• 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 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.

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 .

OTHER HELPFUL LINKS

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

 

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This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of the 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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First annual Aging in Place Symposium at Williamsburg Landing May 8th, 2012

Many Williamsburg seniors want to stay in their own homes but don’t always know how to do that. And many of their family members want to help make that possible, but they don’t know where to start either.

That’s why Williamsburg Faith in Action, which connects volunteers with local seniors, created the Aging in Place Symposium. The event will serve seniors, caregivers and families of the Williamsburg area and give them resources to age in place safely. There are many ways to plan for aging in place and the sponsors and vendors of this event will share those during the symposium.

Registration is $10 for ages 55 and up and $15 for those under 55. The symposium will share resources in the Williamsburg community. Symposium workshop topics include “Maintaining Your Independence and Mobility,” “Wills and Estate Planning” and “Power of Attorney, Living Will and Medical Directives.” Other topics include veterans’ benefits, housing options, senior services and benefits. The event will serve seniors, caregivers and families of greater Williamsburg and give them resources to safely age in place.

The keynote speaker is James Rothrock, the interim commissioner for the Virginia Department for the Aging /commissioner of Department of Rehabilitative Services.

More info here

Thinking of moving , retiring or relocating to Williamsburg, VA ?

Ken Carr retired to Williamsburg because he didn’t want to get away from it all. As a sales and marketing executive in the fashion industry, he had enjoyed a fast-paced career and was looking for a gentler climate than his home in the Chicago suburbs.

But nice weather and recreational options were only part of it: Carr also hoped for opportunities to keep busy and take on new challenges. “You spend your life working, as many of us have, five or six days a week with the pulse of business,” he says. “To just have that stop, psychologically, I didn’t find that it was all that appealing.”

When Carr moved with his wife, Nancy, to the gated community of Ford’s Colony in 1999, he immediately occupied himself building a retirement house. Someone asked if he would sell it, so he built another.

Then he became increasingly involved sharing his business experience with those just starting out. Carr connects with business clients through the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), a national program coordinated locally through the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance. “It’s a great way to use the expertise that you have,” says Carr,. “It’s also an incredible opportunity for businesses or organizations to get people who are very accomplished to assist them — the kind of team that quite frankly they couldn’t go out and hire.”

In fact, so many former executives and high-ranking military officers have retired to Williamsburg that a number of other organizations, including the College of William & Mary and its Mason School of Business have created local programs to harness their expertise.

The post-career challenges are not reserved solely for former captains of industry. Other retirees in the area take classes in a large continuing education program, teach in the same program and even help operate a professional chamber orchestra in Williamsburg. “We wind up with some very bright early retirees who still want to make contributions,” says Keith Taylor, director of James City County’s office of economic development.

The Williamsburg area (including James City County and upper York County) has become a retirement mecca. Money magazine named the region one of the country’s best places to retire. The magazine cited attributes such as the area’s history, culture, green space and access to health care and airports.
The area’s growing reputation among retirees has been helped by a constellation of attractions including the Colonial Williamsburg living history museum, the College of William & Mary, award-winning golf courses, a handful of prestigious gated communities, close access to tidal rivers and the ocean, and a location only three hours away from Washington, D.C.

discover gov landAs the retirement-age population grows, older residents are redefining the options available for their golden years and, in the process, reshaping the community. Kingsmill on the James, opened in the mid 1970s as the region’s first gated community, now has the company of several other retiree-friendly residential areas protected by gates or private security forces. These include Ford’s Colony and The Governor’s Land at Two Rivers.

The communities of , Colonial Heritage , The Settlement at Powhatan Creek and the Villas at Five Forks along with others in the Hampton Roads area  require that residents be 55 or older.

A boom in mixed-used developments also appeals to the preferences of an older population. These projects group shopping, restaurants and low-maintenance residences such as condos and town houses in one location. “Folks are looking more and more at access to retail and entertainment within walking distance of their homes,” says James R. Golden, associate vice president for economic development at William & Mary. “The retirement community is sort of a leader in this.”

Golden helped promote the development of New Town, a mixed-use community just outside Williamsburg in James City County. A second, similar development, High Street, is in the city. Riverside Health System also has a mixed-use community, Quarterpath at Williamsburg, which will include the new  hospital, a nursing home and housing. The hospital is under construction and slated to open in 2013. The remainder of the development will follow.

Community leaders see the retirement boom as a largely positive economic force that may create jobs for younger folks in areas such as health care, retail and other services. The officials point out that many of those retiring to Williamsburg from other areas, especially the Northeast, are well-heeled professionals and business executives who have chosen to end their careers while still in their 50s. “When you develop a vibrant retirement community … they will pay for services that they want and appreciate, and that will open up opportunities for people that want to fill those needs,” says Richard Schreiber, president and CEO of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance.

Numbers help tell the story of Williamsburg’s growing popularity as a place to retire. William & Mary and the Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health, a local organization created to promote the health of older people, reported in 2003 that the 60-and-older population in Williamsburg, James City and upper York grew more than 65 percent, from 5,688 to 10,686, between 1990 and 2000. The 60-and-over population in Virginia as a whole grew 17.1 percent in the same period. Growth in the same group nationwide was 9.4 percent, according to the study, which was based on U.S. Census figures. During this same period, the area’s overall population grew about 27 percent, from 54,980 to 69,763.

Pete Williamson says he retired in Williamsburg partly because the city and its surroundings seem just as full of families and younger people as folks of his generation. Even his affluent Governor’s Land neighborhood seems to be attracting a good number of families, he says. “We have a community with a mix of young and old with school kids and retirees,” Williamson says. “We’re not some retirement community out in the middle of nowhere where you have to drive a half hour just to go to a grocery store.”

Williamson was living in Wilton, Conn., and working as an IBM program manager when he retired in 1994 at the age of 54. A volunteer job with an ambulance corps became full-time work before he and his wife moved to Williamsburg in 1998.

Now 70,Williamson co-leads a 40- to-60-mile bicycle ride for the local bike club (Williamsburg Area Bicyclists) once or twice a week. He also serves on the board of his neighborhood’s homeowners association and does computer work as a member of a charity tennis group that raised about $45,000 last year for a local hospice.

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact size of the region’s retirement community because there’s no set age for retirement. Louis Rossiter, a former Virginia secretary of health and human resources who’s now director of community health service research for the Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health, says Williamsburg may serve as a model in developing programs that can be adopted elsewhere.

Thinking ahead is important, says Rossiter, because an older population brings potential problems along with benefits. “When the retirees move here, they’re in good health. Then they age in place,” he says. “Who will take care of them as they become more frail?”

The Center for Excellence is a consortium of colleges, hospitals and health agencies that conducts sponsored research into such subjects as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis, and studies ways to improve access to medical care. More significant for local retirees, the center also offers geriatric services not generally available in the community, such as memory assessment and driving evaluation.

For high-ranking military retirees, Williamsburg offers something beyond resort communities and golf courses: easy access to Washington. “Lot’s of people continue some kind of consulting but don’t want to live in D.C. — they’ve had that experience,” says William & Mary’s Golden, himself a retired Army brigadier general.

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Local organizations increasingly are coming up with ways to capture the interests of these retirees and take advantage of their skills. The Mason School of Business at William & Mary, for example, enlists 90 retirees in its Executive Partners program as mentors for students and faculty and as consultants to companies looking for advice. “The joke is they come, play golf six months and get bored,” says Jonathan Palmer, the school’s associate dean. “We engage them at a very high and active level.”

In addition to mentoring others, Williamsburg retirees are interested in learning something new. William & Mary’s Christopher Wren Association, an education program for retirees, attracted more than 1,400 students last semester to more than 60 classes. Retirees served as faculty for many of the classes.

The Chamber & Tourism Alliance  began a Community Leadership Service in which 16 retirees who moved to the community recently took a crash course about the region, its governmental structure and inner workings. Participants have created a database of retired people with skills that could benefit local nonprofit organizations, says Schreiber, the chamber president.

Joan Peterson, lead the first group in 2006 . She as recruited because she chaired the education committee of the Williamsburg Symphonia, a professional chamber orchestra. Peterson moved to Williamsburg from Massachusetts when her husband took early retirement from Hewlett-Packard. She had been director of summer programs for a private school. Now a bit more than four years later, her husband is commuting regularly to consulting jobs in Minneapolis and Seattle, and she is immersed in a project she hopes will benefit nonprofits and retirees. “I absolutely love Williamsburg,” says Peterson. “I would have a hard time coming up with things I don’t like about it. Except maybe for the rapid growth. Everyone wants to be the last one in, I guess.”

