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Garden Club of Virginia Hosts Symposium 2015 in Williamsburg

The Garden Club of Virginia is throwing a fabulous party and you’re invited! Symposium 2015 is Monday, Feb. 2-Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Colonial Williamsburg. This three-day celebration of Virginia includes short courses, excursions and lectures. Topics include gardening, floral design, landscape design, interior design, Virginia history and conservation successes.

The Garden Club of Virginia is throwing a fabulous party and you’re invited! Symposium 2015 is Monday, Feb. 2-Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Colonial Williamsburg. This three-day celebration of Virginia includes short courses, excursions and lectures. Topics include gardening, floral design, landscape design, interior design, Virginia history and conservation successes.

Ticket holders can go behind-the-scenes at Colonial Williamsburg art museums and visit a LEED-certified building at The College of William and Mary. Guided garden walks, and cooking and tasting demonstrations will take place at Taste Studio at Colonial Williamsburg.

A Virginia fashion design industry runway show will feature top commonwealth designers at an evening of fashion, food and meet-the-designer fun. At the “Photos and Flowers Cocktail Party,” Scenic Virginia photo contest-winning images will be displayed along with flower arrangements inspired by the photographs. Landscape and interior design expert James Farmer will work with the Colonial Williamsburg products team to create tablescapes for porch living.

Symposium 2015 Williamsburg’s grand finale is Snipped! — an iron-man flower arranging competition by noted American flower arrangers:

• Michael Grim, co-owner of The Bridgehampton Florist and floral consultant for Ina Garten’s Food Network show, Barefoot Contessa.

• Sybil Sylvester, owner of Wildflower Designs and photo stylist for Southern Accents and Southern Living.

• James Farmer, landscape and interior design consultant; author whose books include A Time to Plant, A Time to Cook and Porch Living; and editor-at-large for Southern Living

Live music from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s will be provided by the Smith Wade Band.

Flower arrangements will be judged by Flower Magazine Editor Margot Shaw, Colonial Williamsburg floral design Director Clark Taggart, Richmond floral guru David Pippin and Frank Robinson, GCV honorary member and president and CEO of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Symposium 2015 attendees will also enjoy VIP shopping opportunities in Merchants Square, the Symposium 2015 Boutique and the SCARPA designer shoe trailer, as well as lunches and cocktail parties.

Registration info here

Who sells more real estate in Williamsburg VA ?

December  2014-The numbers are in for November 2014 in the Williamsburg VA real estate market. While it was a close race way back in 2012 for market share in the month of November 2014 our office (Liz Moore and Associates) has a commanding lead in market share with over 18% of the market. Our listings and sales were almost equal to combined sales of Kingsmill Realty, Fords Colony Realty, Twiddy Realty, Coldwell Banker Traditions, Century 21 Nachman Realty, and ReMax Capital, who were the 6th-10th placed brokerages in town.

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Note sales number above are from the Williamsburg Area Assoc of Realtors (WAAR) MLS numbers,  It reflects sales for Residential real estate : (Single Family Detach, Attached/Condo/Townhome, Condo, Townhouse), Lots and Land: within the zip codes of 23188,23185 and 23168.

 

An important trend to study is how market share is shifting in our market. From the chart below we can see that only three brokerages are increasing their Williamsburg VA market share. Liz Moore and Associates, Kingsmill Realty and Twiddy. The remaining seven of the top ten brokerages are experiencing a drop in market share that ranges from 4.86% to almost 15%.

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If you’re a seller who has been wondering if it might finally be time to sell, email me at John@MrWilliamsburg.com  or click below, and we can prepare a complimentary analysis of market value for you – you just may be pleasantly surprised.

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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 his expertise in the local real estate market.

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.

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.

You can reach text or call me at 757-254-8136 or email John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

A new sign comes to Towne

Hampton Roads-based residential real estate firm Prudential Towne Realty is aligning itself with the Oracle of Omaha.

On January 7th, 2014.  Prudential Towne Realty becomes part of the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services team. They will then be known as Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Towne Realty.

In 2009, Towne Bank combined 3 local companies, GSH Real Estate, Prudential McCardle Realty and Prudential Decker Realty, to form Prudential Towne Realty,

In flying the Berkshire Hathaway flag, Prudential Towne becomes part of the residential real estate franchise that Warren Buffett’s conglomerate began building two years ago.

 Prudential Towne Realty becomes part of the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services team. They will then be known as Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Towne Realty.

