• 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

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.

Pool and Clubhouse opening at Preservation at Stonehouse

Have you seen what’s new at Stonehouse ? Henderson Inc.has been working like crazy to get first amenity open for the 2010 swim season

Preservation at Storehouse’s first amenity, Laurel Grove Park. The park will include a cottage clubhouse, complete with a gathering area, fitness center, and wrap-a-round porch. Outside there will be a lap pool, kiddie pool,  a multi-use field and a playground for all Preservation residents to enjoy. 

Cause for celebration for Stonehouse Glen homeowners who have been without a pool and clubhouse for awhile !

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Here is a map of the 5700 acre community that stretches all the way to the York River.

 

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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. 

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Brickshire Golf Course in New Kent to be sold ?

brickshiregolf According to recent post on Richmond Biz Sense. There are is talk on the street that The Golf Club at Brickshire in , a public/private golf course in New Kent County, VA, might be sold to another chain of golf courses.

The current owner, Blue Green Golf, might be in the process of selling the course to Traditional Golf Properties, which owns four other courses around Richmond and Williamsburg, including Royal New Kent, Stonehouse, Kiskiack , The Crossings and Broad Bay in VA Beach.

Neither Blue Green Golf or Traditional Golf Properties  officials would  comment on the issue.

However, an employee at the Brickshire club said that he and other employees had received paperwork about how payroll would transition to the new owner.

It’s unclear how a possible deal might affect members or patrons who pay greens fees.
Construction on Brickshire, which was designed by Curtis Strange, started in 1999.

Traditional Golf Properties lets members of any of its courses play at any other area golf course they own.  Their current special offers include Unlimited greens fees at Royal New Kent, Stonehouse, Kiskiack & The Crossings Golf Clubs.

Current special rates are below:

 

Initiation Fees

Monthly Fees

Single

$ 0

$156

Family

$ 0

$234

Corporate Membership for 6  Designees

$ 0

$624

     

 

Membership also includes : Preferred Member tee time blocks , Discounted cart fees , Reduced Guest of Member Fees, Complimentary range balls ,Club Charging privileges , No annual assessments ,No annual food and beverage minimums  and Special Member Only events

For membership info contact : Jerry Morelli   757-566-1138   jmorelli@traditionalclubs.com

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john_circle-merlot-2 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 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, with the hopes of selling a house now and again.  You can reach him at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com.

Stonehouse Updates Williamsburg VA

GS Virginia, the new developer of Stonehouse has broken ground on the first community amenity, Laurel Grove Park. It has also given it a new name, “ Preservation at Stonehouse “
ClubHouseFront Scheduled to open in May of 2010, The park will include a courtyard garden, 4600 square foot pool, kiddie pool and  a playground and a multi-use field. The two-story, 4,700-square-foot clubhouse will feature meeting rooms and offices, a kitchen and fitness center.

stonehouseglen These amenities are the first improvements within the renewed Stonehouse plan.

Preservation at Stonehouse will contain 3600 homes of which up to 1200 will be attached townhomes & condos when completes. It will also include almost 3 million square feet of commercial space . ( wow) Build out is scheduled to take 20 years.

Plans for Preservation at Stonehouse include  a low-impact development learning center within the main recreational facility to teach residents how to keep their properties eco-friendly . Boat and RV storage facilities, numerous parks throughout the development some with canoe launches and playgrounds. a total of eleven playgrounds are proffered in the community. Many miles of multi use trails will traverse the entire community and eventually connect to bike trails outside of Preservation of Stonehouse.

Land was proffered by the developer for future elementary and middle schools as well as 4 softball fields and an 8 court tennis complex.

A marina is planned on the York River with a possible waterfront restaurant

Plans remain for the preservation of the Stone House historical site.

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Stay tuned for further updates or sign up for them here

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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 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, with the hopes of selling a house now and again.  You can reach him at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com.

