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Home Purchase Contracts Surge in June 2011 In Hampton Roads

The Hampton Roads real estate market experienced a surge in under contract sales in June 2011 when compared to June last year. Meanwhile, the number of active residential listings for sale continued to decline, contributing to the lowering in the months’ supply of inventory on a month-to-month basis. However, the residential median settled sales price showed its lowest year-over-year percentage difference for the year to date in 2011.

The number of residential under contract listings was 28% higher in June when compared to the same time last year. This increase is the highest measured for a single month since April 2010 when there was a 34% year-over-year rise. However, June 2010 was partially lower than June 2011 due to the federal tax credit expiring two months prior and the fact that some of the potential home buyers had already signed contracts in earlier months in order to qualify for the tax credit. Under contract sales are a key leading indicator for the residential real estate market and the large magnitude of this increase should bode well for settled home sales in the near future.

The number of active residential listings for sale was 8.6% lower on a year-over-year basis in June. For the first six months of 2011, the monthly active listing activity has remained on par with the 2009 levels during the same time period. All seven of the area’s major cities (Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton, and Newport News) experienced year-over-year declines in the number of active residential listings for sale. Virginia Beach saw the largest drop of 14.5% while Chesapeake had the smallest year-over-year difference of 1.3%. These declines contributed to the month-to-month drop in the months’ supply of inventory from 10.04 in May 2011 to 9.99 in June 2011.

Settled residential sales fell by 9.6% in June 2011 when compared to June 2010. This was the largest drop in settled residential sales since December 2010 and continues a trend of declining settled sales starting in February 2011. The median settled sales price for these same settled sales also fell to $199,900,or 13%, when compared to June last year. So far year-to-date 2011, the median settled sales price for residential settled sales has fallen 10.7%, to $192,000, when compared to the same time frame in 2010. The last time the median settled sales price was $192,000 was during 2005 when home prices were steadily rising towards their peak of $238,000 in 2007.

Distressed homes, those that are bank owned or short sales, declined to 29.7% of total residential settled sales in June 2011, dropping to below 30% of all residential settled sales for the first time since September 2010. Distressed homes comprised 29.7% of those homes settled in June, down from 31% in May.

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bluepsst … 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, Yorktown or the Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home.

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 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.

Explore neighborhoods in the Williamsburg VA area here

You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities,  condos and townhomes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent,  Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets.

Click here to search (REIN) all homes, town homes, condos and building lots for sale in Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth  Suffolk, , Smithfield, Newport News, Hampton , Poquoson, Gloucester or York County Virginia

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

I look forward to serving your real estate needs !

Best

John

Search for homes in Williamsburg / James City County by School Zone

A common thread amongst home searchers in the Williamsburg/ James City County VA area is school zones. In order to simplify things I created some search links for some of the more popular school zones.

The links below are for:

Matoaka Elementary  , Hornsby Middle School  Jamestown High School Zone

Matoaka Elementary School Zone

Blayton Elementary School Zone

Stonehouse Elementary School Zone.

Hornsby Middle School Zone

Note: These lists depend on the list agent entering the proper school zone.  A perfect example of inaccuracy  are the 52 homes listed as attending James Blair Middle School. Although the school has been closed for a over year they are all still marked for those particular homes. SAD, ,just sayin’

If you want to verify the school zone for a home in Williamsburg or James City County simply check the property information website for James City or City of Williamsburg or just ask Mr Williamsburg !

I can create other specific zones if desired. Or you can search for yourself here

 

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And then check the school you are looking for.

Note if you want to search school zones in York County or other cities in Hampton Roads  my current REIN MLS doesn’t offer that feature.Sad smile

It should be added within the next 30 days, In the meantime. If you have specific schools in mind I can setup a search that will send you all the newly listed homes in that zone.

 

bluepsst … 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, Yorktown or the Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home.

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 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.

Explore neighborhoods in the Williamsburg VA area here

You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities,  condos and townhomes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent,  Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets.

Click here to search (REIN) all homes, town homes, condos and building lots for sale in Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth  Suffolk, , Smithfield, Newport News, Hampton , Poquoson, Gloucester or York County Virginia

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

I look forward to serving your real estate needs !

Best

John

New Charlottesville Virginia Vineyard owner Eric Trump gives Interview

In a short video posted to YouTube on July 1, Eric Trump explains how his business tycoon father, Donald, saw “such unbelievable potential” in the foreclosed Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard.

"The best feeling is getting your feet on the ground, going in there, giving them the Trump touch," says Trump, 27. "Really sprucing them up, making them that much better.”

Apparently Trump the younger is overseeing the operations at the vineyard. An ABC license effective July 7 names Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing LLC as the licensed company.

See the interview here

Investors land sweet deals on HUD foreclosed Homes in Hampton Roads VA

Few people have been as fortunate as Stephen Wills this year – at least in the business of buying and flipping foreclosed homes.

Last spring, the Virginia Beach real estate agent entered the winning bid on seven foreclosed homes owned by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Asking prices for the properties in Norfolk, Chesapeake and Hampton ranged from $75,000 to $126,000.

But Wills got each of them for less than the price of a decent late-model used car – about $10,000 each.

"Maybe I was the luckiest investor ever, or I was in the right place at the right time," Wills said. "To be honest, I have no idea."

Other investors also have snagged bargains on government-owned foreclosures recently. A home in Chesapeake on Blackwater Road sold in April for $60,000. It was listed for $192,000. A Suffolk home on Kilby Shore Drive sold the same month for $38,000. It was listed at the time for $185,000.

Read the rest of the story here in the VA Pilot

Search Bank Owned / Foreclosures and Short Sales in Williamsburg VA here

When you are ready to take that next step in investing in real estate in Williamsburg or Hampton Roads , VA, call 757.254.8136 or email  at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

Fireworks on Fridays in Colonial Williamsburg

July 4thFor the first time in 35 years, severe weather forced cancellation of the Colonial Williamsburg fireworks during the Fourth of July Independence Day celebration. The fireworks will not be rescheduled.

We, like you, hate that we missed the colorful show. However, you may get your fill of fireworks on Friday evenings throughout the summer in the Historic Area. We hope you’ll join us for our weekly short fireworks display at the end of “A Salute to the Nation,” each Friday this summer, at 9:00 p.m., on the Palace Green.

Please plan to attend “A Salute to the Nation,” a stirring tribute to our nation that includes Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums and a sound and light show. And enjoy the fireworks at the finale.

“A Salute to the Nation”
July 8th through August 26th, 2011
9:00 p.m.
Palace Green

More info here

Kiln Creek- A York County/ Newport News Community Spotlight by “Mr Williamsburg”

entranceIf you’re considering a move to Newport News or York County, Kiln Creek offers options for just about everyone.

The Villages of Kiln Creek is a sprawling 1,200-acre community containing  2,947 homes with about 12,000 residents. It spans portions of York County and Newport News adjacent to Victory Boulevard. It remains the largest golf-styled development in the area, with a championship 18-hole course serving as its foundation

imageThe community consists of  31 sub-communities containing townhomes, condos,  detached single family homes and apartments. The neighborhood is planned around the Kiln Creek Golf Course and is located off of Jefferson Avenue in close proximity to Interstate 64 and the Newport News International Airport.

The  31 individual villages are named : Avery Woods , Cascades , Claymill Corner , Dunhill , Eagle Sound , Edgewater ,Fairways , Featherstone ,Gleneagles Highlands ,Hollingsworth, Images ,Ivystone ,Lake Cambridge ,Lakeside, Lexington ,Masters, Oakwood , Pinehurst , Players Choice , Rock Creek , Royal Colven , Sanctuary , Shoreline , Southlake ,Tradewinds ,Villas ,Waterford Pointe ,Westgate ,Willow Point and Windbrook

Virginia Beach developer R.G. Moore  started the project in 1986, promising to build a development with homes and a corporate center on "1,200 acres of scenic terrain."

home in kiln creekThe majority of the homes in Kiln Creek were built in the early 1990′s and provide home owners with a pleasant living experience. You’ll find by living or visiting here that most of the residents take pride in their homes and property.

Past home builders in Kiln Creek have included Wayne Harbin, Dobson, C R Mclellon / Marque Homes, Darrel Rutherford, Lakeside Homes, Craftmaster Homes, Hampton Bay Associates, Dominion Building Corp (Images), Chesapeake Homes( Pinehurst), Shoreline Assoc, Terry Peterson (Ivystone), R.G.Moore (Westgate), Marsha Lynn Bldg Corp (Players Choice), Pickett Corp. H.R. Ashe,  Princess Anne Bldrs, ( Edgewater) Erkiletian Const  (Claymill) Gilliam Corp Lawson Homes, Centex, and others.

Home sizes in Kiln Creek  range from 944 square foot condos to 4800 square foot two story homes on the golf course. The average home size is 1950 square feet. Although some may feel that the neighborhood is a little crowded, all would agree that the overall atmosphere is appealing. .

home in kiln creek newport newsShopping is plentiful and convenient with dozens of retail outlets within just a couple of miles. Notables include Patrick Henry Mall, Barnes & Noble, and Target. With lots of shopping comes the availability of many great restaurants as well.

For the York County homes in Kiln Creek the assigned schools are Grafton Bethel Elementary, Grafton Middle and Grafton High Schools. Newport News Schools for Kiln Creek include Menchville High School, Hines Middle School, and Kiln Creek Elementary.

On a recent drive through the neighborhood I witnessed manicured landscaping, people walking on the trails, kids playing, golfers getting in their 9 or 18 holes for the day, residents enjoying the lakes while sitting on the park benches and more.

Amenities

clubhouse kiln creekThe home owners’ association currently owns a 4-acre recreation center complex consisting of a two-story building; an Olympic-size pool; picnic areas; playgrounds, tot-lots, tennis courts, a multi-purpose court, and its own maintenance facility, all of which are owned debt free. The in-house maintenance of the large common areas of Kiln Creek is handled by an outstanding staff who undertake the enormous task of maintaining and enhancing our landscaping easements, lake banks, and a twenty-seven mile lake-fed irrigation system.

gleneagles condos kiln creekHOA fees range from $50 monthly for detached homes to $245 monthly for a condo although condo fees due differ between the different villages.
Community spirit is alive and well in Kiln Creek. The Social Recreation Committee is extremely active and continues to plan new and exciting events that are offered to our residents. In addition, Kiln Creek offers various clubs for our members such as the 50/50 club, singles club, garden club, bridge club, and our newest addition: the teen council.

Golf

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned golf veteran, players of all skill levels will enjoy the course at Kiln Creek Golf Club and Resort. Voted one of the “five best courses in the state of Virginia” by Golf Digest, Kiln Creek’s beautiful 18-hole championship course offers members & guests an unparalleled golf experience. The kiln creek golf course6,972 yard, par 72 layout was designed by the highly respected architect Tom Clark.

Clark created Kiln Creek to be one of the most challenging courses around..  The 8th hole is recognized as one of the best 4 par holes in the Mid-Atlantic region by Tee Time Magazine. Players of all skill levels will enjoy playing Kiln Creek. With thirteen lakes and over twelve thousand tons of sand, this beautifully landscaped course will bring you back time and time again to improve your score.

Kiln Creek also includes a spacious & targeted driving range along with putting & chipping greens. The club offers a full service Pro Shop, professional instruction & Outing Packages that are second to none.

kiln creek golfThe Kiln Creek Golf Club and Resort is the leisure and recreational hub of the Virginia Peninsula. Kiln Creek is located exactly in the middle of the lush countryside, in an ideal, tranquil location that is both beautiful and conveniently located. We are twenty minutes from Norfolk, fifteen from Williamsburg, and the closest accommodations to the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. The Clubhouse is the elegant crown jewel in a carefully developed and complete community of residential and corporate areas.

Kiln Creek Golf Club and Resort features an all-inclusive resort facility, including the beautifully remodeled Inn, restaurant, day spa, and championship golf course.

Visit The Villages of Kiln Creek website

Kiln Creek is  located in Yorktown and is easily accessible to RT 17 and I-64 for a quick commute to  Newport News, Ft Eustis, Langley AFB, Cheatham Annex, USCG Yorktown, Williamsburg and most other points on the Peninsula and on the Southside of Hampton Roads..

Click here to see a map of area amenities and points of interest


What is for sale in Kiln Creek  York County  or Newport News

search homes in this neighborhood in hampton roads or williamsburgOver the last year, home sale prices in Kiln Creek   have ranged from a low of $95,000 for a 1000 square foot condo to  $720,000 for a 4894 square foot six bedroom five bath home.. List price on the larger home was $779k .

Prices vary according to size, condition and age. The average market time for the 109 home sales in Kiln Creek in the last 12 months was 105 days , although that doesn’t include the DOM ( days on market) of a home if it is re-listed after expiring. Current list prices for homes in Kiln Creek range from $94k for a small condo to $475k for a 3400 square foot six bedroom four bath detached home.

bike path kiln creekProperty Taxes
With a real estate tax of $0.6575  per $100 York County taxes are among the lowest in the Hampton Roads region. The annual taxes on a typical York County home in Kiln Creek valued at $300,000 would equal  $1972.50 a year.