Williamsburg VA Christmas Events December 1-7th 2014

Grand Illumination 2014
Dec 7
Light Up Your Evening with fireworks, bonfires, and the lighting of candles in the windows or cupolas of public buildings and private homes. Celebrate as live musical performances and a dazzling display of fireworks cap off a weekend of holiday events.

Williamsburgs Annual Christmas Parade!
Dec 6, 8:30 am

This years Christmas Parade theme: A Storybook Christmas.  Our community parade promises to be a great family event featuring floats, bands a mnage of animals and the jolly ole Elf himself, Santa Claus! 

Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade
Dec 6, 7 pm

The Yorktown waterfront is bedazzled with holiday sights and sounds, including a spectacular floating parade of lights starting at 7pm, caroling around a roaring beach bonfire, musical performances and complimentary hot cider.

A Colonial Christmas at Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
Dec 1 – Jan 4, 2015 

Holiday traditions of the 17th- and 18th-centuries are recalled through special interpretive programs and, from Dec. 26-31 and Jan. 2-5, musical entertainment of the period.

Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec 5, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Evening highlights include a 7 pm performance by The Fifes and Drums of York Town at the Victory Monument, festive music at Riverwalk Landing.

The Williamsburg Symphonia presents Holiday Pops
Dec 6 - 7, 1:30 pm & 3 pm

The Williamsburg Symphonia presents Holiday Pops, all your favorite music of this festive season. At the Kimball Theatre.

Kimball Theatre Hurrah For the Holidays
Dec 5, 7 pm

The excitement of Radio City Music Hall comes to Williamsburg in a festive experience for the entire family. This lively musical revue features precision kick line dancers and holiday favorite.

Wine & Design presents: Holiday Snowman Wine Bottle Painting Project
Dec 5, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Holiday Snowman Wine Bottle Painting Project. You must register and pay online for this special class. We will be using our regular acrylic paints and also textured paints too.

Christmas Market on Main
Dec 6, 10 am – 3 pm

Whether you are searching for a holiday gift for family, friends, or as a treat to yourself, youre sure to find it at the Christmas Market on Main.

Yankee Candle Holiday Tree Lighting
Dec 7, 10 am – 7 pm

Join Yankee Candle Village as we light up the holidays! Sing along with Christmas carolers as Santa lights the Village Christmas Tree at 5pm 6pm.

Green Spring Garden Club Christmas Homes Tour
Dec 6, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

The 55th Annual Christmas Homes Tour, presented by the Green Spring Garden Club, Inc., will take place on Saturday, December 6, and features houses decorated with holiday florals.

Centuries of Christmas at Berkeley Plantation
Dec 6 –  Jan 1

The mansion will be decorated with fresh greenery from Berkeleys gardens. Costumed guides will add a special touch to your holiday season with stories of Christmas at Berkeley.

New Town Welcomes the Holidays
Dec 5, 5:30 – 8 pm

Bring the family and ring in the Holidays in New Town. At 7:30. the lights will come on welcoming the Holiday Season. 

Holiday Music in New Town
Dec 1 – 18 (see website for times)

Come enjoy holiday music in New Town! We will have various groups performing throughout the month.

Exquisite pottery by local ceramic artist, Russell Turnage
Dec 1 – 31

New work by ceramic artist, Russell Turnage . Exquisite and functional pieces for everyday use and special occasions.

New Town presents Where Holiday Wishes Come True
Dec 2 – 4, 5 – 8 pm

Get a chance to win $50 to your favorite New Town establishment! See website for details.

Celtic Night at the Kimball
Dec 6, 7:30 pm

Delight in an entertaining evening of Celtic music and fun. Popular local group Poisoned Dwarf performs solely on acoustic instruments for their own brand of Irish traditional music. 

A Candlelight Christmas Historic Homes in Charles City offer Progressive Tours during the Holiday Season
Dec 6, 3:15 – 7 pm

Partake in a progressive candlelight tour of Edgewood, Shirley and Berkeley Plantations.

Watermens Museum Annual Oyster Roast
Dec 6, 12 – 3 pm

Reminiscent of Chesapeake Bays Golden Days, when our shores contained billions of oysters. At the Yorktown Waterfront.

Berkeley Plantation Christmas Wreath Workshop and Tour
Dec 6

Begin your afternoon touring the 1726 manor house, decorated with fresh arrangements and wreaths cut from Berkeleys trees.

