• 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

James City County assessments completed

The Real Estate Assessment Division recently completed the assessment of all real property based on the fair market value of the property as of Jan. 1, 2014. The new assessments show that the drop in home values over the last few years has slowed to a loss of 1.71 percent in 2014 compared to a loss of 5.67 percent in 2012. When combined with new development and commercial reassessment, the assessments generated increased .24 percent.

The County will mail the change-in-assessment notices to approximately 14,500 property owners on Feb. 28. Information on the review and appeal process and the tax relief program can be found online or by calling 757-253-6650.

Renting a home or apartment in Williamsburg VA

Are you looking for rental housing in Williamsburg VA ?

You can search home rentals in Williamsburg VA here.

I am unable to assist with rentals but the report above will give you the contact for the image[2]rental agent for the property. Once you open the link, select “RENTAL”

Then choose an area i.e. Williamsburg, James City County, York, then click view results and you will see any rentals in our Williamsburg VA MLS as well as the rental agents contact info for you to talk to directly.

Note: Not all home rentals are in the Williamsburg MLS. Some owners will list them in our local newspaper the VA Gazette. The Va Gazette will have homes, town homes, condos, apartments for rent in their classified section here

A few property management companies do not submit their rentals to our Williamsburg MLS.. You might  try Berkeley Property Management. You can search their rentals here You can reach them by phone (757) 229-6810 or email  pblank@berkeley-realty.com

Another resource is  Craigslist  ( search Williamsburg)

Rents in Williamsburg VA will start at $1100+ for a nicer condo. And around $1500 for a smaller home. If you find one for less rent it quickly

Another source for rentals is the William and Mary Off Campus Housing website. There you can find both 12 month rentals, short term rentals/ subleases and some roommate sharing opportunities. Although it is intended for students , it can be a great resource for anyone searching for a rental . Simply create a profile for yourself and search away.

A great resource for “Short Term Furnished Rentals in Williamsburg “ is Chip Funke. He has accommodated many of my clients through the years. Chip has two and four bedroom condos for rent that are fully furnished.  The rates vary by season but are super reasonable and include all utilities, weekly housekeeping, and the use of all amenities like : Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools, Health Spa,Fitness Center & Tennis courts.Washer/Dryers are available

Contact : Chip  Funke  757-903-4849  email  chip@williamsburgresortpackages.com
Website: www.chipinwilliamsburg.com

Other short term rental possibilities are  the  William and Mary off campus housing website. where you can search for sublets

You can also try the Monticello Apartments at Powhatan ( behind Target & Martins) They have done less than 12 month leases and allow pets.

Spottswood Commons  Apartments on Longhill Rd  ( Pets allowed and they do less than 12 months leases)

Sterling Manor at High Street on Richmond Rd ( they will do 7 month + leases and allow pets) adjacent to High Street with movie theater, Five Guys, Plaza Azteca, Firehouse Subs and more

My top recommendations for 12 month Apartment Rentals in Williamsburg VA are:

The Pointe at New towne apartmentsThe Pointe at New Town Apartments (Previously the Oxford Apartments)

The Pointe at New Town offers colonial style one and two bedroom  townhome/ apartment rentals in the heart New Town; a shopping, dining and entertainment destination set on 365 acres and planned around a classic, more accessible way of life.
The Williamsburg apartments at The Pointe at New Town offer a level of living you’ll love, with the features and amenities you want. Gourmet kitchens, garages, onsite fitness center, Internet cafe and townhome floor plans that offer just the right amount of space, are only a fraction of what The Pointe at New Town has to offer.
Of course, what you’ll find inside these Williamsburg, VA townhomes are just the beginning. Right outside your door is New Town Village, just a walk away from restaurants such as Bonefish Grille and Opus 9 Steakhouse, stores such as Barnes & Noble and Ann Taylor Loft, plus a 12-screen movie theater. One and tow bedroom units are typically available . Some with garages. Rents start around $1000 monthly. More info

Please tell them  “Mr Williamsburg” sent you ! if you contact them

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Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, and yet convenient to shopping and restaurants, Monticello at Powhatan offers Townhouse-style Apartments in a convenient location behind Monticello Marketplace ( Target, Martins etc.)

Monticello at Powhatan offers the best of both worlds- convenient location and quiet country living. Within walking distance are parks, shopping and restaurants.

The spacious floor plans are designed with you in mind- attached garages, ample storage, and washer dryer hook-ups. Each home has a private first floor entrance, with its own balcony or patio.

The community is spread out over 22 acres, and with only nine apartments per building, you will get the privacy you deserve. A resident concierge offers essential services to accommodate the busiest of schedules. Rents currently range from $1000 to $1665 for 900 to 1770 square foot apartments. Phone: 757.220.0444. Please tell them  “Mr Williamsburg” sent you ! if you contact them

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imageSpottswood Commons –Now you really can slow down to enjoy life. Here you’ll  find exceptional apartment homes in a charming community.. Conveniently located on Longhill Rd, minutes from Rt 199 I64 and Colonial Williamsburg.

Community Amenities include a Business Center , Optional Storage, Sand Volleyball Court , Gated Community ,Club House ,Playground ,Lighted Tennis Court ,Optional Garage Parking ,Picnic Area with Grill
Rents start around  $1000  More info   Phone 866-668-1342 .

Please tell them  “Mr Williamsburg” sent you ! if you contact them

Street SceneSterling Manor Apartments, a luxury community centered in Williamsburg’s newest planned community of High Street.  This community offers apartments and townhomes that feature plush wall-to-wall carpeting, pristine ceramic tile floors, stainless steel Maytag appliances, luxurious soaking tubs and walk in closets. Whirlpool washers and dryers.Rental rates at Sterling Manor start around $1000 a month.

imageSterling Manor features a Resident Clubhouse, complete with Billiards Table and Lounge, Flat Panel LCD Television and Fireplace, Full Resident Kitchen, State of the Art Fitness Center, Private Cinema Screening room, Business Center and Conference Room. Call . (757) 564-2260 ) for more details.

Please tell them  “Mr Williamsburg” sent you ! if you contact them

imageSteeplechase Apartmentslocated minutes from New Town, Monticello Marketplace & historic Williamsburg  this apartment community offers all of the comforts of home. Relax on your patio, work out in the fitness center or challenge your neighbor to a volleyball match on the sand volleyball courts. Pets are also welcome –there is even have an on site dog park!  Other amenities include Children’s Play Area, 24 Hour Fitness Center and Tanning Salon, Picnic Area with Grills, Brand New Clubhouse,
Garages Available, Volleyball Court, and more. 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments are available. More info  Call   757 256 2466 

Please tell them  “Mr Williamsburg” sent you ! if you contact them

I am happy to chat over the phone to guide you as to neighborhood selection if that helps.  Call me at 757.254.8136.

bannerpsst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I  would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg areas of Virginia or to sell your existing home.  ( FOR RENTALS SEE THE POST ABOVE)This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of the Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads area and  and his expertise in the local real estate market.

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

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

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

Football University’s Top Gun All-Star Camp Returns To Williamsburg In 2011

The Top Gun football camp will return to the Warhill Sports Complex in Williamsburg VA for 2011.

The camp which showcases  the country’s top middle and high school  top high school football players will run from  July 21 to Saturday, July 23, 2011.

The three-day camp offers on-field training, classroom sessions, parents seminar, NFL player symposium, individual performance analysis and more.

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FBU was founded as an elite educational football camp, and will be using an invitation policy as its guide to enrollment for the upcoming 2011 camp season. FBU is designed to train a small and elite class of football athletes who have already demonstrated their elite football ability, their seriousness for football, and have chosen football as their primary sport.
At the heart of FBU is its elite instructional staff made up of former NFL coaches and NFL athletes – the best technicians ever assembled.

Top Gun is the culmination of Football University’s 43-camp nationwide tour gathering the most elite performers from across the United States and allowing them to display their abilities together on one stage. Football University has an impressive alumni list that includes some of the top college football players in the nation, such as 2008’s No. 1 prospect and current Ohio State Buckeye Terrelle Pryor, 2009’s No. 1 prospect Bryce Brown, and 2010’s No. 1 prospect Ronald Powell, as well as U.S. Army All-Americans, Football University Youth All-Americans, and hundreds of Division I players. 

More details on Football University can be found at www.FootballUniversity.org.

Highlight video from last years camp in Williamsburg VA

 

Virginia forms Chinese Drywall Task Force

Jim Cheng the, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade has appointed a task force to develop the state’s strategy for dealing with drywall from China that has prompted complaints nationwide.

chinese-drywall virginia Cheng decided to form the group after a visit last month to Newport News, where dozens of homes in Hollymeade have been identified as containing the Chinese drywall. Cheng says the panel will form a plan for responding to any action taken by the federal government on the drywall problem

Cheng’s office announced Thursday that the state would gather together a group of experts, state officials, lawmakers and homeowners  to try to come up with a way for the state to help people trapped in toxic homes The working group includes Del. G. Glenn Oder, R-Newport News, who helped arrange for Cheng to visit, and Sen. John Miller, D-Newport News.

More than 2,360 homeowners nationwide have said the drywall made them sick and corroded wiring and HVAC systems throughout their homes.

Locally, Chinese drywall has affected homes in Newport News, York County, Williamsburg and South Hampton Roads.  Neighborhoods where the product has been discovered include :Hollymeade,  Braemar Creek, New Town, Wellington and Kensington Woods, all in James City,  Overlook Point in York, The Hampshires at Greenbrier, and Cromwell Park on the Southside.

The Chinese Drywall Information Center is a great resource for homeowners who believe their home may have been built with defective drywall.  It seems as if the majority of homes constructed with Chinese drywall were built during the years of 2004-2008.  This period was an era of “Hurricane Reconstruction,” during which the supply of American drywall could not meet the levels of demand.  An influx in imported drywall ensued, now at the center of multidistrict litigation in federal court.

Read more about Chinese Drywall in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads here

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5395 This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf.  John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market.  His websites, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and   www.MrWilliamsburg.com, were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, with the hopes of selling a house now and again.  You can reach him at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com.

