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Sneak Preview of new models at Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg VA

Lennar the developer and builder of the Colonial Heritage Active adult community of Williamsburg VA will soon be unveiling 11 exciting new models of detached homes.

Colonial Heritage is one of three active adult communities in the Williamsburg, Virginia area, and is the perfect place for adults 55 years of age and better. With an 18-hole Arthur Hills championship golf course, a 7,500 square foot athletic club, a 25,000 square foot clubhouse and dancing, walking, biking and swimming facilities.

huntley model, colonial heritage, williamsburg va

Introductory pricing for the new range of detached homes will start in the $250’s for a 1366 square foot model ( Belle Grove) and range up to $424,990 for a 2773 square foot Randolph model.  No attached homes will be built at this time.

Avon great roomThree series of models will be built including the Cottage Series, the Manor Series and the top end Plantation Series homes. As before all homes are built with slab foundations and the Manor and Plantation Series will also offer basement options.

A first for Lennar and Colonial Heritage is a new side entry garage model, the Avon pictured below. The 1800 sq. ft. home offers a huge great room area with an open kitchen dining area that lives like a much larger home. The 2 bedroom, 2 bath Manor Series Home is priced at 329,990 or $349,990 with an unfinished basement. Note the basement adds an additional 1800+ square feet to the home.  Avon model-Colonial Heritage, Williamsburg VA

The two largest models (Claremont and Randolph)  come standard with three car garages. The Berkeley can be built with an optional double deep 19 x 34 garage great for the home hobbyist or woodworker.

A variety of pre-construction incentives are being offered until April 15th , 2013 including a choice of :

  • a 12×20 brick paver patio with fire pit.
  • $10,000 in closing cost assistance.
  • Free deck
  • Finishing of a basement rec room with bath
  • Upgrades to Gold or Platinum Option package + Washer and Dryer
  • See below for details:

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If you would like a private pre-grand opening sneak preview contact me and I will set it up.

Want to see the full range of plans and elevations for the new models ?

Fill out the form here and we will send them pronto via email

We  will also make sure to keep you apprised of everything that’s happening at Colonial Heritage before anyone else knows…

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Read more about the Colonial Heritage Active Adult Community in Williamsburg VA here

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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.

Want a chance to tell your home’s story ? 

Want to see this home or others in Colonial Heritage or Williamsburg VA ?

Contact Mr Williamsburg/ John Womeldorf by phone 757 254 8136 or email John@MrWilliamsburg.com

Williamsburg, VA Real Estate Colonial Heritage A 55+ Active Adult Community

        Encompassing an area of approxchclubhouse1imately  1500 acres Colonial Heritage offers it’s homeowners a secure community with 24 hour manned gated entry. The Golf Course is a semiprivate club. Golf memberships are available to homeowners, but are not required to use club facilities.

        Central to the Colonial Heritage community is the superb championship  golf course designed by the colonialheritagepool1renowned designer, 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. 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. The  chpoolwilliamsburgColonial Heritage golf course opened in 2006. Western Golf Properties, LLC manages this facility, with Tim Johnson as the General Manager

        Many say that the grand clubhouse is, indeed, the star attraction of Colonial Heritage The magnificent Clubhouse is designed to emulate the grand Colonial-style of a Virginia plantation. Guests arriving at the facility enter the building under the vaulted Porte Cochere colonialheritagegolfvaand arrive in the grand lobby with its multiple seating areas and open columned arcade that culminate in a central domed area. The plan is open and views extend in many directions: through the rich mahogany lounge with its beamed ceiling into the  restaurant, or through a series of arches framing the hallway. The lower level is reached by the grand staircase that gently curves to the floor below and provides one of many accesses to the expansive lawn area. Beyond the grand hallway are large covered decks and balustrade railing, providing a comfortable resting place to view thecolonialheritage7 lush expansive putting green and views of the golf course and community. 
        Encompassing approximately 25,000 square feet the clubhouse hosts the complete range of social and recreational spaces, 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.

        ch1Without exception, residents at Colonial Heritage enjoy an active social calendar and enjoy being able to choose from a range of planned events, as well as classes, workshops and outings. With on-staff social and activities director who puts together a year-round schedule of events. Residents can be as active or as relaxed as they like.

