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Planning Commission recommends approval for residential development near Williamsburg Crossing

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

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

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

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

More of the story here

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White Hall Neighborhood Spotlight-Toano VA

White Hall in Toano, VA near Williamsburg is one of HHHunt’s newest master-planned communities. Here you will find a small, quaint community where you can live a rich, full life. At White Hall, you will choose from a variety of home styles that blend with the area’s distinctive architecture, at prices that are quite reasonable.

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At White Hall you’ll find a variety of new home styles starting in the $ 130’s.

A master-planned community in a pristine, rural setting, White Hall will offer a variety of single-family homes, town homes and town home-style condominiums perfectly suited for professionals, families and seniors who cherish their time at home — without compromising on seemingly infinite cultural, dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities just minutes away.

White Hall has been designed to maximize natural spaces, with the community being centered around a large, centrally located park. A strong pedestrian focus will provide an outstanding environment for homeowners and encourage activity and community interaction.  The centerpiece of the Whitehall community will be a restored farmhouse.

Facts about White Hall :

Set on 139 acres in the western part of James City County White Hall will have hickoryneckchurchover 58 acres of parks for the community with it’s features include the Historic Farmhouse clubhouse, Two Ponds,Rolling Topography. Adjacent properties are two schools, Stonehouse Elementary and Williamsburg Christian Academy
an historic church ( Hickory Neck Church)  and farms.

The original property known today as Whitehall Plantation stands about 75 yards east of the point where VA Route 30 and US Route 60 intersect, near Toano in James City County. Built for William Geddy in 1805-06. Whitehall represents more than two centuries of nearly continuous occupation by the Geddy family. The Farmhouse on the property will  become the focal point and central feature in this residential community.

The Weatherly House at White Hall which will become the clubhouse at White Hall

The farmhouse and park comprise approximately 40% of the total site which also include two ponds, a creek, multi purpose playing field,nature trails and the community amenity center.
Streets are arranged in a traditional Tidewater Virginia manner with a variety of lot sizes. Most homes have alleys and many front the parks and open space. Along Route 60, a view corridor to the farmhouse and adjacent historic church is enhanced by a significant amount of land that will continue to be farmed.

Weatherly at White Hall, offers town home-style condos by HHHunt Homes, all of which are low-maintenance anf EarthCraft certified.

These open floor plans include 2-3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, lofts, and kitchens with breakfast nooks,and are priced from the $130,000’s.
The Townes at White Hall, by HHHunt Homes and Ryan Homes, feature two- and three-story town homes offering low-maintenance living with 3-4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, spacious living room and dining rooms in addition to 1- or 2-car garages, priced from under $200,000.

Schools for the White Hall community are:   Stonehouse Elementary, Toano Middle School and Warhill High.

Warhill HS will offer HS students the ability to take college classes at the adjacent campus of Thomas Nelson Community College. Stonehouse Elementary is one of the top rated schools in James City County.

Single-Family Homes by HHHunt Homes and Ryan Homes feature comfortable layouts with elegant kitchens and baths, plus spacious living areas, priced from under $250,000.

Click here to search all homes, condos, town homes for sale in the White hall community in Toano, near Williamsburg VA- James City County

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UPDATE JUNE 2010:

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HH Hunt starts construction of detached and town homes at White Hall

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History:

The original White Hall Tavern was built in 1805 by William Geddy, who was an upper middle class planter and blacksmith. He built the home for his son (james Geddy) who was a silversmith, and the purpose of the home was to represent “the improving quality of housing for all Virginians during the early Republican period.” Tax records have indicated that because William Geddy was a wealthy planter, he most likely possessed a number of adult slaves as well.

During the mid-1800s in the midst of the United States Civil War, the plantation home served as a site crucial to the Confederate Army. Due to its convenient location within a somewhat close proximity to Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy, it was a site that provided important intelligence gathering and distribution of information pertinent to the South’s advancement in the war.

The 200 acres of surrounding land had been in the family since the 1760’s. The United States Department of the Interior declared it a national historical landmark in 2007.

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 areas of Virginia or to sell your existing home.

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

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

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

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

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Williamsburg VA- Foundation Square Condos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Foundation Square’s architect, Magoon & Associates,

recently won the Award of Merit by the

Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate

for their beautiful work over at Foundation Square!

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

Living in Foundation Square makes life easier!

