An award-winning golf course, two pools, a deep water harbor marina, tennis courts, and a clubhouse 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 appeal 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 Golf 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.
Governor 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.
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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. In 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.
· Award-winning Golf Course
· 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
· Tennis Courts
· Wildlife Sanctuary
· Marshlands Boardwalk
· Tot Lot
· Ball fields
· Volleyball and Croquet Courts
· Walking and Biking Trails
· Planned Social Activities
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