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New guidebook printed by Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg has published its first fully revised official guidebook since 1985. 

imageAt 256 pages, “Colonial Williamsburg: the Official Guide” is the first to focus on what happened in Williamsburg and why it mattered – then and now. For onsite help, pricesAt 256 pages, “Colonial Williamsburg: the Official Guide” is the first to focus on what happened in Williamsburg and why it mattered – then and now. For onsite help, prices, programming and directions, Colonial Williamsburg’s Explorer app, available by free download from the Apple App or Google Play stores, provides current information the way today’s travelers have come to expect. 

“We wanted our new guidebook to delve into the Revolutionary history behind the people, buildings and trades in the Historic Area,” said Bill White, the Royce R. and Kathryn M. Baker vice president of productions, publications and learning ventures for Colonial Williamsburg. “The Revolution sparked on the streets of Williamsburg changed the world. This is the book to consult before and after visiting to remember that this story – Colonial Williamsburg’s story – is the story of every modern citizen devoted to the ideals of the Declaration of Independence.” 

The book features a comprehensive history of Williamsburg during the Revolution, site-by-site and architectural histories, information on historic trades, profiles of Revolutionary figures, famous and not-so-famous, and a sampling of works from the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Also included is everything guests need to plan their visit, including information on hotels, taverns and restaurants, recreation and shopping. The guidebook has stunning new photographs, illustrations and maps and places Williamsburg in the context of its location between Yorktown and Jamestown. Additional information about the guidebook is available on Colonial Williamsburg’s 
“Making History” blog at http://bit.ly/MHGuideReview.

The new guidebook was printed in the United States and is available for $19.95 at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers at the Regional Visitor Center, Everything WILLIAMSBURG in Merchants Square, at Colonial Williamsburg’s official hotel gift shops, online at 
www.williamsburgmarketplace.com or by calling 800-446-9240.

Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand at the Kimball 1/23/2015

Here in Williamsburg VA we just don’t see the variety of touring music groups that typically play the larger cities.

Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand had to invent their own genre in order to play the kind of music they want: PostHeeHawFunkadelicHipHop-NewGrass. If you come to hear Ryan Shupe this Friday at The Kimball Theater you will hear some country, some bluegrass, some rock and some whole lot more. Its hard to categorize them as any one genre.

Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand had to invent their own genre in order to play the kind of music they want: PostHeeHawFunkadelicHipHop-NewGrass. Composed of Shupe, Craig Miner, Roger Archibald, Ryan Tilby and Nate Smeding, the group has been performing together for 14 years. "RubberBand is the perfect name," notes the description on their website. "The group is known for its ability to stretch out musically in all directions, pinging back and forth with a joyful spontaneity most bands could barely imagine let alone achieve."

They have always been more of a show band than a radio band, says Shupe. "Our fans come to our shows to have a good time. They are less concerned about whether they’ve heard our hits on the radio."

Their sound was "born out of necessity," Shupe says. "When we first started out, nobody had heard of us, so we looked for songs that would catch people’s attention. We do songs that you have to listen to the lyrics to pick up the nuances of humor."

There have been radio hits; a single called "Dream Big," from an album released by Capitol Records. It came close to Billboard’s Top 20 .

All the band members grew up in musical families. Shupe is the fifth-generation violin player in his family; Archibald’s mother played the accordion; Miner’s father played the bass. They all started performing before the age of 10. "Collectively, we have a combined 121 years of experience," says Miner. "That’s a lot of rocking." But they can’t think of anything else they’d rather do. "It’s an addiction," says Archibald.

Having fun, making music, connecting with fans, that’s what it’s all about for Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand.

Ticket info here

January 23, 2015

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Kimball Theatre Williamsburg VA

 

 

Top selling Neighborhoods in Williamsburg VA. 2014

Its always interesting to look back to see the top selling neighborhoods in Williamsburg VA.  The areas covered in the report below this includes the City of Williamsburg, James City County and Upper York County.   The numbers are from the Williamsburg Area Assoc of Realtors MLS. There could be some sales ( new construction, for sale by owners) that don’t show up in this report.

 

