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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

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Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg VA too good to leave for this retired couple

Dick and Mary Sue Metrey’s traditionally-styled, open concept home on a quiet cul-de-sac in Colonial Heritage is up for sale. But that’s not because the couple want to leave the gated, 55+ active adults community; it’s because they want to stay.

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For Dick and Mary Sue, the gracious 3-bedroom, 2-bath home they built on Blakemore Terrace in Colonial Heritage was only a summer place; their primary residence was near Washington, DC. But after less than two years of living there part-time, the couple have decided to make Colonial Heritage their permanent home.

“There is such a sense of community here,” said Mary Sue, who is retired from working with the mentally disabled. “People are friendly and they’re interesting.” However, with a huge immediate family of 19 children and grandchildren who love to visit, the Metreys need more room than their 1,756 square foot “Aldrich” model can provide. The couple regretfully decided to sell their Blakemore Terrace home, but they are building a larger home in Colonial Heritage just down the street.

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Dick and Mary Sue were originally drawn to Colonial Heritage for the community’s sociable character. “About 15 years ago we bought a condo in Williamsburg,” explained Mary Sue. “But eventually we wanted more of a neighborhood experience than we got with the condo, so we started looking for another home in Williamsburg.” During their search, the couple toured Colonial Heritage with a representative of the developer, Lennar Corporation, and saw firsthand the community’s welcoming nature.

“As we were driving through the neighborhood, everyone stopped to talk with the Lennar rep,” said Mary Sue. “And they talked with us, too.”

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In 2010-11, the couple built their home at 6808 Blakemore Terrace. “It’s one of the biggest lots,” said Dick, an engineer retired from high-level positions with Naval research institutions. “Most are about 6,000 square feet and ours is 8,000 square feet. It’s also on the nicest cul-de-sac.”

Mary Sue likes the way the home is sited on the property. “There’s no house abutting the back of our home, so no one look into our great room from the back of the property,” she said. “And the front of the house doesn’t face anyone else’s door.” Colonial Heritage’s 170-acre, 18-hole Arthur Hills championship golf course sits only a few houses away.

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The Metreys built their single-level home for easy living. It has no steps, and includes user-friendly amenities such as lever handles on interior doors, a seat in the oversized master shower, and comfort height toilets and vanities. The open concept floor plan includes a spacious living/dining great room with a gas fireplace finished with a Colonial style mantel and a granite surround and hearth. Sliding doors lead from the great room’s dining area to the deck. The great room is also open to a chef’s kitchen that features both a breakfast bar and a breakfast nook, furniture grade Timberlake cabinetry with accent glass fronts, Corian countertops, and a gas cook top. Bringing in the groceries is a breeze: the kitchen connects to a convenient mudroom/laundry off the two-car garage.

masterAll rooms have 9 foot ceilings – perfect for Dick, who is 6’2” tall— and several feature crown molding. Most of the home is carpeted, but there is oak hardwood flooring in the kitchen and in the foyer, which receives natural light from glass transom and side lights framing the home’s six-panel entry door. “I love the foyer, the fact that you don’t walk in the house and right into the great room,” Mary Sue noted.

The home’s Lennar-appointed builder, Matt, impressed Mary Sue with his emphasis on solid construction and attention to details. “When we had our walk-through, Matt noticed things even we didn’t see,” she said. “They were very small things, but he fixed them all.” Matt’s desire to ensure everything in the house was just right, led the couple to request him as the builder of their next Colonial Heritage home.

rear viewThe yard is low maintenance. “Since we weren’t there to water all the time, we wanted to be sure the house still had nice grass,” Mary Sue said. “So we installed a very nice irrigation system.”

The couple like that Colonial Heritage, which offers tennis and bocce courts, and an 8,500 square foot fitness center, is such an active community. “There are a lot of new retirees here, it seems most residents aren’t elderly,” said Mary Sue. “You see people walking, biking and jogging, and many walk their dogs.”