        Colonial Heritage does, in fact, offer an incredible schedule of events, including dinner dances, arts and crafts and a number of other special-ch4interest workshops, social and cultural outings and a many other kinds of activities.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,Housed in a separate facility adjacent to the outdoor pool is the 8500 attachedcolonial heritage square foot  fitness center. Equipped with state of the art workout equipment, it also houses an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and workout classroom. The Fitness Center is fitness professionals. In addition, there is a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, four (4) tennis courts, two (2) Bocce Courts,Tennis: Four hard tennis  courts. Fitness classes offered include, Aerobics, Aquacise, Body Sculpting, Yoga, and Personal Training.

        Colonialheritagedining Tennis is also a popular amenity at Colonial Heritage . Facilities include a number of lighted courts. Tennis buffs can enjoy an exciting array of planned clinics and tournaments

        Nearby Williamsburg offers 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. 
        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 ch2 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.

        The homes at Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg have been designed to be “active adult friendly” in that they are built with maintenance-free one level  living in mind, with floor plans configured for easy living. Colonial Heritage  also offers main level living with award-winning single family designs ranging  from the $200’s to the $500’s

        Home choices at Colonial Heritage include detached single-family homes, villas and carriage/ town homes.

        Read the latest Colonial Heritage Newsletter below

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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,

       

       

      Williamsburg Va Real Estate Growth Update

      From an article in the Va Gazette

      What will the rolling landscape of James City County Virginia’s Stonehouse District look like with three times the number of today’s homes? Hard to imagine.One of the side effects of the new rooftops may also be increased activism. Today most of the slowgrowth lobby is concentrated in Powhatan and Jamestown districts. “Because the growth has been focused in those areas, there have been a lot more issues around which galvanize people,” Krapf said. “As the growth demand turns to the upper county, you’ll probably see a lot more activity on the part of those groups served by public water. Much of the upper county relies on wells for drinking water. “It’s far too early to talk about expanding the [Primary Service Area} at this point,”  Stonehouse supervisor Jim Kennedy said. “We need to be looking at new technologies and water supply, such as reclaimed water systems,” 

      Last year the James City County’s Real Estate Assessments Division assessed 4,825 parcels in Stonehouse, the westernmost of five magisterial districts.

      More than 5,000 new housing units are approved and under way, according to a James City County Citizens’ report on cumulative growth.

      Beyond that, another 5,500 are approved but not yet started. New housing of that magnitude seems far-fetched in the middle of a real estate slump, but Stonehouse remains a hot market for $200,000 homes . The population of the county could drastically shift within 20 years as Villages at White Hall, Jennings Way, Michelle Point, Stonehouse and Colonial Heritage build out. On the commercial side, Stonehouse is expected to add about 3.8 million square feet of shops, stores and restaurants.

      The Stonehouse area of the county is definitely going to get the brunt of the growth.Some serious consideration needs to be given to the road structure that supports it, as well as the water situation. 

      Plans for the Stonehouse development once included using reclaimed water, but were abandoned because of cost.

      Despite efforts to control growth, there is still plenty of room. A good portion of the Williamsburg Pottery tract is in the district, as is the neighboring Hunt farm property. Both would provide large development opportunities. “It’s not just the Hunt property,” Kennedy added. “There’s also Anderson’s corner.” Planning Commission member Rich Krapf lives in the district and cautions not to overreact. “The buildout schedule could take years to achieve,” he said. “So people forget that that’s been approved. Then the new owners come in and people say, ‘That’s new growth and we don’t want new growth.’Yet it’s a 20-yearold project. That’s where so many citizen groups are raising the flag about cumulative impacts.”

      The housing market is a wild card, though. Because of the downturn, Colonial Heritage construction has slowed to a trickle and developers throughout the county are not meeting building projections.

      Typically, each phase in a development depends on the success of the previous phases. In a flagging market, growth stalls and plans change. “The whole county has time to breathe,” Kennedy said. “Certainly this Comprehensive Plan is critical.” 

      Kennedy said that Stonehouse and its development are different from the other districts. “More people in this district are property rights people than in other areas in the county, because they are large property owners.

      They don’t want to see the commercialization of the Stonehouse district either, but they certainly want to protect their interests. We’re ‘a little bit country’ out here, and we like it that way, for the most part.” “Even with the growth likely to occur, we’d still like to see the rural character retained out there,” Kadec said of J4C. “It may not be possible, but it sure would be nice.” Kadec believes the county can balance the rooftops by encouraging equine-related businesses, agri-tourism, and other industries that make preservation profitable. The same sentiment was mentioned frequently by residents recently in Comprehensive Plan meetings in the upper county. “

      Williamsburg VA Real Estate, Stonehouse FAQ Toano, James City County

      Stonehouse Va Frequently asked questions for current or prospective homeowners. This should answer most of not any questions you would have about living in the Stonehouse community of Toano VA, near Williamsburg.

