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Sneak Preview of new models at Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg VA

Lennar the developer and builder of the Colonial Heritage Active adult community of Williamsburg VA will soon be unveiling 11 exciting new models of detached homes.

Colonial Heritage is one of three active adult communities in the Williamsburg, Virginia area, and is the perfect place for adults 55 years of age and better. With an 18-hole Arthur Hills championship golf course, a 7,500 square foot athletic club, a 25,000 square foot clubhouse and dancing, walking, biking and swimming facilities.

huntley model, colonial heritage, williamsburg va

Introductory pricing for the new range of detached homes will start in the $250’s for a 1366 square foot model ( Belle Grove) and range up to $424,990 for a 2773 square foot Randolph model.  No attached homes will be built at this time.

Avon great roomThree series of models will be built including the Cottage Series, the Manor Series and the top end Plantation Series homes. As before all homes are built with slab foundations and the Manor and Plantation Series will also offer basement options.

A first for Lennar and Colonial Heritage is a new side entry garage model, the Avon pictured below. The 1800 sq. ft. home offers a huge great room area with an open kitchen dining area that lives like a much larger home. The 2 bedroom, 2 bath Manor Series Home is priced at 329,990 or $349,990 with an unfinished basement. Note the basement adds an additional 1800+ square feet to the home.  Avon model-Colonial Heritage, Williamsburg VA

The two largest models (Claremont and Randolph)  come standard with three car garages. The Berkeley can be built with an optional double deep 19 x 34 garage great for the home hobbyist or woodworker.

A variety of pre-construction incentives are being offered until April 15th , 2013 including a choice of :

  • a 12×20 brick paver patio with fire pit.
  • $10,000 in closing cost assistance.
  • Free deck
  • Finishing of a basement rec room with bath
  • Upgrades to Gold or Platinum Option package + Washer and Dryer
  • See below for details:


If you would like a private pre-grand opening sneak preview contact me and I will set it up.

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Fill out the form here and we will send them pronto via email

We  will also make sure to keep you apprised of everything that’s happening at Colonial Heritage before anyone else knows…

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Read more about the Colonial Heritage Active Adult Community in Williamsburg VA here

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Search homes for sale in Active Adult Communities in Williamsburg VA here  ( Note- the new models at Colonial Heritage will not appear in this list until sometime in March)

Read about other active adult 55+ communities in Hampton Roads, New Kent here



Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg VA too good to leave for this retired couple

Dick and Mary Sue Metrey’s traditionally-styled, open concept home on a quiet cul-de-sac in Colonial Heritage is up for sale. But that’s not because the couple want to leave the gated, 55+ active adults community; it’s because they want to stay.

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For Dick and Mary Sue, the gracious 3-bedroom, 2-bath home they built on Blakemore Terrace in Colonial Heritage was only a summer place; their primary residence was near Washington, DC. But after less than two years of living there part-time, the couple have decided to make Colonial Heritage their permanent home.

“There is such a sense of community here,” said Mary Sue, who is retired from working with the mentally disabled. “People are friendly and they’re interesting.” However, with a huge immediate family of 19 children and grandchildren who love to visit, the Metreys need more room than their 1,756 square foot “Aldrich” model can provide. The couple regretfully decided to sell their Blakemore Terrace home, but they are building a larger home in Colonial Heritage just down the street.


Dick and Mary Sue were originally drawn to Colonial Heritage for the community’s sociable character. “About 15 years ago we bought a condo in Williamsburg,” explained Mary Sue. “But eventually we wanted more of a neighborhood experience than we got with the condo, so we started looking for another home in Williamsburg.” During their search, the couple toured Colonial Heritage with a representative of the developer, Lennar Corporation, and saw firsthand the community’s welcoming nature.

“As we were driving through the neighborhood, everyone stopped to talk with the Lennar rep,” said Mary Sue. “And they talked with us, too.”


In 2010-11, the couple built their home at 6808 Blakemore Terrace. “It’s one of the biggest lots,” said Dick, an engineer retired from high-level positions with Naval research institutions. “Most are about 6,000 square feet and ours is 8,000 square feet. It’s also on the nicest cul-de-sac.”

