January 23, 2023
Your Guide to Living in Suffolk, Virginia
Welcome to Suffolk, one of the fastest-growing cities in Virginia! If you love small-town charm yet crave variety with shopping and dining, world-class golf, arts and ecoadventure, Suffolk will not disappoint. Not to mention, Suffolk is also known for amazing peanuts. Located just minutes from some of Hampton Roads' biggest attractions, including the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and downtown Norfolk, Suffolk offers an incredible quality of life. With several new home communities in the area, HHHunt is proud to be a part of Suffolk. We invite you to explore our guide to living in Suffolk.
Small Town Charm with Big City Amenities
One of the things that makes Suffolk, Virginia such a special place to live is its small-town charm. Historic colonial and Georgian-style buildings and homes surround Main Street in downtown Suffolk making it feel like you are walking through history. Some of the most popular activities in downtown Suffolk are the historic walking tours highlighting municipal buildings and churches dating back to 1785. Many of the historic commercial buildings have been restored and are now home to an eclectic mix of boutiques and antique stores. When you are ready to leave historic Suffolk, keep traveling up N. Main Street! You will find all your modern-day shopping destinations, grocery stores, parks, hotels and hospitals, including Sentara Obici Hospital. Publix is also coming soon to the southwest corner of Godwin Boulevard and Kings Fork Road. Living in Suffolk gives residents the small-town charm many seek with all the big-city amenities they need.
Incredible Selection of Dining and Shopping Experiences
Downtown Suffolk is home to nearly 40 boutique shopping and dining destinations ranging from custom baby clothes to farmer's markets. Historic Downtown Suffolk offers a little something for everyone. It has become a sought-after destination in the Hampton Roads region. Whether you are in the mood for a beer at Nansemond Brewing Station or finding the perfect bottle of wine at Great Bottles, the selection of shopping and restaurants in Suffolk offers something for everyone.
Suffolk, Virginia also offers incredible dining experiences. Bennett's Creek Farm Market is a farm-to-table concept offering fresh-cut meats, local produce, fresh seafood and made-to-order deli sandwiches. If you are looking for something more casual, Baron's Pub boasts the best burgers in Hampton Roads. Seafood lovers have plenty of options, with Decoys Seafood, Fin & Tonic, and High Tide Restaurant & Raw Bar all offering fresh, locally-sourced seafood. There are also dozens of Italian, Japanese, Indian, and southern-style restaurants, depending on your mood.
LaTrese Yelder, one of our New Home Advisors in Suffolk, summed up the area's shopping and dining perfectly: "Harbourview is delightful with the shopping opportunities there. I'm also close to Downtown Suffolk which has amazing restaurants, a brewery, pubs, shopping, salons and festivities."
World-Class Golf Courses
If you're a golfer, you're in luck! Suffolk boasts four world-class golf courses. Sleepy Hole Golf Course has hosted 8 LPGA Tour events and served as a venue for many prestigious amateur tournaments. Cedar Point Country Club and Riverfront Golf Club at Harbour View are private and semi-private golf clubs. The Cedar Point Country Club features a 7,100-yard, 18-hole course designed by Tom Clark. Riverfront Golf Club at Harbour View's 18-hole course was designed by golf course architect Tom Doak and is located on the banks of the Nansemond River near the mouth of the James River. Finally, the Suffolk Golf Course is an 18-hole public golf course near Lake Kirby and offers a challenging but fun experience.
No matter your level of skill, Suffolk offers the perfect mix of golf courses for enjoyment.
Performing & Visual Arts
Suffolk, Virginia offers incredible performing and visual arts experiences. The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts features a 530-seat theater, the stage for concerts, ballets, musicals, dramatic works, symphony performances, films, children's plays, lectures and so much more. The center also includes two art galleries offering rotating painting, photography and sculpture exhibitions. The nearby Suffolk Art Gallery is an eclectic, exciting venue for thought-provoking artwork. It is home to the oldest and largest juried photography exhibition in Hampton Roads, hosting many regional and local artists in a mix of invitational and juried exhibits. In addition, the Gallery is home to the Suffolk Art League, which promotes creative arts to the community.
Ecotourism and Outdoor Adventure
One of the things that makes Suffolk, Virginia such a unique place to visit or live is all of the ecotourism opportunities. Home to the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Suffolk provides nature lovers and ecotourists with an amazing opportunity to explore one of the most important wildlife habitats in the mid-Atlantic region. At nearly 113,000 acres, the refuge is the largest intact remnant of a vast swamp that once covered more than one million acres. The Great Dismal Swamp is home to 47 species of mammals, 200 birds, 96 species of butterflies, and much more. The refuge also offers 40 miles of trails with something for every age and ability. Are you looking for a faster pace? Biking enthusiasts will love the SCCT and Seaboard West trails which will offer connectivity between Suffolk and other Hampton Roads biking trails.
Peanuts, Peanuts, and More Peanuts
In 1913, an Italian immigrant named Amedeo Obici arrived in Suffolk, Virginia and established the first mass-processing plant for Planters Nut and Chocolate Company. Since that time, Suffolk has become synonymous with peanuts. Today, visitors and residents flock to the Planters Peanut Center, where they can select from a huge selection of peanut products. A dozen independent peanut producers are also nearby, including Hubs Virginia Peanuts, Hubbard Peanut Company and Birdsong Peanuts.
Easy Access to All of Hampton Roads
Hampton Roads is at your fingertips when you live in Suffolk, Virginia. Enjoy easy access to highway 58 with proximity to downtown Suffolk, Newport News, Norfolk and Chesapeake. In addition, residents of Suffolk can quickly access significant area employers, including Amazon, Newport News Shipbuilding, the Port of Virginia and Sentara Health System, as well as military bases, including Langley Air Force Base, Fort Eustis Army Base, Fort Monroe Army Base and NAB Little Creek Navy Base. This area is also close to the beach, so every day can be an opportunity to soak up the sun and sand.
Live With Us in Suffolk, Virginia
If you're considering moving to Suffolk, Virginia, you will want to explore HHHunt's new home communities. River Highlands and Meadows Landing are now selling, and Edgewater is coming soon! These new communities feature single-family homes from HHHunt Homes' Smart Living Collection. Contact one of our New Home Advisors today to learn more about Suffolk and these amazing communities!
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