• psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813

Williamsburg Bluffs- A York County Va Neighborhood Spotlight by “Mr Williamsburg”

entranceWilliamsburg, 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 Williamsburg / James City County , 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 Williamsburg Bluffs 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 area and more. As a result these posts are a bit longer 1800+ words to be exact  So , sorry for my verbosity but I am trying to give you all the information I can !

019During my years of working in the Williamsburg/ Yorktown area real estate market, I have sold homes in most  of the area  neighborhoods.

Ever heard of the neighborhood,  Williamsburg Bluffs  ? Chances are, probably not. This small intimate neighborhood is located off RT 143 on the east side of Williamsburg VA near the intersections of Rt 199, I 64, and Rt 60. Nearby neighborhoods include Queens Lake, Creekside Landing, Kingsmill and other.

Williamsburg Bluffs is a sought after community in the area. It was developed from 1993-2004 .Today, there are 130 homes in the Williamsburg Bluffs neighborhood. In terms of style, Williamsburg Bluffs is filled with beautiful  colonial styled transitionals and ranch homes on lovely treed lots.  The lot sizes for single family homes range from approximately ..16-.33  acres with most averaging .20 of an acre in size. Most of the later  homes were built  by  Performance Contracting, Nicholson Homes built the majority of the earlier models.

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Why is  Williamsburg Bluffs so popular? It’s simple ~  its location in Williamsburg on the Northern  edge of York County , tight-knit community, pool, sports fields, picnic pavilion and tennis courts.

Williamsburg Bluffs Location

Williamsburg Bluffs is located approximately less than 10 minutes from Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Water Country. It  is easily accessible to RT 199 and I-64 for a quick and easy commute to the peninsula, Newport News, Ft Eustis, Langley AFB, Cheatham Annex, USCG Training Center in  Yorktown and most points on the Peninsula.

 

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All of the following are only a few minutes away from the Williamsburg Bluffs Neighborhood:

Colonial Williamsburg
Governors Palace CarriageEmbark on a Revolutionary adventure! Become an active citizen of Williamsburg when you participate in Colonial Williamsburg’s new program, Revolutionary City™. Through a variety of dramatic events and street scenes, you’ll experience the everyday life of the city against the backdrop of momentous, world-changing events that occurred here between 1774 and 1781. The adventure continues when you explore the gardens, trade shops, homes, and government buildings throughout the Historic Area. Debate the issues of the day with the colorful, talented, and impassioned citizens of the restored capital of colonial Virginia.

Colonial Parkway

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PHOTO BY CLIFF DICKEY. COLONIAL PARKWAY. FOR MORE INFO CONTACT MIKE LITTERST, PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER, COLONIAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, PHONE 757-898-2409, FAX 757-898-6346, E-MAIL MIKE_LITTERST@NPS.GOVA mile away from Williamsburg Bluffs is one of the most scenic drives in the U.S. the Colonial Parkway. An integral part of Colonial National Historical Park this 24 mile scenic Colonial-style highway connects Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown. Its panoramic vistas, gently winding curves, through patches of Pine and Evergreen forest, constantly leaves you with an expectation as to what the next curve may bring forth.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

BuschgardensvaBusch Gardens newest ride is Mach Tower, which  lifts riders nearly 240 feet above Oktoberfest and drops them at breathtaking speeds. Summer, fall and winter are packed full of excitement with the return of IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore, the 13th anniversary of Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town: 

Water Country USA
Water Country in Williamsburg VAThe mid-Atlantic’s largest water park has added an epic new drop slide, Vanish Point.  The 75-foot drop slide will join the 43 acres of pools, children’s play areas, lazy rivers and water rides that make up Water Country USA.  The park also includes "Rock ‘n’ Roll Island," featuring nearly 600 square feet of body slides, a 700-foot lazy river and a 9,000-square-foot pool all set to a 1950s and ’60s surf theme.  For guests who want to relax, enjoy one of the park’s 1,500 free lounge chairs or rent one of the park’s 16 private cabanas.

Click here to see a map of area amenities and points of interest

Williamsburg Bluffs Makes The Grade!!!

Williamsburg Bluffs students are fortunate to attend  York County Schools . Students go to Magruder Elementary Queens Lake Middle School and Bruton High School

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

 Williamsburg Bluffs has an HOA that offers plenty of opportunities to participate: The HOA manages the pool, tennis courts, soccer field and the common areas in the neighborhood as well as and numerous  social events and picnics each year. The annual home owner association fee is $456. One of the lowest priced HOA communities with a pool.

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 Coventry valued at $300,000 would equal  $1972.00 a year. To put that in perspective the annual taxes on the same value home in neighboring Newport News would be $3300.00 annually. A savings of $110.00 monthly.

What is for sale in Williamsburg Bluffs

 

see homes for sale in this neighborhoodPrices vary according to size, condition and age,.  Sold prices for the six home sales in the last 12 months in Williamsburg Bluffs ranged from  $209,900 for a 1554+ square foot  home to  $369,900k for a four bedroom , 2 bath, 3779 square foot home. This home listed and sold for the price.The average market time for the six home sales in Williamsburg Bluffs in the last 12 months was a VERY LOW 69days , although that doesn’t include the DOM ( days on market) of a home if it is re-listed after expiring.

 

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What is $375k ?

Why ,that’s the highest sale price recorded in Williamsburg Bluffs , Alex. Back in  2008 for a 3000 square foot home on Bluffs Circle

Nearby Golf Options: Williamsburg Country Club (private) Kingsmill, Golden Horseshoe, Deer Cove (@ Cheatham Annex), Deer Run

Nearby Fitness Options:: James City Recreation Center, Ironbound Gym YMCA

Nearby Boating Options: Jamestown Marina, Governors Land Marina, Chickahominy Riverfront Park

Closest Grocery Store: Farm Fresh , Harris Teeter Martins at Monticello Marketplace, Trader Joes, Fresh Market, Bloom, Commissary at Fort Eustis


Directions
: From the Peninsula take I- 64 West, Take Exit 243B, merge onto RT 143 West/ Merrimac Trail, go 1.6 miles and turn right onto Parchment Blvd which takes you into the Williamsburg Bluffs neighborhood.

Talk back: Are you a current or past  Williamsburg Bluffs  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 Williamsburg Bluffs  you might also like , Felgate Woods, Creekside Landing ( higher priced) Country Club Acres, Cobble Creek, Queenswood, Kiln Creek, Coventry, Springhill, Pelegs Pointe, Pointe at Jamestown and others explore area neighborhoods here

Are you looking for homes for sale in Williamsburg Bluffs in the Williamsburg, Virginia area ?

Take a look at new listings in Williamsburg Bluffs  our listings are updated daily  so check back often.

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If you have any questions and/or would like to view homes for sale  in Williamsburg Bluffs or other communities in greater Williamsburg or Hampton Roads, I am here to help. Contact me at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com

 

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What is a Nosey Neighbor Update ?

Let’s be real. The real estate market is crazy right now and values are changing every day. As a homeowner we often want to know what homes are selling for whether it’s to satisfy your “nosey neighbor” curiosity or planning a move. 

I have an online tool that will give you ALL FOR SALE, PENDING, & SOLD homes in your neighborhood displayed in  mapped report with graphs, charts, etc.
It’s much more accurate than Zillow or other national sites & it uses real time MLS data. Plus, it’s private and secure – the only one who will see your information is me.

Fill out my “Nosey Neighbor Update” form to receive ongoing reports on your neighborhood.

 

Fast Facts: Williamsburg Bluffs

City/ County: York 

Zip Code: 23185

# Homes: 130

Homes built from: 1993-2004

Price range: $200s to mid $300’s

Home Size: About 1400 square feet to 3,700 square feet, median 2100

Lot Sizes: .16 to .33 acre .


HOA Fees:
$38 a month

Homeowner Association Website

Read the latest newsletter

Read bylaws, covenants etc..

Schools:Magruder Elementary,  Queens Lake Middle, Bruton High

Property Tax Rate: With a real estate tax of $0.6575 per $100 . The annual taxes on a typical home valued at $300,000 would equal  $1972.00 a year.

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

Homes were primarily built by Performance Contracting and Nicholson Homes

 Community Demographics

Homes For Sale 
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The Way it was in 1999
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Who said real estate was a bad investment. 12 years ago (in 1999) this 3000 square foot new home in Williamsburg Bluffs sold for $156.500. Today that home would sell for approximately $320,000.

HOA Manager- Williamsburg Bluffs
Randy Kline
RKline@UnitedProperty.org
757 345 5383 x 486

Neighborhood Photo Tour-Williamsburg Bluffs

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

This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the  surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula.

You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities,  condos and townhomes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent,  Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets here
You can reach John by phone at 757-254-8136 or email him at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John


Map and Directions to the Williamsburg Bluffs Neighborhood in York County , Williamsburg VA

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Site plan for Williamsburg Bluffs

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Coventry- A Yorktown, VA Community Spotlight By “Mr Williamsburg” EDIT

imageYorktown, VA is a great place to call home. It’s full of character , 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 which 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 writing about the exciting Coventry neighborhood.

home in presson arbor, coventry, yorktown vaEver heard of the neighborhood, Coventry ? If you are from this area Chances are, you have. This community is nestled alongside the shores of the Big Bethel Reservoir

Wedged between Big Bethel Road, Hampton Highway and Route 17, Coventry’s 320 level acres consist of wide, modern streets lined with young trees and modestly priced homes. They vary little in style and stand tightly together, but woven between Coventry’s nine distinct neighborhoods are acres of paths, lakes, woods and open space.

Coventry  features eight neighborhoods, two large recreational facilities, sports field, clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, six lakes, and jogging and biking trails.

It’s location is just minutes away from shopping centers, schools, hospitals, restaurants, places of worship, airports, Langley  Air Force Base,  Fort Eustis Army Base, and NASA.

coventry, smithy glen town homesThis master-planned community offers both attached town homes and detached  single family homes. Coventry is composed of  the  Davis Forge, Faison Green, Justinian Grove, Lilburne Meadow and  Presson Arbor communities.

