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New subdivision with 222 homes near Water Country approved

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Location map Whittaker’s Mill



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

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


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

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

Location Map of proposed Commonwealth Green in Yorktown VA

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

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

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

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

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York County VA Reassessments 2012

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

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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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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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Taylor Farms Neighborhood Spotlight Yorktown VA

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The allure of an acre, the convenient location and the freedom to build a house that suited their needs drew Sean and Leslie Callender to Taylor Farms in York County.
The Callenders, who lived in Kiln Creek, were looking for a home that would accommodate them, their two children and Leslie’s parents.
They considered buying a quarter-acre in another nearby development, then stumbled upon Taylor Farms.
“Here, it’s basically the same amount of money for an acre,” Sean Callender said. “It was kind of a no-brainer.”

The large lot size is probably the biggest selling point for Taylor Farms.

The region’s residential construction market has slowed considerably since the boom a few years ago. The number of building permits issued in Hampton Roads is down 31.8 percent from last year and down 58.6 percent from the 2003 peak, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The housing market has also cooled, with sales down 17.9 percent between 2007 and 2008.
But on a recent afternoon, construction and landscaping companies worked on properties throughout the Taylor Farms neighborhood.
taylorfarms The new community, which was the site of the 2008 Parade of Homes, is “not totally insulated” from the economic slowdown that taken root, but prospective buyers do come by for every open house held in Taylor Farms.

Taylor Farms started selling lots in 2005 on what used to be 72 acres of farmland. Homes started going up in 2007.
Thirty-five of the 54 lots had been sold by the time the Peninsula Housing and Builders Association approached Taylor Farms’ owners about using it as a Parade of Homes site, and more than 13,000 people turned out for the showcasetaylorfarmsrealestate  of upscale homes.
Now, there are only 10 home sites left, building lots start at $195,000.

In addition to the spacious lots, the site also has a great location, Whittaker said. It’s close to three Peninsula hospitals — which is helpful for doctors who must get to a hospital in a hurry for emergencies, he said.
Another benefit is that the houses are custom built. Buyers tell the builders what they’re looking for, and the builders draw up plans to meet their needs, Whittaker said.
And unlike other new homes, there’s no requirement to build right away. The lots are mostly sold to the buyer, not to builders, and the buyers are given a window to start building, Whittaker said.
yorkcountyrealestate Doctors, a fireman-pharmacist couple, a real estate agent, school employees and NASA employees all call Taylor Farms home, he said.
“It’s a pretty eclectic community,” he said. “We have toddlers in there, and we have empty nesters.”
Phyllis Fleming and her husband moved into their house in July. As a military family, the Flemings moved all over until settling down in the Hampton Roads area in 1997.

Now they’re empty nesters. But instead of scaling back, they’re moving up.
“Being a military wife, you travel around and you live in all these different kinds of houses. You pick from all of them. You have your mental dream house from all of them,” Fleming said. “That’s what this house is like. This is, I guess, our dream house.”
She said it was a “phenomenal find” to get a 1-acre lot.
“If we were going to move up a house, we wanted some space around it. We didn’t want to live right up next to our neighbors where you can hear your neighbors through your wall.”

The Flemings’ house is 3,600 square feet — more than 4,500 square feet if you count the unfinished attic — and features a formal foyer, a “man cave” over the garage, an office for Fleming, a walk-through closet that opens into the laundry room and a walk-through pantry.
Fleming said they were able to build because they saved up for this house and have weathered economic downturns before.
For the Callenders, Taylor Farms was a chance to get the kind of house the family needed. They looked around at existing homes but couldn’t find a house to fit their needs.
Sean Callender’s father uses an electric cart. When he visited, he stayed in a hotel room because their old house wasn’t accessible. If they built, they could make the house accessible for Sean’s parents and allow Leslie’s parents to move in.
So they sold their Kiln Creek home and bought here, trading up from a 2,100-square-foot home to 3,700 square feet.
“We plan to stay here for a really long time,” said Sean Callender, who works as the secondary science supervisor for Newport News public schools. “You look at the Parade of Homes, and you sell all the bells and whistles. We made a functional house. Since I’m in public schools, we’re not very wealthy.”
But they did plan ahead, working as teachers and coaches when they first got married, living off only one salary and saving the rest, they said.
“It’s not over the top,” he said. “This is what we want, and this is what we need.”

