• 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

Inn at Warner Hall salutes Vets

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
-John F. Kennedy

This Veterans Day, the Inn at Warner Hall in Gloucester VA is honored to open its doors for the men and women across the country who have served and sacrificed for this great nation.
For Veterans Day, we will gift eight rooms for the night of Nov. 10 here at Warner Hall to the first veterans who call to reserve them.
Four rooms will be reserved for active duty military members and four for retirees or those who have completed their active duty service.
Not a veteran and receiving this email? Please forward it to someone who can benefit!

Call now! 804.695.9565.

More info here

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ROSEWELL’S ANNUAL BARBECUE AT THE RUINS

Every year in fall, people spent an entertaining afternoon on the lawn surrounding the historic ruins of one of Colonial America’s grandest mansions. Enjoying the barbecue feast, pleasing music and a wonderful silent auction, exalts the imagination of the outstanding lifestyle that was lived by three generations of the Page family. Thomas Jefferson was a frequent guest at the mansion along with many historic personalities who shaped our country. The annual barbecue is the largest fundraiser to support the expenses associated with maintaining the Rosewell Ruins preserving the historic site for future generations. Local businesses as well as many individuals and families help make this possible with their donations.

The Rosewell Foundation is looking forward to host all these history interested parties joining year by year or being new to the historic site and searching for more information about. Whatever the relationship to Rosewell is, the event will relive a day in history in everybody’s mind.

Please call or visit the visitor center to order your tickets in advance.

The Annual Barbecue at the Rosewell Ruins is this Sunday, October 19th 1:00PM – 4:00PM. Tickets are $25 per Adult and $12.50 per child (6 – 12) Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling The Rosewell Foundation visitor center at 804-693-2585.

BBQ – and sides , Live Band , Silent Auction

The ruins of one of the finest mansions built in the colonies sits on the bank of the York River in Gloucester County, Virginia.

Begun in 1725, Rosewell was home to the Page family for more than 100 years. John Page, grandson of the builder, attended William and Mary with Jefferson. It was here that the two young patriots first began to explore what lay ahead of the emerging nation in which they would play such an important role.

Begun in 1725, Rosewell was home to the Page family for more than 100 years. John Page, grandson of the builder, attended William and Mary with Jefferson. It was here that the two young patriots first began to explore what lay ahead of the emerging nation in which they would play such an important role.

Though slightly changed by a later owner and ravaged by time and economic hardships, Rosewell was still regarded as a place of grandeur and importance. Through the years following the war between the states, parties and dances continued in the Great Hall. Finally, in 1916, a tragic fire swept the mansion leaving a magnificent shell which is testament to 18th century craftsmanship and dreams.

What remains are the four chimneys, the east wall with its regal compass head window complete with carved keystone, the wine cellar and enough of the walls that one may sense the proportion and scale of this unique structure. The fourth and last family to own Rosewell donated the ruins site to the Gloucester Historical Society in 1979. Since 1995, the Rosewell Foundation has taken on the mission of preserving, studying, and presenting this historic ruin.

More info here

Map/ Directions

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Planet Full Of Blues, Olivia’s in the Village, and Xtra 99.1 FM Join Forces for "Juke Joint Saturday Night"

The Gloucester, Virginia band Planet Full Of Blues, Olivia’s in the Village, and radio station Xtra 99.1 FM will bring the old time juke joint back to life for one evening on Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 9:00 PM -12:00 AM. "Juke Joint Saturday Night" will feature Planet Full Of Blues and Bobby "Blackhat" Walters and Friends for a night of live blues, dancing, and a special menu by Olivia’s. Xtra 99.1 FM’s Neal Steele will host a live interview and on-air performance by Planet Full Of Blues on the morning of Friday, July 19.image

Planet Full Of Blues will perform a mix of original blues rock songs along with special selections from a variety of other national blues artists.

Also performing will be Bobby "BlackHat" Walters, a well-known area blues harmonica player, vocalist, and songwriter, accompanied by Herbie D and Chris Grooves of Herbie D and the Dangermen.Also performing will be Bobby "BlackHat" Walters, a well-known area blues harmonica player, vocalist, and songwriter, accompanied by Herbie D and Chris Grooves of Herbie D and the Dangermen.

Johnny Ray Light of Planet Full Of Blues said, "When our band performed in Serbia a few years ago, our hosts took us on a long, crazy bus ride through Belgrade to the Vox Club, a well-known juke joint supported by several famous blues artists. You had to push a buzzer on the fence to get in. Once you got inside you couldn’t move. The place was tiny and crammed to the walls with locals there to see "Rawhide," a popular Belgrade blues band. Yes, "Rawhide" – in Serbia! It was a real thrill when we were asked to get up and play a few tunes in a real deal no-nonsense juke joint. Since then, we have wanted a chance to re-create that kind of experience here; even for just one night. The blue moon was shining on us when circumstances put us in touch with Gary Ward of Olivia’s. Gary immediately threw open the doors and said, "Let’s do it!" Now’s the chance for all our friends to put on their dancing shoes, enjoy some rockin’ blues, and experience the old time juke joint vibe for just one night."

Advance tickets are $15 online at www.planetfullofblues.com , at Kelsick Market on Main Street in Gloucester, and $20 on the day of the show and at the door. Guests with advance purchase tickets will be eligible for 10% off an entrée at Olivia’s during the show and receive priority for reserved seating. Walk-ins are welcome with seating based on availability.

Call (804) 815-3016 for information about the show and to confirm seating. Olivia’s will be open for regular dining customers on the night of the show.

6597 Main St  Gloucester Courthouse, VA 23061 directions

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VIMS Marine Science Day 2013

Marine Science Day, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science¹s annual open house, will take place on Saturday, May 18th, from 10 am to 3 pm on VIMS bayfront campus in Gloucester Point. This fun event gives the public a behind-the-scenes look at how VIMS research in Chesapeake Bay and around the world helps protect and restore marine ecosystems. Visitors can speak with scientists about current research; collect and observe marine animals from the York River; and tour the Fisheries Collection, Teaching Marsh, and Shellsh Hatchery. The younger set will have the chance to learn with fun crafts and activities in the Children’s Pavilion. The day also includes a seafood cooking demo,10-minute mini lectures, musical performances, and the Parade of Marine Life.

No charge for admission or parking. For a complete list of activities and additional information visit www.vims.edu/msd

Beaverdam Park Spring Festival – Saturday, April 27, 2013 – Gloucester, VA

Everyone’s invited to an all-day festival on the water in Gloucester’s beautiful Beaverdam Park to kick-off a multi-year fund-raising campaign for a proposed new Nature Center.  The Nature Center is envisioned with exciting hands-on exhibits, educational and science features, and rentable space for events and meetings.

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The festival will run from 10 AM – 8 PM – Sat April 27,2013

Entertainment includes live music with Key’d Up at 1:00 PM and Gloucester’s own Planet Full Of Blues at 4:00 PM

Planet Full Of Blues – is a modern electric blues band based on the sweet southeast coast of Virginia. The band’s habanero-fueled original music is often described as a collision between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Critics agree that the Planet Full Of Blues sound reflects the best in today’s progressive blues rock music

Other features at the festival inculde nature-oriented information booths; face painting, badminton, corn hole, volleyball, soccer relay; 5:00 PM guided nature walk, 7:00 PM frog talk; free tree saplings to first 500 families. Food & drinks available for purchase or bring your own picnic and folding chairs – no alcohol permitted. Come have a family fun day and support this wonderful project!

Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the gate; kids under 13 free.  Tickets available online at http://gloucesterparks.org/beaverdam-park-spring-festival or at Beaverdam Park; Kelsick Market, Main St., Gloucester Court House; Visitors Center, Court House Circle; and the Parks & Recreation office.  For more information call Patti McGrath at 804-693-2107 or go to www.gloucesterva.info/P&R

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Address :8687 Roaring Springs Road
Time:10 AM – 8 PM –

Date:Sat April 27,2013
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Life on the Rivah

This is the first in an occasional series of articles about interesting homes in the Williamsburg, Yorktown, Gloucester VA area called “ Every Home Has a Story”

There’s a rhythm to the lifestyle that Bill and Anne Tennent enjoy from their Gloucester waterfront retreat on the Ware River. Mornings often start slow and relaxing, with coffee on their deck while watching the river change color as the tide comes in and the sun rises. Bill might head out for a quiet hour with his boat and his fishing pole before returning to take Anne for a more lively spin along the Ware as the day gets warmer. Some days the couple makes the 10-minute drive to old town Gloucester for an art exhibit or a festival along the village’s historic Main Street, perhaps followed by dinner at one of the intimate restaurants there. Then they head back home to their sunroom for panoramic views of a breathtaking sunset across the water, sometimes catching sight of a heron or an egret in the fading light. As Anne puts it, “We have the best of all worlds here.”

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Anne and Bill moved from Richmond to their 7148 Wellford Lane home in 2005 for two reasons: the water and one-level living. “Richmond is a city of mostly two-story houses, and we didn’t want stairs, so a one-level rambler was great for us,” said Anne. “We’d also always wanted a house on the water, and a friend with a house in Gloucester kept talking about how great it is here.”

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When Anne and Bill first walked into their riverfront rambler seven years ago, they were immediately taken with the dramatic vista looking from the foyer straight through the living room and screened porch to the river. The house was a bit dated then but it had great bones, a nice flow and plenty of room; they saw its potential. They also saw that in addition to a pier and boathouse, the house had a nearly one-acre yard with lawns and beautiful, mature trees.

And then there was the neighborhood. “You feel like you’re in the country when you’re here, but it’s actually a 1960s era neighborhood,” said Anne. “It’s near shopping, a hospital and the village of Gloucester, and it’s about 30-45 minutes from Williamsburg and all the shopping you could ever want.” The couple was sold.

