Where to Buy a Historic Home in Norfolk

HistoricAre you looking for a historic home in Norfolk? Buying older real estate offers an opportunity to enjoy unique architecture and historic charm, but comes with its own considerations. We can help you find homes for sale in Norfolk, so contact us any time to get started.

Here's what you need to keep in mind before buying historic Norfolk home. 

The Importance of Inspections

A home inspection is always important in the buying process, but perhaps even more so with a historic home. The older the home, the higher the chances that there are issues that will need to be resolved. 

It's best to find a team that understands historic real estate. We can help connect you with professionals, like inspectors, who know the era of the home and what to look for during the inspection process. 

They can assess the condition of unique features, such as historic windows, ornate woodwork, and original flooring, providing a comprehensive understanding of potential maintenance or restoration needs. They will also know what common problems arise and how to find warning signs of them.

Historic Home Renovations

Many buyers who plan to find a historic home have ideas for how to renovate and update the property. Keep in mind that while renovation can be a great way to boost property value and enjoy the home more, it is often more challenging to renovate a historic home than it is a newer one

This is true for a few reasons. First of all, as you get into the renovation process, you may find that components you did not originally plan to update will have to be remodeled to comply with current building code and safety recommendations. There are also local regulations specific to historic homes that will need to be followed. 

Familiarize yourself with the specific regulations and preservation standards governing historic homes in Norfolk. The Norfolk Historical Commission and the city's Department of Planning play crucial roles in maintaining the integrity of historic districts.

Allocate a budget not only for the purchase of the historic home but also for potential preservation and restoration costs. Historic homes may require specialized materials and skilled craftsmen, impacting the overall financial investment.

Historic Home Insurance

In some cases, home insurance for a historic home may be different from what you expect. Consult with insurance providers experienced in historic homes before you make an offer if possible. Coverage for replacement costs of unique features and considerations for potential historic preservation restrictions should be factored into your insurance plan.

Where to Find Historic Homes in Norfolk

Norfolk is home to several neighborhoods with a rich history and an abundance of historic homes. Here are some areas where we can help you find historic homes in Norfolk:

Ghent

Ghent is a historic neighborhood known for its tree-lined streets and well-preserved homes. This area features a mix of architectural styles, including Colonial Revival, Victorian, and Arts and Crafts. Ghent's historic district is a favorite among those seeking character-filled homes with proximity to cultural amenities.

Colonial Place

Colonial Place is known for its wide, tree-lined streets and a variety of architectural styles, including Colonial Revival and Tudor. The neighborhood features a mix of single-family homes and duplexes, providing options for those interested in historic properties.

East Beach

East Beach is a newer development designed to capture the charm of traditional coastal communities. While not as old as some other neighborhoods, East Beach incorporates elements of historical architecture, creating a unique blend of modern amenities with a historic aesthetic.

To learn more about buying a home in Norfolk, contact us any time. 

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Open 3/1
300 Yarmouth St #310 Norfolk,  VA 23510
$275,000
Neighborhood: Archers Walk
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,066
Sq.Ft.
1988
Year Built
2
Days on Site
10521381
MLS
$245,000
Neighborhood: Fairmount Park
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,069
Sq.Ft.
1906
Year Built
2
Days on Site
10521357
MLS
$295,000
Neighborhood: Alden Heights
3
Beds
1
Baths
1,158
Sq.Ft.
1948
Year Built
2
Days on Site
10521436
MLS
$255,000
Neighborhood: Norvella Heights
3
Beds
1
Baths
1,100
Sq.Ft.
1953
Year Built
2
Days on Site
10521468
MLS
$249,900
Neighborhood: Ghent
2
Beds
1
Baths
1,200
Sq.Ft.
1929
Year Built
2
Days on Site
10521401
MLS
$479,900
Neighborhood: Ocean View Cottage
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,990
Sq.Ft.
2002
Year Built
2
Days on Site
10521546
MLS
$354,000
Neighborhood: Meadowbrook Woods
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
1,494
Sq.Ft.
1983
Year Built
4
Days on Site
10521386
MLS
$217,500
Neighborhood: Lafayette Terrace
3
Beds
1
Baths
1,200
Sq.Ft.
1947
Year Built
4
Days on Site
10521391
MLS
$700,000
Neighborhood: Larchmont
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,800
Sq.Ft.
1920
Year Built
5
Days on Site
10521079
MLS
$325,000
Neighborhood: Lake Terrace
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,528
Sq.Ft.
1963
Year Built
5
Days on Site
10521212
MLS
$299,990
Neighborhood: Brookfield Park
3
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,231
Sq.Ft.
1955
Year Built
5
Days on Site
10520283
MLS
$162,000
Neighborhood: Lafayette Annex
3
Beds
1
Baths
973
Sq.Ft.
1924
Year Built
5
Days on Site
10521260
MLS
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