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Homerama 2014 starts Oct 17 at The Waterfront at Parkside in Suffolk VA

imageThis year the TBA Homearama 2014 takes place at The Waterfront at Parkside located in northern Suffolk, Virginia.  The Waterfront at Parkside is a beautiful, traditional neighborhood development with pristine marsh and deep-water views of Bennett’s Creek. This family centric community has inviting community spaces, a new million-dollar clubhouse/fitness center with an outdoor pool and grilling stations, miles of sidewalks, and a lush five-acre park.

Homearama is a 12-day single site display of fully furnished and landscaped custom homes that demonstrate the latest in construction, design, furnishings and technological innovations.

Homearama takes place over three consecutive 4-day weekends from October 17th thru November 3rd, 2014 The show will be open Noon – 8:00pm every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday during those dates. Homearama is closed Tuesday – Thursday. Each weekend will feature a fun and unique theme providing a new experience week after week.

This year’s homes range from 3,000 to 3,300 square feet with prices ranging from $470,000 to $540,000.

While the price tag may not seem affordable to some, it’s a far cry from the million-dollar homes that were featured in past Homearamas, particularly before the recession.

The neighborhood, once a farm, features 177 home sites, with many of those already built out. It sits on deep water, and several waterfront lots are available — though none of them includes a Homearama house. It’s also close to the public park and all its amenities and also has its own clubhouse and pool.

Adjacent to The Waterfront at Parkside is  Bennett’s Creek Park featuring 57 acres, packed with three boat ramps that access the Nansemond River through Bennett’s Creek, tennis courts, restrooms, covered shelters for reserved use, a nature trail, open fields, skate park and a crabbing and fishing pier with handicap access.

Find our more about Homerama 2014 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 Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads area and  his expertise in the local real estate market.

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Complete tours can be scheduled to help you familiarize yourself with Williamsburg and Hampton Roads neighborhoods, home prices, shopping centers, military bases, recreational facilities, public & private schools and transportation systems. My orientation will provide you with awareness of aircraft noise & accident potential zones, flood zones, major traffic patterns and commute times to your job.

on my website You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities, condos and townhomes ,foreclosures/ REO,  land, building lots, commercial property  in Williamsburg , Yorktown, New Kent, Gloucester, Poquoson as well as the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads, Virginia

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Suffolk, Loudon, Prince William Make Top 10 List for Job Growth in US

#9. Suffolk, VA job growth (2000-2011): 43.0% While actually a city not a county CNN noted It's smooth sailing for job growth in Suffolk, thanks to the Navy's recent decision to relocate four commands, . The move will add nearly 1,000 jobs -- which is about the total number of new jobs added to the area in all of 2011.  Suffolk is also located close to the Port of Virginia, and like many of the places on the list, quality of life is a big selling point here. Schools, transportation and community are all strong in this city with historic charm.It’s still a tough job market, but these three Virginia localities counties can make it a lot easier to find work and a great place to live.

This week, CNN Money Magazine published their annual list of ““Where the Jobs Are”

Virginia had three localities in the top ten list of U.S. counties with the highest job grown from 200-2011.

Loudoun County was ranked number 1 with the highest job growth rate, at 83.6 percent. Prince William County was eighth with a job growth rate of 48.6 percent, and Suffolk (which actually is a city) was ninth with a job growth rate of 43 percent.

#1. Got data? Loudoun County , VA does. Lots of it. With its expansive fiber networks and a swarm of tech workers, it’s a major traffic hub on the East Coast. The latest boom to hit this area is data centers, which now occupy 4.3 million square feet in the county, earning Loudoun the nickname "Data Center Alley."

Easy access to the nation’s capital and Dulles International Airport also creates opportunities for government and the airline and freight servicing industries.

#8 .Prince William County, VA takes the crown when it comes to offering enticing perks to businesses. Expedited permits for companies in "targeted" industries that promise high-paying jobs and capital investment is just one of the ways it rolls out the red carpet.

Also behind the job boom: proximity to the D.C. Beltway, a smart workforce and competitive tax rates.

#9. Suffolk, VA job growth (2000-2011): 43.0%

While actually a city not a county CNN noted It’s smooth sailing for job growth in Suffolk, thanks to the Navy’s recent decision to relocate four commands, . The move will add nearly 1,000 jobs — which is about the total number of new jobs added to the area in all of 2011.  Suffolk is also located close to the Port of Virginia, and like many of the places on the list, quality of life is a big selling point here. Schools, transportation and community are all strong in this city with historic charm.

