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Spend a lovely afternoon touring gorgeous new homes, viewing work from local artists, & enjoying complimentary wine & hors d’oeuvres!

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Liz Moore & Associates and the Linda Matney Fine Art Gallery have teamed up to bring you Williamsburg’s first ever New Home + Art Tour on Sunday, July 26th from 1- 5 pm. Spend a lovely afternoon touring gorgeous new homes in Fords Colony viewing work by local artists, & enjoying complimentary wine & light hors d’oeuvres. Click here to download a map of participating properties.

 

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Read the latest Fords Colony newsletter for July 2015

Anyone considering a move to Williamsburg will find lots of valuable info for the Fords Colony community and Williamsburg VA. Explore the 52+ active clubs, see what’s happening below..

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Custom home for sale in Greensprings West Community

Gloria Baller took a giant leap of faith when it came to building her home in Thorngate Landing/ Greensprings West two years ago. “My husband was with the military and stationed in Germany,” recalls Gloria, who met her husband, Craig, when he was stationed in Italy 17 years ago. “We knew we wanted to be in Williamsburg, and we knew that / Greensprings West was the type of close-knit, family-oriented community we were looking for. But we were still living outside the U.S. at that time.”

DSC_0028_29_30 copy (Large)While Gloria and the couple’s two children stayed in Germany, Craig flew to Virginia to work with real estate agent John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf on finding the perfect / Greensprings West building lot. Gloria didn’t get to see the properties in person, but based on her husband’s communications and a little help from Google maps, she got a good feel for what they were like. Eventually, she and Craig found the right lot, a flat, .34-acre property with mature trees, just right for building their new home.

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Gloria’s stress level rose a bit when it came time to actually build the house – again, without seeing anything in person. “It was pretty stressful because I’m oriented toward details,” said Gloria, who loves art and design. “I like to see the materials that go into my home.” Craig did visit Greensprings West / Thorngate Landing once during construction of their 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath transitional Colonial. However, most design decisions had to be made long distance, based upon emails, photos, and the help of their agent, John.

Post-construction Personal Touches. Despite the uncommon process of building a house from an ocean away, Gloria was excited about the result. “We tried to keep the design simple, not overcrowded, fresh and contemporary. I love the open concept of our home.”

Gloria added some personal touches after moving in, including built-in cabinetry in the living room and woodworking in the foyer. “Details like the unusual paneling on the stairs and the foyer woodwork are important. I’m impressed with how our [craftsman] had such an artistic eye, matching the new work with the existing style so that it doesn’t look like it was added afterwards. Our home is Colonial style with a contemporary flair.”

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Favorite Spots. Gloria spends most of her time in the family room and the kitchen, where she can see outside as she cooks. “I like to cook, and I love to bake,” she says, noting that risotto and gnocchi are staples in her cooking repertoire. “I’m trying to become vegetarian, but I still cook meats for my kids and husband.”

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The kitchen area is her favorite part of the house. “It gets lots of morning light, and has an open and airy feel.” How about Craig? “His favorite place is his ‘man cave’ in the bonus room above the garage,” Gloria laughs. That room, which is accessible from the second floor, features a treadmill and a collection of military photographs.

Another aspect of her home that Gloria appreciates is its abundant storage. “We have so many closets and we have shelving in the garage. There’s a place for everything.”

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The Perfect Back Yard. After admiring exterior stone work done at a friend’s home, Gloria and Craig hired the same company to design and build a large patio for their back yard. “I wanted something that was not a standard wooden deck, something that had more character,” Gloria notes. “So, we used tumbled stone to create a natural, old feeling.”

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The patio curves into the lush yard, punctuated by stone columns and a circular fire pit. “We took safety into consideration when we designed the fire pit, putting it about 20 feet away from the house,” Gloria says.

“Our family loves to make s‘mores together out there,” she adds. “The patio is a great place for family times and for entertaining. We’ve had great times around the fire; it’s such a warm, family feeling being outside and playing with the kids.”

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The couple fenced their yard with wrought iron railing, similar to what had been installed by their neighbors. Wrought iron provides a more open fence than wood, allowing a better view of the trees bordering their property. “Also, we have three dogs, so a fence is important,” Gloria points out, noting they have lots of wildlife in Thorngate Landing, but the fence keeps deer off the back property. “I really love the privacy of our yard.”

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A Great Neighborhood. In addition to being attracted to  Greensprings West convenient location and good public schools, Gloria and her family were impressed with the community’s amenities. Among them are walking/biking trails, swimming pools, basketball and tennis courts, and a golf course. “My son walks to the basketball court and he fishes in the neighborhood ponds,” says Gloria. “And, for those with kids doing competitive swimming, our team, the Gators, is very good.”pool

Gloria and her family are now moving from  Greensprings West, but with some sadness. “We’re close to our neighbors, we socialize with them,” Gloria notes. “I’ll miss them a lot.”

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To sell their home, the couple again has turned to John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf. “John was great when we were buying our lot and building our home from Germany,” says Gloria. “Despite the time differences, if we had a question he would get back to us in 30 minutes. It could have been a really stressful process, but he eased our minds.”

Why the stories? Because these aren’t just houses, they’re homes.

Mr. Williamsburg knows that when you’re looking for a new place, you’re searching for more than just four walls plus amenities; you’re looking for that welcoming refuge we call home. That’s why we go beyond the standard “4 bedrooms, 3 baths on large lot” statistics, to share how others have lived in this house, to reveal the home’s unique personality, to help you decide whether this is a place where your family could thrive.

Likewise, we realize that you’re seeking not simply a development within a particular zip code, but also an opportunity to become part of a community. That’s why we share our sellers’ experiences as members of that neighborhood. 

Contact John@MrWilliamsburg.com for further info on this home or others in the Williamsburg VA area..

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Read the latest newsletter for Fords Colony…

Are you thinking of a move to Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg VA ? You might want to read the latest newsletter for the neighborhood. The Talk of the Colony published monthly is distributed to

5000 residents, living in over 2400 homes in Fords Colony.

 

You will find updates from the 54 different club or interest groups, updates from different committees many other helpful articles.

 

 

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Click here to find out more about living in Fords Colony

Exquisite Dream home now for sale in Stonehouse, Toano VA

Big and Beautiful in Stonehouse

When E and M decided to build their dream home, they knew it had to be large enough to accommodate their elderly parents and have a layout that offered privacy, luxury, and all the amenities for entertaining. They also knew it had to be in Stonehouse, a Toano VA neighborhood located about 15 miles from Colonial Williamsburg.

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“We love this neighborhood. The people are friendly, it’s quiet, and there’s 50% green space here,” said E , noting he and M had lived in Stonehouse for years before building their home on Mill Pond Run. “When we decided to build a larger home so that our parents could live with us, I walked every lot available in Stonehouse to find the perfect property.” They finally found just the right lot: .88 acres with 3 acres of green space behind it, and a sloping yard to accommodate a walk-out basement.

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Luxury and Practicality. The 7 bedroom, 7.5-bath brick Cape Cod home that E and M built in 2006 is a combination of practical design and luxurious features. It is three-levels, with master bedroom suites on each floor to allow plenty of privacy for the couple and their parents. The house, which is handicap accessible, has separate heat/AC zones on each level. It also includes amenities for a healthy lifestyle, such as a full exercise room with multiple types of equipment, and an indoor lap pool with fit jets that allow swimming against the current.

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For recreation, the lower level of the 7,795-square-foot home includes a 6-seat media room, a den and full kitchenette, and a game room with slot machines, a billiards table, and table shuffleboard. Outside, there is a screened porch as well as several patio areas for relaxing around a stone fireplace, doing a little outdoor cooking, and dining al fresco at a table for 10 under a covered patio. The lushly landscaped yard—which includes a waterfall with colored lights — provides plenty of privacy.

Touches of whimsy. The home’s style is largely traditional, with 9- and 10-foot ceilings, crown molding, wainscoting and ceiling medallions, pocket doors, and traditional window treatments. But E and M also included some whimsical, personal touches. For example, a trip to Venice inspired the design of the upper level master bathroom, which includes columns, tiled arches, and a striking chandelier with colored glass. “I wanted a lot of colors in the house, but my mother didn’t,” E explained. “Instead, I decided to do mainly textures and patterns—such as pebble tiles in the shower—and get my colors though other items such as the chandelier.”

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E took a hands-on approach when he painted the ceiling in the media room to look like the sky. “We have side lights in the room for when you aren’t watching the movie, and up lights that shine on the sky painting when the movie is on,” E noted.

