• 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

JACK HANNA TO MAKE BUSCH GARDENS® BASE CAMP THIS WEEKEND

 

 

 

WILLIAMSBURG (Sept. 5, 2013) – Animal expert and television personality, Jack Hanna, and a few of his wild friends are making Busch Gardens® his base camp this weekend.

 

“Jungle Jack” is hosting three shows on Saturday at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Williamsburg theme park’s Abbey Stone Theatre®. Hanna’s show will feature some familiar and not-so-familiar animal ambassadors. Show attendees will have the opportunity to encounter animals such as a kangaroo, snow leopard, two-toed sloth and a few other wild surprises. Admission to the shows is included with the park admission. Seating is limited each show is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

For a meal that is packed with natural fun, guests can join Jack Hanna for lunch on Saturday or breakfast on Sunday. Feast on a delicious buffet that will tame even the wildest hunger, while feeding an appetite for knowledge. Learn about the park’s conservation efforts and meet a variety of animal ambassadors up-close. An additional fee and advance reservations are required. Visit www.buschgardens.com/va for more information.

 

the 34th annual Williamsburg Kiwanis Shrimp Feast on Saturday September 14

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The Williamsburg Kiwanis Shrimp Feast has become Williamsburg’s signature late summer family event. Over the past 33 years, it has become a place to see and be seen, a great gathering of community, entertainment and fun.  

Saturday, September 14 2013, 4-7PM (Rain or Shine) 

 All you can eat and drink charity fundraiser! Hot and fresh cooked shrimp, hush puppies, beans, cole slaw. Soft drinks and beer. Williamsburg Winery wines available for purchase. Live music by The Hark

Proceeds will benefit local non-profits: AvalonBacon Street, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula

Adult tickets $30 from September 1-13; $35 at the door. The online “PayPal Payment” option accepts your PayPal account or a major credit card. You can purchase tickets online at http://www.williamsburgkiwanis.org/ or from your favorite Kiwanian (Grace, Karen, Rolf).

This year’s Shrimp Feast raffle grand prize will provide the winner a “howling” good time: A $500 gift package from Great Wolf Lodge, including two beach towels, goggles, a stuffed wolf, a tote bag, a one-night stay in a family suite, breakfast for four and, of course, use of the water park!

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Higher Mortgage Rates Prompt Pause in New-Home Sales in July

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 – Sales of newly built, single-family homes declined 13.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 394,000 units in July as higher mortgage rates prompted a temporary pause in buying activity, according to newly released data from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.  

 “The drop-off in sales in July is in part a reflection of buyers’ reaction to the recent uptick in mortgage rates as people reassess their budgets to determine how much house they can afford,” said Rick Judson, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “Consumers just need a little time to adjust to the new parameters of the market.”

 “New-home sales figures refer to newly signed contracts to purchase a home, rather than a completed sale, and it’s likely that the higher rates caused some buyers to delay putting pen to paper,” explained NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “However, there is still a great deal of pent-up demand for homes in markets nationwide, and builders continue to report improving consumer interest. This suggests that what we’re seeing is a temporary pause, and that buyers will return to the market once they are confident that the higher mortgage rates are here to stay.”

 Every region recorded lower new-home sales in July, with declines of 5.7 percent, 12.9 percent, 13.4 percent and 16.1 percent reported for the Northeast, Midwest, South and West, respectively. Meanwhile, the inventory of new homes for sale edged up to 171,000 units in July, which is a 5.2 month supply at the current sales pace. 

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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.  You can reach John by phone at 757-254-8136 or email John@MrWilliamsburg.com

The Friends of Green Spring October 2013 Events

PATHWAY TO FREEDOM 

THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE AT GREEN SPRING
October 7, 2013

Williamsburg Regional Library Auditorium, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Award-winning research historian and author Martha McCartney will discuss slavery at Green Spring Plantation and the founding of one of our nation’s first free black communities. Sponsored by the Friends of Green Spring.  For more information, visit

www.historicgreenspring.org<http://www.historicgreenspring.org/>. Free.

HISTORIC GREEN SPRING ANNUAL TOUR
October 12, 2013

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Shuttle leaves from Jamestown High School, 3751 John Tyler Highway (Route 5), Williamsburg. Once-a-year chance to tour the site of Gov. Sir William Berkeley?s 17th century plantation. Activities for children, walking tour, dancers, displays, refreshments. Hosted by Gov. Berkeley and Lady Frances Berkeley. No parking on the Green Spring site. Sponsored by The Friends of Green Spring, 

www.historicgreenspring.org<http://www.historicgreenspring.org/>. Free.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Salutes Veterans with “Waves of Honor” Special Online Offer

Veterans and as many as five guests Receive 50 Percent off Single-Day Admission to SeaWorld, Busch Gardens Parks and Sesame Place

In addition to the current Waves of Honor™ military salute program offering complimentary admission to members of America’s armed forces, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is honoring all the men and women who have previously served as members of the U.S. armed services. Qualified service members and veterans include active duty, retired, honorably separated officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. military. The special offer provides 50 percent off single day admission to the SeaWorld® and Busch Gardens® Parks, and Sesame Place® for veterans and service members, and as many as five guests. Tickets must be purchased by November 11, 2013 and redeemed by December 20, 2013.

“We’re proud to extend this special offer to the 22 million U.S. veterans and their friends and families in celebration of their service,” said Jim Atchison, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “It has always been our honor to host members of the military and their families at our parks each year, and this extends that appreciation even further.”

Qualified U.S. service members and veterans must purchase discounted tickets in advance at www.wavesofhonor.com/specialoffer or at participating military bases and present valid military ID and/or proof of service. *

Active duty military who have visited the parks using the Waves of Honor complimentary admission can also take advantage of this special offer. The SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment military salute program, previously known as Here’s to the Heroes, was created in 2001. The parks have played host to more than 6 million service members and their families since the program’s debut.

 

SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, and SeaWorld San Diego operate year-round. The remaining parks are seasonal. Each park’s operating schedule is available online. The program does not include Discovery Cove® in Orlando or Aquatica, SeaWorld’s WaterparkTM. Rules of eligibility can be found at www.wavesofhonor.com and are subject to change. Tickets have full paid value towards any upgrade. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment reserves the right to terminate the program.

 

* Proof of service can include military photo ID for active duty, retired, reserve or National Guard, DD214 form, Veterans Administration (VA) card or driver’s license stating “veteran.”

 

About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable its customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share. The Company owns or licenses a portfolio of globally recognized brands including SeaWorld®, Shamu® andBusch Gardens®. Over its more than 50 year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 11 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind collection of approximately 67,000 marine and terrestrial animals. The Company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal, which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests. In addition to its theme parks, the company has recently begun to leverage its brands into media, entertainment and consumer products.   SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company (NYSE: SEAS). Copies of this and other news releases as well as additional information about SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. can be obtained online at www.seaworldentertainment.com. Shareholders and prospective investors can also register to automatically receive the Company’s press releases, SEC filings and other notices by e-mail.

HOWL-O-SCREAM® AT BUSCH GARDENS® RETURNS WITH A TERROR-IFFIC PLOT

Howl-O-Scream® is back for 2013 and it’s scarier than ever starting Sept. 13

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 WILLIAMSBURG (August 15, 2013) – With less than a month to go until Howl-O-Scream® begins another haunting season, Busch Gardens® is lifting the veil and revealing the frightening tricks and treats guests will experience if they’re brave enough to enter the park after dark.

Starting Friday the thirteenth of September, Busch Gardens’ charming European villages are transformed – taken over by demons and creatures of unspeakable horror – into four Terror-tories. With the introduction of Terror-tories, transformed lands where spirits and fiends walk amongst the living, Busch Gardens has introduced a whole new immersive aspect to Howl-O-Scream. France, Italy, Germany and England will be transformed into an over-the-top thematic experience that transports guests to another time and place full of startles and frights.

Chart a course through the haunted waters in Italy, flee the flames of burning France, avoid becoming a vampire’s dinner in Germany or hunt for Jack the Ripper in London’s East End. In this immersive experience, guests are the main characters whose fates are linked to the creatures roaming through the dark side of the gardens. Pirates, demons, vampires and Jack the Ripper himself await, so beware or become their latest victim.

