to several military bases, including Joint Expeditionary Base East in Cape Henry and the Navy’s NAS Oceana and Training Support Center Hampton Roads. Major companies based in Virginia Beach include Amerigroup and GEICO.
You’ll have a variety of neighborhoods to consider as you search for apartments in Virginia Beach. Notable ones include Bayside, one of the city’s original boroughs; Chesapeake Beach, a terrific area that offers a variety of housing including beach cottages, condos, apartments, duplexes, and townhouses; Oceana, next to the Naval Air Station Oceana; and Pembroke, home to a variety of exclusive shops, restaurants and the Virginia Beach Town Center.
Why Virginia Beach Apartments Are Hot:
Start with the 35 beautiful miles of coastline. Mix in 400 years of American history and 18 historic sites. Sprinkle with a terrific coastal downtown filled with shops and restaurants, along with a strong economy based in tourism and the military, and it’s obvious why Virginia Beach one of the fastest-growing cities in the US. If you are ready to find your new place in the sand, start searching for Virginia Beach apartments now!
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- Atlantic University
- Tidewater Tech
- Bryant & Stratton Virginia Beach
- Ecpi College of Technology Virginia Beach
- Medical Careers Institute Virginia Beach
Nearby Military Bases
- Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation
- US Navy Amphibious Base
- Oceana Naval Air Station
- Dam Neck Combat Training Center
- Fort Story
Why Virginia Beach?
- You can walk for miles! Virginia Beach is recorded as having the longest pleasure beach in the world in the Guinness Book of World Records
- Historically significant with 18 places on the National Register of Historic Places
- 200 sunny days a year means more fun in the sun
- Three beach areas that contain something for every type of beach-goer
- Family-friendly with the Virginia Aquarium and 210 parks for recreation
- Shoppers never get bored, whether they want large department stores, local boutiques, or specialty stores