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The Settlement at Powhatan Creek in Williamsburg VA- Ryan Homes

Ryan Homes, the largest home builder in the Richmond, Williamsburg, VA corridor is  building new homes at The Settlement at Powhatan Creek a  55+ Active Adult community in Williamsburg Virginia

The Settlement at Powhatan Creek is a spectacular active adult community designed for those 55 and better who wish to simplify their lives without giving up style, space and convenience. Excitingly new,  The Settlement does exactly that, combining maintenance-free living with elegant, innovative design in a variety of single-family and town homes.

Featured_ListingsThe maintenance-free lifestyle rewards residents with more free time to spend with family, friends and neighbors.If you purchase  a home at The Settlement at Powhatan Creek, you can sell your lawn mower, rake and outside ladder because you’re finished with most outside home maintenance chores. Instead, you’ll have time for year round swimming, water aerobics, working out, playing tennis, biking, walking and socializing – just steps from your door.

Ryan Homes’ Legacy Active Adult homes are the newest single-family homes in The Settlement at Powhatan Creek. Available in 3 models, all with first floor owner’s suites and 2-car garages, they offer up to 3 bedrooms and up to 3 full baths, and some plans include second floor lofts, Walk up attics, guest suites, or a fully finished basements. Each home is fully ENERGY STAR® Qualified for significant energy cost savings. Customization options include rear sunrooms, gourmet kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, hardwood and ceramic tile flooring, designer lighting and so much more.

Prices  start in the $250’s for a detached Pisa model  ( Click here to be put on a  list for additional information)



At this time there are multiple ranch home designs offered including the Brighton, Castleton, Brentwood and the Pisa as well as the Griffin Town home. New Designs should be unveiled in the coming months. Below are brief descriptions of the homes to be built by Ryan Homes at The Settlement at Powhatan Creek in Williamsburg VA

The Castleton-  1,989 sq.ft.  ( expandable)

From the upper $290’s

The Castleton is one of Ryan Homes’ newest and most versatile home-styles to be offered at The Settlement in Williamsburg VA. 

Welcome home to the Castleton, where every amenity you want fits perfectly into the one-story living you desire. As you enter the Foyer, you’re greeted by beautiful glass French doors into the study and a graceful arched opening into the main living area. Through the arch is a separate Dining Room with optional tray ceiling, perfect for formal entertaining. Through another arch is the open Kitchen and Dinette, featuring a curved breakfast bar. The Kitchen is a cook’s dream with its ample counter and cabinet space and large pantry; don’t forget to upgrade to a separate cooktop and wall oven. Past the Dinette is a large Great Room. An optional fireplace is available in one of two different locations and brings additional light and warmth to the room. Add the optional Sunroom or Screened Porch and bring the outdoors in. Off the main living area, an arched ante space creates a private feel for the entrance to the Owner’s Suite. Highlighted by an optional tray ceiling, the Owner’s Bedroom features two huge walk-in closets and an Owner’s Bath with an oversized shower and double-bowl vanity. Or you can choose to upgrade to a separate soaking tub and shower in one of several alternate layouts. Don’t forget to add the optional Sitting Area, highlighted by another arch, to create a quiet retreat. Set apart from the common area by a arched hall off the Kitchen are two more bedrooms, each with large closets; a linen closet; full bath; and a convenient first floor Laundry Room with space for side-by-side machines and an optional laundry tub. Want even more room? Add the optional second floor, featuring an enormous Bonus Room and optional storage space, or choose another bedroom with walk-in closet and full bath. Regardless of the options you choose, the Castleton is available in elegant transitional and Cottage style elevations in a variety of stone, siding and brick.



