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Church Square- A Smithfield VA 55+ Active Adult Community Spotlight

imageChurch Square  in Smithfield, VA  is an active adult community that enjoys a prime location in Hampton Roads and a wide variety of on-site amenities. Church Square  is an age qualified community for active adults 55 years of age and better. Only one of the property owners has to be 55 or older and children coming home from college for the holidays or for summer vacation are very welcome.

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The community offers a variety of residences, including single-family homes and  attached villas. The spacious community clubhouse contains many amenities that appeal to active adults, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hobby and game rooms.
The community enjoys easy proximity to all of Hampton Roads and Williamsburg VA . Though residents will find plenty to do within the thriving city of Chesapeake as well. There are shopping centers, restaurants, and cultural attractions scattered throughout the area that are sure to appeal to a wide variety of interests.

imageThe low maintenance lifestyle at Church Square allows you to have more time for yourself. After all, you deserve it. You can forget about weekend chores and won’t have to worry about painting or  yard work because someone else does all that for you.

Church Square FAQSee all homes for sale at Church Point here

Price Range:Low $200s – High $200s

Home Types:Single Family
Attached Villas

New /Resale: New and Resale Homes

Age Restriction: 55+

Construction Dates: 2007 – Present

Gated: Yes

HOA: $180 monthly

Home Sizes: About 1400 to 2500 square feet

Lot Sizes: .15 acre average.

Amenities: Pools, fitness center, clubhouse..

Gated: Yes

Schools: N/A

Property Taxes  Rate: $.81 per $100 of assessed value. Taxes on a $260,000 home would be $2106 a year.

Home Styles: Transitional

clubhouse church square

The community was developed on the site of a former soybean field and built by local builder  Atlantic Homes ,builder of many landmark communities throughout the area. For over 30 years they have been one of the largest and most admired home building companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. Atlantic Homes is currently building in the following communities: New Town, Orchard Hill in Stonehouse and Kensington Woods in Williamsburg They also build homes in the Richmond Va and Raleigh/ Durham areas of North Carolina

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Residents at Church Square  enjoy an active lifestyle. The community’s social clubs revolve around special interests—such as, travel, wine, or reading—and are a great way for newcomers to meet other neighbors.
With its great location in the town of Smithfield  residents will also find plenty to do outside of the community. The area has a wide variety of shopping, dining and recreational activities to interest any active adult. Nearby VA beach, Norfolk Yorktown and Williamsburg provide rich cultural attractions, including museums, performing arts centers, and much more. Between its prime location and the full array of amenities offered within the community, Church Square offers residents an exciting, active adult lifestyle.

Walter and Carol Jones liked their Suffolk home of six years but felt they needed something different. Another couple, Garland and Suzanne Brown, were tired of the outdoor maintenance required by their house in Smithfield. Both couples learned of Church Square, an active-adult community for those 55 and older in historic Smithfield, and determined it was the place for them.

“We had a three-story condominium and decided at our age that we didn’t need to climb three stories anymore,” Walter Jones, 79, said.

Added Suzanne Brown, 67, “We loved our place, but we had a great big yard with almost an acre of land. It got harder and harder to take care of the mowing, trimming and weeds.”

The Joneses, who have been married for 58 years, moved into Church Square in December 2007. “We have all of our amenities on the ground floor and a guest room upstairs,” Walter Jones said. The Browns are pleased that monthly association fees include all lawn maintenance. “Now we don’t have to worry about taking care of it anymore,” said Suzanne Brown, who planted pansies in her front garden area.

The Signature Club features a clubhouse with pool, exercise and dining rooms, kitchen, fireplace, game table, gathering room, gated entrance and outdoor patios.

“The ladies eat dessert there one day a month to discuss problems and make plans,” Suzanne Brown said.

“We’re all seniors, but we’re all in this together,” Walter Jones said. “We feel we have a jewel here.”

