• 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

Williamsburg Restaurant Week 2015

Would you like to try some of Williamsburg’s best restaurants at reduced prices  ?

Restaurant Week 2015 in Williamsburg will be the week of January 18-24, 2015.

I love this promotion in that it gives us a chance to go to our favorite restaurants without killing my wallet.

You can enjoy a two course lunch menu for $10.11. For dinner, there will be three-course menus for $20.10 or $30.10. Tax, alcohol and gratuity not included.

This event is hosted by the Williamsburg Restaurant Association

Reservations are suggested.

Restaurant Week 2015 in Williamsburg will be the week of January 18-24, 2015.

Berret’s Seafood Restaurant ~ L/D $30.15
Blue Talon ~ L/D $30.15
Chili’s Grill & Bar ~ D $20.15
The Cove ~ D $20.15
The Gabriel Archer Tavern ~ $L $10.15
LeYaca French Restaurant ~ D $30.15
Nawab ~ D $20.15
Opus 9 Steakhouse ~ L/D $30.15
Prime 46 forty ~ D $30.15
Riverwalk Restaurant ~ L/D $20.15
Sal’s by Victor ~ L/D $20.15
Second Street An American Bistro ~ L/D $20.15
Terrace Room Williamsburg Inn ~ D $30.15
Traditions Williamsburg Lodge ~ L/D $20.15

Although Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association is holding its 2015 Restaurant Week Jan. 18 – 24,  Colonial Williamsburg is making its special menu available for much longer.

Looking for a yummy lunch? Traditions at the Williamsburg Lodge has you covered. They are serving up an amazing two-course meal for just $10.15! The best part? It’s available through March!

Chef Justin Addison and his Traditions team have created a comforting lunch sure to warm you inside and out during these bitter cold months—complete with a hot vegetable bisque alongside a ham and cheese sandwich with tomato on toasted bread. You also get a salad packed with feta cheese, pickled onions, and apples. Click here for the menu.

How about dinner? There are two options for you depending on your mood.  First up is dinner at Traditions at the Williamsburg Lodge. Enjoy a three-course dinner for just $20.15. That includes dessert! Click here for the menu.

Over at the Terrace Room at the Williamsburg Inn, you can mix and match to your liking with our $30 three-course special. Click here for the menu.
The dinners are only available through the end of January, so be sure to take full advantage!

Mortgage Rates Hit New Lows for 2014

Freddie Mac reported today that fixed mortgage rates have fallen to new lows for this year as 10-year Treasury yields closed at their lowest level since May 2013.

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.80 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending December 18, 2014, down from last week when it averaged 3.93 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.47 percent. 
  • 15-year mortgages this week averaged 3.09 percent with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.20 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.52 percent. 
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Garden Club of Virginia Hosts Symposium 2015 in Williamsburg

The Garden Club of Virginia is throwing a fabulous party and you’re invited! Symposium 2015 is Monday, Feb. 2-Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Colonial Williamsburg. This three-day celebration of Virginia includes short courses, excursions and lectures. Topics include gardening, floral design, landscape design, interior design, Virginia history and conservation successes.

The Garden Club of Virginia is throwing a fabulous party and you’re invited! Symposium 2015 is Monday, Feb. 2-Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Colonial Williamsburg. This three-day celebration of Virginia includes short courses, excursions and lectures. Topics include gardening, floral design, landscape design, interior design, Virginia history and conservation successes.

Ticket holders can go behind-the-scenes at Colonial Williamsburg art museums and visit a LEED-certified building at The College of William and Mary. Guided garden walks, and cooking and tasting demonstrations will take place at Taste Studio at Colonial Williamsburg.

A Virginia fashion design industry runway show will feature top commonwealth designers at an evening of fashion, food and meet-the-designer fun. At the “Photos and Flowers Cocktail Party,” Scenic Virginia photo contest-winning images will be displayed along with flower arrangements inspired by the photographs. Landscape and interior design expert James Farmer will work with the Colonial Williamsburg products team to create tablescapes for porch living.

Symposium 2015 Williamsburg’s grand finale is Snipped! — an iron-man flower arranging competition by noted American flower arrangers:

• Michael Grim, co-owner of The Bridgehampton Florist and floral consultant for Ina Garten’s Food Network show, Barefoot Contessa.

• Sybil Sylvester, owner of Wildflower Designs and photo stylist for Southern Accents and Southern Living.

• James Farmer, landscape and interior design consultant; author whose books include A Time to Plant, A Time to Cook and Porch Living; and editor-at-large for Southern Living

Live music from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s will be provided by the Smith Wade Band.

Flower arrangements will be judged by Flower Magazine Editor Margot Shaw, Colonial Williamsburg floral design Director Clark Taggart, Richmond floral guru David Pippin and Frank Robinson, GCV honorary member and president and CEO of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Symposium 2015 attendees will also enjoy VIP shopping opportunities in Merchants Square, the Symposium 2015 Boutique and the SCARPA designer shoe trailer, as well as lunches and cocktail parties.

Registration info here

Who sells more real estate in Williamsburg VA ?

December  2014-The numbers are in for November 2014 in the Williamsburg VA real estate market. While it was a close race way back in 2012 for market share in the month of November 2014 our office (Liz Moore and Associates) has a commanding lead in market share with over 18% of the market. Our listings and sales were almost equal to combined sales of Kingsmill Realty, Fords Colony Realty, Twiddy Realty, Coldwell Banker Traditions, Century 21 Nachman Realty, and ReMax Capital, who were the 6th-10th placed brokerages in town.

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Note sales number above are from the Williamsburg Area Assoc of Realtors (WAAR) MLS numbers,  It reflects sales for Residential real estate : (Single Family Detach, Attached/Condo/Townhome, Condo, Townhouse), Lots and Land: within the zip codes of 23188,23185 and 23168.

 

An important trend to study is how market share is shifting in our market. From the chart below we can see that only three brokerages are increasing their Williamsburg VA market share. Liz Moore and Associates, Kingsmill Realty and Twiddy. The remaining seven of the top ten brokerages are experiencing a drop in market share that ranges from 4.86% to almost 15%.

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If you’re a seller who has been wondering if it might finally be time to sell, email me at John@MrWilliamsburg.com  or click below, and we can prepare a complimentary analysis of market value for you – you just may be pleasantly surprised.

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Psst……I’m a real estate agent.

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 his expertise in the local real estate market.

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.

I can help you access all the information you will need about choosing a neighborhood and buying a home in New Kent, Gloucester, Newport News, Hampton, York County, Smithfield, Williamsburg, Poquoson or the greater Hampton Roads area, including area information on schools, local government, shopping, activities for the children and more! Whether you have made a decision to relocate, retire or are just considering a move to Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA, let me help make your transition or PCS to the area a smooth and enjoyable one!

Hampton Roads is a transient community due to the large population of military members in the area. I have a unique perspective on relocation and have helped many families move in and out of the area. I understand the kind of support team it takes to make a smooth transition.

You can reach text or call me at 757-254-8136 or email John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

Williamsburg VA Christmas Events December 1-7th 2014

Grand Illumination 2014
Dec 7
Light Up Your Evening with fireworks, bonfires, and the lighting of candles in the windows or cupolas of public buildings and private homes. Celebrate as live musical performances and a dazzling display of fireworks cap off a weekend of holiday events.

Williamsburgs Annual Christmas Parade!
Dec 6, 8:30 am

This years Christmas Parade theme: A Storybook Christmas.  Our community parade promises to be a great family event featuring floats, bands a mnage of animals and the jolly ole Elf himself, Santa Claus! 

Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade
Dec 6, 7 pm

The Yorktown waterfront is bedazzled with holiday sights and sounds, including a spectacular floating parade of lights starting at 7pm, caroling around a roaring beach bonfire, musical performances and complimentary hot cider.

A Colonial Christmas at Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
Dec 1 – Jan 4, 2015 

Holiday traditions of the 17th- and 18th-centuries are recalled through special interpretive programs and, from Dec. 26-31 and Jan. 2-5, musical entertainment of the period.

Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec 5, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Evening highlights include a 7 pm performance by The Fifes and Drums of York Town at the Victory Monument, festive music at Riverwalk Landing.

The Williamsburg Symphonia presents Holiday Pops
Dec 6 – 7, 1:30 pm & 3 pm

The Williamsburg Symphonia presents Holiday Pops, all your favorite music of this festive season. At the Kimball Theatre.

Kimball Theatre Hurrah For the Holidays
Dec 5, 7 pm

The excitement of Radio City Music Hall comes to Williamsburg in a festive experience for the entire family. This lively musical revue features precision kick line dancers and holiday favorite.

Wine & Design presents: Holiday Snowman Wine Bottle Painting Project
Dec 5, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Holiday Snowman Wine Bottle Painting Project. You must register and pay online for this special class. We will be using our regular acrylic paints and also textured paints too.

Christmas Market on Main
Dec 6, 10 am – 3 pm

Whether you are searching for a holiday gift for family, friends, or as a treat to yourself, youre sure to find it at the Christmas Market on Main.

Yankee Candle Holiday Tree Lighting
Dec 7, 10 am – 7 pm

Join Yankee Candle Village as we light up the holidays! Sing along with Christmas carolers as Santa lights the Village Christmas Tree at 5pm 6pm.

Green Spring Garden Club Christmas Homes Tour
Dec 6, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

The 55th Annual Christmas Homes Tour, presented by the Green Spring Garden Club, Inc., will take place on Saturday, December 6, and features houses decorated with holiday florals.

Centuries of Christmas at Berkeley Plantation
Dec 6 –  Jan 1

The mansion will be decorated with fresh greenery from Berkeleys gardens. Costumed guides will add a special touch to your holiday season with stories of Christmas at Berkeley.

New Town Welcomes the Holidays
Dec 5, 5:30 – 8 pm

Bring the family and ring in the Holidays in New Town. At 7:30. the lights will come on welcoming the Holiday Season. 

