• 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

Grand Opening this weekend–The Reserve at Williamsburg

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

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

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

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

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

Full Finished Basements Available Offering Additional Living Space

Enjoy The Convenience Of Lawn Care Maintenance Included

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

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

Location Map for the Reserve at Williamsburg

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Psst.I’m a real estate agent.

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

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

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

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

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John

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

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

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

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

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

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

Palermo with a base price of $399,990 

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

Jasmine Grove with a base price of $419,990

Victoria Falls with a base price of $439,990         

Fairchild with a base price of $449,990     

Avalon with a base price of $459,990     

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

Search homes for sale at Mansion Woods in Yorktown VA

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

John@MrWilliamsburg.com  call/text 757 254 8136

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Psst.I’m a real estate agent.

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

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

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

Area Orientations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About The Listing Agent

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Mr Williamsburg:

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

Queens Lake Community Spotlight-Williamsburg VA

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

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

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

 

AMENITIES

Pools

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

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

Clubhouse

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

 

Marina

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

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

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

Lakes

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

Tennis

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

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

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

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

Laurie and Tim M.

 

HISTORY

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

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

 

The Queens Lake Development Corporation

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


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

Map of Queens Lake, Williamsburg, VA

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Queens Lake Location Map

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

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

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

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

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

Some content courtesy of www.Queenslake.net

Carriage Homes @ Williamsburg Commons- Community Spotlight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Fast Facts Carriage Homes at Williamsburg Commons

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

Best%20Places%20to%20Live Keep Looking –If you like the Carriage Homes at Williamsburg Commons you might also like Villages at Powhatan, Colonial Heritage, The Settlement, Foxfield Townhomes, Fairway Villas, Braemar Creek,  The Mews, Longhill Gate, or many others. Search neighborhood Spotlights here

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Neighborhood Info

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

Lots average .10 acre in size.

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

Models available

 sorrento model by ryan homesSorrento

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

Sienna , Ryan HomesSienna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Running Man Location 

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

Pool in  Running Man Yorktown Va

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

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

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

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

Running Man  Makes The Grade!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is for sale in Running Man ?

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

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

 

most expensive home in Running man

What is $1,193,000 ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recreation:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fast Facts: Running Man

City/ County: York 

Zip Code: 23185

# Homes: 560+

Homes built from: 1985-2011

Price range: $300s to mid $580’s

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

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


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

Homeowner Association Website

Schools:Mt Vernon Elementary, 
Tabb Middle, 
High

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

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

Homes were primarily built by Performance Contracting and Nicholson Homes

 Community Demographics

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

HOA Contact  Running Man 

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Like what you are reading ? Want to receive updates by email in the future ? Sign up here  banner 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 , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities,   condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New KentPoquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton,  Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth  Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry,  Va Beach, Yorktown  and York County Virginia

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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.

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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

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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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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.
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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.

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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

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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..

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


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.

 

 

find the perfect neighborhood in williamsburg vaKeep looking: If you like Kiln Creek , you might also like: Coventry or a number of other neighborhoods . View more neighborhood spotlights here or contact me for suggestions.

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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,

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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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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.

Download a Roxbury Floorplan here

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.

Download a Hartford Floorplan here

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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find the perfect neighborhood in williamsburg vaKeep looking: If you like Riverwalk Townes in Yorktown , you might also like  Liberty Crossing, Village at Quarterpath, Whitehall New Town, Braemar Creek, Villages At Powhatan and many others throughout the area. Explore other communities here:

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

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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

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

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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.

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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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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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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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

Search all homes for sale at The Oaks at Fenton Mill here

Williamsburg Virginia Real Estate

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 


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York County VA Neighborhoods of the Year 2008

Three neighborhoods in York County VA. received the 2008 Neighborhood of the Year award.

 

Villages of Kiln Creek Homeowners’ Association  received the award for Safety. The Kiln Creek association was chosen for numerous initiatives that have or soon will result in improved safety for their community, including successfully reducing the level of speeding and hit and run incidents in the neighborhood by posting additional signs about the fines associated with speeding, and installing security cameras to monitor the area and deter would-be criminals.

Kiln Creek also holds regular crime watch meetings and has started an email list to enable crime watch captains and residents to share information when anything happens in the neighborhood.

 Running Man Community Association’s  was selected for the Neighborhood Cooperation and Spirit award. The Running Man association holds many successful community events throughout the year, including a Bicycle Rodeo, an Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Parade, Annual Yard Sale, block parties and at Christmastime, the Luminary Gift to the County, in which almost 100 percent of the homes participate.

In addition to scheduled community events, residents of the Running Man community are often seen running and walking in their neighborhood, waving hello to neighbors working in their yards. Many neighbors are involved with the Neighborhood Watch program, and several are very active in county service.

Yorkshire Downs Master Association received the award  for Beautification. Over the past year, Yorkshire Downs’ Board of Directors has actively pursued all options within the budget to increase the aesthetics of the community. As well as undertaking ongoing maintenance and repairs within the community, the association has restored a number of areas such as the club house, swimming pool, bridge and retention pond.

One of the larger projects included the installation of new playgrounds and lighting at both the swimming pool and town homes locations. But the largest and most impressive single project is the installation of a walking pier and reinforcement of a bulk head behind Clydesdale Drive. The intention of this installation was to reduce severe shoreline erosion, which has become quite a hazardous issue for residents over time. The walking pier is not only a creative resolution to safety-related problems, but also serves to further improve the appearance of the community.

The York County Virginia Neighborhood of the Year awards program were initiated in 2002 following a request by several homeowner associations to recognize and highlight the efforts of the county’s homeowners to improve their communities. 