To put that in perspective the annual taxes on the same value home in neighboring Newport News section of Kiln Creek would be $3300.00 annually.
The current real estate tax rate for the City of Newport News is $1.10 per $100 of your property’s assessed value. The assessed value multiplied by the real estate tax rate equals the real estate tax

Recreation:

kiln creek poolThe Kiln Creek Dolphins are the summer league swim team for the Villages of Kiln Creek, located on the border of Newport News and Yorktown, Virginia. The Dolphins are part of the  Greater Peninsula Swim Association, and are currently in the White Division

Newport News has much to offer residents with 32 parks to play in or relax in, two public boat ramps, a fishing pier and Hilton Pier Beach. Stop by the Peninsula Fine Arts Center and be inspired by the works of art.

The York County  Parks and Recreation offers year-round programs for youth and adults. Available facilities include a 70 acre sports complex, 42 baseball/softball fields, 35 soccer/football fields, 36 tennis courts, 37 outdoor basketball courts, 5 outdoor tracks, 3 public boat landings, a 12-acre beach/picnic area on the York River, 2 neighborhood park sites, three smaller parks totaling 67 acres, and the newly renovated 545-acre New Quarter Park. Click here for more information.

 


Nearby Golf Options: Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run, Kiln Creek Golf Course

Nearby Fitness Options::YMCA,   Cross Fit HR  Other Options

Nearby Boating Options: Back Creek ParkWormley Creek Marina, Dare Marina  Seaford Yacht Club

Closest Grocery Store: Food Lion, Farm Fresh, Kroger Fresh Market, Costco, Wal Mart, Sams Club

Directions: From I- 64, Take Exit 256B , merge onto Victory Blvd, Turn left on kiln Creek Parkway in 7/10th of a mile. You are now in Kiln Creek.
You can also access the neighborhood off Jefferson Ave from I 64 take exit 255B 143 West/ Jefferson Ave, go 1.3 miles and take your first right onto Brick Kiln Blvd. This will take you into Kiln Creek

Talk back: Are you a current or past Kiln Creek resident?  We’d love to hear about your experiences in the neighborhood. Please leave your comments below.

 

 

find the perfect neighborhood in williamsburg vaKeep looking: If you like Kiln Creek , you might also like: Coventry or a number of other neighborhoods . View more neighborhood spotlights here or contact me for suggestions.

 View current homes for sale in Kiln Creek York County Here Newport News

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Click  here to search for homes for sale in greater Williamsburg VA.

Click here to search (REIN) all homes, town homes, condos and building lots for sale in Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Mathews, Suffolk, Surry, Smithfield, Newport News, Hampton , Poquoson, Gloucester or York County Virginia

If you have any questions and/or would like to view homes for sale  in Kiln Creek or other communities in greater Williamsburg or Hampton Roads, I am here to help. Contact me at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com

 

Nosy Neighborhood Update Mr WilliamsburgWhat is a Nosey Neighbor Update ?

Let’s be real. The real estate market is crazy right now and values are changing every day. As a homeowner we often want to know what homes are selling for whether it’s to satisfy your “nosey neighbor” curiosity or planning a move.  I have an online tool that will give you ALL FOR SALE, PENDING, & SOLD homes in your neighborhood displayed in an awesome mapped report with interactive graphs, charts, etc. It’s much more accurate than Zillow or other national sites & it uses real time MLS data. Plus, it’s private and secure – the only one who will see your information is me. Want to know what your neighbors house sold for or how much your house is worth,

Do you live in Kiln Creek and want to keep up with home prices in the neighborhood ?

Fill out my “Nosey Neighbor Update” here

01graycmaWant to get an idea of what your Kiln Creek home might sell for ? Want to discuss our “No Surprises” Program ? Fill out the form here


Fast Facts: Kiln Creek

Homes built from: 1989-2000

Price range:  $100s to  $500’s +

Home Size: About 1.000 square feet to 4,800 square feet, median 1950

Lot Sizes: .10 to .33 acres .

HOA Fees: from $50 for detached to $245 for condo’s 

Homeowner Association Website

Schools: Note: Part of Kiln Creek is in York County and part is in Newport News.

York County Schools 
Grafton Bethel Elementary, Grafton Middle , Grafton High 

Newport News Schools
Elementary: Kiln Creek

Middle: Hines

High: Menchville

Property Tax Rate: York County.6575 cents per $100 of assessed value. Taxes on a $300,000 home would be

$1972.50 a year.

Newport News property taxes on a $300k home are   $3300.00 annually. Tax rate is $1.10 per $100 

Home Styles: Transitional, Colonials, Two Stories and some ranches. Condos, townhomes.

 

imageThe Way it was in 1997

Who said real estate was a bad investment. Twelve years ago (in 1997) this 2800 square foot new home in Kiln Creek sold for $263,000. Today that home would sell for approximately $400,000.+

Climate
A generally moderate climate prevails in Hampton Roads:
Annual Average Temperature 58.8°
January Average Temperature 38.7°
July Average Temperature 77.9°
Annual Average Precipitation 47.5”
Annual Average Snowfall 7.1 inches

 

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bluepsst … 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, Yorktown or the Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home.

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 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.

You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities,  condos and townhomes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent,  Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets.
You can reach John by phone at 757-254-8136 or email him at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

 

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Neighborhoods With Pools in Williamsburg and Yorktown VA

imageI get a number of inquiries from prospective Williamsburg home buyers who ask what neighborhoods have pools. Surprisingly there was no list so I had to create one. Another surprise is that there are over 62 neighborhoods to choose from in the area with swimming pools.

if you must have a neighborhood with a pool.  The list at the bottom of this post is in alphabetical order. Its shows the type of housing available i.e., detached homes or condo/ townhomes along with the city or county. ( New Kent, James City Co, City of Williamsburg and York County)

A number of the neighborhood pools allow families to join even if they don’t live there. Windsor Forest, Kingwood, Kings point, First Colony, Queens Lake, Indigo Park and the Williamsburg Community Pool all welcome out of neighborhood families and renters to join both their pool and swim teams.

Other options include the City of Williamsburg’s Quarterpath pool, and the James City County Pools at Chickahominy Riverfront Park and Upper County Park.

Williamsburg West PoolFor our family, our neighborhood pool gets almost daily usage. Our kids go to swim practice five days a week and typically spend at least another 1-4 hours a day at the pool.

We have a  Friday night gathering where  where people just come and hang out at the pool  for the evening. Folks order pizza have it delivered and then stay at the pool until 10pm swimming, playing corn-hole, and chilling with friends and neighbors.

Competitive swimming is HUGE in the Williamsburg, VA and peninsula areas. The summer swim teams  are  part of the VPSU -Virginia Peninsula Swimming Union. There are divisions consisting of 19 teams from Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Upper Newport News with over 1000 swimmers competing.

If you want year round swim team options for youths WAC ( Williamsburg Aquatic Club) and Coast Guard Blue Dolphins are the teams to consider.

Both WAC and the  Coast Guard Blue Dolphins Swim Team offer a competitive USA Swimming programs for our local communities. These teams excel at local, state and national levels.

Here is the neighborhood list.

Neighborhoods with Pools City/County Type of Homes
Berkeley’s Green JCC Det
Braemar Creek JCC Att
Brandywyne WMBG Det
Brickshire NK Both
Burnt Bridge Run YC Att
Colonial Heritage  (55+) JCC Both
Coventry YC Both
Creekside Landing YC Det
Edgehill YC Det
Fairways Villas JCC Att
Fieldcrest JCC Det
Ford’s Colony JCC Both
Gables at York County YC Att
Governor’s Land JCC Det
Greater First Colony JCC Det
Greensprings Plantation JCC Det
Greensprings West JCC Det
Indigo Park JCC Det
Jamestown 1607 JCC Att
Kiln Creek YC Both
Kingsmill JCC Both
Kingspoint JCC Det
Kingswood JCC Det
LaFontaine Condos JCC Att
Lakes at Dare YC Det
Liberty Crossing  ( Proposed Pool) JCC Att
Liberty Ridge JCC Set
Longhill Gate JCC Att
Longhill Station JCC Det
Marlbank Cove YC Det
Meadowlake Farms YC Both
Monticello Woods JCC Det
New Town (Pool is Planned) JCC Both
Olde Port Cove YC Det
Patriots Landing NK Both
Port Anne WMBG Det
Powhatan Secondary JCC Both
Queens Lake YC Det
Rainbrook Villas YC Att
Running Man YC Det
Season’s Trace JCC Both
Settler’s Mill JCC Det
Stonehouse JCC Both
Stonehouse Glen (Preservation@ Stonehouse) JCC Det
The Mews JCC Att
The Settlement At Powhatan Creek (55+) JCC Both
Villages at Westminster JCC Det
Villas at Five Forks (55+) JCC Att
Villas at Shady Banks YC Att
Villas At Yorktown YC Att
Vineyards at Jockey’s Neck JCC Det
Wellington JCC Det
Westgate WMBG Att
White Hall ( Pool is Planned) JCC Both
Williamsburg Bluffs YC Det
Williamsburg Commons WMBG Att
Willow Lakes YC Att
Yorkshire Downs YC Both
Windsor Forest JCC Det

Abbreviations: JCC-James City County, WMBG=City of Williamsburg, NK=New Kent County, YC=York County
Det= Detached single family home, Att= Condo or townhome

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, Yorktown or the Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home.

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 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.

Explore neighborhoods in the Williamsburg VA area here

You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities,  condos and townhomes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent,  Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets.
You can reach John by phone at 757-254-8136 or email him at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs !

Best,

John

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TPMG Medical Center Opens in New Town-Williamsburg

044Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group,  TPMG will open in their new location in New Town on Monday July 11,2011.

The new 40,000 square foot medical center  will provide suites for physical therapy, orthopedics, imaging, diagnostic cardiology, a sleep center, a specialty center, pain management, and future specialty medical spaces.

The new TPMG building in New Town will also feature the iSTRIVE fitness center.  They  offer group (boot camp style) classes, private personal training, athlete performance training and senior fitness.  Limited memberships will be available to the fitness center.  The memberships will include an orientation/assessment and trainer guided workout programs personalized for you. Our training focuses on purpose driven, functional exercises with safe progressions to keep our members active and strong for the years to come.

"This project is a reflection of our dedication to providing patients with the highest quality of services," said Jeffrey Moore, MD, TPMG Board Member.

The Design/Build team of Leebcor, Inc. and Guernsey Tingle Architects provided design and construction services for the new office

Thomas Tingle, President of Guernsey Tingle Architects, described the facility as "a building that blends cutting edge medical technology with the rich, traditional character of New Town. It’s exciting to be involved with another medical facility in James City County," says Tingle, "This investment by TPMG is an example of the growing healthcare industry in the greater Williamsburg area."

The new address is 5424 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg VA, 23188

Location Map for TPMG.

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Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group, formerly Tidewater Primary Care Physicians, P.C. was formed in 1992. The group began with four primary care medical groups in Newport News and Hampton, Virginia. Today, TPMG includes over 80 family physicians and subspecialty physicians with 25 locations in eastern Virginia. TPMG is one of the largest physician owned and managed medical groups in Virginia.


Mortgage Rates Up But Still Well Below 5%

Long-term mortgage rates rose again this week, as Freddie Mac reported that the average on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 4.6 percent with 0.7 of a point, up from 4.51 percent last week. While rates increased ever so slightly last week from the previous week (4.5 to 4.51 percent), this week’s rise was the largest in about nine weeks as rates followed treasury yields higher.

However, despite the increase, rates remain historically low. To put today’s long-term rate in perspective, if you were to buy a $500.,000 home today using conventional financing (assuming 20 percent down) versus April 2011 (when long-term rates were 5.21 percent), you are looking at a monthly savings of about $150.

 

If you want to  explore refinancing your current home or  payment amounts for a purchase loan contact Nina Efird at Suntrust Mortgage.

A seasoned veteran in the mortgage field, Nina brings more than 20 years of experience to her clients. With her vast experience in real estate and mortgages, she has the unique ability to understand the expectations and needs of all parties involved in the mortgage financing process.

(757) 873-7927 Office 
  nina.efird@suntrust.com
You can apply online here

$1 Cone Day At Handels Ice Cream In Williamsburg VA

Three Rounds Of Golf At Stonehouse, Kiskiack, Brickshire, Royal New Kent or The Crossings For $85 incl Cart

51% off at Traditional Golf Properties

51% off at Traditional Golf Properties

Before golf was invented, grassy pastures were viewed as the exclusive territory of roaming sheep, herds of cattle, and overzealous Civil War reenactors. Celebrate turf’s competitive utility with today’s Groupon: for $85, you get three 18-hole rounds of golf with cart rental at Traditional Golf Properties (up to a $174 value). This Groupon is valid at Kiskiack in Williamsburg, Stonehouse in Toano, Royal New Kent or Brickshire in Providence Forge, or The Crossings in Glen Allen. You can use all three games at one course or mix and match games between courses.

