• 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

Chasing the real estate market in Williamsburg- What’s the “Magic Price” that will sell my home ?

Many Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA home owners want to list their property at a higher price than the MLS market data suggests because they feel their home is superior to others on the market, or some say "they just have to get a certain price for it." Often this is a result of their investment in the property and they want to get at least that much out of it when they sell. While this is totally understandable, your home is only worth what a buyer today is willing to pay for it.

In this way the real estate market is similar to the stock market. It doesn’t matter how great the company is or how much you originally paid for a stock, it is only worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it today. If you try to sell your stocks at a price above the market, buyers will simply ignore them and they won’t sell. The same is true for real estate; buyers will only pay you what your property is worth in today’s market.

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Often times homeowners fall into a common rut while trying to sell their homes — they overlook market trends, which can sabotage results. The sales history above tells the whole story. The home indicated below was on the market for a staggering 1203 days. No that is not a misprint. Over three years on the market. After initially listing the home for $1,085000 was back in December 2007 the seller went through multiple listing periods and reductions. They finally settled at $850k in September of 2014. Seven long years and five months after it was initially listed.  OUCH. Can you imagine having to keep your home ready to show for that long ?

Although ultimately successful in selling their home, the owner of the property was sucked into a classic economic phenomenon called "chasing the market."  Their decisions of where to price their homes was unfortunately not based on viewing trends and anticipating the future. 
We see many homes on the market today that are languishing unsold. They were priced too high to begin with, and then the recession hit. It is common for an owner, rather than repositioning his property to be of value in the declining market, to chose a nominal price reduction, and then another, and another, as the market continues to fall ahead of where the house is priced.

PRICE AHEAD OF THE MARKET!

If a Williamsburg Home Seller starts too high in price, this compounds this effect. Sellers may find themselves reducing and reducing…..never really catching the market! To be successful in a declining market, the seller should be priced lower than the market indicates it should be. Then when normal market times develop, you’ll be priced right to get your offer.


Sellers, you must be priced correctly for your market conditions, or simply stated, you won’t be making your move. It’s not good enough being “on the market”. You must be “in the market” to make your sale and move. What you’ll need is an experienced, market savvy real estate agent who will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.

 

If you’re a seller who has been wondering if it might finally be time to sell, email me at John@MrWilliamsburg.com ,  and I can prepare a complimentary analysis of market value for you – you just may be pleasantly surprised.

$12 CHRISTMAS TOWN™ TICKET THE BEST DEAL OF THE SEASON

Lock in the best deal Busch Gardens Williamsburg Christmas Town™ deal of the season during Busch Gardens’ 12 Days of Christmas special offer. This $12 single-day Christmas Town ticket represents a $20 savings off the regular $32 one-day ticket price.
     The limited-time, online-only sale starts Nov. 12 and runs through Nov. 18.  The Christmas Town $12 single-day ticket is redeemable on any one of the following dates: Nov. 21, 22, 23, 30, Dec. 7, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22 or 30.
     “The $12 Christmas Town ticket is the best deal of the Christmas Town season,” said Marketing Vice President Dan Dipiazzo. “Pick one of the 12 days to visit and discover why Christmas Town is the place where Christmas shines brightest.”
     Visit ChristmasTown.com/VA to take advantage of the offer. 

Lock in the best deal Busch Gardens Williamsburg Christmas Town™ deal of the season during Busch Gardens’ 12 Days of Christmas special offer. This $12 single-day Christmas Town ticket represents a $20 savings off the regular $32 one-day ticket price.

Planning Commission recommends approval for residential development near Williamsburg Crossing

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

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

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

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

More of the story here

Map location The Promenade at John Tyler

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Colonial Williamsburg offers Pass Member Exclusive Offer: Bring a Friend for FREE!*

Annual, Good Neighbor and Collegiate pass members of Colonial Williamsburg can bring their friends and family for FREE beginning November 1 through December 15, 2014. Limit 10 tickets per household.

Not a current pass member?

Find out more about getting or renewing your Annual Pass.

Find out more about getting or renewing your Good Neighbor Pass.

Find out more about getting or renewing your Collegiate Pass.

More details here

Annual, Good Neighbor and Collegiate pass members of Colonial Williamsburg can bring their friends and family for FREE beginning November 1 through December 15, 2014. Limit 10 tickets per household.

2014 Southern Living Showcase Home in Fords Colony, Williamsburg, Virginia Opens This Friday at 10 am!

Inspired by the pages of Southern Living magazine, the award winning team at Wayne Harbin, Builders is building “Harrison Place,” a 3,500 square foot, fully furnished and decorated show homeInspired by the pages of Southern Living magazine, the award winning team at Wayne Harbin, Builders is building “Harrison Place,” a 3,500 square foot, fully furnished and decorated show home, outside the gate on Fords Colony Drive.  Preferred subcontractors are featuring the latest and greatest trends in home design, interior finishes, and home electronics.  Unleash your inner chef with on-site cooking demonstrations in our fabulous kitchen, discover imaginative landscaping and outdoor space ideas, and find design inspiration and style tips in every room!

The Southern Living Showcase Home will open to the public for tours beginning November 7th, Friday through Sunday from 10-5.  Tickets are on sale now for $10 in advance ($12 at the door) at www.WilliamsburgShowcaseHome.com, with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity and Operation Welcome Home.  12 passenger shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes from the Fords Colony Country Club, where you can learn more about the community named the number one master plan in America, and touted year after year as one of the top places in the country to retire.

Grand Illumination 2014 at Colonial Williamsburg

imageIlluminations—firing guns into the air and lighting fireworks—were commonly used during the 18th century to celebrate major events such as great military victories, the birthday of the monarch or the arrival of a new colonial governor. To usher in the season, Colonial Williamsburg carries on this tradition  with its annual Grand Illumination on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

The celebration begins at 5 p.m. when candles are lit in the windows of public buildings, shops and homes. Live entertainment also begins at 5pm on four outdoor stages at Palace Green, Market Square, the Gaol and Capitol building.

.At 6:45 p.m. the Fifes and Drums march down Duke of Gloucester Street, and guests are invited to join in.

At 7 p.m., fireworks will fill the sky over the Historic Area from four locations: the Governor’s Palace, Market Square, and the north and south sides of the Capitol building.

Colonial Williamsburg Ambassadors, wearing special badges, will be available to assist guests, making it easier for guests to get the most out of their holiday experience. The Ambassadors will be stationed in the Historic Area, Visitor Center and other high traffic areas to hand out broadsides, answer questions, and guide and direct guests.

 

Schedule of Events 2014

Come to experience the Revolutionary City dressed in timeless natural decorations on a walking tour or take in a live auction on the Market House stage. Then, enjoy a relaxed dining experience and musical performances before the fireworks light up the sky

Choose from more than 20 guided and self-guided tours throughout the Revolutionary City—all included in a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket.

10:30 a.m.–
8:15 p.m.
Guided tours, dining events, live music, and shopping throughout the Revolutionary City, historic taverns, and resort restaurants
12 p.m. Market House Auction begins
4 p.m. Grand Illumination Supper at the Williamsburg Lodge
5 p.m. Candles are lit in public buildings and homes
5 p.m. Entertainment begins on outdoor stages at Palace Green, Market Square, Gaol, and the Capitol
6:45 p.m. Fifes and Drums play Grand Tattoo
7 p.m. Fireworks at Governor’s Palace, Market Square, and the Capitol
8 p.m. A Grand Medley of Entertainments at the Kimball Theatre
9:30 p.m. Buses to the Revolutionary City resume operations until 10 p.m

Parking and Transportation

Please park at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center and take the shuttle buses to the Revolutionary City.

