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Introducing The Kenmore Park!

Single level living in an open floor plan with cathedral ceilings, granite counters, and custom cabinetry. Master suite with luxury bath and large walk-in closet.  Finished bonus room.  Located in The Oaks at Fenton Mill. Tucked away in a serene community of rolling woods, spacious half to two acre home sites, and a sprawling recreational area for residents, the Oaks at Fenton Mill is one of Williamsburg’s best kept secrets. Offered at $458,000.

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Featured Community

Monticello Woods is centrally located just off the Monticello corridor, in the heart of town and one of the most desirable locations in the County. The neighborhood is just minutes to shopping and all conveniences, as well as the Mid County park complex (home to Kidsburg, walking trails and lighted athletic fields), the Williamsburg National Golf Course, and the Virginia Capitol Bike Trail. The community, which borders historic Powhatan Creek, also features 50 acres of community property, including its own clubhouse and pool, hiking trails, and several ponds.

The brand new model is 90% complete – stop by and visit on weekends from 1-4.

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This luxurious, new, five bedroom colonial home is located in Westport, Ford’s Colony’s newest neighborhood. Features include 10 ft ceilings, custom trim package, hardwood floors, open kitchen, custom raised panel cabinets, granite counter tops, spacious master suite, and more on 4+ acres of privacy!

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As a third-generation woodworker, Jeff, of J.H. Fisher Construction, began showing an interest in building while he was still a young child.  "Some of my earliest memories are of my father’s woodshop," says Jeff of his childhood days in Chatham, which included learning how to do dovetail joinery and building some of the best forts in the neighborhood. "My forts had skylights, were waterproof, and had screened windows," recalls Jeff.  Looking back, Jeff realizes that he gets the same sense of satisfaction from building today that he did as a child. "In a nutshell, it’s about passion," says Jeff. "To me, that word encompasses everything that is important about building. When people are able to follow their dreams, it shows." Read More About J.H. Fisher Construction

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We are Westport-Meet the future residents.

Many of you have asked who is building in Fords Colony’s newest community.  We’d like to introduce you to the Weslowskis, who will be moving in within a few months.  Look for more Westport Neighbor profiles in the coming months, as sales have been brisk so far this Spring!  Stop in to see us at 3420 Westport on weekend afternoons –( From 1-4) the model is now finished, furnished, and looking great! DSC_0372 (Large)

 

Pat Wesolowski is the finance director of a small city outside Chicago. Her husband, Joe, has a woodworking business there. They both grew up in Chicago, and started dating in high school. When Joe joined the Navy Reserves, Pat went to the University of Illinois, and for more than 30 years — most of their married life — they have lived in the Chicago suburbs. So, deciding to leave the Windy City for a brand new community in Williamsburg was not easy. It was, however, pretty exciting.

“Our home in Westport [part of Ford’s Colony] will be one of the first ones completed, and that’s really exciting,” said Pat. “We’ll get to know the people who come in after us. In fact, we’ve already had dinner with the people who bought the lot next to us.”

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Pat and Joe’s choice of Westport as their retirement home was years in the making. It began around 2006, when they tired of the long and harsh Illinois winters, and started looking at places with more moderate weather.

“We didn’t want six months of winter anymore, but we still wanted a place that has four seasons,” Pat noted. She and Joe were familiar with Williamsburg from Joe’s one-year stint there with the Navy Reserves, and they liked it.“Williamsburg is a great location for us because it’s near the ocean and close to the mountains,” Pat said. “We love the small town feel of Williamsburg, and that it’s close to the bigger cities of Norfolk and Richmond.”

In a 2008 visit to Williamsburg, the couple stayed in a hotel located within Ford’s Colony. “It was our first exposure to that community,” said Pat. “We decided to pop into the sales office and take a tour of the existing homes and the neighborhood. We kind of fell in love with it.”

They didn’t make any decision then, but came back about six months later to take another look, checking out a new section of Ford’s Colony called Westport. “

There were only dirt roads and no utilities,” she said. “But the lots were marked and we found a beautiful 3.5 acre lot.”

Feeling a Little Leery. Westport home sites run 3.5 to 5 acres, and the community is dominated by preserved green space. Although Joe was gung-ho about living in a neighborhood with such large open spaces, Pat was leery at first. “We’ve been in a small subdivision outside of Chicago for 30 years, and we’ve never lived in a home with so much property,” she explained. However, the more she looked, the more Pat warmed to the idea.

“We fell in love with Westport’s openness and the big lot idea,” Pat said. “We liked that the covenants in Westport protect the wooded areas and limit the amount of lawn space. We will have privacy, but we’ll still be part of a neighborhood.

