• 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

Nye Asks Banks, Mortgage Lenders to Aid Chinese Drywall Victims

In order to aid homeowners with chinese drywall issues Congressman Glenn Nye (VA-02) is asking banks and mortgage servicers to provide assistance to homeowners struggling with toxic drywall. On Thursday, Nye announced that he had introduced a Concurrent Resolution (H.Con.Res. 197) in the House of Representatives, calling on mortgage holders to allow homeowners to apply for a temporary forbearance in their mortgage payments.

Due to the toxic fumes emitted by the drywall, many families have been forced to leave their homes and seek shelter with friends, relatives and neighbors. Families that have been forced to move into rental housing now have to pay both the cost of their mortgage and the cost of renting.

Some homeowners have been successful in applying for forbearance, but not all lenders have been willing to cooperate.

Families in Hampton Roads are now paying for both rent and a mortgage on an uninhabitable home, and at a time when the economy is already struggling, this is simply too great a hardship,” said Congressman Glenn Nye. “Recognizing this issue in Congress and formally asking lenders to be a part of the solution will give families more leverage when working with banks or mortgage holders who may be unfamiliar with the seriousness of this problem. While we work to get families back in their homes, I’m going to try every possible avenue to offer them some relief.”

On Thursday afternoon, Nye discussed the resolution with more than twenty homeowners from Hampton Roads who had traveled to Washington to meet with lawmakers. Due to the size of the group, Nye arranged to move the meeting to the House Small Business Committee hearing room in the Rayburn House Office Building. Nye is the Chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Technology.

Last Saturday, Nye toured two homes in Virginia Beach that were built with toxic drywall and met with homeowners. In May, Nye toured the Virginia Beach home of Colleen Nguyen and held a meeting with approximately a dozen families to discuss the challenges they faced.

The text of Congressman Nye’s resolution, H.Con.Res. 197, is attached below.

 Download a Copy of Congressman Nye’s Resolution: H.Con.Res.197

US News ranks Va Beach Top 10 Places to Grow Up

From an article in US News:

  sandbridge-beachIf you could create the ideal community to raise a child in, what ingredients would you include?
First off, you’d probably want a low crime rate. A strong school system would also be key. From there, you’d need lots of other children, expansive green spaces to play in, and plenty of nearby family events. Toss in an abundance of artistic and recreational activities, and all of a sudden you’ve got one heck of a place to grow up. At U.S. News, we wanted to find out if any communities like that already existed—and if so, where they were located. So we dug into our database of 2,000 different places all across the country and pinpointed the locales that met these criteria. We then examined these communities more closely to determine which places offered the best combination of safe neighborhoods, fun activities, and top-notch educators. Our selections appear below, in our list of America’s 10 Best Places

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

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

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

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

Here’s what Zillow is seeing…

In Virginia Beach:

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

In Richmond:

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

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Sales of New Homes Increase

NAHB Press Release – July 27, 2009

The National Association of Home Builders is reporting that sales of new homes rose in June by 11 percent.

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 11 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000 units, according to U.S. Commerce Department numbers released today. Coming on the heels of an upwardly revised number for May, the gain marks a third consecutive month of improved sales activity.

Today’s report is good news that indicates the nation’s housing market may be in the process of turning the corner,” said Joe Robson, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Tulsa, Okla. “That said, the key to moving us out of recession is to get Americans back to work. Congress and the Administration should know that housing can be a significant generator of good jobs. We need to make housing a priority in the recovery process, otherwise we could continue to bounce along a bottom for some time.”

The number of newly built homes on the market declined for a 26th consecutive month in June, falling 4.1 percent to 281,000 units. This marks a relatively thin 8.8-month supply at the current sales pace.

New-home sales rose by double-digits in the Northeast (29.2 percent), Midwest (43.1 percent), and West (22.6 percent) in June. Meanwhile, sales activity declined 5.3 percent in the South, which is the country’s largest housing market.

New Kent Vineyards

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About Viniterra: 

On the surface it might seem as if Viniterra is somewhat of a contradiction. On one hand, you have what is arguably the most serene and pastoral settings for a community anywhere in Virginia, then on the other hand a community that seems to buzz with activity. Thanks to planned amenities including a Rees Jones Championship Golf Course, a full-service clubhouse with swimming and tennis,

viniterra golf course the New Kent Vineyards Town Village with its gourmet and boutique shopping, as well as, the state-of-the art New Kent Vineyards Equestrian Center, this pleasant dichotomy of tranquility and activity will be perfect complements to each other.

The Club at Viniterra will be nestled within the stunning community of New Kent Vineyards.  This historic setting among the grapevine-laden hills offers a casual yet sophisticated lifestyle.  With an old world winery, a Rees Jones Championship Golf Course, Fitness and Aquatic Center and a planned 14,000 square foot Clubhouse, life here is good.

saerch homes for sale in ViniterraThe Club at Viniterra will become the finest Rees Jones Design 18-hole golf course in the area.  Future Viniterra amenities will include Clubhouse, pro shop, teaching studio, tennis facilities, a swim and wellness center, restaurant and café.

Viniterra Members, their families and guests will enjoy these amenities of the Club:

18-hole Championship Rees Jones Designed Golf Course
The golf course at the Club will be the focal point of the Club and the Community. This course will be designed with tee placements that will be a challenge to the low-handicapper while creating an enjoyable golfing experience for all levels of players.