Holiday Music in New Town
Dec 1 – 18 (see website for times)

Come enjoy holiday music in New Town! We will have various groups performing throughout the month.

Exquisite pottery by local ceramic artist, Russell Turnage
Dec 1 – 31

New work by ceramic artist, Russell Turnage . Exquisite and functional pieces for everyday use and special occasions.

New Town presents Where Holiday Wishes Come True
Dec 2 – 4, 5 – 8 pm

Get a chance to win $50 to your favorite New Town establishment! See website for details.

Celtic Night at the Kimball
Dec 6, 7:30 pm

Delight in an entertaining evening of Celtic music and fun. Popular local group Poisoned Dwarf performs solely on acoustic instruments for their own brand of Irish traditional music. 

A Candlelight Christmas Historic Homes in Charles City offer Progressive Tours during the Holiday Season
Dec 6, 3:15 – 7 pm

Partake in a progressive candlelight tour of Edgewood, Shirley and Berkeley Plantations.

Watermens Museum Annual Oyster Roast
Dec 6, 12 – 3 pm

Reminiscent of Chesapeake Bays Golden Days, when our shores contained billions of oysters. At the Yorktown Waterfront.

Berkeley Plantation Christmas Wreath Workshop and Tour
Dec 6

Begin your afternoon touring the 1726 manor house, decorated with fresh arrangements and wreaths cut from Berkeleys trees.

This Century Art Gallery Holiday Wreath Making Workshop
Dec 5, 12:30 – 3:30 pm

Join us to explore the wonderful world of Living Wreaths perfect for the Holidays.

A Christmas Carol Street Theater Merchants Square
Dec 5, Times Vary

Enjoy a hilarious 30-minute street theater production of the Christmas classic from the Virginia Theatre Machine.

Yankee Candle : Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornament!
Dec 6 – 7, 11 am – 6 pm

Create a blown-glass holiday heirloom with the help of the Chrysler Museum Mobile Glassblowing Studio Team.

Father Christmas Strolls the Square Merchants Square
Dec 6, see website for details.

Greet Father Christmas in the Square on weekends throughout the season.

Auntie Ms American Cottage: Art Workshops Felted 3D Santa Head with Artist Valerie Johnson
Dec 6, 9 am or 12:30 pm

Come join us to create a needle felted 3D Santa Head just in time for the Holidays.

Colonial Williamsburg: Wine, Wit & Wisdom: British Fortifications
Dec 6, 2 – 4:30 pm

Join Executive Chef Rhys H. Lewis for a flavorful study of sherry, port, and madeira.

This Century Art Gallery Holiday Workshop Glass Etching
Dec 4, 2 – 4:30 pm

Etching glass is easier than you think and makes the perfect gift!

Historic Organ Recitals at the Wren Chapel
Dec 4 – 6, 10 am

All are welcome to join us for a recital on the historic 18th-century organ in the Wren Chapel.

WILLIAMSBURG CHORAL GUILD CAROLS AND HOLIDAY SONGS
Dec 6, 1 – 3 pm

Sing carols and holiday songs with members of the Williamsburg Choral Guild.

Make Your Own Ceramic Ornament (Youth)
Dec 6 – 7, 10 – 11 am

Everybody likes homemade gifts for Christmas!

Annies Needle Arts Festival
Dec 4 – 7, 8 am – 5:30 pm

Annies Needle Arts Festival is a four-day cross-stitch and needle art event sponsored by Just CrossStitch magazine.

 

Click here for Christmas in Williamsburg Information

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Aerial Video- For Mr Williamsburg the sky’s the limit.

Look up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a drone taking a video of your house, your neighborhood, the waterfront view.

Although the word drone conjures up images of military spy craft, we are now using a small remote-control four rotor helicopter with a camera  that takes stills and video. With a number of homes the regular photos on the ground are not very impressive, but you get in the air and it looks like you are in the Florida Keys or something.

For that special property we can create the wow factor.” click the photo below for an example of our aerial video photography.

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Home buyers are visual people. Aerial video can be the difference needed to bring a prospect to a home or property. Certain properties cannot be fully appreciated unless you see them by air or water. Take the Uncles Neck neighborhood in Lanexa. If you have never been on the Chickahominy River you don’t know what you are missing.

Take a look and see what you think

I would be happy to discuss a marketing plan for your unique Williamsburg or Hampton Roads Virginia property. email John@MrWilliamsburg.com for further info.

How’s the real estate market in Williamsburg VA–Oct 2014

A brief recap of our overall market here in Williamsburg VA.

Well, we have good news to report on the Williamsburg VA real estate market – We have reached a point of stability.

As we move into the winter market we are starting to see things wind down.  We have a 7.2 month supply of homes which is about the same level as last month.  Obviously, we would like to see more sales as would our sellers but we are maintaining our sales levels, not decreasing which is more good news.  Additional positive news is interest rates remain low and prices are stable so the opportunity for buyers to lock in reasonable monthly payments is available.  From the buyer’s perspective, now is a great time to buy. Sellers are netting approximately 98% of list price at present. A number that has increased steadily in the past few years. ( So a home listed for $300k is selling for $294k on average)

The average selling period for home sellers here in Williamsburg is 57 days. We are expecting mortgage interest rates to rise as we move into 2015 .  Right now we have great rates so take advantage while you can because the Fed still thinks it will be a “considerable time” before it begins to raise interest rates. The Zero Interest Rate Policy remains in full force, as it has been since it began at the end of 2008.  This policy will change because we cannot sustain this type of monetary policy as it just continues to add to our National debt.  Plus, we need a market-driven interest rate environment and a more predictable monetary policy to help foster long term economic growth.  This will definitely impact our housing recovery moving forward.

I would welcome the opportunity to discuss your housing situation in more detail so please feel free to contact me via email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or give me a call 757.254.8136

Well, we have good news to report on the Williamsburg VA real estate market – We have reached a point of stability.

If you’re a Williamsburg or Coastal Virginia home seller who has been wondering if it might finally be time to sell, email me at John@MrWilliamsburg.com ,  and I can prepare a complimentary analysis of market value for you – you just may be pleasantly surprised.

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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

More of the story here

 

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Location map Whittaker’s Mill

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But I don’t want to mow a lawn anymore ………

no more lawn mowing in williamsburg vaIn my job as a realtor in the Williamsburg VA area one question commonly asked  “ Are there any detached home communities in Williamsburg, James City County or New Kent where we don’t have to mow the yard ?

“We are sick and tired of mowing the yard, fertilizing the yard,  trimming the bushes and  raking leaves. Life is too short to spend my  spare hours doing these tasks. I would rather golf, cycle, travel, relax”, ( insert your reason here)

To answer the question there are there are a number of detached home neighborhoods in Williamsburg/ James City County and neighboring New Kent County that will fit the bill if you don’t won’t to consider the numerous  condo and town homes communities in the  area  that commonly take care of all or most of the outside chores

Lawn maintenance for detached homeowners is provided by the Property Owner  Associations  in The Settlement at Powhatan Creek, ( active adult) , Brandon Woods, Brandywyne, the Nottingham Place  neighborhood of Ford’s Colony , Charlotte Park in New Town, Parts of Orchard Hill in Stonehouse, Capital Landing Green,and Kensington Woods, There are a few detached homes in the town home communities of  both Villages of Powhatan and Waterford in Powhatan Secondary. In  New Kent home buyers choose from Bel Green at Brickshire,  the  Four Seasons at New Kent Vineyards and  Oakmont Villas.

You can read detailed spotlight articles on these Williamsburg communities here but below is a brief recap.

Charlotte Park in New Town

One of the most popular detached home neighborhoods in Williamsburg/ James City County with included lawn main is the Charlotte Park portion of New Town. Most folks know about the townhomes and condos in New Town but don’t realize there is a detached neighborhood there as well.charlotte park cottage

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Detached home designs offered in Charlotte Park evoke the charm and allure of South Carolina’s coastal Low-country. The designs feature deep porches, steep pitched roofs, wide overhangs and dormers  in the true Southern tradition. Interiors are spacious, well lighted with plenty of windows, and just perfect for living family-style with hardwood floors and high ceilings.

Cottage in New Town, Williamsburg VAWhen completed, the Charlotte Park  neighborhood of New Town will have approximately 150 detached  homes on tree-lined streets, all with front porches. The builder offers many options and floor plans to select from. Each home will overlook a green space or park, while alleys allow access to the rear of the homes and their two-car garages. The neighborhood swimming pool in New Town is now open and is located in Charlotte Park. . Sales are brisk in Charlotte Park in 2014 with almost all of the premium lots that back to woods now sold. At this point it is one of the top selling communities in Williamsburg/ James City County.

Home buyers can choose a plan and even customize it to their liking in Charlotte Park.

Read more about Charlotte Park and New Town here

Search homes for sale in Charlotte Park here

Capitol Landing Green: 

This development represents a rare and unique opportunity to own a newly constructed home only a block from the restored area of Colonial Williamsburg while also providing yard and common area maintenance to simplify your life.

A brand new home community in the City of Williamsburg.Capitol Landing Green is composed of 16 single family home sites including a community green framed by the renovation of two turn-of-the-century homes that were on the site prior to development.

These  arts and crafts inspired  homes offer large porches front and rear along with first floor living in each house and the low City of Williamsburg tax rate.A brand new home community in the City of Williamsburg.Capitol Landing Green is composed of 16 single family home sites including a community green framed by the renovation of two turn-of-the-century homes that were on the site prior to development.

The community  features private yards that will be maintained by the Homeowner’s Association.  This includes mowing, leaf removal, mulching, maintenance of the irrigation system, weed-eating, trimming of bushes, over seeding and fertilization, The Homeowner’s Association will also maintain all the common areas which include the green off Capitol Landing Road, a community garden plot where each resident can grow flowers, vegetables, etc. if they choose to do soA brand new home community in the City of Williamsburg.Capitol Landing Green is composed of 16 single family home sites including a community green framed by the renovation of two turn-of-the-century homes that were on the site prior to development.