Shuttle Schedule

9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Every half hour from the Visitor Center to all regular stops
5:30–6:45 p.m. Express service ONLY from the Visitor Center to the Palace stop
6:45–9:30 p.m. NO SERVICE*
9:30–10 p.m. Regular service to all stops

More info here

The Morgans chose New Town in James City County…

The “welcoming, charming people of New Town” in Williamsburg VA are among the reasons Ellen and John Morgan moved into the community a year ago. Ellen did online research when John accepted a call to become the senior pastor at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. They were looking for a walkable, environmentally friendly neighborhood that would offer some restaurants for two foodies to enjoy. Realtor John Womeldorf (Mr Williamsburg) of Liz Moore & Associates led them to New Town. John claims they were “predestined” to live here. The Morgans new home in New Town

Ellen, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, was born in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. John hails from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. They met in the choir at Grove City College in northwestern Pennsylvania. Ellen earned a degree in chemistry and works today as a technical consultant from her home office. After graduation they headed to Princeton where John earned his M.Div. Since then Ellen and John have lived in Minnesota, New Jersey and York, Pennsylvania where John served as a pastor in Presbyterian churches. Along the way their family grew with the addition of (now) 25 and 22 year old daughters and a cat. Both daughters are nearby – one in Washington, D.C. and the other in Baltimore. The cat, Cookie, is now 6. She is an indoor cat who decided to go “out" once the Morgans moved to New Town. Cookie was “out" for a week. During the search for Cookie, Ellen and John met many of their New Town neighbors.

John and Ellen Morgan

imageEllen and John spend two weeks each summer enjoying Chautauqua in New York State. Ellen grew up attending Chautauqua and introduced John to it. (Google Chautauqua if it is new to you!) Now John volunteers with religious services while they are there. A special feature of Chautauqua is the lack of automobiles – people walk or bike.

For eighteen years John has practiced the “Round Table Pulpit”. He has brought this program of collaborative preaching to Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Fifteen congregation members meet once a week for six weeks to discuss the Bible text for the following Sunday. The sermon grows out of these sessions.

Both Ellen and John find ours to be a community of relationships and volunteering. Ellen notes that having our garages at the rear of houses keeps us from driving into the garage and walking into our homes without ever setting a foot outside our front doors. Because we cannot simply drive away from the front of our houses, we meet our neighbors. Perhaps good garages make good neighbors…

Their front yard view

By Betsy Darling

Reprinted from the New Town Crier

Read more about New Town here

What to do in Williamsburg Nov 1-9 2014

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Virginia Thanksgiving Festival at Berkeley Plantation
Nov 2, 9 am – 4 pm

Celebrate the first English speaking Thanksgiving in the New World. Join us for a day dedicated to history, food, arts, crafts & jewelry vendors, choral music, traditional Thanksgiving dinner & more.

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Colonial Williamsburg Chocolate Symposium
Nov 2
Guest scholars and artisans join our Historic Foodways staff in this exploration of the customs, tastes, and history of this magical, revered food. Learn the 400 Years of Chocolate: Aztec to Artisanal.

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Yorktown Holiday Open House Weekend
Nov 8 – 9

Special events, festive decorations, special sales, discounts, door prizes, strolling entertainment, and much more await you as you start or finish your holiday shopping. 

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The Schooner Alliance in Yorktown
Through  Nov 2
It’s the last week of the season for the Schooner Alliance! See website for details. In Yorktown at Riverwalk Landing.

Veterans Day Weekend at Colonial Williamsburg Courage or Cowardice
Nov 8 – 11

Join us as we honor Americas veterans in a celebration of their patriotism and willingness to sacrifice and serve our country.

Williamsburg Jaguar Gathering
Nov 2, 11 am – 3 pm

Merchants Square will showcase the inaugural Williamsburg Jaguar Gathering with a collection of antique and special cars lining both sides of Duke of Gloucester Street in Merchants Square.

A Touch of Earth Featured Artist of the Month Bob Oller
Nov 1 – 30

Come see the works of artist Bob Oller on display all month. Specializing in paintings and sculptures.

The Indigenous Chesapeake
Nov 1, 10 am

Explore the material culture and historical life ways of the Tidewater Algonquians during this daylong special event.

A Dewey Decibel Concert- New West Guitar Group
Nov 7, 7:30 pm

Featuring John Storie, Perry Smith and Jeff Stein, New West Guitar Group has been making their mark as a fresh, cutting-edge guitar ensemble.

A Dewey Decibel Concerts Brock McGuire Band
Nov 8, 7:30 pm

The Brock McGuire Band is fronted by two of Irelands most celebrated traditional musicians: Paul Brock and Manus McGuire.

Veterans Day Dinner Dance Celebration DoubleTree by Hilton
Nov 8, 6 – 11 pm

Come join a celebration to honor all veterans.  The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra and Swing Team Lindy 101 perform. Includes Dinner, tax and Gratuity. Tickets available at 407-340-4920 o 757-870-4487

Auntie Ms American Cottage: Art Workshops Nuno Felted Scarf with Artist Valerie Johnson
Nov 8, 10 am – 12 pm

Come join Artist Valerie Johnson of Flying Cow Creations, in this unique workshop to make a beautiful nuno felted scarf that can be worn for all seasons. Also see: Art Workshops Tea Cozy/Silly Hat; Guinea Hen/Fat Cat
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2nd Sunday Festival
Nov 9, 11 am – 5 pm

Featuring  over 60 varied artisans & 2 stages of live music. Festival presented each month by the Blue Talon Bistro. Be sure to check out all of the artists coming to Prince George Street  for 2nd Sundays.

Williamsburg Choral Guild Songs of Praise, Voices of Advent
Nov 9, 4 pm

A festive program featuring J. S. Bachs brilliant Magnificat opens the Guilds 39th season, with chamber orchestra and five vocal soloists. 

The Mariners Museum and Park present: Military Appreciation Weekend
Nov 8 – 11, 9 am – 5 pm

It’s Military Appreciation Weekend ! Celebrate Veterans Day at The Mariners Museum and Park!

Star Party/Laser Light Shows
Nov 8

Free sky observing (weather permitting) begins at sunset at the Virginia Living Museum. Then stick around for the laser light shows. See website for schedule.

Yorktown Victory Center Fall lecture series Revolutionary War The Men Who Lost America.
Nov 4, 7 pm

Dr. Andrew OShaughnessy, professor of history at the University of Virginia, will challenge stereotypical explanations of Britains failure to win the American War of Independence.  

Williamsburg Library presents Raiders of the Lost Art
Nov 3, 7:30 pm

Raiders of the Lost Art Criminal activity in the Art World. This series is presented by This Century Art Gallery in cooperation with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. See website for details.

Beyond the Edge of the Sea
November

Explore the diversity of life deep in the oceans wilderness in Beyond the Edge of the Sea. At the Virginia Living Museum. highlights the work of scientific illustrator Karen Jacobsen.

The Iroquois in Williamsburg Observing the Siege
November 8 & 9

Visit with Generals Lafayette and Washington as they prepare for the siege of Yorktown and confer with their recently arrived Indian allies.

Frogs and Friends
Nov 8, 9 am – 5 pm

Enjoy a day filled with amphibian-related exhibits, activities and programs at the Virginia Living Museum. Learn ways to help the frogs and friends around you.

Art Workshop VMFA Oil Painting Basics Workshop
Nov 1, 10 am – 4 pm, with lunch break

SPECIAL WORKSHOP with Marjorie Perrin! See website for complete information.

Comedy Club of Williamsburg presents Comedian Landry and Friends
Nov 1, 8 pm

Comedian Landry: Born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario Landry first hit the stage in 2006, and has been on the fast track ever since. At the DoubleTree Hotel.