Mary Sue likes the way the home is sited on the property. “There’s no house abutting the back of our home, so no one look into our great room from the back of the property,” she said. “And the front of the house doesn’t face anyone else’s door.” Colonial Heritage’s 170-acre, 18-hole Arthur Hills championship golf course sits only a few houses away.

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The Metreys built their single-level home for easy living. It has no steps, and includes user-friendly amenities such as lever handles on interior doors, a seat in the oversized master shower, and comfort height toilets and vanities. The open concept floor plan includes a spacious living/dining great room with a gas fireplace finished with a Colonial style mantel and a granite surround and hearth. Sliding doors lead from the great room’s dining area to the deck. The great room is also open to a chef’s kitchen that features both a breakfast bar and a breakfast nook, furniture grade Timberlake cabinetry with accent glass fronts, Corian countertops, and a gas cook top. Bringing in the groceries is a breeze: the kitchen connects to a convenient mudroom/laundry off the two-car garage.

masterAll rooms have 9 foot ceilings – perfect for Dick, who is 6’2” tall— and several feature crown molding. Most of the home is carpeted, but there is oak hardwood flooring in the kitchen and in the foyer, which receives natural light from glass transom and side lights framing the home’s six-panel entry door. “I love the foyer, the fact that you don’t walk in the house and right into the great room,” Mary Sue noted.

The home’s Lennar-appointed builder, Matt, impressed Mary Sue with his emphasis on solid construction and attention to details. “When we had our walk-through, Matt noticed things even we didn’t see,” she said. “They were very small things, but he fixed them all.” Matt’s desire to ensure everything in the house was just right, led the couple to request him as the builder of their next Colonial Heritage home.

rear viewThe yard is low maintenance. “Since we weren’t there to water all the time, we wanted to be sure the house still had nice grass,” Mary Sue said. “So we installed a very nice irrigation system.”

The couple like that Colonial Heritage, which offers tennis and bocce courts, and an 8,500 square foot fitness center, is such an active community. “There are a lot of new retirees here, it seems most residents aren’t elderly,” said Mary Sue. “You see people walking, biking and jogging, and many walk their dogs.”

While Dick bikes and jogs, Mary Sue swims at the community’s indoor and outdoor pools. She also enjoys playing in a social bridge group. “There are so many clubs and activities here, the monthly calendar must be 20 pages long,” she said. In fact, the clubs at Colonial Heritage run the gamut from a William and Mary Sports Teams Support Club to groups focused on bluegrass music, travel, and history. Mary Sue pointed out that the community also has a service oriented organization, the Colonial Heritage Community Foundation, which provides support to residents who are caregivers.

colonial heritage clubhouseThe couple especially loves the 25,000 square-foot Colonial style clubhouse, which includes both a fine dining restaurant and a casual grille. “We’ve been to New Year’s Eve parties at the clubhouse, and we’ve brought our families there for holiday dinners,” Mary Sue said. “Wednesday nights are half-price burgers at the club and everyone loves that.”

The Metreys frequently take advantage of cultural and social activities that Colonial Williamsburg—only five miles from Colonial Heritage—has to offer. “There are so many lectures there, ranging from wine making to barrel making,” noted Mary Sue. She added that some of her neighbors share such interests. “At Colonial Heritage there are people from all over the country, and with different backgrounds. We’ve met a lot of people there who are teachers, nurses, doctors, engineers…who seem to be interested in the same things we are.”

ch pool (2)Although they are excited to be moving to Colonial Heritage full-time, the couple will miss their home on Blakemore Way, which Mary Sue described as “so gently used that there are some closet shelves we’ve never even used.”

“We’ve had a neighborhood Christmas gathering there,” Mary Sue noted. “And we have loved having our grandchildren visit us there. One of our grandchildren said he likes this house better than our big house [outside Washington] with the pool!”

“We were charter members of this cul-de-sac,” Mary Sue added. “And even though we were only there part-time, we made a lot of good friends.”

Why the stories? Because these aren’t just houses, they’re homes.

Mr. Williamsburg knows that when you’re looking for a new place, you’re searching for more than just four walls plus amenities, you’re looking for that welcoming refuge we call home That’s why we go beyond the standard “4 bedrooms, 3 baths on large lot” statistics, to share how others have lived in this house, to reveal the home’s unique personality, to help you decide whether this is a place where your family could thrive.