Fairway Villas Photo Tour- Williamsburg VA Town Home/ Condos

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Read more about Fairway Villas here:

Search Homes and Condos for sale in Fairway Villas, Williamsburg, VA

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White Hall Neighborhood Spotlight-Toano VA

White Hall in Toano, VA near Williamsburg is one of HHHunt’s newest master-planned communities. Here you will find a small, quaint community where you can live a rich, full life. At White Hall, you will choose from a variety of home styles that blend with the area’s distinctive architecture, at prices that are quite reasonable.

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At White Hall you’ll find a variety of new home styles starting in the $ 130’s.

A master-planned community in a pristine, rural setting, White Hall will offer a variety of single-family homes, town homes and town home-style condominiums perfectly suited for professionals, families and seniors who cherish their time at home — without compromising on seemingly infinite cultural, dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities just minutes away.

White Hall has been designed to maximize natural spaces, with the community being centered around a large, centrally located park. A strong pedestrian focus will provide an outstanding environment for homeowners and encourage activity and community interaction.  The centerpiece of the Whitehall community will be a restored farmhouse.

Facts about White Hall :

Set on 139 acres in the western part of James City County White Hall will have hickoryneckchurchover 58 acres of parks for the community with it’s features include the Historic Farmhouse clubhouse, Two Ponds,Rolling Topography. Adjacent properties are two schools, Stonehouse Elementary and Williamsburg Christian Academy
an historic church ( Hickory Neck Church)  and farms.

The original property known today as Whitehall Plantation stands about 75 yards east of the point where VA Route 30 and US Route 60 intersect, near Toano in James City County. Built for William Geddy in 1805-06. Whitehall represents more than two centuries of nearly continuous occupation by the Geddy family. The Farmhouse on the property will  become the focal point and central feature in this residential community.

The Weatherly House at White Hall which will become the clubhouse at White Hall

The farmhouse and park comprise approximately 40% of the total site which also include two ponds, a creek, multi purpose playing field,nature trails and the community amenity center.
Streets are arranged in a traditional Tidewater Virginia manner with a variety of lot sizes. Most homes have alleys and many front the parks and open space. Along Route 60, a view corridor to the farmhouse and adjacent historic church is enhanced by a significant amount of land that will continue to be farmed.

Weatherly at White Hall, offers town home-style condos by HHHunt Homes, all of which are low-maintenance anf EarthCraft certified.

These open floor plans include 2-3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, lofts, and kitchens with breakfast nooks,and are priced from the $130,000’s.
The Townes at White Hall, by HHHunt Homes and Ryan Homes, feature two- and three-story town homes offering low-maintenance living with 3-4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, spacious living room and dining rooms in addition to 1- or 2-car garages, priced from under $200,000.

Schools for the White Hall community are:   Stonehouse Elementary, Toano Middle School and Warhill High.

Warhill HS will offer HS students the ability to take college classes at the adjacent campus of Thomas Nelson Community College. Stonehouse Elementary is one of the top rated schools in James City County.

Single-Family Homes by HHHunt Homes and Ryan Homes feature comfortable layouts with elegant kitchens and baths, plus spacious living areas, priced from under $250,000.

Click here to search all homes, condos, town homes for sale in the White hall community in Toano, near Williamsburg VA- James City County

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UPDATE JUNE 2010:

See more photos of White Hall here

HH Hunt starts construction of detached and town homes at White Hall

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History:

The original White Hall Tavern was built in 1805 by William Geddy, who was an upper middle class planter and blacksmith. He built the home for his son (james Geddy) who was a silversmith, and the purpose of the home was to represent “the improving quality of housing for all Virginians during the early Republican period.” Tax records have indicated that because William Geddy was a wealthy planter, he most likely possessed a number of adult slaves as well.

During the mid-1800s in the midst of the United States Civil War, the plantation home served as a site crucial to the Confederate Army. Due to its convenient location within a somewhat close proximity to Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy, it was a site that provided important intelligence gathering and distribution of information pertinent to the South’s advancement in the war.

The 200 acres of surrounding land had been in the family since the 1760’s. The United States Department of the Interior declared it a national historical landmark in 2007.

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 areas of Virginia or to sell your existing home.

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

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

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

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

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Williamsburg VA Real Estate- Condos/ Town Homes

Mr Williamsburg :My wife and I are considering Williamsburg VA as a place to relocate to. We are looking for one floor living under $250k. What communities and homes would you recommend ?

Answer: First I would want to know a little more about what you are looking for . How many bedrooms ? How many square feet ? Is an attached home ok ?  Where do you want to be ?  Do you want a garage ? Close to the outlets ? Close to Golf ? Close to New Town ? It also depends on when you want to move. As of today here are a few choices to consider. Do you want to be in a 55+ active Adult community ? or a neighborhood with kids and neighbors of all ages ?

These are my favorites and everybody has their own likes and dislikes..

Braemar_2 If you, want to be surrounded by a golf course and are ok with a brand new 1244 sq foot 2 bedroom first floor condo without a garage.  I would suggest Braemar Creek. It’s only 2.5 miles from Monticello Marketplace with Grocery Stores, Restaurants, banks, Target and most other needs. New Town is approximate 3 miles away with it’s 19 places to eat, 12 screen movie theater, Barnes and Noble, many shops , Doctors , dentists and just about any business you would want including a Trader Joe’s.. The HOA at Braemar Creek is $148 a month.  Taxes are approximate $1700 a year as of 2008. Braemar Creek as a very nice clubhouse with kitchen, big screen TV, fireplace, patio overlooking the pool, tennis courts, playground . Not sure if it’s allowed but my happy clients who have bought there ( I can put you in touch with them for first person recommendations ) walk the Williamsburg National Golf course which is adjacent to Braemar Creek. 

Here are a few pictures and floor plans of the homes at Braemar Creek

 

Click here to search all new and resale condo/ town homes for sale at Braemar Creek in Williamsburg VA

#2 recommendations would be Fairway Villas within a 1/4 mile of Braemar Creek surrounded by woods, close to everything above. Resale @ $200k  , pool, tennis.  HOA is $145 monthly and includes all exterior maintenance of home and yard, use of pool, tennis, trash collection.

Click this link to go to Google Street Views and you can pretend you are driving around the community:  You have to try it if you haven’t used it before !

Call me if you can’t it figure it out I can walk you thru how to use it.

Here are all the condo/ town homes available for sale in Fairway Villas

5555555555555555_edited #3 would be Claiborne on Richmond Rd.  By the way all of the communities were built by the same builder Fransicus Homes.( well respected quality builder in the area) So they all have similar floor plans.  The main difference is the location and amenities. Claiborne has a clubhouse only, no pool or tennis. It’s a little closer to CW, very close to the Outback Restaurant on Richmond Rd. There is one resale there for $208k, 1429 sq feet, 2 bedroom, HOA is $165 monthly. This is the only one in The City of Williamsburg which has a lower tax rate than the others in James City County.. .54 per $100 versus .77 per $100

Here are all the available condos/ town homes currently available in the Claiborne Community of Williamsburg VA

Taxes are only $1230 annually as of 2008. 

Here is a Google Street View of Claiborne.

There are a few others that have a first floor configuration. Bristol Commons next to High Street. I only mentioned the top choices that have availability at present.

Click here to search all new and resale homes , town homes, condos for sale in 55+ active adult communities in the Williamsburg VA area

 

Click here to search all new and resale condos and town homes for sale in the Williamsburg/ James City County/ York County areas of Virginia

 

 ch6 Lastly if you want a garage ( most of my clients do )   That’s another list altogether but prices will start at around $260k. If you increase your price range slightly to $275,000 that brings up a lot more possibilities. There area few home currently available in the 55+ active adult community of Colonial Heritage. All homes are almost maintenance free. All have first floor living. The community of Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg VA offers many different social clubs, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness centers a grand 26,000 square foot clubhouse with restaurant, meeting rooms, ballroom, library and much more. an 18 hole golf course is available. You don’t have to be a country club member to play. ( golf fees are optional and not required of home owners in Colonial Heritage) It is quickly becoming a very popular place to live in the Williamsburg VA area.

One other 55+ active adult community in Williamsburg VA that will not appear in the Williamsburg VA MLS/ home search above is the Villas at Five Forks.

You can click here to read information about Villas at Five Forks in Williamsburg VA prices start below $290,000

 

Click here to search all new and resale homes , town homes, condos for sale in 55+ active adult communities in the Williamsburg VA area

Note: Once you open any of the searches you can sort them by:

Price (high to low) Price (low to high) or Bedrooms (high to low) Bedrooms (low to high) or Sq. ft. (high to low) Sq. ft. (low to high) or Date Listed (new to old) Date Listed (old to new)  All by clicking the   icon that looks like this :

 Sort by: Price (high to low) Price (low to high) Bedrooms (high to low) Bedrooms (low to high) Sq. ft. (high to low) Sq. ft. (low to high) Date Listed (new to old) Date Listed (old to new)

One point I would like to make. I would never try to sell someone a more expensive home. A common thread I have noticed with most people I work with is, They always start low. ( which I can understand)  Quite a few will start in one range and then increase to a higher point to find what they like. Since they don’t know the price range of the area they will always start low.

By moving up in price from $250k to $270k and below you open up a lot more possibilities in communities and homes with  garages and other features. Also remember the prices you are seeing on my website are typically negotiable and simply a starting point. ( note: no two sellers are alike)

If you would like/ appreciate Colonial Heritage there is a detached home in there for $269k list price. I would bet it can be bought for less. Interesting the lowest price sale in the last 12 months was $280K

It’s interesting there is always a 50/50 split on where the folks I work with want to live.
One group does not want to live with a bunch of old fogies…

The others do !

Hope this helps

Call me or email me for further information, a personal tour or to receive an updated list of all homes that fit your criteria.

Cheers,

John

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Why we love living in Williamsburg VA

Ok. It’s been awhile . I am plagiarizing myself from an earlier post.