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Golf Practice Facilities

An outstanding practice facility including teaching studio, a driving range, a practice chipping area and a practice putting green.

Main Clubhouse
The main clubhouse will feature a casual grille, formal dining room, banquet/meeting rooms along with a traditional golf pro shop, locker rooms, golf car and club storage.

VINNITERRA PLAT

Aquatic and Fitness Center
A fitness center including the latest in weights and cardiovascular equipment as well as bright and spacious aerobic rooms. The Aquatic and Fitness Center will also feature a snack bar servicing the needs of the fitness, tennis and aquatic participants.

Tennis Facilities
The tennis facilities include six lighted Har-Tru courts where Member play, guest play, league play, clinics and private lessons will be available with a tennis professional. The Tennis Pro Shop will also satisfy the equipment and merchandise needs of the tennis players.

Community Amenities
The Terrace, a neighborhood lawn, will feature community events such as socials and seasonal outdoor events. A planned boutique inn. An Equestrian Center with polo fields, boarding facilities, carriage trails. A Village Center that will offer boutique shopping, a gourmet deli and wine shop and future plans include a walk-in urgent care medical clinic for residents. A Club Concierge service to offer home delivery from any of the local shops and restaurants. And of course the winery and vineyard.Springbrook

New homes are now available at ” The Arbors at New Kent Vineyards” And The New 55+ active Adult Community ,  Four Seasons At New Kent Vineyards More info here

Another up and coming community  located within New Kent Vineyards  is  The Arbors at New Kent Vineyards. When complete  the community will include a clubhouse, pool and walking trails.  Prices there start in the low $200’s and range to $50ok +

Cresswell Ryan Homes’ artfully designed homes combine classical architectural features with modern amenities including between three to five bedrooms, two and a half to four bathrooms,  two or three-car garages, and between 2,000 and 4,400 square feet of luxurious living. Stunning hardwood floors in the foyer, 42” kitchen cabinets, crown molding, ceramic tile in the sumptuous owner’s bathroom, and sodded and irrigated front and side lawns are just some of the included features. Personalize your home with a morning room,  a third level addition and an endless list of other options.

Call or email John Womeldorf for further information on homes in this community or other communities in the New Kent or Williamsburg VA areas

John@MrWilliamsburg.com            757 254 8136

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What are the top selling neighborhoods in Williamsburg, VA ?

A lot of people ask me “ Where do come up with all the information and articles you post ?”

Well, most are questions posed to me by clients I work with in the course of doing business  as a Realtor in the Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads, VA area.

Today’s question: What are the top selling neighborhoods./ subdivisions/ communities in the area ?  The following list is compiled with statistics from the Williamsburg MLS ( WAAR/ WMLS). It  only includes stats from the City of Williamsburg, James City County and York County.  Some new homes sales and for sale by owner home sales aren’t included. I know the Liberty Crossing town home community would be in the top 20 for instance.
If you would like to have this report for any area in Hampton Roads, VA. send an email to John@MrWilliamsburg.com
I ran this report today April 3, 2009 . It applies to the last 12 months of sales.

And the winners are :

 

Fords Colony 66
Kingsmill 60
New Town 32
Braemar Creek 31
Stonehouse 25
Greensprings West 20
Governors Land 15
Creekside Landing 14
Villages of Westminster 14
Powhatan Secondary 13
Scotts Pond 13
Seasons Trace 13
Jamestown Hundred 12
Wellington 12
Chisel Run 11
Colonial Heritage 11
Vineyard Height 11
Fenwick Hills 10
Holly Hills 10
Williamsburg Commons 10
Windsor Forest 10
Berkeleys Green 9
Queens Lake 9
The Mews 9
Fairways Villas 8
Lake Powell For 8
Pointe @ Jamestown 8
Powhatan Woods 8

 

If you would like a PDF version of the entire list of sales stats for Williamsburg VA neighborhoods send an email to John@MrWilliamsburg.com

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Governors Land Neighborhood Spotlight Williamsburg VA

gl10In Williamsburg, Virginia, the gold  standard for private country club communities has been set – Governor’s Land. Only seven short miles from Colonial Williamsburg and located where the Chickahominy and James rivers meet, it is private, on the waterfront, and truly a unique living experience. Tall stands of tree, shorelines, and wetlands distinguish the environment of this luxury residential community and offer leisure and recreational opportunities.

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Driving through the entrance to Governor’s Land shows you why people who  clicktosearchhomesforsalepreviously lived all over the country have chosen to make that area their home, or have bought real estate there for their vacation needs. The area is not a retirement community, nor is it a resort. It’s friendly, it’s relaxed, and it’s already home to interesting people with varied backgrounds and professions, as well as people of all ages. They have come together in Williamsburg, Virginia at Governor’s Land because they want to enjoy the  unique lifestyle offered there.Governorslandwilliamsburgva

No matter whether you like Federal, Colonial, or Georgian architectural styles, there is an exceptional array of all three in Governor’s Land, and the homes and available building sites within the borders of the community are surrounded by tidal marshlands, water, meadowland, mature forests, and the fairways of the golf course. Tennis, two areas for swimming, a yacht club, 18 holes of golf, a marina, more than ten miles of trails on which to bike or walk, a  Country Club owned by the members and overlooking the Chickahominy and James rivers, and exercise facilities are all available.

