Meet Debra Mills, Realtor®

Portrait of Debra Mills, Realtor
Debra Mills, Realtor

Debra Mills has experience in real estate for over 20 years as an investor, buyer and seller and now as a Virginia licensed Realtor. Debra specializes and takes great pride in assisting the men and women of the armed services with relocation to and from the Hampton Roads area. She also assists her client seeking to downsize in listing their homes properly for the quickest sale with the most profit. She also gains incredible satisfaction working with first time home buyers and helping them achieve the joy of home ownership.
Debra’s believes that continuing education is paramount to proving exemplary services to her clients and has advanced her real estate education earning the Realtor designation. She also completed an intensive Advanced Individual Training Series covering a broad range of topics from marketing listings for quick sale to helping sellers who are in danger of foreclosure. She also holds a B.S. Degree in Education and Counseling, along with an Honors Certification as a Paralegal, from her alma mater, Old Dominion University.

Exit Realty Central Logo
Exit Realty Central

Originally born in New York, Debra served her country as the child of an Air Force veteran and later as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy. She relocated numerous times within the United States and to several oversees locations including the Philippine Islands, Guam, and Hawaii. She understands the circumstances that surround military relocations from personal experience and the unique housing needs of our armed services military members.
Debra enjoys tending her organic vegetable garden, reading, cooking, visiting art museums. Her other hobbies include traveling with her husband, Ric, to historical sites throughout Virginia, feeding the hummingbirds at her kitchen window, and learning the practice of Tai Chi.
So when you are ready to sell or purchase a home in the Hampton Roads area, Debra is ready to assist you. You will understand why her clients say, “Our expectations are Debra’s highest priority”.

Call Debra Mills at 757-650-7229 and get started!

Eleven Ways To Make Your Home Energy Efficient And Pay Smaller Bills!

Energy Efficiency Tips Header
Energy Efficiency Tips

According to one study, making no cost/low cost changes can boost your home’s value $18,000. Why not implement some of the following suggestions to make your home more energy efficient?

1. Lower the thermostat on your water heater. If your hot tap water is too hot to touch, lower the temperature a few degrees.

2. Check for air leaking around doors. A lot of the air you pay to heat or cool escapes through unsealed doors. Install or replace worn weather stripping. Replace broken or missing storm doors.

3. Close the air vents in rooms not in use. For example, close the vents and shut the door to an unused guest room.

4. Keep heat producers far from your thermostat in summer. Floor lamps and televisions can significantly raise the temperature in the area near a thermostat, turning on your air conditioner too often.

5. Clean your furnace and air conditioner filters. Replace existing dirty air conditioner or furnace filters. During heavy use periods, replacement is recommended every 30 days.

6. Operate large appliances during low-use periods in summer. Use your washer and dryer and other heat-producers early in the morning or late at night. Use the air-dry method on your dishwasher to save energy.

7. Request an energy audit. Contact your local utility company to request a free energy audit. Most electric and gas companies will check for proper insulation, find cracks in the eaves or roof that could leak energy, and make recommendations for improvements. Some electric companies offer low-cost financing for such improvements.

8. Replace existing insulation. A proper barrier keeps heat and cold from penetrating your home’s exterior and provides for even temperatures between rooms. The EPA recently reported that proper ceiling insulation may reduce electric bills 20%.

9. Replace existing appliances. If money is no object, replace old appliances with Energy Star appliances, specifically created to optimize energy consumption. If your budget limits you to replacing one appliance, buy a new refrigerator; a new model could knock off 25% of your electric bill.

10. Buy new light bulbs. Replace incandescent bulbs with fluorescent.

11. Contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regarding EEM Mortgages. EEMs provide benefits to borrowers purchasing a home that is energy efficient, or can be made efficient with improvements.

We help people buy and sell real estate! Call 757-466-1009 and let’s get started!

Meet Dawn Lee, Realtor®

Portrait of Dawn Lee, Eit Realty Central Realtor®
Dawn Lee, Exit Realty Central Realtor®

Dawn Lee earned her Real Estate License in 1985. Since then, she has worked with some of the industry’s top agents and coaches to enhance her understanding of the market and all aspects of real estate. Dawn has been investing in the local real estate market since 1988, and has bought and sold over 30 of her own houses. A longtime resident of Virginia Beach, Dawn sells residential and commercial properties in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth,Suffolk and Hampton. Specializing in buyers, sellers, and investors, first time home buyers, military relocation, short-sales and foreclosure, her multi-faceted expertise is of great benefit to her clients. Dawn enjoys taking a direct, hands on approach with her clients and is well supported by her superb office support staff and team at Exit Realty Central. She uses the latest internet technologies to market and find homes expertly to achieve outstanding results.

