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Eagle Harbor Neighborhood Spotlight Isle of Wight

Stylecraft Homes is now offering a neighborhood of Craftsmen Style homes in Eagle Harbor, Isle of Wight VA only a few miles from Newport New, Northrup Grumman, Langley Air Force Base, Fort Eustis, Fort Monroe and many other parts of Hampton Roads
These new design four bedroom homes are priced from the mid $300′s and  offer two car garages, gracious front porches, formal rooms and much more .
Best of all they are located in Eagle Harbor where residents will enjoy a $1.7 million waterpark all summer long. As well as a clubhouse , five acre lake with piers for fishing,a nine hole putting golf course, outdoor skating rink,just outside your back door.

Eagle Harbor, Isle of Wight Virginia has now been selected “Community Of The Year” three times by the Peninsula Housing & Builders Association ( PHBA)  Its charm encompasses not only the quality and diversity of homes featured in this unique community, but also in the lifestyle that is experienced by those choosing to live here.

Newport News and downtown Norfolk just a short drive away. In the center of Eagle Harbor in Isle of Wight is Celebration Park, where families and friends come together. Meet your neighbors here, or go fly a kite on the grassy banks of Eagle Lake. Play a round of Garden Golf™, or make a splash at the pool.

The quality homes at Eagle Harbor are a cut above the rest. Along quaint streets lined with sidewalks and streetlamps, traditional architectural details make way for innovative floor plans you simply will not find in other neighborhoods.

Single family homes range in price from the low $300s to over $674,500. Condominiums start in the low $200s.  Home sizes range from 1200 square foot condos to 4200 square foot detached homes.

Sold home Statistics for Eagle Harbor in Isle of Wight: The price range last 12 months for detached homes in Eagle Harbor ranges from $267,000 to $570,000. The average days on market was 220 days. The average price for square foot was $139.37. The average square footage was 2866. The ratio from list price to sale price was 96%

The price range in the  last 12 months for atached homes/ condos sold in Eagle Harbor ranged from $208,990 to $320,900. The average days on market was 153 days. The average price for square foot was $148.99. The average square footage was 1722. The ratio from list price to sale price was 100%

Williamsburg VA Real Estate New Town

Map of New Town Williamsburg
Map of New Town Williamsburg

New Urbanism is the core design philosophy of New Town, Williamsburg, VA. This international movement seeks to create a more sustainable building approach by balancing homes, jobs, and the preservation of meaningful open spaces on a more human scale. No big boxes, no mega-malls, just what we need for great living, where we need it.

The CNU’s Charter of the New Urbanism says:

We advocate the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the following principles: neighborhoods should be diverse in use and population; communities should be designed for the pedestrian and transit as well as the car; cities and towns should be shaped by physically defined and universally accessible public spaces and community institutions; urban places should be framed by architecture and landscape design that celebrate local history, climate, ecology, and building practice.

Founded nearly thirty years ago by forward thinking planners and architects, New Urbanism has found national and international successes and is no longer considered Utopian theory about how we can live.

In the last two decades, amazing places like Seaside and Celebration, Florida,Stapleton Colorado, Kentlands, Maryland, and Harbor Town, Tennessee, have seen the return of not only community, but of sustainable value. Kids are safely outdoors more, neighbors know each other better, everyone cares more about the community in which they live.

What’s more, these communities are showing that higher densities with meaningful green spaces create a lasting value, both financially and socially.

New Urbanism seeks to provide transportation alternatives while creating positive places. By reducing automobile dependence and providing mobility choices, places like New Town, Williamsburg, VA can reduce the cost of living and the cost of commuting at the same time.

I encourage you to learn more about the New Urbanism by visiting the Congress for the New Urbanism at www.cnu.org.

New Town, Williamsburg, VA business districts are like nothing you may have experienced in a suburban setting.

Shops, entertainment, and a vibrant office environment work together in perfect synergy to satisfy the daily needs of residents while providing unparalleled choice to those who visit.

It’s another way that New Town, Williamsburg, VA raises the bar on complete living, meeting all of the needs of the community, businesses and residents alike.

Forget what you know about shopping in suburbia. You won’t find the endless sea of strip malls and parking lots in New Town, Williamsburg, VA.  What you will find is a return of what has long been missing from our daily lives…what you want, where you want it.

 At New Town you can drop off the kids to their dance class, walk to the corner for coffee, get some other errands done, without ever getting in the car.

What’s even better is that you can do it all in walking distance from your home.

The retail is aimed at the needs of those that live here, and is located with a keen eye on convenience. Whether it’s a salon, the groceries, or the gym, all will are thoughtfully available in a way that makes life easier for you.

What could be a better commute than no commute at all?

In New Town, Williamsburg, VA, the distance barriers are being broken down down for all types of business environments, and the office is no exception. Who said offices should be separate from the places that we live and play. Big and smaller companies alike  have space walkable to dozens of restaurants, shops and services. No more rushing the lunch hour. 

The only drawback to living and working ion New Town ? No more calling in late because of a back up on I-64!

In most suburban communities, taking a walk means putting your health in jeopardy because you are sharing roads that are built to move cars, not pedestrians.  New Town, Williamsburg, VA  turns this notion on end, recognizing that one of the best sustainable practices is providing the opportunity to walk and bike to most daily needs.New Town, Williamsburg, VA  encourages walking by creating beautiful environments to walk through, making it an easy decision to leave the car in the garage more often.

Design details like narrow streets and wide sidewalks  ensure that the streets of New Town, Williamsburg, VA are inviting to the pedestrian, making a sensible choice of what was once not an option in the suburbs.

Neighborhood Parks

In  New Town, Williamsburg, VA everyone has the chance to experience wonderful outdoor settings within easy walking distance from their homes. No matter where you are in New Town, Williamsburg, VA  there are plazas, greens and courtyards. You will surely find your personal favorite among the dozens of neighborhood parks.

In New Town the streets are interconnected with  each other and provides over four miles of continuous trails through over three hundred acres of park system. 

Roads/ Transportation

Roads. There have always been too few to handle the traffic of the suburbs. The fact is, there will never be enough roads if cars are the only way to get around.

Bicycles have easy routes to all corners of the community, allowing for more than recreational rides. Expect to see more people shopping and going to work by bike as they recognize the ease of getting out of the fast lane in New Town, Williamsburg, VA

 Community buses provide chances for residents to conveniently travel to Colonial Williamsburg and other parts of James City County without having to drive and park. 

There is an Amtrak Station within a few miles in Williamsburg which  provides a link to Downtown Richmond, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York City and beyond.

Most importantly, New Town is proving that businesses and homes can exist in close proximity enabling people to live in a truly walkable distance from nearly all of their daily needs. At  New Town, Williamsburg, VA  the choice of how you travel is back in your hands. 

Diversity

 New Town, Williamsburg, VA is a place for all people. It is that simple. Gone is the notion that you have to have kids, or have to be an “active adult” or other category of lifestyle. A wide  variety of styles of housing, providing equal opportunities for living by those of vastly different means.

The American Dream of today is different than that of decades ago. Today, we want something more than anything else…our time.  New Town, Williamsburg, VA gives people more of their day to make choices that are meaningful to them.

Lifestyle

In New Town, Williamsburg, VA residents will not have to fight traffic on their way home from work or venture far from their front door to pick up a loaf of bread. Social, leisure, and entertainment opportunities are equally accessible and convenient.

Housing choices are plentiful in New Town. Mid Rise Condos are available in both Bennington on the Park and Foundation Square, Town homes are available in Abbey Commons, Savannah Square and Chelsea Green,  prices range from the low $200′s for condos to around $500k for the largest town homes .Floor plans range in size from 1200 to over 3000 square feet.  Detached homes will be available in the future. Prices and plans have yet to be announced. There are also town home style apartments for rent available at Oxford of New Town

Dining

As of today I counted 20 different places to eat in New Town. There should be a place for everyone’s taste. It includes : Art Cafe 26, Barnes and Noble, Bonefish Grill, Buon Amici, California,Tortilla, Center Street Grill, Cheeburger Cheeburger, CoCo Chocolatier, Great Harvest Bread Co, Green Leafe New Town, Harbour Coffee , Ichiban ( chinese cuisine), Maggie Moos Ice Cream, New Town Coffee and Tea, Opus 9 Steakhouse, Panera, Quiznos, Thai Pot and The Corner Pocket ( a billiard parlor as well as restaraunt)

As a local REALTOR working in New Town I would be happy to assist you in finding a home there.  Click this link to search all real estate ,homes, condos town homes ,new and resale  currently for sale in New Town/ James City County Williamsburg VA

Click here to search all other real estate/ homes, condos ,townhomes, land for sale in the Williamsburg, James City, New Kent or York County Virginia

Click here to search for real estate,land,homes,condomiuns, town homes, commercial, in any of the following areas through the REIN MLS Database ( real estate information network) Chesapeake, Gloucester, Emporia, Greenvile, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Mathews,  Newport News, Norfolk, Northampton,  Poquoson, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Southampton, Suffolk, Sussex, Surry, VA Beach, York, Yorktown, Virginia

Click here to search real estate, land, homes, condos, town homes, commercial in the following counties of North Carolina Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Elizabeth City, Gates, Hertford, Moyock, Pasquotank, Perquimans using the REIN MLS Database

contact: John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

Liz Moore & Associates

757 254 8136

John@MrWilliamsburg.com email

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Williamsburg Real Estate Resource. Search for Homes & Land for sale in Williamsburg Virginia & surrounding areas click here :CLICK HERE WILLIAMSBURG VA MLS HOME SEARCH

CLICK HERE FOR Real Estate Home Search Tidewater Hampton Roads Va

 

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Williamsburg Real Estate Blog II

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Williamsburg Grocery New Town Neighborhood Market

Note the exterior photos are not of the store in Williamsburg. What is a Wal Mart ‘ Neighborhood Market “Picture a Wal-Mart Supercenter minus everything but groceries. Now make it a lot smaller about 40,000 square feet instead of 185,000 square feet. Now add a few shelves of organic produce and other specialty foods. That’s the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, a new store that Wal Mart will open to compete directly with Farm Fresh, Bloom, Ukrops, Food Lion coming in Summer of 2009 to New Town Settlers Market Williamsburg VA. Right behind Trader Joe’s .

The stores are designed to be a quick in-and-out. The store will offer the low prices that shoppers expect of Wal-Mart but merchandised more like a Ukrops/ Farm Fresh

 

Wal-Mart opened its first Neighborhood Market in 1998 in its hometown of Bentonville, Ark. The retailer now has 118 nationwide, mostly in southern states such as Texas, Florida and Tennessee. The Williamsburg store will be the farthest north it has brought the concept on the East Coast.

Williamsburg VA Discounts ” Williamsburg VA Value Card”

 If you are visiting the Williamsburg VA area or you live here and are looking for discounts to area merchants then download a copy of  The Value Card made possible through a joint effort of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance and one of its supporting members – Chesapeake Bank. 

You can download all of the offers here   

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williamsburg va value card

Note There are restrictions on some discounts. Read the specifics on the download above.

Offer ends of 12/31/08.

You can download the Value Card here on The Williamsburg Chamber and Alliance website

Discounts will include a buy one get one free ticket good for any sport or any athletic events at The College William and Mary in Williamsburg VA Athletics, College of William & Mary
10 percent off admission to  Berkeley Plantation in , Charles City, VA.

Free general admissions to Colonial Downs Racetrack in  New Kent, VA. 

 Three tickets when you buy a book of twenty to Go-Karts Plus in Williamsburg VA near the Pottery on Richmond Rd.

 $2.00 off adult admission to Mariners Museum in  Newport News, VA. 
$5.00 off per person Dinner & Show at The Mystery Dinner Playhouse in Williamsburg near Water Country

 Two dollars off adult admission to  Presidents Park Williamsburg, VA.  

One dollar off admission to  Believe It or Not! Museum & 4-D Theater. 

One dollar off admission to Virginia Living Museum  Newport News, VA.  

Twenty Five percent discount off the regular price for a winery tour and wine tasting at  Williamsburg Winery This tour includes a video on Virginia Viticulture followed by a barrel cellar tour and bottling area finishing with a sampling of 7 wines.   

DINING Discounts in Williamsburg VA

Enjoy a three course dinner for 2 Only $42.95 at Aberdeen Barn in Williamsburg. 

Get one free order of chips and queso with the purchase of two entrees at California Tortilla in the New Town area of Williamsburg VA

Get 10% Off the Bill at Doraldos near Busch Gardens and Kingsmill in Williamsburg.

At  Food for Thought Restaurant on Richmond Rd you will receive 10% off lunch and dinner entrees. 

 At  Huzzah! in the visitors center of Colonial Williamsburg you get the second Pizza of equal or lesser value at 50% Off! 

 At Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar you will receive 15% off of  food bill

At  Lenny’s Gourmet on Prince George Street near DOG St every customer will receive 10% off when you present your Value 

Diners at Longhorn Steakhouse Will receive a  complimentary appetizer. 

When you buy one entree, you get one entree of equal or lesser value 50% off at the  Magnolia Dining Room at Colonial Heritage Club inside the Colonial Heritage 55+ community near the Pottery in Williamsburg VA.

When dining at  Opus 9 in New Town your will receive a discount of 15% off your entrees during dinner for up to 6 people.

 Retro’s Good Eats on Prince George Street offers a Free regular frozen custard with purchase of meal.  

Riverwalk Restaurant at the waterfront in Yorktown Va has a discount of 10% off food in Riverfront Dining Room at brunch, lunch or dinner.  

Sal’s by Victor in The Williamsburg Shopping Center ( near Bloom and Books A Million)  offers 10% of all food items. 

 At The Trellis Restaurant you will receive 10% off of your meal ( lunch or dinner) when you present your value card. In Merchants Square on Duke Of Gloucester St ( Across from The Cheese Shop).

When eating at Nathans Famous Dogs inside of The Williamsburg General Store on Richond Rd in Williamsburg VA Receive  $1.00 off any value meal and/or 20% off your Haagen Dazs purchase.  
SPECIALTY FOODS Discounts in Williamsburg VA

 

Buy any coffee (grande size or larger) & get 1/2 off any pastry item (bagels excluded) at Barnes & Noble at the College of William & Mary Bookstore & Cafe on  Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg, VA

At the  Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream you will receive 20% off your  entire purchase with  no restrictions.  

Jamestown Pie Company offers Value Card holders a 10% discount off any purchase. They are on Jamestown Road, near the intersection of Ironbound Rd on the way to the Ferry to Surry.