I applaud all of these communities for their awards. Being a board member and active volunteer in my own neighborhood Windsor Forest) in  Williamsburg/ James City County VA. I understand how difficult it can be to get things accomplished in a neighborhood.

Queens Lake Williamsburg Va Real Estate

Queens Lake is a wonderful, established waterfront community located in the York County part of Williamsburg, Virginia area. 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. 

 

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

 

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Here are a few homes sales statstics for home sales and home listings within the Queens Lake Neighborhood, York County Williamsburg Virginia:
There are 10 homes currently for sale in Queens Lake The prices for currently listed homes in Queens Lake range from $291,000 to $1,130,000. Sold home prices ion Queenslake averaged $367,000 in the last 12 months and ranged from $265,000 to $525,000. There are 3 under contract at this time. The average days on market time for the homes that sol din Queens Lake was an amazingly low 65 days.  

  

 

The following history is sourced from the Queens Lake Community website which you can explore here: http://www.queenslake.net/

 A short History Of Queens Lake, Williamsburg VA and the Association

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 this region and watching the European Colonists rowing their boats up and down the creek to Capitol Landing to access the new town of Williamsburg.  It has witnessed defining moments in American History, being close to the route that Washington took on his march to Yorktown in 1782, and being at the end of the defensive line that Confederate General Magruder constructed in 1862 to oppose Union General McClellan in the Civil War.  The remains of confederate trenches can still be seen in New Quarter Park and numerous artifacts (arrowheads, military buttons, and musket balls) have been found to bear witness to all of this history.

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 eke out a living and also pay property taxes.  The Government took over much of the land along the south shore of the York River, including what is now Camp Peary, New Quarter Park, Cheatham Annex and the Naval Weapons Station.  Between 1925 and 1929, the Chesapeake Corporation, a timbering and paper mill operation based at West Point, purchased three tracts of land south of Queens Creek, known as the Roberts tract, the Hubbard tract, and the Holcomb tract, totaling 814 acres.  In 1927-28 it built the dam across the stream emptying into Queens Creek.  This created a 58 acre lake, that it called Lake Chesapeake. It stocked the lake with bream, bass, and crappie and used the entire property as a hunting and fishing preserve for its executives.  The existing farm house near the dam served as a lodge and was maintained by a caretaker.  In the early 1930s, the Federal Park Service built the Colonial parkway as a reconstruction project after the great depression.  This cut off some of the property but provided access to the road to the dam.

The Queens Lake Development Corporation

In 1950, the Chesapeake Corporation decided to sell off its preserve and it put the 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.

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.

The Queens Lake Community 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 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.

Over the years the Club has represented the residents of Queens Lake in a number of controversial issues, including: a proposal to construct high-density housing on a portion of the property; a proposal to construct a highway crossing of the York River adjacent to Queens Lake; a proposal to develop a golf course in New Quarter Park; noise abatement along the I-64 corridor; repair of the road across the dam following storm damage; and, more recently, upgrade of electric and water supply, and installation of a county sewage system.

In 1995, the Board decided to contract for a Facilities Condition Survey and a plan to maintain and improve Queens Lake Facilities over the next 10 years. The survey was conducted by the DeYoung-Johnson Group, Inc and addressed the clubhouse, pools, marina, and tennis courts. The resulting report, referred to as the DJG report, projected expected expenses for the ten year period.  It noted that the main swimming pool had deteriorated and was in need of extensive repair. On the basis of this report, the Association voted to increase maintenance dues to provide for expected expenditures.  In the spring of 1997, a survey of members was conducted to ascertain the interest in maintaining the swimming pool complex and later that year the DJG prepared a report outlining three options for it.  In 2000 the membership voted for the option to replace the pool and agreed to borrow some of the money required to do so rather than use reserve funds set aside for other purposes. The dues were raised by $100 per year to cover this expense.

In 2002, under its then president, Don Tortorice, a new class of membership was proposed.  In return for signing a restriction on their deed, binding them and all successive owners of their property to membership in the Club, the owners of a Queens Lake property could join with only a nominal stock purchase fee and be charged reduced maintenance dues (Whereas a “traditional member” paid $1,000 stock purchase fee upon joining and $310 per year in dues, a “deeded member” would pay $100 stock purchase fee and $250 maintenance dues.)  The Board pledged that they would not file any of the deed restriction documents until 130 had been received.  This number was surpassed in 2003, and the deed restriction documents were filed.  This duel class system is still in effect and appears to be working quite well. The dues have been constant under this arrangement for four years. Currently, out of 347 members, 190 are “deeded.”  Under the deed restriction program, the association retains 100% of owners of “deeded” properties, so this will gradually raise the overall retention rate and provide a solid base of permanent members to maintain the common property. 

At the annual meeting of 2003, the name, “Queens Lake Club, Inc.,” was changed to the “Queens Lake Community Association, Inc.” in order to emphasize its role as a guardian of the common property and representative of the residents — and to avoid the connotation that it was merely a social organization. The articles of incorporation were changed to reflect the new name in early 2004.

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Taylor Farms Neighborhood Spotlight Yorktown VA

 

York County Virginia Real Estate 2008 Parade of Homes Taylor Farms  Come and visit some of the most beautiful homes you have ever seen. Sorry for the ugly pictures on the Cox Cable ad ( those homes are not in Taylor Farms)

Taylor Farms in York County is the site for the Peninsula Housing & Builders Association’s (PHBA) 25th annual 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.

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2008 Parade of Homes Featured Builders included:
Allen Parker Builder,Edgerton Contracting, Inc J. Lloyd Builder,  Marque Homes by C.R. McLellon,  Pritchard & Company Builders, Crestmark Custom Builders, Garnett Construction, J.W. Wallace Construction, Performance Contracting Realty Builders,

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