Ranking

Subdivision

# Listings Sold

1

Fords Colony

110

2

Kingsmill

102

3

New Town

51

4

Colonial Heritage

44

5

Powhatan Secondary

30

6

Braemar Creek

28

7

White Hall

27

8

Governors Land

25

9

Seasons Trace

24

10

Stonehouse

21

11

Villages of Westminster

20

12

Greensprings West

19

13

The Settlement at Powhatan Creek

19

14

Pointe @ Jamestown

17

15

Queens Lake

17

16

LaFontaine

16

17

Creekside Landing

14

18

Brandon Woods

13

19

Chickahominy Haven

13

20

Holly Hills

13

21

The Mews

13

22

Wellington

13

23

Monticello Woods

12

24

Scotts Pond

12

25

Skipwith Farms

12

26

Chisel Run

11

27

Longhill Station

11

28

Settlers Mill

11

29

Villages of Powhatan

11

30

Windsor Forest

10

31

James Terrace

9

32

Liberty Crossing

9

33

Longhill Gate

9

34

Mirror Lake Estate

9

35

Powhatan Crossing

9

36

The Midlands

9

37

Williamsburg Bluffs

9

38

Berkeleys Green

8

39

Claiborne

8

40

Fairways Villas

8

41

Springhill

8

42

Stonehouse Glen

8

43

Carver Gardens

7

44

Michelle Point

7

45

The Cottages at Stone Haven

7

46

Vineyard Height

7

47

Williamsburg Commons

7

48

Fenwick Hills

6

49

Kristiansand

6

50

Queenswood

6

51

Riverview Plantation

6

52

St. Georges Hun

6

53

Sterling Springs

6

54

The Oaks at Fenton Mill

6

55

Westgate

6

56

Williamsburg Village

6

57

Adams Hunt

5

58

Canterbury Hill

5

59

Ewell Hall

5

60

Greensprings Plantation

5

61

Grove

5

62

Indigo Park

5

63

Jamestown Hundred

5

64

Patriot Condominium

5

65

The Oaks

5

66

Wyndham Plantation

5

67

York Terrace

5

68

Brandywyne

4

69

Chancos Grant

4

70

Cypress Point

4

71

Fernbrook

4

72

First Colony

4

73

Fox Ridge

4

74

Governor’s Grove

4

75

Heritage Landing

4

 

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.

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

Top 11 home sales of 2014 in Williamsburg VA

This time of year it’s always interesting to look back and review the most expensive homes sold in the Williamsburg VA area.

In 2014 there were 11 single family homes which sold for $1,000,000 or more in the Williamsburg area. ( note I am including nearby Charles City) A slight increase from the same period a year before where nine homes sold for over a million dollars

While multi-million dollar price tags create oohs and aahs, it’s nothing more than a price tag until it’s sold. Four out of the top ten most expensive home sales in 2014 were in the Kingsmill Community. The average discount from list price on the 11 homes was 10% from list price, ( although that doesn’t count data from homes that are relisted so the real number is below that. The average sale price per square foot for the top ten list was $361 per square foot. Unlike the Washington DC area where 266 homes sold for $5 million or more last year. Our median selling price for the top 10 home sales was $1.250,000. Aside from the $3.4 million home sale the other homes ranged in price from $1 million to $1.8 million.

In 2014 the highest dollar transaction for a home sale in the Williamsburg VA area was $3.4 million dollars for a waterfront estate located on the James River in Charles City County.

By neighborhood Kingsmill was the leader on the list with four of the top 11 transactions. Fords Colony, Governors Land and Riverview Plantation each had one on the list.

Back to #1 on the list, initially listed at $5.4 million the spectacular 146 acre waterfront retreat on the James River included 1.5 miles of riverfront. The  5,000 square foot , 4 bedroom, 5 bath home offered water views from all of it’s rooms.  Outdoor features included a pool, dock, recreation pavilion & walking trails . An aerial photo is below…

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Tied for second place on the list were homes in Kingsmill and Fords Colony.   The 8000 square foot  home at 324 Dogleg was the personal home of Dick and Dorothea Ford the developers of Fords Colony.   Where most of the lots in Fords Colony are half an acre in size this home sat on almost five acres with views of 4 holes of golf and water.  Originally listed for for $2,395,000 the home sold for $1,800,000 after 284 days on the market. This lot and home were truly one of a kind.

 

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Tied for #2 at $1.8 million was this 8800 square foot home in Kingsmill’s Sandy Fort Neighborhood. Sited on a rolling private one+ acre lot it overlooks a scenic easement that backed to Carter Grove Country Road.

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#3  on the list with a sales price of $1,670,000 was an historic property in Charles City. Burlington Plantation was built in 1818

After 1859 the property passed to John Mumford Gregory, a member of the
Virginia House of Delegates and Governor of Virginia for a short time during the civil
war. The property included 260 acres land on Mapsico Creek, Outbuildings included a smokehouse, ice house four car garage, caretakers cottage and more.

 

109 greens way#4 on the list was this 7000 square foot home in the Brownings Grant section of Kingsmill. Built in 2008 by Joel Sheppard . The home sold for $1,3000,000 after being listed for $4.499.000

#5 on the list with a sales price of $1.250.000 was this waterfront home in Charles City County just across the Rt five bridge on John Tyler Hgwy. If you look to the left when you are crossing the bridge you will see the home.

The home sits at the mouth of the Chickahominy River and enjoys amazing sunrise and sunset on the James River.image

#6 on the list at a selling price of $1,150,000 was another waterfront home. This one located in the Riverview Plantation neighborhood on the York River. The home was built in 2008 replacing the sellers previous home.

riverview plantation home

Watch for the remainder of the list later this week..

