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10 Things to Know About Retiring in Virginia Beach

Retired couple walking on the beach

Retirement is a time for relaxation, enjoyment, and making new memories. So as you plan for this exciting chapter in your life, Virginia Beach might be the perfect destination for you! Virginia Beach has become a favorite spot for retirees nationwide with its gorgeous coastal views, year-long mild climate, exciting events and activities, and vibrant community.

Let’s explore 10 things you should know about retiring in Virginia Beach and why Atlantic Shores is the perfect place to spend your golden years.

1. Affordable Cost of Living for a Rich Retirement

One of the biggest draws of retiring in Virginia Beach is the relatively low cost of living. Compared to other coastal cities and towns where housing and basic living expenses are much higher than in non-coastal communities, Virginia Beach is a more affordable option that still gets you near the life-giving ocean, allowing retirees to stretch their retirement savings while still enjoying picturesque and tranquil living. In addition, housing is reasonably priced, and taxes are low. The city’s cost of living index is also comparable to the national average, making it an attractive option for retirees on a budget.

2. Great Community

Virginia Beach has become a popular spot for retirees, making it easy to meet fellow retirees and create a colorful community to enjoy your golden years. You’ll always have plenty of opportunities to make new friends and enjoy social activities together due to the active community that exists in Virginia Beach. On top of the many community-wide events and activities in Virginia Beach at Atlantic Shores, we also offer a welcoming and inclusive community perfect for retirees looking to make connections and build new relationships.

3. Free Activities

Virginia Beach offers plenty of free activities for retirees. Retirees can enjoy long walks on the beach, explore local and state parks or gardens, and participate in community events and festivals without spending a dime! So whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, food lover, or someone who enjoys cultural activities, Virginia Beach has something for everyone, and you won’t have to worry about dipping into your retirement budget to enjoy them!

4. Mild Weather

Because Virginia Beach is a southern coastal city, you may think that you’ll have to endure the extreme sun and heat 12 months a year, but that is far from the truth! Instead, Virginia Beach offers mild, temperate weather all year round. No need to worry about shoveling snow or dealing with heat stroke. This city’s location makes it perfect for year-long, enjoyable weather.

5. Quality Healthcare

Virginia Beach has an excellent medical infrastructure, with world-class hospitals and healthcare facilities within close proximity to you. Out of the one-hundred-plus healthcare facilities in Virginia, eighteen are in line with the highest standards, according to US News. Atlantic Shores residents benefit from healthcare services including the on-site Wellness Clinic and the highly-rated Seaside Health Center. We also have a team of experienced healthcare professionals to ensure our residents receive the best care possible.

6. Low Crime Rate

One big priority that most retirees look for in a potential retirement location is safety. Thankfully, Virginia Beach has one of the lowest crime rates in the country, making it a very safe place to retire. Virginia currently ranks number six in safety rankings, making it one of the safest states in the US. Here, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with living in a low-crime, low-risk community, knowing you’re safe and protected.

7. The Rich History of Virginia Beach

If you’re a history buff, you’ll be in luck when you retire here! Virginia Beach’s rich history dates back to colonial times, being one of the original 13 states to be founded. You can explore local historical sites, such as the Cape Henry Lighthouse and First Landing State Park, and many historical museums to learn more about the city and the country’s past. You can also participate in culturally-focused activities, such as art and history festivals, to celebrate the city’s diverse history and heritage.

8. Community Events

Virginia Beach has many community events, festivals, and celebrations. Whether it’s the Neptune Festival or the Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival, something exciting is always happening in the city. You can take part in these events and meet new people or simply enjoy the festivities and soak up the atmosphere.

9. Tax-Friendly City

Retirement is a time for relaxation, enjoyment, and making new memories, not a time for worrying about your finances. In addition to being an affordable place to live and retire, Virginia is also well-known as being one of the most tax-friendly states for retirees. The state does not tax social security benefits. Its combined local and state sales tax rate is just 5 percent (putting it at 44th in the nation, reports the Tax Foundation and even offers special tax exemptions to military retirees.

10. Perfect Retirement Destination

With its affordable cost of living, vibrant community, and breathtaking views, Virginia Beach is an ideal retirement destination for anyone looking to live their golden years with ease and tranquility but still have access to exceptional accommodations, activities, and community-building opportunities.

Retiring at Atlantic Shores

Now that we’ve discussed the many benefits of retiring in Virginia Beach, we want to highlight some of our favorite benefits offered to our residents here at Atlantic Shores. From providing retirees with a comfortable, active lifestyle in a beautiful coastal setting to a range of amenities and services, your retirement will be easy and enjoyable.

Here are a few of our offer benefits:

1. Social Life

We offer numerous opportunities to socialize and make new friends. Our community features a range of activities and events designed to bring our residents together, such as fitness classes, game nights, art classes, educational seminars, and more.

2. Wellness and Healthcare Services

We have an on-site wellness center and medical clinic with licensed healthcare professionals who can serve as your primary care providers. They’re available throughout the day and make house calls within the Atlantic Shores retirement community.The Wellness Clinic’s convenient location in the Clubhouse makes a routine office visit easy, quick, and seamless! Emergency medical technicians are also on-site 24/7 for added peace of mind. Additionally, the community offers various wellness services and programs, including fitness classes, healthy dining options, and personal training.

3. Beautiful Surroundings

Retirees can enjoy the natural beauty of Virginia Beach at Atlantic Shores. Our facility is located on 100 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, featuring walking trails, gardens, and scenic ponds. Over 300 species of plants and flowers can be found on the lush grounds and green space for you to enjoy. Residents can stroll, bike, or ride a golf cart through our tree-lined streets and sidewalks while exploring the beautiful sights of a friendly, lively neighborhood.

4. Maintenance-Free Living

We offer maintenance-free living, so our residents don’t have to worry about lawn care, home maintenance, housecleaning, laundry, and even an annual spring cleaning with windows included! By taking care of the day-to-day chores and responsibilities, our residents can enjoy their retirement years without the burden of homeownership.

5. Multiple Living Options

We offer a range of living options to suit different needs and preferences. These include apartments, cottages, and single-family homes, each with unique features and amenities.

6. Dining Options

We offer various dining options, including formal dining rooms, casual cafes, and outdoor dining areas. The community’s culinary team creates menus featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients that accommodate special dietary needs.

7. Continuing Care

We offer continuing care, which means residents can transition from independent living to assisted living or memory care as their needs change. This provides peace of mind for our residents and their families, knowing they can receive the care they need without having to move to a new community.

Retire into the Coastal Lifestyle

Retiring in Virginia Beach offers a wide range of benefits, including a moderate cost of living, beautiful surroundings, and a plethora of activities and events. Retiring at Atlantic Shores provides retirees with a comfortable, active lifestyle in a beautiful coastal setting, with access to a range of amenities and services. With multiple living options, continuing care, and maintenance-free living, Virginia Beach and Atlantic Shores is an excellent choice for retirees looking for a vibrant community to call home.