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Bring on the cooks. The gourmet kitchen was designed for a cook, and both E and M have skills. “We both like to cook and do grilling and traditional dinner cooking,” E noted. Not so traditional are the dog treats that they make for their twin Schnauzers, Maggie and McDuff, as well as the local humane society. The kitchen includes an island with seating as well as a big table with upholstered chairs. “It’s easy to entertain there, and it’s as comfortable as the dining room,” said E.

Living Smart. The house is wired so the couple can control lights, TVs, outdoor cameras and other features with a swipe on the iPhones. “I personally don’t know all the technology, but I just love the convenience,” E said.

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A beautiful day in the neighborhood. It’s easy to see why E and M were set on staying in the Stonehouse neighborhood. The community’s amenities include an award-winning golf course with its own clubhouse that offers Friday night dinners and Sunday brunches. There is a separate Residents Center that includes a pool, playground, exercise room, and full kitchen. There are tennis courts, soccer fields, picnic areas, and a 47-acre lake. “We like to take our kayak out on the lake,” E noted. “And, someone stocked the lake with fish, so we often see people fishing there.”

The neighborhood has a community garden that E once used, but he now gardens on his own property. The community, which is socially active with various clubs, a swim team, and arts and fitness programs, is “a neighborhood where everyone walks” E said. “We often see our neighbors on the bike paths.”

Now that their parents are no longer with them, E and M don’t need such a large home, and have decided to downsize. “I chose John Womeldorf to help sell the house after I found his name all over the Internet.” E said, laughing. “So far, he has been terrific. He’s brought a lot of ideas to the table for selling our home.”

Why the stories? Because these aren’t just houses, they’re homes.

Mr. Williamsburg knows that when you’re looking for a new place, you’re searching for more than just four walls plus amenities, you’re looking for that welcoming refuge we call home. That’s why we go beyond the standard “4 bedrooms, 3 baths on large lot” statistics, to share how others have lived in this house, to reveal the home’s unique personality, to help you decide whether this is a place where your family could thrive.

Likewise, we realize that you’re seeking not simply a development within a particular zip code, but also an opportunity to become part of a community. That’s why we share our sellers’ experiences as members of that neighborhood.

We trust these stories will assist you in finding your way home.

Want to tell your home’s story? Contact John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf at (757) 254-8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com and we’ll get you started.

New section of Marywood Subdivision in Williamsburg VA is opening soon

Bulldozers are hard at work on the new section of Marywood in Williamsburg VA. Located at the end of Oxford Rd off Jamestown Road the new section will contain 27 1/3 acre home-sites ( see the site-plan below)

Home sales will start soon and  four single family detached home designs will be offered  ranging in size from  from 1,951 to 2,821 sq. ft. Options will include finished basements.  Pricing will be announced soon.

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Community amenities include a playing field, tot lot, picnic pavilion with grill, walking trails, and sidewalks. Home owners can also join the adjacent Kingswood Pool home of the Kingswood Klams swim team.

Distances to area destinations

4 miles to Colonial Williamsburg

17 miles to Fort Eustis

8 miles to Camp Peary

9 Miles to Cheatham Annex

18 Miles to Yorktown Training Center USCG

1 mile to Route 199

19 miles to Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport

Stay tuned for updates or send an email to John@MrWilliamsburg.com  for updates on this or any other new construction communities in Williamsburg VA

Search all homes for sale in Williamsburg/ Yorktown/ New Kent/ Poquoson/ and all of Hampton Roads here

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  his expertise in the local real estate market.

I can help you access all the information you will need about choosing a neighborhood and buying a home in New Kent, Gloucester, Newport News, Hampton, York County, Smithfield, Williamsburg, Poquoson or the greater Hampton Roads area, including area information on schools, local government, shopping, activities for the children and more! Whether you have made a decision to relocate, retire or are just considering a move to Williamsburg or  Hampton Roads VA, let me help make your transition or PCS to the  area a smooth and enjoyable one!

You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities, condos and townhomes ,foreclosures/ REO,  land, building lots, commercial property  in Williamsburg , Yorktown, New Kent, Gloucester, Poquoson as well as the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads, Virginia at my website

You can reach me by phone at 757-254-8136 or email  John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

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Directions/ Map to Marywood-New Section-Williamsburg VA

Top selling Neighborhoods in Williamsburg VA. 2014

Its always interesting to look back to see the top selling neighborhoods in Williamsburg VA.  The areas covered in the report below this includes the City of Williamsburg, James City County and Upper York County.   The numbers are from the Williamsburg Area Assoc of Realtors MLS. There could be some sales ( new construction, for sale by owners) that don’t show up in this report.

 

Ranking

Subdivision

# Listings Sold

1

Fords Colony

110

2

Kingsmill

102

3

New Town

51

4

Colonial Heritage

44

5

Powhatan Secondary

30

6

Braemar Creek

28

7

White Hall

27

8

Governors Land

25

9

Seasons Trace

24

10

Stonehouse

21

11

Villages of Westminster

20

12

Greensprings West

19

13

The Settlement at Powhatan Creek

19

14

Pointe @ Jamestown

17

15

Queens Lake

17

16

LaFontaine

16

17

Creekside Landing

14

18

Brandon Woods

13

19

Chickahominy Haven

13

20

Holly Hills

13

21

The Mews

13

22

Wellington

13

23

Monticello Woods

12

24

Scotts Pond

12

25

Skipwith Farms

12

26

Chisel Run

11

27

Longhill Station

11

28

Settlers Mill

11

29

Villages of Powhatan

11

30

Windsor Forest

10

31

James Terrace

9

32

Liberty Crossing

9

33

Longhill Gate

9

34

Mirror Lake Estate

9

35

Powhatan Crossing

9

36

The Midlands

9

37

Williamsburg Bluffs

9

38

Berkeleys Green

8

39

Claiborne

8

40

Fairways Villas

8

41

Springhill

8

42

Stonehouse Glen

8

43

Carver Gardens

7

44

Michelle Point

7

45

The Cottages at Stone Haven

7

46

Vineyard Height

7

47

Williamsburg Commons

7

48

Fenwick Hills

6

49

Kristiansand

6

50

Queenswood

6

51

Riverview Plantation

6

52

St. Georges Hun

6

53

Sterling Springs

6

54

The Oaks at Fenton Mill

6

55

Westgate

6

56

Williamsburg Village

6

57

Adams Hunt

5

58

Canterbury Hill

5

59

Ewell Hall

5

60

Greensprings Plantation

5

61

Grove

5

62

Indigo Park

5

63

Jamestown Hundred

5

64

Patriot Condominium

5

65

The Oaks

5

66

Wyndham Plantation

5

67

York Terrace

5

68

Brandywyne

4

69

Chancos Grant

4

70

Cypress Point

4

71

Fernbrook

4

72

First Colony

4

73

Fox Ridge

4

74

Governor’s Grove

4

75

Heritage Landing

4

 

Psst.I’m a real estate agent.

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  his expertise in the local real estate market.

You can reach me by phone at 757-254-8136 or email  John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

Xanterra to withdraw plans for Kingsmill in Williamsburg VA

Members of the The Club at Kingsmill received the announcement below of Xanterra Kingsmill, LLC’s intent to withdraw its master plan amendment for action before James City County. Here is the link to the master plan amendment details from the JCC Planning Commission’s June 4, 2014 agenda. It was scheduled for the Board of Supervisors’ December 9 meeting.

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Dear Members of The Club at Kingsmill,

In an effort to keep our members updated on news and information as it relates to the Resort and the Kingsmill community in general, please be advised that Xanterra Kingsmill, LLC ("Xanterra"), the owner of Kingsmill Resort, intends to withdraw its master plan amendment application in Case No.  Z-0002-2014/MP-0002-2014 currently pending before James City County.  Given the controversy surrounding the application related to new development within the Kingsmill community, Xanterra has decided to withdraw the application at this time in order to analyze ways in which the application may be modified to more fully address various issues and concerns raised by certain County personnel and Kingsmill residents to date.  As part of this analysis, Xanterra will consider development alternatives as they relate to existing by right development parcels within Kingsmill in order to possibly shift some development activity to sites that would not require the level of approval associated with the current application. It is Xanterra’s hope that these efforts will ultimately lead to the ability to submit a revised land use application that is more warmly received by the County and all other stakeholders within the Kingsmill community.

