• 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

Ford’s Colony Community Spotlight- Williamsburg, VA

fordscolonywilliamsburgva Ford’s Colony is a gated golf community located in Williamsburg /James City County , Virginia. Offering  three 18-hole golf courses all designed by Dan Maples, that weave throughout  the community giving golfers a challenging place to test their game.  Ford’s Colony features two swimming pools, tennis courts, walking trails, and a clubhouse. Residents can enjoy an active lifestyle without leaving their neighborhood! Homes in this community range in price from $295K to $2.5 million.

Recently voted the number one master planned community in the United States, Ford’s Colony in historic Williamsburg, Virginia is a relaxed and graciousfcgc community offering a variety of home styles and amenities.
The hub of activity in the center of this 3,000-acre community is the Country Club, complete with award winning dining, meeting rooms, and a full-service Golf Pro shop. The Dining Room in the Country Club has repeatedly received the AAA Five Diamond award.

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Wiliamsburg VA Real Estate “Fords Colony News”

From an article in the VA Gazette 

JAMES CITY – In a stunning affront, homeowners in Ford’s Colony are looking outside the gates to find a new management company. That threatens developer Realtec’s hold over the sprawling planned community.

The potential shakeup is the latest wedge in a series of disputes that date back to an attempt to build 220 workforce homes across News Road. Realtec hoped to roll the project into the Ford’s Colony master plan, which homeowners vehemently opposed. Things went downhill when management pushed a big continuing care facility as well.

The homeowner association president downplayed any animosity. Deborah Gatzek-Kratter said, “This isn’t anything adverse about RCS,” referring to Realtec Community Services. “It’s just a normal process. It doesn’t reflect anything about anybody. There’s no problem [with Realtec]. This is about getting the best value, the best service, for the money.”

It is nonetheless the first time the Homeowner Association has challenged an arrangement forged 23 years ago by opening the management contract to outside bidders. Last week six bids came in, including one from Realtec.

What’s at stake is a contract worth $4.5 million that covers more than 25 employees in 24-hour security, 30 in maintenance, five in management and two in recreation, plus summer temp help. Community Services maintains 45 miles of private roads and 250 acres of common area.

Realtec the company oversaw the compound until 2000, when it ceded control to the Homeowner Association after a series of phases.

Insiders said this week that with Realtec’s “veto power” over association decisions set to expire in 2010, now’s the time to recast the contract or retain a new company altogether.

Realtec general manager Drew Mulhare said, “We believe that keeping the interests of the developer and the HOA aligned is in the best interest of both entities and, of course, the folks who own property here.” He said Community Services drew a 90% approval rating in a recent survey.

Skeptics feel Realtec is still in charge.

Ousting Community Services is more complicated than hiring a new company. It owns the project maintenance facility, which houses management offices, storage, a mechanic’s shop and a fuel depot. The HOA pays into a shared-use agreement, but the cost is half of what homeowners can expect to pay in mortgage or lease costs for separate facilities, Mulhare said.

Indeed, Community Services would be under no obligation to let the homeowner association use the facility.

“Maintenance companies, large landscape companies and construction companies have spoken to us in the past regarding co-op agreements, mergers or leases,” Mulhare said. They are attracted to being close to the 3,000 lots, 2,400 homes and 600 to-be-built units at Ford’s Colony.

Then there are the 60 or so Community Services employees. Realtec could be subcontracted by the new company, Mulhare noted, which moves the negotiations mostly to a matter of the $436,000 upper management portion of the contract.

“It would separate me and my development connection from the management agent,” Mulhare said. “However, there is no evidence that my dual relationships have been a determent to the [Home­owner Association].”

Village at Ford’s Colony, the controversial continuing care facility on News Road, will come online in a matter of years, Mulhare said, providing more business for whoever runs the compound.

Gatzek-Kratter carefully noted that the decision was not based on the controversy over the continuing care facility. More than 900 Ford’s Colony residents initially opposed the plan, and the HOA later tried to block it through legal means. Eventually both residents and the HOA supported the retirement home, or at least agreed to not fight it anymore.

Williamsburg Virginia Real Estate Value Range Marketing Selling/ Listing your home.