HOA fees are only $125 monthly at Capitol Landing Green

See what’s for sale at Capitol Landing Green

Nottingham Place Fords Colony

Over the years The developers of Ford’s Colony received many requests from Ford’s Colony residents for an option in the neighborhood that would eliminate home, lawn and garden maintenance. Their solution was Nottingham Place, site of the PHBA 2004 Parade of Homes.

home in notingham place fords colony williamsburgNottingham Place was one of the latest and most unique gated neighborhoods within the 3,000-acre, master-planned community Ford’s Colony at Williamsburg. Each of the 72 home sites in the neighborhood  features classic residential architecture most of which is based on home plans, designed exclusively by Southern Living©

Living in this gated community is Worry Free & Low Maintenance. Think of another way to spend your time because you won’t be doing yard work!
The association provides all of the following for home owners:  security, trash pickup, lawn mowing, edging, trimming, fertilizing, weed control, mulching, irrigation maintenance, snow & leaf removal. Home owners also enjoy all the other amenities that Ford’s Colony offers including two swimming pools, tennis courts, 13 miles of walking trails, and over forty clubs and activities

Homes in  Nottingham Place range in size from 1,733 to over 3,400 Square feet and start  from the $400’s

There are a number of choice building lots still available  in Nottingham Place for those wanting to create their dream home. With the price drops we have seen in recent years both in lot prices and construction costs building new has become very affordable.  We just priced a new home and lot for a client in Ford’s Colony and were amazed that the price came in under  $400,000  ( contact me for details). with all the bells and whistles !

Current building lot prices range from a super low $50k to $117k Some of the lot prices are down a WHOPPING 75% from the peak . That lot listed for $50k sold for $ 197k in 2003, OUCH

Search homes for sale in Nottingham Place here

Search all homes for sale in Fords Colony here

Read more about Fords Colony here

Kensington Woods

Another detached home option in Williamsburg that included lawn maintenance is Kensington Woods. Priced from the mid-$300s, most Kensington Woods homes have brick, low maintenance exteriors and rear-loading garages with alley-way access. Some models feature the increasingly popular downstairs master bedrooms, and some homes included elevators .  The $130 monthly home owner fee covers, all yard maintenance , common area maintenance ,use of the playground and trash removal .Another detached home option in Williamsburg that included lawn maintenance is Kensington Woods. Priced from the mid-$300s, most Kensington Woods homes have brick, low maintenance exteriors and rear-loading garages with alley-way access. Some models feature the increasingly popular downstairs master bedrooms, and some homes included elevators .  The $130 monthly home owner fee covers, all yard maintenance , common area maintenance ,use of the playground and trash removal

Set on 10 acres across the street from the Williamsburg Winery and Wedmore Place, Kensington Woods will have approximately 40 homes when complete. The homes are set on .15 acre lots.

The first home owners moved into Kensington Woods in 2006. Home sales prices were in the low $300’s in the last 12 months.

Update  November 2014

photo 5New construction homes by WESTMORELAND are now available in Kensington Woods in Williamsburg VANew construction homes by WESTMORELAND are now available in Kensington Woods in Williamsburg VA

Open 1st floor plan with 9′ ceilings + beautiful 2 story great room with fireplace. Granite countertops, wood floors, & energy efficient features such as 2×6 exterior wall construction, Enviro-Dri weather barrier system, Energy Star appliances & more. 2 homes ready by mid-December 2014. Thirteen additional lots & 6 floor plans available in this lovely community.

Search all homes for sale in Kensington Woods

Read more about Kensington Woods here

Brandywyne

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The Brandywyne neighborhood along with the new Capital Landing Green  neighborhoods are both located a short walk from the restored area of Colonial Williamsburg, W&M, Wmbg Library,  and the shops & restaurants of Merchants Square.

Brandywyne is a lovely community, reminiscent of a European Village. The HOA takes care of the professionally landscaped lawns, irrigation systems, swimming pool and clubhouse – complete with fitness room!

Sales have exploded at Brandywyne in the last few months. With three homes under contract and two sales so far. Prices have dropped from the $400’s to as low as $249k.

Brandywyne boasts one of the lowest monthly HOA fees around at $143 monthly. It covers all home owner lawn maintenance as well as  use of the  Pool and  Clubhouse and maintenance of those  facilities.Charming lamp posts, sidewalks and professionally landscaped lawns and common areas earned this community the City of Williamsburg’s prestigious Beatification Award for 2009!brandywyne street view

Enjoy living in Williamsburg while the HOA takes care of the worries! The absolute BEST of all worlds!

Brandywyne is a unique cluster home community in the City of Williamsburg VA . It offers  it’s residents  a swimming pool, clubhouse and an active homeowner association that has many  social events throughout the year.home in brandywyne neighborhood williamsburg va

Detached homes offered in Brandywyne include a wide array of architectural styles  and  home choices. From 3 bedrooms to 5 bedroom models. Square footage ranges from 1800+ to over 3600 square feet. Some homes are built with basements. Quite a few of the models offer a first floor master bedroom.

With the clubhouse , pool and short walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg   homes in Brandywyne are perfect for second home buyers and families alike.

Most homes were built between 2000 and 2006.

Search all homes for sale in Brandywyne here

Brandon Woods

entrance to brandon woodsConveniently located near the Five Forks area of Williamsburg/ James City County Brandon Woods offers the spaciousness and elegance of a single-family home combined with the ease of condominium living, with exterior maintenance and lawn care provided by the home owners association.  One of only a handful of detached homes that offer this luxury.

This premier residential community includes 110 freestanding detached homes located in the heart of Williamsburg/ James City County, VA.. Four different home plans/ models were built including the Brandon, Chelsea Darden and the Avery . Homes here range in size from 2400 to 2,700 square feet.

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The Brandon Woods community is accessible from both Ironbound Rd and John Tyler Highway (Rt 5) . It is characterized by it’s tree lined streets , rolling hills and quick access to nearby stores, restaurants and services at the nearby Five Forks, New Town and Monticello Marketplace retail centers. The community is set on 50 acres and was built from 2000-2005.

These two-story Colonial style homes feature two car attached garages, decks, and an exposed aggregate driveways and  sidewalks. Interior features include a fireplace, crown and chair molding,  whirlpool tubs in the master baths, raised panel kitchen cabinets with custom countertops, and oak flooring in selected areas. Three of the four models in Brandon Woods offered  first floor master bedrooms.

Read more about Brandon Woods here

Search homes for sale in Brandon Woods here

Orchard Hill @ Stonehouse in Toano

There are maintenance-free attached and detached villas built on or near  the Golf Course in the Orchard Hill Section of Stonehouse.

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

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

Stonehouse is a Master Planned Golf Community  offering a wide range of custom built homes. Both  new and resale homes are available. Located in the western part of  James City County/Williamsburg,  Virginia.Home at Orchard Hill

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

Amenities in the community include miles of paths for walking and biking, a Residents’ Center with a junior-sized Olympic pool and kiddie pool, tennis courts, and a community playground. Located adjacent to the Residents’ Center are a soccer field and a community garden, where plots are available for those who enjoy growing their own flowers and vegetables. A two-acre park by Mill Pond offers a pavilion for picnics and a shaded pier for picnicking or launching your kayak, canoe or fishing boat. Mill Pond at Stonehouse also has 24-hour on-site security for added peace of mind.street view

The cottages and golf villas at Orchard Hill are perfect for growing families, young professionals, and empty-nesters looking for maintenance-free living. There are also many activities for all ages in the community and the surrounding area. The Social Activities Committee plans numerous community-wide events throughout the year and there are plenty of clubs and groups to join. Mill Pond at Stonehouse has an active swim team and all of the community events include activities for our younger residents.

Search homes for sale in Orchard Hill section of Stonehouse here

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Read more about Stonehouse here

The Settlement at Powhatan Creek

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.image

The Settlement at Powhatan Creek is one of three 55+ communities in the James City County area of Virginia. The development is 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.

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,( Martins) several pharmacies, a full-service gas station, two major bank/lending institutions, eateries, and more .

Add to this the Mid-County Park complex–complete with “Kidsburg” playground, walking trails, and lighted athletic fields– and it’s easy to see that The Settlement is a wonderful place to live.Ryan homes Castleton at The Settlement

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.

Around the corner are the 55-mile biking and walking Capital Trail starting at Jamestown and eventually ending in Richmond, VA. .

CastletonWhen 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 security gate. Two-thirds of the community will remain dedicated green space.  Home at the Settlement are built by Ryan Homes, Wayne Harbin Builder Inc. and Marque Homes by CR McClellon,.

Prices for detached homes at The Settlement start in the $260’s and range to the $500’s depending on the plan, the options and the builder. Attached town homes at The Settlement start in the $230’s

Entrance to the settlement at powhatan creekHome 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 two-car garages.

All of the homes provide first floor living with first floor master suites and convenient main living areas with spacious floor plans.

Monthly fees cover exterior home care,( even roof replacement when needed) lawn cutting and fertilization, , 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.

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The Reserve at Williamsburg

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October 22-With 19 sales in only a few weeks The Reserve at Williamsburg is proving to be one of the areas fastest selling and most popular neighborhoods.

Located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg, The Reserve is the area’s newest single family home community. Offering 5 different floor plans, including 3 with first floor owner’s suites, there is a dream home design for every buyer’s needs.The community also offers the area’s most luxurious clubhouse with an outdoor swimming pool, gym, yoga room, and multiple entertainment areas. Come enjoy the lifestyle of one of Williamsburg’s most desirable communities with pricing starting in the $290’s.

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3 Ranch-Style Homes to Choose From & Craftsman-Style Cottage Elevations Included On Every Home .Home sizes range from 1407 square feet to over 3000 square feet.