Coventry was developed by  H. R. “Dick” Ashe, and   American Eastern, Inc.. American Eastern (H.R. “Dick” Ashe) is a highly respected residential builder/developer from Suffolk to Williamsburg. Since 1985, he has produced thousands of affordable townhomes and single-family homes as well as luxurious custom homes for a demanding clientele.

PoolCoventry  is a sought after community in the Yorktown Va area. It was developed in the late 1980’s –2003 .Today, there are approximately 160 homes in the Coventry neighborhood. In terms of style Coventry is filled with mostly  transitionals on lovely treed lots. Home sizes for detached homes range from 1550-3800 square feet with the average coming in at 2100 square feet. Attached townhomes range in size from 1200- 1995 square feet.

Two Story homes are  predominant but there are numerous ranches as well.  The lot sizes for single family homes range from approximately..15  – .to .40 acrewith most averaging three quarters of an acre in size. Most homes were built  by  American Eastern Inc.

Presson arbor in coventryThe crown jewel of Coventry is the Presson Arbor neighborhood. Detached homes were built there between 1997 and 2003 primarily by Wayne Harbin Builders, one of the area’s most renowned builders..The average home size in Presson Harbor is larger at 3100 square feet though they range from 2200-3800 square feet. Lot sizes in Presson Arbor are larger than the other neighborhoods in Coventry as well and average about .33 acre.

Town Home options in Coventry
Ferguson Glade Townhomes  offers 2 and 3 bedroom floor plans with approximately 1,450 to 1,650 sq. ft. of living area. Ferguson Glade has an association fee of approximately $105 per month

Smithy Glen Townhomes   at Coventry,  offers  Five models ranging from 1,356-square-foot Eaton model to 1,164-square-foot Sycamore mode. 2 and 3 bedroom models are available both with with and without attached garages. Smithy Glen in Coventry has a homeowner’s fee of about $85 per month

Finch Terrace Townhomes offer 3 and 4 bedroom floor plans with 2.5 baths and approximately 1,700 ~ 1,900 sq. ft. of living area. Finch Terrace has a homeowner’s association fee of approximately $105 per month

Home Owner Association/ Amenities

Coventry has an HOA that offers plenty of opportunities to participate.  The monthly home owner association fee is $44 The community has 2 Olympic-sized pools, tennis courts, soccer field, recreation area and jogging trails

Location “>”>and nearby points of interest

Coventry  is located in Yorktown and is easily accessible to RT 17 and I-64 for a quick commute to  Newport News, Ft Eustis, Langley AFB, Cheatham Annex, USCG Training Center, Yorktown, Williamsburg and most other points on the Peninsula and beyond in Southside Hampton Roads and Williamsburg.

Clubhouse at coventryWhether you’re a history buff, water lover, or both – Yorktown offers plenty to plan a great day, weekend or full week of fun. You can brush up on American history, refreshing your memory about the pivotal battle in America’s fight for independence at several museums and historic sites. Take a break and enjoy the sounds of authentic fifes and drums. Fast forward to today and learn about working watermen on the river. Walk off an excellent meal with a stroll on the Riverwalk. You can also get out on the river yourself on the Schooner Alliance or a fishing charter. Click on the resources below to plan your visit.

Click here to see a map of area amenities and points of interest

Coventry Makes The Grade!!!

Coventry students are fortunate to attend  York County Schools.

coventry elementary schoolStudents in Coventry go to Coventry Elementary, Grafton Middle and Grafton High School . 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

image Coventry Elementary School, located in Yorktown, Virginia, serves grades K-5 in the York County School Division district. It is among the few public elementary schools in Virginia to receive a distinguished GreatSchools Rating of 8 out of 10.

This school has an average Community Rating of 4 out of 5 stars, based on reviews from 15 school community members.

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.

By 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.

What are home sales like in Coventry ?

search homes in this neighborhood in hampton roads or williamsburgOver the last year, detached home sale prices in  Coventry have ranged from a low of $225,000 for a 1726 square foot home that sold in one day to  $509,250 for a 3364 square foot four bedroom three bath home,

Sale prices of Attached town homes in Coventry in the last 12 months ranged from a low of $171,000 for a 2 bedroom two bath unit that sold in one day for $2k less than it’s list price to $244,500 for a 1986 square foot unit.

davis forge home in coventryPrices vary according to size, condition and age,. . The average market time for the 36 home sales in the last 12 months in Coventry was approximately 98 days , although that doesn’t include the DOM ( days on market) of a home if it is re-listed after expiring.

Property 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 Coventry valued at $300,000 would equal  $1972.00 a year. To put that in perspective the annual taxes on the same value home in neighboring Newport News would be $3300.00 annually. A savings of $110.00 monthly.

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.

imageWith 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

“>map of Coventry Yorktown VAToday, 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 Store: Food Lion, Farm Fresh, Kroger Fresh Market Costco, Sam’s Club Wal Mart

“>”>Directions: From I- 64, Take Exit 258B and merge onto RT 17 North go 1.3 miles and turn right onto Coventry Blvd.  , that will take you into the Coventry neighborhood.

Talk back: Are you a current or past  Coventry 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 Coventry ,depending on your price range you might also like: Glen Laurel , Grafton Woods, Kiln Creek , Sommerville, Tabb Lakes, Yorkshire Downs, Willow Lakes, and others. Research them here.
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If you have any questions and/or would like to view homes for sale  in  Coventry or other communities in Yorktown,  greater Williamsburg or Hampton Roads, I am here to help. Contact me at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com

01graycmaWant to get an idea of what your Coventry home might sell for ? Want to discuss our “No Surprises” Program ? Fill out the form here

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Fast Facts:  Coventry Homes built from: 1985-1994

Price range:  $171k to  $500’s +

Home Sizes:

Detached: 1550-3500  square feet median 2100 .

Town homes: 1200-1995 square feet

Lot Sizes: .15-.25  acres . .33 in Presson Arbor

HOA Fees: $44 a month for detached homes.

Town Homes HOA fees $85-$115 monthly

Schools: York County
York Elementary, York Middle , York High
Average SAT scores:
Total: 1583 – (verbal 533, math 530)

Property Tax Rate: .6575 cents per $100 of assessed value. Taxes on a $300,000 home would be $1972 a year.

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

Community Demographics

Homes For Sale  search homes for sale in coventry

The Way it was in 2001

imageWho said real estate was a bad investment. Ten years ago (in 2001) this 3100 square foot new home in Coventry sold for $337,000. in 2010 that same home sold for approximately $509,000.

Climate
A generally moderate climate prevails in Hampton Roads:
Annual Average Temperature 58.8°
January Average Temperature 38.7°
July Average Temperature 77.9°
Annual Average Precipitation 47.5”
Annual Average Snowfall 7.1 inches

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Kiln Creek- A York County/ Newport News Community Spotlight by “Mr Williamsburg”

entranceIf you’re considering a move to Newport News or York County, Kiln Creek offers options for just about everyone.

The Villages of Kiln Creek is a sprawling 1,200-acre community containing  2,947 homes with about 12,000 residents. It spans portions of York County and Newport News adjacent to Victory Boulevard. It remains the largest golf-styled development in the area, with a championship 18-hole course serving as its foundation

imageThe community consists of  31 sub-communities containing townhomes, condos,  detached single family homes and apartments. The neighborhood is planned around the Kiln Creek Golf Course and is located off of Jefferson Avenue in close proximity to Interstate 64 and the Newport News International Airport.

The  31 individual villages are named : Avery Woods , Cascades , Claymill Corner , Dunhill , Eagle Sound , Edgewater ,Fairways , Featherstone ,Gleneagles Highlands ,Hollingsworth, Images ,Ivystone ,Lake Cambridge ,Lakeside, Lexington ,Masters, Oakwood , Pinehurst , Players Choice , Rock Creek , Royal Colven , Sanctuary , Shoreline , Southlake ,Tradewinds ,Villas ,Waterford Pointe ,Westgate ,Willow Point and Windbrook

Virginia Beach developer R.G. Moore  started the project in 1986, promising to build a development with homes and a corporate center on "1,200 acres of scenic terrain."

home in kiln creekThe majority of the homes in Kiln Creek were built in the early 1990’s and provide home owners with a pleasant living experience. You’ll find by living or visiting here that most of the residents take pride in their homes and property.

Past home builders in Kiln Creek have included Wayne Harbin, Dobson, C R Mclellon / Marque Homes, Darrel Rutherford, Lakeside Homes, Craftmaster Homes, Hampton Bay Associates, Dominion Building Corp (Images), Chesapeake Homes( Pinehurst), Shoreline Assoc, Terry Peterson (Ivystone), R.G.Moore (Westgate), Marsha Lynn Bldg Corp (Players Choice), Pickett Corp. H.R. Ashe,  Princess Anne Bldrs, ( Edgewater) Erkiletian Const  (Claymill) Gilliam Corp Lawson Homes, Centex, and others.

Home sizes in Kiln Creek  range from 944 square foot condos to 4800 square foot two story homes on the golf course. The average home size is 1950 square feet. Although some may feel that the neighborhood is a little crowded, all would agree that the overall atmosphere is appealing. .

home in kiln creek newport newsShopping is plentiful and convenient with dozens of retail outlets within just a couple of miles. Notables include Patrick Henry Mall, Barnes & Noble, and Target. With lots of shopping comes the availability of many great restaurants as well.

For the York County homes in Kiln Creek the assigned schools are Grafton Bethel Elementary, Grafton Middle and Grafton High Schools. Newport News Schools for Kiln Creek include Menchville High School, Hines Middle School, and Kiln Creek Elementary.

On a recent drive through the neighborhood I witnessed manicured landscaping, people walking on the trails, kids playing, golfers getting in their 9 or 18 holes for the day, residents enjoying the lakes while sitting on the park benches and more.