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VIRGINIA THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL AT BERKELEY PLANTATION

imageOn Sunday November 2, 2014 come and celebrate the first English Speaking Thanksgiving in the New World at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City VA.  Join in for a day dedicated to history, food and fun with tours of the 1726 manor house, a living history program, tribal dancers, arts, crafts and jewelry vendors, choral music, traditional Thanksgiving dinner and a re-enactment of the Landing of Capt Woodlief & his men.  Nowhere can you find a more exciting, more educational or more enjoyable way to add to holiday traditions than a beautiful fall day at Berkeley Plantation

 

Sunday, November 2, 2014
@ Noon
Berkeley Plantation
12602 Harrison Landing Rd.
Charles City, VA 23030-3339
(Directly off scenic Rt. 5 between Richmond and Williamsburg)
Festival & Plantation Gardens/Grounds Free
Car Parking $5.00 Donation
Bus Parking $20.00 Donation
House Tours 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Click here For information  or Call 888-466-6018

 

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Home appreciation continues in the US

Say it isn’t so. 

According to a report released Tuesday by RealtyTrac, the median sales price of a home in the U.S. was $195,000 in September — up 15% from  September 2013. September was the 30th consecutive month where U.S. median home prices increased on an annual basis, and the 15 percent annual increase is the LARGEST annual percentage increase since October 2005

Daren Blomquist, vice president of RealtyTrac, said “Median home prices nationally in September were boosted by a new low in the share of distressed sales during the third quarter, resulting in fewer home sales on the lower end,”

He added that “Some of the biggest increases in median prices are in markets in the Midwest, Southeast and Inland California, where home prices are still considered a relative bargain for both investors and owner-occupant buyers,”

5 real estate markets with the largest annual home price jumps

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Of course  not all markets look like Detroit. In fact, in more than half of the 102 metro areas examined by RealtyTrac, median home prices increased less than 10% from a year ago.

Urbanna Oyster Fest Nov 7-8 2014

Each November, the lovely town of Urbanna, found on the Rappahannock River, throws the country’s largest and longest-running oyster festival called the Urbanna Oyster Festival. The town’s streets are closed to vehicle traffic and become filled with oyster booths, seafood dishes, music and crafts. The festival highlight is the oyster shucking contest which draws spectators from around the world.

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We’ve got Oyster, Oyster, Oysters and whole lot more! One of a kind artisan craft vendors, renowned artists, fantastic oyster exhibits illustrating our colorful waterfront history, fireman’s parade, oyster festival parade, waterfront activities, live music and other performances over the full two days of the event, Oyster Festival Queen & Little Miss Spat crowing, Oyster Shucking Contest featuring CHAMPION Shucker DEBORAH PRATT!  The Town of Urbanna Welcomes you and your family to come join in the fun!  Come by boat and anchor at the marina or in the harbor, park you cars just across the bridge from the town and catch a hay ride in! 

The Saturday parade of the Urbanna Oyster Festival has become the focal point of the weekend. It has grown from an event featuring antique cars and floats to a parade encompassing a large Shriners contingency, numerous marching bands, and beauty queens and their courts from across the state. This is an annual tradition that cannot be missed.

November 7/8, 2014

Find out more here

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens opens Nov 21 for 2014 season

Yes, I know Halloween isn’t even here yet but Busch Gardens Williamsburg is already putting away Howl O Scream and making preparations to open Christmas Town on Nov 21st

The Williamsburg theme park’s annual Christmas celebration starts Nov. 21, 2014 and runs select days through Dec. 31. Guests can feel the warmth of the holidays while strolling along paths lit by more than eight million twinkling lights. image
     A night at Christmas Town lets guests take a break from the hustle-and-bustle of the holidays and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. True to its European heritage,Busch Gardens pulls out the stops for its annual Christmas event with idealized representations of the world’s best Christmas traditions.
     Guests are invited to celebrate the opening of Christmas Town at a special Christmas Town Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 21. The lighting ceremony celebrates the arrival of the holiday season and will culminate with the synchronized lighting of the park’s eight million Christmas lights. An aerial photographer will capture the moment when Busch Gardens Christmas Town transforms into the place where Christmas shines brightest.
Scrooge No More! ™, is coming to Busch Gardens’ Globe Theatre for Christmas Town. Join Scrooge live on stage in an all-new musical at the Globe Theatre as he is swept away by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, who teach him the importance of family and friends being together at Christmas.
     Guests can create their own Christmas Town holiday traditions with a $32 Christmas Town Fun Card that offers unlimited admission for the 2014 Christmas season.
     Annual pass members can save even more with an exclusive offer designed just for them.  Active annual pass members can purchase a Christmas Town pass for $25 and receive unlimited admission to Christmas Town for the 2014 season along with regular pass member benefits like free parking and discounts on park purchases.  Visit www.bgwpass.com for complete details.
     Visit christmastown.com for complete Christmas Town details, including ticket information and an operating schedule. While there, sign up for Busch Gardens’ email updates and be the first to know about upcoming special offers on Christmas Town tickets and other exclusive holiday deals.

Eastern State Property in James City County is up for sale. :(

Yes, that’s a sad face in the title. One of the most beautiful pieces of un-developed land is now for sale in Williamsburg.

The state of Virginia is selling  419 surplus acres of property at  Eastern State Hospital.  The property is immediately adjacent to New Town, which is a 365 acres, very successful, mixed use project that has been developed over the last 12 years.

The site has been surplused by the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2008 a group of stakeholders (not endorsed by the Commonwealth) in the region founded a conceptual plan by Urban Design Associates for this site. The Commonwealth of Virginia has several agencies, including a DMV Customer Service Center, in the region that may require new office space as part of the
development of this project.

CB Richard Ellis of Virginia, Inc. is marketing the surplus property on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Anybody want to chip in to keep it from being developed ?

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Inn at Warner Hall salutes Vets

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
-John F. Kennedy

This Veterans Day, the Inn at Warner Hall in Gloucester VA is honored to open its doors for the men and women across the country who have served and sacrificed for this great nation.
For Veterans Day, we will gift eight rooms for the night of Nov. 10 here at Warner Hall to the first veterans who call to reserve them.
Four rooms will be reserved for active duty military members and four for retirees or those who have completed their active duty service.
Not a veteran and receiving this email? Please forward it to someone who can benefit!

Call now! 804.695.9565.

More info here

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Second Sundays Festival Brings Artisanal And Musical Fun To Prince George Street in Williamsburg VA

Every second Sunday in Colonial Williamsburg, Prince George Street is filled with artists showcasing their crafts and musicians performing up and down the street.

The 2nd Sundays Festival takes place every month, except for January and February, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It goes along the upper block of Prince George Street and extends down North Boundary Street. Local artists pay in order to showcase their work while multiple musicians preform live at different stages throughout the festival. The director of 2nd Sundays, Shirley Vermilion, created the event in 2010. Vermilion grew up in the Northern Neck of Virginia and lived in both Seattle and Richmond before she moved to Williamsburg in 2001.

“Williamsburg for a long time felt like it was all about history,” Vermilion said. “It was all it really did and Colonial Williamsburg kind of did everything, and that was what drove it.”

Vermilion was surprised when she found out that some of her neighbors in Williamsburg ranged from mystery novelists and children’s book authors to potters. However, Vermilion found out that it was difficult for them to display their work unless they left Williamsburg, as local opportunities were limited.

Vermilion originally decided to reserve her local clubhouse and feature around 15 local artists in a show she called First Colony Arts Bazaar. According to Vermilion, the show was well-attended and well-loved.

Some of the artisan-friendly booths at the festival. COURTESY PHOTO / SHIRLEY VERMILION

Some of the artisan-friendly booths at the festival. COURTESY PHOTO / SHIRLEY VERMILION

“I always thought, ‘here we are a tourist town; we need something like this downtown,’” Vermilion said.

In 2010 Vermilion contacted the Blue Talon Bistro executive chef and owner David Everett and general manager and owner Adam Steely to ask if they would help her facilitate an art festival on Prince George Street.

More of the story here

September 2014 Real Estate Market Share Update Williamsburg VA

October 2014-The numbers are in for September 2014 in the Williamsburg VA real estate market. While it was a close race back in 2012 for market share with the lead changing between the offices of William E. Wood and Liz Moore and Associates. Year to date for 2014 our office (Liz Moore and Associates) has a commanding lead in market share with almost 18% of the market.

