• 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

New homes update from Mr Williamsburg

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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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.”

Read more about Fords Colony here

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.

Read more about the neighborhood here

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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NVR-Ryan Homes earnings rise as housing market improves

Homebuilder and mortgage company NVR’s (NVR) stock jumped about 2% Thursday, after the firm reported sharply higher income in its fourth quarter and beat analysts’ estimates, amid rising home sales. The stock is up 9% this year.

New orders increased 22% to 2,625 homes, while settlements were up 17%. The company’s backlog, an indication of future business, rose 35% to 4,979 homes.

NVR builds and sells homes under the trade names Ryan Homes, NVHomes, Fox Ridge Homes and Heartland Homes and operates in 15 states as well as Washington, D.C.

ryan homes new communities in hampton roads and WilliamsburgIn the local Williamsburg and Hampton Roads Market Ryan Homes is dominating the new construction market with better than a 50% share.  

Ryan Homes is currently building in the seventeen communities in the area including Kentlands and Patriots Landing in New Kent, Stonehouse Glen, Burlington Woods, Wellington, Greensprings West, The Settlement at Powhatan Creek, Windmill Meadows, White Hall in James City County/Williamsburg, Sunset Meadows,  Riverwalk Townes and Mansion Woods in York County, Turtle Creek in Newport News, Culpepper Landing, The Park at Centerville Commons, Crystal Lake South in Chesapeake & Eagle Harbor in Carrolton.

Along with building homes, NVR does mortgage banking. It’s loan production was up 23% from a year ago, with operating income from that segment rising 50% to $9.7 million. As housing recovers and amid many refinancing’s

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Search new homes for sale in Yorktown, and other parts of Hampton Roads here

Dreamers need to apply…

Did you know there is a program in James City County that can make you a new- home owner with a total cost of only three thousand dollars out of pocket ?

home near new town from $155kDreaming of owning a home?  Come learn about James City County’s First Time Buyer Program open to those 1st time buyers who live or work in JCC or Williamsburg!  It also applies to folks who have not owned a home in the last three years.

You may be eligible if you earn  between $30,000 – $67,999  and have a credit score of 620 or higher with little or no debt.

Down payment and closing cost assistance are available to qualified first-time homebuyers. Home buyers can choose from a a variety of townhomes, condominiums and single-family homes located in the communities of Ironbound Subdivision,  ( across the street from New Town , Braemar Creek , Liberty Crossing and , Williamsburg Village at Norge

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Meet local Williamsburg VA home builder , Wayne Harbin Builder Inc. who has partnered  with James City County to bring affordable homes to the Williamsburg area.

A total of 32 homes will be built in the Ironbound subdivision. All Wayne Harbin homes will be  EARTHCRAFT certified  to ensure an energy-efficient home that will save you money in the years to come. Utility costs are averaging only $70 monthly for some of the current home owners there.

Want to go ?

This FREE seminar will take place on Thursday, September 13th at 6:30 pm in the Liz Moore and Associates‘ Williamsburg office. 5350 Discovery Park Blvd. in New Town.  (Across from the Green Leafe)

Please RSVP to John@MrWilliamsburg.com  to reserve your seat.  Help us spread the word!

$55 Million In Home Sales in 2011 by Ryan Homes in the area

Ryan Homes was the top builder in Hampton Roads according to the report presented at the 2012 Hampton Roads Real Estate Market Review and Forecast, which was held at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk last Wednesday.

The  event is sponsored by Old Dominion University’s E.V. Williams Center for Real Estate and Economic Development. Representatives from each segment of the market provides a review of the past year and delivers a prognosis for the upcoming year.

HAMPTON ROADS 2011 TOP BUILDERS

Ryan Homes lead the Hampton Roads and Williamsburg region in new home sales with over $55 million in revenue.

Ryan is  is actively building in 11 new communities in Williamsburg/ James City County  and on the Peninsula including eight detached and three townhome communities. They were issued a total of 205 building permits  in 2011 .Their top detached subdivision for building permits was Turtle Creek in Newport News with 36 permits, and the top neighborhood for closings was Fenwick Hills in James City County with 31 sales. Greensprings West also in Williamsburg/James City County was their top community for revenue with $10 million + in sales. Stonehouse Glen had 28 closings for almost $8 million in new homes sales. Other communities t Ryan Homes builds in include Burlington Woods, The Settlement at Powhatan Creek (active adult community), Riverwalk Townhomes in Yorktown, Wellington , White Hall , Sunset Meadows , Oakmont Villas and Patriots Landing . They are soon to announce a new community on the southside of Hampton Roads in Chesapeake Va

Top New Home Neighborhoods in Hampton Roads and Williamsburg VA for 2011

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HHHunt Homes was the No 2 builder for permits with 151 issued during 2011. HHHunt was active in seven communities on the Peninsula during the year including five detached and two attached. Most of the permits were issued to Hampshire Glen in Hampton and Meridian Parkside in Newport News with 57 permits each. The Dragas Companies was the No 3 builder for permits with 134 issued across four communities in Chesapeake including Brighton Park, Kings Pointe, Oakbrooke Crossing and their latest community, The Grove at the Arboretum.

Dragas was the No 2 builder for number of closings with 155 recorded during 2011. Southmoor in Virginia Beach had the most closings at 46. HHHunt Homes was the No 3 builder for number of closings recorded with 106. Hampshire Glen in Hampton had the most with 46.

HAMPTON ROADS 2011 TOP SUBDIVISIONS

For 2011, the top two subdivisions for new construction were both attached homes (townhomes/ condos). The No 1 subdivision was Kings Pointe at Western Branch in Chesapeake with 70 permits.# 2  was Windy Knolls in Newport News with 63 permits  The top single family detached subdivision for permits was Hampshire Glen in Hampton. Of the 60 permits issued, 57 were to HHHunt Homes

The top subdivision for closings and revenue for 2011 in Hampton Roads and Williamsburg  was Colonial Heritage in James City County by The Lennar Corporation. Of the 63 closings recorded, 44 were detached and 19 were duplexes with average closing prices of $353,564 and $258,368.

Hampshire Glen was No 2 for closings with 54 , divided between HHHunt Homes (46), Sadler Building Corp (5) and Stylecraft Homes (3). Southmoor at Ridgely Manor in Virginia Beach was No 3 with 46 closings at an average price of $163,809.

Sherwood Lakes in Virginia Beach was the # 2 community for revenue in Hampton Roads with $17,916,153 in sales revenue Heritage Park in Virginia Beach was the # 3 community for revenue with 29 closings totaling $17,690,898.

Top Builders in Sales in Hampton Roads and Williamsburg VA region.

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bannerpsst … 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 areas of Virginia 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 the Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads area and  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.

Here you can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities, condos and townhomes , foreclosures/ REOland, building lots, commercial property  in Williamsburg , Yorktown, New Kent, Gloucester, Poquoson as well as the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads, Virginia
You can reach John by phone at 757-254-8136 or email him atJohn@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

New homes are getting larger, fancier, how can this be ?

The NAHB, (National Association of Home Builders) looked at data from the Census Bureau, to spot new home trends in 2011.

Some of the more interesting facts about new single-family homes started in 2011 include:

  • Average home size rose to 2,522 square feet, up 6% from 2,381 square feet in 2010.
  • The number of 4 + bedroom homes built rose to 42%, up from 36% in 2010.
  • The number of homes built with  3 + full baths jumped to 28%, up from 23% in 2010.
  • Homes built with a finished basement jumped to 30%, up from 25% in 2010  (basement counts towards total square footage if finished by the builder). this might explain #1
  • The share with a 3-car garage or more reversed a six year trend, rising to 18% from 16% in 2010.
  • The average sales price of new rose to $274,400, up from $264,900 in 2010.

search new homes in Williamsburg, james city county, york county vaNAHB ponders an interesting question: how can the average home be getting bigger, more expensive, and have more amenities when the housing market remains weak and the overall economy is yet to see a robust recovery?  The answer is simple: it comes down to who has been buying homes.  In the last couple of years, a typical home buyer had to have a 20% down payment, a high credit score, well-documented income, and stable employment history in order to qualify for a mortgage. 