Amenities

clubhouse kiln creekThe home owners’ association currently owns a 4-acre recreation center complex consisting of a two-story building; an Olympic-size pool; picnic areas; playgrounds, tot-lots, tennis courts, a multi-purpose court, and its own maintenance facility, all of which are owned debt free. The in-house maintenance of the large common areas of Kiln Creek is handled by an outstanding staff who undertake the enormous task of maintaining and enhancing our landscaping easements, lake banks, and a twenty-seven mile lake-fed irrigation system.

gleneagles condos kiln creekHOA fees range from $50 monthly for detached homes to $245 monthly for a condo although condo fees due differ between the different villages.
Community spirit is alive and well in Kiln Creek. The Social Recreation Committee is extremely active and continues to plan new and exciting events that are offered to our residents. In addition, Kiln Creek offers various clubs for our members such as the 50/50 club, singles club, garden club, bridge club, and our newest addition: the teen council.

Golf

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned golf veteran, players of all skill levels will enjoy the course at Kiln Creek Golf Club and Resort. Voted one of the “five best courses in the state of Virginia” by Golf Digest, Kiln Creek’s beautiful 18-hole championship course offers members & guests an unparalleled golf experience. The kiln creek golf course6,972 yard, par 72 layout was designed by the highly respected architect Tom Clark.

Clark created Kiln Creek to be one of the most challenging courses around..  The 8th hole is recognized as one of the best 4 par holes in the Mid-Atlantic region by Tee Time Magazine. Players of all skill levels will enjoy playing Kiln Creek. With thirteen lakes and over twelve thousand tons of sand, this beautifully landscaped course will bring you back time and time again to improve your score.

Kiln Creek also includes a spacious & targeted driving range along with putting & chipping greens. The club offers a full service Pro Shop, professional instruction & Outing Packages that are second to none.

kiln creek golfThe Kiln Creek Golf Club and Resort is the leisure and recreational hub of the Virginia Peninsula. Kiln Creek is located exactly in the middle of the lush countryside, in an ideal, tranquil location that is both beautiful and conveniently located. We are twenty minutes from Norfolk, fifteen from Williamsburg, and the closest accommodations to the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. The Clubhouse is the elegant crown jewel in a carefully developed and complete community of residential and corporate areas.

Kiln Creek Golf Club and Resort features an all-inclusive resort facility, including the beautifully remodeled Inn, restaurant, day spa, and championship golf course.

Visit The Villages of Kiln Creek website

Kiln Creek is  located in Yorktown and is easily accessible to RT 17 and I-64 for a quick commute to  Newport News, Ft Eustis, Langley AFB, Cheatham Annex, USCG Yorktown, Williamsburg and most other points on the Peninsula and on the Southside of Hampton Roads..

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What is for sale in Kiln Creek  York County  or Newport News

search homes in this neighborhood in hampton roads or williamsburgOver the last year, home sale prices in Kiln Creek   have ranged from a low of $95,000 for a 1000 square foot condo to  $720,000 for a 4894 square foot six bedroom five bath home.. List price on the larger home was $779k .

Prices vary according to size, condition and age. The average market time for the 109 home sales in Kiln Creek in the last 12 months was 105 days , although that doesn’t include the DOM ( days on market) of a home if it is re-listed after expiring. Current list prices for homes in Kiln Creek range from $94k for a small condo to $475k for a 3400 square foot six bedroom four bath detached home.

bike path kiln creekProperty 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 York County home in Kiln Creek valued at $300,000 would equal  $1972.50 a year.

To put that in perspective the annual taxes on the same value home in neighboring Newport News section of Kiln Creek would be $3300.00 annually.
The current real estate tax rate for the City of Newport News is $1.10 per $100 of your property’s assessed value. The assessed value multiplied by the real estate tax rate equals the real estate tax

Recreation:

kiln creek poolThe Kiln Creek Dolphins are the summer league swim team for the Villages of Kiln Creek, located on the border of Newport News and Yorktown, Virginia. The Dolphins are part of the  Greater Peninsula Swim Association, and are currently in the White Division

Newport News has much to offer residents with 32 parks to play in or relax in, two public boat ramps, a fishing pier and Hilton Pier Beach. Stop by the Peninsula Fine Arts Center and be inspired by the works of art.

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.

 

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 Store: Food Lion, Farm Fresh, Kroger Fresh Market, Costco, Wal Mart, Sams Club

Directions: From I- 64, Take Exit 256B , merge onto Victory Blvd, Turn left on kiln Creek Parkway in 7/10th of a mile. You are now in Kiln Creek.
You can also access the neighborhood off Jefferson Ave from I 64 take exit 255B 143 West/ Jefferson Ave, go 1.3 miles and take your first right onto Brick Kiln Blvd. This will take you into Kiln Creek

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

 

 

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If you have any questions and/or would like to view homes for sale  in Kiln Creek or other communities in greater Williamsburg or Hampton Roads, I am here to help. Contact me at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com

 

Nosy Neighborhood Update Mr WilliamsburgWhat is a Nosey Neighbor Update ?

Let’s be real. The real estate market is crazy right now and values are changing every day. As a homeowner we often want to know what homes are selling for whether it’s to satisfy your “nosey neighbor” curiosity or planning a move.  I have an online tool that will give you ALL FOR SALE, PENDING, & SOLD homes in your neighborhood displayed in an awesome mapped report with interactive graphs, charts, etc. It’s much more accurate than Zillow or other national sites & it uses real time MLS data. Plus, it’s private and secure – the only one who will see your information is me. Want to know what your neighbors house sold for or how much your house is worth,

Do you live in Kiln Creek and want to keep up with home prices in the neighborhood ?

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Fast Facts: Kiln Creek

Homes built from: 1989-2000

Price range:  $100s to  $500’s +

Home Size: About 1.000 square feet to 4,800 square feet, median 1950

Lot Sizes: .10 to .33 acres .

HOA Fees: from $50 for detached to $245 for condo’s 

Homeowner Association Website

Schools: Note: Part of Kiln Creek is in York County and part is in Newport News.

York County Schools 
Grafton Bethel Elementary, Grafton Middle , Grafton High 

Newport News Schools
Elementary: Kiln Creek

Middle: Hines

High: Menchville

Property Tax Rate: York County.6575 cents per $100 of assessed value. Taxes on a $300,000 home would be

$1972.50 a year.

Newport News property taxes on a $300k home are   $3300.00 annually. Tax rate is $1.10 per $100 

Home Styles: Transitional, Colonials, Two Stories and some ranches. Condos, townhomes.

 

imageThe Way it was in 1997

Who said real estate was a bad investment. Twelve years ago (in 1997) this 2800 square foot new home in Kiln Creek sold for $263,000. Today that home would sell for approximately $400,000.+

Climate
A generally moderate climate prevails in Hampton Roads:
Annual Average Temperature 58.8°
January Average Temperature 38.7°
July Average Temperature 77.9°
Annual Average Precipitation 47.5”
Annual Average Snowfall 7.1 inches

 

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

This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the  surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula.

You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities,  condos and townhomes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent,  Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets.
You can reach John by phone at 757-254-8136 or email him at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

 

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Marlbank Cove- A York County VA Neighborhood Spotlight By “Mr Williamsburg”

entranceYorktown, 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 which 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 writing about the exciting Marlbank Cove neighborhood.

During my years of working in the Williamsburg/ Yorktown, Virginia area real estate market, I have many homes in a lot of area  neighborhoods.

Ever heard of the neighborhood, Marlbank Cove ? Chances are, probably not. This small neighborhood is nestled alongside of Wormley Creek between the adjacent Marlbank Farm neighborhood and Hornsbyville Rd near  the intersection of Ft Eustis Blvd and Route 17.

Marlbank Cove is a sought after community in the area. It was developed in the late 1980’s – mid 1990’s .Today, there are approximately 160 homes in the Marlbank Cove neighborhood. In terms of style, Marlbank Cove is filled with mostly  traditional colonials and transitionals on lovely treed lots. Two Story homes are  predominant but there are numerous ranches as well.  The lot sizes for single family homes range from approximately  .56  – .to over an acre with most averaging three quarters of an acre in size. Most homes were built  by  Ron Staples one of the areas best builders.

Why is Marlbank Cove so popular? It’s simple ~  its location in Yorktown , the pool, clubhouse and community pier,  top rated York County Schools, tight-knit community.and more.

Home Owner Association/ Amenities

Marlbank Cove  has an HOA that offers plenty of opportunities to participate: The HOA manages the pool, clubhouse, pier and common areas in the neighborhood as well as  numerous social events each year. The annual home owner association fee is $504

Location and nearby points of interest

Marlbank Cove  is  located in Yorktown and is easily accessible to RT 17 and I-64 for a quick commute to  Newport News, Ft Eustis, Langley AFB, Cheatham Annex, USCG Yorktown, Williamsburg and most other points on the Peninsula.

Whether you’re a history buff, water lover, or both – Yorktown offers plenty to plan a great day, weekend or full week of fun. You can brush up on American history, refreshing your memory about the pivotal battle in America’s fight for independence at several museums and historic sites. Take a break and enjoy the sounds of authentic fifes and drums. Fast forward to today and learn about working watermen on the river. Walk off an excellent meal with a stroll on the Riverwalk. You can also get out on the river yourself on the Schooner Alliance or a fishing charter. Click on the resources below to plan your visit.

Click here to see a map of area amenities and points of interest

Marlbank Cove Makes The Grade!!!

Marlbank Cove students are fortunate to attend  York County Schools.

Students in Marlbank Cove  go to York Elementary, York Middle and York High School . 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

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.  Of the County’s adult population (25+), 92% has at least a high school diploma; 21% has at least a bachelor’s degree; and 16.4% has an advanced graduate or Professional degree.  The high levels of education among County residents are reflected in the types of jobs they hold. 40% of the County’s employed residents in 2000 held professional or managerial occupations.

By 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.

