American history comes alive in Portsmouth, VA, and homebuyers have their choice of colonial-style dwellings dating back to the beginning of the 20th century to newer abodes built in this century. You are certain to glimpse upon a rare find while searching for a house in this charming city, and at the current market rate, it will be even rarer if it’s priced over $200,000. You can even find spacious five-bedroom gems for around $250,000, making this an incredibly affordable place to purchase your next home.
Portsmouth’s history dates back to 1620, when English shipbuilder John Wood petitioned the King of England for a land grant to build a shipyard. Plantations sprang up and the area saw heavy involvement in both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Residents and tourists alike can stroll through remnants of this city’s storied past by visiting the Olde Towne Business and Historical District. Here you’ll find the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, which is the second oldest building in Portsmouth, VA and built by both free men and slaves. Pass House was taken over by Union troops from 1862 to 1865. The Hill House is a four-story beauty that dates back to 1825 and reminds Portsmouth, VA residents of one of its well-established families.
Portsmouth isn’t stuck in the past, however. The district is named Olde Towne "Business" because there have been major redevelopment projects underway this century to boost the city’s economy. Naturally, part of the redevelopment has been focused on the city’s past, and one of America’s most historic hotels was renovated and reopened in 2005. Residents who want to work locally can find jobs in the hospitality industry, and a quick ferry ride across the Elizabeth River takes local military and civilian personnel to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. This active facility remodels and repairs ships and is big enough to dry dock an aircraft carrier. During their time off, residents enjoy both semi-pro basketball and football. The American Basketball Association has had the Portsmouth Cavaliers in the city since 2010, and semi-pro football’s Portsmouth Mustangs play locally. There is plenty of water recreation to be had on the Elizabeth River and in Splash Park and land play in the local parks. With so much history and beauty surrounding you, it’s hard not to feel like a visitor on a dream vacation every day in Portsmouth, VA. Find your perfect hideaway by viewing our listings of homes for sale.