Our office’s listings and sales were almost equal to the combined listings and  sales of  six area real estate brokerages : KIngsmill Realty, Fords Colony Realty, Twiddy Realty, Coldwell Banker Traditions,  Century 21 Nachman and ReMax Capital  who were the 6th-10th place finishers in sales in the Williamsburg VA real estate market year to date in 2014

October 2014-The numbers are in for September 2014 in the Williamsburg VA real estate market. While it was a close race back in 2012 for market share with the lead changing between the offices of William E. Wood and Liz Moore and Associates. Year to date for 2014 our office (Liz Moore and Associates) has a commanding lead in market share with almost 18% of the market.

If you’re a Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA Home seller who has been wondering if it might finally be time to sell, email me at John@MrWilliamsburg.com , and I can prepare a complimentary analysis of market value for you – you just may be pleasantly surprised.

Duesies are coming to the Burg ! Duesenberg Tour 2014 – Southern Style

The Duesenberg Tour – a fleet of some of the country’s most rare classic automobiles will tour Greater Hampton Roads on October 19-25  and they will come to Williamsburg VA on Oct 19th, 2014  Duesenbergs, usually seen only at classic car shows or on screen, are hard to miss – especially when 21 of them travel together. 
In recent years some of those fortunate few who own Duesenbergs have driven them together on week-long tours, usually in the western part of the country.  Dwight Schaubach, a Suffolk VA businessman and Duesie owner, wanted to bring the vintage cars from all across the county to their first tour in Virginia and North Carolina in the “Duesenberg Tour 2014 – Southern Style.”  The tour will take the luxury autos from their tour base in Williamsburg to North Carolina as well as the Eastern Shore of VA. 
Glamour and quality define the Duesenbergs. One of the luxury car’s most recent screen roles was in “The Great Gatsby” with Leonardo DiCaprio driving a 1929 Duesenberg Model J.  Inaccurate, perhaps, because the movie was set in 1922 but the car radiated an aura of wealth and class that was all Gatsby – and is all Duesenberg.

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After touring Smithfield, the tour will continue down VA10 to Suffolk and on to Hertford, Edenton and Duck in North Carolina. Their return to Williamsburg on Wednesday will bring them back up VA 10 in the late afternoon to the ferry in Surry. 
The 80+ year old Duesenbergs are the creation of two German brothers, August and Frederick Duesenberg, self-taught engineers who specialized in experimental and sports cars. In 1920 the brothers opened a plant in Indianapolis, Indiana, to produce top-of-the-line passenger cars. Their innovative Model A’s came with straight eight engines, single overhead camshafts and four wheel hydraulic brakes. 
Tom Mix and Rudolph Valentino were among their celebrity customers but production lagged, sales struggled and the company went bankrupt in two years. In 1925 Cord Automobile bought the company – and the brothers’ expertise – to build luxury cars with the Duesenberg name. The company produced probably fewer than 800 vehicles, priced from $15,000 up and sold to the rich and famous including The Duke of Windsor and Clark Cable as well as other well-to-do.  But in 1937, as the country sunk into the Depression, the factory closed. Only an estimated half of those fabulous cars may still exist. Retired late night talk show host Jay Leno reported owns several of those – Schaubach owns two.

50% Off Admission to Howl O Scream for Veterans

Just a reminder that  Veterans and Active Duty Military can get 50% off Busch Gardens Williamsburg single day tickets!

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is proud of our military that serve, defend and protect our country along with American veterans who served and fought.  For your courage, valor and sacrifice, we thank you.

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In addition to the current Waves of Honor complimentary program for active military, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is celebrating our heroes for bookings through October 26, 2014 with 50% off single-day admission tickets (off front gate price) for qualified service members and veterans.  This offer can be redeemed from September 2 – October 26, 2014.

This offer is available to veterans and military members from U.S. only.  This offer is available exclusively online or at participating military bases. This offer is not available at the front gate.  Up to six (6) single-day admissions can be purchased.

Active duty military who have already visited our parks using the Waves of Honor complimentary program in the last 12 months can take advantage of this offer.

Click here to check out all the details!

For non military Busch Gardens is still offering several coupons for discounts on Howl-O-Scream tickets.

Visitors can find coupons for $5 off admission ($10 off if tickets are purchased online) at Wendy’s locations and through Papa John’s Pizza

What to do in Williamsburg VA Oct 13-19, 2014

Yorktown Day
Oct 19, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
October 19th, 1781: – The surrender at Yorktown was a decisive victory by a combined force of American and French Army troops, led by Generals Washington, and Rochambeau, over a British Army commanded by General Lord Cornwallis. This was the last major land battle of the American Revolutionary War in North America.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream
Oct 17-19, 10am – 10/11pm.
Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream offers chills and thrills to guests brave enough to venture into this cursed park. Navigate through Wendigo Woods, one of five Terror-tories; brave a darkly entertaining show like Monster Stomp on Ripper Row or explore six haunted houses waiting for those daring enough to enter the park after dark.

Berkeley, Edgewood & Shirley Plantations present Hauntings Tales & Tours
Oct 13, begins at 3:30 at Shirley Plantation, continue to Berkeley and end at Edgewood
This unique tour of Edgewood, Berkeley and Shirley Plantations will give an insight of the spirits and mysteries of these three historic homes in Charles City, Virginia. Hear the haunting tales of the paranormal activities at each site on a progressive tour .

Yorktown Victory Celebration Yorktown Victory Center
Oct 18,– 19, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Military life and artillery demonstrations mark the 233rd anniversary of Americas momentous Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown on October 19, 1781. Yorktown Day on October 19 features a parade and commemorative and wreath-laying ceremonies in historic Yorktown and Yorktown Battlefield.

New Town Art Gallery and Opera in Williamsburg
Oct 15, 6- 8 p.m.
New Town Art Gallery and the cast of Opera in Williamsburg will be hosting a curtain-raiser for Gaetano Donizettis opera Lucia di Lammermoor on Wednesday, October 15th between 6-8 PM.  The cast will be performing several arias from the opera.

Kimball Theatre A Grand Medley of Entertainment
Oct 13, 7:30 p.m
Owen Murdocks company gamely tries to present an 18th-century traveling show, but things arent going well. Everything that can go wrong, does!

Jamestown Settlement presents: Peter Firstbrook
Oct 14, 3:00 p.m.
Author and acclaimed documentary filmmaker Peter Firstbrook will speak in Jamestown Settlements Robins Foundation Theater at 3 p.m., Tuesday, October 14, on the exploits and accomplishments of Captain John Smith, the subject of his new book, A Man Most Driven.

Premium Outlets Pink Event
Through Oct 31, Mon – Sat: 10am-9pm, Sun: 10am-7pm
Williamsburg Premium Outlets  is teaming up with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to support breast cancer awareness, research, and treatment programs our community. During the month of October, visit the on-site Simon Information Center located in the Food Court to donate $10 to support the cause and receive 25% off one item from select stores.

Berkeley Plantation Autumn Sunset Tour
Oct 17, 5:30 PM
Enjoy a walking tour to the Harrison graveyard with stories of Berkeleys hauntings, hor doeuvres served at sunset and candlelight tour of the 1726 mansion.  Reservations required.

MAD about Chocolate features Chromatherapy Meets Chocotherapy
Through Oct 31, Tue-Sat, 9 am – 6 pm
Chromatherapy Meets Chocotherapy, new art by Connie Desaulniers.  Bearing the color-saturated trademark of Connies art, the new paintings and sculptures include a series on Objects of Desire, plus other food and sculptural art.

Williamsburg Library presents: A Dewey Decibel Concert LCV Project
Oct 16, 7:30 pm
Dewey Decibel Concerts LCV Project -  Join Louis C. Vangieri  for a delightful concert experience. He performs a blend of instrumental folk, country, swing, pop, traditional, soft jazz, bluegrass, classical, nostalgia and well-written original works. Cost: This concert is free charge and tickets are not needed.