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This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of 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 KentPoquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton,  Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth  Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry,  Va Beach, Yorktown  and York County Virginia

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I can see why so many Yankees from CT, NY, MA, NJ Move to Williamsburg VA

There are plenty of best places to retire lists and Williamsburg VA is on most of them.. But how about the places where it’s not such a good idea to retire? There are plenty of best places to retire lists and Williamsburg VA is on most of them.. But how about the places where it’s not such a good idea to retire?

Top Retirements.com just published their Worst States to Retire in 2012 and the Northeast and Midwest Came Up Losers

Your retirement is unique
Every individual has to consider his or her own criteria for identifying the worst or best states to retire. One of the most important factors for anyone is proximity to family and friends. So, if you want to be near your grandchildren the worst state on our list could be the best state on your list. Likewise, you might not share the same considerations we used to develop this list. Tax issues might be most important for you, or you might not care about spending winters in a warm state. .

Our Top Weighting Criteria
The factors for 2012 are: Fiscal health, property taxes, income taxes, cost of living, and climate. Each criterion was worth up to 1 negative point. If these are not key factors for you, your list might look very different.

The 10 Worst States for Retirement – 2012
Three new states made the list this year: Vermont, Minnesota, and Maine. That means that 3 states were lucky enough to leave the list: Ohio (low property and income taxes), Nevada (in terrible financial shape but no income tax and low property taxes), California (bad financial shape and high property taxes, but almost no income tax on our prototypical couple, plus a great climate). .

1. Connecticut.  CT won a numerical tie for 1st place  because it has much higher property taxes, income taxes, and cost of living than Illinois. It offers no exemption for social security, and most pension income is taxable. CT had the 3rd highest tax burden of any state in 2009. The Nutmeg State does have considerable charm and some terrific places to live, if you can afford to live there.

3. Rhode Island. The Ocean State has severely underfunded pension/health liabilities and budget deficits. It has the 5th highest median property taxes paid. Our prototypical couple would face much higher income taxes here than they would in most other states. It does have some great places to live, thanks to its extensive coastline and numerous bays and harbors.

4. Vermont. The Green Mountain State has very high median property and income taxes, with a top 10 cost of living. Winters here are better for skiing than golf.

5. Massachusetts. In the Bay State our prototypical retiree couple would face property taxes that are among the highest of any state. Even though social security income is exempt, income taxes would be high for our couple because of the flat rate applied to other earnings. Most government pensions are exempt, but private sector ones are taxed. The cost of living is high.

6. New Jersey. New Jersey residents are the biggest losers when it comes to property taxes – the median property tax in the Garden State is the highest in the U.S. at $6579. It also has the highest tax burden (as reported by the Tax Foundation), a large budget deficit issue, and a very high cost of living. New Jersey has both an estate and an inheritance tax. On the plus side, it excludes most pension and social security income for couples making less than $100,000.

8. New York. The Empire State was essentially tied with #9 Maine. We broke the tie because New York has the 4th highest median property taxes and one of the highest tax burdens. Surprisingly, the state did not earn any negative points for income taxes, since it offers generous exemptions for social security and pensions, along with a high standard deduction. Its cost of living is one of the highest, plus a very cold winter climate. On the plus side, New York’s Governor Cuomo is waging a campaign to limit property tax increases and improve the state’s fiscal condition.

9. Maine. Maine’s property taxes are much lower than New York’s, while Maine’s income tax on our prototypical couple would be about $1000 higher. Winters are even colder, but cost of living is lower.

 

Read more here in Top Retirements.com

Williamsburg, VA lauded as a great place to retire

where to retire williamsburg vaWhere to Retire magazine, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions, has selected Williamsburg, VA , to profile as a top retirement destination in the in the feature story "Eight Enticing Low Cost Towns” in the September-October issue, which is on sale nationwide on August 23,2011   Each showcased town has its own appeal and the added benefit of urban perks nearby.

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

“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. The College of William & Mary adds to the sophistication and culture and offers extensive leisure-learning opportunities,” Abbott said.

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 at www.WhereToRetire.com.

 

blueThis post was posted 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.

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

CNN ranks Williamsburg VA among 25 best retirement cities in the U.S.-2010

According to the latest issue of CNN Money Magazine, Williamsburg VA comes in at number 25 in their listof the 25 Best Places to Retire.

GovPalaceGardensFor this year’s edition of Best Places to Retire, MONEY identified 25 towns with notable lifelong-learning programs, as well as other attributes that retirees can appreciate, from low taxes to affordable to high-quality health care. In all of these places, you can enjoy the traditional trappings of retirement, be it warm weather or water views, and savor a rich intellectual environment too.
Click through to see MONEY’s other top picks for retirees in 2010.

Population: 12,434    ( I should note that our combined area population of neighboring James City County and upper York County ( Bruton District) is approximately 80,000)

% over 50: 22%

Median home price: $270,000 ( A little misleading doesn’t buy much in the city of Williamsburg.)

State income tax: 5.75%*

Where to take classes: The College of William and Mary

Walking through the center of Williamsburg is like living history: Colonial Williamsburg, the heart of the town, is a functioning restoration of an 18th-century British colonial capital. Of course, you’ve got to like — or at least tolerate — the heritage shtick to make this place home. Here restaurant servers wear breeches and petticoats; the likes of George and Martha Washington wander through the historic area; and passers-by routinely hear fife and drum music.

Williamsburg also has many modern-day comforts. There are three airports and half a dozen hospitals within an hour’s drive. You can golf almost year-round at one of about 20 nearby golf courses. You can shop till you drop at one of the multitude of malls (no petticoats here).

The local university, College of William and Mary, is famous for both its academics and for having educated three U.S. presidents. And thanks to the school’s Christopher Wren Association, retirees can take courses where Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler once tread

Rankings like these really tell us about where we stand as a community. It’s easy to see why Williamsburg VA is continuously recognized in these kinds of publications."

The rest of the Top 25 are: Durham, N.C. (Duke University); Hanover, N.H. (Dartmouth College); Lexington, Ky. (University of Kentucky); Prescott, Ariz. (Yavapai College); Bellingham, Wash. (Western Washington University); Boise, Idaho (Boise State); St. Petersburg, Fla. (Eckerd College); Huntsville; Austin, Texas (University of Texas); Tucson, Ariz. (University of Arizona); Ann Arbor, Mich. (University of Michigan); Fort Collins, Colo. (Colorado State University); Lincoln, Neb. (University of Nebraska); San Luis Obispo, Calif. (California Polytechnic State University); Fayetteville, Ark. (University of Arkansas); Ashland, Ore. (Southern Oregon University); Ames, Iowa (Iowa State University); Beaufort, S.C. (University of South Carolina); Brunswick, Maine (Bowdoin College); Athens, Ga. (University of Georgia); Northampton, Mass. (Smith, Amherst, Hampshire and Mount Holyoke colleges and University of Massachusetts-Amherst); Asheville, N.C. (University of North Carolina-Asheville); Duluth, Minn. (University of Minnesota-Duluth); Davis, Calif. (University of California-Davis); and Williamsburg, Va. (College of William and Mary).

 

How it rates places: Hard to say for Money’s “25 Best Places to Retire,” because the magazine doesn’t divulge its criteria on its site.

What’s good: You can easily find a long list of stats for each of these winners, from weather to house prices. And you can see how any of the Best Places to Retire measure up against Money’s overall Top 10 Best Places in the same key measurements.

What’s not good: Without explaining why the 25 Best Places to Retire made the cut, this list comes off as random.

Best for: Generating names of places you might not have thought about and then doing your own research about the ones that pique your interest.

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Where to Retire magazine focuses on Williamsburg VA

In its September/October 2010 issue, Where to Retire magazine, the only magazine geared to helping people with retirement relocation decisions, features eight spirited college towns with super deals. The article is the fifth installment in the magazine’s yearlong series called “Ready for the Rebound,” spotlighting destinations that are great for retirees and offer unusually good buys in housing. Now, as a special feature in each issue, “Ready for the Rebound: Hot Spots for Retirement Real Estate Discounts” provides insight into current bargains in places chosen by the editors from extensive research into home prices over the past decade.

