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Home Buyer Workshop in York County Va

York County’s Division of Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization is offering a Virginia Housing Development Authority home ownership education workshop on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Community Services Conference Room located at 224 Ballard Street, Yorktown, Virginia, 23690.
The workshop will cover personal finances, credit reports and credit issues, the role of the lender, your relationship with a real estate agent, the Fair Housing Act of Virginia, home inspections, loan closing and home maintenance.

 


To register for this workshop, or for more information, call Tracy Pierce at 757-890-3885.

This update brought to you by Mr Williamsburg.com / Realtor/ John Womeldorf

A Realtor living / working in the Hampton Roads/ Tidewater area of Virginia.

You can reach me at 757 254 8136

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Public beaches in Hampton Roads, Va Beach, Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown, Eastern Shore, Outer Banks

Question: We are thinking of moving to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and are wondering where the public beaches are.

Answer: There are many beaches to choose from in Hampton Roads both in Va Beach, Norfolk, Yorktown, Newport News, Hampton, The Eastern Shore and The Outer Banks ( OBX)

 In Virginia Beach the  Oceanfront offers visitors 12 miles of public beach stretching from Fort Story south to Sandbridge. Visitors can surf, swim, bask in the sun and stroll the three-mile Boardwalk. Entertainment includes concerts at the 17th and 24th Street stages, a summer-long series of festivals and celebrations, and fireworks shows through July and August. The main resort area, from First to 40th streets, has lifeguards in season, with surfing allowed between Third and Fifth streets. The Oceanfront also has public restrooms, public and private parking and wooden walkways to the beach. The VB Wave shuttle runs between Second and 40th streets, May through September. www.vbfun.com The beaches north of the resort area, in a residential area, are quieter, but parking is scarce and public facilities are limited.

 

South of VA Beach’s resort area are Croatan Beach, Sandbridge Public Beach, and Little Island Park, all with lifeguards during season. Croatan has a popular, and sometimes crowded, surfing area. Little Island Park, near the edge of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, has a fishing pier, concessions, picnic shelters and playground. The beach on one side of its pier is dedicated to surfing; on the other is a 2,000-foot beach for swimmers.

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, south of Sandbridge, allows visitors to hike the freshwater marsh trails, bike on the dike roads or take a tram ride to nearby False Cape State Par k.

First Landing State Park is perfect for those who want to combine sunbathing and swimming with their walk on the wild side. Located on Shore Drive, the park has a swimming beach.

Norfolk has beaches in  Ocean View , along the Chesapeake Bay. The city maintains three beach parks, staffed by lifeguards in season, along the 71/2 miles of beaches off Ocean View Avenue. Ocean View Park, 100 W. Ocean View Ave., is home to a boardwalk and hosts a series of special events, including concerts, festivals and fireworks. There’s also Sarah Constant Beach Park, at the intersection of Tidewater Drive and Fourth View, and Community Beach Park, between Tidewater Drive and Chesapeake Boulevard. Norfolk’s beachfront also is home to the new Ocean View Fishing Pier, which juts 1,690 feet into the Bay and is open 24 hours a day, Memorial Day through Labor Day. The pier includes a restaurant, bait shop and game room.

in Hampton you will find Buckroe Beach and with it’s  mile-long Chesapeake Bay beach along North First Street has a playground, boardwalk, bandstand and observation pier. A hot spot for swimming and sunbathing, this park also offers kayak and paddleboat rentals. The beach allows dogs Sept. 15 through May 15 and has an enclosed Bark Park near the beach. Public restrooms are available, as well as two free parking lots.

 Also in Hampton is Grandview Nature Preserve  a bit farther off the beaten path, but this two-mile stretch of beach along the Chesapeake Bay offers a secluded spot ideal for swimming and beachcombing. The nature trails that meander through some of the park’s 475 acres of salt marsh and tidal creek offer excellent bird watching. There are no lifeguards and parking is limited.

NEWPORT NEWS has Huntington Park, the city’s only public beach,  located on the James River, nestled at the base of the James River Bridge at the intersection of Mercury and Warwick boulevards. The park has a giant wooden playground called Fort Fun, the longest fishing pier on the East Coast, a children’s fishing pier extending into Lake Biggins, a boat ramp and snack bar. The swimming area has lifeguards from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

YORKTOWN has The Riverwalk complex on the York River the anchor for the town’s two-acre public beach, with fine dining, an ice cream shop, boutiques and sightseeing cruises. Restrooms and showers are open April through mid-October.

