Cape Story by the Sea is a neighborhood located in the northeast part of the City of Virginia Beach. It is bordered to the east by Cape Henry Shores and First Landing State Park, to the north by the Chesapeake Bay, to the south by Long Creek and then Bay Island, and to the west by Great Neck Road. It consists primarily of single family homes, with some duplexes, duplex condos, and at least one small (bay-front) apartment building. There are still a few vacant lots as well.
Cape Story began to take shape when lots were platted in the early 1950s and marketed by Ewing Nusbaum Hutcheson Realtors. Buildable interior lots could be bought for around $200, yes $200. The bay-front lots were much more expensive at a whopping $700. This was 1951, and demand was not high. That would soon change, however. Even just a year later, similar interior lots were up to $335 and bay-front lots were over $1000.
Cape Story Beach to Cape Henry - Neighborhood Park/Trail to State Park - Long Creek to the East
In the 50s and 60s, small beach cottages were built typically with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. A railroad track bisected the neighborhood where the bike path is today. The beach was fished by commercial fishermen who still harvest from the old pound nets.
The neighborhood has a variety of home styles. Recently there has been a bit of building/redevelopment activity. Many of the old small homes are being replaced by larger, more modern structures. This process is referred to as "infill development". There have been interior lots that have sold for over $380,000, that have had structures needing to be torn down. This redevelopment over time creates an eclectic variety of homes. If you are someone who likes subdivisions where all of the homes are somewhat similar to one another, Cape Story By The Sea may not be your cup of tea.
Cape Story does have a very active civic association. Each year they organize the Spring Fling, 4th of July parade through the streets and fireworks display over the bay, Fall Oyster Roast, and a Santa visits the neighborhood's park in December.
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