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Boomers 55+ Housing Wish List

In the course of my job as a real estate agent in the area I work with quite a few 55+ baby Boomers looking to move or considering a move to the area.  Most seem to have similar requests in what they are looking for in a home.

NAHB and Metlife surveyed them to confirm their true desires. Except for the the median price they expect to pay ( $189,426 ) which is way off the Williamsburg median price. Most of the other finding ring true.

So  what are baby boomers looking for in the real estate market? And what are they actually willing to pay for? 

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55+ Active Adult Communities in Hampton Roads, VA

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

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

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

Gloucester , Va– Villas at Gloucester- Coming in 2010

Franklin, VA-Village at Woods End

Portsmouth, VA-Villas of River Pointe – Portsmouth

Smithfield, VA– Villas at Smithfield, Church Square

Suffolk, VA-The Seasons on Lake Meade

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

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

Yorktown, VA-Rainbrook Villas, Villas at Yorktown

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

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

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5395 This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf.  John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market.  His websites, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and   www.MrWilliamsburg.com, were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, with the hopes of selling a house now and again.  You can reach him at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SITE PLAN FOR THE SETTLEMENT AT POWHATAN CREEK

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Location Map of The Settlement

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

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

 

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

 

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

About Roger McLellon:

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

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

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

The Settlement on top 25 list

Top Retirements a website devoted to places to retire has named The Settlement at Powhatan Creek in Williamsburg/ James City County VA.   among the 25 Best Active Adult Communities for 2009.

DSCN0502 The top communities were chosen on the basis of visitor popularity at the website Jan. 1-Aug. 1.The communities with the most page visits to their listings were the winners. According to the website, the 55+ communities making the list are, for the most part, from towns that are in the 25 best places to retire at Top retirements.

After checking the website I noted that no other 55+ communities were listed for the Williamsburg VA area. Fords Colony, New Town and Governors Land were listed though. It maybe a coincidence but The Settlement was the only Paid advertiser in the Williamsburg area that was selected.

You can search homes for sale in the three 55+ active adult communities in Williamsburg, VA ( The Settlement, Colonial Heritage & The Villas at Five Forks) here

Colonial Heritage new model update Williamsburg VA

 

ch9 Colonial Heritage an active adult community in Williamsburg VA has begun building and selling seven brand new plans which will be ready for fall deliveries.

There are 5 new single family floor plans  and two duplex/ attached floor plans being built.

Basements will be available  on all of the single family homes, and they have broken ground on the first 5 inventory homes with basements on the golf course.

Prices on these homes start at  $345,990

Prices for the new models start at:

$230,990 for the Duplex and $289,990 for the single family homes

Basements,home-site premiums and upgrades are extra.

colonialheritagehomesforsaleThe  seven newly designed floor plans at Colonial Heritage  will include between 2-3 bedrooms and will range in size from 1400-2500 square feet. The new models are the •Abby/Aldrich Duplex •Boxwood •Foxglove •Christopher Wren •Patrick Henry and The Bayberry

 

You can find all of the new plans below:

Aldrich Town Home Floor plan

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Boxwood  Detached Floor Plan

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Foxglove Detached Floor Plan

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Patrick Henry Detached Model Floor Plan

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Williamsburg, VA Golf-Colonial Heritage

chclubhouse1 The Colonial Heritage Golf Course  designed by well known golf course architect Arthur Hills opened in late fall 2006.  The course features large greens and several deep ravines. Holes to remember are the par four 8th and par five 14th. Both are distinctly different and leave little room for errant shots!

The 18-hole 6,920 yard, par-72 championship golf course offers golfers 5 sets of tees to choose from and incorporates the natural rolling terrain, glistening lakes and undulating fairways.
5thholecolonialheritageSet amid the historical backdrop of Williamsburg, Colonial Heritage Club offers visitors and residents an inviting location for championship golf, fine dining and entertaining as well as an unparalleled site for hosting weddings and special events.

 

CLICK HERE FOR A COURSE MAP

DAILY RATES:

  Jan-Mar & Nov-Dec   April-Oct
Weekday (Monday – Thursday) $50 $55
Weekend (Friday – Sunday) $55 $60
Twilight (Daily) $35 $35
**All above listed green fee rates include golf car rental.

To book your tee time call the Golf Shop at 757.645.2030

 

 

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

Become a Member of the Colonial Heritage Club and enjoy special golf and amenity privileges at this exclusive Williamsburg golf resort.

Patriot

Non-Resident Annual Golf Membership

  • Unlimited Green Fees
  • Unlimited Range Balls & Use of Practice Facility
  • Handicap Service
  • Cart Fees Only $15 (18-hole) or $10 (9-hole)
  • Charging Privileges (with signed application)

Individual: $2,000
Individual & Spouse: $3,000

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Resident Annual Golf Membership

  • Unlimited Green Fees
  • Unlimited Range Balls & Use of Practice Facility
  • Handicap Service
  • Cart Fees Only $15 (18-hole) or $10 (9-hole)
  • Full Golf and F&B Amenity Privileges

One Time Initiation Fee: $1,000
Individual: $160 month
Individual & Spouse: $250 month

Resident Annual Cart Plan

Individual: $1,200
Individual & Spouse: $1,650

To inquire about Membership opportunities please email or call the Golf Shop at 757.645.2030

 

Comments from Golfers at Colonial Heritage:

2008  Best kept secret in Williamsburg!!

-Beautiful, well-maintained, chess game.

