The Chesapeake Bay and Beach
Life in East Beach revolves around the Chesapeake Bay. One of the greatest pleasures of living on the bay is simply strolling along the beach, enjoying the sand between your toes, the salty air, and the rhythmic lapping of the waves on the shore. The bay’s warm waters and gentle waves create an ideal playground for children and make swimming both pleasurable and safe.
Jet-skis, windsurfers, kayaks, and small boats can be easily launched from the beach. From the deep-water marinas at Pretty Lake, larger boats have easy access to the bay and the world-class fishing found at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, with no bridges to limit the height of your mast.
The Bay Front Club
The Bay Front Club is East Beach’s neighborhood front porch. It is the social hub of the neighborhood where you find residents sitting in the rocking chairs on the deck, visiting with one another and watching the waves on the Bay. Here residents gather for parties in the bay front room, concerts on the green, to spend the day at the pool or beach, to work out at the fitness club, or to find a book in the resident library. From the Bay Front Club tower residents can watch the navy ships coming into the Chesapeake Bay.
The Streets Themselves
Mature stands of trees lining the streets set this waterfront community apart from most suburban neighborhoods, creating an intimate and friendly walkable community. Gracious front porches interface with the tree-lined streetscape and parks to create outdoor rooms where neighbors interact with each other. Homes are designed and landscaped around the mature trees or unique features of the lot.
Walk through East Beach and experience this for yourself. Wave at your neighbors and take in these nuances that make East Beach an award winning neighborhood.
Linear Parks and Bay Front Greens
East Beach is connected by a series of neighborhood parks and open spaces graced with stands of mature trees which give the neighborhood a very established feeling and create beautiful places to sit and watch the world go by.
Beach walkovers connect the bay front greens to the beach and protect the fragile dunes. Each bay front green is a neighborhood gathering place with its own unique character – from a giant chess set at the Bay Front Club, to the landscaped ovals creating a croquet pitch and bocce ball lawn. There are two tennis courts in East Beach, a stage pavilion with a drop down screen (for golf cart drive in movie night), and a formal rose garden and pergola.
Pretty Lake Marinas
Imagine getting up in the morning and walking to your boat. Privately owned marinas along Pretty Lake offer wet and dry storage and are within a few minutes walking distance from just about anywhere in East Beach. From these deep water marinas, larger boats have easy access to world-class fishing - through Little Creek and the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic Ocean - with no bridges to limit the height of your mast.
Bay Point Marina
9500 30th Bay Avenue
Deep water marina.
Ocean View Fishing Center
4317 Pretty Lake Avenue, Ste. B
Deep Water Marina.
Bay Marine & East Beach Marina
4621 Pretty Lake Ave
Cutty Sark Marina
4707 Pretty Lake Ave
Wet slips and dry storage.
Little Creek Marina
4801 Pretty Lake Avenue
Deep water marina and dry storage.
Vining’s Landing Marina (formerly Taylor’s Landing Marina)
8166 Shore Drive
Deep water marina and dry storage.
Local Businesses & Restaurants
Retail and commercial amenities create a mixed use neighborhood and are an important part of the Master Plan for East Beach. These amenities are in the planning stages and will be developed in the final phase of the development along Pretty Lake Avenue and Shore Drive, bringing daily conveniences within easy walking distance for residents.
Currently 1,800 square feet of retail and commercial space is available on Pretty Lake Avenue, on the ground floor of East Beach Villas at Pretty Lake.
Ten minutes to Norfolk International Airport
East Beach is just a quick ten minute drive (and $11 cab ride) to Norfolk International Airport (ORF). The newly expanded and updated airport serves hundreds of U S cities with over 200 domestic and international flights daily. Parking and check in are a breeze at this mid-sized airport.
Twenty minutes to Downtown Norfolk
East Beach is twenty minutes from Downtown Norfolk- the heart of the waterfront and the cultural, financial and entertainment center of Hampton Roads. Norfolk is a city of over 234,000 residents. It is the cultural, educational, business and medical center of Hampton Roads, hosts the world's largest naval base, the region's international airport and is one of the busiest international ports on the East Coast of the United States. A light rail route through the heart of downtown is scheduled to open in late 2010.
Norfolk is home to the Port Authority. Norfolk-Southern Railway. The Virginia Symphony. Old Dominion University. Eastern Virginia Medical School. Norfolk State University, Tides baseball and the Admirals hockey teams, state of the art research facilities, shipping companies and an exuberant arts and cultural community.
Near Major Employment Centers
Norfolk is well known for its ports and maritime related industries, as well as defense contractors and corporate headquarters. Norfolk and Hampton Roads are home to the largest naval stations in the world. East Beach is conveniently located near Little Creek Amphibious Base, Naval Station Norfolk, and just a half hour drive to Oceana Naval Air Base. East Beach is adjacent to the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, providing easy access to Langley Air Force Base.
For more information, click on the Norfolk Hampton Roads section of the website.