Likewise, we realize that you’re seeking not simply a development within a particular zip code, but also an opportunity to become part of a community. That’s why we share our sellers’ experiences as members of that neighborhood.

We trust these stories will assist you in finding your way home.

Want a chance to tell your home’s story ? 

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Social Security Announces 3.6 Percent Benefit Increase for 2012

Cost-of-Living Adjustment is First Since 2009

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 60 million Americans will increase 3.6 percent in 2012, the Social Security Administration announced today.

The increase will be 3.6%, or about $516 year for the average recipient.. Cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) will begin in January 2012. 

Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages.  Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $110,100 from $106,800.  Of the estimated 161 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2012, about 10 million will pay higher taxes as a result of the increase in the taxable maximum.

Information about Medicare changes for 2012, when announced, will be available at www.Medicare.gov.  For some beneficiaries, their Social Security increase may be partially or completely offset by increases in Medicare premiums. That’s because Part B premiums are also tied to inflation.  Many people’s premiums will rise, although Medicare has not announced what the raises will be. One prediction is that Part B premiums will rise by about 1/3rd, or from about $96 a month to $110 (for individuals with incomes below $85,000 and had their premiums deducted from SS prior to Dec. 2009 – other participants pay slightly more). So if the average benefit goes up $43 a month, the Part B premium would take $14 of that increase.

To read more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola.

Some retirement communities offering incentives to spur seniors to move

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Keith Hansen decided it was time to move. He wasn’t going to let the bottoming real estate market, the recession or the stock market’s ups and downs stop him. So the 78-year-old Newport News resident put his home of 45 years up for sale and moved to Warwick Forest.

"It was priced to sell," Hansen said. "But I still got enough out of it to move here."

Not all seniors are that fortunate. The real estate slowdown and recession have hindered their plans, and as a result some retirement communities are rolling back prices and offering specials to help seniors to move.

The Chesapeake, a continuing care retirement community in Newport News, is advertising that it has reduced rates to 2006 levels.

"Real estate prices are dropping 10, 20 percent," said Gail Billups, director of marketing and development. "So we made an adjustment in our pricing, to reflect what has happened in the real estate market."

"We have seen over the last few years that folks are little more reluctant to sell their house," Billups said. "Seniors that would be interested in making a move to The Chesapeake are saying, ‘Well, I can’t get what I could have gotten for my house, or what my neighbor got for their house. The value of my house went down.’ Seniors do look at their proceeds from their house as the source of being able to make that move into a retirement community."

Read the rest if the story here

Want to sell?

Liz Moore offers these tips for seniors looking to sell:

•Make cosmetic changes, such as pulling down wallpaper and painting in neutral colors.

•Update kitchens and bathrooms. Buyers are looking for stainless steel appliances. Consider replacing kitchen counters and bathroom tile if color schemes are outdated.

•Consider replacing carpet, even if it’s in perfect condition, if it’s an outdated color scheme or pattern.

A complimentary market analysis will advise sellers what updates they should consider to make their house more attractive.

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The Villages @ West Neck in VA Beach, A 55+ Active Adult Community Spotlight

entranceThe Villages at West Neck is the first age 55 or better community that was built in Virginia Beach. There are eight villages that are built around an Arnold Palmer championship golf course, The Signature at West Neck. Six of the villages contain single family detached homes and two of the villages are composed of condos. All of the villages are completely built out ,with the exception of Rosecrest, which is still being built out by Chesapeake Homes. Upon completion  there will be 528 single family homes and 408 condo units with a total resident population of about 1600 people in the community.

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The  community is conveniently  located just off of West Neck Rd in the Princess Anne section of Virginia Beach near the city Municipal Center. Several things make the Villages at West Neck distinctive. The developer, Dick Foster of Baymark, had a vision for a senior community that evolved around beautiful grounds and golf course views that take advantage of showcasing the fourteen lakes on the course. Foster spared no expense in how the community is presented at the main entrance. The Signature Clubhouse, which is adjacent to the golf course, reflects this same grand building style. If you combine that with the 10,000+ knockout roses that bloom seven months per year and the 1600 annuals that are changed twice per year, the result is a showcase community. This pride of appearance carries over to the property owners in how well they maintain their homes and the grounds.