Full Finished Basements are Available Offering Additional Living Space. Enjoy The Convenience Of Lawn Care Maintenance Included, Come View the Impressive Clubhouse, Community Pool, Gym, and Banquet Room

Download floorplans for The Reserve at Williamsburg here

Villages of Powhatan and Waterford – Both in Powhatan Secondary.

Villages of Powhatan is a town home community located within the Powhatan Secondary neighborhood.  Within this community are a small number of detached homes.Villages at Powhatan Secondary, Townhomes, Williamsburg, Va.

Home Owner Fees here are $126 monthly which includes all Yard Maintenance, Common Area Maintenance, Garbage Removal, Exterior Building Maintenance and Property Management .The townhomes and the detached homes at the Villages at Powhatan offer unique design and architecture with open floor plans, high ceilings, and colonial details. These homes offer 2 to 4 bedrooms, 2 to 3 bathrooms, a 2-car garage, with 1,800 to 2,300 sq. ft. of living area.  Most homes in Villages of Powhatan offer  semi-private driveways, fenced backyards, and prices beginning in the mid $200′s.

Waterford at Powhatan Secondary is another sub-neighborhood within Powhatan Secondary. Consisting of approximately 88 homes. Both detached and attached homes are available. Terry Peterson was the builder of Waterford which was built from 1999- 2002. A few of the homes are waterfront and enjoy beautiful views of the lake. A few one level homes were built but the majority are two story. Sizes range from 1500-almost 2800 square feet with very open floor plans and high ceilings.Waterford at Powhatan Secondary is another sub-neighborhood within Powhatan Secondary. Consisting of approximately 88 homes. Both detached and attached homes are available. Terry Peterson was the builder of Waterford which was built from 1999- 2002. A few of the homes are waterfront and enjoy beautiful views of the lake. A few one level homes were built but the majority are two story. Sizes range from 1500-almost 2800 square feet with very open floor plans and high ceilings.

Read more about Powhatan Secondary here

New Kent Communities

Four Seasons at New Kent Vineyards

The Four Seasons at New Kent Vineyards—a new, gated Active Adult neighborhood is breaking ground on four new furnished model homes expected to be completed this year. The first section of the neighborhood will include 155 low-maintenance homes designed for those age 55 and better.image

The Four Seasons community will also include numerous amenities perfectly suited to the Active Adult lifestyle. A planned clubhouse will offer a fitness center, as well as gathering areas, walking trails throughout the neighborhood will provide a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Residents of The Four Seasons will also have access to the new Rees Jones-designed golf course at New Kent Vineyards, as well as the award-winning New Kent Winery.New homes avail under $200k

Search homes for sale @ Four Seasons at New Kent Vineyards here

Read more about Four Seasons at New Kent Vineyards here

Bel Green at Brickshire

Bel Green at Brickshire in New Kent was created for people who have better things to do than cut grass. Home owners can take off for the beach, head for the mountains, spend quality time with family and friends, or stay home and just pretend you’re on vacation. Let someone else take care of the yard and exterior of your home while you relax and enjoy the luxury of a truly maintenance-free lifestyle. and taste.villas at brickshire

A look around a Bel Green home will reveal an immediate impression of quality. Each of the luxury homes at Bel Green combine handsome, old-world craftsmanship along with a thoroughly modern commitment to maintenance-free living. Open designs and natural lighting are prominent features of the homes. The majority of the homes are one level with sizes ranging from 1600 to 3000 square feet. The larger plans incorporate second floors.

Enjoy maintenance free living in these lovely villa style homes in Brickshire. Walk to golf, pool, tennis, clubhouse & exercise room, leave the yardwork to the HOA. One level living with bright open floorplans, vaulted great rooms, wonderful kitchens bel green villas at brickshireand first floor master suites HOA fees for Bel Green Viillas are approx $ 251 monthly . The fee covers lawn care, mulching, gutter & window cleaning, trash pick-up and more. Home owners also have use of all Brickshire amenities including the pool, tennis courts, clubhouse, and more

Located in a rolling golf course setting of Brickshire in New Kent County, Virginia. The planned community is just 20 miles from both Williamsburg and Richmond off Interstate 64 (Exit 214), on State Road 155.

Directions :From I-64 (travel east from Richmond, and west from Williamsburg), take exit #214 (New Kent/Providence Forge). Turn south on Route 155 and travel for ¼ mile. Turn left on Kentland Trail. Sales center is 2 miles on the left.

Search homes for sale at Bel Green Villas in Brickshire here

Oakmont Villas at Kentland

A planned community surrounding The Tradition Golf Club at Royal New Kent at the front of Brickshire. Offers detached villa homes and conventionaloakmont villas new kentl homes along with garage town homes. The Community  includes pool, clubhouse, trails and more.Ideally situated in New Kent county,  between Richmond and Williamsburg. Low county taxes with beautiful rural surroundings. Most houses back up to the golf course or wetland areas. Ground maintenance includes lawn, irrigations, trash and snow removal. Located in Providence Forge ,Va Between Williamsburg & Richmond off of Interstate 64. HOA fee is $148 monthly.

New Homes and resale homes are available  avail from the mid $100’s

Search homes for sale in Oakmont Villas in Kentland

Map of these neighborhood locations in Williamsburg/ James City County and New Kent County


Psst.I’m a real estate agent.

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  his expertise in the local real estate market.

I can help you access all the information you will need about choosing a neighborhood and buying a home in New Kent, Gloucester, Newport News, Hampton, York County, Smithfield, Williamsburg, Poquoson or the greater Hampton Roads area, including area information on schools, local government, shopping, activities for the children and more! Whether you have made a decision to relocate, retire or are just considering a move to Williamsburg or  Hampton Roads VA, let me help make your transition or PCS to the  area a smooth and enjoyable one!

You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities, condos and townhomes ,foreclosures/ REO,  land, building lots, commercial property  in Williamsburg , Yorktown, New Kent, Gloucester, Poquoson as well as the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads, Virginia

You can reach me by phone at 757-254-8136 or email  John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

Ice skating returns to Williamsburg at Mid County Park

James City County Parks and Recreation welcomes winter with cool fun at Mid County Park! The County’s seasonal synthetic ice rink, previously located in New Town, has moved to Mid County Park to offer users more space and an improved skating surface.

Iceburg, the Skate Rink at Mid County Park, opens for the winter season Nov. 15-March 1. To accommodate more guests, the operating season was expanded. The relocation to Mid County Park also offers rink visitors access to more amenities including picnic tables and shelters, indoor restrooms and heated facilities, more ADA accessible parking and walking routes as well as full use of the popular and nearby Kidsburg playground as another fun recreational offering. All park facilities will remain open during skate rink operating hours.

There are weekday, weekend and winter break hours. The rink is open daily – weekdays 5-9 p.m. and weekends noon-9 p.m. The rink is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Operation hours may be adjusted based on weather conditions, participation numbers and special events. Also check out jamescitycountyva.gov/iceburg regularly for the complete list of themed skating nights and festivities.

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Skating is $8/adult and $7/youth ages 6-17, and the fee includes the skate rental. James City County and Williamsburg residents can skate for $7/adult and $5/youth ages 6-17, including skate rental. Youth ages 5 and younger skate for free. Season passes are also available for families, adults, youth and seniors ranging from $30-65 per person depending on residency. The rink will maintain a supply of skates ranging from children’s 9 to women’s 10 to men’s 13.

There is no age requirement, but everyone entering the rink must wear skates. Children under 12 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

The surface of the open-air skate rink is made of an EZ Glide 350 synthetic ice surface, offering a smooth surface suitable for all skating activities. Synthetic ice has a similar surface to ice, and almost anything that can be done on refrigerated ice can be performed and perfected on this synthetic ice. While synthetic ice is about 65 percent of the speed of real ice, there is risk of injury from falls and collisions. Skaters of all ages and abilities will find the surface as a safe and enjoyable alternative to refrigerated ice.

During the seasonal operation of the Skate Rink, the park’s basketball courts will be closed through March 7. Please visit the County parks offering basketball court options: Ironbound Park, 150 Magazine Rd., Chickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler Memorial Hwy. and the Warhill Sports Complex, 5700 Warhill Trail which features four courts with lights. Two indoor courts are also available at the James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Rd. For a one-time fee of $10, County residents can purchase a Daily Card, good for two years. The Card provides free access to the Center fitness equipment and courts on three days – Thursdays, 1-3 p .m.; Fridays, 6-8  p.m.; and Saturdays, 2-5 p.m.

For more information on skating, group rates or to schedule private functions, please call 757-259-5360.

Chasing the real estate market in Williamsburg- What’s the “Magic Price” that will sell my home ?

Many Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA home owners want to list their property at a higher price than the MLS market data suggests because they feel their home is superior to others on the market, or some say "they just have to get a certain price for it." Often this is a result of their investment in the property and they want to get at least that much out of it when they sell. While this is totally understandable, your home is only worth what a buyer today is willing to pay for it.

In this way the real estate market is similar to the stock market. It doesn’t matter how great the company is or how much you originally paid for a stock, it is only worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it today. If you try to sell your stocks at a price above the market, buyers will simply ignore them and they won’t sell. The same is true for real estate; buyers will only pay you what your property is worth in today’s market.

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Often times homeowners fall into a common rut while trying to sell their homes — they overlook market trends, which can sabotage results. The sales history above tells the whole story. The home indicated below was on the market for a staggering 1203 days. No that is not a misprint. Over three years on the market. After initially listing the home for $1,085000 was back in December 2007 the seller went through multiple listing periods and reductions. They finally settled at $850k in September of 2014. Seven long years and five months after it was initially listed.  OUCH. Can you imagine having to keep your home ready to show for that long ?

