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Where is Waldo and is he reading Mr Williamsburg’s Blog ?

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Apparently real estate in the Williamsburg and Hampton Roads  areas is of interest to readers worldwide. The picture at left was from early Saturday morning on March 14,2009. I have noticed more and more readers from all over the world perusing this blog.
As you can see on this day there were readers from Copenhagen Denmark, Calcutta, India, France, Salzburg, Austria and Khabarovsk, Russia along with many more from the U.S..

If you have any questions about the area, communities, neighborhoods,  golf, cultural activities, museums,recreation, homes for sale, sales statistics, financing a home, kids activities, shopping, opening a business, waterfront ,schools, condos, town homes,neighborhoods, living in or selling a home in Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA please drop me an email at John@MrWilliamsburg.com  I am happy to answer any and all that I can. If I don’t have the answer I will know where to send you to for a response.

 

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Wiliamsburg/ Hampton Roads VA Real Estate Update- Statistics

The housing market on the Peninsula and Middle Peninsula finished up 2008 with prices down only 1.8 percent to $216,000 from 2007

Most agree that prices are mostly back to levels before the heated real estate market peaked in 2005.

Virginia has been able to ride out the storm better than other states, said John McClain, senior fellow with George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis. The state saw a 13.6 percent drop in sales between 2007 and 2008 but only a 1.2 percent slip in the median sales price, which was $244,493.
A dramatic turn in the state’s housing market won’t happen in the first part of 2009, according to a report by the Virginia Association of Realtors and George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis. State and federal policies, including those directed at homeowners at risk of foreclosure, will have an effect on how quickly the state’s housing market picks up, the report said.
The state in 2008 saw a spate of foreclosures tied to subprime loans from the housing boom. Northern Virginia’s foreclosure rate leads the state. Its third-quarter foreclosure rate is roughly nine times the rate seen in Hampton Roads.
Real estate professionals across the state said they’ve noticed interest in buying has picked up since the holidays.

Some buyers — overwhelmed with the number of available homes — have been slow to put a contract down on a house. Others are coming in with bids 10 to 15 percent below the asking price, hoping to get a deal.

The fourth quarter in the Hampton Roads area, which includes South Hampton Roads, saw an uptick in business. Sales were down just 3.8 percent from the same period in 2007 — better than the year-ending percentage of 18.7 percent — with the median sales price down 22.6 percent to $221,857.

The Williamsburg and Middle Peninsula areas saw double-digit median sales price increases during the fourth quarter. In the Williamsburg area, sales were down 42.4 percent but the median sales price was up 11 percent. For counties on and around the Middle Peninsula, sales were down 44.4 percent but the median sales price was up 14.6 percent.

The Williamsburg-area market’s median sales price was propped up by sales of high-end condos in Braemar Creek and Foundation Square in New Town. The median sales price of condos in Williamsburg, Yorktown, James City and New Kent was up 17 percent, according to information from WAAR the Williamsburg-area association of Realtors.

Statistics for this article were compiled from the REIN MLS ( Real Estate Information Network) and The WMLS ( Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors MLS)

If you would like a detailed report of real estate statistics of any neighborhood or community in Hampton Roads or Williamsburg VA email John@MrWilliamsburg.com

Williamsburg VA 2008 A Year In Review

From an article in the Va Gazette By Cortney Langley  Dec. 2008

The recession slowed the growth of housing and commerce for the first time in 10 years. Still, there was plenty left to propose and oppose.

James City County set out to revise the Comprehensive Plan with various forums and committees taking the public pulse.

A new slow-growth group called J4C produced research papers challenging various assumptions and projects. The outgoing Democratic majority tightened a James City ordinance to expand stream buffers to 300 feet instead of 100. The new Republican majority promptly unwound that and eventually compromised at 225 feet, then defeated the whole measure. The stream buffers were among many disputes in which four of the five members criticized each other as politically partisan. Almost 900 Ford’s Colony residents petitioned to block a big continuing care facility across the road as too big, generating too much traffic and burdening the HOA. They found a zoning loophole to support their case legally.

