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Yorktown VA announces events for 2015

Looking for new and exciting events to enjoy with your family and friends this year? Yorktown VA announces its main event line-up for 2015.

Listed below are some of the events and festivals in Yorktown for the coming year. Among the special events returning this year are Yorktown Market Days, Pirates Invade Yorktown, Blues, Brews & BBQ, Art at the River, Shagging on the Riverwalk Concert Series, Military Band Concert Series, Virginia Symphony Concert, Yorktown Art Stroll, Yorktown Day, Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concert Series, Yorktown Wine Festival, and the full Christmas event line-up, including the annual Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade. New events this year include the Sister Cities French Market and Lafayette’s Hermione Voyage 2015 with Yorktown being the first port of call in the United States. Up to date events calendars can be viewed and downloaded  at www.visityorktown.org

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New subdivision with 222 homes near Water Country approved

After offering York County more than $600,000 to address school capacity issues, Whittaker’s Mill will join King’s Creek and the Marquis in Upper York County.

The York County Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 — with Supervisor Walter Zaremba opposing — on Tuesday night to approve Whittaker’s Mill, a 222-home, 77-acre residential development on Penniman and Winchester roads near the intersection of Route 199 and Interstate 64.

Whittaker’s Mill consists of 114 single-family homes and up to 108 townhouse units with four park areas, a clubhouse, a swimming pool and community garden plots. It touches Cheatham Annex and an industrial property to the west.

Whittaker’s Mill was designed by Brandon Currence Architects who were involved in the planning for a number of communities in the area including Port Warwick, Nelsons Grant, Church Square and many others. The design for Whittakers Mill combines the efficiency and in town feel of a town home community oriented toward an open square at the front of the community. ( similar to Port Warwick). In the back of the community will be traditional single family lots as well as larger estate sized lots with dramatic wooded ravine views.

The town square and neighborhood clubhouse will provide focal points for community social events. Both will enjoy a view of the largest pond in the neighborhood.

The development is located in the York County attendance zones for Magruder Elementary, Queens Lake Middle, and Bruton High Schools. Based on the number of homes proposed planning staff estimate that the proposed development can be expected to generate up to 101 school students – 45 at Magruder Elementary School, 24 at Queens Lake Middle School, and 32 at Bruton High School

More of the story here

 

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Location map Whittaker’s Mill

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Grand Opening this weekend–The Reserve at Williamsburg

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

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

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

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

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

Full Finished Basements Available Offering Additional Living Space

Enjoy The Convenience Of Lawn Care Maintenance Included

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

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

Location Map for the Reserve at Williamsburg

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Psst.I’m a real estate agent.

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

  • What’s your real estate story? Tell me about the places you’ve lived and where you’re hoping to live.

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

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

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

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra returns to Yorktown Saturday, August 30

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Benjamin Rous, returns to Yorktown at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014 for its 18th annual outdoor concert. This year’s concert will be held at Riverwalk Landing on Water Street in historic Yorktown. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early with lawn chairs and picnic baskets. image

A just-for-fun blue ribbon judging for the most creative picnic set-up will be awarded prior to the concert. The award-winning Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform a pre-concert show at 6 p.m.

The symphony concert is funded by community contributors from organizations, businesses and individuals along with sponsors, York County, York County Arts Commission and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, whose financial support makes it possible. The volunteer Celebrate Yorktown Committee annually raises $24,000 to present this free-to-the-public evening of music for the enjoyment of the community.

Event parking information is as follows:

• Plan to arrive early as parking is expected to fill up in Yorktown.

• Event parking will be available at the York County Courts and Office Complex, Administration and York Hall buildings on Ballard Street, and the Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace on Water Street.

• Please bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

• Limited Handicap parking available in the lower level of the parking terrace. No rain date is scheduled for the concert. In the event of inclement weather, please call the event weather hotline at 890-3520 for updated information.

For additional information, visit http://www.visityorktown.org or call 890-4490

BRET MICHAELS AND MERCYME KICKOFF BUSCH GARDENS® LIVE AND GLORY AT THE GARDENS™ CONCERT SERIES

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 10, 2014) – Busch Gardens® is turning up the volume this summer with the return of its popular concert series, Busch Gardens® LIVE and Glory at the Gardens™.
Legendary rocker and reality TV star Bret Michaels will kick off Busch Gardens LIVE on May 4. Michaels’ 25-plus year career includes hits like “Talk Dirty To Me” and “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” as well as solo hits “Nothing To Lose,” and his new single currently on the radio, “A Beautiful Soul.”
Glory at the Gardens begins May 11 with a performance by Christian band MercyMe. Best known for their mega hit “I Can Only Imagine,” the Grammy nominated, American Music Award and eight-time Dove award-winning band released their ninth album, Welcome to the New, on April 8. Additional concert dates will be announced soon.
Busch Gardens LIVE and Glory at the Gardens concerts are held at Busch Gardens’ Royal Palace Theatre. The theater’s gates open approximately two hours before the scheduled 7 p.m. performances. All Busch Gardens concerts are included with park admission. For guests’ convenience complimentary tickets are distributed throughout the day at the park’s Guest Relations building. Tickets are distributed one-per-person on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. All party members must be present to receive tickets. Tickets are required for entry to the concert. Premium seating in a reserved area is also available with the purchase of concert and dinner packages.
For more information, including complete concert and ticketing information, visit http://www.buschgardens.com/va or call (800) 343-7946.

Celebrate Yorktown Committee 2013 Summer Concert Series

2013 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Free to the Public

Grace Episcopal Church – Churchyard, 111 Church Street, Yorktown, VA

Sunday, July 14, 2013 – 5 pm – Runaway String Band

Sunday, July 21, 2013 – 6 pm – Lana Puckett & Kim Person

Sunday, August 11, 2013 – 6 pm – Magic of Harmony Show Chorus

Sunday, August 25, 2013 – 5 pm – Poisoned Dwarf

All concerts are free. Bring your chair or blanket and a picnic supper.
Sponsored by the Celebrate Yorktown Committee, York County Arts
Commission, Williamsburg Area Arts Commission and Grace Episcopal Church.

For more info call 757.898.5510

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Yorktown Market Days Kicks Off For 2013

The 7th Annual Yorktown Market Days season kicks off with more than 35 local farmers and producers, over 20 local artist and vendors throughout the season with a variety of local favorites. Fresh produce, meat and seafood, baked goods, coffee, specialty cut flowers, quality art, live musical entertainment provided by Susan & Lloyd (Folk/Americana) and much more await you at the Saturday morning Market Days.

The 3rd Annual Fitness market is designed to help residents understand the resources available in the area to aid in living a healthy lifestyle. Shop the market and make your way to the fitness section for free giveaways, information and classes.  Activities include numerous vendors, fitness classes, healthy cooking demonstrations, free health screenings and information. View the press release. Sponsored by York County Parks and Recreation. Riverwalk Landing. Free. 757-890-3500.  For more detailed information on Yorktown Market Days at the River, visit theMarket Days website.

Top 10 VA Military home buyer benefits !

VA Loans are a fantastic way for Veterans, Active Duty, Retired military, Coast Guard, etc. to buy a home with zero down payment and no mortgage insurance.We get a large number of military buyers in  Yorktown, Williamsburg and the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads.

Did you know that  buyers using a VA loan can get ALL of their closing costs and prepaids paid by the seller PLUS an 4% in additional concessions?

I will say that as our market improves it will become more difficult to get this level of concessions but it doesn’t hurt to try..

The following costs can be paid with the 4% additional  seller concessions

· Payment of buyers VA funding fee

· Real estate taxes paid in advance

· Hazard insurance premiums

· Appliances

· Gift card for Lowes, Home Depot, etc.

· Gifts for the home such as televisions or microwaves

· Payment of extra points to provide permanent interest rate buy downs

· Provision of escrowed funds to provide temporary interest rate buy downs

· Payoff of credit balances or judgments on behalf of the buyer

· Payoff of buyers debt

These seller concessions are not allowed:

· More than 30 days of interest

· Payment abatements

· Cash

· Decorating allowances (including carpet, flooring, etc.)

· Moving costs

 

FINANCING CHECKLIST

Home Financing ChecklistOne of the most important steps you will take when you prepare to search for your new home is to determine how much home you can afford, and then to secure a loan pre-approval for that amount.

At Liz Moore & Associates, we’ve tried to take much of the stress out of this process by providing experienced guidance on the pre-approval process, the numerous mortgage products available and even help you select the lender that will best meet your specific situation.

There are several documents you will need to gather in advance to expedite your loan application. At a minimum, you should have the information listed on our Home Financing Checklist.

Want to chat about mortgage options, rates, VA Loans, FHA,  Reverse Mortgages, Conventional Loans or getting approved ?

Contact me and I will put you in touch with one of our preferred lenders.

John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I specialize in homes for sale in James City County, Newport News, Hampton, York County, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, VA as well as surrounding markets of Hampton Roads. . I offer Active Duty friendly support to families PCSing/ relocating to Ft Eustis, Yorkttown Naval Weapons Station, Langley Air Force Base and Cheatham Annex.

Thank you for serving our Country, and I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

If you’re interested in buying a home for sale call 757 254 8136 or e-mail me at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

Twelve Standout Schools in Hampton Roads

Congratulations to  Tabb , Jamestown Grafton and Poquoson High Schools for being recognized by Hampton Roads Magazine among the twelve best public high schools in Hampton Roads for the 2012 school year!

imageBased on the statistics compiled by the magazine  in their high school stats chart, and with academics (AP test taking percentages and SOL scores) weighted slightly more heavily than dropout rates and behavioral offences,

Below are their top five best public high schools in the Hampton Roads region for the 2012 school year.