On the EASTERN SHORE you will find the Cape Charles Town Beach, at the end of Mason Avenue, it offers a shallow, protected swimming area in the charming resort town of Cape Charles. There are restrooms and a fishing pier at the southern end of the half-mile-long beach and restaurants within walking distance. Summer concerts, holiday events and a monthly Applaud the Sun beach party take place in and around the beach’s pavilion. Parking is free along Bay Avenue, with a paved walkway running the length of the beach. There are three wooden walkovers providing handicapped access. No lifeguards. Pets are prohibited on the beach Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Also on the Eastern Shore is Kiptopeke State Park  just three miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, but worlds away from the hubbub of busier resort areas. Sunken concrete-filled ships form a protected area for swimming on the half-mile beach. Lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day through Labor Day. Pets are not allowed.

Assateague Island has extensive beaches. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day through Labor Day at Toms Cove Beach. Pets are not allowed. Hours vary by season; entry fee is $10 per vehicle, good for a week; for those who enter on foot or by bike, admission is free.

The OUTER BANKS  offers Dozens of public beach access points along North Carolina’s string of barrier islands, on both the ocean and sound sides. Most have lifeguards on duty from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and some also offer bathhouses, showers and other amenities.

Kids/ Toddler Activities Williamsburg Va

Question: We are thinking of moving to Williamsburg VA. We have two toddlers and are looking for Mommy and Me opportunities in the area. Or events, arts , physical/ learning  activities for Toddlers/ young children. Can you recommend any ?

Answer : Here are a few activities for toddlers/ young children in the Williamsburg Virginia area. I will try to post new ones  as they are announced. Here is just a partial list of opportunities and events in Williamsburg.

 

Children’s Day—Williamsburg Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 18 at Merchants Square. Child ID and kids

activities provided by Providence Classical School. Corny Sue provides face-painting. Colonial Williamsburg

Chef Brookfield Fitchett from the Williamsburg Inn presents fun for kids cooking demonstrations at 9:30 and

10:30. Me & Jo play tunes popular with young and old 9-11.

 

Free classes at WISC—1-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex will hold free introductory

gymnastics, dance and soccer classes for ages 2-10. Children can try one class or a little of all three.

Register at 253-1947.

 Abrakadoodle art classes—Offered in Williamsburg: Mini Doodlers, ages 3-5; Doodlers, ages 6-12; Twoosy

Doodlers for ages 20-36 months. Fees and session information available at www.abrakadoodle.com or 224-2089

Children’s dance—Ages 3-4 without parent also enrolling on Monday, 9:30- 10:15 a.m. $8 per class.

New Town United Methodist Church, Williamsburg, Virginia 258-1072.

 

Early Childhood Music School— Of Williamsburg United Methodist Church is registering new students for

the fall session. In addition to a new keyboard class for 7- and 8-year-olds, weekly classes in music and movement

are offered for ages birth through 5 years. Limited openings in morning, afternoon and evening classes.

Cindy Freeman, 229-1771, ext. 108, or cfreeman@williamsburgumc.org.

 

Colonial Williamsburg—Offers younger museum goers the following family programs: Wee Folk, ages 3-7,

10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 12, Abby Aldrich; Magical Creatures, 8 and up, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 18, Nov. 1 and

15 Abby Aldrich; Stitch Detectives 3 p.m. Oct. 19, Nov. 2 and 16 Abby Aldrich; Toymaker’s Workshop 4:15

p.m. Oct. 25 and Nov. 8 Hennage Auditorium, DeWitt Wallace; Toys! Sailors’ Games 2:30-4 p.m. Oct. 18

DeWitt Wallace; Toys! Yikes, Snakes! 2:30-4 p.m. Nov. 1 DeWitt Wallace; Toys! Adopt a Toy Dog 2:30-4 p.m.

Nov. 15 DeWitt Wallace at Colonial Williamsburg. 220-7724.

 

Mommy & Me Dance—At Virginia Regional Ballet accepting registrations for classes, which will be held at

9:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 9, and 9 a.m. Saturdays through Dec. 13.

Mommy & Me is designed to promote gross motor skills through simple dances and exercises and also to work together with parents to teach good classroom behavior and discipline.

Adelle Carpenter instructor. www.danceVRB.com or 229-2553.

Mother’s Day Out—At Williamsburg United Methodist Church has space available for the 2008-09 school year for ages 12 months to 4 years by Sept. 1. Register with Lee Munden at 757 229-1771. Includes learning centers, circle time, playground, music and art. Adult-to-child ratio: 1:3.