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Green space is a commitment for the community. Sixty percent of the more than 1,400 acres has been dedicated to it. There will only be 733 homes built so that residents won’t lose out on their ability to explore 200 acres of beach and wildlife sanctuary along with the miles of existing nature trails. The James and Chickahominy rivers give residents more than four miles of shoreline that they can walk along and admire the  beauty. If they want more physical activity than a stroll, Governor’s Land also offers a lot of amenities for them to enjoy.

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Golf – Tom Fazio, voted Golf Architect of the Year three times, designed the Governor’s Land course, which has twice received the ‘Top 10 course in Virginia’ ranking from Golf Digest. The Two Rivers Country Club golf course takes players through tidal marshlands and hardwood forests, along 1,000 yards of river frontage, and past crystalline lakes. There are clinics, tournaments, and programs of instructions year round. All abilities and ages are welcome, and Two Rivers is the only private community golf club that  Williamsburg, Virginia has to offer.

clubhousegovernorsland – As a social center, the clubhouse can’t be beat. Activities, gatherings, energy, and laughter are all in store for you there, and There are a lot of scheduled opportunities – as well as more informal ones – to enjoy. Some of these include Poker, Mah Jongg, Bridge, Pasta Night, Sundae Sunsets, speaker forums, and great dinners with seasonal fare in the River Room. If you have a boat up to 50  feet in length the marina in a protected private harbor is a safe place for it, and there is a well-maintained boat ramp for smaller, trailered boats.

The Clubhouse and Marina

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Beach– For those who just want a day to relax, have a party, or enjoy a cookout or picnic, the beauty of Governor’s Land’s crescent-shaped sand beach can be a perfect place. Located along the James River shoreline, there is privacy, picnic tables, a grill, an outdoor shower, and an electric power outlet. In addition, the area is easily accessible from the parking area via gentle paths. It’s also a great place for annual events like the Two Rivers Country Club’s Yacht Club Christmas Party, a boat parade, caroling, and a marshmallow roast. Santa on an offshore barge is always a hit.beachatgovernorsland_edited

When it comes to safety and security, the staff at Governor’s Land is dedicated. The area is not gated but security is around the clock through surveillance cameras at the property entrance, regular patrols of both common areas and residential neighborhoods, and house checks by request if owners are going to  be away from home.

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Only minutes from the downtown area of Williamsburg, Governor’s Land is close to restaurants, shops, medical facilities, and cultural activities. It is also served by three international airports within one-half to one hour – Norfolk, Richmond, and Williamsburg/Newport News.

Select home sites are still available in Governor’s Land, and the Governor’s Land at Two Rivers Homeowner’s Association fee is $635 every three months. There are different membership options available for those who live in Governor’s Land and for residents of Williamsburg. eMail John@MrWilliamsburg.com for details on membership info .

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List prices for homes in Governor’s Land today range from  $529,000 and $8,900,000. The price range for homes sold in the last 12 months was $625,000 to $1,125,000.

Within the past year, the average time on the market was 117 days, and the average price per square foot was $157.00. There are currently 14 homes for sale, and 15 have sold within the last 12 months. James City County Public Schools for Governors Land include Matoaka Elementary, James Blair Middle School, and Jamestown High School.

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Nearby private schools include Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg Christian Academy, Providence Classical, Williamsburg Montessori ,and  Hampton Roads Academy

I would be happy to arrange tours and interviews with the administration of any of the schools referenced above. Send me an email to arrange.

Get in touch today for more information about the beauty, serenity, and quality of Governor’s Land. Email or call  John@MrWilliamsburg.com for a personal tour of this community.

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Carters Grove Owner ( Halsey Minor) worries about Foreclosure

An article in the Charlottesville Daily Progress indicates that Halsey Minor, The CNet co-founder who purchased Carters Grove here in Williamsburg, VA is having financial issues on a Hotel Project in Charlottesville, VA

“The Project was to be his legacy in his hometown of Charlottesville, VA,” Minor wrote in a filing as part of his ongoing lawsuit against the hotel’s developer and bank. “In my opinion, if the property I purchased for the Project is foreclosed on, the hotel will never be built.”

The filing, which asks a judge to block the bank from taking the hotel, goes on to say that foreclosure would wipe out the entirety of Minor’s $6.8 million investment. His company, Minor Family Hotels, would lose “invaluable investment time, resources and talent” spent working on the hotel over the past two years.

You can read the full article here

New Kent Va Real Estate-Brickshire

brickshireaerialDiscover one of Virginia’s premier golf course communities nestled among the rolling hills of the Virginia countryside in New Kent County,VA.  Brickshire is centrally located less than 30 minutes from both Richmond and Williamsburg .Brickshire  is a master planned community  with a championship golf course, world-class amenities, 1200 acres of rolling hills and woodlands and  meticulously crafted new and resale homes.

New Kent County, Virginia is  one of the oldest and most charming counties in brickshiregolfthe Commonwealth, with an English history dating back 400 years. New Kent’s roads, leading from Richmond to Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, are among the oldest in America. They have been traveled by not only the Colonial Patriots, but the American, French and British Revolutionary and Confederate and Union Civil War armies as well as the U.S. troops for all subsequent wars.