DEAN’S LIST

1. TABB HIGH
4431 Big Bethel Rd., Yorktown
757-867-7400
www.YorkCountySchools.org/THS

District: York County Schools
Awards: Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence (2011); Virginia Board of Education’s Competence to Excellence Award (2010); more than 20 state athletic championships
Standout programs: The York County School of the Arts, a program in the fine arts, provides students with an education comparable to the math and science opportunities offered by the Governor’s School for Science and Technology. Through the Virtual Learning Program, students engage in curriculum that blends online and offline learning experiences.

2. JAMESTOWN HIGH
3751 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg
757-259-3600
www.WJCC.k12.va.us

District: Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools

Awards: Second-highest ranked high school in the Hampton Roads region in Newsweek’s listing of America’s Best High Schools; 63 percent of 2012 graduates enrolled in four-year colleges or universities.
Standout programs: Students may enroll in concurrent courses at The College of William and Mary, Christopher Newport University and Thomas Nelson Community College. Dual enrollment credit is offered for many technical and academic classes, with some technical courses leading to industry certification.

3. PRINCESS ANNE HIGH
4400 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach
757-648-5600
www.PrincessAnneHS.VBSchools.com

District: Virginia Beach City Schools

Awards: Maintains its place as the highest ranked high school in Virginia Beach as well as the Hampton Roads region in Newsweek’s listing of America’s Best High Schools.
Standout programs: Home of Virginia Beach’s International Baccalaureate program, designed to meet the highest standards required of any high school in the world. The prestigious program offers a rigorous, comprehensive approach to learning in the last two years of secondary school. The school also hosts the Virginia Beach center for students with moderate to severe disabilities.

4. GRASSFIELD HIGH
2007 Grizzly Trail, Chesapeake
757-558-4749
www.CPSchools.com/Schools/GFH

District: Chesapeake City Public Schools
Awards: Principal Carolyn Bernard received the prestigious 2013 AdvancED Virginia Excellence in Education Award.
Standout programs: Governor’s STEM Academy operates as a school-within-a-school and features a cutting-edge curriculum especially designed for students with an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. Students have multiple opportunities for taking advanced courses and sampling special programs such as mentorship and internship.

5. FRANK W. COX HIGH
2425 Shorehaven Dr., Virginia Beach
757-648-5250
www.CoxHS.VBSchools.com

District: Virginia Beach City Schools

Awards: More than $3 million in scholarship money awarded to graduating seniors in June 2011; Virginia High School League Wachovia Cup for outstanding academic and athletic achievement has been awarded to the school more than any other school in the state.
Standout programs: The school has won 40 state athletic titles overall. Blue ribbon awards were also given for the music program, student newspaper and student yearbook.

Other local schools in the honor roll list of Hampton Roads Magazine included:

Maury High,
Norfolk
Salem High,
Virginia Beach
First Colonial High,
Virginia Beach
Hickory High,
Chesapeake
Grafton High,
Yorktown
Poquoson High,
Poquoson
Great Bridge High,
Chesapeake

 

Statistics were gleaned from the Virginia Department of Education website: www.DOE.Virginia.Gov

This article appears in full in the February 2013 issue of Hampton Roads Magazine.

Search homes for sale in the top rated Hampton Roads high school districts below.

 

Search homes for sale in Jamestown High School District  in Williamsburg VA

 

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Pssst.——I’m a real estate agent.

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

Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home.

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

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

Area Orientations

Complete tours can be scheduled to help you familiarize yourself with Williamsburg and Hampton Roads neighborhoods, home prices, shopping centers, military bases, recreational facilities, public & private schools and transportation systems. My orientation will provide you with awareness of aircraft noise & accident potential zones, flood zones, major traffic patterns and commute times to your job.

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

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

New Homes now available in Yorktown, VA from the $390’s

avalon home at mansion woods in yorktown vaLocated in Yorktown VA, The Woods on Mansion Road brings you luxurious single-family homes in the Tabb District of York County. Enjoy every convenience from shopping and dining to entertainment and adventure. The Woods on Mansion Road is also convenient to I-64 for easier commutes.

When it’s time to relax or find excitement, hit the local beaches or the Chesapeake Bay.

THE COMMUNITY
Surrounded by trees, the new single-family estate-style homes at The Woods on Mansion Road are available in a variety of models to fit any lifestyle. Each new home offers its own unique style and Fairchild Ryan Homes , mansion woods, yorktown vafeatures finished third floors. Take advantage of the many amenities in the community and all around the Yorktown area. Relax by the peaceful pond with its impressive fountain. Stroll along the winding walking trails, past the playground and soccer field and over the convenient footbridge. Spend a day grilling in the park and unwinding on the park benches while you visit with friends and neighbors under the cool shade of protected forest conservation space. The search for your next home is finally over.

HOME FEATURES
• Up to 6 bedrooms and up to 3.5 baths on 3 levels
• 2-Car garage
• Up to 4,500 sq. ft. of living space
• Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and upgraded interior trim package are standard
• Every home is ENERGY STAR® Certified
• 10-Year structural warranty

Models available at Mansion Woods include the :Victoria Falls, ryan homes, yorktown va

Palermo with a base price of $399,990 

Castleton (ranch style) with a base price of $409,990           

Jasmine Grove with a base price of $419,990

Victoria Falls with a base price of $439,990         

Fairchild with a base price of $449,990     

Avalon with a base price of $459,990     

Note all homes are custom built , construction time is approximately five-six months.

Search homes for sale at Mansion Woods in Yorktown VA

Contact John Womeldorf for more information, floor plans pricing or to setup an appointment to see existing model homes.

John@MrWilliamsburg.com  call/text 757 254 8136

map location for Mansion Woods in Yorktown Va

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Psst.I’m a real estate agent.

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

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

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

Area Orientations

Complete tours can be scheduled to help you familiarize yourself with Williamsburg and Hampton Roads neighborhoods, home prices, shopping centers, military bases, recreational facilities, public & private schools and transportation systems. My orientation will provide you with awareness of aircraft noise & accident potential zones, flood zones, major traffic patterns and commute times to your job.

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

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

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

Custom Builder’s Family Home for Sale in Skimino Landing Estates

Williamsburg, VA. -With yards large enough for family softball games—and he’s had several of them — builder David Campbell knew Skimino Landing Estates, located near the York River and Camp Perry, was the right place to build his own family’s custom home.

front1“The lots here are all 2 plus acres, and I like that,” said David, co-owner of York County’s Tabb Homes Inc. “I didn’t want to be crammed into my neighbors next door. The yard here is big enough for my two Sheltie sheep dogs to run, and my son-in-law to practice his golf swings.”

family2David’s vision for his Skimino Landing home was a generously sized ranch with the upscale amenities that are a signature in the Skimino Landing community. “I wanted a really good floor plan, a large family room, a very nice kitchen and baths, and great closets,” said David. “I also wanted a lot of light.”

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David included all of those must-haves in his 3,300 square foot home, which includes three bedrooms plus an above-garage “bonus” suite with full bath that is accessed via a hallway near the kitchen. With three additional full baths, and an open concept kitchen/family room, the home has ample space for even a large family. The two-car garage is also generously sized, with enough room for two vehicles plus David’s tools.

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David enjoys living in the communities he helps to build. Between 1998 and 2006, he constructed 77 homes in The Greenlands, and lived in one of them for several years. He has also built a half-dozen other custom and semi-custom homes in Skimino Landing, where he has lived with his wife since 2009.

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“I’m not afraid to live where my customers are,” David noted. “I pay attention to details. You don’t see wavy lines or gaps in my drywall. Miter joints are all tight, painting is professionally done. A discerning person would see that everything looks right.”

foyerDavid’s attention to detail is evident starting with his six-panel entry door framed with a transom and side lights. The foyer – open to a formal living room on one side and formal dining room on the other– features chair railing, crown moldings, and wainscoting that pop against the home’s oak floors. “The house has extensive molding,” David pointed out. “The dining room has five-member crown molding along with the wainscoting and chair railing.” The home’s five-inch beaded base trim, as well as trims around the doors and windows, have a Williamsburg styling. Other design details include 9-foot ceilings, French doors, and a tray ceiling in the approximately 20’ x 15’ master bedroom.dining2

In addition to the elegant formal dining room, the house has informal dining space in the kitchen, which features cherry cabinets, granite countertops, and a gracefully arched window above the sink that floods the room with natural light. “The kitchen is laid out really well; there’s a bar to sit and talk to quests while I’m cooking,” said David. “I like to cook; I’m the big Thanksgiving cook. I make a mean southern biscuit.”

master bath1David also has eat-in space in the open kitchen/family room; a table is placed near double glass doors to a deck, for expansive views of the back yard’s greenery. The family room has a cathedral ceiling and a traditionally styled fireplace. A trio of large, arched windows sits high above the fireplace, to create a striking focal point, as well as add to the room’s light-filled character.

David, who has been a builder for 24 years, said his goal “is to build what people want.” But, he added, those wants change with the times. “For example, in the 1990s whirlpool tubs were a must, but not so today. Now there’s more emphasis on walk-in showers.” In his own master bath, David remained true to his mission to build what people want: “My wife likes an oversized whirlpool tub, so I included one,” David said. “But the bathroom also has a walk-in shower with two shower heads, and a double vanity with plenty of storage.” Another personalized extra: The ceiling ventilation fan is also a heater, blowing warm air into the bathroom to keep it toasty.

rear view1Ample storage was one of David’s essentials, met not only with large closets–his master bedroom has a large walk-in—but also with easily accessible attic storage space. From the bonus room above the garage, it is just three steps to the walk-up attic, making it easy to carry items in and out.

water trail2David built his home in Skimino Landing not only for its 2.85-acre yard and the custom home he was able to build there, but also for the community’s accessibility to the York River. Residents have small boat access to the river via a creek, where the HOA maintains a boat ramp and boardwalk. Although David is not among the residents who boat from the neighborhood, he and his grandchildren enjoy walking the boardwalk along the water. “They can see fish sometimes, sometimes cranes or deer,” he said. The HOA, which charges dues of $25/month, also maintains picnic tables there.

skimino signThe fact Skimino Landing has a mix of ages and backgrounds is another draw for David. “The last home I built here [in Skimino] was for a family with seven kids, and another was for a Hampton dentist. Some of my neighbors are retired officers or work at Camp Perry.”