I beg to differ, in my own experience selling new homes in the Williamsburg area prices for new homes have dropped dramatically over the past three years. A case in point. In January of 2008 there were a few new home sales in the Stonehouse Glen community in Toano for prices approaching $800k. The homes were approximately 6200 square feet. With the new price reductions you can now build a similar home for about $550k.

I just sold a new condo in White Hall for the $130’s , that same size condo with less features was selling in the $180’s in 2009

Prior to 2007, Homes with basements in the Williamsburg VA were mostly found in the $500k and up price range. You can now buy townhomes with basements in the $200’s and detached homes with basements now start in the $270’s. I sold one home in White Hall with a finished basement and 4100 square feet for $310k !

Another fact in my own experience , a large majority of buyers I work with are buying homes (new and resale) with ZERO down payments, ( VA loans) or 3.5% down payments ( FHA loans) I think that’s the case in the Williamsburg VA for the majority of homes priced $350k or under .

 

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 new 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

New Condos Proposed for Williamsburg VA

Carlton Holdings, LLC is applying for a special use permit to construct a commercial building and 29 residential condos next to the Velvet Shoestring Consignment Store on Second Street in Williamsburg.

The mixed use development will contain 13,250 square feet of commercial space in a one story building.

A public hearing will be held on August 17,2011 @ 3:30pm in the council chambers of the Stryker Building ,412 North Boundary St, Williamsburg VA to consider the application.

Site plans and proposed elevations are shown below.

 

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Location of Proposed Condos and Commercial Space

 

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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.

Governors Grove Neighborhood Spotlight- Williamsburg VA

DSCN2188_edited The Governors Grove community will feature townhome style condos with private entrances and versatile floor plans ranging in size from 1400 to 2600 square feet. Two to four bedrooms and the option of having up to four bathrooms will highlight these diverse model plans designed in this exceptional new community. Two-story units with front parking, and three-story models with single car garages will comprise the available plans at Governor’s Grove.

Prices as of Jan 2011 start at $199,000 and range to $232,000. Monthly HOA fees are $153 monthly and cover All Yard Maintenance; Common Area Maintenance; Exterior Building Maintenance, ; Garbage Removal; Limited Insurance; HOA Management; and eventual Pool Maintenance.

    Search Condos For Sale At Governors Grove

The Governors Grove Community amenities will eventually include playgrounds, recreation area and pool with a cabana building although construction has not started on the amenities yet.

image When complete the community  will contain approximately 132 condo/ town homes on 14 + acres.

Additionally the developer is currently seeking approval for a new free standing Rite Aid drugstore near the intersection of  John Tyler Highway and Ironbound Rd behind the Zooms .

Quickfacts:

Price Range:
Low $199s- $230s

New/Resale:
New only

Age Restriction:
No

Community Type:
Condo

Construction Dates:
2010 >

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Do you have a question about this community?

Would you like a brochure, floor plans, or listings of homes for sale in this community?

Send me an email and I will get back to you right away or fill out my New Home Update Form and I will keep you updated on new home communities and homes throughout the New Kent, Williamsburg and Hampton Roads VA areas.

Chesapeake Homes  is a new home builder in currently building homes in  Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Portsmouth, VA and Moyock, NC. Their current communities include , single family and townhomes at New Port at Victory, Cornerstone, Remington Park, Graystone Reserve, Parkside at Bennett’s Creek, Orchard at Glenwood, Nichols Park, Bluegrass Park, Woodland Park, Grove, Rosecrest, Highland Green, Belmont Park, Estates of Eagle Creek and Balmoral

 

map Location of Governors Grove at Five Forks Williamsburg, VA

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This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf.  John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of 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 757.236.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com

New Homes Now Available at Burlington Woods in Williamsburg, VA

Ryan homes has now unveiled the new home offerings to be built at Burlington Woods. The first homes should take about 5-6 months to complete from time of contract.

springbrook ryan homes williamsburg va Burlington Woods in James City County, Williamsburg VA will consist of 26 lots that will be from one-quarter to one-third of an acre. Home prices start in the $290”s and range in size from 2000 square feet and up. Basements will be available on some of the lots. The community will offer a playground for kids. All of the lots back up to a wooded green-space buffer. Lot sizes average around 13000 square feet. ( around a third of an acre). Approximately 35% or 6 acres of the 17 acres is non-developed green-space. Home owner association fees are $45 monthly.

Pre-selling has now begun.

Ryan Homes is the largest new home builder in the Richmond / Williamsburg VA Corridor. They offer one of the best values for new construction in the area.

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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  or call 757 254 8136.
I can supply you with pricing, floor plans, video, virtual tours, photos of everything that is available.

These single family homes feature 3+ bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 2 car garages. You can personalize your home with sunrooms or basements for those desiring additional living space. The option list is endless allowing you to create exactly what you want in your own “dream home”

Convenient to shopping and dining in Williamsburg
Open expansive floor plans
2-car Garages
Up to 5 bedrooms
Williamsburg.James City County Schools

Square footages range from 2000 square feet to 3000 +

Prices: from the $290’s

Available Home Designs in Burlington Woods    
Florence Low $290’s

  Savoy Upper $290’s

Venice Under $310’s

  Milan Low $310’s

Springbrook Upper $310’s

  Naples Upper $310’s

Rome Low $330’s

   

Burlington Woods Williamsburg VA Site-plan

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Click here for a map to Burlington Woods New Home Community in Williamsburg, VA  Click here for a location map for Burlington Woods New Home Neighborhood in Williamsburg/ James City County VA

Williamsburg VA Windmill Meadows New Homes Update

windmill meadows new homes williamsburg va Associated Developers and Beamon Construction have opened a new community off of Centerville Rd in Williamsburg James City County Virginia.  more information at www.williamsburgsrealestate.com Associated Developers and Beamon Construction have opened a new community off of Centerville Rd in Williamsburg James City County Virginia. 

The Village at Windmill Meadows is  a 40 acre community with new homes starting from the $400,000’s . Originally the site of a farm. The old windmill from that farm has been restored and now stands sentry at the entrance to the neighborhood.

Seventy Eight new homes are slated for construction. There two models finished and available for viewing.

 Search homes for sale in Windmill Meadows in Williamsburg/ James City County , Virginia

Williamsburg/ James City County Schools assigned at this time are Norge Elementary, Toano Middle and the new Warhill High School although there will be redistricting in 2010 when the new middle and elementary schools open. There is a high probability that the neighborhood will be zoned for the new Elementary and Middle Schools.

The new elementary school will bear the name of the late Dr. J. Blaine Blayton, a well‐known African American physician who practiced medicine for 50 years in the Williamsburg area and beyond. The new middle school will honor Lois S. Hornsby, a longtime fixture in the Williamsburg , VA community.

 

Explore Williamsburg/ James City County Schools website here

Fox Hill and Longhill Station are the nearest neighborhoods to Windmill Meadows.

windmill meadows williamsburg va Associated Developers and Beamon Construction have opened a new community off of Centerville Rd in Williamsburg James City County Virginia. Upon researching the approval of the neighborhood on the James City County Planning site I noticed that there is a restrictive covenant which prohibits outdoor irrigation of any kind from the public water supply. This apparently is part of A Water Conservation Agreement with our local water supplier JCSA ( James City County Service Authority). This is a pretty radical proposal. NO watering your yard !

It will be interesting to see if anyone installs a cistern to store rainwater. I am assuming this would be the only way you can water a yard in Windmill Meadows.

Homes are being built by Beamer Construction of Williamsburg VA. Beamer has built many homes in the area and was the developer of the Powhatan Secondary community.

