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Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg VA too good to leave for this retired couple

Dick and Mary Sue Metrey’s traditionally-styled, open concept home on a quiet cul-de-sac in Colonial Heritage is up for sale. But that’s not because the couple want to leave the gated, 55+ active adults community; it’s because they want to stay.

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For Dick and Mary Sue, the gracious 3-bedroom, 2-bath home they built on Blakemore Terrace in Colonial Heritage was only a summer place; their primary residence was near Washington, DC. But after less than two years of living there part-time, the couple have decided to make Colonial Heritage their permanent home.

“There is such a sense of community here,” said Mary Sue, who is retired from working with the mentally disabled. “People are friendly and they’re interesting.” However, with a huge immediate family of 19 children and grandchildren who love to visit, the Metreys need more room than their 1,756 square foot “Aldrich” model can provide. The couple regretfully decided to sell their Blakemore Terrace home, but they are building a larger home in Colonial Heritage just down the street.

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Dick and Mary Sue were originally drawn to Colonial Heritage for the community’s sociable character. “About 15 years ago we bought a condo in Williamsburg,” explained Mary Sue. “But eventually we wanted more of a neighborhood experience than we got with the condo, so we started looking for another home in Williamsburg.” During their search, the couple toured Colonial Heritage with a representative of the developer, Lennar Corporation, and saw firsthand the community’s welcoming nature.

“As we were driving through the neighborhood, everyone stopped to talk with the Lennar rep,” said Mary Sue. “And they talked with us, too.”

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In 2010-11, the couple built their home at 6808 Blakemore Terrace. “It’s one of the biggest lots,” said Dick, an engineer retired from high-level positions with Naval research institutions. “Most are about 6,000 square feet and ours is 8,000 square feet. It’s also on the nicest cul-de-sac.”

Mary Sue likes the way the home is sited on the property. “There’s no house abutting the back of our home, so no one look into our great room from the back of the property,” she said. “And the front of the house doesn’t face anyone else’s door.” Colonial Heritage’s 170-acre, 18-hole Arthur Hills championship golf course sits only a few houses away.

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The Metreys built their single-level home for easy living. It has no steps, and includes user-friendly amenities such as lever handles on interior doors, a seat in the oversized master shower, and comfort height toilets and vanities. The open concept floor plan includes a spacious living/dining great room with a gas fireplace finished with a Colonial style mantel and a granite surround and hearth. Sliding doors lead from the great room’s dining area to the deck. The great room is also open to a chef’s kitchen that features both a breakfast bar and a breakfast nook, furniture grade Timberlake cabinetry with accent glass fronts, Corian countertops, and a gas cook top. Bringing in the groceries is a breeze: the kitchen connects to a convenient mudroom/laundry off the two-car garage.

masterAll rooms have 9 foot ceilings – perfect for Dick, who is 6’2” tall— and several feature crown molding. Most of the home is carpeted, but there is oak hardwood flooring in the kitchen and in the foyer, which receives natural light from glass transom and side lights framing the home’s six-panel entry door. “I love the foyer, the fact that you don’t walk in the house and right into the great room,” Mary Sue noted.

The home’s Lennar-appointed builder, Matt, impressed Mary Sue with his emphasis on solid construction and attention to details. “When we had our walk-through, Matt noticed things even we didn’t see,” she said. “They were very small things, but he fixed them all.” Matt’s desire to ensure everything in the house was just right, led the couple to request him as the builder of their next Colonial Heritage home.

rear viewThe yard is low maintenance. “Since we weren’t there to water all the time, we wanted to be sure the house still had nice grass,” Mary Sue said. “So we installed a very nice irrigation system.”

The couple like that Colonial Heritage, which offers tennis and bocce courts, and an 8,500 square foot fitness center, is such an active community. “There are a lot of new retirees here, it seems most residents aren’t elderly,” said Mary Sue. “You see people walking, biking and jogging, and many walk their dogs.”

While Dick bikes and jogs, Mary Sue swims at the community’s indoor and outdoor pools. She also enjoys playing in a social bridge group. “There are so many clubs and activities here, the monthly calendar must be 20 pages long,” she said. In fact, the clubs at Colonial Heritage run the gamut from a William and Mary Sports Teams Support Club to groups focused on bluegrass music, travel, and history. Mary Sue pointed out that the community also has a service oriented organization, the Colonial Heritage Community Foundation, which provides support to residents who are caregivers.

colonial heritage clubhouseThe couple especially loves the 25,000 square-foot Colonial style clubhouse, which includes both a fine dining restaurant and a casual grille. “We’ve been to New Year’s Eve parties at the clubhouse, and we’ve brought our families there for holiday dinners,” Mary Sue said. “Wednesday nights are half-price burgers at the club and everyone loves that.”