This Century Art Gallery Holiday Wreath Making Workshop
Dec 5, 12:30 – 3:30 pm

Join us to explore the wonderful world of Living Wreaths perfect for the Holidays.

A Christmas Carol Street Theater Merchants Square
Dec 5, Times Vary

Enjoy a hilarious 30-minute street theater production of the Christmas classic from the Virginia Theatre Machine.

Yankee Candle : Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornament!
Dec 6 – 7, 11 am – 6 pm

Create a blown-glass holiday heirloom with the help of the Chrysler Museum Mobile Glassblowing Studio Team.

Father Christmas Strolls the Square Merchants Square
Dec 6, see website for details.

Greet Father Christmas in the Square on weekends throughout the season.

Auntie Ms American Cottage: Art Workshops Felted 3D Santa Head with Artist Valerie Johnson
Dec 6, 9 am or 12:30 pm

Come join us to create a needle felted 3D Santa Head just in time for the Holidays.

Colonial Williamsburg: Wine, Wit & Wisdom: British Fortifications
Dec 6, 2 – 4:30 pm

Join Executive Chef Rhys H. Lewis for a flavorful study of sherry, port, and madeira.

This Century Art Gallery Holiday Workshop Glass Etching
Dec 4, 2 – 4:30 pm

Etching glass is easier than you think and makes the perfect gift!

Historic Organ Recitals at the Wren Chapel
Dec 4 – 6, 10 am

All are welcome to join us for a recital on the historic 18th-century organ in the Wren Chapel.

WILLIAMSBURG CHORAL GUILD CAROLS AND HOLIDAY SONGS
Dec 6, 1 – 3 pm

Sing carols and holiday songs with members of the Williamsburg Choral Guild.

Make Your Own Ceramic Ornament (Youth)
Dec 6 - 7, 10 – 11 am

Everybody likes homemade gifts for Christmas!

Annies Needle Arts Festival
Dec 4 – 7, 8 am – 5:30 pm

Annies Needle Arts Festival is a four-day cross-stitch and needle art event sponsored by Just CrossStitch magazine.

 

Click here for Christmas in Williamsburg Information

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A Mr. Williamsburg -Neighborhood Spotlight: Governor’s Land at Two Rivers, Williamsburg VA

An award-winning golf course, two pools, a deep water harbor marina, tennis courts, and a clubhouseGovLandSign hopping with social activities — this is Governor’s Land at Two Rivers. Yet, so is this: miles of private trails for quiet walks through the woods and marshlands, park benches placed for optimum viewing of nesting eagles tending their young, and a sand beach along the James River that’s perfect for picnics and bonfires.

For Dan Fitzpatrick and his wife, Tryna, it was that active, family-oriented lifestyle that drew them to Governor’s Land four years ago. “We have three daughters and knew that the local public schools were highly rated,” said Dan, who with Tryna owns and operates 3a Media, an IT marketing company. “We also like that even though Governor’s Land is fairly large, when you come into it, past the front security area, you feel like you’re entering a small community.”

Governor’s Land offers a variety of luxury homes — Federal, Colonial, Georgian, and Cape Cod – to view all homes for sale in this neighborhoodappeal to the genial mix of empty-nesters/retirees and young families that call it home. Located seven miles from Colonial Williamsburg, at the junction of the James and Chickahominy rivers, it encompasses more than 1,400 acres, sixty percent of which are dedicated green space, including 200 acres of shoreline and a wildlife sanctuary. “The neighborhood makes it a priority to maintain its protected wetlands,” Dan said, noting that owls, eagles and osprey are just a few of the birds that thrive in the ecologically rich area.

The community’s myriad recreational offerings include miles of walking and bike trails, a favorite with the Fitzgeralds, who can hop on the Virginia Capital Trail from just outside the Governor’s Land entrance. The 18-hole, Two Rivers Country Club golf course was designed by three-time GolfGovLandGolf Architect of the Year Tom Fazio, and Golf Digest has twice named it one of the Top 10 courses in Virginia. (It encompasses tidal marshlands, crystalline lakes, woodlands, and 1,000 yards of riverfront.) As Williamsburg’s only member-owned golf club, it offers year-round clinics and tournaments for all ages and levels of golfers.

The Two Rivers clubhouse is a neighborhood hub, with waterfront restaurants Dan described as “having the best sunsets, hands down.” There is sophisticated fine dining at the River Room, and casual fare and cocktails at the bustling Osprey Grille, Terrace and Bar, which offers live music on weekends. Clubhouse activities range from speaker forums and pasta nights to games of bridge, poker, and mah-jongg.

