• 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 area or to sell your existing home. This website is 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, 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. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813

Sneak Peek @ Homerama 2009- Culpepper Landing Chesapeake, VA

homerama culpepper landing If you have blown off some of the previous home shows due to their excessive home prices you should plan on going this year. The builders in the area are finally staging a show with homes that a good majority of the population can afford.

On our way back from the Outer Banks we stopped in and took a few  a few pictures of the community.  It had just rained so please excuse the photo quality.

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I have to say, I sell homes for a living and this is one of the first developments I have seen in recent times that would make me want to move there.

DSCN2388 I wish the developers of New Town had followed the direction of Culpepper Landing.  In New Town ( Williamsburg, VA ) Town homes are the predominant home style. Here in Culpepper Landing it’s the opposite with detached homes comprising over 80% of the housing offered. Both communities are TND ( Traditional Neighbor Developments) All homes will feature front porches and rear alley garages.

DSCN2398_editedThis year’s show is a departure from recent years in both the size of the homes and their prices. Amid one of the steepest housing declines in decades, show organizers late last year decided to downshift and focus on the middle range of prices.

Last year’s show featured homes starting at $1.2 million. This year, prices are from $349,900 to $540,600.

The strategy seems to have paid off so far, with six of the show’s homes already spoken for.

culpepper landing stephen alexander homesHomearama originally was scheduled for North Shore at Ridgely Manor, an upscale development in Virginia Beach. It was moved to Hampton Roads Crossing, a northern Suffolk development, then moved again to Culpepper Landing, a 488-acre project of Robinson Development Group between the edges of the Great Dismal Swamp and its canal.

The relocations put the squeeze on builders, who had about four months to get their homes ready.

Despite the smaller size, the homes in this year’s show feature many amenities seen in years past, such as tall vaulted ceilings, stone kitchen counters and pools.

Culpepper landing homerama Culpepper Landing is tucked away about two miles south of Interstate 64 in  Deep Creek, Chesapeake, VA .It is  a 488-acre project of the Robinson Development Group located between the edges of the Great Dismal Swamp and its canal. Homes prices in the community range from  $234,000 for a 1,400-square-foot town home and go up to a little more than $500,000.

The community  offers access to the Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Drummond. Residents can take full advantage of all the Great Dismal Swamp Canal and Wildlife Refuge have to offer. For those who wish to keep their feet dry, recreational options include hiking, biking, and bird watching as well as facilities for camping and picnicking.

The neighborhoods of Culpepper Landing will also feature a large assortment of open spaces,as pocket parks and village greens where neighbors get outside to spend time together developing a sense of community instead of being locked behind the ever present garage doors of the neighborhoods designed in a more conventional fashion. Also, the front porch, a traditional architecture element that at some point was left behind has re-emerged as a key element of design in Culpepper Landing homes.

If you click on the link it will take you to a brief photo tour of the community.

Homes in this years show  will range from $349,900 to $540,000, and four of the twelve  Homerama  homes have already sold.

The 12  homes will be on display to the public Oct. 3-18.

More information on TBA Homerama 2009 can be found here

Directions to Culpepper Landing:
Take I-64 to Chesapeake. Take the Rt 17 South, Deep Creek exit (Exit 296B). At second stop light continue straight, you will be on Mill Creek Parkway. Stay on Mill Creek Parkway through the Mill Creek Development. Upon reaching Culpepper Landing follow signs for Homearama parking. The site is approximately 2 miles from I-64.

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Grassfield High School
Hugo Owens Middle
Deep Creek Central Elementary

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Homerama 2009 Culpepper Landing Chesapeake Va Real Estate

Homerama 2009-Take a trip back in time as you explore 12 custom showcase homes in Culpepper Landing, Chesapeake VA, a  traditional neighborhood development designed to take you back to Main Street America, with porches and sidewalks that create a sense of community, and classic architectural styles that display quality craftsmanship and character.

original77 See innovations in home design, energy efficiency and new products as our Homearama builders put their creativity and talent to work to create a show you won’t forget – with value that will make you want to move right in.Or, stop by the exhibit center to find products and services to update your home.

Three types of homes are features in this years Homerama. They include:
Cottages: capped at $350,000 range from 1,800 to 2,000 square feet.
Heritage homes: capped at $425,000 range from 2,000 to 2,600 square feet
Legacy homes: capped at $500,000 range between 2,400 square feet or larger.

Among the showcase homes will be the region’s first “Easy Living” certified home, designed to be adaptable to a homeowners changing needs. Also, a certified green modular home and other green features throughout the community and the homes.