While Dick bikes and jogs, Mary Sue swims at the community’s indoor and outdoor pools. She also enjoys playing in a social bridge group. “There are so many clubs and activities here, the monthly calendar must be 20 pages long,” she said. In fact, the clubs at Colonial Heritage run the gamut from a William and Mary Sports Teams Support Club to groups focused on bluegrass music, travel, and history. Mary Sue pointed out that the community also has a service oriented organization, the Colonial Heritage Community Foundation, which provides support to residents who are caregivers.

colonial heritage clubhouseThe couple especially loves the 25,000 square-foot Colonial style clubhouse, which includes both a fine dining restaurant and a casual grille. “We’ve been to New Year’s Eve parties at the clubhouse, and we’ve brought our families there for holiday dinners,” Mary Sue said. “Wednesday nights are half-price burgers at the club and everyone loves that.”

The Metreys frequently take advantage of cultural and social activities that Colonial Williamsburg—only five miles from Colonial Heritage—has to offer. “There are so many lectures there, ranging from wine making to barrel making,” noted Mary Sue. She added that some of her neighbors share such interests. “At Colonial Heritage there are people from all over the country, and with different backgrounds. We’ve met a lot of people there who are teachers, nurses, doctors, engineers…who seem to be interested in the same things we are.”

ch pool (2)Although they are excited to be moving to Colonial Heritage full-time, the couple will miss their home on Blakemore Way, which Mary Sue described as “so gently used that there are some closet shelves we’ve never even used.”

“We’ve had a neighborhood Christmas gathering there,” Mary Sue noted. “And we have loved having our grandchildren visit us there. One of our grandchildren said he likes this house better than our big house [outside Washington] with the pool!”

“We were charter members of this cul-de-sac,” Mary Sue added. “And even though we were only there part-time, we made a lot of good friends.”

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 a chance to tell your home’s story ? 

Want to see this home or others in Colonial Heritage or Williamsburg VA ?

Contact Mr Williamsburg/ John Womeldorf by phone 757 254 8136 or email John@MrWilliamsburg.com

Lennar Ratings Improve

colonial heritage signGood news this week for a major homebuilder in the Williamsburg VA area: Moody’s Investors Service  raised the corporate ratings of the Miami-based homebuilder Lennar Corp.

Lennar has developed and is building homes in numerous Virginia communities for 55+ active adults. They include  Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg VA,    Lees Parke in- Fredericksburg, VA –,  and  Heritage Highlands in- Lovettsville, VA –

Moody’s rating outlook is positive, and reflects Lennar’s largely successful mitigation of the risks outlined by Moody’s at the time of its downgrades in 2008 and 2009 during an abysmal housing market that is now improving but still struggling.

Among other things, Lennar "improved its ability to generate net income even as the majority of its peers continued to rack up losses," Moody’s said in its upgrade report.

colonial heritage clubhouseStill, Moody’s said the ratings incorporate Lennar’s elevated debt leverage and the likelihood that cash flow from operations will continue being negative in fiscal 2012.

The ratings agency expects the homebuilder’s volumes to rise moderately this year. But Moody’s warns that if the spring selling season is a bust or if the economy shows signs of recession, the positive rating may disappear.

Lennar earned $30.3 million, or 16 cents a share, for the three months ended Nov. 30, 2011, down from $32 million, or 17 cents a share, a year earlier. It has been profitable for seven straight quarters.

Housing starts for the industry rose 1.5% in January, according to the Commerce Department data, to the highest level since October 2008.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, starts increased to 699,000 from 689,000 for December, which was revised upward by 32,000. January housing starts rose 9.9% from 636,000 a year earlier.

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Home Special @ Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg VA

Colonial Heritage is Williamsburg Virginia’s only gated golf community for active adults age 55+.Search Homes for sale in Colonial Heritage, Williamsburg, VA

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Colonial Heritage new model update Williamsburg VA

 

ch9 Colonial Heritage an active adult community in Williamsburg VA has begun building and selling seven brand new plans which will be ready for fall deliveries.