Amid Traditions’ five scenic fairways, championship tees and carefully placed bunkers test the technique of ball smackers and accommodate casual play. Players club through the meticulously designed 18-hole par 71 and 72 courses, which wind by a variety of natural scenery, from woods and glistening streams to dramatic contours and sand traps hosting life-size dioramas of The Iliad. Game-day golfers will also receive a cart for cruising the majestic fairways. Though meals are not included in today’s deal, players can retire to each course’s clubhouse, where they will find a lunch menu of classic American fare to reward them for not popping wheelies on their golf carts.

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Virginia Shakespeare Festival: The Comedy of Errors

Virginia Shakespeare Festival: The Comedy of Errors
July 6 – 17

imageThe Virginia Shakespeare Festival will open its 33rd Anniversary season this summer with a production of The Comedy of Errors! The Comedy of Errors is one of the Bard’s earlier plays and is clearly based on the old Roman comedy Menaechmi by Plautus. Its story of twin brothers and their twin servants, separated in infancy and now searching for each other is full of farcical action and is Shakespeare’s shortest play.
The Comedy of Errors opens July 6 and plays Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm, closing on July 17.

Visit the website or call 757-221-2674 for more info.

Marlbank Cove- A York County VA Neighborhood Spotlight By “Mr Williamsburg”

entranceYorktown, VA is a great place to call home. It’s full of character and culture and  its weather is mild.

All these things and more are reason enough to put down stakes in Yorktown but with so many wonderful neighborhoods to choose from it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. That’s why “Mr Williamsburg” writes these  Neighborhood Spotlight articles to introduce readers to the pros and cons of the area’s many unique locales. Today, we’re writing about the exciting Marlbank Cove neighborhood.

During my years of working in the Williamsburg/ Yorktown, Virginia area real estate market, I have many homes in a lot of area  neighborhoods.

Ever heard of the neighborhood, Marlbank Cove ? Chances are, probably not. This small neighborhood is nestled alongside of Wormley Creek between the adjacent Marlbank Farm neighborhood and Hornsbyville Rd near  the intersection of Ft Eustis Blvd and Route 17.

Marlbank Cove is a sought after community in the area. It was developed in the late 1980’s – mid 1990’s .Today, there are approximately 160 homes in the Marlbank Cove neighborhood. In terms of style, Marlbank Cove is filled with mostly  traditional colonials and transitionals on lovely treed lots. Two Story homes are  predominant but there are numerous ranches as well.  The lot sizes for single family homes range from approximately  .56  – .to over an acre with most averaging three quarters of an acre in size. Most homes were built  by  Ron Staples one of the areas best builders.

Why is Marlbank Cove so popular? It’s simple ~  its location in Yorktown , the pool, clubhouse and community pier,  top rated York County Schools, tight-knit community.and more.

Home Owner Association/ Amenities

Marlbank Cove  has an HOA that offers plenty of opportunities to participate: The HOA manages the pool, clubhouse, pier and common areas in the neighborhood as well as  numerous social events each year. The annual home owner association fee is $504

Location and nearby points of interest

Marlbank Cove  is  located in Yorktown and is easily accessible to RT 17 and I-64 for a quick commute to  Newport News, Ft Eustis, Langley AFB, Cheatham Annex, USCG Yorktown, Williamsburg and most other points on the Peninsula.

Whether you’re a history buff, water lover, or both – Yorktown offers plenty to plan a great day, weekend or full week of fun. You can brush up on American history, refreshing your memory about the pivotal battle in America’s fight for independence at several museums and historic sites. Take a break and enjoy the sounds of authentic fifes and drums. Fast forward to today and learn about working watermen on the river. Walk off an excellent meal with a stroll on the Riverwalk. You can also get out on the river yourself on the Schooner Alliance or a fishing charter. Click on the resources below to plan your visit.

Click here to see a map of area amenities and points of interest

Marlbank Cove Makes The Grade!!!

Marlbank Cove students are fortunate to attend  York County Schools.

Students in Marlbank Cove  go to York Elementary, York Middle and York High School . For parents desiring a private school option there are numerous options to choose from  including  Hampton Roads Academy and more. Explore private school locations here

York County has one of the top public school systems in Virginia. Money Magazine named York County schools one of the top 100 education buys in the country. There are also eight colleges and universities and three community colleges in Hampton Roads. The region has the highest concentration of colleges and universities in the entire State of Virginia.  Of the County’s adult population (25+), 92% has at least a high school diploma; 21% has at least a bachelor’s degree; and 16.4% has an advanced graduate or Professional degree.  The high levels of education among County residents are reflected in the types of jobs they hold. 40% of the County’s employed residents in 2000 held professional or managerial occupations.

By almost every measure of academic achievement – such as promotion rates, graduation rates, and standardized test scores – York County ‘s school students rank among the best in the state. As a result, York County is among the leading localities in the percentage of high school graduates planning to continue their education.

What is for sale in Marlbank Cove

search homes for sale in Marlbank CoveOver the last year, home sale prices in Marlbank Cove have ranged from a low of $334,000 for a 2500 square foot home built in 1986 to  $510,600 for a 4152 square foot five bedroom three bath home circa 1987. List price on the larger home was $550k .

Prices vary according to size, condition and age,. . The average market time for the four sales in the last 12 months was a very low 51 days , although that doesn’t include the DOM ( days on market) of a home if it is re-listed after expiring. You can see the homes currently for sale in Marlbank Cove here

Marlbank Cove is a deed restricted community. It’s residents are diverse in background, geographic origins and nature of their present business. Marlbank Cove boasts a strong association of home owners who work together to maintain the community as a place of pride for all it’s residents.

Marlbank Cove HOA website

piers in marlbank coveFrom the beginning of the planning stages the Marlbank Cove subdivision was planned as a residential neighborhood of the highest quality, setting new standards of excellence within York County, offering  beautiful and well maintained surroundings, large wooded lots, residences of highest quality and architectural beauty, and superior recreational facilities including water access for its residents.

Written into the covenants is the following: “The natural beauty of the land shall be protected and preserved to the greatest extent possible”.


Property Taxes
With a real estate tax of $0.6575  per $100 York County taxes are among the lowest in the Hampton Roads region. The annual taxes on a typical home in Marlbank Cove valued at $500,000 would equal  $3288.00 a year. To put that in perspective the annual taxes on the same value home in neighboring Newport News would be $5500.00annually.

Locale
Located in the heart of the Virginia Peninsula, York County stretches 27 miles from Williamsburg to Hampton and covers 108 square miles. The County is 20 minutes from Norfolk and less than an hour from Richmond. With more than 200 miles of coastline along the York River and Chesapeake Bay, waterfront property is abundant. The County is adjacent to James City County, the Cities of Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, and Poquoson. York County is part of the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Statistical Area that ranks 31st in population in the United States.

With the abundance of coastline on the York River and the Chesapeake Bay, locals here know how to have fun. Whether they’re swimming, fishing, boating, or beachcombing, living here on the coast not only provides wonderful recreational activities, it provides a temperate climate in which to enjoy them. York County is part of the Historic Triangle, which includes Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. This diverse region is rich in significant historical sites, world-class cultural attractions, as well as beautiful golf courses. There are three golf courses, indoor movie theaters, a bowling alley, and an amateur theater in addition to the Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown Battlefields & Visitor Center, Water Country USA, and numerous other attractions nearby. Other local attractions include: Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, Colonial Williamsburg,  Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center

Today, Yorktown is a living part of a national treasure known as the “Historic Triangle – Jamestown, Williamsburg, & Yorktown” which attracts millions of tourists each year.

While replete with history, York County is ever mindful of its role in the new century. It is an attractive suburban community that features one of the area’s highest per capita family incomes. The County also features one of the top public school systems in Virginia . In fact, Money Magazine named York County schools one of the top 100 education buys in the country

More than 40 percent of York County’s land is earmarked for federal use with installations such as: the US Coast Guard Reserve Training Center, the Colonial National Historical Park, the US Naval Weapons Station, Cheatham Annex, and Camp Peary.

Recreation:

imageThe York County  Parks and Recreation offers year-round programs for youth and adults. Available facilities include a 70 acre sports complex, 42 baseball/softball fields, 35 soccer/football fields, 36 tennis courts, 37 outdoor basketball courts, 5 outdoor tracks, 3 public boat landings, a 12-acre beach/picnic area on the York River, 2 neighborhood park sites, three smaller parks totaling 67 acres, and the newly renovated 545-acre New Quarter Park. Click here for more information.

Topography – Elevations in the 108 square mile county range from sea level to 125 feet above sea level. .


Top 10 Reasons to Like Living In Marlbank Cove  1. With abundant green space, a low crime rate, affordable housing, and one of the top public school systems in Virginia , York County is the community of choice on the Peninsula.

2.Only a short drive to Yorktown  where you can enjoy Riverwalk with it’s shops , restaurants and for summer concerts…

3. Neighborhood pool, tennis courts and clubhouse

4. Less than a mile to the scenic Colonial Parkway and the York Public Library

5. History abounds at nearby Yorktown Victory Center, Battlefields & Visitor Center

6. All homes are custom built

7. Intimate community with just 112 home sites

8. Active social scene with neighborhood parties and more

9.. Low HOA fees—only $42 a month.

10. Low York County County taxes—only $3,280 annually on $500,000 home

Nearby Golf Options: Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run, Kiln Creek Golf Course

Nearby Fitness Options::YMCA,   Cross Fit HR  Other Options

Nearby Boating Options: Back Creek ParkWormley Creek Marina, Dare Marina
Seaford Yacht Club

Closest Grocery Store: Food Lion, Farm Fresh, Kroger

Directions: From I- 64, Take Exit 250B for VA 105 East / Ft Eustis Blvd go 3.8 miles and turn left on Rt 17 , go 3/10 mile and turn right onto Battle Rd, that will take you into the Marlbank Cove neighborhood.

Talk back: Are you a current or past Marlbank Cove resident?  We’d love to hear about your experiences in the neighborhood. Please leave your comments below.

find the perfect neighborhood in williamsburg vaKeep looking: If you like Marlbank Cove , you might also like: The Lakes At Dare, The Greenlands, Running Man, Taylor Farms, Old Port Cove, Port Myers, Presson Harbor in Coventry, Avery Woods/ Kiln Creek or Bunting Point Estates

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If you have any questions and/or would like to view homes for sale  in Marlbank Cove  or other communities in greater Williamsburg or Hampton Roads, I am here to help. Contact me at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com

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Fast Facts: Marlbank CoveHomes built from: 1985-1994

Price range: high $300s to  $500’s +

Home Size: About 2.000 square feet to 5,900 square feet, median 3200

Lot Sizes: ..50 to .1.25 acres .

HOA Fees: $42 a month

Homeowner Association Website

Schools: York County
York Elementary, York Middle , York High
Average SAT scores:
Total: 1583 – (verbal 533, math 530)

Property Tax Rate: .6575 cents per $100 of assessed value. Taxes on a $500,000 home would be $3,280 a year.

Home Styles: Transitional, Colonials, Two Stories and some ranches.

All homes were custom built by the area’s finest builders including Ron Staples

 

Community Demographics

Homes For Sale
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The Way it was in 1998
imageWho said real estate was a bad investment. Thirteen years ago (in 1998) this 2900 square foot new home in Marlbank Cove sold for $218,000. Today that home would sell for approximately $440,000.

Climate
A generally moderate climate prevails in Hampton Roads:
Annual Average Temperature 58.8°
January Average Temperature 38.7°
July Average Temperature 77.9°
Annual Average Precipitation 47.5”
Annual Average Snowfall 7.1 inches

History

imageThe neighborhood  lies in the center of a fascinating historical area.  The first York settlers started a village on the northern-most branch of Wormley Creek, now the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Yorktown Training Center, in the 1630′s.  York County, one of the original eight counties in America, was created in 1634, and Yorktown was established by the General Assembly as a tobacco port in 1691.
The current Marlbank Cove and Marlbank Farms area was assembled into “Wormley Creek Plantation” by Charles Carter. It was assembled from three previous landowners, one of whom was Lawrence Smith who laid out the Town of York.
In 1770 the 500-acre plantation passed from Carter’s son, David Jameson, who named it “Church Fields,” and later it was sold to Christopher Stedman who operated a mill there.  The remains of the mill dam can be found today in the woods between Marlbank Cove and Old Wormley Creek Drive.

