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The Benefits of Retiring in Virginia Beach, Virginia

retired women drinking coffee outside Lake Redwing in Virginia Beach


The Benefits of Retirement Living in Virginia Beach

Wherever you settle in Virginia, you won’t be far from the ocean or the mountains. The stunning beauty of this landscape, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay region, make Virginia a highly desirable destination. And within the Commonwealth, Virginia Beach — home to the 100-acre senior living campus of Atlantic Shores — may well be the most attractive city for retirees. Let’s look a little closer at the benefits of retiring in Virginia and the city of Virginia Beach,as well as the benefits of retiring at Atlantic Shores.

Virginia Beach is a very inviting location

Virginia is one of the safest states in the nation, with the sixth lowest crime rate in the country according to U.S. News & World Report.It doesn’t tax Social Security benefits and offers easy access to emergency medical care and primary care medicine with 89 full-service hospitals. There are also health benefits for retirees — the Department of Veteran Affairs has medical centers in Hampton, Richmond and Salem.

The city of and its surrounding area feature seven bases, including the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and Naval Air Station Norfolk. But Virginia Beachis also one of the most exciting and enjoyable cities on the East Coast. Its three-mile-long boardwalk is brimming with art, restaurants, shops, museums, and much more. It’s known nationally and has been featured on the Discovery Channel and National Geographic Traveler. Virginia Beach is often ranked as one of the best places to retire in Virginia and the entire nation. Perhaps most interesting to retirees is how the city blends the best of urban, suburban and rural cultures.

You’ll enjoy miles of free beach access from the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic Ocean, as well as scenic trails and the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. False Cape State Park has more than 15 miles of trails, and First Landing State Park has nearly 20, all showcasing the unspoiled Virginia landscape.

The Atlantic Shores Senior Living Community in Virginia Beach

Located on 100 wooded acres along the shores of Lake Redwing, Atlantic Shores retirement community puts you in a beautiful, natural setting that includes more than 300 species of plants and flowers amid our lush grounds and green space. Residents stroll, bike, or ride a golf cart through our tree-lined streets and sidewalks. Living here lets you access Virginia Beach’s finest beaches, cultural attractions, casual and fine dining, golf and tennis, professional services, and world-class shopping. Inside the community, the programs, event and amenities are simply incomparable.

Plan your day from our gazebo out at Lake Redwing — great for kayaking, paddle boarding or just relaxing. You might also work in some bocce ball, shuffleboard or doubles tennis. Atlantic Shores residents maintain a healthy lifestyle by working out individually in the fitness center, in group fitness classes, or with our on-site personal trainer. Residents also enjoy free swimming or aquatics classes in the indoor pool, followed by a relaxing session in the hot tub. The clubhouse is also home to our salon, which residents patronize for hair and nail appointments. The library in the clubhouse is a great spot for a relaxing read by the fireplace. Our community game room hosts various card games and board games throughout the day, as well as billiards and ping-pong.

The dining rooms at Atlantic Shores operate restaurant-style with table service, offering made-to-order steaks, salads, fresh seafood, burgers and comfort foods, along with wholesome, healthy options for those with dietary restrictions. Our Magnolia Room features a full bar in an atmosphere perfect for Happy Hour.

The community offers multiple living options in our neighborhood to suit your style — apartment living or villa-style living. Three different apartment buildings feature floor plans ranging from studio apartments to three-bedroom apartments, ranging in size from 600 square feet to more than 1,700 square feet. Residents can choose a fully renovated, ready-to-occupy residence, or bring in their own designer to customize everything from the ground up.

Residences feature full, modern kitchens where you can do your own cooking if you like. Washers and dryers are included, and every residence has a beautiful balcony so you can catch a breath of fresh air any time you like.

The villas at Atlantic Shores are situated in our peaceful neighborhoods and cul-de-sacs around the community. They have two bedrooms, and many include a den, sunroom or home office. Each villa has its own private deck coming off the main living space, and they also feature a spacious two-car garage. Villas are fully customizable. Residents can meet with the Atlantic Shores team in the design center to select specific flooring, cabinetry, countertops and backsplash. You may even have your own interior designer customize your space exactly how you want it.

Walk, bike, and just enjoy the weather

Virginia Beach offers many more engaging options for retirees. Fishing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, festivals, golf courses, and the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, are just the beginning. Cycling is very popular in Virginia Beach and its surrounding natural areas. The city has more than 100 miles of bike-friendly paths, many of which start or run through major parks. Biking in Virginia Beach is a fun, easy, eco-friendly way to get around. But if walking or jogging are more your speed, these options are just as convenient, thanks to the city’s abundant pedestrian walkways.

Weatherwise, Virginia Beach has four distinct seasons, though generally without extremes. The region might see one or two measurable snowfalls per year and, while hurricanes sometimes threaten, they generally don’t cause significant damage.

Attractions Close to Atlantic Shores Campus

  • Virginia Beach Fishing Center
  • First Landing State Park
  • Cape Henry Historical Lighthouse
  • False Cape State Park
  • Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Military Aviation Museum
  • Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
  • Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
  • Little Theater of Virginia Beach
  • Golf courses, including Redwing Lake Golf Course, Virginia Beach National Golf Club, Cypress Point Country Club, and Kempsville Greens Municipal Golf Course
  • Navy Exchange, Commissary, Oceana Medical Clinic, and other military services available at NAS Oceana
  • JEB Little Creek-Fort Story
  • Naval Station Norfolk
  • Portsmouth Naval Hospital


Schedule a visit and chat with residents.

Nothing compares to experiencing this gorgeous community here in Virginia Beach for yourself. There are as many reasons to choose Atlantic Shores as there are residents. You can read some of their thoughts here. We invite you to call us today at 757-716-3000 or contact us online to schedule your personal tour.