Watch a video tour of Brickshire

 

Brickshire, a Golf Community.
The centerpiece of the  Brickshire community is a championship level, signature golf course. Designed by Curtis Strange, the course with its open brickshireclubhouse fairways and  resort styling offers dramatic views of the community, and accommodates all levels of play. The Golf Club at Brickshire provides a fair test for golfers of all skill levels with five sets of tees.  Yardages extend from 5151 to a strenuous 7291, putting every part of your game to the test. With uphill and downhill shots, uneven lies, wetlands, and water,  no two holes are even remotely alike. poolatbrickshire
Fairways are wide and generally forgiving.  Several fairways have a decided tilt, so the black and white aiming posts should be well heeded.

Four sensational emulation holes, 14 Curtis Strange originals, and fast, well- tended greens make The Golf Club at Brickshire a top rate golfing experience.

Brickshire home sites offer a sense of privacy and quiet not available in most newhomebrickshirenew home communities today, yet everyday conveniences like shopping, restaurants, business parks and restaurants are just a short drive away.

Within 90 minutes of Brickshire are Virginia Beach, the Blue Ridge  mountains and numerous historical landmarks.

Amenities for home owners include the 18-Hole Curtis Strange Signature Golf Course (semi-private) , Golf Clubhouse with Pro Shop, Snack Bar and Restaurant , Owner’s Social Clubhouse complete with brick fireplace, working kitchen and wrap-around porch with views of the golf course. The clubhouse isbrickshirehomes home to a fully-equipped fitness center that is available to all homeowners, A Swimming Pool , Tennis Center and a Playground complex that offers a variety of swings, slides, and climbing apparatus. Adjacent to the playground is the sports field and a covered pavilion with picnic tables.  Equestrian Center Access and Riding Trails and RV/ Boat/ Trailer storage complete the facilities.
Home home owner fees at Brickshire are $560 annually

Brickshire offers miles of paved walking and biking trails throughout more than 1200 acres of brickshiretrails preserved woodlands and lush countryside, connecting individual neighborhoods and amenities. Wind your way through scenic wooded areas and along tree-lined boulevards enjoying nature at its best. Enjoy a leisurely stroll, healthy jog, stimulating bike ride, or a brisk walk with man’s best friend… no mater if you are a novice or expert you will find the right terrain to fit your endurance level.

Other nearby Golf Courses include: the award-winning and challenging Traditions at Royal New KentA Reese Jones course, Viniterra Country Club at New Kent Vineyards is under construction only a few miles away from Brickshire. It will be ready for limited play in 2009 and the Brookwoods Golf Club  an established and popular daily play course.

Schools Website : www.newkentschools.org

Schools for Brickshire are :
New Kent Elementary, New Kent Middle School, New Kent High School

At the entrance to Brickshire lies   Colonial Downs, one of America’s newest and Colonial_Downs finest horse facilities.It features  Thoroughbred horse racing and is the home the Virginia Derby and Colonial Turf Cup, the Patriot Invitational Trot and the

Virginia Harness Day of Champions

Click here to see demographics for New Kent County VA

Location Map for Brickshire in New Kent, VA

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From the chart below you can see that in the last 12 months in Brickshire the prices for detached home in Brickshire ranged from $271,000 to $595,000. The price range for home currently listed for sale in the WAAR/ WMLS range from $329,950 to $1,250,000.  There were 31 homes sold in Brickshire in the last 12 months. 68 homes are currently listed for sale and 10 are under contract. The average price per square foot for sold homes in Brickshire in the last 12 months was $131.54

NOTE: There were a few distress sales of unfinished builder homes in the last 12 months. This accounts for the extremely low prices noted in the sold home category.

Low, Average, Median, and High Comparisons
  Closed Pending Active Overall
Low $271,000 $329,950 $329,900 $271,000
Average $383,861 $479,865 $496,323 $462,828
Median $383,500 $384,475 $454,900 $409,500
High $595,000 $880,000 $1,250,000 $1,250,000
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Free Credit Reports aren’t Free !!

I’m sure you are sick of watching the commercials touting FreeCredit Report.com . (* I know I am !)  Now the government is in the parody business. In this short little video the FTC  spoofs the Martin Agency commercial for FreeCreditReport.com to promote it’s free  alternative, www.AnnualCreditReport.com, with fewer strings attached.

Anyone can dance a jig, but only www.AnnualCreditReport.com provides you with a truly free credit report. Its the only authorized source to get your free credit report under federal law.
Who knew ?

You know I just check the FREE CREDIT REPORT.com website to discover that the FREE credit report actually costs $14.95 a month. How is that free ?

 

Where is Waldo and is he reading Mr Williamsburg’s Blog ?

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Apparently real estate in the Williamsburg and Hampton Roads  areas is of interest to readers worldwide. The picture at left was from early Saturday morning on March 14,2009. I have noticed more and more readers from all over the world perusing this blog.
As you can see on this day there were readers from Copenhagen Denmark, Calcutta, India, France, Salzburg, Austria and Khabarovsk, Russia along with many more from the U.S..

If you have any questions about the area, communities, neighborhoods,  golf, cultural activities, museums,recreation, homes for sale, sales statistics, financing a home, kids activities, shopping, opening a business, waterfront ,schools, condos, town homes,neighborhoods, living in or selling a home in Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA please drop me an email at John@MrWilliamsburg.com  I am happy to answer any and all that I can. If I don’t have the answer I will know where to send you to for a response.

 

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Williamsburg/ Toano VA New Homes Fenwick Hills

Just announced ! Single Family Detached Homes in James City County near Williamsburg VA starting at $212,990 on 1/4 acre lots in the established community of Fenwick Hills.

