Downtown is a neighborhood in Norfolk, Virginia with a population of 7,019. Downtown is in Norfolk City County and is one of the best places to live in Virginia. In Downtown, most residents rent their homes. In Downtown there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Downtown and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Downtown are above average.
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I like living downtown because we're right behind the mall, a walk away from great restaurants and a concert venue, a train ride away from the baseball stadium, and a car ride away from the beach. Being a young married couple, all of those things are appealing but once we start looking to settle down, this area is not ideal for a family. The housing market is so expensive and jobs are scarce. For now, it works for us, but we're starting to talk more and more about building a house and starting a family and this is not the place we want to ultimately live.
You can find great restaurants in this area and with a great variety. Thanks to the nearby mall, which is at a walking distance and has a cheap parking lot, you can find a variety of stores from electronics to clothing and beauty. The only downside to the area is the lack of grocery stores, convenient stores and pharmacies. The grocery stores near by are a bit expensive but generally good quality.
There are a lot of options for dining and recreation. However, depending on the time of night, the safety and classiness declines.