Yardage book is a must. Luckily, they handed me one when I paid.
Study the book carefully and decide your strategy all the way to the green BEFORE you put your tee in the ground!
This is not a “grip it and rip it” course. On several holes, you really need to weigh risk/ reward before you pull out the driver. Many people complain about this course being too hard– but it is not at all, if you THINK first!

Best thing about it…. it’s empty! I played last weekend (Labor Day). Saturday I played 9 holes, teed off around 5:30. Sunday I played 18, starting around 4. I did not see another person on the course. No Exaggeration!

If you want a beautiful chess game of a golf course all to yourself, you gotta try this place!

(I debated quite a bit about sharing my secret, but its too good not to share. Plus, I’d hate for them to close because of lack of business, it’s obvious they put a lot of money into the maintenance. So, PLEASE don’t come when I’m there… I like it empty.)

 2008- We were a female and a new male golfer, and we played this challenging – gorgeous! – course in July, ‘08 in 106 degree weather. It was a fantastic golf course/experience, and we will be sure to recommend the course to all our friends. In fact, we’d even consider moving to the community – just to have more access to the course. It is spectacular!

ProShop personnel were friendly and helpful, and there was a valuable booklet available for purchase that gave excellent descriptions of each hole – and was available for only $1.00!!!

Final comment – don’t be intimidated. It’s a challenging course, but it’s well within the reach of players who are aware of their own capabilities and willing to let better players play-thru and enjoy their own game.

2008- Beautiful and deceptive, some will say too tricky, and I will guarantee it kicks your butt by ten strokes more than you usually shoot. Too many blind shots make it imperative to have a map of the hole or caddy neither of which are provided. (You do get a pin placement map but that is it). My heart hurts to see such a beautiful course falling to recession with a skeleton staff, no on course attendants, and a cloud of doom on the faces of the few remaining workers.

2008- Gorgeous course! Local knowledge a huge plus. Greens like pool table tops, yet very fair.

2007 – wow, what a beautiful course! very challenging. must hit fairways to score well. excellent!

Williamsburg, VA Real Estate- Builder Specials- Colonial Heritage, 55+ Active Adult Gated Golf Community

It’s Inventory Sale Time at Colonial Heritage!

Over the last few months Colonial Heritage has been selling off their remaining chclubhousebackinventory in anticipation of opening a new model park this summer. All Homes Must Go!

Be one of the few that get an opportunity to purchase one of the discounted remaining inventory homes. 

As part of a special promotion, they are offering the 2009 Precedent Pi2 Electric Golf C ar by Club Car with any inventory home purchase that can settle/close before the end of May, 2009 .  These new Golf Carts will have the Ambassador Club Pineapple emblem that is the new Colonial Heritage Logo.  All golf carts will be a special cream color to stand out as an example of the pride of homeownership  at Colonial Heritage .

If owning a golf cart is not something you find appealing, perhaps 6 months ch7 free mortgage   would be a better offer for you to help you ease the stress of selling your home and not being saddled with 2 mortgages.  This guarantees two things, you get to pick the home of your dreams and you do not have to move twice.  If you choose this incentive you can be mortgage free on a home until January 2010.

The list of homes available was 32 at the beginning of the year, and now we are down to the last 14 The homes  available as of today are:

Oakleaf I -  1900 sq foot Rancher on the 6th Green of the Colonial Heritage Golf Course.  Was $344,990 NOW $285,000

ch1 Oakleaf II – 4 Bedrooms 3 full baths on the 11th fairway of the Colonial Heritage Golf Course.  Was $373,990 NOW $299,000

Tigerlilly I   on homesite 2211 – beautiful woods/golf/pond view.  Was $449,990 NOW $379,000

Tigerlilly I on homesite  1548 – lovely rancher on the 18th fairway of the Colonial Heritage Golf Course overlooking the clubhouse.  Was $462,490 NOW

$379,000

Lakemont I on homesite 3107 – 2400 SQ ft rancher on the 10th Fairway of the Colonial Heritage Golf Course with a water view.  Was $487,990 NOW

chpoolwilliamsburg $375,000

Lakemont II on homesite 3106 – 3000 sq ft on the 10th fairway with a water view.  Was $514,990 NOW  $399,000

(Three) Turnberry II Villa/ Attached Town Homes -2967 sq ft end  Was $346,990  NOW $295,000 to $297,000

(Three)  Aspen II villa/ Attached Town Homes – 2204 sq ft. 3 bed/3 full baths.  Was $316,990 NOW $250,00 – $255,000

These homes are priced to sell!  Please take time to come in to preview these properties before they are all gone!  Please let me know if you would like floor plans or site plans sent to you.

To schedule  an appointment to see any of these homes or other homes/ communities  in Williamsburg , VA email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or call 757 254 8136

Read more about Colonial Heritage here

 

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