VIRGINIA’ S EASTERN SHORE...A "SPORTSMAN’S PARADISE"
Map of Virginia's Eastern Shore.
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Virginia's Eastern Shore is a unique coastal area located between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It is the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula and centrally located between Virginia Beach, VA and Pocomoke City, MD. It is about 70 miles in length and averages 7 miles in width. Lying outside the reach of the major northern cities’ sprawl and cut off from the mainland of Virginia by the Chesapeake Bay, this area has been outside the coastal development frenzy. It has been allowed to grow quietly into a secluded waterfront paradise with a commitment towards environmental conservation while maintaining its history of seafood production.
The Eastern Shore is only one hour north of Norfolk and Virginia Beach and three to four hours south of Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. US Highway 13 is the major artery for traffic and has become a favorite route for vacationers as they travel from New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland south over Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, with many now stopping to explore the waterfront possibilities here.
Our bayside is a combination of the incredible Chesapeake Bay and its tidal
creek and cove tributaries. The Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the U.S. and the third largest in the world, extends for over 200 miles from its beginning
in Virginia Beach, VA to Havre de Grace, MD. It ranges in width from 4 miles near Aberdeen, Maryland to 30 miles near Cape Charles, Virginia. It completely dissects the State of Virginia, leaving the incredible Eastern Shore of Virginia and nearly dissects Maryland’s Eastern Shore. There are over 150 rivers and creeks that flow into the Chesapeake. In Virginia, the Chesapeake is very sandy and tidal, creating beautiful white sandy beaches along its shoreline. As it extends north it becomes a bit muddy and is more suitable for boat docks and marinas. The bay is world renowned for sailing, fishing, crabbing, and spectacular sunsets.
Our seaside (ocean side) is a combination of bays, inlets and salt marshes that lie between the interior shore line and the barrier islands. No one lives on our barrier islands, except for a very few “grandfathered” properties. Fourteen of the eighteen islands are listed as the Virginia Coastal Reserve and protected by conservation zoning to remain uninhabited. Enjoy a trip through one of the largest salt marsh habitats in the world and the unforgettable experience of a day on an uninhabited island. The islands of the Virginia Coastal Reserve are accessible only by boat. There are many free public boat launches available for easy access to the islands or to deep sea fishing in the Atlantic Ocean.
With a commitment towards environmental conservation, the Eastern Shore’s property is available in larger tracts than normally found in coastal and golf / yachting resort areas. It is not uncommon to find a spectacular 2.5 or 3 acre waterfront property here. Our zoning is for single family homes. Condos and townhouses require special permits in most areas. New zoning ordinances require 5 acre or more minimum building sites. No overcrowding here!
There are no factories polluting the air or pumping sewage into the waters. Our waterfront hosts a bountiful harvest of fish, clams, crabs, and oysters, with the opportunity of buying directly from the commercial fishing boats returning to their docks.
Our beach front communities are very private. Our beaches are not open to the general public. You own your own beach with riparian rights (you own to mean low water). Public beaches are available in Cape Charles, Kiptopeke State Park, Savage Neck Dunes Preserve and Assateague Island National Seashore. Many of our communities own waterfront areas that are available to all owners within the community, like the Peacefuls private beach with pool and walkways over the water fowl nesting ponds.
Kiptopeake State Park
Kiptopeke State Park, our 375 acre new state park on the Chesapeake Bay is within 5 to 25 miles of the properties. The campground and park feature sandy beaches and a 700 ft. lighted fishing pier. The park hosts boat launching, canoe tours and bird observation areas.
Assateague Island, part of the National Seashore, offers a beautiful beach on the Atlantic Ocean just 30-45 minutes north of most of our home sites. While on Assateague be sure to visit the famous Chincoteague ponies or join us in July when the Chincoteague Fire Company hosts the famous Chincoteague Pony Swim, Penning and Auction.
We have a four season climate without harsh winters or direct hurricane hits!
The mean average temperature is 72 degrees making our energy costs low. The majority of our land is 9 to 25 feet above sea level and has a 12 month growing season.
The Mid- Atlantic coast of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware have never been directly hit by a hurricane according to tracking since 1851.
Taxes are low. Most water access lots are under $200 per year and many waterfront lots are under $1,000 per year. Our current rate assessment in Northampton County is .83 cents per $100 of assessed value, ($830.00 per $100,000), and in Accomack County it is .61 cents per $100 of assessed value ($610 per $100,000).
Comprehensive medical services are available at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital who just built a new state of the art facility in Accomack County. Well trained ambulance service with paid emergency medical technicians (EMT) is available.
Shore Plaza, the Regional Shopping Center and commercial area, in Exmore, and near most of our properties, has Food Lion, ABC Store (VA State Alcohol sales), China Wok, Ace Hardware, Nail Salon, and Subway. Rent Way, BB&T Bank, Sunrise Grill and Sunoco are on the out parcels. Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Verizon, Atlantic Union Bank, Edward Jones Investments, and Rite Aid Pharmacy are in the commercial area across the street.
Map of Hurricane Landfall Locations since 1851
New elementary public schools have recently been built in Willis Wharf and Kiptopeake. Broadwater Academy, is an excellent private school with classes from K through 12th grade.
Accomack County Airport is just 8 miles away and has a 5000 foot long paved runway with two 1000 foot paved overruns. The private airport is capable of accommodating a jet. Our convenient commercial airport in Norfolk is just 35-60 minutes away from our properties.