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Exploring 55+ Communities in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads VA

Active Adult  Communities in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, New Kent,  Smithfield and Williamsburg, Virginia

Hampton Roads Virginia offers many adult-friendly condo & townhome communities for those 55 or better. Below you will find information on most of the more popular choices in the area.

Prices range from the  $150’s to over $400,000.

Here in the state of Virginia we are blessed with a terrific climate that allows us to enjoy a bit of chill, and a few milder days sprinkled in between to make it both enjoyable and tolerable!
Since Southeastern Virginia has so much to offer, why not consider setting down roots here in one of the many beautiful communities .With homes available in cities across Hampton Roads, you can enjoy living in a home to suit your lifestyle whether its single-family, town home or active adult living.

These communities and homes are located near to this area’s finest in lifestyle enhancements from golfing, shopping and dining to museums, art galleries and educational, professional and personal pursuits!  AND, with our fabulous climate, you can practically enjoy these amenities year round!

Williamsburg VA

clubhouse2Colonial Heritage is Williamsburg Virginia’s only gated golf community for active adults age 55+.Search Homes for sale in Colonial Heritage, Williamsburg, VA Encompassing an area of approximately  1500 acres Colonial Heritage offers it’s homeowners a secure community with 24 hour manned gated entry. The Golf Course is a semiprivate club. Golf memberships are available to homeowners, but are not required to use club facilities. More info here

The Settlement at Powhatan Creek Williamsburg VA

clubhouse at the settlementWhen you move into The Settlement at Powhatan Creek, you can sell your lawn mower, rake and outside ladder because you’re finished with most home maintenance chores. Instead, you’ll have time for year round swimming, water aerobics, working out, playing tennis, biking, walking and socializing – just steps from your door.

The Settlement at Powhatan Creek is one of three 55+ communities in the James City County area of Virginia. Set on 225 wooded acres bordered by Powhatan Creek. This planned active-adult community for people ages 55+  will feature 400 custom detached and attached  homes once complete. More info here

Villas at Five Forks  Williamsburg VA

villas at five forksThe Villas at Five Forks is a quaint village of just 90 homes offering the finest in upscale condominium living. The award winning homes are designed to offer residents quality, single story living with a variety of condominium services. There are four models available that offer two or three bedrooms. All feature a two car garage as well as a garden patio or veranda. Pricing  starts in the low $290’s.

New Kent Va

Inverness by K Hovnanian Four Seasons New Kent VineyardsThe Four Seasons at New Kent Vineyards—a new, gated Active Adult neighborhood is breaking ground on four new furnished model homes expected to be completed this year. The first section of the neighborhood will include 155 low-maintenance homes designed for those age 55 and better.

The Four Seasons community will also include numerous amenities perfectly suited to the Active Adult lifestyle. A planned clubhouse will offer a fitness center, as well as gathering areas, walking trails throughout the neighborhood will provide a great way to enjoy the outdoors. More info here

Chesapeake VA

detached home at eagle pointeEagle Pointe at Cahoon Plantation in Chesapeake VA  is an active adult community that enjoys a prime location in Southside Hampton Roads and a wide variety of on-site amenities. Eagle Pointe is an age qualified community for active adults 55 years of age and better. Only one of the property owners has to be 55 or older and children coming home from college for the holidays or for summer vacation are very welcome. The community offers a variety of residences, including single-family homes and  attached villas. The spacious community clubhouse contains many amenities that appeal to active adults, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hobby and game rooms. More info here

attached homes at the reteat in greenbrierThe Retreat at Greenbrier, a Chesapeake VA active adult  community for those 55 and older features single-family detached homes, townhomes and ranch-style fourplexes  all within walking distance of an elegant clubhouse, pool and patio

The community, off of Kempsville Road, offers 12 floor plans , all with two-car garages. When completed, The Retreat at Greenbrier will total 184 homes: 102 quads, 40 townhomes and 42 single-family. More info here

cottage row at sommertonSommerton in Chesapeake VA An active adult  community for those 55 and older features single-family detached homes, townhomes and ranch-style fourplexes  all within walking distance of an elegant clubhouse, pool and patio. More info here

Others include : One Ford Place, Legacy at Washington Arms,  Riverwalk, Monarch Walk & The Commons at Hunningdon

Gloucester , Va– Villas at Gloucester- Coming in 2013- Call or email for updates

Franklin, VA-Village at Woods End

Portsmouth, VA-Villas of River Pointe – Portsmouth

Virginia Beach

west neck home The Villages at West Neck is the first age 55 or better community that was built in Virginia Beach. There are eight villages that are built around an Arnold Palmer championship golf course, The Signature at West Neck. Six of the villages contain single family detached homes and two of the villages are composed of condos. All of the villages are completely built out ,with the exception of Rosecrest, which is still being built out by Chesapeake Homes. Upon completion  there will be 528 single family homes and 408 condo units with a total resident population of about 1600 people in the community . More info here

Other VA Beach active adult communities include Bay Village Condos, Chelsea Place, and  Atlantic Shores

Smithfield VA

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

This beautiful community was designed to provide stress-free, low-maintenance living to it’s residents. Read more here


020The Villas of Smithfield Located in the heart of the Town of Smithfield on Battery Park Road,just minutes from downtown Smithfield
Quaint village of just 76 homes offers the finest in upscale condominium living in the Town of Smithfield and Isle of Wight County
Take a step back in time and enjoy the history-rich beautiful town and shops.