Dawn believes that education is paramount to success, graduating from Old Dominion University with a Business degree in 2003, as well as completing intensive training covering a variety of topics from marketing listings for quick sale to negotiating contracts and helping sellers in danger of foreclosure. Her constant dedication to service and work ethic has earned her many awards throughout the years. Dawn has had the honor of receiving agent awards from EXIT as well as numerous customer service and management awards in her past career with the Woolworth and Kinney Shoe Corporations.

Dawn is a member in good standing of the HRRA, Hampton Roads Real Estate, VAR, Virginia Association of Realtors and the NAR, National Association of Realtors, and the Multiple Listing Service. Dawn helps the community by donating to the local “FOR KIDS” charity and Habitat for Humanity. To date EXIT Realty has donated $2.25+ Million to the Habitat charity building more than 15 homes. As a military Navy spouse for over 11 years Dawn understands the stresses involved in the buying, selling and relocation process and strives to alleviate these concerns for her clients. Having been born in London England, and raised in Baltimore, she also has lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and has resided in Virginia Beach since 1988.

Dawn feels that the best path to her success is to help others realize their success. Because of her track record of accountability, education, attention to detail, and personal attention, Dawn’s clients become customers for life. She can’t wait to provide you with the same service she has provide to her past clients, making you a customer for life as well. Call, text or email Dawn today.

Here are some of the things Dawn Lee’s clients are saying about her:

“Dawn is an excellent Realtor and very knowledgeable. As first time buyers, we had a ton of questions and concerns about all proceedings, but Dawn made us feel comfortable and fully aware of all details throughout the entire process. Dawn promptly replied to all emails and phone call (and we had a lot) whenever we had questions. Dawn let us know what was going on every step of the way. We highly recommend Dawn for anyone buying, selling or renting a house. Thanks Dawn!”

 “We were in an extreme time crunch and Dawn helped us find a home right away. She was always responsive and knowledgeable. It was our first time buying property and she walked us through each step of the process. I recommend her to all my friends.”

Exit Realty Central Logo
Exit Realty Central

“Dawn Lee was very professional and helpful in helping me obtain 7453 Maple Hall Lane, Zuni, Va. in 2013. She had great knowledge and expertise in helping me obtain this property. She has also been helpful by sending me listings each day, that she knew I may be interested in.”

 “Dawn has expertise in the many fields of real estate, not limited to selling but also buying, contracting, flipping and investing. I would not trust anyone but Dawn when it comes to any of my real estate needs.”

 “Dawn has helped me with managing my property at 4005 Shelley Court, and she shepherded it through becoming Chapter 8 eligible. She managed all aspects of an extensive renovation, dealt with the city and the tenant too. I would strongly recommend Dawn Lee to manage your property, represent you, or help you find a home!”

  “Dawn was remarkably intuitive at narrowing down the homes for sale in our area, as well as guessing what other options we would be open to. Great communication, stuck with us the whole way and always in out corner-I highly recommend this agent!”

 “I have worked with Dawn Lee on numerous transactions and I have found her to be a very efficient and caring realtor. She always puts the best interests of her clients first. She also makes sure the transaction gets closed.’

“I can tell you first hand that no agent will work harder for you than Dawn Lee! She has the knowledge to help you buy or sell your home regardless of your price point. Dawn is reliable, trustworthy, patient, understanding, and positive! Her professionalism exceeded my expectations. Dawn is highly responsive to all communications and thoroughly answered my questions using her vast experience and knowledge of the Hampton Roads Real Estate Market. THANK YOU DAWN!!’

 “Dawn is an excellent person as well as an agent. She has been available to me and patient with me for almost two years. I have not been able to find my dream house but dawn keeps calling me, emailing me, and also texting me. She has more patient than anyone I know smile. Dawn I love you and thanks for all you do. She will meet you anytime and anywhere. She starting to fit in my family as a matter of fact she and I are working on a family matter at this time. Keep up the good work dawn.”

Call Dawn Lee at 757-403-4287 to get started!

The Most Important Strategy For Selling Your Home…

House with words setting the right price

When it is time to sell your home, you want to price it to yield as much return as possible. Pricing strategy is one of the most important elements in selling your home.
A market analysis of your home will help you determine value. This involves analyzing the current competition–other like properties currently on the market. I’ll look at properties that have already sold, to determine what people have been willing to pay for similar properties. I will also analyze properties that haven’t sold, some of which are overpriced.