On October 19, 1781, a mile or so away at the Yorktown Battlefield, the decisive victory in the American Revolution occurred, assuring American independence.  The area now containing Marlbank Cove and Marlbank Farms developments saw the foraging of George Washington’s men as they searched for game and other foodstuffs during the siege.
The Garretts of Williamsburg were the next owners of the plantation, which then included about 800 acres.  They renamed it “Marlbanks” and in 1837 built a manor house, which still stands.  Before passing the land to Tom Clark of Delaware prior to the Civil War, the Garrett family had increased the plantation’s size to 1100 acres.
imageIn the spring of 1862, the plantation, then known as “Clarks Farm”, was the base for the Union forces under General George McClellan who were establishing another siege of Yorktown, this time against Confederate forces protecting the Peninsula approaches to Richmond.   Period maps of the siege show the manor house serving as a Union field hospital, and McClelland’s headquarters standing to the east, near where McClellan Court now lies.  When Marlbank Cove was developed, it was very common to find artifacts of the Civil War — buttons, belt buckles, and so on.  One home site has a large pit believed to have been a field “refrigeration unit”.
After the Civil War, the plantation reverted by default back to the Garrett family.  It was sold to William Hughes in 1879, who sold 550 acres to L. R. O’Hara in 1945.  Mr. O’Hara restored the manor house, named Marlbank Farm, and developed Marlbank Farms subdivision beginning in the late 1940′s.

imageThe O’Hara’s or their descendants lived in the house until 1988.  When the manor house was sold and refurbished in 1988, more homes were built in its immediate vicinity.  Marlbank Cove subdivision began in 1985 and occupies part of the original plantation area.  The term ‘marlbank’ refers to the layer of marl (a conglomerate of mud, shells and clay) that lies below the soil surface along the York River.  Early settlers at Yorktown used marl as construction material, as can be seen today at Grace Church in Yorktown village, built in 1697.

Marlbank Cove During the Civil War

In May 1862 Yorktown again found itself surrounded by armies locked in combat.  The area around Marlbank Cove saw a great deal of military activity as a result.  Below are several photographs taken in the May 1862 time frame.
Union forces led by General George McClelland and advancing from the vicinity of Fort Monroe (which never fell into Confederate hands and therefore served as a Union foothold and staging ground for campaigns against Richmond throughout the Civil War) encountered Confederate forces, led first by General John Magruder and then Joseph E. Johnston, who manned a line of defenses spanning from the James-Warwick River confluence near today’s Fort Eustis to the York River, with concentrated forces around Yorktown.  The Southern troops utilized many of the same embankments first dug by British forces during the Revolutionary War.  Evidence of the Confederate works, especially shallow, long-running communications trenches, can be found in the woods of the National Park and running into Newport News Park.

imageA period map shows the location of Gen McClelland’s tent as being in the immediate area of Marlbank Cove, very close to where McClelland Court lies (the actual site appears closer to the intersection of Marlbank Drive and Three Point Court).  The picture to the left shows a close-up of McClelland’s tent, as well as a broader view of the encampment, which was named Camp Winfield Scott.

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bluepsst … 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, Yorktown or the Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home.

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 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.

You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities,  condos and townhomes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent,  Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets.
You can reach John by phone at 757-254-8136 or email him at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

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Riverwalk Landing
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Location Map for Marlbank Cove Neighborhood in James City County ,Williamsburg VA

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Groundbreaking For Doctors’ Hospital In Williamsburg July 12th

riverside doctors hospital williamsburgRiverside executives and community leaders will hold a groundbreaking ceremony July 12 to commemorate the official start of the construction of Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg. The facility will sit on a beautifully landscaped campus at the intersection of Route 199 and Route 60 in Williamsburg. The campus is over 25 acres and is a component of the 380+ acre multi-use development called Quarterpath.

Scheduled for opening in Winter 2012, the hospital is licensed for 40 private rooms: 34 medical/ surgical rooms and six intensive care rooms. On-site services will include diagnostic services, surgical services, a full-service Emergency Department, and support services.

Riverside Health System has won its years-long battle to build a hospital in Williamsburg, despite the ongoing protests of the nearby Sentara hospital that another facility isn’t necessary.

Map Location of Doctors Hospital Williamsburg

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Here are some of the highlights:

  • Riverside Doctors Hospital will be a 2-story, approximately 100,000 square foot facility.
  • The facility will sit on a beautifully landscaped campus at the intersection of Route 199 and Route 60. The campus is over 25 acres and is a component of the 380+ acre multi-use development named Quarterpath.
  • Riverside Doctors Hospital is scheduled to open in the winter of 2012 and is licensed for 40 private rooms – 34 Medical/Surgical rooms and 6 Intensive Care rooms.
  • The full-service Emergency Department will have 12 private patient rooms.
  • Surgical Services features 2 operating rooms, in addition to the 2 ORs already located at Doctor’s Surgery Center, and 8 private patient preparation and recovery rooms dedicated to patients undergoing surgical procedures.
  • The ground floor of the new hospital will feature a lobby/public area; café; chapel; community education/conference space; Emergency Department; Radiology; Cardio/Pulmonary Services; and Outpatient Diagnostic Services.
  • The second floor will include Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery; Medical/Surgical Unit; Intensive Care Unit; Pharmacy; and a Lifelong Health Center which will focus on simplifying the transition from inpatient acute care to other settings outside the hospital.

Conceptual Plan of Quarterpath at Williamsburg VA

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“Dr. Beach” Names Cape Hatteras in America’s 10 Best Beaches

beach at HatterasVirginia didn’t make the cut but the beach at Cape Hatteras in neighboring North Carolina came in at number five this year on  "Dr. Beach," Top Ten Beach list.

Noted on drbeach.org: "Providing some of the best board surfing along the East Coast, as well as the most famous lighthouse in the United States, Cape Hatteras attracts beachgoers to its historic fishing villages. Nature lovers adore the excellent beachcombing and superb fishing."

Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach is down one from last year’s No. 4 spot.  However, the beach, which has been on the Top Ten list for several years, is still up from No. 7 in 2009 and No. 8 in 2007.

The Buxton Beach is located in the shadow of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on the largely undeveloped Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  Being undeveloped and natural is another thing that Leatherman likes.
Being named to Dr. Beach’s list is always a cause for celebration for the beaches he chooses, since a lot of publicity comes with the announcement of his new list. 
This year’s No. 1 beach is Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Fla.

Once a beach is named No. 1, as Ocracoke was, it is “retired” from competition. 
There’s still hope for the Cape Hatteras beach at Buxton Beach to get to the No. 1 spot.  Ocracoke was on the Top Ten list for several years before it was crowned the best beach in America.
For more information, go to www.DrBeach.org.

Explore beaches in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia here

 

Dr. Beach’s Best Beaches in America for 2011
1.  Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Fla.
2.  Coronado Beach in San Diego, Calif.
3.  Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
4.  Main Beach in East Hampton, N.Y.
5.  Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks of North Carolina
6.  St. George Island State Park, Florida panhandle
7.  Beachwalker Park Kiawah Island, South Carolina
8.  Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod, Mass.
9.  Waimanalo Bay Beach Park on Oahu, Hawaii
10. Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, Fla.

 

Fernbrook A Williamsburg Va. Neighborhood Spotlight By “Mr Williamsburg”

fernbrook entranceWilliamsburg, VA is a great place to call home. It’s full of character and culture and  its weather is mild.

All these things and more are reason enough to put down stakes in Williamsburg / James City County , but with so many wonderful neighborhoods to choose from it can be tough to decide what one is right for you. That’s why “Mr Williamsburg” writes these  Neighborhood Spotlight articles to introduce readers to the pros and cons of the area’s many unique locales. Today, we’re looking at the exciting Fernbrook neighborhood.

street view fernbrookDuring my years of working in the Williamsburg/ Yorktown area real estate market, I have sold homes in a lot of area  neighborhoods.

Ever heard of the neighborhood, Fernbrook ? Chances are, probably not. This small area, nestled alongside of Greensprings Road between the Berkeleys GreenFirst Colony and Drummonds Field neighborhoods near  the corner of Greensprings Rd and Route 5 / John Tyler Highway.

Sign in FernbrookFernbrook is a sought after community in the area. It was developed in the mid 1990’s .Today, there are 105 homes in the Fernbrook neighborhood. In terms of style, Fernbrook is filled with beautiful, traditional colonials on lovely treed lots.  The lot sizes for single family homes range from approximately ..34  – .88 acres with most averaging half an acre in size. Most homes were built  by  Dobson Builders.  Kar San Construction and other builders built the remainder.

Why is Fernbrook so popular? It’s simple ~  its location in Williamsburg on the Southern edge of James City County , tight-knit community.and more.

Fernbrook Location and nearby points of interest

Fernbrook  is located approximately 10 minutes from Colonial Williamsburg and image_thumb[6]Jamestown. It  is easily accessible to RT 199 and I-64 for an easy commute to the peninsula, Newport News, Ft Eustis, Langley AFB, Cheatham Annex, USCG Yorktown and other points on the Peninsula. . It is a short walk to the picturesque VA Capital Trail  for miles of hiking and biking. When complete the VA Capital Trail will be a 50+ mile long, multi-use trail, that will eventually connect the two historic capitals of Jamestown – the site of America’s first permanent English settlement in 1607, and Richmond the current capital of VA.

GREENSPRINGS INTERPRETIVE TRAIL

There is an access trail across the street to the Greensprings Trail. Wander along this 3.5-mile nature trail that loops through a landscape of beaver ponds, wetlands and forests.  The trail includes sections of wooden boardwalk as well as interpretative signs about the environment, historical events of the early colonists and American Indians and area wildlife.  The trail is on wetlands adjacent to Mainland Farm, the oldest continuously cultivated farm in America.

 Chickahominy Riverfront Park is only a short distance away either riding on a bicycle down the VA Capital Trail or by car down Rt 5. This 140-acre park is located on the image_thumbChickahominy River.  This park has something for every member of your family to enjoy.  Facilities include two outdoor swimming pools, boat ramp, fishing pier, camp sites, a playground, picnic shelters, a small store and access to the Virginia Capital Trail.  You can bring your own boat or rent one at the park to enjoy fishing or exploring the Chickahominy River and Gordon Creek.  There is space for monthly rental of boat and RV storage. The large fields and picnic shelters are available for special events.

Jamestown Beach Park You can have fun under the sun and tan on the sand all while you enjoy the sensation of the summer breeze that makes its way across the 033James River and ushers in the waves to shore.  The park features a newly restored beach with a beautiful waterfront view of the natural environment and sunsets that will leave you in awe!  You can bring your own gas grill or use the park’s charcoal grills to prepare your favorite summer foods in a shaded picnic area.

Only a short walk or bike ride away is Jamestown  the site of the first permanent English colony in America. On May 13, 1607, one hundred four Englishmen arrived in three small ships and moored them to the trees on this island. The following day the English came ashore–never to leave.
There are two sites to see at Jamestown both of which are compelling attractions. At Historic Jamestowne, part of the Colonial National Historic Park, you can explore the original site and watch as Preservation Virginia archeologists excavate the 1607 fort. At Jamestown Settlement, explore a world-class living-history museum that re-creates life in the New World. Step inside a Powhatan village and see how Native Americans lived. Feel the weight as you try on colonial armor. Climb aboard replicas of the three ships that brought the colonists to Virginia in 1607.

Colonial Parkway

ColoniaParkwayvaA mile away from Fernbrook is one of the most scenic drives in the U.S. the Colonial Parkway. An integral part of Colonial National Historical Park this 24 mile scenic Colonial-style highway connects Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown. Its panoramic vistas, gently winding curves, through patches of Pine and Evergreen forest, constantly leaves you with an expectation as to what the next curve may bring forth.

Click here to see a map of area amenities and points of interest

Fernbrook Makes The Grade!!!

front3Fernbrook students are fortunate to attend  James City County Schools. Students go to newly constructed Matoaka Elementary SchoolHornsby Middle School and Jamestown High School. For parents desiring a private school option there are numerous options to choose from  including Walsingham Academy, Hampton Roads Academy, Williamsburg Christian, Providence Classical and more. Explore private school locations here

Fernbrook  has an HOA that offers plenty of opportunities to participate: The HOA manages the common areas in the neighborhood as well as the Neighborhood Watch Program and numerous social events and picnics each year. The annual home owner association fee is $240.

Although Fernbrook does not have a pool the nearby First Colony neighborhood welcomes Fernbrook residents and families to join their pool and their award winning swim team (The Flyers) Family pool memberships there are $275 annually

What is for sale in Fernbrook

Over the last year, home sale prices in Fernbrook have ranged from a low of $290,000 to $355,000.

fernbrook homes for sale, williamsburg vaPrices vary according to size, condition and age,.  Sold prices for the two home sales last year were $290k for a 2100+ square foot ranch home built in 2002 to  $355k for a four bedroom , 2.5 bath, 3100 square foot home built in 1998. The average market time for the four sales in the last 12 months was 118 days , although that doesn’t include the DOM ( days on market) of a home if it is re-listed after expiring.

image_thumb[14]Top 10 Reasons to Like Living in Fernbrook

1. Zoned for Matoaka Elem, Hornsby Middle and Jamestown High School

2.. Less than a mile to Williamsburg National Golf Club

3. Only a few miles to the Chickahominy Riverfront Park

4.Many different home styles to choose from

5. Adjacent to the VA Capital Trail 

6. Intimate community with just 105  home sites

7. Active social scene with neighborhood parties and more

8. Low HOA fees—only $20 a month.

9. Low James City County taxes—only $2,4600 annual on $320,000 home

10. Less than a mile to the scenic Colonial Parkway

 

Nearby Golf Options: Williamsburg National Golf

Nearby Fitness Options:: James City Recreation Center, Ironbound Gym

Nearby Boating Options: Jamestown Marina, Governors Land Marina, Chickahominy Riverfront Park

Closest Grocery Store: Farm Fresh at Five Forks, Martins at Monticello Marketplace, Trader Joes, Fresh Market, Bloom

Directions: From I- 64, Take Exit 242 or 234 to Route 199  toward Williamsburg. Turn onto RT 5 west/ John Tyler Highway Go 3.8 miles and turn left on Greensprings Rd , go .09 miles and turn left into Fernbrook on General Gookin Ct. 