Sincerely,

Wayne Nooe

General Manager

2014 Southern Living Showcase Home in Fords Colony, Williamsburg, Virginia Opens This Friday at 10 am!

Inspired by the pages of Southern Living magazine, the award winning team at Wayne Harbin, Builders is building “Harrison Place,” a 3,500 square foot, fully furnished and decorated show homeInspired by the pages of Southern Living magazine, the award winning team at Wayne Harbin, Builders is building “Harrison Place,” a 3,500 square foot, fully furnished and decorated show home, outside the gate on Fords Colony Drive.  Preferred subcontractors are featuring the latest and greatest trends in home design, interior finishes, and home electronics.  Unleash your inner chef with on-site cooking demonstrations in our fabulous kitchen, discover imaginative landscaping and outdoor space ideas, and find design inspiration and style tips in every room!

The Southern Living Showcase Home will open to the public for tours beginning November 7th, Friday through Sunday from 10-5.  Tickets are on sale now for $10 in advance ($12 at the door) at www.WilliamsburgShowcaseHome.com, with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity and Operation Welcome Home.  12 passenger shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes from the Fords Colony Country Club, where you can learn more about the community named the number one master plan in America, and touted year after year as one of the top places in the country to retire.

Liberty Ridge Grand Opening-New Homes on 3+ Acres from the $530’s in Williamsburg VA

imageI haven’t updated my info about Liberty Ridge since back in 2008. Hard to believe its been six years since they started putting in the roads.

Liberty Ridge is a large lot community being developed by East West Partners. It is  conveniently located along in James City County/ Williamsburg  along Centerville Rd south of the intersection of Longhill Rd, Just past D.J Montague Elementary. Colonial Williamsburg and Interstate 64 are both within a 10 minute drive of the community. After a number of years of little activity East West has brought in Ryan Homes to build out a portion of the community

ellington model in Liberty ridge williamsburg vaThe newest phase consists of 32 private wooded homesites, featuring stunning new luxury estate homes. A new Classic Home Collection will be featured by RYAN Homes, part of the NVR Homes family on the new Mallory Place cul-de-sac in Liberty Ridge. The timeless Traditional style homes will offer spacious, open floor plans starting in the  $500’s to over $800,000. These homes feature many luxury interior features, exteriors with brick, stone and Hardiplank, and quality appointments like hardwood floors on the main floor, granite counter tops, and innovative floor plans. 

Liberty Ridge is designed for luxury. From the stunning wooded views to the gorgeous homes, this is Williamsburg’s most comfortable new community. These spacious homesites create a private enclave where you and your neighbors share scenery, not each other’s backyards. The community is committed to protecting and preserving this spectacular environment ensuring a greener existence for all who live there.

models available at Liberty Ridge Williamsburg VA

Enjoy as much as 6,500 square feet of living space with as many as seven bedrooms, six baths and a three-car garage. Your Liberty Ridge home is built to the highest energy efficiency standards to save you up to 30% on your monthly energy costs, and is backed by Ryan Homes’ 10-year structural warranty

The fully furnished model is opening this weekend. ( Oct 11, 2014)  I’d be happy to show you the new plans and explain the special benefits of living in Liberty Ridge and their beautiful, estate-size properties and convenient location just 10 minutes to Colonial Williamsburg.

Preview The Ellington Model virtual tour by clicking HERE.

imageA total of 138 homeowners will be able to call Liberty Ridge home once the community is fully built out.. Home sites are all a minimum of 3 acres. There are larger lots as well ,some as large as nine acres in size.

Search homes and lots with acreage in James City/ York County/ Williamsburg VA here

Below are the models available at this time in Liberty Ridge along with current pricing and base square footage. Note: Basements are available as options along with other room expansions that can create up to 6500 square feet of living area if needed

Home buyers looking for larger lot neighborhoods in the Williamsburg Va area have a variety of other communities to choose from . Westport Skimino Landing Estates along with The Conservancy, The Retreat , Wexford Hills, Woodland Farms, Merry Oaks, Uncles Neck and Banbury Cross are the most popular neighborhoods. Most of these offer 2+ acres yards. There are also numerous parcels off of Forge Rd, Brickbat Rd and others throughout the area that are simply rural or non neighborhood locations.Most of these are typically in the western part of James City or York County.

You can search all homes with acreage in the Williamsburg VA area here

Westport at Fords Colony, the  upcoming community right down the street from Liberty Ridge also offers 3+ acre estate lots.Its location is just outside the Manchester gate of Ford’s Colony on Centerville Rd. . As an added bonus homeowners in Westport will be members of and enjoy the amenities of Ford’s Colony.

view all homes for sale in this neighborhoodThe other model home currently built at Liberty Ridge is The Breakwater Home , a William E. Poole Plan built by Michael C. Brown Builders. the 4633 square foot estate home features a master suite on the first and second levels, an open Kitchen to the family room, a large Family Entertainment Room over the three car garage and many fine authentic details throughout the interior.

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Some of the amenities planned at  Liberty Ridge by the developer ( East West) will include two  community parks with picnic tables for social and picnic gatherings as well as a community walking and biking trail system that will provide opportunities for residents to explore the natural beauty of the land. And with the county’s 689-acre Freedom Park next door, Liberty Ridge homeowners can add mountain biking and hiking to their list of pastimes for enjoying the great outdoors.

Liberty Ridge is adjacent to James City Counties ”Freedom Park“

freedom park interpretive center james city countyThe 601-acre Freedom Park is home to significant American history – recognized nationally as the site of the earliest free black settlement dating to 1803-1860, an 18th-century graveyard, the Revolutionary War Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary in 1781 and a 17th century domicile that is revealing much archaeological research of the early colonial period (1680-1730).. Also located in the park are the Williamsburg Botanical Garden, A brand new interpretive center, two miles of multiuse trails and more than 25+ miles of mountain bike trails. and the latest addition Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course ,an outdoor experience that provides participants 2-3 hours of outdoor fun and exercise.  The result is spectacular. The course allows participants to explore the park from an otherwise unobtainable vantage point while navigating through the treetops using zip lines, obstacles and tarzan swings.

Liberty Ridge Site plan

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The developer of Liberty Ridge, East West Partners has been developing award-winning communities and resorts in seven states across America since 1972. Their first effort way back in 1972 was Brandermill in Chesterfield County , VA now home to 4,400 families it was  named the “Best Planned Community in America” in 1977 by Better Homes and Gardens Magazine and the National Association of Homebuilders.

Other award winning East West communities include Gatling Pointe in Smithfield, VA, The Riverfront, the developer’s second master planned community in Hampton Roads, Eagle Harbor and Founders Pointe, both in Isle of Wight County.

Liberty Ridge students will attend  James City County Schools   DJ Montague Elementary, ,  Hornsby Middle School and Warhill High School

For parents desiring  private school options there are numerous choices including Walsingham Academy, Hampton Roads Academy, Williamsburg Christian, Providence Classical Williamsburg Montessori and more.

The HOA-Homeowner Association in Liberty Ridge will  manage the common areas in the neighborhood as well the other community amenities. The monthly home owner association fee is $75

Directions/ Location Map Liberty Ridge, Williamsburg VA

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Nearby Fitness Options:: James City Recreation Center, Ironbound Gym American Family Fitness  WISC/  Crossfit Williamsburg

Nearby Golf Courses : More info on Williamsburg Golf Courses here

Nearby Boating Options: Jamestown Marina, Governors Land Marina, Chickahominy Riverfront Park

Closest Grocery Stores: Farm Fresh in Norge, Martins at Monticello Marketplace ,Trader Joes, Fresh Market, Food Lion

Keep looking: If you like Liberty Ridge, , you might also like: Westport  Wexford Hills, Uncles Neck, The Retreat, Skimino Landing, or Banbury Cross

View current homes for sale in Liberty Ridge here

View lots for sale in Liberty Ridge here

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Click  here to search for homes for sale in greater Williamsburg.


Psst.I’m a real estate agent.

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  his expertise in the local real estate market.

  • What’s your real estate story? Tell me about the places you’ve lived and where you’re hoping to live.

I can help you access all the information you will need about choosing a neighborhood and buying a home in New Kent, Gloucester, Newport News, Hampton, York County, Smithfield, Williamsburg, Poquoson or the greater Hampton Roads area, including area information on schools, local government, shopping, activities for the children and more! Whether you have made a decision to relocate, retire or are just considering a move to Williamsburg or  Hampton Roads VA, let me help make your transition or PCS to the  area a smooth and enjoyable one!

You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities, condos and townhomes ,foreclosures/ REO,  land, building lots, commercial property  in Williamsburg , Yorktown, New Kent, Gloucester, Poquoson as well as the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads, Virginia here

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I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

Construction to start in 2015 on new neighborhood in Norge

imageAlong Richmond Road in Norge, VA a red and white sign boasts single-family homes coming in spring 2013 to a neighborhood called Walnut Grove. But as fall 2014 begins, no work has started at the site.

