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Where to Retire Magazine Announces 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the US

Where to Retire magazine reveals “The Short List: 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States” in the national, bi-monthly magazine’s July/August issue, which hits newsstands on June 21, 2013. The list includes Colonial Heritage, a 55+ active adult -planned community located in Williamsburg, Virginia.Where to Retire magazine reveals “The Short List: 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States” in the national, bi-monthly magazine’s July/August issue, which hits newsstands on June 21, 2013. The list includes Colonial Heritage, a 55+ active adult -planned community located in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The country’s 50 best master-planned communities selected by Where to Retire magazine highlight a resurgent era in active-adult and master-planned living – in demand now more than ever, with the boost in the economy and the continuing coming of age of baby boomers. The list is the only one of its kind, focusing on communities rather than locales and featuring first person testimonials by current residents..

“Time and again, the retirees interviewed for this story told us their neighborhoods give them opportunities to try different activities, connect with like-minded people and in the process, build brand-new lifestyles,” Northridge says. “For these retirees, their communities provide much more than comfortable, attractive housing; they also serve as a catalyst for residents to reinvent themselves.”

Nearly a year ago, Where to Retire editors began gathering and evaluating information on more than 100 communities across the nation.

Clubhouse rear viewThe selection contains communities in 17 states, including places beyond traditional retirement havens. The choice of neighborhoods runs the gamut in price, from those featuring manufactured homes starting in the $ 80,000s to developments where site-built, single-family homes begin in the mid-$ 400,000s. Just over half the developments are active-adult communities, where residents must meet minimum age requirements. The communities are not ranked, but rather profiled in alphabetical order by state. Also included are a two-page chart gives a snapshot of all 50 choices and a guide to their amenities.

This July/August issue marks the eighth biennial honor roll of America’s best master-planned communities compiled by Where to Retire. The magazine, launched in 1992, is published six times each year. Every issue profiles top retirement towns, both undiscovered and well-known, and master-planned communities that cater to retirees. Where to Retire can be found on various newsstands and at Barnes & Noble bookstores. A one-year subscription to Where to Retire is $18. For a magazine subscription or to purchase a back issue, visit WhereToRetire.com.

The Short List: 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States

The Short List: 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the U.S.

Arizona

Dolce Vita at Superstition Mountain

Sun City Festival by Del Webb

Robson Ranch Arizona Resort Community

Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch by Del Webb

CantaMia by Vitalia

Quail Creek Resort Community

SaddleBrooke Ranch Resort Community

Trilogy at Vistancia

Talking Rock Ranch

Arkansas

Forest Lakes Garden Homes

California

Sun City Shadow Hills by Del Webb

Trilogy at Monarch Dunes

Colorado

Heritage Todd Creek

Delaware

Heritage Shores

Florida

Town of Harmony

Terra Vista at the Villages of Citrus Hills

Lakewood Ranch

Lakes of Mount Dora

On Top of the World Communities

Stone Creek by Del Webb

Solivita by Vitalia

Valencia Lakes

Georgia

Soleil Laurel Canyon

Riverwood Plantation

Cresswind at Lake Lanier

Sun City Peachtree by Del Webb

The Georgia Club

Louisiana

Sugar Mill Pond

North Carolina

Cummings Cove Golf & Country Club

Jefferson Landing

Brunswick Forest

Carolina Colours

St. James Plantation

Anderson Creek Club

River Landing

Oregon

NorthWest Crossing

Pennsylvania

Penn National Golf Course Community

Traditions of America at Silver Spring

South Carolina

Woodside Plantation

Daniel Island Real Estate

Lakeside Crossing

Seasons at Prince Creek West

Tennessee

Black Creek Mountain

Fairfield Glade

Westhaven

Texas

Robson Ranch Texas Resort Community

Comanche Trace

Utah

Daybreak

Virginia
Colonial Heritage

Wyoming

The Powder Horn Golf Community

Read more about Colonial Heritage here

Read more about other 55+ active adult communities in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads Virginia here

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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.

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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:

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

Want to see the full range of plans and elevations for the new models ?

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

Search homes for sale in Colonial Heritage ( Note- the new models at Colonial Heritage will not appear in this list until sometime in March)

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

 

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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.

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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.”

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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 ? 

Want to see this home or others in Colonial Heritage or Williamsburg VA ?

