Welcome to Chesapeake Bay

Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and Norfolk Naval Shipyard are located on the Atlantic border of Virginia among several military installations on the state’s east coast. These U.S. Navy installations are on the James and Elizabeth Rivers at the south end of the picturesque Chesapeake Bay.

Close to many beaches and the Revolutionary Triangle, Norfolk and Portsmouth are wonderful places to live if you love the outdoors and history! There are many museums to explore and an abundance of recreational activities for all ages. The communities are full of currently serving and retired military families, so those moving in will feel right at home in their neighborhoods!

On-Post Housing

There are many options for housing on and off post. If you’re looking to live off post, popular neighborhoods include Norfolk, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach Town Center, Greenbrier, Downtown Portsmouth, and Great Bridge. Liberty Military Housing manages on post housing and offers a variety of housing options including two-five bedroom homes in single-family houses and duplexes-quadruplexes!

Neighborhoods Aboard Naval Station Norfolk

Neighborhoods Aboard Portsmouth Naval Medical Center

*Norfolk Naval Shipyard does not have its own housing. Those assigned at this installation may live in the Naval Station Norfolk or Portsmouth Naval Medical Center housing neighborhoods.

Nearby Schools

Naval Station Norfolk Housing is zoned for Norfolk Public Schools. There are several schools that serve the housing area and families can use this address search tool to determine the schools assigned for their address. 

Portsmouth Naval Medical Center Housing is zoned for Portsmouth Public Schools. There are two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school assigned for those communities. Families can use this address search tool to determine the schools assigned for their address.

The Military Homeschool Support Group Hampton Roads serves military homeschool families in the region. This is a parent-led and parent-organized group that meets at base youth centers around Hampton Roads.


Exploring Norfolk, Portsmouth, and the Surrounding Area

If you love history, sand, or ocean waves, you’re stationed in the perfect place! Here are a few highlights to start your exploration.

Activities On-Post

Beaches and Hikes

Historical Attractions

Popular Adventures

Norfolk and Portsmouth have much more to offer you and your family and guests! Were you stationed at Norfolk, Portsmouth, or the surrounding area? What did you love about your duty location? Leave a comment!

Looking for a military-friendly real estate agent in your area to buy or sell a home? Click here to fill out our Military Real Estate Questionnaire and we will help find you an agent that is a great fit or send a us a message.