Reasons We like living in Williamsburg, VA

Voted one of the Top 5 Best places to retire by Money Magazine ( when we reach that age)
Good neighbor passes to Colonial Williamsburg
Grand Illumination at Christmas
Great Wolf Lodge
Farmers Market on Duke on Gloucester St
Kimball Theater
Williamsburg Regional Library Concert series
Williamsburg/ James City County School System
Colonial Parkway from Jamestown to Yorktown
Williamsburg Winery/ Wedmore Place
Dinner at Chownings Tavern/ Fat Canary/ Blue Talon/ Opus 9
Desert at the Trellis ” Death by Chocolate”
Capital to Capital Bicycle Trail
Muscarelle Museum of Art
Dewey Decibel Concert Series at the Williamsburg Library Theatre
Golf at Golden Horshoe Golf Club, Williamsburg National, Stonehouse, Kiskiak, etc 17 Local Courses
First Night Williamsburg
County Recreation Center
Grocery Shopping at Ukrops, The Fresh Market, Trader Joes
An Occasion for the Arts
Brewster’s Ice Cream
SUMMER BREEZE CONCERT SERIES Concerts on Duke of Gloucester Street
Shopping at Prime Outlets, Merchants Square, Williamsburg Pottery
Bush Neck Farm – Pick-your-own strawberries, apples, blueberries, asparagus, sweet corn, peaches, pumpkins.
Busch Gardens Seasons Passes “Howl-Scream”
Water Country
The Plantations along Rt 5 , Shirley, Sherwood, Berkley etc.
Williamsburg Ale Werks Williamsburg’s only Microbrewery
William & Mary Football/ Tailgate Parties in the Fall
Mountain Bike Trails Freedom Park, New Quarter Park York River State Park
Kayaking/ paddle boats at Chickahominy Riverfront Park, Waller Mill Park and Little Creek Reservoir
Concerts at the newly renovated amphitheater at William & Mary
Paul’s Deli, Greenleafe Cafe
The wonderful playground Kidsburg/ Mid County Park
Skate Park at JCC Rec Center
New Town and it’s wonderful shops and restaurants
Prime Outlets
Phi Beta Kappa Hall – Performing Arts Series
Ewell Hall, Department of Music – Performing Arts Series
Christopher Wren Society at William and Mary
Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Classics at St. Bede Concert Series
The Virginia Arts Festival presents performances by the world’s top-flight artists in classical music, dance, theatre and jazz.
The Williamsburg Symphonia, Classical Music Series
Virginia Shakespeare Festival @ W&M
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
at Colonial Williamsburg
Aromas Coffeehouse
An Occasion for the Arts
Colonial Polo Cup
Tavern Ghost Walks in Colonial Williamsburg
“Revolutionary City,”
Spending the night in a Colonial Home in Williamsburg
4th of July fireworks at Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg
The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg
McCormick-Nagelsen Tennis Center
Spending the night at the Williamsburg Inn or Lodge
Youth Sports Teams: Baseball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Swimming, Football, Volleyball, Wrestling, Karate, Ballet, gymnastics, etc.
WISC (Williamsburg Indoor Sports Center)
Blueberry pancakes at Chickahominy House
Christmas Parade in Colonial Williamsburg
Tide Radio and WBACH radio stations and WRRW
William & Mary College”The second Oldest College in the U.S.
Kingsmill, Fords Colony, Governors Land, Stonehouse, Greensprings neighborhoods all with wonderful golf facilities.
Rock and Roll half Marathon in VA Beach
Shamrock Marathon in VA Beach
Paul Shagrue ” Out of the Box on 89.5
North End of Va Beach Ocean Front
VA Living Museum
Hampton Bay Days
Mariners Museum
ECSC East Coast Surfing Championships at VA Beach
Proximity to the Mountains/ Skiing
Proximity to Va Beach and the Outer Banks
Harborfest in Norfolk
Ghent in Norfolk
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in VB
Ferguson Center in NN
nTelos Pavilion in Portsmouth
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Va Beach
VA Aquarium
Sailing on the Chesapeake Bay
Rafting up on the Chickahominy
Boating on the Chick and realizing it looks just like it did in 1607 ( they filmed the movie here)

Relatively low taxes..

Foreclosures/ REO – Williamsburg VA

Coming soon. Not yet listed. Williamsburg VA Foreclosures/ REO/ Short Sales, James City County VA/ York County , VA.

Address:  LOW RIDGE, WILLIAMSBURG, VA, Penniman East, almost 2000 square feet, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, built in 2001, priced below $240k

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Address:  SMALLPAGE TR, Pointe at Jamestown, WILLIAMSBURG, VA
     4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths,   Price: 324,880.00

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Address:  QUEEN BISHOP LN, WILLIAMSBURG, VA, Off of Jamestown Rd

3 Bedroom with loft, very open floor plan, Lake Powell Point, Built in 2004, located on a cul de sac. Price TBD

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For further information on any of these properties or updates on foreclosures/ REO’s in the Williamsburg or greater Hampton Roads, VA. area contact John Womeldorf     John@MrWilliamsburg.com  or on his website www.MrWilliamsburg.com

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John Womeldorf is Mr. Williamsburg, sharing his thoughts, real estate expertise, and “all things Williamsburg” in an effort to spread the word that Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, Virginia is the greatest place on earth to live!

This informational update provided by Mr Williamsburg.com/ John Womeldorf . A local Realtor assisting home buyers and sellers in the Hampton Roads and Williamsburg areas of Virginia.

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Williamsburg VA Volunteer Opportunities “FISH”

FISH – sounds like part of the dinner menu from last night, but FISH is a local agency that helps those in need by providing food, clothing and transportation to thousands of people in the community each year.  The agency is run entirely by volunteers. 

Fish offers help to local families throughout our community. A family or person in need may receive food such as dry ingredients, canned goods and infant formula, along with sanitation supplies on a monthly basis. Throughout the year FISH offers clothing and household goods. FISH offers their services with the help of hundreds of community volunteers. These folks interact with the families and individuals who come to FISH for help.In addition, FISH provides transportation to medical appointments for people who call to make those arrangements in advance.

 Bud Voorhess, president of the board for FISH, says the number of clients served by FISH is up 13 percent this year over last.  Folks getting food from the agency jumped from 5,424 in 2007 to 6,178 by this November.

Voorhess says the economic conditions are certainly a driving factor behind the rise in clients FISH serves.  The number of new households visiting FISH in 2008 has grown by 22 percent, which is a clear indicator to Voorhess that families here are being affected by the poor economy.

FISH needs support to help its growing number of local clients.  Even if you think you can’t help, there’s a lot you can do just by cleaning out the pantry and closet in your home.  Here are some items they can use that you may be able to provide: any warm clothing, especially coats, hats, and gloves; also food items that are non-perishable like canned fruit, cereal (hot or cold), instant coffee, spaghetti and sauce, tuna fish, Spam, macaroni and cheese boxes, and soup.

If you have an extra few dollars and would like to purchase goods, FISH needs diapers of all sizes, dish and laundry detergent, toilet paper and other toiletries.

“Also, if you’ve got time, volunteer,” Voorhess says.  “Everyone has something that they can find to share, even time.”

He says FISH is feeling the pinch of the recession, too, but he also says that “donations are holding.  I think we can keep our head above water.  The community has really come through for us so far.”

Drop off your donations at the FISH office, 312 Waller Mill Road in Williamsburg, 23185 or call them at (757) 220-9379 to volunteer. Can’t do it right now? Not to worry – help is needed year round.

John Womeldorf is Mr. Williamsburg, sharing his thoughts, real estate expertise, and “all things Williamsburg” in an effort to spread the word that Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, Virginia is the greatest place on earth to live!

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Williamsburg/ James City County Water Conservation

By Cortney Langley VA Gazette Dec 2008
While the James City Service Authority’s rebate program is
aggressive enough, the James City County
Citizens Coalition is taking it one step further.
The activist group has teamed up with
Ferguson Enterprises to provide even
deeper discounts on water-saving appliances.
The new program, dubbed “Flush &
Save,” builds on the $75 rebate JCSA
offers on WaterSense toilets.
Ferguson has agreed to provide an additional
20% discount to county residents
participating in the program, according to
a release.
WaterSense appliances are rated for
efficiency under a U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency program. It applies to
toilets with a 1.28-gallon maximum flush.
In this area, the toilets run $250-$750,
according to the James City Service
Authority. A 20% discount can shave $50-
$150 off that.
Additionally, the EPA estimates that a
family of four saves, on average, 4,000
gallons of water a year with the efficient
toilets, equaling another $90 annual savings.
Meanwhile, the J4C is met this month
with a number of local plumbers to try to
negotiate installation rates down, also. The
group is hoping that plumbers will agree
to trim $25 from installation costs.
J4C member Kensett Teller said the J4C
was already planning Flush & Save when
county officials rolled out the expanded
rebate program.
If the program is taken up en masse, she
said, the impact on the county’s water use
could be profound. She estimates savings
to exceed more than 500 million gallons
per year if 30,000 toilets are swapped out.
Although toilets account for almost a
third of indoor water use, the EPA estimates
come in lower, with about 120 million
gallons per year.
Teller said the J4C hopes to make a list
of participating plumbers available.
While Ferguson and some plumbers
may be willing to offer discounts, the service
authority does not endorse any specific
vendor.
More — Find out more at http://bewatersmart.
org or http://jcc-j4c.org. Contact
Heather Sewell with Ferguson Enterprises
at 220-0200 or at 6540 Mooretown Rd.

Williamsburg VA Locals Restaurant Specials

BLACK ANGUS GRILLE
Chef/Proprietor is an alumnus of the Culinary
Institute of America
NEW $10 Menu Available for a limited time only.
Expires Jan. 31, 2009. Not valid with any
other discount. For local diners only.
Quality food at chain restaurant prices.
Prime Rib
Salmon
Crab Cakes
Any Pasta Entreé
Baby Back Ribs
Fried Shrimp
Catfish
Roasted Garlic &
Spinach Meatloaf
Chicken Parmigiana
Add an extra
$5 Get Cup of Soup & Dessert
All entrées, except pasta entrée, come with a choice of roasted garlic
mashed potatoes, wild rice blend, pasta or roasted red skin potatoes.
* Year around Locals 20% discount on all regular entrées (except $10 menu and excluding tax).
Please inform your server that you are ordering from the $10 menu.
Coming in 2009!
Burgers, Paninis, Pita Sandwiches & Pasta in addition to our regular menu.