      A variety of questions are answered including questions about living in Stonehouse and questions about living in Williamsburg/ James City County/ Toano Virginia.

      If you want to review the home owner  regulations HOA, POA ) of any of the communities in Williamsburg, James City County, York County, New Kent County including Fords Colony, Kingsmill, Greensprings, Governors Land, Viniterra, Farms of New Kent, Liberty Ridge, Whitehall, Colonial Heritage, or any others in the area give me a call or email me and I will send you a pdf copy for you to review.

      Moving/Retiring to Willamsburg VA For young and old alike !

      I wanted to share an excellent post by by Andrew Petkofsky for Virginia Business. I have added a few links to direct you to areas of information.

      Ken Carr retired to Williamsburg because he didn’t want to get away from it all. As a sales and marketing executive in the fashion industry, he had enjoyed a fast-paced career and was looking for a gentler climate than his home in the Chicago suburbs.

      But nice weather and recreational options were only part of it: Carr also hoped for opportunities to keep busy and take on new challenges. “You spend your life working, as many of us have, five or six days a week with the pulse of business,” he says. “To just have that stop, psychologically, I didn’t find that it was all that appealing.”

      When Carr moved with his wife, Nancy, to the gated community of Ford’s Colony in 1999, he immediately occupied himself building a retirement house. Someone asked if he would sell it, so he built another.

      Then he became increasingly involved sharing his business experience with those just starting out. Carr connects with business clients through the Service Corps of Retired Executives, a national program coordinated locally through the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance. “It’s a great way to use the expertise that you have,” says Carr, who is 65. “It’s also an incredible opportunity for businesses or organizations to get people who are very accomplished to assist them — the kind of team that quite frankly they couldn’t go out and hire.”

      In fact, so many former executives and high-ranking military officers have retired to Williamsburg that a number of other organizations, including the College of William & Mary and its Mason School of Business have created local programs to harness their expertise.

      The post-career challenges are not reserved solely for former captains of industry. Other retirees in the area take classes in a large continuing education program, teach in the same program and even help operate a professional chamber orchestra in Williamsburg. “We wind up with some very bright early retirees who still want to make contributions,” says Keith Taylor, director of James City County’s office of economic development.

      The Williamsburg area (including James City County and upper York County) has become a retirement mecca. Money magazine named the region one of the country’s best places to retire. The magazine cited attributes such as the area’s history, culture, green space and access to health care and airports.
      The area’s growing reputation among retirees has been helped by a constellation of attractions including the Colonial Williamsburg living history museum, the College of William & Mary, award-winning golf courses, a handful of prestigious gated communities, close access to tidal rivers and the ocean, and a location only three hours away from Washington, D.C.

      As the retirement-age population grows, older residents are redefining the options available for their golden years and, in the process, reshaping the community. Kingsmill on the James, opened in the 1970s as the region’s first gated community, now has the company of several other retiree-friendly residential areas protected by gates or private security forces. These include Ford’s Colony and The Governor’s Land at Two Rivers.

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       Two recent arrivals, Colonial Heritage and The Settlement at Powhattan Creek in James City, requires that residents be 55 or older.

      A boom in mixed-used developments also appeals to the preferences of an older population. These projects group shopping, restaurants and low-maintenance residences such as condos and town houses in one location. “Folks are looking more and more at access to retail and entertainment within walking distance of their homes,” says James R. Golden, associate vice president for economic development at William & Mary. “The retirement community is sort of a leader in this.”

      Golden helped promote the development of New Town, a mixed-use community just outside Williamsburg. Now a second, similar development, High Street, is under construction in the city. Riverside Health System also has proposed a mixed-use community, Quarterpath at Williamsburg, which would include a hospital, a nursing home and housing. State approval has not yet been granted for the hospital, which would be the Williamsburg area’s second.

      Community leaders see the retirement boom as a largely positive economic force that may create jobs for younger folks in areas such as health care, retail and other services. The officials point out that many of those retiring to Williamsburg from other areas, especially the Northeast, are well-heeled professionals and business executives who have chosen to end their careers while still in their 50s. “When you develop a vibrant retirement community … they will pay for services that they want and appreciate, and that will open up opportunities for people that want to fill those needs,” says Richard Schreiber, president and CEO of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance.