Where to Retire editor Mary Lu Abbott said “Ready for the Rebound” sheds light on the unique opportunities for baby boomers and retirees to snap up dream retirement real estate at discounts, with the current market’s record low housing prices, low interest rates and high inventory. The September/October installment gives readers a sample of places with a college or university that have great sale prices today.

“College towns provide retirees the opportunity to continue their education while enjoying a myriad of cultural and sports offerings,” Abbott said. “These dynamic destinations offer a vibrant lifestyle with a fun spirit that many seek in retirement.

College towns also have some of the most affordable homes in the country. We have chosen eight locales from coast to coast.” The cities featured in this issue are Eugene, OR; Missoula, MT; Fayetteville, AR; Athens, GA; Knoxville, TN; Williamsburg, VA; Madison, WI; and Tallahassee, FL. The September/October issue mails to subscribers nationwide on July 30, 2010.

“Eugene, home of the University of Oregon, offers biking trails and vineyards for outdoor enthusiasts and is ideal for retirees looking for a small-town feel with big-city amenities. Located in a valley along the Clark Fork River, Missoula harbors the University of Montana and a wide range of outdoor and cultural activities including golf, theaters and museums. The University of Arkansas Razorbacks call Fayetteville their home, as do many retirees who enjoy the four-season climate, mountain setting and Arkansas’ largest performing arts and entertainment venue.

In northeast Georgia, Athens combines quirky vibes and Southern traditions with the opportunity to take classes at the University of Georgia and cheer the Bulldogs at sporting events. Knoxville is home to the University of Tennessee and two other colleges, and offers a low cost of living and low housing prices along with proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains. A youthful spirit is ignited by the College of William & Mary located in Williamsburg, VA, where retirees are drawn by an easygoing lifestyle and Colonial ambience in the historic district. The center of a large metropolitan area.

Madison mixes urban perks and outdoor fun with the benefits of the University of Wisconsin and the political scene of the Wisconsin Capitol. Tallahassee, home to two colleges including Florida State University, is brimming with arts and culture, offering more than 500 music, dance and theater events throughout the year,” Abbott said.

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 Settlement at Powhatan Creek a 55+ Active Adult Community in Williamsburg, VA

 

DSCN0502 When you move into The Settlement at Powhatan Creek, you can sell your lawn mower, rake and outside ladder because you’re finished with most home maintenance chores. Instead, you’ll have time for year round swimming, water aerobics, working out, playing tennis, biking, walking and socializing – just steps from your door.

The Settlement at Powhatan Creek is one of three 55+ communities in the James City County area of Virginia. Set on 225 wooded acres bordered by Powhatan Creek. This planned active-adult community for people ages 55+  will feature 400 custom detached and attached  homes once complete.

Ryan Homes is building townhomes and detached homes in The Settlement priced from $239k read more about that here

DSCN0507  It is one of the most conveniently located communities in the entire county. Close to the Monticello Corridor, it is virtually a 3-5 minute drive, at best, to a major department store,( Target) a major food store,( Ukrops) several pharmacies, a full-service gas station, two major bank/lending institutions, eateries, novelty stores, and service establishments such as video rental and parcel mailing. Add to this the Mid-County Park complex–complete with “Kidburg” playground, walking trails, and lighted athletic fields– and it’s easy to see that The Settlement is a wonderful place to live.

DSCN0514 The Settlement at Powhatan Creek features a luxury clubhouse with amenities such as an indoor/outdoor pool, aerobics studio & fitness room. A grand ballroom, billiards lounge, card room and space for arts and crafts are planned.
Over 70% of the 225 acre  site is dedicated green space and preserved woodland marsh. Many of the custom homes sites in The Settlement at Powhatan Creek are located on lots backing to pristine preserved areas. 

DSCN0512  Around the corner are the 55-mile biking and walking Capital Trail starting at Jamestown and eventually ending in Richmond, VA. Restaurants, recreation, movies and shopping abound within a few miles of our community.

When you’re ready to relax, there’s a clubroom with a billiard table, comfy chairs, a fireplace and, of course, a large screen television, indoor and outdoor pools.  Other attractive community features are a 10- to 12-person spa, a fountain in the outdoor pool for added beauty, a ballroom for special events, smaller meeting rooms for crafts and other activities, a fishing pond, and a thesettlementranchhomewilliamsburgsecurity gate. Two-thirds of the community will remain dedicated green space. Like to walk, run or bike?  You’ll appreciate using the sidewalks along the tree-lined streets. In addition, James City County will be constructing a multi-use trail from The Settlement that will connect to the Capital Trail that will eventually link Williamsburg and Richmond. an indoor and outdoor pools.

A  full-time activities director will oversee club operations, organizes neighborhood clubs and interest groups, schedules educational and instructional classes, and plans trips and events.

 settlement3 Two of the area’s premier custom builders, Wayne Harbin Builder Inc. and Marque Homes by CR McClellon, build these brick and Hardiplank custom homes and townhomes with first-floor living. Prices currently start at $329,000 with most homes in the low $400s. Sizes start at 1,700 square feet and range up to 3,500 square feet, with most homes being 2,100 to 2,400 square feet.. You can choose and customize among a variety of floor plans, all with attached one- or two-car garages. Other standard features include Andersen windows, 30-year architectural shingles and custom trim packages. A wide variety of options are available too – including granite countertops and conditioned crawl spaces. .

All of the homes provide first floor 20081003014727742480000000-o living with first floor master suites and convenient main living areas with spacious floor plans and attached garages. If you desire more living area, two story homes are available with elevator options for those challenged by physical limitations.  Recently unveiled at The Settlement are new cottage / ranch home plans with prices starting in the $300’s.

thesettlementoutdoorpool Monthly fees include  exterior home care,( even roof replacement when needed) lawn care, irrigation system maintenance, full use of the Residents’ Club as well as providing a secure community. Homeowner Fees at The Settlement range from $175-$250 monthly. 

GOLF- Within a short drive are 15 championship golf courses, each offering a set of unique challenges to match every golfer’s desires.

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SITE PLAN FOR THE SETTLEMENT AT POWHATAN CREEK

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Location Map of The Settlement

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“New World Discovery Package”. 
The Settlement is now offering overnight housing to potential buyers in two of their beautifully furnished models to
let them experience the “lifestyle” of the community .
 You are cordially invite you to come stay a night or two in one of our gorgeously appointed townhomes at The Settlement at Powhatan Creek. This allows you to experience what it would be like to live in this beautiful community while you preview our model homes and home sites. You will enjoy full access to our 15,000 sq. ft. Resident’s Club which boasts an indoor lap pool, sauna, outdoor pool, workout center, billiards/movie room and bikes that you can enjoy during your stay.

This package is available for $99 for one night or $149 for two which includes all taxes and fees. This offer is only good for a limited call or email for additional information.

 

Read what Homeowners at The Settlement are saying
“The location of The Settlement is great for a quick lunch or a quick trip to the store,” says Dick Yenni, who moved here about six weeks ago from Season’s Trace with his wife, Liz. “We looked at several communities in the Williamsburg area and didn’t find as many of the features we desired until we looked at The Settlement.”
Perry and Nancy Stone, the second homeowners to move in, like the leisure lifestyle at The Settlement at Powhatan Creek. “We have no yard work – that’s one of the major things,” Nancy Stone says. The Stones also appreciate the convenient location. “It’s only five minutes farther down the road to Governor’s Land where we lived before, but it seems like we’re a lot closer in. It feels closer to everything.” “My husband uses the workout room and I swim laps,” Nancy Stone says. “When the weather is nice, we have met at the clubhouse with some neighbors for some wine.” Yenni, a retired NASA research pilot, likes to keep active and work out – and the club offers plenty of options. “They have an indoor and an outdoor pool,” he says. “The indoor pool is good for swimming laps. The clubhouse has a well equipped exercise room with all the machines.”
Sisters Nancy and Rosemary Nevin had always loved visiting Williamsburg and were thrilled to be able to move here. “We found a house plan that had two master bedroom suites,” Nancy Nevin says. “Once we got inside the model, we saw the inside was even better than the outside. We also have a guest bedroom and bathroom, a sunroom in the back, a kitchen/dining room and a library off the living room. We also had an elevator put in.” The Nevins had high praise for Harbin, who worked to make sure that Rosemary Nevin could access the house under construction even as she was recovering from knee surgery. “They went out of their way to be helpful,” Nancy Nevin says. “One worker even built a ramp so she could get into the house to see everything. Working with the Harbin group was fabulous.” The Nevins are still settling in, but are already enjoying the amenities at The Settlement. “I’ve never lived in a place that has both an indoor and an outdoor pool, let alone an exercise room that has the equipment this one does,” Nancy Nevin says. “I also like the whole area because you can walk without worrying. We’re extremely happy here.