The goal is to price the property accurately for the marketplace. You don’t want to leave money on the table, but you don’t want to overprice your home either. If you overprice the property, you risk having your home sit on the market. Then you may have to drop the price below what you could have received if it had been priced correctly to begin with. Upon seeing a home that is fairly priced, most motivated buyers offer full or almost full price.

When you are ready to sell, I’ll be happy to stop by for a quick view of your home. Together we will price it to sell for top dollar, in the shortest amount of time, with the least amount of inconvenience to you! Please call us at 757-466-1009 and let’s get started!

Meet Karen Downs, Realtor®

Portrait of Karen Downs
Meet Karen Downs, Realtor®

Karen’s extensive knowledge and experience in residential real estate investing provides her a unique view of the Hampton Roads real estate market and market trends that she is able to share with her clients to help them make the best decisions for their needs and desires.  Karen’s unique ability to locate and negotiate true “deals” on the purchase of property also makes her well suited to find the best purchase values for owner –occupant buyers, as well.

Based in Norfolk, Karen is the expert to help you with all your primary home buying and selling, as well as the repeat buying and selling needs of today’s investors.  Karen, and her team of investor-experienced agents, work in all the Southside cities (Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, & Suffolk) as well as on the Peninsula (Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown and Poquoson).

Specializing in finding rehab and cash-flow properties, Karen has the expertise necessary to assist her clients as they realize their real estate goals. Karen truly understands the dynamics of the Hampton Roads, Virginia real estate market and is an expert at educating her clients so they can make the best decisions for their needs.

Karen uses the latest internet technologies to market and find homes at an expert level.  She is so proficient at connecting her buyers with the opportunities they are seeking, the process of home buying seems effortless.

Karen earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Marist College that provided the solid background on which her career is built.  Additionally,  Karen completed  advanced education is 13 areas of real estate investing and believes that education is paramount to success, She  has completed extensive training covering a variety of topics from marketing listings for quick sale to negotiating contracts and helping sellers in danger of foreclosure.

Karen is a member in good standing of the Hampton Roads Realtors Association, the Virginia Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors in addition to the Multiple Listing Service.  Karen is a long-time member of the Ocean View Democratic and Social Club, a social organization located in her neighborhood area.  Most proudly, Karen is a Life Member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars where she served several years as Vice President, and served as President of the Military Order of the Cootie Auxiliary.

Exit Realty Central Logo
Exit Realty Central

Karen helps the community by her lifetime commitment to the Veteran of Foreign Wars, and her fundraising efforts in support of Friends of Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center as well as the Ryan Academy in Norfolk.  She donates to Habitat for Humanity. To date, Exit Realty has donated over $2 million to the charity and built more than 15 Habitat Homes.

Having lived in many parts of the country such as Jacksonville, Florida, Birmingham, Alabama and Denver, Colorado, she has a strong ability to relate to and communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and understands the needs and concerns of clients who are relocating.

Karen is a warm and approachable person who communicates in a straight-forward, easy to understand manner. She always has the best interests of others at heart, be it her extended family, her clients, or any person or animal in need. She can’t wait to make your real estate dreams come true.

Call Karen and get started at 757-742-3374!

Meet Ruben Vera, Realtor®

Portrait of Ruben Vera
Meet Ruben Vera, Realtor®

Ruben Vera

If you want a studly Tom Cruise look-alike agent, while I’d like to think I come close, that’s not me. If you’re looking for a smooth talker who drives up in the latest model Benz, wearing a custom tailored Brioni suit and Testoni leather shoes… that’s not me either.  However, if you desire a real estate professional that genuinely cares about your needs and is known for hisexperience, honesty, and integrity – that’s me!

“Thousands of Realtors… only one Ruben.” 

I’m is committed to making your real estate experience top knotch; whether your are new to buying or quite seasoned.  Today’s challenging market requires your real estate professional to be savvy, strategic, and looking out for your best interest!!

Exit Realty Central Logo
Exit Realty Central

The truth is, I love what I do!  I thoroughly enjoy helping my clients achieve their real estate goals.  Since first time homebuyers, distressed homeowners, luxury buyers/sellers, investors, and retail sellers all have different needs, I focus on every client with individual care and attention.  Allow me to combine my vast industry experience, professional & academic achievements, Internet savvy, and overall real estate know how, and put them all to work FOR YOU!

