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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..

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Relocating to Williamsburg VA

For the size of town that we are ( approx 70,000 + if you include Upper York County, City of Williamsburg, James City County) we do seem to have a varied cultural scene.

There are ample and quality medical facilities although for more specialized medical assistance you would need to go to Newport News, Norfolk or Richmond. ( between 30 – 60 minutes away )  Our weather will be more moderate than Leesburg in the Winter but as you indicated hotter and more humid in Summer. If Leesburg get’s snow we typically won’t. It has been many years since schools closed for snow. Our Spring come about two weeks earlier than Leesburg, VA

Question: I’d guess Richmond is your major hub, but you may consider other larger towns preferable to Richmond. Can anyone provide more info?  Newport News, Norfolk and Va Beach all offer other cultural events.

Flooding has been an issue in a few places around Jamestown and further west in James City County. It is not really an issue when getting around for most who lived here . Fords Colony has one road that floods but four exit roads so it’ s not an issue.Jamestown 1607 had flooding issues. ( it’s a sub$170k town home community )A bigger problem was fallen trees. We have had numerable storms Trees were toppled. I would think that the weaker ones have now been removed by nature. But that would be my only concern in a storm.  Quite a few generators we installed by homeowners after Isabel in 2003.
The topography varies throughout the county. My neighborhood varies in elevation about 60 feet. There are other communities that are flat. It just depends on where you are in the county or city.

As far as political views, All I can say is that in previous elections you would see predominantly republican signs in yards. This time it was the other way around.

Yes Williamsburg is impacted greatly by tourism. We are starting to see the closings of various businesses and budget cutbacks by Colonial Williamsburg. Only time will tell. Suprisingly there are new hotels being built. But older ones are closing.  There is too much commercial space empty or being built to in our current scenario. I’m sure we will see more closings in the future.

Mortgage loans are still readily available if you have good credit. I have yet to have anyone I work with be declined for a mortgage. The inventory of homes is up drastically. ( makes for a great buyers market) I am astounded at the prices that some of the sellers are accepting..

Question: Finally, please tell me about general costs of living: taxes, both RE and personal property, property insurance costs, and utilities since like most folks we’ve taken a beating as retirees.

Try this link http://www.bestplaces.net/col/?salary=50000&city1=55144984&city2=55186160

For a cost of living comparison. Or go to www.BestPlaces.net and enter in Leesburg and Williamsburg. It indicates that we are 18% less expensive to live in as compared to Leesburg Va. Although the major difference is housing.

I can say from personal experience when we moved here years ago from Annapolis , MD. everything seemed to be at least 15-20% less expensive in Williamsburg. Health insurance, car insurance, gas, ( I paid $1.31 a gallon yesterday), groceries, Our heating bills are less due to it being warmer, and of course homes. OUr property tax is .77 per $100 or $3850 annual real estate taxes on a $500,000 home in James City County. In the city of Williamsburg it is .54 per $100 or $2700 on a $500k home..

Cost of Living Comparison:
Leesburg, Virginia – Williamsburg, Virginia

Change cities

Williamsburg is 18% cheaper than Leesburg.

Housing is the biggest factor in the cost of living difference.

Housing is 34% cheaper in Williamsburg.

A salary of $50,000 in Leesburg, Virginia could decrease to $41,190 in Williamsburg, Virginia

Leesburg U.S. Avg. Williamsburg
Cost of Living Indexes Leesburg Williamsburg
Overall 140 115
Food 100 95
Housing 212 139
Utilities 89 141
Transportation 105 105
Health 105 94
Miscellaneous 100 94

100=national average

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Moving to Williamsburg

 “It’s just being here….”  

Those are the words my husband and I have used over the years to describe our flood of sensations upon arrival in Williamsburg each time we visit.Like many, we’ve come countless times over the years. Our children grew up vacationing here. Whether by car or plane, it’s always the same, as we travel the roads leading to Williamsburg. Trying in vain to express what we love: the sight and smells of the York River as we travel the Colonial Parkway, the pine-rich wooded areas along the way, the architecture and symmetry of Colonial Williamsburg, the smell of wood-burning fires, the bustle of activity. Giving up, we just glance at each other and sum it up it again: “It’s just being here.”

 

Read the rest of the article published in the Va Gazette here : 

 

USA Today Article about Williamsburg VA

 Saw this article in USA Today and thought I would share. A previous article in Money Magazine rated Williamsburg as one of the top five place to retire in the USA. Now USA Today is recommending Williamsburg as a great area for a 2nd home purchase.
It’s great to receive all of this national and worldwide attention to out area. The Today Show was here recently filming a live episode from the restored area of Colonial Williamsburg. The 3 hour remote feed gave viewers a look into our wonderful region.