The homes being built by Beamer Construction at Windmill Meadows are Earthcraft Certified.

EarthCraft House is a green building program that serves as a blueprint for healthy comfortable homes that reduce utility bills and protect the environment. The aim of the program is to help home builders be leaders in smart growth management and environmental stewardship.

Building an EarthCraft House is about constructing a healthy, more valuable home while minimizing environmental impacts. EarthCraft House follows a systems approach to home building that stresses an understanding of how the different components of a home work together. This approach results in a home that performs better, is more economical for the homeowner and costs little more to build than a comparable home built with standard construction practices.

EarthCraft House guidelines address energy efficiency, durability, indoor air quality, resource efficiency, waste management, and water conservation.

Today’s home buyers want to get the most house for their money. In addition to paying a monthly mortgage, home owners must also pay for utilities, maintenance and repair. All of these factors must be taken into consideration when determining the true cost of home ownership. A durable energy efficient house can be more economical and affordable even if it has a higher asking price than another home built with standard construction practices. (True cost of home ownership ).

 

Read more about the Earthcraft Home builder program in Virginia here

Contact John Womeldorf/ Mr Williamsburg for information on ALL New Homes and New Home Communities in the Williamsburg/ James City County/ York County, Gloucester and New Kent areas of Virginia.

You can email me here John@MrWilliamsburg.com or call me directly at 757 254 8136 

Location Map of the Windmill Meadows Neighborhood in Williamsburg VA

 

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Williamsburg VA- Foundation Square Condos

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Amazing… you can live in Foundation Square in New Town for as little as $914 per month (principal and interest on your mortgage payment) for the first year.  Now is the time to act!

During the first year, you’ll benefit from a 2% reduction on your rate.  You’ll pay based on the locked-in rate of 4.25% (4.603% APR).  For example, on a $299,900 luxury condo with 20% down payment on a 30-year $239,920 fixed-rate mortgage you would make:

12 monthly payments of $914 with an interest rate of 2.25%. 

This will be followed by 348 payments of $1177 with an interest rate of 4.25%.

Why wait when you can take advantage of the great interest rates & wonderful limited time incentives!

* Offer may not exceed maximum seller contribution limits established by lender.  Payments and rates listed above are based upon 1/16/09 SunTrust Mortgage Rates.  Payments and rates provided by Jolynn Musel, SunTrust Mortgage, 

Rates subject to change.  See below for SunTrust Mortgage Disclosure.

Foundation Square’s architect, Magoon & Associates,

recently won the Award of Merit by the

Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate

for their beautiful work over at Foundation Square!

call anytime for an appointment!   John Womeldorf/ Buyers Agent with Liz Moore and Associates at (757)  254- 8136.

Living in Foundation Square makes life easier!

Free yourself from the daily upkeep of house and yardwork!

Have the ability to leave for faraway destinations on a moments notice!

Tired of walking up steps all the time?  With direct elevator access from the private underground garage level to your residential floor, here you will find true one-level living.  There is even a generator dedicated only to Foundation Square that operates the elevators in case of a power outage!

Enjoy your own assigned deeded parking space in Foundation Square’s gated and private underground garage!

At Foundation Square, you will be living in the center of New Town!  Stroll down tree lined streets to fantastic restaurants, shopping, the bookstore, the movie theater, doctors, dentists and more!

Living in Foundation Square affords you the opportunity to focus your energy on where it should be… YOU!

Be it rock bottom interest rates or the possibility of no mortgage payments for up to the first six months, we will work with you to determine the most advantageous way to use the limited time incentives!  We look forward to speaking with you soon!

 

John@MrWilliamsburg.com

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Williamsburg VA Real Estate ” Village at Quarterpath looking to re-tool !

 John Womeldorf is Mr. Williamsburg, sharing his thoughts, real estate expertise, and “all things Williamsburg” in an effort to spread the word that Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, Virginia is the greatest place on earth to live!

Update The Village at Quarterpath, Williamsburg, Virginia

  Town Homes at Village at Quarterpath, Williamsburg VAResearch the area at www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com

Or ask any questions about homes, neighborhoods, schools, amenities, recreation , shopping or anything else about the area.

The developers of The Village at Quarterpath ( Wermers Development) are seeking to increase the density of the project from what was initially approved.

 In it’s initial approval by the City of Williamsburg  The Village at Quarterpath was to have a total of 77 dwellings. The number of homes in the Village at Quarterpath would expand by 55% beyond what’s  been long approved. To sweeten the deal, proffers will provide some affordable housing. This would have been comprised of 41 detached homes and 36 town homes.  Since the downturn in the real estate market they are now requesting approval to build a total of 122 dwellings this being comprised of 6 detached homes, 36 duplexes and 77 town homes..

Town Homes at Village at Quarterpath, Williamsburg VAThe developers are also seeking a zoning change from the RM-1 district, which allows eight units per acre, to RM-2, which allows 14.

 “Due to uncontrollable economic and real estate market conditions, we now find it necessary to reposition this community,” wrote L&B Quarterpath LLC, the development company, in its application for the change.

Proffers proposed by Wermers Development would cap the rentals at 20% and stipulate that 10% of the units will be sold for less than $220,000. The city earlier exempted Quarterpath from affordables.

Prices being porposed by the developer are to average sale prices of a townhouse at $250,000 and their size from 1,350 to 1,710 square feet. The new plan calls for smaller front and side yards than are typically required in the RM-2 zoning district. 

Click here to search all new and resale detached homes, townhomes for sale in The Village at Quarterpath in the City of Williamsburg, Virginia 

 Mr Williamsburg.com " Williamsburg VA. Real Estate This informational update provided by Mr Williamsburg.com/ John Womeldorf . A local Realtor assisting home buyers and sellers in the Hampton Roads and Williamsburg areas of Virginia.

Contact me at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

Research the area at www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com

Or ask any questions about homes, neighborhoods, schools, amenities, recreation , shopping or anything else about the area.

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Click here to Search all homes, town homes, condos and building lots for sale in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent, York, Gloucester, Charles City Virginia

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Braemar Creek Condos A Williamsburg VA Community Spotlight by “Mr Williamsburg”

Braemar Creek at Greensprings Plantation

Surrounded by the Williamsburg National Golf Course Braemar Creek at Greensprings Plantation is an innovatively designed town home style condominium community located just minutes from New Town and Monticello Marketplace in James City County Williamsburg VA. A 2½ acre lake, and and a 200 acre nature preserve are close by as well
Braemar Creek at Greensprings Plantation will be comprised of two separate collections of homes. One, two, and three bedrooms, sun rooms, media rooms, downstairs bedrooms and garages are just some of the features showcased in the twelve models that are available at Braemar Creek.

The Woodlands Collection areattractively priced starting under $200k. 6 different models are available with floor plans to suit most anyone. One floor and two floor models are available.

The newest addition to the community of Braemar Creek is the The Linkside Collection . These luxury, maintenance-free condominium community feature two and three bedrooms homes all with  with garages, some with sun rooms and screened patios. These attached condominium homes attractively priced in the mid 200’s.5 different floor plans are available with with both one and two level designs. Braemar Creek Amenities include:  A huge 3500 square foot clubhouse that contains an extensive Workout Room, Lounge, a Full Scale Kitchen, Game Area with Big Screen Tv and Fireplace, Huge Porch That Overlooks the 30×60′ Pool , Playground, Tennis Courts

Plantation Group, LLC,  is the Williamsburg area member of The Bush Companies, a closely held group of companies affiliated through overlapping ownership and common management. Formed in 1990 to serve as the developer and builder of the Powhatan Plantation and Greensprings Plantation resort properties, the Company took its name based upon its involvement with interval ownership resorts having “Plantation” in their names. Today, four interval ownership resort properties in the Williamsburg area have Plantation Group, LLC as their land developer and builder.

Other local area credits of the Company and its principals include development of the 1,402-acre Greensprings Plantation community in James City County In addition to Foundation Square in New Town, the Company is also under contract for the construction of two major office buildings within New Town’s Discovery Park.