At  Manhattan Bagel Company you will receive a free 16oz. coffee with purchase of any “sweet” (muffin, cinnamon roll, pastry). They are located at   1437 Richmond Road in  Williamsburg, VA. 

At the  Peanut Shop of Williamsburg you can get a discount of 10% off all food items – stop by and sample plenty, first! near Merchants Square at 414 Prince George Street, Williamsburg, VA.,

Rita’s Italian Ice in the Monticello Shopping Center ( across the street from Steinmart) get a 10% off discount on  Italian Ice, Old Fashioned Custard Cones or Cups, Misto Shakes, Gelati, Blendini, New Coffee Drink – Ritaccino.  

At  Virginia’s Finest Chocolate you will receive a 10% discount on all chocolates purchased. They are located at  233 Jones Mill Road in Williamsburg, VA.

SHOPPING Discounts in Williamsburg Virginia

 

A variety if discounts are offered at the following retailers in the Williamsburg VA area The Campus Shop, Cooke’s Christmas Gifts & Collectibles,  King’s Treasure in Merchants Square La Tienda, Inc.in Toano VA. , Master Craftsmen Shop, Prime Outlets, Reach for Performance, Inc., Revolutionary Harley Davidson,  Shirley Pewter Shop,  Tumblerstore ( Tervis Tumblers) 10% off your entire purchase of $50.00 or more, Wallace’s Trading Post, , Waterford Wedgwood,  Williamsburg General Store,  Williamsburg Outlet Mall,  Williamsburg Wicker & Rattan, Inc.,  Yorktown Republic in Yorktown VA.
 
GOLF Specials in Williamsburg VA for holders of The Value Card

 

At  Kingsmill Resort Golf receive a 10% discount on Green Fees on any of the three golf courses.  Not valid with any other offers. 

At Stonehouse Golf Club in The Stonehouse Community in Toano VA there is a 2 for 1 Special.  Play Stonehouse Golf Club at Rack Rate, 2nd person free (cart included).  An $89 value! 

 At the Williamsburg National Golf Club you will receive a free bag of range balls with each paid round of gold Located near the intersection of Centerville and Monticello. 

 

At  Buggy Bathe Auto Wash, Lube & Detail Shoppe on Richmond Rd near Yankee Candle you will receive a $2.00 discount off any auto wash.

 

 




Williamsburg VA

In an effort to boost Williamsburg VA tourism The Greater Williamsburg VA Chamber of Commerce is  running a series of radio ads in the Washington  DC area urging listeners to visit a newly created website www.WilliamsburgWeekEnds.com  the website will promote the Top Ten Reasons to visit Williamsburg, VIrginia.

The top ten reasons  mostly special events, will  change from one weekend to the next.  The radio ad campaign in the DC will continue through October 31, 2008. 

In addition to a listing of the top 10 reasons to visit the area, www.WilliamsburgWeekEnds.com includes a suggested  vacation idea planner for the Williamsburg VA area, an email sign-up for Williamsburg, VA weekend events and offers, and details on the Williamsburg VA Value Card.

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance and its wonderful members are happy to offer you a number of special discounts on area products – from admission tickets to hot dogs!  Unlike many discount cards, the Williamsburg Value Card IS transferable and will be honored through the end of 2008.  You can discover all of the discounts at Williamsburg area retailers, restaraunts, golf and other establishments by clicking here  The Value Card for Williamsburg VA provides discount opportunities to both tourism and non-tourism destinations. The Value Cards is available at all area Chesapeake Bank locations the New Kent Rest Area on I64, Area Timeshares and the The Chamber Office at  Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance office located at
421 North Boundary Street Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-3495
 
So… enjoy your visit to America’s Historic Triangle ( Williamsburg/ Jamestown/ Yorktown) and while you’re here, take advantage of the many special discount offers using your free Williamsburg Value Card!

Hampton Roads Real Estate Median Prices

Question : I think Virginia Beach has the best median household income, at 65K. 3 x 65K (conventional figure) puts the median price around $190K. I think we are at $300K median asking price for the region.

Answer: According to a report I just ran ( sold home prices last 12 months 2007-2008 for the region that includes  Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Virignia Beach, Suffolk, Hampton, Isle Of Wight, Newport News, York , Williamsburg, James City County) the median price was $230,000.

All figures are derived from REIN ( Real Esate Information Network)

 

If I run the same report for Virginia Beach the Median Price for sold homes was $250,000. As of point of comparison the median  price for homes sold in 2000-2001 for the Hampton Roads region was $117,995

Williamsburg VA Real Estate “Living in Stonehouse” First person account

The following is excepted from the Stonehouse Gazette a newsletter for Stonehouse residents in Toano, VA I wanted to share it with anyone thinking of moving to the Williamsburg Va area. It gives a great sense of living in the area and relocating from NY.

Playing the role of Adolph Phillipse at the Philipsburg Manor restoration site in Sleepy Hollow, NY, circa 1750, where  he worked on Saturdays as an interpreter is only one of the many facets of Bob Spencer who, with  his wife Carolyn, resides in The Orchard Hill section of Stonehouse in Toano, James City County Virginia Just a few minutes drive from Williamsburg VA.

 This Princeton University and Columbia University Law School graduate’s current activities in the Williambsurg VA area  include Board Member of the Peninsula Agency for the Aging, Board Member of Vibrant Life Ministry, Rotary Club member, Richmond Civil War Roundtable, Christopher Wren lecturer, Williamsburg United Methodist Church, James City County Concerned Citizens, and, of course, the  Stonehouse Board of Directors. This, and more, in addition to a continuing legal practice in Westchester County, New York.

Bob and Carolyn moved to Stonehouse in 2005 after 38 years in Tarrytown, NY. “It took us about 30 minutes to decide to live here,” he said. Having discovered Stonehouse on their own, they were “very impressed” with the look and feel of the community. “We really loved the design of our house and the relatively small lot,  which meant less upkeep.” Compared with Westchester County, the low real estate taxes and the low cost of the golf course were real “bonuses.” ( in the Williamsburg VA area)

What they like best about living in the  Stonehouse community in Toano VA is “the many new friends that we have made, particularly the Orchard Hill group. We also appreciate the country feel of the community and the fact that the developer really did leave many trees.”

In his third year as a member of the Board, Bob says he spends “an average of 10 hours per week” on community business. In his “spare time,” he tries to play golf ( there are 16+ public courses in the Williamsburg Va area)  but says, “My golfing partners have to put up with a lot.” He and Carolyn are looking forward to a family reunion in July, which will be attended by their two biological sons, two adopted Korean daughters, their foster daughter, their Rotary Exchange daughter from Belgium, and their 8 grandchildren.

As Board President of Stonehouse for the past 2 years, Bob’s goal was “to keep residents advised of Board activities as much as possible; to give residents an opportunity to communicate with the Board; and to maintain Stonehouse as a quality place to live.” He is most proud of “guiding the community through the transition from developer control to owner control” and the dedication of so many residents who provide outstanding community service on committees and other volunteer activities.

His long-range goals include “having more resident involvement in community activities of Stonehouse; completing the transition; evaluating resident responses to the Strategic Planning Committee; implementing suggestions that will continue to make Stonehouse a community for all residents, including our children; and working with GS Stonehouse ( The new owner of the undeveloped part of Stonehouse) to develop the overall community.”

FAQ Legal Questions Hampton Roads Real Estate

FAQ: Brian, the seller died before we could close on our home in Hampton Roads, Virginia, can the buyer make the seller’s heirs honor the contract?

ANSWER:  Yes.

The Virginia Supreme Court answered this question in the affirmative in the case of Moore’s Adm’rs v. Fitz Randolph, 33 Va. 175 (1835).  This result is true not only in Virginia, but to my knowledge in all fifty states.  In many jurisdictions the answer will turn on whether the contract contains language stating that it is “binding on the heirs” of the parties.  Curiously, The REIN Standard Purchase Agreement no longer contains that language (the VAR contract still does), but the law (at least it seems in Virginia) presumes that it is meant to be binding on the seller’s estate anyway.
 
Sometimes the seller dies before the deed is executed and so the question becomes: who will sign the deed?  Again, Virginia law provides a pretty clear answer.  Va. Code § 64.1-148 provides that “When any deceased person shall have executed and delivered a bona fide written contract of sale, purchase option, or other agreement binding such deceased person, his heirs, personal representatives, or assigns, to convey any real property or interest therein, his personal representatives may, upon full compliance by the purchaser with the terms and conditions of such contract, option or agreement execute a deed and do all things necessary to effect the transfer of title to such real property or interest therein to the purchaser and such transfer shall be as effective as if it had been made by the deceased obligor.”
 
It may well be that closing will be delayed somewhat when a seller dies (for example, if the seller had not signed the deed you might need someone to qualify on the estate in order to sign the deed), but as you can see it is clear that the buyer can insist and require the estate to conclude the transaction.

Is the reverse true?  Can a seller require a deceased buyer’s estate to perform the contract?  While in theory it is true (the case above refused to answer that converse question), bear in mind the practical nature of our modern contracts – financing based on the buyer’s income not to mention actually being alive, owner occupancy, etc. would almost certainly dictate a different result.  Perhaps if the contract were a straightforward, non-personalized, cash deal one could bind a buyer’s estate.  Otherwise I would say no.
 
Brian Lytle Esq.

A brief  review by Real Estate Attorney Brian Lytle Esq. www.LytleLaw.com A general practice law firm located in Newport News, Virginia. From two office locations on the Virginia Peninsula we serve clients and try cases across the Commonwealth including the Peninsula, Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, James City and York County areas. Lytle Law has the experience and ability to satisfy nearly all of a client’s legal needs, and where we believe we need help we will either associate appropriate counsel or provide a referral.

Brian is the president of Lytle Title www.LytleTitle.com Lytle Title & Escrow, LLC a Virginia licensed, insured, and bonded real estate settlement company doing business as Lytle Title. With offices in Newport News and WIlliamsburg, Virginia, we primarily serve the Virginia Peninsula (Hampton, Newport News, York County, James City County and Williamsburg), but we also regularly serve surrounding areas, to include Suffolk, Isle of Wight, Gloucester and the greater Tidewater, Virginia area.

Copyright © 2008 Brian D. Lytle. Reprinted here with permission.

For further information about real estate in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent or York County Virginia contact: John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

Liz Moore & Associates

757 254 8136

John@MrWilliamsburg.com email

www.MrWilliamsburg.com/ website

www.MrBurg.com website

www.MrHamptonroads.com/ website

www.MrTidewater.com/ website

www.MrVaBeach.com/ website

Williamsburg Real Estate Resource. Search for Homes & Land for sale in Williamsburg Virginia & surrounding areas click here :CLICK HERE WILLIAMSBURG VA MLS HOME SEARCH

CLICK HERE FOR Real Estate Home Search Tidewater Hampton Roads Va

 

My other area Real Estate and Information Blogs for Hampton Roads/ Tidewater/ Williamsburg Virignia and surrounding areas

Williamsburg Real Estate Blog II

Williamsburg Real Estate Blog

Williamsburg Happenings/ Events Blog

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Williamsburg VA New Development Liberty Ridge

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Although there isn’t much to see yet I thought I would post a few pictures of the latest development in the Williamsburg/ james City County area of Virginia. Located on five hundred and fifty acres of beautiful rolling terrain is Liberty Ridge . This all new community will only have one hundred and thirty eight select homes sites ranging in size from three to nine acres. Some of the amenities of Liberty Ride will include a resort style swimming pool secluded on it’s own three acres site a prefect place to retreat from the heat of the day. A clubhouse withan out door fireplace, children’s play area and an activity field. Also featured are two large community parks with picnic table and walking trails You will find jogging/ biking trails throughout the community

  • Liberty Ridge will share a border with James City Counties ” Freedom Park”  Rich in history, this 676-acre park preserves the First Free Black Settlement in America (1803), the Revolutionary War Battle of Spenser’s Ordinary (1781) and includes a recreation of 17th century domiciles. Peaceful and relaxing, take some time to enjoy open meadows and trails. The park  includes an  open meadow, parking, mountain bike and hiking trails and the Williamsburg Botanical “Ellipse Garden.” If you enjoy mountain Biking you can access and ride the trails at Freedom Park from your new home at Liberty Ridge. The trail was built and is maintained by the Eastern Virginia Mountainbike Association (www.evma.org)... It isn’t as long as York River or Waller Mill (yet), but will give you more of a workout than either one. The EVMA’s ultimate goal is to have 25 miles of single track at Freedom Park

Currently building lots range in price from the high $200′s to $500,000. Some choice waterfront lots will be available on the creek. Finished homes will be available from some of the areas finest home builders. Nearby are over 15 public golf courses. Colonial Williamsburg, shopping, new hospital and much more.

Minutes away  from Liberty Ridge -  are Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and the College of William and Mary, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.

Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., between Richmond and hour from the beautiful beaches of Virginia Beach. With the mountains to the west and the ocean to the east, its the perfect place to live.

The developer of Liberty Ridge East West Partners has been developing award-winning communities and resorts in seven states across America since 1972. Some of their other quality communities include Brandermill ( Their first) home to 4,400 families and  named the “Best Planned Community in America” in 1977 by Better Homes and Gardens Magazine and the National Association of Homebuilders. The second community, Woodlake, also near Richmond, was chosen “Best Planned Community in America” by the 14,000 members of Urban Land Institute in 1990.

 Gatling Pointe community near set the benchmark for community development in the area, and was a three-time “Community of the Year” recipient from the Peninsula Housing & Builders Association. The Riverfront, the developer’s second master planned community in Hampton Roads has received numerous accolades and awards, including multiple “Community of the Year” and “Best Community” awards from the Tidewater Builders Association and “Best Club” in the country by the Resort & Commercial Recreation Association. Soon after The Riverfront, East West opened Eagle Harbor and Founders Pointe, both in Isle of Wight County — with  both receiving “Community of the Year” awards from the Peninsula Housing and Builders Association in their first years of development. Riverwatch is the latest East West community in the region and is an environmentally sensitive riverfront property bordering the Piankatank River in Gloucester, Virginia.

Williamsburg VA New Development Update Burlington Woods

 

Former NFL quarterback Aaron Brooks former NFL quarterback has launched his first  land development project. A 17-acre parcel of land in James City County that will become the upscale Burlington Woods community.

The Longhill Road development is Brooks’ first to get off the ground and he calls it an education in progress that will build his reputation with Peninsula Burlington Woods Williamsburg VAofficials — a stepping stone to greater things.