Siennaryanhomes With easy access to Interstate 64 The location is super convenient. The  single-family detached homes will have anywhere from 1,800-3,000 square feet, 3-5 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Only 18 home sites are available and they will all be on crawl spaces, with the exception of 4 home sites that have basements.
No models are built at this time. Several are under construction in the Richmond area for viewing.

Five models are available to be built in the Fenwick Hills Community.

1. The Avery  floor plan offers style and functionality. Features include  separate living and dining rooms, ample family room with optional fireplace, dinette area, open kitchen, half bath, laundry closet and one-car garage.  The second floor follows suite, leaving no square inch wasted! The owner’s bedroom features a walk-in closet, full bath with optional luxury upgrade, and optional sitting area! Three additional bedrooms, full hall bath, and large bonus room over the garage.

Sq Footage ranges from  1,868-1,950 sq. ft.

2. The Sienna floorplan is ideal for today’s busy families! The first floor features a two-car garage that opens to a mudroom. The kitchen with large pantry and optional island flows straight into the dinette and open great room! The first floor is complete with an airy morning room included off the dinette area! The second floor offers a large owner’s bedroom with full bath, two additional bedrooms, full hall bath, and a spacious laundry room. Unfinished or finished walk-out basements with full bath are options

Square Footage 1,800 sq. ft.

3. The Florence  floor plan features a two-car garage, laundry room, living or dining room, large family room that opens up to the dinette area and kitchen with large pantry and optional island  Options include a morning/ sun room and optional fireplace. The second floor features a large owner’s bedroom with walk-in closet and full bath with optional luxury upgrade, two additional bedrooms, full hall bath and loft complete the second floor. Convert the loft into an optional fourth bedroom to meet your families needs.  Offers the  option of adding  an unfinished or finished walk-out basement with optional full bath.

Square Footage ranges from 1,952-2,072 sq. ft.

The Venice floor plan features  a two-car garage, living or dining room, half bath, mudroom, large family room that opens to a dinette and kitchen with optional island . Available options include a fireplace and morning room. The second floor features large owner’s bedroom with walk-in closet and full bath with optional luxury upgrade.  Three large additional bedrooms, full hall bath and spacious laundry room complete the second floor. You can customize this home by adding an unfinished or finished walk-out basement with optional full bath.

Square Footage ranges from 2,224-2,344 sq. ft.

The Milan  features a two-car garage, mudroom, half bath, living and dinning rooms, large family room that opens up to a spacious kitchen with optional island, and dinette area. Options include a fireplace and morning room. The second floor offers a large owner’s bedroom with walk-in closet and full bath with optional luxury upgrade. Two additional bedrooms, full hall bath and loft complete the second floor. Convert the loft into a fourth bedroom for the space you need! Customize this home by adding an unfinished or finished walk-out basement with optional full bath.

Square Footage Ranges from 2,528-2,648 sq. ft.

Standard Features at FENWICK HILLS, Toano VA

Poured Concrete Wall Foundations, Structural Steel Support Beams, Tongue and Groove Sub Floor, Nailed and Glued Sub Floors, Engineered Roof Truss System, Underground Utilities, Professionally Designed Landscaping with Sodded Lawns, Central A/C & Gas Heat , Gas Hot Water Heater, 200 Amp Electrical Service, Washer & Electric Dryer Hookups, Single Hung Windows (Low E), Double Pane Insulated Windows (with screens), Bronze Exterior Hardware Finish, Shingles 25 year warranty, KP Beaded Vinyl Siding (Lifetime Warranty), Seamless Aluminum Gutters & Downspouts, Custom Paneled Shutters & Doors, Fiberglass Insulated Front Door, GE Electric Range, GE Sound Insulated Dishwasher, Single Bowl Stainless Steel Sink w/ 1/3 H.P. Garbage Disposal, Timberlake Oak Kitchen Cabinetry , Laminate Countertops (Choice of Colors) , 8 Ft. Ceilings 1st Floor with 30” Wall Cabinetry, Bath tubs include Ceramic Surround in Owner’s Bath and hall tubs, Single bowl vanity with knee space in Owner’s Bath, Moen Eva Chrome Bath Faucets, Timberlake Oak Vanities (Natural Oak), White Cultured Marble Vanity Tops, 2 ½ Bathrooms

Interior Features:, Stain Resistant Wall-to-Wall Carpet, Capped stair ½ walls , Six Panel Doors, Satin Nickel Door Knobs & Hinges, Ventilated Closet Shelving, Smooth Finish Ceilings and Walls,  1-2-10-Year Transferable Warranty, Pre-Construction Meeting with Project Manager, Pre-Settlement House Demonstration, Post-Settlement House Inspection, 10 Month Post-Settlement Inspection, One Year Drywall Inspection & Warranty

In addition to the standard features many options are available to tailor these homes to your exact desires. Options include: Granite, Silestone Countertops, Hardwood Floors, Upgraded Carpet, Basements. ( on select home sites.) and much more.

The Fenwick Hills community amenities include a playground, basketball court, and landscaped common areas.

Click here to view  Site Plan for the Fenwick Hills Community

Click here to view all homes for sale in Fenwick Hills currently listed in the WAAR MLS

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Please note there are new construction homes available that are not in the MLS. Email John@MrWilliamsburg.com for new home opportunities in Toano , Williamsburg, New Kent, York County, Glocucester or all surrounding areas.