The HOA agreed not to sue when management backed down on applying full residential rights to those in a proposed senior care facility. Others still opposed the project on grounds of traffic and scale, even after it was scaled back from 944 units to 739. Despite a last-minute gimmick to stop it, the James City supervisors approved, but the financing dried up during the national credit crisis.

Also near Ford’s Colony, a plan for 240 workforce housing units on News Road was pulled back to weave it into the new Comp Plan. It was considered DOA after the continuing care controversy. Ford’s Colony announced Westport as 100 large homesites across Centerville Road but removed from the controversial continuing care facility.

Two-year assessments found York home values up an average of 15%. The Board of Supervisors reduced the real esate tax rate from 69.75 cents per $100 of assessed value to 65.75 cents.

York county administrator James McReynolds said he needed $26 million worth of expansion and new buildings for his various departments.

A new task force promised to have ideas on developing workforce housing by summer. Work languished, but the group plans to take up the mantle in 2009.

High Street scaled back 99 townhouses to 36 in the first phase as real estate sales continued soft. The Movie Tavern theater that was supposed to open by Labor Day was delayed to November, and then to March along with the retail shops. By year-end, two of five apartment buildings at High Street began to be occupied.

Two new sets of stoplights were erected for High Street, bringing the total in greater Williamsburg to 87. Yet very few were synchronized to keep traffic moving.

The Salvation Army set out on a feasibility study for a $6 million complex of teen center, child care, computer lab, food pantry and other services to the community. The site is on Richmond Road near 199.

An extended runway was ruled out at Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport, which seemed to scotch any federal subsidy for acquisition. By year-end, it was going to take more than $3 million to buy the airport or $16 million to rebuild elsewhere. Some citizens were adamantly against James City County putting up the money. The death of co-owner Jean Waltrip complicated matters.

Philip Morris completed the expansion and conversion of the Route 143 plant to make spit-free tobacco. 1,200 acres were put on the market by Williamsburg Pottery, though Kim Maloney clarified the business would remain intact. With no buyers at hand, the property was later taken off the market. Longtime farmer Don Hunt closed Hill Pleasant Farm. He had no plans to sell to developers but asked for the land-use designation to change to mixed-use with the Comp Plan update. The York supervisors compromised on requiring Kiln Creek Golf Club & Resort owner Dick Ashe to cut the grass of its abandoned nine-hole course.

Overcrowding worsened at Stonehouse Elementary, but a 9th school was still two years away.

Pockets of retail vacancies were showing up at Patriot Plaza and were persisting at Williamsburg Crossing.

A revised version of controversial condos were approved on South Henry Street despite criticism that they were out of scale.

Williamsburg Community Chapel spent $15 million to expand to 70,000 square feet with an auditorium for 1,500.

York denied its first mixed-use development of apartments and stores, on Route 17 at Battlefield Road. 10 four-story buildings for mixed use at Route 17 and Battle Road worried York residents as too massive.

The York supervisors were lobbied heavily to approve in a 3-2 vote a house on the Chesapeake Bay that was within the 100-foot Chesapeake Bay resource protection area.

The Honda dealership in Norge sought to expand, but neighbors complained of encroachment. Neighbors in Chisel Run protested Prime Outlets expanding across Olde Towne Road after two dozen older trees were cut down. James City had a raft of road projects, but the state budget was cut in half to $3.5 million. Two James City supervisors had second thoughts about approving a $50 million contract with Newport News Waterworks. It’s good for up to 5 million gallons a day. Water rates raised 12%- 15%, with more to come.

VDOT ramped up its traffic studies in ways that would cost developers more time and money, but slow-growth advocates hailed the move for reflecting a more cumulative impact.

J4C came up with six pages of ways to prevent flooding through improved draining. The crux of the problem was assigning responsibility for flooding after a development is built.