Keep a weather-eye open in Cut Throat Cove, Howl-O-Scream’s newest haunted house where bone-chilling surprises lurk at every turn and mutiny is afoot in this pirate-themed attraction.

Looking for a little liquid courage? Stop by Demon DrinksPirate Baarrrrgh™Open CASKet and the Inoculation Station for drinks that are frightfully good. Or reserve a spot at one of three immersive dining experiences at Blood Banquet™Fright Feast™ and Buccaneer Galley. Then check out one of Howl-O-Scream’s signature shows. Night BeatsDig It Up! and Fiends are all returning to entertain and terrify audiences for the 2013 season.

Parents and guardians of young children should heed this warning. At the stroke of 6 p.m., the ghouls and haunts come out to play and Busch Gardens becomes a seriously scary place. Guests are advised to consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding to visit Busch Gardens with young children during Howl-O-Scream.

Get a Fall Fun Card and enjoy unlimited admission to Howl-O-Scream for the price of a one-day admission. Howl-O-Scream begins Sept. 13 and continues to terrify weekends through Oct. 27. For more information and a complete operating schedule, visit www.howloscream.com/va or call (800) 343-7946.

Howl-O-Scream® is an immersive experience that transforms Busch Gardens® into a much darker place. The descriptions below provide additional insight into Howl-O-Scream’s new immersive Terror-tories™, thematic shows, dining experiences and haunted houses.

Howl-O-Scream begins Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. Parents and guardians are advised to consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding to visit Busch Gardens with young children during Howl-O-Scream.

NEW Terror-tories

·         Ripper Row® (England): Things are looking a bit unsettling in England; a murderer is on the loose plucking unsuspecting victims from the city streets to satisfy his grizzly curiosity. No one knows what Jack the Ripper looks like or who he will strike next. Authorities hunt furiously among the crowds in search of the killer nabbing anyone who looks at all suspicious. Keep your head down and your wits about you or you might not make it out alive.

 ·         Vampire Point™ (Germany): Even vampires need a vacation once in a while and Vampire Point™ is the perfect destination for bloodsuckers. Watch your step and your neck or you might end up the main course. Dawn is hours away, your last salvation lies in escaping the vampire village before the inhabitants sink their fangs into you.

 ·         Demon Street™ (France): Paris is burning. Can you escape before the city is engulfed in flame? Let the smoldering ruins light your way, but beware, fiery fiends lurk around every corner ready to put you on the coals. The smell of a burning inferno fills the air and rumor has it unsuspecting souls will be roasted on a spit. It’s about to get very hot in Paris, stay cool or you may find yourself going up in smoke.

 ·         Ports of Skull™ (Italy): The Jolly Roger has risen over a ship graveyard filled with lost souls doomed to haunt the vessels they once sailed. Chart your course through Cut Throat Cove™ or cozy up to the Pirate Baarrrgh™ for a swill ‘o the grog, but keep a weather eye open or you may find yourself keel-hauled by cut-throat buccaneers.

 Haunted Houses

·         NEW Cut Throat Cove: Heed the warning: Abandon hope all ye who enter. Cut Throat Cove™ is the haven for bloodthirsty, dangerous rogues – where the scurvy dogs, buccaneers and scoundrels go for shelter. Proceed with caution. Alas, something has gone terribly wrong. Within this macabre market, the pirates have been slaughtered and mutiny is afoot. The way out lies with the buried treasure and the blood-curdling screams you hear just might be your own.

 ·         Catacombs: Through a ruined cemetery filled with statues lies a tunnel that leads to an underground city. Its history is more terrifying than that of France’s worst revolutions. Deep within these tunnels lie mile after mile of bones—the final resting place for those who are buried here. But all is not as quiet as it appears. As guests venture forth into the dank, dripping corridors of rat infested remains, the voices of the dead begin to speak, and some have taken shape.

 ·         Bitten: Suspicion, darkness and mind-numbing fear surround the “Bitten” house which is set in Eastern Europe in the late 1800s. Full of legends and lore of vampires and the undead that preyed on the innocent, this manor sits by the road upon which all travelers must pass but few return.

 ·         13: Your Number’s Up: For 13 long years, the dark tower was locked away from the world—existing only in the nightmares of those who had dared to experience Howl-O-Scream’s first and most terrifying maze. But now the seal has been broken. The tower is open once more and on the 13th floor, your darkest phobias and fears lurk in the shadows. Are you brave enough to face them or is your number up?

 ·         Dead Line: Deep underground, construction of the newest line of the Pompeii Metro was moving smoothly until an ancient pipe was accidentally struck. At first, it seemed like steam. Then the mist became thicker, more sinister. Now the strange gas is leaking quickly, and everyone trapped inside is infected. The difficult decision was made to cut off all communication to the outside world. The Dead Line is off the grid.

·         Root of All EvilThe seeds of evil have been sown. Venture if you dare into a decrepit greenhouse. Experiments here have not gone as planned and evil has taken control. Botanists, landscapers and staff all poisoned by the very plants they created. In this maze of foliage, you are ripe for the pickings.

Dines

·         NEW Blood Banquet™: Visit Count Vlad’s hotel and meet a variety of paranormal characters for an all-new interactive dining experience. This one-of-a-kind spooky atmosphere paired with unexpected twists and turns offers guests the chance to sink their teeth into a whole new way of dining. With an eclectic menu, haunting music and an atmosphere to die for, Blood Banquet™ is otherworldly.

 ·         NEW Fright Feast™: The laboratory lights are on and the electricity is crackling. Dine with the surgeon, his assistant and their kooky monster at Freakenstonia Castle. The slab is just as hot as the food and the drinks are flowing faster than an I.V. drip in this riveting, entertaining and live-action experience.

 ·         NEW Buccaneer Galley: Arrgh matey!  The galley cooks have prepared a buffet fit for a buccaneer. Join the lovely hostess as she and her cutthroat crew serves up a captain’s feast – pirate buffet-style.

 Bars

·         NEW Demon Drinks: On Demon Street™, everything is sizzling. Join the club, beat the heat and throw back a cold one. The Demon Drinks’ DJ and his too-hot-to-handle hosts are happy to serve guests as they fan the flames of fun.

 ·         NEW Pirate Baarrrgh™: Ahoy scallywags, when the gale winds blow through the creaking yardarm, it’s time for dead men to tell tall tales at Pirate Baarrrgh™. Grab a swill o’ the grog stolen from Davy Jones’ locker and mingle with the likes of Peg Leg Pete, Billy Bones and Blackbeard.

 ·         Inoculation Station: No appointments necessary for the shot of a lifetime with your favorite fiends in pink. Get your prescription filled – the famous test tube shot and photo op are always in stock.

 ·         Open CASKet™: The dead are alive and so is the fun at the Open CASKet™ bar. Hang around, watch your neck and toss back a specialty libation served by the coolest vampires this side of the Rhine River.

 Shows

·         Dig It Up!: Relics long forgotten and buried in the vaults of the Museo di San Marco have recently been dug up, dusted off and brought to life through song. Cavemen, Egyptians, Romans, and even an alien encounter make their musical debut in this eclectic energy packed anything goes at Halloween show

 ·         Fiends: The wacky doctor and his manic nurses are creating the ultimate Fiend, and there’s not a bad seat in the lab. The voltage is high, and so is the fun as they sing, dance and bring you along on the operation of a lifetime.

 ·         Night BeatsThings that go bump in the night sing, dance and transport you on a musical journey. From the devilish sounds of the roaring ’20s to vamping it up with the music of today, this show is filled with dazzling dance numbers, sizzling singers and a barely live band that will leave your heart … beating.

Hampton Roads Real Estate Market Recap August 2013

July 2013 was categorized by double-digit spikes in residential under contracts and settled sales, while the decline in residential active listings appears to be leveling off.  In July 2013 Hampton Roads’ residential settled sale counts increased 18.03% when compared to July 2012. Of the region’s seven major cities (Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach) five saw year-over-year increases of 17% or higher.  Portsmouth and Norfolk improved the most compared to the previous year, with settled sales up 38.83% and 28.04% respectively. Newport News and Hampton were the only two cities to experience a decrease in settled sales, as they dipped 3.55% and 2.84%.