“We’re five miles from everything — Wal-Mart, banks, shopping,” David added. “When I lived in southern York County, I was closer to things but it took longer to get there because of the traffic. Here there isn’t traffic, so I can usually make the five miles in less than 10 minutes.”

David and his wife are moving on, and have listed their custom family home at 102 Theresas Way for $500,000 through “Mr Williamsburg” John Womeldorf and Aisha Perez local realtors with Liz Moore and Associates in Williamsburg and Newport News Virginia.

About The Listing Agent

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

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

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

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

Want a chance to tell your home’s story? Or help in finding your dream home and community in the Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA area ?

Contact Mr Williamsburg:

John Womeldorf. A REALTOR® with Liz Moore and Associates
Phone: 757.254.8136
Email: John@MrWilliamsburg.com
Website: http://MrWilliamsburg.com

Kudos to areas schools !

The Virginia Board of Education is honoring 46 schools and one school division for raising the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students. The awards are based on student achievement on state assessments during the 2011-2012 and 2010-2011 school years.

West Point Public Schools earned the Highly Distinguished Title I School Division designation by exceeding all federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) achievement objectives for two consecutive years and having all schools fully accredited for two consecutive years. .

The schools recognized include four York County Schools, One in James City Co/Williamsburg and one in Portsmouth for raising the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students. Bethel Manor Elementary Schools is one of just nine schools statewide to earn the recognition as a Title Highly Distinguished School for exceeding all state and federal accountability benchmarks and achieve average scores on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in English and mathematics at or above the 85th percentile. 37 more schools were named Title I Distinguished schools for meeting all state and federal accountability requirements for and achieving average reading and mathematics SOL scores at 60th percentile or higher, including: D.J. Montague Elementary, Dare Elementary, Seaford Elementary, Waller Mill Elementary and Victory Elementary.. The awards are based upon student achievement on state assessments during the 2011-2012 and 2010-2011 school years. A full listing of schools recognized this year is available on the VDOE website.

“The success of the teachers and students in these schools is particularly noteworthy given the challenging new mathematics SOL tests that were introduced during the 2011-2012 school year,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said.

Each school and division will receive a certificate celebrating its status and achievement.

Title I of ESEA provides funding to school divisions and schools for programs to raise the achievement of students identified as being at risk of academic failure. The federal education law, whose most recent reauthorization is also known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, requires schools and school divisions to meet annual objectives for increasing student achievement on statewide assessments in reading/language arts and mathematics.

Interview with York County Schools Superintendent

For students attending York County Virginia schools  technology and content are integrated seamlessly into life-changing, serviced-based learning projects. With a higher purpose driving them, students not only learn their  curriculum-driven subject matter, they also master the 21st century skills they’ll need to succeed throughout life. And they stay engaged long after the assignment is due.

Eric Williams, York County School Superintendent , a former Social Studies teacher and principal, promotes providing students with opportunities to make a difference locally, nationally, and globally through project-based learning. He says it’s never too early to start students on this path, citing third graders in his district who were charged with a difficult decision: how to invest real charitable dollars allocated to Oxfam. The students experimented with different fertilizer types, Skyped with experts and ultimately made a decision based on their findings.  “So much can be accomplished when you combine service learning with learning content,” Williams says.

Read the rest of the interview here

Rhythms on the Riverwalk coming in September 2012 to Yorktown

York County has announced their Eighth Annual Rhythms on the Riverwalk concert series, to be held this fall at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown. The weekly concert series will take place on the performance stage, overlooking the York River.

This five-week concert series will once again feature some of the finest in jazz and big band music the area has to offer.

In addition, country music will once again be featured in this year’s (2012) line-up.

The series will be held on Fridays from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. beginning September 7 and running through October 5.

imageThe entertainment schedule is as follows:

September 7 Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra

September 14 Super Jazz Band featuring Conni Mann

September 21 Charles Darden Band

September 28 Doug Dunn and the Steel River Band

October 5 Tailgate Down

The series is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. Food will be available for purchase. Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public parking lots throughout Yorktown.

No rain dates are scheduled for Rhythms on the Riverwalk. In the event of inclement weather, please call the event weather hotline at 890-3520 for updated event information. For more information on Rhythms on the Riverwalk or any other events in York County, call the York County Parks and Recreation Office at 890-3500 or visit www.visityorktown.org

Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown Starts Tuesday

The Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown will be held Tuesday evenings, Aug. 7 through Aug. 28. 2012 Concerts will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. The Military Band Concert Series at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown will be held Tuesday evenings, Aug. 7 through Aug. 28. 2012 Concerts will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs.

The series kicks off on Tuesday, Aug. 7, with the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown commemorating its 94th anniversary with a performance by the U.S. Fleet Forces Band from Norfolk. The U.S. Fleet Forces Band is the musical representative for the commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and is the largest of the Navy’s 11 Fleet Bands. This unit provides musical support for ships, military bases, foreign dignitaries, and many community relations events.

The Heritage Ramblers Dixieland Ensemble will be featured on Tuesday, Aug. 14. The Ramblers preserve and present the rich heritage of traditional jazz, with the music of such legends as Sidney Bechet, Jack Teagarden, and Bix Beiderbecke as their guide. The Ramblers are sure to get toes tapping, hands clapping, and put smiles on faces wherever they perform.

The third installment of the concert series will feature the TRADOC New Orleans Jazz Group on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The group represents the original New Orleans Jazz tradition, performing works by Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and King Oliver. The group performs across the nation at fairs, picnics, festivals, bringing a taste of New Orleans to their audiences.

The concert series culminates on Tuesday, Aug. 28, with the Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble. This highly versatile jazz, blues and funk group prides itself on covering 70 years of American music from contemporary jazz artists Chick Corea, The Yellowjackets, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock, to Big Band greats Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Glenn Miller.

This concert series is free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other public parking lots throughout town.

For more information on the Military Band Concert Series, call the York County Parks and Recreation office at (757) 890-3500 or visit www.visityorktown.org . This event is jointly sponsored by York County, the Celebrate Yorktown Committee, the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band from Joint Base Langley- Eustis, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, and U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band of Ft. Eustis. In the event of inclement weather

Shagging on the Riverwalk Returns in 2012

York County is excited to offer the 2012 Shagging on the Riverwalk Beach Music Concert Series, to be held this summer at Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown. Entertainment will take place on the performance stage at Riverwalk Landing, overlooking the York River. This seven-week concert series will feature some of the area’s top acts playing beach favorites, oldies, Motown and more. York County is excited to offer the 2012 Shagging on the Riverwalk Beach Music Concert Series, to be held this summer at Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown. Entertainment will take place on the performance stage at Riverwalk Landing, overlooking the York River. This seven-week concert series will feature some of the area’s top acts playing beach favorites, oldies, Motown and more.

Start your weekend early this summer, and join us for Shagging on the Riverwalk every Thursday night from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. June 7 through June 21, and again from July 12 through Aug. 2. The Colonial Shag Club will again provide shag lessons, demonstrations, club information, and answer questions related to this popular form of dance. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes, as one of the area’s largest outdoor dance floors will give you the opportunity to practice your shagging:

June 7 Mark Roberts and Breeze

June 14 The Main Event Band

June 21 The Holiday Band

July 12 Band of OZ

July 19 Slapwater

July 26 TFC Band

August 2 Atlantic Groove Band

 imageThis series is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. Food will be available for purchase. Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public parking lots throughout Yorktown. Signage directing motorists to parking lots will be in place.

For more information about Shagging on the Riverwalk or any other events in York County, call the York County Parks and Recreation Office at 890-3500 or visit www.visityorktown.org . Event Weather Hotline: 890-3520.

Happenings in Yorktown this summer

May 23,2012-With the onset of warm weather, Historic Yorktown is the place to be for popular events such as Shagging on the Riverwalk, Yorktown Market Days and new this year, Yorktown Maritime Weekend.

      Memorial Day weekend is packed with fun for the whole family. York County is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and will host numerous events throughout the weekend. Yorktown Battlefield presents Civil War Weekend featuring tactical demonstrations, encampments, and a Confederate field hospital interpreting the role Yorktown played during the Civil War Peninsula Campaign.Additionally, The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile, an interactive “museum on wheels” housing a 53-foot expandable tractor-trailer, will be onsite Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28, presenting individual stories of the Civil War from the perspectives of those who experienced it. Also taking place at the Yorktown Battlefield is the Civil War Balloon Observation Exhibit featuring Kevin Knapp, retired Army Officer, professional balloon pilot, and Civil War Balloon Corps enthusiast. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the   

A local favorite returns on Thursdays in June with the annual “Shagging on the Riverwalk” Beach Music Concert Series from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. And don’t miss the many Fifes and Drums of York Town performances to be held in various locations including the Victory Monument, Yorktown Battlefield and the Yorktown Waterfront.

Riverwalk Restaurant will host live music on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from June through August, in the High Tide Bar & Grill Outdoor Courtyard, weather permitting.

     Carrot Tree in Historic Yorktown announces the opening of its Wine Garden every Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and Thursday and Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. serving specially priced beverages, small plates of Carrot Tree appetizers and bushels of Virginia peanuts.

     July will feature the annual Yorktown 4th of July Celebration full of entertainment, a parade, and spectacular fireworks at 9:15 p.m., all held on the Yorktown waterfront. The Liberty Celebration held at the Yorktown Victory Center is a must-see July 3-4 and includes tactical drills, military exercises and demonstrations to salute the anniversary of America’s independence.