Those strengths have lured a variety of businesses. The retail sector is growing, as are manufacturing and warehousing. Planters, now owned by Kraft, was started here a century ago and still operates a major peanut processing center.

CNN Money released twelve lists this year, including “Best Places to Live,” “Where the Jobs Are,” “Top Earning Towns,” “Hotspots for the Rich and Single,” “Where Homes Area Affordable,” as well as lists for commute times and climate.

This type of positive recognition is a boost not only for business people and residents living and working in these Virginia localities , but it draws attention from outside the region. Site selection consultants and recruiters can use these rankings as another tool to help draw attention to the state as a vibrant region with tremendous assets for companies and potential employees.

CNN Money creates their rankings using a variety of community metrics and data sources within financial, quality of life and housing criteria. .

Take these list with a grain of sale as according to their source data they will allow 2 places in a state to qualify. ( well I guess Virginia squeaked by with three on this list)

Source: Census data, Onboard Informatics projection. Only counties where each Best Place within it was also experiencing job and population growth, and where unemployment was below the national average, were considered. No more than 2 places within a state could qualify.

See the full list here.

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Riverfront At Harbor View To Host Fall 2011 Homerama Show

Tidewater Builders’ Association has announced that The Riverfront at Harbour View in northern Suffolk will host its Fall 2011 Homearama showcase of homes. The event, set for Oct. 15-30, will feature eight to 13 homes, with prices expected to start in the low $500,000s.

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The resort-style community, developed by East West Communities, last hosted Homearama in 2001, when it drew more than 100,000 visitors. The fall show will be the second one in two years hosted by an East West Communities development. Founders Pointe, one of the developer’s projects in Isle of Wight County, was the site of the first spring Homearama in 2010.

To date, seven builders will be constructing 10 homes ranging from 2,800 square feet to 4,000-plus square feet in the showcase event.

“We feel extremely fortunate to work with East West Communities on another first-class event,” said TBA President Bill Halprin. “Their communities are known for their beautiful landscaping and upscale curb appeal, as well as the resort lifestyle they offer.”

The event offers consumers a chance to see the latest innovations in new home designs and products for the home, said Halprin. “This event serves as our industry’s ‘buy now’ campaign,” he added. “It’s designed to stimulate people to take advantage of one of the best home buyers markets that we’ve seen in years.”  The Homearama home prices are expected to start in the low $550,000s.

Building in the showcase event are: Charlie Anderson, Charlie Anderson Builder Inc., Chesapeake; Sam Cohen and Jeff Bruzzesi, Joey Corp./The Closet Factory, Chesapeake; Chip Iuliano, ABT Custom Homes LLC, Suffolk; Michael Newsome, Clark-Whitehill Enterprises, Virginia Beach; Les Ore, Ore Builders LLC, Chesapeake; Stephen, Steve and Alexander Quick, Stephen Alexander Homes LLC, Chesapeake; and Eric Sasser, Sasser Construction LC, Portsmouth. Of those, ABT Custom Homes LLC, Ore Builders and Sasser Construction LC will each be building two homes

01graysearchThe Riverfront is home to about 1,000 families, who enjoy the peaceful waterways and scenic views of the Nansemond and James Rivers and the community’s convenient location in the midst of the shops, restaurants, grocery stores, movie theater and health & wellness facilities of Harbour View.  The Riverfront is just 15 minutes from downtown Norfolk, centrally located to the Southside and the Peninsula.

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Cut your own Christmas Tree Farms in Hampton Roads VA

Christmas tree farms in hampton roads If you don’t want to end up like Charlie Brown this year you might want to take a  day and visit one of the many Christmas Tree Farms in the area.

I can assure you the quality will be much better than that of the wild cedar trees we cut in Lexington Va when I was a child.

Here are some of the most popular Christmas Tree Farms in the Hampton Roads/ southeastern part of Virginia.  Please call them before visiting to confirm their opening hours.

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Suffolk Peanut Festival


suffolk_logo The 32nd Annual Suffolk Peanut Festival which celebrates Suffolk’s peanut history with a four-day family-oriented festival starts this Thursday Sept 8th. The popular event offers a wide range of activities for the entire family including local, regional and national entertainment, fireworks, a shrimp feast, a demolition derby, peanut butter sculpture contest, carnival rides, craft exhibits and more! Free & open to the public. Live music by The Marshall Tucker Band, Edgar Winter Band, Phil Vassar,  Pat Travers, Keith Shealy & Mojo Collins ,Bobby Blackhat Walters Trio and more!