Three days of citizen meetings led to a vision of the Eastern State campus for mixed uses and housing around various mental health components. Sites emerged for at least one new school, an office park, apartments, “Geriatric Square” for research, and faculty housing.

Neighbors near Hubbard Lane protested expansion plans for a mini-warehouse behind James-York Plaza. The Planning Commission recommended denial of the proposal and the application has yet to go to the Board of Supervisors.

Seasons Trace sought a second road out of the subdivision in the event of hurricane flooding.

The city budget was ho-hum except for a 15% hike in water rates to pay Newport News Waterworks in times of need. Last year the rates went up 10% and more hikes are coming, in part to cover costs of the new King William Reservoir. Geologist Gerald Johnson lost his fight to save the last patch of 5-million-year-old fossils along the bluffs of the James River. Kingsmill wanted the site for more homes.

Williamsburg VA Real Estate Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to donate Conservation Easment to Williamsburg Land Conservancy

map of conservation area Williamsburg VA

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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, Virginia is the greatest place on earth to live!

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. ― The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation will donate a conservation easement to the Williamsburg Land Conservancy on 82 acres of land east of Route 132.  The easement will provide permanent viewshed protection for a three-quarter mile segment of highway between Queens Creek and Bypass Road.  Most of the property, 68 acres, is located in York County with a smaller portion, 14 acres, lying in the City of Williamsburg.

“In conjunction with the conservation easement on 230 acres across Route 132 previously granted to the Williamsburg Land Conservancy, this conservation easement will protect scenic views along both sides of the entry to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area from Interstate 64,” said Foundation President Colin G. Campbell.

Like the earlier easement, also donated to the Williamsburg Land Conservancy, this conservation easement will prohibit development of the property and preserve its predominantly wooded character.

“The Conservancy is excited to work once again with Colonial Williamsburg to protect a key scenic property,” said Tim Cleary, chairman of the Williamsburg Land Conservancy’s board of directors. “We commend the Foundation and its board for their commitment to conservation.” 

Caren Schumacher, executive Director of the Williamsburg Land Conservancy, noted that Route 132 is designated as a scenic entry corridor on both the City of Williamsburg and York County comprehensive plans.

The property, acquired by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in 1956, contains a mature deciduous forest and 25 acres of wetlands bordering Queens Creek and its tributaries.  An archaeological survey indicated evidence of historic and prehistoric archaeological resources on the property.

Founded in 1990, the Williamsburg Land Conservancy was the first private non-profit land trust in Virginia incorporated specifically to use the provisions of the Virginia Conservation Easement Act.  The conservancy is dedicated to protecting and preserving significant natural, scenic, agricultural and historic land in the James and York Rivers watersheds.  The conservancy strives to maintain the character and ambiance of the area through a combination of land preservation tools, education and advocacy programs, and shaping public policy.

This donation represents the second large easement donated to the Williamsburg Land Conservancy within the last 60 days.  In November, the group accepted a 190-acre conservation easement in upper James City County.  With the addition of the property east of Route 132, the Conservancy will protect a total of 3,300 acres in the Historic Triangle area.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia.  Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at www.history.org. 

You can learn more about the Williamburg Land Conservancy Here

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William and Mary Tribe Football, Williamsburg, VA

After earning consecutive road victories at then-No. 4 New Hampshire and Delaware during the past two weekends, the William and Mary football team has earned a No. 23 national ranking in the
latest FCS Coaches Poll and Sports Network FCS Poll. It marks the first time
the Tribe has garnered a national ranking since the 2005 season.

Having won four of its last five games, W&M currently owns a 4-2 record
overall and a 2-1 mark in conference play. In addition to its victories
against UNH and UD, the College has also defeated Virginia Military
Institute and Norfolk State. The Tribe¹s lone FCS loss was against
Villanova, which is currently ranked among the top 10 in both national
polls.

The Tribe boasts one of the country¹s most productive offenses and currently
ranks 16th nationally in total offense (424.0 ypg) and 17th in scoring
offense (35.17 ppg). W&M¹s defensive unit has also been outstanding and
currently ranks 23rd nationally in total defense (314.17 ypg) and 13th in
pass defense (152.67 ypg).