GovLandPoolGovernor Land’s pools are also gathering spots. “On July 4th, Uncle Sam comes out to lead the group to the pool for a cookout. It’s like Norman Rockwell in 2012,” Dan said, laughing. Likewise, the community’s beach, which is equipped with picnic tables, a grill and outdoor shower, offers more than swimming. “In the summer, people grill there, they have a bonfire. There’s a real sense of this being a family community,” Dan noted. The beach is also the site of the country club’s annual Christmas party, which features a boat parade, caroling, a marshmallow roast, and Santa’s arrival on an offshore barge.

It’s not only the natural setting and country club amenities that make Governor’s Landing exceptional, but also the sense of being part of a safe (24-hour security includes surveillance cameras and a car patrol) and caring community. “If my kids didn’t make it to the bus, I know there’d be someone there to look out for them,” Dan said. “There’s a feeling here that your neighbors look out for you and your well being.”

Governor’s Land, which is a short drive from the shops, restaurants and cultural activities of downtown Williamsburg, will have 733 homes when it is fully built-out. There are currently homes on the market, as well as select home building sites available. For more information, or to arrange a personal tour of Governor’s Land, contact realtor John Womeldorf via email at  John@MrWilliamsburg.com  or by telephone at (757) 254-8136.

 

Psst. I’m a real estate agent…

This Neighborhood Spotlight is brought to you by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf, known around town as “Mr. Williamsburg” because of his extensive knowledge of the Williamsburg/Hampton Roads area and its real estate market. If you are relocating, retiring, seeking a vacation home, or simply curious about homes and neighborhoods in the Williamsburg/Hampton Roads area, John is happy to help. Click here to send him an email, or call him at 757-254-8136.

 

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Are the schools good? How is the traffic? Can you hear planes from nearby airports? What are the grocery options nearby ?

It can be daunting to get all the information you need to choose not only the right house, but also the right neighborhood. Schedule one of John’s Neighborhood Orientation tours of communities in the Williamsburg/Hampton Roads area to get such essentials as:

home prices – shopping centers – military bases – recreational facilities – public and private schools – public transportation – aircraft/traffic noise – flood zones – playgrounds – major traffic patterns and commute times and more

Click here to email John about arranging a tour, or call him at 757-254-8136.

Are You A Military Family?

The Williamsburg/Hampton Roads area is home to many military families. John is experienced in helping them with the unique issues raised by frequent relocations,(PCS) and he understands the kind of support team it takes to make smooth transitions both into and out of the area. Click here to email John about your needs and concerns, or call him at 757-254-8136.

Specific Needs Properties

Active Adult/55+ Communities, Building Lots, Foreclosure/REO Properties, Townhomes, Condominiums, Golf Course properties and more….

If you have a specific type of property in mind, John can help you find it. For assistance in unearthing just the right property in the Williamsburg/Hampton Road area, click here to contact John by email, or call him at 757-254-8136.

FAST FACTS

Community: Governor’s Land at Two Rivers

Location: Only a few minutes drive from Colonial Williamsburg, where the Chickahominy and James rivers meet

Number of Homes: 733 when built-out only a few building lots left.

Lots for New Construction: Yes Click here to search

 

Public Schools: Matoaka Elementary, Hornsby Middle School, and Jamestown High School. Click here to email realtor John Womeldorf about arranging a tour or interview with the administration of any of these schools.

Nearby Private Schools: Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg Christian Academy, Providence Classical, Williamsburg Montessori, Hampton Roads Academy

Homes Styles: Federal, Colonial, Cape Cod, and Georgian

Home Sizes: 2500-7000 sq feet (4000 Avg)

Date Homes Built: 1991- Today

Lot sizes: .30 to an acre. .56 Avg.

HOA: The Governor’s Land at Two Rivers Homeowner’s Association fee is $223 monthly. Membership in Two Rivers Country is mandatory for homeowners in Gov Land. Different club membership options are available, including some for residents of Williamsburg who do not live in Governor’s Land; email John@MrWilliamsburg.com for details.

Home Prices: From the mid $400’s to $1 million plus

Property Tax Rate: .77 per $100 of value . ( Taxes on a home valued at $600k would be $4620 annually)

HOA: The Governor’s Land at Two Rivers Homeowner’s Association fee is $635 every three months. Different membership options are available, including some for residents of Williamsburg who do not live in Governor’s Land; email John@MrWilliamsburg.com for details.