The Brentwood From the upper $280’s Square footage ranges from 1,730-3,900

Enter into the Foyer of the Brentwood and you’ll know you’ve entered a home of style and distinction. An elegant tray feature accents the 9’ ceiling, while graceful arches pull you into the living areas of the home. To the left are two spacious bedrooms and a full bath. To the right, a hall leads to a two car garage and a convenient and enormous 1st floor Laundry Room with storage shelves, room for side-by-side washer-dryer, and an optional laundry tub. Square footage ranges from 1,730-3,900.
Forward off of the Foyer is the main living area, spacious and filled with light from the vaulted ceiling and bank of windows on the rear wall of the Great Room. The Kitchen is open to the Great Room over an arched breakfast bar, and the dining Area is perfect for informal dinners at home. The optional Sunroom adds more room off the Great Room for entertaining. Don’t forget to add the optional Screened Porch for even more light and living area. There are plenty of options to make the home fit your lifestyle – choose a separate Dining Room with grand double arched entryway in lieu of a bedroom for more formal entertaining, or make it a Study featuring glass French doors and work from home. Add the extension to the house for an even larger Bedroom #2 with walk-in closet.
Set off from the main living area by a private arched entryway, the Owner’s Bedroom is a secluded retreat with an optional tray ceiling and enormous walk-in closet. The Owner’s Bath features a double-bowl vanity and separate shower and tub; or upgrade to the soaking tub for a spa-like experience. Don’t forget to add the optional Sitting Area to the bedroom, set off by columns. Want even more space? Add the optional Bonus Room upstairs; or make it into a Bonus Bedroom with walk-in closet and bath. The Brentwood features transitional and cottage elevations with brick, stone, and siding. No matter what options you choose, the Brentwood is a home that is sure to delight and inspire.

The Brighton – 1,716 sq.ft   (expandable to 2400 + square feet and up)
From the mid $290’s

Enjoy the advantages of one-story living in this lovely open ranch. This home features 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a study.

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The kitchen, with breakfast bar and dining area, is open to the large vaulted great room. An open staircase from the great room can lead to an optional full basement. A second floor option can add a loft / bedroom combination or two additional guest bedrooms with an additional bath. The private owner’s suite with tray ceiling includes a walk-in closet and private bath with 5-foot shower and double vanities. This versatile floor plan can also be expanded with a rear sunroom..

View a Virtual Tour of the Brighton Model here

The Pisa – 1,406 sq.ft  (can be expanded) from the $250’s

Ryan Homes Pisa the settlement williamsburg

The Pisa features a split-bedroom plan. The Foyer features a large coat closet, with Bedrooms 2 and 3 to your left. Through the house is the Great Room with optional fireplace, open to the Dining Area and with a breakfast bar into the Kitchen. The upgrade Kitchen features an optional gourmet island and a hutch with glass doors. Add the Morning Room for more light and area for entertaining. The Owner’s Bath has a shower as standard, or get the upgraded shower with seat or tub. Add a 4’ extension to the Owner’s Bedroom for a larger walk-in closet and Owner’s Bath. With or without extension, an optional Sitting Area is available to expand the Owner’s Suite into a private retreat. The Pisa includes an Attic that can be just open finished space, or can include an optional bedroom and bath. An optional basement can also be finished with an optional bath. The Pisa has several traditional, classic elevations available.

View a Virtual Tour of the Pisa model here

UPDATE: Jan 2010

The attached town homes at The Settlement built by Ryan Homes will be the Griffin Model. Prices are still being finalized but should be in the lower $200’s ( call or email to be put on the waiting list) The first attached homes should be delivered around the  Sept/Oct 2011 time frame. Sales should commence on town homes beginning in April 2011.

The moment you see the Griffin, you will recognize it immediately as a Ryan villa home of elegance and functional style, with every amenity located on the first floor for the ultimate in convenience in one floor living.. As you enter the expansive foyer, you will see the intricate details immediately with the soaring 2-story ceiling and decorative column accenting the dining room. Through the dining room is the spacious great room with an incredible sloped ceiling. Choose the optional sunroom off of the great room to add light and drama to your new home. The conveniently designed kitchen features an island, plus spacious cabinet and counter space as well as a look-through into the dining room. The washer and dryer are conveniently located next to the dinette. The luxurious first-floor owner’s suite features a gigantic walk-in closet and dual vanity, and can be upgraded with an optional tray ceiling, delightful soaking tub and separate shower. Upstairs, there are two additional bedrooms, a loft, full bath and plenty of storage space. Complete your home with an enhanced lower level that can include an optional study and full bath. The Griffin includes three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a two-car garage.

+ All of the lawn and exterior maintenance is taken care of for you, each home is ENERGY STAR® Qualified to save money on energy costs, and each is backed by Ryan Homes’ 10-year warranty.