Residential pending sales experienced a 21.16% increase when compared to July 2012. Each of the region’s major seven cities had a year-over-year increase in residential pending sales. Norfolk and Hampton saw the largest increases of 41.88% and 36.61% respectively, while Newport News saw the smallest year-over-year increase of 9.23%.

The region’s median residential sales price for July 2013 increased to $222,000, up 5.76% from $209,900 during the same period of time last year. Many industry experts surmise that the threat of rising interest rates and increasing home prices are spurring home buyers to make purchase decision now instead of continuing to wait.  July’s residential listings for sale decreased only marginally year-over-year, changing just 0.92%.  Residential active listings have not seen a year-over-year decrease this low since February 2011, when it fell just .10%. Newport News and Chesapeake experienced the largest year-over-year decreases in active listings last month at 11.27% and 6.86%. Contrarily, Suffolk and Portsmouth faced increases in the number of residential active listings by 11.28% and 4.34%. The months’ supply of inventory is currently 6.56 months, down 9.77% from July 2012’s 7.27 months.

July 2013 Summary

All Categories

July 2013

July 2012

Percent Change

Total Property Active Listings

14,044

14,170

-0.89%

Total Property Pending Sales

2,236

1,817

23.06%

Total Residential Pending Sales

2,136

1,763

21.16%

Total Property Sales

2,422

2,025

19.6%

 

Total Residential New Construction Sales

298

269

10.78%

 

Total Residential Sales

2,324

1,969

18.03%

Median Residential Sales Price

$222,000

$209,900

5.76%

 

Months’ Supply Inventory

6.56

7.27

-9.77%

 

* Total Property statistics include all property types (Residential, Commercial, Duplex, Apartment and Land & Farms), resale and

new construction.

* Months’ Supply Inventory estimates the number of months it will take to deplete current active inventory based on the prior 12

months average sales activity.

**This information was provided by REIN Press release 8/13.  These statistics are based solely on listings entered into the Real Estate Information Network by REIN broker members. The geographical area includes southeastern Virginia (Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Franklin, Smithfield, Isle of Wight, Hampton, Newport News, York County and Poquoson) to Williamsburg, James City County, Gloucester, Middlesex, Virginia’s Eastern Shore and northeastern North Carolina. Reports include all property types: Attached and Detached Residential, Duplex, Apartments, Commercial, and Land & Farms.

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Psst….    .I’m a real estate agent.

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.

I can help you access all the information you will need about choosing a neighborhood and buying a home in New Kent, Gloucester, Newport News, Hampton, York County, Smithfield, Williamsburg, Poquoson or the greater Hampton Roads area, including area information on schools, local government, shopping, activities for the children and more! Whether you have made a decision to relocate, retire or are just considering a move to Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA, let me help make your transition or PCS to the  area a smooth and enjoyable one!

Hampton Roads is a transient community due to the large population of military members in the area. I have a unique perspective on relocation and have helped many families move in and out of the area. I understand the kind of support team it takes to make a smooth transition.

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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.

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

You can reach me by phone at 757-254-8136 or email John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

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IlumiNights kiks off at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

The Park Will Feature a Patriotic Fireworks Tribute on July 3& July 4

Busch Gardens joins the nation in celebrating 237 years of independence July 3 – 4 with a patriotic fireworks tribute. The tribute is a part of the park’s fifth season of IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore,which runs July 1 – August 11.

IllumiNights combines larger-than-life entertainment and nightly fireworks displays to offer park guests a celebratory climax to end a day of thrills and adventure.  Busch Gardens sets the stage for an evening of excitement with interactive live shows like the all-new Killarney® Kommotion hosted in the heart of Ireland and Giardino Magico, a show highlighting acrobatic strength and agility in the lush gardens of Italy.
Park performances begin nightly at 5:30 p.m. and culminate with the park’s signature Tour de Force: Fireworks Finale at 9:30 p.m. This spectacular fireworks show blends a beautiful array of color choreographed to an original score that can be viewed throughout the park.
Busch Gardens offers several packages to make this 4th of July holiday and the entire IllumiNights event a memorable experience. On July 3 and 4 dig in to all-American favorites at the 4th of July Picnic with a delicious all-you-care-to-eat buffet in the Black Forest, then stay and watch the night skies explode in a fabulous fireworks display. Fireworks fans can also experience Busch Gardens’ pyrotechnic extravaganza from the water aboard a Rhine River cruise boat at IllumiNights on the Rhine. The park is offering Fireworks Spectacular on the Rhine, an extended version of the cruise, on July 3 and 4.  Kick off the weekend Thursday through Sundays with the Dessert & Fireworks Buffet.  The all-you-care-to-eat buffet in France offers the sweetest location to enjoy fireworks while sampling delicious desserts.
IllumiNights, along with Busch Gardens’ live concerts series and thrill attractions, is a great way for families to fill 99 days of summer fun. Busch Gardens and Water Country USA are currently offering unlimited visits to both parks through Sept. 2 for just $99 with the 2-park summer fun pass.  For ticketing information, details about IllumiNights and more visit www.BuschGardens.com/va 

Williamsburg Presbyterian Church announces election of its new pastor

pastor john morganWilliamsburg Presbyterian Church announces the election of its new senior pastor, the Reverend Dr. John E. Morgan.

At a May 13 meeting, after a nationwide search, the Pastor Nominating Committee announced its recommendation to the congregation.  The members present at this special meeting voted unanimously to approve Pastor Morgan as WPC’s new Pastor/Head of Staff.

John and his wife, Ellen, are leaving First Presbyterian Church of York, a 250 year-old church in York, Pennsylvania, where John has been employed as senior pastor since 1999.  They have two children, Erica, a 2011 graduate of Wooster College, and Grace, a junior at Dickinson College.

Ellen enjoys being involved in the church and local community in a variety of ways and is an advocate for the role of children and youth in the church.  She loves cooking and believes there is something about God’s gift of food the enables us to share each other’s lives.  Interestingly, both Ellen and John are children of Presbyterian ministers.  Ellen holds a chemistry degree from Grove City College in Pennsylvania

John believes that having a clear vision enables the congregation to work together toward common goals and accomplish God’s work together.  Two or three times a year, he engages in  “collaborative” preaching, which involves organizing sermon formation groups of congregation members for six-week sessions of discussions focused on conversation about the scriptures used as the basis for his sermons.  John comments, “When members of the congregation participate in the formation of sermons it enables the whole community to hear preaching in a new and effective way.  The preacher becomes a witness who speaks on behalf of the people about their experience of God in their lives.”

John’s interests also include helping people  understand how responding to God’s generosity through stewardship can deepen their faith and commitment, building a staff team that works well together and serves the various ministries of the congregation, and exploring effective ways of using social media in the church.

Pastor Morgan will deliver his first sermon at WPC on June 23rd.  The church is located at 215 Richmond Road, directly across from William and Mary.  Services are Sunday, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.  WPC welcomes all.

Find out more here

How’s the real estate market in Williamsburg VA ? Feb 2013

What a difference a year makes ! The real estate market has come roaring back in Williamsburg. Sales in February 2013 were up a whopping 63% over Feb 2011 and 40% over Feb 2011.  Or company (Liz Moore and Associates) enjoyed its best month ever in business after almost 10 years in business !

Home sales are off to a great start in 2013 here in the Williamsburg VA area. .We’ve seen an unseasonably high level of activity in the Williamsburg, VA area. ( James City County, City of Williamsburg and Upper York County) since the beginning of the year.

But buyers are having a tough time finding good quality homes to purchase. This is causing prices to rise.  If you’ve been thinking of selling, now may be a great time!

 

Home sales in Williamsburg VA Feb 2013

I work both in Williamsburg VA and the greater Hampton Roads area. So the stats below are all reflective of the Williamsburg VA market . ( 23185,23188, 23168 zip codes) this incudes the City of Williamsburg, James City County and upper York County.

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Pending sales of homes. (under contract properties) are up almost 60% over 2011 and 11.4% over Feb 2012

 

Months Supply of Home Inventory  Decreases
The total housing inventory at the end of February 2013 decreased by 20.00% to 756 existing homes available for sale In Feb of 2012 we had a 12 month inventory of homes. That number has dropped to 7.73 months worth of inventory in Feb 2013. That number is even lower in some neighborhood markets swinging things back to a seller market in some instances.

