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  • psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813
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Village Walk at New Town-Williamsburg VA

 

photo 1Eagle Construction has broken ground on its first project in the Williamsburg VA area.

Village Walk at New Town, located near Trader Joes in the Settlers Market portion of New Town.

Details are still being confirmed but it seems that they are building three level townhomes similar to what they have built in Shire Place and Short West Broad Village in the  Short Pump area of Richmond VA. There will be 107 town homes in this section.

These charming, three story townhomes are the perfect place to call home. Enter through the gracious front door or roomy two-car garage to find a welcoming flex room. Use it as a home office, media room, kid’s hangout — the options are endless and yours to enjoy. On the main floor you’ll find casual elegance galore, with the careful attention to details that makes this home uniquely yours. The spacious eat-in kitchen naturally leads through the sunny dining area to the bright and stylish family living room with french doors to the generous front porch. Upstairs you’ll find generous bedrooms, including the exceptional Master Retreat with walk-in closet.

Shire PlaceThe town homes at Village Walk are Virtually No Maintenance. Homeowners will enjoy the unique neighborhood concept  with charming facades and front porches facing each other across landscaped greenspaces. Brick, stone, shingle and clapboard siding make sure that each home is uniquely stylish. Inside you’ll find large sunny windows and tasteful details waiting for you to personalize to your heart’s content. Whether you prefer warm granite, sleek stainless steel, or glass mosaic tiles, your home becomes a fitting reflection of you, ready to furnish with personal favorites and stylish new buys. Best of all — no outside maintenance so you can enjoy the lush landscaping and architectural detail with no worries or responsibilities.

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Psst…I’m a real estate agent.

This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of the Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads area and  and his expertise in the local real estate market.

I can help you access all the information you will need about choosing a neighborhood and buying a home in New Kent, Gloucester, Newport News, Hampton, York County, Smithfield, Williamsburg, Poquoson or the greater Hampton Roads area, including area information on schools, local government, shopping, activities for the children and more!Whether you have made a decision to relocate, retire or are just considering a move to Williamsburg or  Hampton Roads VA, let me help make your transition or PCS to the  area a smooth and enjoyable one!

Hampton Roads is a transient community due to the large population of military members in the area. I have a unique perspective on relocation and have helped many families move in and out of the area. I understand the kind of support team it takes to make a smooth transition.

 

On my website You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities,condos and townhomes ,foreclosures/ REO,  land, building lots, commercial property  in Williamsburg , Yorktown, New Kent, Gloucester, Poquoson as well as the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads, Virginia

You can reach me by phone at 757-254-8136 or email  John@MrWilliamsburg.com
I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

New rental townhomes available sooon in Williamsburg VA

Founders Village will offer luxury 1, 2, and 3 bedroom rental townhomes in a setting that combines every home comfort with superior service and outstanding interior upgrades and community amenities! Their location puts you in the midst of all that Williamsburg and New Town offer Williamsburg VA apartment dwellers will soon have a new high end option for living.Founders Village Apartments located in New Town near Windsormeade  are almost ready for occupancy.


Founders Village will offer luxury 1, 2, and 3 bedroom rental townhomes in a setting that combines every home comfort with superior service and outstanding interior upgrades and community amenities! Their location puts you in the midst of all that Williamsburg and New Town offer with convenient access to acres of greenspace and the walking/jogging trails and sports center of the Mid County Park. Conveniently within the area’s best shopping, dining and entertainment.

Here are a few of the features offered at Founders Village Williamsburg VA
1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments ranging from 790 to 1600 square feet.
  • Health and Wellness Center w/Strength Training and Cardio Areas
  • Boxing Bay with Bag and Free Weights
  • Executive Business Center
  • Resort-Style Pool
  • Sun Deck with Grilling Area and Fire Pit
  • Clubhouse and Poolside Wi-Fi Access
  • Picnic Areas with Grills
  • Car Care Center
  • Garages Available
  • Pet Friendly

Mr Williamsburg has no affiliation with Founders Village but please mention my name if you end up renting there as a result of this post.

Click here for more info in Founders Village in Williamsburg VA

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Renting in Williamsburg VA

Let me add that I am unable to assist with rentals in Williamsburg.  I stay so busy with home buyers that I just don’t have time. There is some helpful info on this link if you need additional info on renting in Williamsburg VA  Find out more about renting in Williamsburg VA here

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See homes with ZERO ELECTRIC BILLS in Hampton Roads

Imagine a home with No Electricity Bills.

