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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.

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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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