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Before they moved in, Bill and Anne completely renovated the  house, installing new windows and creating extra space with modern amenities. They added a master bedroom suite to the back of the house; it includes a bathroom with double sink vanity, shower, separate tub, and a large, river-facing window that floods the room with natural light. The couple also converted the screened porch off the living room to an all weather sunroom with scenic water views. “The back of the house faces in a southwest direction, so we get spectacular sunsets every night,” Anne noted. “I can’t even describe how beautiful they are.”kitchen1

The old kitchen was transformed; it now includes granite countertops, eat-in space beside a large window, and unusual, refinished multi-wood floors. “The wood floors are the prettiest I’ve ever seen,” Anne said, noting that they run through most of the house except the bedrooms, baths and sunroom. “They’re a combination of red oak, hickory, and black oak all mixed together with their different grains, and in varying widths of wood.”

Living roomNow the rambler totals 2,675 square feet with four bedrooms and three baths. It includes a dining room, a living room (Anne’s favorite room because of its water views), a family room with fireplace, and the sunroom with a bay window overlooking the river. Anne describes it as “a pretty, livable house.” Outside there are two connected decks, a hot tub, a landscaped yard with lawns in the front and back, and a bird proofed pier leading to a boathouse and boat lift.

Anne and Bill quickly meshed with their Glen Roy neighborhood. “It’s an eclectic neighborhood of young families and older couples,” Anne said. “It’s very friendly and most of the houses have full time residents; they’re not vacation homes.” She and Bill have not only enjoyed attending neighborhood gatherings –such as a recent Italian feast—but also have hosted the neighborhood’s annual Christmas party.

deckWith the village of Gloucester so close, there is always something to do, from the holiday parades and the Daffodil or “Blues and Brews” festivals to the Virginia Symphony concerts, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, or just soaking up the ambiance of historic Main Street, which Anne terms “almost like a fairy tale.” Nearby Beaverdam Park offers hiking, boat rentals, a playground and special events such as bass tournaments. “For such a small place, there’s an awful lot going on,” said Anne. “If you’re bored here you’re just not looking around.”

Yet for all the area has to offer, it’s the times at home that Anne loves most. Although they could navigate the “big water” all the way to the Chesapeake Bay from their place, they prefer to stay closer to home, on the Ware. “I have three grandchildren who love to visit and ride in the boat. We’ve had big family gatherings here. Just recently my little, 2 year-old granddaughter was swinging in the back yard while the boys were on the dock with their fishing poles. I’m so glad to have the house to be able to do this with them.”

“At night it’s so quiet you can hear a pin drop,” Anne added. “You look up at the sky and it’s wide open; you see all the stars so clearly, like when you walk the beach at night. This is a wonderful place.”

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Anne and Bill have decided to downsize and move to Williamsburg to be closer to their daughter. They have put their home on the market for $400,000 through John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf, a real estate agent with Liz Moore and Associates. For more information about the home contact John at 757-254-8136 or at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

 

What’s Your Home’s Story ?

Want to explore marketing your home with Mr Williamsburg ?To get an idea of what your home might sell for, and learn about Mr. Williamsburg’s innovative marketing program  contact John at 757-254-8136 or at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

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New Gloucester- York County-Williamsburg York River Crossing discussed

Charles Records, the developer  of the Coleman’s Crossing mixed-use project in Hayes, and an engineer is seeking to revive a long-dormant plan to build a bridge across the upper York River to connect Gloucester with York County and Williamsburg..  Mr Records gave a  presentation to Gloucester county supervisors that outlined a history of the project, which first began discussions in the late 1980s.

He stated that traffic Issues surrounding the Route 17  corridor in Gloucester are an issue of concern within the County and the region in general. The Coleman Bridge and Route 17, from the Bridge to the Courthouse, is approaching capacity.

“Studies were started beginning in 1988, when it was determined a problem existed at the Coleman Bridge. The complexity and potential cost of this project is significant. It is imperative that a process begins to address this issue. It is evident that this County will be faced with traffic problems, at some point in the near the future, that will be similar to the early 1990s”

imageRecords feels an Upper Crossing of the York River is a major issue and could be a potential solution to a future problem. This topic will effect the Quality of Life for the citizens of this County and the entire Middle Peninsula for many generations to come.

The proposal to conduct a  feasibility study of building a bridge spanning the upper York River was met favorably Wednesday night by Gloucester’s Board of Supervisors.

No costs or funding source, were discussed but Records sought approval to work with three other engineers, as well as county and state staff, to explore the need for a bridge, its possible location in Gloucester and its benefits to the county.

Working with Records on the feasibility study will be three other engineers with extensive backgrounds in transportation:

•Arch Marston, a vice president with AES Consulting Engineers who worked extensively on Route 199 in James City and York counties. Other projects include working as the original project manager for New Town in James City County and providing conceptual planning for the 80-acre Sentara-Williamsburg Regional Medical Center campus in York County.

•Don James, a Gloucester-based civil engineer with AES Consulting Engineers. Among his projects, James was principal-in-charge for Canon’s IRT plant expansion — an 80,000-square-foot building — and provided civil design services for the 40,000-square-foot Sentara Medical Office Building. Both projects are in the Gloucester Business Park.

•Bryant Goodloe, who has 48 years of experience in the engineering field for the planning, design and construction of streets, roadways, traffic systems, educational facilities, commercial centers, employment centers, residential communities and recreational areas. He has provided engineering services in 96 counties and 47 cities or towns.

A study in 2000 analyzed four scenarios, including building an upper York River crossing. But nothing has been done since then.

“From a tourism standpoint, the Historic Triangle could become a historic square,” he said. Cutting the travel time from the Gloucester Courthouse area from 50 minutes to 15 minutes would make historic areas of Gloucester much easier to access.

Records now will present an outline of the feasibility study to Brenda Garton,  County Administrator  on how much staff time will be required for the project before bringing the request back to the supervisors for final approval to proceed.

Back in the late 80’s  Gloucester and York County residents had pushed for an upriver crossing as a means of relieving congestion on Route 17 and the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge.

The highway and bridge proposed back in 1988 would have started at the intersection of Routes 17 and 615 in Gloucester and crosses Route 614 on its way to the York River at Rosewell. It would then come ashore in York County at Cheatham Annex and tie into the Route 199-Interstate 64 interchange.

The transportation board  decided instead to widen the Coleman bridge, but asked the counties to protect the proposed road’s right-of-way to make this alternative route possible in the future.

Read about the hearing here

You can watch the presentation here

Get your blues on at Blues and Brews in Gloucester Oct 6th 2012

imageCome to Gloucester VA and get your blues on!  Saturday, October 6 is the date for Main Street Blues and Brews, Gloucester Main Street Association’s annual blues and beer festival.  Blues and Brews has become a very popular – annual event.  Five great blues bands, 30 handcrafted microbrews, special dishes from Main Street restaurants, and a great location right in the Court House are the right recipe for a fantastic fall day. 

In its third year, Blues and Brews has already become a tradition; last year the event drew over 1,000 people from as far north as Washington, DC and south to NC

When: Saturday, October 6, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: 6596 Main Street, Gloucester,. VA

Come out and enjoy over 30 different microbrews including St. George, Allagash Brewery, Williamsburg Alewerks, Bluegrass Brewing Company and many more.

The live music begins at 12 noon and will feature local and regional acts including: M.S.G. The Acoustic Blues Trio (12 noon – 1:00PM),Andrew Alli & Last Night’s Blues Band (1:30PM -2:30PM), The JD Silvia Band Featuring Anthony Rosano(3:00PM – 4:00PM), Lisa Lim Band (4:30PM – 5:30PM) and Gloucester’s own Planet Full of Blues (6:00 – 7:00PM).   View Band Info here

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HAUNTED TRAIL ZOMBIE OBSTACLE CHALLENGE in Gloucester VA

imageHaunted Trail Zombie Obstacle Challenge…On Saturday, October 27, 2012-two hundred  people will have the opportunity to outrun the Zombies of Beaverdam Park…for the rest of you…GOOD LUCK!

Groups of evacuees will depart every 5 minutes.  Evacuees will face 15 to 20 obstacles, including mud and water, over 1-1/4 miles while Zombies try to capture their flags and turn tum into the LIVING DEAD!

CAN YOU SURVIVE??? A mile and a quarter of Obstacles, Zombies, Water, Mud???

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New Park opening in Gloucester VA

The Grand Opening of Woodville Park in Gloucester is to be held this Saturday, June 30th from 10 a.m. to 3p.m.  Activities for the entire family!  Come celebrate the opening of Gloucester’s newest public park.

imageEVERYONE IS INVITED TO THE GRAND OPENING OF WOODVILLE PARK.  A Parade of Athletes from Baystars, Parks, Recreation & Tourism and Gloucester Youth Football will march into the park!   This colorful show will  kick-off the momentous celebration.  The opening ceremonies will feature a message from the Lanciano family about their mothers dream of this park.

Festivities include: Cake Walks, free Moon Walk and Giant Slide, guided nature walks, gardening talks, football throwing, hitting off the tee and corn hole competitions, music and more.  Freebies!  Feast on hot dog, chips and drink for just $1.

Come enjoy a day a YOUR newest park.  Hope to see you there!

Call the Gloucester VA Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department at 693-2355 for info.

This park will be the site of soccer and football games, gardens, hikes, events and activity.

WOODVILLE PARK GRAND OPENING WEBPAGE

Location – Bray’s Point Road off of Rt 17 (Seawell’s Ordinary Light)

Woodville park is approximately 100 acres in size – that’s 20 times the size of Gloucester Point Beach Park! It is located in Ordinary off of Bray’s Point Road. The park was once part of a plantation or farm called “Woodville.”

This new nature park contains both wetlands and woodlands where athletic facilities, walking trails, gardens and possibly an amphitheater are all planned for the future..

