Portsmouth Heights, Virginia

Portsmouth Heights: A census-designated place in Newport News, Virginia. It is located in the southeastern part of the city. Portsmouth Heights is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Portsmouth Naval Hospital and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.


Portsmouth Heights is a city located in the county of City of Portsmouth in the U.S. state of Virginia.

Portsmouth Heights is a historic neighborhood located in the Olde Towne area of Portsmouth, Virginia. It sits along the Elizabeth River across from Norfolk.


Portsmouth Heights was first developed in 1752 by William Crawford. Many of the original 18th century homes still stand today.

The neighborhood features homes built in various classic architectural styles including Federal, Georgian, Greek Revival, and Victorian.

Portsmouth Heights became an important maritime community. By the early 19th century it was filled with shipbuilders, merchants, and Navy Yard workers.

The neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.


Top attractions in Portsmouth Heights include:

  • The 46-acre Crawford Parkway running through the neighborhood.
  • The Commodore Theatre, a restored art deco movie theater from 1945.
  • The Lightship Portsmouth Museum, a National Historic Landmark lightship.
  • The historic Trinity Episcopal Church founded in 1761.
  • Georgian and Federal style homes along High, Chestnut and Court Streets.

Living in Portsmouth Heights

Portsmouth Heights appeals to buyers looking for historic old homes full of character.

The small community feel and quick access to downtown Portsmouth waterfront make the neighborhood highly desirable.

Home prices typically range from $250,000 to $350,000. Proximity to Norfolk provides convenient amenities.

Portsmouth Heights offers a glimpse into 18th century coastal living in Virginia.

Quick Facts about Portsmouth Heights

Population : 99,049
Country : United States of America
State : Virginia (United States)
County : City of Portsmouth
Altitude : 10 feet / 3 meters
Time Zone : America/New_York
Local time : 15:40:57 (17th April 2024)


Portsmouth Heights is located at 36°49'16"N 76°22'8"W (36.8209800, -76.3688300).

Portsmouth Heights map

Schools in Portsmouth Heights

College & universities near Portsmouth Heights, VA

Code Name City ZIP
233772 Tidewater Community College Norfolk (VA) 23510
231970 Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk (VA) 23507
232982 Old Dominion University Norfolk (VA) 23529
427973 Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Chesapeake Chesapeake (VA) 23320
232937 Norfolk State University Norfolk (VA) 23504-8000

Stations (5)

Amtrak & bus stations near Portsmouth Heights, VA

Code Name Address Type
NFK Norfolk 215 W York Street BUS
NPN Newport News station 9304 Warwick Boulevard RAIL
VAB Virginia Beach, Virginia 19th St. and Pacific Ave. BUS
WBG Williamsburg Transportation Center 468 North Boundary Street RAIL
PTB Petersburg station 3516 South Street RAIL

Other cities in City of Portsmouth

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in City of Portsmouth , VA.

City Name Population Title
Portsmouth 95,094 The most populous city in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Distance to Other Cities

Portsmouth Heights distances to largest Virginia cities