W&M will look to extend its two-game winning streak when it hosts Rhode
Island for homecoming on Saturday at 1 p.m.

What is a Blog ? Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads Virginia Real Estate

Question :Who the heck is Mr Williamsburg ? I have searched for properties many times and this name keeps popping up.

Answer: Mr Williamsburg is my alter ego. I am John Womeldorf dba www.MrWilliamsburg.com  A native of Virginia now living in the Williamsburg/ James City County area of Virginia. I am a local Realtor working with Liz Moore and Associates in New Town Williamsburg VA ,  who with my family have fallen in love with our very special community, and now  make my living helping others experience the same good fortune.  Because I live and work in town, and have kids in school here, I can answer just about any question you can ask!  In the course of my work I have answered  thousands of questions about the area. I have created a Website / Blog/ Journal/ Digest  ( you pick the best description) with a search-able field where you can find answers to a lot of the questions that I have been asked.   www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com is the site

 Surprisingly quite a few of the Questions about Williamsburg and Hampton Roads VA are not real estate related. Some of the questions asked by others include: What type of cultural scene is there in Williamsburg ? What about nightlife in Williamsburg ? I heard Williamsburg is all older people ? What about the Schools in Williamsburg ? What about recreation/ gyms ? Do you have any parks in Williamsburg ? Are there any private Schools in Williamsburg ? Where can I find employment postings for Williamsburg or Hampton Roads ? What restaurants are good ? What about activities for kids ? Sports for Kids ? Private Schools in Williamsburg or Hampton Roads ? Where are some good areas to fish ? What about shopping in Williamsburg ? What’s the best grocery store ? Where is the Mall in Williamsburg ? ( What you don’t have a Mall ? Perfect ! ) Where is the Trader Joes ? Where is the Whole Foods in Williamsburg ( Not Yet ) Costco ? ( not yet ) Where do you run in Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads Va ? Where are some good places to mountain bike, cycle in Williamsburg ? Where’s the Hospital ? Doctors offices ?  What about veterinarians/ animal hospitals ? Do you know a good mortgage company, title company lawyer in Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads VA  ? Where is the Movie Theater ? Museums ? What’s a Good Neighbor Pass ? What are the local newspapers ? Are there any 55+ Active Adult communities in Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA ? Where do people work in Williamsburg ? What industries are here ? What are the good Golf Courses in Williamsburg ?  Where are the new home developments being built in Williamsburg ? What are they going to build ? What communities are there in Williamsburg that have swimming pools ? Tennis ? gated ? 55+ active adult ? waterfront ? have Marinas ? Where are the condo town home developments in Williamsburg VA ? What is New Town Like ?What is the BAH Allowance for the area ? Where is the nearest commissary ?What’s the closest Airport ? IS there a train station in Williamsburg VA ? Are there buses in town ? What about High Street ? What’s the story with Stonehouse ? Which is better Ford’s Colony , Governors Land, Stonehouse or Kingsmill ? ( answer, It’s personal what appeals to you may not appeal to others I will explain the differences if asked ) Where is Viniterra ? How far is it from Stonehouse to the nearest shopping ? Where is the nearest marina ? Can I keep a sailboat there ? are any builders building Green Homes there ? Who are the best new home builders ? Are any of the builders in financial trouble ? Do you have the tax information rates for the area ? Why don’t some of the listings have pictures ? Why don’t some of the listings have more pictures ? What does AS IS mean ? What does REO mean ? How about Short Sale ? Do you have any video movies of the area ? Do you list houses ? How do you market homes you have listed ?  Is there any place to play Pool ? Is there a bakery in town ? Should I buy Title Insurance ? What have homes in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads Virginia  been selling for ? Any Horse Stables in Williamsburg ? We want to buy a house but we are in Europe, Japan, Germany, Guam, can you help us ? I saw a home on another website but can’t find it anywhere else ? What social clubs are there for adults ? Can I still get a mortgage in Williamsburg VA ? Isn’t Williamsburg Va full of older people ? Whats the average discount from list prices that sellers have been accepting in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads  Va  AS you can see the list goes on and on.. I may have already answered the questions you have on your mind. To find out  Put a topic in  the upper right search area   and see.If you don’t see an answer simply email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or call 757 254 8136. I use a phone that allows me to respond to emails quickly. If you don’t hear back within a few hours try again or call . Our email filters sometimes block valid emails.