The park land was a gift to Gloucester County by the Lanciano Family.

An athletic field and sand soccer court have now been completed at the park.  A nearly $500,000 entrance and service road for the park was constructed with grant and donated funds. Other roads, parking lots, a second athletic field and habitat pond are under currently construction.

Directions:

From the Peninsula Cross the Coleman Bridge – (Route 17 North) travel through 8 stoplights to Bray’s Point Road Turn right onto Bray’s Point Road and travel about 7-tenths of a mile, Bray’s Point Road bears to the left. Turn left and the park is immediately to your left.

More info here

Site plan for Woodville Park

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New Models Unveiled at Patriots Walk in Gloucester VA

Patriot Builders has unveiled its newest community in Patriot’s Walk in Gloucester VA , The Village offers single-level, ranch styles homes from 1,280 to 1,410 square feet. This new neighborhood is now available for sale with prices starting at $ 217,000. Section one of Patriots walk offers Ranch and cape style homes from 1,650 to 2,900 square feet . The builder ( Patriot Builder) is currently closing out models in the first section.

Patriot Builders has unveiled its newest community in Patriot's Walk , The Village with single-level, ranch styles homes from 1,280 to 1,410 square feet. This new neighborhood is now available for sale with prices starting at $ 217,000.When complete the Patriots Walk community will have approximately 200+ homes all situated on wooded 3/4 acre + lots. Real Estate taxes in Gloucester VA are one of the view all homes for sale in this neighborhoodlowest rates around at only .57 per $100 . ( $1425 annually on a $250k home)  Amenities in the community will include walking trails, ponds and lots of green space throughout.

The neighborhood  is conveniently located approximately 3 miles west of the Historic Gloucester Courthouse area.

Directions:

Take Route 17 North to Route 14 East toward Mathews County. Entrance is on left, 3 miles past Gloucester Courthouse area.

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Click here to search all homes for sale in Patriots Walk Gloucester VA

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imagePatriot Builders is a Williamsburg , Virginia-based, Class A bonded contractor who has developed and built homes across the region since 2004. Patriot Builders project managers and superintendents have over 80 years of combined construction experience. 

The company builds a range of homes and models from condominiums, to townhomes, to large single family homes on small lots, to open floor plans on large lots, to pure acreage with custom homes in James City County, New Kent, West Point & Gloucester VA.

imagePatriot Builders has also just begun sales in the Reserve @ The Arbors, a neighborhood in the New Kent Vineyards community in western New Kent County.

Patio style homes at The Reserve @ The Arbors  will be offered starting from $217k . These homes will showcase a lanai, veranda, & optional outdoor kitchens. The low maintenance homes are conveniently located between Williamsburg & Richmond and offer six distinct floor plans to choose from, with comfortable open architecture. Each home showcasing a lanai, veranda, and optional outdoor Kitchen. Homeowners will enjoy  Virginia’s Wine Country at its finest with homes surrounded by rolling vineyards, polo fields, and a Rees Jones Golf Course all nestled in the heart of New Kent County.

Some of the more recent communities developed include Scotts’ Pond at Ewell Pond, Williamsburg Village at Norge and the   Patriots’ Village townhome development in West Point .

Future Patriot Builders  developments will include: 175 Multi & Single Family units in Croaker Estates in James City County, Foxes Reach & Huntington Woods in King William County, and Countryside Estates in Upper James City County

bannerpsst … 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/ REOland, 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 atJohn@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

 This development is represented and marketed by Coldwell Banker Traditions.

Dockside Condos- A Waterfront Condo Community In Gloucester VA

dockside condos aerial viewAre you a boater looking for a low cost waterfront home in the  Gloucester VA area ? Dockside Condos in Gloucester VA could be the answer. With recent sale prices under  $200k for townhome style condos this is one of the most affordable waterfront opportunities around. With a very low turnover rate its not often you see condos sold in the neighborhood. Most homeowners prefer to stay put since this is their dream location. On the water, low cost, low taxes, close proximity to Gloucester, Williamsburg and Newport News.

Dockside condominiums are  view all homes for sale in this neighborhoodGloucester county’s only waterfront condominiums. Community amenities include deeded deep water docks, swimming pool, tennis courts, and available separate storage units, community garden plot .

 

condos at dockside condos in gloucester vaDockside Condos offers 2 & 3 bedroom condos located near Hayes in Gloucester Virginia  overlooking the beautiful Sarah’s Creek  Dockside Condos were built in the mid to late 1980’s  and offer expansive 2-story floor plans with square footages search waterfront homes for sale in hampton roads and williamsburg varanging from 1056 to 1700 +.. Priced from the $200’’s, .Some of the condos offer deeded deep water boat slips. 

This is the perfect year round or weekend retreat.  Peaceful Sarah’s Creek views, Most of the units are two bedroom 2 bath , there were a few three bedroom condos built. Construction started in 1983 and finished in 1987.

The popular Rivers Inn restaurant is only a five minute boat or car ride away.

 

Dockside Condos –Fast Facts

  • Neighborhood: Dockside Condos-Gloucester VA
  • Nearest Major Intersection:  RT 17 &  Tidemill Rd
  • Gated: No
  • Clubhouse: No
  • How Many Homes: Dockside condos has approximately 78 condos
  • Size Range: Condos in this neighborhood are between 1056-1700 square feet.
  • Pedestrian-Friendly: Yes, very.
  • Amenities:  Deeded deep water boat docks, swimming pool, tennis courts, and available separate storage units, community garden plot
  • Nearest Grocery Store: Farm Fresh, Food Lion are both very close.
  • Favorite Neighborhood Feature:  Only area condos with piers 
  • HOA fees are only $280 monthly.
  • Lawn Maintenance: Included
  • view all homes for sale in this neighborhood
  • Homes for Sale Click here
  • Taxes: Average: $1060 annual ( a super low rate of $0.58 per $100 assessed value) one of the lowest in the area.
    Dockside Condos Community Website
  • HOA Management Contact Gina Combs.  Chesapeake Bay Management, Inc. PHONE: 757-534-7751
  • Directions: 17 N TO RIGHT ON TIDEMILL RD. TO RIGHT ON 1228 TO RIGHT ON SUNSET DR. 1ST. RIGHT

 

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Location map Dockside Condos, Gloucester va

Other nearby attractions include :

  • Gloucester Point Beach: Gloucester Point Beach Park is located on the bank of the York River near where it flows into the Chesapeake Bay. The park offers a large, shady, and grassy area with picnic areas and a shelter. The swimming area and sandy beach are perfect for enjoying the beauty of the Bay while sunbathing, wading, or building sand castles. The park has bathrooms, a picnic shelter, grills, sandy beach, fishing pier, boat ramps and a seasonal concession stand.
  • Historic Gloucester Village.  It’s a colonial era small town get-away from the average tourist destination.  The shops, restaurants, historical sites, parks and annual events are sure to satisfy the entire family. Shop & Dine on Main Street:  From fine wine to boutique fashions, Main Street has it all.  Restaurant options range from family style, seafood to ethnic choices.  Shop for unique gifts, women’s and children’s fashions and explore local art.
  • Beaverdam Park:  Beaverdam Park offers the only public freshwater fishing on the Middle Peninsula. Jon boats & canoes can be rented or bring your boat with electric motor to one of the boat ramps. The 635 acres of water offers great fishing & paddling. Virginia fishing licenses available at the Ranger Station. Take a walk on the beautiful nature trail or enjoy miles of multi-use trail (for hikers, bikers & horseback riders). If you are looking for a new workout stop by the exercise trail. The park has two shelters, a lodge & amphitheater to fill your reunion, party or meeting needs. Programs on owls, snakes, night canoeing and more for youth, adults & families are scheduled throughout the year. 
  • Rosewell Ruins:  One of colonial America’s grandest mansions, Rosewell was built 1725-1738 and gutted by fire in 1916. Four massive chimneys, one wall, and a vaulted cellar are now silent witnesses to history. Stabilized, but not rebuilt, Rosewell allows visitors to inspect 18th-century brickwork from a perspective that no intact building can offer. The Rosewell mansion was the centerpiece of a 3000-acre plantation where slaves grew tobacco and grain. Countless artifacts now lie beneath its soil. While preservation and archaeology are ongoing, there are no plans to rebuild the mansion. It is left to the imagination to reconstruct it as known to Gov. John Page and his friend Thomas Jefferson.
     
  • Inn at Warner Hall:  Come experience the romance and history of the Inn at Warner Hall, located on the waterfront plantation created in 1642 by George Washington’s great-great grandfather. Plan your Virginia bed and breakfast vacation to this wonderfully restored mansion, one of the most elegant and historic country inns on the East Coast. Imagine your vacation, a wonderful wedding, a family reunion or business conference on this exquisite 38 acre Chesapeake Bay retreat. Come savor the peace and pleasures of country life and fine dining. Our luxurious Virginia waterfront accommodations include eleven guestrooms, beautifully furnished with a combination of period antiques.

bannerpsst … 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/ REOland, 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 atJohn@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

River Club at Twin Island in Gloucester VA Community Spotlight

attached villas at river club in gloucester va Along the beautiful shores of the York River in Gloucester, VA , lies River Club at Twin Island.This fantastic beach community is only minutes from the Gloucester Bridge.

This community features a unique mixture of condominiums, duplexes, townhomes and single-family homes harmoniously blended into the beauty of the natural waterfront setting. Enjoy a wide range of wonderful amenities and the neighborhood’s ideal location near Route 17, Newport News and Williamsburg. Located only Minutes from marinas, shopping, dining and entertainment. The community sits on a 29 acre site.

Search For Homes For Sale at River Club at Twin Island

The River Club at Twin Island was Gloucester’s first planned unit development. At completion is was to contain 36 single-family homes, 14 duplexes, 13 town houses and 54 condominiums. The original plans allow the project to cluster residences while preserving open space.

