Tourists have gathered to Virginia Beach to enjoy 35 miles of beaches and the city's
famous oceanfront boardwalk, for more than 100 years. But only recently has
the city, first incorporated in 1906, been recognized as also a great place
Today, Virginia Beach is the state's largest city with a population of 450,000. A planned
community, Glenwood, is a sprawling 940-acre subdivision with more than 2,000
homes, with a golf course, pool and three playgrounds.
The homes, generally are contemporary with brickwork and vinyl siding,
offer modern amenities such as vaulted ceilings with fans, skylights and
two-story foyers. The Glenwood Community Association maintains the
neighborhood's common grounds and sets standards for everything from fences
to mailbox styles to trim colors.
Cost of Housing
For the most part Glenwood homes were built between 1986 and 1995 and are two-story,
Ranch style, although the neighborhood has a few condominiums and townhouses.
The typical price is $300,000 for a three-bedroom, two-bath home with 2,000
to 2,500 square feet.
Rentals vary from $750 to $1,200 for 1,000- to 1,300-square-foot apartments.
The Virginia Beach Public Schools District, rated as among the best in the
state, serves the area with three elementary schools, including Glenwood,
Rosemont and New Castle elementary schools Salem Middle School
and Salem High School.
Two private schools, Atlantic Shores and Catholic High School, are located near Glenwood. Tidewater
Community College's Virginia Beach campus is also nearby.
Lynnhaven, Pembroke, Greenbrier and Military Circle, four shopping malls, are within a short
drive, as are the beaches and the boardwalk. Residents can take Princess Anne Road
and Interstate 264 to the beaches and the boardwalk.
Other points of attraction include Mount Trashmore, a large park created from the city's former dump. It includes two lakes,
fishing, and a skate park that opened in 2003. There is also the GTE Virginia
Beach Amphitheater; the Farmer's Market; the 8,000-acre Back Bay National
Wildlife Refuge and the Chesapeake Bay Center at First Landing State Park.
A suburban bedroom community, Glenwood has substantial commutes, even though
it's close to two interstates, I-64 and I-264.
Work travel-times average about 30 minutes to downtown Norfolk
seven miles away. Commutes of 45 minutes to an hour are normal for the 20
miles north to Hampton and Newport
News and the 15 miles west to Suffolk