I understand that many Internet home searchers start their hunt many months or years in advance, and are just in the research stage.  I respect that, and I’m here to help…as much or as little as you would like.

 Are you planning a visit to the area any time soon?  I would be happy to recommend some places to stay, or to give you a quick, introductory tour of some neighborhoods and/or homes.

 Or, if you would like to get a feel for our market, I would be happy to set you up to receive e-mail notices of new listings in a price range or area that interests you.  I can also send you sold info, so you can see what sellers in today’s market are willing to negotiate.

 

 

William and Mary Tribe Football Victorious at NH

William and Mary Tribe Football clinched a 38-34 victory at No. 4 New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon in Durham, N.H. The win marked W&M’s sixth consecutive victory in the series and stands as the highest-ranked team the College has defeated since knocking off then-top-ranked New Hampshire, 42-10, in 2005.

As a team, W&M (3-2, 1-1) registered 495 yards of total offense, including 358 in the second half. Additionally, the Tribe converted on 9-of-13 third downs (8-of-10 in the second half) and was successful on its only fourth down try.

Trailing 34-31 with 4:34 remaining, the Tribe began its game-winning drive on its own 28 yard line. Phillips was intercepted on a third-and-long early in the drive, but W&M maintained possession when UNH was flagged for roughing the passer. Phillips then converted a pair of third-and-longs with completions to Grimes (10 yards) and Mack (13 yards) around midfield to keep the drive alive. Another 13-yard completion from Phillips to Mack put W&M inside the red zone, and the senior all-conference quarterback connected with McAulay from 17 yards out on the next play to put the Tribe ahead, 38-34, with 22 seconds left.

The Wildcats (4-1, 1-1)  of New Hampshire registered 296 yards of total offense in the first half, tallying 128 yards on the ground and 168 yards through the air.

More details here

Social Clubs at Fords Colony Williamsburg VA

Questions : Can you tell me what clubs or social activities they have for residents of Fords Colony in Williamsburg VA ?

Answer: Here is a full list of all of the current clubs that are open to Fords Colony Residents/ Homeowners in Williamsburg , VA

 

Ahoy Mates – Sailing Club
Every Wednesday and Sunday at 3pm (2pm in the winter) we sail our “POND BOATS,” weather permitting. The pond is called Chisel Run where there is a waterfall and wooden bridge. It’s on Williamsburg West Drive near the exit to Longhill Road. Bring your radio controlled sailboat, or come to observe. See what it is all about. If you would like to build your own boat, members have much expertise to help you.
Auto Enthusiasts
If you enjoy automobiles (antique, new, or something in between) then perhaps the Colony Auto Enthusiasts is the club for you. You do not need to own an antique or classic car to belong—half of our members do, the others don’t. All you need is an interest in cars and an hour’s worth of free time a month (perhaps more when we take a trip to a nearby location that’s sponsoring a car show or other vehicle related event). During the past year, for example, we visited the Ferrari exhibit at Norfolk’s Chrysler Museum of Art, were visited by a group of Model A Club members (with their cars), and took several day trips to “show off” members’ cars. We meet the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P. M. at the Swim & Tennis Club. 
Bid Whist
Bid Whist Players meet every second Thursday of the month at the Swim & Tennis Club at 7:30pm with the exception of July and August. All are welcome.
Monday Morning Bridge
Players meet each Monday morning at the Swim & Tennis Club from 9:30a.m. till noon. There are four progressions of six hands each of party bridge. There are usually between seven and ten tables. Players alternate volunteering as host/hostess. 