 

About Wayne Harbin Builders:
Founded in 1985, Wayne Harbin Builder, Inc. has earned a solid reputation and the number of awards for building quality homes has increased with every new home they build. As the sole Southern Living Custom Builder Program builder  on the Peninsula and in the Williamsburg VA area, they have grown in their ability to produce classic Southern designs and contemporary living arrangements. You can see Harbin homes in the Williamsburg area in Wellington subdivision, Greensprings West, the Oaks at Fenton Mills in Upper York County, The Settlement at Powhatan Creek, a 55+ community of low maintenance homes, the Westmoreland neighborhood and in Port Warwick, in the Newport News area and in Gloucester in the Robinson’s Springs and Ashe Farms neighborhoods. They will be building condos in Poquoson Va  at Village Park of Poquoson.

About Roger McLellon:

Roger McLellon/ Marque Homes and his team of designers, construction technicians and master craftsmen have fulfilled the promise of exceptional homes for families throughout the Peninsula and Williamsburg areas of Virginia since 1984.
While each custom-built home is unique, all share a common McLellon philosophy – customer satisfaction. From the drawing board to the day of move-in, Roger McLellon is never far away, always standing by to address any client concerns or questions. Through extensive coordination and interaction, each client is made an active part of the homebuilding team, a critical element in a fulfilling homebuilding process.

Marque Homes is currently building homes in the following communities in the Williamsburg, Poquoson and York County areas of Virginia. Taylor Farms, The Lakes at Poquoson, Wellington, The Woods on Mansion Road, and Powhatan Secondary

john_circle-merlot-2 This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf.  John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market.  His websites, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and   www.MrWilliamsburg.com, were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg, with the hopes of selling a house now and again.  You can reach him at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com.

Relocating to Williamsburg VA

For the size of town that we are ( approx 70,000 + if you include Upper York County, City of Williamsburg, James City County) we do seem to have a varied cultural scene.

There are ample and quality medical facilities although for more specialized medical assistance you would need to go to Newport News, Norfolk or Richmond. ( between 30 – 60 minutes away )  Our weather will be more moderate than Leesburg in the Winter but as you indicated hotter and more humid in Summer. If Leesburg get’s snow we typically won’t. It has been many years since schools closed for snow. Our Spring come about two weeks earlier than Leesburg, VA

Question: I’d guess Richmond is your major hub, but you may consider other larger towns preferable to Richmond. Can anyone provide more info?  Newport News, Norfolk and Va Beach all offer other cultural events.

Flooding has been an issue in a few places around Jamestown and further west in James City County. It is not really an issue when getting around for most who lived here . Fords Colony has one road that floods but four exit roads so it’ s not an issue.Jamestown 1607 had flooding issues. ( it’s a sub$170k town home community )A bigger problem was fallen trees. We have had numerable storms Trees were toppled. I would think that the weaker ones have now been removed by nature. But that would be my only concern in a storm.  Quite a few generators we installed by homeowners after Isabel in 2003.
The topography varies throughout the county. My neighborhood varies in elevation about 60 feet. There are other communities that are flat. It just depends on where you are in the county or city.

As far as political views, All I can say is that in previous elections you would see predominantly republican signs in yards. This time it was the other way around.

Yes Williamsburg is impacted greatly by tourism. We are starting to see the closings of various businesses and budget cutbacks by Colonial Williamsburg. Only time will tell. Suprisingly there are new hotels being built. But older ones are closing.  There is too much commercial space empty or being built to in our current scenario. I’m sure we will see more closings in the future.

Mortgage loans are still readily available if you have good credit. I have yet to have anyone I work with be declined for a mortgage. The inventory of homes is up drastically. ( makes for a great buyers market) I am astounded at the prices that some of the sellers are accepting..

Question: Finally, please tell me about general costs of living: taxes, both RE and personal property, property insurance costs, and utilities since like most folks we’ve taken a beating as retirees.

Try this link http://www.bestplaces.net/col/?salary=50000&city1=55144984&city2=55186160

For a cost of living comparison. Or go to www.BestPlaces.net and enter in Leesburg and Williamsburg. It indicates that we are 18% less expensive to live in as compared to Leesburg Va. Although the major difference is housing.

I can say from personal experience when we moved here years ago from Annapolis , MD. everything seemed to be at least 15-20% less expensive in Williamsburg. Health insurance, car insurance, gas, ( I paid $1.31 a gallon yesterday), groceries, Our heating bills are less due to it being warmer, and of course homes. OUr property tax is .77 per $100 or $3850 annual real estate taxes on a $500,000 home in James City County. In the city of Williamsburg it is .54 per $100 or $2700 on a $500k home..

Cost of Living Comparison:
Leesburg, Virginia – Williamsburg, Virginia

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Williamsburg is 18% cheaper than Leesburg.

Housing is the biggest factor in the cost of living difference.

Housing is 34% cheaper in Williamsburg.

A salary of $50,000 in Leesburg, Virginia could decrease to $41,190 in Williamsburg, Virginia

Leesburg U.S. Avg. Williamsburg
Cost of Living Indexes Leesburg Williamsburg
Overall 140 115
Food 100 95
Housing 212 139
Utilities 89 141
Transportation 105 105
Health 105 94
Miscellaneous 100 94

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Williamsburg VA Real Estate High Street Update

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WILLIAMSBURG VA From an article in the VA Gazette by Steve Vaughn, Dec, 17 2008

  —High Street has a new real estate agent for the residential properties and a new emphasis as well.

 Dan Aston of Roseland Property Co., the developer of High Street, said market demand has spurred construction of the condos sooner than planned, starting in spring.

 

“The demographics that we’re appealing to tell us that’s what we want, so we’ll be starting them sooner than we originally planned,” he said.

Sixteen townhomes are built and another 16 are planned. William E. Wood had been handling sales of the townhomes.

“The contract was up and we chose to go with Prudential McCardle instead,” Aston said. Roseland itself manages rental of the the King’s Manor apartments, which are already open.

Roseland will also manage the more than 200,000 feet of commercial space in High Street, although Aston said the company uses a nationally known commercial leasing agent based in Michigan to help attract clients.

The first of those commercial clients will open soon. Five Guys Burgers & Fries ( my favorite) is opening Jan. 5. There’s also a firm date for the opening of High Street’s anchor attraction, the Movie Tavern theater. It will open March 20.

High Street’s only other announced commercial tenant, Kilwin’s ice cream parlor, should open prior to the theater, according to Aston.

Other possibilities include coffeehouses, more restaurants and possibly a supermarket

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Wiliamsburg VA Real Estate “Fords Colony News”

From an article in the VA Gazette 

JAMES CITY – In a stunning affront, homeowners in Ford’s Colony are looking outside the gates to find a new management company. That threatens developer Realtec’s hold over the sprawling planned community.

The potential shakeup is the latest wedge in a series of disputes that date back to an attempt to build 220 workforce homes across News Road. Realtec hoped to roll the project into the Ford’s Colony master plan, which homeowners vehemently opposed. Things went downhill when management pushed a big continuing care facility as well.

The homeowner association president downplayed any animosity. Deborah Gatzek-Kratter said, “This isn’t anything adverse about RCS,” referring to Realtec Community Services. “It’s just a normal process. It doesn’t reflect anything about anybody. There’s no problem [with Realtec]. This is about getting the best value, the best service, for the money.”

It is nonetheless the first time the Homeowner Association has challenged an arrangement forged 23 years ago by opening the management contract to outside bidders. Last week six bids came in, including one from Realtec.

What’s at stake is a contract worth $4.5 million that covers more than 25 employees in 24-hour security, 30 in maintenance, five in management and two in recreation, plus summer temp help. Community Services maintains 45 miles of private roads and 250 acres of common area.

Realtec the company oversaw the compound until 2000, when it ceded control to the Homeowner Association after a series of phases.