The Metreys frequently take advantage of cultural and social activities that Colonial Williamsburg—only five miles from Colonial Heritage—has to offer. “There are so many lectures there, ranging from wine making to barrel making,” noted Mary Sue. She added that some of her neighbors share such interests. “At Colonial Heritage there are people from all over the country, and with different backgrounds. We’ve met a lot of people there who are teachers, nurses, doctors, engineers…who seem to be interested in the same things we are.”

ch pool (2)Although they are excited to be moving to Colonial Heritage full-time, the couple will miss their home on Blakemore Way, which Mary Sue described as “so gently used that there are some closet shelves we’ve never even used.”

“We’ve had a neighborhood Christmas gathering there,” Mary Sue noted. “And we have loved having our grandchildren visit us there. One of our grandchildren said he likes this house better than our big house [outside Washington] with the pool!”

“We were charter members of this cul-de-sac,” Mary Sue added. “And even though we were only there part-time, we made a lot of good friends.”

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.

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Colonial Heritage Williamsburg Virginia 55+ Active Adult Community

Finely crafted  homes combined with a amazing $18 million amenity package make Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg Virginia one of Virginia’s premier golf communities for active adults age 55 and better.Colonial Heritage features an impressive selection of traditionally styled luxury homes, carriage homes and villas surrounding a magnificent 170 + acre Arthur Hills golf course, with a spacious clubhouse, a deluxe athletic club, indoor and outdoor pools and a community-oriented activities program that will help make your social life as full as you like.The low-maintenance homes have been carefully designed for gracious single-level living, incorporating spacious ground-floor master suites and open and airy floor plans that are perfect for entertaining.  Some of the homes incorporate basements.The property is located only minutes away from Colonial Williamsburg and the many other cultural and historical attractions of eastern Virginia’s tidewater region, offering buyers an unsurpassed lifestyle that blends city conveniences with small-town charm, low real estate taxes and truly beautiful surroundings. Standard features on the new homes at Colonial Heritage include: Merillat Furniture Finished Cabinetry,Granite Countertop with Stainless Steel Sink,GE® Gourmet Kitchen w/Multi Cycle Dishwasher, side by side Stainbless Refrigerator w/Icemaker and Waterline, Gas Cooktop, Wall Oven (per plan) and Microwave , 13 Seer Carrier® Air Conditioning w/Digital Thermostat, Carrier® High Efficiency Gas Furnance, OSB Exterior Sheething, 80 Gallon Electric Hot Water Heater,  36” Fireplace—Gas Direct Vent with Remote control, Structured Wiring Package, Seagull® Lighting Package and Recess Lighting, Ceiling Fan in Every Bedroom, Sunroom, and Family Room, Professional Paint Package, Colonial Trim Package, Hardwood Flooring (per plan), Ceramic Tile Floors in all Baths, Laundry, & Sunroom (per plan), Convenient Laundry Room with Laundry Tub (per plan),  Variety of Exterior Elevations and Coordinated Color Schemes, Low Maintenance Exterior, Certainteed Landmark 25 year Fiberglass Roof Shingles, Double Pane insulated Low-E Glass Windows, Raised Panel Garage Door w/Automatic Openers and Remote Control

 

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The 18-hole “Colonial” course at the Colonial Heritage Golf Club facility in Williamsburg, Virginia features 6,889 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Designed by Arthur Hills, ASGCA, the Colonial golf course opened in 2006. Western Golf Properties, LLC manages this facility, with Tim Johnson as the General Manager.