What is for sale in Marlbank Cove

search homes for sale in Marlbank CoveOver the last year, home sale prices in Marlbank Cove have ranged from a low of $334,000 for a 2500 square foot home built in 1986 to  $510,600 for a 4152 square foot five bedroom three bath home circa 1987. List price on the larger home was $550k .

Prices vary according to size, condition and age,. . The average market time for the four sales in the last 12 months was a very low 51 days , although that doesn’t include the DOM ( days on market) of a home if it is re-listed after expiring. You can see the homes currently for sale in Marlbank Cove here

Marlbank Cove is a deed restricted community. It’s residents are diverse in background, geographic origins and nature of their present business. Marlbank Cove boasts a strong association of home owners who work together to maintain the community as a place of pride for all it’s residents.

Marlbank Cove HOA website

piers in marlbank coveFrom the beginning of the planning stages the Marlbank Cove subdivision was planned as a residential neighborhood of the highest quality, setting new standards of excellence within York County, offering  beautiful and well maintained surroundings, large wooded lots, residences of highest quality and architectural beauty, and superior recreational facilities including water access for its residents.

Written into the covenants is the following: “The natural beauty of the land shall be protected and preserved to the greatest extent possible”.


Property 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 Marlbank Cove valued at $500,000 would equal  $3288.00 a year. To put that in perspective the annual taxes on the same value home in neighboring Newport News would be $5500.00annually.

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:

imageThe 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. .


Top 10 Reasons to Like Living In Marlbank Cove  1. With abundant green space, a low crime rate, affordable housing, and one of the top public school systems in Virginia , York County is the community of choice on the Peninsula.

2.Only a short drive to Yorktown  where you can enjoy Riverwalk with it’s shops , restaurants and for summer concerts…

3. Neighborhood pool, tennis courts and clubhouse

4. Less than a mile to the scenic Colonial Parkway and the York Public Library

5. History abounds at nearby Yorktown Victory Center, Battlefields & Visitor Center

6. All homes are custom built

7. Intimate community with just 112 home sites

8. Active social scene with neighborhood parties and more

9.. Low HOA fees—only $42 a month.

10. Low York County County taxes—only $3,280 annually on $500,000 home

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 Store: Food Lion, Farm Fresh, Kroger

Directions: From I- 64, Take Exit 250B for VA 105 East / Ft Eustis Blvd go 3.8 miles and turn left on Rt 17 , go 3/10 mile and turn right onto Battle Rd, that will take you into the Marlbank Cove neighborhood.

Talk back: Are you a current or past Marlbank Cove 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 Marlbank Cove , you might also like: 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

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If you have any questions and/or would like to view homes for sale  in Marlbank Cove  or other communities in greater Williamsburg or Hampton Roads, I am here to help. Contact me at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com

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Fast Facts: Marlbank CoveHomes built from: 1985-1994

Price range: high $300s to  $500’s +

Home Size: About 2.000 square feet to 5,900 square feet, median 3200

Lot Sizes: ..50 to .1.25 acres .

HOA Fees: $42 a month

Homeowner Association Website

Schools: York County
York Elementary, York Middle , York High
Average SAT scores:
Total: 1583 – (verbal 533, math 530)

Property Tax Rate: .6575 cents per $100 of assessed value. Taxes on a $500,000 home would be $3,280 a year.

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

All homes were custom built by the area’s finest builders including Ron Staples

 

Community Demographics

Homes For Sale
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The Way it was in 1998
imageWho said real estate was a bad investment. Thirteen years ago (in 1998) this 2900 square foot new home in Marlbank Cove sold for $218,000. Today that home would sell for approximately $440,000.

Climate
A generally moderate climate prevails in Hampton Roads:
Annual Average Temperature 58.8°
January Average Temperature 38.7°
July Average Temperature 77.9°
Annual Average Precipitation 47.5”
Annual Average Snowfall 7.1 inches

History

imageThe neighborhood  lies in the center of a fascinating historical area.  The first York settlers started a village on the northern-most branch of Wormley Creek, now the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Yorktown Training Center, in the 1630’s.  York County, one of the original eight counties in America, was created in 1634, and Yorktown was established by the General Assembly as a tobacco port in 1691.
The current Marlbank Cove and Marlbank Farms area was assembled into “Wormley Creek Plantation” by Charles Carter. It was assembled from three previous landowners, one of whom was Lawrence Smith who laid out the Town of York.
In 1770 the 500-acre plantation passed from Carter’s son, David Jameson, who named it “Church Fields,” and later it was sold to Christopher Stedman who operated a mill there.  The remains of the mill dam can be found today in the woods between Marlbank Cove and Old Wormley Creek Drive.

On October 19, 1781, a mile or so away at the Yorktown Battlefield, the decisive victory in the American Revolution occurred, assuring American independence.  The area now containing Marlbank Cove and Marlbank Farms developments saw the foraging of George Washington’s men as they searched for game and other foodstuffs during the siege.
The Garretts of Williamsburg were the next owners of the plantation, which then included about 800 acres.  They renamed it “Marlbanks” and in 1837 built a manor house, which still stands.  Before passing the land to Tom Clark of Delaware prior to the Civil War, the Garrett family had increased the plantation’s size to 1100 acres.
imageIn the spring of 1862, the plantation, then known as “Clarks Farm”, was the base for the Union forces under General George McClellan who were establishing another siege of Yorktown, this time against Confederate forces protecting the Peninsula approaches to Richmond.   Period maps of the siege show the manor house serving as a Union field hospital, and McClelland’s headquarters standing to the east, near where McClellan Court now lies.  When Marlbank Cove was developed, it was very common to find artifacts of the Civil War — buttons, belt buckles, and so on.  One home site has a large pit believed to have been a field “refrigeration unit”.
After the Civil War, the plantation reverted by default back to the Garrett family.  It was sold to William Hughes in 1879, who sold 550 acres to L. R. O’Hara in 1945.  Mr. O’Hara restored the manor house, named Marlbank Farm, and developed Marlbank Farms subdivision beginning in the late 1940’s.

imageThe O’Hara’s or their descendants lived in the house until 1988.  When the manor house was sold and refurbished in 1988, more homes were built in its immediate vicinity.  Marlbank Cove subdivision began in 1985 and occupies part of the original plantation area.  The term ‘marlbank’ refers to the layer of marl (a conglomerate of mud, shells and clay) that lies below the soil surface along the York River.  Early settlers at Yorktown used marl as construction material, as can be seen today at Grace Church in Yorktown village, built in 1697.

Marlbank Cove During the Civil War

In May 1862 Yorktown again found itself surrounded by armies locked in combat.  The area around Marlbank Cove saw a great deal of military activity as a result.  Below are several photographs taken in the May 1862 time frame.
Union forces led by General George McClelland and advancing from the vicinity of Fort Monroe (which never fell into Confederate hands and therefore served as a Union foothold and staging ground for campaigns against Richmond throughout the Civil War) encountered Confederate forces, led first by General John Magruder and then Joseph E. Johnston, who manned a line of defenses spanning from the James-Warwick River confluence near today’s Fort Eustis to the York River, with concentrated forces around Yorktown.  The Southern troops utilized many of the same embankments first dug by British forces during the Revolutionary War.  Evidence of the Confederate works, especially shallow, long-running communications trenches, can be found in the woods of the National Park and running into Newport News Park.

imageA period map shows the location of Gen McClelland’s tent as being in the immediate area of Marlbank Cove, very close to where McClelland Court lies (the actual site appears closer to the intersection of Marlbank Drive and Three Point Court).  The picture to the left shows a close-up of McClelland’s tent, as well as a broader view of the encampment, which was named Camp Winfield Scott.

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

This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the  surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula.

You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities,  condos and townhomes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent,  Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets.
You can reach John by phone at 757-254-8136 or email him at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

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Riverwalk Landing
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Location Map for Marlbank Cove Neighborhood in James City County ,Williamsburg VA

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Yorktown Crescent Wins Approval in York County VA

On Tuesday evening The York County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a new 210 unit housing development to be located at Rt. 17 and Fort Eustis Blvd.

The project, known as Yorktown Crescent, will be located on 16.7 acres behind the Wendy’s restaurant and will consist of 210 residential units, at least 28,000 square feet of commercial space, and at least 3,000 square feet of indoor community space. The dwelling units include 80 residential condominiums, 58 townhouses and duplexes, 64 rental apartments, and 8 "live-above" units. Forty-four of the residential condominiums will be age restricted units, at least 35 of the units will have to be occupied by at least one person fifty-five years of age or over.

imageLocated at the intersection of Route 17 (George Washington Memorial Highway) and Fort Eustis Boulevard (S. R. 105), Yorktown Crescent is designed using Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) standards to create a vibrant, walk able community that will minimize the impacts on surrounding properties and be a benefit to the County and its residents. Streets are a traditional grid pattern with internal connectivity and access to adjacent properties.

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Yorktown Crescent will have several different for-sale house types; larger townhomes and duplexes with detached garages, smaller townhomes with attached garages, and residential condominiums. The builder will offer up to 8 different floor plans with prices from the mid $100’s to the low $300’s. The live-aboves are for-sale units offering a unique housing choice by combining commercial space within an attached home.  Larger townhomes with 2,000 to 2,400 square feet will feature alley-loaded detached garages. These homes will have the choice of a first floor or second floor master bedroom suite. They are designed to meet the needs of residents who are ready to downsize from a single family home to a low-maintenance home, with ample living and storage areas to meet their needs. In addition to a traditional configuration, the townhomes will be offered in smaller sizes toward the rear of the community providing a varied streetscape within the neighborhood. The smaller townhomes will be designed for younger residents that are looking for their first home , and will be two and three-stories with one and one-half or two-car alley loaded garages. These will range from 1,700 square feet to 2,000 square feet of living area.
The residential condominiums will provide the most economical housing option within the community. Units are designed with 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms and will be priced from the mid $100,000’s to the low $200,000’s. These will be among the most affordably priced residential units in York County Va

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COMMON AREA/AMENITIES. Yorktown Crescent will provide a variety of recreational experiences for the residents. A community center with a meeting room, fitness room, kitchenette and dining area, and restrooms will be provided. It will be centrally located adjacent to the commercial area to help provide a transition to the residential uses and to add to the activity and vitality in this area. Green spaces and water features will provide informal recreational opportunities within the community. There will be landscaped lawn areas for use for community cookouts, games, and other recreational uses. Walking trails in and around the area will allow residents to enjoy the natural beauty which exists on this property. A dog park will be located in an appropriate area of the development. 
A large community shopping center is adjacent to the Yorktown Crescent community to provide easy access to groceries and other daily needs without getting into a car or going out to Route 17. The county library and the neighborhood community center will be within walking distance for all residents as well.

