• psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813

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.”


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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Greensprings West now offering new homes from the $330’s


Greensprings westBuilding a new home in Greensprings West in Williamsburg/ James City County has just gotten a lot more affordable. While current developer prices on lots in Greensprings West range from $135k to $253k  You can now build a new Ryan Home on one of these lots at prices starting in the low $300,000’s ( complete home and lot ) . The least expensive new home available in Greensprings West prior to this announcement is a 2624 square foot ranch priced at $529,950.

Greensprings West Aerial View Greensprings West is a planned community located on the grounds of the old Green Spring Plantation in historic Williamsburg. Built around the award-winning Jamestown Course at Williamsburg National Golf Club. Located  5 minutes away from shopping, dining, and historic Colonial Williamsburg means that this location can’t be beat!


UPDATE  Oct 2011
Special pricing announced in the last five lots available

Springbrook:    $349,990 (crawl)    $399,990 (basement finished)

Belford:              $354,990 (crawl)    $384,990 (basement finished)

Victoria Falls:   $369,990 (crawl)   $399,990 (basement finished)

Sumner:            $389,990 (crawl)   $419,990 (basement finished)

Avalon:               $399,990 (crawl)   $429,990 (basement finished)

Waverly:           $404,990 (crawl)   $434,990 (basement finished)

The final thirty home-sites in Greensprings West  will be offered at these prices. I would assume that at the prices offered sales will be swift. A limited number of golf course frontage lots will also be available.
The option list for any of these homes is vast offering purchasers the opportunity to customize their “dream home” to their hearts content.


Greensprings West Neighborhood FAQ at a Glance
Number of homes: 354 ( when complete)
Schools:Williamsburg/ James City County
High: Jamestown
Sold Home Price range last 12 months: $400k-$626k
Current Sale Prices: $330k-$1,100,000
Homeowner Assoc Fee: $67 Monthly
Amenities: Pool, Clubhouse, Playground, Tennis, Golf, Trails
Tax Rate: .77 per $100
Homes Built from 2000-Present
Lot Sizes: .30-.50 acre approx

Read more about Greensprings West here

Search Greensprings West Homes for Sale These new homes are not in this list yet…


Current Ryan Homes model Availability at Greensprings West in Williamsburg/ James City County VA

 Victoria Falls @ Ryan HomesVictoria Falls: Upper $330’s
The Victoria Falls caters to today’s active lifestyles while maintaining a timeless elegance. Enter the Victoria Falls and you’re greeted by an impressive two-story Foyer with cascading waterfall stairs, featuring an unobstructed view of the Family Room and rear yard. The generous Kitchen features an island and large pantry – add the Morning Room and optional Gourmet Island to create a cook’s paradise. The Laundry Room can be expanded to accommodate hobbies, projects and storage. Add the optional Home Office to the main level so you can work at home. Upstairs, the Victoria Falls continues to shine. Through the double-door entry is a large Owner’s Suite with optional tray ceiling, featuring dual closets and a double bowl vanity. Upgrade to the Luxury Owner’s Bath for a 6’ tub and shower with seat. The Victoria Falls comes standard with 4 bedrooms. The Victoria Falls offers Colonial, Georgian, and other traditional and transitional elevations, several with porches. There is an option for a finished basement with optional medial room and bath.

March 2010 Pricing: Crawl Space: $339,990 Unfinished Basement: $369,990
Square footage: 2,472-4,134 sq. Ft

Fairchild Ryan HomesFairchild: $350’s
An outstanding floor plan featuring four bedrooms, two and one-half baths and large formal rooms with columns. The front split staircase is a focal point as you enter the home. The spacious kitchen with large island opens to the sunken family room.The upstairs owner’s suite is an oasis with two walk-in closets, separate tub and shower and an optional sitting area available. Second floor laundry room standard, a finished third floor, basement and morning room available. Two-car garage included, a three-car garage optional.

March 2010 Prices: Crawl Space: $354,990 Unfinished Basement: $389,990 Square Footage Ranges from : 2,835-4,876 sq. ft.

avalon Avalon Upper $360’s
The Avalon is one of Ryan Homes most creative 4-bedroom floor-plans. As you enter the soaring, two-story foyer, you can turn into the spacious formal living and dining rooms, each featuring standard 9′ ceilings, or go straight ahead into the dramatic, two-story family room. The kitchen is a cook’s paradise with its spacious walk-in pantry and island. The included first floor study can become an optional fifth bedroom if you wish. Upstairs, the owner’s suite includes a huge walk-in closet, soaking tub, separate shower and dual vanities. You can customize your Avalon by making the family room one story and adding a sitting area with columns to the owner’s suite. With this option, the second bedroom has a private bath and the fourth bedroom is oversized. You can also add a finished third level or basement if you desire additional living space. 

