York County Virginia:  A Great Place for Military Personnel and Families to Live

York County Virginia: A Great Place for Military Personnel and Families to Live

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By Elaine VonCannon, ABR, SRES, Associate Broker, Notary, Team Leader, Property Manager, Award Winning Agent

Military personnel stationed at the Coast Guard Base in Yorktown, Camp Perry in Williamsburg, Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, Fort Eustis in Newport News, Downtown Newport News Naval Barracks or Langley Air Force Base, will want to consider purchasing a home in nearby York County VA.

York County: An Excellent Place for Active Duty Military and Families

Why is York County a great choice for military personnel and families? Because York County is situated close enough to the above mentioned military posts so that the commute to work is not a major headache. For some commutes, transiting Interstate 64 is not even necessary, as alternate routes can be selected. Housing prices in York County are comparable to James City County, Williamsburg and Newport News. There are plenty of choices for entertainment, shopping, and dining nearby, so there is no reason to travel too far for any of these activities. York County is halfway between Richmond and Norfolk, so both International Airports can be accessed. The Newport News Airport is convenient to all of York County - another plus when traveling near or far.

York County Public Schools

Families will be pleased to send their children to York County Public Schools -- rated one of the best school systems in Virginia. When York County residents were surveyed about the reason why they chose to live in the county, nearly 35% commented on the high quality of the school system there.

Historic York County VA

Yorktown Battlefields is a National Park Service site. It is the place where the English surrendered during the Revolutionary War and also the site of some pivotal Civil War battles. The historic Early American city of Yorktown is within county boundaries and all are well preserved. Because York County is home to a national park and a major historic site, Lee Hall, there are numerous opportunities for educational and cultural enrichment.

York County is Close to Williamsburg VA

York County is less than a half hour drive to historic Williamsburg, where there are ample choices for entertainment and learning. Colonial Williamsburg is easily accessible from the Colonial Parkway, which intersects York County near the Yorktown Battlefields. Busch Gardens, Water Country USA and other amusements are within a short drive from York County and provide hours of enjoyment for many individuals and families. Many York County residents take a scenic drive on the Colonial Parkway on the weekends, where they find places to picnic, fish, or sunbathe near the rivers and inlets.

York County VA: Close to the Chesapeake Bay

York County Virginia is bordered by the York River to the Northeast and Southeast, where many residents and visitors swim, boat, fish, crab, or sunbathe. There is a public beach right next to the bridge to Gloucester, which crosses the York River to the Northern Neck. The tidal York River feeds into the Chesapeake Bay, so there is plenty of space for the public to enjoy and a wide variety of recreational choices. Because it is located so close to the Chesapeake Bay and one of its major tributaries, York County residents are fond of water related activities such as waterskiing, boating, and fishing. Bikers, walkers and joggers also enjoy the Colonial Parkway, Yorktown National Battlefields and Jamestown Island as a regular place for outdoor physical activities.

In addition to a high quality school system, ample choices for recreation, and proximity to major cities such as Norfolk and Richmond, military residents of York County have commented that the rural nature of the county is appealing to them. York County living is characterized by some of the desirable qualities of country living such as peace and tranquility, friendly neighbors, and low traffic volumes. Yet York County still offers the benefits of living near urban areas where entertainment, culture, dining, shopping and transportation are easily accessible.