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Numerous builders have constructed homes at West Neck including McQ  Builders, Ashdon Homes, Affordable Homes, Monaco Homes, Lawson Homes and Deford Companies, Chesapeake Homes is currently building in the Rosecrest  neighborhood of West Neck

Chesapeake Homes offers a variety of detached new homes at  Rosecrest . When complete, over 112 cottage-styled homes with all-new, never-before-seen designs will grace the peaceful streets of Rosecrest. The spacious homes  feature two and three bedroom designs with the ever-popular “master down” floor plan which puts luxury living on the main level of one’s home for absolute comfort and convenience. Ten different models are offered ranging in size from 1600 to 3000 square feet . Prices start in the low $300’s

condos at west neckWordsworth Village Condominium is one of the Villages of West Neck.  It consists of 50 buildings with a total of 300 units. The condos offer expansive floor plans with 1,535 to over 1,900 square feet of living area, ergonomically designed gourmet kitchen with breakfast area, expansive 17’x14′ master bedroom with walk-in closet, and master bath with jetted tub and shower, spacious living room with fireplace, and some units also offer an elevator with direct access from the oversized double car garage to the 2nd floor living area.

Browningstone Villas are located within the active adult community of West Neck, and offers expansive floor plans with 1,535 to over 1,900 square feet of living area, Art Deco style, and an extra large double-car garage. Some units also offer an expansive 17’x14′ master bedroom, master bath with jetted tub and shower, spacious 15’x15′ living rooms with gas fireplace, ergonomically designed kitchens, and beautiful golf course, water, or wooded views.

FitnessThe Villages at West Neck has a  State-of-the Art Fitness Center for the use and enjoyment of all West Neck Residents. It  is located inside the Village Hall. This fabulous facility has small conference room, a library, social rooms, commercial grade kitchen, and a large event room.  clubhouse that includes a beautiful pool, fitness center and social rooms that host many events and activities.

Villages At West Neck  FAQ

Price Range $200s – High $300s

Home Types:Single Family
Attached . Detached & Condo

New /Resale: New and Resale Homes

Age Restriction: 55+

Construction Dates: 2005 – Present

Gated: Yes

HOA Fees

Condo $160 monthly + $50 HOA

Detached: $50 monthly

Home Sizes: About  1550 to 3000 square feet

Lot Sizes: .15 acre average.

Amenities: Pools, fitness center, clubhouse, golf

Schools: N/A

Property Tax Rate: $1.05 per $100 of assessed value. Taxes on a $300,000 home would be $3150 a year.

Home Styles: Transitional

The Signature at West Neck
combined the talents of Arnold Palmer and his design team with award winning developer Baymark Construction.  Together they have created a golf and landscaping masterpiece that is unmatched in the Tidewater area.The fabulous two-story, 20,000 square foot Clubhouse features a covered veranda and terrace with views of the golf course. The clubhouse offers Men’s and Ladies locker rooms and a fully stocked Pro Shop. The Signature Grille features a casual, full service bar and grill as well as an elegant dining room and is available for private parties,weddings and receptions.

Equal parts beauty and challenge this championship golf course features 13 lakes and several picturesque wetlands. It is accented by wooded and dramatically landscaped terrain and highlighted by yawning bunkers

The course features 7,280 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Designed by Arnold Palmer, the Signature golf course opened in 2001.  “We wanted to design a course where the average golfer can come out and spend a day with his family and have a good time enjoying the game of golf

Sure, we want to make it difficult enough where good players will be challenged, but our main focus is on the average golfer. We’re also careful to preserve the natural beauty of the place. We don’t look at it as taking away from the environment, but more like giving something back.” Arnold Palmer on his design philosophy at The Signature

golf courseThe Arnold Palmer Signature golf course is destined to become a timeless classic. It features expertly maintained Tifsport Bermuda tees and fairways and smooth A-4 bent grass greens.  The stone-walled bulkheads fronting the 11th and 18th greens are truly spectacular while beach bunkers offer a unique visual appeal and challenge.  Five sets of tees make the course fun for golfers of all skill levels.

Reasons to play

Though in slight decline, this is still the best-conditioned and most amenity-laden of the area’s four upscale courses — the others being Heron Ridge, TPC Virginia Beach and Hell’s Point. Superior dining and clubhouse areas include oil paintings of course designer Arnold Palmer.