Location Map for Yorktown Crescent

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Riverwalk Townes- A Yorktown Community Spotlight by Mr Williamsburg

entrance Riverwalk Townes is  a new townhome community located 1.5 mi. from Riverwalk Landing and minutes to Historic Yorktown, Va.! When complete Once complete Riverwalk Townes will contain 196 homes offering maintenance-free living in a planned community with amenities that include a community pool, clubhouse, and miles of walking and jogging trails.Three models are currently offered with sizes ranging from 1400 to 2200 square feet. Pricing currently starts under $200,000. Riverwalk Townes is  surrounded by the Colonial National Historical Park At this point ( June 2011) the community is 75% built out.

 see homes for sale in this neighborhoodWhether you’re a history buff, water lover, or both – Yorktown offers plenty to do.You can brush up on American history, refreshing your memory about the pivotal battle in America’s fight for independence at several museums and historic sites. Take a break and enjoy the sounds of authentic fifes and drums. Fast forward to today and learn about working watermen on the river. Walk off an excellent meal with a stroll on the Riverwalk. You can also get out on the river yourself on the Schooner Alliance or a fishing charter.

The County of York, Virginia, part of the Norfolk-Virginia imageBeach-Newport News Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), is located on the Virginia Peninsula between the James and York Rivers. The 108-square-mile county is 27 miles long, 6 miles wide at its broadest point, and ranges in elevation from sea level to 124 feet above sea level. There are more than 200 miles of coastline along the York River and other creeks and estuaries.
Yorktown lies 50 miles from Richmond and 25 miles from Norfolk, it  borders the cities of Poquoson, Hampton, Newport NewsWilliamsburg, James City County and Gloucester County.

During its 350-year history, the County of York has figured prominently in both the political and economic history of the Virginia Peninsula, the Commonwealth, and the Nation. The port of Yorktown, which remains theimage seat of government, was the site of the final battle of the American Revolution where on October 19, 1781, Lord Cornwallis surrendered his British Army to the combined American-French forces under Washington and Rochambeau. Yorktown also figured prominently in the Civil War, serving as a major port to supply both northern and southern towns, depending on who held Yorktown at the time.
Today, Yorktown is part of an important national resource known as the “Historic Triangle” (Yorktown, Jamestown, and Williamsburg).

 


Riverwalk Townes FAQ

Price Range: $180’s – $250’s

Home Types:Single Family
Attached Town homes

New /Resale: New & Resale

Age Restriction:  NO

Construction Dates: 2005 – Present

Gated: Yes

HOA fees: $120 monthly covers All Yard Maintenance; Common Area Maintenance; Garbage Removal pool Maintenance 

Home Sizes: About 1400 to 2200 square feet

Lot Sizes: .10 acre average. Fenced back yards are allowed

Amenities: Pools, trails, clubhouse..

Schools: York County Schools
Elementary: Yorktown
Middle: Yorktown
High: York

Property Tax Rate: $.6575 PER $100 of assessed value. Taxes on a $220,000 home would be $1446 annually.

Home Styles: Transitional

Historic Yorktown is the place to be for popular events such as Shagging on the Riverwalk and Yorktown Market Days, not to mention the village’s popular annual July 4th festivities. Memorial Day weekend is packed with fun for the whole family.

Yorktown Market Days offers weekly farmers markets through Sept. 17 featuring fresh produce, meat and seafood, cut flowers, gourmet herbs, cheese, baked goods, quality art, chefs demonstrations and entertainment.

  Thursdays in June is 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  hosts live music on Monday and Wednesday, June through August, in the High Tide Bar & Grill Outdoor Courtyard, weather permitting.

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models available at riverwalk townesModels available at Riverwalk  include The Roxbury which offers a flexible floor plan with 1-car garage. This is a perfect home for entertaining because the kitchen opens to the family room. You can choose to extend this living space with the addition of a morning room or full house extension. The upstairs is complete with 2 or 3 bedrooms, including an owners’ suite with a walk-in closet.

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Hartford: This floor plan will be love at first sight! The Hartford offers all the wonderful benefits of owning a townhome, with a home that has the feel of a single-family floor plan ! The spaciousness of this floor plan is tremendous! With a formal dining room that offers an optional tray ceiling that flows into the the kitchen, dinette, and then into the optional sunroom, it feels as though it goes on forever! The great room is a terrific living space that is open to the dinette, kitchen, and sunroom (if chosen!). Perfect for entertaining or enjoying family time while meals are prepared! The second floor will add to your love of this floor plan. The owners’ suite is huge and offers a tray ceiling and an owners’ bath with a separate soaking tub and shower. You also have the ability to select a luxury owners’ suite, adding a sitting area and increasing the already larger bathroom! Includes 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, laundry room, and 1-car garage.

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riverwalk townhomes in yorktown vaGlyndon: First floor owner’s suites and garages make these the perfect floor plan! Features a one car garage! The elegant dining room is in the front of the home, flowing into the kitchen. You will love that the kitchen overlooks the two story great room. The owner’s suite includes a tray ceiling, with lots of options to help customize your home. roxbury townhome at riverwalkLaundry room on first floor, along with half bath. The second floor features 2 additional bedrooms, both a generous size. All homes also include a loft that affords additional living space on the second floor overlooking the two story great room! Walk in storage is a terrific asset!

Download a Glyndon Floorplan here

Riverwalk Townes Site plan

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

Shagging Returns To Yorktown for 2011

imageYork County, VA is excited to offer the 2011 Shagging on the Riverwalk Beach Music Concert Series, to be held this spring and summer at Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown. 

Shagging on the Riverwalk is a  summer concert series held at Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown and features some of the area’s finest beach music, Motown, oldies and more. Guests have the opportunity to practice the “shag” on the large outdoor dance floor, and all are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. The event is free and open to the public.

This gathering is truly fun and exciting for anyone who really appreciates the shag. Back by popular demand for a sixth straight year, York County is excited to offer the 2011 Shagging on the Riverwalk Beach Music Concert Series. Entertainment will take place on the performance stage at Riverwalk Landing, overlooking the York River in historic Yorktown.

If you don’t know what " Shagging or Beach Music is listen to this clip  showcasing Local Musician Bill Deal and the Rhondels

. Bill Deal passed suddenly in 2003 and we lost one of the great Beach singers of his time..Most Folks think the Rhondels were one-hit wonders but the truth is that they had 3 Top 40 hits to their credit; "I’ve Been Hurt", "May I" and Who Do You Think You Are.

I guess I am showing my age as I remember him playing at a high school prom when I was growing up in VA Beach.

This years seven-week concert series will feature some of the areas 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 16 through June 30, and again from July 21 through August 11. 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: 

v June 16            The Main Event Band

v June 23            Mark Roberts and Breeze

v June 30            The Catalinas

         – – – – – 2 Week Break – – – – –

v July 21             Band of OZ

v July 28             The Holiday Band

v August 4         L.P. and Company

v August 11       The Original Rhondels

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. Sponsored by York County.

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Free Admission to Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield

National Park ServiceThe National Park Service is waiving entrance fees at all national parks on today through Monday  ( January 15-17th, 2011 )

Locally in  the Williamsburg VA area both Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield are  included in the FEE FREE WEEKEND.

If you can’t make it in this weekend there are couple more dates in 2011 so plan ahead.

  • April 16-24, National Park Week;
  • June 21, first day of summer;
  • Sept. 24, National Public Lands Day; and
  • Nov. 11-13, Veterans Day

Explore other National Parks in Virginia here

Did you know that Seniors 62+ can obtain a Lifetime Pass to our National Parks  for only $10 ? This has to be one of the best senior travel bargains anywhere.

Senior passSenior Pass Eligibility
As part of the American the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass program, U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are at least 62 years old can purchase a Senior Pass for a one-time processing fee of $10. This Senior Pass to national parks and lands offers benefits to you and your traveling companions.

Senior Pass to National Parks Benefits

  • In National Parks that charge an entrance or standard amenity fee, the Senior Pass admits you and the passengers in your car or other private vehicle.
  • In National Parks where a "per person" entrance fee is charged, the Senior Pass admits you plus three other adults (who need not be seniors). This is an especially good deal if you are also traveling with grandchildren, because children under 16 have free admission.
  • The lifetime national parks Senior Pass also gives seniors a 50 percent discount on federal use fees charged for camping, swimming, boat launching, parking and tours.
  • In some cases where use fees are charged, only the person named on the Senior Pass will be given the 50 percent discount.
  • The senior pass is non-transferable and does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or concession fees charged by private companies.

How to Buy a National Parks Lifetime Senior Pass
The Senior Pass to national parks cannot be purchased by mail or online. It must be purchased in person at a federal area where entrance fees are charged, or at regional offices of the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Proof of age, such as a valid driver’s license, is required at the time you purchase your senior pass.

For more information about the National Parks Lifetime Senior Pass, call the National Park Service at 1-888-ASK-USGS

Yorktown VA Chosen as Site For Marine Corp Regiment

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown in Virginia. has been chosen as the new location for a consolidated unit of the Marine Corps Security Force Regiment.

The move will bring more than 800 Marines, sailors and civilians to Yorktown Naval Weapons Station as it seeks to consolidate anti-terrorism units.

The move will take place over several years, as construction permits. The first contingent of 150 Marines will move into temporary quarters at Yorktown-Cheatham Annex in June, the Marine Corps said.