Insiders said this week that with Realtec’s “veto power” over association decisions set to expire in 2010, now’s the time to recast the contract or retain a new company altogether.

Realtec general manager Drew Mulhare said, “We believe that keeping the interests of the developer and the HOA aligned is in the best interest of both entities and, of course, the folks who own property here.” He said Community Services drew a 90% approval rating in a recent survey.

Skeptics feel Realtec is still in charge.

Ousting Community Services is more complicated than hiring a new company. It owns the project maintenance facility, which houses management offices, storage, a mechanic’s shop and a fuel depot. The HOA pays into a shared-use agreement, but the cost is half of what homeowners can expect to pay in mortgage or lease costs for separate facilities, Mulhare said.

Indeed, Community Services would be under no obligation to let the homeowner association use the facility.

“Maintenance companies, large landscape companies and construction companies have spoken to us in the past regarding co-op agreements, mergers or leases,” Mulhare said. They are attracted to being close to the 3,000 lots, 2,400 homes and 600 to-be-built units at Ford’s Colony.

Then there are the 60 or so Community Services employees. Realtec could be subcontracted by the new company, Mulhare noted, which moves the negotiations mostly to a matter of the $436,000 upper management portion of the contract.

“It would separate me and my development connection from the management agent,” Mulhare said. “However, there is no evidence that my dual relationships have been a determent to the [Home­owner Association].”

Village at Ford’s Colony, the controversial continuing care facility on News Road, will come online in a matter of years, Mulhare said, providing more business for whoever runs the compound.

Gatzek-Kratter carefully noted that the decision was not based on the controversy over the continuing care facility. More than 900 Ford’s Colony residents initially opposed the plan, and the HOA later tried to block it through legal means. Eventually both residents and the HOA supported the retirement home, or at least agreed to not fight it anymore.

Fords Colony Project Delayed

 From an article in The VA Gazette by By Cortney Langley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colonial Heritage Williamsburg Virginia 55+ Active Adult Community

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

 

Colonial Heritage Info:
 
 

 

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

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

 

 

 


 Comments from Golfers at Colonial Heritage:

 2008  Best secret in Williamsburg!!

-Beautiful, well-maintained, chess game.

Yardage book is a must. Luckily, they handed me one when I paid.
Study the book carefully and decide your strategy all the way to the green BEFORE you put your tee in the ground!
This is not a “grip it and rip it” course. On several holes, you really need to weigh risk/ reward before you pull out the driver. Many people complain about this course being too hard– but it is not at all, if you THINK first!

Best thing about it…. it’s empty! I played last weekend (Labor Day). Saturday I played 9 holes, teed off around 5:30. Sunday I played 18, starting around 4. I did not see another person on the course. No Exaggeration!

If you want a beautiful chess game of a golf course all to yourself, you gotta try this place!

(I debated quite a bit about sharing my secret, but its too good not to share. Plus, I’d hate for them to close because of lack of business, it’s obvious they put a lot of money into the maintenance. So, PLEASE don’t come when I’m there… I like it empty.)

 2008
 

We were a female and a new male golfer, and we played this challenging – gorgeous! – course in July, ’08 in 106 degree weather. It was a fantastic golf course/experience, and we will be sure to recommend the course to all our friends. In fact, we’d even consider moving to the community – just to have more access to the course. It is spectacular!

ProShop personnel were friendly and helpful, and there was a valuable booklet available for purchase that gave excellent descriptions of each hole – and was available for only $1.00!!!

Final comment – don’t be intimidated. It’s a challenging course, but it’s well within the reach of players who are aware of their own capabilities and willing to let better players play-thru and enjoy their own game.

2008
Beautiful and deceptive, some will say too tricky, and I will guarantee it kicks your butt by ten strokes more than you usually shoot. Too many blind shots make it imperative to have a map of the hole or caddy neither of which are provided. (You do get a pin placement map but that is it). My heart hurts to see such a beautiful course falling to recession with a skeleton staff, no on course attendants, and a cloud of doom on the faces of the few remaining workers.
2008
Gorgeous course! Local knowledge a huge plus. Greens like pool table tops, yet very fair.
2007
wow, what a beautiful course! very challenging. must hit fairways to score well. excellent!
 
Some of the Social clubs at Colonial Heritage include : A William and Mary Sport Team Support Club, Cribbage Club, Bridge Club, Marathon Bridge Club, Bocce Club, Billiards Club, Pickleball Club, Mah Jongg, Poker Club, Line Dancing, Round Dancing, Square Dancing, Knitting Group, Quilting Group, Woodworking Club, Book Club, Library Club, Dining Club, Singles Group,  Drama Club, Travel Club, Bluegrass Country Music, History Club, Photography Club,

 

 

It’s Just Being Here ( our thoughts on moving to Williamsburg , Virginia)

This was a testimonial written by one of my clients. It so edifies Colonial Williamsburg and all it has to offer and in todays times is something positive that I felt it needed to be shared.

 

It’s Just Being Here….”

Those are the words my husband and I have used over the years to describe our flood of sensations upon arrival in Williamsburg each time we visit.  Like many, we’ve come countless times over the years. Our children grew up vacationing here. Whether by car or plane, it’s always the same, as we travel the roads leading to Williamsburg. Trying in vain to express what we love; the sight and smells of the York river as we travel the Parkway, the pine-rich wooded areas along the way, the architecture & symmetry of CW, the smell of wood burning fires, the bustle of activity. Giving up, we just glance at each other and sum it up it again- “it’s just being here”. 

Wanting to capture that feeling when we moved from Maryland to Georgia three years ago, we searched the MLS for any Williamsburg reproduction homes south of Atlanta, without success. Undaunted, we decided to build, and, armed with house plans, we looked for suitable property. Our search came to a screeching halt literally, when we were shocked to see a faithful reproduction of… the George Wythe house!  It wasn’t on the market but we pulled over to admire the perfectly reproduced symmetry and understated elegance of that incomparable house; Flemish bond brick, period appropriate detached garage and a dependency building situated on almost an acre of landscaped property. We knew it well. A piece of Williamsburg. Amazingly, our agent knew the family and these fellow Williamsburg lovers offered the house to us for purchase. 

 The Wythe house balustrade staircase and moldings throughout, 3 fireplaces, wide plank floors and period details provided exactly the right ambiance. We renovated the kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops and added a 4-square herb garden in door yard of the dependency. For three years, it has almost been “being there”.

  Interestingly, after years of vacationing in Williamsburg with our children, it appeared they did not share our passion for the area. (Their interests revolved around the animals and candy shop, can anyone relate?) So, recently when my daughter became engaged, we were surprised to receive an email from her with these words “Mom, what do you think of an outdoor wedding in CW?” The wedding is set for May 2009 in the fountain garden across from the Williamsburg Lodge..

The next step is for us to really “be there”, and permanently.  So our piece of Williamsburg in Georgia is now on the market. And our story has come full-circle.  We were fortunate enough to discover Mr. Williamsburg (literally! www.mrwilliamsburg.com), John Womeldorf, who has patiently  helped us scout out dozens of neighborhoods, and given us all the “insider knowledge” we needed to make a  selection of which Williamsburg neighborhood we will eventually call home.

 Yes, it really is… just being here. 

 Erin and Art Ruitberg, Griffin Ga soon to be Williamsburg VA…..

Here is a link to the listing for our current George Wythe Home currently on the market in Georgia

 

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Williamsburg VA Active Adult Communities Villas at Five Forks

 

  Villas At Five Forks

 

 

The Villas at Five Forks is Williamsburg Virginia’s newest 55 plus active adult community. Two home plans are currently offers at the Villas. The first is the The Abby at approx 1720 sq feet this home offers two bedrooms Canterburyand two baths. A two car garage is standard as well as  a patio or veranda. Villa homes are designed with grace, style and quality in mind. Standard appointments include a Mohawk ceramic tile entry, Fireside gas log fireplace, Merrillat’s beautiful crafted cabinetry, a fully-equipped kitchen with appliances by Kenmore, Moen lever faucets in kitchen and baths,raised panel doors, cathedral ceilings, walk in closets, breakfast bar, pantry, , gas heat, 13 seer furnace, and much more. Quality and value go hand-in-hand in our finely crafted homes with prices starting at $296,000

 

The other plan current offered at the Villas at Five Forks in Williamsburg VA is the Canterbury. Square footage is approx 1860. Featuring 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a 2 car garage. Standard features include all of those offered with the Abey. Prices for the Abbey plan start around $310,000

All of the plans are one floor living

 

Gracious and spacious floor plans featured in Villa ranches incorporate all the elements you love about home but with a twist – everyday living and entertaining is simpler and easier. No more stairs !