No dues required.

Duplicate Bridge
The Duplicate Bridge group meets every Wednesday at noon at the Swim & Tennis Club. This is a very friendly, easy to play in duplicate bridge group. It is not necessary to come with a partner—just show up and the director will always find a partner for you. For those who already belong to the ACBL, this is a sanctioned group, so you can earn master points while having fun and meeting many of your Ford’s Colony neighbors.
Bowling
More than 165 men and women participate in a league comprised of two divisions. The American Division bowls on Monday afternoons and the National Division bowls on Tuesday afternoons. Substitutes bowl whenever needed. The season is from late October through the end of March with an awards banquet in April.

Bowling fees and dues are required.

Fit For Life & Aerobics
Fit for Life is an exercise program of movements that will help improve flexibility and circulation to all parts of the body. It will also increase awareness of how your own particular body functions. Fit for Life is for men and women of all ages, no matter what the level of physical fitness. As the body ages, exercise becomes more critical to keep it strong and flexible.

Low impact aerobics is a combination of endurance, flexibility and muscular strengthening movements to enhance aerobic capacity providing an increase in your cardiovascular system and stimulating muscular function to supply and process oxygen. This program is designed for seniors and can be achieved by the majority of participants.

Caring Neighbors
“Caring Neighbors” of Ford’s Colony was formed to:

Act as a source of information on local services available for: health care – ER, extended and therapy, in home services– nursing, cleaning and meals, equipment rental – wheel chairs, crutches, walkers, etc.

Help to organize and provide limited assistance to residents in times of temporary health problems, medical emergencies, or death in the family with respect to: transportation, visitation, a meal, if needed.

Set up lists of items owned by residents who are willing to lend items to others having a short-term need – for themselves or visitors. Items include: medical aids, roll away beds or cots, baby/toddler equipment (gates, high chairs, strollers, playpens, toys, bikes, etc.)

Caring Neighbors continues to help our friends and neighbors in every way possible to provide that extra bit of “TLC” that each of us needs from time to time. Please remember that we are standing by—ready and willing to help.

Our community is growing very rapidly. In order for our committee to work more effectively, we ask for your assistance in letting us know if there is a problem or need in your neighborhood. Please make that phone call so we may help.

We are very proud of the Caring Neighbors program. It our wish that it continue to expand so it may better serve the community of Ford’s Colony.

There are no dues.

Computer Club
Ford’s Colony Computer Users Group (FCCUG)

Membership: All Ford’s Colony residents and property owners. We welcome newcomers and young residents.

Mission: To improve our members’ knowledge, skills, and enjoyment of personal computers through information presentations, discussion, learning, and sharing of common interests.

Focus: Software applications, tools & techniques, computer security, operating systems, performance, the Internet, networking, multimedia, digital photography, computer accessories, and emerging technologies.

Plans: Our plan for the 2004 season is to expand member services to include computer course offering designed specifically for members, and to establish a Lending Library.

Meetings: Third Monday every month, except July and August, at the Swim & Tennis Club.

Typical meetings begin with a brief overview of club business, a Show & Tell session which demonstrates a new product or technique, a technical Tip of the Month, followed by a Main Topic, presented by an expert, (see Focus, above). A Hospitality Committee provides refreshments..

Craft Club
The craft club supports numerous charities in the area. Members meet weekly enjoying the camaraderie of the group while honing their own craft skills and learning new techniques from others. Frequently, members work on charitable projects, such as quilting, knitting, crocheting and making items for special occasions throughout the year for nursing homes and other community groups. Often, club members offer to teach special skills, like decorative painting, beading, watercolor, basket making, sewing and specialty needlework to other members.

This club meets weekly from 1-4 P.M. The club accepts donations of materials and yarn for projects made for charity. 

