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Williamsburg VA Home for sale.

"Home is where the heart is"

If Garrett Fesler was having a bad day at work, he’d just think about being home, in his backyard sunroom. “It extends out into our yard, so that you’re looking out at green — like being in the middle of the woods — and it’s a great place to relax,” he says. “I love to open up all the windows and just sit and catch a breeze.”
That all-season sunroom, with a vaulted ceiling and floor-to-ceiling glass doors on three sides, was one of the main reasons Garrett and his wife, Corine, bought their 2,300 square-foot rambler in 2007. The couple, who had ties to the College of William & Mary, wanted a home with a large yard and mature trees in an established neighborhood that was close to the college. Their Canterbury Hills home on a heavily-treed, 2/3 acre lot, located within an easy walk or bike ride to W & M, offers all of that.front1

The home also provides one-story living, another feature the couple sought. It includes a master bedroom with a full, en suite bathroom, two additional bedrooms, and a second full bath. It has a den, plus the flexibility of formal living and dining rooms, in addition to an informal great room that opens to a large kitchen. “We love this layout, with common living quarters that are separate from the bedrooms,” Corine says.

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The couple and their school-age daughter spent most of their time in the great room, which features a fireplace and overlooks the back yard and several bird feeders. “We have a big feeder right off the great room window,” Garrett says. “I’ve spent a lot of hours watching birds there with my daughter. We even bought her a bird book.”
Much of the rambler has honey-colored, wood floors that were initially hidden by carpeting. “Before we moved in, we pulled up all the carpets and exposed the wood floors,” Garrett says. “Then we [refinished] them.”

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Dog and kid friendly. The large yard, which includes a side patio and a deck off the sunroom, backs up to a wooded easement. It is partially fenced to offer a safe, backyard play area for dogs and young children. “It’s a big space with multiple gates for easy access,” Corine notes. “It has been wonderful for us, with plenty of space for a kid and a beagle to run around.”

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The fenced area extends along the length of the house, but there is open backyard space, too. Corine has planted several garden beds for vegetables and flowers. “We have good light in the yard if you like gardening; there’s both sun and shade,” she notes. “We also have several dozen oaks, and azaleas like crazy. It’s amazing when they bloom.”
The couple’s home, especially the back yard, became a neighborhood gathering place. “”Because of our back yard, we were kind of the drop-off family for neighborhood kids,” says Corine. “We’d have all these giggling little girls running around outside.” Kids tramping into the house after outside play were no problem, with a mudroom off a side entrance that to both the sunroom and the kitchen/great room.

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Workshop ready. At the back of the yard is a large shed that Garrett says could be the perfect woodshop. “It has a concrete floor, multiple electric outlets, and work benches on three sides. If I were actually handy, I would have been back there creating awesome things, but I don’t have that gift,” he says, laughing. “So, we use it mostly for storage.”
Neighborhood conveniences. In addition to being so close to William & Mary, the neighborhood offers the convenience of being able to walk to a small shopping center to pick up groceries and even a pizza. It is also near a swimming pool in an adjacent neighborhood. “The pool is easy to get to from our place, and our daughter was on the swim team there,” Garrett notes.

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“One of the great things about our street is that it’s a cul-de-sac,” he adds. “There’s little traffic, so we felt comfortable having our daughter be out there.” With its wide streets, it is also a great walking neighborhood, and the place where the couple’s daughter learned how to ride her bike.
Time to move. “When we bought our home, we loved it and thought we would be there long-term,” says Garrett. “We wouldn’t even be selling it now if we hadn’t taken jobs out of town.”

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When the couple decided to sell, they remembered that John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf had helped an elderly neighbor sell her home across the street. “We thought we would give John a shot, and we found him to be a real straight-shooter,” said Garrett. “And that is something we liked.”

Why the stories? Because these aren’t just houses, they’re homes.
Mr. Williamsburg knows that when you’re looking for a new place, you’re searching for more than just four walls plus amenities; you’re looking for that welcoming refuge we call home. That’s why we go beyond the standard “4 bedrooms, 3 baths on large lot” statistics, to share how others have lived in this house, to reveal the home’s unique personality, to help you decide whether this is a place where your family could thrive.