Primarily a luxury multi-family residential development organization, The Bush Companies market extends from Baltimore to Lexington Kentucky. Recent credits in the region include “414 Water Street,” a 30-story Inner Harbor condominium in Baltimore that is under construction and nearly sold out and “The Residences at Station Square,” a 309-unit condominium in the final stages of delivery to purchasers located just two blocks from the Clarendon Metro station in Arlington, Virginia.

Plantation Group, LLC and its principals take pride in delivering their customers residences with innovative designs and standard luxury features that provide an exceptional value at a very competitive price.

Click here to Search all town home condo homes for sale at Braemar Creek both new and resale 

As of 11/24/2008 there were 28 condos for sale in Braemar Creek. Prices ranged from $202,000 to $319,900. Sizes ranged from 1192 to almost 2000 square feet of living space. In the last 12 months there were 38 sales in Braemar Creek . The majority of these were new. 6 are currently under contract.  All salesa figures are from the Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors MLS ( WAAR)


Fords Colony Project Delayed

 From an article in The VA Gazette by By Cortney Langley

A large continuing care retirement community at Ford’s Colony in James City County, Williamsburg VA has fallen victim to the credit markets seizing up. The financing dried up overnight but may ease up before long.

“There’s no way to mince words with that,” Realtec vice president Drew Mulhare said Thursday. “The contract we had with Windsor Healthcare [Management] is on hold right now, having to do with the economy and the credit crunch. So we’re expanding our search for a partner at this point.”

Windsor had been responsible for bringing in financing for the land and  construction, as well as the development team and the health care management company.

Mulhare said the delay won’t scuttle the project. “We wanted to complete the land transaction and kick the marketing off this fall, and we’re behind on that,” he said. But ground-breaking wasn’t scheduled for two more years anyway, after enough units were pre-sold to begin the first phase, he said.

“We don’t want to give anyone the impression this has come and gone,” he insisted. “This is not going to blow away in the wind. I would just call it a very unfortunate coincidence. When we were trying to put this thing together, the stock market tanked. I’m hoping we’ll get it back on track by the end of the year.”

Mulhare said Realtec is in talks with other health care providers. He emphasized that the negotiations are nationwide and not limited to local players.

He outlined a predicament facing many developers. Investors, whose wealth is tied up in the stock market, would have to sell at deep losses to try to invest elsewhere.

“We are talking to folks now who are telling us, ‘Our investment portfolio is down 25 percent just like everyone. And now is not the time to sell,’” he said. While the delay has pushed back the marketing schedule, Mulhare expects construction to still happen in 2010. He’s also recently seen some positive indicators. Where sales in Ford’s Colony, Williamsburg began to slow in 2007, they dropped to a trickle this summer. During October, more people are making serious offers, he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colonial Heritage Williamsburg Virginia 55+ Active Adult Community

Finely crafted  homes combined with a amazing $18 million amenity package make Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg Virginia one of Virginia’s premier golf communities for active adults age 55 and better.Colonial Heritage features an impressive selection of traditionally styled luxury homes, carriage homes and villas surrounding a magnificent 170 + acre Arthur Hills golf course, with a spacious clubhouse, a deluxe athletic club, indoor and outdoor pools and a community-oriented activities program that will help make your social life as full as you like.The low-maintenance homes have been carefully designed for gracious single-level living, incorporating spacious ground-floor master suites and open and airy floor plans that are perfect for entertaining.  Some of the homes incorporate basements.The property is located only minutes away from Colonial Williamsburg and the many other cultural and historical attractions of eastern Virginia’s tidewater region, offering buyers an unsurpassed lifestyle that blends city conveniences with small-town charm, low real estate taxes and truly beautiful surroundings. Standard features on the new homes at Colonial Heritage include: Merillat Furniture Finished Cabinetry,Granite Countertop with Stainless Steel Sink,GE® Gourmet Kitchen w/Multi Cycle Dishwasher, side by side Stainbless Refrigerator w/Icemaker and Waterline, Gas Cooktop, Wall Oven (per plan) and Microwave , 13 Seer Carrier® Air Conditioning w/Digital Thermostat, Carrier® High Efficiency Gas Furnance, OSB Exterior Sheething, 80 Gallon Electric Hot Water Heater,  36” Fireplace—Gas Direct Vent with Remote control, Structured Wiring Package, Seagull® Lighting Package and Recess Lighting, Ceiling Fan in Every Bedroom, Sunroom, and Family Room, Professional Paint Package, Colonial Trim Package, Hardwood Flooring (per plan), Ceramic Tile Floors in all Baths, Laundry, & Sunroom (per plan), Convenient Laundry Room with Laundry Tub (per plan),  Variety of Exterior Elevations and Coordinated Color Schemes, Low Maintenance Exterior, Certainteed Landmark 25 year Fiberglass Roof Shingles, Double Pane insulated Low-E Glass Windows, Raised Panel Garage Door w/Automatic Openers and Remote Control

 

Colonial Heritage Info:
 
 

 

The 18-hole “Colonial” course at the Colonial Heritage Golf Club facility in Williamsburg, Virginia features 6,889 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Designed by Arthur Hills, ASGCA, the Colonial golf course opened in 2006. Western Golf Properties, LLC manages this facility, with Tim Johnson as the General Manager.

Acreage: 1500 acres
Gatehouse: The development features gated entry with 24-hour staffing.
Club Structure: Colonial Heritage is a semiprivate club. Golf memberships are available to homeowners, but are not required to use club facilities.
Golf: The centerpiece of the community is a superb championship golf course designed by the renowned Arthur Hills. The course winds its way through the neighborhoods of Colonial Heritage, with a practice putting green, driving range and pro shop on-site.
Clubhouse: The focal point of recreational, social and cultural activities within the community is an exquisite 25,000-square-foot clubhouse with a grand ballroom, fine and casual dining, a relaxing lounge, card and billiard rooms, a library with computer stations, a woodworking shop and an arts and crafts room.The Fitness Center, which is equipped with state of the art workout equipment, also houses an indoor swimming pool and workout classroom. The Fitness Center is staffed by caring professionals. In addition, there is a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, four (4) tennis courts, two (2) Bocce Courts, and the beautiful 18 hole championship golf course right outside your door that provides Colonial Heritage residents an enviable lifestyle here that is anything but retiring.
Tennis: Four hard tennis courts
Fitness:  The Fitness Center, which is equipped with state of the art workout equipment, also houses an indoor swimming pool and workout classroom. The Fitness Center is staffed by caring professionals. In addition, there is a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, four (4) tennis courts, two (2) Bocce Courts, and the beautiful 18 hole championship golf course right outside your door that provides Colonial Heritage residents an enviable lifestyle here that is anything but retiring. Fitness classes offered include, Aerobics, Aquacise, Body Sculpting, Yoga, and Personal Training
Recreation: Additional recreational facilities include tennis courts, manicured green space for lawn sports and miles of hiking and biking trails, with a full-time recreation director on staff to organize a full calendar of community events and activities.
Swimming: Private recreational facilities include an outdoor pool with an expansive terrace and a heated indoor pool and whirlpool.
Dining and Shopping: The Williamsburg area harbors a wide spectrum of dining and retail options, including several major shopping malls, arts and crafts centers, antiques dealers and outlet shops located minutes away from Colonial Heritage. The clubhouse offers a choice of casual and fine dining, while area restaurants range from fast food chains to gourmet restaurants, many specializing in nouvelle and traditional American fare.
Area Attractions: Virginia’s Historic Triangle region is one of the nation’s top destinations for historical tourism, with the fascinating colonial settlements of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown joined by the 23-mile Colonial Parkway. In addition to Colonial Williamsburg and other well-preserved pre-Revolutionary settlements, residents have easy access to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the scenic Virginia wine country and to fishing and boating on Chesapeake Bay and the James and York rivers. Colonial Heritage is less than an hour from Richmond, Virginia’s vibrant capital city, about 60 miles from Virginia Beach and 150 miles from Washington, D.C.
Health Care: The Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center located a few minutes from the development offers a 24-bed emergency room along with a wide range of modern medical services.
Homes: Buyers can choose from a selection of quality single-family homes, villas and carriage homes with prices ranging from the mid $200’s to $500’s both new and resale homes are available. 

