• 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

Where are the people coming from who move to Williamsburg VA ?

There is a lot of speculation about the origins of Williamsburg, VA home buyers. Some would have you believe that we are somehow a southern colony of the northeast. In my personal experience I do work with a lot of home buyers coming from up north. Primarily New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the Washington D.C. area.

Why Williamsburg VA ? Better weather, for one.  Lower Taxes, Lots of activities , museums , cultural events. The Beach and Mountains within a short drive. In recent years, the pipeline of previously arrived friends and family members has also fueled the trend..

These aren’t just the traditional retirees moving south, but families and recent college graduates.

Here is a link to a neat interactive map courtesy of the The Charlotte Observer it shows what areas people are coming from in their move to Williamsburg/ James City County VA.   Te map is based on 2000-2005 IRS tax returns, confirming we are a mobile society. The data shows most moves are relatively local, such as from the urban areas to the suburbs or adjacent counties. In the chart below we see that out of the top 18 areas where people relocated from, the only two northeastern states are Suffolk, NY and Fairfield CT.


    Newport News, VA 3,659
    York, VA 1,933
    Williamsburg, VA 1,057
    Hampton, VA 930
    Fairfax, VA 825
    Virginia Beach, VA 570
    Gloucester, VA 480
    Henrico, VA 443
    New Kent, VA 357
    Chesterfield, VA 310
    Norfolk, VA 243
    Suffolk, NY 226
    Chesapeake, VA 210
    Prince William, VA 199
    Montgomery, MD 191
    Richmond City, VA 188
    Fairfield, CT 173
    Anne Arundel, MD 128



In an analysis of migration data from a more recent  2007 IRS Report. Of the 3503 people who moved into Williamsburg/  James City County  1575 of those were from out of state. 45% or almost have of our population is coming from other states.

The next question for home sellers in the Williamsburg / James City County area of Virginia. How do you reach these prospective home buyers ?

I would welcome an opportunity to show you how Mr Williamsburg reaches these prospects !

Williamsburg VA Migration Data  Click here to see where people are coming from who are moving to Williamsburg, James City County, Newport News, Mathews County, Isle of Wight, Gloucester County, Hampton, York County and Middlesex County Virginia. This data is from 2007 IRS information


Smithfield VA-Historic Home For sale

Historic Gwaltney Home, Smithfield VA


While I don’t normally blog about home listings. ( You can usually find them thru my MLS/ Home Search) This home’s story needs to be told.


The P.D. Gwaltney Jr. House, built by one of  Smithfield’s most esteemed residents, has been lovingly restored to its original grandeur. This enchanting Queen Anne Victorian is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.

The house has a special history that’s captured the imagination and hearts of all who visit. It was originally built in 1901 as a wedding gift from P.D. Gwaltney Jr. to his future bride, Estelle. To commemorate this romantic gesture, a whimsical ceiling mural was painted depicting a cheerful cherub with love letter in hand, on his way to deliver it to the home’s delighted new bride. The painting remains to this day, and has inspired two subsequent generations of weddings that have taken place in this gracious home and its adjoining gardens.

The captivating charm of this property lends itself to future celebrations, both joyous ones and moments of quiet contentment. Views from one of many porches surrounding the house are trans-formative and peaceful, overlooking Little Creek and the estate of  87-acre Windsor Castle Farm. The sweeping grounds bloom with century old Magnolia trees, Crepe Myrtles, the shade of Red Maples and a formal garden with paved pathways and Victorian statuary.

Grand StaircaseThe exterior of the house underwent a museum-quality restoration in recent years and includes decorative copper work and copper gutters on the roof. The home also features a spacious, finished attic and the convenience of an interior elevator and outdoor carport.

Inside, thoughtful details woo its delighted visitors. Many rooms feature large bay windows allowing for gentle light to bathe the extensive wood moldings, wainscoting, paneling and ornate trim work. The vestibule boasts a gilded Greek frieze, original gas lighting fixture and intricately designed tile floor with a wreath of olive branches at its center. The stunning entrance-way is further adorned by an artisan’s hand sculptured relief, a pastoral landscape of the local marshland.Ceiling Detail in Foyer

Halfway up the main staircase, sunlight streams in through the colorful prisms of an original stained glass window. There are 6 fireplaces in total, including one in each of the large bedrooms and a spectacular mother of pearl inlaid mantelpiece in the music room.

Special decorative details can be found in each room throughout the house. The front bedroom has a generous window seat from which to enjoy the pageantry of colorful Gingko leaves in the Fall, as well as a hand-stenciled, gilded ceiling. The Master bedroom reveals a portrait gallery, large romantic shutters and an ornate gilded frieze with a garland motif. Also upstairs, an Asian-themed sitting room beckons with a decorative, trompe l’oeil border of delicately painted birds.

Spacious, inviting bathrooms have been updated and outfitted with luxurious details including authentic nickel-plated spa jets and sunflower shower heads imported from London . The marble master bath includes an inviting, over-sized claw-footed soaking tub.

While it’s many splendid original details make this a historic show place, it’s a home that will easily adapt to the vision and lifestyle of its future owners. Grand living and entertaining rooms await joyful celebrations and gracious living, and perhaps even a new kind of love story.

This special property is offered for sale at  $1,090,000.

For further details or a personal tour contact John@MrWilliamsburg.com or call him at 757 254 8136.

You can read the report for submission to the Historic Register here : pd-gwaltney-jr-house