No construction will begin until at least next year, said Developer Jay Epstein, who is busy with another housing development in Grove called Chestnut Grove and with a development in Richmond called The Villas at Rocketts Landing.

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White Hall development entering next phase of construction in Toano VA

Out past Toano in the Northwestern reaches of James City County, a cluster of neighborhoods featuring hundreds of single-family homes and townhouses continues to be developed among sprawling farms and dense woodland tracts.

About 300 of the nearly 500 homes in the master plan for White Hall are already occupied, and the developer of what remains to be built, HHHunt Homes, is eyeing the next segment of the project with the hope of starting work in the next few weeks.

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The development is mostly concentrated between Richmond Road and Rochambeau Drive to the east of Anderson’s Corner, where the two roads meet Barhamsville Road. The soon-to-be-built section, which features 41 single-family homes, will be situated across the street from Williamsburg Christian Academy, said George Moore, the vice president of development for HHHunt Communities.

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Village Walk at New Town-Williamsburg VA

 

photo 1Eagle Construction has broken ground on its first project in the Williamsburg VA area.

Village Walk at New Town, located near Trader Joes in the Settlers Market portion of New Town.

Details are still being confirmed but it seems that they are building three level townhomes similar to what they have built in Shire Place and Short West Broad Village in the  Short Pump area of Richmond VA. There will be 107 town homes in this section.

These charming, three story townhomes are the perfect place to call home. Enter through the gracious front door or roomy two-car garage to find a welcoming flex room. Use it as a home office, media room, kid’s hangout — the options are endless and yours to enjoy. On the main floor you’ll find casual elegance galore, with the careful attention to details that makes this home uniquely yours. The spacious eat-in kitchen naturally leads through the sunny dining area to the bright and stylish family living room with french doors to the generous front porch. Upstairs you’ll find generous bedrooms, including the exceptional Master Retreat with walk-in closet.

Shire PlaceThe town homes at Village Walk are Virtually No Maintenance. Homeowners will enjoy the unique neighborhood concept  with charming facades and front porches facing each other across landscaped greenspaces. Brick, stone, shingle and clapboard siding make sure that each home is uniquely stylish. Inside you’ll find large sunny windows and tasteful details waiting for you to personalize to your heart’s content. Whether you prefer warm granite, sleek stainless steel, or glass mosaic tiles, your home becomes a fitting reflection of you, ready to furnish with personal favorites and stylish new buys. Best of all — no outside maintenance so you can enjoy the lush landscaping and architectural detail with no worries or responsibilities.

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Psst…I’m a real estate agent.

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.

I can help you access all the information you will need about choosing a neighborhood and buying a home in New Kent, Gloucester, Newport News, Hampton, York County, Smithfield, Williamsburg, Poquoson or the greater Hampton Roads area, including area information on schools, local government, shopping, activities for the children and more!Whether you have made a decision to relocate, retire or are just considering a move to Williamsburg or  Hampton Roads VA, let me help make your transition or PCS to the  area a smooth and enjoyable one!

Hampton Roads is a transient community due to the large population of military members in the area. I have a unique perspective on relocation and have helped many families move in and out of the area. I understand the kind of support team it takes to make a smooth transition.

 

On my website You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities,condos and townhomes ,foreclosures/ REO,  land, building lots, commercial property  in Williamsburg , Yorktown, New Kent, Gloucester, Poquoson as well as the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads, Virginia

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Westport at Fords Colony breaks ground on first home..

Westport is the latest addition to Ford’s Colony, and is unlike anything in the Williamsburg area. Westport is the only neighborhood in Ford’s Colony offering estate sized home sites ranging from 3 to 5 acres. Nowhere else can you find this much privacy in a master-planned community the caliber of Ford’s Colony, and still enjoy convenient access to all of the attractions, shopping, and dining of Williamsburg, VA.

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Although any builder can build in Westport the first spec/ model homes will be built by Stonehill Builders from Northern Va

Stonehill is a personalized design-build custom homebuilder, offering
distinctive homes and floor plans ranging in size from 3,500 to 8,000 sq. ft. in
Westport at Ford’s Colony.
Based in Northern Virginia, just two hours from Williamsburg, Stonehill has
built some of the most prestigious homes in the Washington, D. C. area. The
company has experience building a variety of home styles and sizes ranging from
2,500 to 18,000 sq. ft. They’ve built homes throughout the Mid-Atlantic region
including many in the Williamsburg, Virginia area, some even in Ford’s Colony.

photo 3Stonehill is managed by Gary and Greg Dempsey, a father and son that take great pride in running their company with the personal attention and exceptional customer service you’d expect from a family run business. With Stonehill, either Gary or Greg personally handles each project. At least one of the owners of the company is on the project site every day and personally involved. They are available to speak or meet with their homebuyers anytime, including evenings and weekends. Stonehill’s goal is to build a relationship of trust and understanding with each buyer, making the process more comfortable and keeping communication open.

photo 2“Every home buyer is emotionally invested in their new home’s construction,” said Gary Dempsey, President of Stonehill Company. “I have great empathy for my home buyers and I always make myself available for questions and provide guidance and advice helping them create their dream home. Every buyer is trying to build the best home for their family and their lifestyle; I use my experience and expertise to help make that process as easy for them as possible.” What makes Stonehill so special is the level of quality in both materials and craftsmanship offered at a value to their homebuyers. Gary has been in the construction industry for over 40 years and Greg has been in the industry for over 12 years; they’ve seen fads come and go and have seen the value and longevity of using quality materials. Stonehill believes in installing these fine materials by tried and true methods, all included in the price of their homes.

entrance road for westportStonehill holds their work to such high quality standards because aside from building custom homes, Gary is also a Certified Commercial and Residential Building Inspector and expert witness on construction and materials. Gary has a reputation for careful inspection and excellence, qualities that are evident in every Stonehill home. Stonehill welcomes buyers to visit their home sites and inspect their quality and craftsmanship for themselves. Since one of the owner’s is on site daily, buyers’ questions are answered immediately and changes can be made quickly. Customization and changes are so welcome that Stonehill offers homebuyers access to an online design studio where they can manipulate a virtual floor plan of their home. For example, buyers can customize the basement or add an attached sunroom to the home; the possibilities are endless.

 

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To further explore building a home or purchasing a lot at Westport or elsewhere in the WIlliamsburg VA, James City County, New Kent County areas contact John@MrWilliamsburg.com or 757 254 8136.

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 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 emailJohn@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @  757-254-8136

LPGA Kingsmill Championship returns to Williamsburg VA 2014

May 12-2014

The LPGA’s Kingsmill Championship returns to Williamsburg VA later  this week with a new presenting sponsor.

Play starts Thursday May 15 on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort with a field that features eight of the top 10 golfers in the Rolex world golf rankings, including defending champion Cristie Kerr and 17-year-old phenom Lydia Ko.

Cristie Kerr returns as the defending champion. Kerr has earned three of her 16 career LPGA victories at the resort’s River Course, as she also won the tournament in 2009 and 2005.

Kerr had her hands full with 2007 Kingsmill champion Suzann Pettersen last year, besting the Norwegian on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff after sinking a two-footer for par. The last seven champions have posted at least three rounds in the 60s en route to the winner’s circle, and this year should be no different.

Kerr will have to contend with the likes of Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko, Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson and Karrie Webb – who won the tournament in 2006 – among others. Se Ri Pak (2004) is another past Kingsmill champion in the field this week, so the player roster is loaded with talent once again at the $1.3 million event.

Golf Channel will be there to bring four rounds of coverage to fans not lucky enough to see it in person.

The Kingsmill Championship begins a four-week run for the LPGA that includes trips to Alabama, New Jersey and Ontario, and there is a heap of money up for grabs in the coming weeks. Ten events into the 2014 slate, LPGA players will begin looking to make moves in the standings as summer approaches, and it all begins this week.

The South Korean broadcast company JTBC has signed up as a partner this year and is expected to bolster the tournament’s international presence. JTBC reaches 21 million households in Korea, according to a Kingsmill release.

The tournament is booked at Kingsmill through 2017. This is the 11th event on this year’s LPGA schedule.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit the tournament website

About the Kingsmill Championship

The 2014 Kingsmill Championship to be held May 12-18, 2014, on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort.The top women golfers in the world will compete for the $1.3 million purse in this 72‐hole, stroke play tournament. Kids 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Active and retired military will also receive special ticket promotions throughout the week.