Stonehouse “A Toano /Williamsburg Va Neighborhood Spotlight”

20080918220815160266000000-o Located on 5700 wooded acres in the Virginia countryside in Toano near Williamsburg,VA  Stonehouse is built around the acclaimed "Legends Golf Course." 

The community offers unparalleled scenic beauty with its hilly terrain, gorgeous wooded green-spaces, abundant mountain laurel, white fences, and impeccably maintained landscaping.

Stonehouse is a Master Planned Golf Community  offering a wide range of custom built homes. Both  new and resale homes are available. Located in the western part stonehouse1of  James City County/Williamsburg,  Virginia. New homes currently start in the $300,000’s to $600,000’s, with resale home prices starting under $300,000. Stonehouse  offers golf course, waterfront, and  wooded lots starting in the high $70,000’s

Situated just 15 miles from Colonial Williamsburg in an area of great natural beauty of virgin hardwoods, mountain laurels and old-growth hollies. It’s a land where white-tail deer and wild turkey roam freely among the forests that provide the backdrop for this spectacular community.

stonehousegolf1 Golfers… you will find that Stonehouse offers one of  the best golf values in the area!  Although not mandatory for homeowners at Stonehouse a membership includes playing privileges at 5 different golf courses in the region including  Stonehouse, Kiskiak, Royal New Kent, Brickshire, and The Crossings. All for just $245/month for a family membership.

  Check out the Tradition Golf website for further information.

clubhousestonehouse1 If you are interested in building a custom home, there are building lots available to custom build your dream home in Stonehouse.

The Stonehouse community consists of many different neighborhoods. They include:  Summerfield, Leatherleaf, Laurel Ridge, Orchard Hill, Overlook, Bent Tree, Hollow Oak, Hillcrest, Richardson’s Mill, Lisburn and Walnut Creek.

Watch a video Tour of Stonehouse

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There are maintenance-free attached and detached villas built on the Golf Course in the Orchard Hill Section.
All homes built in Stonehouse conform to guidelines ensuring high building standards that help protect the value of your home.

Golf at Stonehouse:

Located just outside Williamsburg, Virginia, Stonehouse is laid over wild, tumbling hills near the York River in the Tidewater Region. When it opened in 1996, The Tradition Golf Club at Stonehouse was named "Best New Upscale golfclubstonehousePublic Course in the Nation" and one of the "Top New Ten You Can Play" by  golf Magazine.

Designed by Mike Strantz, the 18-hole, par 72, Legends of Stonehouse course was completed  in 1996. Greens cling to steep bluffs and ridges before dropping down to natural streams. Dramatic elevation changes, deep ravines, and tree-lined fairways mark this layout. Legends has slopes of 140 degrees and a course rating of 75.0 from the blue markers, measuring 6,963 yards.stonehousetoano

The course was declared on of the "Top Ten You Can Play" by Golf Magazine; the 31st "Best Modern Course" by Golf and Travel, and was ranked No. 4 in Virginia by Golf Digest. Golf Digest also named the Legends of Stonehouse the "Best New Upscale Course" in the U.S.

Nearly half of StoneHouse’s 5,700 acres will remain undeveloped with many miles devoted to hiking and biking trails. One can also fish or canoe at Mill Pond, and play tennis or swim at the Sports Center.

lakestonehouseHomeowners can enjoy the Residents’ Center with swimming, tennis, playground, fitness center, gourmet kitchen, and built in barbecue; Richardson’s Mill Pond Park with canoe storage, boat dock, picnic facilities; miles of walking trails; RV/boat storage; community garden and soccer field.

Nearest Airports are: Richmond International Airport, 35 minutes.
and Newport News International Airport, 35 minutes.

Stonehouse is an active community. Neighborhood clubs include book club, Bunco, bike club, swim club, bowling league, canasta, bridge, garden club, yoga, mahjongg, painting group, quilting, sip and savor, sit and stitch, water aerobics, fine arts, ladies lunch group, wine and dine,  and more.There are a variety of social clubs available  for homeowners/ residents of Stonehouse .

stonhousegolfcourseAn active homeowner association has many  social events throughout the year.

