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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

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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.

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Read more about Kensington Woods here

Brandywyne

imageWhat if you could walk to Colonial Williamsburg from your home ?

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

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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.

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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

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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

James City County assessments completed

The Real Estate Assessment Division recently completed the assessment of all real property based on the fair market value of the property as of Jan. 1, 2014. The new assessments show that the drop in home values over the last few years has slowed to a loss of 1.71 percent in 2014 compared to a loss of 5.67 percent in 2012. When combined with new development and commercial reassessment, the assessments generated increased .24 percent.

The County will mail the change-in-assessment notices to approximately 14,500 property owners on Feb. 28. Information on the review and appeal process and the tax relief program can be found online or by calling 757-253-6650.

The million dollar plus real estate market in Williamsburg

A brief recap of the $ million dollar plus real estate market in Williamsburg in the last 12 months.

Currently there are 3 homes under contract and pending currently, 2 in Gov Land and one in the Vineyards + Nine sales in the last 12 months that have closed.

Of the nine sales two were in Fords Colony, one in Liberty Ridge. Three in Governors Land, three in Kingsmill.

At our current rate of sales and inventory we have a 3.3 years supply of homes over $ One million dollars.

Of the 40 homes listed 11 are in Fords Colony,  11 are in Gov Land, 9 are in Kingsmill.

Others are in a few other nearby small neighborhoods including Landfall, The Woods, Stonehouse, Rivers Bend at Uncles Neck and Graylin Woods.

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Almost new home available in Burlington Woods..Williamsburg VA

Wendy Carrington can watch her children at the neighborhood playground from a white rocking chair on her front porch. In fact, she picked the neighborhood— Burlington Woods — the lot, and the big, welcoming porch in order to do just that.

front1We chose this neighborhood because it’s small, close-knit, and family friendly,” said Wendy, an insurance underwriter with two children, 5 and 8. “Then we picked this lot to build on because it’s across the street from the playground.” The porch was an extra she added to the nearly 3,000 square-foot home that she and her husband, Steve, a Coast Guard retiree, built in 2010.

front porchThe Carringtons’ home, the popular Ravenna model built by Ryan Homes, “really fits a family of four,” Wendy said. The main level has formal living and dining rooms, a home office, a powder room, and a large, open kitchen/casual dining/family room space that spans nearly the entire back of the house.

kitchen1The open kitchen area is one of Wendy’s favorite spots, allowing her to cook and talk to the kids in the family room. She especially loves the gourmet-style kitchen with granite countertops, stainless appliances, high-end cabinets, custom backsplash, and a big island with seating. But best of all is the gas range. “I always had electric, and now I understand why people like gas so much,” Wendy said.

kitchen“I’ve never had such a nice, upgraded kitchen before,” Wendy added. “We were military and always lived in rentals. This is the first house we’ve ever built, and the first house we’ve ever owned.”

The family puts the kitchen to good use. “The kids and I are always baking together,” Wendy said. “The kitchen, especially with the island, is the center of the house.”

bonusThe second floor has four bedrooms plus a bonus room above the garage that the family uses as a playroom and TV area. “It has a huge closet for storage and could even be a fifth bedroom,” said Wendy. “We have a big TV for watching movies, a couch and loveseat, and nooks with shelves for the kids. Having a bonus room helps us keep the downstairs more adult.”

masterThe large master bedroom is another favorite spot for Wendy. “We added extra windows so it gets a lot of light. It’s like an oasis; the greens, grays and white are such relaxing colors and it’s big enough for a sitting area. The master bathroom is huge, with a separate shower and tub.”

backyardWith two kids, having a flat, one-third acre yard is also a plus. A play set with playhouse and a large back deck make the Carringtons’ yard a favorite hangout. “The deck is big and a great place to hang out,” Wendy noted. “We’ve had a lot of barbeques, and we had about 30 people over for Steve’s retirement party. There was plenty of room.”

deck1Wendy said the Burlington Woods neighborhood has lived up to her expectations. “Everyone here has kids, and there are a lot of play dates and cookouts. We have a lot of social events….Next week there’s a baby shower for a neighbor down the street. There’s a real neighborhood vibe here.”

parkThe community’s location “is perfect,” Wendy added. “It’s walking distance to Freedom Park and to the Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex. We’re near New Town and the outlet mall. Colonial Williamsburg is close, too.”

As much as they love it, the Carringtons have decided to sell their home in order to relocate closer to Wendy’s job in Richmond. “I wish I could just pick this house up and move it to Richmond,” Wendy said. “We have a special connection to this house because we got to pick out everything in it. It’s a perfect family home.”

officeThe family chose John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf to help them sell their Burlington Woods home. “He’s the one who introduced us to our [Burlington Woods] neighborhood. We never would have known about it without him,” said Wendy. “He’s well connected in Williamsburg and is really good at what he does.”