     The Celebrate Yorktown Committee kicks off its Summer Concert Series at Grace Church beginning July 8 with a performance by Stephen Bennett. Other line-ups for the series include Peninsula Concert Band, Lana Puckett & Kim Person, The Magic of Harmony Show Chorus, and Poisoned Dwarf.

     The 4th annual Bastille Day Wine Dinner will be held on July 14 featuring a five-course French dinner paired with acclaimed wines from France.

     Summer events wrap up with the Military Band Concert Series to be held on Tuesdays in August featuring a different ensemble each week from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

     River Fruit Tropical Wines shop will offer free wine tastings daily, offering over 25 varieties of fruit wine, made from 100% fruit juice. No grapes are used in the making of the wines. 

     Patriot Tours & Provisions offers guided Segway tours and bicycle rentals in historic Yorktown. Visit our store for a great selection of kites, flags, beach supplies, and sundries.

     Step back into history when you join the crew of the Yorktown Schooners Alliance and Serenity. Lend a hand at setting sail, take the helm and steer the ship, or look for dolphins and osprey as you glide along the shores of the York River. You will relive sailings Golden Age as you cruise past the Victory Monument and Battlefield where our country won its independence.

Operating from the beautiful York River, York River Charters offers guest both fishing and sightseeing on Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay.

     While in Yorktown, don’t miss the opportunity to take a ride on our free Yorktown trolley. The trolley is a great way to tour the entire town at no cost.

     Event parking is available at Riverwalk Landing in the two-level parking terrace. Additional parking is available in Yorktown at York Hall, the County Administration Building and the Courthouse/Finance Building Complex, which are all within two blocks of the waterfront.  

     For more information on these activities or any other events in York County, visit www.visityorktown.org.

Yorktown VA Market Days launches season May 12 with Fitness Market

The 6th Annual Yorktown Market Days season kicks off next Saturday, May 12, along the Yorktown waterfront at Riverwalk Landing between Buckner and Ballard Streets.

     The market will operate Saturdays, May 12 through Sept. 15, and monthly markets will be held on Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 15, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. with extended hours until 3 p.m. in Oct., Nov. and Dec.

     The market is free and features seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood, eggs, poultry, beef and pork; fresh breads, cheeses, baked goods, peanuts, cut flowers, organic and gluten free products, potted plants, coffee, jams and jellies; quality art and live musical entertainment.

     The market hosts more than 35 local farmers, producers and vendors throughout the season with a variety of homegrown favorites. The market also hosts over 20 local artists this season, with four to seven featured artists appearing each week. Throughout the summer, the market will feature a variety of entertainment. Confirmed market vendors, entertainment and artists for the 2012 season can be found online at www.yorktownmarketdays.com.

     The Fifes and Drums of York Town will kick off the first market of the season with a performance, followed by entertainment at 9 a.m. with music by Lana Puckett and Kim Person, who will entertain guests with their repertoire of folk and country music.

     For the opening market, York County Parks and Recreation will host the 2nd Annual Fitness market, a program to support improving the quality of life for residents by educating citizens about the importance of healthy living and highlighting tools available to make healthy lifestyle choices.

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Queens Lake Community Spotlight-Williamsburg VA

search homes in this neighborhood in queens lake  williamsburgQueens Lake is a wonderful, established waterfront residential community located in the York County part of Williamsburg, Virginia . Bordered by Queens Creek to the North and West, and the Colonial Parkway to the South.  Its Eastern border is York Counties New Quarter Park, a 545-acre county park renovated in 2005. Most of the homes were built from the late 1950’s until the late 1970’s. There are a few that have been built since 2000 on the few remaining lots left in Queens Lake in Williamsburg VA.

Mr.Williamsburg 0273The Queens Lake Community offers a host of amenities to it’s volunteer members . They include  a  fresh water lake stretching for more than a mile, perfect for boating (electric motors only) and filled with large mouth bass, bream and other fish  A Marina on Queens Creek with  navigable access to the York River and the Chesapeake Bay. Two swimming pools   ( one boasts a six lane, zero degree entry facility equipped with diving board, jets and fountains. Another pool (for adults) and bathhouse complete the facility. The pool complex has a stunning view of the  community marina and Queen Creek. Three tennis courts.  A Playing field with softball diamond. Volleyball Court (sand-filled ) Playground,  Clubhouse (sized to accommodate large major social gatherings with a  large function room and a fully-appointed kitchen for preparing and warming foods. Coffee makers, freezers and refrigerators are provided as well.

Homes Sales Statistics for Queens Lake, Williamsburg, VA-
There are 12 homes currently for sale in Queens Lake. The prices for currently listed homes in Queens Lake range from $2999,900 to $980,000. Sold home prices ion Queens Lake averaged $409,778 in the last 12 months and ranged from $265,000 to $625,000. There is 1 under contract at this time. The average days on market  time for the homes that sol din Queens Lake was an amazingly low 72 days.

 

AMENITIES

Pools

Mr.Williamsburg 0279The Queens Lake pool complex, overlooking Queens Creek and the community marina, consists of two large pools. One, the family pool, is a six lane, zero entry facility with a diving board and children’s shallow area with fountains. The other, for adults only, is a four lane pool and is used for lap swimming and relaxation.

The pools host the Queens Lake Eagles Swim Team, swim lessons and social events such as pool members’ Sunday Night Pot Luck Dinners and Movie Nights as well as
Queens Lake Day and an Association Members’ Reception. The Pool Committee also organizes the annual Christmas Tree Sale/Holiday Party. Movie Night is for all Pool members, proceeds benefit the swim team.

Clubhouse

129The Queens Lake Clubhouse is located on a point of land between the pool and the marina overlooking Queens Creek.  There is a large activities room and a fully appointed kitchen for preparing and warming foods.  Over the years the Clubhouse has hosted many events including QLCA meetings, social affairs, weddings, etc..

 

Marina

128Located on Queens Creek at the Queens Lake Dam approximately two miles above the Creek intersection with the York River. Landside address at 234 East Queens Drive with access from either East Queens Drive via Lakeshead Drive or from West Queens Drive.

This controlled access facility includes 19 covered slips and 57 open slips each with electric and water hook-up. Vessel sanitary pump-out and dump station located on the central fuel dock. Gasoline fuel sales with QLCA-approved credit. Boat Ramp access to Queens Creek with short term parking available during use of ramp.

Slip and Ramp rentals are available for QLCA members and non-residents, with preference given to QLCA members.

Lakes

Queens lakeQueens Lake and Princess Pond are private lakes with use of the lakes restricted to Members of the Queens Lake Community Association, Inc. Both bodies of water are freshwater lakes, Princess Pond being a dammed-up arm of the larger lake. Queens Lake stretches more than a mile and hosts large mouth bass, bream, and other fish, and is perfect for kayaks, canoes, and small boats (electric motors only).

Tennis

131Typical activities at the tennis courts are Saturday Morning Men’s doubles and parent/kid tennis tournament on Queens Lake Day.

Courts are always available to men, women and children by signing up with Hubert Evertz or any of the tennis committee members.

Beginning, intermediate and advanced tennis lessons are scheduled to begin early summer, as well as private lessons and special clinics.

Why residents like Queens Lake
1. Large lots, many trees, older houses, dog friendly
2. Sidewalks for walking
3. Stargazers at New Quarter Park bring big telescopes for viewing the planets and moon
4. Colonial Williamsburg is our favorite local destination.
5.Most people that I have met in our neighborhood are easy going and fun. Residents of every age group make diversity one of our strengths.

Laurie and Tim M.

 

HISTORY

126The land bordering Queens Creek in York County Williamsburg VA is characterized by ravines; creeks; mature, mostly deciduous, woodland; and wetlands. It is easy to imagine the Powhatan Tribe hunting and fishing in this region and watching the European Colonists rowing their boats up and down the creek to Capitol Landing to access the new town of Williamsburg.  It has witnessed defining moments in American History, being close to the route that Washington took on his march to Yorktown in 1782, and being at the end of the defensive line that Confederate General Magruder constructed in 1862 to oppose Union General McClellan in the Civil War.  The remains of confederate trenches can still be seen in New Quarter Park and numerous artifacts (arrowheads, military buttons, and musket balls) have been found to bear witness to all of this history.

Mr.Williamsburg 0278At the beginning of the twentieth century, there were a number of small holdings scattered throughout the region.  The foundations of a house can be seen close to Queens Creek in New Quarter Park, there was a farmhouse on the bluff that now overlooks the marina, old brick chimneys were found in the Montague Circle area, and there was a farm house on what is now Cambridge Lane.  The land is not well suited for farming, however, and it must have been difficult to eke out a living and also pay property taxes.  The Government took over much of the land along the south shore of the York River, including what is now Camp  Peary, New Quarter Park, Cheatham Annex and the Naval Weapons Station.  Between 1925 and 1929, the Chesapeake Corporation, a timbering and paper mill operation based at West Point, purchased three tracts of land south of Queens Creek, known as the Roberts tract, the Hubbard tract, and the Holcomb tract , totaling 814 acres.  In 1927-28 it built the dam across the stream emptying into Queens Creek.  This created a 58 acre lake, that it called Lake Chesapeake. It stocked the lake with bream, bass, and crappie and used the entire property as a hunting and fishing preserve for its executives.  The existing farm house near the dam served as a lodge and was maintained by a caretaker.  In the early 1930s, the Federal Park Service built the Colonial parkway as a reconstruction project after the great depression.  This cut off some of the property but provided  access to the road to the dam.