Likewise, we realize that you’re seeking not simply a development within a particular zip code, but also an opportunity to become part of a community. That’s why we share our sellers’ experiences as members of that neighborhood.
We trust these stories will assist you in finding your way home.
Want to tell your home’s story?

Contact John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf at (757) 254-8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com and we’ll get you started.

This home is offered for sale at $260k and is located at 123 Ferncliff Dr Williamsburg VA 23188 click here for directions

First Time Homebuyer Classes In Williamsburg/ James City County

The James City County Office of Housing and Community Development will hold a First- time Homebuyers class on Tuesday, Feb. 21 and Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6-9 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Administration Building, 5300 Palmer Ln., Suite 1A. Williamsburg Va

Anyone who is currently looking to purchase a home or is considering a purchase in the future will benefit from this class. Topics covered include personal finances, credit and credit scoring, qualifying and applying for a loan, choosing the right home and what happens at a loan closing. For many applicants, the mortgage company requires them to complete a home buyers class prior to loan approval. Those who attend both sessions will receive a certificate of completion.

Space is limited. To register for the class, call 757-259-5340. For more information about the First-time Homebuyer Program, visit the website or call 757-259-5340.

James City County’s home buyer program has assisted 440 home buyers with $40 million in low-interest loans and down-payment assistance since 1991.

Applicants must have income, employment stability, and an established history of good credit. Financing programs have various income limits and other qualification requirements.

Properties are available in Braemar Creek, Ironbound Square, Williamsburg Village at Norge and Michelle Point.

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Is there anyone who doesn’t know where the new Quarterpath Shopping Center is Located ?

S. L. Nusbaum wants to make sure you realize that the new Quarterpath Shopping center is there. ( Site of the new Harris Teeter)  I don’t know about you but it seems that everyone who passes by sees it. Have you seen it ?

They have applied to the City of Williamsburg for an exception to the sign ordinance which only allows them a thirty two square foot sign. Instead they would like permission for THREE forty eight square foot signs. Is this really necessary ?

This is the same developer who caused previous controversy in clearing the right of way on Rt 199 in front of the Windsormeade Shopping Center

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By the way, it seems everyone was happy with the tree cutting in front of Windsormeade Shopping Center back in March of 2009 except me. VDOT explained that it was done to promote the health of the trees. Somehow the woods behind my house are very healthy even though S.L. Nusbaum hasn’t come through and trimmed them.

It seems ironic to me that the developer ( Nusbaum) was allowed to use a loophole intended for clearing around billboards in rural areas to clear the State owned property in front of a shopping center. The bill, which passed, grants VDOT "the authority to impose on a billboard company requesting approval of a vegetation control permit, the obligation to relocate or replant vegetation according to a landscaping plan approved by VDOT, at the sole cost of the billboard company."

I don’t think clearing in front of a shopping center is  what the law was intended for.

Here are a few photos so you can see the clearing that was done abck in MArch 2009:

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New Town Williamsburg VA- Detached Homes Unveiled.

The developers of New Town have announced the availability of  The very first detached homes to be built in the New Town TND community in Williamsburg, VA.

The homes are designed by Wayne “ Cooter” Ramsey with Allison Ramsey Architects, a talented and energetic team of designers with diverse experience and expertise.

The first home offered is the Eden Model , part of the  Carolina Inspirations series of homes. A collection of house plans that celebrates traditional Southern architecture.

Allison Ramsey Architects was founded in Beaufort, South Carolina, in 1992. Bill Allison and Cooter Ramsey have built a reputation for designing homes crafted of timeless materials and classic architectural elements for traditional neighborhood developments.

Here is a photo and floor plan for the Eden Model to be built in New Town.

Prices start in the high $400’s. Lot sizes average .19 acres with many of the lots backing up to woods. Smaller models maybe available in the future.

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Eden Floor Plan New Town

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Another detached home is now available in New Town, Williamsburg VA. This model is the Humboldt Plan designed by Shapiro and Co Architects, an architectural firm with offices in Memphis and Nashville. Under the leadership of the founder Brad Shapiro and Senior Associate Dennis Mitchell, the firm’s portfolio has grown to include Custom Residential, Multi-Family and Traditional Neighborhood Development throughout the United States.