1433 Richmond Grill, Williamsburg VA
757 229 6823
www.BlackAngusGrille.com

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The Seafare Restaurant 1632 Richmond Road • Williamsburg VA
(757) 229-0099
Williamsburg VA LOCALS’ APPRECIATION SPECIAL
$39.95* per couple
Offer valid December 20 – January 15
For Starters
Homemade Rum Bread
Along With
Your choice of one of our Homemade Soups (French Onion, Crab
Bisque, Clam Chowder) or salads (Special Caesar or House)
Next Enjoy
Your choice of one entrée per person:
• Broiled Seafood Combination including shrimp, scallops, oysters
flounder filet, jumbo lump crabmeat.
• Broiled Norwegian Salmon Filet topped with dill sauce
• New York Strip Steak broiled to perfection
Entrées served with either Baked Potato, Steak Cut French Fries
or Rice Pilaf
Top Off Your Meal With Our
Chocolate Lava Cake for Two with Ice Cream
* Not to be combined with any other offer. Reservations suggested. Must present ad in the Gazette

Williamsburg VA Luxury Apartment Rentals

Although I don’t work in the rental market in Williamsburg VA I thought I would take a minute to share one of the nicest apartment developments in the Williamsburg VA area. Located in the newly developed High Street Community. Very close to Colonial Williamsburg and the College of Williams and Mary .Sterling Manor will consist of 191 apartment homes. Within High Street  there will also be condominiums, town homes, office space and a 250,000 square foot lifestyle retail center. A New Movie Theater is slated to open in 2009 along with various others stores and eateries.

Various floor plan apartments are available at Sterling Manor at High Street from a spacious one bedroom to a two-bedroom apartment home with a porch or balcony, the choice is yours and the options are endless. Garages are also available as an option.

Apartment living has never been more comfortable or convenient. Each apartment home sets the stage for a hassle-free, upscale lifestyle.

The kitchen, with its refrigerator, dishwasher and self-cleaning oven, takes the work out of dining, while the full size stack-able washer and dryer make cleaning less of a hassle. Wall-to-wall carpeting, ceramic-tiled kitchen and bathroom floors and designer mini-blinds add that extra feeling of “home.”  

High Street will offer entertainment, luxury, convenience, and modern amenities all within a traditional Colonial American urban setting. Halfway between Richmond and the Chesapeake Bay on the Virginia peninsula, Williamsburg is part of the greater Hampton Roads metropolitan area of southeastern Virginia. Located in the heart of the city, it is a true urban mixed-use development and a dramatic addition to the City of Williamsburg.

At Sterling Manor, residents can take full advantage of the exclusive Clubhouse designed to reflect a refined Georgian style, located centrally within the apartment community. It is designed to offer the ultimate in entertainment, comfort and convenience. The amenities will include a resort-style outdoor swimming pool, lavish clubroom, a cinema screening room,  business center, billiards room and a full fitness facility.  

Currently there are special incentives being offered for those signing new 13 month leases at Sterling Manor Apartments at High Street. Please inquire to find out the latest specials !

I would be happy to forward further information to schedule an appointment for you to come by  Please let me know

If you click the link below it will take you to a few of the floor-plans offered at Sterling Manor Apartments. If you then click the interactive tab it will allow you to to place your furniture within the floor plan !

One Bedroom Floor Plan

Two Bedroom Floor Plan

Two Bedroom/ two bath  Floor Plan

 

 

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John Womeldorf is Mr. Williamsburg, sharing his thoughts, real estate expertise, and “all things Williamsburg” in an effort to spread the word that Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, Virginia is the greatest place on earth to live!

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Map of High Street

First Night 2009 Williamsburg Virginia

Celebrate the New Year in Williamsburg at First Night Williamsburg 2009. Over 65 performing acts are scheduled to provide entertainment throughout the College of William & Mary campus and select locations around Historic Williamsburg. It’s a great event the whole family will enjoy!

Find out more at their website here : http://www.firstnightwilliamsburg.org/

You know you’re from Williamsburg when…….

This was authored by Williamsburg VA resident Jill Carter it originally appeared in the VA Gazette and is now on Facebook. Just thought I would share.

