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Williamsburg VA Real Estate- Longhill Gate Spotlight

longhill gate 001 Set on 44 picturesque acres just a few minutes west of Colonial Williamsburg is the community of Longhill Gate. All homes are attached town homes.  There are one level , two level and even some three level attached homes to choose from with Longhill Gate. The 3rd floors are typically  basements on the few homes that have them.  Some of the homes offer attached garages. Sizes of the Longhill Gate attached  homes range from 1100 square feet to 2800 square feet and from 2-4 bedrooms. John Grier ,Jay Carter and Gordon Berryman are some  of the Williamsburg VA builders who built homes in Longhill Gate.

longhill gate 009 Surrounded by a wooded buffer/ greenbelt. You will feel as if you are in a state park when living in Longhill Gate in Williamsburg. Directly across the street from Longhill Gate is the Warhill Park/ WISC ( Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex. Down the street is Freedom Park.

Amenities for home owners include walking trails, pool, tennis court and a playground.

longhill gate 013 HOA ( Home Owner Association ) Fees in Longhill Gate are $96 monthly which covers yard maintenance, use of the pool, tennis courts and playground and maintenance and management of those and trash service. Note: Longhill Gate homes are not condos. These are attached town homes where you own your yard and dwelling.

Homes in Longhill Gate were built from 1988 – 2003.

Williamsburg/ James City County School Zones are :

DJ Montague Elementary, Toano Middle School and Lafayette School.

See School Statistics for these schools here

See a few more photos of the homes and amenities at Longhill Gate in Williamsburg/ James City County VA

View Longhill Gate

Sale prices in the last 12 months in Longhill Gate  ranged from$235,000 to $320,000. List prices as of today range from $1999,900 to $335,000. The average days on market for  homes in Longhill Gate in the last 12 months was 120 days . The average price per square foot on homes sold in Longhill Gate in the last 12 months was $152.00 . 3 homes sold in Longhill Gate in the last 12 months. 5 are currently for sale.  (Statistics from WAAR WMLS)

Longhill Gate- Only homesearch Williamsburg VA Area/ WAAR/ WMLS homesearch Southside/ Peninsula Hampton Roads/ REIN homesearch
 
 

Location map of Longhill Gate Community

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

Brokaw to speak at W&M commencement

tombrokawwilliamsburgLongtime “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw, one of the most highly regarded figures in broadcast journalism, will receive an honorary degree and deliver the main address at the College of William & Mary Commencement Exercises on May 17, 2009 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Read more here

Williamsburg/ Toano VA New Homes Fenwick Hills

Just announced ! Single Family Detached Homes in James City County near Williamsburg VA starting at $212,990 on 1/4 acre lots in the established community of Fenwick Hills.

Siennaryanhomes With easy access to Interstate 64 The location is super convenient. The  single-family detached homes will have anywhere from 1,800-3,000 square feet, 3-5 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Only 18 home sites are available and they will all be on crawl spaces, with the exception of 4 home sites that have basements.
No models are built at this time. Several are under construction in the Richmond area for viewing.

Five models are available to be built in the Fenwick Hills Community.

1. The Avery  floor plan offers style and functionality. Features include  separate living and dining rooms, ample family room with optional fireplace, dinette area, open kitchen, half bath, laundry closet and one-car garage.  The second floor follows suite, leaving no square inch wasted! The owner’s bedroom features a walk-in closet, full bath with optional luxury upgrade, and optional sitting area! Three additional bedrooms, full hall bath, and large bonus room over the garage.

Sq Footage ranges from  1,868-1,950 sq. ft.

2. The Sienna floorplan is ideal for today’s busy families! The first floor features a two-car garage that opens to a mudroom. The kitchen with large pantry and optional island flows straight into the dinette and open great room! The first floor is complete with an airy morning room included off the dinette area! The second floor offers a large owner’s bedroom with full bath, two additional bedrooms, full hall bath, and a spacious laundry room. Unfinished or finished walk-out basements with full bath are options

Square Footage 1,800 sq. ft.

3. The Florence  floor plan features a two-car garage, laundry room, living or dining room, large family room that opens up to the dinette area and kitchen with large pantry and optional island  Options include a morning/ sun room and optional fireplace. The second floor features a large owner’s bedroom with walk-in closet and full bath with optional luxury upgrade, two additional bedrooms, full hall bath and loft complete the second floor. Convert the loft into an optional fourth bedroom to meet your families needs.  Offers the  option of adding  an unfinished or finished walk-out basement with optional full bath.

