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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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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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Read more about Fairway Villas here:

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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

White Hall Neighborhood Spotlight-Toano VA

White Hall in Toano, VA near Williamsburg is one of HHHunt’s newest master-planned communities. Here you will find a small, quaint community where you can live a rich, full life. At White Hall, you will choose from a variety of home styles that blend with the area’s distinctive architecture, at prices that are quite reasonable.

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At White Hall you’ll find a variety of new home styles starting in the $ 130’s.

A master-planned community in a pristine, rural setting, White Hall will offer a variety of single-family homes, town homes and town home-style condominiums perfectly suited for professionals, families and seniors who cherish their time at home — without compromising on seemingly infinite cultural, dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities just minutes away.

White Hall has been designed to maximize natural spaces, with the community being centered around a large, centrally located park. A strong pedestrian focus will provide an outstanding environment for homeowners and encourage activity and community interaction.  The centerpiece of the Whitehall community will be a restored farmhouse.

Facts about White Hall :

Set on 139 acres in the western part of James City County White Hall will have hickoryneckchurchover 58 acres of parks for the community with it’s features include the Historic Farmhouse clubhouse, Two Ponds,Rolling Topography. Adjacent properties are two schools, Stonehouse Elementary and Williamsburg Christian Academy
an historic church ( Hickory Neck Church)  and farms.

The original property known today as Whitehall Plantation stands about 75 yards east of the point where VA Route 30 and US Route 60 intersect, near Toano in James City County. Built for William Geddy in 1805-06. Whitehall represents more than two centuries of nearly continuous occupation by the Geddy family. The Farmhouse on the property will  become the focal point and central feature in this residential community.

The Weatherly House at White Hall which will become the clubhouse at White Hall

The farmhouse and park comprise approximately 40% of the total site which also include two ponds, a creek, multi purpose playing field,nature trails and the community amenity center.
Streets are arranged in a traditional Tidewater Virginia manner with a variety of lot sizes. Most homes have alleys and many front the parks and open space. Along Route 60, a view corridor to the farmhouse and adjacent historic church is enhanced by a significant amount of land that will continue to be farmed.

Weatherly at White Hall, offers town home-style condos by HHHunt Homes, all of which are low-maintenance anf EarthCraft certified.

These open floor plans include 2-3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, lofts, and kitchens with breakfast nooks,and are priced from the $130,000’s.
The Townes at White Hall, by HHHunt Homes and Ryan Homes, feature two- and three-story town homes offering low-maintenance living with 3-4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, spacious living room and dining rooms in addition to 1- or 2-car garages, priced from under $200,000.

Schools for the White Hall community are:   Stonehouse Elementary, Toano Middle School and Warhill High.

Warhill HS will offer HS students the ability to take college classes at the adjacent campus of Thomas Nelson Community College. Stonehouse Elementary is one of the top rated schools in James City County.

Single-Family Homes by HHHunt Homes and Ryan Homes feature comfortable layouts with elegant kitchens and baths, plus spacious living areas, priced from under $250,000.

Click here to search all homes, condos, town homes for sale in the White hall community in Toano, near Williamsburg VA- James City County

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UPDATE JUNE 2010:

See more photos of White Hall here

HH Hunt starts construction of detached and town homes at White Hall

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History:

The original White Hall Tavern was built in 1805 by William Geddy, who was an upper middle class planter and blacksmith. He built the home for his son (james Geddy) who was a silversmith, and the purpose of the home was to represent “the improving quality of housing for all Virginians during the early Republican period.” Tax records have indicated that because William Geddy was a wealthy planter, he most likely possessed a number of adult slaves as well.

During the mid-1800s in the midst of the United States Civil War, the plantation home served as a site crucial to the Confederate Army. Due to its convenient location within a somewhat close proximity to Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy, it was a site that provided important intelligence gathering and distribution of information pertinent to the South’s advancement in the war.

The 200 acres of surrounding land had been in the family since the 1760’s. The United States Department of the Interior declared it a national historical landmark in 2007.

psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I  would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg areas of Virginia or to sell your existing home.

This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of the Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads area and  and his expertise in the local real estate market.

His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the  surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula.

Here you can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities,condos and townhomes , foreclosures/ REO,  land, building lots, commercial property  in Williamsburg , Yorktown, New Kent, Gloucester, Poquoson as well as the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads, Virginia
You can reach John by phone at 757-254-8136 or email him at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

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