Ghent in Norfolk Virginia
There are certain neighborhoods that people aspire to and Ghent in Norfolk Virginia is one of them. Ghent is very close to downtown Norfolk VA, and it has an exiting corridor of shops, restaurants, movie theater and lots of things to do.
The land where Ghent sits used to be farmland that prior to cars was considered far from Downtown Norfolk. The first home appears to have been built in 1890 a 5.700 Sq Ft Mansion which happens to be up for sale at the time of the writing of this blog for a deep discount. The majority of the homes were built up until the 1920s and in the early years the majority of largest mansions were built. There has been new construction through every decade in the past 120 years, so you find Ghent in Norfolk Virginia to be diverse in style of homes, and while you can find the stately mansion you can also find smaller bungalows and single family homes. Now a days you can find a one bedroom condo as small as 614 sq ft. There are many apartment buildings and in the boom of the turn of the millennium many of these apartments were converted in to condos.
Ghent was a very distinguished neighborhood up until World ward II when thousands of sailors invaded downtown during the war and then would walk in to the nearby Ghent. My old neighbor who lived in Ghent during those years remembers the yard signs that said "No dogs or sailors allowed." After the war the neighborhood went in to decline until the 1970's and 80's when savvy investors started renovating and updating the homes. Many a homeowner lived in one room while updating the rest.
Every piece of land available in Ghent in Norfolk Virginia has been developed, so the new condominiums and homes that have been recently built were tear downs. The few Co-ops in the area were built in the 1930's and 40's.
Ghent in Norfolk Virginia has the feeling of an old neighborhood were people walk their dogs and still has a city feel. There are many festivasl including the Stockley Garden Festival and during different times of the year the Ghent bussines Associacion organize happening to attract traffic to their stores. I wrote about the Stay and Play in Norfolk last year. There is plenty of commerce, parks, churches and schools within walking distance and the restaurants are varied from national chains to wonderful local fare. If you are interested in knowing more about Ghent or moving to the area please contact me. 757-502-5324 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 757-502-5324 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
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Ghent in Norfolk Virginia was first published on Hampton Roads Real Estate VoiceCopyright © 2010 By Tere Rottink, All Rights Reserved.