The Humboldt offers 2239 Square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms all on the second floor , 2 and a half baths, living room, family room and a library.

Here is a floor plan of the new Humboldt detached home now available to be built in New Town. Elevation A is the first to be offered.

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Shapiro and Company architects are currently designing the following:

High-end Custom Residences and Architectural Interior projects in LaPorte, Indiana; Boulder, Colorado, and several throughout the Mid-South.

Multi-Family Communities in Nashville, Tennessee and Oxford, Mississippi.

Traditional Neighborhood Developments:

Gateway Village, Franklin, Tennessee
Kennesaw Farms, Gallatin, Tennessee
Rivertown on the Island, downtown Memphis – a 200 unit condominium project along the Mississippi River

 

This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf.  John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market.  His website, www.MrWilliamsburg.com, and blog www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg, with the hopes of selling a house now and again.  You can reach him at 757.236.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com

Fairway Villas Photo Tour- Williamsburg VA Town Home/ Condos

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Where is Waldo and is he reading Mr Williamsburg’s Blog ?

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Apparently real estate in the Williamsburg and Hampton Roads  areas is of interest to readers worldwide. The picture at left was from early Saturday morning on March 14,2009. I have noticed more and more readers from all over the world perusing this blog.
As you can see on this day there were readers from Copenhagen Denmark, Calcutta, India, France, Salzburg, Austria and Khabarovsk, Russia along with many more from the U.S..

If you have any questions about the area, communities, neighborhoods,  golf, cultural activities, museums,recreation, homes for sale, sales statistics, financing a home, kids activities, shopping, opening a business, waterfront ,schools, condos, town homes,neighborhoods, living in or selling a home in Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA please drop me an email at John@MrWilliamsburg.com  I am happy to answer any and all that I can. If I don’t have the answer I will know where to send you to for a response.

 

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Where are the people coming from who move to Williamsburg VA ?

There is a lot of speculation about the origins of Williamsburg, VA home buyers. Some would have you believe that we are somehow a southern colony of the northeast. In my personal experience I do work with a lot of home buyers coming from up north. Primarily New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the Washington D.C. area.

Why Williamsburg VA ? Better weather, for one.  Lower Taxes, Lots of activities , museums , cultural events. The Beach and Mountains within a short drive. In recent years, the pipeline of previously arrived friends and family members has also fueled the trend..

These aren’t just the traditional retirees moving south, but families and recent college graduates.

Here is a link to a neat interactive map courtesy of the The Charlotte Observer it shows what areas people are coming from in their move to Williamsburg/ James City County VA.   Te map is based on 2000-2005 IRS tax returns, confirming we are a mobile society. The data shows most moves are relatively local, such as from the urban areas to the suburbs or adjacent counties. In the chart below we see that out of the top 18 areas where people relocated from, the only two northeastern states are Suffolk, NY and Fairfield CT.

 

    Newport News, VA 3,659
    York, VA 1,933
    Williamsburg, VA 1,057
    Hampton, VA 930
    Fairfax, VA 825
    Virginia Beach, VA 570
    Gloucester, VA 480
    Henrico, VA 443
    New Kent, VA 357
    Chesterfield, VA 310
    Norfolk, VA 243
    Suffolk, NY 226
    Chesapeake, VA 210
    Prince William, VA 199
    Montgomery, MD 191
    Richmond City, VA 188
    Fairfield, CT 173
    Anne Arundel, MD 128

     

     

In an analysis of migration data from a more recent  2007 IRS Report. Of the 3503 people who moved into Williamsburg/  James City County  1575 of those were from out of state. 45% or almost have of our population is coming from other states.

The next question for home sellers in the Williamsburg / James City County area of Virginia. How do you reach these prospective home buyers ?

I would welcome an opportunity to show you how Mr Williamsburg reaches these prospects !

Williamsburg VA Migration Data  Click here to see where people are coming from who are moving to Williamsburg, James City County, Newport News, Mathews County, Isle of Wight, Gloucester County, Hampton, York County and Middlesex County Virginia. This data is from 2007 IRS information

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