Free yourself from the daily upkeep of house and yardwork!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

John@MrWilliamsburg.com

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Hampton Roads Crossing Neighborhood Spotlight Suffolk, VA

Finally a builder is listening. I have always been astounded at the price ranges that have been showcased in previous Parade of New Homes, Homeramas, etc. In this past year we had the PHBA Peninsula Home Builder Association Parade of Homes in our Taylor Farms community in York County. Surprisingly it was the builders who participated who decided that the prices should be in the $800k to $1.4 million dollar price range ( whew) Granted the homes were breathtaking and loaded with many unique features. The  major downside was that hardly any of the attendees needed or could afford homes that size and price.

Well someones listinening the  Tidewater Builders Association has announced that the 2009 Homearama showcase of homes will be held at Hampton Roads Crossing, a mixed-use community located in northern Suffolk.

Members of the Tidewater Builders Association said they would change course this year, moving the annual Homearama event from its scheduled location in Virginia Beach’s exclusive North Shore community to a somewhat less-exclusive mixed-use development in North Suffolk.

Homes in the North Shore community range in price from $700,000 to more than $1 million. Homes in Hampton Roads Crossing, the Suffolk community that now will host the event, are expected to sell for around $400,000. Those currently selling in the area are fetching even less princely sums, from just under $200,000 to a little more than $300,000.

Considering the state of the housing market in Hampton Roads and the nation, changing the venue for the area’s showcase real estate event was a good public relations move and a smart business decision.

The vast majority of Hampton Roads home buyers could only dream of setting up house in one of the million-dollar mansions under construction in Virginia Beach, and those dreams are even further out of reach with the collapse of the nation’s mortgage-lending sector. Showing potential home buyers the quality they can expect at attainable price points will be more likely to endear the home builders to their potential customers.

The city of Suffolk will come out as a big winner in the deal, as potential home buyers and browsers, alike, have a chance to see all that the city has to offer. It’s a testament to good planning in the North Suffolk area that the city was ready with a community to host the event. Here’s to hoping that it’s a success.

Homearama 2009 will demonstrate traditional neighborhood design in a pedestrian-friendly, walkable community, a new urbanist trend that is sweeping the country and is showcased in many of the current home and living publications.

These traditional two-story homes will feature front porches and rear-loading garages reminiscent of the bungalow and craftsman architecture of yesteryear while, in keeping with the tradition of previous shows homes, providing the custom craftsmanship that has become the hallmark of Homearama. The builders association is also working with Southern Living to sponsor one or more of the showcase homes.

The homes are expected to average 2,500 square feet and sell for approximately $400,000, putting them in reach of many of the attendees to the annual show. The schedule for Homearama 2009 is currently proposed to run from September 19 through October 4.

“It’s a Homearama tradition to showcase trends in home designs,” added Kotarides. “Our guests have been asking us to show off what can be done in a more moderately priced home. We’re confident they’ll be pleased to see the level of detailing and creativity we can offer in a home more suited to the typical Hampton Roads family.”

The community is being developed by The Terry Peterson Companies, who approached TBA after being originally awarded Homearama for their Virginia Beach North Shore community with an idea that showcasing affordable homes in an exciting mixed-use setting might be a better fit.  ( YEA !)

Hampton Roads Crossing is designed in a mixed-use campus environment where residential, retail and commercial business districts will develop over time. The office campus is currently anchored by Old Dominion University’s VMASC (Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center) and Tri-Cities buildings. The residential campus features The Residences At Hampton Roads Crossing where the home show will take place. Luxury apartments will break ground in early 2009 and the anchor tenant for the retail district is on contract and should begin construction in 2010.

The site is located in the northern Suffolk growth corridor with easy access to Interstate 664 and the Western Freeway, making it easily accessible to all of Hampton Roads and placing it only minutes from the Peninsula and downtown Norfolk and Portsmouth.
Currently, the commercial campus is comprised of three state-of-the-art buildings situated along the Western Freeway. The MAST Center is home to the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) and the Tri-Cities Center, both operated by Old Dominion University. These buildings, along with office space located in the Mast One building, add a high-tech sophistication to the Hampton Roads Crossing community. Additional office buildings and a hotel site are planned for the future.

The Hampton Roads Crossing retail campus will front College Drive. Once developed, this exciting shopping district will feature key anchor tenants and boutique shops, as well as several out-parcels. Live/work residences may also be added to the mix. And with all three campuses located within easy walking distance of one another, you’ll discover that The Residences at Hampton Roads Crossing will become an incredibly convenient place to live.

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

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Research the area at www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com

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

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

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New Town Williamsburg VA

Explore New Town in Williamsburg VA

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

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

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

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

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

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

Affordable Housing proposed in Williamsburg Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more about Patriots Walk in Gloucester Va by clicking here

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

 

Williamsburg VA Condos and Town homes

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


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

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