• 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

Renegade gardener digs in, fights Home Owner Association

A Chesterfield County VA  resident is determined to fight his homeowner’s association for the right to keep a garden in the front yard of his family’s home — even if it ends up costing him $900 in the process.

In a letter dated May 28, the Brandermill Community Association informed Chris Gilson and his wife, Teresa Collier, that their garden’s location constitutes a violation of the community’s restrictive property covenants.

The letter gave them until June 14 to correct the violation and noted that if they failed to remove the garden, they’d be charged $10 per day for 90 days or until the property was brought into compliance.

“We try to get people to do the right thing,” said John Bailey, community manager for the community association. “When they ignore that, we have to ratchet it up a little.”

Contacted on the afternoon of June 14, Gilson made it clear that he had no intention of digging up his garden. He says he has contacted an attorney and may decide to fight the covenant violation in court if it gets that far.

“Maybe I’ll be the one who stands up and [the community association] will realize, ‘Yeah, this is kind of stupid; maybe we should change our rules,’” Gilson said in a telephone interview.

More of the story here

What about you ? Have any HOA horror stories to share ?


New gourmet market coming to Richmond VA

Southern Season has  announced plans to open a store in in Staples Mill Centre, an 80-acre, urban mixed-use community located between West Broad Street and Staples Mill Road in Henrico County, Virginia.

The 49,000-square foot   retail store will be a “culinary mecca,” offering a wide variety of gourmet foods, an extensive wine selection, hard to find grocery items, housewares, cookware, candy, cut flowers, coffee shop, ice cream shop, tasting stations, take-out prepared food, cheese, gifts and a bakery. The store will also feature a full-service restaurant and cooking school.

Based in Chapel Hill, N.C., Southern Season operates a 60,000-square foot flagship gourmet food emporium there. It recently announced plans to open its second store, in the summer of 2013 in Charleston, S.C. The Henrico County store will be the company’s third. The company has announced an expansion plan that will involve launching new stores in Charlotte, N.C., Birmingham, Ala., Atlanta, Ga., Nashville, Tenn., Northern Virginia, Palm Beach, Fla., and Naples, Fla. “We are excited to bring the Southern Season experience to Richmond. We plan to carry on the tradition of offering the full-service experience our customers have grown to love. The new store will include one of the world’s largest gourmet food markets with a vast selection of local and international products,” said Clay Hamner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Season Acquisition Corp., owner of Southern Season. Gumenick Properties believes Southern Season will fit well with its plans for the new community

Construction of the store will begin in the fall of 2013 with a grand opening set for mid-2014. 

 Staples Mill Centre, a new $434 million mixed-use community on a 79.5-acre site along Staples Mill Road in Henrico County, VA.. Gumenick Properties is the developer for Staples Mill Centre, a new $434 million mixed-use community on a 79.5-acre site along Staples Mill Road in Henrico County, VA..

When finished, the company says the project is projected to have 994 homes, 1,096 apartments, about 150,000 square feet of retail space and 50,000 square feet of office space. As it has done with other local projects, the company will employ the creative use of architecture to give the community character. Gumenick Properties intends to draw on the rich architectural heritage of Central Virginia. Staples Mill Centre will have the intimacy, scale and ambiance of area neighborhoods during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

This neighborhood will offer single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums for sale. It also will have apartments, offices and retail spaces for rent. Gumenick Properties will build, occupy and maintain its own company offices there.

In addition to commercial tenants, the mixed use project will have a library. Henrico County announced in June that it’s building a new public library in the community to replace the current Dumbarton Library. The three-story library will be located next to a two-acre lake with a fountain that eventually will be surrounded by residences and shops.

Based in Henrico, Gumenick Properties is an award-winning real-estate development and property management company with operations throughout the Southeast. Founded in the late-1940s, the company engages primarily in the development and operation of apartments and in homebuilding. Gumenick Properties is currently developing the Grayson Hill and Monument Square communities in Henrico.

Map location Staples Mill Centre


Auction-Glen Allen, VA – 15 Condos, The Links @ The Crossings Golf Community

imageMotleys Auction is conducting an investor liquidation of  of 15 spacious garden home condos within “The Links at Virginia Center” subdivision. This subdivision is part of The Crossings planned unit development which includes The Crossings Golf Club, Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center, The Glen Restaurant, The Yellow Tavern,and The Crossings Active Adult Community. The subdivision includes 288 condos with many community amenities.