“ Pat also realized it would be easy to fit into the new community. “Westport will be new for everyone, and that will help to foster relationships,” she noted. “There are so many clubs and amenities that it will be easy to meet other people. Another plus for us is that Ford’s Colony has an HOA that is run by the owners themselves, and we like that owners are very involved with the community.

” Finding a Flexible Builder. The couple bought their lot in 2008-2009, but didn’t initiate the building process until this past year. Since they plan to stay in Chicago until their Westport home is ready, their first requirement was that their builder be comfortable working without a local owner.

“We only considered builders who are used to working long distance,” Pat said. “They know when the owners need to be on the site and when they can communicate by email.”

Their second condition was that the builder allow Joe to do a lot of the woodworking. “Joe wanted to do the wood floors, the kitchen cabinets, and the trim work for the house,” said Pat. “We needed to find a builder who was flexible enough to let him do that.”

The couple chose to work with Tim Contrucci, owner of Blackrock Builders, to create their two-level, 4- bedroom Cape. Construction began this year, and the home is already framed and roughed-in for plumbing and electricity. The Wesolowskis plan to fully retire and move in next spring.

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“We’ve never built a home before, just an addition,” said Pat. “But it has all worked out very well. The builder is great, and everyone has made it so easy for us. We have never felt rushed to make a decision, even when we were buying the lot, and that’s a nice feeling.”

Customizing Home Sweet Home. Working with Tim and designer Lisa Sawin, Pat and Joe designed their home to have “a nice-size kitchen,” a separate dining room, and a large butler’s pantry that includes space to keep small kitchen appliances out of sight.

Pat likes to cook, and can see herself doing more of it with her new kitchen space. Meanwhile, Joe is working on the kitchen cabinets. “They will be dark-stained walnut with a traditional styling,” Pat pointed out.

The home will have a first-floor master bedroom suite plus three bedrooms up. It will also have a second floor crafts room built in space that the couple originally planned would be for storage. “I like crafts,” Pat noted. “I used to do scrap booking and sometimes sewing. I’d like to get back into that.”

All told, the house will have about 4,100 square feet of finished space. A bonus room above the garage will be left unfinished for now.

The hardwood flooring will be quarter-sawn white oak, and made by Joe. Joe also will create the wood trims, inside and out. “It won’t be like anyone else’s. It will all be unique,” Pat said. She noted that Joe already has allocated 2 bays of their 3-car garage for woodworking.

The couple plans a deck and screened porch to overlook their small lawn and large, wooded back yard. “Westport requires managing storm water and we’ll have an underground tank for that water,” Pat added. “We are thinking of turning that into some type of water feature, maybe a small stream.”

Looking Ahead to Life in Westport. Pat and Joe aren’t golfers – Ford’s Colony’s championship course does attract many of them — but they do love the outdoors. “We have a boat, and may bring it with us to Westport,” Pat said. “There’s a creek at the back of the neighborhood and I could see Joe kayaking from there to the river.” The creek also offers canoeing and fishing. There is also a four acre parcel destined for future amenities within Westport.

Ford’s Colony also includes pools, tennis courts, walking trails, and picnic areas. All of that will be fun to share with the houseguests the Wesolowskis anticipate. “We expect our Chicago neighbors and friends will visit us, as well as our 27- year-old son and his girlfriend,” Pat said. She and Joe also look forward to seeing close friends who recently moved to Richmond.

Pat knows that it will be bittersweet leaving her longtime home, but she’s enthusiastic about beginning a new life in Ford’s Colony and Westport. “The people there seem to be from many different areas of the country, and I know we’ll get involved with the community,” Pat said, noting the community has a newcomer’s club. “We’ve met a lot of people who live in Ford’s Colony, and they all say we will love it.”

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To further explore building a home or purchasing a lot at Westport or elsewhere in the Williamsburg VA, James City County, New Kent County areas contact  John@MrWilliamsburg.com or 757 254 8136.