Here are the sales statistics for Fenwick Hills, Toano, VA for the last 12 months. There are 18 homes currently on the market in Fenwick Hills with prices ranging from $260,000 to $314,900. Nine homes sold in Fenwick Hills in the last 12 months. Sold prices for homes in Fenwich Hills ranged from $289,900 to $340,000. The average days on market for the sold homes was 210 days. All Sales Stats are from the Williamsburg Area Assoc of Realtors (WAAR)  WMLS.

Status # Listings       List Price Sold Price Sale/List Price Est. Fin. SqFt List Price Per Est. Fin. SqFt Sold Price Per Est. Fin. SqFt Days On Market
Active 18     Low
Avg
High
260,000
299,474
314,900
0
0
0
  1,899
2,373
2,702
103.59
127.71
163.22
   
Closed 9     Low
Avg
High
289,900
317,494
340,000
289,900
309,850
328,000
1.00
0.98
0.96
2,411
2,527
2,724
110.10
125.90
139.75
110.10
122.88
136.04
38
210
327
             
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 

Williamsburg James City County Schools for Fenwick Hills are:

Stonehouse Elementary , Toano Middle School and Warhill High School

You can explore schools at www.SchoolMatters.com

Location Map for Fenwick Hills Toano VA

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Stonehouse “A Toano /Williamsburg Va Neighborhood Spotlight”

20080918220815160266000000-o Located on 5700 wooded acres in the Virginia countryside in Toano near Williamsburg,VA  Stonehouse is built around the acclaimed "Legends Golf Course." 

The community offers unparalleled scenic beauty with its hilly terrain, gorgeous wooded green-spaces, abundant mountain laurel, white fences, and impeccably maintained landscaping.

Stonehouse is a Master Planned Golf Community  offering a wide range of custom built homes. Both  new and resale homes are available. Located in the western part stonehouse1of  James City County/Williamsburg,  Virginia. New homes currently start in the $300,000’s to $600,000’s, with resale home prices starting under $300,000. Stonehouse  offers golf course, waterfront, and  wooded lots starting in the high $70,000’s

Situated just 15 miles from Colonial Williamsburg in an area of great natural beauty of virgin hardwoods, mountain laurels and old-growth hollies. It’s a land where white-tail deer and wild turkey roam freely among the forests that provide the backdrop for this spectacular community.

stonehousegolf1 Golfers… you will find that Stonehouse offers one of  the best golf values in the area!  Although not mandatory for homeowners at Stonehouse a membership includes playing privileges at 5 different golf courses in the region including  Stonehouse, Kiskiak, Royal New Kent, Brickshire, and The Crossings. All for just $245/month for a family membership.

  Check out the Tradition Golf website for further information.

clubhousestonehouse1 If you are interested in building a custom home, there are building lots available to custom build your dream home in Stonehouse.

The Stonehouse community consists of many different neighborhoods. They include:  Summerfield, Leatherleaf, Laurel Ridge, Orchard Hill, Overlook, Bent Tree, Hollow Oak, Hillcrest, Richardson’s Mill, Lisburn and Walnut Creek.

Watch a video Tour of Stonehouse

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There are maintenance-free attached and detached villas built on the Golf Course in the Orchard Hill Section.
All homes built in Stonehouse conform to guidelines ensuring high building standards that help protect the value of your home.

Golf at Stonehouse:

Located just outside Williamsburg, Virginia, Stonehouse is laid over wild, tumbling hills near the York River in the Tidewater Region. When it opened in 1996, The Tradition Golf Club at Stonehouse was named "Best New Upscale golfclubstonehousePublic Course in the Nation" and one of the "Top New Ten You Can Play" by  golf Magazine.

Designed by Mike Strantz, the 18-hole, par 72, Legends of Stonehouse course was completed  in 1996. Greens cling to steep bluffs and ridges before dropping down to natural streams. Dramatic elevation changes, deep ravines, and tree-lined fairways mark this layout. Legends has slopes of 140 degrees and a course rating of 75.0 from the blue markers, measuring 6,963 yards.stonehousetoano

The course was declared on of the "Top Ten You Can Play" by Golf Magazine; the 31st "Best Modern Course" by Golf and Travel, and was ranked No. 4 in Virginia by Golf Digest. Golf Digest also named the Legends of Stonehouse the "Best New Upscale Course" in the U.S.

Nearly half of StoneHouse’s 5,700 acres will remain undeveloped with many miles devoted to hiking and biking trails. One can also fish or canoe at Mill Pond, and play tennis or swim at the Sports Center.

lakestonehouseHomeowners can enjoy the Residents’ Center with swimming, tennis, playground, fitness center, gourmet kitchen, and built in barbecue; Richardson’s Mill Pond Park with canoe storage, boat dock, picnic facilities; miles of walking trails; RV/boat storage; community garden and soccer field.

Nearest Airports are: Richmond International Airport, 35 minutes.
and Newport News International Airport, 35 minutes.

Stonehouse is an active community. Neighborhood clubs include book club, Bunco, bike club, swim club, bowling league, canasta, bridge, garden club, yoga, mahjongg, painting group, quilting, sip and savor, sit and stitch, water aerobics, fine arts, ladies lunch group, wine and dine,  and more.There are a variety of social clubs available  for homeowners/ residents of Stonehouse .

stonhousegolfcourseAn active homeowner association has many  social events throughout the year.