The Naval Weapons Station was selected over two other sites in Chesapeake and Cherry Point, N.C.

The consolidation will combine Marines, sailors and civilians from Marines Corps Security Force Regiment headquarters at Naval Station Norfolk, and Alpha and Charlie Anti-terrorism Security Team Companies at Camp Allen in Norfolk.
The 800 will join 300 Marines in the Bravo, or 2nd, Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team already located at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown.

The reason for the relocation is to “provide a consolidated security force training and operations complex within the mid-Atlantic region and improve mission training capabilities and operational readiness to meet current and future mission requirements,” Neal said.

There are about 300 Marines in the MCSFR at Yorktown presently and they will be joined by 100 members of the headquarter company this summer.

New construction in Yorktown in support of MCSFR will be competing with military construction funding in the 2013 fiscal year budget, then later phases of construction will extend through 2017.

“Between 1,100 and 1,200 personnel will be based at Yorktown by the time all the construction is finished,” Neal said.

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown is the Navy’s premier ordnance handling facility on the East Coast.

Creekside Landing Williamsburg, VA York County Neighborhood Spotlight- by Mr Williamsburg

Search homes for sale in Creekside Landing Williamsburg VaCreekside Landing is located on the banks of Queens Creek in  Williamsburg Virginia.  The community is quietly nestled near where our country was born — and is within minutes of the Peninsula’s business centers, recreation, shopping and historical areas.

This established community offers tranquility, while still being convenient to today’s needs. Creekside Landing offers large home sites and open spaces in one of the most sought after areas of upper York County with a Williamsburg address.

Pier on Queens CreekAmenities in this lovely community include a huge swimming pool & a separate pool just for the tots!,  Clubhouse,  2 playgrounds, Horseshoe set,  Picnic Area,  Walking trails, Pier/dock. Families with children who want to swim competitively are encouraged to join the nearby Queens Lake Eagles Swim team.

Home sizes range from 2200 -4000+ square feet with the average being around 2700. Lot sizes average .25 acre and range from .20 to .40 of an acre.

Waverton Home in Creekside LandingThe majority of the homes were built from 2004 by Waverton Homes. The professionals at Waverton Homes have been building homes throughout Hampton Roads & North Carolina area for more than a quarter century.

Centex Homes also built a number of homes in Creekside Landing. Most of these were built around 2007.

A dedicated social committee has numerous neighborhood events throughout the year including : Easter Egg hunts, community-wide yard sales, pool parties, Celebration of Lights in December as well as local outings to the Mariners Museum and a variety of nearby destinations.

soldiconLocation: I-64 to exit 242A, 199 West. Follow Route 143 west to Williamsburg. Right on Penniman Rd. Left on Hubbard. Pass Queens Lake Middle School. Turn left into the community onto Schooner Blvd

York County Schools:  Magruder Elementary, Queens Lake Middle and Bruton High school

ColoniaParkwayvaNearby recreational amenities include:Colonial Parkway  a twenty-three mile scenic roadway stretching from the York River at Yorktown to the James River at Jamestown. It connects Virginia’s historic triangle: Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. 

It is only a few minutes drive or bike ride to New Quarter Park This park offers 545-acres of mature forests, meadows, ravines and tidal wetlands to enjoy. Park goers can take advantage of 10 picnic shelters, 8 hiking trails with scenic overlooks, a mountain bike trail, routes for family biking, an 18-hole disc golf course, basketball and sand volleyball courts, a softball field, horseshoe pits, a large playground and access to Queens Creek and the York River for canoes, kayaks and fishing.

Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA are less than a 10 minute drive away.

 

Sales Stats November 2010 : Creekside Landing stats are as follows:

  • Homes for sale: 6 
  • Homes sold last 12 months: 6  
  • Median sold price: $362,750 versus last year’s $350,000 a 3.64% increase
  • Average days on market: 102 

    Currently, there is a 12-month supply of houses to purchase. Remember that a six-month supply is considered a balanced market. If we can avoid another government housing stimulus, the market should have a chance to get back to “normal.”

 


Creekside Landing FAQ

HOA Fee: $53 Monthly

253 Homes total

Lot Size
.25 acre average

Amenities: Clubhouse ,Playground, Pool, Pier, Picnic Pavilion
 
Size of Homes: 2200-4000+ square feet- Some with basements

Homes built from 2004-2007 |

Schools: York County- Magruder Elementary, Queens Lake Middle, Bruton High

Property Tax Rate:  .6575 PER HUNDRED OF ASSESSED  VALUATION  ( Taxes on a $300k home would be $1972 annual )

HOA WEBSITE http://www.creeksidelanding.net/ 

HOA Contact Info: Bill Van Elburg, Association Manager 
     United Property Association 
     103 Bulifants Blvd, Suite A 
     Williamsburg VA 23188 
     Phone:  345-5383     Email: 
welburg@unitedproperty.org

Read HOA Documents here

Current Homes For Sale In Creekside Landing

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If you have any questions or would like to visit some homes in Creekside Landing or other communities in the Williamsburg or Hampton Roads areas of Virginia , I am here to help ! Contact me at 757 254 8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com

Explore other neighborhoods in Williamsburg VA here

 

Location Map for Creekside Landing in York County, Williamsburg VA

 

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5395This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf.  John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market.  His websites, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and   www.MrWilliamsburg.com, were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, with the hopes of selling a house now and again.  You can reach him at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com.

Grafton Bethel Elementary Receives National Blue Ribbon Award

blue ribbon schoolGrafton Bethel Elementary School in York County was honored Thursday as one of  the 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A total of nine schools in Virginia and 304 schools across the country received the designation, which includes 254 public schools and 50 private ones.

The schools will be honored at an awards ceremony Nov. 15-16 in Washington. The award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools whose students achieve at very high levels or have made significant progress and helped close gaps in achievement especially among disadvantaged and minority students.

Virginia’s other  winners were Bellevue Elementary School in Richmond, Cleveland Elementary School in Cleveland, Eureka Elementary School in Keysville,  Highland County 6-12 School in Monterey, Lincoln Elementary School in Purcellville, Patrick Springs Primary School in Patrick Springs, St. Ambrose Catholic School in Annandale and St. Theresa School in Ashburn.

Nelsons Grant -Yorktown’s first mixed use development

view all homes for sale in this neighborhoodCaptureNewport News has Port Warwick and City Center, James City County has New Town, Hampton has Peninsula Town Center and now Yorktown will have Nelson’s Grant.

York County is in the works to get its first mixed use development. Called Nelson’s Grant, the development would include 66 town houses, 46 condos, and nearly 14,000 square feet of commercial space.

The new development is designed to create a sense of place for those that will live there. It incorporates many of the concepts that real urban planners support, such as sidewalks, alleyways to support rear-entry garages, community spaces, parallel parking, and a mixed use area. If this development is successful, it should be a model for future development all around Hampton Roads. It is more efficient on city services and therefore less expensive to serve than the segregated-use, ‘traditional’ suburban sprawl

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Lakes at Dare- Yorktown VA Neighborhood Spotlight

 188 Welcome to Lakes at Dare, one of York County Virginia’s premier  residential communities. It is located within the historic triangle of Yorktown-Williamsburg-Jamestown, Virginia. It’s residents are a mix of professionals, military, young families, and retirees.  ( According to its home owners association website )

The neighborhood consists of 46 acres of common area, with 164 residential home sites.

Residents enjoy a large community pool with an adjacent sheltered area for recreation that is ideal for community gatherings. The beautiful surroundings consist of lakes with fountains and beautifully maintained common areas that lend themselves to leisurely walks, bird watching and bike riding..

DSCN4566_editedYorktown, founded in 1691, and a significant part of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, is rich in historical importance. As well as having a wealth of history, our area is centrally located among a bevy of recreational attractions. From Virginia Beach to Busch Gardens and King’s Dominion, when family and friends visit, there is plenty to see and do right around the corner.

If you seek a quiet community in which to live, yet want to be within easy reach of shopping, entertainment, schools and institutions of higher learning, Lakes at Dare would welcome a visit to see for yourself the benefits of living in York County.

Lakes At Dare AT A GLANCE:

Homes built from 1995 – 2005

Price Range: $458,000-580,000

Amenities: pool, gazebo, lakes with fountains

Homeowners Assoc Dues: $80.00 monthly

Elementary School: Dare Elementary

Middle School: York Middle

High School: York High


Builders at Lakes at Dare included : Katzenberg Homes, Wayne Harbin Builder,Edgerton Contracting, J.D. Blanchard, Marque Homes,  Darrell Hunter, and more

Home Sales Statistics from Lakes at Dare Feb 2009-Feb 2010

Home Owner Association Management for Lakes at Dare:

Chesapeake Bay Management – Ms. Susan Berger

Phone: 757-534-7751

Fax: 757-534-7765

E-Mail: sberger@1cbm.com

Home Owner Association Website

Photos from around the neighborhood

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Cut your own Christmas Tree Farms in Hampton Roads VA

Christmas tree farms in hampton roads If you don’t want to end up like Charlie Brown this year you might want to take a  day and visit one of the many Christmas Tree Farms in the area.

I can assure you the quality will be much better than that of the wild cedar trees we cut in Lexington Va when I was a child.

Here are some of the most popular Christmas Tree Farms in the Hampton Roads/ southeastern part of Virginia.  Please call them before visiting to confirm their opening hours.

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York County Va Storm Notice

11/12/09- York County has declared a local state of emergency, effective at 11 a.m. today, due to the impacts of the current Nor’easter event. A number of flood prone areas of the County have experienced flooding today and County officials would like to warn residents of low-lying areas of the possibility of additional higher flooding as the storm continues to bring high tides, rain and high winds to the region. In particular, occupants of residences and business in low lying flood prone areas are encouraged to consider moving to higher ground. Residents should diligently monitor weather forecasts to stay updated on any changes in the local weather conditions. Residents should tune to cable channel 46, local news and radio stations as well as WXGM 99.1 for additional updates. Residents with questions are asked to call the Public Information Office at 757-890-3300.