Read this article about Value Range Marketing in USA Today

What is Value Range Marketing ?

I have to say when I first heard about it the idea of Value Range Marketing in Williamsburg VA it didn’t make sense to me or my clients . A buyer I was working with said why would I offer anything above the lowest price in the range ? I agreed and we made an offer. That in a nutshell is what it’s about. My client would not have even looked at the house because it was priced above their comfort range. The whole idea is to get someone into your listed home. Hopefully they fall in love and then make an offer. If you can get to that point you have started the ball rolling. If they like the house enough you can usually negotiate an equitable offer between buyer and seller. If you don’t then what have you lost ?

A broker in San Diego Ca had a two-bedroom condo that sat on the market for 93 days in 1995 with one showing. Frustrated, the broker , who had heard rumblings about a concept called value-range marketing at an industry convention, got his seller to entertain offers from $120,000 to $150,000. Within 48 hours, the property sold for $137,000.

A decade after the concept of value-range marketing, known as VRM, hit the U.S. real estate market, supporters contend that the marketing strategy draws higher sales prices and happier sellers—as well as helps buyers get into homes they wouldn’t ordinarily think are in their price range. In value-range marketing, the seller sets a price range (i.e., $335,000 to $375,000) instead of just a high price ($375,000). This helps to attract more buyers—since a home set in a range will be within their price range, whereas a home listed only with the high price may not meet their price criteria—as well as generate more offers. The strategy does not obligate sellers to accept any offer. It does allow sellers to entertain and counter offers within the range with an acceptable price and terms, just as they would with a listing that carried a single price.

Prudential Drives the Market

Prudential Real Estate was the first major franchise to adopt value-range marketing, which originated in Australia. It implemented the Prudential Value Range Marketing (PVRM) in 1996 and offers marketing support for its sales associates who use it.

Prudential practitioners in the U.S.  are not the only ones jumping on the VRM bandwagon. The practice is gaining favor with real estate professionals across the country and Canada.

Not Everyone Is Sold on VRM

Ron Rutherford, a professor of finance and real estate at the University of Texas in San Antonio, who co-authored a study on range pricing published in The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, remains skeptical of the strategy.

Rutherford’s study, which used a sample of 5,852 residential houses (176 of which used value-range pricing) in Dallas and Tarrant counties in Texas sold from January 1999 to December 2000, found that range-priced homes took about 4 percent longer to sell and sold for about the same price as fixed-price homes.

It has caused some confusion and maybe that’s due to full explanation by the broker prior to offers. After making a solid offers that weren’t accepted, some buyers have become confused and upset .Some buyers feel that if they’re making an offer within that range, it should be accepted.Some buyers feel like it is a bait and switch, where they are lured in with what looks like a decent price but then told they can’t have that price. So it affects everyone involved in the sale and can leave a lot of negative feelings.

How to Use Range Marketing

There are no set ranges within the industry to price a home. But a seller  should exercise caution in setting a range—selecting too narrow a range can undervalue a home and too high a range can price the home out of the market.

For optimal range pricing, it has been suggested that the end of the scale is close to the seller’s dream price and use a 10 percent to 12 percent spread below the top price to allow for changing market conditions.

The top price of the listing is in the price field and information that the seller will “entertain” or “consider” offers within a set range should appear in the MLS remarks section, the listing contract, and on related advertising and for-sale signs. The home will also appear in an MLS search when searching in the lower part of the price range.

Our Williamsburg MLS (WAAR ) has implemented value-range listing display and search capabilities. In September 2004, REALTOR.com adjusted its site to be able to display high and low price ranges for MLSs that adopt the listing practice.

If you are thinking of selling your home in the Williamsburg VA, james City County, York County, New Kent, Gloucester area and would like to discuss Value Range Marketing or any of the numerous marketing plans used by Mr Williamsburg.com and Liz Moore and Associates call John Womeldorf 757 254 8136 or email John@MrWilliamsburg.com

Williamsburg Virginia Real Estate

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Williamsburg, Virginia is a community of approximately 70,000 people, located in James City County, Virginia. It is also considered to be part of the Hampton Roads/ Tidewater metropolitan area.