There are 5 new single family floor plans  and two duplex/ attached floor plans being built.

Basements will be available  on all of the single family homes, and they have broken ground on the first 5 inventory homes with basements on the golf course.

Prices on these homes start at  $345,990

Prices for the new models start at:

$230,990 for the Duplex and $289,990 for the single family homes

Basements,home-site premiums and upgrades are extra.

colonialheritagehomesforsaleThe  seven newly designed floor plans at Colonial Heritage  will include between 2-3 bedrooms and will range in size from 1400-2500 square feet. The new models are the •Abby/Aldrich Duplex •Boxwood •Foxglove •Christopher Wren •Patrick Henry and The Bayberry

 

You can find all of the new plans below:

Aldrich Town Home Floor plan

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Boxwood  Detached Floor Plan

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Patrick Henry Detached Model Floor Plan

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Williamsburg, VA Golf-Colonial Heritage

chclubhouse1 The Colonial Heritage Golf Course  designed by well known golf course architect Arthur Hills opened in late fall 2006.  The course features large greens and several deep ravines. Holes to remember are the par four 8th and par five 14th. Both are distinctly different and leave little room for errant shots!

The 18-hole 6,920 yard, par-72 championship golf course offers golfers 5 sets of tees to choose from and incorporates the natural rolling terrain, glistening lakes and undulating fairways.
5thholecolonialheritageSet amid the historical backdrop of Williamsburg, Colonial Heritage Club offers visitors and residents an inviting location for championship golf, fine dining and entertaining as well as an unparalleled site for hosting weddings and special events.

 

CLICK HERE FOR A COURSE MAP

DAILY RATES:

  Jan-Mar & Nov-Dec   April-Oct
Weekday (Monday – Thursday) $50 $55
Weekend (Friday – Sunday) $55 $60
Twilight (Daily) $35 $35
**All above listed green fee rates include golf car rental.

To book your tee time call the Golf Shop at 757.645.2030

 

 

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

Become a Member of the Colonial Heritage Club and enjoy special golf and amenity privileges at this exclusive Williamsburg golf resort.

Patriot

Non-Resident Annual Golf Membership

  • Unlimited Green Fees
  • Unlimited Range Balls & Use of Practice Facility
  • Handicap Service
  • Cart Fees Only $15 (18-hole) or $10 (9-hole)
  • Charging Privileges (with signed application)

Individual: $2,000
Individual & Spouse: $3,000

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Resident Annual Golf Membership

  • Unlimited Green Fees
  • Unlimited Range Balls & Use of Practice Facility
  • Handicap Service
  • Cart Fees Only $15 (18-hole) or $10 (9-hole)
  • Full Golf and F&B Amenity Privileges

One Time Initiation Fee: $1,000
Individual: $160 month
Individual & Spouse: $250 month

Resident Annual Cart Plan

Individual: $1,200
Individual & Spouse: $1,650

To inquire about Membership opportunities please email or call the Golf Shop at 757.645.2030

 

Comments from Golfers at Colonial Heritage:

2008  Best kept secret in Williamsburg!!

-Beautiful, well-maintained, chess game.

Yardage book is a must. Luckily, they handed me one when I paid.
Study the book carefully and decide your strategy all the way to the green BEFORE you put your tee in the ground!
This is not a “grip it and rip it” course. On several holes, you really need to weigh risk/ reward before you pull out the driver. Many people complain about this course being too hard– but it is not at all, if you THINK first!

Best thing about it…. it’s empty! I played last weekend (Labor Day). Saturday I played 9 holes, teed off around 5:30. Sunday I played 18, starting around 4. I did not see another person on the course. No Exaggeration!

If you want a beautiful chess game of a golf course all to yourself, you gotta try this place!

(I debated quite a bit about sharing my secret, but its too good not to share. Plus, I’d hate for them to close because of lack of business, it’s obvious they put a lot of money into the maintenance. So, PLEASE don’t come when I’m there… I like it empty.)