 

The Queens Lake Development Corporation

In 1950, the Chesapeake Corporation decided to sell off its preserve and it put t he sale in the hands of Richard C. Benschoten, a local “Land and Estate” Broker.  Mr. Benschoten, an avid fisherman himself, saw the potential of the land around the lake for home sites so he interested four other businessmen in going in with him on purchasing part of the Chesapeake property.  They incorporated the Queens Lake Development Company on March 14, 1952, purchased 636 acres, including the lake for a total of $75,000 and renamed the lake “Queens Lake.”  After cutting and selling pines and selected hardwoods to recoup half their investment, the Company platted some of the area that was suitable for development with the help of Vincent McManus, a surveyor and vice mayor of Williamsburg; provided for basic road access, electricity, and water; and set about selling the lots. Queens Lake was not developed all at one time, but rather in sections.  As lots were sold in one section, a new section would be opened.  The first section that was developed included the property fronting the west side of the lake. This was followed by the creek front lots near the dam.  Two Williamsburg families and the President of William and Mary, who wanted an “out of town” home, were the first property owners.  There are 19 sections (some being divided into subsections). By the time the Development Company dissolved in 1987, there were 547 lots. Potable water was a problem because the region lies on a thick layer of impervious clay so wells to tap into the water table had to be over 400 ft deep; thus, a contract was negotiated with the Sydnor Pump and Well Company of Richmond to drill two community wells, construct pump houses (adjacent to 210 West Queens Drive and 112 Montague Circle) and lay pipe to serve each lot. Since sewage was not available, each lot had to accommodate a septic field.


In 1961, Mr. Benschoten’s real estate and insurance business partner, Jim Carter, and two bankers bought out one of the owners’ interest in the Queens Lake Development Company.  Shortly afterwards the Company purchased property at the end of East Queens Drive, and what was to become Sherwood and Allendale. Recognizing the value of waterfront lots, it hired Henry Branscome to build the dam to form Princess Pond.

Map of Queens Lake, Williamsburg, VA

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Naming some of the roads after characters and places in the Robin Hood legend was the idea of Stanley Abbott, Superintendent of the Colonial National Historical Park who had been hired to help plan the roads and lots in 1961.  At that time he also laid out a master plan for the recreation area. The National Park Service owned a road called the North Collector Road that paralleled the Parkway.  In 1963 Mr. Abbott, arranged for the Park Service to make the collection road open to all public traffic, pending assumption of maintenance by the Virginia Department of Highways.  That road was officially named Lakeshead Drive.

In the early part of the1960’s, over the objection of the Company and Queens Lake residents, Interstate Highway 64 was constructed through part of the property, leaving 33 acres cut off from the southwest corner.  In 1965, the company sold the 21 acres of this portion west of West Queens Drive to York County for the construction of Queens Lake Middle School.  As part of this deal, the County agreed to negotiate with the City of Williamsburg to provide water to the Queens Lake Development, connecting to the water pipes already installed by Sydnor. The wells were subsequently blocked off and the pump houses demolished.

When Dick Benschoten died in 1965, Jim Carter was hired by the Company to manage the development of Queens Lake.

 

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Queens Lake Association
From the beginning, Mr. Benschoten had in mind a community with the lake and other recreational amenities being available to all residents and eventually to be managed by the residents.  Accordingly, the “Queens Lake Club” was incorporated on July 7, 1952 with the charter “To regulate and perpetuate the use of facilities provided by the Queens Lake Development Corporation ….”  This was apparently modeled on a similar arrangement at “Smoke Rise,” a residential community in New Jersey.  Mr. Benschoten became president and remained so until his death in 1965. The sales contract for purchase of a lot from the Company required that the new owner must be accepted as a member of the Queens Lake Club. Resident dues were set at $10 per annum.  Standing committees for membership, building, finance and lake were established.  At a special meeting of the Queens Lake Development Company on June 29, 1953, it agreed to deed the lake and surrounding land up to 2 feet above the high water mark to the Queens Lake Club, Inc.  Shares of stock were issued to the partners of the Company on the basis of available acreage, with a share being issued to each new property owner as it was subtracted from the holdings of the partners. In this way, ownership of the assets of the club gradually transferred to the residents. In 1960 the Company deeded 11 acres of land on the east side of the dam to the Club and contributed $60,000 for recreational purposes including the construction of a swimming pool, two tennis courts, dock, and bathhouse.  The first swimming pool was opened in 1961.  Fees for its use were set at $50 per family.

canoe launchIn 1966, membership dues were $12 per year. Swimming fees were $65 for resident and $75 for non-resident families. In 1968, 200 families lived in the community and 143 lots remained to be sold.  Jim Carter negotiated the purchase of the 54 acre Holloway tract (Bowstring, Shoreham, Cambridge, and Holloway) for $3,000 per acre. Because half the tract was still in open fields, Carter planted hundreds of pine seedlings to provide an eventual wooded cover in keeping with the rest of the neighborhood.  There was some resistance to including residents of this area in the Queens Lake Club, partly because of perceived overcrowding of the existing swimming pool.  The Development Company offered to provide 30% of the cost of constructing a second pool in return for admitting this tract into the community and the members of the Queens Lake Club agreed.

152In February 1969, Major General Briard Johnson was elected the first president of the Club who was not a principal of the Development Corporation. He was a strong proponent of the philosophy that individual amenities of the club (Pool, tennis courts, marina) should “pay for themselves.”  The initiation fee was raised to $160 for new lot purchasers. Swimming fees were $75 for resident and $110 for non-resident families. The second pool opened on May 30, 1969.  The By-Laws were revised to provide for one share of stock for initiation fees paid. All previous stock was cancelled and a new issuance of stock certificates was made.

Over the years the Queens Lake Club maintained the two pools and bathhouse, expanded the original two tennis courts to four, enlarged the marina from a landing on the creek to the present configuration of outside and covered slips as well as a launching ramp, and in 1980 constructed a clubhouse. In 2001, the original pool overlooking the creek was demolished and a new six-lane pool was constructed.

One of the original standing committees was the “Building Committee” which was to ensure that construction and subsequent modification of houses conformed to certain standards.  As an example, minimum living space areas were established for single and multiple story houses.  Conformance to the standards was enforced under threat of loss of privileges.  Over time, new construction dwindled, and the Building Committee ceased to exist as a standing committee.  The By-Laws provide for the appointment of a Building Committee if an occasion demands it.

Jim Carter sold the last lot owned by the Queens Lake Development Company in 1985 and he vacated his seat on the Queens Lake Club Board of Directors in 1986. The Queens Lake Development Company was dissolved on September 1, 1987.

search homes in this neighborhood in hampton roads or williamsburgSince the early 1960’s, one Saturday each year has been set aside as “Queens Lake Day.” Since the bicentennial in 1976 it has been held close to the 4th of July. Typically, there is breakfast in the clubhouse and the festivities are started by a parade along East Queens Drive to the recreation area led by the County Sheriff and followed by fire and ladder trucks, sirens blaring.  Most years there is a theme, and the marchers and bicyclists dress accordingly.  Scouts raise the flag and the QLCA President makes a welcoming speech. The rest of the day is devoted to sports events, friendly competitions, and children’s games.  In the evening there is a community picnic around the pool and dancing to a live combo.

A periodic newsletter providing updates on community activities and issues of concern to residents has been published since the early 1970’s. In addition, the club house has been used for hundreds of community functions, social events, and educational activities.

York County Schools for Queens Lake , Williamsburg, VA
Magruder Elementary
Queens Lake Middle
Bruton High School

Queens Lake Location Map

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Carriage Homes @ Williamsburg Commons- Community Spotlight

Entrance to the carriage homesThe Carriage Homes at Williamsburg Commons is a lovely community of 156 carriage homes at the end of Commons Way off of Route 60 By-Pass Road in York County > This hidden community is nestled against the city limits of Williamsburg. 

Carriage Homes won the York County Beautification Award for 2007.  It has a beautiful entrance wall and wide pear tree and crape myrtle lined streets.  It is an easy walk or drive to the College of William and Mary and Colonial Williamsburg.  Many consider it one of the best kept secrets in the Williamsburg, VA area.

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All of the homes offer first floor living with master bedrooms on the first floor as well as living, dining, kitchen. Some of the models offer lofts on the second floor or a loft plus a bedroom and additional bath. Making for a nice guest suite for out of town guests. The soaring cathedral ceilings make them feel much more spacious than they are.

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In addition to offering nearly 2,000 square feet of living space, quite a few of the Carriage Homes offer  scenic wooded views and beautiful natural landscapes. The Carriage Homes at Williamsburg Commons are the perfect answer for the traveling RV enthusiast with it’s secure location to park recreational vehicles.

The builder (Williamsburg Homes ) offered four different models with  various elevations. Houses are built as duplexes

search homes in this neighborhood in hampton roads or williamsburgAll of the  models have security systems, large eat-in kitchens and one car garages. All but the Randolph have first-floor master suites. Homes were custom built to buyer specifications with options that included : screened porches, sunrooms, walk-out basements, wet bars, bookcases and shelves, custom baths, extended garages, crawl space or solid foundation, workshop rec room and decks with hot tubs.

Patios were standard on flat lots and decks were standard on rolling lots. Covered private entries and gas log fireplaces in the family rooms were also standard.

Models offered included the Randolph with three bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. It features a foyer, patio, laundry room and optional entertainment center. The second-floor master suite also has a large walk-in closet. The formal living room is open to the second floor.

067The Henry was another popular three-bedroom, three-bath model. The master suite and second bedroom are both on the first floor, along with a linen closet and optional laundry area. The dining room and great room, with fireplace and optional built-in shelves, are open to the second floor. The second floor featured a third full bath, open loft area and third bedroom with a walk-in closet with an entrance to the attic.

Activity groups within the community  range from a Stitching Sisters Group: For those who just love to knit, crochet, cross-stitch, quilt, or sew.a  Book Club, Annual neighborhood Picnics and more. An active Social Committee organizes and conducts social activities of interest to the residents of the Carriage Homes community.