 

Mapping the top 11 homes sales in 2014

 

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1. 19101 Sandy Point Rd , Charles City VA 2. 120 Andrew Lindsey , Williamsburg VA Kingsmill
3. 324 Dogleg Dr , Williamsburg VA Fords Colony 4. 205 Harrison Ave , Williamsburg VA
5. 1608 Harbor Rd , Williamsburg VA Gov Land 6. 207 Rivers Edge , Williamsburg VA Kingsmill
7. 141 Riverview Plantation Dr , Williamsburg VA Riverview Plantation 8. 16520 Chickahominy Bluff Rd , Williamsburg VA
9. 109 Greens Way , Williamsburg VA Kingsmill 10. 13501 John Tyler Hwy Hwy , Charles City VA
11. 309 Rivers Edge , Williamsburg VA Kingsmill


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You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @  757-254-8136

Keep the excitement of the New Year going at the Winter Blues Jazz Fest in Williamsburg VA

Chef David Everett and Steve Rose came together to line up an incredible four-day festival from Thursday January 15th to Sunday January 18th 2015
The Winter Blues Jazz Fest will celebrate great food and drinks, great people, and most importantly great music!
The Trellis Restaurant, Blue Talon Bistro and D.O.G Street Pub are excited to be upfront and center during the festival weekend.  
Friday night will be a blast in Merchant Square, with The Trellis Restaurant serving drinks and fancy street food, including Sheppard’s Pie and Fish Cakes under the big tent. 

Chef David Everett and Steve Rose came together to line up an incredible four-day festival from Thursday January 15th to Sunday January 18th 2015 The Winter Blues Jazz Fest will celebrate great food and drinks, great people, and most importantly great music!
Saturday night your favorite bartenders Mel and Stephanie will be serving The Trellis Restaurant’s signature Kentucky Apple and Whiskey Sour cocktails during the Mixology and Music event at the Williamsburg Lodge, and on Sunday a ticket to the Jazz Brunch at The Trellis Restaurant includes a two-hour live performance by the Butterbean Jazz Trio, a special brunch menu and a delicious champagne cocktail.
You can see the line up of all the musicians, get more information about each event and buy tickets by visiting the Winter Blues Jazz Fest

Williamsburg Restaurant Week 2015

Would you like to try some of Williamsburg’s best restaurants at reduced prices  ?

Restaurant Week 2015 in Williamsburg will be the week of January 18-24, 2015.

I love this promotion in that it gives us a chance to go to our favorite restaurants without killing my wallet.

You can enjoy a two course lunch menu for $10.11. For dinner, there will be three-course menus for $20.10 or $30.10. Tax, alcohol and gratuity not included.

This event is hosted by the Williamsburg Restaurant Association

Reservations are suggested.

Restaurant Week 2015 in Williamsburg will be the week of January 18-24, 2015.

Berret’s Seafood Restaurant ~ L/D $30.15
Blue Talon ~ L/D $30.15
Chili’s Grill & Bar ~ D $20.15
The Cove ~ D $20.15
The Gabriel Archer Tavern ~ $L $10.15
LeYaca French Restaurant ~ D $30.15
Nawab ~ D $20.15
Opus 9 Steakhouse ~ L/D $30.15
Prime 46 forty ~ D $30.15
Riverwalk Restaurant ~ L/D $20.15
Sal’s by Victor ~ L/D $20.15
Second Street An American Bistro ~ L/D $20.15
Terrace Room Williamsburg Inn ~ D $30.15
Traditions Williamsburg Lodge ~ L/D $20.15

Although Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association is holding its 2015 Restaurant Week Jan. 18 – 24,  Colonial Williamsburg is making its special menu available for much longer.

Looking for a yummy lunch? Traditions at the Williamsburg Lodge has you covered. They are serving up an amazing two-course meal for just $10.15! The best part? It’s available through March!

Chef Justin Addison and his Traditions team have created a comforting lunch sure to warm you inside and out during these bitter cold months—complete with a hot vegetable bisque alongside a ham and cheese sandwich with tomato on toasted bread. You also get a salad packed with feta cheese, pickled onions, and apples. Click here for the menu.

How about dinner? There are two options for you depending on your mood.  First up is dinner at Traditions at the Williamsburg Lodge. Enjoy a three-course dinner for just $20.15. That includes dessert! Click here for the menu.

Over at the Terrace Room at the Williamsburg Inn, you can mix and match to your liking with our $30 three-course special. Click here for the menu.
The dinners are only available through the end of January, so be sure to take full advantage!

Mortgage Rates Hit New Lows for 2014

Freddie Mac reported today that fixed mortgage rates have fallen to new lows for this year as 10-year Treasury yields closed at their lowest level since May 2013.

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.80 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending December 18, 2014, down from last week when it averaged 3.93 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.47 percent. 
  • 15-year mortgages this week averaged 3.09 percent with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.20 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.52 percent. 
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