Although ultimately successful in selling their home, the owner of the property was sucked into a classic economic phenomenon called "chasing the market."  Their decisions of where to price their homes was unfortunately not based on viewing trends and anticipating the future. 
We see many homes on the market today that are languishing unsold. They were priced too high to begin with, and then the recession hit. It is common for an owner, rather than repositioning his property to be of value in the declining market, to chose a nominal price reduction, and then another, and another, as the market continues to fall ahead of where the house is priced.

PRICE AHEAD OF THE MARKET!

If a Williamsburg Home Seller starts too high in price, this compounds this effect. Sellers may find themselves reducing and reducing…..never really catching the market! To be successful in a declining market, the seller should be priced lower than the market indicates it should be. Then when normal market times develop, you’ll be priced right to get your offer.


Sellers, you must be priced correctly for your market conditions, or simply stated, you won’t be making your move. It’s not good enough being “on the market”. You must be “in the market” to make your sale and move. What you’ll need is an experienced, market savvy real estate agent who will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.

 

If you’re a seller who has been wondering if it might finally be time to sell, email me at John@MrWilliamsburg.com ,  and I can prepare a complimentary analysis of market value for you – you just may be pleasantly surprised.

$12 CHRISTMAS TOWN™ TICKET THE BEST DEAL OF THE SEASON

Lock in the best deal Busch Gardens Williamsburg Christmas Town™ deal of the season during Busch Gardens’ 12 Days of Christmas special offer. This $12 single-day Christmas Town ticket represents a $20 savings off the regular $32 one-day ticket price.
     The limited-time, online-only sale starts Nov. 12 and runs through Nov. 18.  The Christmas Town $12 single-day ticket is redeemable on any one of the following dates: Nov. 21, 22, 23, 30, Dec. 7, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22 or 30.
     “The $12 Christmas Town ticket is the best deal of the Christmas Town season,” said Marketing Vice President Dan Dipiazzo. “Pick one of the 12 days to visit and discover why Christmas Town is the place where Christmas shines brightest.”
     Visit ChristmasTown.com/VA to take advantage of the offer. 

Lock in the best deal Busch Gardens Williamsburg Christmas Town™ deal of the season during Busch Gardens’ 12 Days of Christmas special offer. This $12 single-day Christmas Town ticket represents a $20 savings off the regular $32 one-day ticket price.

Planning Commission recommends approval for residential development near Williamsburg Crossing

The James City County Planning Commission recommended approval yesterday for a proposal to build a 200-unit condo development near the intersection of routes 5 and 199. The meeting drew heated public comments about the impact the development could have on neighboring communities.the prommenade at john tyler crossing

Neighbors concerned about the development proposal for The Promenade at John Tyler said it would bring too much crowding. Others said it would clog traffic. Still more were concerned about the impact on wildlife. Nearly 30 people showed up to the public hearing on the proposal at the James City County Government Center.

Vernon Geddy, an attorney for Virignia Beach-based builder Franciscus Homes said the project would be a “shot in the arm” to the property, adjacent to Williamsburg Crossing. Several retail outlets have sat vacant in the shopping center.

Geddy said the housing units would range in price from $170,000 to $350,000. Additionally, Geddy said a valuable feature of the proposal was proffers to improve King’s Way, a road he said that has not been kept well and is need of repair.

More of the story here

Map location The Promenade at John Tyler

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Colonial Williamsburg offers Pass Member Exclusive Offer: Bring a Friend for FREE!*

Annual, Good Neighbor and Collegiate pass members of Colonial Williamsburg can bring their friends and family for FREE beginning November 1 through December 15, 2014. Limit 10 tickets per household.

Not a current pass member?

Find out more about getting or renewing your Annual Pass.

Find out more about getting or renewing your Good Neighbor Pass.

Find out more about getting or renewing your Collegiate Pass.

More details here

Annual, Good Neighbor and Collegiate pass members of Colonial Williamsburg can bring their friends and family for FREE beginning November 1 through December 15, 2014. Limit 10 tickets per household.

Grand Illumination 2014 at Colonial Williamsburg

imageIlluminations—firing guns into the air and lighting fireworks—were commonly used during the 18th century to celebrate major events such as great military victories, the birthday of the monarch or the arrival of a new colonial governor. To usher in the season, Colonial Williamsburg carries on this tradition  with its annual Grand Illumination on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

The celebration begins at 5 p.m. when candles are lit in the windows of public buildings, shops and homes. Live entertainment also begins at 5pm on four outdoor stages at Palace Green, Market Square, the Gaol and Capitol building.

.At 6:45 p.m. the Fifes and Drums march down Duke of Gloucester Street, and guests are invited to join in.

At 7 p.m., fireworks will fill the sky over the Historic Area from four locations: the Governor’s Palace, Market Square, and the north and south sides of the Capitol building.

Colonial Williamsburg Ambassadors, wearing special badges, will be available to assist guests, making it easier for guests to get the most out of their holiday experience. The Ambassadors will be stationed in the Historic Area, Visitor Center and other high traffic areas to hand out broadsides, answer questions, and guide and direct guests.

 

Schedule of Events 2014

Come to experience the Revolutionary City dressed in timeless natural decorations on a walking tour or take in a live auction on the Market House stage. Then, enjoy a relaxed dining experience and musical performances before the fireworks light up the sky

Choose from more than 20 guided and self-guided tours throughout the Revolutionary City—all included in a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket.

10:30 a.m.–
8:15 p.m.
Guided tours, dining events, live music, and shopping throughout the Revolutionary City, historic taverns, and resort restaurants
12 p.m. Market House Auction begins
4 p.m. Grand Illumination Supper at the Williamsburg Lodge
5 p.m. Candles are lit in public buildings and homes
5 p.m. Entertainment begins on outdoor stages at Palace Green, Market Square, Gaol, and the Capitol
6:45 p.m. Fifes and Drums play Grand Tattoo
7 p.m. Fireworks at Governor’s Palace, Market Square, and the Capitol
8 p.m. A Grand Medley of Entertainments at the Kimball Theatre
9:30 p.m. Buses to the Revolutionary City resume operations until 10 p.m

Parking and Transportation

Please park at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center and take the shuttle buses to the Revolutionary City.

Shuttle Schedule

9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Every half hour from the Visitor Center to all regular stops
5:30–6:45 p.m. Express service ONLY from the Visitor Center to the Palace stop
6:45–9:30 p.m. NO SERVICE*
9:30–10 p.m. Regular service to all stops

More info here

The Morgans chose New Town in James City County…

The “welcoming, charming people of New Town” in Williamsburg VA are among the reasons Ellen and John Morgan moved into the community a year ago. Ellen did online research when John accepted a call to become the senior pastor at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. They were looking for a walkable, environmentally friendly neighborhood that would offer some restaurants for two foodies to enjoy. Realtor John Womeldorf (Mr Williamsburg) of Liz Moore & Associates led them to New Town. John claims they were “predestined” to live here. The Morgans new home in New Town

Ellen, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, was born in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. John hails from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. They met in the choir at Grove City College in northwestern Pennsylvania. Ellen earned a degree in chemistry and works today as a technical consultant from her home office. After graduation they headed to Princeton where John earned his M.Div. Since then Ellen and John have lived in Minnesota, New Jersey and York, Pennsylvania where John served as a pastor in Presbyterian churches. Along the way their family grew with the addition of (now) 25 and 22 year old daughters and a cat. Both daughters are nearby – one in Washington, D.C. and the other in Baltimore. The cat, Cookie, is now 6. She is an indoor cat who decided to go “out" once the Morgans moved to New Town. Cookie was “out" for a week. During the search for Cookie, Ellen and John met many of their New Town neighbors.

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imageEllen and John spend two weeks each summer enjoying Chautauqua in New York State. Ellen grew up attending Chautauqua and introduced John to it. (Google Chautauqua if it is new to you!) Now John volunteers with religious services while they are there. A special feature of Chautauqua is the lack of automobiles – people walk or bike.

For eighteen years John has practiced the “Round Table Pulpit”. He has brought this program of collaborative preaching to Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Fifteen congregation members meet once a week for six weeks to discuss the Bible text for the following Sunday. The sermon grows out of these sessions.

Both Ellen and John find ours to be a community of relationships and volunteering. Ellen notes that having our garages at the rear of houses keeps us from driving into the garage and walking into our homes without ever setting a foot outside our front doors. Because we cannot simply drive away from the front of our houses, we meet our neighbors. Perhaps good garages make good neighbors…

Their front yard view

By Betsy Darling

Reprinted from the New Town Crier

Read more about New Town here

What to do in Williamsburg Nov 1-9 2014

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Virginia Thanksgiving Festival at Berkeley Plantation
Nov 2, 9 am – 4 pm

Celebrate the first English speaking Thanksgiving in the New World. Join us for a day dedicated to history, food, arts, crafts & jewelry vendors, choral music, traditional Thanksgiving dinner & more.

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Colonial Williamsburg Chocolate Symposium
Nov 2
Guest scholars and artisans join our Historic Foodways staff in this exploration of the customs, tastes, and history of this magical, revered food. Learn the 400 Years of Chocolate: Aztec to Artisanal.

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Yorktown Holiday Open House Weekend
Nov 8 – 9

Special events, festive decorations, special sales, discounts, door prizes, strolling entertainment, and much more await you as you start or finish your holiday shopping. 

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The Schooner Alliance in Yorktown
Through  Nov 2
It’s the last week of the season for the Schooner Alliance! See website for details. In Yorktown at Riverwalk Landing.

Veterans Day Weekend at Colonial Williamsburg Courage or Cowardice
Nov 8 – 11

Join us as we honor Americas veterans in a celebration of their patriotism and willingness to sacrifice and serve our country.

Williamsburg Jaguar Gathering
Nov 2, 11 am – 3 pm

Merchants Square will showcase the inaugural Williamsburg Jaguar Gathering with a collection of antique and special cars lining both sides of Duke of Gloucester Street in Merchants Square.