Contact Mr Williamsburg/ John Womeldorf by phone 757 254 8136 or email John@MrWilliamsburg.com

Lennar Ratings Improve

colonial heritage signGood news this week for a major homebuilder in the Williamsburg VA area: Moody’s Investors Service  raised the corporate ratings of the Miami-based homebuilder Lennar Corp.

Lennar has developed and is building homes in numerous Virginia communities for 55+ active adults. They include  Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg VA,    Lees Parke in- Fredericksburg, VA –,  and  Heritage Highlands in- Lovettsville, VA –

Moody’s rating outlook is positive, and reflects Lennar’s largely successful mitigation of the risks outlined by Moody’s at the time of its downgrades in 2008 and 2009 during an abysmal housing market that is now improving but still struggling.

Among other things, Lennar "improved its ability to generate net income even as the majority of its peers continued to rack up losses," Moody’s said in its upgrade report.

colonial heritage clubhouseStill, Moody’s said the ratings incorporate Lennar’s elevated debt leverage and the likelihood that cash flow from operations will continue being negative in fiscal 2012.

The ratings agency expects the homebuilder’s volumes to rise moderately this year. But Moody’s warns that if the spring selling season is a bust or if the economy shows signs of recession, the positive rating may disappear.

Lennar earned $30.3 million, or 16 cents a share, for the three months ended Nov. 30, 2011, down from $32 million, or 17 cents a share, a year earlier. It has been profitable for seven straight quarters.

Housing starts for the industry rose 1.5% in January, according to the Commerce Department data, to the highest level since October 2008.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, starts increased to 699,000 from 689,000 for December, which was revised upward by 32,000. January housing starts rose 9.9% from 636,000 a year earlier.

Learn more about Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg VA

Learn about other 55+ active adult communities in Williamsburg, Yorktown, VA Beach, Chesapeake and Suffolk VA.

 

Like what you are reading ? Want to receive updates by email in the future ? Sign up here  banner 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 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 email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @  757-254-8136

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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Or search any of the following areas of Hampton Roads VA

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The Settlement at Powhatan Creek in Williamsburg VA- Ryan Homes

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Ryan Homes, the largest home builder in the Richmond, Williamsburg, VA corridor is  building new homes at The Settlement at Powhatan Creek a  55+ Active Adult community in Williamsburg Virginia

The Settlement at Powhatan Creek is a spectacular active adult community designed for those 55 and better who wish to simplify their lives without giving up style, space and convenience. Excitingly new,  The Settlement does exactly that, combining maintenance-free living with elegant, innovative design in a variety of single-family and town homes.

Featured_ListingsThe maintenance-free lifestyle rewards residents with more free time to spend with family, friends and neighbors.If you purchase  a home at The Settlement at Powhatan Creek, you can sell your lawn mower, rake and outside ladder because you’re finished with most outside 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.

Ryan Homes’ Legacy Active Adult homes are the newest single-family homes in The Settlement at Powhatan Creek. Available in 3 models, all with first floor owner’s suites and 2-car garages, they offer up to 3 bedrooms and up to 3 full baths, and some plans include second floor lofts, Walk up attics, guest suites, or a fully finished basements. Each home is fully ENERGY STAR® Qualified for significant energy cost savings. Customization options include rear sunrooms, gourmet kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, hardwood and ceramic tile flooring, designer lighting and so much more.

Prices  start in the $250’s for a detached Pisa model  ( Click here to be put on a  list for additional information)

 

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At this time there are multiple ranch home designs offered including the Brighton, Castleton, Brentwood and the Pisa as well as the Griffin Town home. New Designs should be unveiled in the coming months. Below are brief descriptions of the homes to be built by Ryan Homes at The Settlement at Powhatan Creek in Williamsburg VA

NOTE: THE FOLLOWING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE FINAL DETAILS ARE STILL IN THE WORKS
The Castleton-  1,989 sq.ft.  ( expandable)

