Chesapeake Bay Waterfront Homes
Virginia Estates has years of experience in finding and representing exclusive waterfront properties on Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay. Our realtors have personally hand-selected only the best homes and estates to highlight below.
Chesapeake Bay Waterfront Real Estate
Bordered by six states and home to over 3600 different species of animals and plants, the Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States, stretching 200 miles from the Susquehanna River at Havre de Grace in Maryland to the Atlantic Ocean at Virginia Beach, Virginia. It is one of the most productive estuaries in the world, providing an extensive habitat for wildlife, an abundance of seafood, including crabs, many kinds of fish and perhaps most notably, some of the best oysters in the country.
In addition to the food of the Bay, there are recreational opportunities of all kinds. Boating, fishing, crabbing, sailing, swimming, bird watching and waterfowl hunting are enjoyed by the people who work and play here. Along with its commercial and recreational features, the Bay area has a rich cultural history with museums, art galleries, and historical sites in every county. There truly is something, lots of things, for everyone in the Chesapeake Bay area.
If you’re considering making your home in the Bay area, you will find a friendly, settled, quiet populace. You should get used to smiling and saying “Good morning!” to strangers because they will be saying that to you. It’s easy to make friends here; all you have to do is to be friendly toward others and they will respond in kind.
Many kinds of properties are available in the Bay area. Most of the finest ones are found near the water but there are many manor houses and former plantations and estates inland as well. No matter whether you prefer traditional colonial, transitional or totally contemporary homes, there are many, many choices for you here.
If you are from the city, one of the first things you will notice here is how quiet it is. Instead of sirens, and loud trucks and all the other raucous urban sounds you’re used to, raise your window and hear the many different birds whistling and warbling, or perhaps the gentle murmur of a nearby stream. Suddenly, from out of nowhere, you’ll hear a symphony of quacking as a flock of ducks flies over. How long has it been since you heard the wind whispering in the trees or the sharp tattoo of a red headed woodpecker on a nearby oak tree?
The seafood abundance of the Chesapeake Bay makes Virginia the nation’s third largest seafood producer, the largest on the East Coast. Our watermen have been catching blue crabs, oysters, scallops, clams, mackerel, flounder, catfish, croaker, striped bass and many other fish for centuries. It’s all abundant and fresh, a seafood lover’s paradise. Nearly every town has at least one restaurant that specializes in fresh seafood from the Bay.
In addition to seafood, the Bay area is blessed with an abundance of culture and history. Many men who were vitally important to the nation’s founding were born here—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and others. Most of their homes have been preserved or restored for your visiting pleasure. Nearly every county has a small museum with historical papers, artifacts, old paintings and lots of local lore.
Along with history, the Bay area has a strong support for the arts. There are art galleries and festivals everywhere showing all kinds of art—nautical, figurative, and abstract. Organizations such as the Rappahannock Art League in Kilmarnock, VA, provide art classes and exhibition space for local artists. In addition, there are potters, weavers, folk artists throughout the area. If you enjoy art or actually make art yourself, you will find many opportunities here.
One thing we have all noticed about the Bay area. Many people come here to live but very few of them leave. If you are seeking an exciting, interesting home that is also a refuge from the stress and noise of the city, you will find exactly what you are looking for in this wonderful place. Let us help you find it.
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