Most homes were built starting around the year  2000. The monthly home owner fee in Stonehouse  is $106 . It covers all common Area Maintenance ( entrances, playgrounds, park areas ),  Use of the  Pool, Clubhouse , Playground, Tennis and maintenance of those  facilities.

From the chart below you will see that  sale prices in 2008 ranged from$297,000 to $850000. List prices as of today rstonehousetoanorealestateange from $312,000 to $889,000. The average days on market for  homes in Stonehouse in the last 12 months was 163 days . The average price per square foot on homes sold in Stonehouse in the last 12 months was $150.00 . 28 homes sold in Stonehouse  in the last 12 months. 32 are currently for sale.

Click here to read a first person account of someone who lives in Stonehouse

Click here to read some FAQ about Stonehouse

Current Williamsburg/ James City County Schools for The Stonehouse  Community are Stonehouse Elementary, Toano Middle and Warhill High School

The closest  Hospital is the Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center located at 100 Sentara Circle (across from Home Depot on Mooretown Road). Many services are  available there such as outpatient surgery, an imaging center, lab services, etc.

See School Statistics for these schools here

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Current Sales activity in Stonehouse (Statistics from WAAR WMLS)

Status # Listings   Sold Volume   List Price Sold Price   Est. Fin. SqFt List Price Per Est. Fin. SqFt Sold Price Per Est. Fin. SqFt Days On Market
Active 32   0 Low
Avg
High
312,825
511,233
889,000
0
0
0
  2,000
3,470
6,200
93.80
150.56
194.51
0.00
0.00
0.00
2
162
1,027
Pending 6   0 Low
Avg
High
329,990
474,988
699,950
0
0
0
  2,531
3,216
4,780
120.71
147.35
176.60
0.00
0.00
0.00
9
112
274
Closed 28   12,226,997 Low
Avg
High
299,900
454,072
995,000
297,000
436,678
850,000
  2,100
2,977
5,473
93.57
154.83
209.05
89.59
149.86
205.91
5
163
705
             
 
 
 
 
 
       

Location Map of Stonehouse Community in Toano near Williamsburg, VA

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Dream Catchers
Located around the corner from Stonehouse is a most worthy cause! Dream Catchers provides therapeutic horseback riding lessons to special needs children and adults. These lessons help improve fine motor skills, self-esteem and confidence… and are just plain fun!

UPDATE: I have  have had numerous people ask what’s happening in Stonehouse so here is the latest new I have :

A company called GS Stonehouse Green Land Sub LLC paid more than $76 million to finish developing the Stonehouse area.
Stonehouse was planned in 1999 as a community of about 4,400 homes to go along with more than 3.3 million square feet of commercial and office uses. Since then, 700 or so homes have been built at the site, off Route 30 near the New Kent County line.
Stonehouse Green Land will aim to build the rest.
Basically, they have taken 80 parcels that they refer to as "Land Bays" and divided them into 12 tracts and 4 neighborhoods. Neighborhood 1 will have traditional style single family custom homes similar to those found in the original neighborhood. Neighborhood 2 will have higher density homes (townhomes and something called "narrow single family" which  must be similar to "zero lot line"). Neighborhood 3 will have lower density "estate" homes. Neighborhood 4 extends to the river. There are some cliff areas that will be river view condos. There will also be single family homes, open space recreational space and a marina.
They are planning a community similar to their large community in Cary, North Carolina called Amberly . The Stonehouse project has a 15-20 year estimated completion timeframe.
The zoning changes will not increase the total number of residential units. Some of the property previously zoned as commercial will become residential. A large parcel (170 acres) is being proposed as an education site for a new elementary school and middle school. Total residential units will be approximately 4400, and that make it  the largest community in our area.
This developer is NOT a builder. They will put the infrastructure together and then sell off the lots in phases to builders. The two Stonehouse Glen sections (where Ryan Homes is located) are not associated with this developer.

VA State Parks

hungry_mother_stpark4One of my favorite memories growing up in Virginia was vacationing in the State Parks during the summer. We would rent a cabin and spend the week. There were so may things to keep us occupied, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking and exploring.

Now that we have kids of our own we are duplicating those same memories. Last year we went to Hungry Mother State Park where time has stood still. Although it had been 30 + years since I was there  hardly anything had changed. We hiked the trails swam in the lake, kayaked, had picnics and stayed in a log cabin.

Here is a short video detailing our wonderful park system in Virginia. Pick the one you like and then make reservations for a cabin. They tend to go quickly. No matter where you are within the state it seems there is always one within a short drive.

Click here to explore them further

Williamsburg VA Real Estate Burlington Woods New Homes

New Homes are now available in Burlington Woods in Williamsburg VA Click here for the update

Aaron Brooks the Former NFL quarterback  has launched new career. Land development. Specifically the development of Burlington Woods in Williamsburg, Virginia. ( James City County) The project a 17-acre community is located off of Longhill Rd near the intersection of Centerville Rd.

Burlington Woods is Brooks’ first to get off the ground and he calls it an education in progress that will build his reputation with Peninsula Burlington Woods Williamsburg VAofficials — a stepping stone to greater things.

Brooks will oversee the project through its completion, but Ryan Homes/ NVR will take over the construction phase once the individual lots are ready for construction.