Beach at River Club at river clubThe River Club planning emphasized recreation, low maintenance living., and walkability. The shoreline was stabilized in the initial development phases.

Housing options at River Club are split between  2- and 3-bedroom homes, some with lofts and attached Villa/ carriage homes all ere built with two car garages and open floor plans. .
Gloucester Supervisors  approved the  development way back in December 2004. It was developed by Maryland-based developer Somerset Homes on property owned by Gloucester residents Bob Foster and Mike Wilson.

Initial home prices projected in the The River Club at Twin Island were to range from $256,000 for condominiums to $875,000 for homes on large lots fronting the York River. Almost half of the 29 acres (13.5 acres) was set aside as open space never to be built upon. The plan also called for a wide perimeter natural buffer to surround the community.

Recent prices for the villas style attached homes has been in the low $200’s

 

  • Neighborhood: River Club at Twin Island
  • Nearest Major Intersection:  RT 17 &  Guinea Rd
  • Gated: No
  • Clubhouse: Yes
  • How Many Homes: River Club will have   36 single-family homes, 14 duplexes, 13 town houses and 54 condominiums when complete. (approx. 20 are now built and occupied.).
  • Size Range: Homes in this neighborhood are between 1500 and 2750 square feet.
  • Pedestrian-Friendly: Yes, very.
  • Amenities: Sandy beach, pier, gazebo, pool, clubhouse ,RV storage lot
  • Nearest Grocery Store: Farm Fresh, Food Lion are both very close.
  • Favorite Neighborhood Feature:  Beach on the York River!
  • HOA fees are only $125 monthly.
  • Lawn Maintenance: Included
  • Homes for Sale Click here

Pro– Great value in patio/ villa carriage homes with river access. The only other comparable  homes offered are in the new Coleman’s Crossing development.

Con– Original builder (Somerset Homes) went under and there are many un-built lots left. No way to know what ends up being built by a new builder. I would be concerned about the overall budget for the HOA. With so few homeowners it must be difficult to keep up the overall property and amenities. A review of the recent HOA budget would would set me at ease.

( Note: In Virginia the Property Owners ‘Association Act requires a seller to obtain an Association Disclosure Packet and provide the packet to the purchaser after contract ratification. The purchaser then three days to review HOA disclosures and terminate the Contract for any reason whatsoever – carte blanche to cancel.)

gazebo and pier at river club, gloucester va In the state of Virginia, you are After receiving the information on dues, rules, the budget and other matters, the buyer must quickly decide whether to cancel the contract based on information contained in the packet.

River Club and Gloucester Town Commons were both developed by Maryland-based developer, Somerset Homes. Planning started way back in 2003.  Sadly, by 2007  the real estate market collapsed and both developments were abandoned. BB+T the original lender sold through and finished out the unfinished homes that had been started at River Club . Stay tuned for future news as to what builder will step up to finish the project.

Map location for River Club in Gloucester VA

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bannerpsst … 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/ REOland, 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 atJohn@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

view from the pier

homes at river club in gloucester va

community pier

river club clubhouse

unfinished lots at river club

Restaurant Week in Gloucester VA

imageIf you’re sad that restaurant week has passed or hasn’t come to your city yet, don’t fret; the food fun isn’t over! Head to Gloucester this weekend for Restaurant Week on Main lasting through Saturday, February 25. Guests can enjoy a two-course meal for lunch or a three-course meal for dinner at fixed prices. Some restaurants will be hosting live music or other activities, so be sure to check each restaurant website to choose your favorite. Participating restaurants include: El Ranchito, The Courthouse Restaurant, Olivia’s in the Village, Jessica’s Sweet Shop, Wild Rabbit Cafe, Bangkok Noi and Rosemary & Wine

After lunch or dinner, peruse some of the Main Street shops to find a unique gift, and stay overnight at the luxurious Inn at Warner Hall, a wonderfully restored mansion and one of the most elegant and historic country inns on the East Coast.

luxurious Inn at Warner Hall, a wonderfully restored mansion and one of the most elegant and historic country inns on the East Coast. Click here for a list of participating restaurants for Restaurant Week, and click here to book your stay at Warner Hall.

4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations in Williamsburg, Yorktown and Hampton Roads VA-2010

 
Here is my 2010 annual list of area fireworks and 4th of July celebrations for the Williamsburg, Yorktown and Hampton Roads VA areas .

View Independence Day fireworks at any of our region’s displays this weekend, and ooh and ahh en masse. Or watch the sky light up from the relative privacy of a neighborhood street, the top of a building, or a park bench near the water.

If I missed any please drop me a line at John@MrWilliamsburg.com If you have questions about the specific events please contact them directly. The list includes events in Chesapeake, Gloucester, Hampton, New Kent, Newport News, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Yorktown, Williamsburg and VA Beach, Virginia

Have any secret tips about what to do or where to park. Please add them in them in the comments section below for all to share.

Thanks and Have a Happy 4th !

 

Chesapeake VA Independence Day Concert & Fireworks at the Bagley
Date: Saturday, July 03, 2010
Chesapeake City Park
900 Greenbrier Parkway
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Phone: (757) 382-6411
Email: prgeneral@cityofchesapeake.net
Opens: 7:30:00 PM
Children Welcome
Join us @ 7:30pm for a holiday concert with/ Fireworks on the Bagley Stage featuring the renowned “U.S. Fleet Forces Band.” Come out and celebrate our nation’s birthday under the stars, featuring lively music and a fireworks finale! FREE admission. ($5 fee for site parking will help us continue this great family event!) Bring lawn chairs and/or blanket. You can purchase food at the concessions for a picnic supper. 

Chesapeake VA 4th of July Celebration at Lakeside Park
Date: Saturday, July 03, 2010
Lakeside Park
1441 Bainbridge Blvd
Chesapeake, VA 23324
Phone: (757) 382-6411
Email: prgeneral@cityofchesapeake.net
Opens: 10:00:00 AM
Closes: 4:00:00 PM
Children Welcome
Parade, entertainment, food, games and paddleboat rides. Event is FREE to the public.

Gloucester VA- Celebration & Fireworks. A day of family FUN at the beach…picnic, swim or fish. A variety of entertainment throughout the day. Gloucester Point Beach on the York River north side of the Coleman Bridge. Watch the Yorktown Fireworks here.
Sunday July 4th, 2010 10 am – 9 pm.
(804) 693-2355.

Hampton VA Fourth at The Fort-

Sunday July 4, 2010 from 4:00pm – 11:00pm

Fourth at the fort Fort Monroe

Fort Monroe
Hampton, Virginia 23651
757 788 3151
Get Directions

This lively celebration of our nation’s independence takes place at the largest stone fort ever built in the U.S. Enjoy live music, children’s games and rides, food and beverages, military exhibits and of course, fireworks! Walker Field. Free.

Free Concert:
Emily West performs at 7pm
Jimmy Wayne at 815pm
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Fort Monroe MWR: (757) 788-3151

Note: You must have Photo ID, Drivers License and Vehicle Registration to get on the base

 
Mathews County  Sunday, July 4, at Mathews High School Athletic Field. YMCA Family Olympics with games for all ages for kids from 5 to 7 p.m., followed at 7 p.m., Riptide (band), and professional fireworks display until 11 p.m. Food available on grounds. Free. Call (804) 725-1488.

Newport New Va 4th of July Stars in the Sky
Date: Sunday, July 04, 2010
Victory Landing Park
50 26th Street
Newport News, VA 23605
Phone: (757) 926-1400
Opens: 6:00:00 PM
Closes: 10:00:00 PM
Children Welcome
Everyone is invited to the Virginia Peninsula’s biggest Fourth of July party – Fourth of July Stars in the Sky at Victory Landing Park. This waterside park, which offers spectacular views of the James River, is filled with 30,000 people who come to celebrate our nation’s birthday. The evening begins as crowds gather to enjoy summer’s favorite foods from a variety of vendors and children check out the rides and crafts. As dusk approaches, the stage comes alive with the music of a nationally-known entertainer. As the last note from the concert ends, the sky over the James River explodes with a kaleidoscope of color in a spectacular fireworks show. Free parking. Victory Landing Park is located at exit 6 from I-664, just minutes from Colonial Williamsburg, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and all Newport News attractions.

4th of july colonial downsNew Kent VA Colonial Downs’ "Racing to the Stars and Stripes"
Date: Sunday, July 04, 2010 Colonial Downs
10151 Colonial Downs Parkway
New Kent, VA 23124
Phone: (804) 966-RACE
Opens: 5:00:00 PM
Closes: 10:00:00 PM
Admission Fee
Children Welcome
Enjoy a horse racing/live concert/fireworks tripleheader at a special 5:00 PM post time. After the fireworks, stick around for a live concert, entertainment, free ice cream, kids activities & a $500 cash harborfest fireworksgiveaway! Get the best seats in the house & buy a trackside "Blast Zone" Table for 4 — you’ll have the best vantage point for the fireworks! 

Norfolk VA   Town Point Park… located at the tip of Norfolk’s Downtown on the Elizabeth River, is the site of Norfolk’s daylong Independence Day Celebration. Lots of Musical Acts and Entertainment start in the afternoon, and end with a really big Fireworks Display at 9:30 PM. Thousands of People will turn out, but you can also view the fireworks from a variety of `less crowded‘ spots nearby. July 4th at Town Point Park activities begin at 2 PM and end at 10 PM.

Norfolk VA
  The Shore Thing Concert and Independence Day Celebration, music by The Janitors at 6 p.m, fireworks (9:30 p.m.) and more. 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Ocean View Beach Park, 111 W. Ocean View Ave., Norfolk. 441-2345. www.festevents.org.