 

Mother’s Morning Out—New Town United Methodist Church, Williamsburg 9:30-11:45 a.m. Monday and Thursday. 757 258-1072.

 

Music Together—Music and Movement program for young children and their parents, ages 0-5.  757- 784-0080.

Intro to dance—Ballet/tap combo class for ages 3-5 offered at Virginia Regional Ballet Academy.

Morning and afternoon classes available. 757-229-2553 or visit www.danceVRB.com.

 

Itsy Bitsy yoga classes—Taught at Virginia Regional Ballet beginning Oct. 23. Tots (ages 8 months-24

months) meet 9-9:45 a.m. Thursday. Tykes (ages 21 months-24 months) 10-10:45 a.m. Friday. Babies (aged 3 weeks-8 months)

offered 1:30-2:15 p.m. Fridays at Body Balance Studio. Six-week sessions, $55 per child/caregiver pair. Register at www.happylittleyogi.com or with Amy Rains, 757-345-0522.

 New Town United Methodist Church—Sponsors preschool music and movement classes for children

and their parents, 6-17 months, 18-34 months and 3-5 years. 258-1072.

MusiQuest Jr.—A unique, high-quality music education for ages 3 through

third grade. Register for fall classes or receive information at www.musiquestjr.com or 757-253-1152.

 

Mothers of Preschoolers—9:30 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays. King of Glory Lutheran

Church. Teaching by mentors and other speakers, discussion and opportunities

to strengthen faith and develop creativity while children are cared for in a parallel

child-care program called MOPPETS. 757-229-7712.

 

Stay-at-Home Mothers— 10 a.m. Fridays. Olive Branch Christian Church. 757-566-3862.

New Town Williamsburg VA

Explore New Town in Williamsburg VA

What is so special about New Town in Williamsburg VA? Theatres. Great restaurants. Gift shops, bookstores, and healthcare facilities all located within walking distance from your home. A bustling town center, retail stores and office space also serve this community of new homes and businesses.

New Town embraces the idea of “new urbanism”, where neighborhoods are designed to be diverse, accessible, safe, and self-sustaining. Careful planning and development integrate residential, commercial and green space, enabling residents to live in a pedestrian setting, and live, work and play right within their own community.

Green parks, trails and open spaces surround the spacious lofts, apartments, and town homes in New Town. Condos are available in New Town both in Bennington and in the newly opened Foundation Square. Prices start in the $200’s and range to over $450k.  Town Homes are still readily available in New Town both new and resale. All have garages either attached or detached. 2, 3, 4 bedroom town homes are available with prices starting in the mid $250’s . Abbey Commons, Chelsea Green and Savannah Square are some of the neighborhoods found within New Town.  Detached homes are soon to be available in New Town . Pricing is yet to be determined. If you would like to be the first to know about these homes email John@MrWilliamsburg.com  or call me at 757 254 8136 .Open acreage and trails provide ample room for walking, biking and other types of outdoor recreation. Commerce thrives in the Discovery Business Park, a setting designed to foster research and development ventures with the nearby College of William and Mary. New retail, dining and service businesses continue to join the bustling business district of New Town.

Sitting on the front porch with a glass of cold lemonade. Strolling along spacious sidewalks and stopping to chat with neighbors. Walking to the ice cream parlor…or even walking to work! These things are what made traditional neighborhoods so endearing and enduring, imparting a lasting sense of community. New Town in Williamsburg VA offers residents the best of both worlds, combining an old-fashioned neighborhood feeling with the latest in amenities, technology, and commerce.

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Williamsburg VA Real Estate “Living in Stonehouse” First person account

The following is excepted from the Stonehouse Gazette a newsletter for Stonehouse residents in Toano, VA I wanted to share it with anyone thinking of moving to the Williamsburg Va area. It gives a great sense of living in the area and relocating from NY.

Playing the role of Adolph Phillipse at the Philipsburg Manor restoration site in Sleepy Hollow, NY, circa 1750, where  he worked on Saturdays as an interpreter is only one of the many facets of Bob Spencer who, with  his wife Carolyn, resides in The Orchard Hill section of Stonehouse in Toano, James City County Virginia Just a few minutes drive from Williamsburg VA.