( Six months supply is considered a balanced market) less than that and it’s a sellers market.)image

If you are in the market for a home you will see that the inventory is slim right now as inventory is down 28.95% from two years ago and a 20% reduction from last year in February 2012image

 

Here are some of the highlights of the Feb 2013 real estate market statistics for Williamsburg VA.

* Closed sales are up 40.35%.  We’ve sold 80 homes through the end of February 2013 as compared to 57 in Feb 2012.

* Pending sales are up 11.46% !.

* The median list price is down  4% from $289,500 to $277,450

* The median sales price is down 2.30@ from $282,000 $275,500.

* Homeowners are getting an average of 97.4 of  list price when they sell. ( so a home listed at $100k is selling for $97,400)

* The number of days a home spends on the market is up from 114 to 118.

* Number of homes for sale: We only have 728 homes for sale ( a 20% reduction from last year)  giving us 7.73 months of inventory on the market (down from 12 months of supply in Feb  2012).

Click here for real time stats

What does this mean for you?  Well, we’ve had a strong market this year with steady home values and an increase in market activity.  If you’re thinking of selling anytime soon, consider going on the market to take advantage of the increased number of buyers, list prices, sales prices, and fewer days on the market before sale..

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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.

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.

I can help you access all the information you will need about choosing a neighborhood and buying a home in New Kent, Gloucester, Newport News, Hampton, York County, Smithfield, Williamsburg, Poquoson or the greater Hampton Roads area, including area information on schools, local government, shopping, activities for the children and more! Whether you have made a decision to relocate, retire or are just considering a move to Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA, let me help make your transition or PCS to the area a smooth and enjoyable one!

Hampton Roads is a transient community due to the large population of military members in the area. I have a unique perspective on relocation and have helped many families move in and out of the area. I understand the kind of support team it takes to make a smooth transition.

Area Orientations

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.

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

You can reach text or call me at 757-254-8136 or email John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

Events at the Williamsburg Library this week 3/11/2013

We are blessed to have a wonderful library system in Williamsburg. In addition the two Williamsburg/ James City County Libraries locals can access the  Swem Library at the College of William & Mary , The Wolf Law Library at the College of William & Mary and the The John D Rockefeller Jr Library at Colonial Williamsburg.

Read more about Williamsburg VA Libraries here

 

Here are this Week’s Highlights at the Williamsburg Regional Library

03/11 – Android Tablets for Newbies Class*

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. – JCCL Kitzinger Room (pre-register)

03/12 – Peninsula Concert Band

7:30 p.m. – WL Theatre

A free concert of popular favorites presented by this ensemble of more than 40 musicians. The Peninsula Concert Band has been performing in the Tidewater area for more than 60 years. Admission is free. Advance tickets will not be distributed for this concert. A free-will donation will be accepted to benefit the band. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

03/12 – Basic Microsoft Word Class*

10:30 – 12:30 p.m. – JCCL e-CLIC Room (pre-register)

03/12 – Hints for Job Seekers Class*

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. – JCCL e-CLIC Room (pre-register)

03/13 – iPad for Newbies Class – CLASS IS FULL

03/13 – Internet Sites You Can Use Class*

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – JCCL e-CLIC Room (pre-register)

03/13 – Celtic Film Series – Into the West

7:00 p.m. – WL Theatre (rated PG, 1992) When two brothers rescue a magical horse it will lead them on the adventure of a lifetime. A wonderful movie the entire family will enjoy.

03/14 – Basic Excel Class – CLASS IS FULL

03/14 – Thursday Films – West Side Story

2:00 p.m. – WL Theatre (1961)

03/14 – Constitutional Conversations

6:30 p.m. – WL

Topics this month: Middle and high school session: The First Amendment:

What can I say, and how can I say it? Adult session: The Social and Political Context of the Constitution

03/16 – Basic Internet Class*

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – JCCL e-CLIC Room (pre-register)

03/16 – Lego Club (Youth Services)

2:00 p.m. – JCCL

For ages 7+. Register by calling 259-4055.

03/16 – Lego Club (Youth Services)

3:00 p.m. – JCCL

For ages 5&6. Register by calling 259-4055.

03/17 – Triple Helix Piano Trio

7:30 p.m. – WL Theatre

The ensemble is known as one of the best piano trios on today’s musical landscape. The Los Angeles Times noted that "Triple Helix is clearly something special." Trio members are passionate advocates for new music, premiering works by contemporary composers. Presented in partnership with the Ewell Concert Series at the College of William and Mary. Tickets are on sale at the door only: $10 general admission, $5 students. No advance reservations.

More event info here

Crime rates around Williamsburg, Hampton Roads and the State of Virginia

Crime rates in Williamsburg va

I get a lot of questions about crime from people who are thinking of moving to Hampton Roads or Williamsburg VA.The VA State Police has a report that compares crime statistics throughout the state of VA. It’s interesting to note that some of the smaller towns in VA have some of the highest crime rates. It’s also comforting to see the low rates of both James City County and Williamsburg where I reside and work.

Statistics are Compiled By Uniform Crime Reporting Section, Department of Virginia State Police.
Disclaimer : While the figures reported in this publication are the most accurate available, it must be remembered that they represent a “snapshot” of incidents reported by

local law enforcement agencies as well as follow UCR definitions. As such, it is possible that the number and categorization of offenses may differ when comparing these data with those from individual reporting agencies. If there are concerns with these differences, it is suggested that you contact the agency directly.

I should add that The FBI, on its web site, recommends against using its data as a ranking for a variety of reasons and does not rank the crime rates for cities. In November 2007, the executive board of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) approved a resolution opposing the development of city crime rankings from FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCRs). The resolution states the rankings “represent an irresponsible misuse of the data and do groundless harm to many communities” and “work against a key goal of our society, which is a better understanding of crime-related issues by both scientists and the public
Murder is the only statistic that all agencies are required to report. Consequently some agencies do not report all the crimes.

To the left  is a chart from a few years ago:

Psst.I’m a real estate agent.

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.

I can help you access all the information you will need about choosing a neighborhood and buying a home in New Kent, Gloucester, Newport News, Hampton, York County, Smithfield, Williamsburg, Poquoson or the greater Hampton Roads area, including area information on schools, local government, shopping, activities for the children and more! Whether you have made a decision to relocate, retire or are just considering a move to Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA, let me help make your transition or PCS to the area a smooth and enjoyable one!

Hampton Roads is a transient community due to the large population of military members in the area. I have a unique perspective on relocation and have helped many families move in and out of the area. I understand the kind of support team it takes to make a smooth transition.

Area Orientations

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.
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

You can reach me by phone at 757-254-8136 or email John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!
Best,

John

Williamsburg Library wins award

Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL) is honored to be a finalist for  the 19th annual National Medal for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums  and libraries by the IMLS in recognition of service to the community  and for making a difference in the lives of individuals,families,and  communities.

“Museums and libraries serve as community gathering places and centers  for lifelong learning,and we are very proud to announce Williamsburg  Regional Library as a finalist for the 2013 National Medal,” said Susan Hildreth,Director,Institute of Museum and Library Services.  “People of all ages seek out institutions like Williamsburg Regional Library for opportunities to advance their education,to learn new  skills for the 21st century,for cultural connections and for civic engagement.”

“WRL has been recognized for our programs and services that contribute  positively to the Greater Williamsburg area,” said WRL Director John . Moorman. “Library staff are grateful for the community’s support  and are honored to be recognized as a finalist for the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.”

Because the National Medal celebrates institutions that are committed to community service,IMLS will feature this year’s finalists on  social media platforms and provide an opportunity for people to “Share  Your Story” on the impact of WRL on their lives on the IMLS Facebook page:

WRL is one of 33 museum and library finalists,from which 10 winners will be selected in April. Representatives from winning institutions  will be honored at the National Medal award ceremony in Washington, D.C. Winning institutions also receive a visit from StoryCorps,a  national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording,preserving and  sharing the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs.

Colonial Williamsburg unveils new website

History.org has a new look. Do you love it? Do you miss the old one? Are you still getting used to the new design? No matter where you stand, we’d love to hear your opinions.

Tell them what you think here

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Who sells more real estate in Williamsburg VA ?