 

 

 


 Comments from Golfers at Colonial Heritage:

 2008  Best 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!
 
Some of the Social clubs at Colonial Heritage include : A William and Mary Sport Team Support Club, Cribbage Club, Bridge Club, Marathon Bridge Club, Bocce Club, Billiards Club, Pickleball Club, Mah Jongg, Poker Club, Line Dancing, Round Dancing, Square Dancing, Knitting Group, Quilting Group, Woodworking Club, Book Club, Library Club, Dining Club, Singles Group,  Drama Club, Travel Club, Bluegrass Country Music, History Club, Photography Club,

 

 

Williamsburg Va Real Estate Growth Update

From an article in the Va Gazette

What will the rolling landscape of James City County Virginia’s Stonehouse District look like with three times the number of today’s homes? Hard to imagine.One of the side effects of the new rooftops may also be increased activism. Today most of the slowgrowth lobby is concentrated in Powhatan and Jamestown districts. “Because the growth has been focused in those areas, there have been a lot more issues around which galvanize people,” Krapf said. “As the growth demand turns to the upper county, you’ll probably see a lot more activity on the part of those groups served by public water. Much of the upper county relies on wells for drinking water. “It’s far too early to talk about expanding the [Primary Service Area} at this point,”  Stonehouse supervisor Jim Kennedy said. “We need to be looking at new technologies and water supply, such as reclaimed water systems,” 

Last year the James City County’s Real Estate Assessments Division assessed 4,825 parcels in Stonehouse, the westernmost of five magisterial districts.

More than 5,000 new housing units are approved and under way, according to a James City County Citizens’ report on cumulative growth.

Beyond that, another 5,500 are approved but not yet started. New housing of that magnitude seems far-fetched in the middle of a real estate slump, but Stonehouse remains a hot market for $200,000 homes . The population of the county could drastically shift within 20 years as Villages at White Hall, Jennings Way, Michelle Point, Stonehouse and Colonial Heritage build out. On the commercial side, Stonehouse is expected to add about 3.8 million square feet of shops, stores and restaurants.

The Stonehouse area of the county is definitely going to get the brunt of the growth.Some serious consideration needs to be given to the road structure that supports it, as well as the water situation. 

Plans for the Stonehouse development once included using reclaimed water, but were abandoned because of cost.

Despite efforts to control growth, there is still plenty of room. A good portion of the Williamsburg Pottery tract is in the district, as is the neighboring Hunt farm property. Both would provide large development opportunities. “It’s not just the Hunt property,” Kennedy added. “There’s also Anderson’s corner.” Planning Commission member Rich Krapf lives in the district and cautions not to overreact. “The buildout schedule could take years to achieve,” he said. “So people forget that that’s been approved. Then the new owners come in and people say, ‘That’s new growth and we don’t want new growth.’Yet it’s a 20-yearold project. That’s where so many citizen groups are raising the flag about cumulative impacts.”

The housing market is a wild card, though. Because of the downturn, Colonial Heritage construction has slowed to a trickle and developers throughout the county are not meeting building projections.

Typically, each phase in a development depends on the success of the previous phases. In a flagging market, growth stalls and plans change. “The whole county has time to breathe,” Kennedy said. “Certainly this Comprehensive Plan is critical.” 

Kennedy said that Stonehouse and its development are different from the other districts. “More people in this district are property rights people than in other areas in the county, because they are large property owners.

They don’t want to see the commercialization of the Stonehouse district either, but they certainly want to protect their interests. We’re ‘a little bit country’ out here, and we like it that way, for the most part.” “Even with the growth likely to occur, we’d still like to see the rural character retained out there,” Kadec said of J4C. “It may not be possible, but it sure would be nice.” Kadec believes the county can balance the rooftops by encouraging equine-related businesses, agri-tourism, and other industries that make preservation profitable. The same sentiment was mentioned frequently by residents recently in Comprehensive Plan meetings in the upper county. “

New Town Williamsburg VA

Explore New Town in Williamsburg VA

What is so special about New Town in Williamsburg VA? Theatres. Great restaurants. Gift shops, bookstores, and healthcare facilities all located within walking distance from your home. A bustling town center, retail stores and office space also serve this community of new homes and businesses.

New Town embraces the idea of “new urbanism”, where neighborhoods are designed to be diverse, accessible, safe, and self-sustaining. Careful planning and development integrate residential, commercial and green space, enabling residents to live in a pedestrian setting, and live, work and play right within their own community.

Green parks, trails and open spaces surround the spacious lofts, apartments, and town homes in New Town. Condos are available in New Town both in Bennington and in the newly opened Foundation Square. Prices start in the $200’s and range to over $450k.  Town Homes are still readily available in New Town both new and resale. All have garages either attached or detached. 2, 3, 4 bedroom town homes are available with prices starting in the mid $250’s . Abbey Commons, Chelsea Green and Savannah Square are some of the neighborhoods found within New Town.  Detached homes are soon to be available in New Town . Pricing is yet to be determined. If you would like to be the first to know about these homes email John@MrWilliamsburg.com  or call me at 757 254 8136 .Open acreage and trails provide ample room for walking, biking and other types of outdoor recreation. Commerce thrives in the Discovery Business Park, a setting designed to foster research and development ventures with the nearby College of William and Mary. New retail, dining and service businesses continue to join the bustling business district of New Town.

Sitting on the front porch with a glass of cold lemonade. Strolling along spacious sidewalks and stopping to chat with neighbors. Walking to the ice cream parlor…or even walking to work! These things are what made traditional neighborhoods so endearing and enduring, imparting a lasting sense of community. New Town in Williamsburg VA offers residents the best of both worlds, combining an old-fashioned neighborhood feeling with the latest in amenities, technology, and commerce.

Would you like to explore the real estate possibilities in New Town further ? Click here to search all condos town homes and detached homes for sale in New town, Williamsburg VA

Click here to search housing possibilities in all other communities in the Williamsburg, James City County, York County, New Kent County, areas of Virginia

Affordable Housing proposed in Williamsburg Virginia

AS a REALTOR in Williamsburg VA I have always been frustrated at the lack of new homes available under $200,000. Yes the market has increased the inventory but currently the least expensive detached homes are priced at $240,000 those are located in Michelle Point a new development in the growing western part of James City County in Toano. Currently the least expensive new town homes/ condos are located at Pocahontas Square a Health E Communities development in lower James City County off of Rt 60 east of Busch Gardens Townhomes there start in the $190’s .You can also buy a condo or town home in Liberty Crosssing in Norge ( RYAN Homes ), Braemar Creek, Warhill Green or Williamsburg Village at Norge. Prices for these range from $209,000 to $227,000. The RYAN Townhomes are currently the least expensive three bedroom new town home available in Williamsburg/ James City County. Most of the builders are offering some sort of closing assistance. Be sure to use a buyer’s agent to represent you with any of the new home builders. It won’t cost you anything for them to represent you. I have successfully negotiated great deals with most of the new home builders in the Williamsburg VA area. 

Henderson INC DBA Candle Development has submitted plans to build workforce and affordable homes behind the  Candle Factory Shops in Norge. They are proposing to construct thirty percent of the 175 homes as either workforce or affordable. The affordable homes are projected to be priced at less than $160,000. Wile the workforces homes should be priced around $190,000.

Most of the developers in James City County have claimed that affordable or workforce housing is simply too expensive to construct.

Bill Strack of Henderson is attempting to prove them wrong. Knowing that affordable housing is a key factor in attracting and keeping people coming to the greater Williamsburg/ James City County area of Virginia.