Acreage: 1500 acres
Gatehouse: The development features gated entry with 24-hour staffing.
Club Structure: Colonial Heritage is a semiprivate club. Golf memberships are available to homeowners, but are not required to use club facilities.
Golf: The centerpiece of the community is a superb championship golf course designed by the renowned Arthur Hills. The course winds its way through the neighborhoods of Colonial Heritage, with a practice putting green, driving range and pro shop on-site.
Clubhouse: The focal point of recreational, social and cultural activities within the community is an exquisite 25,000-square-foot clubhouse with a grand ballroom, fine and casual dining, a relaxing lounge, card and billiard rooms, a library with computer stations, a woodworking shop and an arts and crafts room.The Fitness Center, which is equipped with state of the art workout equipment, also houses an indoor swimming pool and workout classroom. The Fitness Center is staffed by caring professionals. In addition, there is a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, four (4) tennis courts, two (2) Bocce Courts, and the beautiful 18 hole championship golf course right outside your door that provides Colonial Heritage residents an enviable lifestyle here that is anything but retiring.
Tennis: Four hard tennis courts
Fitness:  The Fitness Center, which is equipped with state of the art workout equipment, also houses an indoor swimming pool and workout classroom. The Fitness Center is staffed by caring professionals. In addition, there is a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, four (4) tennis courts, two (2) Bocce Courts, and the beautiful 18 hole championship golf course right outside your door that provides Colonial Heritage residents an enviable lifestyle here that is anything but retiring. Fitness classes offered include, Aerobics, Aquacise, Body Sculpting, Yoga, and Personal Training
Recreation: Additional recreational facilities include tennis courts, manicured green space for lawn sports and miles of hiking and biking trails, with a full-time recreation director on staff to organize a full calendar of community events and activities.
Swimming: Private recreational facilities include an outdoor pool with an expansive terrace and a heated indoor pool and whirlpool.
Dining and Shopping: The Williamsburg area harbors a wide spectrum of dining and retail options, including several major shopping malls, arts and crafts centers, antiques dealers and outlet shops located minutes away from Colonial Heritage. The clubhouse offers a choice of casual and fine dining, while area restaurants range from fast food chains to gourmet restaurants, many specializing in nouvelle and traditional American fare.
Area Attractions: Virginia’s Historic Triangle region is one of the nation’s top destinations for historical tourism, with the fascinating colonial settlements of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown joined by the 23-mile Colonial Parkway. In addition to Colonial Williamsburg and other well-preserved pre-Revolutionary settlements, residents have easy access to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the scenic Virginia wine country and to fishing and boating on Chesapeake Bay and the James and York rivers. Colonial Heritage is less than an hour from Richmond, Virginia’s vibrant capital city, about 60 miles from Virginia Beach and 150 miles from Washington, D.C.
Health Care: The Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center located a few minutes from the development offers a 24-bed emergency room along with a wide range of modern medical services.
Homes: Buyers can choose from a selection of quality single-family homes, villas and carriage homes with prices ranging from the mid $200’s to $500’s both new and resale homes are available. 

 

 

 


 Comments from Golfers at Colonial Heritage:

 2008  Best secret in Williamsburg!!

-Beautiful, well-maintained, chess game.

Yardage book is a must. Luckily, they handed me one when I paid.
Study the book carefully and decide your strategy all the way to the green BEFORE you put your tee in the ground!
This is not a “grip it and rip it” course. On several holes, you really need to weigh risk/ reward before you pull out the driver. Many people complain about this course being too hard– but it is not at all, if you THINK first!

Best thing about it…. it’s empty! I played last weekend (Labor Day). Saturday I played 9 holes, teed off around 5:30. Sunday I played 18, starting around 4. I did not see another person on the course. No Exaggeration!

If you want a beautiful chess game of a golf course all to yourself, you gotta try this place!

(I debated quite a bit about sharing my secret, but its too good not to share. Plus, I’d hate for them to close because of lack of business, it’s obvious they put a lot of money into the maintenance. So, PLEASE don’t come when I’m there… I like it empty.)

 2008
 

We were a female and a new male golfer, and we played this challenging – gorgeous! – course in July, ’08 in 106 degree weather. It was a fantastic golf course/experience, and we will be sure to recommend the course to all our friends. In fact, we’d even consider moving to the community – just to have more access to the course. It is spectacular!

ProShop personnel were friendly and helpful, and there was a valuable booklet available for purchase that gave excellent descriptions of each hole – and was available for only $1.00!!!

Final comment – don’t be intimidated. It’s a challenging course, but it’s well within the reach of players who are aware of their own capabilities and willing to let better players play-thru and enjoy their own game.

2008
Beautiful and deceptive, some will say too tricky, and I will guarantee it kicks your butt by ten strokes more than you usually shoot. Too many blind shots make it imperative to have a map of the hole or caddy neither of which are provided. (You do get a pin placement map but that is it). My heart hurts to see such a beautiful course falling to recession with a skeleton staff, no on course attendants, and a cloud of doom on the faces of the few remaining workers.
2008
Gorgeous course! Local knowledge a huge plus. Greens like pool table tops, yet very fair.
2007
wow, what a beautiful course! very challenging. must hit fairways to score well. excellent!
 
Some of the Social clubs at Colonial Heritage include : A William and Mary Sport Team Support Club, Cribbage Club, Bridge Club, Marathon Bridge Club, Bocce Club, Billiards Club, Pickleball Club, Mah Jongg, Poker Club, Line Dancing, Round Dancing, Square Dancing, Knitting Group, Quilting Group, Woodworking Club, Book Club, Library Club, Dining Club, Singles Group,  Drama Club, Travel Club, Bluegrass Country Music, History Club, Photography Club,