The award-winning condominium homes are designed to offer you quality, “single-story living” with a variety of condominium services – a winning combination to help you enjoy a new lifestyle of comfort and convenience. More info here

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

Like what you are reading ? Want to receive updates by email in the future ? Sign up here  banner 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 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, 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 KentPoquoson, 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 @  757-254-8136

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Sommerton- A 55 or Better Chesapeake Va Community Spotlight

cottage row at sommertonSommerton is an active adult ( 55 & better community in Chesapeake, Virginia built by Stephen Alexander Homes & Neighborhoods.. 

Located on Kempsville Road, the community – which will total 90 units once completed – is reminiscent of older neighborhoods such as Norfolk’s Colonial Place or Ghent. Old World architecture, including metal roofs, stone chimneys and old-fashioned street lights with ladder racks help provide a small-town, historical district feeling.

view all homes for sale in this neighborhoodSommerton residences are available in 12 floor plans, which include quadriplexes, townhomes and detached single-family homes. With each type of home, condominium-style ownership means maintenance free exteriors. Homeowners do not have to worry about landscaping, lawn care, gutter cleaning or other exterior maintenance.

water view in SommertonThe community offers 12 different floor plans , all with two-car garages. When completed, The Retreat at Greenbrier will total 184 homes: 102 quads, 40 townhomes and 42 single-family detached homes.

Standard features in Sommerton homes now include Included

  • Luxury Gourmet Kitchens with Granite
  • Professional Appliances Including Refrigerator
  • Hardwood Throughout the downstairs
  • Upgraded Trim Throughout
  • 10’ Ceilings
  • Two Car Garage
  • Residential Elevator!
  • Maintenance Free Lifestyle
  • Giant spa tiled shower
  • A maintenance-free lifestyle.
  • Priced from the mid $300’s to the $400’s.

Sommerton homeowner fees are approximately $195 per month condo fee. They cover exterior building maintenance, grounds maintenance and trash pickup and condo insurance

The community is conveniently located off Kempsville Rd, near Greenbrier Mall, Chesapeake Hospital, Restaurants, Shopping and more.

Sommerton Amenities

gazebo @ sommertonThose who choose to call Sommerton in Chesapeake home will enjoy the community clubhouse, as well as the outdoor amenities, such as a heated swimming pool and an outdoor lounge area with a fire pit. Community garden plots, stocked fishing lakes and lighted walking trails make it easy to stay active. Yet, when the weather turns cold, the Lakeside Clubhouse provides plenty of space for residents to socialize or attend community events. Hobby and game rooms let residents get together for a game of cards or billiards, the meeting rooms are ideal for social clubs, and fireside seating areas are a great place to chat with neighborhood friends. The Lakeside Clubhouse also contains a fitness center for those who desire a place to exercise and stay in shape. 
rear viewSommerton’s thoughtful amenities continue outside. When the weather is warm, residents can take a dip or lounge beside the heated swimming pool. They can also stroll the lighted walking trails, visit the lakeside gazebo, or socialize in the outdoor lounge area, which is complete with a cozy fire pit.

Stocked lakes – worth fishing in or walking around. Three relaxing lakes with fountains are perfect opportunities to view a turtle sunning, a pair of geese preening, a serene walk or even a little fishing. The lake beyond our Lakeside Clubhouse has a fabulous walking path that really lets you get away, while still at home.

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Set in Chesapeake, Virginia, Sommerton  is conveniently located off of Kempsville Rd and is close to major roadways such as I-64, I-264 and I-464. This makes it easy for residents to travel or explore the immediate surroundings. 

With its great location in the city of Chesapeake Sommerton residents will also find plenty to do outside of the community. The area has a wide variety of shopping, dining and recreational activities to interest any active adult. For golf enthusiasts, Greenbrier Golf Course is right there. Nearby VA beach, Norfolk Yorktown and Williamsburg provide rich cultural attractions, including museums, performing arts centers, and much more

Sommerton Site plan

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Builder/ Developer of Sommerton

Award winning builder ,STEPHEN ALEXANDER HOMES has earned a reputation for excellence through quality craftsmanship, unique design, superior service, and community involvement. A multigenerational family business, the company is committed to developing and building the finest communities in Hampton Roads and is considered one of the area’s leading home builders. The family’s involvement in the construction business dates back many years. Grandfather applied his craft on many of the area’s significant projects. Today, two generations later, he would be proud of the craftsmanship achieved at STEPHEN ALEXANDER.