 

The following types of housing are readily available in and around Williamsburg, VA :

  • Single Family Homes from $100,000 to $4,000,000
  • Historic homes from $100,000 to $1,500,000
  • New construction homes from $205,000 to $3,000,000
  • Townhouses & Townhouses from $150,000 to $600,000
  • Patio homes from $275,000 to $500,000
  • Suburban condos & condominiums from $150,000 to $500,000
  • City condos & condominiums from $200,000 to $600,000
  • Duplex & multi-unit housing from $100,000 to $1,500,000
  • Improved lots from $100,000 to $2,0000,000
  • Unimproved lots from $100,000 to $500,000
  • Estates homes & property from $100,000 to $4,500,000
  • Raw land from $100,000 to $25,000,000
  • Farmlets from $100,000 to $2,500,000
  • Farms & agricultural from $100,000 to $ 5,000,000
  • Hunting & recreation property from $100,000 to $500,000
  • Oceanfront property from $800,000 to $4,500,000
  • Waterfront property from $300,000 to $4,500,000
  • Lakefront property from $500,000 to $4,500,000
  • Riverfront property from $300,000 to $4,500,000 from $100,000 to $500,000
  • Resort property from $200,000 to $4,500,000
  • Golf homes & property from $260,000 to $4,500,000
  • Investment and rental property from $100,000 to $3,500,000
  • Commercial from $90,000 to $50,000,000
  • Foreclosed from $100,000 to $1,500,000
  • Speculative from $100,000 to $4,500,000

In 2007, there were approximately 1300 real estate and property transactions in the Williamsburg, Virginia area. 

Local neighborhoods and subdivisions in Williamsburg/ James City County/ York County/ New Kent County areas of Virginia include :

Berkley’s Green, Braemar Creek Condos, Brandywyne,  Brickshire,Burlington Woods,  Claiborne Condos, Colonial Heritage,  Creekside Landing, Cromwell Ridge, Farms at New Kent,   Fairway Villas, Felgate Woods, Fords Colony, Foundation Square, Fenwick Hills, Fernbrook, Fieldcrest,First Colony,Fox Ridge, Governors Land, Governors Grove at Five Forks, Freedom Woods,  Graylin Woods, Greensprings Plantation, Greensprings West, Governor Land,  Heritage Landing, High Street, Holy Hills, Jamestown Hundred, Kensington Woods,  Kingsmill,  Kingspoint, Kingswood, Kristiansand, LaFontaine Condos, Lake Powell, Landfall at Jamestown, Liberty Crossing, Longhill Gate, Longhill Station, Longhill Woods, Mallard Hill, Michelle Pont,  Monticello Woods, Mulberry Place,New Town, Patriots Colony, Patriots Landing, Pelegs Point, Penniman East, Penniman Woods, Piney Creek, Pocahontas Square, Pointe at Jamestowne, Port Anne, Powhatan Secondary, Powhatan Place, Powhatan Plantation, Powhatan Woods,  Priorslee, Queens Creek, Queens Farm, Queens Lake, Queenswood, Raintree, Richmond Hill, Riverview Plantation, Rolling Woods, Royal Grant, Scotts Pond, Seasons Trace, Settlers Market,  Settlers Mill,  Shores of York, Skiffes Creek, Skimino Landing, Skimino Hills,  Skipwith Farms, Springhill, St. Georges Hundred, Stonehouse, Stonehouse Glen, The Farms of New Kent,The Meadows, The Mews, The Oaks at Fenton Mill, The Woodlands, The Woods, The Retreat, The Settlement at Powhatan Creek, The Vineyards, Village at Quarterpath, Villages at Powhatan, Villages at Westminster, Villas at Five Forks, Vinniterra,Walnut Hills, Waterford,  Warhill Green, Wellington, Westgate,  Wexford Hills, Whitehall, Williamsburg West, Windmill Point, Vineyard Heights,  Westmoreland, Westport,  Westray Downs, Williamsburg Bluffs, Williamsburg Commons, Williamsburg Village at Norge, Windsor Forest, Wyndham , Yorkshire, Yorktown            

 

 

 

  • Local zip codes in this community include: 23185, 23188, 23168, 23141.