 

4th of july portsmouth va Portsmouth VA 4th of July Fireworks over the Elizabeth River
Date: Sunday, July 04, 2010
On the Elizabeth River between Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth
Crawford Parkway, between Washington and North Streets
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Phone1: (757) 393-5111 Portsmouth Visitor Information Center
Phone2: (757) 441-2345 Norfolk’s Festevents
Email: festevents@festevents.org
Opens: 9:30:00 PM
Closes: 10:00:00 PM
Children Welcome
Pets Welcome
View Independence Day Fireworks from the Seawall in Olde Towne Portsmouth or along Crawford Parkway, between Washington Street and North Street. Cradock’s Historic Patriotic Salute begins with a children’s bike parade at Afton Parkway and George Washington Highway at 9:30 a.m. Music and a flag ceremony continue at the Cradock gazebo.

 
Suffolk, VA Stars & Stripes Spectacular
Date: Sunday, July 04, 2010
Constant’s Wharf Park
100 East Constance Road
Suffolk, VA 23434
Phone2: (866) SEE-SUFK Suffolk Visitor Center Toll Free
Children Welcome
Celebrate Independence Day Suffolk-style with fireworks, live music, food and family fun at the Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina in downtown Suffolk on the Nansemond River. Free and open to the public. 

Mt Trashmore Va Beach July 4th Celebration at Mount Trashmore
Date: Sunday, July 04, 2010
Mount Trashmore Park
310 Edwin Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Phone: (757) 385-2990
Email: smoore@vbgov.com
Opens: 4:00:00 PM
Closes: 10:00:00 PM
Children Welcome
Celebrate America’s birthday and salute the military with live main stage musical entertainment, children’s activities and delicious festival foods! The night concludes with a BANG – ooh and ahh at our fabulous fireworks display that will fill the summer sky. Free and open to the public with on-site (fee), sponsored by The City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation. Experience the Fun!

Va beach fireworks VA Beach Stars and Stripes Explosion
Date: Sunday, July 04, 2010
Virginia Beach oceanfront
on the beach at 20th Street and in the 17th, 24th and 31st Street Parks
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: (757) 491-SUNN Virginia Beach Visitor Center
Children Welcome
Multiple performance venues at the oceanfront attract thousands of out-of-town visitors and locals alike for a "Star-Spangled" salute to this great country of ours! With a program that encompasses patriotic songs, Broadway tunes, movie themes and folk music, nostalgia reigns as the presentation segues into a magical fireworks show that explodes over the oceanfront. Stars and Stripes Explosion is an unabashed tribute to the United States of America.

colonial williamsburg fourth of july Williamsburg VA –Colonial Williamsburg’s Fourth of July Activities celebrate the founding of a nation.

The Declaration of Independence, drafted by Virginian Thomas Jefferson, was adopted July 4th, 1776. Celebrate the nation’s birthday with Fifes and Drums, militia parades, and Colonial Williamsburg’s famous Historic Area fireworks. Colonial Williamsburg offers programs throughout the day that honor the birth of our nation.

At 10 a.m. on Market Square, Salute to the States kicks off the day’s programming. A special militia muster in commemoration of the anniversary of the birth of our nation honors the 13 original colonies. Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums play while the flags of each state are displayed. Muskets and cannon fire salute the event.  No ticket is required to attend.

At 11 a.m. on the Capitol Green, guests can witness the program, The Times that Try Men’s Souls: An American Patriot Speaks about Revolution. Patriot Patrick Henry recalls the origins of the American Revolution in Williamsburg and remembers important lessons in citizenship learned in the colonial capital.  He challenges citizens to consider what independence might mean, and what their rights are and responsibilities will be in a self-governing republic. No ticket is required to attend this event.

At 11:35 a.m. in the backyard of the Coffeehouse, catch The Promised Land. Gowan Pamphlet, a popular 18th-century African American Baptist preacher, talks about his hopes for the future in a new society where all citizens are equal and where there will be no state church connected with the government.  A young soldier confronts him with questions of faith in the face of war and world-changing events. No ticket is required to attend this event.

At 12:30 p.m. at Capital Circle on Duke of Gloucester Street, A Declaration of Independence will take place. The Declaration of Independence is read to the citizens of Williamsburg.  This news arrives only a few weeks after Virginia’s representatives have adopted their own Declaration of Rights and a Constitution for the new state.  No ticket is required to attend this event.

Hear music from the collections of our Founding Fathers as well as some of the patriotic pieces that inspired the Revolution during Planters and Patriots: Songs of the Revolution at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.  Join the Cobham Consort for a spirited concert of political songs and popular ballads and tunes from colonial Virginia.  Admission to this program is included in all Historic Area or Museum admission passes.

At 8:15 p.m., Music for the Fireworks leads up to the fireworks display. The Fifes and Drums perform a concert of patriotic music on stage behind the Courthouse. No ticket is required to attend this event.

Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. The best places to see these spectacular fireworks are from Market Square or Palace Green. Parking is available at the Visitor Center. Due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available between 8:45 and 10:45 p.m. Shuttle bus service is available with or without Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets.

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and park at the Visitor Center and take Colonial Williamsburg’s buses to the Historic Area. No ticket is required to enjoy this program.

Also happening this summer, Spirit of Liberty will take place at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.  Former slave, Gowan Pamphlet, recalls the events of 1776 and their impact on the enslaved community.  The program will run every Friday, July 2 through Friday, Sept. 3.  The time for the event is 3:30 p.m. Admission to this program is included in all Historic Area or Museum admission passes

The 28th annual "Ice Cream Social" has become a tradition for locals and visitors and is sponsored by Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. Money raised from the social helps support the auxiliary’s community programs, including free mammogram, bone density and health screenings for the uninsured, scholarship programs, pediatric gift bags in emergency, chemo cap program and holiday tray favors for patients.

The event takes place on July 4th in the Wren Courtyard at the College of William and Mary from 4:30pm until 7pm.  We will be serving hot dogs $3 each, cake and ice cream $3 each and soft drinks and water $1 each.  The Smith Wade Band will provide entertainment/music.  It is a great community event and a nice place to picnic before the fireworks in CW.

There are always a lot of people–and especially families–who attend and we look forward to good weather.  Rain date is July 5th.

Please plan to attend and bring your co-workers and friends and family!

Busch Gardens Fireworks 4th of july Williamsburg VA-  Four Nights of Fantastic Fireworks at Busch Gardens as it  Celebrates Independence Day  2010- Prepare to “ooh” and “aah” as the sky above the world’s “Most Beautiful Park” explodes with color to top off Independence Day festivities. Celebrate America’s birthday at Busch Gardens with four nights of patriotic fireworks set to music July 1 – 4. The fireworks extravaganza, “Boom ‘n July,” is included with park admission and begins each night at 9:15 p.m..

The villages of Oktoberfest and San Marco are prime viewing areas for the fireworks show.
Guests also can dine in the park’s Black Forest Picnic area behind Das Festhaus during a pre-fireworks buffet that also includes access to an exclusive fireworks-viewing area near Festhaus park. Dinner seating begins at 8:30 p.m.. For more information on the Boom ‘n July fireworks or to make dinner reservations, visit www.buschgardens.com/va  or call (800) 343-7946.

LOCALS TIPS: For those trying to watch the Busch Gardens fireworks for free, don’t try to park on the flyover from Interstate 64. Police will move you along. There are a few places to view them along Rt 60 and Rt 143

Yorktown Fourth of July Fireworks. 9:15 p.m. over the York River. The best viewing areas are along the waterfront and at the Yorktown Victory Monument. The beach picnic area will not be open to the public as it will be used as the launch site for the fireworks show. Visitors are urged to arrive in Yorktown before 5:30 p.m. for the fireworks show due to heavy traffic. Once the parking area has reached capacity, the entire town will be closed to vehicular traffic.

Visitors arriving early can enjoy these activities:
4 p.m. – The Fifes & Drums of York Town – Victory Monument, Voices of the Yorktown Chorale – York Hall (Main and Ballard Street)
4 p.m. – Children’s fun and games area – (Main and Nelson Street)
5 p.m. – Sounds of Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony – Nelson House (Main and Nelson Street)
6 p.m. – Parade on Historic Main Street – begins at Main and Ballard Street to Victory Monument- background music by U.S. Coast Guard Band
7 p.m. – The Fifes & Drums of York Town – Victory Monument
7:30 p.m. – The story behind the hallowed words of the "Pledge of Allegiance," presented by Guy Manchester at Victory Monument
8 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band – Victory Monument
9:15 p.m. – Fireworks display over the York River
For information, call 890-3500; or http://www.yorkcounty.gov/fourth
Liberty Celebration. 9 a.m. Saturday, and Sunday, July 4. Visitors can observe tactical and artillery drills, take part in a variety of military exercises, discover the origins of "American" dishes such as apple pie, and learn about the sacrifices of our nation’s founders. A rare early broadside printing of the "Declaration of Independence," is featured in the museum’s gallery.The Yorktown Victory Center, located on Route 1020, near Colonial Parkway in Yorktown. Admission is $9.50 for adults and $5.25 for youth ages 6-12. 888-593-4682, 253-4838; http://www.historyisfun.org.

 

Secret Viewing  Spots  From Locals:

Watch the Yorktown Fireworks aboard a boat on the York River. The reflection of the fireworks against the water is magnificent.

Rent a room at The Duke of York Motel in Yorktown. “Viewing from the fourth floor pool area is exquisite,”.

The Yorktown Fourth of July Celebration Committee recommends viewing from the Victory Monument. Fireworks are launched from the beach picnic area directly below the monument.

Parking in Yorktown is difficult. Arrive early enough to score a spot in the parking deck at Riverwalk. From there, it’s a short left down Water Street to the Colonial Parkway or Route 17.

Want a postcard view? Climb to almost any rooftop or parking deck top in downtown Norfolk to catch a sweeping vista and watch the lights play over the city skyline and waterfront. Bring a chair and a beverage. Add your own music. Relax. Leave the traffic delays for the workweek.