 

Fast Facts Carriage Homes at Williamsburg Commons

  • Neighborhood: Carriage Homes at Williamsburg Commons
  • Nearest Major Intersection: Bypass Rd and Commons Way
  • Gated: No
  • Clubhouse: No
  • How Many Homes: Approximately 156 attached duplexes.
  • Size Range: Townhome/ Villas in this neighborhood are between  1700-2900 square feet. ( Most are around 1900
  • Pedestrian-Friendly: Yes, very.
  • Amenities:  RV Storage Lot
  • Nearest Grocery Store: Trader Joes, Fresh Market,  Martins, , Food Lion are all very close.
  • Favorite Neighborhood Feature: Low HOA fee,  Close to everything, cut across the railroad tracks to library, Colonial Williamsburg and more.
  • HOA fees are only $70 monthly.
  • Lawn Maintenance: Included
  • York County Schools
  • Elem Waller Mill (Magnet School)
  • Middle-Queens Lake 
    High– Bruton
  • Taxes: Average: $1600 annual  on a home valued at $240k ( a super low rate of $0.6575 per $100 assessed value) one of the lowest in the area. This will be going up in 2013
  • HOA Management : United Property Associated 757 345 5383
  • Directions: Turn off Bypass Rd at the Cracker Barrel restaurant onto Commons Way. The road ends in Williamsburg Commons.view all homes for sale in this neighborhood

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March 6 Presidential Primary Reminder and Deadlines

To be eligible to vote in the March 6, 2012, Presidential Primary, you must be 18 years of age on or before March 6, 2012, and registered to vote.

The last day in which a person may register to vote or make changes to their registration is Monday, February 13, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.

City of Williamsburg residents can register at the  Registrar’s office  located on the first floor in the Municipal Building, 401 Lafayette Street, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

James City County residents eligible to register can complete an application at any of the following locations :

York County residents can register at the  Office of the General Registrar, 224 Ballard Street, Yorktown Va 23690

Joint Planning Forums for Williamsburg, James City Co and York Co.

Community planning is a community effort, and citizen participation is vital to the success of that effort. Community planning is a community effort, and citizen participation is vital to the success of that effort.

For the first time ever, the City of Williamsburg, James City County and York County will all be coordinating the  update of their individual Comprehensive Plans

There will be a series of four joint public forums in February and March 2012 to give residents of the Historic Triangle an opportunity to tell local planners and Planning Commissioners what their vision is both for the Historic Triangle and for key geographic areas where jurisdictional boundaries meet. What do you like about living and/or working in the Historic Triangle, and what changes would you like to see in the next 20 years? What challenges do we face with regard to housing, the local economy, transportation, and the environment? What additional public facilities will be needed? Planning Commission members and staff from all three localities will be present at each of these forums to hear your ideas. Even though the process is coordinated, each jurisdiction will be adopting its own Comprehensive Plan.

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Free Admission to National Parks January 14-16, 2012

All 397 national parks across the country (including, of course, Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield) will offer free admission from January 14 through 16 to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

A national park can also help you keep that New Year’s resolution, whether it is to get more exercise, spend quality time with family a nd friends, try a new sport, learn some history, expand your horizons, or enjoy the natural world. A list of activities at parks can be found at the Park Service website

The National Park Service will also waive admission fees on 14 other days in 2012 – National Park Week (April 21 to 29), Get Outdoors Day (June 9), National Public Lands Day (September 29), and the weekend of Veterans Day (November 10 to 12).

"New Town" project proposed in Yorktown VA near Kiln Creek

The owner of land near Kiln Creek Shopping Center has asked the York County Planning commission to rezone  45.9 acres of land located at the end of Commonwealth Drive ( Behind Kiln Creek Shopping Center) to create a mixed-use development (Commonwealth Green)  consisting of 444 residential units and at least 40,610 square feet of commercial space. The proposed dwelling units include 334 rental apartments, (plus 50 apartments on the Newport News side of the jurisdictional boundary), 94 townhouses and duplexes, and 16 “live-above” units (i.e., owner-occupied residential units above ground floor retail/office use).
This would make the third mixed used development in York County wit the recent approvals of Nelson’s Grant (112 units) and Yorktown Crescent (210 units), at the intersection of Route 17 and Fort Eustis Boulevard. Neither project has been built yet, but site work is underway for Nelson’s Grant, with construction expected by the middle of next year

UPDATE

The York County Planning Commission has recommended the Board of Supervisors approve an application to build a mixed-used development with 444 residential units near Kiln Creek. The commission’s 4-2 vote to recommend approval went against York County staff’s recommendation to deny it.

The property, located at 501 Commonwealth Drive ( behind Kiln Creek shopping center)  and is designated in the Comprehensive Plan for Economic Opportunity with a Mixed Use overlay.

Location Map of proposed Commonwealth Green in Yorktown VA

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The York County planning staff after it’s review of the plans is recommending that the Board of Supervisors deny the approval of the plan . The planning staff believes the proposed development is not generally consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and the intent of the PDMU ordinance. The planning staff  feels that in other respects – compactness, walkability, integration of land uses, and the balance between residential and commercial uses – the project is not consistent with the mixed-use concept or the Comprehensive Plan’s vision for this area.


As proposed there would be a total of 16 apartment buildings, four of which – encompassing a minimum of fifty units – would be located in the City of Newport News on property that is already zoned for multi-family housing and does not need to be rezoned.  The second component consists of 16 groupings of townhouses located along a new road extending from the Commonwealth Drive extension all the way to Route 17.
The third component in Commonwealth Green consists of three mixed-use “live-above” buildings with residential units above ground-floor retail uses and a separate two-story commercial building with office and retail uses. . In addition, the applicant proposes to construct an 1,800-square foot multi-use “town center” building on the east side of the Commonwealth Drive extension across from the apartment section. Intended to serve as a focal point for the community, the “town center” building and site would have picnic tables, open areas for planned events, a fountain water feature, park benches, and restroom facilities

One scenario, referred to as the “County Average” analysis, is based on population and school enrollment multipliers (i.e., an assumed number of residents and school students per housing unit that the Wessex Group attributes to the County), while the second scenario, referred to as the “Comparable” analysis, is based on multipliers derived from an examination of three developments – two in Indiana and one in Midlothian, Virginia – that the analyst considers comparable to Commonwealth Green in terms of price, size, and the character of the neighborhood.
The results of these two analyses differ markedly. The “Comparable” analysis yields a positive fiscal impact, with the net present value of the cumulative fiscal impact over twenty years calculated to be $6.6 million. This is based on an assumed average household size of 1.39 persons and 0.084 school student per housing unit.

The “County Average” assumptions, however, result in a negative fiscal impact calculated to be -$1.7 million. This is based on an assumed average of 2.78 persons and 0.33 school student per household. (Although the fiscal impact analysis attributes these multipliers to the Planning staff, staff does not consider an average household size of 2.78 – which was the County average reported in the 2000 Census – to be realistic for this development. Rather, staff estimates that the development is likely to generate an average of 2.14 residents and 0.34 student per housing unit, based on the County’s experience with other apartment, condominium, and townhouse developments.) Since the difference between staff’s and the analyst’s school student multipliers accounts for most of the difference between the “County Average” and “Comparable” analyses, adjusting the average household size from 2.78 to 2.14 would still result in a negative fiscal impact – albeit less negative – under the “County Average” scenario.

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Governor McDonnell & Board of Education Honor High-Performing Virginia Schools & School Divisions

2012 Virginia Index of Performance Awards Announced

Governor Bob McDonnell and the Board of Education announced today that 447 schools and two school divisions earned 2012 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that far exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board.

“I congratulate the educators in these schools and divisions for their unwavering commitment to academic excellence and to the success of their students,” McDonnell said. “They put students first and maintain high expectations for instruction, learning and student achievement.”

The schools and school divisions earning 2012 VIP awards – which are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during 2010-2011 – include:

  • 86 Virginia schools that earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence;
  • 188 schools and two school divisions that earned the Board of Education Excellence Award;
  • 171 schools earned the Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award; and
  • 2 schools that earned the Board of Education Rising Star Award.

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York County VA Reassessments 2012

imageThe York County Virginia Real Estate Assessment office is nearing the end of the 2012 reassessment process. Property owners will start to receive their reassessment  notices the last week of December 2011.
“Most property owners will see a decrease in the assessed value of their residential and commercial properties,” said Real Estate Assessor Rick Millman. “However it must be stated that not every property will be reduced, and that values change at different rates depending upon location, price range and amenities. We are in the final stages of the reassessment process and preliminary analysis indicates that the total taxable value will likely decrease by about three percent.”

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Sunset Meadows, New Homes in Williamsburg Va from the $170’s York County

Ryan Homes has just announced the availability of new homes starting from the $170’s in the Sunset Meadows subdivision of Williamsburg ( York County)

imageFor the best mix of affordability and location in new single-family homes in Williamsburg/ York County VA   your #1 choice comes from the area’s #1 Homebuilder –  Ryan Homes. In addition to Ryan Homes’ Heroes Welcome Home offer, military personnel can also take advantage of their VA benefits and purchase with no down payment and no mortgage insurance!

Call or email John Womeldorf for more info

757 254 8136 John@MrWilliamsburg.com

Zoned for York County Schools- Magruder Elem, Queens Lake Middle and Bruton HS

 

All Ryan Homes are ENERGY STAR certified . To earn this qualification, a home must meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. EPA and be independently reviewed by a third-party professional. ENERGY STAR homes are quieter, have lower utility bills, and help protect the environment by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

 

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Neighborhood Info

The Sunset Meadows neighborhood is  to be constructed on approximately 7.2 acres of land located at the intersection of Duncan Drive and Fillmore Drive adjacent to York Terrace.

Lots average .10 acre in size.

This 22-lot Planned Development of single-family detached homes was approved back in 2007 under the Affordable Housing Incentive Provisions of the Zoning Ordinance.

