VA’s East Coast: A Home and Haven for the Eco-Minded

by Karen G. Meshkov

Kirkwood1_0417Real estate development and environmental protection frequently don’t go hand in hand, particularly along the East Coast. It’s refreshing to know that there are places where naturalists, preservationists and ecologists have worked alongside real estate interests to develop residential opportunities that ensure the beauty, safety and preservation of the natural habitat.

Virginia’s Eastern Shore—the area that surrounds the Chesapeake Bay and the numerous rivers, creeks and coves that feed into it—is one such place. Located just a few hours south of Washington, D.C. and less than a day’s drive from the Philadelphia metropolitan area, this area is frequently regarded as one of the best places in the country to live or retire. Its rich, seaside culture is conducive to fishing, boating, “beaching”, kayaking and taking nature walks; the mean average temperature is a comfortable and thermostat-friendly 59 degrees.

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Explore and Live on the Eastern Seaboard’s Longest Coastal Preserve

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by Robin Fillmore

Though it is only hours from Washington, D.C., a true hidden gem lies just to our south. Off the Eastern Shore of Virginia are the barrier islands which protect seaside tidal creeks, bays, marshes and the mainland, providing habitat for abounding nature, including migratory songbirds, raptors, shorebirds, shellfish and finfish. Visitors are welcomed with the sign “You’ll Love Our Nature.” For many in the D.C. region, Virginia’s Eastern Shore is becoming the place not only to discover on vacation, but also to find their dream retreat or retirement home.

On one side of the peninsula lies the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the U.S. With more than 150 rivers and creeks flowing into the bay, it provides sandy tidal areas, suitable for boat docks and marinas, as well as beautiful beaches to enjoy. On the other side lie the barrier islands and the Atlantic Ocean, knit together with bays, inlets and salt marshes. Except for a few “grandfathered” properties, the barrier islands are uninhabited; however, they can be easily enjoyed by kayak or boat. There are many free public boat launches available for easy access to the islands or deep sea fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. Fourteen of the barrier islands make up the Virginia Coastal Reserve and has earned the distinction of a United Nations Man and Biosphere Reserve.

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Sustainable Coastal Development Offered in Virginia

NB_OceanLandTrust_0516Ocean Land Trust, Inc., is offering property for home building in The Waverly, a new Earth-friendly, sustainable alternative to the more traditional high-impact coastal developments, in Machipongo, along Virginia’s scenic Chesapeake Bay shoreline. The 23 separate land parcels, ranging from three to 22 acres, are especially well suited for family compounds, organic farms and horses.

The land is on high ground, well protected from coastal storms and flooding, has rich fertile farming soils and has an aquifer with abundant pure water. Amenities include paved roads, utilities, common areas, private beach, community boat dock and launch ramp. Wineries, food co-ops, organic farms and several miles of riding trails are all located nearby.

The property provides an “ideal warm growing climate with the Gulf Stream just offshore,” says Ben Benson of Ocean Land Trust. He adds that The Waverly is ideal for people that want to “enjoy their land for vacations now (as camping and RVs are allowed) and then retirement later.”

Parcel costs: $60,000 to $98,000. Location: 10359 Church Neck Rd., Virginia. For more information, call 757-442-2171, email OceanLandTrust@yahoo.com or visit WaverlyLots.com.

May 2016 Issue