A simple life on the Chesapeake Bay


Our Virginia Symphony Orchestra Jazz concert on September 2 was fantastic! Unfortunately, Mother Nature cut us short but we still had a great evening! Even more delightful, VSO Executive Director, Eric Borenstein, a new East Beach resident was the evening’s emcee! We look forward to bringing the VSO Jazz back to East Beach soon!

Just another perk in East Beach! Check out other events going on in East Beach by clicking the link below http://eastbeachnorfolk.com/news/events.php

Hint of Fall


Today’s weather is simply perfect, fall is upon us and is gracing us this morning with a pleasantly cool refreshing breeze.

Ideal weather for the workers who are giving it their all on the 2012 Fall Homearama houses.

This year’s Homearama features 10 exquisite houses built by various builders.

Feature Homes:

  • The Globe, The Charity House to benefit the Global Friendship House at Old Dominion University, constructed by Strickland Homes. The Global Friendship House will be a dormitory that will serve the needs of international students and promote world understanding.
  • The EVMS Healthy House, The Charity House to benefit the Eastern Virginia Medical School Fund, which supports the school’s teaching, discovering and caring missions. The home is being constructed by L.R. Hill Custom Builders and will demonstrate to visitors how EVMS supports the health and wellbeing of the community.
  • Hampton Roads Magazine’s “Coastal Idea House” by Stephen Alexander Homes, will host cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and other activities, as well as feature items available from Hampton Roads Magazine advertisers.
  • The Norfolk House, built by Richardson Homes/Viridian Homes, will highlight the host city of Norfolk and its amenities
  • The Sister City House, built by Definitive Homes, will highlight the host city’s relationship with their sister city of Norfolk, England.
  • The Get Pink with Sentara House, built by ABT Custom Homes, will help to generate awareness of breast cancer prevention and survivorship.
  • Simple Elegance, from The New Economy House Series, built by DeBord Custom Homes, will showcase a cottage designed by Marianne Cusato. The smaller home design will merge traditions of the past with the housing trends of today.

We are about a month away from the big opening day!!! So mark you calendars!





This past weekend’s Out of the Box: Out on the Bay was canceled in advance, due to the storms headed our way.  Unfortunately the decision to cancel was last minute and many people did not get the message, including Paul Shugrue and a few of the other musicians.

With the rain not started and many people there, we had a very impromptu jam session. The music was great & Paul Shugrue even stayed to mingle and introduce the musicians to the crowd.

We were happy to hear that it was very well enjoyed and that everyone is looking forward to future Out of the Box: Out on the Bay shows.

We do apologize for any miscommunication about the event, updates and cancellations. But we invite you and do hope to see you at the next Out of the Box: Out on the Bay on August 25th at 6pm.

Remember this fun event is open to the public, so invite your friends and family to join the festivities!

For more information visit:



House Furnishing and Accessory Sale

Thursday, December 1, 2011

10 am – 7 pm

Many of the items featured in the Coastal Living

House will be available for sale.

The sale is for one day only and all items purchased

during the sale must be removed that day.

Please note that there are some items in the house

that will not be for sale. There are also additional

items that may have previously been sold.

If you have interest in a specific item(s) prior to

December 1, please contact:

Lane Brown

704-376-8900 or e-mail her at charlotte@jmhoward.net

*Items purchased in advance of December 1, may not be removed from the house

until after the house closes on November 27.

Unable to accept cash. However, VISA, MasterCard and personal checks, with appropriate

identification, will be accepted

Each month we are pulling one lucky name from the ticket pile of people who have toured the Coastal Living House to win a fabulous gift basket.

Last Months Winner was, Alice Wyvill of Newport News

To win one of these amazing baskets full of goodies just fill out the back of your tour ticket and drop it off at the Coastal Living House. Good Luck!!!

Unite and Remember 9/11 at the 1st Annual Freedom Festival in Chesapeake, VA. 

The  Festival will start on Thursday, September 8, 2011 and will continue till Sunday, September 11, 2011 at the Chesapeake City Park on Greenbrier Parkway.  The Buddy Bagley stage will come alive with the sounds of national and local recording artists. The great lawn at the foot of the stage will be the perfect location for sponsors and vendors to showcase their products to our guests as we honor America’s Heroes.

The lives of every American were changed on the morning of 9-11. The mission of the Virginia Freedom Festival is to honor the thousands of innocent victims of that tragic day. Additionally, we will honor the brave men and women of our military and public safety organizations who give of themselves day after day to protect us.

For more information visit http://vafreedomfest.com/


The City of Virginia Beach will Commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 at the 24th Street Park on Sunday, September 11, 2011 beginning at 1:30pm. The Tidewater Winds & the Virginia Beach Chorale will be Performing in the Let Freedom Ring Tribute Concert. For more information visit http://www.tidewaterwinds.org/840.h.911_Concert

Time to celebrate! The 2011 Ultimate Coastal Living House is open for tours! All the anxious waiting can stop, you can finally walk through & take in this masterpiece.

1 After all the hard work, hot days and the stress it was time to put down the hammer, grab a glass of wine and eat tasty hors d’œuvres at the Coastal Living Grand Opening Party. Mayors, Councilmen, and anyone who had a hand in this beautiful project was there to marvel and celebrate.

We know you have been waiting for this moment, where you can finally step in this beach dream house. Tours are going on now till November 27th, Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm & Sundays 1pm – 5pm.

You can get tickets at The East Beach Sales Office Monday-Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm, Sat. & Sun 1-5   We will accept credit cards & cash.

East Beach Sales Office is located at 4487 Pleasant Ave, Norfolk, VA 23518 If you have any questions please call 757-333-6650

                                                          Hope to see you all soon!

Blog by: Angela K. Smith

Photos by: Robbie Hickman

Find out more about our 2011 Ultimate Beach House!

It’s Moving Day! The Coastal Living House is hustling and bustling with movers and interior decorators. Soon the house will be filled with the perfect handpicked art & furniture. After everything is moved in and put to place, photographers will shoot the inside for a spread in the Coastal Living Magazine. From what we can tell the décor is quite fitting for a house on beach, we are anxious to see it fully finished, we know you are too!

After all the hard work of moving and arranging, a beautiful beach sunset leaving a full moon graces the sky…3 

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As we make it through these brutal hot days we are refreshed by the beautiful splashes of colors inside the Coastal Living House, from aqua blues to relaxing browns, wallpaper and paint are really living up the place.  If the calming colors don’t cool you off try the recently added Bosch Wine Fridge. Bosch is known for their great green energy efficient appliances. The house also features a gas stove, refrigerator, & washer and dryer by Bosch.

Things are just about done for the Coastal Living House, the grass has been put in, landscape lighting from Bevolo has been installed and I just heard from one of the Interior Decorators that they are headed over here to move in some furniture. July 29th is coming up fast…Get ready!!!

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4 The Ultimate Coastal Living House is a week or so from being complete and then will be ready to be turned over to the Coastal Living Interior Decorators! So as we count down to the turn over, last minute installations and touches are getting done.

 On the exterior, light Fixtures have been completely installed, the irrigation system is nearly complete, all outside painting is done & the landscaping should be completed by the end of this week.

 For the interior, all cabinetry, flooring, doors and hardware are complete. Painting is near the end and all plumbing fixtures and sinks have been installed.

 We are just merely days away until the brilliant interior decorators coordinate the gorgeous final pieces of this house & yes we are pretty giddy about it!




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