The South Norfolk area of Hampton Roads is an area that is historic in feel and atmosphere, with a small-town spirit that’s big on community pride. Originally its own independent city, South Norfolk is now part of the city of Chesapeake, which borders the harbor area. South Norfolk itself borders the Elizabeth River.
Efforts have been made to revitalize the southern area of Norfolk. A major development in the area increasing both commercial visibility and residential opportunities includes single-family houses, loft apartments, condos, and retail space. SoNo, as it’s called, also features Portlock Galleries, a museum housed in a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse that’s listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
According to information from city-data.com, in 2008 the average rent for South Norfolk apartments in the Historic District were $594 compared to $790 in the city of Chesapeake. Most units have two bedrooms, with about half as many offering one or three bedrooms.