Talk back: Are you a current or past Fernbrook resident?  We’d love to hear about your experiences in the neighborhood. Please leave your comments below.

find the perfect neighborhood in williamsburg vaKeep looking: If you like Fernbrook , you might also like: Mallard Hill ,Mulberry Place   Monticello Woods, or Stonehouse in Toano.

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If you have any questions and/or would like to view homes for sale  in Fernbrook or other communities in greater Williamsburg or Hampton Roads, I am here to help. Contact me at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com

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Fast Facts: Fernbrook

# Homes: 105

Homes built from: 1996-2002

Price range: high $200s to mid $300s

Home Size: About 2.000 square feet to 3,100 square feet, median 2500

Lot Sizes: .34 to .56 acre .


HOA Fees:
$20 a month

Homeowner Association Website

Schools: Matoaka Elementary,  Lois Hornsby  Middle, Jamestown High

Property Tax Rate: 77 cents per $100 of assessed value. Taxes on a $320,000 home would be $2,464 a year.

Home Styles: Transitional, Colonials, Two Story and some ranches.

All homes were custom built by the area’s finest builders including :  Dobson Builders, Kar San Construction and others.

Community Demographics

Homes For Sale 
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The Way it was imagein 2001

Who said real estate was a bad investment. Ten years ago (in 2001) this 2500 square foot new home in Fernbrook sold for $218,000. Today that home would sell for approximately $340,000.

 


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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 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.

You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities,  condos and townhomes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent,  Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets here
You can reach John by phone at 757-254-8136 or email him at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

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Fieldcrest- A Williamsburg Va. Neighborhood Spotlight by “Mr Williamsburg”

entrance sign fieldcrest james city county vaWilliamsburg, VA is a great place to call home. It’s full of character and culture and  its weather is mild.

All these things and more are reason enough to put down stakes in Williamsburg / James City County , but with so many wonderful neighborhoods to choose from it can be tough to decide what one is right for you. That’s why “Mr Williamsburg” writes these  Neighborhood Spotlight articles to introduce readers to the pros and cons of the area’s many unique locales. Today, we’re looking at the exciting Fieldcrest neighborhood.

search homes for sale in fieldcrest , williamsburg vaDuring my years of working in the Williamsburg/ Yorktown area real estate market, I have sold homes in a lot of area  neighborhoods.

Ever heard of the neighborhood, Fieldcrest ? Chances are, probably not. This small area, nestled at the corner of Greensprings Rd and Route 5 / John Tyler Highway. is one of the area’s least known treasures

fieldcrest homeFieldcrest is one of the most highly sought after communities in the area. It was developed in the late 1980’s by C Lewis Waltrip .Today, there are 78 homes in the Fieldcrest neighborhood. In terms of style, Fieldcrest is filled with beautiful, traditional colonials on lovely treed lots. Most are brick. The lot sizes for single family homes range from approximately ..34  – .88 acres with most averaging half an acre in size. Most homes were built by two of the area’s best builders Ron Staples and Marque Homes By CR McClellon

Why is Fieldcrest so popular? It’s simple ~  its location in Williamsburg on the Southern edge of James City County , tight-knit community, tennis courts, pool, basketball court.and more.

Fieldcrest Location

Fieldcrest is located approximately 10 minutes from Colonial Williamsburg and va capital trailJamestown. It  is easily accessible to RT 199 and I-64 for an easy commute to the peninsula, Newport News, Ft Eustis, Langley AFB, Cheatham Annex, USCG Yorktown and other points on the Peninsula. . It is a short walk to the picturesque VA Capital Trail  for miles of hiking and biking. When complete the VA Capital Trail will be a 50+ mile long, multi-use trail, that will eventually connect the two historic capitals of Jamestown – the site of America’s first permanent English settlement in 1607, and Richmond the current capital of VA.

 Chickahominy Riverfront Park is only a short distance away either riding on a bicycle down the VA Capital Trail or by car down Rt 5. This 140-acre park is located on the Chickahominy River.  This park has something for every member of your family to enjoy.  Facilities include two outdoor swimming pools, boat ramp, fishing pier, camp imagesites, a playground, picnic shelters, a small store and access to the Virginia Capital Trail.  You can bring your own boat or rent one at the park to enjoy fishing or exploring the Chickahominy River and Gordon Creek.  There is space for monthly rental of boat and RV storage. The large fields and picnic shelters are available for special events.

Jamestown Beach Park You can have fun under the sun and tan on the sand all while you enjoy the sensation of the summer breeze that makes its way across the imageJames River and ushers in the waves to shore.  The park features a newly restored beach with a beautiful waterfront view of the natural environment and sunsets that will leave you in awe!  You can bring your own gas grill or use the park’s charcoal grills to prepare your favorite summer foods in a shaded picnic area.

Click here to see a map of area amenities and points of interest

Fieldcrest Makes The Grade!!!

Fieldcrest students are fortunate to attend  James City County Schools. Students go to newly constructed Matoaka Elementary SchoolHornsby Middle School and Jamestown High School. For parents desiring a private school option there are numerous options to choose from  including Walsingham Academy, Hampton Roads Academy, Williamsburg Christian, Providence Classical and more. Explore private school locations here

 

Fieldcrest PoolFieldcrest  has an HOA that offers plenty of opportunities to participate: The HOA manages the common areas in the neighborhood as well as the  recreational facilities including pool, tennis, pond, recreation area, etc. The annual home owner association fee for homeowners is $500.

Having a neighborhood pool and tennis facility is also the life-blood of any community. The Fieldcrest pool  is tucked away on Buckboard Drive and provides an entire summer of activities for young and old—all within the confines of the subdivision.

What is for sale in Fieldcrest ?

Over the last year, sale prices in Fieldcrest have ranged from a low $369,900 to $535,000.

search homes for sale in fieldcrest , williamsburg vaPrices vary according to size, condition and age,.  Sold prices for the two home sales last year were $496k for a 3500+ square foot home built in 1994 to  $520k for a five bedroom , three bath 4100 square foot home built in 1999/

 

imageTop 10 Reasons to Like Living in Fieldcrest

1. Zoned for Matoaka Elem, Hornsby Middle and Jamestown High School

2. Neighborhood pool and tennis courts.

3. Less than a mile to Williamsburg National Golf Club

4. Only a few miles to the Chickahominy Riverfront Park

5. All homes are custom built

6. Adjacent to the VA Capital Trail 

7. Intimate community with just 78  home sites

8. Active social scene with neighborhood parties and more

9. Low HOA fees—only $125 quarter.

10. Low James City County taxes—only $3,850 annual on $500,000 home

Nearby Golf Options: Williamsburg National Golf

Nearby Fitness Options:: James City Recreation Center, Ironbound Gym

Directions: From I- 64, Take Exit 242 or 234 to Route 199  toward Williamsburg. Turn onto RT 5 west/ John Tyler Highway Go 3.8 miles and turn left on Greensprings Rd , then take your first left info Fieldcrest

Talk back: Are you a current or past Fieldcrest resident?  We’d love to hear about your experiences in the neighborhood. Please leave your comments below.

find the perfect neighborhood in williamsburg vaKeep looking: If you like Fieldcrest , you might also like: Settlers Mill, Monticello Woods, Fords Colony or Stonehouse in Toano.

Current homes for sale in Fieldcrest

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If you have any questions and/or would like to view homes for sale  in Fieldcrest or other communities in greater Williamsburg or Hampton Roads, I am here to help. Contact me at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com

01graycmaWant to get an idea of what your Fieldcrest home might sell for ? Want to discuss our “No Surprises” Program ? Fill out the form here

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Fast Facts: Fieldcrest

# Homes: 78

Homes built from: 1988-2000

Price range: high $300s to $500s

Size: About 2.400 square feet to 4,300 square feet

Lot Sizes: .48 acre average.

Amenities: Pool, tennis courts, pond, basketball court.

HOA Fees: $41 a month

Schools: Matoaka Elementary,  Lois Hornsby  Middle, Jamestown High

Property Tax Rate: 77 cents per $100 of assessed value. Taxes on a $500,000 home would be $3,850 a year.

Home Styles: Transitional, Colonials, Two Story and some ranches.

All homes were custom built by the area’s finest builders including :  Ron Staples and Marque Homes / CR McClellon  and others.

Community Demographics

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bluepsst … 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 post was 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.

You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities,  condos and townhomes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent,  Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets here

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

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

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What to Do This Weekend in Williamsburg VA ?

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The Fresh Market To Relocate in Williamsburg on July 20th

To serve its longstanding and loyal Williamsburg customers better, The Fresh Market is moving from its current location at 1303 Jamestown Road to a larger space located at 5231 Monticello Avenue across from Settlers Market/ New Town.

fresh market williamsburg vaIn its new location, The Fresh Market will continue to provide customers with extraordinary customer service in a new, more spacious store that will offer an even greater variety of products. At over 22,700 square feet, the store will feature larger grocery aisles and expanded grocery and dairy selections with over 300 new items, European fixtures that frame the meat and seafood counters, enhanced lighting, a deli island with a vast assortment of prepared foods, an increased array of organic items and larger floral, gift and bakery departments. In addition, the expanded grocery selections will include more convenience items, allowing customers to complete their shopping at one store.

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Dominion Rates Increase But How Do Virginia Electric Rates Compare To Other States ?

If you’re a Dominion Virginia Power customer, your bill will soon increase.

The VA State Corporation Commission has approved a fuel rate increase which will go into effect on Friday.

The increase, which will be spread out over two years, will add up to about $4.86 for the average customer. Dominion Virginia Power says the increase was driven by rising fuel prices and last year’s hotter than normal summer.

The State Corporation Commission is still reviewing a second request by Dominion Virginia Power for another rate increase for transmission costs. If that rate hike is approved, that nearly $4 increase will go into effect in September.

How do our rates compare to other States ?

From a comparison on the Dept  of Energy Website VA ranks 28th out of 52 states and territories. Our average cost of 10.61 Cents per kilowatt hour is almost half the cost of electricity in Connecticut  (20.33) and well below New Jersey (16.31) New York (17.50)  and every other state in the Northeast.

See a comparison chart from November 2010 below..

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Virginia named America’s "Top State for Business" by CNBC

imageThe Commonwealth took the top spot in the extremely competitive yearly study, receiving the highest point total in the history of the rankings. Virginia finished in the top-half of every category ranked. The number one ranking comes on the heels of Virginia receiving the highest ranking of any state east of the Mississippi in the American Legislative Exchange Council’s economic competitiveness ranking of the states, which was released last week.

Speaking about Virginia’s top ranking, Governor McDonnell stated, "Every Virginian deserves a quality job in the community that they call home. Our focus, from day one of this administration, has been to put in place the policies that will help private sector businesses create those jobs in the Commonwealth and get our economy back on track. We’ve done that by keeping taxes low, getting government spending under control, having a strong Right to Work law, and making smart investments in transportation, economic development and higher education. And we are telling the Virginia story to job-creators from Beijing to Boston. It is paying off. CEO’s and entrepreneurs have responded to our efforts and found that Virginia is a great place to start and grow a business. The unemployment rate in the Commonwealth has dropped from 7.2% in February of 2010 to 6% today; over three points below the national average. We’re honored that CNBC has named Virginia the "Top State for Business" and that the Commonwealth received the highest score in the history of this study. Virginia is wide open for business."

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‘Secret’ Short Sale Reward For Home Sellers in Florida?

Two lending giants are reportedly offering home owners who are behind on their mortgage a cash reward to agree to a short sale in Florida
JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co. aren’t releasing many details about the short-sale incentives, but defaulting home owners in Florida have confirmed that they’ve received anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 from the banks in order to agree to a short sale.
To help home owners avoid foreclosure, banks have offered a “cash for keys” program, offering money in exchange for surrendering the home, but banks offering incentives for a short sale would be new, industry insiders say. Usually a the perception is that banks agree to do a short-sale transaction as almost a favor for home owners, experts note.
The banks won’t say why only some home owners are being chosen to receive the cash incentives, nor its criteria for choosing who gets it, only saying it’s determined by “individual circumstances,” according to the Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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Why did the Virginia courts determine that Kingsmill HOA should not transition to homeowner control of the Board of Directors?