The Pagoda and Oriental Garden in Norfolk’s Freemason neighborhood. It’s off West Tazewell, which puts the location slightly away from Town Point Park, but close enough that you feel part of the action. Grab a bench or sit on the steps by the water and people-watch as you wait for the fireworks to start. Some condominiums stand between you and the park, but the fireworks are high enough in the sky that you don’t notice. Plus there’s a nice view of Portsmouth across the water.

The view from the other side
  Lots of folks enjoy the fireworks and a nice view of Norfolk from across the water in Portsmouth’s Olde Towne.

Plum Point Park along the Elizabeth River in Norfolk’s West Ghent provides close-up views of the downtown fireworks. Driving there is a challenge – there’s no parking. But walking or biking make access easy: Just follow the Elizabeth River Trail, either from Southampton Avenue in the Freemason neighborhood or from an opening off Claremont Avenue just off Redgate Avenue.

Trashmore from a distance
  Some people park at the old Kmart lot on Holland Road to watch the Mount Trashmore displays, some setting up lawn chairs or sitting on the roofs of their cars. The spot is great for avoiding the tangle of traffic on Independence Boulevard.

Suffolk sights Folks who live in Suffolk’s Eclipse/Crittenden community can walk to their favorite viewing spot toting lawn chairs. People like us, who drive in from other locations, park near the Ebenezer United Methodist Church or the community swimming pool. If you drive to the end of the road afterward, it’s sometimes possible to see Newport News’ fireworks in the distance.

Get out on the water
. Take a cruise from downtown Norfolk on the Victory Rover or American Rover, or head out on your own craft.

On the beach in Willoughby
you can see Hampton, Newport News, Virginia Beach and Ocean View’s fireworks. Private homes on the beach put on some pretty spectacular fireworks displays as well. Or check out the beaches in Ocean View, at one of the public parks on the Bay.

 

Search 4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations around Virginia here

55+ Active Adult Communities in Hampton Roads, VA

After a recent prospect came to town looking for a home in a 55+ community in Williamsburg I assumed as I always do that they would want to live here in Williamsburg, VA.  To my surprise they chose VA Beach over Williamsburg. ( A rare occurrence) It seems that they wanted to be closer to their kids who live in VA Beach so they purchased a home in West Neck a 55+ golf community in  Virginia Beach, Virginia .The West Neck community sits on a quiet 620 acres and features a beautiful 18 hole, 72-par, Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, designed by Arnold Palmer and Palmer Course Design Company, that presents holes ranging from 5,031 to 7,010 yards.  Eight distinct villages with a total of 930 homes comprise the West Neck  community.

To that I end I have compiled a list of most of the 55+ Active Adult communities in Hampton Roads. This includes the Chesapeake, Gloucester, Franklin, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk,  VA Beach, and Yorktown VA areas.

Chesapeake, VA -Eagle Pointe at Cahoon Plantation, One Ford Place, Legacy at Washington Arms, The Retreat At Greenbrier, Riverwalk, Monarch Walk, The Commons at Hunningdon, Sommerton

Gloucester , Va– Villas at Gloucester- Coming in 2010

Franklin, VA-Village at Woods End

Portsmouth, VA-Villas of River Pointe – Portsmouth

Smithfield, VA– Villas at Smithfield, Church Square

Suffolk, VA-The Seasons on Lake Meade

VA Beach, VA-Bay Village Condos, West Neck, Chelsea Place, Atlantic Shores

Williamsburg, VA-Colonial Heritage Gated Active Adult Community, Villas At Five Forks, The Settlement at Powhatan Creek

Yorktown, VA-Rainbrook Villas, Villas at Yorktown

Click here for the current map. I will continue to add new communities as they become available. If you know of any I missed please let me know

If you would like an email with prices and specifications for all homes , town homes, condos in 55+ communities in Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA click here 

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5395 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 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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Dunston Hall in Gloucester VA is open for business

gloucestervarealestatedunstonehall Dunston Hall in Gloucester VA is under construction once again.

A custom builder out of Urbanna, VA ( Butch Liverman) is putting the finishing touches on 14 homes that were left unfinished by the previous builder , Regent Enterprises.. The subdivision near the intersection of Rt 17 and Short Lane Road went into foreclosure after developer George Woodhouse failed to make payments last year to EVB. The subdivision is now owned by EVB ( Eastern VA Bank ) who is working with Liverman to get the houses ready for sale. EVB  is working on the homes first and will then tackle thedunstonhallva clubhouse and pool and possibly build more homes in Dunston Hall.

The outcome of the foreclosure sale in August of the remaining 46 lots, clubhouse and property will determine what EVB does next.

There have been a few recent sales in Dunston Hall. All have been at prices way below the assessed values.

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Location map of Dunston Hall in Gloucester VA

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VIMS Marine Science Day, Gloucester VA.

Starts: Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 10:00 AM
Location: VIMS Campus, Gloucester Point, VA
Event URL: http://www.vims.edu/public/msd/index.php

VIMS’ annual open house is a fun-filled event for the whole family.

Join us in Gloucester Point , VA for exhibits, children’s activities, seining on the York River, lab tours, seafood cooking demonstrations, mini-lectures, and much more. All activities are free, as is parking. The event proceeds rain or shine.

This Saturday, May 30, 2009 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester, VA, rain or shine. Hands-on learning experiences for children, collecting and observing aquatic animals from the York River, a Scallop Discovery Lab and creating sea life prints and educational crafts. Local groups and individuals march in the Parade of Marine Life at 11 a.m. Seafood demonstrations, tours of the Teaching Marsh and shellfish hatchery. No admission or parking fees. www.vims.edu or 804 684-7846.

Chartered in 1940, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is one of the leading marine research and education centers in the United States.VIMS’ School of Marine Science is a graduate school of the College of William & Mary.

Here is a short video of a previous open house at VIMS

 

Location Map of VIMS in Gloucester , VA

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Gloucester VA to get it’s own New Town/ Oyster Point ?

Planned for approximately 18 acres in the Hayes area of Gloucester County, VA, Coleman’s Crossing will offer a multiuse, master-planned community that has a mixture of commercial and residential properties. This new community is located on the west side of George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17), close to the intersection of Crewe Rd. and Route colemancrossingcommercial17. With 86 single-family, exterior and grounds maintenance-free townhomes and nearly 40,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, and office space, Coleman’s Crossing will bring a town center living, shopping, and service experience to the Gloucester area.

If built, the mixed-use development could be the first of its kind in Gloucester, VA.
Zandler Development Co. is the billing the community, dubbed Coleman’s Crossing, as a small-scale version of such nearby examples as Oyster Point’s City Center in Newport News and New Town in Williamsburg.

colemancrossingresidential The development will be located off Route 17 near Crewe Road.
If approved, it will feature two-story town houses — between 1,100- and 1,700-square-feet — that have two- or three-bedrooms and a garage.
Prices will vary, but they will generally sell between $160,000 and $219,000, according to paperwork filed with the county Planning Department.
Zandler will market the houses to retirees, single-professionals and small families. There will be no age restrictions.

Children would attend Abingdon Elementary School and Page Middle School

The Gloucester County Planning Commission is expected to discuss Coleman’s Crossing next month, after it receives reports about how the development would affect traffic and cultural resources.

The project is being designed by the award-winning architectural and engineering firms of Guernsey-Tingle Architects and AES Consulting Engineers. The homes will be built by Zandler Development Company which Barrack and Records co-own.

Patsy Hall is a local real estate broker and Owner of Patsy Hall Realty and has developed a number of communities in Gloucester County, including Ashdan Woods, a high end custom home neighborhood at Woods Cross Roads in Gloucester. Keith Barrack is a contractor that has been building custom homes in Gloucester for over ten years and is the owner of K.B. Custom Landscaping, Inc. in Middlesex. Charles Records is a Professional Engineer and served as the civil engineer, while working with AES Consulting Engineers, for Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg, the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News and has designed many communities within the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck area. All three of the developers live in Gloucester County.

Coleman’s Crossing would be a very unique, pedestrian friendly development within Gloucester County, similar to, but of a much smaller scale than Newtown in James City County and the City Center in Newport News. The project has more than double the open space and a much lower density than allowed and required by Gloucester County Ordinances. Hall, Barrack and Records envision their project as being a potential catalyst to redevelopment and revitalization efforts in the Hayes area of Gloucester. The property is currently zoned to allow single family homesites and a traditional office center development.

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59th Annual Gloucester VA Daffodil Show—March 28th and 29th, 2009

festlogo  For over fifty-nine years,  the Garden Club of Gloucester VA, has held its annual Daffodil Show. This show is something you won’t want to miss, as people come from all over to enter their horticultural, artistic and photographic entries in the show. gloucesterThis year’s show will be held at Page Middle School in Gloucester.

There will be a dazzling array of daffodil specimens. An astounding 1800 blooms  were entered in last year’s horticultural division show, making it one of the largest shows in the United States. There are very few places that you can go to view so many exquisite varieties of daffodils in one place. The Garden Club of brent and backys bulbsgloucesterGloucester show is an accredited American Daffodil Society show and one of the best shows anywhere. “Daffodils aren’t just yellow anymore,” so enjoy the show.

In addition to vendors, art displays, a parade and food, daffodil gardens will be on display. The grassy island near the center of town where the statue of Pocahontas stands will be planted with this year’s theme garden.
The most  extensive gardens will be at Brett and Becky’s (7900 Daffodil Lane), just outside the village; shuttles will run there throughout the event. Click here for detailed information on the Festival   

Brent Heath and his wife, Becky, continue the business launched nearly a daffodilfestivalcentury ago by Brent’s Grandfather, Charles Heath . Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, and the Heaths’ fields are one of the most popular destinations of the festival.