View a photo tour of the community here

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Richmond VA Home Market is blossoming in Spring 2012

One of Richmond’s biggest home developers thinks 2012 is the year to start building again — and in a big way.

Bob Atack filed plans with Henrico County last week to build an estimated $200 million, 650-home development in the Varina section of Eastern Henrico. Construction for the development, called The Ridings, will start in spring 2013. New homes will be finished by the end of 2014, he said.

“It’s going to take some time to build out,” Atack said. “So we believe by the time we actually get the houses online we’ll have the opportunity to have the Ridings be a destination community.”

Atack said Varina is fertile land for development in Henrico.

“We’re starting to see a scarcity of lots in the western portion of Henrico, so it makes sense that people would start looking in the southeastern part,” Atack said.

More of the story here

Richmond VA Parade of Homes 2010 starts Oct 2

Windsor Hallsley- Homesmith Richmond parade of homesThe Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR) will kick off it’s 59th Annual Parade of Homes on Saturday October 2 and ending on Sunday October 17. This year’s Parade includes 52 new homes from 27 builder members, an amazing amount of participation given the current downturn in the economy. Over half of the Parade entries will be decorated and furnished models. The Parade homes are located in Goochland, Henrico, Hanover, King William, Chesterfield and Powhatan Counties as well as the City of Richmond, Virginia.

The Charles First Richmond Associates PArade of HomesBuilding on the great success of last year’s Parade, the 2010 event will have three weekend “Ask the Experts” programs focusing on a How to Maximize Your Kitchen, Enjoying Outdoor Living & Gardening and Creating Luxurious Living. The ever popular plan book for the “Parade Homes” can be found at Richmond area Martins and Kroger grocery stores.

2010 Parade Homes prices range from the $190’s to over $900,000.

The scattered site new home show will be held October 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. In addition, HBAR will have experts on hand at designated Parade homes located in Chesterfield County to talk about the latest trends:
October 2 Maximize Your Kitchen by Main Street Homes at Westerleigh
October 9 Outdoor Living by Homeplaces, Ltd. at Tarrington
October 16 Luxurious Living by Centennial Homes at Harpers Mill

Locations of Richmond Parade of Homes sites- Click the map to see the directory

richmond va parade of homes

The following Richmond VA area builders are participating in the 2010 Parade of Homes.:Bel Arbor Builders, Centennial Homes,Centex Homes, Colonial Homecrafters,Commonwealth Properties, DelSol Group Dumont Classic Homes  Eagle Construction of Va., Finer Homes, First Richmond Associates Gemcraft Homes  HHHunt Homes  Homeplaces, Homesmith Construction, LeGault Homes  Liberty Homes,LifeStyle Builders & Dev.,Main Street Homes  R & N Construction,R-CI Builders,R. E. Collier,  Roseland Custom Homes, Royal Dominion Homes, Ryan Homes . StyleCraft Homes .Toll Brothers and Youngblood Properties.

Toll Brothers Richmond

Richmond VA Parade of Homes 2009

The annual Parade of Homes in the Richmond VA area kicks off this weekend, showcasing new homes throughout the Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, Goochland and Hanover County areas..

71 homes by 36 builders will be open for viewing over the next three weekends from noon to 5 p.m.

The 58th annual Richmond Parade of Homes features homes with prices ranging from the $170’s to over $1.5 million.

This year’s event is pared down from last year, when 130 homes by 60 builders were on display, as the housing slump continues to hammer the industry.

Locations of the homes in the Parade in Richmond. Click the map for more details


This year’s tour includes one of the country’s first houses for entry-level buyers certified for energy savings by the National Association of Home Builders through the National Green Building Program.

The house, built by First Richmond Associates, is on the market for $209,500. It is certified at the bronze level, the lowest of four levels. It is  located at 7701 Chamberlayne Ave. in the Vaughan Heights neighborhood in Henrico County, and won recognition from the local builders’ association for having the best bath and best kitchen in the $170,000 to $220,000 range in the unfurnished category.

