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Fall Homearama 2010 in East Beach Norfolk VA

east beach norfolk East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia was home to one of the most successful Homearama shows in 2004  (during the height of the new homes market in Hampton Roads.) After surveying many other sites throughout Hampton Roads it has been chosen as the site of the fall 2010 Homearama show.

After weeks of buzz, Tidewater Builders Association has officially announced it will head back to Norfolk’s East Beach coastal community for its Fall 2010 Homearama showcase of homes, set for October.

In 2004, East Beach was host of one of TBA’s most successful Homearamas to date. The neighborhood’s original 16 homes created a streetscape that many at the time likened to a Hollywood movie set. It almost seemed as though there was some Hollywood magic in the air – as everyone associated with the event took great pride in what they had created.

It seemed almost surreal that this upscale streetscape featuring porches, bay front greens, and exquisite architectural detail could have arisen from the dust of an area once best known for its blight.

As such, the event was cause for great celebration from the city’s leaders, who saw validation in their decision to pursue redevelopment there.

It was also a hit with Homearama visitors – at over 110,000 strong, they created a record attendance.

East Beach was among three locations the association was considering.

EB Situated along the Chesapeake Bay in East Ocean View, East Beach was created nearly a decade ago on an 105-acre tract that was once home to some of Norfolk’s most blighted neighborhoods. East Beach’s other border to the south is Pretty Lake — an arm of the bay. 
Boaters enjoy immediate access to pleasure boat marinas on Little Creek Inlet, which provides easy passage to Chesapeake Bay.

aerial view of east beach,norfolk va The architectural mood here is “beachy,” with a quintessential New England flavor and houses to match. The Bayfront Club sits on Chesapeake Bay beach, and offers a pool, a weight/cardio room, and a bayfront room for weddings and gatherings.

Like other traditional neighborhoods, East Beach is a haven for pedestrians. Streets are deliberately narrow to slow traffic, allowing residents to walk or cycle safely to nearby parks, the beach, or the deepwater marinas along Pretty Lake. Public parks and greens are everywhere – even along the Chesapeake Bay – so that neighbors can gather and play. Porches are wide to encourage sitting, and close to the street to spark conversations with passersby.

East Beach Within a couple of years, East Beach will open a town center with a combination of restaurants and shops. In the meantime, just outside the community but within easy walking distance are four restaurants, a variety of shops, fishing access and several marinas.
With only about 20 percent of the 700 planned residences sold, there are plenty of spots for newcomers to find their niche.

UPDATE AUGUST 2010: The event will feature 9 homes and one condominium villa.  The custom homes range from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet and are priced from $500,000 and up.

Homerama East Beach Construction crews are working through the near 100-degree temperatures to complete the Fall Homearama homes on time. Tidewater Builders Association’s Fall Homearama will be held at Norfolk’s East Beach community from Oct. 16-31. This will be the second Homearama for the Norfolk coastal community, which launched its residential development with the 2004 Homearama showcase.

Since the 2004 showcase, which featured 17 homes, East Beach has grown into an active traditional neighborhood development with more than 230 homes, retails shops, a Montessori School and parks and open spaces for the residents to enjoy. A sprawling 7,000-square-foot Bay Front Club has been built, as well as several amenities for residents to enjoy, including a pool, tennis courts, rose garden and more. Construction is being completed on condominiums with first-floor retail and soon more cottages also will call East Beach home.

Participating in the Fall Homearama will be the following builders:  John W. “Chip” Iuliano, ABT Custom Homes; Bill Brice and Les Ore, Bill Ore LLC; Scott Crumley, Crumley Group Inc.; Larry Hill, L.R. Hill Custom Builders Inc., Chris Kanter, North Shore Construction; Jimmy Richardson, Richardson Homes Inc.; Mary-Dolph Simpson, Page Simpson and Howard Simpson, Simpson Builders Inc.; and Stephen, Alex and Steve Quick, Stephen Alexander Homes.