By John Tarley Esq.
Entrance to Kingsmill Williamsburg VAOver the course of the past few years, homeowners in the Williamsburg development of Kingsmill on the James have become more vocal over the continued control by the community’s developer, Busch Properties, Inc. In May 2010, Kingsmill resident and William & Mary Law School professor Donald Tortorice filed a lawsuit against Busch Properties. On August 20, 2010, the Williamsburg/James City Circuit Court heard the demurrer filed by Busch Properties. The court granted the demurrer. Tortorice appealed to the Virginia Supreme Court. The Court declined to hear Tortorice’s appeal. Tortorice filed a petition for rehearing that the Court refused to hear by an order dated June 16, 2011. Tortorice fired one more shot, summarizing his arguments in an essay to the Virginia Gazette. If the issue is as clear as Tortorice writes, why didn’t any court grant the relief he requested?

The Kingsmill Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions (“Declaration”) provides three classes of membership. Busch Properties is the Class C member, and according to the Declaration, shall remain a Class C member until “it no longer desires to be a Class C member.”

The Declaration provides that the Class C member shall appoint six members to the Board of Directors, and the lot owners shall elect three members to the Board. This composition of the Board of Directors shall continue until the Class C membership expires. Therefore, Busch Properties maintains the majority of members on the Board of Directors.

Tortorice argued that the Virginia Code, as interpreted by the Virginia Attorney General in an unrelated case, provided support for the court to rule that the lot owners of Kingsmill should control the Board of Directors. He based his argument upon Va. Code Ann. § 55-509.2. That section, entitled “Documents to be provided by declarant upon transfer of control,” provides as follows:

Read the remainder of the story on the blog of John Tarley  with Tarley Robinson, PLC, Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Read more about the Kingsmill Community here

The foreclosure mess rocking the nation is playing out in Richmond, Virginia

On one side is a father-and-son team who bought a house in Windsor Farms as an investment at a foreclosure auction nearly two years ago but can’t take possession of the house.

On the other is the couple who owned the house — and claim they still do, alleging that the foreclosure process was improper and should be voided.

Now, the case is tied up in the courts.

William N. Watson Jr. and William N. Watson III had hoped that a decision in court Monday would bring them closer to taking possession of the property.

But it didn’t happen.

Judge Walter W. Stout of Richmond Circuit Court said Monday that the case has become a quagmire because of questions relating to title and possession.

He dismissed a motion to reinstate a court order last fall that gave the Watsons possession of the house at 212 Portland Place.

Thomas B. Nicholson and his wife, Linda, promptly challenged that ruling and, as a result, the order giving the Watsons possession was suspended.

This case is far from over. Similar cases are likely to pop up, as foreclosures continue to mount nationwide and lenders and attorneys general in all 50 states review foreclosure procedures for possible improprieties.

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NOAA and Navy to conduct archaeological survey of two Civil War shipwrecks in Hampton Roads, Va.

NOAA and the U.S. Navy embarked today on a two-day research expedition to survey the condition of two sunken Civil War vessels that have rested on the seafloor of the James River in Hampton Roads, Va., for nearly 150 years.

Using state-of-the-art sonar technology to acquire data, researchers will create three-dimensional maps of the two shipwrecks, USS Cumberland and CSS Florida, to  analysis on their current conditions and better understand the technological innovations of the time.

USS Cumberland“The remains of the USS Cumberland and CSS Florida, preserved in the waters of Hampton Roads, remind us of the sacrifices made during the Civil War and give us a unique and rare opportunity to explore a pivotal chapter in our nation’s history,” said David Alberg, superintendent of NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. “NOAA is pleased to be part of a project that increases understanding of America’s maritime heritage.”

USS Cumberland was lost on March 8, 1862, during the Battle of Hampton Roads, where she served in the U.S. Navy’s North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. She sank after being rammed by the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimack) and went down with more than 121 men.

CSS FloridaCSS Florida was a Confederate commerce raider which had been captured by the U.S. Navy in Brazil. Towed to United States as a prize despite Brazil’s protests, it was lost on Nov. 19, 1864, following a collision with a U.S. Navy troop ferry.

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The Villages @ West Neck in VA Beach, A 55+ Active Adult Community Spotlight

entranceThe Villages at West Neck is the first age 55 or better community that was built in Virginia Beach. There are eight villages that are built around an Arnold Palmer championship golf course, The Signature at West Neck. Six of the villages contain single family detached homes and two of the villages are composed of condos. All of the villages are completely built out ,with the exception of Rosecrest, which is still being built out by Chesapeake Homes. Upon completion  there will be 528 single family homes and 408 condo units with a total resident population of about 1600 people in the community.

The  community is conveniently  located just off of West Neck Rd in the Princess Anne section of Virginia Beach near the city Municipal Center. Several things make the Villages at West Neck distinctive. The developer, Dick Foster of Baymark, had a vision for a senior community that evolved around beautiful grounds and golf course views that take advantage of showcasing the fourteen lakes on the course. Foster spared no expense in how the community is presented at the main entrance. The Signature Clubhouse, which is adjacent to the golf course, reflects this same grand building style. If you combine that with the 10,000+ knockout roses that bloom seven months per year and the 1600 annuals that are changed twice per year, the result is a showcase community. This pride of appearance carries over to the property owners in how well they maintain their homes and the grounds.

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Numerous builders have constructed homes at West Neck including McQ  Builders, Ashdon Homes, Affordable Homes, Monaco Homes, Lawson Homes and Deford Companies, Chesapeake Homes is currently building in the Rosecrest  neighborhood of West Neck

Chesapeake Homes offers a variety of detached new homes at  Rosecrest . When complete, over 112 cottage-styled homes with all-new, never-before-seen designs will grace the peaceful streets of Rosecrest. The spacious homes  feature two and three bedroom designs with the ever-popular “master down” floor plan which puts luxury living on the main level of one’s home for absolute comfort and convenience. Ten different models are offered ranging in size from 1600 to 3000 square feet . Prices start in the low $300’s

condos at west neckWordsworth Village Condominium is one of the Villages of West Neck.  It consists of 50 buildings with a total of 300 units. The condos offer expansive floor plans with 1,535 to over 1,900 square feet of living area, ergonomically designed gourmet kitchen with breakfast area, expansive 17′x14′ master bedroom with walk-in closet, and master bath with jetted tub and shower, spacious living room with fireplace, and some units also offer an elevator with direct access from the oversized double car garage to the 2nd floor living area.

Browningstone Villas are located within the active adult community of West Neck, and offers expansive floor plans with 1,535 to over 1,900 square feet of living area, Art Deco style, and an extra large double-car garage. Some units also offer an expansive 17′x14′ master bedroom, master bath with jetted tub and shower, spacious 15′x15′ living rooms with gas fireplace, ergonomically designed kitchens, and beautiful golf course, water, or wooded views.

Amenities:
FitnessThe Villages at West Neck has a  State-of-the Art Fitness Center for the use and enjoyment of all West Neck Residents. It  is located inside the Village Hall. This fabulous facility has small conference room, a library, social rooms, commercial grade kitchen, and a large event room.  clubhouse that includes a beautiful pool, fitness center and social rooms that host many events and activities.

Villages At West Neck  FAQ

Price Range $200s – High $300s

Home Types:Single Family
Attached . Detached & Condo

New /Resale: New and Resale Homes

Age Restriction: 55+

Construction Dates: 2005 – Present

Gated: Yes

HOA Fees

Condo $160 monthly + $50 HOA

Detached: $50 monthly

Home Sizes: About  1550 to 3000 square feet

Lot Sizes: .15 acre average.

Amenities: Pools, fitness center, clubhouse, golf

Schools: N/A

Property Tax Rate: $1.05 per $100 of assessed value. Taxes on a $300,000 home would be $3150 a year.

Home Styles: Transitional

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The Signature at West Neck
combined the talents of Arnold Palmer and his design team with award winning developer Baymark Construction.  Together they have created a golf and landscaping masterpiece that is unmatched in the Tidewater area.

The fabulous two-story, 20,000 square foot Clubhouse features a covered veranda and terrace with views of the golf course. The clubhouse offers Men’s and Ladies locker rooms and a fully stocked Pro Shop. The Signature Grille features a casual, full service bar and grill as well as an elegant dining room and is available for private parties,weddings and receptions.

Equal parts beauty and challenge this championship golf course features 13 lakes and several picturesque wetlands. It is accented by wooded and dramatically landscaped terrain and highlighted by yawning bunkers

The course features 7,280 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Designed by Arnold Palmer, the Signature golf course opened in 2001.  “We wanted to design a course where the average golfer can come out and spend a day with his family and have a good time enjoying the game of golf

Sure, we want to make it difficult enough where good players will be challenged, but our main focus is on the average golfer. We’re also careful to preserve the natural beauty of the place. We don’t look at it as taking away from the environment, but more like giving something back.” Arnold Palmer on his design philosophy at The Signature

golf courseThe Arnold Palmer Signature golf course is destined to become a timeless classic. It features expertly maintained Tifsport Bermuda tees and fairways and smooth A-4 bent grass greens.  The stone-walled bulkheads fronting the 11th and 18th greens are truly spectacular while beach bunkers offer a unique visual appeal and challenge.  Five sets of tees make the course fun for golfers of all skill levels.

Reasons to play

Though in slight decline, this is still the best-conditioned and most amenity-laden of the area’s four upscale courses — the others being Heron Ridge, TPC Virginia Beach and Hell’s Point. Superior dining and clubhouse areas include oil paintings of course designer Arnold Palmer.

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Full of flowers (15,000 roses) and lush greenery rimming holes and cart paths, this is one of the most meticulously landscaped public courses in the region. Virginia Beach golf expert Jim Ducibella wrote that the name should be changed to “The Signature Botanical Gardens.”

King’s touch

Palmer worked on two Tidewater-area projects simultaneously, Signature at West Neck, and magnificent Bay Creek in Cape Charles, which opened in 2001. Most of Palmer’s designs in the region are private, including Fawn Lake (Spotsylvania), Dominion Valley (Haymarket), Woodmore (Mitchellville), Belmont (Ashburn) and Keswick (Charlottesville).

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The magnificent homes that line some of the fairways at Signature are nice to look at, but many are too close to the course.

Toughest hole

No. 3, Par 4, 455 Yards

“Deadman’s Curve” is an L-shaped dogleg right, the No. 1 handicap hole on the course. Many shots on this hole have finished out-of-bounds as players try to cut yardage from the longest par?4 at Signature. As if that’s not enough, there’s a significant pond to carry off the tee and the hole usually plays into the wind.

Scary hole

No. 16, Par 4, 418 Yards

Appropriately named “Intimidation,” but this hole isn’t as tough as it looks, at least from the tee as an ample landing area awaits over water. The approach, however, with water running up the left side and behind the green, is demanding. The green is large and raised, but with no surrounding bunkers, off-target shots can tumble down the slopes and to a watery grave.

Signature hole

No. 11, Par 3, 155 Yards

Water figures prominently on all four par-3 holes at Signature. “Stonewall” is the shortest hole on the course, fronted by a retaining wall of boulders. It’s very tough when the pin is set up front with downhill putts toward the water.

And best of all, it’s right next door to your home at West Neck..

Visit the Signature at West Neck Golf Club – Click Here

Lifestyle

Residents at Villages at West Neck will enjoy an active lifestyle. The community’s social clubs revolve around special interests—such as, travel, wine, or reading—and are a great way for residents to get to know their neighbors.
With its great location in the city of Virginia Beach residents will also find plenty to do outside of the community. The area has a wide variety of shopping, dining and recreational activities to interest any active adult. The VA Beach Oceanfront is less than 15 minutes away – Sandbridge Beach – less than 10 minutes away… NC Outer Banks – 1.5 hours away. Lots of shopping areas area nearby  (Lynnhaven Mall, Red Mill Commons and  McArthur Mall (Norfolk) .

Nearby VA beach, Norfolk, Newport News,  Yorktown and Williamsburg provide rich cultural attractions, including museums, performing arts centers, and much more. Between its prime location and the full array of amenities offered within the community, Villages at West Neck offers it’s residents an exciting, active adult lifestyle.

Sales Recap
The home values in West Neck have been affected by the economic downturn in the local housing market and there have been a few foreclosures.  However, construction has continued and standards within the community have not been negatively impacted. Over the past 12 months ( June 2010 –June 2011  period ), there have been  59 sales 15 homes are currently under contract .Recent sale prices have ranged from $190k for bank owned 1550 square foot condo to  $440k for a 2800 square foot all brick ranch located on the 14th fairway of The Signature at West Neck.  New home sales have been brisk.

Below you will find the recent sale statistics for West Neck :

These stats are for New Home Sales

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Directions: Directions 264 to exit 17A Independence Blvd toward Princess Anne, go to S. Independence take a left on Princess Anne Rd. Turn right on Nimmo Pkwy cross over N. Landing,1 mile turn right into community,

Location Map for Village at West Neck

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find-the-perfect-neighborhood-in-wil[1]Keep looking: If you like West Neck,,  you might also like Eagle Pointe in Chesapeake: Colonial Heritage or The Settlement in Williamsburg Chelsea Place, Church Square in Smithfield, The Commons at Hunningdon Lakes , One Ford Place or The Retreat at Greenbrier .