More information here one the Home Building Association of Richmond’s website

Richmond VA Hip Video

I wanted to share this video that gives a sense of the “Hipness” of the Richmond VA area. It’s a tongue in cheek parody of rap videos. For anyone who’s wondering what it’s like to live in Richmond, here’s a hilarious video all about the River City. Granted, it may be one big inside joke. But if nothing else, hopefully you’ll get a kick out of watching a couple of white guys rap .

This one seems destined to become a viral video. ( A viral video is a video clip that gains widespread popularity through the process of Internet sharing, typically through email or Instant messaging, blogs and other media sharing websites. Viral videos are often humorous in nature)

In only a few days over 11,000 people have viewed this.

Enjoy !  Then forward to your friends..


This was produced for First Market Bank by the Park Group with thanks to Riverside Outfitters  and Segway of Richmond.

So kudos to them for the effort.

Ukrops closing it’s Roanoke VA Store

Ukrop’s Super Market has announced what some in the Roanoke VA community have anticipated for the past year.

After closing one of it’s two Williamsburg VA stores in February of this year Ukrop’s Super Markets  the Richmond-based chain will close its Roanoke store Oct. 24, 2009 more than two years after it came to the city with a rock star-like debut.

The announcement comes  after numerous announcements from  Ukrop’s President Robert S. Ukrop that the chain’s Roanoke store is underperforming. That store, which opened last year, had not caught on with Roanoke shoppers.

With an underground parking garage, specialty foods and an in-store cafe, Ukrop’s rode into Roanoke with a successful track record as a family-owned chain that bases its business on Christian principles, closes its stores Sundays and does not sell alcohol.

But the grocer’s fanfare in Roanoke was short-lived.

Ukrop’s executives said in December that sales needed to improve significantly in Roanoke or the store could not survive. Ukrop blamed an undeveloped shopping center surrounding the Roanoke store for troubles drawing customers, along with competition from the area’s long established grocery chains, including Kroger and Food Lion. .

Two separate supermarket industry publications have reported in the past two months that Ukrop’s is in talks with a buyer, possibly a private equity group, for its entire 28-store chain. Ukrop’s has declined to confirm these reports.

Sportsquest- Richmond VA

sportsquest chesterfield va Williamsburg VA needs a visionary like Steve Burton.  There has been talk in the area of a long course swim complex being built for years and years. So far no action has been taken. The sticking point has been funding. James City County and William and Mary both seem willing to participate in the construction of a 50 meter long course Olympic caliber swim complex but an individual or corporation is needed to take the lead on funding.

sportsquest Chesterfield County VA seems to have found their man.  Steve Burton, a local Richmond VA area physician who made a fortune selling $60 million worth of sleep disorder programs is breaking ground on a $175 million sports facility in Chesterfield County on  December 15th.

The sports complex will be located on a  250-acre site at the end of the Powhite Parkway at Charter Colony Parkway.

“The real meat and potatoes of SportsQuest is recreational sports — to get healthy,” Burton told members of the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce last week. Art Warren, Chairman of the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors said, “This is great news for Chesterfield County as I have always wanted a project like this to locate in our community. This will further enhance the quality of life of Chesterfield citizens and will attract people to live, work and play in Chesterfield County, but on a much higher level than we ever anticipated.”

The proposed center will encompass facilities for 27 sports including 30 outdoor, lighted soccer fields, a swimming pool and ice rink, a velodrome for cycling, a 5,000-seat arena, 7,000-seat outdoor stadium and a 2,500-seat amphitheatre for concerts. It will also sport 20,000 square feet of retail, a hotel to be used by out-of-town athletes for extended stays, a family entertainment center (with bowling, arcades, laser tag and “cybersport courts”) and health-care facilities centered on sports.

The Sport and Family Entertainment Multiplex will allow high performance athletes as well as the public to participate in twenty-four Olympic sports, including: swimming, cycling, tennis, triathlon, speed skating, figure skating, hockey, volleyball, gymnastics, martial arts and others. The campus will house the largest group of high performance athletes in the country. Along with the elite athletes training there, programming for the general public in child and adult fitness and recreation will be offered at the site. SportsQuest has proven itself in high performance programming; its short track speed skating program located here includes: a 2006 Olympian and three 2008 US National Champions.