Brooks will oversee the project through its completion, but Ryan Homes will take over the construction phase once the individual lots are prepped.

Burlington Woods will consist of 26 lots that will be of one-quarter to one-third of an acre. The four to five bedroom homes are expected to be from 2,000 to 4,500 square feet in size. Prices should start in the low $300,000 range Pre-selling the homes should begin with homes completed and closed by the end of 2009.

Tourism Videos for Virginia

I speak and communicate to a lot of people throughout the US and Europe who ask me to give them a sense of the area. Within these multiple videos is a great representation of our state. They showcase our history, our residents and our recreational opportunities. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. I am certain you will want to move to Virginia after viewing them

Eric Coulson had the sands of time at his fingertips growing up on the golden shores of Sandbridge, Virginia at the south end of Va Beach. His love of the tides’ free ride led him to become a surf instructor and open Surf & Adventure Co , retail shop with locations in Sandbridge and Norfolk VA and home base for his tours and surf camps.
Luca Paschina is a passionate third generation winemaker and the general manager of Barboursville Vineyards and Palladio Restaurant in Barboursville , VA near Orange. He has carefully nursed the vineyard from 38 acres of grapes to 160; 40,000 cases of wine are produced each year.

Eastern Shore Tour Guide and Outfitter Dave Burden expresses his passion for Virginia’s natural beauty and the joy of leading adventurous ecothusiasts on memorable kayak tours.

Civil War Trails Director Mitch Bowman shares a bit of history about Virginia and why the Civil War is still as relevant as ever.
From History to Music to Shopping and Outdoor Recreation, Virginia has something for everyone and every taste. Get a brief glimpse of all the Commonwealth has to offer.

Northern Neck of Virignia Highlights

A brief glimpse of  what Virginia can mean or already means to you.

Hampton Roads/ Williamsburg Va Real Estate. Reasons homes are not selling

A few reasons homes are not selling in Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads Va1. Unrealistic List Prices.  A large percentage of the homes on the market are overpriced for what people are willing to pay for them,” 

A lot of sellers are pricing way to high from the start. They are then adjusting their price and coming down. Sadly they keep chasing the market downward behind the curve.

2. The First Offer is Often the Best Offer. There’s a reason this is a real estate cliche. If you get an offer in today’s market,  try to make the best of it , negotiate and live with it if you can, because there may not be another offer for quite some time. 

3. Don’t let your house get stale  The longer a house is on the market, the less attractive it appears. Consumers are watching the market very intently these days. A common thought is :If no one else has bought this house in 12 months or longer, why would I want it ? What’s wrong with it ?

Homeowners sometimes try to get around this problem by allowing a listing to expire and then re-list the house to start the clock ticking again. The  (MLS) multiple listing service ( WAAR/ Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors, REIN/ Real Estate Information Network, CVRMLS/ Central Virginia Regional MLS, CBRAR/ Chesapeake Bay and Rivers Association of Realtors ) will classify it as a new listing-but real estate agents who know the area will usually recognize that it’s the same old house.

You won’t  fool many people . Better to price it right from the start to get it sold quickly and prevent the staleness.

4. Listen to the feedback. 

If a common response from showings is ” It needs new carpet ” Then install new carpet or paint the interior, remove the wallpaper or any other common feedback responses

5. Go For the HGTV Look.

Quite a few of today’s home buyers in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads VA are seeking perfection in the home they will buy. That’s hard to do in some older homes. An older home is not going to be modern like those home design shows.

Numerous buyers ( maybe all) are watching the endless stream of design shows on HGTV these days. It is shaping their expectations.

While that doesn’t  mean you have to put in granite counter tops and new kitchen cabinets, although not a bad idea. You do need to clear the clutter and make the place spiffy.

Quite a few homes that I have shown to buyers in the Williamsburg and Tidewater Va area look like they just appeared on an HGTV segment. Even homes selling in the $190k-$250k price ranges. Use contemporary colors, buy a few accessories at Target. Hide your personal things.“

6.. Don’t Expect a purchaser to Renovate. Yes, there are people who visit Lowe’s/ Home Depot daily and love to do projects around the house, painting , building decks, hanging light fixtures, installing new flooring. But most of today’s buyers want to move in and live. With so many homes to choose from they will normally pick the one that needs the least amount of work/fix up, etc. Even in a good market, fixer-uppers attract only limited offers because people just don’t have the time. money or energy. The people that do have the time will expect a really low price.

7. Understand Buyer’s Mentality.  Quite a few sellers currently think buyers are being greedy. In fact that’s not normally the case. Quite a few of today’s Hampton Roads home buyers are frightened. A major concern is fear of home values in the Tidewater VA area will decline after they purchase. A number of buyers won’t  have the courage to buy a home unless it’s better than the other homes currently on the market and it’s irresistible to them.

8. Play to Strength’s of your Home. Is it on a busy street ? While some think that’s a turnoff others will not mind. If it is make sure your overall curb appeal is enticing. Try to bring in those people driving by with beautiful landscaping. It’s amazing what a few hundred dollar investment in plants and much can do for the curb appeal of a home.

9. Lack of Pictures/ Poor online marketing.   Look up your home’s address in Google. www.Google.com

 Do you see multiple websites that your home is being marketed on ? Is it on www.Craigslist.com ?, Point2 Are there enough pictures to get a good overall sense of the home ? What about the community ? Any pictures of the neighborhood amenities ? The pool, trails, playgrounds, golf courses ? Is it featured on www.Trulia.com , www.Zillow.com , Google Beta or many others ? Does the description of your home make you want to buy it ? Is your home a ” Featured Listing on Realtor.com www.Realtor.com  Are there 25 pictures of your home on Realtor.com ? IS their a descriptive story about your home on Realtor.com ?

10. Lack of an agent’s or brokers online presence. Google your agent. www.Google.com  Is he or she featured on multiple websites, blogs, etc ? Web presence can be compared to the Yellow Pages. Which business will be more successful. One with no yellow page listing or one with 1000′s of yellow page ads’ that cover the entire world ? Imagine if you could advertise in every cities’ yellow pages ? How many cities are there in the U.S ? That’s the power of the web/ Internet…

 

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For further information about  selling your home, relocation, moving retiring , golf course homes,  real estate , homes, communities, developments, neighborhoods or building lots in Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Isle of Wight, Suffolk, Smithfield, Newport News, Hampton , Poquoson, Williamsburg, James City, New Kent, Gloucester or York County Virginia 

contact:

John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

Liz Moore & Associates 757 254 8136

John@MrWilliamsburg.com  email

www.MrWilliamsburg.com/  Williamsburg VA Real Estate website

www.MrBurg.com Williamsburg Va Real Estate website  

www.MrHamptonroads.com/  Hampton Roads Va Real Estate website

www.MrTidewater.com/  Tidewater VA Real Estate website

www.MrVaBeach.com/ Va Beach Va Real Estate website

  

Williamsburg Real Estate Resource. Search for Homes & Land for sale in Williamsburg Virginia & surrounding areas  click here :CLICK HERE WILLIAMSBURG VA MLS HOME SEARCH

  CLICK HERE FOR Real Estate Home Search  Tidewater Hampton Roads Va 

  

My other area Real Estate and Information Blogs for Hampton Roads/ Tidewater/ Williamsburg Virignia and surrounding areas

Williamsburg Real Estate Blog II

Williamsburg Real Estate Blog

Williamsburg Happenings/ Events Blog

 

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Williamsburg Va Coffee “Harbour Coffee in New Town”

 

Williamsburg Va Coffee  I thought I would share a Coffee Shop I discovered this morning. Right down the street from my own office in New Town, Williamsburg VA at the corner of Discovery Park Blvd and Casey Blvd about two blocks from the movie theater. A bottomless mug is only $2 .  This allows you to sample any of the different coffees that are all roasted in house.  Espresso, Lattes, Capuccino, Machiatto, Ristretto, Frozen Coffee, Fruit Smoothies, Cold Coffe Cocktails are just some of the different cooffee drinks available. Outside seating is available as well as wireless access to the Internet (WIFI) The food is fantastic and all homemade from scratch. They offer Salads, Wraps, Quesadilla, Quiche, Muffins, Cookies, Pastries, Cakes and more !

Harbour Coffee
4260 – 105 Casey Blvd.
Williamsburg, VA 23188
PHONE: (757) 220 2334
Here is an excerpt from their website :
Remember?
When Coffee was remarkable? We do. It is becoming hard to find truly memorable coffee despite growth of the specialty coffee market in recent years. For our customers, welcome home. Our singular purpose is to create truly amazing coffee in our company owned locations and for our wholesale customers.
How?
Coffee is a lot like wine. A dry processed Ethiopian varietal is different than a wet processed Sulawesi, just as a Syrah grape is different than a Merlot. We pay specific and close attention to the details when we purchase green coffee, when we blend it and when we roast it. If it does not pass muster we do not serve or sell it. There is enough bad coffee out there. Period. Our guiding tenets?

 

 

 

 

  • We serve the finest high elevation ‘specialty’ coffee.
  • We roast for our retail use and a limited number of shops that share the vision.
  • We do not roast just to sell coffee.
  • We sell the finest equipment from LaMarzocco, Rancilio, Franke, Rio and BUNN.
  • We train our cafe partners as needed or desired in the art of espresso.
  • We choose those we buy from carfeufully.
  • We treat our employees as more than this and expect the same in return.

We know that you can taste this effort in the cup whether we make it or if you enjoy it at one of our partner cafe’s. 

Here’s to great coffee and great community.

http://harbourcoffee.com/index.html  You can explore their website here or stop by and try a Latte or a cup of coffee ! They alos sell coffee on their website to be shipped anywhere .

For further information or a personal tour of Braemar Creek Condos, Liberty Crossing, Whitehall, Westgate, The Mews, Villages of Powhattan, New Town, High Street, Kingsmill, Fords Colony or further information about relocation, moving retiring , golf course homes,  real estate , homes, communities, developments, neighborhoods or building lots in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent, Gloucester or York County Virginia 

contact:

John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

Liz Moore & Associates 757 254 8136

John@MrWilliamsburg.com  email

www.MrWilliamsburg.com/  Williamsburg VA Real Estate website

www.MrHamptonroads.com/  Hampton Roads Va Real Estate website

 

CLICK HERE WILLIAMSBURG VA MLS HOME SEARCH

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Williamsburg VA Real Estate “Quarterpath at Williamsburg VA Town homes and detached homes

Williamsburg Va homes ” Village at Quarterpath”

The foundation at The Village at Quarterpath could not be more appropriate for which to build a unique and very special community of homes. A mix of town homes and detached single family homes will be carefully positioned along quiet, neighbor-friendly streets. Most of the homes will feature rear-loading garage convenience with private rear-access roads resulting in quiet thoroughfares throughout the community.
…. A large village green is located at the entrance to the community and is designed to invite homeowners for neighborhood gatherings and activities. The space will be perfect for weekend relaxation, community events and quiet reflection.
Upon completion, 77 exceptional homes will grace the site at The Village at Quarterpath and enable residents to live in the heart of history in Williamsburg, Virginia!
Introductory Prices currently start in the $280′s for Townhomes. Pictured is the Peyton Randolph a 1900 sq foot two bedroom Townhome. It features Bay Windows on the first and second floors and a courtyard between the home and it’s detached two car garage.

 

For further information or a personal tour of Village at Quarterpath ,Braemar Creek Condos, Liberty Crossing, Whitehall, Westgate, The Mews, Villages of Powhattan, New Town, High Street, Kingsmill, Fords Colony or further information about relocation, moving retiring , golf course homes,  real estate , homes, communities, developments, neighborhoods or building lots in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent, Gloucester or York County Virginia 

contact:

John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

Liz Moore & Associates 757 254 8136

John@MrWilliamsburg.com  email

www.MrWilliamsburg.com/  Williamsburg VA Real Estate website

www.MrBurg.com Williamsburg Va Real Estate website  

www.MrHamptonroads.com/  Hampton Roads Va Real Estate website

www.MrTidewater.com/  Tidewater VA Real Estate website

www.MrVaBeach.com/ Va Beach Va Real Estate website

  

Williamsburg Real Estate Resource. Search for Homes & Land for sale in Williamsburg Virginia & surrounding areas  click here :CLICK HERE WILLIAMSBURG VA MLS HOME SEARCH

  CLICK HERE FOR Real Estate Home Search  Tidewater Hampton Roads Va 

  

My other area Real Estate and Information Blogs for Hampton Roads/ Tidewater/ Williamsburg Virignia and surrounding areas

Williamsburg Real Estate Blog II

Williamsburg Real Estate Blog

Williamsburg Happenings/ Events Blog

What’s My Home Worth in Williamsburg VA ?  Click here to find out

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Williamsburg VA Concerts/ Bud and BBQ at Busch Gardens Willamsburg VA

Bud & BBQ
If you love ice cold beer, smokin’ hot barbecue and great music, then you won’t want to miss Bud & BBQ. Event included with park admission or season pass. Food and beverage available for an additional charge 

 

 

It’s not just the barbeque that’s smokin’ hot. The concert lineup for this years Bud & BBQ at Busch Gardens Williamsburg VA  includes a zesty recipe of live performances from award-winning country  artists — Josh Gracin, Aaron Tippin and more. The recipe for this popular event mixes savory barbeque, ice-cold Budweiser, a heaping of thrill rides and a dash of seasoned performances for two Saturdays Sept 6 , 13 and two Sundays Sept 7, 14.

 

Event-goers will be able to indulge in seasoned country cooking with a touch of pizzazz — imagine Budweiser BBQ chicken to Bud Light chili pepper baby back ribs to Michelob Ultra Amber Bock chili and “Smokey Creek” spare ribs. Bud & BBQ offers an array of options to satisfy tastes big and small. Kingsmill Resort & Spa chefs will have cooking demonstrations in the park with free samples. Barbecue stations will be set up and there will be an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet.

The Anheuser-Busch Brewmaster’s Club, where adult park-goers can sample different Anheuser brews, will also be set up in the park. Six hours of free live music will be provided each day.
Live Entertainment 

 

Sept. 6 & 7 Saturday and Sunday

 

noon – 7 p.m.