YOU KNOW YOU’RE FROM WILLIAMSBURG WHEN:
1.You can get to the Williamsburg Regional Library…without using Rt. 60 or 199.
2.You were excited when Lowe’s opened.
3.You know who has right-of-way at Confusion Corner.
4.When you hear “It’s tourist season,” you automatically think to pull out your guns.
5.You know seven different ways to get to one place.
6.You know your way around William and Mary…but you’re not a student.
7.You see someone getting excited about pictures from Colonial Williamsburg, and you usually follow up with a story beginning with “I was there once with my friends…”
8.You have a sudden urge to back slap every little child you come across wearing colonial garb with tennis shoes.
9.Seeing someone dressed in colonial clothing at 7-11 or a grocery store no longer fazes you.
10.You know where the Amphitheatre is.
11.You use Kidsburg more as a teenager than you ever did while a child.
12.And it’s usually after dark.
13.You know where to find radioactive jellyfish.
14.Busch Gardens is a regular hangout place.
15.You know at least five people that work at Busch Gardens.
16.You drive past a historic landmark at least three times a day.
17.You make fun of said historic landmarks.
18.You visit the neglected corpses in Colonial Williamsburg.
19.You know who “Kennedy” is.
20.You have at least one friend who was born in Williamsburg.
21.Most of your graduating class is going to VA Tech, VCU, CNU, JMU, or William and Mary.
22.You don’t have to look at some one’s license plate to know that they’re a tourist. They just suck at driving.
23.You say “The Climbing Tree” and everyone knows what you’re talking about.
24.You’ve been swimming at College Creek, despite the radioactive waters.
25.You actually know where College Creek is.
26.You know where the signs on the Parkway switch from “Do Not Pass” to “Pass With Care.”
27.You can think of at least five bed-and-breakfasts off the top of your head.
28.You know that when people say “The Sunken Gardens,” they are actually referring to a rather large field with sidewalks.
29.You know what “LP” means.
30.And you don’t care.
31.You know where the “Four Minute Stoplight” is.
32.Everyone else in the country is excited about Jamestown 2007. You’re dreading it because you won’t be able to get out of your neighborhood.
33.You know the ferry schedule.
34.And you were happy when they FINALLY made it free!
35.Your friends find really cheap gas and call EVERYONE they know. Even people they haven’t talked to in at least six months.
36.You know where at least three thrift stores are. And none of them are run by the same organization.
37.You’re at PBK more than the college students are.
38.You know what PBK is.
39.Two of the most feared words in consecutive order: Grand Illumination.
40.You know about the free parking garage.
41.You know where “The Underground” is.
42.You know that “The Underground” and the free parking garage are the same place.
43.And you marvel at the fact that tourists are willing to pay $9 to park.
44.You remember when the Cheese Shop was not in Merchant’s Square.
45.You were sad when Baskin Robins and The Blue Talon burned.
46.You’re bloody pissed that the College Delly is turning into another damned Starbucks.
47.And you know that the new Starbucks will give the greater Williamsburg area 8 Starbucks total. And that pisses you off, too.
48.You know at least 4 Polish people and at least 5 Russians.
49.You know the double meaning behind the name of “Lafayette” High School.
50.You remember when Jamestown High did not exist.
51.You remember when 199 East did not exist.
52.The construction of 199 affected your family’s finances.
53.Your house could be considered a historic landmark.
54.The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation can make you repaint your house because “it’s not the right colour.”
55.You can’t remember the last time Lafayette High had a good JV Football team.
56.You know which of the middle schools used to be a high school.
57.You still don’t understand the school redistricting.
58.You’ve been busted by the William and Mary cops.
59.You know one of these people: Brian Ready or Jessica Harms.
60.You know who Mr. Snyder is. And you cringe in fear at the mention of his name.
61.You know where New Kent is.
62.You know three different ways to get to Newport News. And none of those ways involve 64 or 199.
63.You know how to pronounce the words “Chickahominy,” “Poquoson,” “Boutetourte,” and “Gloucester.”
64.You know who the Guinea Men are.
65.You remember BEFORE Wawa. And you were so happy when we finally got one!
66.You managed to live six months without a movie theatre.
67.You know what “Tommy Tech,” “CW,” and “The Burg” are.
68.You know EXACTLY what faults there are in Disney’s version of “Pocahontas.”
69.And you’ve practically smacked every little kid that asked where the waterfall was.
70.Mapquest got directions to your house wrong.
71.You don’t think Norfolk Airport should be considered an international airport just because it goes to Puerto Rico. After all, Puerto Rico is one of the United States’ territories.
72.You know what bars Colin Farrell frequented while filming “The New World.”
73.You hear “Hurricane Warning” and get excited because you’ll probably have at least three days off from school.
74.Noreasters don’t bother you anymore.
75.You know where the “Hurricane Evacuation Route” is, but you’ve never actually had to use it.
76.You’ve heard about the time that “Lafayette High School almost blew up.”
77.You most likely knew one of the people responsible for that.
78.You know what the real name of Confusion Corner is.
79.You hear that we have a really good chance of getting snow, and we never see a flake.
80.When we really do get snow, a half-inch will get us out of school for at least one day.
81.You can name over half the restaurant on Restaurant Row.
82.You know what Restaurant Row is.
83.You spent time in “learning cottages” during elementary, middle, or high school, or more than likely, all three.
84.You’ve memorized the layout of Busch Gardens (including a few shortcuts).
85.You wish Sno-to-Go was open year-round, despite freezing temperatures in the fall/winter.
86.You think Presidential Park was the biggest waste of any one’s money EVER.
87.Yet you still go there just to pretend to pick the Presidents’ noses.
88.You know at least two Fife and Drummers.
89.You freaked out the day Target came to town and immediately started calling it “tar-jay.”
90.You know where every single one of the five million pharmacies are.
91.And you can’t believe there was just another one added.
92.You remember how pissed off everyone over 40 was when they heard about Hooter’s being built, despite the fact that Hooters is in York County, not Williamsburg.
93.You know what “Rhino Poop” is.
94.You went to Jamestown High and could bet money on a bomb threat happening at least once a day.
95.You remember when New town was just the new Corner Pocket.
96.You remember when the Jewish Mother caught on fire.
97.You know that the Prime Outlets was first called Berkley Commons.
98.You no longer have to go to the Patrick Henry Mall for Old Navy or any other good shopping.
99.You don’t have to go on the ghost tour to know Matthew Whaley is haunted.
100.You remember when feeding the animals at Waller Mill Park was allowed
101.You still are friends with someone you knew in kindergarten.
102.You remember what life was like before Wal-Mart, but you still shop there.
103.The Pottery used to be the only mall in town.
104.You can’t go out without running into someone you know.
105.You know that DOG Street has nothing to do with furry pets.
106.If you remember were Roses used to be.
107.If you remember when the Outlet Mall had more than 5 shops open in it.
108.If you remember when The Pottery was actually halfway decent looking, and you still wonder to this day why it maintains its status as a tourist attraction.
109.You remember when the Last Word was filled for weeks with nothing but parents arguing about whether or not “Pimp and Ho” Parties are appropriate.
110.You were most likely at said “Pimp and Ho” Party.
111.You know that the Colonial Parkway has three lanes- one for each direction of traffic and one for passing.
112.And you laugh and swear at people who drive 30 mph while driving in the middle of the three lanes.
113.When vacationing you never understood why everyone doesn’t have amusement parks 5 minutes away.
114.You take a field trip the Living Museum every year K-8.
115.A little kid asks where Miko is, and you say that you saw him in several bloody pieces across the road.
116.Or that you ran him over on your way to work/school/home that day.
117.And then you laugh when they start to cry.
118.You’ve memorized when Quota Time starts, ends, and where the prime locations are for the Quota to be filled.
119.And yet you’ve still managed to be pulled over.
120.And it’s rather likely that you were pulled over a few days later, as well, for the same violation.
121.You’ve done the same stupid thing several times, and yet you still do it anyways because it provides some entertainment.
122.You would follow the ghost tours at night and try to scare the tourists.
123.You swam out to the sandbar at College Creek, even though you knew people had died from the undercurrent before.
124.You go to the College Delly more often than the William and Mary students do.
125.Everyone you meet was born somewhere else.
126.You claim you hate the Last Word, but it’s the first thing you read when you get the paper.
127.It takes you five minutes to get out of a parking space because no one will let you out.
128.When you go to IHOP at the late/early hours it takes you hours to get your food and often walk out before it gets to you.
129.You know at least two places were the speed limit is 8 or 18 mph.
130.You’ve been stuck behind an old person in a Buick going 30 on 199.
131.You know the fireworks have three locations and you know where to stand to see all three.
132.You know which three fireworks were mentioned.
133.You go to one school, but your friend, who lives on the other side of the street, goes to a different one.
134.Extra points if they go to another school system.
135.You know how to pronounce Toano.
136.You know not to go on the parkway at night.
137.You think it’s funny that people actually visit CW and Jamestown.
138.It’s normal to wait 30 minutes to an hour in line at sno to go… and it’s worth it
139.You know what CW, FC, WF, BG, and WC are… and you’ve been to them all at least 5 times
140.If you go to LHS… class color day is the most important day of the year.
141.And every year the administration says there won’t be another one because of how horrible the behavior was.
142.You know where you can find a speed limit of 12 3/4
143.You know how to get to Richmond without using 64
144.You can tell what neighborhood people live in by the sticker on their bumper.
145.Your high school student lot had nicer cars than the teacher lot.
146.You know what “The Pile of Poop” is.
147.And you’ve played mini-golf there several times.
147.You have trouble remembering what the real name to “The Pile of Poop” is.
148.You know where you can find the speed limit 23 1/2.
149.Every one you know has taken at least 1 AP Class
150.You can name at least five people who shouldn’t have
151.You go to Yorktown Beach in the winter
152.You get offended when people say “its not a real beach”
153.You can pick out historical inaccuracies in movies.
154.You’ll stop watching a movie because of the historical inaccuracies.
155.You argued over the historical accuracy of Elizabeth Swan’s wedding dress in Pirates of the Caribbean
156.You know that both Thomas Jefferson and Jon Stewart hate WM.
157.You own something that says William and Mary on it even though you have no intention of actually going there.
158.The only reason someone goes out of state for college is because they got accepted into an Ivy League.
159.You don’t care about the Wren cross but want them to put it back so that way everyone will shut up!
160.Over half the population of your town are college students.
161.You’re more scared of stubbing your toe on a brick than you are of getting mugged.
162. The weather man may say one thing, but what actually happens is a completely different story.
163.You know that once the light turns yellow, you can fit at least four more cars through before it turns red.
164.The light is orange, not red.
165.You’ve used that excuse in court.
166.In the summer, you wish it was colder, and in the winter you wish it was summer.
167.You know that Williamsburg was voted in the Top 5 Places to retire in 2006 by Money Magazine.
168.You swim in the James River, despite the riptide warnings and knowing that it’s radioactive.
169.You explode the radioactive jellyfish at College Creek.
170.You know the best places to get your boom-boom on at College Creek.
171.You’ve never actually used any of those places.
172.But you’ve seen someone else using them.
173.You’ve had at least one teacher that talked to him or herself.
174.And you’ve participated in his or her conversations with him or herself.
175.You’ve had at least one of the Crawfords.
176.You know that there’s nothing to do after 9pm.
177.And yet you still manage to get yourself in trouble with either a business owner or the police.
178.While in CW, you curb your appetite on the free peanuts and the Peanut Shop.
179.You’ve straddled Thomas Jefferson.
180.You’ve also burned yourself on him in the process of straddling him.
181.You bask in 86* and sunny weather at the beach, then wake up five days later with an inch and a half of snow on the ground…and it’s still snowing…in April.
182.You forget when the last time Haynes had a “Half off everything” day. Not because it was a long time ago, but because they have some sort of huge sale three times a week.
183.You’ve taken a random road trip and ended up in the depths of New Kent.
184.You felt fine about being in New Kent because you knew it wasn’t hard to get back home.
185.You’ve figured out which stoplights have real cameras at them.
186.You know which cars are undercover cops because our police force has problems with hiding all of the equipment.
187.You give someone three different times as to how long it’s going to be before you get somewhere: one if there’s traffic, one if it’s steady traffic, and one of there’s NO ONE on the road.
188.You can’t understand why it took so long for the county supervisors to figure out that a third high school was, in fact, needed…about five years ago.
189.You give directions not by road names, but by landmarks. Example: Turn left at the Crown, then go about a mile, then turn left in front of the IHOP. Go over the bridge. Hooters is the second building on the right.
190.You aren’t getting the day off from school for Jamestown 400th because the schools like you. Oh no. It’s because the Jamestown 400th is renting the school buses for tourist transportation.
191.You’ll drive all the way over to Surrey to get gas that’s only 10 cents cheaper. But you enjoy the ferry ride!
192.You’ve gotten lost while driving IN Williamsburg, and somehow ended up at the Ferry, or in either York, Yorktown, or Newport News. Extra points if you end up in the middle of New Kent…without even knowing you were in New Kent.
193.You’ve been stuck in the “Four Minute Stoplight” for an excess of 8 minutes. Extra points if you’ve been stuck for more than 11 minutes.
194.You’ve been at the “Four Minute Stoplight” in the middle of the night, with no one around, looked both ways, and if there was no traffic in your immediate vicinity, went through the red light.
195.You’ve done #194 at any red light.
196.You speed up when the light turns yellow just so that you don’t have to wait…even if you end up running a red light.
197.You laugh at the tourists that freak out at the sight of those little black snakes. You then proceed to go pick it up and carry it over to them.
198.You think you tripped over a branch? Oh no no no. That was one of those little black snakes.
199.You’ve resorted to some form of illegal activity to amuse yourself, yet you’ve never been arrested.
200.You’ve mastered the art of lying to the cops.
201.You’ve been pulled over multiple times for the same infraction within a one-week time period.
202.You’ve filled out the “Best of Williamsburg” although you were under the age of 18. You just put in your parent’s name. Or just made one up.
203.You know I-64 traffic patterns so well that you can exactly time your trips according to the check-in times to the houses and hotels in the Outer Banks.
204.50% or more of your neighborhood is made up of the elderly.
205.You’ve been pulled over for listening to your music “too loudly.”
206.You’ve done donuts in at least one of the school parking lots.
207.You’ve given a campus cop the finger.
208.Girls: The William and Mary men’s cross-country team has been the cause of many of your near-accidents.
209.You can tell a friend that you’re at the place with trees by the flag and they have a general idea where you are.
210.You drive by what used to be an empty lot, and now there’s a new building there. But you don’t remember the construction of it.
212.You heard the story about the guys jumping off of the big bridge in Busch gardens.
213.You remember when the same guys lit off fireworks in the Walsingham Academy girls’ locker room later, and got expelled.
214.Those guys are your heroes.
215.You laugh every time you see the donut tire-marks in the St. Bede’s parking lot.
216.You remember when New Town was a big, pretty field.
217.You hear the words “move-in day” and cringe.
218.You hear “parent’s weekend” and do the same.
219.You know the book-mobile schedule.
220.You laughed when you heard about the greenleafe giving food poisoning to My Chemical Romance and Muse, as well as a huge wedding, and then getting depressed when you realize that no band would ever come back.
221.You miss the old movie theater, if only for the DDR machine.
222.You’ve seen the graffiti near the old movie theater and it never fails to make you laugh.
223.You know to what school the “dancing pigs” refers to.
224.You know someone who’s gone there, and you laugh at their uniforms.
225.You know that Queen Anne dairy snack, even while looking like a deserted trucker stop, has the best ice cream, burgers, fries, and onion rings in all of the east coast.
225.You’re sure that if kingsmill were to succeed from the united states, it could easily support itself.
226.You remember how awesome the Ice Storm was.
227.You hear that your bus has a double run and you cry because not only will you not get home for another hour and a half, but you’ll also have to sit at least three to a seat.
228.You flash your lights at other drivers to warn them of hidden cop cars.
229.You have been pulled over on Jamestown Road for speeding.
230.You’ve been pulled over right where the speed limit turns from 45 to 25 on Monticello.
231.You remember getting two weeks off for Hurricane Isabel.
232.You remember going to school on Saturday to make up for all of the lost days of school.
233.You remember having to go to school for 30 minutes extra every day for two months because of Isabel.
234.You refer to the Wawa in CW as the Wee-Wawa. It’s smaller than the average Wawa, but dammit, it’s trying!
235.Verizon has just about created a mobile-phone monopoly.
236.Your family is watching Jeopardy and someone gets asked a question on CW or Jamestown and everyone in the room answers it out loud.
237.The new Arby’s being built, was the old Arby’s, and since then its been a string of failed sandwich shops and eateries.
238.You remember they tore down the Taco Bell to build another Taco Bell on Richmond Road
239.You remember the green 7-11
240.When driving 199 or 60, you pass at least three people you know.
241.You remember the day Fabio got hit by a goose, and probably laughed.
242.If you’re a college kid, you come home for break and see all of your old friends within the first three days, but not because you planned it that way.
243.When you see a picture or TV ad for Williamsburg, and the Fife & Drum are in it, you look for people you know.