The two new homes in Taylor Farms currently for sale are priced at $899,000 and $1,295,000. There are other proposed homes also available as well as the ability to create your own custom dream home.

If you would like to discuss building your own dream home in Taylor Farms, York County or any other community in the Hampton Roads area call or email John@MrWilliamsburg.com

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The Oaks At Fenton Mill Williamsburg, York County Virginia


The Oaks at Fenton Mill has homes now under construction. The Oaks at Fenton Mill, located in Williamsburg VA in  Upper York County,( The Bruton District)  features homes by  Williamsburg’s premier custom home builders, Wayne Harbin Builder and Lawson Homes. The community is located on wooded property just over interstate I-64 from the bustling retail centers of Upper York and James City counties, including Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, YMCA  and the Sentara Community Hospital. 

The Oaks at Fenton Mill combines the best of rustic living, with the convenience of shopping and businesses nearby. The community of The Oaks  includes a recreational area for residents. A variety of plans are available, ranging from ranchers to two story homes.Homes are available to be built with prices starting in  the $360,000’s 

 The Oaks at Fenton Mill homes will offer affordability, amenities, and convenience with single-family homes on large, private wooded homesites. Each home offers your choice of an in ground or walk-out basement and rests on up to 1.5 acres, ensuring the ultimate in privacy.
• Located in York County, VA
• Single-family Homes on up to 1.5-acre wooded homesites
• Choice of walk-out or in ground basement
• 3-5 bedrooms
• 2.5-3.5 bathrooms
• 2-car garage
•  Easy access to I-64 and shopping
• Soccer field, picnic pavilion, community pond and dock, and walking trails with workout stations located within community

 There are a  a limited number of wooded home sites ranging in size from one-half acre to two acres.
Bring your own builder or consider one of the quality homes being built by Lawson Homes or custom builder Wayne Harbin Builder.

York County Schools for this community are Waller Mill Elementary, Queens Lake Middle and Bruton High School

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Parade of Homes 2008 York County Virginia PHBA Taylor Farms

Taylor Farms in York County is the site for this year’s Peninsula Housing & Builders Association’s 25th Parade of Homes, which will be held May 3-18, 2008. This event showcases the latest trends and innovations in home construction and design, as well as landscaping, decorating and more!
Show hours are: Monday-Friday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Weekends 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $10.00 at the gate children 12 and under Free. Free on-site parking.

Directions: From Interstate 64, take Victory Blvd. east to the 6th traffic light – Yorktown Road.Turn left and Taylor Farms will be 1/4 mile ahead on the right.

Featured Builders will include:

Allen Parker Builder, Poquoson, VA (757) 846-6205

Edgerton Contracting, IncYorktown, VA (757) 898-9577 http://www.edgertoncontracting.com/

J. Lloyd Builder, Inc Williamsburg, VA (757) 220-6810M

Marque Homes by C.R. McLellon, Builder, Inc Poquoson, VA
(757) 868 9707 http://www.marquehomescrmclellon.com/

Pritchard & Company Builders, Inc Yorktown, VA (757) 898-7950

Crestmark Custom Builders, Inc Newport News, VA (757) 873-6828

Garnett Construction, Inc Yorktown, VA (757) 870-4668 http://www.garnettconstructionllc.com/

J.W. Wallace Construction, Inc Poquoson, VA (757) 868-4562

Performance Contracting Yorktown, VA (757) 988-3900

Realty Builders, Inc Newport News, VA (757) 874-7484

Williamsburg Va Real Estate- Felgate Woods coming Jan/ Feb 2006

Introducing Felgates Woods, In desirable York County! Minutes from Historic Williamsburg, close to shopping, dining and schools. This single family home community offers homeownership for those seeking quality, value and location! Homes range from 1,980 to 3,000 square feet, 1st or 2nd floor owner’s suite, 2 car garage, 3-5 bedrooms and more.

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