 

 

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Keep looking: If you like Church Square  , you might also like: Colonial Heritage or The Settlement in Williamsburg or Rosecrest at West Neck in Virginia Beach, VA, Eagle Point in Chesapeake or any of the Villas neighborhoods in Yorktown, Williamsburg and Smithfield

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Location Map Church Square

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Directions:

Directions from Southside: Travel East on I64 to 664 North. Exit onto Rt 17/James River Bridge. Left on Benns Church Blvd/Rt. 258. Right on Rt. 10 towards Smithfield. Right on South Church Street. Right on Durham St. Clubhouse is on right. Directions from Newport News: Travel across the James River Bridge /Rt 17 South. Right on Rt 258/ Benns Church Blvd. Right on Rt. 10 towards Smithfield. Right on South Church Street. Right on Durham St.

About the area

Nestled in a crook overlooking the Pagan River, Smithfield has escaped the congestion of the Hampton Roads port towns―Newport News, Norfolk, and Portsmouth. Yet Norfolk’s international airport lies only 35 minutes away; Virginia Beach, 50 minutes.

Friends and neighbors enjoy a strong sense of small-town life. History and architecture buffs revel in the presence of colonial America. The climate brings Atlantic breezes but no brutal winters.

Drawbacks: A maritime community once teeming with watermen, Smithfield has not escaped the impact of marine habitat decline and related problems.  Residents wrestle with development prospects that some say threaten the historic ambience.

Your Next-door Neighbors: Early retirees embarking on second careers. A young military couple back from European assignment. A family of watermen. A Northern transplant starting a winery. Graphic designers. Smithfield Inn’s chef. Smithfield Foods executives. A docent from the Isle of Wight Museum. An antiques auctioneer. A College of William & Mary professor.

How You’d Spend Your Free Time: Sailing. Biking out to Darden’s Country Store for delicious cured ham. Driving to Surrey for a ferry hop to Williamsburg to cheer William & Mary teams. Attending George Washington and Thomas Jefferson re-enactments at the Old Courthouse of 1750. Taking houseguests to St. Luke’s, the nation’s only surviving original-brick Gothic church.

smithfield station Church Square is near the heart of old Smithfield with close proximity to specialized stores and art galleries,  good restaurants and parks. Several shopping plazas serve the area and offer Food Lion, Farm Fresh, Bloom and local farmer’s markets,With so many historic buildings, touring Smithfield is like stepping through time to experience America during the era of the American Revolution or the Civil War. Yet today’s quaint shops and charming restaurants make the town a favorite spot for local residents. Boutiques of many sorts and sizes line the pedestrian friendly streets  Grand Victorian homes now house quaint and colorful shops selling eclectic apparel ,art galleries and  studios. Military Veterans can access base commissaries and medical facilities with simple commutes to Fort Eustis in Newport News, Langley Air Force Base in Hampton and Naval Medical Center in nearby Portsmouth

imageResidents can also enjoy waterside treasures like Robert S. Clontz Memorial Park, Waterworks Lake and Windsor Castle Park.  Located right in downtown Smithfield, this brand new riverside park features 4 miles of a woodland trail system, orchards, picnic areas, a dog park, a state-of-the-art kayak and canoe launch, fishing pier, scenic overlooks and the Windsor Castle Historic Sit

So what separates Smithfield from Williamsburg ?  A  local shop owner casually confided, “…the Williamsburg locals come here to get away from the crowds and the commercialism.”

imageSmithfield has many of the charms including 18th & 19th Century architecture, a revitalized historic downtown, and all the character of a former colonial seaport. According to the Virginia Landmarks Register, Smithfield is “perhaps the best preserved of Virginia’s Colonial seaports.”  Smithfield’s Historic District boasts over 70 buildings of exceptional architectural importance, including residences of the Colonial, Federal and Victorian periods.