 

 

Public and private school systems serving families in the area include James City County/ Williamsburg Schools, York County Schools, New Kent Schools. Travelers and commuters in this area are served by train, with the Amtrak Williamsburg station, highway by Interstate 64, exits 234- 247 interchanges.

The community was founded in the early 1700’s with an economy driven by the government contracting, Tourism, William and Mary, Anheuser Busch industries. Local events and activities include many local cultural events and organizations based near and around Williamsburg.

Exceptional recreational opportunities in and around the region include golfing, kayaking, hiking, equestrian, biking, mountain biking, cycling, boating. Other notable features of the area are a vibrant growing suburban community with a well-educated, active population.

 


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Mr Williamsburg/ John Womeldorf – ePRO, CSR, ABR is a – Realtor(r) serving the Williamsburg, VA area since 2003. Mr Williamsburg/ John Womeldorf does business as Mr Williamsburg.com, with team members and is affiliated with the Liz Moore and Associates brokerage. With offices in New Town/ Williamsburg and Oyster Point in Newport News. Experience counts, and Mr Williamsburg/ John Womeldorf participated in 24 real estate closings in the Williamsburg, VA regional market in 2008

The Mr Williamsburg team provides service to both buyers and sellers of real property, and provides property rental management services and does represent renters.

Mr Williamsburg.com maintains a focus on Military, Relocation, Golfers and Retirees looking to move to the Williamsburg Virginia area.

 We will work day and night to find the right you the perfect home or sell your exisiting home.. My skills in the market have been earned through experience..

For superior real estate service in and near Williamsburg, VA, contact Mr Williamsburg.com/ John Womeldorf today!

 


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Queens Lake Williamsburg Va Real Estate

Queens Lake is a wonderful, established waterfront community located in the York County part of Williamsburg, Virginia area. Bordered by Queens Creek to the North and West, and the Colonial Parkway to the South.  Its Eastern border is York Counties New Quarter Park, a 545-acre county park renovated in 2005. Most of the homes were built from the late 1950’s until the lates 1970’s. There are a few that have been built since 2000 on the few remaining lots left in Queens Lake in Williamsburg VA. 

 

 The Queens Lake Community offer a host of amenities to it’s volunteer members . They include  a  fresh water lake stretching for more than a mile, perfect for boating (electric motors only) and filled with large mouth bass, bream and other fish  A Marina on Queens Creek with  navigable access to the York River and the Chesapeake Bay. Two swimming pools   ( one boasts a six lane, zero degree entry facility equipped with diving board, jets and fountains. Another pool (for adults) and bathhouse complete the facility. The pool complex has a stunning view of the community marina and Queen Creek. Three tennis courts.  A Playing field with softball diamond. Volleyball Court (sand-filled ) Playground,  Clubhouse (sized to accommodate large major social gatherings with a  large function room and a fully-appointed kitchen for preparing and warming foods. Coffee makers, freezers and refrigerators are provided as well. 

 

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Here are a few homes sales statstics for home sales and home listings within the Queens Lake Neighborhood, York County Williamsburg Virginia:
There are 10 homes currently for sale in Queens Lake The prices for currently listed homes in Queens Lake range from $291,000 to $1,130,000. Sold home prices ion Queenslake averaged $367,000 in the last 12 months and ranged from $265,000 to $525,000. There are 3 under contract at this time. The average days on market time for the homes that sol din Queens Lake was an amazingly low 65 days.  