You can read the full article by Larry Olmstead in USA Today. Below are some highlights from the article.

Williamsburg , Virginia ,The best known city in  a region of Virginia known as the “Historic Triangle,” aptly nicknamed “where America began.” The claim is no exaggeration: In 1607, 13 years before the Pilgrims reached the shores of Massachusetts, three ships of pioneers landed in Jamestown, Va., the first permanent English settlement in the USA.

 

Today, Jamestown Settlement is just one of several historic sites packed into the area. The most popular is Colonial Williamsburg, which occupies the city of Williamsburg’s Historic Area. It’s a place where life today goes on just as it did more than 200 years ago, down to blacksmiths and farmers dressed for the part, all thanks to the non-profit Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the hub of our wheel, the centerpiece of the entire community .A lot of the people looking at second homes have visited it once or twice, or in some cases every year, and just fell in love with the place.

 

In addition to its wealth of historic sites and newer attractions such as the Busch Gardens amusement park, the region also is appealing for what residents say is its quality of life.

Everyone has a checklist of things they look for in a place, in ‘quality of life.’ We have a lot of things on those lists: small-town feel, a college town, four distinct seasons yet a mild climate. We are just an hour from the Atlantic and 2½ from the nation’s capital.”

The area is popular, too, with members of the military because of several large bases and stations nearby. Moreover, compared with other desirable second-home destinations, home prices in Williamsburg are reasonable: Seven-figure properties are almost unheard of.

The city of Williamsburg is small, just 9 square miles. Its population is 13,000 — nearly half of whom are students at the College of William & Mary. Much of the city is occupied by the Historic Area and the college, but most locals don’t differentiate between “downtown” and the nearby suburbs, just few minutes away.

Until not so long ago, most second homes have been in large, gated golf communities such as Kingsmill and Ford’s Colony. But a “new urbanism” has taken hold, an in-town mix of retail, commercial, residential, dining, services and entertainment.

A look at three Williamsburg neighborhoods:

• Kingsmill. Occupying nearly 3,000 acres, this resort development is owned by brewery giant Anheuser Busch. In addition to condos, townhouses and single-family houses, Kingsmill includes a hotel, spa, marina, restaurants, golf and tennis. Most townhouses or single-family houses are in the $300,000 to $500,000 range.

New Town. This 365-acre mixed-use village just outside the city, is an ongoing partnership between a construction company and the College of William & Mary’s endowment. It includes shopping and dining as well as condos and townhouses, with single-family houses planned. One-bedroom condos start at $229,000.

Downtown. Port Anne and Holly Hills and High Street are the primary options here. Port Anne and Holly are quiet, upscale neighborhoods of single-family houses near the college. Expect to pay $500,000 to $800,000. High Street is a new mixed-use development similar to New Town, except smaller at about 50 acres and without an office/business park component. Home prices also are similar to those in New Town.

 

I have posted this article as a local REALTOR living and working in the Williamsburg Va area. I would be happy to assist you in buying or selling a  home there.  Click this link to search all real estate ,homes, condos town homes ,new and resale  currently for sale in New Town/ James City County Williamsburg VA

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It’s Just Being Here ( our thoughts on moving to Williamsburg , Virginia)

This was a testimonial written by one of my clients. It so edifies Colonial Williamsburg and all it has to offer and in todays times is something positive that I felt it needed to be shared.

 

It’s Just Being Here….”

Those are the words my husband and I have used over the years to describe our flood of sensations upon arrival in Williamsburg each time we visit.  Like many, we’ve come countless times over the years. Our children grew up vacationing here. Whether by car or plane, it’s always the same, as we travel the roads leading to Williamsburg. Trying in vain to express what we love; the sight and smells of the York river as we travel the Parkway, the pine-rich wooded areas along the way, the architecture & symmetry of CW, the smell of wood burning fires, the bustle of activity. Giving up, we just glance at each other and sum it up it again- “it’s just being here”. 

Wanting to capture that feeling when we moved from Maryland to Georgia three years ago, we searched the MLS for any Williamsburg reproduction homes south of Atlanta, without success. Undaunted, we decided to build, and, armed with house plans, we looked for suitable property. Our search came to a screeching halt literally, when we were shocked to see a faithful reproduction of… the George Wythe house!  It wasn’t on the market but we pulled over to admire the perfectly reproduced symmetry and understated elegance of that incomparable house; Flemish bond brick, period appropriate detached garage and a dependency building situated on almost an acre of landscaped property. We knew it well. A piece of Williamsburg. Amazingly, our agent knew the family and these fellow Williamsburg lovers offered the house to us for purchase. 