A Touch of Earth Featured Artist of the Month Bob Oller
Nov 1 – 30

Come see the works of artist Bob Oller on display all month. Specializing in paintings and sculptures.

The Indigenous Chesapeake
Nov 1, 10 am

Explore the material culture and historical life ways of the Tidewater Algonquians during this daylong special event.

A Dewey Decibel Concert- New West Guitar Group
Nov 7, 7:30 pm

Featuring John Storie, Perry Smith and Jeff Stein, New West Guitar Group has been making their mark as a fresh, cutting-edge guitar ensemble.

A Dewey Decibel Concerts Brock McGuire Band
Nov 8, 7:30 pm

The Brock McGuire Band is fronted by two of Irelands most celebrated traditional musicians: Paul Brock and Manus McGuire.

Veterans Day Dinner Dance Celebration DoubleTree by Hilton
Nov 8, 6 – 11 pm

Come join a celebration to honor all veterans.  The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra and Swing Team Lindy 101 perform. Includes Dinner, tax and Gratuity. Tickets available at 407-340-4920 o 757-870-4487

Auntie Ms American Cottage: Art Workshops Nuno Felted Scarf with Artist Valerie Johnson
Nov 8, 10 am – 12 pm

Come join Artist Valerie Johnson of Flying Cow Creations, in this unique workshop to make a beautiful nuno felted scarf that can be worn for all seasons. Also see: Art Workshops Tea Cozy/Silly Hat; Guinea Hen/Fat Cat
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2nd Sunday Festival
Nov 9, 11 am – 5 pm

Featuring  over 60 varied artisans & 2 stages of live music. Festival presented each month by the Blue Talon Bistro. Be sure to check out all of the artists coming to Prince George Street  for 2nd Sundays.

Williamsburg Choral Guild Songs of Praise, Voices of Advent
Nov 9, 4 pm

A festive program featuring J. S. Bachs brilliant Magnificat opens the Guilds 39th season, with chamber orchestra and five vocal soloists. 

The Mariners Museum and Park present: Military Appreciation Weekend
Nov 8 – 11, 9 am – 5 pm

It’s Military Appreciation Weekend ! Celebrate Veterans Day at The Mariners Museum and Park!

Star Party/Laser Light Shows
Nov 8

Free sky observing (weather permitting) begins at sunset at the Virginia Living Museum. Then stick around for the laser light shows. See website for schedule.

Yorktown Victory Center Fall lecture series Revolutionary War The Men Who Lost America.
Nov 4, 7 pm

Dr. Andrew OShaughnessy, professor of history at the University of Virginia, will challenge stereotypical explanations of Britains failure to win the American War of Independence.  

Williamsburg Library presents Raiders of the Lost Art
Nov 3, 7:30 pm

Raiders of the Lost Art Criminal activity in the Art World. This series is presented by This Century Art Gallery in cooperation with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. See website for details.

Beyond the Edge of the Sea
November

Explore the diversity of life deep in the oceans wilderness in Beyond the Edge of the Sea. At the Virginia Living Museum. highlights the work of scientific illustrator Karen Jacobsen.

The Iroquois in Williamsburg Observing the Siege
November 8 & 9

Visit with Generals Lafayette and Washington as they prepare for the siege of Yorktown and confer with their recently arrived Indian allies.

Frogs and Friends
Nov 8, 9 am – 5 pm

Enjoy a day filled with amphibian-related exhibits, activities and programs at the Virginia Living Museum. Learn ways to help the frogs and friends around you.

Art Workshop VMFA Oil Painting Basics Workshop
Nov 1, 10 am – 4 pm, with lunch break

SPECIAL WORKSHOP with Marjorie Perrin! See website for complete information.

Comedy Club of Williamsburg presents Comedian Landry and Friends
Nov 1, 8 pm

Comedian Landry: Born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario Landry first hit the stage in 2006, and has been on the fast track ever since. At the DoubleTree Hotel.

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VIRGINIA THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL AT BERKELEY PLANTATION

imageOn Sunday November 2, 2014 come and celebrate the first English Speaking Thanksgiving in the New World at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City VA.  Join in for a day dedicated to history, food and fun with tours of the 1726 manor house, a living history program, tribal dancers, arts, crafts and jewelry vendors, choral music, traditional Thanksgiving dinner and a re-enactment of the Landing of Capt Woodlief & his men.  Nowhere can you find a more exciting, more educational or more enjoyable way to add to holiday traditions than a beautiful fall day at Berkeley Plantation

 

Sunday, November 2, 2014
@ Noon
Berkeley Plantation
12602 Harrison Landing Rd.
Charles City, VA 23030-3339
(Directly off scenic Rt. 5 between Richmond and Williamsburg)
Festival & Plantation Gardens/Grounds Free
Car Parking $5.00 Donation
Bus Parking $20.00 Donation
House Tours 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Click here For information  or Call 888-466-6018

 

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Home appreciation continues in the US

Say it isn’t so. 

According to a report released Tuesday by RealtyTrac, the median sales price of a home in the U.S. was $195,000 in September — up 15% from  September 2013. September was the 30th consecutive month where U.S. median home prices increased on an annual basis, and the 15 percent annual increase is the LARGEST annual percentage increase since October 2005

Daren Blomquist, vice president of RealtyTrac, said “Median home prices nationally in September were boosted by a new low in the share of distressed sales during the third quarter, resulting in fewer home sales on the lower end,”

He added that “Some of the biggest increases in median prices are in markets in the Midwest, Southeast and Inland California, where home prices are still considered a relative bargain for both investors and owner-occupant buyers,”

5 real estate markets with the largest annual home price jumps

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Of course  not all markets look like Detroit. In fact, in more than half of the 102 metro areas examined by RealtyTrac, median home prices increased less than 10% from a year ago.

Urbanna Oyster Fest Nov 7-8 2014

Each November, the lovely town of Urbanna, found on the Rappahannock River, throws the country’s largest and longest-running oyster festival called the Urbanna Oyster Festival. The town’s streets are closed to vehicle traffic and become filled with oyster booths, seafood dishes, music and crafts. The festival highlight is the oyster shucking contest which draws spectators from around the world.

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We’ve got Oyster, Oyster, Oysters and whole lot more! One of a kind artisan craft vendors, renowned artists, fantastic oyster exhibits illustrating our colorful waterfront history, fireman’s parade, oyster festival parade, waterfront activities, live music and other performances over the full two days of the event, Oyster Festival Queen & Little Miss Spat crowing, Oyster Shucking Contest featuring CHAMPION Shucker DEBORAH PRATT!  The Town of Urbanna Welcomes you and your family to come join in the fun!  Come by boat and anchor at the marina or in the harbor, park you cars just across the bridge from the town and catch a hay ride in! 

The Saturday parade of the Urbanna Oyster Festival has become the focal point of the weekend. It has grown from an event featuring antique cars and floats to a parade encompassing a large Shriners contingency, numerous marching bands, and beauty queens and their courts from across the state. This is an annual tradition that cannot be missed.

November 7/8, 2014

Find out more here

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens opens Nov 21 for 2014 season

Yes, I know Halloween isn’t even here yet but Busch Gardens Williamsburg is already putting away Howl O Scream and making preparations to open Christmas Town on Nov 21st

The Williamsburg theme park’s annual Christmas celebration starts Nov. 21, 2014 and runs select days through Dec. 31. Guests can feel the warmth of the holidays while strolling along paths lit by more than eight million twinkling lights. image
     A night at Christmas Town lets guests take a break from the hustle-and-bustle of the holidays and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. True to its European heritage,Busch Gardens pulls out the stops for its annual Christmas event with idealized representations of the world’s best Christmas traditions.
     Guests are invited to celebrate the opening of Christmas Town at a special Christmas Town Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 21. The lighting ceremony celebrates the arrival of the holiday season and will culminate with the synchronized lighting of the park’s eight million Christmas lights. An aerial photographer will capture the moment when Busch Gardens Christmas Town transforms into the place where Christmas shines brightest.
Scrooge No More! ™, is coming to Busch Gardens’ Globe Theatre for Christmas Town. Join Scrooge live on stage in an all-new musical at the Globe Theatre as he is swept away by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, who teach him the importance of family and friends being together at Christmas.
     Guests can create their own Christmas Town holiday traditions with a $32 Christmas Town Fun Card that offers unlimited admission for the 2014 Christmas season.
     Annual pass members can save even more with an exclusive offer designed just for them.  Active annual pass members can purchase a Christmas Town pass for $25 and receive unlimited admission to Christmas Town for the 2014 season along with regular pass member benefits like free parking and discounts on park purchases.  Visit www.bgwpass.com for complete details.
     Visit christmastown.com for complete Christmas Town details, including ticket information and an operating schedule. While there, sign up for Busch Gardens’ email updates and be the first to know about upcoming special offers on Christmas Town tickets and other exclusive holiday deals.

Eastern State Property in James City County is up for sale. :(

Yes, that’s a sad face in the title. One of the most beautiful pieces of un-developed land is now for sale in Williamsburg.

The state of Virginia is selling  419 surplus acres of property at  Eastern State Hospital.  The property is immediately adjacent to New Town, which is a 365 acres, very successful, mixed use project that has been developed over the last 12 years.

The site has been surplused by the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2008 a group of stakeholders (not endorsed by the Commonwealth) in the region founded a conceptual plan by Urban Design Associates for this site. The Commonwealth of Virginia has several agencies, including a DMV Customer Service Center, in the region that may require new office space as part of the
development of this project.

CB Richard Ellis of Virginia, Inc. is marketing the surplus property on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Anybody want to chip in to keep it from being developed ?

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Second Sundays Festival Brings Artisanal And Musical Fun To Prince George Street in Williamsburg VA

Every second Sunday in Colonial Williamsburg, Prince George Street is filled with artists showcasing their crafts and musicians performing up and down the street.