Featuring Marna & Macy, Old School Freight Train, Aaron Tippin @ 6pm

 

 

 

 

Live Entertainment 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday and Sunday Sept. 13 & 14

 

from noon – 7 p.m. featuring Keith Bryant & Iron Horse, The Heather Edwards Band, Slack Family

and American Idol “Josh Gracin” at 6pm 

 

 

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For further information about anything in Williamsburg VA. including running, sports, boot camp, fitness, history, cycling, education, boating, recreation, parks, concerts, entertainment, restaurants, contractors, horses, selling your home, relocation, moving retiring , golf course homes,  real estate , homes, communities, developments, neighborhoods or building lots in Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Isle of Wight, Suffolk, Smithfield, Newport News, Hampton , Poquoson, Williamsburg, James City, New Kent, Gloucester or York County Virginia 

contact:

John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

Liz Moore & Associates 757 254 8136

John@MrWilliamsburg.com  email

www.MrWilliamsburg.com/  Williamsburg VA Real Estate website

www.MrBurg.com Williamsburg Va Real Estate website  

www.MrHamptonroads.com/  Hampton Roads Va Real Estate website

www.MrTidewater.com/  Tidewater VA Real Estate website

www.MrVaBeach.com/ Va Beach Va Real Estate website

  

Williamsburg Real Estate Resource. Search for Homes & Land for sale in Williamsburg Virginia & surrounding areas  click here :CLICK HERE WILLIAMSBURG VA MLS HOME SEARCH

  CLICK HERE FOR Real Estate Home Search  Tidewater Hampton Roads Va 

  

My other area Real Estate and Information Blogs for Hampton Roads/ Tidewater/ Williamsburg Virignia and surrounding areas

Williamsburg Real Estate Blog II

Williamsburg Real Estate Blog

Williamsburg Happenings/ Events Blog

 

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Williamsburg Va Pottery

I thought I would share with you a video that brings you back in time. You can learn a little history about the beginnings of what was at one time the #1 tourist destination in the state of Virginia. The Wiliamsburg Pottery. Started in 1938 by James Maloney ( Jimmy). The first products produced were 18th century reproduction salt glazed pottery. They are still the supplier to Colonial Williamsburg for these items. Located on Richmond Road near Rt 199. Approximately 2 miles west of Prime Outlets in Lightfoot Va. If you are from Va you will know that it’s nickname is ” The Pottery” I can remember many trips there as a child.

Through the years The Pottery mushroomed into a multi structured complex covering over 200 acres. They sell a variety of items from Gourmet Food, Wine, Beer, Picture Frames, Cheese, Stemware, Silk Flowers, Furniture ans many other items. Although attendance is way down from earlier years it is still an adventure to visit and shop there.

At one time, it was estimated that more than 3,000,000 people visited the Pottery on a yearly basis, and it was a top tourist attraction in the State of Va Historic Triangle

Here is the video enjoy !  

Williamsburg VA Pottery Video

Kingsmill Golf Williamsburg VA

    Kingsmill’s River Course is 30 years old and is the best known of the three – the other two are the Plantation and the Woods.  The men’s tees play to a mild 6,325 yards with a rating of 70.9 and slope of 133. This course is home ot the annual Michelob ULTRA OPEN LPGA Tournement.
 
    The River course is not tough but it is thoroughly enjoyable. Pete Dye ( course designer) tucks plenty of bunkers close to the greens, dearly penalizing any offline strikes.  However, the greens are more than amply sized, 46 yards deep on a few of them, including the finisher which features nasty narrow traps along the entire left side and an even nastier one, because it is small and deep, at front right.  From the men’s tees, #18 is not long (362 yards) but the drive, over water and two traps 180 and 212 out on the left, must be perfect to have a straight-in approach to a narrow entryway to the green.

    If there is signature hole on the River course, it is #17, the only hole that plays along the James River.  The green is enormous, a full 50 yards deep and guarded on the right side by a small bunker front right and a longer one beyond it that runs the rest of the length of the green.  The only bailout area is short and left, but hit too long on that side and you will find yourself in gnarly grass with a downhill lie from a steep bank.  On the card, the 17th is the easiest hole on the course, but choose the wrong club and bogey is likely.

    The Plantation is an Arnold Palmer design that plays to 6,430 yards from the tips, with a rating of 71.6 and slope of 127.  It is considered the least challenging or interesting of the three courses.  The Woods course, a Tom Clark/Curtis Strange design, is the only layout at Kingsmill without homes in sight.  It features a parkland style with some deep ravines and a quirk or two; for example, one double green features a sand bunker at its core.  As for degree of difficulty, The Woods’ ratings and slopes at the tips and men’s tees fit between the Plantation and River Courses.

    There is one more course at Kingsmill, a nine-holer that Golf Digest once called, “The most opulent pitch and putt in the country…”    The Bray Links is a short course wedged between the resort’s conference center and the James River.  It has the best views of the river of any of the courses and is typically in excellent condition, with bent grass greens and Bermuda rough that is tended  regularly by the same keepers of the other courses.  It is a great place to hone your short game.

 
For further information about golf course homes,  real estate , homes, communities, developments, neighborhoods or building lots in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent, Gloucester or York County Virginia  contact:John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

Liz Moore & Associates 757 254 8136

John@MrWilliamsburg.com  email

www.MrWilliamsburg.com/  Williamsburg VA Real Estate website

www.MrBurg.com Williamsburg Va Real Estate website  

www.MrHamptonroads.com/  Hampton Roads Va Real Estate website

www.MrTidewater.com/  Tidewater VA Real Estate website

www.MrVaBeach.com/ Va Beach Va Real Estate website

  

Williamsburg Real Estate Resource. Search for Homes & Land for sale in Williamsburg Virginia & surrounding areas  click here :CLICK HERE WILLIAMSBURG VA MLS HOME SEARCH

  CLICK HERE FOR Real Estate Home Search  Tidewater Hampton Roads Va 

  

My other area Real Estate and Information Blogs for Hampton Roads/ Tidewater/ Williamsburg Virignia and surrounding areas

Williamsburg Real Estate Blog II

Williamsburg Real Estate Blog

Williamsburg Happenings/ Events Blog

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Kingsmill Williamsburg VA History/ Tradition

Kingsmill Williamsburg VA

Kingsmill Williamsburg VA

KINGSMILL’S VA HISTORY

 

 

Steeped in a tradition of gracious Southern hospitality, Kingsmill heralds a rich history dating back to Colonial America. The bucolic land located along the banks of the mighty James River was considered as a permanent base when encountered by the Englishmen on May

 

12, 1607

. They decided to settle at Jamestown the next day. Located in the heart of Virginia’s Historic Triangle, it should come as no surprise that the land now known as Kingsmill featured a bustling Virginia plantation from 1619 through the 1800s.

Today, Kingsmill retains those magnificent traits inherent in Kingsmill’s early days with grand accommodations, gracious hospitality and stately service.

Kingsmill played a significant role in the growth and development of the Jamestown colony. When the first settlers arrived in Virginia, colonist Gabriel Archer proposed to his fellow pioneers to consider the currently-named Hope section of Kingsmill their new home. Thought to be a true paradise and idyllic locale for their homesteads, the settlers eventually made their home slightly west at Jamestown, which permitted their ships to anchor closer to shore.

More than a decade later, the first 300 acres of Kingsmill would be settled by

 

 

Richard Kingsmill

, a member of the Virginia Company, an organization chartered in England and charged with the founding and settlement of Virginia.

Several other early colonists played a significant part in the development of Kingsmill and the growth of nearby Williamsburg VA.

 

 

Col. Lewis Burwell III

was a member of the Governor’s Council, the first elected legislative assembly of the new world. He inherited his grandfather’s lands and built Kingsmill Plantation, titling it after the original owner.

Col. Thomas Pettus

was a prominent land owner and also served on the Governor’s Council. After his death, Pettus’ lands passed to James Bray II, his widowed daughter-in-law’s new husband.

James Bray II

was one of the first legislative representatives for the new City of Williamsburg and acted as a Burgess and Justice of the Peace for the County.

These brave new adventurers carved out a gracious existence along the banks of the mighty James River. The foundations of several notable historical sites can still be found at Kingsmill Resort & Spa.

Kingsmill Plantation

Col. Burwell’s Kingsmill Plantation was at the core of a thriving, small riverbank community with its own compilation of mansions, outbuildings and slave quarters, as well as an attended ferry landing and flourishing population.

The Plantation’s grand mansion was situated on the current Plantation golf course and overlooked the majestic James River. The 4,800-square-foot manor house was two-stories tall, built of brick and contained eight rooms. Granite stairs manufactured in Wales lead to two acres of beautiful terraced gardens on the river side of the mansion.

The plantation also included two brick dependencies, a coach house, dairy, stable, barn and two wells. Although the main house was destroyed by fire in 1844, the two flanking dependencies and original garden steps remain. These buildings can be viewed on the second hole of the Plantation Course.

Burwell’s Landing

Col. Burwell also established the Burwell’s Landing ferry and warehouse. This water landing became a major port of entry for Williamsburg during the 18th century and played a significant part in the American Revolution. The site is visible from the 17th golf hole of Kingsmill Resort’s River Course.

Burwell’s Ordinary

As Burwell’s Landing grew in commercial importance, it developed into a social hub with the operation of the Ordinary at Burwell Landing. The Ordinary at Burwell Landing provided travelers with entertainment, horse stables, storage and supplies. This site can be visited on the River Course’s 17th hole.

Pettus Plantation

Col. Pettus built his plantation in the 1640s and titled it Littletown Plantation. A profitable tobacco plantation, it was located on property now featuring Kingsmill Resort’s marina. Littletown Plantation’s manor house encompassed six rooms, several outbuildings and a well, all of which are marked at the site.

Bray Plantation

Around 1700, James Bray II constructed a brick house flanked by out-buildings overlooking the James River. The substantial foundations of this home still stand today and the main house, dependency and well are located on the path between the resort center and the spa.

William M. Kelso, Ph.D., director of Archaeology for the APVA Preservation Virginia and author of

 

Kingsmill Plantations,

wrote about the excavation at Kingsmill. “The study at Kingsmill, where numerous plantation sites represented the entire social and economic range of plantation life in colonial Virginia from her earliest years, promised to reveal for the first time substantial archaeological information about country life,” he wrote.

Ever cognizant of environmental and historical issues unique to Williamsburg and the Kingsmill lands, Anheuser-Busch is committed to preserving and maintaining the historical record of Kingsmill’s history. Artifacts from the excavations are on display at the resort’s conference center, the Jamestown Settlement museum, Historic Jamestowne and at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. In addition to the preservation of historical sites throughout Kingsmill, the names of original settlers have been preserved and incorporated into the naming of streets and subdivisions within the resort and in the residential division Kingsmill on the James.

*William M. Kelso’s

 

 

Kingsmill Plantations 1619-1800: Archaeology of Country Life in Colonial Virginia, published by University of Virginia Press, 1984.

RECENT AWARDS

Kingsmill Resort & Spa added to its extensive list of prestigious honors in 2007/2008 including:

 

Silver Award for Best Resorts from Golf magazine

 

One of the Best Places to Golf in the mid-Atlantic from Golf magazine

 

The Gold Tee Award by Meetings and Conventions

 

The Pinnacle Award by Successful Meetings

 

One of the 75 best golf resorts in North America by Golf Digest

 

Award of Excellence by Corporate & Incentive Travel

 

Greens of Distinction by Corporate & Incentive Travel

 

The Paragon Award by Corporate Meetings & Incentives

 

The AAA 4-Diamond Award

 

One of the Best Golf Resorts by Travel + Leisure Golf

 

One of the Best Buddy Trips by Travel + Leisure Golf

 

One of the Best for Family Trips by Travel + Leisure Golf

 

One of the 25 Best Family Golf Resorts by Golfforwomen.com

 

One of the 20 Family-Friendly Hotels by Woman’s Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kingsmill’s River Course also received several top honors:

 

One of the Best New Remodels by Golf Digest

 

4th place on the Virginia State Ranking by Golf Digest

 

One of the Best Golf Courses by Travel + Leisure Golf

 

 

LUXURIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS

At Kingsmill Resort & Spa, 425 extraordinary villa-style guest rooms and suites afford the ultimate in tranquility by combining refined luxury and relaxing comfort. Stylish, cozy furnishings, the finest bed linens,

pristine porcelain-tiled bathrooms and plush cotton robes offer a calm escape to even the busiest of travelers.

The comfortable elegance of each room is matched only by the scenic, lush settings of the surrounding resort. Each suite offers breathtaking views of either the James River, Warham’s Pond, one of Kingsmill’s signature golf courses, or the tennis center. The rooms also provide close proximity to fine dining, an extensive fitness center, the marina and The Spa at Kingsmill.

Earning the Pinnacle Award from

 

Successful Meetings magazine, Kingsmill Resort & Spa accommodations provide a convenient respite for business travelers as well. Each suite and villa features wireless Internet access for laptop computers. A fresh cup of coffee brewed from their in-room Starbucks ® coffee maker is sure to get any business trip off to a great start.

KINGSMILL’S AWARD-WINNING GOLF COURSES

Consistently ranked among the best by the nation’s foremost golf publications, Kingsmill’s immaculate courses define the resort as the region’s premier golf destination. As the largest golf resort in Virginia, Kingsmill boasts three world-class courses, one nine-hole, par-3 course and an array of golf amenities. Kingsmill’s greens feature Bent grass, while fairways have Hybrid Bermuda grass from June to September, and Rye grass from October to May. The typical green speed is 10 to 10.5, providing a professional level of play. These professionally-designed courses offer an opportunity to experience golf on challenging holes and beautiful vistas.

RIVER COURSE

The River Course, designed and renovated by world-renowned golf architect Pete Dye, features recontoured greens, expanded tees, reshaped fairways and rebuilt bunker complexes. The improvements are designed to accommodate a wider variety of golf enthusiasts, providing a challenging yet enjoyable game. This course also is home to the LPGA’s annual Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill.

PLANTATION COURSE

The Plantation Course has been named in the top 10 of the “50 Best Courses for Women” by

 

Golf for Women magazine. It was designed by Arnold Palmer and incorporates undulating greens into the natural landscape with historic landmarks to create a challenging and beautiful layout for players of all abilities.

WOODS COURSE

The Woods Course, designed by Tom Clark and Curtis Strange, two-time U.S. Open champion, opened in July 1995. It features wide fairways, deep ravines and a spectacular wooded setting. Upon opening, the Woods Course was named among

 

Golf magazine’s “Top 10 New Courses Available for Public Play.” Subsequently, the course has been voted one of the “Top Ten Courses to Play in Virginia” by Golfweek and ranked one of “America’s Best Resort Courses.” The Woods Course features its own clubhouse and golf shop.