Most homes were built starting around the year  2000. The monthly home owner fee in Stonehouse  is $106 . It covers all common Area Maintenance ( entrances, playgrounds, park areas ),  Use of the  Pool, Clubhouse , Playground, Tennis and maintenance of those  facilities.

From the chart below you will see that  sale prices in 2008 ranged from$297,000 to $850000. List prices as of today rstonehousetoanorealestateange from $312,000 to $889,000. The average days on market for  homes in Stonehouse in the last 12 months was 163 days . The average price per square foot on homes sold in Stonehouse in the last 12 months was $150.00 . 28 homes sold in Stonehouse  in the last 12 months. 32 are currently for sale.

Click here to read a first person account of someone who lives in Stonehouse

Click here to read some FAQ about Stonehouse

Current Williamsburg/ James City County Schools for The Stonehouse  Community are Stonehouse Elementary, Toano Middle and Warhill High School

The closest  Hospital is the Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center located at 100 Sentara Circle (across from Home Depot on Mooretown Road). Many services are  available there such as outpatient surgery, an imaging center, lab services, etc.

See School Statistics for these schools here

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Current Sales activity in Stonehouse (Statistics from WAAR WMLS)

Status # Listings   Sold Volume   List Price Sold Price   Est. Fin. SqFt List Price Per Est. Fin. SqFt Sold Price Per Est. Fin. SqFt Days On Market
Active 32   0 Low
Avg
High
312,825
511,233
889,000
0
0
0
  2,000
3,470
6,200
93.80
150.56
194.51
0.00
0.00
0.00
2
162
1,027
Pending 6   0 Low
Avg
High
329,990
474,988
699,950
0
0
0
  2,531
3,216
4,780
120.71
147.35
176.60
0.00
0.00
0.00
9
112
274
Closed 28   12,226,997 Low
Avg
High
299,900
454,072
995,000
297,000
436,678
850,000
  2,100
2,977
5,473
93.57
154.83
209.05
89.59
149.86
205.91
5
163
705
             
 
 
 
 
 
       

Location Map of Stonehouse Community in Toano near Williamsburg, VA

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Dream Catchers
Located around the corner from Stonehouse is a most worthy cause! Dream Catchers provides therapeutic horseback riding lessons to special needs children and adults. These lessons help improve fine motor skills, self-esteem and confidence… and are just plain fun!

UPDATE: I have  have had numerous people ask what’s happening in Stonehouse so here is the latest new I have :

A company called GS Stonehouse Green Land Sub LLC paid more than $76 million to finish developing the Stonehouse area.
Stonehouse was planned in 1999 as a community of about 4,400 homes to go along with more than 3.3 million square feet of commercial and office uses. Since then, 700 or so homes have been built at the site, off Route 30 near the New Kent County line.
Stonehouse Green Land will aim to build the rest.
Basically, they have taken 80 parcels that they refer to as "Land Bays" and divided them into 12 tracts and 4 neighborhoods. Neighborhood 1 will have traditional style single family custom homes similar to those found in the original neighborhood. Neighborhood 2 will have higher density homes (townhomes and something called "narrow single family" which  must be similar to "zero lot line"). Neighborhood 3 will have lower density "estate" homes. Neighborhood 4 extends to the river. There are some cliff areas that will be river view condos. There will also be single family homes, open space recreational space and a marina.
They are planning a community similar to their large community in Cary, North Carolina called Amberly . The Stonehouse project has a 15-20 year estimated completion timeframe.
The zoning changes will not increase the total number of residential units. Some of the property previously zoned as commercial will become residential. A large parcel (170 acres) is being proposed as an education site for a new elementary school and middle school. Total residential units will be approximately 4400, and that make it  the largest community in our area.
This developer is NOT a builder. They will put the infrastructure together and then sell off the lots in phases to builders. The two Stonehouse Glen sections (where Ryan Homes is located) are not associated with this developer.