 

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Hampton Roads Crossing Neighborhood Spotlight Suffolk, VA

Finally a builder is listening. I have always been astounded at the price ranges that have been showcased in previous Parade of New Homes, Homeramas, etc. In this past year we had the PHBA Peninsula Home Builder Association Parade of Homes in our Taylor Farms community in York County. Surprisingly it was the builders who participated who decided that the prices should be in the $800k to $1.4 million dollar price range ( whew) Granted the homes were breathtaking and loaded with many unique features. The  major downside was that hardly any of the attendees needed or could afford homes that size and price.

Well someones listinening the  Tidewater Builders Association has announced that the 2009 Homearama showcase of homes will be held at Hampton Roads Crossing, a mixed-use community located in northern Suffolk.

Members of the Tidewater Builders Association said they would change course this year, moving the annual Homearama event from its scheduled location in Virginia Beach’s exclusive North Shore community to a somewhat less-exclusive mixed-use development in North Suffolk.

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Homes in the North Shore community range in price from $700,000 to more than $1 million. Homes in Hampton Roads Crossing, the Suffolk community that now will host the event, are expected to sell for around $400,000. Those currently selling in the area are fetching even less princely sums, from just under $200,000 to a little more than $300,000.

Considering the state of the housing market in Hampton Roads and the nation, changing the venue for the area’s showcase real estate event was a good public relations move and a smart business decision.

The vast majority of Hampton Roads home buyers could only dream of setting up house in one of the million-dollar mansions under construction in Virginia Beach, and those dreams are even further out of reach with the collapse of the nation’s mortgage-lending sector. Showing potential home buyers the quality they can expect at attainable price points will be more likely to endear the home builders to their potential customers.

The city of Suffolk will come out as a big winner in the deal, as potential home buyers and browsers, alike, have a chance to see all that the city has to offer. It’s a testament to good planning in the North Suffolk area that the city was ready with a community to host the event. Here’s to hoping that it’s a success.

Homearama 2009 will demonstrate traditional neighborhood design in a pedestrian-friendly, walkable community, a new urbanist trend that is sweeping the country and is showcased in many of the current home and living publications.

These traditional two-story homes will feature front porches and rear-loading garages reminiscent of the bungalow and craftsman architecture of yesteryear while, in keeping with the tradition of previous shows homes, providing the custom craftsmanship that has become the hallmark of Homearama. The builders association is also working with Southern Living to sponsor one or more of the showcase homes.

The homes are expected to average 2,500 square feet and sell for approximately $400,000, putting them in reach of many of the attendees to the annual show. The schedule for Homearama 2009 is currently proposed to run from September 19 through October 4.

“It’s a Homearama tradition to showcase trends in home designs,” added Kotarides. “Our guests have been asking us to show off what can be done in a more moderately priced home. We’re confident they’ll be pleased to see the level of detailing and creativity we can offer in a home more suited to the typical Hampton Roads family.”

The community is being developed by The Terry Peterson Companies, who approached TBA after being originally awarded Homearama for their Virginia Beach North Shore community with an idea that showcasing affordable homes in an exciting mixed-use setting might be a better fit.  ( YEA !)

Hampton Roads Crossing is designed in a mixed-use campus environment where residential, retail and commercial business districts will develop over time. The office campus is currently anchored by Old Dominion University’s VMASC (Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center) and Tri-Cities buildings. The residential campus features The Residences At Hampton Roads Crossing where the home show will take place. Luxury apartments will break ground in early 2009 and the anchor tenant for the retail district is on contract and should begin construction in 2010.

The site is located in the northern Suffolk growth corridor with easy access to Interstate 664 and the Western Freeway, making it easily accessible to all of Hampton Roads and placing it only minutes from the Peninsula and downtown Norfolk and Portsmouth.
Currently, the commercial campus is comprised of three state-of-the-art buildings situated along the Western Freeway. The MAST Center is home to the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) and the Tri-Cities Center, both operated by Old Dominion University. These buildings, along with office space located in the Mast One building, add a high-tech sophistication to the Hampton Roads Crossing community. Additional office buildings and a hotel site are planned for the future.

The Hampton Roads Crossing retail campus will front College Drive. Once developed, this exciting shopping district will feature key anchor tenants and boutique shops, as well as several out-parcels. Live/work residences may also be added to the mix. And with all three campuses located within easy walking distance of one another, you’ll discover that The Residences at Hampton Roads Crossing will become an incredibly convenient place to live.

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Williamsburg/ James City County Youth Sports Programs

Colonial Capital Basketball Club (boys and
girls ages 9-16)
This year round AAU/YBOA basketball program offers
a fall/winter league and a summer league. For information:
565-0758 or www.eteamz.com/ccbcbball.

HR LAX (boys and girls ages 7-18)
Hampton Roads Lacrosse practices are held locally
with games held throughout the area. For information,
email Brian Erwin at blerwin@msn.com or visit
www.hrlax.com.
Neighborhood Basketball League (NBL)
(boys and girls ages 10-18)
A Williamsburg/JCC Community Action Agency (CAA)
program that provides a structured sports activity with
mentorship in developing self-esteem, self-discipline,
leadership and sportsmanship as well as offering
encouragement to excel academically. Season runs
March-June. For information, call CAA at 229-3316.
StageLights (girls and boys ages 6-13)

StageLights, Williamsburg’s theatre for children, introduces
youth to the techniques of acting, voice, dance and stagecraft
while increasing their appreciation of the Theatre.
For more information: 229-ACTS or stagelightstheatre.org

Team Flash Track and Field
(boys and girls ages 6-18)
Local track and field team offering running, throwing
and jumping events. Practices are held from mid-
March through mid-June. For information, contact
Ellen Womeldorf at 240-3713,
e-mail teamflashtrack@cox.net or visit www.teamflashtrack.com

Affiliated Organizations
Virginia Legacy Soccer Club
The club offers a year round youth development
program (ages 2-10), a premier travel team program
(ages 10-18) and the Premier Development Team
which plays in the professional league structure of
the United Soccer Leagues. For information, contact
admin@valegacysoccer.com or 253-1947 or visit
www.valegacysoccer.com

Williamsburg Aquatic Club (ages 6-18)
WAC is a year round program which gives swimmers
an opportunity to compete statewide and regionally.
For information, contact 229-8662.
Williamsburg Area Bicyclists
WAB has weekly bicycle trips offering four ride levels
(A, B, C and Casual). All ages and skill levels are
welcome to join or participate in any WAB activities.
For information, contact 229-4907, visit
www.wabonline.org or write:
Williamsburg Area Bicyclists
P.O. Box 2222
Williamsburg, VA 23187-2222

Williamsburg Lacrosse Club
(boys ages 12-19)
The club offers an opportunity for boys to compete
at the junior varsity and varsity levels (grades 7-12)
against state and nationally recognized teams while
adhering to Virginia High School League guidelines for
eligibility and participation. For information, contact
Mark Hofmeister at 564-8486 or Monty Hill, 565-2755
or visit www.williamsburgwarriorslax.com

Williamsburg Youth Baseball League, Inc.
(ages 5-17)
Local provider of T-ball, baseball and the Buddy
Ball Division. Buddy Ball is designed for children and
young adults, ages 5-20, with special needs who are
not able to participate in the established Cal Ripken/
Babe Ruth Leagues. Program operates in the spring,
summer and fall. Call 220-1530 for information.
Williamsburg Youth Football and
Cheerleading League (boys and girls ages 6-14)
Provides youth football and cheerleading. For information,
e-mail williamsburghornets@yahoo.com or visit
www.WilliamsburgHornets.com  or www.leaguelineup.com/wyfcl

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James City County Park Locations

Chickahominy Riverfront Park (CRP)
1350 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg, VA 23185
258-5020, open daily sunrise to sunset

Come enjoy this 140-acre park located on the
Chickahominy River. Facilities include two outdoor
swimming pools, boat ramp, fishing pier, camp sites,
a playground, picnic shelters, a small store and
access to the Virginia Capital Trail. Bring your
boat or rent one at the park to enjoy fishing or
exploring the Chickahominy River and Gordon Creek.
The large fields and picnic shelters are available for
special events.

 
Brickyard Landing (BYL)
990 Brickyard Road (off Forge Road)
259-5360
Brickyard Landing is a public boat ramp that provides
citizens access to the Chickahominy River from the
upper end of the James City County.

Community Centers/Outdoor Facilities
James City/Williamsburg Community Center
5301 Longhill Road
• two softball fields with lights (rental)
• two natural grass fields with lights (rental)
• 2.2-mile walking trail encircling the Center
• Skate Park
James River Community Center
8901 Pocahontas Trail
• softball field, no lights (rental)
• natural grass field (rental)
• award winning nature trail

Diascund Reservoir (DR)
9551 Diascund Reservoir Park Road
Off Route 60 West pass Toano in Lanexa
259-5360, open daily sunrise to sunset

This reservoir, provided and operated jointly by
Newport News, James City County and the Division
of Game and Inland Fisheries, is open to the public for
boating access and fishing. Electric trolling motors are
the only motors permitted on the reservoir.

Freedom Park (FRD)
5535 Centerville Road
259-5360, open daily 7am to sunset

This forested retreat of over 600 acres features
1.8 miles of hiking trails and almost 10 miles of
mountain bike trails winding through historical sites,
forests and along creeks. Visit the first Free Black
Settlement where three historically accurate recreated
cabins are located in a meadow and are furnished
with items authentic to the period (1803-1850).
The park is also the site of an 18th-century graveyard,
the Revolutionary War Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary
(1781), a 17th century domicile and the Williamsburg
Botanical “Ellipse Garden.”