When finished Burlington Woods, Williamsburg VA will consist of 26 lots that will be from one-quarter to one-third of an acre. The three to five bedroom homes are expected to be from 2,000 to 4,500 square feet in size. Prices should start in the low $300,000 range Pre-selling the homes should begin with homes completed and completed by the end of 2009. Ryan Homes is the largest new home builder in the Richmond / Williamsburg VA Corridor. They offer one the best values  in the market in new construction in the area.

If you would like to get more information on this community or any other new homes community in Williamsburg VA or Hampton Roads VA Send an email to John@MrWilliamsburg.com . I can supply you with pricing, floor plans, video, virtual tours, photos of everything that is available.

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Prudential, GSH, TowneBank- Merge

Although we are competitors I wanted to pass on this news..

TowneBank  announced today the merger of GSH Real Estate, a wholly owned subsidiary, with Virginia Beach based Prudential Decker Realty and Prudential McCardle Realty of Williamsburg. The resulting new company, Prudential Towne Realty, will be one of the largest home marketing firms in Hampton Roads. With almost $1 billion in combined closings in 2008, Prudential Towne will rank among the top 5% of all Prudential franchises in the country.

Richard B. Thurmond, William E. Wood’s president, said he had expected more mergers to happen by now. Last year, William E. Wood and Associates Realtors acquired Norfolk-based Cooke & Neff Inc., a property-management group.

“It was expected we would see consolidation in the real estate market because of the slowdown,” Thurmond said.

Companies will have to merge because there’s less business out there and fewer agents than there were a year ago, he said.

“We are combining the strengths of the highly respected Prudential brand with the experience, talents and relationships of over 600 real estate professionals in the greater Hampton Roads area to bring more and better services to home buyers and sellers,” said G. Robert Aston, Jr. Chairman and CEO of TowneBank. “In a 2008 Home Buyers/Sellers Study by J. D. Power and Associates, Prudential Real Estate was ranked highest in Seller Satisfaction. This recognition is indicative of the service quality our community can expect from Prudential Towne.”

TowneBank will own 65% of the new company. The former owners of Prudential Decker and Prudential McCardle will control the balance.

The executive leadership of Prudential Towne will be provided by Barbara Wolcott as Chairman and CEO, Kimber Smith, President and Carol “Randy” Smith as Senior Vice President. Sandee Ferebee, formerly the President of GSH, will become Chairman Emeritus and will also serve on the company’s board of directors.

J. Morgan Davis, President of Towne Financial Services Group, will also join the board along with Jon and Trey Decker.

In addition, Wolcott serves on the Virginia Beach board of TowneBank, Kimber Smith is a member of TowneBank’s Williamsburg board, and Ferebee is a member of the bank’s Hampton Roads Board.

The acquisition will mean the paring of 19 offices to 12, and probably 25 to 30 positions will be eliminated. The company is expected to have more than 600 associates, Aston said.

As one of Virginia’s top community banks, TowneBank operates  banking offices in Chesapeake, Hampton, Portsmouth, Newport News, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Williamsburg and York County. Towne also offers a full range of financial services through its controlled divisions and subsidiaries that include Towne Investment Group, Towne Insurance Agency, TFA Benefits, TowneBank Mortgage, TowneBank Commercial Mortgage, GSH Real Estate Corporation, Corolla Classic Vacations and Corolla Real Estate. Local decision-making is a hallmark of its hometown banking strategy that is delivered through the leadership of each group’s President and Board of Directors. With total assets of $3.13 billion as of December 31, 2008, TowneBank is one of the largest banks headquartered in Virginia.

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Virginia Beach Real Estate- Median Income Facts

va beachHere is a surprising fact. Forbes Magazine looked at the 2004 US Census and came up with a list of cities with the highest median income.  You would think that LA, New York City would definitely be on the list of the top 10. Not so.

Surprisingly our own VA Beach was ranked 4th on the list.

Median income is the level at which half of the households make more and half less.

 San Francisco and Washington, D.C., are in the top 10 as well although New York, Boston and Miami are nowhere to be seen in the top ten. California cities make up 40% of the rankings, and the rest is made up by some surprising locales, including Anchorage, Raleigh, N.C., and Virginia Beach, Va. While pleasant places, they aren’t generally thought of as homes for the rich and famous.

What gives? A combination of local economic strength, geographical quirks and the limitations of the analysis, which measures the middle of the income distribution, rather than the extremes.

Newer cities also have higher median incomes than more established places, like Boston or Chicago, because they are growing and have people moving in rather than out. Look just outside the city of Philadelphia (which also did not make the top ten), for example, and you will see an abundance of wealthy suburbs.

Virginia Beach is also helped by its strong military economic base. Military areas tend to have less-extreme income distributions (a reason San Diego makes the list as well), and retirees in the area tend to have comfortable military pensions.

 

Rank

City

State

Median Household Income

Median Home Price

1

San Jose

California

$71,765

$625,000

2

Anchorage

Alaska

$61,595

$294,374

3

San Francisco

California

$60,031

$726,900

4

Virginia Beach

Virginia

$55,781

$192,000

5

San Diego

California

$51,382

$605,600

6

Anaheim

California

$49,622

$696,100

7

Raleigh

North Carolina

$47,878

$185,200

8

Seattle

Washington

$46,650

$310,300

9

Washington

District of Columbia

$46,574

$429,900

10

Honolulu

Hawaii

$46,500

 

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