 

Homeowners living in the Villas at Five Forks in Williamsburg Va have all of the following included in their homeowner association fees:

 

EntranceWater, Sewer, Trash Removal, Landscape maintenance, grass  mowing and edging, lawn fertilization and weed control, flower planting in select areas, common area lighting, exterior building maintenance, street, driveway maintenance and repair, operation of the heated swimming pool and community center, and some property insurance.

 

The current monthly fees range fom $218 to $236 monthly depending on the size of the home.

 

 The community clubhouse and pool is currently under construction. Opening is slated for next  year. The clubhouse will feature a full kitchen for parties, heated outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and much more.

Call or email John@MrWilliamsburg.com for more information or a private tour of this or any community in Williamsburg VA

Williamsburg Symphonia Encore Affairs

Encore Affairs!

Welcome to the third season of Encore Affairs – a series of posh parties, openings of opulent collections and delightful dining to benefit The Williamsburg Symphonia in Williamsburg , VA. Generously hosted by enthusiastic League members and friends in their beautiful homes or private venues, these events sell out fast.

In fact, five of the Encore Affairs events have already sold out! Don’t be disappointed. Call 564-7494 or 229-0640 for more information.

Click here to download a printable Encore Affairs Reservation Form.

Brilliant art and sculpture, a rustic picnic on “The Rivah,” and a half-mile of model train tracks for HO gauge engines and cars that chug through 1830s-era villages and landscapes . . . all these and many other visual and culinary treats await you when you reserve your place at an Encore Affair. Whether you’re a new or a long-time resident, you’re sure to find an “affair” you won’t want to miss. Join your friends or make new acquaintances at one or more venues for this fundraiser that is the talk of the town. A portion of each admission cost is tax deductible.

Affair #1: Picnic on “The Rivah”Sat., September 20, 2008, 1:00-4:00 p.m., at the Cruikshank home on Wilton Creek, Hartfield, Va., for 65 guests, $50 each. Watch artists at work, painting the spectacular scenery.

Affair #2: Brunch Among the LeavesSunday, October 12, 2008, 12 noon, at the home of Jean Leavengood in Kingsmill, for 20 guests, $50 each. Guests will sit on the deck beside a cozy outdoor fireplace; Bloody Marys, Mimosas and a gourmet brunch will be served. A tour of this elegant home to view the eclectic art collection is an added feature. SOLD OUT!

Affair #3: Wine & Fondue PartySaturday, October 18, 2008, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Epstein home in Kingsmill, for 50 guests, $40 each.

Affair #4: On Track . . . With Fine Art & RailroadsSaturday, November 1, 2008, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the home of Bob and Ann Louise Mann in Ford’s Colony, for 35 guests, $35 each. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Affair #5: Art, Wine, Bugattis & Mediterranean CuisineSaturday, November 22, 2008, 6:00-8:30 p.m., at the home of Gulay and Clyde Berryman in Colonial Heritage, for 35 guests, $50 each. SOLD OUT!

Affair #6: Hearts & Flowers CocktailsSaturday, February 14, 2009, 5:30-7:00 p.m., at the home of Mott and Diane Robertson in Kingsmill, for 35 guests, $35 each. A strolling violinist will provide the music, and Diane will make petite bouquets for all the Sweethearts (ladies) present.

Affair #7: A Chef’s KitchenTuesday March 3, 2009, 6:30-9:30 p.m., presented by Chef John Gonzales, in the heart of Williamsburg, for 25 guests, $80 each. A special guest may make an appearance. SOLD OUT!

Affair #8: Who’s Afraid of Opera?Sunday, March 29, 2009, 5:30-8:00 p.m., at the home of Paul & Marge Tongue in Ford’s Colony, for 40 guests, $50 each. Opera Talk with Lynda Sharrett will be accompanied by Merry Food & Drink.

Affair #9: A Feast of Peacocks at the Muscarelle Museum of ArtFriday, April 24, 2009, 7:00-9:00 p.m. for 32 guests, $50 each. This elegant event coincides with the museum’s Tiffany exhibit. SOLD OUT!

Affair #10: German May Day Garden PartyFriday, May 1, 2009, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the home of Ian & Diane Carr in Holly Hills, for 40 guests, $50 each. An accordion player in German attire will serenade the party-goers.

Affair #11: LPGA PartySaturday, May 9, 2009, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., (during the Michelob Ultra Golf Tournament), at the home of Ray & Anne Liss Flanders in Kingsmill, for 30 guests, $40 each. From a prime viewing spot, overlooking the tricky 8th green of the magnificent River Course, you can watch the best of the professional lady golfers make (or miss) their putts. SOLD OUT!

The Williamsburg Symphonia League extends its heartfelt thanks to all the Encore Affairs hosts and volunteers for their gracious hospitality and kind generosity.

Find out more about the Williamsburg Symphonia here

Corporate partners and donors provide essential funding for The Williamsburg Symphonia. They are gratefully acknowledged below. Please patronize and thank these public-spirited friends of Williamsburg’s own professional chamber orchestra:

Corporate Sponsors of the Williamsburg Symphonia:

Season Underwriters :

WBach 107.9 Williamsburg’s Classical Station

Stephen Shonka / Family Retirement Planning and Wealth Management.

Seasons Sponsors :

Bay Rivers Group Wealth Advisors

Davenport Group

Merril Lynch

Scott and Stringfellow

John Hancock

Old Point National Bank

TowneBank

Suntrust

Williamsburg Landing

WindsorMeade of Williamsburg

C & F Bank


 

Williamsburg Virginia Real Estate

Search the Williamsburg, Virginia MLS (Multiple Listing Service) for current property for sale listings HERE!

Contact Mr Williamsburg.com/ John Womeldorf – Realtor(r) by phone at 757 254 8136  and by email at John@MrWilliamsburg.com
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Williamsburg, Virginia is a community of approximately 70,000 people, located in James City County, Virginia. It is also considered to be part of the Hampton Roads/ Tidewater metropolitan area.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 


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Choose The Right Agent!

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

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

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

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

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

 


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Williamsburg VA Real Estate High Street Delayed till 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here To search all townhomes / condos available for sale , new and resalein High Street , Williamsburg VA

Click here to search all other properties , homes, condos, townhomes, land for sale in the  Williamsburg, James City County, York County, New Kent County, West Point areas of Virginia

 

Williamsburg VA

In an effort to boost Williamsburg VA tourism The Greater Williamsburg VA Chamber of Commerce is  running a series of radio ads in the Washington  DC area urging listeners to visit a newly created website www.WilliamsburgWeekEnds.com  the website will promote the Top Ten Reasons to visit Williamsburg, VIrginia.

The top ten reasons  mostly special events, will  change from one weekend to the next.  The radio ad campaign in the DC will continue through October 31, 2008. 

In addition to a listing of the top 10 reasons to visit the area, www.WilliamsburgWeekEnds.com includes a suggested  vacation idea planner for the Williamsburg VA area, an email sign-up for Williamsburg, VA weekend events and offers, and details on the Williamsburg VA Value Card.

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance and its wonderful members are happy to offer you a number of special discounts on area products – from admission tickets to hot dogs!  Unlike many discount cards, the Williamsburg Value Card IS transferable and will be honored through the end of 2008.  You can discover all of the discounts at Williamsburg area retailers, restaraunts, golf and other establishments by clicking here  The Value Card for Williamsburg VA provides discount opportunities to both tourism and non-tourism destinations. The Value Cards is available at all area Chesapeake Bank locations the New Kent Rest Area on I64, Area Timeshares and the The Chamber Office at  Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance office located at
421 North Boundary Street Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-3495
 
So… enjoy your visit to America’s Historic Triangle ( Williamsburg/ Jamestown/ Yorktown) and while you’re here, take advantage of the many special discount offers using your free Williamsburg Value Card!

Williamsburg VA Real Estate “Living in Stonehouse” First person account

The following is excepted from the Stonehouse Gazette a newsletter for Stonehouse residents in Toano, VA I wanted to share it with anyone thinking of moving to the Williamsburg Va area. It gives a great sense of living in the area and relocating from NY.