Kimball Theater presents Thomas and Sally or the Sailors Return
Oct 16, 7:30 p.m.
Can Sally resist the advances of the Squire and stay true to her Thomas until his return from the sea? Find out as member of The Governors Musick and guest performers join the four-member cast. Thomas Arnes 1760 afterpiece Thomas and Sally or the Sailors Return was the first fully sung English play performed on the American stage.

William & Mary School of Education: Reading between the Wines
Oct 17, 6:00 pm
Join best-selling author Adriana Trigiani and Literacy for Life for scrumptious food, delicious wine, exciting live and silent auctions, and a presentation by Adriana! The event is Friday, October 17th at 6 PM at the William & Mary School of Education Building, 301 Monticello Ave. in Williamsburg. All proceeds directly benefit Literacy for Life.

How and Why Rain Gardens Learn and Grow Educational Series, Williamsburg Botanical Garden
Oct 18,10:00 – 11:30 AM
Master Gardener Carol Fryer has designed rain gardens for James City County homeowners and developments, and will provide information about their construction in home gardens.  With Powerpoint slides and demonstrations, she will suggest suitable plants and locations in typical environments.

New Town Art Gallery Welcomes Back Wood Turner Bill Casto
Oct 15– 19
Bill Casto,  a former William & Mary football coach and Apprentice School Athletic Director, creates nationally competitive wood sculptures. He uses driftwood from local waters and weathered wood to carve interpretive or stylized pieces of art.  He attempts to capture the essence of the wildfowl rather than a realistic duplication of his subject.

Toshi Yoshida exhibit at Muscarelle Museum of Art
Oct 16-Jan 11, 2015: Tue – Fri: 10 AM – 5 PM|Sat – Sun: Noon – 4 PM | Monday: Closed
Toshi Yoshida, 1911-1995 October 16, 2014 January 11, 2015 Whether you are visiting for the first time or the hundredth, a visit to the Muscarelle is always an invigorating and  unique experience  in Williamsburg.

Meet Capt. Don Molina: English Captive, Spanish Spy
Oct 18, 12 and 2 pm
Meet Don Diego de Molina, a Spanish commander, who was captured near a Virginia Fort in 1611. He will be allowed an interview with those wishing to meet him but beware he is alleged to be a Spanish spy!

GO APE! Announces Treetop Junior Nights at Height
Oct 17, 7pm, 7:30pm,& 8pm
Treetop Junior turns into a Haunted Forest at Freedom Park Go Ape Treetop Junior, an outdoor adventure course at Freedom Park in Williamsburg, VA, will open on select nights in October for Treetop Junior Nights at Height. Designed for ages 3 12.

Cogans Deli & Sports Pub presents The Delvers
Oct 18, 8-11pm
The Delvers (Howard Anby, Jay Shenk, Michael Glass & David Merrill) perform an eclectic blend of swing, blues, roots country, rock, jazz and Americana. The members have been making music together in various incarnations both casual and professional for more than 25 years. They feature a song list ranging from Gershwin to the Grateful Dead.

Kimball Theatre: Yue-Kiln Ceramic Music Concert
Oct 18, 7-8:30 pm
Interested in music and Chinese culture? This unique performance is a must-see! Yue-Kiln Ceramic Music refers to a form of traditional Chinese music using ceramic instruments (known in Chinese as ou). The rare art has become a dynastic treasure since the 8th century, and is popular among commoners as well as the elite.

Night of the Living Museum
Oct 18, 2 5-8 p.m.
Are you ready for a wild night of scary animals, trail walks, pumpkin carving and mad scientists? Night of the Living Museum returns to the Virginia Living Museum for its 15th year. This is a non-scary Halloween event for families with kids ages 12 and under. Come dressed as your favorite character or wild animal.

A Touch of Earth presents artist Bob Oller
Oct 18, 1-3 pm
Come see special guest. Bob Oller, as he will be sketching or sculpting. A Touch of Earth is an award winning gallery celebrating 34 years, offering a collection of the very finest in American crafts and art by regional as well as nationally prominent contemporary working American artists.

Fright Light Laser Show
Oct 18, 8 p.m.
Its a howling good time in the Virginia Living Museums Abbitt Planetarium with this frightfully awesome mix of terror-ific tunes! Wild and weird laser images accompany songs from Black Sabbath, Garbage, The Who and so many more! Come enjoy this laser spook-tacular! This program is family-friendly; inappropriate lyrics have been eliminated or blanked.

A Touch of Earth presents artist Bob Oller
Oct 18, 1-3 pm
Come see special guest. Bob Oller, as he will be sketching or sculpting. A Touch of Earth is an award winning gallery celebrating 34 years, offering a collection of the very finest in American crafts and art by regional as well as nationally prominent contemporary working American artists. Representing a variety of unique original works.

Auntie Ms American Cottage: Art Workshops Flying Cow Creations Trunk Show with Artist Valerie Johnson
Oct 19, 11:00am 4:00pm
Come out and visit Artist Valerie Johnson of Flying Cow Creations as she presents an exciting trunk show featuring some of her latest creations. Needle felting and paper mache are Valeries specialties.

This Century Art Education Center Art Workshop Painting the Clothed Figure with Jan Ledbetter
Oct 20, 9:00 am. – 4:00 p.m.
SPECIAL WORKSHOP! Creative, interactive workshop on figure painting. Learn to create dynamic, original designs. All skill levels welcome. All mediums welcome.

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ROSEWELL’S ANNUAL BARBECUE AT THE RUINS

Every year in fall, people spent an entertaining afternoon on the lawn surrounding the historic ruins of one of Colonial America’s grandest mansions. Enjoying the barbecue feast, pleasing music and a wonderful silent auction, exalts the imagination of the outstanding lifestyle that was lived by three generations of the Page family. Thomas Jefferson was a frequent guest at the mansion along with many historic personalities who shaped our country. The annual barbecue is the largest fundraiser to support the expenses associated with maintaining the Rosewell Ruins preserving the historic site for future generations. Local businesses as well as many individuals and families help make this possible with their donations.

The Rosewell Foundation is looking forward to host all these history interested parties joining year by year or being new to the historic site and searching for more information about. Whatever the relationship to Rosewell is, the event will relive a day in history in everybody’s mind.

Please call or visit the visitor center to order your tickets in advance.

The Annual Barbecue at the Rosewell Ruins is this Sunday, October 19th 1:00PM – 4:00PM. Tickets are $25 per Adult and $12.50 per child (6 – 12) Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling The Rosewell Foundation visitor center at 804-693-2585.

BBQ – and sides , Live Band , Silent Auction

The ruins of one of the finest mansions built in the colonies sits on the bank of the York River in Gloucester County, Virginia.

Begun in 1725, Rosewell was home to the Page family for more than 100 years. John Page, grandson of the builder, attended William and Mary with Jefferson. It was here that the two young patriots first began to explore what lay ahead of the emerging nation in which they would play such an important role.

Begun in 1725, Rosewell was home to the Page family for more than 100 years. John Page, grandson of the builder, attended William and Mary with Jefferson. It was here that the two young patriots first began to explore what lay ahead of the emerging nation in which they would play such an important role.

Though slightly changed by a later owner and ravaged by time and economic hardships, Rosewell was still regarded as a place of grandeur and importance. Through the years following the war between the states, parties and dances continued in the Great Hall. Finally, in 1916, a tragic fire swept the mansion leaving a magnificent shell which is testament to 18th century craftsmanship and dreams.

What remains are the four chimneys, the east wall with its regal compass head window complete with carved keystone, the wine cellar and enough of the walls that one may sense the proportion and scale of this unique structure. The fourth and last family to own Rosewell donated the ruins site to the Gloucester Historical Society in 1979. Since 1995, the Rosewell Foundation has taken on the mission of preserving, studying, and presenting this historic ruin.

More info here

Map/ Directions

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New Kent Winery Sold

Six years after sprouting up in New Kent County, a local winery has changed hands.