February 2013-The numbers are in for January 2013 in the Williamsburg VA real estate market. While it was a close race in 2012 for market share with the lead changing between the offices of William E. Wood and Liz Moore and Associates. For the month of January 2013 our office (Liz Moore and Associates) has a commanding lead in market share with over 27% of the market. Our listings and sales were greater then the combined listings and  sales of Long and Foster, Kingsmill Realty, Fords Colony Realty, Coldwell Banker Traditions, Century 21 Nachman, John Ryland & Assoc, and Keller Williams NPN. who were the 4th-10th place finishers in sales in the Williamsburg VA market in January

In second place with almost half the sales results of Liz Moore and Associates was the Williamsburg office of William E. Wood., trailing them in a distant third was the Williamsburg office of Prudential Towne Realty.. image

Note sales number above are from the Williamsburg Area Assoc of Realtors (WAAR) MLS numbers,  It reflects sales for Residential real estate : (Single Family Detach, Attchd/Condo/Townhme, Condo, Townhouse), Lots and Land: within the zip codes of 23188,23185 and 23168

Colonial Williamsburg Named One of the Best Kid-Friendly Destinations

imageColonial Williamsburg has been named one of the 12 Best Kid-Friendly Destinations by Budget Travel.

When traveling with toddlers, tweens, and teens, the trick is picking the right destination. Somewhere that offers hands-on activities, inspiring history, and even an animal or two can turn the dreaded “When will we be there” into “Where will we go next?”

Colonial Williamsburg, VA, may be the ultimate kid-friendly destination, combining indoor and outdoor activities with exciting history, hands-on activities—and who doesn't love to dress up in costumes?Everyone in this living-history site likes to play dress-up, and visitors are no exception. At the Great Hopes Plantation—a re-creation of the town’s original 1700s farm—a stash of old-timey accessories await, from tri corner (three-pointed) hats for boys and shifts and mop caps (bonnets) for girls. The costumes come in handy in the field, where kids can perform 18th-century household chores, such as picking bugs off potato crops, fetching water from the well, or hoeing the soil, that are likely to make clearing the dinner dishes seem like a breeze by comparison. Great Hopes Plantation can be accessed through regular admission tickets. Upcoming events for 2013 include a celebration of Presidents’ Day, an exhibit dedicated to historic keyboard instruments (such as colonial-era harpsichords), and Painters and Paintings of the South, opening in March. (history.org, adults from $22.95, children from $11.50, under six free).

Classes starting soon at Willliamsburg Area Learning Tree

Along with the Christopher Wren Society, the Williamsburg Area Learning Tree (WALT) offers a number of  unique classes hosted by your instructors who want to share their enthusiasm and interests with you. WALT is a non-profit educational program that brings people together to share their excitement and love of learning. These classes have you saying “I want to try that!” and now is the time.

How to sign up: Classes are open to everyone of all ages. Look over the complete course descriptions including class locations that vary. Register on-line through PayPal or mail in the registration form  with your check.

imageClasses fill up quickly so register early. Registrations are accepted until the class begins, refunds are available until one week before the class begins. Materials fees are paid with the registration fees.

New instructors are welcome to submit course proposals. If you are interested in teaching a future WALT course, contact WALT directly.

WALT Courses for  Spring 2013 include:

Vermiculture – Fun with Worms, Picture Perfect Memories are Yours, Coffee House Drawing & Watercolor Sketching, Chinese for Beginners, The Arts of China, Gentle Yoga, Mah Jongg Strategy, Best Year Yet Plan Workshop, Introduction to Yoga, Basics of Interior Design, Dr. Mom’s Essential Oils First Aid, Saving Jesus, Household Document Organization, Windows 8 Explained and Demonstrated, Everyday Spirituality, Speak Spanish, Health through Environmental Consciousnes, Graphology: Handwriting Deciphered, Savvy Social Security Planning, Making Your Money Last, iPad, iPad Mini & iPhone Advanced Essentials, Yoga Flow for Every Body, Social Security: Your Questions Answered , Basics of Training for Running, 65 Years Young, What Medicare Means to You, Books vs Nooks, Jewelry Creations with Beads, Boost your Health – Fun with Energy, Treating and Preventing the 4 main causes of Plantar Fasciitis, Mac & iMac Essentials for first time Mac users, Household Budgeting, Loving Your Way Through Divorce, Media Relations for Office Managers, How to Run Your Best Race, Fused Glass Pendants, Amazing Origami, Aging Safely At Home, Excel Intro for Windows PCs, Voice Coaches, Marketing for Artists, Auto Upkeep – Learn About Your Car, How to Make your Own Exotic Hot Sauces, Aromatherapy 101, Chickens in Your Backyard, Create a Birthday Box Card, Medicare Basics, Strategic Attraction Plan for Idea Job, Creating your Ideal Life, Standard English, Develop the Gratitude Habit, Natural History of DOG Street , Basic Bicycle Maintenance, Mah Jongg Magic, Adventures in Sailing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, How to Reduce Low Back Pain, Cinco de Mayo Cooking Party, Beer Appreciation, Mozzarella 101, Great Homemade Strawberry Jam

Register for courses here

Scotts Pond Neighborhood Spotlight Williamsburg VA

signYes,  Scott’s Pond has a pond but its in the very back of the neighborhood so you might not see it. The homeowner association actually stocked it with carp recently.

The first homes were completed in Scotts Pond in 1998 . Construction continued until 2007. The neighborhood encompasses 142 acres. Home sizes range from 1700 to almost 3200 square feet. Two story homes are the predominant style although there are a few one story ranches scatter within. The builders in the first phase included Williamsburg Building Corp and Pace Construction. Construction of the second phase of Scotts Pond ( in the rear) started in 2003. Homes there were built by Arcadia Construction and Patriot Builders.

scotts pond homes for saleThere are two homeowner associations in Scotts Pond. Homeowner fees are minimal at $125 and $110 a year for section one and section two respectively. Section two is self managed by homeowner volunteers. Their website is here Scotts Pond Homeowner Association Website . Section one ( Front of neighborhood) is managed by Brooks Real Estate. Their Website is here. If you don’t know which section a home is on simply look on the James City County Property website and look at the legal description. It will indicate section, one, tow or three.

Many of the streets within the community end in cul de sacs which keeps traffic to a minimum and  makes the neighborhood child friendly. There are neighborhood trails that will take you to Scott’s Pond where you can see the work of beavers, water birds, turtles, frogs and sometimes a snake. This area is home to many other wildlife like deer, fox, raccoons, and many squirrels and rabbits. Bird watching is a wonderful experience, especially if you feed them.

This is a community of diversity, with  young families with children, retired folks and all those in the middle. You’ll feel like you are surrounded by nature, yet have an abundance of restaurants, shopping and amazing historic areas just minutes away.

The Williamsburg Premium Outlets ( previously Prime Outlet Mall) is  only a short walk away through one of the neighborhood trails. Stores at the Outlets include a Bloom Grocery Store and over 130 Factory outlet stores,  a drug store and Giuseppe’s Restaurant .( one of Williamsburg’s best Italian restaurants ! )

NotSellingFrom the report above you will see that  sale prices in 2010 in Scotts Pond ranged from $220,000 to $334k. List prices as of today range from $250k to $319k The average days on market for  homes in Scotts Pond in the last 12 months was 71 days . The average price per square foot on homes sold in Scotts Pond in the last 12 months was $112.49 . 12 homes sold in Scotts Pond West in the last 12 months. 7 are currently for sale.  Sales activity report in Scotts Pond (Statistics from Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors  (WAAR) WMLS)

LOW TAXES

Scott’s Pond  is located in James City County, Virginia which has one of the lowest real estate tax rates around.  Real estate taxes are only $0.77 per hundred dollars of assessed value. Annual taxes on a $300,000 home, would be  $2,310 ( YES, THAT’S CORRECT) Two Thousand Three Hundred and Ten Dollars Annual taxes.