Square Footage ranges from 1,952-2,072 sq. ft.

The Venice floor plan features  a two-car garage, living or dining room, half bath, mudroom, large family room that opens to a dinette and kitchen with optional island . Available options include a fireplace and morning room. The second floor features large owner’s bedroom with walk-in closet and full bath with optional luxury upgrade.  Three large additional bedrooms, full hall bath and spacious laundry room complete the second floor. You can customize this home by adding an unfinished or finished walk-out basement with optional full bath.

Square Footage ranges from 2,224-2,344 sq. ft.

The Milan  features a two-car garage, mudroom, half bath, living and dinning rooms, large family room that opens up to a spacious kitchen with optional island, and dinette area. Options include a fireplace and morning room. The second floor offers a large owner’s bedroom with walk-in closet and full bath with optional luxury upgrade. Two additional bedrooms, full hall bath and loft complete the second floor. Convert the loft into a fourth bedroom for the space you need! Customize this home by adding an unfinished or finished walk-out basement with optional full bath.

Square Footage Ranges from 2,528-2,648 sq. ft.

Standard Features at FENWICK HILLS, Toano VA

Poured Concrete Wall Foundations, Structural Steel Support Beams, Tongue and Groove Sub Floor, Nailed and Glued Sub Floors, Engineered Roof Truss System, Underground Utilities, Professionally Designed Landscaping with Sodded Lawns, Central A/C & Gas Heat , Gas Hot Water Heater, 200 Amp Electrical Service, Washer & Electric Dryer Hookups, Single Hung Windows (Low E), Double Pane Insulated Windows (with screens), Bronze Exterior Hardware Finish, Shingles 25 year warranty, KP Beaded Vinyl Siding (Lifetime Warranty), Seamless Aluminum Gutters & Downspouts, Custom Paneled Shutters & Doors, Fiberglass Insulated Front Door, GE Electric Range, GE Sound Insulated Dishwasher, Single Bowl Stainless Steel Sink w/ 1/3 H.P. Garbage Disposal, Timberlake Oak Kitchen Cabinetry , Laminate Countertops (Choice of Colors) , 8 Ft. Ceilings 1st Floor with 30” Wall Cabinetry, Bath tubs include Ceramic Surround in Owner’s Bath and hall tubs, Single bowl vanity with knee space in Owner’s Bath, Moen Eva Chrome Bath Faucets, Timberlake Oak Vanities (Natural Oak), White Cultured Marble Vanity Tops, 2 ½ Bathrooms

Interior Features:, Stain Resistant Wall-to-Wall Carpet, Capped stair ½ walls , Six Panel Doors, Satin Nickel Door Knobs & Hinges, Ventilated Closet Shelving, Smooth Finish Ceilings and Walls,  1-2-10-Year Transferable Warranty, Pre-Construction Meeting with Project Manager, Pre-Settlement House Demonstration, Post-Settlement House Inspection, 10 Month Post-Settlement Inspection, One Year Drywall Inspection & Warranty

In addition to the standard features many options are available to tailor these homes to your exact desires. Options include: Granite, Silestone Countertops, Hardwood Floors, Upgraded Carpet, Basements. ( on select home sites.) and much more.

The Fenwick Hills community amenities include a playground, basketball court, and landscaped common areas.

Click here to view  Site Plan for the Fenwick Hills Community

Click here to view all homes for sale in Fenwick Hills currently listed in the WAAR MLS

Click here to search all Williamsburg, James City, York County,New Kent , Gloucester homes for sale currently listed in the WMLS

Please note there are new construction homes available that are not in the MLS. Email John@MrWilliamsburg.com for new home opportunities in Toano , Williamsburg, New Kent, York County, Glocucester or all surrounding areas.

Here are the sales statistics for Fenwick Hills, Toano, VA for the last 12 months. There are 18 homes currently on the market in Fenwick Hills with prices ranging from $260,000 to $314,900. Nine homes sold in Fenwick Hills in the last 12 months. Sold prices for homes in Fenwich Hills ranged from $289,900 to $340,000. The average days on market for the sold homes was 210 days. All Sales Stats are from the Williamsburg Area Assoc of Realtors (WAAR)  WMLS.