Why the stories? Because these aren’t just houses, they’re homes.

Mr. Williamsburg knows that when you’re looking for a new place, you’re searching for more than just four walls plus amenities, you’re looking for that welcoming refuge we call home That’s why we go beyond the standard “4 bedrooms, 3 baths on large lot” statistics, to share how others have lived in this house, to reveal the home’s unique personality, to help you decide whether this is a place where your family could thrive.

Likewise, we realize that you’re seeking not simply a development within a particular zip code, but also an opportunity to become part of a community. That’s why we share our sellers’ experiences as members of that neighborhood. 

We trust these stories will assist you in finding your way home.

Want to see this wonderful home ? Want to tell your home’s story? Contact John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf at (757) 254-8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com and we’ll get you started.

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Boomers Rationalize, Plan to Retire Earlier

The path of economic recovery has made baby boomers more optimistic about their retirement timeline. According to 2013 Del Webb Baby Boomer Survey data released this month, the majority of boomers surveyed now say they expect to retire sooner than they planned to in 2010.

According to the survey, which polled still-working boomers ages 50 to 60 years old, most plan to retire from their current full-time career by the age of 65, compared to a median age of 67 in 2010.

  • More than half (57 percent) of still-working boomers surveyed intend to retire from their current full-time career by age 65.
  • The boomer retirement plan today is more in line with Del Webb Baby Boomer data from nearly 20 years ago (1996), when 50-year-olds planned to retire at a median age of 63.
  • Meanwhile, consistent with prior boomer surveys, 41 percent are either likely or very likely to move at some point, with 29 percent currently undecided on a future move.

"Boomers are clearly feeling more positive about their situation and the housing market in general, with more expecting to retire sooner than just three years ago," said Deborah Wahl, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for PulteGroup Inc., parent company of Del Webb, the nation’s leading builder of communities targeted to pre-retirement and retiring boomers. "The percentage of respondents who indicate that they are likely to move again is comparable to prior studies and is significant when you consider the vast group of 79 million boomers in America today."

Wahl said the survey data are consistent with the trends Del Webb is experiencing as boomers continue to indicate they are more comfortable with the housing market and their overall financial position. Del Webb had a 19 percent increase in 2012 sales compared with 2011.

What Work Looks Like at 65
While 79 percent of boomers anticipate working in some capacity, even after they retire from their current job, many are planning to make a change.

  • 51 percent plan to work full time either in their current or at an entirely new job; 28 percent anticipate working part-time or having a flexible schedule; and 21 percent anticipate no longer working for a paycheck.

Of those who plan to work full or part time at age 65:

  • 18 percent plan to do something different than their current career.
  • The majority (74 percent) anticipates working in a traditional office setting or off-site location; 14 percent expect to primarily work from home; and 12 percent anticipate a combination of telecommuting and working from an off-site location.

Family, Active Lifestyle Take Priority at 65
While the vast majority of still-working 50 to 60 year old boomers plan to work in some fashion when they are 65, most hope to find better balance in their lives, according to the survey. At age 65, only three in ten (30 percent) anticipate their job will be a primary focus. When asked how they will feel about their career and lifestyle, the top responses were:

  • Focusing on activities and hobbies that enhance physical/mental well-being (62 percent)
  • Spending time/focusing on family (51 percent); and
  • Traveling (34 percent)

"While boomers are still working, they are not putting off a retirement lifestyle," Wahl said. "An increasing number of our Del Webb homeowners continue to work in some fashion, but have changed their focus from their careers to their family and activities that enrich their lives."

Why Work? Finances Are Not the Only Motivation
While many boomers say they aren’t financially prepared to retire (66 percent), some are making a deliberate choice to work longer for other reasons:

  • To ward off boredom/maintain a sense of purpose (51 percent)
  • Like to work and are doing it for self-satisfaction (46 percent)
  • Maintain insurance benefits (29 percent)
  • Spend time away from spouse/significant other (6 percent)

Boomers Have Different Definitions of Retirement
Respondents were asked to define "retirement" and had varying views on what it means. Some define retirement as still working, but in a different capacity than their current full time career.

  • Most (58 percent) said "not having to work," "working when you want to," or "not depending on others to make a living" defines retirement. Many boomers (31 percent) define retirement as "enjoying life" and doing their favorite activities.
  • Twenty two percent define retirement as "financial security," "being able to live comfortably," and "not worrying about money."

About the Survey
The Del Webb Baby Boomer Survey polled 520 online, still-working baby boomers ages 50 – 60 years old across the U.S. to identify their attitudes toward retirement. The survey was conducted online by Russell Research April 19 – 22, 2013. At a 95 percent confidence level, a margin of sample error of +/- 4.2 percent applies to the sample. Figures for gender, age and geography were weighted where necessary to match their actual proportions in the population.