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If you have any questions and/or would like to view homes for sale  in West Neck  or other communities in Hampton Roads or Williamsburg  I am here to help. Contact me at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com

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Best,

John

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 Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and www.MrWilliamsburg.com  , were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, with the hopes of selling a house now and again. You can reach him by phone at 757 254 8136 or email John@MrWilliamsburg.com

Good to know

imageHow many times have you seen this photo when you were looking at homes for sale in Hampton Roads VA

One of our  local MLS ( Multiple Listing Service) REIN ( Real Estate Information Network) is breaking bad. They sent out the notice below to all real estate agents in the Hampton Roads area.

 

If you are selling a home in the Hampton Roads area you should be elated that REIN is demanding / requiring that YOUR REAL ESTATE AGENT upload one photo of your home. And it can’t be a photo of a pet ? Is this for real ? Oh, and if you are selling a building lot you still don’t have to upload a photo
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Lazy Agents

One of the simplest and most important things an agent can do is take pictures of the house when they take the listing. In fact, the more pictures the agent takes, the better. Surprisingly, some agents don’t even take one photo of the front of the house to put in the MLS.  REIN allows your real estate agent to upload 16 photos, the Williamsburg MLS (WMLS) allows agents to upload 25. You would be amazed at the number  of homes listed  that only have one or a few.  WHY ?

Believe it or not buyers want to see what a home looks like so they can decide which homes they want to visit in person. I will agree that some homes don’t photograph that well and its hard to come up with 16+ photos that look good. What about the neighborhood ? Street views ? photos of the pool, clubhouse or entrance. ? Again folks want to get a feel for the area. If they are in New Jersey, Alaska or Japan they won’t see anything unless an an agent uploads the photos.

real photos from the MLSThere is nothing more unappealing than a home listing with one photo and only one sentence of information about the house. If the agent doesn’t take the time to do the simplest tasks, imagine how much effort they will put into the rest of the selling process.  .

Are the agents hiding something? Are they trying to get the people to call them so they could handle both sides of the transaction ? Did they just not care about selling the home for their Seller? If a listing isn’t fully ready to be marketed, it shouldn’t be.

As Realtors photos are one of our best marketing tools is photography… I’m always surprised at the bad ones I see in our MLS. I am not a photographer and I know it! For that reason  I hire a professional photographer to market 100% of my listings no matter what the list price is.

real photos from the MLSI’d personally like for the MLS to be able to punish any agent who has a listing with poor photography,  bad lighting or too few images, but that’s too harsh and unrealistic.

What does it say about our industry? Not much, if you ask me.

What is a seller to do?

You shouldn’t even have to ask your agent for this but…

Make sure you see the actual MLS listing. Ask them to show you both the public version and the agent version. Make sure there are plenty of photos that display your home in the best light possible. Descriptive text, room dimensions, all that needs to be included. Ask your agent how they handle inquiries on the property. Find out when they are available to field questions from potential buyers and buyer’s agents. A good agent will likely tell you all this, and more, up front.

What do you do if your home is already listed and you think the listing information isn’t complete?

Talk to your agent. Express your concerns. If they can’t address them, then speak to the agents broker. The broker is the agents “boss” , the broker is legally responsible for the agents actions and is your first step in resolving issues with your agent..

bluepsst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I am a Realtor & real estate consultant and would love to help you find a dream home and community in the Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads area or assist in selling your Williamsburg or Hampton Roads home.

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 Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and www.MrWilliamsburg.com  , were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, with the hopes of selling a house now and again. You can reach him by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone 757 254 8136

Counselors Close , A Community Spotlight by “Mr Williamsburg”

EntranceWilliamsburg Va. attracts many who want to live the “Colonial Williamsburg” way of life.

Some have had children attend school at William and Mary and grown to enjoy the city from numerous visits others simply like living amongst history and after visiting many times throughout the years finally make a decision to move.

homeIf you’re looking for an intimate, upscale neighborhood within walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and one-of-a-kind restaurants and boutiques, you’ll want to consider Counselors Close.

With it’s  authentic 18th century architecture and true “Colonial” features the “Village” of  Counselors Close is a  one of a kind ”colonial enclave” within the City Featured_Listingsof Williamsburg, only 3 blocks from Merchant’s Square and the W&M campus and one block to the law school.
The small , intimate “village” of Counselor’s Close  is composed of 56 properties. 47 of these are attached town homes, nine are detached. Homes here were built from 1982- 1990 by Williamsburg’s finest home builders.  Homes range in size from 1600- 3100 square feet with the average imagecoming in around 2000 square feet. 
Homes here have been very popular as both second homes and primary homes for folks who don’t want the hassle of maintaining a yard.

The majority of the homes offer second floor master bedrooms. I am only aware of a few that had first floor master bedrooms.

Most of the homes feature wood floors, and extensive custom millwork throughout including crown molding, chair rail and wainscoting. Numerous custom-designed and built-in cabinets and shelving also appear throughout most of the the homes.. 
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For the golf enthusiast  The Golden Horseshoe Golf Course is a short walk away. Williamsburg’s excellent library, many houses of worship and Matthew Whaley Elementary School also are close by.

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Home prices vary, but range from $400-$500 thousand depending on size f, features and condition.. Home sizes in Counselors Close range from around 1600 square feet up to nearly 3100 square feet . Homeowner association dues are $161 a month and covers all lawn maintenance.  The neighborhood is a mix of retirees and working couples.

Top 8 Reasons to Like Living in Counselors Close

1. Walk toColonial Williamsburg where you can use your Good Neighbor Card and to the Farmer’s Market on Duke of Gloucester Street …Merchants Square with over 40 shops and restaurants… Matoaka Amphitheater for concerts…PBK Hall its performing arts series for to the Golden Horseshoe Golf Course…to College Creek Landing where you can launch a canoe or kayak

2. Closest thing to living in Colonial Williamsburg

3. Less than a mile to the scenic Colonial Parkway

4. Less than a mile to the Williamsburg Regional and the Swem Libraries

5. A short walk to McCormack-Nagelson Tennis Center

6. Intimate community with just 56 home sites

7. Low HOA fees—only $161 a month

8. Low City of Williamsburg taxes—only $2,160 annual on $400,000 home

Fast Facts: Counselors Close

Homes: 56

Type : 47 are townhomes, 9 are detached

Homes built from: 1982-1990

Price range: $400s to $500s

Size:  1600 to 3,100 square feet

Lot Sizes: .03 acre average.

Amenities: Park..

HOA Fees: $161 a month

Schools: Matthew Whaley Elementary, Berkeley Middle, Lafayette High

Property Tax Rate: 54 cents per $100 of assessed value. Taxes on a $400,000 home would be $2,160 a year.

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Home Styles:  Colonial

Nearby Golf Options: Golden Horseshoe Golf Club

Nearby Fitness Options:: The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg with fitness center, tennis courts, pools, lockers and spa.

Directions:

From I- 64, Take Exit 242 to Route 199 west toward Williamsburg. Go 3.6 miles and turn right on South Henry St. after 1.6 miles turn left on South Boundary St then make the first left onto Counselors Way

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Keep looking: If you like Counselors Close, you might also like: Quarterpath Trace in Kingsmill. very similar look and overall feel. Other upscale town home or small yard communities include New Town, Charlotte ParkHolly Hills Carriage Homes, Brandywyne, Brandon Woods and others. You can explore many more Williamsburg and Hampton Roads VA neighborhoods here.

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If you have any questions and/or would like to view homes for sale  in Counselors Close  or other communities in greater Williamsburg or Hampton Roads, Virginia, I am here to help. Contact me at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com

Want to get an idea of what your Counselors Close  home might sell 01graycmafor ? Want to discuss our “No Surprises” Program ? Fill out the form here

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psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I am a Realtor & real estate consultant and would love to help you find a dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home.

Best,

John

search foreclosure deals in williamsburg vaThis post was 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, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and www.MrWilliamsburg.com  , were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, with the hopes of selling a house now and again. You can reach him here

Beaches in Williamsburg, Yorktown, Hampton Newport News, VA Beach and Beyond

hampton roads va beachsQuestion: We are thinking of moving to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and are wondering where the public beaches are.

Answer: There are many beaches to choose from in Hampton Roads both in Va Beach, Norfolk, Yorktown, Newport News, Hampton,  James City County, Gloucester and beyond in the The Outer Banks of North Carolina ( OBX) and the Eastern Shore of VA.

Here is a brief rundown of some of the public beaches in those areas in A-Z Order

GLOUCESTER POINT BEACH

gloucester vaThis beautiful park has a large, shady and grassy Park area with picnic areas and a shelter. The swimming area and sandy beach are perfect for sunbathing, wading, sand castles and beach fun! The handicapped accessible Beach House, open seasonally, has a concession stand, restrooms and outdoor shower. You can rent the Picnic Shelter for group picnics. It is conveniently located near the volleyball court, restrooms, outdoor shower, concessions stand, beach and fishing pier. Rental fees: 1/2 day – $25(10 am to 3 pm) or full day: $50 (10 am to 9 pm). Call Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office for availability and to request a reservation form. Picnic areas located throughout the park include picnic tables and charcoal grills. There is no fee for these sites which are available on a first come first served basis.
Near the Coleman Bridge — opposite Yorktown Beach. Swimming: Yes, but about half the water is restricted by the current. Lifeguards: No. Public restrooms: Yes. Other: Concession stand; two boat landings; saltwater fishing pier; free fishing. Where: Off Route 17 on the Gloucester side of the Coleman Bridge, next to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

buckroe6in Hampton you will find Buckroe Beach and with it’s  mile-long Chesapeake Bay beach. Bordering the Chesapeake Bay, Buckroe Beach offers eight acres of family-friendly sandy beach, a playground for children, picnic shelters with tables and grills by reservation, a great walking and bike path, and spacious car park area. Certified lifeguards are on duty daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. During the summer months, visitors can swing to the sounds of the Sunday night Groovin by the Bay concerts, or view an outdoor movie as part of the Tuesday night POMOCO Family Movie Series. Beach chair, umbrella, kayak and paddle boat rentals are available to make your stay at Buckroe Beach completely convenient and enjoyable.

On-site parking is available for two hours for free; all-day parking in lots is available for $2. No dogs allowed on the beach from May 15-Sept. 15. Located near the intersection of Pembroke Avenue and Mallory Street in Hampton.Info: 757 850-5116.

grandviewbeachAlso in Hampton is Grandview Nature Preserve a bit farther off the beaten path, but this two-mile stretch of beach along the Chesapeake Bay offers a secluded spot ideal for swimming and beachcombing. The nature trails that meander through some of the park’s 475 acres of salt marsh and tidal creek offer excellent bird watching. There are no lifeguards and parking is limited.

   

huntington parkNewport News has Huntington Park, the city’s only public beach,  located on the James River, nestled at the base of the James River Bridge at the intersection of Mercury and Warwick boulevards. The park has a giant wooden playground called Fort Fun, the longest fishing pier on the East Coast, a children’s fishing pier extending into Lake Biggins, a boat ramp and snack bar. The swimming area has lifeguards from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

 

King-Lincoln Park is a beautiful 18-acre park situated along the shore of the Hampton Harbor at the east end of Jefferson Avenue in Newport News.. The Park has a natural beach, basketball courts, playgrounds, a stage, three picnic shelters, restrooms, and tennis courts.

Visit the King-Lincoln Park Interpretive Center to enjoy exhibits highlighting native wildlife and ecosystems along the harbor. King-Lincoln Park Interpretive Center is open weekends only Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Interpretive Center is also available (by reservation) throughout the week for groups requesting special interpretive programs.

Each of the three picnic shelters in King-Lincoln Park will accommodate approximately 35 people. Each shelter has three to four picnic tables and one grill. Electricity is available at all shelters.

NORFOLK

The Ocean View beaches, along the Chesapeake Bay, are local favorites where the waves are gentle and the crowds manageable. The city maintains three beach parks, staffed by lifeguards in season, along the 7 1/2 miles of beaches off Ocean View Avenue. Ocean View Park, 100 W. Ocean View Ave., is home to a boardwalk and hosts a series of special events, including concerts, festivals and fireworks. There’s also Sarah Constant Beach Park, at the intersection of Tidewater Drive and Fourth View, and Community Beach Park, between Tidewater Drive and Chesapeake Boulevard. Norfolk’s beachfront also is home to the new Ocean View Fishing Pier, which juts 1,690 feet into the Bay and is open 24 hours a day, Memorial Day through Labor Day. The pier includes a restaurant, bait shop and game room.