 2008- We were a female and a new male golfer, and we played this challenging – gorgeous! – course in July, ‘08 in 106 degree weather. It was a fantastic golf course/experience, and we will be sure to recommend the course to all our friends. In fact, we’d even consider moving to the community – just to have more access to the course. It is spectacular!

ProShop personnel were friendly and helpful, and there was a valuable booklet available for purchase that gave excellent descriptions of each hole – and was available for only $1.00!!!

Final comment – don’t be intimidated. It’s a challenging course, but it’s well within the reach of players who are aware of their own capabilities and willing to let better players play-thru and enjoy their own game.

2008- Beautiful and deceptive, some will say too tricky, and I will guarantee it kicks your butt by ten strokes more than you usually shoot. Too many blind shots make it imperative to have a map of the hole or caddy neither of which are provided. (You do get a pin placement map but that is it). My heart hurts to see such a beautiful course falling to recession with a skeleton staff, no on course attendants, and a cloud of doom on the faces of the few remaining workers.

2008- Gorgeous course! Local knowledge a huge plus. Greens like pool table tops, yet very fair.

2007 – wow, what a beautiful course! very challenging. must hit fairways to score well. excellent!

Williamsburg, VA Real Estate- Builder Specials- Colonial Heritage, 55+ Active Adult Gated Golf Community

It’s Inventory Sale Time at Colonial Heritage!

Over the last few months Colonial Heritage has been selling off their remaining chclubhousebackinventory in anticipation of opening a new model park this summer. All Homes Must Go!

Be one of the few that get an opportunity to purchase one of the discounted remaining inventory homes. 

As part of a special promotion, they are offering the 2009 Precedent Pi2 Electric Golf C ar by Club Car with any inventory home purchase that can settle/close before the end of May, 2009 .  These new Golf Carts will have the Ambassador Club Pineapple emblem that is the new Colonial Heritage Logo.  All golf carts will be a special cream color to stand out as an example of the pride of homeownership  at Colonial Heritage .

If owning a golf cart is not something you find appealing, perhaps 6 months ch7 free mortgage   would be a better offer for you to help you ease the stress of selling your home and not being saddled with 2 mortgages.  This guarantees two things, you get to pick the home of your dreams and you do not have to move twice.  If you choose this incentive you can be mortgage free on a home until January 2010.

The list of homes available was 32 at the beginning of the year, and now we are down to the last 14 The homes  available as of today are:

Oakleaf I -  1900 sq foot Rancher on the 6th Green of the Colonial Heritage Golf Course.  Was $344,990 NOW $285,000

ch1 Oakleaf II – 4 Bedrooms 3 full baths on the 11th fairway of the Colonial Heritage Golf Course.  Was $373,990 NOW $299,000

Tigerlilly I   on homesite 2211 – beautiful woods/golf/pond view.  Was $449,990 NOW $379,000

Tigerlilly I on homesite  1548 – lovely rancher on the 18th fairway of the Colonial Heritage Golf Course overlooking the clubhouse.  Was $462,490 NOW

$379,000

Lakemont I on homesite 3107 – 2400 SQ ft rancher on the 10th Fairway of the Colonial Heritage Golf Course with a water view.  Was $487,990 NOW

chpoolwilliamsburg $375,000

Lakemont II on homesite 3106 – 3000 sq ft on the 10th fairway with a water view.  Was $514,990 NOW  $399,000

(Three) Turnberry II Villa/ Attached Town Homes -2967 sq ft end  Was $346,990  NOW $295,000 to $297,000

(Three)  Aspen II villa/ Attached Town Homes – 2204 sq ft. 3 bed/3 full baths.  Was $316,990 NOW $250,00 – $255,000

These homes are priced to sell!  Please take time to come in to preview these properties before they are all gone!  Please let me know if you would like floor plans or site plans sent to you.

To schedule  an appointment to see any of these homes or other homes/ communities  in Williamsburg , VA email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or call 757 254 8136

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