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Living in Cape Charles, VA

Cape Charles, Virginia, is a scenic and small beach town sitting on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. This community's history dates back to 1884 when it started as a railroad and ferry town. You're treated to many waterfront views, as this Northampton County town is on a peninsula on the Eastern Shore, less than an hour from Norfolk via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. The historic district and small-town atmosphere create a serene and inviting community when you're living in Cape Charles.

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The Great Outdoors in Cape Charles

Cape Charles' year-round residents enjoy many outdoor activities, from visiting the expansive beaches to hiking through protected wilderness. The Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge and the Cape Charles Town Beach are both popular with residents. The town is quiet and calm during the off-season, but you do see tourists throughout the spring and summer.

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Cape Charles Real Estate

Charming beach homes, original Victorians, and newly constructed Craftsman-style homes are a few of the options you have for living in Cape Charles, Virginia. Most of the homes for sale in Cape Charles are single-family houses, although you can find townhouses close to the commercial district. Condos are also available, primarily located on or near the beach.

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Cape Charles Historic District

Cape Charles has a strong focus on preserving its history, so you feel like you're stepping into the past when you head to the historic district . Not only do many original buildings from the 1800s line the street, but most of the community's commercial businesses are in this area, too. Old-fashioned soda fountains sit alongside the modern luxury of day spas while specialty shops feature local art, food, and other unique wares. The Palace Theatre offers many performing-arts events, from music to plays. The Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center is dedicated to showcasing the town's history.

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Harbor for the Arts

Cape Charles, Virginia, positions itself as an arts and cultural center, receiving the "Our Town" award from the National Endowment for the Arts. A two-week Harbor for the Arts Festival every August features art from the area, the state, and beyond. However, the town's dedication to the arts is also easy to see throughout the rest of the year, with artisans and artist studios located in the historic district.

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Travel and Transport in Cape Charles, VA

Some Cape Charles, VA, residents commute approximately 44 miles south to Norfolk, VA or Virginia Beach, VA for work. Public transportation options are not available in this area, so they take US-13 and drive through the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel to reach both of these cities. When residents need to travel farther afield, they hop over to Norfolk International Airport, which is just under 30 miles away.


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What Locals Love

Don't Miss It

  • Attending the annual Harbor for the Arts festival that occurs over a two-week period each August and features art, dance, music, and theater
  • Exploring the community’s historic district, where you’ll find a unique collection of locally owned restaurants, cafes, and shops
  • Sunbathing, swimming, and just relaxing with friends and family at the Cape Charles Town Beach


Cape Charles Real Estate at a Glance

  • 3 Homes Sold*
  • 62 Avg. Days on Market*
  • $709,950 Median Price*

*over last 3 months

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