A fantastic fireworks show produced by the internationally known, award-winning Pyrotecnico company starts at 8pm Saturday.

Date: Thursday, October 08, 2009 – Sunday, October 11, 2009
Admission: Free 
Parking is $10 per day per vehicle, or $20 per vehicle for a four-day pass

Location: Suffolk Executive Airport
1200 Gene Bolton Drive, Suffolk , VA 23434
Driving Directions

More info here

55+ Active Adult Communities in Hampton Roads, VA

After a recent prospect came to town looking for a home in a 55+ community in Williamsburg I assumed as I always do that they would want to live here in Williamsburg, VA.  To my surprise they chose VA Beach over Williamsburg. ( A rare occurrence) It seems that they wanted to be closer to their kids who live in VA Beach so they purchased a home in West Neck a 55+ golf community in  Virginia Beach, Virginia .The West Neck community sits on a quiet 620 acres and features a beautiful 18 hole, 72-par, Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, designed by Arnold Palmer and Palmer Course Design Company, that presents holes ranging from 5,031 to 7,010 yards.  Eight distinct villages with a total of 930 homes comprise the West Neck  community.

To that I end I have compiled a list of most of the 55+ Active Adult communities in Hampton Roads. This includes the Chesapeake, Gloucester, Franklin, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk,  VA Beach, and Yorktown VA areas.

Chesapeake, VA -Eagle Pointe at Cahoon Plantation, One Ford Place, Legacy at Washington Arms, The Retreat At Greenbrier, Riverwalk, Monarch Walk, The Commons at Hunningdon, Sommerton

Gloucester , Va– Villas at Gloucester- Coming in 2010

Franklin, VA-Village at Woods End

Portsmouth, VA-Villas of River Pointe – Portsmouth

Smithfield, VA– Villas at Smithfield, Church Square

Suffolk, VA-The Seasons on Lake Meade

VA Beach, VA-Bay Village Condos, West Neck, Chelsea Place, Atlantic Shores

Williamsburg, VA-Colonial Heritage Gated Active Adult Community, Villas At Five Forks, The Settlement at Powhatan Creek

Yorktown, VA-Rainbrook Villas, Villas at Yorktown

Click here for the current map. I will continue to add new communities as they become available. If you know of any I missed please let me know

If you would like an email with prices and specifications for all homes , town homes, condos in 55+ communities in Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA click here 

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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.

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Save an Historic Home in Suffolk Va

The city of Suffolk Virginia is seeking someone to  renovate and find a new use for the Obici House .

obicisuffolkvarealestate The home, built and lived in by Planters Peanuts founder Amedeo Obici, is on the national register of historic homes. In May the nonprofit group Preservation Virginia named it one of nine "most endangered" historic sites in the commonwealth.

The City is looking for someone that will  retain the mansion’s architectural integrity and complement the Sleepy Hole Golf Course it stands on.

Proposals from prospective bidders are due by Sept. 10.

Suffolk will retain ownership of the land on which the Obici House resides.

image Built in 1925 by Amedeo Obici, founder of Planters Peanuts, the Obici House is a two-story wood frame structure sited adjacent to the golf course’s 18th hole and overlooking the scenic Nansemond River. The facility has been utilized for social functions, weddings, and similar reception events.

State and Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits could be used for approved rehab work.

The first floor level includes a sun room, living room, parlor, dining room, a obicihomesuffolk foyer, a restroom, a rear porch, and a large kitchen. The second floor provides for five individual rooms, two bathrooms, and a large sitting room overlooking the Nansemond River. Interior finishes include ornate wood trim, with decorative plastered walls and ceilings. A majority of the first floor level has finished hardwood floors with the exception of the kitchen, which is tiled. Other amenities include a formal staircase, stained glass windows, two gas fireplaces, and decorative light fixtures.

In addition to the Obici House, an adjacent wood framed Carriage House is located to the south. The two-story Carriage House consists of an open first floor, with an apartment on the second floor.

For further inforamtion contact:
Linda S. Story, Senior Buyer, City of Suffolk
lstory@city.suffolk.va.us
757-514-7523 offfice

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