Greensprings Interpretive Trail (GST)
3751 John Tyler Highway
259-5360, open daily 8am to sunset
Wander along this 3.5-mile nature trail that loops
through a landscape of beaver ponds, wetlands
and forests. The trail includes interpretative signs
about the environment, historical events of the early
colonists and American Indians and area wildlife.
The trail is on wetlands adjacent to Mainland Farm,
the oldest continuously cultivated farm in America.
The trailhead also provides convenient parking and
paved trail access to the Virginia Capital Trail.
Over 200 species of birds have been documented
on this site and it’s part of the Virginia Birding Trail.

James City County Stadium (STADM)
4725 Stadium Road, off Opportunity Way across
from the Williamsburg Outlet Mall in the Warhill
Sports Complex 259-5360

This 3,000-seat stadium is designed for a variety of
sports and community activities. The surface is
rubber infilled synthetic turf with permanent lines for
football, soccer and field hockey. There are two locker
rooms and two restroom/concession facilities located
at each end of the stadium.

Jamestown Beach Park (JBP)
2217 Jamestown Road
259-5360, Beachfront open year round, 9am to sunset
The Park features a small beach front on the James
River. There is a fee for beach parking ($5/day);
$50 annual passes available. Picnic tables and grills
are available.

Little Creek Reservoir Park (LCR)
180 Lakeview Road in Toano (off Forge Road)
566-1702, open March-November, M-F, 7am-sunset;
opens 6am to sunset on weekends and holidays;
December-February, opens 7am-5pm on
weekends only.
LCR is a fisherman’s paradise! This scenic park
overlooks a 996-acre reservoir offering year round
fishing, boating and picnicking. The park also has
a concession facility, playground, soft mulch nature
trail and two shelters with grills plus rental canoes,
kayaks and Jon boats and a launch-your-own
boat ramp. Electric trolling motors are the only
motors permitted on the reservoir.

Mid County Park (MCP): Home of Kidsburg
3793 Ironbound Road
229-1232, open daily 7am-10pm

This 19-acre park has something for the whole family!
Children can play at Kidsburg, a community-built
playground that has become an area attraction.
Adults can enjoy lighted recreation areas including
softball and baseball fields, basketball and tennis
courts, as well as sand volleyball courts. Walk the
paved 2/3 mile ADA accessible multi-use path that
encircles the park. Are you planning a small family
outing, family reunion, or perhaps a group meeting?
Then you may want to consider Mid County Park.
There is a large picnic shelter and a small picnic
shelter and play areas for games or other functions.

Powhatan Creek Park (PCP)
1831 Jamestown Road
259-5360, open sunrise to sunset
This one-acre facility is part of the Chesapeake
Gateways Network and provides access to the James
River at Jamestown Island, including scenic views
of Historic Jamestowne. Powhatan Creek is listed
on the Natural Resources Inventory as the most
biodiverse creek on the Peninsula. Scenic views of
tidal marshes and an abundance of wildlife highlight
trips on this beautiful waterway. Park consists of a
small non-motorized boat/canoe/kayak launch with
parking for 20 vehicles and five observation/fishing piers.

Skate Park and Multiuse Trail (SP)
Located adjacent to JCWCC – Free
259-5360, open daily 9am to sunset; park will
close in the event of inclement weather.
This bowl-style skate park is 10,000 square feet of
concrete jumps and ramps. It also features two
movable ramps, a rail, a hand rail and multiple
grinding edges. There are separate times for bikes
and boards – and they are not permitted to use the
facility at the same time. Designated bike times are
Tuesdays and Saturdays, noon-3pm; Sundays and
Thursdays, 3-6pm. Helmets and protective gear are
highly recommended. The site also features a one
mile, 10 foot-wide paved multiuse trail which
connects to nearby sidewalks and James Blair
Middle School for a 2.2-mile walking loop.
Upper County Park (UCP)
180 Leisure Road in Toano
566-1451, Park open daily 8am to sunset. Pool
is open 11am-8pm, Memorial Day to Labor Day
(Memorial Day – mid-June, weekends only).

This 91-acre park is located in the upper end of JCC.
Amenities include a 25m swimming pool and a
toddler pool, playgrounds, sand volleyball and basketball
courts, multi-use trails and a 3.5-mile mountain
bike trail, horseshoe pits and picnic shelters. There is
a nominal charge to swim or rent the shelter.
During its operating season, the pool may be rented
after hours.

Virginia Capital Trail (VCT)
Trail starts in the parking lots of Chickahominy
Riverfront Park and Greensprings Trail and
connects to Jamestown Settlement
JCC is a partner of the VCT, a regional 55-mile
multiuse trail connecting all of Virginia’s capitals –
Jamestown, Williamsburg and Richmond. The first
7.5 miles of trail, all in JCC, are completed. The trail
is a cooperative effort of the Virginia Department
of Transportation, Game and Inland Fisheries and
Conservation and Recreation, as well as the VCT
Foundation and Williamsburg Land Conservancy.

Waller Mill Dog Park
Route 645, Airport Road (Waller Mill Park)
259-3778
The 1.5-acre park is a joint venture with Williamsburg
offering two areas – one for small dogs, 20 lbs. or
less, and an area for larger dogs over 20 lbs. Annual
memberships are available. Call for operating hours.

Warhill Sports Complex (WSC)
5700 Warhill Trail
259-5360, open daily 7am to 10pm

This complex is host to most local sporting events for
County league play. The baseball complex includes
three lighted youth baseball fields, one lighted majors
baseball field, four tee-ball fields, a concession building
with rest rooms and a playground. The soccer
complex includes four premier turf soccer fields and
a concession building with restrooms. The Park also
includes three outdoor basketball courts, a 5,200-foot
paved multiuse trail, a 3.5-mile hiking trail, two ponds
for shoreline fishing, the stadium and the indoor athletic
facility – Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex.

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Williamsburg Virginia Land Conservancy

The Williamsburg Land Conservancy’s Board of Directors recently voted to accept the donation of a conservation easement from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation on 82 acres of land situated on Route 132. This parcel is located directly across from a 230-acre tract that the
conservancy already protects, thanks to an easement placed on the property by the foundation in 2006.

The permanent protection of these two parcels was a critical step to ensure that a major entryway into our region will forever remain the same. Take a ride along Route 132 between Route 60 Bypass Road and Route 143. What you will see is a landscape of some of Mother Nature’s finest work.
Tributaries to Queen’s Creek weave through the properties that are home to beautiful flora and fauna and wildlife. Wetlands, a mature deciduous forest, and historic sites all reside on this land. There are other landscapes within our  community that will remain intact to enrich our lives thanks to the generosity of landowners who made the decision to preserve the conservation values of their land.
There’s Greenswamp Farm, 167 acres along Centerville Road. Those amber waves of grain will never become mortar and brick. Then there’s the Williamsburg Winery, with 270 acres of land that will forever stay in agriculture vs a residential subdivision.

 Forge Road is host to protected parcels of land, and most recently the
190-acre easement placed on the River’s Bend at Uncle’s Neck property showcased how preservation and progress can work together, with the development of 35 residential lots and over 50% of the property being maintained for wildlife management .

We all benefit from a landowner’s decision to conserve land. So in this special season of giving and glad tidings, we should all say thank you to those who have had the vision and commitment to give this community a gift that will keep on giving into perpetuity.
Caren Schumacher, Executive Director
Williamsburg Land Conservancy

You can learn more about the Williamburg Land Conservancy Here

 

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Williamsburg VA- Thomas Nelson Community College Opening New Campus

  The new Historic Triangle Campus at Opportunity Way begins a new era in the life of Thomas Nelson Community College and the communities we serve.

 

 In a region steeped in our nation’s history, Thomas Nelson Community College is proud to make its own history. The campus’s 120,000 square foot building is on nearly 74 acres of land at the Warhill site, strategically located next to Williamsburg-James City County’s newest high school.

 

 

The new campus will play a major role in providing quality education, serving the workforce development needs of businesses and industry, and helping individual citizens achieve their goals.

For more information, please call 757-253-4300 or visit us online at www.tncc.edu

 

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Williamsburg VA Real Estate High Street Update

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WILLIAMSBURG VA From an article in the VA Gazette by Steve Vaughn, Dec, 17 2008

  —High Street has a new real estate agent for the residential properties and a new emphasis as well.

 Dan Aston of Roseland Property Co., the developer of High Street, said market demand has spurred construction of the condos sooner than planned, starting in spring.

 

“The demographics that we’re appealing to tell us that’s what we want, so we’ll be starting them sooner than we originally planned,” he said.

Sixteen townhomes are built and another 16 are planned. William E. Wood had been handling sales of the townhomes.

“The contract was up and we chose to go with Prudential McCardle instead,” Aston said. Roseland itself manages rental of the the King’s Manor apartments, which are already open.

Roseland will also manage the more than 200,000 feet of commercial space in High Street, although Aston said the company uses a nationally known commercial leasing agent based in Michigan to help attract clients.

The first of those commercial clients will open soon. Five Guys Burgers & Fries ( my favorite) is opening Jan. 5. There’s also a firm date for the opening of High Street’s anchor attraction, the Movie Tavern theater. It will open March 20.

High Street’s only other announced commercial tenant, Kilwin’s ice cream parlor, should open prior to the theater, according to Aston.

Other possibilities include coffeehouses, more restaurants and possibly a supermarket

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Wiliamsburg VA Real Estate “Fords Colony News”

From an article in the VA Gazette 

JAMES CITY – In a stunning affront, homeowners in Ford’s Colony are looking outside the gates to find a new management company. That threatens developer Realtec’s hold over the sprawling planned community.

The potential shakeup is the latest wedge in a series of disputes that date back to an attempt to build 220 workforce homes across News Road. Realtec hoped to roll the project into the Ford’s Colony master plan, which homeowners vehemently opposed. Things went downhill when management pushed a big continuing care facility as well.