Joe and Jo Anna Dombroski bought the New Kent Winery near the Club at Viniterra golf course last month from developer Boddie-Noell Enterprises. It caps a five-year Virginia vineyard search for the Dombroskis, a husband and wife who said they got the thirst for their own winery while living in Europe about six years ago.

“We had the opportunity to live in Italy overlooking a vineyard, and we knew this was something we would like to do,” Jo Anna Dombroksi said. “It was a family dream.”

The Dombrokis took over operations at the vineyard on Sept. 8. They bought the winery’s 150 acres for $1 million, but the couple said the full price for the business and the land will exceeded that figure.

They declined to divulge a precise cost for the winery, citing a confidentiality agreement.

More of the story here

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Virginia Capital Trail ribbon cutting in Charles City Oct 15th

On Oct. 15, 2014 cyclists will gather at the Charles City Courthouse complex to officially cut the ribbon on the 13-mile Sherwood Forest section of the Virginia Capital Trail. Charles City County officials are planning to help celebrate the addition of 13 more miles (and 29 contiguous miles) of the trail. That would leave work still to completed in Richmond, Varina and New Market Heights in eastern Henrico County, all scheduled to be completed by summer 2015.

This is another opportunity to gather in huge numbers, sending a message to First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, our keynote speaker, and officials from Richmond to Williamsburg that this trail is important to a lot of people throughout the whole region. 

Hope to see you there!

Sherwood Forest Ribbon Cutting

Please join us to celebrate the opening of the 13-mile Sherwood Forest phase of the Virginia Capital Trail!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

11:00 am

Location: Charles City County Courthouse Complex, 10900 Courthouse Road, Charles City, VA 23030

Keynote Speaker: Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe

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The Virginia Capital Trail is a dedicated, paved pedestrian and bicycle trail that will connect the Commonwealth’s past and present capitals of Jamestown and Richmond along the Scenic Route 5 corridor.

Once complete, the Trail will traverse 50+ miles, four jurisdictions, and more than 400 years of history along one of the first inland routes in North America.

View the trail route and plan your visit.

Construction Progress for the VA Capital Trail

City of Richmond:

Rails have been pulled up just east of Lehigh Cement. City officials assure us they’re still on target for completion of this section by the spring of 2015.

Bridge over Gillies Creek

Varina:
V-DOT confirms that the Varina phase will be complete by summer 2015.

New Market Heights:

Scheduled to be complete by summer 2015

Williamsburg area SAT scores top peers in state & nation

Students in Williamsburg-James City Schools outperformed their peers in the rest of Virginia and the U.S., according to data released this week.

james city county Students in Williamsburg-James City Schools outperformed their peers in the rest of Virginia and the U.S., according to data released this week.

The results were compiled from the scores of 525 students who graduated in 2014, with the division-wide mean scores coming in at 532 in critical reading, 530 in math and 504 in writing. Reading and math scores have mostly held steady over a five year period: In 2010, WJC’s test takers scored 536 in reading and 536 in math. WJC’s students were down in writing from 2010 scores, when they averaged 524 in writing.

The math, reading and writing results topped Virginia students’ mean scores, including 515 in critical reading, 512 in math and 493 in writing, as well as students across the U.S., whose mean scores were 492 in critical reading, 501 in math and 478 in writing.

More of the story here

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Liberty Ridge Grand Opening-New Homes on 3+ Acres from the $530’s in Williamsburg VA

imageI haven’t updated my info about Liberty Ridge since back in 2008. Hard to believe its been six years since they started putting in the roads.

Liberty Ridge is a large lot community being developed by East West Partners. It is  conveniently located along in James City County/ Williamsburg  along Centerville Rd south of the intersection of Longhill Rd, Just past D.J Montague Elementary. Colonial Williamsburg and Interstate 64 are both within a 10 minute drive of the community. After a number of years of little activity East West has brought in Ryan Homes to build out a portion of the community

ellington model in Liberty ridge williamsburg vaThe newest phase consists of 32 private wooded homesites, featuring stunning new luxury estate homes. A new Classic Home Collection will be featured by RYAN Homes, part of the NVR Homes family on the new Mallory Place cul-de-sac in Liberty Ridge. The timeless Traditional style homes will offer spacious, open floor plans starting in the  $500’s to over $800,000. These homes feature many luxury interior features, exteriors with brick, stone and Hardiplank, and quality appointments like hardwood floors on the main floor, granite counter tops, and innovative floor plans. 

Liberty Ridge is designed for luxury. From the stunning wooded views to the gorgeous homes, this is Williamsburg’s most comfortable new community. These spacious homesites create a private enclave where you and your neighbors share scenery, not each other’s backyards. The community is committed to protecting and preserving this spectacular environment ensuring a greener existence for all who live there.

models available at Liberty Ridge Williamsburg VA

Enjoy as much as 6,500 square feet of living space with as many as seven bedrooms, six baths and a three-car garage. Your Liberty Ridge home is built to the highest energy efficiency standards to save you up to 30% on your monthly energy costs, and is backed by Ryan Homes’ 10-year structural warranty

The fully furnished model is opening this weekend. ( Oct 11, 2014)  I’d be happy to show you the new plans and explain the special benefits of living in Liberty Ridge and their beautiful, estate-size properties and convenient location just 10 minutes to Colonial Williamsburg.

Preview The Ellington Model virtual tour by clicking HERE.

imageA total of 138 homeowners will be able to call Liberty Ridge home once the community is fully built out.. Home sites are all a minimum of 3 acres. There are larger lots as well ,some as large as nine acres in size.

Search homes and lots with acreage in James City/ York County/ Williamsburg VA here

Below are the models available at this time in Liberty Ridge along with current pricing and base square footage. Note: Basements are available as options along with other room expansions that can create up to 6500 square feet of living area if needed

Home buyers looking for larger lot neighborhoods in the Williamsburg Va area have a variety of other communities to choose from . Westport Skimino Landing Estates along with The Conservancy, The Retreat , Wexford Hills, Woodland Farms, Merry Oaks, Uncles Neck and Banbury Cross are the most popular neighborhoods. Most of these offer 2+ acres yards. There are also numerous parcels off of Forge Rd, Brickbat Rd and others throughout the area that are simply rural or non neighborhood locations.Most of these are typically in the western part of James City or York County.

You can search all homes with acreage in the Williamsburg VA area here

Westport at Fords Colony, the  upcoming community right down the street from Liberty Ridge also offers 3+ acre estate lots.Its location is just outside the Manchester gate of Ford’s Colony on Centerville Rd. . As an added bonus homeowners in Westport will be members of and enjoy the amenities of Ford’s Colony.

view all homes for sale in this neighborhoodThe other model home currently built at Liberty Ridge is The Breakwater Home , a William E. Poole Plan built by Michael C. Brown Builders. the 4633 square foot estate home features a master suite on the first and second levels, an open Kitchen to the family room, a large Family Entertainment Room over the three car garage and many fine authentic details throughout the interior.

imageThe Michael Brown Builders home is currently priced at $1,275,000.

Some of the amenities planned at  Liberty Ridge by the developer ( East West) will include two  community parks with picnic tables for social and picnic gatherings as well as a community walking and biking trail system that will provide opportunities for residents to explore the natural beauty of the land. And with the county’s 689-acre Freedom Park next door, Liberty Ridge homeowners can add mountain biking and hiking to their list of pastimes for enjoying the great outdoors.

Liberty Ridge is adjacent to James City Counties ”Freedom Park“

freedom park interpretive center james city countyThe 601-acre Freedom Park is home to significant American history – recognized nationally as the site of the earliest free black settlement dating to 1803-1860, an 18th-century graveyard, the Revolutionary War Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary in 1781 and a 17th century domicile that is revealing much archaeological research of the early colonial period (1680-1730).. Also located in the park are the Williamsburg Botanical Garden, A brand new interpretive center, two miles of multiuse trails and more than 25+ miles of mountain bike trails. and the latest addition Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course ,an outdoor experience that provides participants 2-3 hours of outdoor fun and exercise.  The result is spectacular. The course allows participants to explore the park from an otherwise unobtainable vantage point while navigating through the treetops using zip lines, obstacles and tarzan swings.