Located in Isle of Wight County, Smithfield has a population of approximately 8,100 and is approximately 10.1 square miles in size. Smithfield offers residents a small-town atmosphere, affordable housing, a historic downtown, and a new state-of-the-art community/conference center – The Smithfield Center. According to the Virginia Review, Smithfield is “without a doubt, one of the prettiest towns in Virginia.

imageNurtured by trade and commerce, Smithfield soon became a town of industry with four plants devoted to the art of curing the world famous “Smithfield Ham“. Once a commercial center for shipping, Smithfield has evolved to host one of the area’s largest meat-processing industries as well as the home to one of Hampton Roads’ largest employers – Smithfield Foods, Inc. – a Fortune 500 company with its corporate headquarters in Smithfield. Smithfield was just recently named “one of the 50 best small southern towns“.

 

Smithfield VA Attractions

Smithfield & Isle of Wight Visitor Center – 319 Main Street | (757) 357-5182
Make your first stop the Visitor Center for a historic walking tour map, a “Passport to Savings” card for discounts at local merchants and information on area attractions, dining options and special events.

The Genuine Smithfield Ham Shoppe – 1801 South Church Street | (800) 222-2110
No visit to Smithfield is complete without a trip to the Genuine Smithfield Ham Shoppe for an original Smithfield ham. Smithfield ham is famous worldwide, and this small country shop is a great must-see while in town.

Windsor Castle Outdoor Park – Located directly across from the Smithfield Station. View Website
This riverside park features 4.5 miles of woodland trail, picnic and play areas, kayak and canoe launch, scenic overlook and the Windsor Castle Historic Site. This has been a great addition to our town, and truly worth visiting during your stay.  View the Windsor Castle Park Map to see what we are talking about.

Downtown Arts Center– 319 Main Street | (757) 357-5182
The Visitor Center shares space with the Arts Center, which exhibits the works of local and regional artists. Peruse the gallery/gift shop and chat with the resident artists.

Shopping
imageBoardwalk Shops at Smithfield Station and Downtown Smithfield
The Boardwalk Shops at Smithfield Station, and the Downtown District both provide great locations for local shopping. Plan an afternoon just browsing boutique shops, art galleries, and antiques.

 

History
The Isle of Wight County Museum – 103 Main Street | (757) 356-1223
Interpreting local history, the museum’s exhibits include prehistoric fossils, Native American and Colonial artifacts, a country store and the museum’s most notable artifact – the world’s oldest edible cured ham. The 1902 pork product exemplifies the patented Smithfield curing process.

The Old Courthouse of 1750 – 130 Main Street | (757) 356-9016
Originally modeled after the Capitol Building in Colonial Williamsburg, this restored building is owned and operated by the “APVA Preservation Virginia.”

The Schoolhouse Museum – 516 Main Street | (757) 365-4789
An African-American History Museum of Public Education built in 1932, the museum features period desks and books, and offers oral histories of those who attended the school.

Historic Fort Huger – 15080 Talcott Terrace | (757) 357-0115
Historic Fort Huger was known as the “Gateway to the Confederate Capital.” View the ghost fleet on the James River, take a self-guided walking tour and see the cannon mounted along the edges of the fort.

Fort Boykin Historic Park – 7410 Fort Boykin Trail, Isle of Wight | (757) 357-0115
Situated on the bluffs of the James River, the fort was begun in 1623 to protect the colonists from the Indians and Spaniards. The fort is built in the shape of a seven pointed star and remains essentially intact and constitutes a well-preserved example of military architecture of the Civil War era.

Boykin’s Tavern Museum – 17130 Monument Circle, Isle of Wight | (757) 365-9771
Named after Major Francis Boykin, a smart businessman who donated the land for the Isle of Wight Courthouse of 1800 (still standing and in use today), the tavern was conveniently located right next door for meals & refreshments for court officers & personnel.

imageHistoric St. Luke’s Church – 14477 Benns Church Boulevard | (757) 357-3367
St. Luke’s (circa 1632), is the oldest existing church of English foundation in America and the country’s only surviving original brick Gothic church, featuring a Jacobean interior, originally 17th century silver altar fittings, baptismal font, communion table and chairs, and the nation’s oldest, intact organ.

Read a visitors guide to Smithfield here


 

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