The homeowner association president downplayed any animosity. Deborah Gatzek-Kratter said, “This isn’t anything adverse about RCS,” referring to Realtec Community Services. “It’s just a normal process. It doesn’t reflect anything about anybody. There’s no problem [with Realtec]. This is about getting the best value, the best service, for the money.”

It is nonetheless the first time the Homeowner Association has challenged an arrangement forged 23 years ago by opening the management contract to outside bidders. Last week six bids came in, including one from Realtec.

What’s at stake is a contract worth $4.5 million that covers more than 25 employees in 24-hour security, 30 in maintenance, five in management and two in recreation, plus summer temp help. Community Services maintains 45 miles of private roads and 250 acres of common area.

Realtec the company oversaw the compound until 2000, when it ceded control to the Homeowner Association after a series of phases.

Insiders said this week that with Realtec’s “veto power” over association decisions set to expire in 2010, now’s the time to recast the contract or retain a new company altogether.

Realtec general manager Drew Mulhare said, “We believe that keeping the interests of the developer and the HOA aligned is in the best interest of both entities and, of course, the folks who own property here.” He said Community Services drew a 90% approval rating in a recent survey.

Skeptics feel Realtec is still in charge.

Ousting Community Services is more complicated than hiring a new company. It owns the project maintenance facility, which houses management offices, storage, a mechanic’s shop and a fuel depot. The HOA pays into a shared-use agreement, but the cost is half of what homeowners can expect to pay in mortgage or lease costs for separate facilities, Mulhare said.

Indeed, Community Services would be under no obligation to let the homeowner association use the facility.

“Maintenance companies, large landscape companies and construction companies have spoken to us in the past regarding co-op agreements, mergers or leases,” Mulhare said. They are attracted to being close to the 3,000 lots, 2,400 homes and 600 to-be-built units at Ford’s Colony.

Then there are the 60 or so Community Services employees. Realtec could be subcontracted by the new company, Mulhare noted, which moves the negotiations mostly to a matter of the $436,000 upper management portion of the contract.

“It would separate me and my development connection from the management agent,” Mulhare said. “However, there is no evidence that my dual relationships have been a determent to the [Home­owner Association].”

Village at Ford’s Colony, the controversial continuing care facility on News Road, will come online in a matter of years, Mulhare said, providing more business for whoever runs the compound.

Gatzek-Kratter carefully noted that the decision was not based on the controversy over the continuing care facility. More than 900 Ford’s Colony residents initially opposed the plan, and the HOA later tried to block it through legal means. Eventually both residents and the HOA supported the retirement home, or at least agreed to not fight it anymore.

Williamsburg VA Real Estate “Free House in Colonial Williamsburg”

 Mr Williamsburg.com " Williamsburg VA. Real Estate

John Womeldorf is Mr. Williamsburg, sharing his thoughts, real estate expertise, and “all things Williamsburg” in an effort to spread the word that Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, Virginia is the greatest place on earth to live!

 

 Anybody want a free house in Colonial Williamsburg ? Anybody want to be paid to take away a free house ?

The Billups House in Colonial Williamsburg VA pre-Second World War home on Armistead Avenue is available FREE to anyone who wants to provide a piece of land to house it.
And the developers who received City Council permission on Thursday to knock it down for a mixed commercial-residential development will pay the amount of money they’re going to fork over for demolition to the proud new owners.  Approximately $15,000
Since Thanksgiving two people have shown an interest in finding a new home for the 80-year-old home. But so far, no one has followed through.

If anybody is interested, call John Womeldorf 757 254 8136 or email John@MrWilliamsburg.com
The house at 203 Armistead Avenue was once the residence of Henry Billups, who rang the Wren Building bells at the College of William and Mary from the 1890s to the 1950s.
It and two commercial buildings on Prince George Street, including the former Mama Mia’s Pizza and Deli, will be demolished to make way for a 10,500-square-foot development.
The new project, designed by Magoon Architects for property owners Nick Saras and Steve Manos, will incorporate the architectural style of the block of Prince George Street closer to Colonial Williamsburg. It will have seven apartments on the second floor.

The hope is to create a strong corner, and that one day, the property in between (his planned development and North Boundary Street) will be remodeled and updated, in a mode consistent with the block.”

One after another, city council members lavished praise on the development in voting 5-0 to allow the project to The Billups House Williamsburg VAproceed.”In our own community, projects have basically stopped,” said Council Member Paul Freiling. “Here we have a property owner willing to invest what I think is a large amount of money in this development.
“There aren’t a lot of places and people that would be doing that right now.”
No one even rose in the public comments portion of the meeting to offer a defense of the lonely white house.
But it will stand at least until mid-April. Because of its age, Billups House found itself on Williamsburg’s list of historic structures, forcing the developers to appear before the Architectural Review Board as part of its rezoning application process.

In searching for a lot for this home there is one on South Boundary listed for $250,000. There maybe be others available as well. Please contact me for further information. I would think if they can move the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse we should be able to save and move this house !

 

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Youth Football in Williamsburg VA

I thought I would share a few thoughts from one of our son’s youth football coaches. Youth Football in Wiiliamsburg VA has a huge following. Our two sons play for the Williamsburg Hornets their website is, www.williamsburghornets.com . Amazingly both of their teams are going to the playoffs this year having achieved records of 9-1. It is an amazing effort from coaches and parents alike to coach and run the teams as well as they do. We are blessed to have such a dedicated coaching staff and parent involvement.
I jokingly made a comment about these last few years to a parent, She responded try doing it for 12 years like we have !
 
you can check out the Williamsburg Hornets and all of the other youth football teams in the Peninsula area at the Peninsula Youth Football Website http://www.leaguelineup.com/standings.asp?cmenuid=7&url=pyfa
There are teams throughout the area including Gloucester, New Kent, West Point, York County, Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and Williamsburg/ James City County
 
 
Wow, what a busy weekend!  — GAME NOTES —  what a mud-pit on Saturday. I’m thrilled for several reasons. The weather was horrid, but we played tough. The opponent was ruthless, but we hit harder. The score was against us, but we came back. The entire flow of the game wasn’t going our way, but we turned it around. The kids were frozen & wet on the sidelines, but they all cheered their team mates on. The crowd was amazing in their positive support  … I could hardly hear the cadence on the field over the cheers … THANKS A TON! 
 

— WYFCL Night at William & Mary Stadium — a huge hit again this year. Tons of folks around prior to the game, but most people I saw were in the “JUMBO-TRON” endzone having fun, watching the game, and supporting our GOLD & GREEN Midgets teams who did an outstanding job running plays and hustling.

  

 

 

 

— PLAYOFFS — SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15th vs Yorktown Patriots (9 – 1); the game will be played at Page Middle School in Gloucester … that’s Page Middle School in Gloucester. Kick-Off time is 11am, but be at Page Middle School in Gloucester by 10am for roll-call and warm ups.

 

Flood Zones in Hampton Roads Virginia

Question: I am thinking of purchasing a home in Hampton Roads, Virginia. I know that that are certain areas in Hampton, James City County, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Poquoson, York County and other nearby areas  are prone to flooding. How can I find out if a home I am interested in is in a flood zone ? How can I find out how much flood insurance will cost ? What are flood zones?


Flood zones are land areas identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Each flood zone describes that land area in terms of its risk of flooding. Everyone lives in a flood zone—it’s just a question of whether you live in a low, moderate, or high risk area.

How do I find out whether or not a property is at risk of flooding, and if it is, at what level?
Go to the website http://www.floodsmart.gov and fill out the Flood Risk Profile on the left hand site of the site.

 What is a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA)?
Land areas that are at high risk for flooding are called Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs), or floodplains. These areas are indicated on Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).

A home located within an SFHA has a 26 percent chance of suffering flood damage during the term of a 30-year mortgage.

What is a Non-Special Flood Hazard Area (NSFHA)?
A Non-Special Flood Hazard Area (NSFHA) is an area that is in a low-to-moderate risk flood zone (Zones B, C, X Pre- and Post-FIRM). An NSFHA is not in any immediate danger from flooding caused by overflowing rivers or hard rains.

However, it’s important to note that structures within a NSFHA are still at risk. In fact, one out of four floods occurs in an NSFHA! Get the facts before you decide that your property is not at risk.

Is there a special risk-rating procedure for coastal high hazard areas (V zones)?
Yes. When calculating the risk of a V zone property, the formula takes into account the ability of the building to withstand the impact of wave action.

Williamsburg/ James City County Schools ” Quality School District

Williamsburg, James City County , Virginia —An intensive three-day review of WJC Schools earned the division a ranking as a “quality school district.” WJC agreed to the review to gain

accreditation from the AdvancED Southern Association of Colleges &

Schools (SACS)/ Council on Accreditation & School

Improvement, which accredits more than 13,000 school districts

internationally. The process is strictly voluntary since Virginia has its

own accreditation system.

A team of eight educators from school districts across the nation performed the

review. The group interviewed more than 500 people, among them 267 teachers,

parents, community and business representatives, support staff, students administrators

and school board members.

SACS has four accreditation ratings. The ranking earned by WJC is the highest.

The report contains strengths, commendations, challenges and recommendations.

A “committed, collaborative and talented professional staff,” a well-defined

vision for the school division, and open honest communication among stakeholders

as some of WJC’s strengths.

Commendations included implementation of innovative programs to address student

needs and the development of a comprehensive data collection system.

The report recognizes that WJC faces many of the same challenges, like

funding and meeting the standards of No Child Left Behind,

that school divisions across the nation face. It also noted that

WJC has many of its own, including retaining quality teachers, supporting the

needs of transient population and continuing to provide both teachers and students

with up-to-date technological tools.

The review team recommended that WJC begin working on the creation of a

process to secure input from all its stakeholders, including students, and build

working relationships with the retirement comment to tap into that base of knowledge.

Team members also suggested that the division monitor its strategies to close

the achievement gap, but be careful to maintain expectations for all students and

ensure that no subgroup is passed over.

Your New Home in Williamsburg

Mark,

Just thought I would post a few pictures so you can enjoy the home prior to moving here in July. They will enlarge if you click on them.. Here is a short video clip driving up to the house. You can pretend you are driving home !

http://uncutvideo.aol.com/users/mrburgva/ebd2ebfa41ccbb4ecc26c7220fd89456?index=1

 

VR,

John

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