Search homes for sale in Scotts Pond Williamsburg / James City County VA 

 

Scott’s Pond at a Glance

Total Homes:  279
Age of homes: 1998-2007
Price Range: Mid 200’s- $300k +
Size of lots- .20-.45 acre
Williamsburg/ James City County Schools:
Elementary":Norge
Middle: Toano
High: Lafayette
HOA Fees:  $110-$125 annual

 

Directions to Scott’s Pond Neighborhood
From Richmond Rd, Turn Right onto Olde Towne Rd , go .5 mile and turn right at Scotts Pond Dr. Or Rt 199 to Longhill Rd West to Rt on Olde Towne Rd, then left onto Scotts Pond Dr.

 

Homeowner Comments

Living in Scott’s Pond has been ideal for our family, with a great high school close by for our daughters and the convenience of a grocery store a mile away. After our five years here, we know you will love Scott’s Pond just as much as our family.

Personally, I have loved the company of friendly neighbors on my daily evening walks. My husband and I have felt very welcomed by our fellow homeowners, enjoying their company during neighborhood get-together or in backyard cookouts.

C.D. Montpelier Dr

If you live in Scotts Pond Please post your comments below about living in the neighborhood.

 

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Photos from the Scotts Pond Neighborhood in Williamsburg VA

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Thanks for stopping by my website 
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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Area Statistics for Williamsburg VA

Williamsburg Weather Averages

The Temperature chart displays average high and low values for January and July in the Williamsburg VA. area. It is designed to provide an indication of both seasonal and daily temperature variability.

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The Community Educational Index chart for Williamsburg/ James City County Va is based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Socioeconomic Status (SES) elements. Factors used in creating the index below are income, educational achievement, and occupation of persons within the selected ZIP code. Since this index is based on the population of an entire Zip code, it may not reflect the nature of an individual school.

Click below to see an up to date market report for homes sales in the Williamsburg/ James City County/ York County area of Virginia

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The Crime Index for the Williamsburg VA area compares the risk or probability of future occurrence of certain types of crime in this community as compared to the national average. The national average for each type of crime equals a score of 1.0, so a score of 2.0 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 0.50 would represent half the risk of the national average. You can see that in most categories we are far below the national average.

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Location map for Scott’s Pond in Williamsburg VA

 

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Fords Colony Rocky Mount No More

The Halle Companies who recently announced the purchase of Ford’s Colony in Rocky Mount, NC. have renamed the community Belmont Lake Preserve.

Plans for improving the 1200 acre golf course community are moving along..

Fords-Colony-RM-Hole-3Construction will soon begin on a new 25,000 square foot Club House for Belmont Lake Preserve.  The Club House and Entertainment areas will include an Indoor Swimming Pool, an Outdoor Swimming Pool, Fitness Facility, full Catering and Dining facilities and Tennis Courts.

Belmont Lake Preserve’s 18 hole Championship Golf Course and the over 2000 home-sites are a beautiful addition to Eastern North Carolina.  The property is conveniently located just minutes off of I-85, and also includes an 80 acre private lake..

Chase donates 100 homes to military, wounded warriors

Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit that provides emergency assistance to military families and Wounded Warriors, today launched a partnership with Chase that will put at least 100 Wounded Warrior, military, and veteran families permanently into homes this year. The bank is providing the homes and other support to enable Operation Homefront to administer the “Homes on the Homefront” program. Operation Homefront will provide ongoing transitional services to the families until such time the properties are actually deeded to the recipients.
Operation Homefront and Chase will match homes in the bank’s inventory with deserving families served by the nonprofit. Some of the requirements that applicants must meet include: 1) be active duty, Guard or Reserve, or have been honorably discharged, 2) not currently own a home, 3) be financially capable of sustaining the home throughout an initial transition period and beyond.
The program’s first priority will be to place families who currently live at an Operation Homefront Village, which provides transitional housing for Wounded Warrior families. Other Wounded Warriors, surviving single spouses of those killed-in-action, and post-9/11 disabled veterans will also receive priority consideration under the program. Any veteran of any era, regardless of wounded or disability status, will be eligible to apply.
“This is an incredible gift from Chase to our men and women in uniform,” said Jim Knotts, President and CEO of Operation Homefront. “Chase’s imaginative, nation-wide approach to providing quality homes to deserving service members and their families will make a huge difference in how these heroes can make that difficult transition and adjustment into productive civilian lives.”
“We’re proud to partner with Operation Homefront in awarding homes to members of the military and their families,” said Frank Bisignano, JPMorgan Chase Chief Administrative Officer and CEO of Mortgage Banking. “These individuals have made tremendous sacrifices for our nation, and as they move back into civilian life in a tough economic environment, we hope that a mortgage-free home will make that transition a little easier.”
“This is exactly the type of wonderful, collaborative effort that the First Lady and Dr Biden hoped to see when they rolled out ‘Joining Forces’ last year – companies and organizations coming together to better serve veterans, service members and their families,“ said Brad Cooper, Executive Director of Joining Forces in the White House Office of the First Lady.
“Every day, we work to give military families financial security so that when service members are in harm’s way, they don’t have to worry about their families back home,” continued Knotts. “The homes provided by Chase takes that one step further, and will provide these families with additional peace of mind concerning their futures.”
Operation Homefront is seeking new donated goods and money from other companies to provide every home fully furnished when the families move in.

Military families can apply for the Homes on the Homefront program by logging on to www.OperationHomefront.net/HomesOnTheHomefront.

Want a date? Buy a home

When it comes to dating, homeownership can be the ultimate aphrodisiac.

In a survey of 1,000 single people, more than a third of women and 18% of men said they would much rather date a homeowner than a renter.

Only 2% of women said they preferred to date a man who rents, while only 3% of men said they would choose a woman who rents over one that owns her home, according to the survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive for real estate site Trulia.

Both sexes also clearly prefer it when there’s no roommate in the picture; 62% of survey respondents, men and women, prefer to date singles who live alone.

I’m home! Adult children move back in with parents

And there was bad news for the growing number of boomerang kids — the young adults who went off to college, graduated and then wound up back in their old bedrooms. It’s going to be hard to find love, except (perhaps) from your parents. Less than 5% of all singles surveyed said they would date someone living in their childhood homes.

"That’s a real deal-breaker," said Michael Corbett, a spokesman for Trulia. "If you’re still living with your folks, you’re dead-on-arrival for dating."

The home they could love

Trulia also asked which home features are the biggest turn-ons. Number one turned out to be a master bath. Men (64%) love that private sanctum almost as much as women (75%) do.

Cool and unusual homes for sale

Walk-in closets were cited by 55% of men and 72% of women and gourmet kitchens got 51% of the male vote and 62% of the female. Hardwood floors, outdoor decks and home theaters also came in high on the list.

Interestingly enough, hot tubs got a lot less love from respondents. Only 26% of men and 22% of women cited the old standby in the science of seduction as an amenity they would truly want. 

Want to hear the song Alice’s Restaurant Live ?

Arlo Guthrie – Boys Night Out at the American Theater in Hampton VA

Tonight- February 8, 2012 and Wed night Feb 9th @ 730pm

imageWith Abe and Krishna Guthrie

Longtime American Theatre favorite and legend of American folk music, Arlo returns in Boys Night Out with son Abe and grandson Krishna. Folksinger, musician, songwriter and storyteller, Arlo brings tunes from more than 25 albums to his concerts. Though he is best remembered for hits like Alice’s Restaurant, City of New Orleans and the iconic counter culture song Coming into Los Angeles, he carries on the musical legacy of his renowned father, Woody Guthrie, while cultivating an entirely new generation of fans along the way. Playing the piano, guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments, Arlo entertains with hilarious tales and experiences woven seamlessly into each performance.

More info here

Ford’s Colony in Rocky Mt NC Sold to Halle Companies.

Fords Colony Rocky Mount NCA Maryland company has purchased the financially struggling Ford’s Colony of Rocky Mount, North Carolina for $3.25 million.

The Halle Companies, located in Silver Spring, Md., and developer of the Villages of Apex in North Carolina, has purchased the assets formerly owned by Realtec of Williamsburg, Va.

In January of 2011, the upscale community’s golf course shut down and a section of the community was taken over in a foreclosure action by banks.

BB&T bank took over 132 lots it had financed for the developer, which has been struggling in the down economy. The golf course reopened last April after the bank hired Traditional Golf Properties to manage the course.

Halle Companies did not buy the golf course as part of the transaction.