Garden party

Full of flowers (15,000 roses) and lush greenery rimming holes and cart paths, this is one of the most meticulously landscaped public courses in the region. Virginia Beach golf expert Jim Ducibella wrote that the name should be changed to “The Signature Botanical Gardens.”

King’s touch

Palmer worked on two Tidewater-area projects simultaneously, Signature at West Neck, and magnificent Bay Creek in Cape Charles, which opened in 2001. Most of Palmer’s designs in the region are private, including Fawn Lake (Spotsylvania), Dominion Valley (Haymarket), Woodmore (Mitchellville), Belmont (Ashburn) and Keswick (Charlottesville).


The magnificent homes that line some of the fairways at Signature are nice to look at, but many are too close to the course.

Toughest hole

No. 3, Par 4, 455 Yards

“Deadman’s Curve” is an L-shaped dogleg right, the No. 1 handicap hole on the course. Many shots on this hole have finished out-of-bounds as players try to cut yardage from the longest par?4 at Signature. As if that’s not enough, there’s a significant pond to carry off the tee and the hole usually plays into the wind.

Scary hole

No. 16, Par 4, 418 Yards

Appropriately named “Intimidation,” but this hole isn’t as tough as it looks, at least from the tee as an ample landing area awaits over water. The approach, however, with water running up the left side and behind the green, is demanding. The green is large and raised, but with no surrounding bunkers, off-target shots can tumble down the slopes and to a watery grave.

Signature hole

No. 11, Par 3, 155 Yards

Water figures prominently on all four par-3 holes at Signature. “Stonewall” is the shortest hole on the course, fronted by a retaining wall of boulders. It’s very tough when the pin is set up front with downhill putts toward the water.

And best of all, it’s right next door to your home at West Neck..

Visit the Signature at West Neck Golf Club – Click Here


Residents at Villages at West Neck will enjoy an active lifestyle. The community’s social clubs revolve around special interests—such as, travel, wine, or reading—and are a great way for residents to get to know their neighbors.
With its great location in the city of Virginia Beach residents will also find plenty to do outside of the community. The area has a wide variety of shopping, dining and recreational activities to interest any active adult. The VA Beach Oceanfront is less than 15 minutes away – Sandbridge Beach – less than 10 minutes away… NC Outer Banks – 1.5 hours away. Lots of shopping areas area nearby  (Lynnhaven Mall, Red Mill Commons and  McArthur Mall (Norfolk) .

Nearby VA beach, Norfolk, Newport News,  Yorktown and Williamsburg provide rich cultural attractions, including museums, performing arts centers, and much more. Between its prime location and the full array of amenities offered within the community, Villages at West Neck offers it’s residents an exciting, active adult lifestyle.

Sales Recap
The home values in West Neck have been affected by the economic downturn in the local housing market and there have been a few foreclosures.  However, construction has continued and standards within the community have not been negatively impacted. Over the past 12 months ( June 2010 –June 2011  period ), there have been  59 sales 15 homes are currently under contract .Recent sale prices have ranged from $190k for bank owned 1550 square foot condo to  $440k for a 2800 square foot all brick ranch located on the 14th fairway of The Signature at West Neck.  New home sales have been brisk.

Below you will find the recent sale statistics for West Neck :

These stats are for New Home Sales



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Directions: Directions 264 to exit 17A Independence Blvd toward Princess Anne, go to S. Independence take a left on Princess Anne Rd. Turn right on Nimmo Pkwy cross over N. Landing,1 mile turn right into community,

Location Map for Village at West Neck


find-the-perfect-neighborhood-in-wil[1]Keep looking: If you like West Neck,,  you might also like Eagle Pointe in Chesapeake: Colonial Heritage or The Settlement in Williamsburg Chelsea Place, Church Square in Smithfield, The Commons at Hunningdon Lakes , One Ford Place or The Retreat at Greenbrier .

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If you have any questions and/or would like to view homes for sale  in West Neck  or other communities in Hampton Roads or Williamsburg  I am here to help. Contact me at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com

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This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and www.MrWilliamsburg.com  , were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, with the hopes of selling a house now and again. You can reach him by phone at 757 254 8136 or email John@MrWilliamsburg.com

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.



