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  • 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
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Williamsburg ranked among the 50 best college towns in which to live in forever

College Ranker ranked two Virginia towns on its list of 50 Best College Towns to Live in Forever.”  Williamsburg VA was  43rd on a list and Charlottesville was #40.

College Ranker’s list highlights 50 college towns around the US that can provide a permanent home for college students after they have completed their collegiate experience. Every city and town in America with a college or university was considered and weighed, and these 50 were chosen based on metrics and statistics involving strength of local schools, vibrancy of the local economy, and family friendliness.

The full ranking can be viewed here:http://www.collegeranker.com/ranking/best-college-towns/

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Mackenzi Flannery, the article’s author, had this to say: "Hundreds of cities and towns hope to retain their students after graduation and incorporate their newly acquired skills into the local economy. It’s a competitive environment for attracting college graduates, and these 50 college towns have well positioned themselves to retain their local college students for a lifetime."

College towns like Williamsburg VA are great for more than just the time while you are in school. Many of them have a thriving economy and culture that make them perfect for a long-term commitment to the area. After you are done with your time on campus what factors become more important? Things like community, neighborhoods, schools, these important aspects become pivotal when choosing a place to reside.

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Seven most expensive states to live in…..

According to the Wall Street Cheat Sheet  you need to make $75k to live comfortably in most states.  Other states take more. Do you live in an expensive state? How much does it cost to live, eat, and go out on the town in these higher priced locations?

In some states, an annual salary higher than the national benchmark is needed to live comfortably. The list’s cost of living index data comes from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center first-quarter report, and pricing data on the list come from Zillow and Numbeo.com among other sources.

Here is the top Seven list

7. Connecticut

6.California

5.  New Jersey

4. Alaska

3.  New York

2. Washington DC

1. Hawaii

Read more about it here

Williamsburg named to Best College Towns in US

Williamsburg VA  was named #4 on a Top 22 list of America’s Best College Towns by Travel + Leisure Magazine.

Four other VA towns made the list The magazine’s readers also voted Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Fredericksburg and Lexington to the list highlighting 20 of the best college towns in the U.S. Burlington, Vt. was No. 1.

According to the article, a survey was conducted on the magazine’s social media sites about America’s Favorite Towns. The Top 22 were narrowed down from 744 towns (in 55 categories).

Charlottesville, home to the UVA, was No. 2 on the list. The university was hailed for its diverse entertainment that includes Monticello, a “charming downtown pedestrian mall,” and music offerings ranging from the Moscow Ballet to up-and-coming bands.

imageWilliamsburg, where the College of William & Mary is based, ranked behind Charlottesville at No. 4. “If your only experience with this town was a tour led by aspiring actors in period garb, it’s time for a repeat visit,” says Travel + Leisure’s write up on Williamsburg. The magazine touts Williamsburg’s arts district and romantic hotels, among other things.

Harrisonburg was No. 5 on the list, celebrated for its “revitalized downtown” featuring Three Brothers Brewing, Capital Ale House and bike paths. Fredericksburg ranked No. 9 with positive mentions for its dining scene and history. Lexington, home to Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute, came in at No. 14. “Lexington is the kind of place you visit and find yourself picturing your life there,” Travel & Leisure says.

See the full article here.

AARP’s The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement

imageIf you’re one of the 25 million single women over the age of 45 living in the United States today, AARP’s The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement is your new best friend. Walking you through the challenges of retired or pre-retired life, from managing your finances to staying healthy in body, mind, and spirit, dealing with divorce, and even looking for love or work, the book covers the issues that really matter to you. Whether you’re looking for a retirement home or planning a cruise, this book is packed with specific details to help take the guesswork out of retirement. Author and retirement expert Jan Cullinane has gathered real-life stories from women just like you to illustrate your options and give you fresh new ideas about how to make the most of your retirement years.

“Cullinane has done it again. Her previous book is truly an Ultimate Guide to Retirement, but much of the content focuses on retirees as couples. With The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement, she recognizes that statistics are against us. Women live longer than men, which means that even if you’re ‘happily coupled’ now, there’s an 80 to 90% chance that at some point, you’ll find yourself making important decisions—financial and otherwise—as a single woman. Thankfully, you’ll have this book to lean on. It addresses ALL aspects of single retirement and offers single women a blueprint for a satisfying and successful second half of life. This is a must-read book!”—Anne L. Holmes, “Boomer in Chief,” National Association of Baby Boomer Women

Programs in Hampton Roads help seniors stay in their homes

Research shows that a person lives longer and healthier by living at home. According to a poll conducted by AARP, about 75% of their membership hopes to stay in their home as they age.

In a recent study conducted by Cornell University, an estimated 100,000 people living in nursing homes could be living at home if the right support systems were in place.

Two years ago, Portsmouth resident Linda Darner started noticing that her husband, Leroy, had trouble remembering things.

55PlusThen he started losing his balance and falling. Finally, he began imagining things – events that never happened.

Leroy, Linda said, has dementia, compounded by brain injuries that he suffered as a college athlete more than 50 years ago.

Now, although Leroy, 74, has good days as well as not-so-good days, he needs constant supervision – and it has started to take a toll on his wife.