The 2nd Sundays Festival takes place every month, except for January and February, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It goes along the upper block of Prince George Street and extends down North Boundary Street. Local artists pay in order to showcase their work while multiple musicians preform live at different stages throughout the festival. The director of 2nd Sundays, Shirley Vermilion, created the event in 2010. Vermilion grew up in the Northern Neck of Virginia and lived in both Seattle and Richmond before she moved to Williamsburg in 2001.

“Williamsburg for a long time felt like it was all about history,” Vermilion said. “It was all it really did and Colonial Williamsburg kind of did everything, and that was what drove it.”

Vermilion was surprised when she found out that some of her neighbors in Williamsburg ranged from mystery novelists and children’s book authors to potters. However, Vermilion found out that it was difficult for them to display their work unless they left Williamsburg, as local opportunities were limited.

Vermilion originally decided to reserve her local clubhouse and feature around 15 local artists in a show she called First Colony Arts Bazaar. According to Vermilion, the show was well-attended and well-loved.

Some of the artisan-friendly booths at the festival. COURTESY PHOTO / SHIRLEY VERMILION

Some of the artisan-friendly booths at the festival. COURTESY PHOTO / SHIRLEY VERMILION

“I always thought, ‘here we are a tourist town; we need something like this downtown,’” Vermilion said.

In 2010 Vermilion contacted the Blue Talon Bistro executive chef and owner David Everett and general manager and owner Adam Steely to ask if they would help her facilitate an art festival on Prince George Street.

More of the story here

September 2014 Real Estate Market Share Update Williamsburg VA

October 2014-The numbers are in for September 2014 in the Williamsburg VA real estate market. While it was a close race back in 2012 for market share with the lead changing between the offices of William E. Wood and Liz Moore and Associates. Year to date for 2014 our office (Liz Moore and Associates) has a commanding lead in market share with almost 18% of the market.

Our office’s listings and sales were almost equal to the combined listings and  sales of  six area real estate brokerages : KIngsmill Realty, Fords Colony Realty, Twiddy Realty, Coldwell Banker Traditions,  Century 21 Nachman and ReMax Capital  who were the 6th-10th place finishers in sales in the Williamsburg VA real estate market year to date in 2014

October 2014-The numbers are in for September 2014 in the Williamsburg VA real estate market. While it was a close race back in 2012 for market share with the lead changing between the offices of William E. Wood and Liz Moore and Associates. Year to date for 2014 our office (Liz Moore and Associates) has a commanding lead in market share with almost 18% of the market.

If you’re a Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA Home seller who has been wondering if it might finally be time to sell, email me at John@MrWilliamsburg.com , and I can prepare a complimentary analysis of market value for you – you just may be pleasantly surprised.

Duesies are coming to the Burg ! Duesenberg Tour 2014 – Southern Style

The Duesenberg Tour – a fleet of some of the country’s most rare classic automobiles will tour Greater Hampton Roads on October 19-25  and they will come to Williamsburg VA on Oct 19th, 2014  Duesenbergs, usually seen only at classic car shows or on screen, are hard to miss – especially when 21 of them travel together. 
In recent years some of those fortunate few who own Duesenbergs have driven them together on week-long tours, usually in the western part of the country.  Dwight Schaubach, a Suffolk VA businessman and Duesie owner, wanted to bring the vintage cars from all across the county to their first tour in Virginia and North Carolina in the “Duesenberg Tour 2014 – Southern Style.”  The tour will take the luxury autos from their tour base in Williamsburg to North Carolina as well as the Eastern Shore of VA. 
Glamour and quality define the Duesenbergs. One of the luxury car’s most recent screen roles was in “The Great Gatsby” with Leonardo DiCaprio driving a 1929 Duesenberg Model J.  Inaccurate, perhaps, because the movie was set in 1922 but the car radiated an aura of wealth and class that was all Gatsby – and is all Duesenberg.

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After touring Smithfield, the tour will continue down VA10 to Suffolk and on to Hertford, Edenton and Duck in North Carolina. Their return to Williamsburg on Wednesday will bring them back up VA 10 in the late afternoon to the ferry in Surry. 
The 80+ year old Duesenbergs are the creation of two German brothers, August and Frederick Duesenberg, self-taught engineers who specialized in experimental and sports cars. In 1920 the brothers opened a plant in Indianapolis, Indiana, to produce top-of-the-line passenger cars. Their innovative Model A’s came with straight eight engines, single overhead camshafts and four wheel hydraulic brakes. 
Tom Mix and Rudolph Valentino were among their celebrity customers but production lagged, sales struggled and the company went bankrupt in two years. In 1925 Cord Automobile bought the company – and the brothers’ expertise – to build luxury cars with the Duesenberg name. The company produced probably fewer than 800 vehicles, priced from $15,000 up and sold to the rich and famous including The Duke of Windsor and Clark Cable as well as other well-to-do.  But in 1937, as the country sunk into the Depression, the factory closed. Only an estimated half of those fabulous cars may still exist. Retired late night talk show host Jay Leno reported owns several of those – Schaubach owns two.

50% Off Admission to Howl O Scream for Veterans

Just a reminder that  Veterans and Active Duty Military can get 50% off Busch Gardens Williamsburg single day tickets!

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is proud of our military that serve, defend and protect our country along with American veterans who served and fought.  For your courage, valor and sacrifice, we thank you.

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In addition to the current Waves of Honor complimentary program for active military, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is celebrating our heroes for bookings through October 26, 2014 with 50% off single-day admission tickets (off front gate price) for qualified service members and veterans.  This offer can be redeemed from September 2 – October 26, 2014.

This offer is available to veterans and military members from U.S. only.  This offer is available exclusively online or at participating military bases. This offer is not available at the front gate.  Up to six (6) single-day admissions can be purchased.

Active duty military who have already visited our parks using the Waves of Honor complimentary program in the last 12 months can take advantage of this offer.

Click here to check out all the details!

For non military Busch Gardens is still offering several coupons for discounts on Howl-O-Scream tickets.

Visitors can find coupons for $5 off admission ($10 off if tickets are purchased online) at Wendy’s locations and through Papa John’s Pizza

What to do in Williamsburg VA Oct 13-19, 2014

Yorktown Day
Oct 19, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
October 19th, 1781: – The surrender at Yorktown was a decisive victory by a combined force of American and French Army troops, led by Generals Washington, and Rochambeau, over a British Army commanded by General Lord Cornwallis. This was the last major land battle of the American Revolutionary War in North America.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream
Oct 17-19, 10am – 10/11pm.
Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream offers chills and thrills to guests brave enough to venture into this cursed park. Navigate through Wendigo Woods, one of five Terror-tories; brave a darkly entertaining show like Monster Stomp on Ripper Row or explore six haunted houses waiting for those daring enough to enter the park after dark.

Berkeley, Edgewood & Shirley Plantations present Hauntings Tales & Tours
Oct 13, begins at 3:30 at Shirley Plantation, continue to Berkeley and end at Edgewood
This unique tour of Edgewood, Berkeley and Shirley Plantations will give an insight of the spirits and mysteries of these three historic homes in Charles City, Virginia. Hear the haunting tales of the paranormal activities at each site on a progressive tour .

Yorktown Victory Celebration Yorktown Victory Center
Oct 18,– 19, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Military life and artillery demonstrations mark the 233rd anniversary of Americas momentous Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown on October 19, 1781. Yorktown Day on October 19 features a parade and commemorative and wreath-laying ceremonies in historic Yorktown and Yorktown Battlefield.

New Town Art Gallery and Opera in Williamsburg
Oct 15, 6- 8 p.m.
New Town Art Gallery and the cast of Opera in Williamsburg will be hosting a curtain-raiser for Gaetano Donizettis opera Lucia di Lammermoor on Wednesday, October 15th between 6-8 PM.  The cast will be performing several arias from the opera.

Kimball Theatre A Grand Medley of Entertainment
Oct 13, 7:30 p.m
Owen Murdocks company gamely tries to present an 18th-century traveling show, but things arent going well. Everything that can go wrong, does!

Jamestown Settlement presents: Peter Firstbrook
Oct 14, 3:00 p.m.
Author and acclaimed documentary filmmaker Peter Firstbrook will speak in Jamestown Settlements Robins Foundation Theater at 3 p.m., Tuesday, October 14, on the exploits and accomplishments of Captain John Smith, the subject of his new book, A Man Most Driven.

Premium Outlets Pink Event
Through Oct 31, Mon – Sat: 10am-9pm, Sun: 10am-7pm
Williamsburg Premium Outlets  is teaming up with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to support breast cancer awareness, research, and treatment programs our community. During the month of October, visit the on-site Simon Information Center located in the Food Court to donate $10 to support the cause and receive 25% off one item from select stores.

Berkeley Plantation Autumn Sunset Tour
Oct 17, 5:30 PM
Enjoy a walking tour to the Harrison graveyard with stories of Berkeleys hauntings, hor doeuvres served at sunset and candlelight tour of the 1726 mansion.  Reservations required.

MAD about Chocolate features Chromatherapy Meets Chocotherapy
Through Oct 31, Tue-Sat, 9 am – 6 pm
Chromatherapy Meets Chocotherapy, new art by Connie Desaulniers.  Bearing the color-saturated trademark of Connies art, the new paintings and sculptures include a series on Objects of Desire, plus other food and sculptural art.

Williamsburg Library presents: A Dewey Decibel Concert LCV Project
Oct 16, 7:30 pm
Dewey Decibel Concerts LCV Project -  Join Louis C. Vangieri  for a delightful concert experience. He performs a blend of instrumental folk, country, swing, pop, traditional, soft jazz, bluegrass, classical, nostalgia and well-written original works. Cost: This concert is free charge and tickets are not needed.

Kimball Theater presents Thomas and Sally or the Sailors Return
Oct 16, 7:30 p.m.
Can Sally resist the advances of the Squire and stay true to her Thomas until his return from the sea? Find out as member of The Governors Musick and guest performers join the four-member cast. Thomas Arnes 1760 afterpiece Thomas and Sally or the Sailors Return was the first fully sung English play performed on the American stage.