Griffin -Ryan Homes

See a virtual tour of the Griffin model here










How do you pronounce "Powhatan?" What does it mean?
It’s pronounced "Pow-HAT-un." ("Pow" rhymes with "cow," and "HAT" rhymes with "cat.") Powhatan meant "waterfall" in the Virginia Algonquian language. It was originally the name of Chief Wahunsonacock’s home town (which was located near a waterfall.)

Who were some famous Powhatan Indians?
The most important Powhatan Indian was Chief Powhatan. His real name was Wahunsonacock. "Chief Powhatan" was his title as the leader of the Powhatan Confederacy. Chief Powhatan was actually more like a European king than a traditional Algonquian chief. In most Algonquian tribes, village chiefs came together in councils to make important decisions, and all the chiefs had to agree to take an action.
The most famous Powhatan Indian was Chief Powhatan’s daughter Pocahontas. A lot of stories told about Pocahontas are not true. Pocahontas was only eleven years old when she met John Smith, and they did not have a romance. The story about Pocahontas saving his life may not be true either. But Pocahontas really did marry another English colonist, John Rolfe. It was the most famous interracial marriage of the time. Pocahontas was only 21 when she died, but many people are descended from her son Thomas.

search homes for sale at the settlement williamsburg vaThe Settlement at Powhatan Creek is one of three 55+ active adult communities in the Williamsburg/  James City County area of Virginia. ( Colonial Heritage and The Villas at Five Forks are the others)  Set on 225 wooded acres bordered by Powhatan Creek. This planned active-adult community for people ages 55+  will feature 400 custom detached and attached  homes once complete.

Savor the advantages of brand-new construction and quality craftsmanship, the pleasure of a well-designed, maintenance-free home, and the tranquility of beautiful woodland surroundings.

A pedestrian-friendly walking community, The Settlement at Powhatan Creek in Williamsburg is located just minutes away from shopping centers, delectable dining venues, museums, the renowned College of William and Mary and the living history of Colonial Williamsburg.  Less than 5 minutes away are  2 major department stores,( Target, Belk,) a major food store,( Martins) several pharmacies, a full-service gas station, multiple banks, eateries, Office Depot, Pet Smart, Pier One , novelty stores, and service establishments such as video rental and parcel mailing. , next to the stunning array of shops and restaurants in New Town, .New Town is 365-acres of shopping, restaurants, entertainment, offices and homes located at the intersection of Ironbound Road and Monticello Avenue, just off Route 199 and adjacent to The College of William and Mary.  In New Town, you’ll find an extensive outdoor shopping mall with local stores and national chains, fine restaurants and quick eating, a 12-screen movie theater, medical and dental practices, banks and financial services, salons, gyms, the Courthouse and Post Office as well as offices for many of the area’s leading professional firms

Add to this the Mid-County Park complex–complete with “Kidsburg” playground, walking trails, tennis and lighted athletic fields. Around the corner is the 55-mile biking and walking Capital Trail starting at Jamestown and eventually ending in Richmond, VA.

clubhouse at the settlement

Over 70% of the 225 acre  site is dedicated green space and preserved woodland marsh. Many of the custom homes sites in The Settlement at Powhatan Creek are located on lots backing to pristine preserved areas.

When you’re ready to relax, there’s a clubroom with a billiard table, comfy chairs, a fireplace and, of course, a large screen television, indoor and outdoor pools.  Other attractive community features are a 10- to 12-person spa, a fountain in the outdoor pool for added beauty, a ballroom for special events, smaller meeting rooms for crafts gazebo at the settlement williamsburg vaand other activities, a fishing pond, and a security gate. 
Like to walk, run or bike?  You’ll appreciate using the sidewalks along the tree-lined streets. In addition, James City County will be constructing a multi-use trail from The Settlement that will connect to the Capital Trail that will eventually link Williamsburg and Richmond. an indoor and outdoor pools.

A  full-time activities director will oversee club operations, organizes neighborhood clubs and interest groups, schedules educational and instructional classes, and plans trips and events.

Pool at the settlement williamsburg va Exterior home care,( even roof replacement when needed) lawn care, irrigation system maintenance and full use of the Residents’ Club

Fees at The Settlement range from $175-$250 monthly. $250 for detached homes.

GOLF- Within a short drive are 15 championship golf courses, each offering a set of unique challenges to match every golfer’s desires.