From the upper $290’s

The Castleton is one of Ryan Homes’ newest and most versatile home-styles to be offered at The Settlement in Williamsburg VA. 
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Welcome home to the Castleton, where every amenity you want fits perfectly into the one-story living you desire. As you enter the Foyer, you’re greeted by beautiful glass French doors into the study and a graceful arched opening into the main living area. Through the arch is a separate Dining Room with optional tray ceiling, perfect for formal entertaining. Through another arch is the open Kitchen and Dinette, featuring a curved breakfast bar. The Kitchen is a cook’s dream with its ample counter and cabinet space and large pantry; don’t forget to upgrade to a separate cooktop and wall oven. Past the Dinette is a large Great Room. An optional fireplace is available in one of two different locations and brings additional light and warmth to the room. Add the optional Sunroom or Screened Porch and bring the outdoors in. Off the main living area, an arched ante space creates a private feel for the entrance to the Owner’s Suite. Highlighted by an optional tray ceiling, the Owner’s Bedroom features two huge walk-in closets and an Owner’s Bath with an oversized shower and double-bowl vanity. Or you can choose to upgrade to a separate soaking tub and shower in one of several alternate layouts. Don’t forget to add the optional Sitting Area, highlighted by another arch, to create a quiet retreat. Set apart from the common area by a arched hall off the Kitchen are two more bedrooms, each with large closets; a linen closet; full bath; and a convenient first floor Laundry Room with space for side-by-side machines and an optional laundry tub. Want even more room? Add the optional second floor, featuring an enormous Bonus Room and optional storage space, or choose another bedroom with walk-in closet and full bath. Regardless of the options you choose, the Castleton is available in elegant transitional and Cottage style elevations in a variety of stone, siding and brick.

 

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The Brentwood From the upper $280’s Square footage ranges from 1,730-3,900

Enter into the Foyer of the Brentwood and you’ll know you’ve entered a home of style and distinction. An elegant tray feature accents the 9’ ceiling, while graceful arches pull you into the living areas of the home. To the left are two spacious bedrooms and a full bath. To the right, a hall leads to a two car garage and a convenient and enormous 1st floor Laundry Room with storage shelves, room for side-by-side washer-dryer, and an optional laundry tub. Square footage ranges from 1,730-3,900.
Forward off of the Foyer is the main living area, spacious and filled with light from the vaulted ceiling and bank of windows on the rear wall of the Great Room. The Kitchen is open to the Great Room over an arched breakfast bar, and the dining Area is perfect for informal dinners at home. The optional Sunroom adds more room off the Great Room for entertaining. Don’t forget to add the optional Screened Porch for even more light and living area. There are plenty of options to make the home fit your lifestyle – choose a separate Dining Room with grand double arched entryway in lieu of a bedroom for more formal entertaining, or make it a Study featuring glass French doors and work from home. Add the extension to the house for an even larger Bedroom #2 with walk-in closet.
Set off from the main living area by a private arched entryway, the Owner’s Bedroom is a secluded retreat with an optional tray ceiling and enormous walk-in closet. The Owner’s Bath features a double-bowl vanity and separate shower and tub; or upgrade to the soaking tub for a spa-like experience. Don’t forget to add the optional Sitting Area to the bedroom, set off by columns. Want even more space? Add the optional Bonus Room upstairs; or make it into a Bonus Bedroom with walk-in closet and bath. The Brentwood features transitional and cottage elevations with brick, stone, and siding. No matter what options you choose, the Brentwood is a home that is sure to delight and inspire.

The Brighton – 1,716 sq.ft   (expandable to 2400 + square feet and up)
From the mid $290’s

Enjoy the advantages of one-story living in this lovely open ranch. This home features 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a study.

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The kitchen, with breakfast bar and dining area, is open to the large vaulted great room. An open staircase from the great room can lead to an optional full basement. A second floor option can add a loft / bedroom combination or two additional guest bedrooms with an additional bath. The private owner’s suite with tray ceiling includes a walk-in closet and private bath with 5-foot shower and double vanities. This versatile floor plan can also be expanded with a rear sunroom..

View a Virtual Tour of the Brighton Model here

The Pisa – 1,406 sq.ft  (can be expanded) from the $250’s

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The Pisa features a split-bedroom plan. The Foyer features a large coat closet, with Bedrooms 2 and 3 to your left. Through the house is the Great Room with optional fireplace, open to the Dining Area and with a breakfast bar into the Kitchen. The upgrade Kitchen features an optional gourmet island and a hutch with glass doors. Add the Morning Room for more light and area for entertaining. The Owner’s Bath has a shower as standard, or get the upgraded shower with seat or tub. Add a 4’ extension to the Owner’s Bedroom for a larger walk-in closet and Owner’s Bath. With or without extension, an optional Sitting Area is available to expand the Owner’s Suite into a private retreat. The Pisa includes an Attic that can be just open finished space, or can include an optional bedroom and bath. An optional basement can also be finished with an optional bath. The Pisa has several traditional, classic elevations available.