Models available

 sorrento model by ryan homesSorrento

This open floor plan on the first floor boasts a Living Room that flows into the Dining Room. The Kitchen is roomy and features a pantry. A first floor Laundry, large coat closet, and Powder Room are located off the Mud Room between the One Car Garage and Kitchen. On the second floor are three spacious bedrooms, two of which have walk-in closets. There is one Bathroom with an optional dual vanity or choose to have a separate Hall and Owner’s Bath. The optional Owner’s Bath features an optional dual vanity, it’s own linen closet, and a compartmentalized tub and toilet.

Sienna , Ryan HomesSienna

If ever a home welcomed you with open arms, it’s the Sienna. The efficient, open floor plan on the main level is designed with busy families in mind. The foyer leads to a generously sized great room. The foyer is flanked by a staircase with extra storage space underneath, a convenient powder room, and a mud room, which can also be accessed from the garage. The family room offers an optional fireplace and enough space to accommodate the family, plus guests. The dining area and kitchen flow right from the family room. A walk-in pantry and ample cabinetry are just some of the kitchen’s highlights. Add an optional kitchen island for extra counter space. Upstairs three oversized bedrooms and two bathrooms are a standout. The owner’s suite boasts a walk-in closet, plus its own bathroom. A laundry room is hidden away on the second floor for added convenience.

Robert Frost Model The large and welcoming Foyer opens into a formal Dining Room featuring an optional tray ceiling and highlighted by an optional column. To the left, an arched doorway leads to a convenient Powder Room, coat closet and a spacious Laundry Room with room for an optional laundry tub. Through the Foyer is the large and inviting Great Room with a wall of windows accented by an optional corner fireplace or a traditional side fireplace. The Great Room flows into the Dinette and Kitchen with an airy open feel that lends itself both to entertaining and family evenings at home. The Kitchen features a huge center island and plenty of storage space with ample cabinets and a pantry closet.Robert Frost Model

The large and welcoming Foyer opens into a formal Dining Room featuring an optional tray ceiling and highlighted by an optional column. To the left, an arched doorway leads to a convenient Powder Room, coat closet and a spacious Laundry Room with room for an optional laundry tub. Through the Foyer is the large and inviting Great Room with a wall of windows accented by an optional corner fireplace or a traditional side fireplace. The Great Room flows into the Dinette and Kitchen with an airy open feel that lends itself both to entertaining and family evenings at home. The Kitchen features a huge center island and plenty of storage space with ample cabinets and a pantry closet.
Upstairs, the Robert Frost offers plenty of options to fit your lifestyle. Choose a three bedroom plan with an enormous Owner’s Suite offering an optional tray ceiling, huge walk-in closet, and a variety of optional baths featuring a soaking tub, corner tub, separate shower – the choice is yours. Or opt for a four bedroom plan – you’ll still have plenty of storage space and a dramatic owner’s suite. Either way you’ll want to add the optional bonus room, located off the main hall or with its own private entrance, depending on which garage you’ve selected.
In many areas, the Robert Frost is available with a finished lower level that can include a home office and basement bath. All exteriors are available with a selection of brick and siding neo-traditional or cottage style elevations, many with optional covered entryways and porches.

imageThe York County Planning Commission considered this application at its September 14 meeting and conducted a public hearing at which the applicant’s representative and one citizen spoke. The citizen, an adjacent property owner who lives in York Terrace, expressed concerns about the possibility that larger homes will result in more school children and increased traffic in York Terrace. She also expressed concerns about the project in general, including traffic, drainage, and the potential impacts of the project on property values in her neighborhood.

imageThe developer’s representative  stated that in the current market, single family detached homes in the targeted price range must have at least 1,800 square feet of floor area in order to be marketable but that the proposed increase in home sizes reduces the builder’s flexibility to locate building sites, including driveways, on the lots without having to relocate already-installed water and/or sewer laterals so as to avoid the driveways. The applicant had originally requested that the minimum building separation be reduced from twenty feet (20’) to fifteen feet (15’); however, he has since determined that the lot sizes and widths are sufficient to accommodate the proposed homes with no change to the minimum building separation and has withdrawn that component of the request

imageThe current developer, American Eastern, purchased the property in 2009- 2010 and renamed the project Sunset Meadows. A final Development Plan for the project was approved by the County on September 30, 2010, and site development is underway.

The developer, who hopes to sell the lots to a nationally known homebuilder, ( Ryan Homes )   has decided to abandon the original concept of modular homes in favor of conventional site-built construction; however, the previously approved dimensional and floor area requirements will not accommodate the prospective builder’s house designs, which are larger than the modular homes that the original developer planned to build. Consequently, the developer is requesting the changes to the conditions of approval

FlorenceAdjacent homes in York Terrace have an average lot size of 0.28 acre (11,990 square feet), an average floor area of 1,060 square feet, and an average assessed value of $138,510

The County administrator’s recommendation to the Board is to  approve the following changes to the original conditions of approval:

• Increase the maximum allowable living space floor area in Sunset Meadows to 1,800 square feet for all 22 dwelling units,
• Increase the maximum ratio of living space floor area to lot area from 0.16 to 0.39,
• Reduce the minimum setback from common areas from thirty feet (30’) to twenty feet (20’),
• Reduce the minimum setback for corner lots from thirty feet (30’) to twenty feet (20’), • Reduce the minimum setback for Lots 1 and 19 from thirty feet (30’) to twenty feet (20’),

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Location map for Sunset Meadows, Williamsburg VA (York County)

 

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Running Man- A Yorktown Neighborhood Spotlight by “Mr Williamsburg”

Entrance to Running manYorktown, VA is a great place to call home. It’s full of character and culture and  its weather is mild.

All these things and more are reason enough to put down stakes in Yorktown  , but with so many wonderful neighborhoods to choose from it can be tough to decide what one is right for you. That’s why “Mr Williamsburg” writes these  Neighborhood Spotlight articles to introduce readers to the pros and cons of the area’s many unique locales. Today, we’re looking at the exciting Yorktown’s Running Man neighborhood.

By the way, many tech people tell me I should write short posts about area neighborhoods . Something around 450 words. I have found through the years that home buyers who are out of the area want to know as much possible about the neighborhood, the homes, the surrounding area, schools, shopping, recreation and more. As a result these posts are a bit longer,  2300+ words to be exact  So , a home in Running Man yorktown Vasorry for my verbosity but I am trying to give you all the information I can !

Ever heard of the neighborhood,  Running Man  ? Chances are, probably not. This small intimate neighborhood is located off Victory Blvd and is bordered by Big Bethel Rd, Cary Chapel Rd and Hampton Highway.  Nearby neighborhoods include: Coventry, Yorkshire Downs, Wythe Creek Farms, Woods of Tabb, The Greenlands, Old Port Cove, Falcon Crest and others.

Running Man is a sought after community in the Yorktown Va area. It was developed in the mid 1980’s with home construction stretching from 1985-today.  There are 560+ view all homes for sale in this neighborhoodhomes in the Running Man neighborhood. In terms of style, Running Man is filled with beautiful  colonial styled transitionals. Two story homes are predominant though there are a number of ranch homes.  The lot sizes for single family homes range from approximately ..28-.75  acres with most averaging .44 of an acre in the older section and .28 acre in the newer section. Homes in Running Man range from 2000- 4800 square feet with the median size coming in at 3000 square feet.

Clubhouse in Running manRunning Man was developed by Harrison and Lear  who also developed  such well known projects as  Elizabeth Lake Estates, Equestrian Run, Malvern,  Willow Oaks, and Windsor Great Park.

Some of Yorktown’s best builders have built homes in Running Man including: Katzenberg, C.R. Mclellon/ Marquee Homes, Darrell Hunter, Darrell Rutherford, Greenfield Homes, J.D. Blanchard, Kramer Construction, Pickett Corp, Randall Sarfan, Kicotan Co, Suburban Builders and Wayne Harbin, .

poolWhy is  Running Man so popular? It’s simple ~  its location in heart of York County  County , tight-knit community . Wooded home sites,street lights, ,Bike/running lane along Running Man Trail ,Highly rated York County Public schools , Easy access to everything on the peninsula, ,Common use recreation area with playground ,Active volunteer homeowner association ,20+year established neighborhood with new homes being built ,Pool available through Running Man Recreation Association.

2008 York County Neighborhood of the Year Award in the category of Community & Spirit.

Running Man Location 

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Running Man is located in the highly popular Tabb area of York County.  This community is close to NASA and only a few miles from Langley Air Force Base.  approximately less than 10 minutes from Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Water Country. It  is easily accessible to RT 17 and I-64 for a quick and easy commute to the peninsula, Newport News, Ft Eustis, Cheatham Annex, USCG Training Center in  Yorktown and most points on the Peninsula.

Pool in  Running Man Yorktown Va

The Running Man Recreation Association   ( RMRA) was founded as a nonprofit corporation in 1998 to develop and operate a swimming pool and clubhouse in the Running Man subdivision of York County, Virginia. The facilities include a 25-meter 6-lane main pool, a wading area attached to the main pool, a 15 ft. diameter tot pool, a 1,700 sq. ft. clubhouse, and a 47-car parking lot. Membership is available to anyone living in the Running Man community. Events hosted by RMRA have included a Triathlon, book exchange, aqua zumba, 4th of July Parades, Late Night Swims, Halloween Parades and more.

Street view in Running manThe annual home owner association fee is $143 with an additional $350 annually if you join the pool . One of the lowest priced HOA communities with a pool. Note there is a one-time initiation fee of $1250 to join RMRA.

Running Man has an active Neighborhood Watch program, that resulted in the community being named Neighborhood of the Year by the York County Board of Supervisors.