About Del Webb
Del Webb is the pioneer in active adult communities and America’s leading builder of new homes targeted to pre-retirement and retiring boomers.

Del Webb builds consumer inspired homes and communities for active adults ages 55+ who want to continue to explore, grow and learn, socially, physically and intellectually as they look forward to retirement. For more  visit www.delwebb.com.

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Exceptional home in Governors Land, now on the market.

The classic, elegant exterior of the Georgian Federal home on Ann Johnson Lane in Governor’s Land was what first enticed Caz Wesley when she was house-shopping in 2008.

front2“I could see the house was an architectural gem when I walked up to it,” said Caz, an interior designer. “On the exterior, all four sides are classic, dark red brick with keystones over the windows. The front stoop has four brick steps and gracious, curved black railings with beautiful balustrades going down both sides. There’s a Federal-style portico with four pillars over the Charleston-style front door, which has an arched, webbed glass window above it and sidelights on both sides. There are just so many beautiful architectural features.”

rear viewCaz and her husband, Don, who works in the field service, bought the nearly 5,000 square-foot home after discovering its classically inspired but family–friendly interior was as attractive as its exterior. “I knew the house would be beautiful because it was designed by Scott Cleckley, an architect who lives in Governor’s Land,” Caz noted. “I’m very discerning visually, and he pays a lot of attention to detail.”

family2Caz, Don and their son, Arthur, then 13, moved to Governor’s Land after being stationed overseas, and were excited about living in a Williamsburg-area golf community. “There are three big golf communities in the area, but we chose Governor’s Land because it’s on the water, it has a beautiful club overlooking the convergence [the junction of the James and Chickahominy rivers], and we also like tennis and swimming,” said Caz. “It was the ideal community for us.”

kitchen1The house itself, built in 1999, also proved to be a great fit. “It’s an ideal family home for people with kids or grandkids,” said Caz. “Also, I love entertaining and this house is perfect for that, too.”

foyer diningFrom the dramatic, two-story foyer, a staircase — decked out with gingerbread molding along the side—rises to the second level and a Juliette balcony with arch and keystone at the top. To the left of the foyer is a den and to the right is a formal dining room, both with large, arched openings and detailed trim moldings.

dining2The main level also features a light-filled, two-story great room – overlooked by the Juliette balcony — which leads to a kitchen with a large island that Caz uses for setting up buffets. One side of the kitchen opens to a breakfast nook/sunroom with an unusual octagonal ceiling and a six-person, bay window seat that includes storage cabinets beneath it. The kitchen exits to a large, raised patio/veranda and to a screened backyard porch.

screened porch2“The flow from the kitchen to the porch and the huge veranda is perfect for entertaining,” Caz said. “We have a fire pit, a bar, and two patio tables with umbrellas on the veranda, and three grills set up on the step-down patio we added beside the veranda. We’ve had many get togethers there, including our annual luau.”

veranda1We also love playing games in the huge, flat back yard,” Caz added. “We play touch football, dodge ball, volleyball, and croquet.” She noted that the yard, which has woods across the back, also works for less rigorous activities, such as birding, with benches placed strategically to overlook bird feeders. Caz has sighted Cooper’s hawks, bald eagles, pileated woodpeckers, bluebirds, and hummingbirds, among others.

masterThe house is ample for a large family, with five bedrooms, four of them on the second level and a 24’ x 15’ master bedroom suite on the first floor. The master bedroom features a tray ceiling and a wall of windows that are nearly floor-to-ceiling, while the master bath has a double vanity with desk, whirlpool bath tub, and double-headed shower. The master suite connects to a stone-floored, private screened porch with a 6-person hot tub.

A 32’ x 21’ bonus room over the garage (accessed via stairs from the kitchen) has served as an excellent home base for Arthur. “My son fell in love with that room when we first moved in,” Caz said. “He used it for his bedroom until he changed to another bedroom on the second floor, and the bonus room became a family room with a foosball table, pool table, and flat screen TV. Our house was the hang-out place for Arthur and his friends because of that room.”

bonus1Arthur also made good use of the stone driveway in front of the three-car garage. “We have a basketball hoop there, and he has played there many hours with his friends,” Caz noted.