View a Virtual Tour of the Pisa model here

UPDATE: Jan 2010

The attached town homes at The Settlement built by Ryan Homes will be the Griffin Model. Prices are still being finalized but should be in the lower $200’s ( call or email to be put on the waiting list) The first attached homes should be delivered around the  Sept/Oct 2011 time frame. Sales should commence on town homes beginning in April 2011.

The moment you see the Griffin, you will recognize it immediately as a Ryan villa home of elegance and functional style, with every amenity located on the first floor for the ultimate in convenience in one floor living.. As you enter the expansive foyer, you will see the intricate details immediately with the soaring 2-story ceiling and decorative column accenting the dining room. Through the dining room is the spacious great room with an incredible sloped ceiling. Choose the optional sunroom off of the great room to add light and drama to your new home. The conveniently designed kitchen features an island, plus spacious cabinet and counter space as well as a look-through into the dining room. The washer and dryer are conveniently located next to the dinette. The luxurious first-floor owner’s suite features a gigantic walk-in closet and dual vanity, and can be upgraded with an optional tray ceiling, delightful soaking tub and separate shower. Upstairs, there are two additional bedrooms, a loft, full bath and plenty of storage space. Complete your home with an enhanced lower level that can include an optional study and full bath. The Griffin includes three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a two-car garage.

+ All of the lawn and exterior maintenance is taken care of for you, each home is ENERGY STAR® Qualified to save money on energy costs, and each is backed by Ryan Homes’ 10-year warranty.

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See a virtual tour of the Griffin model here

 

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How do you pronounce "Powhatan?" What does it mean?
It’s pronounced "Pow-HAT-un." ("Pow" rhymes with "cow," and "HAT" rhymes with "cat.") Powhatan meant "waterfall" in the Virginia Algonquian language. It was originally the name of Chief Wahunsonacock’s home town (which was located near a waterfall.)

Who were some famous Powhatan Indians?
The most important Powhatan Indian was Chief Powhatan. His real name was Wahunsonacock. "Chief Powhatan" was his title as the leader of the Powhatan Confederacy. Chief Powhatan was actually more like a European king than a traditional Algonquian chief. In most Algonquian tribes, village chiefs came together in councils to make important decisions, and all the chiefs had to agree to take an action.
The most famous Powhatan Indian was Chief Powhatan’s daughter Pocahontas. A lot of stories told about Pocahontas are not true. Pocahontas was only eleven years old when she met John Smith, and they did not have a romance. The story about Pocahontas saving his life may not be true either. But Pocahontas really did marry another English colonist, John Rolfe. It was the most famous interracial marriage of the time. Pocahontas was only 21 when she died, but many people are descended from her son Thomas.

search homes for sale at the settlement williamsburg vaThe Settlement at Powhatan Creek is one of three 55+ active adult communities in the Williamsburg/  James City County area of Virginia. ( Colonial Heritage and The Villas at Five Forks are the others)  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.

Savor the advantages of brand-new construction and quality craftsmanship, the pleasure of a well-designed, maintenance-free home, and the tranquility of beautiful woodland surroundings.

A pedestrian-friendly walking community, The Settlement at Powhatan Creek in Williamsburg is located just minutes away from shopping centers, delectable dining venues, museums, the renowned College of William and Mary and the living history of Colonial Williamsburg.  Less than 5 minutes away are  2 major department stores,( Target, Belk,) a major food store,( Martins) several pharmacies, a full-service gas station, multiple banks, eateries, Office Depot, Pet Smart, Pier One , novelty stores, and service establishments such as video rental and parcel mailing. , next to the stunning array of shops and restaurants in New Town, .New Town is 365-acres of shopping, restaurants, entertainment, offices and homes located at the intersection of Ironbound Road and Monticello Avenue, just off Route 199 and adjacent to The College of William and Mary.  In New Town, you’ll find an extensive outdoor shopping mall with local stores and national chains, fine restaurants and quick eating, a 12-screen movie theater, medical and dental practices, banks and financial services, salons, gyms, the Courthouse and Post Office as well as offices for many of the area’s leading professional firms

Add to this the Mid-County Park complex–complete with “Kidsburg” playground, walking trails, tennis and lighted athletic fields. Around the corner is the 55-mile biking and walking Capital Trail starting at Jamestown and eventually ending in Richmond, VA.