Sommerton Fast Facts 

Price Range mid:$ 300’s – $400’s

Home Types: Condo-Single Family Attached & detached

New /Resale: New and Resale Homes

Age Restriction: 55+

Construction Dates: 2006 – Present

HOA Fees:  monthly Condo Association fee $195 month

Home Sizes: About 1900 to 2900 square feet

Gated: No

Lot Sizes: Condo.

Amenities: Pools, fitness center, clubhouse..

Schools: N/A

Property Tax Rate: $1.05 per $100 of assessed value. Taxes on a $300,000 home would be $3150 a year.

Home Styles: Transitional

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  Community Demographics

What does your condo fee at Sommerton pay for ?

Protection of your property value
When the time comes to re-sell, you’ll be glad that a managed, maintained community holds its property values better.

Maintenance of the building exterior
No more painting, caulking, fixing or replacing! Roofs, walls, walkways, porches – everything outside.

Professional care of all the landscaping
No more mowing, watering, weeding and seeding!

Continuous maintenance of the private streets
Cleaning and repair of roadways and parking areas.

Master hazard insurance policy for your entire building
Much less expensive than a normal home owners policy ! All you need is a simple "HO-6" policy for you and your possessions.

Private garbage pick-up
Weekly pick-up and mobile trash receptacle provided

Reserve funds for long-term repair and replacement
When the time comes for major renewal of building components- roofing, siding, paving, etc. – the funds will be set aside.

Listen to what Sommerton Homeowners have to say

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Explore Community demographics at Sommerton

Interested in looking at homes for sale at Sommerton in Chesapeake VA ? There are a mix of resale and new construction homes for sale in this 55+ community in Chesapeake, VA.

Directions: Sommerton is located on Kempsville Road in Chesapeake. Take Greenbrier South exit from I-64, go to Kempsville Road and turn left. Site is approx. 1/2 mile down on right

Talk back: Are you a current or past Retreat at Greenbrier  resident?  We’d love to hear about your experiences in the neighborhood. Please leave your comments below.

Keep looking: If you like Sommerton in Chesapeake VA , you might also like:

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Colonial Heritage-55+ Active Adult Community-  Williamsburg VA

Eagle Pointe. 55+ Active Adult Community Chesapeake VA

Four Seasons at New Kent Vineyards New Kent VA

The Settlement – Ryan Homes ( 55+ Active Adult)   Williamsburg VA

The Settlement at Powhatan Creek*  Williamsburg VA

Villages at West Neck** VA Beach-55+ active adult community

Villas at Five Forks**  Williamsburg VA or the Villas at Smithfield **   VA

Search homes For Sale in  Active Adult Communities in Southside Hampton Roads

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If you have any questions and/or would like to view homes for sale  in Sommerton or other communities in Hampton Roads or Williamsburg  I am here to help. Contact me at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com

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Like what you are reading ? Want to receive updates by email in the future ? Sign up here  banner 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 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, 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 KentPoquoson, 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 @  757-254-8136

Some retirement communities offering incentives to spur seniors to move

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Keith Hansen decided it was time to move. He wasn’t going to let the bottoming real estate market, the recession or the stock market’s ups and downs stop him. So the 78-year-old Newport News resident put his home of 45 years up for sale and moved to Warwick Forest.

"It was priced to sell," Hansen said. "But I still got enough out of it to move here."

Not all seniors are that fortunate. The real estate slowdown and recession have hindered their plans, and as a result some retirement communities are rolling back prices and offering specials to help seniors to move.

The Chesapeake, a continuing care retirement community in Newport News, is advertising that it has reduced rates to 2006 levels.

"Real estate prices are dropping 10, 20 percent," said Gail Billups, director of marketing and development. "So we made an adjustment in our pricing, to reflect what has happened in the real estate market."

"We have seen over the last few years that folks are little more reluctant to sell their house," Billups said. "Seniors that would be interested in making a move to The Chesapeake are saying, ‘Well, I can’t get what I could have gotten for my house, or what my neighbor got for their house. The value of my house went down.’ Seniors do look at their proceeds from their house as the source of being able to make that move into a retirement community."

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Want to sell?

Liz Moore offers these tips for seniors looking to sell:

•Make cosmetic changes, such as pulling down wallpaper and painting in neutral colors.

•Update kitchens and bathrooms. Buyers are looking for stainless steel appliances. Consider replacing kitchen counters and bathroom tile if color schemes are outdated.

•Consider replacing carpet, even if it’s in perfect condition, if it’s an outdated color scheme or pattern.

A complimentary market analysis will advise sellers what updates they should consider to make their house more attractive.

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Boomers 55+ Housing Wish List

In the course of my job as a real estate agent in the area I work with quite a few 55+ baby Boomers looking to move or considering a move to the area.  Most seem to have similar requests in what they are looking for in a home.

NAHB and Metlife surveyed them to confirm their true desires. Except for the the median price they expect to pay ( $189,426 ) which is way off the Williamsburg median price. Most of the other finding ring true.

So  what are baby boomers looking for in the real estate market? And what are they actually willing to pay for? 

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