The Settlement at Powhatan Creek a 55+ Active Adult Community in Williamsburg, VA


DSCN0502 When you move into The Settlement at Powhatan Creek, you can sell your lawn mower, rake and outside ladder because you’re finished with most home maintenance chores. Instead, you’ll have time for year round swimming, water aerobics, working out, playing tennis, biking, walking and socializing – just steps from your door.

The Settlement at Powhatan Creek is one of three 55+ communities in the James City County area of Virginia. Set on 225 wooded acres bordered by Powhatan Creek. This planned active-adult community for people ages 55+  will feature 400 custom detached and attached  homes once complete.

Ryan Homes is building townhomes and detached homes in The Settlement priced from $239k read more about that here

DSCN0507  It is one of the most conveniently located communities in the entire county. Close to the Monticello Corridor, it is virtually a 3-5 minute drive, at best, to a major department store,( Target) a major food store,( Ukrops) several pharmacies, a full-service gas station, two major bank/lending institutions, eateries, novelty stores, and service establishments such as video rental and parcel mailing. Add to this the Mid-County Park complex–complete with “Kidburg” playground, walking trails, and lighted athletic fields– and it’s easy to see that The Settlement is a wonderful place to live.

DSCN0514 The Settlement at Powhatan Creek features a luxury clubhouse with amenities such as an indoor/outdoor pool, aerobics studio & fitness room. A grand ballroom, billiards lounge, card room and space for arts and crafts are planned.
Over 70% of the 225 acre  site is dedicated green space and preserved woodland marsh. Many of the custom homes sites in The Settlement at Powhatan Creek are located on lots backing to pristine preserved areas. 

DSCN0512  Around the corner are the 55-mile biking and walking Capital Trail starting at Jamestown and eventually ending in Richmond, VA. Restaurants, recreation, movies and shopping abound within a few miles of our community.

When you’re ready to relax, there’s a clubroom with a billiard table, comfy chairs, a fireplace and, of course, a large screen television, indoor and outdoor pools.  Other attractive community features are a 10- to 12-person spa, a fountain in the outdoor pool for added beauty, a ballroom for special events, smaller meeting rooms for crafts and other activities, a fishing pond, and a thesettlementranchhomewilliamsburgsecurity gate. Two-thirds of the community will remain dedicated green space. Like to walk, run or bike?  You’ll appreciate using the sidewalks along the tree-lined streets. In addition, James City County will be constructing a multi-use trail from The Settlement that will connect to the Capital Trail that will eventually link Williamsburg and Richmond. an indoor and outdoor pools.

A  full-time activities director will oversee club operations, organizes neighborhood clubs and interest groups, schedules educational and instructional classes, and plans trips and events.

 settlement3 Two of the area’s premier custom builders, Wayne Harbin Builder Inc. and Marque Homes by CR McClellon, build these brick and Hardiplank custom homes and townhomes with first-floor living. Prices currently start at $329,000 with most homes in the low $400s. Sizes start at 1,700 square feet and range up to 3,500 square feet, with most homes being 2,100 to 2,400 square feet.. You can choose and customize among a variety of floor plans, all with attached one- or two-car garages. Other standard features include Andersen windows, 30-year architectural shingles and custom trim packages. A wide variety of options are available too – including granite countertops and conditioned crawl spaces. .

All of the homes provide first floor 20081003014727742480000000-o living with first floor master suites and convenient main living areas with spacious floor plans and attached garages. If you desire more living area, two story homes are available with elevator options for those challenged by physical limitations.  Recently unveiled at The Settlement are new cottage / ranch home plans with prices starting in the $300’s.

thesettlementoutdoorpool Monthly fees include  exterior home care,( even roof replacement when needed) lawn care, irrigation system maintenance, full use of the Residents’ Club as well as providing a secure community. Homeowner Fees at The Settlement range from $175-$250 monthly. 

GOLF- Within a short drive are 15 championship golf courses, each offering a set of unique challenges to match every golfer’s desires.