Tickets are available online at www.thekingsmillchampionship.com

About Kingsmill on The James and Kingsmill Resort

kingsmill18tholerivercourseKingsmill Resort, is a AAA Four Diamond resort that offers 422 guest rooms and suites, a 19,000‐square‐foot IACC certified conference center, six restaurants. three Championship Golf Courses with a golf club house, a tennis club with fifteen courts. There is a superb sports club with both indoor and outdoor pools, racquetball courts, sauna, and fitness rooms. There is also a full service spa and a large marina on the river with access to the bay. The full service marina has 90 permanent slips and 15 transient boat slips.

Kingsmill is located off I‐64 between Richmond and Norfolk and within close proximity to Williamsburg’s numerous destinations including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William & Mary, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.

Quarterpath Trace KingsmillThe community spans 2900 acres of protected area along the historic James River.  Forty percent of the rolling green and wooded development will remain untouched forever. The two gated entrances are manned round the clock and there is a private police force.

There are a wide variety of  housing choices available for sale in Kingsmill,ranging from condos, townhouses, and courtyard/ patio/ villas on smaller lots to smaller detached single family and large luxury homes, many with first floor master suites. Many of the homes were designed with seniors in mind.

For additional information about Kingsmill real estate click here

HAMPTON ROADS 2013 TOP NEW HOME BUILDERS

Ryan Homes was again the top builder in Hampton Roads VA for permits, closings and revenue in 2013 with 309 permits issued, 292 closings, and $104,699,944 in revenue. Ryan Homes is actively building in 18 new home communities in Hampton Roads. Their top subdivision was Turtle Creek in Newport News with 50 permits, 42 closings, and $13,303,294 in revenue. Windsor Ridge at Wellington in Williamsburg/ James City County was their number two subdivision for permits, closings, and revenue with 32 permits and 32 detached closings recorded for $11,898,876 in revenue. Chesapeake Homes was the number two builder in Hampton Roads VA for permits, closings, and revenue with 134 permits issued, 173 closings recorded, and $46,874,097 in revenue in 15 communities on the Southside and Peninsula. Cornerstone in Virginia Beach was their number one community during the year with 36 permits recorded, 51 closings recorded, and $12,349,142 in revenue. West Neck Village was their number two community with 21 permits issued, 16 closings, and $5,648,588 million in revenue. HHHunt Homes was the number three builder for closings and revenue with 154 closings recorded, and $37 million in revenue. HHHunt Homes had closings in ten communities in Hampton Roads during the year including eight detached and two attached. Their top subdivision in 2013 for closings was Weatherly in Whitehall in the Toano area of James City County with 40 closings. Their top subdivision for revenue was the single family product at Whitehall with closings totaling $7,835,125 in revenue.

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Xanterra withdraws Kingsmill expansion plans

signXanterra abruptly withdrew its Kingsmill expansion plans Tuesday with no explanation, according to county Planning documents.

Xanterra’s local attorney, Vernon Geddy III, sent a brief letter to county planners Tuesday asking them to “withdraw in entirety the rezoning portion of the referenced applications and all portions of the master plan amendment portion of the applications.”

But the move might not signal defeat. Geddy said Xanterra, which owns Kingsmill Resort and hopes to build 207 new homes along the Country Road, will “continue to work to address issues that have been raised” and file a new application “in the near future.”

Still, the news pleased opponents, roughly 100 of whom turned out at a Planning Commission meeting earlier this month to speak out against the project.

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New Homes available at The Colonies at Powhatan in Williamsburg VA

Ryan Homes, one of the nation’s largest homebuilding and mortgage banking companies, announces the grand opening of its new Courtland Gate single-family model home at The Colonies at Powhatan in Williamsburg, Virginia. Built by NVR’s Ryan Homes division, The Colonies at Powhatan is a luxurious collection of estate-style homes in the heart of Williamsburg. The new homes at the Colonies at Powhatan are priced from the upper $460,000s.

The Colonies at Powhatan in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Colonies at Powhatan community offers a comfortable lifestyle with a wide range of amenities right on site. The impressive estate homes are set on expansive wooded homesites with graceful cul-de-sac streets that create a sense of seclusion. Elegant details including brick exteriors and architectural shingles add classic elegance to the community. Interiors feature top finishes such as granite countertops and upgraded cabinetry and trim. Residents will enjoy a neighborhood clubhouse, a swimming pool, a playground and a large community lake. Shopping and dining are close by at Monticello and Windsor Meade Marketplace. The Williamsburg area is known for its beautiful golf courses, historic sites, Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens. Homeowners at The Colonies at Powhatan will have a multitude of professional opportunities in education, defense and entertainment. The College of William and Mary is just a few miles away, and major Virginia cities of Newport News, Virginia Beach and Richmond are easily reached.

Read more about the neighborhood here

Homes Available at The Colonies at Powhatan

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The stately Courtland Gate model offers 4+ bedrooms, 2+ baths and 2,900+ square feet of living space. Enter through the dramatic two-story foyer and find a formal living room and dining room which can be accented with optional columns. Tucked away behind double doors is a secluded study that can be used as a convenient home office. The center island kitchen offers a functional pantry, and the adjacent dinette flows seamlessly into the expansive family room. For even more space, homebuyers may add a sunny morning room and a family room extension. A mud room leads to the 2-car garage. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms, including a huge owner’s suite which may be customized with a personal sitting area. This lavish retreat offers a large walk-in closet and a dual sink vanity and separate soaking tub and shower in the bath. An additional full bath serves the other 3 bedrooms. There is also a upper-level laundry room, and the basement may be finished with a media room, exercise room and powder room.

Like all new Ryan homes, those at The Colonies at Powhatan are fully ENERGY STAR® Certified, yielding monthly utility bills up to 30% lower than standard homes, according to the EPA. All Ryan homes carry 10-year structural warranties, and are independently verified for quality by a third-party inspection company.

For further information about Ryan Homes in Williamsburg VA contact Mr Williamsburg 757 254 8136 or email me at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

LPGA Announces Four Year Extension of Kingsmill Championship

The LPGA and Xanterra have announced a four-year extension of the Kingsmill Championship that will bring the event back to Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. through the 2017 season.

The 10th staging of the Kingsmill Championship will be held May 15-18, 2014 with players competing for a $1.3 million purse. Kingsmill Resort is owned by Xanterra Parks & Resorts® affiliate Xanterra Kingsmill, LLC, a sister company of Anschutz Entertainment Group and a subsidiary of Anschutz Company.

Golf Course 2“Everything about Kingsmill is top-notch — from the incredible resort, to the championship River Course venue, to the way they treat both the players and fans,” said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. “I’m so excited about our long-term partnership, as it ensures that we’ll continue this wonderful tradition of showcasing the best golfers in the world, at one of the best golf resorts in the world.”

Xanterra acquired Kingsmill Resort from Busch Properties, Inc. on August 1, 2010. Xanterra recently completed a $6 million renovation of the resort, including a new resort pool complex and renovations to the marina restaurant and other resort facilities. The resort is a AAA Four‐ Diamond resort and member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide ‐ a global association of the world’s finest independent luxury hotels.

“We are very excited to continue our partnership with the LPGA at Kingsmill,” said Andrew Todd, President and CEO of Xanterra Parks and Resorts. “This is the 32nd year of professional golf at Kingsmill, and Xanterra is proud to be a part of this prestigious tournament. We are thankful to the sponsors, volunteers, spectators, and LPGA players who continue to support this tradition at Kingsmill, and make it a truly great event.”

The River Course at Kingsmill Resort previously hosted the LPGA’s Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill from 2003 to 2009. The event produced acclaimed winners including LPGA and World Golf Halls of Famers Se Ri Pak (2004), Karrie Webb (2006), Annika Sorenstam (2008) and major champions Grace Park (2003), Cristie Kerr (2005, 2009) and Suzann Pettersen (2007).

After a two-year hiatus, the LPGA Tour returned to Williamsburg in 2012 for the newly-named Kingsmill Championship where South Korea’s Jiyai Shin outlasted American Paula Creamer in an epic nine-hole playoff for her ninth-career LPGA Tour victory. In 2013, Cristie Kerr etched her name on the list of victors for the third time when she defeated Suzann Pettersen in a two-hole, sudden-death playoff.

Kingsmill Resort offers 422 guest rooms and suites, a 19,000‐square‐foot IACC certified conference center, three Championship Golf Courses, six restaurants; a European style spa, indoor/outdoor pools, a Sports center and full service marina. Kingsmill Resort is located off I‐64 between Richmond and Norfolk and within close proximity to Williamsburg’s numerous destinations including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William & Mary, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.