I find great fulfillment in serving my clients well.  However, my greatest joy comes from being with my beautiful wife & three amazing kids, great friends & relatives, and knowing a loving God.  Despite life’s unavoidable challenges and difficulties, I consider myself a blessed man.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • National Association of Realtors (NAR)
  • Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR)
  • Hampton Roads Realtors Association (HRRA)
  • Young Professionals Network (YPN)

TESTIMONIALS:

  • “We’re so glad we found you!  We will always remember you for one of the best days of our lives!  You made our family’s dream come true.  Thank you!” — Jamie & Kim Moreria (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • “Ruben kept fighting to make this sale happen even after the point most reasonable people would have given up out of sheer frustration.  The mortgage lenders clearly tried to make things difficult, but Ruben always maintained his professionalism, and found solutions when all hope seemed lost.  I would gladly recommend him to anyone needing to sell their home. —Patrick McReynolds (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • “Ruben was excellent in understanding and dealing with our lender issues.” —Stacin & Lorri Martin (Chesapeake, VA)
  • “In a vast sea of available Realtors, there is one real estate professional that has earned my personal trust, respect, and friendhsip… Ruben Vera.  He has my highest endorsement.” — Dr. Lynne Robbins (Williamsburg, VA)
  • “I was amazed when our house sold in one day; and for far more than we had anticipated!!  You’re the best!” — Joseph & Tiffany Schmidt (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • “We have done two transactions with Ruben so far, and have been thoroughly satisfied.  He is efficient, experienced, and repeatedly went the extra mile on our behalf.  He has definitely earned our future business.” — Jerry & Debbi Smith (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • “Ruben, you’re awesome!” — Darin & Lorene Wales (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • “Thanks a bunch, Ruben!  We sure appreciate your help!” — Kevin & Megan Becker(Chesapeake, VA)
  • “Ruben provided us with tons of information that we will be able to use in the future.” —Janice Crosby (Norfolk, VA)
  • “I want to thank Ruben again for doing what other agents could not.  We love our home and thanks to Ruben, the home buying process was nowhere near the nightmare I’d heard it was.  I was pleasant, fun, fast, and wonderful.  Thank you so much.” — Daniel & Jessica Gossett(Chesapeake, VA)
  • “How relieved I was to know that Ruben was handling everything in Norfolk while I resided in Ohio.  I appreciate the high caliber service.” — Dennis Voss (McClure, OH)
  • “Thanks for helping both us and my friends.  I told them you would be the man for the job!  You have such a great heart and commitment to excellence.” — Derrick & Kerri Frank(Bainbridge, PA)

Call Ruben to get started at 757-581-9058!

Spotlight On The Larchmont Neighborhood In Norfolk!

Street Scene from Larchmont Nieghborhood in Norfolk
Larchmont Nieghborhood in Norfolk

Larchmont
is a extra beautiful neighborhood which is very ODU-centric. The neighborhood starts on the North side of Old Dominion University and continues North between the Lafayette River and Hampton Blvd. The north end is capped by a body of water called Edgewater Haven which flows into the Lafayette River. Your fastest access to the interstate will be up Hampton Blvd to Terminal Blvd (turn right) which will take you to Interstate 564. About a city block away is Interstate 64 which leads North to Hampton or South to Chesapeake. If you are looking for a nice place to pull your boat up to, you are in luck! There are plenty of homes here on navigable water with a dock!

ClickSeeButton.pngBluestone Playground is on the South end. It’s a nice playground right next to Foreman Field. There’s plenty of room for running.
Slightly North of there is the imaginatively named Brick Field. It is a field surrounded by brick. There’s not much more there and it’s good for Frisbee throwing and similar activities. Further North is Virginia Park. It is wooded and has a bench and tended grass. Far to the North is Myrtle Park. Myrtle park has a nice small track to walk around. The track has a nice bridge over the South end of Edgewater Haven. So it has an excellent, relaxing beautiful view!ForemanField01.jpg
You’re in luck for dining! D’Egg is a treat! They serve excellent breakfast dishes from morning time to early afternoon. And nearby is Taste @ Norfolk, a chain cafe featuring gourmet sandwiches and salads. ODU, of course, attracts a bunch of businesses that you will be quite close to. There is Subway, Miller’s Neighborhood Market, which sells gas too, Gray’s Pharmacy, Del Vecchios Pizza, No. 7 Chinese Fast Food, Taco Bell, Duncan Donuts, and CVS. LarchmontWater01.jpgBe sure to check out Westside Produce and Provisions on Colley Ave. There are usually several food establishments on Colley that tend to change hands over time, so look to see what is there. And as usual, there are at least 3 or 4 7-Elevens nearby.