Liberty Ridge Site plan

liberty ridge site plan

The developer of Liberty Ridge, East West Partners has been developing award-winning communities and resorts in seven states across America since 1972. Their first effort way back in 1972 was Brandermill in Chesterfield County , VA now home to 4,400 families it was  named the “Best Planned Community in America” in 1977 by Better Homes and Gardens Magazine and the National Association of Homebuilders.

Other award winning East West communities include Gatling Pointe in Smithfield, VA, The Riverfront, the developer’s second master planned community in Hampton Roads, Eagle Harbor and Founders Pointe, both in Isle of Wight County.

Liberty Ridge students will attend  James City County Schools   DJ Montague Elementary, ,  Hornsby Middle School and Warhill High School

For parents desiring  private school options there are numerous choices including Walsingham Academy, Hampton Roads Academy, Williamsburg Christian, Providence Classical Williamsburg Montessori and more.

The HOA-Homeowner Association in Liberty Ridge will  manage the common areas in the neighborhood as well the other community amenities. The monthly home owner association fee is $75

Directions/ Location Map Liberty Ridge, Williamsburg VA

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Nearby Fitness Options:: James City Recreation Center, Ironbound Gym American Family Fitness  WISC/  Crossfit Williamsburg

Nearby Golf Courses : More info on Williamsburg Golf Courses here

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

Closest Grocery Stores: Farm Fresh in Norge, Martins at Monticello Marketplace ,Trader Joes, Fresh Market, Food Lion

Keep looking: If you like Liberty Ridge, , you might also like: Westport  Wexford Hills, Uncles Neck, The Retreat, Skimino Landing, or Banbury Cross

View current homes for sale in Liberty Ridge here

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Psst.I’m a real estate agent.

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

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

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

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

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

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

Grand Opening this weekend–The Reserve at Williamsburg

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

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

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

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

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

Full Finished Basements Available Offering Additional Living Space

Enjoy The Convenience Of Lawn Care Maintenance Included

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

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

Location Map for the Reserve at Williamsburg

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Psst.I’m a real estate agent.

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

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

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

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

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

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

Coming soon to Williamsburg VA Parkway Towns

Parkway Townes is the newest development within the City of Williamsburg.  Construction has started and sales will start soon. A total of thirty townhomes will offer up to 1800 square feet of living space and up to four bedrooms. Each of three floor plans offered has been designed to maximize both space and luxury. All of the townhomes are 3 levels and feature HardiePlank siding and garages. The town homes are similar to what is being built at White Hall in Toano VA and the Village at Candle Station in Norge.

parkway townes williamsburg va

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Homeowners at Parkway Townes will enjoy such touches as a hardwood foyer, granite countertops, upgraded cabinets, stainless steel appliances and a huge finished recreation room. All homes come with a garage. And, best of all,the exterior maintenance including trash removal, snow removal and roof replacements are taken care of for you.

Siteplan for Parkway Townes in the City of Williamsburg VA

siteplan for Parkway Townes Williamsburg VA

Hurry to join our 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 Parkway Townes Williamsburg VA

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Psst.I’m a real estate agent.

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

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

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

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

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

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

What to do in Williamsburg VA Oct 7-12, 2014

Williamsburg Winerys 2012 Adagio Release Party
Oct 10, 6:30 -9:30 pm
Join the Williamsburg Winery as they commemorate the release of their 2012 Adagio. Descend a candle-lit staricase into a red carpet as you make your entrance, complete with photographers and immerse yourself in the them of "Adagio."

VA Fashion Week
Oct 10 –11, Fri 7-10pm, Sat 5-10pm
Emerging designers, models, and artists from Virginia and around the world come together.   Highlights are the NY/European style runway shows as well as entertainment, exhibits, and  celebrations of all things fashion.

Colonial Williamsburg: The Wall that Heals
Oct 9– 13, open all hours
Williamsburg welcomes The Wall that Heals to the lawn of the Public Hospital and Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg at the southwest corner of Francis and Henry streets Oct. 9-13. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 9, with a welcome by the newly appointed president of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Mitchell B. Reiss.

Lake Matoaka Amphitheater presents 3rd Annual Williamsburg Wine & Jazz Festivial
Oct 10-12 Visit website for times & ticket prices.
The 3rd Annual Williamsburg Jazz & Wine Festival takes place October 10th 12th, 2014, with three days of live jazz and wine appreciation during Columbus Day Weekend. This years theme is Taste The Groove featuring regional jazz artists, select wineries and food.

2nd Sunday Festival
Oct 12,11:00am – 5:00pm
Featuring  over 60 varied artisans & 2 stages of live music. Festival presented each month by the Blue Talon Bistro. Be sure to check out all of the artists coming to Prince George Street  for 2nd Sundays. 
 

New Town Chili n Tunes
Oct 11, 4-7pm
This is the first New Town Chili N Tunes event featuring unlimited chili provided by local restaurants inside Legacy Hall followed by a fantastic outdoor concert beginning at 7:30 by a Journey tribute band, Trial by Fire.

This Century Gallerypresents: Faking it A look at the History of Art Forgery Williamsburg Library
Oct 6, 7:30 pmTo be held at the Williamsburg Library on Monday, October 6th starting at 7.30 pm. The subject is Faking it A look at the History of Art Forgery by Donald Schrader.

Kimball Theatre A Grand Medley of Entertainment
Oct 6– 27, 7:30 pm
Owen Murdocks company gamely tries to present an 18th-century traveling show, but things arent going well. Everything that can go wrong, does!

 

Berkeley Plantation Autumn Sunset Tour
Oct 10, 5:30 pm
Enjoy a walking tour to the Harrison graveyard with stories of Berkeleys hauntings, hor doeuvres served at sunset and candlelight tour of the 1726 mansion.  Reservations required.

Columbus Day Sidewalk Sale
Oct 10-13, 2014 Check center-specific extended sale hours
Dont miss the annual Columbus Day Sidewalk Sale at Williamsburg Premium Outlet Center. Enjoy savings on top of our everyday savings of 25% to 65%.

Chalkapalooza 5K New Town 2014
Oct 12, 10am – 5pm
A family friendly fun run through beautiful New Town, Williamsburg! 3.1 miles of extreme color stations and plenty of fun surprises before and after the event. We are proud to present the first annual Chalkapalooza 5k! 

In the Trenches Tour
Oct 7, 10:00 am
  Guests get an inside the ropes tour of the original 1607 James Fort, once thought lost to history.  Join Dr. William Kelso who led a team of Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists that found the original fort site in 1996.

Yorktown Victory Center Fall lecture series Revolutionary War The Importance of the Second War of Independence to America and the World
Oct 7, 6:15pm booking signing – Lecture starts at 7:00pm
Award-winning author Dr. George C. Daughan will discuss how the War of 1812 fundamentally changed the relationship between the United States and Great Britain, just as the War of Independence did, and how this led to the partnership between the two great English-speaking countries in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Kimball Theatre presents My Daughter, My Mistress; My Mother, My Slave
Oct 10– 31, 12:00 p.m.
Upon arriving at Monticello, her new home, Betty Hemings is reunited with Martha Jefferson. The young woman she raised will now be Bettys new mistress! How will they deal with the new relationship? What harsh truths must they face that will forever alter the lives they once knew? Colonial Williamsburg admission pass required.

 

Lets Twist Copper!
Oct 7, 10am – 5pm
Come watch Gail Eldred twist and shape copper wire into earrings, bracelets, pendants and necklaces.  Shell demonstrate how you can repurpose copper into beautiful one of a kind jewelry pieces.

Open Mic Night at Cogans
Oct 8, 7:00pm
Come out on Wednesday Night for the variety of musicians performing that is Open Mic Night at Cogans. Great sounds, up and coming acts, and cool fun. The shows begins at 7:00pm. Original music is always encouraged too! See you there.