  

 

The following history is sourced from the Queens Lake Community website which you can explore here: http://www.queenslake.net/

 A short History Of Queens Lake, Williamsburg VA and the Association

The land bordering Queens Creek in York County Williamsburg VA is characterized by ravines; creeks; mature, mostly deciduous, woodland; and wetlands. It is easy to imagine the Powhatan Tribe hunting and fishing in this region and watching the European Colonists rowing their boats up and down the creek to Capitol Landing to access the new town of Williamsburg.  It has witnessed defining moments in American History, being close to the route that Washington took on his march to Yorktown in 1782, and being at the end of the defensive line that Confederate General Magruder constructed in 1862 to oppose Union General McClellan in the Civil War.  The remains of confederate trenches can still be seen in New Quarter Park and numerous artifacts (arrowheads, military buttons, and musket balls) have been found to bear witness to all of this history.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, there were a number of small holdings scattered throughout the region.  The foundations of a house can be seen close to Queens Creek in New Quarter Park, there was a farmhouse on the bluff that now overlooks the marina, old brick chimneys were found in the Montague Circle area, and there was a farm house on what is now Cambridge Lane.  The land is not well suited for farming, however, and it must have been difficult to eke out a living and also pay property taxes.  The Government took over much of the land along the south shore of the York River, including what is now Camp Peary, New Quarter Park, Cheatham Annex and the Naval Weapons Station.  Between 1925 and 1929, the Chesapeake Corporation, a timbering and paper mill operation based at West Point, purchased three tracts of land south of Queens Creek, known as the Roberts tract, the Hubbard tract, and the Holcomb tract, totaling 814 acres.  In 1927-28 it built the dam across the stream emptying into Queens Creek.  This created a 58 acre lake, that it called Lake Chesapeake. It stocked the lake with bream, bass, and crappie and used the entire property as a hunting and fishing preserve for its executives.  The existing farm house near the dam served as a lodge and was maintained by a caretaker.  In the early 1930s, the Federal Park Service built the Colonial parkway as a reconstruction project after the great depression.  This cut off some of the property but provided access to the road to the dam.

The Queens Lake Development Corporation

In 1950, the Chesapeake Corporation decided to sell off its preserve and it put the sale in the hands of Richard C. Benschoten, a local “Land and Estate” Broker.  Mr. Benschoten, an avid fisherman himself, saw the potential of the land around the lake for home sites so he interested four other businessmen in going in with him on purchasing part of the Chesapeake property.  They incorporated the Queens Lake Development Company on March 14, 1952, purchased 636 acres, including the lake for a total of $75,000 and renamed the lake “Queens Lake.”  After cutting and selling pines and selected hardwoods to recoup half their investment, the Company platted some of the area that was suitable for development with the help of Vincent McManus, a surveyor and vice mayor of Williamsburg; provided for basic road access, electricity, and water; and set about selling the lots. Queens Lake was not developed all at one time, but rather in sections.  As lots were sold in one section, a new section would be opened.  The first section that was developed included the property fronting the west side of the lake. This was followed by the creek front lots near the dam.  Two Williamsburg families and the President of William and Mary, who wanted an “out of town” home, were the first property owners.  There are 19 sections (some being divided into subsections). By the time the Development Company dissolved in 1987, there were 547 lots. Potable water was a problem because the region lies on a thick layer of impervious clay so wells to tap into the water table had to be over 400 ft deep; thus, a contract was negotiated with the Sydnor Pump and Well Company of Richmond to drill two community wells, construct pump houses (adjacent to 210 West Queens Drive and 112 Montague Circle) and lay pipe to serve each lot. Since sewage was not available, each lot had to accommodate a septic field.

In 1961, Mr. Benschoten’s real estate and insurance business partner, Jim Carter, and two bankers bought out one of the owners’ interest in the Queens Lake Development Company.  Shortly afterwards the Company purchased property at the end of East Queens Drive, and what was to become Sherwood and Allendale. Recognizing the value of waterfront lots, it hired Henry Branscome to build the dam to form Princess Pond.

Naming some of the roads after characters and places in the Robin Hood legend was the idea of Stanley Abbott, Superintendent of the Colonial National Historical Park who had been hired to help plan the roads and lots in 1961.  At that time he also laid out a master plan for the recreation area. The National Park Service owned a road called the North Collector Road that paralleled the Parkway.  In 1963 Mr. Abbott, arranged for the Park Service to make the collection road open to all public traffic, pending assumption of maintenance by the Virginia Department of Highways.  That road was officially named Lakeshead Drive. 