Read about the Wayne Harbin and Marque Homes At The Settlement

Search homes for sale in The Settlement at Powhatan Creek The Ryan homes will not appear in this search until November 2010

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Watch a short video of “The Settlement at Powhatan Creek

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The Settlement Siteplan


Neighborhood Amenities at The Settlement

  • Gated Residential Community with Keypad and Security Cameras
  • Two Thirds of the Community Acreage will be Natural Green space
  • Exterior Home and Grounds Maintenance Included in Low Monthly Fee ($250 per month detached homes, $175 per month attached homes)
  • Natural Walking Trails
  • Gazebo, Benches and Pond
  • Nature Overlook
  • Birding Opportunities

Why should you live at The Settlement in Williamsburg VA ?

There are many things that set The Settlement at Powhatan Creek apart from other Active Adult communities:

clubhouse at the settlementRESIDENTS’ CLUB

The focal point of the community is a multi -million dollar Residents’ Club which features indoor and outdoor pools, spa, tennis court, fitness and aerobics rooms, ballroom, spaces for cards, crafts and hobbies, a billiards game room, and a catering kitchen for residents’ use. The full-time activities director oversees club operations, organizes neighborhood clubs and interest groups, schedules educational and instructional classes, and plans trips and events.

williamsburg national golf courseGOLF

The Settlement is affiliated with the Williamsburg National Golf Club, less than a mile away. The club has two championship 18-hole courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Clark.  Williamsburg National courses are consistently ranked as two of the top courses you can play in Virginia.  Residents of the Settlement are offered special membership incentives, including an initiation fee of only $4,000. Note: You do not have to be a member to play Williamsburg National. Check their website for current specials.


The Settlement provides exterior maintenance of your home and grounds–standard. This sets them apart from most other communities. Monthly fees include roof replacement, exterior home care, lawn care, irrigation system maintenance and full use of the Residents’ Club.


The Settlement at Powhatan Creek is located in James City County, Virginia which has one of the lowest real estate taxes around.  Real estate taxes are only $0.77 per hundred dollars of assessed value. Annual taxes on a $300,000 home, would be  $2,310 ( YES, THAT’S CORRECT) Two Thousand Three Hundred and Ten Dollars Annual taxes.

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Location Map of The Settlement

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Read what Homeowners at The Settlement are saying

“The location of The Settlement is great for a quick lunch or a quick trip to the store,” says Dick Yenni, who moved here  from nearby Season’s Trace with his wife, Liz. “We looked at several communities in the Williamsburg area and didn’t find as many of the features we desired until we looked at The Settlement.”

Perry and Nancy Stone, the second homeowners to move in, like the leisure lifestyle at The Settlement at Powhatan Creek. “We have no yard work – that’s one of the major things,” Nancy Stone says. The Stones also appreciate the convenient location. “It’s only five minutes farther down the road to Governor’s Land where we lived before, but it seems like we’re a lot closer in. It feels closer to everything.” “My husband uses the workout room and I swim laps,” Nancy Stone says. “When the weather is nice, we have met at the clubhouse with some neighbors for some wine.” Yenni, a retired NASA research pilot, likes to keep active and work out – and the club offers plenty of options. “They have an indoor and an outdoor pool,” he says. “The indoor pool is good for swimming laps. The clubhouse has a well equipped exercise room with all the machines.”

Sisters Nancy and Rosemary Nevin had always loved visiting Williamsburg and were thrilled to be able to move here. “We found a house plan that had two master bedroom suites,” Nancy Nevin says. “Once we got inside the model, we saw the inside was even better than the outside. We also have a guest bedroom and bathroom, a sunroom in the back, a kitchen/dining room and a library off the living room. We also had an elevator put in.” The Nevins had high praise for Harbin, who worked to make sure that Rosemary Nevin could access the house under construction even as she was recovering from knee surgery. “They went out of their way to be helpful,” Nancy Nevin says. “One worker even built a ramp so she could get into the house to see everything. Working with the Harbin group was fabulous.” The Nevins are still settling in, but are already enjoying the amenities at The Settlement. “I’ve never lived in a place that has both an indoor and an outdoor pool, let alone an exercise room that has the equipment this one does,” Nancy Nevin says. “I also like the whole area because you can walk without worrying. We’re extremely happy here

Photos from around The Settlement

fitness room in the clubhouse , the settlement
Clubhouse Interior
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