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Kingsmill residents moving quickly under the “Kingsmill United” banner to form new community coalition

signA core group of Kingsmill residents is moving quickly under the “Kingsmill United” banner to form a new community coalition. Following a planning meeting last week the group has prepared Articles of Incorporation and established an interim steering committee. On Friday the steering committee authorized filing of the incorporation papers and issued a call to Charter Members for an organization meeting to be held on Tuesday.

The group describes its purpose as, “Providing accurate and timely information and commentary on policies and actions that may impact the quality of life and property values in Kingsmill”.

The organization is intended to be a permanent organization with membership open to all Kingsmill residents and owners. The establishment of an “associate membership” class open to commercial and industrial entities within the boundaries of the original Anheuser Busch development is being explored. “We have requested meetings with our business neighbors The organization is intended to be a permanent organization with membership open to all Kingsmill residents and owners. The establishment of an “associate membership” class open to commercial and industrial entities within the boundaries of the original Anheuser Busch development is being explored.“We have requested meetings with our business neighbors including Busch Gardens, AB InBev Brewery and AB Busch Office Park to be sure they understand the potential impact on them of the proposed plan changes and to explore their interest in participating” a spokesman said.

The organizers emphasized that the intention is not to duplicate the Kingsmill Community Service Association (KCSA) whose board is composed of 4 elected Kingsmill members and 5 Xanterra appointees, but to provide an independent voice on policy issues.

“Kingsmill United is neither anti-development nor anti-Xanterra, it is simply pro-Kingsmill,” a spokesman said adding that “KU” looks forward to establishing a cordial and positive long term relationship with both KCSA and Xanterra with the objective of promoting the best interests of the united community and to that end we have requested introductory meetings with each of them.

There are serious concerns regarding the proposed master plan revisions and we hope to be able to resolve those concerns with Winding Road Development and Xanterra. However, following the precedent set by Xanterra, we have requested meetings with individual James City supervisors and Planning Commission members. We are confident that those officials will extend the same courtesy to Kingsmill United as they extended to Xanterra. In the spirit of transparency we will share the meeting schedule as it comes together.”

Given the concerns expressed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Kingsmill United will also be consulting with local environmental groups to get their input on those comments which suggest that the impact of a portion of the proposed development will extend beyond the Kingsmill residential community. Those comments and the presentation of Winding Roads Development on proposed changes to the Kingsmill Master Plan have been posted to the Kingsmill United web site ( kingsmill-united.org ).

Those interested in learning more about the group or becoming a Charter Member are invited to e-mail their interest and contact information to Info@Kingsmill-United.org or visit the web site.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Michael McGurk

Director, Media Relations

Kingsmill-United

(www.kingsmill-united.org) (757) 506-5023

info@kingsmill-united.org

Kingsmill residents unite against Xanterra

JAMES CITY – More than 200 Kingsmill residents turned out for a meeting Thursday afternoon to express concerns about the resort’s plan to limit resort access and restructure memberships, a number of sources told the Gazette Friday.
Kingsmill Community Services Association resident representative Jim Zinn confirmed Friday that KCSA, as its known, had received enough feedback from residents about the plan that it scheduled a comment section during the regularly scheduled meeting.

Read more about it here http://www.vagazette.com/news/va-vg-kingsmill-082413-20130823,0,6459014.story

Xanterra looks to build 322 new homes in Kingsmill

Kingsmill Resort owner Xanterra has submitted an application to build 322 new homes in the gated community, converting almost all of the Country Road to housing and reconfiguring the Woods Golf Course.

The changes come in the form of both a rezoning application and master plan amendment that would convert the Woods Course and 15 acres bordering the Country Road for residential use. The application converts trails and existing buffers to 196 single-family homes, 96 condominiums and 30 town homes.

The plan also includes a new Country Road – a cul-de-sac to serve a new 15-home tract.

It would also allow housing on 121 acres of area designated for the Country Road, and another 15 acres designated for recreation, according to the application filed this week with the county’s Planning Division.

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Read  more about the Kingsmill Community here

 

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Hindu prenuptial ceremony at Governor’s Land veiled in tradition

With a motorcade and processional typically reserved for rock stars, The River Room at Governor’s Land played host Thursday to an elaborate ceremony for which a nationally known band was the hired entertainment rather the focal point.

The occasion, which spans three states over four days and is expected to have 600 invited guests, was a griha shanti, the first of a series of events that comprise a traditional Hindu wedding. The music came from 1970s pop-funk group Kool and the Gang, best known for the 1980 hit, "Celebration.

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Kingsmill looks to close resort to public :(

kingsmillAt the end of the year, the restaurants, marina, spa and other amenities at Kingsmill Resort will be available only to members and resort guests, a move that will exclude the general public as well as more than half of Kingsmill’s residents.

Only 43 percent of residents currently hold one of 18 categories of Kingsmill club memberships, said Jim Zinn, who represents homeowners on the Kingsmill Community Services Association. KCSA is the closest thing to a homeowners association Kingsmill has, but includes corporate interests.

The prospect of an internal gate on Kingsmill Road "is probably the most controversial component of their offering," Zinn said in an interview Monday. "We’re hopeful the interior gate is something they defer or decide not to do."

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First Kingsmill, then cruise lines…..

Andrew Todd wanted to captain more than just the nation’s largest park-concessions-management company.

Kingsmill Entrance SignAnd when Denver businessman Philip Anschutz purchased Xanterra Parks & Resorts in 2008, Todd got his wish. In the past few years, the venerable company has grown its revenues by 50 percent with acquisitions that include a high-end cruise-ship line, an adventure-travel company, a hotel and a golf resort with real estate it plans to develop.

After more than a century focused solely on national-park-concessions contracts — a business strategy that often saw the company waiting for new National Park Service contracts to emerge — the new business direction has injected fresh life into Xanterra, which traces its roots to the Fred Harvey Co. in 1876.

CEO Andrew Todd, who has been at the wheel of the company for 20 years, is steering the nation’s largest parks-concessions- management company to new horizons..

"There wasn’t a great appetite from the previous ownership to expand beyond our core," said Todd, who next year will mark his 20th year at the helm of Xanterra. "The good thing with the Anschutz Co. is that they have the capital and Phil’s willingness to invest and expand beyond our core business. With him, we can be very nimble and very quick on deals."

Xanterra purchased the 1,025-acre, three-golf-course Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., in 2010, marking its first step outside national parks. A year later, the Greenwood Village company affirmed its move beyond national parks with the purchase of Windstar Cruises.

This year, it added cruise company Seabourn’s three small luxury cruise ships to the Windstar fleet, rescuing the ships from financial distress. The company pumped $18 million into upgrades on the high-end sailing ships, and bookings have been climbing at double-digit percentages. Windstar has posted four consecutive years of revenue growth.

Read more: Xanterra Parks & Resorts is expanding beyond national park concessions – The Denver Post

Read more about Kingsmill here

Almost new home available in Burlington Woods..Williamsburg VA

Wendy Carrington can watch her children at the neighborhood playground from a white rocking chair on her front porch. In fact, she picked the neighborhood— Burlington Woods — the lot, and the big, welcoming porch in order to do just that.

front1We chose this neighborhood because it’s small, close-knit, and family friendly,” said Wendy, an insurance underwriter with two children, 5 and 8. “Then we picked this lot to build on because it’s across the street from the playground.” The porch was an extra she added to the nearly 3,000 square-foot home that she and her husband, Steve, a Coast Guard retiree, built in 2010.

front porchThe Carringtons’ home, the popular Ravenna model built by Ryan Homes, “really fits a family of four,” Wendy said. The main level has formal living and dining rooms, a home office, a powder room, and a large, open kitchen/casual dining/family room space that spans nearly the entire back of the house.

kitchen1The open kitchen area is one of Wendy’s favorite spots, allowing her to cook and talk to the kids in the family room. She especially loves the gourmet-style kitchen with granite countertops, stainless appliances, high-end cabinets, custom backsplash, and a big island with seating. But best of all is the gas range. “I always had electric, and now I understand why people like gas so much,” Wendy said.

kitchen“I’ve never had such a nice, upgraded kitchen before,” Wendy added. “We were military and always lived in rentals. This is the first house we’ve ever built, and the first house we’ve ever owned.”