Henderson a longtime builder/ developer  ( 50 + years) in the Williamsburg area is sacrificing profits to make the project work. Having been in business for over 50 years

The company is hoping that by offering a large quantity of affordable housing the county will be more likely to approve the project.

As part of the revised plan Henderson has increased the buffers surrounding the development, and implemented green building design principles and other improvements. 

Plans call for  33 detached patio homes and 142 will be attached patio homes. They will be arranged in small, single-floor groups around open-air patios. This design which is very common throughout California, Arizona and the West, has the advantages of being less dense without stacking homes on top of one another. They’re also less labor-intensive as yards are shared with common area maintenance. One-floor living with no stairs also makes them more appealing to active adults.

Also in the works are an 80,000-square-foot assisted living facility next door, for 96 seniors being jointly developed and managed by Crosswalk Church. Planned also are a  mix of retail and office space. Details for that are still in the works.

I am very familiar with Henderson’s recent residential development.  Their Patriots Walk development has to be one of the nicest new home developments in the area. Located in Gloucester VA you would be amazed at the quality of the homes and development especially give that it has a starting price of under $260,000. Huge 3/4 acre wooded lots, open floor plans, and much more

Read more about Patriots Walk in Gloucester Va by clicking here

I applaud Henderson for trying to solve a longstanding problem in the county. They definitely have my vote to move forward on this proposed project !

 

Hampton Roads Virginia First Time Home buyers $ 7500 Tax Credit

 It is surprising to me that there has been little discussion in the news of the recent First Time Home buyers credit of $7500 that was signed in to law in July of this year.I have communicated with many home buyers who were unaware of it’s existence. Sad that such a great opportunity is going unnoticed.

Basically the First Time Home buyer tax credit  reduces a home buyer’s tax liability dollar for dollar up to $7,500 for the purchase of a principle residence that closes before July 1, 2009.  The home buyer would claim the credit on their tax return, and it would offset any tax due that year, up to $7,500.  If the did your taxes and don’t owe any taxes you will receive the full $7500 credit/.

Only first time home buyers are eligible (defined as an individual who has not had an ownership interest in a principal residence in the previous 3 years), and and your income cannot exceed $75,000 for an individual and $150,000 for a couple filing a joint return.

This tax credits,  Unlike most others has to be paid back over a period of 15 years, or when the home is sold, assuming there is equity/ proceeds.  The good news is that no interest is due, so in essence it’s a “free” loan.  In theory  a home buyer would repay $502 each year over 15 years, or reduce his or her tax refund by that amount.

Overall it’s a great incentive for qualified purchasers to enjoy a little extra spending money courtesy of Uncle Sam, ( interest free)  either to spruce up a new home or cushion the new house payment.

To further explore the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit in the Hampton Roads Area of Virginia give me a call ( 757.254.8136) or email John@MrWilliamsburg.com

 

Williamsburg VA Condos and Town homes

Question: We are interested in exploring housing options in Williamsburg, Va . We would like to be as close to the restored area of Colonial Williamsburg VA as possible. However, when I search for information on downtown living there, I only come up with communities that seem to reside out the town of Williamsburg. Are their any condo or town-home neighborhoods or communities closer into town near the college of William and Mary ? If you could give some general information on what options exist? Thank you in advance.


Answer: This is a question I am asked quite often. It’s surprising how many people dream about moving to Williamsburg Va. Some have had children attend school at William and Mary and grown to enjoy the city from numerous visits other simply like living amongst history and after visiting many time throughout the years finally make a decision to move. Some have been second home buyers who will test the waters before committing to full time living her in Williamsburg. The tax rate at .54 per $100 is one of the lowest rate around the area. It is almost half the rate of neighboring cities on the peninsula. I’m not sure what your price range is but the closest townhome/condos Would be Counselors Close neighborhood It has a very traditional Williamsburg Look and feel but is priced in the $500k + range.There are a few condo developments about 1 mile from the Colonial area of Williamsburg The Woodland off of Jamestown Rd, The Oaks off of South Henry near rt 199 both sell in the $250k + price range. There is Wyndham and Wyndham Plantation near Colonial Parkway off Capital Landing Rd that sells for the $300k-$400k price range. A little further away is Brandywyne a community of detached upscale homes with small yards. All yard maintenance is included in the homeowner fees at Brandywyne. Bristol Commons is another condo community in the city located near the new High Street Development. Prices there start in the low $200,000 for two bedroom condos. Further out still on the Bypass but still within the city limits of Williamsburg are Claiborne and Westgate Condos. Both start in the low $200,000 for two bedroom condos. The Village at Quarterpath is  a brand new community about 1/2 a mile from the restored area of Colonial Williamsburg. Both attached townhomes and detached homes. Prices for townhomes in Quarter Path start at $280,000 for two bedroom townhomes. Detached homes anywhere  close ( walking distance) to the restored area of Colonial Williamsburg ares going to be more expensive than townhomes/ condos a few miles away in James City County. You may want to consider New Town. Condos there start in the $230k price range for one bedrooms or $255,000+ for two bedroom condos. Bennington and Foundation Square are the two condo developments in New Town. Both offer elevators. Foundation Square has underground parking, BEnnington offers assigned carports for parking. Townhomes in New Town range from around $300,000 to $500,000. Square footage in these townhomes range from 1600 to over 3000. New Town is only 3-4 miles from the Colonial Area of Williamsburg has almost all of the conveniences you would need to live. Grocery Store ( Trader Joes just opened), Restaurants ( at last count there were 19+ places to eat in New Town) , Banks, Medical offices, Movie theater, Barnes & Noble and many more shops. Bus service is available to other areas of Williamsburg VA
High Street is a brand new development just being developed in the City of Williamsburg on Bypass Rd about 2 miles from the Restored area of CW. It will feature Townhomes with starting prices in the high $400’s. It will be another planned community ( like New Town) but on a smaller scale, featuring shops , restaurants,movie theater. If you want to consider condos a little farther from the center of town there are numerous communities with prices starting in the low $200,000’s. It only takes a few hours to tour all of the developments in the area .Please contact  me if you would like to take a brief tour and see all of the available options for housing in Williamsburg VA.

I will post a few photos of each condo and town home neighborhood in Williamsburg, Virginia so that you can get a feel for each area/ neighborhood.

Williamsburg Virginia Real Estate

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Williamsburg, Virginia is a community of approximately 70,000 people, located in James City County, Virginia. It is also considered to be part of the Hampton Roads/ Tidewater metropolitan area.

 

The following types of housing are readily available in and around Williamsburg, VA :

  • Single Family Homes from $100,000 to $4,000,000
  • Historic homes from $100,000 to $1,500,000
  • New construction homes from $205,000 to $3,000,000
  • Townhouses & Townhouses from $150,000 to $600,000
  • Patio homes from $275,000 to $500,000
  • Suburban condos & condominiums from $150,000 to $500,000
  • City condos & condominiums from $200,000 to $600,000
  • Duplex & multi-unit housing from $100,000 to $1,500,000
  • Improved lots from $100,000 to $2,0000,000
  • Unimproved lots from $100,000 to $500,000
  • Estates homes & property from $100,000 to $4,500,000
  • Raw land from $100,000 to $25,000,000
  • Farmlets from $100,000 to $2,500,000
  • Farms & agricultural from $100,000 to $ 5,000,000
  • Hunting & recreation property from $100,000 to $500,000
  • Oceanfront property from $800,000 to $4,500,000
  • Waterfront property from $300,000 to $4,500,000
  • Lakefront property from $500,000 to $4,500,000
  • Riverfront property from $300,000 to $4,500,000 from $100,000 to $500,000
  • Resort property from $200,000 to $4,500,000
  • Golf homes & property from $260,000 to $4,500,000
  • Investment and rental property from $100,000 to $3,500,000
  • Commercial from $90,000 to $50,000,000
  • Foreclosed from $100,000 to $1,500,000
  • Speculative from $100,000 to $4,500,000

In 2007, there were approximately 1300 real estate and property transactions in the Williamsburg, Virginia area. 