BRAY LINKS

The nine-hole, par-3 Bray Links course is designed to suit all types of players, from beginners to low-handicappers. Located between the James River and the Resort Center, course holes range in length from 58 to 109 yards.

CLUBHOUSE

The 20,000-square-foot clubhouse is centrally located near the Conference Center. The Golf Pro Shop offers the latest in golf equipment and apparel. Kingsmill’s Golf Pro Shop has been ranked by

 

Golf Shop magazine as one of the “100 Best Golf Shops” throughout the United States for 2006 and has also been listed as one of the top “25 Best Resort Golf Shops” for its exquisite golf inventory and personal service. The locker rooms feature cherry oak lockers and full-service attention. The golf club’s Eagles restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting with a view of the James River and the 18th green of the River Course.

GOLF ACADEMY

The Golf Academy is a year-round program offering first-class instructional facilities in one-, two- and three-day schools. With a 5:1 student to teacher ratio, each golf instruction class offers individual attention using proven exercises and drills, thereby ensuring game improvement for each golfer. Professional instructors teach fundamental skills that lead to a consistent swing with special emphasis on the short game. If one-on-one attention is preferred, a series of individual lessons are available daily. Kingsmill also offers special golf programs including a golf school tailored exclusively for women golfers of all skill levels, as well as junior golf camps.

Golf Academy tuition includes accommodations, instruction, range fees, bag storage, green and cart fees on school days and complimentary use of the fitness center. Participants also receive an equipment evaluation and take-home video analysis of their golf swing.

CUSTOM CLUB FITTING

Kingsmill’s Golf Academy features Titleist, TaylorMade, Callaway, Cobra and Ping Custom Fitting Solutions, which combine the club expertise of these leading golf manufacturers with the swing expertise of Kingsmill Resort’s PGA professionals to equip guests with a set of golf clubs customized to body and swing type. Available throughout the year, this unique service allows golfers to have longer, more accurate drives, consistent wedge play and fewer putts per round.

THE MICHELOB ULTRA OPEN AT KINGSMILL

For more than a quarter of a century, Kingsmill Resort & Spa has played host to both the PGA and LPGA. This time-honored tradition continues in 2008 as the Michelob ULTRA Open once again calls Kingsmill home. The LPGA tournament, played on the world-renowned River Course, will he held May 5-11, when the stars of the LPGA Tour will compete against defending champion, Suzann Pettersen, for their share of $2.2 million—one of the richest purses on tour. The MUO won four of the 10 award categories in the LPGA Best Practices players’ poll, including the top honor of “Best Event on Tour.”

In addition to showcasing world-class professional golf, the Michelob ULTRA Open tournament week includes three pro-am events, a fashion show and junior clinic. More than just an exciting experience, guest participation and attendance at these events helps benefit those in need. Over the past four years, the tournament has donated more than $1 million to deserving charities. The May tournament draws more than 60,000 fans and has become one of the top LPGA events on the tour. In 2007, the LPGA players voted to award the tournament with four Best Practices Awards:

• Best Overall Event on Tour

• Best Caddie Hospitality

• Best Family Hospitality

• Best Party

RESTAURANTS & DINING

From the Budweiser Poached Shrimp to the AmberBock Truffle Tart, Chef Brent Wertz, Kingsmill Resort’s Executive Chef, infuses prime meats, seafood, and vegetables with unique ingredients and seasonings to produce innovative dishes. When visiting one of Kingsmill Resort’s restaurants, guests will experience creative culinary delights.

THE BRAY BISTRO

The Bray Bistro is the epitome of sophisticated Southern cuisine. Fresh, seasonal ingredients create a sumptuous meal. From Peach Tea to Po-Boys to Sweet Potato Bread Pudding, each meal is a sophisticated rendition of an old favorite. A team of award-winning culinary masters have developed an array of inventive dishes designed to please the most sophisticated palate. Great pride is taken in presentation with each masterpiece artistically displayed and elegantly served. Panoramic views of the James River serve as a breathtaking backdrop to this fine dining experience.

For those seeking an equally delicious yet more casual dining experience, The Bray Bistro offers a renowned Sunday brunch and Friday night Chesapeake Seafood Buffet—two of the most popular dining experiences at the resort.

EAGLES

This authentic steak and chophouse features Kingsmill’s exclusive beechwood-smoked cooking. The innovative process involves cold-smoking beef, chops, poultry and seafood over Budweiser-bathed beechwood chips to create Eagles’ signature taste. The result is succulent, flavorful dishes. The culinary team uses the freshest Anheuser-Busch products produced locally at the Anheuser-Busch Williamsburg Brewery, located adjacent to the resort. With gorgeous panoramic views of the River Course and the James River, Eagles is a perfect location for relaxing lunches or romantic dinners.

REGATTAS’ CAFÉ & MARKETPLACE

 

At the café, pizzas are cooked to perfection inside the wood-burning oven. Italian specialties like paninis and pastas make Regattas’ Café a favorite for lunch or dinner. .

 

 

MOODY’S TAVERN

Dark wood, plush chairs, homey fireplaces, and a view overlooking the James River make Moody’s Tavern the perfect place to unwind after a day of meetings. Located on the top floor of the Resort Center and open during the evenings, you can  take in a game on the large-screen TV, play a game of pool or enjoying good conversation.

 

THE MARINA BAR & GRILLE

Open seasonally, the Marina Bar & Grille is the perfect setting for a casual good time with friends. Guests can sit outdoors along the James River and enjoy delicious light fare and live entertainment. The outdoor fireplace is particularly cozy during cool weather.

CONFERENCE & GROUP GATHERINGS

Kingsmill Resort offers award-winning meeting, banquet and conference facilities to accommodate groups from 10 to 500. The resort offers more than 16,000 square feet of IACC-certified meeting space encompassing 16 meeting rooms. In addition to Kingmill’s conference level space, the resort offers two ballrooms ranging from 4,000 to 6,050 square feet.

KINGSMILL RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Kayaking excursions, fishing, kid’s camps, hiking, biking and world-class tennis are just some of the recreational amenities offered by Kingsmill Resort & Spa.

MARINA

The full service marina at Kingsmill Resort offers 15 transient boat slips where boaters may enjoy “room service” as well as boat stocking services with food and beverage. The resort is located 35 miles upriver from the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and off channel marker #40 on the James River. It’s just a short cruise from the Intracoastal Waterway and the Chesapeake Bay, and the marina offers concrete floating docks, increased slip size, water and power connections, dockside fuel service and a harbor shop. Docked boaters also have complimentary use of the Kingsmill Sports Club and have access to resort golf courses, spa, tennis facilities and restaurants. Kingsmill guests may take advantage of boat rentals that include kayaks, paddle boats and Jon boats. Fishing also is available from the resort’s standing pier and equipment, including fishing licenses, is sold at the harbor shop.

SPORTS CLUB

The 2,200-square-foot fitness center, , features Cybex Eagle Circuit training equipment, 28 cardiovascular stations, racquetball courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, group fitness classes, an extensive free weight area and professional staff to assist guests in meeting fitness goals.

TENNIS

Listed as one of the top 50 tennis resorts in the world by tennisresortsonline.com, the Kingsmill Tennis Center offers 15 courts, including six Hydro Courts™ with two lighted courts for evening play. A player’s lounge and locker facilities provide for the enjoyment and convenience of guests.

Tennis programs include the Tennis Academy with camps, private and semi-private lessons; Play with the Pro; Junior Training sessions and playdays; junior clinics; stroke of the day; and videotaping. Ball machine, ball hoppers and racquet rentals are available for a fee.

 

 

CAMPS

This Williamsburg resort offers young people ages 5 to12 an outlet for every interest from sports to health and beauty to arcade games. Throughout the summer and on holidays, Kingsmill Resort & Spa offers a variety of children’s programs designed to keep kids active and engaged.

 

Spa Kamp:

Kids have the opportunity to get their nails painted, have a massaging footbath and learn how to do mini facials from Kingsmill professionals—with comfy spa robes.

 

 

Kid’s Kamp:

Kids choose from a variety of activities ranging from craft projects to physical fitness classes including children’s boot camp and yoga, as well as time playing in the pool or at the arcade. This camp includes a host of activities, a healthy lunch and tons of fun.

 

 

Kid’s Night Out: Kids will make pizza, golf, visit the arcade with tokens, or play at the outdoor playground. Afterwards, kids can enjoy movies and a snack in the activities center, the game room or indoor pool area..

THE SPA AT KINGSMILL

The Spa at Kingsmill offers a diverse spa menu customized to bring the ever-growing need of mind and body restoration to spa enthusiasts. One of the newest additions to the spa is the Kingsmill Sampler, a luxurious exploration of the most popular massages. It includes a combination of Swedish and deep tissue strokes, hot stones, reflexology and aromatherapy and is just one example of how The Spa at Kingsmill offers clients the opportunity to experience the ultimate in body relaxation and luxury.

The Spa at Kingsmill features dedicated massage rooms, facial rooms, a wet treatment suite, manicure and pedicure stations, hair care salon and spa cuisine lunch. For truly sublime skin care, services include skin-purifying facials, exfoliating and moisturizing body treatments, manicures, pedicures and botanical body wraps. In addition to a full spa menu aimed at adults, the spa offers specialized teen services. Treatments such as Fresh and Fabulous Facial, Marvelous Massage and a Magic Manicure are some of the distinctive ways in which the Spa at Kingsmill is instructing teens in healthy and productive ways to de-stress and take care of themselves.

Aside from teens, the spa also offers unique menu items tailored specifically for men and mothers-to-be. For men, the Golfer’s Massage and the Smoothing Manicure offer the opportunity to relax after a challenging day on the links. A massage therapist can also help improve a golfer’s swing with a body massage designed to target the specific muscle groups that affect a golfer’s putt and drive. For the mothers-to-be, services such as the Kingsmill Organic Facial and the Prenatal Massage allow the expectant mother to pamper her body and soul.

 

MASSAGE:

Spa-goers can enjoy an array of massage therapies including aromatherapy, Swedish, prenatal, sports, deep-tissue, Reiki, La Stone and couples massages. The Swedish massage uses gliding strokes to promote relaxation, while an Aromatherapy massage uses a variety of aromatic oils to relax the body and treat the senses. Whatever the choice, guests will experience the ultimate relaxation.

 

 

BODY TREATMENTS:

Guests can reinvigorate their bodies with indulgent services designed to nourish, exfoliate, detoxify, and hydrate the body. The “Seaweed Peppermint Twist” is a refreshing and aromatic body treatment that uses fresh marine seaweed and peppermint oil. This service stimulates circulation and helps rid the body of excess fluids and accumulated toxins to oxygenate, hydrate and nourish the skin.

 

 

FACIAL SERVICES:

Renew the spirit and treat the face with a rejuvenating facial. The “Kingsmill Organic Facial,” uses all-natural, organic products to enrich and revitalize the complexion. From classic facials to multi-vitamin enriched facials, guests can choose a service to fit their needs.

 

 

SALON SERVICES: Whether it’s a special event or a regularly scheduled refresh, the newly expanded salon offers extensive hair services; nail, hand and foot treatments; waxing; and detailed make-up applications. Guests can enjoy a citrus-based manicure or take advantage of the spa’s professional make-up artist and walk away looking and feeling like a celebrity.

DESTINATION WILLIAMSBURG

Families seeking a lifestyle filled with diverse entertainment will find Kingsmill to be the perfect place to live. No where else can families experience championship golf, luxurious spa treatments, scenic views, record-breaking roller coasters, European villages, cool waves, chats with Thomas Jefferson and visit a Powhatan Indian village all in the same day. It’s an area where families can indulge in comfortable luxury, American history, European atmosphere and full-scale shopping.

 

 

BUSCH GARDENS EUROPE

Voted the world’s “Most Beautiful Theme Park” for 17 years in a row, Busch Gardens Europe combines 17th-century charm with 21st-century technology to create the ultimate family experience. Situated on 100 action-packed acres, Busch Gardens Europe boasts more than 50 thrilling rides and attractions, nine main stage shows, a wide variety of cuisine and themed shops.

 

 

WATER COUNTRY USA

Plunge into outrageous fun at the mid-Atlantic’s largest water park, Water Country USA. Featuring a 1950s and ‘60s surf-theme, Water Country USA offers families tons of summertime fun with more than 30 slides, water rides and super soakin’ thrills.

 

 

WILLIAMSBURG HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS

Colonial Williamsburg, where history literally comes to life through thousands of archaeologists, researchers, historians, historical interpreters—and even you. In 2008, visitors become part of “The Revolutionary City” adventure as they witness the collapse of the royal government and join the debate over the Declaration of Independence. The two-hour daily event reflects Williamsburg’s role in one of America’s defining periods.

 

Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center are two living history museums that engage visitors in nearly two centuries of our nation’s history – from the founding of America’s first permanent English settlement in 1607 to the decisive Revolutionary War victory in 1781 and implementation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. In 2007, Jamestown Settlement celebrated its 400th anniversary with several permanent exhibits, a new introductory film and revitalized living-history areas. Together, they presented the story of 17th-century Virginia and its Powhatan Indian, English and western central African cultural origins.

 

Shopping close to Kingsmill

 

Merchant’s Square

is a shopping area located adjacent to the Colonial Williamsburg historic area and includes 30 shops and services offering fine dining, bookstores, and apparel shops.

 

 

Prime Outlets Williamsburg

is a designer outlet center featuring more than 90 stores including Nike, Eddie Bauer, Ann Taylor, Liz Claiborne, Bombay, J. Crew, Nine West and more.

 

 

Williamsburg Outlet Mall

features more than 60 shops. This mall offers a fantastic selection of clothing, shoes, gifts, accessories, housewares, linens, sportswear, and much more.

 

 

Williamsburg Pottery Factory, originally founded in 1938, is now a 200-acre complex welcoming more than four million visitors annually. Pottery, glass, fine china, crystal, plants, carpets, kitchenware, candles, and sporting goods are available for purchase.

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Visiting Colonial Williamsburg

HOW TO EXPERIENCE COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG 

 

 

 

From 1699 to 1780 Williamsburg was the capital of England’s oldest, largest and 

most populous North American mainland colony and the seat of power in the new

nation’s most influential state. Named in honor of William III, King of England and

designed by Royal Gov. Francis Nicholson, Williamsburg is one of the country’s oldest

planned communities.