In the early part of the1960’s, over the objection of the Company and Queens Lake residents, Interstate Highway 64 was constructed through part of the property, leaving 33 acres cut off from the southwest corner.  In 1965, the company sold the 21 acres of this portion west of West Queens Drive to York County for the construction of Queens Lake Middle School.  As part of this deal, the County agreed to negotiate with the City of Williamsburg to provide water to the Queens Lake Development, connecting to the water pipes already installed by Sydnor. The wells were subsequently blocked off and the pump houses demolished.

When Dick Benschoten died in 1965, Jim Carter was hired by the Company to manage the development of Queens Lake.

The Queens Lake Community Association

From the beginning, Mr. Benschoten had in mind a community with the lake and other recreational amenities being available to all residents and eventually to be managed by the residents.  Accordingly, the “Queens Lake Club” was incorporated on July 7, 1952 with the charter “To regulate and perpetuate the use of facilities provided by the Queens Lake Development Corporation ….”  This was apparently modeled on a similar arrangement at “Smoke Rise,” a residential community in New Jersey.  Mr. Benschoten became president and remained so until his death in 1965. The sales contract for purchase of a lot from the Company required that the new owner must be accepted as a member of the Queens Lake Club. Resident dues were set at $10 per annum.  Standing committees for membership, building, finance and lake were established.  At a special meeting of the Queens Lake Development Company on June 29, 1953, it agreed to deed the lake and surrounding land up to 2 feet above the high water mark to the Queens Lake Club, Inc.  Shares of stock were issued to the partners of the Company on the basis of available acreage, with a share being issued to each new property owner as it was subtracted from the holdings of the partners. In this way, ownership of the assets of the club gradually transferred to the residents. In 1960 the Company deeded 11 acres of land on the east side of the dam to the Club and contributed $60,000 for recreational purposes including the construction of a swimming pool, two tennis courts, dock, and bathhouse.  The first swimming pool was opened in 1961.  Fees for its use were set at $50 per family.

In 1966, membership dues were $12 per year. Swimming fees were $65 for resident and $75 for non-resident families. In 1968, 200 families lived in the community and 143 lots remained to be sold.  Jim Carter negotiated the purchase of the 54 acre Holloway tract (Bowstring, Shoreham, Cambridge, and Holloway) for $3,000 per acre. Because half the tract was still in open fields, Carter planted hundreds of pine seedlings to provide an eventual wooded cover in keeping with the rest of the neighborhood.  There was some resistance to including residents of this area in the Queens Lake Club, partly because of perceived overcrowding of the existing swimming pool.  The Development Company offered to provide 30% of the cost of constructing a second pool in return for admitting this tract into the community and the members of the Queens Lake Club agreed.

In February 1969, Major General Briard Johnson was elected the first president of the Club who was not a principal of the Development Corporation. He was a strong proponent of the philosophy that individual amenities of the club (Pool, tennis courts, marina) should “pay for themselves.”  The initiation fee was raised to $160 for new lot purchasers. Swimming fees were $75 for resident and $110 for non-resident families. The second pool opened on May 30, 1969.  The By-Laws were revised to provide for one share of stock for initiation fees paid. All previous stock was cancelled and a new issuance of stock certificates was made.

Over the years the Club maintained the two pools and bathhouse, expanded the original two tennis courts to four, enlarged the marina from a landing on the creek to the present configuration of outside and covered slips as well as a launching ramp, and in 1980 constructed a clubhouse. In 2001, the original pool overlooking the creek was demolished and a new six-lane pool was constructed.

One of the original standing committees was the “Building Committee” which was to ensure that construction and subsequent modification of houses conformed to certain standards.  As an example, minimum living space areas were established for single and multiple story houses.  Conformance to the standards was enforced under threat of loss of privileges.  Over time, new construction dwindled, and the Building Committee ceased to exist as a standing committee.  The By-Laws provide for the appointment of a Building Committee if an occasion demands it.

Jim Carter sold the last lot owned by the Queens Lake Development Company in 1985 and he vacated his seat on the Queens Lake Club Board of Directors in 1986. The Queens Lake Development Company was dissolved on September 1, 1987.