Local neighborhoods and subdivisions in Williamsburg/ James City County/ York County/ New Kent County areas of Virginia include :

Berkley’s Green, Braemar Creek Condos, Brandywyne,  Brickshire,Burlington Woods,  Claiborne Condos, Colonial Heritage,  Creekside Landing, Cromwell Ridge, Farms at New Kent,   Fairway Villas, Felgate Woods, Fords Colony, Foundation Square, Fenwick Hills, Fernbrook, Fieldcrest,First Colony,Fox Ridge, Governors Land, Governors Grove at Five Forks, Freedom Woods,  Graylin Woods, Greensprings Plantation, Greensprings West, Governor Land,  Heritage Landing, High Street, Holy Hills, Jamestown Hundred, Kensington Woods,  Kingsmill,  Kingspoint, Kingswood, Kristiansand, LaFontaine Condos, Lake Powell, Landfall at Jamestown, Liberty Crossing, Longhill Gate, Longhill Station, Longhill Woods, Mallard Hill, Michelle Pont,  Monticello Woods, Mulberry Place,New Town, Patriots Colony, Patriots Landing, Pelegs Point, Penniman East, Penniman Woods, Piney Creek, Pocahontas Square, Pointe at Jamestowne, Port Anne, Powhatan Secondary, Powhatan Place, Powhatan Plantation, Powhatan Woods,  Priorslee, Queens Creek, Queens Farm, Queens Lake, Queenswood, Raintree, Richmond Hill, Riverview Plantation, Rolling Woods, Royal Grant, Scotts Pond, Seasons Trace, Settlers Market,  Settlers Mill,  Shores of York, Skiffes Creek, Skimino Landing, Skimino Hills,  Skipwith Farms, Springhill, St. Georges Hundred, Stonehouse, Stonehouse Glen, The Farms of New Kent,The Meadows, The Mews, The Oaks at Fenton Mill, The Woodlands, The Woods, The Retreat, The Settlement at Powhatan Creek, The Vineyards, Village at Quarterpath, Villages at Powhatan, Villages at Westminster, Villas at Five Forks, Vinniterra,Walnut Hills, Waterford,  Warhill Green, Wellington, Westgate,  Wexford Hills, Whitehall, Williamsburg West, Windmill Point, Vineyard Heights,  Westmoreland, Westport,  Westray Downs, Williamsburg Bluffs, Williamsburg Commons, Williamsburg Village at Norge, Windsor Forest, Wyndham , Yorkshire, Yorktown            

 

 

 

  • Local zip codes in this community include: 23185, 23188, 23168, 23141.

 

 

Public and private school systems serving families in the area include James City County/ Williamsburg Schools, York County Schools, New Kent Schools. Travelers and commuters in this area are served by train, with the Amtrak Williamsburg station, highway by Interstate 64, exits 234- 247 interchanges.

The community was founded in the early 1700’s with an economy driven by the government contracting, Tourism, William and Mary, Anheuser Busch industries. Local events and activities include many local cultural events and organizations based near and around Williamsburg.

Exceptional recreational opportunities in and around the region include golfing, kayaking, hiking, equestrian, biking, mountain biking, cycling, boating. Other notable features of the area are a vibrant growing suburban community with a well-educated, active population.

 


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Choose The Right Agent!

Mr Williamsburg/ John Womeldorf – ePRO, CSR, ABR is a – Realtor(r) serving the Williamsburg, VA area since 2003. Mr Williamsburg/ John Womeldorf does business as Mr Williamsburg.com, with team members and is affiliated with the Liz Moore and Associates brokerage. With offices in New Town/ Williamsburg and Oyster Point in Newport News. Experience counts, and Mr Williamsburg/ John Womeldorf participated in 24 real estate closings in the Williamsburg, VA regional market in 2008

The Mr Williamsburg team provides service to both buyers and sellers of real property, and provides property rental management services and does represent renters.

Mr Williamsburg.com maintains a focus on Military, Relocation, Golfers and Retirees looking to move to the Williamsburg Virginia area.

 We will work day and night to find the right you the perfect home or sell your exisiting home.. My skills in the market have been earned through experience..

For superior real estate service in and near Williamsburg, VA, contact Mr Williamsburg.com/ John Womeldorf today!

 


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Williamsburg VA Real Estate High Street Delayed till 2009

Here are a few photos to show you what’s happening at High Street in Williamsburg, Virignia. The opening for the Movie Tavern theater in High Street, Williamsburg VA’s news TND community has been pushed to Spring of 2009. Construction delays and design changes to the theater are the cause.

To familiarize you with the Movie Tavern concept here is a brief description: full wait-staff service in each theatre.First-run movies with a casual dining menu offering a wide range of choices that include fresh off the grill burgers, homemade pizzas, popular appetizer and dessert selections, beer, wine, and margaritas. Of course, you can always get traditional concession items, such as soft drinks, candy, and fresh-popped popcorn as well.
Movie Tavern combines the enjoyment of movies with an in-theatre dining experience. A menu of Classic American favorites is served to Movie Tavern guests while they enjoy first-run films in state-of-the-art auditoriums.  Tiered or stadium seating in all auditoriums, including executive high-back leather rocker chairs. A menu consisting of dozens of chef-prepared chicken, chopped salads, appetizers, hand-tossed pizzas, signature sandwiches, black angus burgers, and delectable desserts. Tables in front of all theatre seats. Full service bar and lounge. Food and drink orders taken and delivered at your seat in each theater.  Plasma screens showing sporting events and other popular programming in the bar/lounge.

Movie Tavern combines the enjoyment of movies with an in-theatre dining experience. A menu of Classic American favorites is served to Movie Tavern guests while they enjoy first-run films in state-of-the-art auditoriums.

Roseland the High Street developer has pushed back the opening of the retail stores as well. They are scheduled to open in Spring of 2009. The only announced tenants/ stores are Kilwins Ice Cream ( a celebrated part of Northern Michigan since 1947. Kilwins has earned a reputation for it’s quality products and excellent service. Using only the finest and freshest ingredients)  and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. ( One of the best burgers I have eaten, great fries too !)  It has been said there are an additional 10- 15 stores that are still to be announced.

The residential section of High Street is coming along without any delay. Residents are already living in the Luxury Sterling Manor Apartments,  Approximately 16 town homes with detached garages are mostly complete. Landscaping and interiors are being finished as I write this. The models should be open soon.

Roseland Property Company the developer of High Street  is a full-service real estate organization primarily involved in the development and construction of waterfront and mixed-use residential properties throughout the northeastern United States.

They have substantial experience in waterfront and brown fields redevelopment. Roseland Property Company  has won several recent designations as developer or co-developer for projects with national significance such as Pier One in Boston, Massachusetts where Roseland is redeveloping one-half mile of Boston Harbor into a luxury residential community; the Hingham Shipyard in Hingham, Massachusetts, where the company will create a residential/retail waterfront development; and the State of New Jersey’s first-ever transit village, The Highlands at Morristown, that will couple convenient commuter rail transportation with luxury apartment living and major retail conveniences.

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York County VA Neighborhoods of the Year 2008

Three neighborhoods in York County VA. received the 2008 Neighborhood of the Year award.

 

Villages of Kiln Creek Homeowners’ Association  received the award for Safety. The Kiln Creek association was chosen for numerous initiatives that have or soon will result in improved safety for their community, including successfully reducing the level of speeding and hit and run incidents in the neighborhood by posting additional signs about the fines associated with speeding, and installing security cameras to monitor the area and deter would-be criminals.

Kiln Creek also holds regular crime watch meetings and has started an email list to enable crime watch captains and residents to share information when anything happens in the neighborhood.