      One side effect of becoming a retirement mecca is that land and housing prices in the region have risen to levels beyond the means of many workers in service jobs. “It’s sort of creat­ing a greater shortage of affordable housing,” says Rick Hanson, James City’s director of housing and community development. “A lot of people that work in James City do find the housing costs prohibitive, and they will commute in.”

      The cost of housing can also be a problem for some retirees who spent their working years in the community. But local governments are trying to solve the problem. Hanson’s office recently assembled a parcel for development of low-rent senior housing in cooperation with a local nonprofit organization. He says the county also has commissioned a consultant to analyze housing needs and report this fall.

      Numbers help tell the story of Williamsburg’s growing popularity as a place to retire. William & Mary and the Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health, a local organization created to promote the health of older people, reported in 2003 that the 60-and-older population in Williamsburg, James City and upper York grew more than 65 percent, from 5,688 to 10,686, between 1990 and 2000. The 60-and-over population in Virginia as a whole grew 17.1 percent in the same period. Growth in the same group nationwide was 9.4 percent, according to the study, which was based on U.S. Census figures. During this same period, the area’s overall population grew about 27 percent, from 54,980 to 69,763.

      Pete Williamson says he retired in Williamsburg partly because the city and its surroundings seem just as full of families and younger people as folks of his generation. Even his affluent Governor’s Land neighborhood seems to be attracting a good number of families, he says. “We have a community with a mix of young and old with school kids and retirees,” Williamson says. “We’re not some retirement community out in the middle of nowhere where you have to drive a half hour just to go to a grocery store.”

      Williamson was living in Wilton, Conn., and working as an IBM program manager when he retired in 1994 at the age of 54. A volunteer job with an ambulance corps became full-time work before he and his wife moved to Williamsburg in 1998.

      Now 67, Williamson co-leads a 40- to-60-mile bicycle ride for the local bike club ( Williamsburg Area Bicyclists) once or twice a week. He also serves on the board of his neighborhood’s homeowners association and does computer work as a member of a charity tennis group that raised about $45,000 last year for a local hospice.

      It’s hard to pinpoint the exact size of the region’s retirement community because there’s no set age for retirement. Louis Rossiter, a former Virginia secretary of health and human resources who’s now director of community health service research for the Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health, says Williamsburg may serve as a model in developing programs that can be adopted elsewhere.

      Thinking ahead is important, says Rossiter, because an older population brings potential problems along with benefits. “When the retirees move here, they’re in good health. Then they age in place,” he says. “Who will take care of them as they become more frail?”

      The Center for Excellence is a consortium of colleges, hospitals and health agencies that conducts sponsored research into such subjects as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis, and studies ways to improve access to medical care. More significant for local retirees, the center also offers geriatric services not generally available in the community, such as memory assessment and driving evaluation.

      For high-ranking military retirees, Williamsburg offers something beyond resort communities and golf courses: easy access to Washington. “Lot’s of people continue some kind of consulting but don’t want to live in D.C. — they’ve had that experience,” says William & Mary’s Golden, himself a retired Army brigadier general.

      Local organizations increasingly are coming up with ways to capture the interests of these retirees and take advantage of their skills. The Mason School of Business at William & Mary, for example, enlists 90 retirees in its Executive Partners program as mentors for students and faculty and as consultants to companies looking for advice. “The joke is they come, play golf six months and get bored,” says Jonathan Palmer, the school’s associate dean. “We engage them at a very high and active level.”

      In addition to mentoring others, Williamsburg retirees are interested in learning something new. William & Mary’s Christopher Wren Association, an education program for retirees, attracted more than 1,400 students last semester to more than 60 classes. Retirees served as faculty for many of the classes.

      The Chamber & Tourism Alliance last year began a Community Leadership Service in which 16 retirees who moved to the community recently took a crash course about the region, its governmental structure and inner workings. Participants now are creating a database of retired people with skills that could benefit local nonprofit organizations, says Schreiber, the chamber president.

      Leading the database project is Joan Peterson, who was recruited because she chaired the education committee of the Williamsburg Symphonia, a professional chamber orchestra. Peterson moved to Williamsburg from Massachusetts when her husband took early retirement from Hewlett-Packard. She had been director of summer programs for a private school. Now a bit more than four years later, her husband is commuting regularly to consulting jobs in Minneapolis and Seattle, and she is immersed in a project she hopes will benefit nonprofits and retirees. “I absolutely love Williamsburg,” says Peterson. “I would have a hard time coming up with things I don’t like about it. Except maybe for the rapid growth. Everyone wants to be the last one in, I guess.”

       

       

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