 

 

 

Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., near Interstate 64

(exit 238). Guests can fly into Norfolk, Newport News/Williamsburg International and

Richmond International airports. All have rental cars and limousine services. Amtrak also

serves the Williamsburg Transportation Center with a connecting train from Washington,

D.C. The center is just blocks from the Historic Area and provides car rentals, a cab stand

and Greyhound Bus connections.

 

 

Operating Hours

 

Colonial Williamsburg’s operating hours generally are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. but vary by

season. Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area is open seven days a week, 365 days a

year.

 

 

Historic Area

 

Encompassing 301 acres, Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area programming

portrays 18th-century Williamsburg on the eve of the American Revolution. Throughout

the city, an engaging mix of sights, sounds and activities help guests reconnect with

America’s past and become active participants in 18th-century life. Important Historic

Area sites include the Governor’s Palace, the symbol of British authority in the colony;

the Capitol, the seat of colonial power and site of Virginia’s vote for independence on

May 15, 1776, and home to the General Assembly from 1776 to 79; the Peyton Randolph

site, an “urban plantation;” Raleigh Tavern, where Virginia patriots met to discuss

independence in open defiance of the crown; George Wythe House, home of Thomas

Jefferson’s teacher and friend; and the James Geddy House and Foundry, site of an upand-

coming family business. The Historic Area is protected from modern intrusions by a

2,800-acre greenbelt.

 

 

Museums

 

Colonial Williamsburg operates the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg: the Public

Hospital, which provides exhibits that document the treatment of mental illness from the

hospital’s founding in 1773 to its destruction by fire in 1885; the DeWitt Wallace

Decorative Arts Museum that displays the Foundation’s exceptional collection of British

and American decorative arts; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in expanded

quarters adjacent to the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum with 11 galleries in

10,400 square feet of exhibition space. In addition, the Foundation also operates Bassett

Hall, the Williamsburg home of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Jr.

 

 

Accommodations

 

Colonial Williamsburg guests may choose from 1,000 guest rooms in five hotel

properties: the elegant Williamsburg Inn; 26 individual Colonial Houses–Historic

Lodging where guests can immerse themselves in the 18th century; the newly renovated

and expanded Williamsburg Lodge; the contemporary Woodlands Hotel & Suites, nestled

in the woods near the Visitor Center; and the moderately priced Governor’s Inn, located

four blocks from Merchants Square. Vacation packages include length-of-stay passes to

the Historic Area and special rates for evening programs. Details are available online at

http://www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com.

 

 

Conference Facilities

 

Meetings have been important in Williamsburg since members of the House of

Burgesses met in the Apollo Room of the Raleigh Tavern to protest British taxation of

the colonies. The renovated and expanded Williamsburg Lodge offers 45,000 square feet

of flexible meeting space and 28 versatile function rooms. Classic American furnishings

and folk art reproductions inspired by pieces in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art

Museum make the conference center unlike any other. The 11,200-square-foot Virginia

Room includes an elegant prefunction space with sweeping views of the countryside and

the Virginia Lawn, which can accommodate outdoor events. The 7,000-square-foot

Colony Room and Governor Jefferson executive board room provide additional options.

The Williamsburg Lodge conference center has hosted heads of state, brides,

corporations and government officials. It is located adjacent to the Historic Area and

across the street from The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg and the Golden Horseshoe Golf

Club.

 

 

Dining

 

Colonial Williamsburg operates four historic dining taverns in the Historic Area.

Each tavern offers unique 18th-century-style menus served in authentic colonial

surroundings.

Chowning’s Tavern

 

serves light fare and spirits in the style of a traditional

 

pit barbecue. After 5 p.m., Chowning’s becomes Gambols, an 18th-century alehouse,

serving beer, wines and other beverages and light fare and engaging guests in song and

18th-century games. Christiana Campbell’s Tavern

 

is the place for seafood. Shields

 

Tavern 

 

is a coffeehouse serving light fare, coffee, tea and spirits.

 King’s Arms Tavern is a full-service chophouse offering selections including peanut soup and roast prime rib 

 

of beef. Guests looking for a more elegant setting also can dine in the Williamsburg Inn’s

award-winning Regency Room or the new Williamsburg Lodge restaurant, serving

regional favorites from the Chesapeake and local markets.

 

Recreation 

 

 

The 45-hole Golden Horseshoe Golf Club includes the award-winning Gold

Course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.; the Green Course, designed by his son, Rees

Jones; and Spotswood, a nine-hole executive course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.

 Both courses were named to the 2006–2007 

 

Zagat  Readers’ Survey of “America’s Top Golf Courses.” Guests at Colonial Williamsburg’s hotels also can enjoy swimming pools, tennis courts, lawn bowling greens, lawn croquet, shuffleboard, bicycling and miniature golf. 

 

 

Shopping

 

Guests can purchase authentic reproductions, Colonial Williamsburg foods and

other products in Historic Area shops, at the Colonial Nursery, and from merchants’

booths at Market Square. Outside the Historic Area, Colonial Williamsburg operates

retail stores that range from WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers 

 

at the Visitor Center to

 

WILLIAMSBURG At Home 

 

, the flagship store for WILLIAMSBURG

 

 

home furnishings, decorative accessories and gifts, located in Merchants Square. 

 

Recognized as one of the first planned shopping malls in the United States,

Merchants Square is home to over 40 shops and restaurants, including local and national

specialty stores and a variety of dining options. It also is operated by The Colonial

Williamsburg Foundation.

 

 

 

Specialty Products

 

 

 

 

The WILLIAMSBURG brand offers fresh, spirited designs in all categories of  

 

home and gift. With products inspired by the 18th century and designed for today’s

lifestyle, WILLIAMSBURG is the preeminent leader of American style. The Colonial

Williamsburg Products Program includes 60 licensees producing more than 7,000

products under the WILLIAMSBURG and WILLIAMSBURG Reserve brands. It

operates 24 retail stores, a mail-order catalog and an ecommerce site. Sales of

WILLIAMSBURG products support the preservation, research and educational programs

of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit organization that oversees

the restored colonial capital in Williamsburg, Va. For more information, call

1-800-414-6291 or visit http://www.WilliamsburgMarketplace.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Trades

 

 

Archaeological Research

 

Colonial Williamsburg’s Department of Archaeological Research oversees the

largest colonial period archaeological collection in the United States, consisting of

several million objects and fragments recovered during more than 70 years of excavation

and extensive comparative historic period faunal and archaeobotanical collections. The

department offers extensive interpretations of ongoing excavations, guided behind-thescenes

tours of laboratories and public participation programs including school group

visits. For more information on the Foundation’s archaeological department and

excavations taking place onsite, visit

http://research.history.org/Archaeological_Research.cfm.

 

 

Colonial Resources

 

Colonial Williamsburg’s John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library is committed to

advancing knowledge of colonial British America, the American Revolution and the early

United States. Through a specialized collection of books, journals, manuscripts, visual

resources and online services, linked with fellowship and conference programs, the

library supports and encourages research in late 17th- and 18th-century colonial America,

the Revolutionary War era and the early republic, including the colonial Chesapeake,

African American studies, the decorative arts, archaeology, architectural history and

historic preservation. A cornerstone of the Bruton Heights School Education Center, a

30-acre complex of research and collections storage facilities near the Historic Area, the

John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library serves scholars, advanced students, the Colonial

Williamsburg Foundation staff and the public.

The Foundation offers several ways to access collections online. One of the most

comprehensive online databases for 18th-century primary documents, “Eighteenth-

Century Collections Online” (ECCO), now is available at Colonial Williamsburg’s John

D. Rockefeller Jr. Library. ECCO gives scholars, students and the general public access

to a library of more than 150,000 printed volumes and 26 million pages to aid them in

research. A map-based, Internet research tool, eWilliamsburg, can be accessed online at

research.history.org/ewilliamsburg. Users pull up the map on a computer screen, roll their

cursor over a building in the Historic Area, get a description of it, including an image and

a list of reports starting with the most recent and working back chronologically from

newest to oldest. For more information on the Foundation’s historical research

department, visit http://research.history.org/Historical_Research.cfm.

 

 

General Information:

 

1-800-HISTORY (1-800-447-8769)

 

 

Web site: 

 

 

 

 

 

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FAQ Frequently asked questions about Christmas at Colonial Williamsburg Va Christmas Celebrations

  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT

A COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG CHRISTMAS

What is Grand Illumination?

 

 

 

Colonial Williamsburg’s signature event, Grand Illumination, signals the

beginning of the 2008 holiday season Sunday, Dec. 7, and typically attracts

thousands of guests to the Historic Area. The tradition began in 1935 with the first

“White Lighting” of the Historic Area, during which a single candle was lit in each

window of homes and shops there. The program has become significantly larger, and

the lighting of candles in public buildings, homes and shops continues.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early and park at the Colonial Williamsburg

Visitor Center. Free bus service is provided between the Visitor Center and the

Historic Area until 10 p.m. 

 

 

 

How many lights are displayed in the Historic Area? 

Windows in more than 100 exhibition buildings, trade shops and other Historic

Area buildings are lit with more than 1,200 electric or battery-operated candles the

Friday following Thanksgiving through Jan. 1, 2009. 

What makes Colonial Williamsburg’s decorations unique? 

Colonial Williamsburg’s outdoor Christmas decorations are known worldwide for

their use of natural materials available during the 18th century. These typically include

pine and boxwood wreaths decorated with fresh pineapples, apples, oranges,

pomegranates, nuts, pinecones, holly and other materials.

Colonial Williamsburg’s floral staff decorates the exteriors and some interiors of

exhibition buildings and shops. They produce several dozen elaborate door wreaths and

plaques that are checked daily for maintenance. More than 2,550 white pine and Fraser

fir wreaths and more than three miles of white pine roping are used to put the finishing

touches on doorways, windows, columns and railings. Historic Area residents decorate

their own homes, and a contest is held each year to determine the most imaginative or

original decorations.

 

 

 

What are cressets?

 

 

 

Cressets are iron baskets that are mounted on poles or suspended from

hooks, and filled with pitch pine or fat wood, which contain a high amount of resin

for an especially hot, bright flame. Set ablaze, they provide illumination during

Colonial Williamsburg’s evening programs. 

 

What is the history of the Market Square Christmas tree?

 

There were no Christmas trees in 18th-century Williamsburg. The first

“Christmas tree” in Williamsburg was introduced and decorated in 1842 at the St.

George Tucker House. Far from the large, grandiose trees aglow with sparkling lights

and myriad decorations of today, early Christmas trees were shorter and simpler but

no less aesthetic or charming. The early trees typically were showcased on a tabletop

and stood no more than a few feet tall.

Williamsburg’s first Christmas tree is commemorated with the installation of a

decorated tree inside the St. George Tucker House and with the lighting of a large

evergreen at Market Square near the Magazine. The tree is illuminated Christmas

Eve during a ceremony that includes caroling and brief remarks by a prominent

Williamsburg citizen.

 

 

How far in advance should reservations be made?

 

Since this is such a busy time, reservations for lodging and dining during the

holiday season should be made as soon as possible. Weekend reservations tend to

fill up faster than midweek reservations. The Williamsburg Inn typically is the first

Colonial Williamsburg hotel to fill up.

 

 

What are the minimum stay requirements?

 

There may be two-night minimum stay requirements, based on demand, in

Colonial Williamsburg hotels for Grand Illumination. Due to high demand for

accommodations during the holiday season, a three-night minimum stay is required

from Dec. 23 to 26 at the Williamsburg Inn, Colonial Houses—Historic Lodging,

Williamsburg Lodge and the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites. Guests are

encouraged to stay longer.

 

 

How do I get additional information and purchase tickets for holiday

programs?

 

To request a free planner that details Colonial Williamsburg’s holiday

programs or to make reservations by phone, call toll free 1-800-HISTORY or explore

the Colonial Williamsburg Web site at www.history.org.

 

 

How do I make lodging and dining reservations?

 

To make lodging reservations or to request a free Colonial Williamsburg

Holiday Planner, call toll free 1-800-HISTORY. Lodging reservations also may be

 

made on the Internet at

 

 

 

 

http://www.history.org

 

. To make dining reservations other than for

 

holiday events, call toll-free 1-800-TAVERNS or fax to (757) 565-8797. Priority

dining reservations are given to guests of Colonial Williamsburg Hotels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation?

 

 

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a private, not-for-profit educational

institution that receives no regular state or federal funding. The Foundation

preserves and interprets the Historic Area. In support of its educational mission,

Colonial Williamsburg operates for-profit businesses that include hotels and

restaurants, meeting, spa and recreational facilities, retail shops and sales of

licensed products and reproductions.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums celebrate their 50th anniversary in

2008. Founded in 1958, the Fifes and Drums perform in Colonial Williamsburg’s

Historic Area nearly 500 times during the year in daily programs from mid-February

through December and during special programs observing major holidays, including

the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Grand Illumination.

Colonial Williamsburg’s education and preservation programs and activities

 

include archaeology, historical research, building and grounds preservation, historic

trades demonstrations, living history programs, educational outreach programs and

conservation of art and antiques. Colonial Williamsburg uses interactive television

and Web-based technologies for Electronic Field Trips each year to bring the 18th

century to life for more than one million students throughout the United States.

Colonial Williamsburg also operates three world-class museums: the DeWitt

Wallace Decorative Arts Museum which displays the Foundation’s exceptional collection

of British and American decorative arts; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum,

the oldest institution in the United States dedicated solely to the collection and

preservation of American folk art; and Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of Mr. and

Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Jr.

 

 

When is Colonial Williamsburg open?

 

Colonial Williamsburg is open 365 days a year, generally from 9:30 a.m. to

5 p.m. during the holiday season. Information about specific programs, times and

 

locations can be found in

 

 

 

 

This Week

, available at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor

 

Center, all Colonial Williamsburg ticket outlets and Colonial Williamsburg hotels. Or,

 

visit CW online at

 

 

 

 

 

www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com 

How do I get there?

 

 

Williamsburg is 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., and is midway between

Richmond and Norfolk. It is served by international airports at Richmond, Norfolk and

Newport News, and by Amtrak. The Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center is accessible

by Interstate 64, exit 238, and offers ample parking.

Established in 1926, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit

educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century

Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of

Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64.

 For additional information and reservations or to

request a free copy of Colonial Williamsburg’s 2008 Holiday Planner highlighting

unique holiday programs, concerts and special dining events, call toll-free

 

 

1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at 

www.history.org

 

 

For further information about  real estate , homes, communities or building lots in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent or York County Virginia  contact:

John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

Liz Moore & Associates 757 254 8136

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COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG’S HISTORIC GARDENS

 

COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG’S HISTORIC GARDENS

Nestled amid the homes, shops and public buildings of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area

 

are the 18th-century-style gardens of the restored city. A quick detour down any garden path leads

even the most observant guest into a labyrinth of garden spaces, each geometrically unique.