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RESORT STRIP BEACHES
When someone mentions “the beach”, this is often the area that comes to mind. The Resort Strip stretches roughly from the Jetty at 1st Street to 40th Street in Virginia Beach. This is the “action-packed” area. Here the banner-towing airplanes fly, the oceanfront cafes cook, and the boardwalk bustles with activity. There are 25 parking lots and metered street parking all along the oceanfront.

va beach boardwalkVisitors can surf, swim, bask in the sun and stroll the three-mile Boardwalk. Entertainment includes concerts at the 17th and 24th Street stages, a summer-long series of festivals and celebrations, and fireworks shows through July and August. The main resort area, from First to 40th streets, has lifeguards in season, with surfing allowed between Third and Fifth streets. The Oceanfront also has public restrooms, public and private parking and wooden walkways to the beach. The 3 mile long boardwalk stretches along the oceanfront from 3rd street to 40th Street. It is 28-feet wide and features a bike path to accommodate bicycles, surreys and skaters.

Tresort area of va beachhe resort area of Va. Beach is likely the best known of the Virginia Beach beaches. This highly popular  area has rigid regulations, however, because of the huge number of people that are packed into a relatively small strip of land.

It is a HUGE tourist area. In fact, most the people you will find along the beach are not locals . Most locals prefer some of the smaller, out of the way beaches.

Parking is premium for this beach. You’d better come early if you want to use one of the parking meters or even one of the several hundred available spots allotted by municipal parking lot. If you come after noon, chances are you will be out of luck unless you want to try one of the $10-a-day private lots; which are still somewhat limited.

BEYOND THE VA BEACH OCEANFRONT

Chicks Beach

chicks beachIf you are looking for a safe, friendly, and clean beach, this is the place! The bay is calmer than the nearby oceanfront, so it’s a great place to take the kids! Parking can be tough, since it is a neighborhood beach, but on road parking is allowed, and they have a parking lot where you can pay to park for about $5.00. To get there from the oceanfront take Shore Drive in Virginia Beach, (drive north up Atlantic Avenue until it ends around 83rd Street), through the densely wooded area around First Landing State Park and you shall enter the wonderful world of “Chick’s Beach”.

The  beaches lie just over the Lesner Bridge on both sides, to the left and to the right. These are bay beaches, with calmer water. The beach to the left offers restrooms. There is a tremendous amount of power boat, Jet Ski and sailboat traffic on the bay. It is lovely. Just stay away from the bridge when swimming. There have been many drowning’s over the years due to the strong currents that run through that area.

South of the resort area are Croatan Beach, Sandbridge Public Beach, and Little Island Park, all with lifeguards during season.

croatan beach va beachCroatan Beach is almost hidden from the main drag of General Booth Boulevard. Extending from the rock jetty at Rudee Inlet to nearby Camp Pendleton, the beach provides an amazing mile of soft sand and raging surf. Tucked safely away behind a thick growth of trees and unusually beautiful homes, Croatan is a popular, sometimes VERY CROWDED spot for local surfers, families, and couples alike. open from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and has lifeguards on duty.

Located 15 miles south of (and 180° opposite) the Resort Area, Sandbridge is a secluded beach hideaway of 5 miles of pristine sand dunes and dancing sea oats. It is a relaxing and peaceful community where you can truly slow down and unwind on your vacation. Beachside, the Atlantic never fails to entertain. And for those craving even more of the great outdoors, the marshes and open waters of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park make for great kayaking, hiking, and fishing

Sandbridge Beach is similar in nature to the layout of the Outer Banks, with very few commercial businesses and  beach  houses and condos surrounding it that tourists can rent during the season.

The beach is typically open during the season, which runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hours during the week run from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Lifeguards are on duty during those hours.

Parking lots are located near the beach for typical vehicles, however RVs and buses are not allowed. The cost is $3 per weekday and $4 on weekends. Residents with a city sticker can park for $1 per day.

To find Sandbridge, take General Booth Boulevard away from the resort area. Make a left onto Princess Anne Parkway at the Nimmo Church. (Historic, white church). Take another left onto Sandbridge Road. Next, make a left onto Sandfiddler Road. Ahead you will see the water tower, at Sandbridge.

Little Island Park – Sandbridge

little island park va beachThis 123-acre beach park was once the home to a Coast Guard Station. Today, Little Island Park features a 2,775 ft. beach and a 400 ft. fishing pier. You may also launch your canoe or kayak into Back Bay. Amenities include: Public Beach with Lifeguards (seasonal) Fishing Pier Surfing/Fishing Area Volleyball Courts Basketball Courts Tennis Courts (lighted) Playground Equipment Vending Machines Picnic Shelters Restrooms Showers/Foot Rinses Changing Area Diaper Changing Area Please note that there is a fee for parking and pier admission.


NORTH END BEACHES  ( MY FAVORITE)

North of 38th Street in Virginia Beach is where the locals hang. Here the beach is wider. It becomes downright “huge” the further north you go. The homes that scatter the shoreline are breathtaking! It is truly a lovely place. You  need to know, however, that there are no public restrooms or public parking lots near this area of the beach. No one is permitted near or on the sea oats. (Don’t even think about it!). There are no lifeguards. To enjoy the North End beaches, one must get there early to secure a rare “on street” parking spot, pack a lunch or snack, and run the risk of dehydration by abstaining from liquids to avoid the need for a restroom.

north end of va beach North End  is popular with a wide variety of people who don’t like frequenting the larger, more commercial spots. It isn’t unusual to see this beach packed with families, children, and even senior citizens.

Volleyball nets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are a number of them throughout the beach area.

Dogs are not allowed on the beach and surfing is forbidden between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Free parking is available along either side of Atlantic Avenue. Parking is fairly easy to find during the week, but can be a bit of a problem on the weekends, so it is best to come early in order to find a spot. Please be courteous to the homeowners when parking. Do not block any driveways.

First Landing State Park

imageAn escape from endless strip malls, condominiums and resort hotels, First Landing State Park, is a surprisingly untouched area in north eastern Virginia Beach. It’s one of the few places you can really enjoy nature without all the city obstructions.
It’s a large wooded marshy park with trails, campgrounds, beach accesses and picnic areas. I like to go along with my dogs (on leash)  for hikes. The trees are covered in spanish moss and you feel like you are in an enchanted forest, far removed from Virginia Beach. The park is mostly flat so don’t expect the trails to be anything too rigorous. It’s a wonderful place to spend the day and you’ll never get tired of going.

Many locals still refer to the park as "Seashore State Park." The name was changed in the 1990s to reflect the site’s historic significance as the first landing spot of the English settlers who eventually established Jamestown.
There are basically two main sides to the park. There’s the beach side (turn into the left if you’re headed toward the Oceanfront on Shore Drive), featuring a beautiful undeveloped stretch of Chesapeake Bay front beach (thank God for state parks because that property would be worth billions).
The other side of the park is the part (turn in to the right if you’re heading toward the Oceanfront) with the beautiful shaded trails that wind through prehistoric looking swamps filled with cypress trees dripping in Spanish moss.
There are lots of foot trails and one main bike trail. The bike trail (which can also be used on foot) goes all the way through the park and connects to 64th Street down at the Oceanfront.

THE NARROWS

At the end of 64th Street in Virginia Beach lies, “The Narrows”. You take a left off of Atlantic Avenue to get there, if you are heading North. You’ll see the First Landing State Park entrance at the end. You may be stopped by a Park Ranger upon entering. He may ask for a nominal fee. There is a boat ramp, beach and fishing area that abut Broad Bay. This is one of the loveliest sights in Virginia Beach! Broad Bay is just that – “broad”. It is breathtakingly beautiful! There is lots of boat traffic, which creates an ever-changing and entertaining view. Biking and hiking trails add to the versatility of this great area!

We have taken our kids crabbing and jet skiing back there many times.

 

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In The Williamsburg area has James City County’s Jamestown Beach Park, located at 2205 Jamestown Road across from Jamestown Settlement. The park features a newly restored beach front, completed through a $100,000 Living Shoreline grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

Along with a spectacular waterfront view, the park also grilling opportunities and shaded picnic areas. Open year round from 8 a.m. to sunset

yorktown beach at riverwalkYorktown Beach, located near the George P. Coleman Bridge and the heart of historic Yorktown, is a quiet little beach that is perfect for swimming, windsurfing, surfing, and boating. Although not all tourists are aware of this little gem of a spot, the locals certainly are and that is predominantly what you will find here.

Although this beach doesn’t have the amenities of some of the larger ones located in the Virginia Beach area, you will definitely enjoy the view. The way the water meets the beautiful shoreline is a sight worth seeing all on its own.

Parking is somewhat limited but certainly not impossible to find. next to the beach is the The Riverwalk complex , the anchor for the town’s two-acre public beach, with fine dining, an ice cream shop, boutiques and sightseeing cruises. Restrooms and showers are open April through mid-October. Historic Yorktown’s mile-long pedestrian Riverwalk is the perfect place for casual strolling or serious power walking.  You can catch your supper at the fishing pier, dock your boat at the Riverwalk Landing pier and/or book a sunset cruise on the Schooner Alliance. Enjoy a guided Segway PT tour through Historic Yorktown or rent a bicycle for a self-guided tour at Patriot Tours & Provisions

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OUTER BANKS NC

The OUTER BANKS of North Carolina  offers Dozens of public beach access points along North Carolina’s string of barrier islands, on both the ocean and sound sides. Most have lifeguards on duty from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and some also offer bathhouses, showers and other amenities

For surfcasters, there is more than 100 miles of accessible beach, and there are several piers along a stretch of the coast from Kitty Hawk to Hatteras. Hot spots for surfing include the areas around Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the S-turns in Rodanthe and First Street in Kill Devil Hills.

For a different kind of beach experience, there’s Jockey’s Ridge State Park, where visitors can climb the largest "living" sand dunes on the East Coast, fly kites and even take hang-gliding lessons.

Other areas Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge includes 13 miles of quiet beaches. Cape Hatteras National Seashore offers striking and pristine scenery with a wide array of amenities for visitors. There’s also Coquina Beach, home to the scattered remnants of the shipwrecked Laura Barnes. Just across Hatteras Inlet, and reachable via a free ferry, is Ocracoke Island, a picturesque town with a beach that regularly makes national "best beach" lists.

At the far northern end of the Outer Banks are beaches accessible only by four-wheel-drive vehicles, from Corolla north to the Virginia state line. Those who want to explore this less accessible beachfront without climbing behind the wheel can also find guided tours offered by several local businesses.

On the EASTERN SHORE of Virginia you will find the Cape Charles Town Beach, at the end of Mason Avenue, it offers a shallow, protected swimming area in the charming resort town of Cape Charles. There are restrooms and a fishing pier at the southern end of the half-mile-long beach and restaurants within walking distance. Summer concerts, holiday events and a monthly Applaud the Sun beach party take place in and around the beach’s pavilion. Parking is free along Bay Avenue, with a paved walkway running the length of the beach. There are three wooden walkovers providing handicapped access. No lifeguards. Pets are prohibited on the beach Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Also on the Eastern Shore is Kiptopeke State Park  just three miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, but worlds away from the hubbub of busier resort areas. Sunken concrete-filled ships form a protected area for swimming on the half-mile beach. Lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day through Labor Day. Pets are not allowed.

Assateague Island has extensive beaches. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day through Labor Day at Toms Cove Beach. Pets are not allowed. Hours vary by season; entry fee is $10 per vehicle, good for a week; for those who enter on foot or by bike, admission is free.

imageIf you want a tranquil and well preserved beach that is free of noise, trash and boardwalks then you have found your paradise here in Assateague and Chincoteague! Plus enroute to Tom’s Cove you hopefully get a great view of the famous Chincoteague ponies within a quarter mile of the road – make sure to go slow to see these wild beauties! Also make sure to take PLENTY of bug spray as depending on the day you may get many mosquitos if you stop to get out and take pictures of the pretty ponies.  This is a very family friendly beach and very laid back. Bring your own food as there are no arcades or boardwalks with takeaway food. Last if you are lucky like us you will see pods of dolphins doing back flips!

 

 
MILITARY ONLY BEACHES for Active Duty, Retired, Reserve military, or DOD civilian
The Cape Henry Inn and Beach Club at Fort Story in VA Beach  boasts a spectacular beach that is open to all registered guests. The Cape Henry Inn and Beach Club has two outdoor swimming pools. Both pools are open from mid May to mid September (weather permitting).

The pool cabana is located at the main Inn pool. Serving refreshing drinks, burgers, and light snacks, the Pool Cabana is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend (weather permitting).

The beachside Sand Bar at the end of the boardwalk overlooks the Chesapeake Bay and serves refreshing drinks, burgers, and light snacks. Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend (weather permitting).

 
Dam Neck Beach- VA Beach

Although you have to be military to gain access to Dam Neck Beach, it is located just 3.3 miles south-southeast of the tourist-trap and crowded Virginia Beach boardwalk. The Dam Neck Beach is well-guarded during the summer swimming season. Beach volleyball and shower/bathhouse available.  Navy Lodge, RV park, and 3-bedroom cottages available on the beach as well via MWR. Great beach that is not too crowded!

Map Directory for beaches in Hampton Roads VA

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