 The Wythe house balustrade staircase and moldings throughout, 3 fireplaces, wide plank floors and period details provided exactly the right ambiance. We renovated the kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops and added a 4-square herb garden in door yard of the dependency. For three years, it has almost been “being there”.

  Interestingly, after years of vacationing in Williamsburg with our children, it appeared they did not share our passion for the area. (Their interests revolved around the animals and candy shop, can anyone relate?) So, recently when my daughter became engaged, we were surprised to receive an email from her with these words “Mom, what do you think of an outdoor wedding in CW?” The wedding is set for May 2009 in the fountain garden across from the Williamsburg Lodge..

The next step is for us to really “be there”, and permanently.  So our piece of Williamsburg in Georgia is now on the market. And our story has come full-circle.  We were fortunate enough to discover Mr. Williamsburg (literally! www.mrwilliamsburg.com), John Womeldorf, who has patiently  helped us scout out dozens of neighborhoods, and given us all the “insider knowledge” we needed to make a  selection of which Williamsburg neighborhood we will eventually call home.

 Yes, it really is… just being here. 

 Erin and Art Ruitberg, Griffin Ga soon to be Williamsburg VA…..

Here is a link to the listing for our current George Wythe Home currently on the market in Georgia

 

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Living in Williamsburg Virginia ( A locals point of view )

I thought I would post again to give a better sense of living in the Williamsburg VA area. Just listing what’s here doesn’t tell a story. It’s hilly here.  There is a 7-11 five minutes from our house.( one of only two in the area)  We live in the very back of a larger neighborhood . You don’t hear any traffic or planes. There is a two mile trail thru the woods behind our house. When walking there or looking out our windows we often see deer ( munching on our plants ugh !) There is a pool and clubhouse within the neighborhood. In the summer the pool is overflowing with kids. Friday night neighbors order pizza , bring beer and join each other at the pool until 10 pm. Many social events are help in our neighborhood thru the year for kids, adults and families. All are well attended. Within 2 miles of our house are the area football/ soccer/ baseball facility sports. ( WISC/ Warhill)  The football/ soccer fields are brand new and have artificial turf.  Sports for kids are very big here considering the size of the community. No matter what sports  your kids  do there is a well supported team here in Williamsburg. I am amazed at the dedication of the volunteers/ coaches on all of the various teams our kids have participated in.  My nine year old plays on a football team that is coached like an NFL team ( that’s a good thing they went to the playoffs last year) . They get to play their next game at Zable Stadium, the Williams and Mary Football Stadium. The other son’s football team is playing an exhibition scrimmage during half time of a William and Mary football Game. What an incredible event for a 10 year old to participate in ! Freedom Park is 2 miles from our house it contains 10+ miles of hilly mountain bike trails. Growing up in Va Beach I didn’t know what hills were. Try riding a mounting bike for an hour or two, it will wear you out. My kids love them too. Two miles in the other direction are a Rec Center with indoor pool, basketball, indoor tract, fitness center, skateboard park etc.  Less than 10 minutes away is Colonial Williamsburg where  $10  gets you an annual pass ( Good Neighbor) to everything it has to offer. ( kids are free ) Numerous churches that welcome you with open arms. Schools are wonderful. Teachers and staff are the best.

Our neighbors and friends are the best. If we need someone to watch the kids we just ask. We have rarely had to use a sitter.
 

 
Within 10 minutes of where we live in Williamsburg James City County are a Ukrops, ( favorite)  Trader Joes, ( favorite ) Farm Fresh, Bloom, Fresh Market for groceries, Prime Outlets with an outlet store for almost anything, Wal Mart ( yes we shop there, now more than ever ) Target, Starbucks, Barnes and Noble,  Home Depot, Lowe’s, Movie Theater, New Town ( main street area with shops and restaurants.  Lots of family owned Restaurants, as well as a large number of chains that have great food and local management. Some of the best golf in the state of Virginia is here in Williamsburg. Over 15 courses are within a 15 minute drive . There are 13 different parks within 10 minutes. Both County and State run. In these you can hike, run, camp ride mountain bikes, kayak, boat, fish, picnic, go the playground, play football, volleyball, baseball, soccer, softball, and much more. Drive the Colonial Parkway from Jamestown to Yorktown ( free admission to both museums if you live here ) The parkway has to be one of the most scenic drives around. You can drive 23 miles along the York and the James Rivers without seeing any commercial establishments.. It’s a nice bike ride too although the surface is pretty rough..
 
Our arts scene is very active as well. Museums, Ballet, Symphony, Theater  are all well represented. I will admit that the music scene in Williamsburg could use some help. We do travel to Newport News, Norfolk, VA Beach, Richmond for bans which don’t do concerts here.