“Our goal is to tie (the golf course and community) all back together, to form a partnership with the bank or whoever owns the golf course and community and homeowners’ association who want to get all that back together,” said Rex Osborne of Apex, who was a broker in the transaction and will be selling home sites and marketing the community.

The assets included 132 lots and the acreage around them, including 805 acres and a lake.

“We purchased the largest share of the finished lots, and all of the developable land around there,” Osborne said.

Homes in Ford’s Colony had been selling in the $250,000 to $500,000 range. The 1,400-acre master-planned community is slated to have 1,200 home sites.

Development began at the Rocky Mount community in summer 2004.

A press release from the Halle Companies states that no development plans have been formalized, but they are under way.

“We’re going to continue the development of Ford’s Colony,” Osborne said. “We just made the purchase. It is kind of status quo right now until we get marketing in place. We want to complete the community.”

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Merry Christmas !

Christmas 2011 from mr williamsburgWishing you a joyous Christmas and a Holiday Season filled with peace, love & laughter !

John Womeldorf

Thanks to all who have read, subscribed, liked, commented on, and/or shared my posts. I would ask only one thing, if you have a moment, could you leave a comment on something you’ve read that you found informative

.Please let me know any suggestions on how I might make it even better.

Again, I appreciate your visits.

Best Regards,

John

Walk Score Apartment Search helps you find a better commute.

Searching for an apartment or home to rent in Williamsburg VA ? Or anywhere else in Hampton Roads or the US.

Now, with Walk Score Apartment Search you can search for apartments by commute time.

Here is how it works. Users enter a work address, and how they plan on commuting (walking, bicycle, public transportation or driving). Based on the provided information, apartment listings from Craigslist are sorted by estimated travel time. The results can also be filtered by Walk Score, price and size.

Whether you prefer driving, public transit, walking, or biking, Walk Score can help you find a commute that fits your lifestyle.

Their apartment listings ( includes homes for rent, rooms for rent and apartments) come from Craigslist and  use a variety of data sources to calculate commute times. The  public transit data covers over 200 cities (and growing), where transit agencies have published their schedule data in an open format.

Watch this video to see how Walk Score helps you find a better commute.

This is a snapshot of apartment or rental listings close to my office in Williamsburg (New Town.) Try it yourself and see

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Want to improve home energy efficiency? HELP is on the way

James City County’s Office of Housing and Community Development recently launched the Home Energy Loss Prevention (HELP) Program to help homeowners take advantage of existing County, State and Federal home energy efficiency opportunities. The HELP website,www.jccenergyhelp.org, is full of information for both homeowners and contractors. Homeowners can find information on energy assessments, ways to improve energy efficiency and help with finding a local area professional to perform the work. Contractors can learn about training opportunities and current energy efficiency projects being offered in the County.

Current HELP programs include a limited number of rebates on energy assessments for homeowners to help locate inefficient areas in the home. A lack of insulation, air leaks and unsealed ductwork can be hard to detect and have a large impact on a home’s energy usage. Energy assessments can help homeowners locate these problem areas. In addition to the rebates, homeowners can apply for zero percent interest loans for County residents interested in improving their homes’ energy efficiency.

James City County homeowners are invited to learn more about the HELP program at a free workshop Sept. 27 at the James City/Williamsburg Community Center, 5301 Longhill Rd. from 5:30-7:30 p.m. At the workshop, homeowners will learn about home energy assessments and the rebate and loan program and see demonstrations on locating and fixing common energy inefficient areas of the home.

For more information, visit the HELP website at www.jccenergyhelp.org or call the Office of Housing and Community Development at 757-259-5340.

To RSVP for the September 27 workshop, call Matt Michenfelder at 757-259-5342.

Cash Savings for Veterans: VA Lowers Loan Funding Fee Rates

I recently learned from a local loan officer  that  VA funding fees are being reduced. Translation… Cash Savings for Active Duty Military or  Veterans either purchasing a new home or refinancing.

For example: If you are purchasing a home for $400,000.00, and closing after October 1st, you’ll save $3000.  The difference between the funding rate thru Oct 1st, (2.15%) $8600 and after (1.4%) $5600 is a whopping  $3000.

On August 3rd, the Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 became law and reduced the VA Funding Fee for loans closed on or after October 1st, 2011

The fee is significantly lowered for all first time & subsequent use purchases as well as cash-out refinances.  It is also going to be lowered again in 2012 & 2013 for subsequent use purchases with less than 5% down.

By the way ,mortgage rates continued to fall this week to record lows amid investors’ concerns about European debt, according to Freddie Mac.

The average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 4.09 percent this week, down from 4.12 percent the previous week. The average 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.3 percent.

Want to find out what your payments would be for a VA, FHA , USDA or conventional  loan ? Send me an email and I will have one of our preferred lenders get back to you ASAP or you can fill out an  online application here

bannerpsst … 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 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, 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 KentPoquoson, 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 phone at 757-254-8136 or email him at  John@MrWilliamsburg.com

Obama’s $15 Billion Plan to Rehab Vacant and Foreclosed Homes

imageThe President’s  prime-time address on jobs didn’t focus much on housing. Most of the housing-related attention focused on his call for more refinancing

But the president’s job-creation bill actually includes some aid for housing:

Tucked away in the $447 billion job creation plan that President Obama unveiled late last week are billions of dollars set aside to rehab foreclosed homes and businesses.

It would create a $15 billion fund to get construction workers to rehab vacant and foreclosed homes and businesses. Construction hiring has been weak because competition from foreclosures has held new home building at abysmally low levels.

Dubbed “Project Rebuild,” the White House initiative follows on the work of the administration’s Neighborhood Stabilization Plan, which gave grants to nonprofits in communities hard hit by foreclosures.

The goal of the program is twofold: Beyond creating jobs, it tries to chip away at problems in the housing market by “attacking the overhang of properties,” said Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan in an interview.

The concern is that foreclosed properties tend to be less well-kept than traditional homes, and the properties sell at a discount out of foreclosure.

Read about it on page 13 of the American Jobs Act

President Obama Coming to Richmond VA

President Barack Obama will visit the University of Richmond on Friday, to host an economic discussion the day after he unveils his job-creation plan to Congress.

Last time the President came to town he flew in on a hot-air balloon.

No, wait, we’re getting our luminaries confused. Obama was also here this time last year, at the Southampton Recreation Center, to discuss the economy.

Friday’s venue will be much bigger, and open to the public. Tickets are free, but they are required and will be released Thursday on a first-come, first-served basis. No word yet on how many will be released exactly.

Here’s what you need to know about the POTUS visit.

Tickets will be available from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Center, 28 Westhampton Way.

-Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

-Those holding tickets will go through the North entrance to the Robins Center.

-There will be little to no campus parking, satellite parking will be the best option.

-The number of available tickets has not been announced yet. The university will have this information and more up on their web page later today.

More info here http://www.richmond.edu/obama/

The Riverfront–Homerama 2011 TBA Suffolk VA

UPDATE November 2011

Nearly 80,000 who people toured the Tidewater Builders Association’s Fall Homearama in Suffolk’s The Riverfront at Harbour View.

When the show had wrapped up, six of the nine homes on display had sold and another was under contract!

Organizational House wins
Best in Show award

Craftsmanship and storage was a winning combination for builder Sam Cohen of Joey Corp. His house, The Treasure Chest: The Organizational House sponsored by The Closet Factory took home the Critics’ Choice Best in Show Gold award.

The Critics’ Choice awards are judged by out of town experts and recognize the builders, interior designers and landscapers.

Click here for a full listing of Critics’ Choice award winners.

Tranquil Living wins
People’s Choice award

Thanks to everyone who voted in the People’s Choice Awards for their Favorite Home, Favorite Interior and Favorite Landscaping. The winners are:

Favorite Home:

  1. Tranquil Living: The Pilot Reader House, built by builders Stephen, Steve and Alex Quick of Stephen Alexander Homes.
  2. The Justin Kauflin House: The Charity House to benefit Tidewater Builders Association’ Scholarship Foundation, built by Michael Newsome and Lee Ward of Clark Whitehill Enterprises.
  3. Tribute to the City of Suffolk: The 19th Hole built by Les Ore of Les Ore Construction Co. Inc.

For a complete list of People’s Choice winners, click here.