The Charity House will benefit Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. Other homes are designed to showcase traditional family themes, such as Thanksgiving House, a Christmas House and a Bright Idea House, among others.

The site is reminiscent of classic neighborhoods of the past, said Tim Culpepper, whose family has owned the property since 1926. It will include a “mercantile district” with commercial amenities, a pool and clubhouse, as well as a canoe landing and walking trails that take advantage of the natural amenities nearby.

The 488-acre site includes 150 acres designated as a dedicated conservation area. The community, which borders the historic Dismal Swamp Canal on the east and the 111,000-acre Great Dismal Swamp wildlife refuge on the south, recently earned a River Star designation from the Elizabeth River Project, one of only two communities ever to receive this designation.

Schedule for Homerama 2009
October 3-18, 2009
Sundays – Thursdays, Noon – 9 p.m.
Fridays & Saturday, Noon – 10 p.m.
Ticket sales end 1 hour before closing.


$10 for 1 day, $17 for 2 days.
Active & retired military $2 discount Mondays – Thursdays, except Columbus Day.
Children 12 & under FREE.

Featured Homes for Homerama 2009  
easyliving The Easy Living Home, built by The Walters Company Inc., showcases features that allow a home to be easily adapted for older or handicapped family members

The Sydney Lambert, named for a 5-year-old cancer patient, serves as this year’s Charity House, also built by The Walters Company Inc., with proceeds to benefit the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.

welcome The Welcome Home, built by SGB Homes, is Homearama’s first green certified off-site engineered homes. Constructed in modules in a Pennsylvania factory, the home is being assembled on site and will not be distinguishable from the other Homearama homes
thechesapeakebywidener The Chesapeake House, built by Widener Corp., with products and décor that reflect the city’s culture and heritage
christmashouse The Christmas House, built by WATAB Construction, decorated for the holiday celebration
walnutcottage The Virginia Living House, built by Stephen Alexander Homes, will reflect the style of the state’s premier lifestyle magazine.
thanksgivinghouse The Thanksgiving House, built by Definitive Homes, ready for the family celebration
SPECIAL OFFERS for Homerama Admission

 Click here for more information on Culpepper Landing

More information here for Homerama 2009

Directions and Map to Homerama 2009 Culpepper Landing

This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf.  John is known around town and Hampton Roads as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of 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.

Homerama 2010 @ Founders Pointe in Isle of Wight VA. Are you sure ?

I had previously posted an article about The Peninsula Housing and Builders Association (PHBA) selecting  Founders Pointe in Isle of Wight, VA to host their 26th Annual Parade of Homes event in the spring of 2009.  As you have now discovered this did not happen. Then I wrote that Hampton Roads Crossing was the new location. This also was changed.  The association changed the location from Hampton Roads Crossing in northern Suffolk, a successful mixed-use development after builders who were initially interested in participating indicated the time frame, the lot size and the unique design requirements didn’t allow them to use their standard plans. 

3original Subsequently  Tidewater Builders Association  ( TBA)  announced the Homearama 2009 showcase of homes will be hosted at Culpepper Landing, a mixed-use traditional neighborhood development in Chesapeake.
The event, set for Oct. 3-18, 2009 They expect to feature 12 single-family homes ranging from the mid-$300,000s to the low $500,000’s.

I then wrote about The Oaks at Fenton Mill being chose for a Fall 2009 Parade of Homes. As of last week this apparently is in jeopardy as well. Seems that they cannot get enough builders to commit. Who can blame them, not me. Having participated in a previous Parade of Homes in York County at Taylor Farms I was amazed at how much effort goes into producing an event like this. I witnessed builders and subcontractors working 24 hours a day to get the homes ready as well as volunteers by the hundreds working to make it a success.

I am not sure if it will occur but the Tidewater Builders Association is seeking builders to participate in a spring 2010 Homearama at Founders Pointe in Carrollton, Va. 

original2222The spring Homearama at Founders Pointe is tentatively scheduled for April 17-May 2, 2010. There are 15 home sites available to custom home builders who would like to participate. Lot prices range from $112,500 for wooded views to more than $300,000 for waterfront views.

With lot prices like that the builders would have to price the homes from $450,000 to $1,200,000. That’s assuming they get concessions from their suppliers and vendors if they want to load up the homes with options like they normally do.

I have a novel idea. Why not have a Parade of Homes or Homerama for the first time home buyer ? See what you can build for $200k or less. How GREEN can you build it ? Big homes are passe. I see them languishing all over the place. Most home buyers don’t want them even if you give them the extra space for free.