Colonial Williamsburg boasts more than 100 gardens in the Historic Area and other historic

properties nearby. Beginning in the 1920s, Colonial Williamsburg landscape architects sought

inspiration from the English-Anglo-Dutch gardens, American colonial sites and surviving colonial

gardens of the American South. Archeological excavations conducted on sites within Colonial

Williamsburg’s Historic Area confirmed the rough layout of the lots that made up the colonial city by

exposing what had been the original placement of walks, fence lines and outbuildings that together

revealed the organization of each property.

 

The majority of Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens were planted between the 1930s and the

1960s in the Colonial Revival style. This sometimes over-elaborate design style reflected early 20thcentury

tastes and the desire on the part of the public to relish a nostalgic—yet not necessarily

accurate—vision of our colonial past.

 

The past 15 years have seen the emergence of “landscape archeology,” an increasingly refined

subspecialty that may determine the species of plants grown in or near excavated areas. Through the

use of this practice, Colonial Williamsburg staff is reevaluating the design of some of the town’s more

elaborate gardens. Those involved divide their loyalty between the emerging picture of simpler, more

utilitarian gardens and the “Colonial Revival” art form that they see as equally deserving of their

stewardship and worthy of presentation. 

Much of the process of uncovering the lost plans of gardens is unchanged from many years 

ago, with the bulk of the detective work centering on old insurance records, deeds, letters, maps and

 

other documentation. Descriptions of garden sizes and layouts, building and plant materials, and

 

architectural features often surface in simple correspondence passed down through family archives.

Colonial Williamsburg’s most recent garden design efforts have produced a more historically

accurate appearance within the Historic Area landscape. Some existing gardens have been reworked to

better reflect the variety of lifestyles in the 18th century.

 

One of Colonial Williamsburg’s former landscape architects, Alden Hopkins, described the

gardens as “the green garden rooms of Williamsburg,” reflecting their reliance on southern evergreen

plants such as American and yaupon holly, bayberry, cherry laurel and eastern red cedar. Even these

deceptively simple green gardens, adapted from the late 17th- and 18th-century gardens of King

William and Queen Mary, require constant maintenance in order to preserve their sculpted appearance

year-round.

A large amount of Colonial Williamsburg garden information is related to the Governor’s

Palace. In addition to the abundance of information uncovered by archeological excavations conducted

there in the 1930s, an 18th-century copper plate engraving, known as the Bodleian Plate, revealed

some detailed design features both in the forecourt of the Palace and at the rear where diamond shaped

beds and symmetrical privies could be discerned. The Bodleian Plate proved invaluable in helping to

accurately restore the Anglo-Dutch Palladian gardens of the once grand Governor’s Palace.

In addition to the ornamental gardens in the Historic Area, the many utilitarian gardens reveal

the more immediate needs of the majority of 18th-century Williamsburg’s citizens. Although the larger

field crops such as corn, tobacco and grains were grown outside the city limits, many fruits, vegetables

and herbs grown in kitchen gardens in town provided a plethora of edible items for the stew pot or

table. Original species, or “heirloom varieties,” grown by the colonists have been identified and

collected so that in many cases virtually exact matches have been made in the selection of seeds for

sale and use in Williamsburg’s gardens. 

The untold story of Williamsburg’s professional gardeners is the focus of the Colonial Nursery 

 

 

 

 

 

on Duke of Gloucester Street, across from Bruton Parish Church. Here costumed gardening staff  

go about their day-to-day chores while educating guests on 18th-century Virginia gardening, tools and

 

techniques. In addition, guided garden tours offer guests an opportunity to learn about colonial gardens

and the evolution of the garden design and interpretation in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area.

Bassett Hall, one of the restored historic properties at Colonial Williamsburg and the

Williamsburg home of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Jr., reopened to the public in December 2002 

after the 18th-century house underwent a comprehensive renovation that included the restoration of the

 

 

 

gardens to their 1940s appearance with the addition of more than 5,000 new trees, shrubs and ground covers. 

Ongoing research continues to provide more information and a better understanding of 18th century

Williamsburg gardens. Additional research undertaken by the Colonial Williamsburg

landscape staff is aimed at finding additional period plants, particularly vegetables and flowers, and

placing them in the appropriate gardens.

 

Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area encompasses 301 acres of gardens and green

spaces that range from the formal splendor of the Governor’s Palace gardens to the utilitarian

kitchen garden of the James Geddy site. The Historic Area is protected from modern intrusions by

a surrounding 2,800-acre greenbelt.

 

 

 

For further information about  real estate , homes, communities or building lots in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent or York County Virginia  contact:

 

John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

Liz Moore & Associates 757 254 8136

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Merchant’s Square Colonial Williamsburg VA

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Colonial Williamsburg’s

MERCHANTS SQUARE PROVIDES FRIENDLY SHOPPING, 

DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

 

 

 

 

Merchants Square, the shopping and dining district adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg’s

 

 

 

 

the hosted each fall and Art on the Square, sponsored by the Junior Women’s Club, each spring.

Throughout the summer, Merchants Square offers a weekly “Summer Breeze” concert

series, featuring musical performances from oldies and rock and roll, to big band and salsa to

jazz and R&B. Seasonal appearances by Santa Claus, Father Christmas and an array of musicians

and other performers keep things lively throughout the year. On Saturdays from April through

October, Merchants Square hosts the enormously popular Williamsburg Farmers’ Market, with a

bountiful supply of fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, herbs, cut flowers, potted plants and

much more.

All of the Merchants Square properties are owned by Colonial Williamsburg with the

majority leased to private owners. Revenue from Colonial Williamsburg’s property initiatives

supports the educational programs of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit

educational organization that oversees and operates the restored 18th-century town of

Williamsburg. For more information on Merchants Square, visit

 

 

www.merchantssquare.org

For further information about  real estate , homes, communities or building lots in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent or York County Virginia  contact:

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Williamsburg VA Real Estate Update “Village at Quarterpath”

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Construction crews are busy at both ends of historic Quarterpath Road. The new clearing to begin infrastructure on Riverside’s Quarterpath at Williamsburg community has rekindled anti-growth sentiment.

Three separate projects are going on simultaneously along Quarterpath Road.  They are :

Quarterpath Crossing —A shopping center  being developed on 15 acres bought from Colonial Williamsburg. It will be anchored by a Harris Teeter supermarket. The Crossing will include 85,610 square feet with the grocery accounting for more than half. 21 small stores are available for lease. TowneBank and Wachovia will open branches in two of four outbuildings. It is expected to open by next summer. Quarterpath Crossing’s location is across Route 199 from the main entrance to Kingsmill on the James.

Quarterpath at Williamsburg —Riverside Health System has received state approval to build a 120-bed nursing home at Quarterpath at Williamsburg, a 350-acre mixed-use development at the intersection of state Route 199 and U.S. 60. Plans for the project include 1,374 dwellings (including single-family homes, town houses and condos) 200,000 square feet of medical office space, 202,000 square feet of offices space and 400,000 square of “destination” retail use. Riverside also is seeking state approval for Doctors Hospital of Williamsburg, a 40-bed hospital for the site.  This new street will wind through the woods past a nursing home, assisted living, medical office park and retail and residential areas. The street will connect with Route 60 near the 7-Eleven.  There is  no timetable for construction.

The residential neighborhood will feature a second street running from Battery Boulevard back to Quarterpath Road, intersecting just below the redoubts near Route 60.

Village at Quarterpath —The north end of Quarterpath Road is closed because of construction and road improvements associated with a 77-unit mix of townhouses priced from $280,000 and detached homes from $399,000. The Village at Quarterpath is a mixture of stand-alone houses and townhouses, which will be situated around a central greenspace. A band of trees sitting in the otherwise cleared site, marks where the park will be. Construction began last year. Finished homes are currently available for sale

There will be no direct vehicle access between the Village at Quarterpath and the other two developments. That’s because the city elected to close the road at Tutters Neck Pond and convert it to a walking and biking trail, with access to Redoubt Park commemorating the Civil War.

The Village at Quarterpath features townhome and single family homes with a variety of master down and master up floor plans. Stately and traditional  plans  blend into the celebrated landscape of the surrounding areas. Distinctive design and architectural appointments  highlight each home.
     

 

The current HOA Homeowner Association Fees at The Village at Quarterpath are $ 50.00 monthly for detached homes and $87.50  monthly for town homes. This includes exterior lawn maintenance, common area maintenance and a scheduled roof replacement for the town homes.
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Quarterpath is located within the city limit of Williamsburg and enjoys the lower tax rate of the city as well as other benefits. It is located across the street from the Quarterpath Recreation center which offers the following :

 

 

 

As 23-acre facility that includes three lighted softball fields; a 25-meter, 6- lane, z-shaped outdoor swimming pool; three all-weather tennis courts; playground equipment; and a picnic shelter that will accommodate approximately 75 people.

 

Quarterpath Park is also the site of the Quarterpath Recreation Center, a 35,000 square foot facility that was renovated in 2002. The Recreation Center houses offices for the recreation staff, an 18,000 sq. ft. double gymnasium, a 1,700 sq. ft. dance/aerobics room, two classrooms and a 1,900 sq. ft. multipurpose room. Various instructional classes, athletic programs for youth and adults, sports camps, and special events are held throughout the year at this facility.
A short walk away is  Redoubt Park, located on Quarterpath Road,  dedicated on May 5, 2007 to celebrate the 145th Anniversary of the Battle of Williamsburg. When Virginia left the Union on April 17, 1861, Southern leaders recognized that the Federal army could approach their capital at Richmond by way of Williamsburg. Benjamin Stoddard Ewell, a West Point graduate and president of the College of William & Mary, conceived the construction of the Williamsburg defensive line. During the summer of 1861, Confederate Army of the Peninsula commander General John Bankhead Magruder organized the construction of 14 redoubts between College and Queens creeks. The two redoubts, #1 and #2, preserved in Redoubt Park, were built by soldiers and slaves to guard Quarterpath Road and the right flank of the Williamsburg Line overlooking Tutters’ Mill Pond. On May 5, 1862, the Williamsburg Line was the scene of a terrific battle with over 3800 Union and Confederate casualties. This inconclusive engagement left the Union in control of the Virginia Peninsula. These fortifications remain a stark tribute to those who served, defining America’s future.
Special Pricing Until further notice on existing inventory Townhomes start at $280,000. Single family homes start at $399,000 and include many different options and upgrades.

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

Please let me know if you are planning a trip to the area and would like to explore Quarterpath or any other home/ community in the area. I would be happy to assist in suggesting / reserving lodging for you.

For further information about  real estate , homes, communities or building lots in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent or York County Virginia  contact:

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 Riverside Health System has received state approval to build a 120-bed nursing home at Quarterpath at Williamsburg, a 350-acre mixed-use development at the intersection of state Route 199 and U.S. 60. Plans for the project include 1,374 dwellings (including single-family homes, town houses and condos) 200,000 square feet of medical office space, 202,000 square feet of offices space and 400,000 square of “destination” retail use. Riverside also is seeking state approval for Doctors Hospital of Williamsburg, a 40-bed hospital for the site.  

 

 

Williamsburg Virginia

Moving to/ Relocating/ Retiring in Historic Williamsburg, Virginia.With a rare combination of historic charm, fabulous entertainment and breathtaking natural beauty, Williamsburg is unlike any other city in America. Center stage for the birth of our nation, it forms a third of Virginia’s “Historic Triangle,” one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

 

But while Williamsburg’s celebrated history is an enormous draw, there’s so much more. This highly accessible city is just a short drive from Virginia’s capital city in Richmond, the major U.S. port of Newport News and popular oceanfront resort Virginia Beach. It also offers exclusive accommodations, fine dining, award-winning amusement parks, and exceptional shopping and golf. More than any other area in the country, Williamsburg offers the best of yesterday and today for an experience that truly has something for everyone.

Historical Importance

Of the many things for which Williamsburg is deservedly known, first and foremost is its rich history. The city’s story begins in 1633, when English colonists founded the settlement that was soon to be Williamsburg. The city went on to become a major political, cultural and social center throughout the colonial era. It soon became an academic center, too, with the founding of the College of William and Mary. The college, established in 1693, is one of the oldest in the country, second only to Harvard University. Williamsburg also served as Virginia’s state capital for a century, from 1699, when it was renamed in honor of William III, until Richmond was made capital in 1799.

Williamsburg’s continued relevance in the modern era was assured in 1926, when it attracted the attention of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Thanks to the billionaire philanthropist’s desire to restore and preserve the city to its colonial era appearance, Williamsburg is today a world-renowned living museum of America’s early history.

Accessibility

Williamsburg is highly accessible to a number of major Virginia cities. Richmond, the state’s capital and one of its largest cities, is just 50 miles and less than an hour’s drive away on I-64 West. Norfolk, a leading U.S. port and Virginia’s second-largest city, is just 55 miles and an hour’s drive away on I-64 East. Newport News is a half hour away along I-64 East, and major metropolitan area Northern Virginia is 150 miles and two and a half hours away via I-95 North.

Area Attractions

Historical Attractions

Colonial Williamsburg
America’s largest living history museum, with more than 300 acres of homes, stores and taverns restored to their colonial era appearance.

Historic Jamestown
The site of the first permanent English settlement in North America, in 1607. Garnered worldwide attention throughout 2007 for its year-round celebration of America’s 400th anniversary.

Historic Yorktown
An historic riverfront site on the York River. The scene of both the last battle of the American Revolution in October 1781 and a Civil War battle in 1862.

Berkeley Plantation
The most historic plantation on the James River and the birthplace of America’s ninth president, William Henry Harrison.

Sherwood Forest Plantation
Home of John Tyler, tenth president of the United States.

Shirley Plantation
Southern plantation owned and operated by the eleventh generation of the Hill-Carter family, eyewitnesses to centuries of American history.

Entertainment

Busch Gardens Europe
A European-themed park located in the heart of Williamsburg, voted the world’s “Most Beautiful Theme Park” for 17 consecutive years.

Water Country USA
Virginia’s largest water park, located just three miles west of Busch Gardens Europe.

Williamsburg Winery
Opened in 1985. Maker of the popular Governor’s White and John Adlum Chardonnay, named a 2005 “Best Buy” by “Wine Enthusiast” magazine.