 

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Wine, Chocolate, New Construction

Saturday, February 14, 1-4pm valentines dayAt Liz Moore and Associates, HGTV is our Jerry Maguire and Tom Cruise has got nothing on the Scott Brothers. Really, is there anything more romantic than glittering new appliances and the smell of freshly cut lumber?wine seller williamsburg va And so, we have partnered with our most loved builders (you had us at hello!) in Ford’s Colony to host this special event, and we cordially invite you to come along. On Saturday Feb 14 from 1-4pm tour Tour seven fabulous new homes in Fords Colony, Williamsburg VA, see the latest in building innovations, and oh yes, sample wine compliments of the Wine Seller and a selection of chocolates. Grab that special someone and be prepared to fall head over heels! Each home will feature a different wine to sample and chocolate. Yummmm. Homes prices range from $435k to $975k. Visit all of the homes and receive a coupon good for 10% off your next wine purchase at The Wine Seller in Monticello Marketplace. Oh and if you want to meet Mr Williamsburg, I will be at 158 Blackheath serving wine and chocolate. Please come and see me..   valentine day open houses in fords colony williamsburg va   Print the brochure with addresses here

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New subdivision with 222 homes near Water Country approved

After offering York County more than $600,000 to address school capacity issues, Whittaker’s Mill will join King’s Creek and the Marquis in Upper York County.

The York County Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 — with Supervisor Walter Zaremba opposing — on Tuesday night to approve Whittaker’s Mill, a 222-home, 77-acre residential development on Penniman and Winchester roads near the intersection of Route 199 and Interstate 64.

Whittaker’s Mill consists of 114 single-family homes and up to 108 townhouse units with four park areas, a clubhouse, a swimming pool and community garden plots. It touches Cheatham Annex and an industrial property to the west.

Whittaker’s Mill was designed by Brandon Currence Architects who were involved in the planning for a number of communities in the area including Port Warwick, Nelsons Grant, Church Square and many others. The design for Whittakers Mill combines the efficiency and in town feel of a town home community oriented toward an open square at the front of the community. ( similar to Port Warwick). In the back of the community will be traditional single family lots as well as larger estate sized lots with dramatic wooded ravine views.

The town square and neighborhood clubhouse will provide focal points for community social events. Both will enjoy a view of the largest pond in the neighborhood.

The development is located in the York County attendance zones for Magruder Elementary, Queens Lake Middle, and Bruton High Schools. Based on the number of homes proposed planning staff estimate that the proposed development can be expected to generate up to 101 school students – 45 at Magruder Elementary School, 24 at Queens Lake Middle School, and 32 at Bruton High School

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Why are New Homes Getting so Big? Look at Who’s Buying Them

Though the average size of new homes keeps getting bigger, there is more to this home buying trend than meets the eye, according to Census Bureau data presented by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) during the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas in early February.

"The average home size has continued to rise for the past four years, from 2,362 square feet in 2009 to 2,679 square feet in 2013," said Rose Quint, NAHB assistant vice president for survey research.

The share of new homes with at least four bedrooms has also been on an upward trend, rising from 34 percent in 2009 to 48 percent last year.

Meanwhile the percent of homes with at least three full bathrooms has gone from 23 percent in 2010 to 35 percent in 2013, and the share of homes with three-plus garages has climbed from 16 percent in 2010 to 22 percent last year.

The upward trend also applies to the percentage of two-story single-family homes started, with the share steadily rising from 51 percent in 2009 to 60 percent in 2013.

As homes get bigger, so does the average sales price, rising from $248,000 in 2009 to $318,000 in 2013. To find out why homes are getting so big you need to look at who is buying them.

"It requires a high credit score and a nice income to qualify for a mortgage," said Quint, who noted that the spread between the average Experian credit score of all U.S. consumers and the average home borrower’s score has risen from 33 points in the early 2000s to 58 points in 2013.

The median income of new-home buyers has steadily climbed from $91,768 in 2005 to $107,607 in 2011.

During the same period, the number of new-home sales has dramatically declined, from 1.28 million to 306,000.

"There are not as many people who have the income that can qualify for a new home," said Quint.

Most Popular Features in 2014 Homes

The features that builders are most likely to include in a typical single-family home this year are a walk-in closet in the master bedroom, low-e windows, a laundry room and a great room, according to the latest survey by NAHB.

Energy-efficiency is also a key theme, as Energy-Star rated appliances, programmable thermostats and Energy-Star rated windows also rank high on the list.

According to builders, granite countertops, a double-sink and a central island will likely make the cut in the kitchen as well as a linen closet and a private toilet in the bathroom.

Other features that builders are likely to include are first-floor ceilings at least nine-feet high, a front porch, exterior lighting and a patio.

Conversely, the most unlikely features to show up in 2014 homes are laminate kitchen countertops, an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor fireplace, a sunroom, a two-story family room, a media room, a two-story foyer and a whirlpool in the master bathroom.

A variety of new homes are available for sale in the Williamsburg VA. These include condos., town homes, and single family detached homes. Mr Williamsburg is very familiar with all of the locations and builders and would be happy to assist you in finding a home that’s right for you.