Veterans Day in the Historic Triangle and Hampton Roads Va

Veterans_Day Williamsburg, VA This year’s Veterans Day ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Williamsburg Community Building on N. Boundary Street. The event offers those participating a special time to honor all military veterans, living and deceased, and is sponsored by the Greater Williamsburg Combined Veterans Organizations.
Read about other Veterans Day events in Williamsburg, Hampton Roads and Richmond VA

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Building a new home in Williamsburg VA

Are you thinking of building your dream home in the Williamsburg Va area ?

Would you like to learn a little more about the process ?

Below, you will find the contact information for a select group of  Williamsburg VA area custom home builders. All have built in and are familiar with the numerous requirements to build in Governors Land, Fords Colony, Stonehouse, Greensprings West, Kingsmill, Liberty Ridge , Uncles Neck, Wexford Hills, Skimino Landing and many other communities throughout the Williamsburg VA area.

 

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Historic Triangle Featured in National Geographic Traveler Magazine

traveler-november-december-09 National Geographic Traveler magazine is featuring the Historic Triangle, Chesapeake Bay and Shenandoah Valley on its list of the world’s iconic destinations.

The magazine’s list ranks the world’s most celebrated travel destinations and how well they’ve weathered mass tourism while protecting the environment. The list will appear in the magazine’s November-December issue.

The Historic Triangle – Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown – ranked the best among the Virginia destinations and was listed in the "Places Doing Well" category.

The Chesapeake Bay was in the "Places with Troubles" category, and the Shenandoah Valley was among "Places in the Balance."

Here is a representative sampling of additional anonymous comments from the panelists.

"Beautiful, with considerable historic character. The region has an excellent tourism infrastructure, and some areas are particularly well done: The recent work at Jamestown is superb, especially the archaeology and its interpretation; and the ongoing character of Williamsburg remains a key charm. The sustainability question is key—such as the expense of operating something like Colonial Williamsburg—and operational costs and government cuts to agencies such as the National Park Service (Yorktown) are a long-term concern."

"Williamsburg is a fascinating living museum. But its antiseptic quality belies the reality of life in the 18th century."

"The Colonial Williamsburg restored area and national parks at Yorktown and Jamestown are best experienced by the Colonial Parkway, which is still a pristine drive that links all three destinations and buffers them from the sprawl culture. Williamsburg has devolved into little more than an upscale suburban enclave. The growing residential population clings to a faux colonial aesthetic that is applied to homes, shops, and strip malls."

Read more here

Or buy the issue now on news stands.

 

Possible Expansion of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Meeting Notice

The U.S. Marine Corps will hold a public information meeting on:

Wednesday, October 14 – 6 to 8 p.m.
York High School
9300 George Washington Highway
Yorktown, VA 23692

USMC The meeting is for persons interested in information concerning an environmental
assessment (EA) for a proposal to construct, operate, and maintain a consolidated
Marine Corps Security Force (MCSF) Regiment training and operations complex within the Mid-Atlantic region.
The meeting will be conducted in an “open house” format. Information on the project and the draft EA will be presented at a series of poster stations. Throughout the meeting, Marine Corps representatives will be available to answer questions.
Construction of an operations complex is needed to eliminate the geographic separation of the MCSF Regiment companies and to address structural, safety, and logistical deficiencies in the facilities currently used by the regiment. The MCSF Regiment’s five companies currently operate from four different installations in the Hampton Roads region. Three potential alternatives are being analyzed. One of the alternatives includes new construction of a 900,000 square-foot operations complex at
Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. A total of 1,110 MCSF personnel are attached to the operations complex.
The Marine Corps is preparing an EA, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, to analyze the reasonably foreseeable environmental impacts of the proposal. The EA, which examines three siting alternatives and a no-action alternative, analyzes a variety of resource areas that include land use, coastal zone resources, aesthetics, socioeconomics, transportation, natural resources, cultural resources, air quality, hazardous materials and wastes, and noise.

Location Map of Naval Weapon Station Yorktown VA

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55+ Active Adult Communities in Hampton Roads, VA

After a recent prospect came to town looking for a home in a 55+ community in Williamsburg I assumed as I always do that they would want to live here in Williamsburg, VA.  To my surprise they chose VA Beach over Williamsburg. ( A rare occurrence) It seems that they wanted to be closer to their kids who live in VA Beach so they purchased a home in West Neck a 55+ golf community in  Virginia Beach, Virginia .The West Neck community sits on a quiet 620 acres and features a beautiful 18 hole, 72-par, Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, designed by Arnold Palmer and Palmer Course Design Company, that presents holes ranging from 5,031 to 7,010 yards.  Eight distinct villages with a total of 930 homes comprise the West Neck  community.

To that I end I have compiled a list of most of the 55+ Active Adult communities in Hampton Roads. This includes the Chesapeake, Gloucester, Franklin, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk,  VA Beach, and Yorktown VA areas.

Chesapeake, VA -Eagle Pointe at Cahoon Plantation, One Ford Place, Legacy at Washington Arms, The Retreat At Greenbrier, Riverwalk, Monarch Walk, The Commons at Hunningdon, Sommerton

Gloucester , Va– Villas at Gloucester- Coming in 2010

Franklin, VA-Village at Woods End

Portsmouth, VA-Villas of River Pointe – Portsmouth

Smithfield, VA– Villas at Smithfield, Church Square

Suffolk, VA-The Seasons on Lake Meade

VA Beach, VA-Bay Village Condos, West Neck, Chelsea Place, Atlantic Shores

Williamsburg, VA-Colonial Heritage Gated Active Adult Community, Villas At Five Forks, The Settlement at Powhatan Creek

Yorktown, VA-Rainbrook Villas, Villas at Yorktown

Click here for the current map. I will continue to add new communities as they become available. If you know of any I missed please let me know

If you would like an email with prices and specifications for all homes , town homes, condos in 55+ communities in Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA click here 

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5395 This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf.  John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market.  His websites, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and   www.MrWilliamsburg.com, were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, with the hopes of selling a house now and again.  You can reach him at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com.

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Yorktown VA cruise ship stop

Yorktown will again play host to a number of cruise ships this fall, including one high-end luxury ship that has chosen to feature the village as a stop on its Historic Atlantic cruise.

Travel Dynamics International’s newly refurbished Clelia II will be docking at Riverwalk Landing’s T-Pier on Sunday, Oct. 4. The 290-foot boat will likely attract attention as it unloads 100 passengers into the Riverwalk area.

riverwalk yorktown vaYorktown is one of six stops on the Clelia II’s “America’s Historic Atlantic Shores” itinerary. The 11-day cruise travels the Atlantic Coast from Nova Scotia to West Palm Beach, FL and, in addition to Yorktown, includes stops in Portland, Newport, Annapolis, Charleston, and Savannah.

Travel Dynamics International bills the cruise as an educational journey. Their Web site says that “This unique voyage offers a wide-ranging, thoughtful and delightful rejoinder to the critique—often made by Americans themselves—that their nation is without its history.” 

  cleliaIIThis unique voyage offers a wide-ranging, thoughtful and delightful rejoinder to the critique—often made by Americans themselves—that their nation is without its history. Departing from Halifax, we sail first to the charming shoreline city of Portland, then on to Gilded Age mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, and the naval heritage of Annapolis, Maryland en route to the birthplace of our nation, Yorktown VA  and Colonial Williamsburg, America’s premier living museum. In Charleston, South Carolina, we will take in the enchanting atmosphere of Palmetto trees and wrought-iron balustrades during the perfect October weather, and we will tour Savannah, Georgia’s oldest city, saved by Lincoln from Sherman’s predations and by more recent preservationists from the advances of “modernization.”

The stop at Riverwalk Landing will afford guests the opportunity to visit Yorktown and other points of interest in the HisRiverwalkYorktown-Landing-from-rivertoric Triangle.

The Clelia II is just one of several dockings at Yorktown’s pier during the autumn months.  Yorktown continues to gain popularity as a small-ship cruising port-of-call, which in turn helps to boost tourism throughout the area. 

The tentative Yorktown port call schedule for the fall is as follows:
        *9/27/09  – American Eagle
        *10/4/09  – American Eagle
        *10/4/09  – Clelia II
        *10/11/09 – American Eagle
        *10/18/09 – American Eagle
        *10/26/09 – American Star
        *11/2/09  – American Spirit
        *11/8/09  – American Spirit

“Rhythms on the Riverwalk” Yorktown VA

RiverwalkLandingConcertSeries The fifth annual “Rhythms on the Riverwalk” concert series kicks off this weekend at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown. The weekly concert series will take place on the performance stage at Riverwalk Landing, overlooking the York River in historic Yorktown.
This five-week concert series will once again feature some of the area’s finest in jazz, big band and swing. The series will be held on Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 11 and running through Oct. 9.

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

•    SEPTEMBER 11– THE KINGS OF SWING
•    SEPTEMBER 18 – GLEN BOSWICK & THE SOUNDS OF SWING
•    SEPTEMBER 25 – CHARLES DARDEN GROUP
•    OCTOBER 2 – TERRY CHESSON ORCHESTRA
•    OCTOBER 9 – THE TOP HATS ORCHESTRA

This 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 to direct motorists to parking lots will be in place.
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 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.yorkcounty.gov/tourism  . Sponsored by York County.

More info on Riverwalk here

Williamsburg/ James City County Schools SOL Tests All Time high Score 2008-2009

Students attending Williamsburg/James City County Public Schools achieved all-time highs on their Standards of Learning (SOL) test results in every subject tested by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2009.

Superintendent Gary Mathews stated “We are most pleased with the overall long-term trends now under way which have resulted in all-time highs in every subject tested by the state, This is especially a tribute to our students and faculty given that the federal pass standard in reading and math has increased by 4 percentage points in each subject for each of the past three school
years. As for the NCLB Graduation Indicator, we still have work to do,” concluded Dr. Mathews. 2009-10 NCLB ratings are based on 2008-09 SOL results, graduation, and attendance.