Playing the role of Adolph Phillipse at the Philipsburg Manor restoration site in Sleepy Hollow, NY, circa 1750, where  he worked on Saturdays as an interpreter is only one of the many facets of Bob Spencer who, with  his wife Carolyn, resides in The Orchard Hill section of Stonehouse in Toano, James City County Virginia Just a few minutes drive from Williamsburg VA.

 This Princeton University and Columbia University Law School graduate’s current activities in the Williambsurg VA area  include Board Member of the Peninsula Agency for the Aging, Board Member of Vibrant Life Ministry, Rotary Club member, Richmond Civil War Roundtable, Christopher Wren lecturer, Williamsburg United Methodist Church, James City County Concerned Citizens, and, of course, the  Stonehouse Board of Directors. This, and more, in addition to a continuing legal practice in Westchester County, New York.

Bob and Carolyn moved to Stonehouse in 2005 after 38 years in Tarrytown, NY. “It took us about 30 minutes to decide to live here,” he said. Having discovered Stonehouse on their own, they were “very impressed” with the look and feel of the community. “We really loved the design of our house and the relatively small lot,  which meant less upkeep.” Compared with Westchester County, the low real estate taxes and the low cost of the golf course were real “bonuses.” ( in the Williamsburg VA area)

What they like best about living in the  Stonehouse community in Toano VA is “the many new friends that we have made, particularly the Orchard Hill group. We also appreciate the country feel of the community and the fact that the developer really did leave many trees.”

In his third year as a member of the Board, Bob says he spends “an average of 10 hours per week” on community business. In his “spare time,” he tries to play golf ( there are 16+ public courses in the Williamsburg Va area)  but says, “My golfing partners have to put up with a lot.” He and Carolyn are looking forward to a family reunion in July, which will be attended by their two biological sons, two adopted Korean daughters, their foster daughter, their Rotary Exchange daughter from Belgium, and their 8 grandchildren.

As Board President of Stonehouse for the past 2 years, Bob’s goal was “to keep residents advised of Board activities as much as possible; to give residents an opportunity to communicate with the Board; and to maintain Stonehouse as a quality place to live.” He is most proud of “guiding the community through the transition from developer control to owner control” and the dedication of so many residents who provide outstanding community service on committees and other volunteer activities.

His long-range goals include “having more resident involvement in community activities of Stonehouse; completing the transition; evaluating resident responses to the Strategic Planning Committee; implementing suggestions that will continue to make Stonehouse a community for all residents, including our children; and working with GS Stonehouse ( The new owner of the undeveloped part of Stonehouse) to develop the overall community.”

Williamsburg Va Real Estate/ The Settlement at Powhatan Creek

the settlement at powhattan creek Clubhouse Details

New Ranch homes are now being built at The Settlement at Powhatan Creek, Williamsburg Va’s newest 55+ Active adult community Prices NEW RANCH PLANS STARTING AT $362,000. Homes sizes range from 1700 to 3200 square feet. In addition to ranch homes two story homes are available both attached ( town homes ) and deatched  with  one level living in these homes the master suite, kitchen and living area are all on the first floor. The second floors include  additional bedrooms and baths for guests , and rooms for offices or recreational activities. Most floor plans can accommodate a residential elevator as an option.
The Settlement at Powhatan Creek features an innovative master-planned design overflowing with amenities, including an activity-focused residents’ club. Set on 225 wooded acres in the Powhatan Creek watershed of James City County. The varied topography of the area near Powhatan Creek and the abundance of greenspace will make this a desirable location to live. This planned active-adult community for people ages 55+ features 400 custom homes and is located in the heart of Williamsburg’s Monticello area, New Town; close to extensive shopping, movei theaters, golf, grocery stores, restaraunts, business and the historic areas.

The centerpiece of The Settlement at Powhatan Creek is The Residence Club scheduled to open this September. The 15,0000 square-foot  private club house features an indoor and outdoor pool, aerobics studio, fitness room, as well as billiards lounge with fireplace, and a grand ballroom complete with catering kitchen.  Card rooms and spaces for arts and crafts are planned as well.

 Over 70% of the 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.

All of the homes in The Settlement at Powhatan Creek feature low-maintenance exteriors with a maintenance package included in the Home Owners Association fees.

Homes are  built by Marque Homes (  PHBA Builder of the Year 1998, 2002, 2006 ) and Wayne Harbin  (award-winning Southern Living custom builder) synonymous with QUALITY offer first-floor living with additional bedrooms upstairs. Other options, such as media rooms, lofts, bonus rooms, 10′ ceilings, large custom molding, and other ammenities, will be available. 
 

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Colonial Williamsburg VA Neighborhoods

I am planning to move to Williamsburg in the spring, but all the houses I see for sale are in subdivisions. I’m a history buff and I’d like to live where I can walk to Colonial Williamsburg, go to the farmer’s market on Sat, etc. I’ve seen beautiful houses near that area but never see them for sale.  There are numerous subdivisions within a short walk to Colonial Williamsburg and William ans Mary. Most of the homes were built from the late 1980’s and onward. The oldest homes sold that I can find a record of in the last 10 years were all built after 1900. You have to realize when Colonial Williamsburg was restored in the 1930’s.the town was in pretty bad shape. That was the reason  Rev. Goodwin wanted to save the town. He saw it disintegrating…

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation owns most if not all of the homes in the restored area. Two of the homes sold that were early 1900’s were owned by them.

There are a variety of newer neighborhoods within walking distance to the restored area of Colonial Williamsburg and William and Mary.  Port Anne, Holly, Walnut Hills, Yorkshire, Rich Neck Heights, Indian Springs, The Woods, Counselors Close, Richmond Hill are just a few of these neighborhoods.  Walnut Hills is the only one with older homes dating from the 1930’s and up. Prices will range from $500k to $1,800,000.   Although the homes are not older most are Colonials. Some more traditional than others with historic touches throughout.

Moving/Retiring to Willamsburg VA For young and old alike !

I wanted to share an excellent post by by Andrew Petkofsky for Virginia Business. I have added a few links to direct you to areas of information.

Ken Carr retired to Williamsburg because he didn’t want to get away from it all. As a sales and marketing executive in the fashion industry, he had enjoyed a fast-paced career and was looking for a gentler climate than his home in the Chicago suburbs.

But nice weather and recreational options were only part of it: Carr also hoped for opportunities to keep busy and take on new challenges. “You spend your life working, as many of us have, five or six days a week with the pulse of business,” he says. “To just have that stop, psychologically, I didn’t find that it was all that appealing.”

When Carr moved with his wife, Nancy, to the gated community of Ford’s Colony in 1999, he immediately occupied himself building a retirement house. Someone asked if he would sell it, so he built another.

Then he became increasingly involved sharing his business experience with those just starting out. Carr connects with business clients through the Service Corps of Retired Executives, a national program coordinated locally through the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance. “It’s a great way to use the expertise that you have,” says Carr, who is 65. “It’s also an incredible opportunity for businesses or organizations to get people who are very accomplished to assist them — the kind of team that quite frankly they couldn’t go out and hire.”

In fact, so many former executives and high-ranking military officers have retired to Williamsburg that a number of other organizations, including the College of William & Mary and its Mason School of Business have created local programs to harness their expertise.

The post-career challenges are not reserved solely for former captains of industry. Other retirees in the area take classes in a large continuing education program, teach in the same program and even help operate a professional chamber orchestra in Williamsburg. “We wind up with some very bright early retirees who still want to make contributions,” says Keith Taylor, director of James City County’s office of economic development.

The Williamsburg area (including James City County and upper York County) has become a retirement mecca. Money magazine named the region one of the country’s best places to retire. The magazine cited attributes such as the area’s history, culture, green space and access to health care and airports.
The area’s growing reputation among retirees has been helped by a constellation of attractions including the Colonial Williamsburg living history museum, the College of William & Mary, award-winning golf courses, a handful of prestigious gated communities, close access to tidal rivers and the ocean, and a location only three hours away from Washington, D.C.

As the retirement-age population grows, older residents are redefining the options available for their golden years and, in the process, reshaping the community. Kingsmill on the James, opened in the 1970s as the region’s first gated community, now has the company of several other retiree-friendly residential areas protected by gates or private security forces. These include Ford’s Colony and The Governor’s Land at Two Rivers.