The family made a few changes to the house after moving in, particularly to the great room, where they replaced and redesigned the fireplace to make it better fit the style of the home. “It was a very rustic stone fireplace that was not complementing the rest of the house,” Caz said. “I made it into a traditional Georgian mantel with dentil molding and beading, so now it looks like it has always been there.” She also raised the fireplace and installed a high gloss, black granite hearth and surround that compliments her black baby grand piano that sits in the room.

bedroom1Caz also repurposed a large, rectangular alcove beside the fireplace that the prior owner had used for a hefty entertainment center. “I installed a multi-functional piece, with cabinets on the bottom for storage and a countertop that could be used to set out hors d’oeuvres,” Caz explained. “I installed glass shelving with mirrors behind it and added adjustable lighting. I use the shelves to display my collection of art glass and ceramics.” Caz finished the piece with trim moldings and decorative accents that brought it into unity with the room and the rest of the house.

bench viewCaz also replaced the foyer’s black chandelier with a more traditional, candle-style chandelier, added wainscoting to the den in order to give it symmetry with the formal dining room, and installed crown molding to rooms on the second floor. The family kept the home’s oak hardwood floors, but stained them a rich, dark cherry.

“As an interior designer, I wanted this classic style of architecture,” Caz said. “Also, I had inherited a lot of antiques, and the house is a beautiful place to display them.”

bfast nookThe location of the Wesleys’ house within Governor’s Land has been a plus, Caz said. ‘We’re on a cul-de-sac and near a pool, tennis courts and a playground. This is a big community, and it can take some time to get to the back areas of it. But since we’re near the entrance – but not so close we can see it—it’s easy in and out. That’s a benefit for a commuter.”

beach3The Governor’s Land community has myriad recreational amenities, including the 18-hole, Two Rivers Country Club golf course that was designed by three-time Golf Architect of the Year Tom Fazio; Golf Digest has twice named it one of the Top 10 courses in Virginia. Caz uses the tennis courts, and Arthur uses the nautilus gym next to the tennis courts several times a week. “It has all the latest equipment and is perfect for a teen who likes to work out,” Caz said.

gl poolArthur also has long been a member of the community’s swim team. “Being on the team is a great way to meet other kids,” Caz said. Arthur also enjoys the Governor’s Land’s beach, a swimming area near the community’s marina on the James River. “There have been swim team activities there and we reserved the beach for his graduation party. You can swim, Jet Ski, and there’s a boat slip,” said Caz. “It’s also a beautiful area to just sit and look at the water.”

gl amenitiesAlthough the Wesleys have enjoyed the Governor’s Land clubhouse, which offers fine dining and casual restaurants, occasional live music, and game nights, they often head to nearby New Town, a nearby Williamsburg commercial area with a mix of shops, restaurants and movie theatres. Another regular excursion is driving 10-15 minutes to Colonial Williamsburg to walk their dog along Duke of Gloucester street (known as D.O.G. Street to the locals), check out the weekly farmer’s market, or visit one of their favorite hangouts, Aromas. “It’s an outside café and has live music on Friday nights,” Caz said of the café, which is located on Prince George Street.

“I studied history, art history, and I love the history of Colonial Williamsburg,” Caz added. “I’m glad that Don was willing to do a longer commute in order to have us live so close to Colonial Williamsburg.”

To help sell their home, Caz chose real estate agent John Womeldorf , based largely on the recommendation of a friend who also lives in Governor’s Land. “We originally found this house online, and know that the web is a good way to advertise. We wanted an agent who is tech savvy, and we knew that John was because we’d seen his “Mr. Williamsburg” web site ,” Caz said. “We also were told that John works with a lot of clients from out-of-state and from out-of-the-country.”

Although she is leaving, Caz cherishes the years spent in her exceptional Governor’s Land home. “I love decorating, and I got to decorate my dream home,” Caz said. “People have come into my house and said, ‘Wow!’” It has been like advertising for me as a designer.”

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Why the stories? Because these aren’t just houses, they’re homes. 

Mr. Williamsburg knows that when you’re looking for a new place, you’re searching for more than just four walls plus amenities, you’re looking for that welcoming refuge we call home. That’s why we go beyond the standard “4 bedrooms, 3 baths on large lot” statistics, to share how others have lived in this house, to reveal the home’s unique personality, to help you decide whether this is a place where your family could thrive.

Likewise, we realize that you’re seeking not simply a development within a particular zip code, but also an opportunity to become part of a community. That’s why we share our sellers’ experiences as members of that neighborhood. 

We trust these stories will assist you in finding your way home.

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What’s a typical water bill in Williamsburg VA

A question I am often asked from folks considering a move to Williamsburg is “What do you pay for water and sewer in Williamsburg ?

I think our household probably consumes an average amount versus others with four people in a home.  We have two teenage boys and wash a lot of clothes almost daily.

Our average consumption is approximately 12,000 gallons quarterly, and our total water/sewer bill ranges from a low of $120 to a high of $145 in the summer. Note: we don’t do a lot of outdoor watering. If you do our rate increases with additional usage so be warned.

Below is our actual quarterly billing going back to 2011..Not sure what happened with the low bill in Nov 2012. I guess our boys stopped taking showers !

 

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Read about our electric bills here

I will cover our typical cable, internet, phone, costs in a subsequent post.

So what about your home, how much is your quarterly water bill where you live ?