March 2010 Pricing: Crawl Space: $369,990 Unfinished Basement: $399,990 Square Footages Range from : 3,070-6,455 sq. ft

springbrookryanhomes The Springbrook ranch translates the convenience of ranch living into grand style and elegance. As you enter the foyer, you have a dramatic view of the spacious light-filled great room. The formal dining room or optional private study, perfect for a home office or library, is to the right. The gourmet eat-in kitchen features a pantry, abundant cabinet and counter space and a breakfast bar overlooking the great room. Add additional light and space with an optional morning room. The luxurious owner’s suite is privately tucked away and features two walk-in closets, dual vanities and a shower. Further enhance your haven with an optional tray ceiling, oversized walk-in closet, soaking tub and separate shower. For added convenience, the laundry room is located just across from the owner’s suite. The second bedroom, featuring a cathedral ceiling, shares a full bath with the third bedroom. The Springbrook also features a two-car garage and an optional basement. Side loading garage is an option

March 2010 Pricing :Crawl Space: $329,990 Unfinished Basement: $364,990 Square Footages Range from : 2,020-4,636 sq. ft.

Feb 2010: Current builder incentives: $8,000 towards closing costs

Site plan showing available lots in Greensprings West    

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Map Location of Greensprings West New Homes in Williamsburg/ James City County VA

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Ryan Homes is currently the largest home builder in our region. Homes are available in the following new home communities: Stonehouse Glen,Burlington Woods, White Hall, Fenwick Hills, Liberty Crossing, Oakmont Villas at Kentland ( Brickshire) Arbors at New Kent Vineyards, Patriots Landing, ( New Kent) , Riverwalk Townes ( Yorktown) + many more in the Richmond VA area and a new community opening soon in Newport News VA.. Within these communities they offer single-family homes and  townhomes.

Ryan homes started in in 1948 as a small, family-run business in Pittsburgh and  has evolved into one of the top 10 builders in the U.S. Over the years they have built over 300,000 homes in the past 60 years  They are currently building homes  homes in 18 metropolitan areas in 11 eastern states including:New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.


5395 This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf.  John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market.  His websites, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and   www.MrWilliamsburg.com, were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, with the hopes of selling a house now and again.  You can reach him at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com.

Are you considering a move to the Williamsburg, New Kent, Yorktown or Hampton Roads VA. area ?

If  you would take a minute to tell me a little more about your home search, I would be happy to  assist you.

· Do you have particular areas that interest you most?

· Where do you live now?

· Do you have a home to sell? Is it currently on the market?

· What specifically are you looking for in terms of a home & community?

  Do you want a new home or a resale home ?

· What timeframe suits you best?

· What is your target price?  What is your target monthly payment?

Send an email to John@MrWilliamsburg.com and I will respond as soon as I can.

Visit Green Springs Plantation Open House

A rare opportunity to explore this treasured historic site that’s normally closed to the public. Built as a home for Governor Sir William Berkeley in 1645, Green Spring is located three miles from Jamestown, near Williamsburg, Virginia. This historical site, is significant in its potential for learning about the complex roots of what we know today as the United States of America.

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Join Governor Sir William Berkeley, Lady Frances Berkeley, and the Friends of Green Spring for an Open House at Historic Green Spring Plantation. Discover why Green Spring is rightly called “the bridge between Jamestown and Williamsburg.”

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Guided tours, period exhibits, music, and dance. Refreshments served.

Saturday, October 24, 2009 between 11:00 a.m.. & 2:00 p.m.

There is no parking on the site. Please park at Jamestown High School. Transportation will be provided to and from the site.

Free and open to the public.

For more information call               757-229-7317         757-229-7317

gs2 October 20: “Historic Green Spring in the 21st Century”
The relevance of Green Spring today is discussed by Professor Warren M. Billings, Karen Rehm of the National Park Service, and Friends Co-President Julie Leverenz.

All lectures: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, Virginia

If you share our vision of Historic Green Spring’s future, please donate.


Watch the video "The Voices of Green Spring


Read more about Green Springs Plantation here