William & Mary School of Education: Reading between the Wines
Oct 17, 6:00 pm
Join best-selling author Adriana Trigiani and Literacy for Life for scrumptious food, delicious wine, exciting live and silent auctions, and a presentation by Adriana! The event is Friday, October 17th at 6 PM at the William & Mary School of Education Building, 301 Monticello Ave. in Williamsburg. All proceeds directly benefit Literacy for Life.

How and Why Rain Gardens Learn and Grow Educational Series, Williamsburg Botanical Garden
Oct 18,10:00 – 11:30 AM
Master Gardener Carol Fryer has designed rain gardens for James City County homeowners and developments, and will provide information about their construction in home gardens.  With Powerpoint slides and demonstrations, she will suggest suitable plants and locations in typical environments.

New Town Art Gallery Welcomes Back Wood Turner Bill Casto
Oct 15– 19
Bill Casto,  a former William & Mary football coach and Apprentice School Athletic Director, creates nationally competitive wood sculptures. He uses driftwood from local waters and weathered wood to carve interpretive or stylized pieces of art.  He attempts to capture the essence of the wildfowl rather than a realistic duplication of his subject.

Toshi Yoshida exhibit at Muscarelle Museum of Art
Oct 16-Jan 11, 2015: Tue – Fri: 10 AM – 5 PM|Sat – Sun: Noon – 4 PM | Monday: Closed
Toshi Yoshida, 1911-1995 October 16, 2014 January 11, 2015 Whether you are visiting for the first time or the hundredth, a visit to the Muscarelle is always an invigorating and  unique experience  in Williamsburg.

Meet Capt. Don Molina: English Captive, Spanish Spy
Oct 18, 12 and 2 pm
Meet Don Diego de Molina, a Spanish commander, who was captured near a Virginia Fort in 1611. He will be allowed an interview with those wishing to meet him but beware he is alleged to be a Spanish spy!

GO APE! Announces Treetop Junior Nights at Height
Oct 17, 7pm, 7:30pm,& 8pm
Treetop Junior turns into a Haunted Forest at Freedom Park Go Ape Treetop Junior, an outdoor adventure course at Freedom Park in Williamsburg, VA, will open on select nights in October for Treetop Junior Nights at Height. Designed for ages 3 12.

Cogans Deli & Sports Pub presents The Delvers
Oct 18, 8-11pm
The Delvers (Howard Anby, Jay Shenk, Michael Glass & David Merrill) perform an eclectic blend of swing, blues, roots country, rock, jazz and Americana. The members have been making music together in various incarnations both casual and professional for more than 25 years. They feature a song list ranging from Gershwin to the Grateful Dead.

Kimball Theatre: Yue-Kiln Ceramic Music Concert
Oct 18, 7-8:30 pm
Interested in music and Chinese culture? This unique performance is a must-see! Yue-Kiln Ceramic Music refers to a form of traditional Chinese music using ceramic instruments (known in Chinese as ou). The rare art has become a dynastic treasure since the 8th century, and is popular among commoners as well as the elite.

Night of the Living Museum
Oct 18, 2 5-8 p.m.
Are you ready for a wild night of scary animals, trail walks, pumpkin carving and mad scientists? Night of the Living Museum returns to the Virginia Living Museum for its 15th year. This is a non-scary Halloween event for families with kids ages 12 and under. Come dressed as your favorite character or wild animal.

A Touch of Earth presents artist Bob Oller
Oct 18, 1-3 pm
Come see special guest. Bob Oller, as he will be sketching or sculpting. A Touch of Earth is an award winning gallery celebrating 34 years, offering a collection of the very finest in American crafts and art by regional as well as nationally prominent contemporary working American artists.

Fright Light Laser Show
Oct 18, 8 p.m.
Its a howling good time in the Virginia Living Museums Abbitt Planetarium with this frightfully awesome mix of terror-ific tunes! Wild and weird laser images accompany songs from Black Sabbath, Garbage, The Who and so many more! Come enjoy this laser spook-tacular! This program is family-friendly; inappropriate lyrics have been eliminated or blanked.

A Touch of Earth presents artist Bob Oller
Oct 18, 1-3 pm
Come see special guest. Bob Oller, as he will be sketching or sculpting. A Touch of Earth is an award winning gallery celebrating 34 years, offering a collection of the very finest in American crafts and art by regional as well as nationally prominent contemporary working American artists. Representing a variety of unique original works.

Auntie Ms American Cottage: Art Workshops Flying Cow Creations Trunk Show with Artist Valerie Johnson
Oct 19, 11:00am 4:00pm
Come out and visit Artist Valerie Johnson of Flying Cow Creations as she presents an exciting trunk show featuring some of her latest creations. Needle felting and paper mache are Valeries specialties.

This Century Art Education Center Art Workshop Painting the Clothed Figure with Jan Ledbetter
Oct 20, 9:00 am. – 4:00 p.m.
SPECIAL WORKSHOP! Creative, interactive workshop on figure painting. Learn to create dynamic, original designs. All skill levels welcome. All mediums welcome.

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ROSEWELL’S ANNUAL BARBECUE AT THE RUINS

Every year in fall, people spent an entertaining afternoon on the lawn surrounding the historic ruins of one of Colonial America’s grandest mansions. Enjoying the barbecue feast, pleasing music and a wonderful silent auction, exalts the imagination of the outstanding lifestyle that was lived by three generations of the Page family. Thomas Jefferson was a frequent guest at the mansion along with many historic personalities who shaped our country. The annual barbecue is the largest fundraiser to support the expenses associated with maintaining the Rosewell Ruins preserving the historic site for future generations. Local businesses as well as many individuals and families help make this possible with their donations.

The Rosewell Foundation is looking forward to host all these history interested parties joining year by year or being new to the historic site and searching for more information about. Whatever the relationship to Rosewell is, the event will relive a day in history in everybody’s mind.

Please call or visit the visitor center to order your tickets in advance.

The Annual Barbecue at the Rosewell Ruins is this Sunday, October 19th 1:00PM – 4:00PM. Tickets are $25 per Adult and $12.50 per child (6 – 12) Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling The Rosewell Foundation visitor center at 804-693-2585.

BBQ – and sides , Live Band , Silent Auction

The ruins of one of the finest mansions built in the colonies sits on the bank of the York River in Gloucester County, Virginia.

Begun in 1725, Rosewell was home to the Page family for more than 100 years. John Page, grandson of the builder, attended William and Mary with Jefferson. It was here that the two young patriots first began to explore what lay ahead of the emerging nation in which they would play such an important role.

Begun in 1725, Rosewell was home to the Page family for more than 100 years. John Page, grandson of the builder, attended William and Mary with Jefferson. It was here that the two young patriots first began to explore what lay ahead of the emerging nation in which they would play such an important role.

Though slightly changed by a later owner and ravaged by time and economic hardships, Rosewell was still regarded as a place of grandeur and importance. Through the years following the war between the states, parties and dances continued in the Great Hall. Finally, in 1916, a tragic fire swept the mansion leaving a magnificent shell which is testament to 18th century craftsmanship and dreams.

What remains are the four chimneys, the east wall with its regal compass head window complete with carved keystone, the wine cellar and enough of the walls that one may sense the proportion and scale of this unique structure. The fourth and last family to own Rosewell donated the ruins site to the Gloucester Historical Society in 1979. Since 1995, the Rosewell Foundation has taken on the mission of preserving, studying, and presenting this historic ruin.

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Williamsburg area SAT scores top peers in state & nation

Students in Williamsburg-James City Schools outperformed their peers in the rest of Virginia and the U.S., according to data released this week.

james city county Students in Williamsburg-James City Schools outperformed their peers in the rest of Virginia and the U.S., according to data released this week.

The results were compiled from the scores of 525 students who graduated in 2014, with the division-wide mean scores coming in at 532 in critical reading, 530 in math and 504 in writing. Reading and math scores have mostly held steady over a five year period: In 2010, WJC’s test takers scored 536 in reading and 536 in math. WJC’s students were down in writing from 2010 scores, when they averaged 524 in writing.

The math, reading and writing results topped Virginia students’ mean scores, including 515 in critical reading, 512 in math and 493 in writing, as well as students across the U.S., whose mean scores were 492 in critical reading, 501 in math and 478 in writing.

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Grand Opening this weekend–The Reserve at Williamsburg

Oct 8, 2014 -Don’t Miss Out On Special Savings This Weekend Only. Take Your Pick of  Newly Released Premium Wooded Homesites!
Purchase This Weekend to Receive Included Granite Countertops, Upgraded Cabinets, Stainless Steel Appliances and ½ Off $40,000 in Options with Your Purchase!*

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Located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg, The Reserve is the area’s newest single family community. Offering 5 different floor plans, including 3 with first floor owner’s suites, there is a dream home design for every buyer’s needs.

The community also offers the area’s most luxurious clubhouse with an outdoor swimming pool, gym, yoga room, and multiple entertainment areas. Come enjoy the lifestyle of one of Williamsburg’s most desirable communities all from the $290’s.

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3 Ranch-Style Homes to Choose From & Craftsman-Style Cottage Elevations Included On Every Home .

Home sizes range from 1407 square feet to over 3000 square feet.

Full Finished Basements Available Offering Additional Living Space

Enjoy The Convenience Of Lawn Care Maintenance Included

Come View the Impressive Clubhouse, Community Pool, Gym, and Banquet Room

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Hurry to join the VIP list before the first release of  homesites is fully reserved. Contact John Womeldorf  John@MrWilliamsburg.com or 757 254 8136 to obtain more information on this exclusive opportunity or other new construction or resale homes in the Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads area of Virginia..

Location Map for the Reserve at Williamsburg

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Psst.I’m a real estate agent.

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