Riverwalk Landing
A beautiful waterfront development with a mile-long pedestrian river walk as well as fine shopping, dining, touring and entertainment.

The Mariners’ Museum
One of the largest and most complete maritime history museums in the world. Houses an internationally renowned collection of 35,000 artifacts.

Golfing

Williamsburg enjoys a growing reputation as one of America’s premier golf destinations. The area offers more than a dozen courses designed by renowned names such as Arnold Palmer, Curtis Strange, Robert Trent Jones Sr., John LeFoy and Nicklaus Design Associates.

Courses include:

Outlet Shopping

The Williamsburg area has long been known as a destination for miles of high-quality, designer-name bargain shopping. Outlet malls include:

  • Patriot Plaza. Highway 60 and Richmond Road in Williamsburg
  • Prime Outlets. Richmond Road in Williamsburg
  • The Shops at Carolina. Richmond Road in Williamsburg
  • Williamsburg Outlet Mall. Richmond Road at Centerville in Lightfoot

For further information about  real estate , homes, communities or building lots in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent or York County Virginia  contact:

John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

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Williamsburg VA Free Concerts’ Summer Breeze on Merchants Square

Williamsburg Va real estate searchWilliamsburg Va’s 17th annual Summer Breeze Concert Series in Merchants Square

  • These concerts are always a fun way to spend a Wednesday evening with Family and friends. The 17th annual Summer Breeze Concert Series kicks off  on Wednesday June 21. The popular series features free outdoor evening concerts each Wednesday throughout July and August, with an extra  concert scheduled for Friday, July 11. Bring your dancing shoes (and a lawn chair) and enjoy the great lineup of performances each Wednesday night right in the middle of tree-lined Duke of Gloucester Street. The July fun gets started with the July 2 Independence Day Concert, followed by four terrific bands each successive Wednesday.

    There is a children’s activity area that opens at 6:30. Maybe grab some sandwiches from ‘ The Cheese Shop” and enjoy a picnic while you listed ot the band

    Here is the schedule and band line up for this years 2008 Season

  • Monday, July 2, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.: USAF Heritage of America Concert Band Annual Independence Day Concert
  • Wednesday, July 9, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m., Right On, “The Ultimate Party Band”
  • Friday, July 11, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Royal Hospital School Band, UK, The 40-member student concert band from the U.K. will make Williamsburg its final stop on a cultural tour to the United States.
  • Wednesday, July 16: Summer Breeze Concert, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m., Power Play, with a 6 p.m. pre-show performance by local student theater troupe Stagelights.
  • Wednesday, July 23, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m., Kings of Swing, a versatile 12-piece party band from Richmond, with musical styles from swing to beach music and Motown. Don’t miss the swing dance demonstrations during intermission!
  • Wednesday, July 30, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m., Skylark Featuring Anna Gunn, a 4-piece band with “swinging, sophisticated music” and the jazzy vocals of Anna Gunn. Don’t miss the swing dance demonstrations during intermission!Summer Breeze concerts are sponsored by Merchants Square, Citi SmithBarney, the City of Williamsburg, and the York County Arts Commission.

    For further information about  real estate , homes, communities or building lots in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent or York County Virginia  contact:

    John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

    Liz Moore & Associates 757 254 8136

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  • Williamsburg Concerts at Matoaka Amphitheater @ William and Mary

    Williamsburg Va real estate searchLake Matoaka Amphitheater W&M

     

    Every Friday Night from June 13 – August 22, 2008
    (except July 4)

    Live Music 6:30-10:00 PM
    (Gate opens at 6:30 PM)

    Adults $6 – Kids 12 & Under Free

    William & Mary Students $3 with ID

    Schedule:

     

    • June 27th BORDERLINE CRAZY    Listen to them here      

      July 4th *NO CONCERT*     

      July 11th SNACKBAR JONES       Listen to them here     

      July 18th BUTTER/BOOTYLICIOUS    Listen to them here     

      July 25th RAY PITTMAN PROJECT     Listen to them here     

      August 1st BAMBU STATION     Listen to them here     

      August 8th BEN PHELPS PROJECT   Listen to them here     

      August 15th THE RHONDELS WITH AMMON THARP   Listen to their Beach Music here     

      August 22nd SLAPWATER   Listen to them here 

      All concerts will go on rain or shine. There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets purchased for any concerts.

    • Pets are NOT allowed to be brought to the Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre.
    • Food and drinks (beer, wine, soda, and water) will be available for purchase. You may bring your own food, but NOT your own drinks. Alcoholic beverages will be confiscated at the gate. If you bring your own food, please use the smallest cool container possible (no large coolers). It is too time-consuming for our staff to search large coolers in order to prevent alcohol from being brought in to the amphitheatre.
    • The kids’ activity area will include activities such as face painting, a balloon artist, etc. These activities are weather dependent and may vary on different concert evenings.
    • Please support our sponsors. They allow us to keep the ticket price low.
    • Tickets may be purchased online or at the gate.
    • Directions:
    • From I-64 traveling West (from the Peninsula)

      Take Exit 242, Route 199, toward Jamestown. After about 5 miles, turn right onto Jamestown Rd. After about 2 miles, you will pass Lake Matoaka on your left, then turn left onto Ukrop’s Way. Park in the parking deck on your left (free) and use the walkway through the woods to the amphitheatre.

      From I-64 traveling East (from Richmond)

      Take Exit 234, Route 199, and turn right at the top of the exit. After about 8 miles, turn left onto Jamestown Rd. After about 2 miles, you will pass Lake Matoaka on your left, then turn left onto Ukrop’s Way. Park in the parking deck on your left (free) and use the walkway through the woods to the amphitheatre

    For further information about real estate in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent or York County Virginia  contact:

    John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

    Liz Moore & Associates 757 254 8136

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    www.MrVaBeach.com/  website

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    Yorktown Va Beach Music Concerts ” Shagging on the Riverwalk”

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    3rd Annual

    “Shagging on the Riverwalk”

    Beach Music Concert Series

    2008 SCHEDULE

    FRIDAY EVENINGS

    6:30pm-9:30pm

     

    Riverwalk Landing

    Historic Yorktown Virginia

     Schedule:

     

     

    July  18– THE CATALINAS

     

     

     

     

    July 25– LEGENDS OF BEACH

     

    August 1– THE TFC BAND

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    August 8– FAB

     
     

    August 15– THE ORIGINAL RHONDELS

    Sponsored by York County.

      
    Free and open to the public
    Grab the kids, blankets, lawn chairs, and your dancing shoes and head on out to the Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown, Virginia. For the first five weeks of summer, Yorktown celebrates a well known dance, commonly referred to as “the shag,” with a summer concert series at the Riverwalk Landing. This gathering is truly fun and exciting for anyone who really appreciates the shag. Each Friday in June will showcase a different Beach Music band, for your enjoyment. These events are free and open to the public, and they’re appropriate for all ages.

     

    The shows begin at 6:30 p.m. and last until 9:30 p.m. The Colonial Shag Club will be on site weekly offering mini shag lessons, informations and demos teaching beginners how to properly shag. A dance floor  is located in front of the stage and the band, but if the dance floor gets a little packed, you can always dance the night away in the grass or on the street.

    www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism

    For further information about real estate in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent or York County Virginia  contact:

    John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

    Liz Moore & Associates 757 254 8136

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    Williamsburg Real Estate Resource. Search for Homes & Land for sale in Williamsburg Virginia & surrounding areas  click here :CLICK HERE WILLIAMSBURG VA MLS HOME SEARCH

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    Williamsburg Va Liberty Ridge New Development Estate Lots

     Liberty Ridge a  new 550-acre community in Williamsburg has now been officially launched. 

    Liberty Ridge features an enviable location, just ten minutes from Colonial Williamsburg and Interstate 64. East West is sculpting the beautiful, heavily wooded terrain into 138 large estate sized homesites ranging in size from three to nine acres. The grand main entrance, located on Centerville Road, will reflect the colonial history of surrounding Williamsburg and James City County.

     Liberty Ridge is a beautiful property blessed with rolling terrain and an extensive canopy of mature hardwood trees. With every detail of the land plan we have painstakingly attempted to preserve the trees and the natural environment. Liberty Ridge will truly blend in and complement the rural nature of James City County. 

    Residents and visitors to Liberty Ridge will feel as if they are in a countryside setting. The estate-size homesites and meticulous attention to the preservation of the environment will give residents a feeling of being nicely removed from the hustle and bustle, yet conveniently located within the dynamic Williamsburg community. The homesites, which start at $250,000, are now available for purchase.

     

    The home designs in Liberty Ridge will pay homage to the past. Featured builders will create distinctive custom homes reminiscent of home styles from the past, such as English Cottage, Craftsman Cottage, timeless Traditionals, Georgians, classic American and European architectural styles. Along with new home designs, we will showcase many Southern classic designs which have become so popular in the southeast. There will be an emphasis on Water Smart landscape planning and exterior architectural details. Stone and hardiplank siding will be featured, as will traditional brick exteriors. The larger homesites will enable homeowners to have quality ‘dream homes’ built with high-end custom features, such as three and four-car garages. It will be the perfect opportunity for people to create their own private retreat within a community.” 

    Plans for Liberty Ridge include  a resort-style pool, residents’ clubhouse, playground for the kids and two community parks for social and picnic gatherings. In addition, more than three miles of community walking and biking trail systems will provide opportunities for residents to explore the natural beauty of the land. And with the county’s 689-acre Freedom Park next door, Liberty Ridge homeowners can add mountain biking and hiking to their list of pastimes for enjoying the great outdoors. 

     Liberty Ridge will appeal to a variety of buyers desiring large homesites in a master-planned community. Whether future homeowners are local buyers or new residents to the area, they will enjoy the proximity of Liberty Ridge to Colonial Williamsburg. 

      The developer has successfully developed 35 communities across seven states, including six award-winning Hampton Roads communities: Founders Pointe and Eagle Harbor in Isle of Wight County; The Riverfront in Northern Suffolk; Gatling Pointe and Gatling Pointe South in Smithfield; and Riverwatch in Gloucester. Most recently, The Riverfront was named as the first and sole inductee in the Tidewater Builders Association Community Hall of Fame. Since 1972, East West has been known for innovative land planning, an unwavering commitment to the environment and for building communities offering year-round, resort-style living. 

     

     For further information about Liberty Ridge or real estate , homes, communities, lots in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent or York County Virginia  contact:

    John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

    Liz Moore & Associates 757 254 8136

    John@MrWilliamsburg.com  email

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    www.MrBurg.com website

     

    www.MrHamptonroads.com/  website

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    www.MrVaBeach.com/  website

     

    Williamsburg Real Estate Resource. Search for Homes & Land for sale in Williamsburg Virginia & surrounding areas  click here :CLICK HERE WILLIAMSBURG VA MLS HOME SEARCH

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    Meeting rooms/ Banquet Halls Williamsburg/ Yorktown/ James City County

    yorktown freight shedFrom an article in the Va Gazette Cortney Langley | 

     Fair warning: It takes considerable planning to book an event at our three local community halls.

    Williamsburg’s Community Building is booked every weekend fully a year out. Yorktown’s Freight Shed is booked until December. And James City’s Legacy Hall at New Town averages more than 20 bookings a month.

    “We are doing fabulous,” said Stephanie Deal, James City County’s facilities coordinator. Rentals of the large and small meeting rooms at Legacy Hall generate about $120,000 a year for the county.

    All three are doing boffo box office because their rates are much more affordable than hotels and conference centers, which run well into the thousands for an event. Even William & Mary’s Alumni House can cost $3,000 for a wedding.

    Deal likens Legacy Hall more to a small convention center with conference rooms rather than a traditional community hall. At the same time, the design reacted to shortcomings found in York and the Williamsburg.

    legacy hall WilliamsburgFor example, the Freight Shed offers a gorgeous waterfront view, free summer tent rental and ambience of the 1930s building with exposed brick. However, even the bride has to contend with beach-goers to use the restrooms, as they are public and located in an adjacent building.

    “That’s the number one complaint,” said Freight Shed manager Sherman Renfrow. “Nowhere to change.”

    At the Community Building in Williamsburg, storage space is limited and the kitchen was an afterthought. Building facilities manager Richard Brown advised Legacy Hall’s architects to plan for more storage.

    The weakness at Legacy Hall, however, is parking. Both the Community Building and the Freight Shed have neighboring parking decks.

    Parking is still an issue at the Freight Shed, despite three nearby lots. Renfrow said that “Shagging on the Riverwalk” concerts in the summer have become so popular that they render the hall intentionally empty most Friday nights because of a parking shortage.

    williamsburg community buildingDespite their quirks and minor drawbacks, all three halls stay full. For weddings and bar mitzvahs, they offer a centralized venue in unique settings.

    Generally, they are all managed the same. They each book a year out, but the Community Building raised the bar by allowing online registration that is totally computerized. The walk-up system at Legacy Hall created a snafu recently when a deposit was accepted more than a year out and was honored by county officials.

    At the Freight Shed, if someone wants to reserve a slot more than a year out, Renfrow keeps the name on a waiting list for that month and starts calling the first of the month.

    The halls reflect a similar seasonal schedule. Spring is typically booked with graduation parties and the wedding season, which lasts through the summer. Meetings tend to dominate autumn, and holiday parties and company parties make up winter bookings.

    Each place has a unique appeal, though.

    The waterfront makes the Freight Shed attractive. Many couples reserve the nearby gazebo for their wedding. The Freight Shed carries the panache of history, since it was built in 1933 by the National Park Service to support shipping on the York River. In 1952 when the Coleman Bridge was complete, the building was closed and opened a few years later as a post office. It served for almost another 50 years before being moved slightly inland as part of Riverwalk development.

    The Community Building lies in the heart of the city Municipal Center, across from the library. Aside from city-sponsored events, most of the patrons have ties to the College of William & Mary, Brown said. It is particular attractive in the winter, where a gas-log fireplace provides a comfy appeal in the stark white interior.  You can reserve it here onlineLegacy Hall offers the convenience of New Town. The hall closes at 11 p.m., but parties often spill over to the Green Leafe Cafe, which stays open until 1 a.m. on weekends and offers a shuttle to neighboring hotels. Event planners sometimes arrange to take fidgety kids to the nearby movie theater.

     

    The popularity of all three sites has led to a parade of repeat customers, all three managers said. But be sure to book early.

    To book Legacy Hall click here

    To book The Freight Shed in Yorktown VA click here

    Williamsburg Community Building Reservations click here

     

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