History of Daffodils in the Gloucester Area
The first person who recognized the value of growing daffodils in Gloucester was Eleanor Linthicum Smith, who in the late 1800s hired children to brentbecky pick the wildflowers for 10 cents per 100. She shipped them to Baltimore, MD, where they were distributed to florists. Other entrepreneurs got into the act, planting bulbs each year wherever there was an available piece of land. Sales of Tidewater-grown flowers expanded up and down the East Coast.

Prominent names in the Gloucester VA daffodil industry in the 50’s  included the Clements, Emorys, ,Heaths, Hicks, Hammers and Hopkins.
Businesses included River’s Edge Flower Farm, the Daffodil Mart, the C.H. Hammer Nursery, M & G Transportation, and R.L. Mickelborough and Sons of Mathews.  Their businesses were vital to the people of Gloucester, VA, who relied on them for employment. As a by-product daffodils continued to grow and permeate the countryside, adding to the natural beauty of the area.

In 1938, approximately 120,000 daffodils a day were shipped to markets from approximately 30 local farms in the Gloucester and Mathews VA area.

In the early 1960’s it was reported that Gloucester and Mathews Counties were still the principle centers of daffodil culture in the U.S., with more than 24 million daffodils being shipped out each spring.

The first “Narcissus Tour” in Gloucester , VA. was held March 18 – April 9, 1938. It was estimated that 3,000 people took the tour and came from the states and cities of New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, Boston, Cleveland and Detroit.

Read more about the History of Daffodil Growing in Gloucester VA here

The Gloucester and Mathews area’s of Virginia aren’t limited solely to gardeners. With 214 miles of shoreline in a county with a mere 87 square miles OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         of land mass, Gloucester boasts so many creeks and tributaries and riverfront — not to mention Chesapeake Bay Frontage — that no part of it is ever more than a 15- or 20-minute drive from water. The importance of water to both counties is evident in the number of marinas, fishing boats and recreation opportunities that make up the bulk of the tourism scene.

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Gloucester VA Real Estate “Timberneck Farm” Waterfront

Timberneck Farm a planned unit development proposal gets Gloucester Co. VA planners’ backing.
 
The Gloucester Planning Commission unanimously agreed last Thursday to recommend that the board of supervisors approve an application for Timberneck Farm  an 1000 acre development that will create a 49-lot planned gated community The rezoning application will now be sent to the board of supervisors, who will have until August 2009 to decide on approval.

A local resident , who grew up near the farm, was impressed with the “high tech, high-value development” planned for the site.

Another neighbor said that the proposed project is the next best thing to leaving the land as it is. “This is one of the most well planned subdivisions of property I’ve ever witnessed,”

During the commission’s discussion of the proposal, members generally agreed that the project is “a model development.”

“This is the first time I’ve seen a subdivision that actually preserved the goals of the comprehensive plan,” said Keith Belvin. “There’s some growth, but it’s within the capacity of the county.”

 The developer is proposing  primary residences of between 3,500 and 7,500 square feet per lot, but a maximum of two guest houses of up to 2,500 square feet each per lot. Other possible buildings mentioned by the developer would be detached garages, office, studio, tool sheds, workshops, storage shed, pump house, barns, stables, pens, tennis courts, pools, bath houses, gymnasiums, potting sheds, cabanas, gazebos, conservatories, pergolas, wells, etc.

 

Home prices are to average around $1 million. Timberneck Farm is bordered by Timberneck and Cedar Bush creeks. Most of the wooded lots will be water-view or waterfront. Piers will be allowed to be built on the waterfront lots while a community pier will be built for other lot owners. There maybe as many as 20 slips on the community pier along with an area for boat launching.

A protected easement in the interior of the community will continue to be farmed in winter wheat, corn and soybeans using a no-till method, Homes will encircle the property that will continue to be farmed, with other sections planted in pine forest.

The developer plans to give the Catlett Islands, which are the farthest points into the river, to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science for preservation and study, and to ensure they won’t be developed, he said.

It is estimated that lots would go from $400,000 to up to $1.5 million for a 14-acre parcel where Timberneck Hall sits near the confluence of Timberneck Creek and the York River.

Home prices should range from $800,000 to $1.2 million+

Equestrian trails and facilities are also going to be offered as part of the development.

Battle of The Hook Gloucester VA Reenactment

On October 18 – 19 2008, forces of the Crown, along with the forces of General Washington and his Allies will return to Gloucester, Virginia to commemorate the Battle of the Hook, and the American Revolution. The event is being sponsored by the County of Gloucester, VA. which has committed significant funds and personnel to sponsoring this event.

This historic battle will be brought to life by Revolutionary War reenactors and living historians on the property of the Inn at Warner Hall in Gloucester, VA. Recreated military units from across the country will encamp near the actual battlefields where the American Revolution was won after six long years of fighting. Participating in this event will be units from The Continental Line, The British Brigade and the Brigade of the American Revolution.

We invite you to take a walk back in time to a pivotal moment in the history of Gloucester County, Virginia and indeed the United States of America.

Many are familiar with the Siege of Yorktown, Virginia but few are aware of the struggle to control Gloucester, VA and the battle that took place in

Gloucester County, Virginia. This engagement, known as the Battle of the Hook, and the other actions in Gloucester , VAwithout a doubt contributed to the

Allies’ victory at Yorktown.

The primary objectives of Victory at Gloucester, Virginia – The Battle of the Hook

are these:

* Educate – We invite you to learn from the re-enactors about the life and times of the people, both men and women, who helped

make this country a reality. Learn from a student a fresh perspective on what it means to be an American today. Learn from an actor

about the personal feelings of people who sacrificed much for their cause. Learn from an historian and an archeologist about the legacy

of Gloucester County, VA.

* Commemorate – We invite you to join in commemorating the lives and deeds of all the men and women, soldier and citizen alike,

regardless of country or color of uniform, who with sacrifice, bravery, and honor strived to fulfill their duty on that day of October 3, 1781.

* Celebrate – We invite you to pause and reflect on what binds us together. Let us celebrate the inheritance left to us by those who

fought so hard for liberty. Let us celebrate that all the combatants on that field in 1781 are today strong allies.

 

We have worked hard to make sure your day with us is all of the above and fun too! Now, get out there and meet the people, watch the

demonstrations, ask questions, enjoy the food, rest a while in the shade of trees that date back to the era, and HAVE A FUN DAY.

The Battle of the Hook Steering Committee

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Affordable Housing proposed in Williamsburg Virginia

AS a REALTOR in Williamsburg VA I have always been frustrated at the lack of new homes available under $200,000. Yes the market has increased the inventory but currently the least expensive detached homes are priced at $240,000 those are located in Michelle Point a new development in the growing western part of James City County in Toano. Currently the least expensive new town homes/ condos are located at Pocahontas Square a Health E Communities development in lower James City County off of Rt 60 east of Busch Gardens Townhomes there start in the $190’s .You can also buy a condo or town home in Liberty Crosssing in Norge ( RYAN Homes ), Braemar Creek, Warhill Green or Williamsburg Village at Norge. Prices for these range from $209,000 to $227,000. The RYAN Townhomes are currently the least expensive three bedroom new town home available in Williamsburg/ James City County. Most of the builders are offering some sort of closing assistance. Be sure to use a buyer’s agent to represent you with any of the new home builders. It won’t cost you anything for them to represent you. I have successfully negotiated great deals with most of the new home builders in the Williamsburg VA area. 

Henderson INC DBA Candle Development has submitted plans to build workforce and affordable homes behind the  Candle Factory Shops in Norge. They are proposing to construct thirty percent of the 175 homes as either workforce or affordable. The affordable homes are projected to be priced at less than $160,000. Wile the workforces homes should be priced around $190,000.

Most of the developers in James City County have claimed that affordable or workforce housing is simply too expensive to construct.

Bill Strack of Henderson is attempting to prove them wrong. Knowing that affordable housing is a key factor in attracting and keeping people coming to the greater Williamsburg/ James City County area of Virginia.

Henderson a longtime builder/ developer  ( 50 + years) in the Williamsburg area is sacrificing profits to make the project work. Having been in business for over 50 years

The company is hoping that by offering a large quantity of affordable housing the county will be more likely to approve the project.

As part of the revised plan Henderson has increased the buffers surrounding the development, and implemented green building design principles and other improvements. 

Plans call for  33 detached patio homes and 142 will be attached patio homes. They will be arranged in small, single-floor groups around open-air patios. This design which is very common throughout California, Arizona and the West, has the advantages of being less dense without stacking homes on top of one another. They’re also less labor-intensive as yards are shared with common area maintenance. One-floor living with no stairs also makes them more appealing to active adults.

Also in the works are an 80,000-square-foot assisted living facility next door, for 96 seniors being jointly developed and managed by Crosswalk Church. Planned also are a  mix of retail and office space. Details for that are still in the works.

I am very familiar with Henderson’s recent residential development.  Their Patriots Walk development has to be one of the nicest new home developments in the area. Located in Gloucester VA you would be amazed at the quality of the homes and development especially give that it has a starting price of under $260,000. Huge 3/4 acre wooded lots, open floor plans, and much more

Read more about Patriots Walk in Gloucester Va by clicking here

I applaud Henderson for trying to solve a longstanding problem in the county. They definitely have my vote to move forward on this proposed project !

 

Hampton Roads Virginia First Time Home buyers $ 7500 Tax Credit

 It is surprising to me that there has been little discussion in the news of the recent First Time Home buyers credit of $7500 that was signed in to law in July of this year.I have communicated with many home buyers who were unaware of it’s existence. Sad that such a great opportunity is going unnoticed.