Stephen Burton, Ph.D., CEO and Chairman of SportsQuest, said, “The multiplex will provide a place that people can play sports for fun, fitness or to chase Olympic dreams.” “We will offer three tracks for all of our sports programming, including: recreational participation, competitive youth development, or high performance athletic pursuit,” Burton added.

The multiplex will be capable of hosting National Championships, World Championships, and Olympic Trials in most of the sports. The project will also include a cutting edge sports medicine and sports science facility to serve both the athletes at the training center and the local community. The project will be developed as three phases. Phase I will include: an Aquatics Center, Ice Skating Rink, Sports Medicine Clinic, Fitness Center, and Family Entertainment Center. Phase II is scheduled to include a hotel, a retail plaza, and a 6,000 seat arena for sports and special events. Phase III plans include an indoor/outdoor tennis club and a multi-sport field house.

“The family entertainment center is an important part of the campus program,” Dr. Burton said, “as a resident of the community it was important to me that we increase the opportunities for families in our community to spend time together.”

According to the website, SportsQuest opened its sales center yesterday in the Colony Crossing Center near the future complex. Membership opportunities include a swim team, water polo, speed skating, figure skating, hockey and an exercise facility.

Va Beach and Richmond VA Top 10 best places to buy a home

From a post from VARBUZZ :  Good Morning America cited data from Zillow this morning which heralded Virginia Beach as the number one place, and Richmond as the number seven place, to buy a home right now.

While I’m not  a huge fan of Zillow and their Zestimates. There does seem to be a rational basis for these findings.

When buying a home, according to Zillow, buyers should “look for communities with a strong job market and stable housing values. Some common threads: cities with military bases, state capitals and college towns all fare well because they are more ‘recession proof.’”

Here’s what Zillow is seeing…

In Virginia Beach:

  • Median home value: $223,800, down 1 percent from a year ago.
  • Property values are up 7 percent compared to five years ago.
  • Houses cost an average of $139 per square foot.
  • Buyers are paying 2 percent less than the listing price.

In Richmond:

  • Median Home Value: $ 207,000, down 7 percent from a year ago.
  • Property values are up 5 percent compared to five years ago.
  • Houses cost an average of $119 per square foot.
  • Buyers are paying 3 percent less than listing price.

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Richmond Virginia Home Sales Increasing

Total homes sales in the core area of Richmond — the city and Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties — rose 1.6 percent in the third quarter from the same period a year ago.

Hanover and Henrico reported sales increases of more than 2 percent, according to a report released  by the Virginia Association of Realtors ( VAR).

In the greater Richmond Virginia area, prices remained flat. The median price for new and existing homes, with half the houses selling for more and half for less, was about $238,000.

Amid the national financial uncertainties and news about the economy and stock markets, the central Virginia and Richmond economy and housing market are outperforming the country and most metropolitan areas, according to an analysis included in yesterday’s VAR report.

Sales are still slipping in Virginia — and in the greater Richmond metropolitan area — but not nearly as much as they were in the first half of the year, according to the report.

Nationally, third-quarter figures are not available. However, sales of existing single-family homes fell 10.7 percent in August from a year ago, according to the latest figures available from the National Association of Realtors. The median home price was $201,900 in August, down 9.7 percent from a year ago.

After nearly a year of sluggish sales and price depreciation, the housing market in Virginia is beginning to show signs of strength, said Lisa Fowler from the George Mason University School of Public Policy, who spoke yesterday during a news media conference call.

The state’s healthy economy is helping housing here as other markets continue to languish, Fowler said.

Home sales statewide fell 3.9 percent in the third quarter from the same period a year ago, according to the VAR report. The median price rose 1 percent to $232,601.

In central Virginia, which includes Richmond and 15 surrounding localities, sales fell 3.8 percent from a year ago.

The dip is mild compared with the first quarter when sales in the region dropped 31 percent in the first quarter and 28 percent in the second quarter from the year-ago periods.

The market in the Richmond area is stabilizing There is still a large inventory  of homes to choose from. We still need to see price reductions to increase sales.

The housing market across the state will benefit from a slowdown in construction, as inventory levels fall. Housing starts statewide are at their lowest level since the early 1990s.