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“New World Discovery Package”. 
The Settlement is now offering overnight housing to potential buyers in two of their beautifully furnished models to
let them experience the “lifestyle” of the community .
 You are cordially invite you to come stay a night or two in one of our gorgeously appointed townhomes at The Settlement at Powhatan Creek. This allows you to experience what it would be like to live in this beautiful community while you preview our model homes and home sites. You will enjoy full access to our 15,000 sq. ft. Resident’s Club which boasts an indoor lap pool, sauna, outdoor pool, workout center, billiards/movie room and bikes that you can enjoy during your stay.

This package is available for $99 for one night or $149 for two which includes all taxes and fees. This offer is only good for a limited call or email for additional information.


Read what Homeowners at The Settlement are saying
“The location of The Settlement is great for a quick lunch or a quick trip to the store,” says Dick Yenni, who moved here about six weeks ago from Season’s Trace with his wife, Liz. “We looked at several communities in the Williamsburg area and didn’t find as many of the features we desired until we looked at The Settlement.”
Perry and Nancy Stone, the second homeowners to move in, like the leisure lifestyle at The Settlement at Powhatan Creek. “We have no yard work – that’s one of the major things,” Nancy Stone says. The Stones also appreciate the convenient location. “It’s only five minutes farther down the road to Governor’s Land where we lived before, but it seems like we’re a lot closer in. It feels closer to everything.” “My husband uses the workout room and I swim laps,” Nancy Stone says. “When the weather is nice, we have met at the clubhouse with some neighbors for some wine.” Yenni, a retired NASA research pilot, likes to keep active and work out – and the club offers plenty of options. “They have an indoor and an outdoor pool,” he says. “The indoor pool is good for swimming laps. The clubhouse has a well equipped exercise room with all the machines.”
Sisters Nancy and Rosemary Nevin had always loved visiting Williamsburg and were thrilled to be able to move here. “We found a house plan that had two master bedroom suites,” Nancy Nevin says. “Once we got inside the model, we saw the inside was even better than the outside. We also have a guest bedroom and bathroom, a sunroom in the back, a kitchen/dining room and a library off the living room. We also had an elevator put in.” The Nevins had high praise for Harbin, who worked to make sure that Rosemary Nevin could access the house under construction even as she was recovering from knee surgery. “They went out of their way to be helpful,” Nancy Nevin says. “One worker even built a ramp so she could get into the house to see everything. Working with the Harbin group was fabulous.” The Nevins are still settling in, but are already enjoying the amenities at The Settlement. “I’ve never lived in a place that has both an indoor and an outdoor pool, let alone an exercise room that has the equipment this one does,” Nancy Nevin says. “I also like the whole area because you can walk without worrying. We’re extremely happy here.


About Wayne Harbin Builders:
Founded in 1985, Wayne Harbin Builder, Inc. has earned a solid reputation and the number of awards for building quality homes has increased with every new home they build. As the sole Southern Living Custom Builder Program builder  on the Peninsula and in the Williamsburg VA area, they have grown in their ability to produce classic Southern designs and contemporary living arrangements. You can see Harbin homes in the Williamsburg area in Wellington subdivision, Greensprings West, the Oaks at Fenton Mills in Upper York County, The Settlement at Powhatan Creek, a 55+ community of low maintenance homes, the Westmoreland neighborhood and in Port Warwick, in the Newport News area and in Gloucester in the Robinson’s Springs and Ashe Farms neighborhoods. They will be building condos in Poquoson Va  at Village Park of Poquoson.

About Roger McLellon:

Roger McLellon/ Marque Homes and his team of designers, construction technicians and master craftsmen have fulfilled the promise of exceptional homes for families throughout the Peninsula and Williamsburg areas of Virginia since 1984.
While each custom-built home is unique, all share a common McLellon philosophy – customer satisfaction. From the drawing board to the day of move-in, Roger McLellon is never far away, always standing by to address any client concerns or questions. Through extensive coordination and interaction, each client is made an active part of the homebuilding team, a critical element in a fulfilling homebuilding process.

Marque Homes is currently building homes in the following communities in the Williamsburg, Poquoson and York County areas of Virginia. Taylor Farms, The Lakes at Poquoson, Wellington, The Woods on Mansion Road, and Powhatan Secondary

john_circle-merlot-2 This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf.  John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market.  His websites, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and   www.MrWilliamsburg.com, were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg, with the hopes of selling a house now and again.  You can reach him at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com.