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Great Neighborhoods: Norfolk


Granby Shores

Do you want waterfront property that's essentially affordable? You may possibly be able to find it in Granby Shores. But if you see a house you care for, make an offer fast. Real estate here goes quickly. Homes not on the waterfront still have easy access to water and fishing, thanks to canals and creeks running through the neighborhood.

The neighborhood is quiet, with large, old trees and beautiful ocean views and is close to Norfolk Naval Base, shopping and beaches.

A tiny clapboard house, known as the Doll House or the Midget House, built more than 60 years ago as a scale model for the housing development, is a famous landmark at Granby Street and West Bay View Boulevard.

Neighborhood Details

Cost of Housing

Granby Shores offers a wide mix of styles, including brick Ranches, Cape Cods and two-story houses, built in the 1940s and 1950s. Most of them are three-bedroom, two-bath Ranches, from 1,100 to 1,900 square feet with prices that begin at $110,000 for a fixer and go up from there.

The neighborhood offers a few rental duplexes and apartments, with rent ranging from $550 to $850. An average rental unit ranges from 800 to 1,100 square feet with two bedrooms and 1.5 baths.

School System

Three schools in the Norfolk Public School District serve Granby Shores, including Calcott Elementary, Northside Middle and Granby High schools.


The beaches of Ocean View and Willoughby Spit are nearby as well as the Norfolk Naval Base. The Norfolk Botanical Gardens is a short drive down Interstate 64 and across Norview Avenue. Northside Park offers dozens of tennis and basketball courts, plus playground equipment.


Just off Interstate 64 sits Granby Shores, giving quick access to Hampton and Newport News, about 10 miles north, and to Virginia Beach, about seven miles south. Granby Street, a straight route to downtown Norfolk, runs through the neighborhood. Commutes typically take 20 to 30 minutes.

Considered one of the seven man-made wonders of the world, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, takes sightseers on a 20-mile trip across the bay to Virginia's Eastern Shores. Travel time across the bridge-tunnel is about 30 minutes.

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