So how about it TBA. Let’s see a Homerama with a $200,000 cap on pricing. Let’s give an award for the home with the lowest monthly utilities. Let’s showcase GREEN Building techniques. Let’s have numerous Habitat For Humanity Homes builds happening during the Homerama or Parade of Homes. Invite the public to help build the Habitat Homes. Teach them how. Show them how you build your homes.

It is easy to build a showpiece with tons of molding and electronic displays. Show us what can be done with efficient floor planning, energy saving appliances/systems and above all common sense site planning. Make it a show of building ideas and not about room staging.

Or what about a show that features updated/repaired homes bought at bargain rates from older neighborhoods. Buying what’s less than desired and making the most out of it is what most people face. Builders would still have a hand in redoing kitchens, adding sunrooms, adding molding, landscaping, etc

Anyone listening ?

Homerama Tidewater 2009 Moved Again to Culpepper Landing in Chesapeake Va

Tidewater Builders Association’s Homearama 2009 moves to Chesapeake VA- Culpepper Landing

chesapeakeculpepperlanding The Tidewater Builders Association announced Friday that it will again relocate its annual showcase of homes this year from a condominium community in northern Suffolk to a subdivision in Chesapeake.

Homearama 2009 now will be held at Culpepper Landing, a mixed-use traditional neighborhood development in Chesapeake.

Unlike previous years where homes prices started in the million dollar plus culpepperlindsayrange. Prices for this years Homearama 2009 homes will range from $300,000 to the low $500,The event, set for Oct. 3-18, 2009 is expected to feature 12 single-family homes ranging from the mid- $300,000s to the low $500,000’s.

The location central to the rest of the Hampton Roads region and just a few miles from  Interstate 64  is in the new Grassfield High School district in Chesapeake VA.

culpepperlanding  The developers are excited to show home buyers how a mixed-used community can enhance their quality of life.  Culpepper Landing will offer lifestyle amenities with an aquatic center, pocket parks and garden areas, commercial amenities in a Mercantile District, and  natural amenities with  walking trails and canoe launches.  It will also feature some creative design elements that result in less impact to the environment and a more attractive community.

The Culpeper Landing  site consists of 488 acres, with 150 of them designated as a dedicated conservation area. The community, which borders the historic Dismal Swamp Canal on the east and the 111,000-acre Great Dismal Swamp wildlife refuge on the south, recently earned a River Star designation from the Elizabeth River Project, one of only two communities ever to receive this designation.
culpepperlandingchesapeakeHomearama attendants will see the same attention to quality and detail they are  used to seeing in a Homearama home  but they’ll be smaller, ranging from 1,600 to over 2,400 square feet — and more affordable. 
Several traditional Homearama builders are already building homes in Culpepper Landing . They include The Walters Company, Vintage Homes, Definitive Homes,  Next Level Group, Joey Corp and ABT ( Area Builders of Tidewater)

Located on the shores of the Great Dismal Swamp Canal, Culpepper Landing offers access to many activities which take place along the Intercoastal Waterway and Lake Drummond. From a leisurely day of canoeing and recreational boating to more organized events such as the Bonny Blue Boat Ride and Paddle for the Border, residents can take full advantage of all the Great Dismal Swamp Canal and Wildlife Refuge have to offer. For those who wish to keep their feet dry, recreational options include hiking, biking, and bird watching as well as facilities for camping and picnicking.

culpepperrountree The neighborhoods of Culpepper Landing will  feature a large assortment of open spaces, in the form of public squares and pocket parks, providing home owners with many places to relax and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. 

Current home prices in Culpeper Landing range from $279,900 for a 1675 square foot bungalow style home to $413,900 for a 2593 square foot home.

 Click here to search all homes for sale in Culpepper Landing in Chesapeake VA

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VHDA Home Ownership Classes for First Time Home Buyers in Hampton Roads Virginia


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Are you interested in becoming a homeowner but don’t know where to begin? The Virginia Housing Development Authority and local nonprofits are offering free home ownership education classes throughout November in the Hampton Roads region.

Homeownership education classes cover topics including credit issues, personal finances, home inspections and the role of lenders and real estate agents. To become eligible for VHDA loans, borrowers must complete VHDA’s Home ownership Class. Attend one of the many free sessions below to learn about the advantages of home ownership.

Upcoming classes will be held in Chesapeake, Newport News, Portsmouth, Hampton, VA Beach and Yorktown Virginia

You can find out more about VHDA here


Chesapeake VA Real Estate " Builder Closeout/ New Construction

Builder Gone Crazy!
Last Home At Fernbridge in Chesapeake, VA. !
Don’t Miss This 3480 Square Foot Home For Only $369,900!!!!!
$100,000 in Savings!