The family puts the kitchen to good use. “The kids and I are always baking together,” Wendy said. “The kitchen, especially with the island, is the center of the house.”

bonusThe second floor has four bedrooms plus a bonus room above the garage that the family uses as a playroom and TV area. “It has a huge closet for storage and could even be a fifth bedroom,” said Wendy. “We have a big TV for watching movies, a couch and loveseat, and nooks with shelves for the kids. Having a bonus room helps us keep the downstairs more adult.”

masterThe large master bedroom is another favorite spot for Wendy. “We added extra windows so it gets a lot of light. It’s like an oasis; the greens, grays and white are such relaxing colors and it’s big enough for a sitting area. The master bathroom is huge, with a separate shower and tub.”

backyardWith two kids, having a flat, one-third acre yard is also a plus. A play set with playhouse and a large back deck make the Carringtons’ yard a favorite hangout. “The deck is big and a great place to hang out,” Wendy noted. “We’ve had a lot of barbeques, and we had about 30 people over for Steve’s retirement party. There was plenty of room.”

deck1Wendy said the Burlington Woods neighborhood has lived up to her expectations. “Everyone here has kids, and there are a lot of play dates and cookouts. We have a lot of social events….Next week there’s a baby shower for a neighbor down the street. There’s a real neighborhood vibe here.”

parkThe community’s location “is perfect,” Wendy added. “It’s walking distance to Freedom Park and to the Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex. We’re near New Town and the outlet mall. Colonial Williamsburg is close, too.”

As much as they love it, the Carringtons have decided to sell their home in order to relocate closer to Wendy’s job in Richmond. “I wish I could just pick this house up and move it to Richmond,” Wendy said. “We have a special connection to this house because we got to pick out everything in it. It’s a perfect family home.”

officeThe family chose John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf to help them sell their Burlington Woods home. “He’s the one who introduced us to our [Burlington Woods] neighborhood. We never would have known about it without him,” said Wendy. “He’s well connected in Williamsburg and is really good at what he does.”

Why the stories? Because these aren’t just houses, they’re homes.

Mr. Williamsburg knows that when you’re looking for a new place, you’re searching for more than just four walls plus amenities, you’re looking for that welcoming refuge we call home That’s why we go beyond the standard “4 bedrooms, 3 baths on large lot” statistics, to share how others have lived in this house, to reveal the home’s unique personality, to help you decide whether this is a place where your family could thrive.

Likewise, we realize that you’re seeking not simply a development within a particular zip code, but also an opportunity to become part of a community. That’s why we share our sellers’ experiences as members of that neighborhood. 

We trust these stories will assist you in finding your way home.

Want to see this wonderful home ? Want to tell your home’s story? Contact John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf at (757) 254-8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com and we’ll get you started.

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New restaurant opening in New Town

Saporni Ristorante Italiano will open in New Town on Monday, July 15, 2013

The opening will feature the work of award-winning artists, Lynn Hosegood, with her Italian watercolors series paintings, and Dorothy Greos’ abstract paintings.

The restaurant will be the second location for owners Giuseppe and Angela Amato, with their sons, Dario and Luca , the other restaurant is in Chester, VA

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The family is from  Carini, a small town on the outskirts of the capital of Sicily. The Amato Family has been in the restaurant business for over 10 years  at their restaurant in Chester.VA and delight in making people feel welcome while enjoying a taste of home.

image"Sapori" is the Italian word for "flavors", and our vision for Sapori is one of authentic, fresh flavors that are a fusion between traditional Sicilian recipes and modern culinary concepts.  Their dishes, most of which come from generations-old family recipes, feature fresh-grown spices from our indoor herb garden. Contrary to the fast-paced world in which we live where prepared foods are full of preservatives and additives, Sapori uses fresh ingredients and handmade sauces as the foundation of it’s flavorful menu. The restaurant shops for local ingredients when in season and display work from local artists to support the community/

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Where to Retire Magazine Announces 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the US

Where to Retire magazine reveals “The Short List: 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States” in the national, bi-monthly magazine’s July/August issue, which hits newsstands on June 21, 2013. The list includes Colonial Heritage, a 55+ active adult -planned community located in Williamsburg, Virginia.Where to Retire magazine reveals “The Short List: 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States” in the national, bi-monthly magazine’s July/August issue, which hits newsstands on June 21, 2013. The list includes Colonial Heritage, a 55+ active adult -planned community located in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The country’s 50 best master-planned communities selected by Where to Retire magazine highlight a resurgent era in active-adult and master-planned living – in demand now more than ever, with the boost in the economy and the continuing coming of age of baby boomers. The list is the only one of its kind, focusing on communities rather than locales and featuring first person testimonials by current residents..

“Time and again, the retirees interviewed for this story told us their neighborhoods give them opportunities to try different activities, connect with like-minded people and in the process, build brand-new lifestyles,” Northridge says. “For these retirees, their communities provide much more than comfortable, attractive housing; they also serve as a catalyst for residents to reinvent themselves.”

Nearly a year ago, Where to Retire editors began gathering and evaluating information on more than 100 communities across the nation.

Clubhouse rear viewThe selection contains communities in 17 states, including places beyond traditional retirement havens. The choice of neighborhoods runs the gamut in price, from those featuring manufactured homes starting in the $ 80,000s to developments where site-built, single-family homes begin in the mid-$ 400,000s. Just over half the developments are active-adult communities, where residents must meet minimum age requirements. The communities are not ranked, but rather profiled in alphabetical order by state. Also included are a two-page chart gives a snapshot of all 50 choices and a guide to their amenities.

This July/August issue marks the eighth biennial honor roll of America’s best master-planned communities compiled by Where to Retire. The magazine, launched in 1992, is published six times each year. Every issue profiles top retirement towns, both undiscovered and well-known, and master-planned communities that cater to retirees. Where to Retire can be found on various newsstands and at Barnes & Noble bookstores. A one-year subscription to Where to Retire is $18. For a magazine subscription or to purchase a back issue, visit WhereToRetire.com.

The Short List: 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States

The Short List: 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the U.S.

Arizona

Dolce Vita at Superstition Mountain

Sun City Festival by Del Webb

Robson Ranch Arizona Resort Community

Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch by Del Webb

CantaMia by Vitalia

Quail Creek Resort Community

SaddleBrooke Ranch Resort Community

Trilogy at Vistancia

Talking Rock Ranch

Arkansas

Forest Lakes Garden Homes

California

Sun City Shadow Hills by Del Webb

Trilogy at Monarch Dunes

Colorado

Heritage Todd Creek

Delaware

Heritage Shores

Florida

Town of Harmony

Terra Vista at the Villages of Citrus Hills

Lakewood Ranch

Lakes of Mount Dora

On Top of the World Communities

Stone Creek by Del Webb

Solivita by Vitalia

Valencia Lakes

Georgia

Soleil Laurel Canyon

Riverwood Plantation

Cresswind at Lake Lanier

Sun City Peachtree by Del Webb

The Georgia Club

Louisiana

Sugar Mill Pond

North Carolina

Cummings Cove Golf & Country Club

Jefferson Landing

Brunswick Forest

Carolina Colours

St. James Plantation

Anderson Creek Club

River Landing

Oregon

NorthWest Crossing

Pennsylvania

Penn National Golf Course Community

Traditions of America at Silver Spring

South Carolina

Woodside Plantation

Daniel Island Real Estate

Lakeside Crossing

Seasons at Prince Creek West

Tennessee

Black Creek Mountain

Fairfield Glade

Westhaven

Texas

Robson Ranch Texas Resort Community

Comanche Trace

Utah

Daybreak

Virginia
Colonial Heritage

Wyoming

The Powder Horn Golf Community

Read more about Colonial Heritage here

Read more about other 55+ active adult communities in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads Virginia here

Exceptional home in Governors Land, now on the market.