Home Sales: There are currently 47 homes on the market, for prices ranging from $458,000 to $3,000,000. click to search all homes for sale in this williamsburg communityIn the last 12 months, 24 homes sold for between $425,000 and $999,000 (an average price per square foot of $166). Average time on the market was 145 days.

 

Property Tax Rate: .77 per $100

Public Transportation: Governor’s Land is within 30 to 90 minutes of three international airports: Norfolk, Richmond, and Williamsburg/Newport News. Amtrak has a station here in Williamsburg with direct service to the northeast corridor. Richmond, DC, NYC and beyond.

NEIGHBORHOOD AMENITIES


· Award-winning Golf CourseGovLandKayak

· Clubhouse with Waterfront Restaurants

· Deep Water Harbor Marina for Boats up to 50 Feet in Length

· Private Beach with Picnic Tables, Grill, Outside Shower

· 24-hour Security Patrols and Camera Surveillance

· Exercise Facility

· Pools

· Tennis CourtsGovLandBoatSlip

· Wildlife Sanctuary

· Marshlands Boardwalk

· Tot Lot

· Ball fields

· Volleyball and Croquet Courts

· Walking and Biking GovLandTrailTrails

· Planned Social Activities

A case for title insurance- What do you mean I don’t own my land anymore ?

In my job as a real estate agent I am always asked by clients why do we need title insurance ?

Guy Gugliotta Here is one instance where the buyer was very lucky to have bought it.

In spring 2013, the Virginia Beach real estate market was up, and Guy Gugliotta was thinking about selling.

For decades, the New York writer had owned two vacant lots on the seaside in Sandbridge – investment properties surrounded by vacation homes. With thoughts toward buying in another part of the country, he contacted Siebert Realty in Virginia Beach to talk about options.

The call seemed to surprise the agency, and the agents’ response surprised Gugliotta even more. He couldn’t sell the properties, they said, because he had already sold them. Didn’t he remember? The deal had closed the previous August.

Gugliotta was floored. He hadn’t sold his properties, so who did? And in the world of real estate, so full of documents, signatures and attorneys, how could someone do that?

Those questions have dogged Gugliotta through court proceedings in which he fought to reclaim his property and through calls to law enforcement agencies he hopes will catch the thief. The same questions have haunted the two buyers who thought they made above-board purchases and the agencies and banks who thought they were conducting a standard real estate transaction.

The truth bewildered them all. But the most startling discovery may be that while this exact crime is rare nationally and in Virginia Beach, some who work in real estate say it’s surprisingly easy to commit.

"It’s mind-blowing how vulnerable our system is," said Billy Joe McFarland, a Florida attorney who works in real estate law. He said he’s seen fraudsters fake deeds and pretend to be owners, but Gugliotta’s case seems to be the most brazen yet.

 

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Colonial Williamsburg Announces $600 Million Campaign

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has embarked on a $600 million campaign to both reinforce and reimagine its role in the 21st century as a leader in history education and historical preservation.
Since its restoration began in 1926, Colonial Williamsburg has evolved as a source of learning and inspiration about America’s founding. To this day, visitors to the colonial capital city encounter the very halls, homes and taverns where visionaries like Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry debated the promise—and perils—of a revolution that would change the course of human history.
Preserving this essential part of America’s heritage—and finding new ways to deepen the public’s appreciation of its relevance today—is the focus of the Campaign for History and Citizenship that Colonial Williamsburg will announce on Saturday, Nov. 22. Investments in the campaign will strengthen and expand the programs, staff, facilities and technological innovation necessary to advance Americans’ understanding of their nation’s history and the very principles on which their own citizenship is based.The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has embarked on a $600 million campaign to both reinforce and reimagine its role in the 21st century as a leader in history education and historical preservation.
“The American Revolution set in motion the world’s greatest experiment in representative government; it remains a touchstone that helps Americans understand who we are and how we have evolved as such a diverse and enterprising society,” said Foundation President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss, who will formally launch the campaign’s public phase with other Foundation leaders in a ceremony Saturday at the Capitol. “By preserving the artifacts, stories and very setting of the Revolution, Colonial Williamsburg offers modern Americans a direct link to the founding generation—whose extraordinary words and deeds challenge us to embrace our own roles in shaping our country’s future.”

 

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