Since the early 1960’s, one Saturday each year has been set aside as “Queens Lake Day.” Since the bicentennial in 1976 it has been held close to the 4th of July. Typically, there is breakfast in the clubhouse and the festivities are started by a parade along East Queens Drive to the recreation area led by the County Sheriff and followed by fire and ladder trucks, sirens blaring.  Most years there is a theme, and the marchers and bicyclists dress accordingly.  Scouts raise the flag and the QLCA President makes a welcoming speech. The rest of the day is devoted to sports events, friendly competitions, and children’s games.  In the evening there is a community picnic around the pool and dancing to a live combo.

A periodic newsletter providing updates on community activities and issues of concern to residents has been published since the early 1970’s. In addition, the club house has been used for hundreds of community functions, social events, and educational activities.

Over the years the Club has represented the residents of Queens Lake in a number of controversial issues, including: a proposal to construct high-density housing on a portion of the property; a proposal to construct a highway crossing of the York River adjacent to Queens Lake; a proposal to develop a golf course in New Quarter Park; noise abatement along the I-64 corridor; repair of the road across the dam following storm damage; and, more recently, upgrade of electric and water supply, and installation of a county sewage system.

In 1995, the Board decided to contract for a Facilities Condition Survey and a plan to maintain and improve Queens Lake Facilities over the next 10 years. The survey was conducted by the DeYoung-Johnson Group, Inc and addressed the clubhouse, pools, marina, and tennis courts. The resulting report, referred to as the DJG report, projected expected expenses for the ten year period.  It noted that the main swimming pool had deteriorated and was in need of extensive repair. On the basis of this report, the Association voted to increase maintenance dues to provide for expected expenditures.  In the spring of 1997, a survey of members was conducted to ascertain the interest in maintaining the swimming pool complex and later that year the DJG prepared a report outlining three options for it.  In 2000 the membership voted for the option to replace the pool and agreed to borrow some of the money required to do so rather than use reserve funds set aside for other purposes. The dues were raised by $100 per year to cover this expense.

In 2002, under its then president, Don Tortorice, a new class of membership was proposed.  In return for signing a restriction on their deed, binding them and all successive owners of their property to membership in the Club, the owners of a Queens Lake property could join with only a nominal stock purchase fee and be charged reduced maintenance dues (Whereas a “traditional member” paid $1,000 stock purchase fee upon joining and $310 per year in dues, a “deeded member” would pay $100 stock purchase fee and $250 maintenance dues.)  The Board pledged that they would not file any of the deed restriction documents until 130 had been received.  This number was surpassed in 2003, and the deed restriction documents were filed.  This duel class system is still in effect and appears to be working quite well. The dues have been constant under this arrangement for four years. Currently, out of 347 members, 190 are “deeded.”  Under the deed restriction program, the association retains 100% of owners of “deeded” properties, so this will gradually raise the overall retention rate and provide a solid base of permanent members to maintain the common property. 

At the annual meeting of 2003, the name, “Queens Lake Club, Inc.,” was changed to the “Queens Lake Community Association, Inc.” in order to emphasize its role as a guardian of the common property and representative of the residents — and to avoid the connotation that it was merely a social organization. The articles of incorporation were changed to reflect the new name in early 2004.

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contact:

John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

Liz Moore & Associates 757 254 8136

John@MrWilliamsburg.com  email

www.MrWilliamsburg.com/  Williamsburg VA Real Estate website

www.MrBurg.com Williamsburg Va Real Estate website  

www.MrHamptonroads.com/  Hampton Roads Va Real Estate website

www.MrTidewater.com/  Tidewater VA Real Estate website

www.MrVaBeach.com/ Va Beach Va Real Estate website

  

Williamsburg Real Estate Resource. Search for Homes & Land for sale in Williamsburg Virginia & surrounding areas  click here :CLICK HERE WILLIAMSBURG VA MLS HOME SEARCH

  CLICK HERE FOR Real Estate Home Search  Tidewater Hampton Roads Va 

  

My other area Real Estate and Information Blogs for Hampton Roads/ Tidewater/ Williamsburg Virignia and surrounding areas

Williamsburg Real Estate Blog II

Williamsburg Real Estate Blog

Williamsburg Happenings/ Events Blog

 

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