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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.

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 gazebo at the settlement williamsburg vaand other activities, a fishing pond, and a security gate. 
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.

Pool at the settlement williamsburg va Exterior home care,( even roof replacement when needed) lawn care, irrigation system maintenance and full use of the Residents’ Club

Fees at The Settlement range from $175-$250 monthly. $250 for detached homes.

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

Read about the Wayne Harbin and Marque Homes At The Settlement

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The Settlement Siteplan

SITE PLAN FOR THE SETTLEMENT AT POWHATAN CREEK

Neighborhood Amenities at The Settlement

  • Gated Residential Community with Keypad and Security Cameras
  • Two Thirds of the Community Acreage will be Natural Green space
  • Exterior Home and Grounds Maintenance Included in Low Monthly Fee ($250 per month detached homes, $175 per month attached homes)
  • Natural Walking Trails
  • Gazebo, Benches and Pond
  • Nature Overlook
  • Birding Opportunities

Why should you live at The Settlement in Williamsburg VA ?

There are many things that set The Settlement at Powhatan Creek apart from other Active Adult communities:

clubhouse at the settlementRESIDENTS’ CLUB

The focal point of the community is a multi -million dollar Residents’ Club which features indoor and outdoor pools, spa, tennis court, fitness and aerobics rooms, ballroom, spaces for cards, crafts and hobbies, a billiards game room, and a catering kitchen for residents’ use. The full-time activities director oversees club operations, organizes neighborhood clubs and interest groups, schedules educational and instructional classes, and plans trips and events.

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The Settlement is affiliated with the Williamsburg National Golf Club, less than a mile away. The club has two championship 18-hole courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Clark.  Williamsburg National courses are consistently ranked as two of the top courses you can play in Virginia.  Residents of the Settlement are offered special membership incentives, including an initiation fee of only $4,000. Note: You do not have to be a member to play Williamsburg National. Check their website for current specials.

 
CARE-FREE LIVING

The Settlement provides exterior maintenance of your home and grounds–standard. This sets them apart from most other communities. Monthly fees include roof replacement, exterior home care, lawn care, irrigation system maintenance and full use of the Residents’ Club.

 
LOW TAXES

The Settlement at Powhatan Creek is located in James City County, Virginia which has one of the lowest real estate taxes 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.

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Location Map of The Settlement

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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  from nearby 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

Photos from around The Settlement

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Williamsburg Wine and Food Festival

Wine-Logo-sm The first annual Williamsburg Wine and Food Festival is coming to Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg VA on May 22 and 23, 2010. And if you enjoy fine wine, gourmet food and incredible entertainment then you are not going to want to miss this special event.

Christopher Cross, whose five Grammy and Academy awards include the hit "Sailing," will perform

Cross, whose other hits include "Ride Like The Wind", "Arthur’s Theme" from the Dudley Moore comedy "Arthur", and "Think of Laura" is one of two solo artists to win all “Big Four” Grammy Awards for Record, Song, Album and New Artist in the same year.
Concert tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at williamsburgwineandfoodfestival.com or at Colonial Heritage.

The festival runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 23. Food and wine demonstrations will be presented throughout the two-day event, and attendees can view art and purchase boutique items from clothing to jewelry.
The $25 pre-order general admission per person includes food and wine tasting. A two- day general admission is $40. Admission day of is $30 or $50 for two days

More than 30 Virginia wineries and 10 gourmet food vendors have been selected to participate in this two-day extravaganza. Food and wine demonstrations will be presented throughout the weekend, and we are pleased to announce that Kevin Zraly, best selling author of Windows On The World Complete Wine Course and one of the world’s leading wine educators will conduct his signature wine appreciation seminar.

Proceeds from the Williamsburg Wine and Food Festival will be donated to the Colonial Heritage Community Foundation. The Colonial Heritage Community Foundation is a new non-profit organization that supports family caregivers, promotes active aging and strengthens the community through the enrichment of quality of life for all residents of Colonial Heritage and the greater Williamsburg area.

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Read more about Colonial Heritage Active Adult 55+ community here