517 King Street has served many purposes in its long life. The historic building opened in 1916 as St. Joseph Academy, a Catholic school, and later became St. Paul’s Elementary School. In 1972 the Navy purchased the building, which functioned as a United Service Organization facility until 1976. A lease agreement then allowed the YMCA to operate there until 1992. Today, the beautiful building, site and history have all been brought back to life in the form of 20 stylish and completely renovated housing units, each offering a character and charm of its own. Hardwood floors, 9-20 foot ceilings and exposed brick adorn the structure, while large windows overlook cityscape with harbor views in the distance. In-unit washers and dryers, stainless steel appliances, and on-site fitness center and parking, all add convenience and comfort for those who call 517 King home. The downtown location is within walking distance of a historic movie house, concert venues, restaurants, shops, public transportation and other benefits of urban living.

Property Features

  • 9-20 foot ceilings
  • Large windows overlooking cityscape and harbor views
    (select units)
  • Unique interior finishes
  • Hardwood floors
  • Exposed brick
    (select units)
  • Tiled bathrooms
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Granite countertops
  • Dishwashers and microwaves
  • In-unit washer and dryer
  • Wall mounted flat screen TV
  • Individual heat/AC controls
  • High speed internet access available
  • Fitness center
  • Security card controlled access
  • Private parking lot on-site


Downtown Portsmouth is a mecca of history, art, music and eateries, nestled between historic neighborhoods and the Elizabeth River. Just a ferry ride away from downtown Norfolk, and a short ride to Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Chesapeake, Suffolk and Smithfield, Portsmouth is the uniquely perfect location for an irresistible lifestyle.

Walking Distance

  • Antiques
  • Banks
  • Bars
  • Bike trails
  • Churches
  • Coffee shops
  • Concert venues
  • Ferry
  • Grocery stores
  • Museums
  • Parks
  • Public transportation
  • Restaurants
  • Schools
  • Shops
  • Theaters

Pet Policy

We apologize for any inconvenience, but cats and dogs are not permitted at 517 King Apartments.