Crumley, a first-time Homearama builder, is building the Charity House. The beneficiary of the profits from the sale of the home will benefit St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children in Norfolk, a long-term pediatric residential care facility dedicated to children with severe physical and intellectual disabilities.

Show Hours: The show is open Oct. 16-31, noon until 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Ticket sales will stop one hour before closing.

General admission is $10 for a one-day pass and $17 for a two-day pass. Active duty and retired military guests and seniors (62 or better) get a $2 discount Mon.-Thurs. Only one discount applies. No discounts Fri., Sat. and Sun. Children 12 and under and guests in wheelchairs are free.

Feature Homes:

  • A Tribute to the Armed Forces, built by Richardson/Viridian Homes, will pay tribute to the men and women who serve in the armed forces.

  • The Charity House, built by Scott Crumley of Crumley Group, will be sold to benefit St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children. The home’s interior design was contributed by professionals from the International Interior Designers Association.

  • The German Sister City House, built by Simpson Builders Inc., will pay tribute to Norfolk’s sister city, Wilhemhaven, Germany.

  • The Norfolk House, built by Bill Ore LLC, will highlight the host city of Norfolk.

  • The Idea House, built by Stephen Alexander Homes, features historical styles of the past using modern materials with special emphasis on the kitchen, an outdoor kitchen and a three-season porch as well as a high-tech audiovisual system.


  • An exhibit center with more than 150 booths showcasing housing-related products and services.

  • A full-color glossy Plan Book with information on all of the homes.

  • A variety of workshops and entertainment are scheduled throughout the event.


  • Military Appreciation Day, on Monday, Oct. 18, military guests can take advantage of buy one, get one free admission with a valid military identification card.

  • Realtors Day, sponsored by TowneBank, set for Wednesday, Oct. 20, invites area realtors to be admitted free all day long with a business card and ID. Early birds enjoy a hearty breakfast from 9:30-11 a.m.

  • Kids-a-Rama, 1-4 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 24 and Oct. 31. Staff from St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children will host games and activities for children.

  • A Taste of Norfolk, from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, sponsored by Virginia Natural Gas and Hampton Roads Magazine, invites guests to sample cuisine from Norfolk restaurants and vote for their favorite.

  • Mother’s Day Out, Tuesday, Oct. 26, gates open early at 10 a.m. to accommodate mothers with school age children. 

  • School Day is Tuesday, Oct. 26, when pre-authorized chaperoned high school and college drafting/design classes can visit the show, with scheduled tours beginning at 11 a.m. Contact Mary Hearring at (757) 305-9018 for details.

  • The Homearama Furniture Sale from noon-6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 1, where visitors will get the chance to purchase their favorite furnishings and décor from the Homearama homes. Free entry tickets for the sale will be given to all Homearama visitors in their show bag during the event.

Directions to East Beach: (place link from East Beach Website)
East Beach is located in Norfolk off of Shore Drive

My own preference for a Homerama show would showcase homes from $200k-$250k.  When are we going to make housing affordable ? What about “Green Building ? “ Lets see who can build the most efficient home with the lowest net utility cost.  Last years show at Culpepper Landing was a huge hit with its price range. I was just in Richmond VA ( Chesterfield ) and was amazed at the features and style that builders were able to offer in the low $200’s price range.

OK, that’s it for my rant for now.



East Beach at a Glance
Size: 100 acres
Designer: Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
Developer: East Beach Company, LLC (East Beach Renaissance, The Leyland Alliance)
Groundbreaking: 2000
Current home, condo and town home prices in East Beach range form $300,000 to $2,950,000

As of Jan 2010, homes sales prices in East Beach Norfolk VA ranged from $308k to $983k. Click here for the current Sold Homes Report for East Beach Norfolk, VA


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click for a location map of  East Beach Norfolk, VA in a larger map

If you are a vendor wanting to exhibit at the East Beach Homerama show contact TBA here



This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf.  John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market.  His websites, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and   www.MrWilliamsburg.com, were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, with the hopes of selling a house now and again.  You can reach him at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com.


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