The 2014 Hampton Roads Solar Tour is a self-guided tour of over two dozen Hampton Roads homes and businesses that run on solar energy, as well as homes with other renewable energy and sustainable technologies.  Selected sites throughout all of Hampton Roads will have free open-house tours to showcase technology and share information on solar energy. This year four specific tour areas will be available: Southside, Peninsula, Middle Peninsula and Eastern Shore.
Experts will be on-hand at each site to answer questions.
The 2014 Hampton Roads Solar Tour will be held on Saturday October 4, 2014. The central site at [TBD] will have educational material, speakers on sustainability and renewable energy technology, and vendor displays for renewable energy firms.
As energy prices rise, this event offers participants the opportunity to tour homes and buildings to see how Virginians are using solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies to reduce their monthly utility bills and help tackle climate change.
The 2014 Hampton Roads Solar Tour is sponsored by the Hampton Roads Green Building Council. The local tour is part of the  National Solar Tour. This year, more than 170,000 participants are expected to visit some 5,500 buildings in 3,200 communities across the United States. Now in its 18th year, the National Solar Tour is coordinated by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), a non-profit organization,  This is the seventh year for the local tour here in Hampton Roads, and last year there were over 600 participants!

Get stamps at three sites you visit on the tour, including the central site, and you can enter in a drawing for great local prizes: a folding bike from Origami Bikes, wine from Good Luck Cellars, beer growlers from Smartmouth, and a $50 gift certificate for Crocs!

Registration is free! Register HERE today!

When: Saturday Oct 4, 2014

More info here

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Seven most expensive states to live in…..

According to the Wall Street Cheat Sheet  you need to make $75k to live comfortably in most states.  Other states take more. Do you live in an expensive state? How much does it cost to live, eat, and go out on the town in these higher priced locations?

In some states, an annual salary higher than the national benchmark is needed to live comfortably. The list’s cost of living index data comes from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center first-quarter report, and pricing data on the list come from Zillow and Numbeo.com among other sources.

Here is the top Seven list

7. Connecticut

6.California

5.  New Jersey

4. Alaska

3.  New York

2. Washington DC

1. Hawaii

Read more about it here

Fall 2014/Winter 2015 edition of James City County Destination Recreation available now

imageJames City County Parks and Recreation has your fall and winter covered with a great variety of classes, events and activities for everyone in your family! The Fall 2014/Winter 2015 edition of Destination Recreation features Freedom Park, our many park partners and the wealth of opportunities and programming they bring to our community. Come rediscover Freedom Park – for hiking and biking, history and learning or for fun and adventure! New opportunities this fall include "The Lounge" and Club 55+ programming and the Skate Rink moves to Mid County Park, plus your favorite fall programs and special events return! Please check out this Fall/Winter edition for details on all the offerings and then sign up for the programs most beneficial to you and your family! To download a copy of the brochure click below or pick up copies at the Recreation Centers, all public parks and recreation facilities, County government offices and at the County and City libraries! Enjoy the cooler months ahead with James City County Parks and Recreation!

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Williamsburg VA Home for sale.

"Home is where the heart is"

If Garrett Fesler was having a bad day at work, he’d just think about being home, in his backyard sunroom. “It extends out into our yard, so that you’re looking out at green — like being in the middle of the woods — and it’s a great place to relax,” he says. “I love to open up all the windows and just sit and catch a breeze.”
That all-season sunroom, with a vaulted ceiling and floor-to-ceiling glass doors on three sides, was one of the main reasons Garrett and his wife, Corine, bought their 2,300 square-foot rambler in 2007. The couple, who had ties to the College of William & Mary, wanted a home with a large yard and mature trees in an established neighborhood that was close to the college. Their Canterbury Hills home on a heavily-treed, 2/3 acre lot, located within an easy walk or bike ride to W & M, offers all of that.front1

The home also provides one-story living, another feature the couple sought. It includes a master bedroom with a full, en suite bathroom, two additional bedrooms, and a second full bath. It has a den, plus the flexibility of formal living and dining rooms, in addition to an informal great room that opens to a large kitchen. “We love this layout, with common living quarters that are separate from the bedrooms,” Corine says.

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The couple and their school-age daughter spent most of their time in the great room, which features a fireplace and overlooks the back yard and several bird feeders. “We have a big feeder right off the great room window,” Garrett says. “I’ve spent a lot of hours watching birds there with my daughter. We even bought her a bird book.”
Much of the rambler has honey-colored, wood floors that were initially hidden by carpeting. “Before we moved in, we pulled up all the carpets and exposed the wood floors,” Garrett says. “Then we [refinished] them.”

