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Living in Kempsville, VA

Kempsville, Virginia, is located at the head of the Elizabeth River in Virginia Beach. Kempsville was once an independent town, but it was consolidated with Virginia Beach in 1963. Nestled near the intersection of Interstates 264 and 64, the Kempsville community is close to commerce, hospitals, and universities, as well as being less than 12 miles from the beach in Virginia Beach. For residents looking for more to do, the cities of Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake are all less than 30 miles away.

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Things to Do in Kempsville

There's plenty to do in Kempsville, VA, during the day, since shopping centers and restaurants abound. If you enjoy history, take time to visit the Union Kempsville High School Museum which tells the story of the first high school for African Americans in Virginia Beach. The museum, which features memorabilia, is located in the current Renaissance Academy, and is open by appointment only.

Those living in Kempsville enjoy Mt. Trashmore Park, a 165-acre recreation area that was previously part of a landfill. The park offers picnic shelters, volleyball courts, a skate park, outdoor fitness stations, fishing (a state license is required), and a playground. A 87,000-square-foot building, the Kempsville Recreation Center includes a double gymnasium, fitness center, indoor fitness and leisure pool with water play center, and an indoor track. Those who appreciate a game of golf can hone their skills or take lessons at a local 18-hole course.

Just 14 miles from Kempsville, Virginia, is the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, which is open daily. It boasts 800,000 gallons of water habitats, as well as boat tours, an IMAX theater, and zip lining.

For nightlife, the Kempsville neighborhood offers great options, with clubs, pool halls, and pubs from which to choose. Music fans can also drive the short six miles to Virginia Beach to see music concerts at Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, a 20,000-seat amphitheater.

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Real Estate in Kempsville

Because space is at a premium, Kempsville real estate features many condominiums and row homes. Of these, many feature off-street parking, though finding a condominium with a garage is still possible. Single-family homes for sale in Kempsville, Virginia, are available as well, though not quite as common. Property values are reasonable here, and the town is a good choice for people looking for convenient shopping and quick access to the Hampton Roads Beltway and Norfolk Virginia Beach Expressway.


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  • The park with the unique name, Mt. Trashmore Park was once a part of a landfill, but now boasts plenty of green space, a skate park, volleyball courts, a playground, and outdoor fitness stations.
  • Nightlife is always in high gear, thanks to a variety of bars, pool halls, and pubs available in town.
  • For a fun day out of town, the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is only a quick 15 minute drive away, while Virginia Beach is only 6 miles away.


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