Tidewater Gymnastics Academy is across Hampton Blvd and will provide your kids with various health-activity instruction. A little bit South of there is CrossFit 757 which is obviously a crossfit gym.

Schools serving this neighborhood are Larchmont Elementary School, Blair Middle School and Maury High School!

ODU01.jpgAt the time of this article, the median home in Larchmont is around $430,000, with the low end coming in around $170,000 and the high end coming in at around $1,450,000. That’s typical Norfolk with a wide variety of values. Average days on market for homes here in the last year was 70 which is healthy. Homes here wound up selling for 97% of the listing price, which is typical. Currently, there’s actually a home here for sale that was built in 1783. There are also several new construction homes available. A huge variety in year-built is another typical aspect of Norfolk neighborhoods.

I would love to show you more about this neighborhood! I can get you in to see any of the homes for sale here. I can call the listing agent and schedule a showing for you. And I can help you negotiate your price and terms! If you would like more information, please fill out the form on the right and let’s get started!

Meet Ronda Morrison, Exit Realty Central Broker

Portrait of Ronda Morrison, Broker
Ronda Morrison, Broker

Ronda Morrison is an award winning, full time REALTOR® who has been making her client’s dreams a reality for almost 10 years.  Based in Hampton Roads, Ronda Morrison sells residential properties in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth and the surrounding areas.  Ronda specializes in foreclosed and short sale properties as well as waterfront condominiums and single family homes.  Her multi-faceted expertise and use of latest internet technologies is of great benefit to her clients.

Ronda truly understands the dynamics of the Hampton Road’s real estate market and is an expert at educating her clients so they can make the best decisions for their needs.  She gains great satisfaction from helping those who thought there was not hope.

Ronda understands that the purchase of a home is often the largest purchase a person will make in their lifetime. She believes Realtor’s ®have an obligation to be well educated to provide the level of service and protection her client’s deserve. She is constantly furthering her knowledge and has earned the designations of, Accredited Buyer Representative ABR, Certified Distressed Property Expert CDPE, e-Pro, Graduate Realtor Institute, GRI, Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource, SFR, Senior Real Estate Specialist, SRES.   Her dedication to service and work ethic has earned her many award throughout the years. She has had the honor of being the top listing and sales agent in 2009, 2010 and 2011, as well as awarded the Circle of Excellence for 2010 and 2011. In addition, she is a member of National Association of Realtors®, Virginia Association of Realtors, Hampton Roads Realtors Association and National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals.

Exit Realty Central Logo
Exit Realty Central

Ronda feels that being a Realtor® is about more than joining professional associations, she believes Realtors should be involved in the communities where they work as well.  She has served her community in many capacities in the local Civic League and Homeowners Association from 2004-2012. She and EXIT Realty also support Habitat for Humanity and to date they have donated over $2 Million to the charity and built more than 15 Habitat Homes.  As a cancer survivor for over 20 years she makes it part of her mission to reach out to those that are currently undergoing surgery and chemotherapy to hold their hand or give them or their family support in any way she can.

Ronda understands the stresses and hassles involved in the buying, selling and relocation process and she strives to alleviate these concerns for her clients as much as possible. Ronda will be there for you, to walk with and guide you through one of the most personal, emotional and financial investments you will make in your life.   Whether buying or selling, be it your first home, your last home, or building your investment portfolio, Ronda Morrison has the knowledge and experience to deliver the unsurpassed service you deserve.  She can’t wait to help you achieve your dreams as she has helped so many clients before.

Ronda Morrison
757-407-7782

Meet Kimberly Plourde, Broker/Owner

Portrait of Kimberly Plourde, Broker/Owner of Exit Realty Central
Kimberly Plourde, Broker/Owner of Exit Realty Central

Kimberly Plourde has been in the Real Estate business for 15 years. In that time Kimberly has developed a special fondness for 1st time home buyers and has developed great success working with bank owned properties. Kimberly has earned the designation of Broker in both Virginia and North Carolina and is the Broker/Owner of her own office, EXIT Realty Central in Norfolk, VA. Success in this business takes hard work and Kimberly has had the honor of being awarded several times in her career including:

#1 Salesperson of the Year, Hampton Roads Realtors’ Association – 2009

Hampton Roads Realtor Association Platinum Award 2009-2014

Hampton Roads Realtor Association Platinum Award 2009-2015
#1 EXiT Agent in Virginia – 2009, 2010, & 2011
VHDA & VHC’s “Top 40 Under 40” in Housing – 2012
Exit International Platinum Award – 2009, 2010, 2011
#97 in the Wall Street Journal & REAL Trends “2011 Top 1,000 Agents in the US”

Kimberly is also proud to be an active member of the National Association of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors, Hampton Roads Realtors Association, Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors, and the Albemarle (North Carolina) Association of Realtors and serves on the HRRA Board and Realtor-Lawyer committee.