The annual achievement goals are required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which provides funds and support for low income and academically at risk students. Virginia uses pass rates on its Standards of Learning reading and math tests for the AYP goals, which rise each year until 2014, when all students are expected to pass the tests. This year’s target pass rates increased 4 percentage points, from 77 percent to 81 percent in English and from 75 percent to 79 percent in math. Students in grades 3-8 and high school take the state-required multiple choice tests each year.
Schools and districts must report AYP results for all students in a school or grade, as well as subgroups of students the federal law considers considered academically at risk. These include low-income students, minority students, special education students and students learning English for the first time.
Schools that fail to meet the targets two or more years in a row are subject to sanctions ranging from offering students transfers to better performing schools and tutoring paid for by the district to more stringent steps specified in the law, up to reorganizing or closing schools.

This year, public schools throughout the Historic Triangle plugged along and made progress, although in Williamsburg James City County schools it was a handful of students whose failure to achieve meant the division as a whole did not earn AYP.

According to data released by W-JCC schools the division missed making AYP in reading by 13 students, four of whom are black and nine who have limited English proficiency.

The division’s biggest success was at D.J. Montague Elementary, where the staff faced possible sanctions because of failure to progress. Their students’ achievement this year was reflected in much higher, statistically significant scores in four of five subject areas.

W-JCC Superintendent Gary Mathews singled out the students and staff at Montague for praise.

He said the school "avoided possible reconstitution of the faculty and staff. This was certainly a heavy burden before D.J. and they passed with flying colors as we predicted a year ago. I continue to have great confidence in Principal Sammy Fudge and the entire D.J. faculty and staff."

In York County, 15 of the division’s 19 schools made AYP, with middle schools again proving the sticking point. Division-wide, York schools did earn AYP.

"All YCSD schools have earned full accreditation since the 2002-03 school year," said superintendent Eric Williams. "That is quite an accomplishment."

Like in W-JCC schools, specific subgroups of students in the four middle schools were identified as needing improvement to pass.

The school division earlier this year announced it would implement several changes at the middle schools beginning this fall. Among them are a new math program, block scheduling and a revised K-12 writing model.

Fifty-nine of the state’s 132 school divisions made AYP this year. Locally, that includes Poquoson City Schools.

Complete results, viewable by school division, are available here.

A breakdown of Williamsburg- James City County schools’ performance is available at the division’s website.

Yorktown, VA- "Shagging on The Riverwalk" 2009

shaggingatriverwalk Shagging on the Riverwalk is a  summer concert series held at Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown and features some of the area’s finest beach music, Motown, oldies and more. Guests have the opportunity to practice the “shag” on the large outdoor dance floor, and all are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. The event is free and open to the public.

This gathering is truly fun and exciting for anyone who really appreciates the shag. Back by popular demand for a fourth straight year, York County is excited to offer the 2009 Shagging on the Riverwalk Beach Music Concert Series. Entertainment will take place on the performance stage at Riverwalk Landing, overlooking the York River in historic Yorktown.

shaggingyorktown The series will be held on Friday’s from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning June 5, and continuing through June 26. Following a two-week break, the series picks up on July 17 and continues through August 7.

The Colonial Shag Club will once again provide shag lessons, demonstrations, club information, and answer any 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.
For the kids, a clown will be present each week to provide free face painting and balloons.
SCHEDULE OF ENTERTAINMENT
June 5 – TFC Band
June 12 – The Main Event Band
June 19 – Fatback and The Cadillacs
June 26 – The Original Rhondels
– – – – – 2 Week Break – – – – –
July 17 – Coolin’ Out
July 24 – FAB
July 31 – The Band of Oz
August 7 – Ron Moody and the Centaurs

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs for seating. 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.

YorktownRiverwalkLanding1 No rain dates are scheduled for Shagging on the Riverwalk. In the event of inclement weather, please call the event weather hotline at 890-3520. For more information on 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.yorkcounty.gov/tourism  . Sponsored by York County, VA.

If you don’t know what " Shagging or Beach Music is watch this medley showcasing Local Musician Bill Deal and the Rhondels. Bill Deal passed suddenly in 2003 and we lost one of the great Beach singers of his time..Most Folks think the Rhondels were one-hit wonders but the truth is that they had 3 Top 40 hits to their credit; "I’ve Been Hurt", "May I" and Who Do You Think You Are.

I guess I am showing my age as I remember him playing at a high school prom when I was growing up in VA Beach.

Location Map for Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown, VA

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The Oaks at Fenton Mill, Williamsburg, VA- Community Spotlight

the oaks at fenton mill york county va The Oaks at Fenton Mill, located in Upper York County near Rochambeau Drive and Route 199, features homes by some of Williamsburg’s premier custom home builders including Wayne Harbin and Lawson Homes. The Oaks at Fenton Mill features rolling terrain, walking trails, a pond, recreational areas adn a picnic pavilliosn for resiedents. Home sites range in size from one-half acre to two acres.
The community developed by Lawson Homes is located on wooded property just over interstate I-64 from the retail centers of Upper York and James City counties, including Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Starbucks and the new location of Sentara Community Hospital.
A variety of plans are available, ranging from ranchers to two story homes. A select group of Southern Living House Plans will be featured.Prices start in the $400,000’sThe community  features wooded country size lots, beautiful rolling terrain, walking trails, a pond, and recreational areas .The  wooded home sites range in size from one-half acre to two acres. 

Click here to search all homes currently for sale in The Oaks at Fenton Mills, York County, Williamsburg, VA

Schools for The Oaks at Fenton Mill York County
High School Bruton
Middle Queens Lake
Elementary Waller Mill

Location map of The Oaks at Fenton Mill 

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Queens Lake Community Spotlight Williamsburg VA- By Mr Williamsburg

Queens 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 lates 1970’s. There are a few that have been built since 2000 on the few remaining lots left in Queens Lake in Williamsburg VA.

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The Queens Lake Community offer a host of amenities to it’s queenslakeviewvolunteer 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 queenslakemarinasoftball 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- April 2009:
There are 12 homes currently for sale in Queens Lake. The prices for currently listed homes in Queens Lake range from $299,900 to $980,000. Sold home prices in 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.

Testimonials from Queens Lake Residents

When my husband and I moved to Williamsburg over nine years ago, we chose the Queens Lake community because of the beautiful neighborhood and the amazing Art Magnet Programs at Waller Mill Elementary, Queens Lake Middle, and Bruton HighOur daughter is only 8, but she has participated in every artistic endeavor while in preschool at Williamsburg Parents C0-OP, and kindergarten at Magruder Elementary. Now that she has entered the Art Magnet Program at Waller Mill, she is excelling like never before. She is reading at a seventh-grade level, and has just won second place in the Art Reflections contest for Visual Arts and can’t wait to submit three new projects next year for Visual Arts, Photography & Literature. She is over the moon about being part of the up com ing production of “Something Froggy Going On.” Robyn is counting down the days until she is old enough to try out for the school plays with Mrs. DiFiore, eager to create a new piece of artwork every time she steps into Mrs. Koob’s art class, and loves how Mrs. Barlow gets all the kids moving and dancing to the Wii game “Just Dance.” The Art Magnet Program at Waller Mill is the only thing that gets my daughter up in the morning, eager to get to school, excited about what she will create. 

The 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 queenslakepoolthis 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 queenslakeplaygroundoppose 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.

At 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 queensceekvieweke 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.

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.

In 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.

In 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.

Since 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.

Schools for Queens Lake , Williamsburg, VA
Magruder Elementary or Waller Mill Magnet
Queens Lake Middle
Bruton High School
See York County VA School Info

Drive thru Queens Lake in Google Street View

Search Homes for Sale in Queens Lake, Williamsburg VA

Location Map of Queens Lake:

psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I  would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to  Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the  surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures55+ active adult communities,   condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent,  Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton,  Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth  Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry,  Va Beach, Yorktown  and York County Virginia

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

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Virginia Golf Course Map Directory

Golf Course Map Listing for Richmond, New Kent, Gloucester, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, West Pont, Va Beach. Chesapeake, Suffolk, Williamsburg, Cape Charles and Hampton Roads VA.


 

View Golf Courses in New Kent, Williamsburg, Hampton Roads Virginia in a larger map

Search homes for sale in Golf Course Communities in the Williamsburg, York County, New Kent County and Smithfield Virginia areas.

Colonial Williamsburg, VA – Video of Colonial Williamsburg & Golden Horseshoe Golf

Vodpod videos no longer available.  

Here is is short five minute video From Golfweek and GolfTV that will give you a feel for both Colonial Williamsburg and the multiple award winning Golden Horseshoe Golf Course.

 

Where is Waldo and is he reading Mr Williamsburg’s Blog ?

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Apparently real estate in the Williamsburg and Hampton Roads  areas is of interest to readers worldwide. The picture at left was from early Saturday morning on March 14,2009. I have noticed more and more readers from all over the world perusing this blog.
As you can see on this day there were readers from Copenhagen Denmark, Calcutta, India, France, Salzburg, Austria and Khabarovsk, Russia along with many more from the U.S..

If you have any questions about the area, communities, neighborhoods,  golf, cultural activities, museums,recreation, homes for sale, sales statistics, financing a home, kids activities, shopping, opening a business, waterfront ,schools, condos, town homes,neighborhoods, living in or selling a home in Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA please drop me an email at John@MrWilliamsburg.com  I am happy to answer any and all that I can. If I don’t have the answer I will know where to send you to for a response.

 

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Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown Videos

It’s amazing to me how many high quality videos there are about our great area. What’s also surprising is how few people have watched them. Here are just a few that I wanted to share. If you are curious about the history of the Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, VA area history then spend a few minutes and watch the following videos.  Each one is only a few minutes long. You can watch more of them here.
You can also learn more about both Jamestown and Yorktown at the The Jamestown Yorktown Foundation website by clicking here

Map with locations of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown VA

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