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 Two recent arrivals, Colonial Heritage and The Settlement at Powhattan Creek in James City, requires that residents be 55 or older.

A boom in mixed-used developments also appeals to the preferences of an older population. These projects group shopping, restaurants and low-maintenance residences such as condos and town houses in one location. “Folks are looking more and more at access to retail and entertainment within walking distance of their homes,” says James R. Golden, associate vice president for economic development at William & Mary. “The retirement community is sort of a leader in this.”

Golden helped promote the development of New Town, a mixed-use community just outside Williamsburg. Now a second, similar development, High Street, is under construction in the city. Riverside Health System also has proposed a mixed-use community, Quarterpath at Williamsburg, which would include a hospital, a nursing home and housing. State approval has not yet been granted for the hospital, which would be the Williamsburg area’s second.

Community leaders see the retirement boom as a largely positive economic force that may create jobs for younger folks in areas such as health care, retail and other services. The officials point out that many of those retiring to Williamsburg from other areas, especially the Northeast, are well-heeled professionals and business executives who have chosen to end their careers while still in their 50s. “When you develop a vibrant retirement community … they will pay for services that they want and appreciate, and that will open up opportunities for people that want to fill those needs,” says Richard Schreiber, president and CEO of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance.

One side effect of becoming a retirement mecca is that land and housing prices in the region have risen to levels beyond the means of many workers in service jobs. “It’s sort of creat­ing a greater shortage of affordable housing,” says Rick Hanson, James City’s director of housing and community development. “A lot of people that work in James City do find the housing costs prohibitive, and they will commute in.”

The cost of housing can also be a problem for some retirees who spent their working years in the community. But local governments are trying to solve the problem. Hanson’s office recently assembled a parcel for development of low-rent senior housing in cooperation with a local nonprofit organization. He says the county also has commissioned a consultant to analyze housing needs and report this fall.

Numbers help tell the story of Williamsburg’s growing popularity as a place to retire. William & Mary and the Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health, a local organization created to promote the health of older people, reported in 2003 that the 60-and-older population in Williamsburg, James City and upper York grew more than 65 percent, from 5,688 to 10,686, between 1990 and 2000. The 60-and-over population in Virginia as a whole grew 17.1 percent in the same period. Growth in the same group nationwide was 9.4 percent, according to the study, which was based on U.S. Census figures. During this same period, the area’s overall population grew about 27 percent, from 54,980 to 69,763.

Pete Williamson says he retired in Williamsburg partly because the city and its surroundings seem just as full of families and younger people as folks of his generation. Even his affluent Governor’s Land neighborhood seems to be attracting a good number of families, he says. “We have a community with a mix of young and old with school kids and retirees,” Williamson says. “We’re not some retirement community out in the middle of nowhere where you have to drive a half hour just to go to a grocery store.”

Williamson was living in Wilton, Conn., and working as an IBM program manager when he retired in 1994 at the age of 54. A volunteer job with an ambulance corps became full-time work before he and his wife moved to Williamsburg in 1998.

Now 67, Williamson co-leads a 40- to-60-mile bicycle ride for the local bike club ( Williamsburg Area Bicyclists) once or twice a week. He also serves on the board of his neighborhood’s homeowners association and does computer work as a member of a charity tennis group that raised about $45,000 last year for a local hospice.

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact size of the region’s retirement community because there’s no set age for retirement. Louis Rossiter, a former Virginia secretary of health and human resources who’s now director of community health service research for the Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health, says Williamsburg may serve as a model in developing programs that can be adopted elsewhere.

Thinking ahead is important, says Rossiter, because an older population brings potential problems along with benefits. “When the retirees move here, they’re in good health. Then they age in place,” he says. “Who will take care of them as they become more frail?”

The Center for Excellence is a consortium of colleges, hospitals and health agencies that conducts sponsored research into such subjects as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis, and studies ways to improve access to medical care. More significant for local retirees, the center also offers geriatric services not generally available in the community, such as memory assessment and driving evaluation.

For high-ranking military retirees, Williamsburg offers something beyond resort communities and golf courses: easy access to Washington. “Lot’s of people continue some kind of consulting but don’t want to live in D.C. — they’ve had that experience,” says William & Mary’s Golden, himself a retired Army brigadier general.

Local organizations increasingly are coming up with ways to capture the interests of these retirees and take advantage of their skills. The Mason School of Business at William & Mary, for example, enlists 90 retirees in its Executive Partners program as mentors for students and faculty and as consultants to companies looking for advice. “The joke is they come, play golf six months and get bored,” says Jonathan Palmer, the school’s associate dean. “We engage them at a very high and active level.”

In addition to mentoring others, Williamsburg retirees are interested in learning something new. William & Mary’s Christopher Wren Association, an education program for retirees, attracted more than 1,400 students last semester to more than 60 classes. Retirees served as faculty for many of the classes.

The Chamber & Tourism Alliance last year began a Community Leadership Service in which 16 retirees who moved to the community recently took a crash course about the region, its governmental structure and inner workings. Participants now are creating a database of retired people with skills that could benefit local nonprofit organizations, says Schreiber, the chamber president.

Leading the database project is Joan Peterson, who was recruited because she chaired the education committee of the Williamsburg Symphonia, a professional chamber orchestra. Peterson moved to Williamsburg from Massachusetts when her husband took early retirement from Hewlett-Packard. She had been director of summer programs for a private school. Now a bit more than four years later, her husband is commuting regularly to consulting jobs in Minneapolis and Seattle, and she is immersed in a project she hopes will benefit nonprofits and retirees. “I absolutely love Williamsburg,” says Peterson. “I would have a hard time coming up with things I don’t like about it. Except maybe for the rapid growth. Everyone wants to be the last one in, I guess.”

 

 

For further information about moving or retiring  in the Williamsburg VA area, golf course homes,  real estate , homes, communities, developments, neighborhoods or building lots in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent, Gloucester or York County Virginia  contact:John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

 

Liz Moore & Associates 757 254 8136

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Williamsburg Real Estate Resource. Search for Homes & Land for sale in Williamsburg Virginia & surrounding areas  click here :CLICK HERE WILLIAMSBURG VA MLS HOME SEARCH

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Living in Kingsmill Williamsburg VA Home for sale

Living at 9 Winster Fax, Williamsburg Va in Kingsmill is like living in the middle of a park.  On one side is a large rolling lawn. On the other side is the green at the fourth hole of the River Course.  Behind is a wooded ravine.  When the leaves are off the trees, you can see through to the fairway and the third hole of the golf course.  Best of all, these green spaces  belong to Kingsmill Resort, or are part of the common area in Winster Fax.  Look, enjoy, and don’t worry about maintenance. All of the exterior lawn and house painting is taken care of by the association.

 

Kingsmill homeowner fees include the use of tennis courts, pools, community centers and  walking paths.  Memberships are available for the golf courses, tennis and sports club.  Four fine restaurants are open to all.   The James River is half a mile away, where there is a Sandy beach and a marina.

 

 

The community is gated and offers 24 hour security with it’s own security force.Security officers provide not only the usual services of a private police force, but are the first responders when a 911 call is made.  Many are also trained as paramedics.

 

Homeowners include  families with children, retirees  and second home owners.  A congenial and friendly spirit makes for a happy and comfortable life.

 

For further information about golf course homes,  real estate , homes, communities, developments, neighborhoods or building lots in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent, Gloucester or York County Virginia  contact:
John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

Liz Moore & Associates 757 254 8136

John@MrWilliamsburg.com  email

www.MrWilliamsburg.com/  Williamsburg VA Real Estate website

www.MrBurg.com Williamsburg Va Real Estate website  

www.MrHamptonroads.com/  Hampton Roads Va Real Estate website

www.MrTidewater.com/  Tidewater VA Real Estate website

www.MrVaBeach.com/ Va Beach Va Real Estate website

  

Williamsburg Real Estate Resource. Search for Homes & Land for sale in Williamsburg Virginia & surrounding areas  click here :CLICK HERE WILLIAMSBURG VA MLS HOME SEARCH

  CLICK HERE FOR Real Estate Home Search  Tidewater Hampton Roads Va 

  

My other area Real Estate and Information Blogs for Hampton Roads/ Tidewater/ Williamsburg Virignia and surrounding areas

Williamsburg Real Estate Blog II

Williamsburg Real Estate Blog

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