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High Street, Williamsburg VA Community Spotlight by Mr Williamsburg

Update 2011 
As of March 2011 they developer of High Street has rented all of the town homes that had been for sale. I would assume that when the market recovers they will be listed for sale again. Stay tuned for further updates or email John@MrWilliamsburg.com  for more info. Or click here to see if any town homes are for sale at High Street
The lowest priced units had been listed at $394k and were also available for a lease purchase at $1950 monthly.

The Shops at High Street in Williamsburg has announced another new  tenant, Quirks of Art.  Quirks of Artis a locally-owned craft and gift gallery featuring handcrafted works by contemporary American artisans.

Quirks of Art…where almost everything we sell is “passionately handmade” in America. We are so proud to represent such amazing and talented artists…there have probably been a thousand through the years! Unique handcrafted works from over 400 artisans from throughout the United States and Canada are on display.

Owner Jennifer Raines scours the country in search of new artists and thoughtfully handpicks each item. She notes that most pieces are handmade and many are one-of-a-kind. The store offers a wide selection of handmade jewelry, pottery, hand painted glass, Sticks furniture, local art, clothing, and features a Life is Good “Good Karma” store.

Virginia Company Bank  has broken ground on a new banking office in Williamsburg’s High Street development. The five year old bank currently has branches at Oyster Point in Newport News, Coliseum Central in Hampton, and New Town in Williamsburg. The Williamsburg office at New Town,  High Street this coming winter. (2011}

“We are looking forward to moving to our first free-standing location in Williamsburg,” said Bank President and CEO Mark Hanna. “High Street is a great development and a location we feel will allow us to better serve our existing clients, as well as attract new ones.”

Located on Richmond Road, the new banking office will be approximately 10,000 square feet in size and feature a traditional design. The second floor will include office space as well as meeting space that will be available to local civic organizations. A three-lane drive-thru will make on-the-go banking easy and convenient.

Sterling manor Apartments williamsburgUpdate: August 2010

Williamsburg City Planners approved a site plan for the new Kings Manor Apartments at High Street, which replaces the originally proposed condo complex. Planners okayed 230 apartments in two 60- foot-high buildings, replacing 330 condos originally proposed. The complex will also include a clubhouse, pool and 10 garage buildings.

Kings Manor will have use of 51 parking spaces in the commercial parking garage for High Street.

The residential section of High Street, approved in 2005, allows for 574 dwelling units. Of those, 191 rental apartments and 16 of 53 approved townhomes have been built. Only one of the town homes sold and the developer has rented the remaining ones until the real estate  market stabilizes.

Below is an older aerial view showing the area where the Kings Manor Condos were to be built.

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Update August 2009

While moving vans are a common sight throughout Williamsburg VA, they have been a very rare sight at High Street. The town homes at High Street have finally sold their first unit there. This moving van was spotted in early August of 2009.

The developer has reduced  list prices almost $136,000  on some units . The new pricing starts at $394,500 and ranges to $569,500 for the Warwick, Westover and Wilton model town homes. Standard features include granite countertops, custom molding, marble floors and counters in the master bath and private enclosed courtyards with a detached two card garage behind it. Home owners in High Street will have access to a private clubhouse with fitness facility and a billiard room.

high street williamsburg One of the other residential components in High Street has flourished. Sterling Manor , the  apartments has reached full occupancy nearly three months ago.
Plans are still in the works for the Treyburn Manor and Kings Manor condos at High Street which should start construction in the near future

Commercial Update at High Street Williamsburg : Sept 2009

For months, the Virginia Beach-based Katsias Co. has been working hard to court prospective retail tenants to set up shop in High Street, the Williamsburg, VA shopping and residential complex.

movietavernhighstreet Construction is under way in High Street on the buildings and stores that will house Terra ,  a coffee shop, Kilwin’s Chocolate and Ice Cream store, in addition to Plaza Azteca, a Virginia based Mexican restaurant chain.
It is hoped that the stores will be open by the end of 2009.

This will be a welcomed relief for residents who have wondered for months if High Street would ever have more than a movie theater and a single fast-food restaurant.
highstreetfiveguys In March, Movie Tavern, a restaurant and first-run movie theater, and Five Guys Burger and Fries, a hamburger and hot dog fast-food restaurant, became High Street’s first tenants.
The leasing agent for High Street has indicated that three additional restaurants are close to signing leases to move onto High Street. There are also three retailers and a grocery store currently looking into moving locations into the development.

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highstreethomesforsaleThis post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf.  John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market.  His websites, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and   www.MrWilliamsburg.com, were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, with the hopes of selling a house now and again.  You can reach him at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com.
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