Premium Outlets Pink Event
Through  Oct 31, 2014 at Mon – Sat: 10am-9pm, Sun: 10am-7pm
Williamsburg Premium Outlets  is teaming up with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to support breast cancer awareness, research, and treatment programs our community.

The Comedy Club of Williamsburg presents: Robert Mac with Matty Litwack
Oct 10, 8pm
Robert Mac is an award-winning comedian, motivational humorist, and Master of Ceremonies. He was the Grand Prize winner of Comedy Centrals Laugh Riots national stand-up competition, and has also appeared on Last Comic Standing.

Where Outer Space Meets Air talk at VLM
Oct 11, 6 pm
Learn how astronomers see through the atmosphere to study celestial objects in a free talk by NASA scientist Ann Martin, Where Outer Space Meets the Air We Breathe: How the Atmosphere Affects Studies of our Universe and our Earth. Then, stay for the VLMs monthly evening planetarium shows.

Curators Artifact Tour
Oct 8, 3:00 pm
During the Curators Artifact Tour, senior archaeological curator Bly Straube provides an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the archaeological collection which provides a glimpse of  the artifacts discovered at James Fort, most of which will never go on public display.

Cogans Deli & Sports Pub presents Jonny Waters & Co
Oct 10, 8-11pm
Cory Jonathan Waters & Alex Jolly of Jonny Waters NC based band, comes back to New Town Williamsburg! A perfect blend of the blues, rock, country & orginals!

GO APE! Announces Treetop Junior Nights at Height
Oct 10, 7pm, 7:30pm, and 8pm
Treetop Junior turns into a Haunted Forest at Freedom Park Go Ape Treetop Junior, an outdoor adventure course at Freedom Park in Williamsburg, VA,  Designed for ages 3 12.

Williamsburg Farmers Market
Oct 11, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Music by The Blue Notes. Producers of locally grown: produce, seafood, cut flowers, organic vegetables, herbs, baked goods, pasture-raised meats, cheeses, herbal and goats milk soap, fresh bread, pumpkins, honey and eggs. 

Yorktown Market Days Hours Extended for Fall Festivial!
Oct 11,8 am -3:00 pm
Yorktown Market Days will extend its hours to celebrate autumn with a Fall Festival and will include childrens activities, hayrides, a pumpkin patch and hay maze, and live musical entertainment.

Williamsburg Fall Classic Pickleball Tournament
Oct 11, 2014
Tournament-At-A-Glance: Double elimination. Mens/Womens Singles | Mens/Womens Doubles | Mixed Doubles 18-49 | 50-54 | 55-59 | 60-64 | 65-69 | 70+ 70 player limit.

 

Archaeology Day
Oct 11, 10:00 am
In commemoration of Virginia Archaeology Month, guests meet the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists and learn about the discoveries made at the James Fort site during the 2014 field season. Also includes historic trades demonstrations, living history programs and special tours. 

Star Party/Laser Light Shows
Oct 11-11,at sunset, 7:30, 8:30, 10 & 11:30 pm
Free sky observing begins at sunset (weather permitting) at the Virginia Living Museum. Choose among four shows in the planetarium: the astronomy program Virginia Skies at 7:30 p.m., and the laser-and music shows ElectroLaze at 8:30 p.m., Laser Doors at 10, and Dark Side of the Moon at 11:30.

Auntie Ms American Cottage: Art Workshops Wet Felted Flower Class with Artist Barb Risucci
Oct 11, 9:00am 12:00pm & 12:30pm 3:30pm
Come join Artist Barb Risucci in this interesting workshop that covers the basics of wet felting and sculpting wet felt into a beautiful three-dimensional flower. 

Re-enactment play of the York Town, Virginia Tea Party of 1774
Oct 12, 12:30 pm
Performances by the York Town Tea Players and The Fifes and Drums of York Town.  Free.

Virginia NSA Fastpitch Tournament
Oct 11– 12, 2014
National Softball Association Fastpitch Tournament

 

Construction to start in 2015 on new neighborhood in Norge

imageAlong Richmond Road in Norge, VA a red and white sign boasts single-family homes coming in spring 2013 to a neighborhood called Walnut Grove. But as fall 2014 begins, no work has started at the site.

No construction will begin until at least next year, said Developer Jay Epstein, who is busy with another housing development in Grove called Chestnut Grove and with a development in Richmond called The Villas at Rocketts Landing.

More of the story here

Location map Walnut Grove

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Archaeology open house at Kingsmill this weekend

The College of William & Mary’s Center for Archaeological Research will host an open house Saturday in Kingsmill to share with the public the work its staff has been conducting at a site believed to have been occupied in the 17th and 18th centuries.

More of the story here
http://wydaily.com/2014/10/01/archaeologists-to-host-open-house-at-kingsmill-dig-site?cat=localnews/

Colonial Williamsburg Welcomes Production of AMC Revolutionary War Drama “TURN: Washington’s Spies

Colonial Williamsburg Welcomes Production of AMC Revolutionary War Drama “TURN: Washington’s SpiesThe Colonial Williamsburg Foundation welcomes production of AMC’s hit spy drama “TURN: Washington’s Spies” to the Revolutionary City this week.
Based on the book “Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring,” by historian Alexander Rose, “TURN: Washington’s Spies” attracted an average of 2 million viewers in its first season earlier this year. Production of the show’s second season starts this week, with shooting scheduled for Wednesday evening at Colonial Williamsburg’s Governor’s Palace.
“The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation strives to accommodate media productions that are consistent with the Foundation’s core educational mission. The HBO miniseries ‘John Adams’ stands as a leading example,” said Janet Eason, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of marketing communications. “We believe that our collaboration with “TURN: Washington’s Spies” will be highly advantageous for both the Foundation and the community as a whole, and we are working with the production team in hope of forging an ongoing partnership.”
The show’s success coincides with growing popularity of Colonial Williamsburg’s technology-assisted alternate reality games RevQuest: Save the Revolution!, which the foundation promoted on AMC during “TURN: Washington’s Spies” first season. In the games, would-be Colonial agents tap classic spycraft to aid the cause of independence, first at home on their computers, then using their mobile devices in the Revolutionary City itself. More than 43,00o people played last year alone.
“TURN: Washington’s Spies” stars Jamie Bell as Abraham Woodhull, a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island during the Revolutionary War, who bands together with a disparate group of childhood friends to form the Culper Ring. Together they risked their lives and honor, and turned against family and King, for a fight they believed in passionately, ultimately helping George Washington turn the tide of the War in favor of the rebels.
The series production in Williamsburg is also slated to include filming on the Historic Campus of the College of William & Mary, and was facilitated by the Commonwealth through the Virginia Film Office.
To accommodate filming, the Governor’s Palace will close to tours at 4 p.m. Oct. 1. Ticketed evening programs will proceed as scheduled in the mansion’s advance buildings. The public is welcome to visit the Revolutionary City that evening, although scheduled production activity will not be visible from accessible areas on Scotland Street and on the Palace Green.
In addition to Bell, the series also stars Seth Numrich as Ben Tallmadge, Daniel Henshall as Caleb Brewster, Heather Lind as Anna Strong, Kevin R. McNally as Judge Richard Woodhull, Meegan Warner as Mary Woodhull, Burn Gorman as Major Hewlett, Angus Macfadyen as Robert Rogers, JJ Feild as Major John André, Samuel Roukin as Captain John Simcoe and Ian Kahn as George Washington. Joining the cast for season two are Ksenia Solo as Peggy Shippen and Owain Yeoman as Benedict Arnold. Its first season was also filmed in Virginia at several locations including Richmond, Petersburg, and the Shirley and Scotchtown plantations.
Other AMC series include “Mad Men,” the winner of four consecutive Emmy awards for outstanding drama series, the current back-to-back drama series winner, “Breaking Bad,” and “The Walking Dead,” the most-watched drama in basic-cable history.