EntranceCAN’T WAIT FOR THE SHOW TO OPEN?

Come out September 10 and 11, 2011 from 1 pm to 5 pm to preview the homes still under construction.

The preview weekend is FREE of charge and the Harbour View Tropical Smoothie will provide FREE refreshments from 1 to 3 pm!

The Tidewater Builders Association is opening up the Homearama houses and inviting the public to get their shoes dirty at the Dusty Boots open house.

People will be able to tour the nine homes in the Riverfront at Harbour View while they are still under construction during the free event Saturday and Sunday,

The tour offers visitors an opportunity to meet the builders and tour the homes under construction. The event is free and open to the public.

see homes for sale in this neighborhoodThe site of the event is The Riverfront at Harbour View, developed by East West Communities. The Riverfront offers scenic views of the Nansemond and James Rivers and a convenient location in the midst of the shops, restaurants, grocery stores, movie theater and health & wellness facilities of Harbour View.

The award-winning community offers a long list of amenities which include golf, volleyball, tennis, two waterfront parks with piers, playgrounds, a lakeside amphitheater, walking and jogging paths, bike trails and a Swim Club with two outdoor pools, clubhouse & a full-time activities director.

The showcase of homes will feature innovative home designs offering a variety of distinctive architectural styles. The homes range from 3,200 square feet to more than 3,900 square feet and are priced from the mid-$500’s to $750,000.

Homearama officially opens Oct. 15 and runs until Oct. 30. Tickets for the event are $10 for a one-day pass and $17 for two days from noon until 9 p.m.


Participating builders @ Riverfront include:

029– Michael Newsome and Lee Ward of Clark Whitehill Enterprises who are building The Justin Kauflin House: The Charity House to benefit the TBA Scholarship Foundation. The 3,721 square-foot house features four bedrooms and five bathrooms. The brick, stone and HardiPlank exterior craftsman home also features: a sweeping covered patio with custom grilling station, a dramatic second-story balcony; two separate garages; soaring 19-foot vaulted ceilings in master suite; gourmet kitchen with prep island, granite countertops and custom cabinetry; a family room with a fireplace with floor-to-ceiling Craftsman-style stacked stone surround and entertainment bar with wine chiller; a second-floor teen den with built-ins and refrigerator and Gerber Plumbing Suites Collection and Danze throughout the homes042

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028– Chip Iuliano of ABT Custom Homes is building Tee Time and Get Pink with Sentara: Breast Cancer Awareness House. Tee Time is a 3,684-square-foot transitional home with four bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths. It features: a brick and HardiPlank exterior with a covered back porch with an outdoor kitchen with grill and refrigerator. It also has a double-arched brick-enclosed porch on the entrance; bamboo hardwood floors; coffered ceiling in living room with a contemporary floating fireplace with limestone surround; a cook’s kitchen with custom horizontal hinged cabinets with open shelving and island; a first-floor master suite with his/her vanities, European-style shower, freestanding soaking tub and cathedral ceiling; and a man cave with wet bar, beverage refrigerator and three TVs with bathroom.

025The Get Pink with Sentara is a transitional 3,813 square-feet, five-bedroom and four- bath home. It features: HardiPlank shake shingles, horizontal siding and stone exterior; coffered ceiling and dry bar in family room; paneled ceiling in foyer; craftsman-style columns throughout downstairs foyer, entryway and hallway; a fireplace in family room and keeping room; a chef’s kitchen with island, granite countertops, cast iron undermount sink and walk-in pantry; first-floor master suite with ceiling pan and beams; a two-person shower, jetted tub and sitting area in master bath; an in-ground pool, a pool house with outdoor kitchen and bathroom and a two-car garage with tons of upstairs storage space.

033– Sam Cohen of Joey Corp. is building Treasure Chest: The Organizational House by The Closet Factory. The 3,959-square-feet, four bedroom, three full bath and two half bath home features: First-floor master suite with tray ceilings; a master bath with customized his/ her vanities and a walk-in rainfall shower; custom cabinets, granite countertops, island and butler’s pantry in kitchen; a home office with built-in custom cabinets and floor-to-ceiling library with ladder; fireplace surrounded by built-ins in keeping room; wainscoting and built-in floor-to-ceiling hutch in dining room; a theater room with wet bar and a half bath; mudroom features built-in shelving and drop zone; and a two-car garage.

020– Eric Sasser of Sasser Construction LC is building two homes – Craftsman Cottage and Coastal Cottage. The Craftsman Cottage is a 3,195 square foot, four-bedroom and three-bath transitional house. It features an authentic craftsman exterior with covered front and rear porches; a downstairs master suite; see-thru fireplace and pass-thru bar between family and dining room; exotic hardwood flooring; custom cabinets and granite; countertops; and three-car garage.

The Coastal Cottage is a coastal-inspired 3,351-square-foot, four-bedroom, 3½-bath home with double front porches overlooking the Center Court promenade. This timeless traditional home has a coastal cottage feel and features an open family living space with tech nook; built-in breakfast banquette; two master suites – a guest master suite downstairs and a master suite upstairs; natural hardwood flooring; an open kitchen and family room layout; a large floating island, butler’s pantry, custom cabinetry, granite countertops; a mudroom with drop zone; an upstairs laundry room and an Easy Breeze system on screened rear porch.

040– Builders Stephen, Alexander and Steve Quick of Stephen Alexander Homes are building Tranquil Living: The Pilot Reader House. The 3,625-square-foot Coastal Victorian home has five bedrooms and 3½ baths. It features: fiber cement siding and stone exterior; wraparound front porch with standing seam metal roof; a three-season porch in rear; wide-plank, hand-scraped floors throughout downstairs; historic trim features and wainscoting in dining room; three ovens, 10-foot island, built-in pantry and breakfast nook in kitchen; 12-foot ceilings in master suite with his/her walk-in closets; 11-foot ceilings and pedestal slipper tub in master bath; custom woodwork and built-ins throughout house; a media room/bedroom in suite over garage and built-in children’s lockers in mud room.

024– Les Ore of Les Ore Construction Co. Inc. is building Tribute to the City of Suffolk: The 19th Hole. The 4,400-square-foot Craftsman home with five bedrooms and five baths will feature: HardiPlank and stone exterior with accent metal roofing; a fireplace with custom wood hearth and coffered ceilings in living room; craftsman-style columns in dining room; stainless steel appliances, soft-close cabinets and large island in kitchen; 15-foot cathedral ceilings in downstairs master suite; a home theater/pub/game room in suite over garage; a large front porch; a covered lanai with the ultimate outdoor kitchen; a cascading pond with putting green in backyard; and a three-car garage.

Charlie Anderson of Charlie Anderson General Contractor Building Inc. is building King’s Cottage: The WAVY-TV 10 House. The 4,125-square-foot Craftsman home has four bedrooms, with an optional fifth bedroom and 3½ baths.– Charlie Anderson of Charlie Anderson General Contractor Building Inc. is building King’s Cottage: The WAVY-TV 10 House. The 4,125-square-foot Craftsman home has four bedrooms, with an optional fifth bedroom and 3½ baths. It also features: HardiPlank and stone exterior with dormers; a large front porch; hardwood and tile flooring throughout downstairs; a dual-entrance mudroom; a fireplace and 10-foot ceilings and picture molding in family room; an eat-in kitchen with granite countertops and island; a game room/office; upstairs and downstairs laundry rooms; a media room that can be optional fifth bedroom; and dual master suites with garden tub in upstairs master; pedestal slipper tub, subway tiled walls and walk-in shower in downstairs master.

 

Directions:

From I-664 South

  • Come through the Monitor Merrimac Bridge Tunnel
  • Take exit 8A onto College Drive North
  • Turn left onto Harbour View Boulevard
  • Turn right onto Bridgeway Drive
  • Turn left onto Shelter Cove Court

From I-664 North

  • Take exit 9A onto Route 17 North
  • Turn right onto Harbour View Boulevard
  • Turn left on Bridgeway Drive
  • Turn left into Shelter Cove Court

From the James River Bridge

  • Travel south 11 miles on Route 17, past the James River Bridge
  • Turn left onto Harbour View Boulevard
  • Turn left on Bridgeway Drive
  • Turn left into Shelter Cove Court

Location Map

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