Status # Listings       List Price Sold Price Sale/List Price Est. Fin. SqFt List Price Per Est. Fin. SqFt Sold Price Per Est. Fin. SqFt Days On Market
Active 18     Low
Avg
High
260,000
299,474
314,900
0
0
0
  1,899
2,373
2,702
103.59
127.71
163.22
   
Closed 9     Low
Avg
High
289,900
317,494
340,000
289,900
309,850
328,000
1.00
0.98
0.96
2,411
2,527
2,724
110.10
125.90
139.75
110.10
122.88
136.04
38
210
327
             
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 

Williamsburg James City County Schools for Fenwick Hills are:

Stonehouse Elementary , Toano Middle School and Warhill High School

You can explore schools at www.SchoolMatters.com

Location Map for Fenwick Hills Toano VA

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Longhill Station Neighborhood, Williamsburg VA Real Estate

jamescitycountylonghillstation_edited Longhill Station is a neighborhood in the middle part of James City County. Like a lot of the neighborhoods it has a Williamsburg VA mailing address although it it not in the City of Williamsburg. Longhill Station offers  a wide range of resale homes . Current home prices currently start in high $200,000’s to $300,000’s.

The Longhill Station community  offers it’s residents  a swimming pool for summertime enjoyment. An active homeowner association has many  social events  throughout the year.

resalehomeinlonghillstation Detached homes in Longhill Station offer a wide array of architectural styles  and  home choices. From 3 bedrooms to 5 bedroom models. Square footage’s range from 1500+ to over 2400 square feet. The builder for Longhill Station was Atlantic Homes of Williamsburg, VA. Builder of many landmark communities throughout the are. For over 30 years they have been one of the largest and most admired home building companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. Atlantic Home is building in the following communities: New Town, Stonehouse, Kensington Woods in Williamsburg and Church Squarelonghillstationneighborhood_edited in Smithfield. They also build homes in the Richmond Va and Raleigh/ Durham areas  of North Carolina.

Most of the homes in Longhill Station are two story models. Most of these have all the bedrooms on the second floor. There were a few ranches built as well as a few two story homes that had first floor master bedrooms. The community was started in the late 1990’s and completed around 2003.

poollonghillstation Located on approximately 97 acres, approximately 175 homes have been built in the neighborhood.  The parcel of land where it is located was originally known as the Wallace Estate Parcel . It contains a 35 foot wooded conservation buffer around most of the perimeter of the neighborhood which give lots of privacy to the backyards and the community.

The neighborhood as a mandatory home owner association.  The annual home longhillstationranchhome_edited owner fee in Longhill Station   is $330 . It covers all common Area Maintenance ,  Use of the  Pool  and maintenance of  facilities.

Home sale prices in the last 12 months ranged from$265,000 to $305,000. List prices as of today range from $285,000 to $324,900 average days on market for  homes sold in Longhill Station in the last 12 months was  81 days . The average price per square foot on homes was $145.53 . 6 homes sold in the last 12 months. 7 are currently for sale.Current Sales  and sold activity in Longhill Station Statistics are from WAAR ( Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors/ WMLS)

Current Williamsburg/ James City County Schools for The Longhill Station  Community are Norge Elementary, James Blair Middle and Warhill High School
See School Statistics for these schools here

Click here to Search all homes for sale in Longhill Station

Click here to search all Williamsburg, James City, York County,New Kent , Gloucester homes for sale currently listed in the WMLS

Click here to see Census Data/ Demographics for this area

 

 
View Longhill Station- Williamsburg/ James City County Va  map

The Mews Town home community-Williamsburg VA

The definition of mews :
a. A group of buildings originally containing private stables, often converted into residential apartments.
b. A small street, alley, or courtyard on which such buildings stand

A fitting description for “The Mews” in Williamsburg, James City County, VA.

With the feel of a village in Europe ,The Mews in James City County offers a wide array of town home choices. From 2 bedrooms to 4 bedroom models. Square footage ranges from 1300+ to over 2000 square feet. A few models were built with basements.
mews111One of the most scenic points in the community of The Mews is the Lake. It’s observation pier is the perfect place to watch relax and enjoy the sunset or watch the ducks frolic in the fountain. There is a trail that meanders around the lake for those who want to walk the neighborhood.

