Alanton is one of Virginia Beach’s hidden jewels. Nestled deep in Great Neck, along the southern shores of Broad Bay and east of Great Neck Road, it is one of the area’s most distinctive neighborhoods.
The Alanton Community
Alanton has been in the making for almost 400 years. Before it was a neighborhood, it was a family farm issued by royal grant from King Charles I in 1637. The McCullough family bought one of the original farmhouses in the 1920s, and by the 1960s they were developing the rest of the farmland. It is called “Alanton” after one of Mr. McCullough’s sons.
Development began in the 1960s but continued for many years, and you can see this reflected in the wide variety of architecture. Majestic trees line the streets, and many of the homes sit on large lots of more than an acre.
There are many waterfront homes here, and most of these provide lovely scenic views of First Landing State Park. There is navigable deep water access, via Wolfsnare Creek and Linkhorn Bay, to the Chesapeake Bay and beyond.
The Alanton and nearby Baycliff communities cooperate on a number of joint ventures, including the Alanton-Baycliff Recreation Center. This is a small nonprofit athletic club with a pool. Though originally limited to the surrounding community, the ABRC is now open to everyone who pays the yearly dues. Aside from the swimming pool, the ABRC hosts community parties and sponsors family movie nights. There is also an Alanton-Baycliff Garden Club that works to maintain the beauty of Alanton’s public spaces.
To learn more about the neighborhood, visit their civic league site.
There is fast access to I-264, but is also close to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and the beaches along Shore Drive. It is an easy commute to NAS Oceana, Fort Story and Little Creek.
There are many shopping opportunities nearby along Great Neck Road, but Alanton is also convenient to Hilltop, the boutiques of the Virginia Beach resort strip, and the malls at Lynnhaven and Pembroke.
It is in the First Colonial High School District. Alanton Elementary is within the neighborhood, Cape Henry Collegiate (a local private school) is nearby, and it is also served by Lynnhaven Middle School and Great Neck Middle School.
The homes for sale here vary widely in price. As of this writing, there are beautiful brick homes available for $650,000 down the street from $6,000,000 private island estates. You won’t find many short sales or foreclosures.
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