"It’s very hard seeing the person you love turn into someone you don’t know recognize," said Linda Darner, 72.

Linda is adamant about not institutionalizing Leroy while she is still able to care for him.

"I want to keep him at home as long as I can," she said.

Last spring, on a social worker’s recommendation, the Darners reached out to Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia, a private nonprofit that provides support services to seniors so that they can remain in their own homes as an alternative to nursing home care.

Linda needed someone to help Leroy dress and keep him company while he eats, watches TV and takes walks – someone to just spend time with Leroy to make sure he’s safe while Linda tends to their house and runs errands.

More of the story here

Here are some interesting cost comparisons for the Hampton Roads region:

• Average age and disability related home modification cost = $12,000

• Average annual cost for assisted living = $42,000

• Average annual cost for skilled nursing facility = $72,996 Clearly

Clearly there are some tangible benefits for home improvements as we age, including: preventing falls, enhancing safety, more comfort and convenience, peace of mind and significant cost savings over institutional care.

The following are some good sources for age related home modification ideas and community services that can help you:

Historic Triangle Senior Center whose mission is to to enrich the lives of older adults through intellectual stimulation, wellness programs, and social opportunities.

Aging in Your Own Space-Use these remodeling ideas now to live

independently later http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/housing/info-01-2011/aging_in_your_own_space.html

An informative discussion on right-sizing your home, accessible bathrooms, doorway width, kitchen conveniences, safety modifications and outside accessibility to the home.

Medical Home Outfitters is a new company in Williamsburg that provides home assessments, solutions and installation services, including: grab bars, door widening, ramps/lifts, barrier free showers, and design/construction for homes meeting ADA compliant space. Their web site is  www.medicalhomeoutfitters.com .

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Pssst…… I am a Real Estate Agent

The Mr Williamsburg.com website was created by John Womeldorf a.k.a. Mr Williamsburg as a resource for folks who are moving or retiring to Williamsburg, VA . Yorktown , New Kent and surrounding areas of Hampton Roads Virginia.  You can search active adult communities, 55+ communities, as well as homes for sale with first floor master bedrooms, , one level homes and condos. or townhomes/ villas  Mr Williamsburg knows the area and can guide you to the perfect home and community.

Mr Williamsburg understands the special needs of Seniors who are downsizing, and can assist with auctions, estate sales, de-cluttering, staging and every phase of getting your home ready to sell.

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

Williamsburg VA profiled in “Where to Retire magazine”

imageWhere to Retire magazine, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions, has again selected Three Virginia college towns  — Williamsburg, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg –to profile in its July/ August 2012 issue.

Where to Retire editor Mary Lu Abbott said Williamsburg  possesses many qualities important to today’s retirees.

“Boomers gravitate toward college towns for many reasons – spectator sports, cultural events and continuing-education opportunities, to name a few. The college towns in Virginia, including Williamsburg, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg are some of the oldest in the country, and they have a celebrated place in American history.
Colonial Williamsburg, the Christopher Wren Association at the College of William & Mary and nearby historic towns provide opportunities for lifelong learning, and when it’s time for a study break, retirees can escape to Virginia Beach, only an hour away.

“Williamsburg residents get the best of two centuries. Retirees can enjoy the perks of modern-day America, complete with fine dining, art museums and theme parks, and in the same day have an 18th-century adventure in Colonial Williamsburg.

55PlusEach year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire. Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate. They bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development.

Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire. Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than retirees who choose to not relocate; they bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development.
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The magazine is also sold on various newsstands  See more information here

 

bannerpsst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I  would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg areas of Virginia or to sell your existing home.

This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of the Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads area and  and his expertise in the local real estate market.

His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the  surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula.

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

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

Revised Plans Approved for The Reserve at Williamsburg

The York County Planning Commission Wednesday unanimously approved recommending the Board of Supervisors amend a special use permit for a senior citizen residential community

imageThe Reserve at Williamsburg is a senior housing/independent living Planned Development approved by the Board of Supervisors back in  September of 2006

The development, located on the east side of Mooretown Road between two timeshare resorts, was approved as a 63-acre independent living senior housing community with up to 459 dwelling units and a 7.7-acre commercial center (including a future fire station site proffered by the developer) along Mooretown Road. The first phase of the project (Verena at Williamsburg), consisting of 120 rental apartment units, has been completed. Under the current approvals, the remaining units can be any mix of rental apartments, condominium apartments, duplexes, and single-family detached homes, all of which must be age-restricted (age 55 and older). The opportunity for a variety and mix of housing types was intended to allow the developer to respond over time to changing market conditions. In approving the Planned Development, the Board approved three alternative master plan concepts (and a fourth concept plan was subsequently approved as an administrative Limited Deviation) designating different residential portions of the development as either “Condominium/Apartment” or “Single-Family/Duplex.”

For various reasons, primarily the national economic slump, the project has not proceeded as quickly as the developer expected. According to the application submittals from the original rezoning request in 2006, the project was to be fully built out by 2011; to date, a total of 120 of the 459 approved units have been built. The developer hopes to improve the marketability of the project by adding townhouses and assisted living units to the list of permitted senior housing uses, which can only be done through an amendment to the original conditions of Planned Development approval.

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