 This Princeton University and Columbia University Law School graduate’s current activities in the Williambsurg VA area  include Board Member of the Peninsula Agency for the Aging, Board Member of Vibrant Life Ministry, Rotary Club member, Richmond Civil War Roundtable, Christopher Wren lecturer, Williamsburg United Methodist Church, James City County Concerned Citizens, and, of course, the  Stonehouse Board of Directors. This, and more, in addition to a continuing legal practice in Westchester County, New York.

Bob and Carolyn moved to Stonehouse in 2005 after 38 years in Tarrytown, NY. “It took us about 30 minutes to decide to live here,” he said. Having discovered Stonehouse on their own, they were “very impressed” with the look and feel of the community. “We really loved the design of our house and the relatively small lot,  which meant less upkeep.” Compared with Westchester County, the low real estate taxes and the low cost of the golf course were real “bonuses.” ( in the Williamsburg VA area)

What they like best about living in the  Stonehouse community in Toano VA is “the many new friends that we have made, particularly the Orchard Hill group. We also appreciate the country feel of the community and the fact that the developer really did leave many trees.”

In his third year as a member of the Board, Bob says he spends “an average of 10 hours per week” on community business. In his “spare time,” he tries to play golf ( there are 16+ public courses in the Williamsburg Va area)  but says, “My golfing partners have to put up with a lot.” He and Carolyn are looking forward to a family reunion in July, which will be attended by their two biological sons, two adopted Korean daughters, their foster daughter, their Rotary Exchange daughter from Belgium, and their 8 grandchildren.

As Board President of Stonehouse for the past 2 years, Bob’s goal was “to keep residents advised of Board activities as much as possible; to give residents an opportunity to communicate with the Board; and to maintain Stonehouse as a quality place to live.” He is most proud of “guiding the community through the transition from developer control to owner control” and the dedication of so many residents who provide outstanding community service on committees and other volunteer activities.

His long-range goals include “having more resident involvement in community activities of Stonehouse; completing the transition; evaluating resident responses to the Strategic Planning Committee; implementing suggestions that will continue to make Stonehouse a community for all residents, including our children; and working with GS Stonehouse ( The new owner of the undeveloped part of Stonehouse) to develop the overall community.”

Public can discuss use of Eastern State Hospital Vacant Land

Vacant land at the Eastern State Hospital site in James City County, long lusted after for its development potential, will be the subject of a community discussion this month as the state considers new uses for it.

A group of local leaders called the Crossroads Project Steering Committee, which was formed about a decade ago and was instrumental in the process that led to the New Town development, will lead three days of discussions on the land starting April 21. The committee will bring in a team from Pittsburgh-based Urban Design Associates to assist in the conversation.

These talks come as Virginia prepares a master plan on what to do with unused land at state-run Eastern State, the first public psychiatric hospital in North America. Officials are consolidating much of the hospital to the eastern side of the property and the large, underused campus is considered attractive to developers.

Last year, city and county officials contacted the state department that oversees mental health services about the possibility of excess land there being used for a school site. During those talks, they learned the state was about to kick off a master-plan process for the property and asked if it could coincide with the county’s update of its Comprehensive Plan this year.

State officials agreed and asked the Crossroads group to host a community forum to generate ideas should portions of the land become available for new development. But the state’s lengthy process for planning the land’s future puts any new use years away, leaders say.

Crossroads includes representatives of the area’s three localities — Williamsburg, James City and York County — as well as the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the College of William and Mary and the Williamsburg Area Chamber and Tourism Alliance.

The meetings will be at the college’s Alumni House on Richmond Road starting at 7 p.m. on April 21 and April 23. The April 22 session, closed to the public, will only be for certain officials to hear specific suggestions.

“The idea is to take all the input and on that last day you’ve got a plan on paper,” though one still to be evaluated by the state, said City Manager Jack Tuttle, who represents Williamsburg on the Crossroads group.

Eastern State just completed work on its new geriatric center, which will house about 150 mentally ill patients aged 65 and older. The move is the first of what will place much of the hospital’s operations closer to Ironbound Road, freeing up much of the middle of the property for other uses, said Jim Golden, associate vice president for economic development at William and Mary and a member of Crossroads’ steering committee.

Workers have already begun razing a handful of buildings to construct a facility for younger mentally ill patients and a new administrative building.

The effort to shrink the space used by Eastern State, which had about 400 patients as of 2006, will leave about 460 acres of the hospital’s 540 acres as open space and forest, Eastern State officials have said.

One area where Urban Design Associates is expected to offer its professional services is figuring out how to turn the area’s wetlands into an advantage instead of treating them like an obstacle, said Golden, who sits on the Crossroads group’s steering committee.

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