New home prices for homes in the Williamsburg area range from the $130′s for a condo in White Hall near Toano to $ 1 million + for a waterfront home in Uncles Neck.

You can search Williamsburg VA  new homes currently for sale here ( NOTE : This list is constantly updated and may not contain all homes available)

Or you can email me or give me a call to further discuss your needs.

New Homes available at The Colonies at Powhatan in Williamsburg VA

Ryan Homes, one of the nation’s largest homebuilding and mortgage banking companies, announces the grand opening of its new Courtland Gate single-family model home at The Colonies at Powhatan in Williamsburg, Virginia. Built by NVR’s Ryan Homes division, The Colonies at Powhatan is a luxurious collection of estate-style homes in the heart of Williamsburg. The new homes at the Colonies at Powhatan are priced from the upper $460,000s.

The Colonies at Powhatan in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Colonies at Powhatan community offers a comfortable lifestyle with a wide range of amenities right on site. The impressive estate homes are set on expansive wooded homesites with graceful cul-de-sac streets that create a sense of seclusion. Elegant details including brick exteriors and architectural shingles add classic elegance to the community. Interiors feature top finishes such as granite countertops and upgraded cabinetry and trim. Residents will enjoy a neighborhood clubhouse, a swimming pool, a playground and a large community lake. Shopping and dining are close by at Monticello and Windsor Meade Marketplace. The Williamsburg area is known for its beautiful golf courses, historic sites, Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens. Homeowners at The Colonies at Powhatan will have a multitude of professional opportunities in education, defense and entertainment. The College of William and Mary is just a few miles away, and major Virginia cities of Newport News, Virginia Beach and Richmond are easily reached.

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Homes Available at The Colonies at Powhatan

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The stately Courtland Gate model offers 4+ bedrooms, 2+ baths and 2,900+ square feet of living space. Enter through the dramatic two-story foyer and find a formal living room and dining room which can be accented with optional columns. Tucked away behind double doors is a secluded study that can be used as a convenient home office. The center island kitchen offers a functional pantry, and the adjacent dinette flows seamlessly into the expansive family room. For even more space, homebuyers may add a sunny morning room and a family room extension. A mud room leads to the 2-car garage. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms, including a huge owner’s suite which may be customized with a personal sitting area. This lavish retreat offers a large walk-in closet and a dual sink vanity and separate soaking tub and shower in the bath. An additional full bath serves the other 3 bedrooms. There is also a upper-level laundry room, and the basement may be finished with a media room, exercise room and powder room.

Like all new Ryan homes, those at The Colonies at Powhatan are fully ENERGY STAR® Certified, yielding monthly utility bills up to 30% lower than standard homes, according to the EPA. All Ryan homes carry 10-year structural warranties, and are independently verified for quality by a third-party inspection company.

For further information about Ryan Homes in Williamsburg VA contact Mr Williamsburg 757 254 8136 or email me at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

Hampton Roads Top Home Builders for 2012

Ryan Homes was again the top builder in Hampton Roads for permits, closings and revenue with 238 permits issued. This is a 16 percent increase over their 2011 volume.

Ryan had 242 closings and $72,036,822 in sales in 18 new home communities throughout the New Kent, Williamsburg, Yorktown and  Hampton Roads areas of Virginia . They are currently building in the Patriots Landing, Oakmont Villas, Stonehouse Glen, White Hall,. Wellington, Windmill Meadows, Greensprings West, (SOLD OUT) Burlington Woods, Powhatan Secondary, RIverwalk Townes , The Settlement, The Village at Quarterpath, The Woods on Mansion Road, Turtle Creek, Eagle Harbor. Crystal Lake South, Culpepper Landing and the Park at Centerville Commons. 

Ryan Home’s  top subdivision was Turtle Creek in Newport News with, 59 closings and $16,655,447 in home sales. Number two on their list was The Settlement at Powhatan Creek, a 55+ active adult community in James City County . Ryan sold 18 detached homes and 13 townhome their for a total of $9,847,885 in sales.

 

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The number two builder in Hampton Roads ( for permits) was Chesapeake Homes with 172 building  permits issued in 11 subdivisions during 2012. Graystone Reserve in Suffolk had the most permits issued with 39.
HHHunt Homes was the number two builder for closings and revenue with 165 home sales recorded and $38,167,764 in revenue.

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HHHunt Homes had closings in eight communities in Hampton Roads during the year, including six detached and two attached. Their top subdivision for 2012 was Meridian Parkside in Newport News with 55 closings and $11,358,545 in revenue

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