Basically the First Time Home buyer tax credit  reduces a home buyer’s tax liability dollar for dollar up to $7,500 for the purchase of a principle residence that closes before July 1, 2009.  The home buyer would claim the credit on their tax return, and it would offset any tax due that year, up to $7,500.  If the did your taxes and don’t owe any taxes you will receive the full $7500 credit/.

Only first time home buyers are eligible (defined as an individual who has not had an ownership interest in a principal residence in the previous 3 years), and and your income cannot exceed $75,000 for an individual and $150,000 for a couple filing a joint return.

This tax credits,  Unlike most others has to be paid back over a period of 15 years, or when the home is sold, assuming there is equity/ proceeds.  The good news is that no interest is due, so in essence it’s a “free” loan.  In theory  a home buyer would repay $502 each year over 15 years, or reduce his or her tax refund by that amount.

Overall it’s a great incentive for qualified purchasers to enjoy a little extra spending money courtesy of Uncle Sam, ( interest free)  either to spruce up a new home or cushion the new house payment.

To further explore the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit in the Hampton Roads Area of Virginia give me a call ( 757.254.8136) or email John@MrWilliamsburg.com

 

Gloucester Va Real Estate Patriots Walk Update

Built by Patriot Builders a local company with over 60 years experience in home building. Patriots Walk in Gloucester VA offers 9 different home models to choose from. With sizes ranging from 1700 to 2900 Square feet  Both one & two story homes are available. Wooded lots range in size from approximately 3/4 – 1 acre. . Introductory pricing starts at $255,000.00… . Low Gloucester VA real estate taxes are only .57 per $100.
 
All of the following are standard features in the new homes at Patriots Walk in Gloucester VA  ( Specifications are subject to change)
 

 Interior Features : Electric Hot Water Heater, Wall to Wall Carpeting, 6 lb. Re-bond Carpet Padding, Hardwood Flooring in Entries, Staircase Painted Spindles & Stained Handrails

 (Per model), Builder Select / Designer Lighting Package , Ventilated Shelving in all Closets, Decorative Interior Doors, Smooth Sheetrock , Pre-wired for (2) Telephone and (2) Cable Outlets, Electrically Operated Smoke Detectors w/Battery Backup, Pre-wire & Switch for Over Head Light and Ceiling Fan in Master Bedroom,  (some models)  and All Bedrooms (fans not included), Overhead light fixture in all Bedrooms , Choice of 4 colors of tile for master bath surround, Choice of Nickel or Brass Fixtures and Hardware. 

Exterior Features : 2 Car Garage Sheet rocked, Pre-wired for Garage Door Opener, Rear Exterior Door(s), Wood Railing on Front Entries of Selected Models

Two Exterior Water Faucets, Two Exterior Weatherproof Electrical Outlets, Underground Utilities, Crawl Space, Protective Overhang on Front & Rear, Maintenance Free Foam core Insulated  Fiberglass Garage Door, Maintenance Free 50-Year Warranty Dutch lap Vinyl     Siding – Choice of panels – Double 4 – Traditional /       Double 4.5 Dutch lap Weather Resistant – Hail Resistant – Fade Resistant , Maintenance Free Aluminum Wrap Trim,  Choice of  Maintenance Free Raised Panel  Or Louvered Shutters , Seamless Aluminum Gutters & Downspouts .

Choice of Exterior Front Door Color or    Coordinated Paint or Factory Baked on Finished Color of Shutters.  Aggregate Driveway and Sidewalk, Professionally Landscaped Yards. 

Sod front and sides only and 2 zone irrigation system.  (Up to 3000 Sq Ft) 9 shrubs included , 25 Year Self Sealing Shingles, Builder Exterior Wrap

 Kitchen & Bath Features: Choice of Laminate Counter Top in Kitchen, Energy Star Dishwasher, Self Clean Smooth Top Electric Range, Stainless Steel Double Kitchen Sink, Microwave Range Hood (Vented to Outside), Upgraded Crafted  Cabinets , Ice Maker Hookup, Master Bath – Decorative Jetted Tub or Tub/Shower Combos (per floor plan) Powder Room with Oval Mirror (Varies per Model), Bathroom Exhaust Fans Vented to outside,  Cultured Marble Tops on Vanities, Choice of Double Bowl Vanity or Double Vanity Top    With One Single Bowl & Knee Space Area in Master  Bathrooms (per floor plan) Tempered Glass Window in Baths – Size  vary per Bath of Select Model (Master Bath Only)

Earth Friendly Feature include: Energy Efficient Insulation Package, Batted and Blown, Energy Efficient  Heat &  Water Heater , Central Air Condition-SEER 13 ,R-38 Insulated Ceilings (Blown) R-19 Insulated Floors (Batted), R-13 Insulated Exterior Walls (Paper Backed), Polyseal Infiltration Barrier in crawl space, Steel Clad Exterior Doors with Dead Bolts, Double Pane (single hung) Energy Efficient Vinyl Windows & Screens

 Select Builder Features : One Year Builder Warranty, Framing Inspection, Pre-Settlement Walk-Through Inspection, 2×8 Pressure Treated Sills & 2×10 Pressure Treated Girders

7/16” OSB All Exterior Walls, ¾” TNG Advantech Flooring w/50 Year Warranty, Engineered Sub Floor System (Second Story Only), Deck 12X12 Salt Treated Wood (Not on all models)

Continuous Foundation Footing under All Piers, House Wrap, Mailbox on Wooden Post with House Numbers

*Items Subject to Change

9/11/2008

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New Waterfront home development

Williamsburg York County Virginia Real Estate

 

A Newport News development company plans to build 47 homes in a gated community on 1,000 acres along the Gloucester side of the York River, with home prices averaging around $1 million.

The property juts into the river and is bordered by Timberneck and Cedar Bush creeks. Formerly owned by the Catlett family, it features a two-story farmhouse built in 1805 that the developers intend to renovate and move elsewhere on the property before giving it to the Gloucester County Historical Society.

Timberneck LLC paid $11 million for 1,034 acres last August, Gloucester County property records show. The land and buildings have an assessed value of $4.2 million.

Ben Williams, president of the development firm, told the Gloucester County Planning Commission Thursday night that the project is a “preservation development.” The firm intends to seek a rezoning on 650 acres of the property to allow it to build a planned-unit development.

No formal application has been filed yet. Thursday night’s presentation was a pre-application presentation.

Large swaths of the property’s interior will continue to be farmed in winter wheat, corn and soybeans using a no-till method, Williams said. Homes will encircle the property that will continue to be farmed, with other sections planted in pine forest.

The company plans to give the Catlett Islands, which are the farthest points into the river, to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science for preservation and study, and to ensure they won’t be developed, he said.

Preliminary drawings show 47 lots on the property, many of them waterfront. Williams said lots would go from $400,000 to up to $1.5 million for a 14-acre parcel where Timberneck Hall sits near the confluence of Timberneck Creek and the York River.

Home prices would range from $800,000 to $1.2 million, Williams said. Sizes would range up to 5,500 square feet.

Members of the commission questioned Williams extensively about Timberneck Hall, the 19th-century farmhouse that will be moved and renovated. Williams said it will be cheaper to move the home than leave it where it is and remodel it.

Commission member Hal McVey said he is disturbed that developers plan to move the house.

“I don’t see how for the life of me it can be less expensive to move it across the whole piece of property than leave it where it is now,” he said.

Williams said it is a valid concern and something the developers haven’t taken lightly. He said it will cost $500,000 to move the building and restore it to a condition that will preserve it. It’s far cheaper than trying to remodel it to make it inhabitable, he said.

“I’m not sure there’s anybody who’d want to live in it,” Williams said. “It’s not a plantation house. It’s not a Warner Hall.”

Commission member Keith Belvin, who lives across Timberneck Creek from the property, said he is excited about the project “as far as setting a precedent for preservation development.”

The Thursday night meeting was continued to June 28, when members of the commission will meet at the property at 9:30 a.m. for a tour by Williams and other members of the development team. The tour is open to the public because it’s a public meeting.

Gloucester Virginia New Homes Patriots Walk from $255,000

 

April 2008

Built by Patriot Builders a local company whose three principals have a combined 60 years experience in the building industry. Floor plans are offered ranging from 1700 square feet to 2900 square feet. Homes feature innovative designs along with many features found in homes costing much more. When complete the community will have approximately 200+ homes all situated on wooded 3/4 acre + lots. Real Estate taxes are only .57 per $100 in Gloucester, Virginia. There will be walking trails, ponds and lots of green space throughout.

This is a partial list of the standard features of the homes: Wall to Wall Carpet, Hardwood flooring in the foyer area, Choice of nickel or brass fixtures and hardware, choice of 4 colors of tile in the master bath tub surround, two car garage, crawl space, Choice of laminate counter tops in Kitchen, dishwasher, smooth top electric range, Microwave Range Hood, Upgraded Kitchen Cabinets,, Jetted Tub in Master Bathroom,  Maintenance Free 50 year warranty Vinyl Siding, Maintenance Free Aluminum Wrapped trip on exterior, Maintenance Free Shutters,, Seamless Aluminium Gutters,  Exposed Aggregate Driveway and Sidewalk, Professionally landscaped Yards, Sod in the front and side yards, 2 zone irrigation system,

Options are numerous and may include ( not available on all models)  Finished Bonus Rooms, Fireplace, Hardwood Floors, Gas Range, Laundry Sink, Wrap around front porches, French Doors, Decks, Screened in porch, Finished Sunrooms, Propane Heat and Rinnai Tank less Hot Water Heater, additional outlets, ceiling fans, phone outlets, cable outlets, recessed lights, garage door openers, exterior flood lights.

Conveniently located approximately 3 miles west of the Gloucester Courthouse. Some homes are available within 60 days.

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This development is represented and marketed by Coldwell Banker Traditions.

For further information or a personal tour of this or any other community in the  Williamsburg, James City, New Kent, Gloucester or York County, Poquoson areas of Virginia  contact:

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