The Running Man Manta Rays is the summer league swim team for the Running Man Community. The Manta Rays are part of the Greater Peninsula Swimming Association (GPSA) The Manta Rays have been around for twelve years with swimmers range from novice to experienced year-rounders.

Running Man  Makes The Grade!!!

Running Man students are fortunate to attend  York County Schools . Students go to Mt. Vernon  Elementary,   Tabb Middle School and Tabb High School.

image Yorktown’s Mount Vernon Elementary School serves grades PK-5 in the York County School Division district. It is among the few public schools in Virginia to receive a distinguished GreatSchools Rating of 10 out of 10.

York County has one of the top public school systems in Virginia. Money Magazine named York County schools one of the top 100 education buys in the country. There are also eight colleges and universities and three community colleges in Hampton Roads. The region has the highest concentration of colleges and universities in the entire State of Virginia.

another custom home in Running Man, Yorktown vaBy almost every measure of academic achievement – such as promotion rates, graduation rates, and standardized test scores – York County ‘s school students rank among the best in the state. As a result, York County is among the leading localities in the percentage of high school graduates planning to continue their education.

For parents desiring a private school option there are numerous options to choose from  including , Hampton Roads Academy and more. Explore private school locations here

Taxes
With a real estate tax of $0.6575  per $100 York County taxes are among the lowest in the Hampton Roads region. The annual taxes on a typical home in Running Man Coventry valued at $500,000 would equal  $3287.00 a year. To put that in perspective the annual taxes on the same value home in neighboring Newport News would be $5500.00 annually.  OUCH ! A savings of $184.00 monthly

What is for sale in Running Man ?

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(August  2011) Prices in Running Man vary according to size, condition and age,.  Sold prices for the 25 home sales in the last 12 months in Running Man ranged from  $323,900 for a 2419 square foot  home to  $575k for a five bedroom , four bath, 3451 square foot home. .The average market time for the 25 home sales in Running Man in the last 12 months was a 114 days , although that doesn’t include the DOM ( days on market) of a home if it is re-listed after expiring. New home sale in Running Man have continued to be strong . In the last 12 months of the 25 sales 11 of them were new homes. That’s a pretty impressive number in this market,.

Note:
Prices in Running Man vary according to the age of the home. Home prices for homes built prior to 1995 averaged $382k. Home prices for homes in Running Man built in the 2000’s averaged $501k

 

most expensive home in Running man

What is $1,193,000 ?

Why ,that’s the highest home sale price recorded in Running Man , Alex.
Back in  2007 for a 4898 square foot home on Kanawah Run. The home is pictured on the left. It has the largest lot in Running Man at 8+ acres.

Locale
Located in the heart of the Virginia Peninsula, York County stretches 27 miles from Williamsburg to Hampton and covers 108 square miles. The County is 20 minutes from Norfolk and less than an hour from Richmond. With more than 200 miles of coastline along the York River and Chesapeake Bay, waterfront property is abundant. The County is adjacent to James City County, the Cities of Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, and Poquoson. York County is part of the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Statistical Area that ranks 31st in population in the United States.

With the abundance of coastline on the York River and the Chesapeake Bay, locals here know how to have fun. Whether they’re swimming, fishing, boating, or beachcombing, living here on the coast not only provides wonderful recreational activities, it provides a temperate climate in which to enjoy them. York County is part of the Historic Triangle, which includes Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. This diverse region is rich in significant historical sites, world-class cultural attractions, as well as beautiful golf courses. There are three golf courses, indoor movie theaters, a bowling alley, and an amateur theater in addition to the Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown Battlefields & Visitor Center, Water Country USA, and numerous other attractions nearby. Other local attractions include: Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, Colonial Williamsburg,  Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center

Today, Yorktown is a living part of a national treasure known as the "Historic Triangle – Jamestown, Williamsburg, & Yorktown" which attracts millions of tourists each year.

While replete with history, York County is ever mindful of its role in the new century. It is an attractive suburban community that features one of the area’s highest per capita family incomes. The County also features one of the top public school systems in Virginia . In fact, Money Magazine named York County schools one of the top 100 education buys in the country

More than 40 percent of York County’s land is earmarked for federal use with installations such as: the US Coast Guard Reserve Training Center, the Colonial National Historical Park, the US Naval Weapons Station, Cheatham Annex, and Camp Peary.

Recreation:

image_thumb1[1]The York County  Parks and Recreation offers year-round programs for youth and adults. Available facilities include a 70 acre sports complex, 42 baseball/softball fields, 35 soccer/football fields, 36 tennis courts, 37 outdoor basketball courts, 5 outdoor tracks, 3 public boat landings, a 12-acre beach/picnic area on the York River, 2 neighborhood park sites, three smaller parks totaling 67 acres, and the newly renovated 545-acre New Quarter Park. Click here for more information.

Topography – Elevations in the 108 square mile county range from sea level to 125 feet above sea level. .

Nearby Golf Options: Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run, Kiln Creek Golf Course

Nearby Fitness Options::YMCA, Cross Fit HR Other Options

Nearby Boating Options: Back Creek ParkWormley Creek Marina, Dare Marina
Seaford Yacht Club

Closest Grocery Stores: Kroger,  Farm Fresh , Trader Joes, Fresh Market, Costco, Sams Club, Food Lion, Wal Mart  Commissary at Langley AFB

Directions: From I 64 take exit 256B , merge onto VA 171 East/ Victory Blvd go 3 miles ,turn right on Big Bethel Rd, .08 mile and then left onto Running Man Trail which takes you into the Running Man neighborhood.

Talk back: Are you a current or past  Running Man resident?  We’d love to hear about your experiences in the neighborhood. Please leave your comments below.

find the perfect neighborhood in williamsburg vaKeep looking: If you like Running Man  you might also like Marlbank Cove  ,The Lakes At Dare, The Greenlands, Running Man, Taylor Farms, Old Port Cove, Port Myers, Presson Harbor in Coventry, Avery Woods/ Kiln Creek or Bunting Point Estates and others explore area neighborhoods here

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Fast Facts: Running Man

City/ County: York 

Zip Code: 23185

# Homes: 560+

Homes built from: 1985-2011

Price range: $300s to mid $580’s

Home Size: About 2000 square feet to 4,400 square feet, median 3000

Lot Sizes: .28 to .75 acre , 42 acre median.


HOA Fees:
$143 annual + $350 for pool. (pool is optional )

Homeowner Association Website

Schools:Mt Vernon Elementary, 
Tabb Middle, 
High

Property Tax Rate: With a real estate tax of $0.6575 per $100 . The annual taxes on a typical home in Running Man Coventry valued at $500,000 would equal  $3287.00 a year.

Home Styles: Transitional, Colonials, Two Story and some ranches.

Homes were primarily built by Performance Contracting and Nicholson Homes

 Community Demographics

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The Way it was in 1997
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Who said real estate was a bad investment. 14 years ago (in 1997) this 3200 square foot new home in Running Man Williamsburg Bluffs sold for $239.000. Today that home would sell for approximately $450,000.

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Rhythms on the Riverwalk concert series in Yorktown Va

imageYork County is proud to offer the Seventh Annual Rhythms on the Riverwalk concert series, to be held this fall at Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown. The weekly concert series will take place on the performance stage, overlooking the York River.

This five-week concert series will once again feature some of the area’s finest in jazz and big band music. In addition, country music will once again be featured in this year’s line-up.

The series will be held on Fridays from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 9, 2011 and running through Oct. 7, 2011. The entertainment schedule is as follows:

· Sept. 9            Super Jazz Band featuring Conni Mann

· Sept. 16           Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra

· Sept. 23          Glen Boswick and The Sounds of Swing Orchestra

· Sept. 30           Doug Dunn and the Steel River Band

· Oct. 7              Dave Cynar Band

The series is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. Food will be available for purchase. Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public parking lots throughout Yorktown.

No rain dates are scheduled for Rhythms on the Riverwalk. In the event of inclement weather, please call the event weather hotline at 890-3520 for updated event information. For more information on Rhythms on the Riverwalk or any other events in York County, call the York County Parks & Recreation Office at 890-3500 or visit www.visityorktown.org. Sponsored by York County.

Virginia Symphony Concert at Yorktown Victory Monument

imageSeptember 3, 2011 at Yorktown Monument, Yorktown

VSO musicians are back from summer vacation and tuning up to entertain you with enticing free outdoor concerts! Check out these family-friendly outdoor nights with the orchestra. Bring family and friends; bring picnic baskets, beach chairs and blankets.

Virginia Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Benjamin Rous, returns to Historic Yorktown at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3 for its 15th annual outdoor concert at the Yorktown Victory Monument on Historic Main Street.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early with lawn chairs and picnic baskets. A just-for-fun blue ribbon judging for the most creative picnic set-up will be awarded prior to the concert. The award-winning Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform a pre-concert show at 6 p.m. Vendors will be on-site with light picnic fare, hot dogs, desserts and soft drinks.

The symphony concert is funded by community contributors from organizations, businesses and individuals along with sponsors York County and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, whose financial support makes it possible. The volunteer Celebrate Yorktown Committee annually raises $25,000 to present this free-to-the-public evening of music for the enjoyment of the community.

Event parking information is as follows:

  • Plan to arrive early as parking is expected to fill up in Yorktown.
  • Event parking will be available at the York County Courts and Office Complex, Administration and York Hall buildings on Ballard Street, National Park Service Visitor Center, and the Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace on Water Street.
  • Free handicapped-accessible trolley service will be available from these parking lots from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and beginning again at the conclusion of the concert.
  • Due to heavy traffic; the trolley will not service the Visitor Center. Guests wishing to park at the Visitor Center will have a short walk to the concert grounds.
  • Due to limited capacity, heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic, the wait lines for the trolleys after the concert may be longer.

No rain date is scheduled for the concert. In the event of inclement weather, please call the event weather hotline at 890-3520 for updated information. For additional information, visit www.visityorktown.org or call 890-4490.

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