Bay Island & Broad Bay Colony

Location: Bay Island is a small waterfront community in Great Neck in Virginia Beach.Bay Island, for KatieZarpas.com  The island is about two miles long but only a quarter mile wide.  It is divided into two different developments: Broad Bay Colony in the western half, and Bay Island in the eastern half.  However, most residents simply refer to the area as “Bay Island.”  It is a narrow island surrounded by Broad Bay and Wolfsnare Creek.  Bay Island is accessed by a bridge off of West Great Neck Road, or by boat.

The Bay Island Community:  Broad Bay Colony was developed first, in the 1940s.  A small bridge connected the eastern half of the island to the mainland.  In 1959, a real estate company in Norfolk began selling lots to the eastern half.  According to Bay Island’s civic league, “The first Bay Island house was built on Windward Shore Drive.  A 1962 aerial map shows about 33 houses on Bay Island.  Bay Island had almost as many canals as streets, with most homes having backyard waterway access.”

This postcard from 1959 was used by a Norfolk real estate company to sell lots in the new development of Bay Island.
This postcard from 1959 was used by a Norfolk real estate company to sell lots in the new development of Bay Island.

A 1991 issue of Real Estate Weekly echoed this: “Across the water from Seashore state Park, and reaching in Broad Bay like the tentacles of a giant squid, is Bay Island, Virginia Beach’s answer to Venice.  Bay Island is canals; serene, secluded canals that invite you to glide into the neighborhood straight up to your own back door.”

Residents participate in the joint Broad Bay Island Civic League or in the Broad Bay Island Garden Club.

Neighboring Communities: Cape Story, Lynnhaven Colony, and Great Neck Point.

Convenience:  Bay Island is peacefully tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland, but offers big city conveniences.  Chicks Beach and the Oceanfront are ten minutes away.  Hungry, but don’t want to get in your car?  Hop in your boat instead and tie up at the dock at restaurants like Chick’s, Dockside, or Bubba’s.  Go for a round of golf at the Broad Bay Point Country ClubA home I sold on Bay Island.

Shore Drive has some of the best night life in Virginia Beach, as well as quick access to bike paths, hiking trails, or camping at First Landing State Park.  The Great Neck Recreation Center is nearby with a fantastic gym for less than $100 per year.

Interstate 264 is a straight shot down Great Neck Road, and the bases at Little Creek, Fort Story and NAS Oceana are closeby.

Shopping:  Great Neck Road and Shore Drive are filled with shopping and entertainment.  The Hilltop, Lynnhaven, and Pembroke shopping centers aren’t too far away either.

Schools:  John B. Dey Elementary, Great Neck Middle School, and Cox High School. Nearby local private schools include Cape Henry Collegiate.

Prices:  There’s a wide variety of homes currently available on Bay Island, starting with small brick ranches for $275,000 all the way up to $2,000,000 palatial waterfront estates.

Waterfront Homes: Bay Island is filled with waterfront homes with spectacular views of Broad Bay and First Landing State Park.  There is navigable deep water access to the Chesapeake Bay.

Find homes for sale in Bay Island & Broad Bay Colony here.
Find homes for sale in the John B. Dey Elementary School district here.
Find homes for sale in the Cox HS district here.
Find homes for sale in the Great Neck Middle School area here.
Search all Great Neck area homes for sale here.

 
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