The Jefferson was $469,900
NOW $369,900
This 3480 sq ft home features 4 bedrooms, deluxe master bathroom, den with glass french doors, and optional bonus room with fireplace. Pre-wired for surround sound and plasma TV in family room, and optional wall ovens in kitchen. And so much more!
You can still choose flooring and countertops

Centrally located between the Greenbrier Shopping Center, Great Bridge Lock Park, Tidewater Community College, and only seconds away from the Intracoastal Waterway, this exclusive eight-unit community is the Jewel of the Elizabeth River.
These majestic homes built on a crawl feature brick front facades, nine-foot ceilings on both the first and second floors, and dramatic entrances, which can include full front porches and balconies.
Exterior Features
Low Maintenance Exteriors
Designer Selected Exterior Colors
Crawl Space with Brick Skirt and Brick Fronts
Premium Beaded Siding
Architectural Vinyl Shake Accents (certain models)
Architectural Trim Accents
Maintenance Free Vinyl Shutters (certain models)
30 Year Architectural Profile Shingles
Metal Wrapped Cornice
Vinyl Soffits & Porch Ceilings
Gutters and Downspouts Front and Rear
Decorative Raised Panel Metal Garage Doors with Decorative Detail Windows
Security Deadbolts at Entry Door
Hose Connections at Front and Rear
Weather Proof Exterior Electrical Outlets
Underground Utilities
Sod in Front Yards, to Rear Line of Building
Professionally Landscaped Front Yard
Kitchens and Baths
Custom Design Armstrong Cabinets in Kitchen and Baths (42″ wall cabinets in kitchen)
Custom Color Laminate Countertops in Kitchen
Delta Single Lever Faucets in Kitchen
Double Bowl Stainless Steel Sink with Separate Sprayer
Kenmore Self Cleaning Range, Microwave and Dishwasher
1/2 HP Garbage Disposal
Ice Maker Hook Up
Pedestal Sink and Designer Oval Mirror in Powder Room
Adult Height Vanities in Full Baths
Cultured Marble Vanity Tops in Bathrooms
Double Bowl Sink in Master Bathroom
Shower Door in Master Bathroom
Interior Features
Shell White Paint on Walls and Ceilings with White Trim and Doors
Fully Hung and Painted Garages
Mediterranean Influenced Textured Walls and Ceilings
2-pc Crown in Foyer
2-pc Crown and 2-pc Chair Rail in Dining Room
9-Foot Ceilings First and Second Floors
Lever Style Interior Door Hardware with Upgrade Finish (Ant. Nickel)
Brushed Nickel Lighting Fixtures
Structured Wiring (Main Access Panel, Voice/Data Telecom Module, Video Distribution Module, and Multi-Ports with RG-6 Broadband Coax and CAT-5e Network Cable)
Ceiling Fan Pre-Wire in Master Bedroom and Family Room
Telephone Pre-Wire in Kitchen, Family Room, and Master Bedroom
Cable Pre-Wire in Family Room and Master Bedroom
Pre-Wire for Security at First Floor
Pre-Wire for Garage Door Opener (per door)
Custom Designed Closets with Ventilated Shelving
Gas Fireplace with Slate Surround and Hearth
Classic Painted Mantle
Ceramic Tile or Pre-Finished Hardwood in Foyer
No-Wax Vinyl Flooring in Kitchen, Baths, and Laundry Room
6 lb. Rebond Carpet Pad
Wall-to-Wall Carpeting Throughout Remaining Areas
Energy Efficient Features
13 Seer Energy Efficient Central Air Conditioning~2-Zone HVAC System
High Efficient Gas Heat and Hot Water Heater (50 gallon)
Polyseal Foam Air Infiltration Barrier
Air Infiltration Barrier Housewrap
Insulated Energy Efficient Vinyl Windows with Screens
Insulated Energy Efficient Doors~High Impact Fiberglass at Front Door
Builder reserves the right to change prices, plans, components and specifications, and to withdraw or modify any plan, without notice. Extra cost options and decorator items may be shown in models or in illustrations. Individual homes may vary from the models, or from each other, depending on field conditions.
Extended Ten Year 2-10 Warranty
Complete “Customer Care” Dept. with One Year Warranty Service
For further information or a personal tour of Fernbridge or other New Home Communities in Chesapeake, Va Beach, Norfolk, Isle of Wight, Suffolk, Newport News, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, James City, New Kent, Gloucester or York County Virginia
John Womeldorf/ REALTOR
Liz Moore & Associates 757 254 8136
John@MrWilliamsburg.com email
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