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Dog and kid friendly. The large yard, which includes a side patio and a deck off the sunroom, backs up to a wooded easement. It is partially fenced to offer a safe, backyard play area for dogs and young children. “It’s a big space with multiple gates for easy access,” Corine notes. “It has been wonderful for us, with plenty of space for a kid and a beagle to run around.”

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The fenced area extends along the length of the house, but there is open backyard space, too. Corine has planted several garden beds for vegetables and flowers. “We have good light in the yard if you like gardening; there’s both sun and shade,” she notes. “We also have several dozen oaks, and azaleas like crazy. It’s amazing when they bloom.”
The couple’s home, especially the back yard, became a neighborhood gathering place. “”Because of our back yard, we were kind of the drop-off family for neighborhood kids,” says Corine. “We’d have all these giggling little girls running around outside.” Kids tramping into the house after outside play were no problem, with a mudroom off a side entrance that to both the sunroom and the kitchen/great room.

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Workshop ready. At the back of the yard is a large shed that Garrett says could be the perfect woodshop. “It has a concrete floor, multiple electric outlets, and work benches on three sides. If I were actually handy, I would have been back there creating awesome things, but I don’t have that gift,” he says, laughing. “So, we use it mostly for storage.”
Neighborhood conveniences. In addition to being so close to William & Mary, the neighborhood offers the convenience of being able to walk to a small shopping center to pick up groceries and even a pizza. It is also near a swimming pool in an adjacent neighborhood. “The pool is easy to get to from our place, and our daughter was on the swim team there,” Garrett notes.

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“One of the great things about our street is that it’s a cul-de-sac,” he adds. “There’s little traffic, so we felt comfortable having our daughter be out there.” With its wide streets, it is also a great walking neighborhood, and the place where the couple’s daughter learned how to ride her bike.
Time to move. “When we bought our home, we loved it and thought we would be there long-term,” says Garrett. “We wouldn’t even be selling it now if we hadn’t taken jobs out of town.”

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When the couple decided to sell, they remembered that John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf had helped an elderly neighbor sell her home across the street. “We thought we would give John a shot, and we found him to be a real straight-shooter,” said Garrett. “And that is something we liked.”

Why the stories? Because these aren’t just houses, they’re homes.
Mr. Williamsburg knows that when you’re looking for a new place, you’re searching for more than just four walls plus amenities; you’re looking for that welcoming refuge we call home. That’s why we go beyond the standard “4 bedrooms, 3 baths on large lot” statistics, to share how others have lived in this house, to reveal the home’s unique personality, to help you decide whether this is a place where your family could thrive.

Likewise, we realize that you’re seeking not simply a development within a particular zip code, but also an opportunity to become part of a community. That’s why we share our sellers’ experiences as members of that neighborhood.
We trust these stories will assist you in finding your way home.
Want to tell your home’s story?

Contact John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf at (757) 254-8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com and we’ll get you started.

This home is offered for sale at $260k and is located at 123 Ferncliff Dr Williamsburg VA 23188 click here for directions

Howl O Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg opens for 2014 season this Friday

Frightful creatures have taken up residence at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg for Howl-O-Scream®.  Buccaneers, vampires, fiery fiends, legendary villains and mythical beasts are waiting for the first guests to arrive Sept. 12, 2014. At the stroke of 6 p.m. on Friday, the ghouls and haunts come out to play and the park becomes a seriously scary place. Parents and guardians should consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding to visit Busch Gardens with young children during Howl-O-Scream.
     A curse has spread over Busch Gardens in the form of a song.  The only way to lift it is to spend a night exploring Howl-O-Scream’s five Terror-tories™, including the new Wendigo Woods™  and six haunted houses.

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     The park’s newest Terror-tory, Wendigo Woods, explores the frightful nature of the unknown through psychological scares that lets a guest’s imagination run wild. Other seasonal park offerings include a spooky lineup of shows, featuring Monster Stomp™ on Ripper Row® in the park’s Globe Theatre and Vampire Vogue™, a new merchandise shop in the Oktoberfest section of the park. Dining and spirit options like Pirate Baarrrgh™ in the park’s Italy village and Igor’s Fright Feast™ in Ireland provide a refreshing break from the chills and thrills.
     Guests who want the best deal on Howl-O-Scream tickets can lock in a $10/month annual pass featuring Busch Gardens’ EZ Pay Price Lock Guarantee and enjoy unlimited visits to Busch Gardens this fall and into 2015. An annual pass is valid for one year from the date of purchase. Pass members also enjoy discounts to Christmas Town and in-park discounts on food and merchandise. Visit www.howloscream.com/va for details.

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