Exit Realty Central Logo
Exit Realty Central

Originally from Springfield, MO , Kimberly relocated to Virginia in 1985 and has made herself a true local. Kimberly enjoys finding time for volunteer work. She has in the past served as President of the Colonial Heights Civic league, and has co-captained multiple Relay For Life teams supporting the American Cancer Society. Kimberly is former member of the Ghent School PTA and even took a turn as coach of the North bay Panthers Cheerleaders.

In her time off, Kimberly enjoys living life to the fullest. She has been skydiving for her birthday, and she loves riding the biggest and the wildest of roller coasters. Kimberly also loves to travel extensively with her family. She has visited several countries and has a goal to get to each of the 50 states and 50+ foreign countries.

Her lifelong motto sums up her beliefs:

“You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar

Kimberly Plourde
757-407-7782

The Ghent Neighborhood

Ghent: The HagueGhent is a fantastic area! There is always something happening here! On the South end,the Hague is a picturesque body of water with an arching land mass with high end homes lining the shore. The Hague also provides an unobstructed, beautiful view of the Chrysler Museum. Monticello Ave runs the length of the eastern side. The North end of the neighborhood has some interesting boundaries.  23rd street is listed on Google as the last street included in Ghent. There’s Jeff Robertson Park, Weyanoke Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary, Lambert’s Creek and the Mallory Country Club. Access to Interstate 264 is going to be straight down Brambleton Ave. Locals will know to turn right onto Waterside Drive which also heads right out to I264. Trying to head North to Interstate 64 or 564? Your best option is to head up Granby to one of the many entrances. Trying to get to Naval Station Norfolk? Head right on up Hampton Boulevard.

Button with Click here to see homes in this neighborhoodThe Weyanoke Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1979 when Audubon members noticed a Purple Gallinule on the land. This was such a super rare visitor to our area, the Norfolk and Southern Railroad gave the land to the Cape Henry Audubon Society. Many birds frequent the park because it’s neighbor, Lamberts Creek is a wonderful place for them to feed. Ghent is park-rich with Jeff Robertson Park, Westover Memorial Park, Graydon Park, Redgate Playground, Yellow Fever Park, Greenway Court Park, Medical Center Park, EVMS Greenspace,  Raleigh Avenue Playground, Riverside Park, Beechwood Park, Botetourt Gardens, Ghent Dog Park, Van Wyck Mews, and Olney Road Park. The residence of Ghent are serious about their parks!

Front of Fairgrounds Coffee in GhentAll of the coolest, hippest businesses are in the area. There’s several Starbucks of course. If you like independent coffeehouses, Fairgrounds coffee is on Colley Ave. Shopping is eclectic. Enjoy large grocery stores, Harris Teeter, Farm Fresh and Fresh Market.  Colley avenue has the Naro Cinema. They play a mix of independent films and oldies. The Ghent neighborhood has plenty to offer in the way of restaurants! There’s Chipotles, YNot, No Frill Bar & Grill, Noodles and Company, Kelly’s Tavern, IHOP, The Skinny Dip, Luna Maya, Papa John’s, Subway, 7-Eleven, Chanellos. Don’t forget about The Taphouse, Red Dog Saloon, Colley Cantina, Peck and Pour, Norfolk Coffee and Tea Company and Doumars! Doumars is a local landmark that has been around since 1904 known for its barbecue and ice cream cones!

The schools for the area are W.H. Taylor Elementary School, Blair Middle School, and Granby High School. Old Dominion University is quite close by. That opens up a bunch more opportunities for food and nightlife. Ghent is a very popular neighborhood with alumni and professors!

Panorama of Ghent, Houses in Norfolk

I would love to show you more about this neighborhood! I can get you in to see any of the homes for sale here. I can call the listing agent and schedule a showing for you. And I can help you negotiate your price and terms! If you would like more information, please fill out the form on the right and let’s get started!

GhentMap01.jpg