 Running Man Community Association’s  was selected for the Neighborhood Cooperation and Spirit award. The Running Man association holds many successful community events throughout the year, including a Bicycle Rodeo, an Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Parade, Annual Yard Sale, block parties and at Christmastime, the Luminary Gift to the County, in which almost 100 percent of the homes participate.

In addition to scheduled community events, residents of the Running Man community are often seen running and walking in their neighborhood, waving hello to neighbors working in their yards. Many neighbors are involved with the Neighborhood Watch program, and several are very active in county service.

Yorkshire Downs Master Association received the award  for Beautification. Over the past year, Yorkshire Downs’ Board of Directors has actively pursued all options within the budget to increase the aesthetics of the community. As well as undertaking ongoing maintenance and repairs within the community, the association has restored a number of areas such as the club house, swimming pool, bridge and retention pond.

One of the larger projects included the installation of new playgrounds and lighting at both the swimming pool and town homes locations. But the largest and most impressive single project is the installation of a walking pier and reinforcement of a bulk head behind Clydesdale Drive. The intention of this installation was to reduce severe shoreline erosion, which has become quite a hazardous issue for residents over time. The walking pier is not only a creative resolution to safety-related problems, but also serves to further improve the appearance of the community.

The York County Virginia Neighborhood of the Year awards program were initiated in 2002 following a request by several homeowner associations to recognize and highlight the efforts of the county’s homeowners to improve their communities. 

I applaud all of these communities for their awards. Being a board member and active volunteer in my own neighborhood Windsor Forest) in  Williamsburg/ James City County VA. I understand how difficult it can be to get things accomplished in a neighborhood.

Williamsburg VA Real Estate New Town

Map of New Town Williamsburg
Map of New Town Williamsburg

New Urbanism is the core design philosophy of New Town, Williamsburg, VA. This international movement seeks to create a more sustainable building approach by balancing homes, jobs, and the preservation of meaningful open spaces on a more human scale. No big boxes, no mega-malls, just what we need for great living, where we need it.

The CNU’s Charter of the New Urbanism says:

We advocate the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the following principles: neighborhoods should be diverse in use and population; communities should be designed for the pedestrian and transit as well as the car; cities and towns should be shaped by physically defined and universally accessible public spaces and community institutions; urban places should be framed by architecture and landscape design that celebrate local history, climate, ecology, and building practice.

Founded nearly thirty years ago by forward thinking planners and architects, New Urbanism has found national and international successes and is no longer considered Utopian theory about how we can live.

In the last two decades, amazing places like Seaside and Celebration, Florida,Stapleton Colorado, Kentlands, Maryland, and Harbor Town, Tennessee, have seen the return of not only community, but of sustainable value. Kids are safely outdoors more, neighbors know each other better, everyone cares more about the community in which they live.

What’s more, these communities are showing that higher densities with meaningful green spaces create a lasting value, both financially and socially.

New Urbanism seeks to provide transportation alternatives while creating positive places. By reducing automobile dependence and providing mobility choices, places like New Town, Williamsburg, VA can reduce the cost of living and the cost of commuting at the same time.

I encourage you to learn more about the New Urbanism by visiting the Congress for the New Urbanism at www.cnu.org.

New Town, Williamsburg, VA business districts are like nothing you may have experienced in a suburban setting.

Shops, entertainment, and a vibrant office environment work together in perfect synergy to satisfy the daily needs of residents while providing unparalleled choice to those who visit.

It’s another way that New Town, Williamsburg, VA raises the bar on complete living, meeting all of the needs of the community, businesses and residents alike.

Forget what you know about shopping in suburbia. You won’t find the endless sea of strip malls and parking lots in New Town, Williamsburg, VA.  What you will find is a return of what has long been missing from our daily lives…what you want, where you want it.

 At New Town you can drop off the kids to their dance class, walk to the corner for coffee, get some other errands done, without ever getting in the car.

What’s even better is that you can do it all in walking distance from your home.

The retail is aimed at the needs of those that live here, and is located with a keen eye on convenience. Whether it’s a salon, the groceries, or the gym, all will are thoughtfully available in a way that makes life easier for you.

What could be a better commute than no commute at all?

In New Town, Williamsburg, VA, the distance barriers are being broken down down for all types of business environments, and the office is no exception. Who said offices should be separate from the places that we live and play. Big and smaller companies alike  have space walkable to dozens of restaurants, shops and services. No more rushing the lunch hour. 

The only drawback to living and working ion New Town ? No more calling in late because of a back up on I-64!

In most suburban communities, taking a walk means putting your health in jeopardy because you are sharing roads that are built to move cars, not pedestrians.  New Town, Williamsburg, VA  turns this notion on end, recognizing that one of the best sustainable practices is providing the opportunity to walk and bike to most daily needs.New Town, Williamsburg, VA  encourages walking by creating beautiful environments to walk through, making it an easy decision to leave the car in the garage more often.

Design details like narrow streets and wide sidewalks  ensure that the streets of New Town, Williamsburg, VA are inviting to the pedestrian, making a sensible choice of what was once not an option in the suburbs.

Neighborhood Parks

In  New Town, Williamsburg, VA everyone has the chance to experience wonderful outdoor settings within easy walking distance from their homes. No matter where you are in New Town, Williamsburg, VA  there are plazas, greens and courtyards. You will surely find your personal favorite among the dozens of neighborhood parks.

In New Town the streets are interconnected with  each other and provides over four miles of continuous trails through over three hundred acres of park system. 

Roads/ Transportation

Roads. There have always been too few to handle the traffic of the suburbs. The fact is, there will never be enough roads if cars are the only way to get around.

Bicycles have easy routes to all corners of the community, allowing for more than recreational rides. Expect to see more people shopping and going to work by bike as they recognize the ease of getting out of the fast lane in New Town, Williamsburg, VA

 Community buses provide chances for residents to conveniently travel to Colonial Williamsburg and other parts of James City County without having to drive and park. 

There is an Amtrak Station within a few miles in Williamsburg which  provides a link to Downtown Richmond, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York City and beyond.

Most importantly, New Town is proving that businesses and homes can exist in close proximity enabling people to live in a truly walkable distance from nearly all of their daily needs. At  New Town, Williamsburg, VA  the choice of how you travel is back in your hands. 

Diversity

 New Town, Williamsburg, VA is a place for all people. It is that simple. Gone is the notion that you have to have kids, or have to be an “active adult” or other category of lifestyle. A wide  variety of styles of housing, providing equal opportunities for living by those of vastly different means.

The American Dream of today is different than that of decades ago. Today, we want something more than anything else…our time.  New Town, Williamsburg, VA gives people more of their day to make choices that are meaningful to them.

Lifestyle

In New Town, Williamsburg, VA residents will not have to fight traffic on their way home from work or venture far from their front door to pick up a loaf of bread. Social, leisure, and entertainment opportunities are equally accessible and convenient.

Housing choices are plentiful in New Town. Mid Rise Condos are available in both Bennington on the Park and Foundation Square, Town homes are available in Abbey Commons, Savannah Square and Chelsea Green,  prices range from the low $200’s for condos to around $500k for the largest town homes .Floor plans range in size from 1200 to over 3000 square feet.  Detached homes will be available in the future. Prices and plans have yet to be announced. There are also town home style apartments for rent available at Oxford of New Town

Dining

As of today I counted 20 different places to eat in New Town. There should be a place for everyone’s taste. It includes : Art Cafe 26, Barnes and Noble, Bonefish Grill, Buon Amici, California,Tortilla, Center Street Grill, Cheeburger Cheeburger, CoCo Chocolatier, Great Harvest Bread Co, Green Leafe New Town, Harbour Coffee , Ichiban ( chinese cuisine), Maggie Moos Ice Cream, New Town Coffee and Tea, Opus 9 Steakhouse, Panera, Quiznos, Thai Pot and The Corner Pocket ( a billiard parlor as well as restaraunt)

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