The classic, elegant exterior of the Georgian Federal home on Ann Johnson Lane in Governor’s Land was what first enticed Caz Wesley when she was house-shopping in 2008.

front2“I could see the house was an architectural gem when I walked up to it,” said Caz, an interior designer. “On the exterior, all four sides are classic, dark red brick with keystones over the windows. The front stoop has four brick steps and gracious, curved black railings with beautiful balustrades going down both sides. There’s a Federal-style portico with four pillars over the Charleston-style front door, which has an arched, webbed glass window above it and sidelights on both sides. There are just so many beautiful architectural features.”

rear viewCaz and her husband, Don, who works in the field service, bought the nearly 5,000 square-foot home after discovering its classically inspired but family–friendly interior was as attractive as its exterior. “I knew the house would be beautiful because it was designed by Scott Cleckley, an architect who lives in Governor’s Land,” Caz noted. “I’m very discerning visually, and he pays a lot of attention to detail.”

family2Caz, Don and their son, Arthur, then 13, moved to Governor’s Land after being stationed overseas, and were excited about living in a Williamsburg-area golf community. “There are three big golf communities in the area, but we chose Governor’s Land because it’s on the water, it has a beautiful club overlooking the convergence [the junction of the James and Chickahominy rivers], and we also like tennis and swimming,” said Caz. “It was the ideal community for us.”

kitchen1The house itself, built in 1999, also proved to be a great fit. “It’s an ideal family home for people with kids or grandkids,” said Caz. “Also, I love entertaining and this house is perfect for that, too.”

foyer diningFrom the dramatic, two-story foyer, a staircase — decked out with gingerbread molding along the side—rises to the second level and a Juliette balcony with arch and keystone at the top. To the left of the foyer is a den and to the right is a formal dining room, both with large, arched openings and detailed trim moldings.

dining2The main level also features a light-filled, two-story great room – overlooked by the Juliette balcony — which leads to a kitchen with a large island that Caz uses for setting up buffets. One side of the kitchen opens to a breakfast nook/sunroom with an unusual octagonal ceiling and a six-person, bay window seat that includes storage cabinets beneath it. The kitchen exits to a large, raised patio/veranda and to a screened backyard porch.

screened porch2“The flow from the kitchen to the porch and the huge veranda is perfect for entertaining,” Caz said. “We have a fire pit, a bar, and two patio tables with umbrellas on the veranda, and three grills set up on the step-down patio we added beside the veranda. We’ve had many get togethers there, including our annual luau.”

veranda1We also love playing games in the huge, flat back yard,” Caz added. “We play touch football, dodge ball, volleyball, and croquet.” She noted that the yard, which has woods across the back, also works for less rigorous activities, such as birding, with benches placed strategically to overlook bird feeders. Caz has sighted Cooper’s hawks, bald eagles, pileated woodpeckers, bluebirds, and hummingbirds, among others.

masterThe house is ample for a large family, with five bedrooms, four of them on the second level and a 24’ x 15’ master bedroom suite on the first floor. The master bedroom features a tray ceiling and a wall of windows that are nearly floor-to-ceiling, while the master bath has a double vanity with desk, whirlpool bath tub, and double-headed shower. The master suite connects to a stone-floored, private screened porch with a 6-person hot tub.

A 32’ x 21’ bonus room over the garage (accessed via stairs from the kitchen) has served as an excellent home base for Arthur. “My son fell in love with that room when we first moved in,” Caz said. “He used it for his bedroom until he changed to another bedroom on the second floor, and the bonus room became a family room with a foosball table, pool table, and flat screen TV. Our house was the hang-out place for Arthur and his friends because of that room.”

bonus1Arthur also made good use of the stone driveway in front of the three-car garage. “We have a basketball hoop there, and he has played there many hours with his friends,” Caz noted.

The family made a few changes to the house after moving in, particularly to the great room, where they replaced and redesigned the fireplace to make it better fit the style of the home. “It was a very rustic stone fireplace that was not complementing the rest of the house,” Caz said. “I made it into a traditional Georgian mantel with dentil molding and beading, so now it looks like it has always been there.” She also raised the fireplace and installed a high gloss, black granite hearth and surround that compliments her black baby grand piano that sits in the room.

bedroom1Caz also repurposed a large, rectangular alcove beside the fireplace that the prior owner had used for a hefty entertainment center. “I installed a multi-functional piece, with cabinets on the bottom for storage and a countertop that could be used to set out hors d’oeuvres,” Caz explained. “I installed glass shelving with mirrors behind it and added adjustable lighting. I use the shelves to display my collection of art glass and ceramics.” Caz finished the piece with trim moldings and decorative accents that brought it into unity with the room and the rest of the house.

bench viewCaz also replaced the foyer’s black chandelier with a more traditional, candle-style chandelier, added wainscoting to the den in order to give it symmetry with the formal dining room, and installed crown molding to rooms on the second floor. The family kept the home’s oak hardwood floors, but stained them a rich, dark cherry.

“As an interior designer, I wanted this classic style of architecture,” Caz said. “Also, I had inherited a lot of antiques, and the house is a beautiful place to display them.”

bfast nookThe location of the Wesleys’ house within Governor’s Land has been a plus, Caz said. ‘We’re on a cul-de-sac and near a pool, tennis courts and a playground. This is a big community, and it can take some time to get to the back areas of it. But since we’re near the entrance – but not so close we can see it—it’s easy in and out. That’s a benefit for a commuter.”

beach3The Governor’s Land community has myriad recreational amenities, including the 18-hole, Two Rivers Country Club golf course that was designed by three-time Golf Architect of the Year Tom Fazio; Golf Digest has twice named it one of the Top 10 courses in Virginia. Caz uses the tennis courts, and Arthur uses the nautilus gym next to the tennis courts several times a week. “It has all the latest equipment and is perfect for a teen who likes to work out,” Caz said.

gl poolArthur also has long been a member of the community’s swim team. “Being on the team is a great way to meet other kids,” Caz said. Arthur also enjoys the Governor’s Land’s beach, a swimming area near the community’s marina on the James River. “There have been swim team activities there and we reserved the beach for his graduation party. You can swim, Jet Ski, and there’s a boat slip,” said Caz. “It’s also a beautiful area to just sit and look at the water.”

gl amenitiesAlthough the Wesleys have enjoyed the Governor’s Land clubhouse, which offers fine dining and casual restaurants, occasional live music, and game nights, they often head to nearby New Town, a nearby Williamsburg commercial area with a mix of shops, restaurants and movie theatres. Another regular excursion is driving 10-15 minutes to Colonial Williamsburg to walk their dog along Duke of Gloucester street (known as D.O.G. Street to the locals), check out the weekly farmer’s market, or visit one of their favorite hangouts, Aromas. “It’s an outside café and has live music on Friday nights,” Caz said of the café, which is located on Prince George Street.

“I studied history, art history, and I love the history of Colonial Williamsburg,” Caz added. “I’m glad that Don was willing to do a longer commute in order to have us live so close to Colonial Williamsburg.”

To help sell their home, Caz chose real estate agent John Womeldorf , based largely on the recommendation of a friend who also lives in Governor’s Land. “We originally found this house online, and know that the web is a good way to advertise. We wanted an agent who is tech savvy, and we knew that John was because we’d seen his “Mr. Williamsburg” web site ,” Caz said. “We also were told that John works with a lot of clients from out-of-state and from out-of-the-country.”

Although she is leaving, Caz cherishes the years spent in her exceptional Governor’s Land home. “I love decorating, and I got to decorate my dream home,” Caz said. “People have come into my house and said, ‘Wow!’” It has been like advertising for me as a designer.”

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Want to see it ?

For a personal tour contact John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf at (757) 254-8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com .

Why the stories? Because these aren’t just houses, they’re homes. 

Mr. Williamsburg knows that when you’re looking for a new place, you’re searching for more than just four walls plus amenities, you’re looking for that welcoming refuge we call home. That’s why we go beyond the standard “4 bedrooms, 3 baths on large lot” statistics, to share how others have lived in this house, to reveal the home’s unique personality, to help you decide whether this is a place where your family could thrive.

Likewise, we realize that you’re seeking not simply a development within a particular zip code, but also an opportunity to become part of a community. That’s why we share our sellers’ experiences as members of that neighborhood. 

We trust these stories will assist you in finding your way home.

Read more about Governors Land here

Want to tell your home’s story?

Contact John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf at (757) 254-8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com and we’ll get you started.

 

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Westport Development Moving Forward…

On May14th,The James City County Board of Supervisors will consider a contract award to Meridian Land Company to complete the infrastructure at the failed Westport subdivision off of Centerville Rd across from Fords Colony

The Westport development has been sitting idle for a number of years now. Its grand opening was in May of 2008. Amazingly nine lots were sold without any roads or infrastructure being built. The community is composed of 102 lots between three to five acres in size.

Realtec Incorporated , the original developer of Ford’s Colony and Westport took out a surety bond with Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland  in the amount of $2,245,000 .  Realtec failed to complete necessary infrastructure for the development and the property was  foreclosed upon by Meridian Land Corporation, LLC

 On February 28, 2012, the County entered into an agreement  with Realtec and Meridian Land Corporation, to establish a framework for completion of Westport contingent upon the County’s receipt of the bond proceeds.

As a result of Realtec’s failure to complete the infrastructure, the County made demand on F&D for the bond proceeds. F&D assumed full responsibility and the County has received the full bond proceeds of $2,245,000.

Using the bond proceeds,the County wishes to enter into an agreement with Meridian, to perform work on the infrastructure

Apparently the bonds were not large enough to cover the planned infrastructure improvements which include a costly well facility. Meridian will contribute the funds necessary in excess of the bond proceeds for the completion of Westport 

Meridian estimates final completion of the infrastructure, including those portions not paid by the bond proceeds to be finished  by December 31, 2014.

Westport Location

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