Offering a clubhouse, pool and tennis , town homes in the Mews are perfect for second home buyers and families alike.

mews2222 The are approximately 111 town homes in the Mews, constructed  between 1987 and 1994 . The quarterly home owner fee in The Mews is $314 and covers all Yard Maintenance, Common Area Maintenance, Garbage removal Use of the  Pool, Clubhouse , Tennis and maintenance of those  facilities.

mewsclubhouse.jpegFrom the chart below you will see that  sale prices in 2008 ranged from$145,000 to $264,000. List prices as of today range from $223,000 to $269,000. The average days on market for town homes in the Mews in the last 12 months was 151 days.

View of video of The Mews Town Home community in Williamsburg, VA

Current James City County/ Williamsburg Schools for The Mews are DJ Montague Elementary, James Blair Middle and Warhill High School

Click here to Search all homes for sale in The Mews

Click here to search all town homes and condos for sale in the Williamsburg, VA area

Click here to search all Williamsburg, James City, York County,New Kent , Gloucester homes for sale currently listed in the WMLS

Current Sales activity in The Mews (Statistics from WAAR WMLS)

Low, Average, Median, and High Comparisons
  Closed Active Overall
Low $145,000 $223,000 $145,000
Average $210,975 $239,071 $224,087
Median $217,500 $225,000 $224,000
High $264,000 $269,900 $269,900

Location Map of The Mews in Williamsburg, VA

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Click the link below to “Take a drive thru The Mews in Williamsburg, VA using Google Street View”

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Call or email John Womeldorf/ Mr Williamsburg with any questions about Williamsburg, VA Real Estate.

John@MrWilliamsburg.com

757 254 8136

Senate Unanimously Approves Isakson Amendment to Stimulate Housing Market Homebuyer Tax Credit Revived Market in 1975 and Would Work Today

 

Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia has proposed a tax credit of up to $15,000 for homebuyers.

Here is a press release from his website:

The U.S. Senate today unanimously approved an amendment by U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., to stimulate the nation’s declining housing market by offering a $15,000 tax credit to individuals who purchase a home in the next year.

“It is time to fix America’s problem, not throw money at the symptoms. It is time to fix housing first. It is rare that we have a road map to success in times of difficulty, but this country has once before realized a housing crisis every bit as bad as the one we have today and economic troubles every bit as dangerous,” Isakson said. “We have a pervasive housing problem, and we have a historical precedent that works. I am proud this Senate has joined together, learned from history and repeated a method that worked by adopting this amendment.”

Specifically, Isakson’s amendment to the pending economic stimulus bill would provide a direct tax credit to any homebuyer who purchases any home. The amount of the tax credit would be $15,000 or 10 percent of the purchase price, whichever is less. Purchases must be made within one year of the legislation’s enactment, and the tax credit would not have to be repaid.

The amendment would allow taxpayers to claim the credit on their 2008 income tax return. It also seeks to prevent misuse by only allowing purchases of a principle residence and by recapturing the credit if the home is sold within two years of purchase. The amendment would sunset the current $7,500 housing tax credit on the date of enactment.

Isakson has pushed hard for a non-repayable tax credit for homebuyers because he knows that it will work. In the mid-1970s, America faced a similar housing crisis when a period of easy credit and loose underwriting flooded the market with new construction.  Interest rates rose, the economy slowed and America was left with a three-year supply of vacant homes. Congress responded by passing a $2,000 tax credit for anyone purchasing a new home for their principal residence. Isakson believes the results were clear and swift as home values stabilized, housing inventory dropped and the market recovered.

Last year, Isakson introduced legislation to specifically target those homes that were causing the unprecedented increase in housing inventory by offering tax credits to individuals purchasing a foreclosed home or a home where foreclosure is pending. In April 2008, the Senate passed legislation to stimulate the nation’s declining housing market that included Isakson’s proposal. However, the final version of the legislation that was signed into law included only a $7,500 tax credit for first-time homebuyers that must be repaid over a 15-year period. Isakson’s amendment that passed today would sunset that $7,500 tax credit.

 

Isakson has not made a decision regarding his vote on the overall economic stimulus legislation.