The club has supported the following charitable organizations in the past: Sentara/Williamsburg Hospital, Catholic charities, local nursing homes, VA hospital – Hampton, Avalon, Premie Unit MCV. Some of the items made and donated include quilts, afghans, lap blankets, crocheted blankets and hats for premature babies, woolen hats and scarves, and stuffed animals for children awaiting emergency care.

Dinner Etcetera
Membership is open to all residents. Participation involves getting together on a quarterly basis at different homes for dinner to meet new friends and share a pleasant evening. You may attend once or as often as you would like. When you see an announcement in the Talk of the Colony, just call and sign up. We have a dinner in the autumn, late winter and mid-spring. The club has a final get-together in early summer. Attendance varies for each function.
Garden Club
With about 150 members participating at regular scheduled meetings from September through June, the club makes arrangements for guest speakers, demonstrations, tours and special events. The club is proud to have the largest membership in the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs. Discussions concerning indoor/outdoor planting, flower arranging and related activities are highlighted.
Hospitality
Members of this committee extend a warm welcome to new Ford’s Colony residents. This greeting is also offered to property owners in transit and living in Williamsburg.

Members distribute a welcome package, which includes maps, discount coupons, health information and other promotional materials. Hosts and hostesses try to answer any questions newcomers may have concerning Ford’s Colony and the Williamsburg area while they make new residents feel welcome and comfortable in our community. New volunteers are always welcome and needed. Call the chair to offer your time and talents as a host or hostess to welcome new residents.

Newcomers
The purpose of Newcomers Club is to provide a means for newcomers to Ford’s Colony, both singles and couples, to get acquainted on a informal basis and learn about the many activities offered in and around the community. Each month, newcomers sponsors numerous activities designed to expand your group of friends and knowledge of the area.

The Newcomers meeting, listed in the Talk of the Colony, is usually held on the 3rd Friday of each month at 6:45pm at the Swim & Tennis Club. This is a time to socialize and sign-up for activities that are planned throughout the month and to hear an entertaining guest speaker. In December and June, special potluck dinner meetings provide a special festive atmosphere.

Pinochle

The Pinochle Club meets once a month on the fourth Friday. We meet at the Swim & Tennis club at 7:30pm. We play partnership Pinochle, single deck alternating partners after four hands of play.

The rules of play are available for anyone interested in joining. We are a group of players who relax and have fun with the game.

Swim Team
The Swim Team is open to all residents children, age 5 to 18, and all swimming abilities. Practices start after Memorial Day, after school, Monday—Friday. Once school breaks, practice switches to mornings by age groups. Our meets are competitive but our mission is fitness, stroke technique, community spirit, goal setting in a fun and friendly environment. Team membership has ranged from 90 –125 children. A coach and assistant coaches provide the proper attention and training for all levels. The season consists of six dual meets and a championship meet in June and July.

Relay carnival, B Meets, and mini-meets for those not yet swimming championship times round out our season. It is an action packed two months, but accommodations are made for summer school, work, family vacations and other activities.

The swim team board meets at the Swim & Tennis Club on the first Sunday of each month (normally February-November) at 4pm. Meetings are announced in the Talk of the Colony.

Fundraising includes dues, an adult party in the Fall and Spring. Concessions offer dinner and snacks at home swim meets and on weekends from noon –2pm. Residents are encouraged to participate in the fundraising events and home meets to support the community swim team.

Model Railroad Club
If you are interested in trains then you may want to participate in the Model Railroad Club. It does not matter if you have a sophisticated train layout or your train is still in the boxes, this group covers a broad range of model railroading interests. The Club usually meets at 7pm on the fourth Thursday every month at the Swim & Tennis Club.
Fly Fishing Club
Meetings are the third Tuesday every month at 7pm at the Swim & Tennis Club, with exceptions in July, August & December. This group welcomes beginners as well as seasoned anglers. Fish stories are the order of business, as is the planning of group outings, both in– and out-of-state. No dues.
Solitaires
The “Solitaires” is a group in Ford’s Colony which includes any single people living here. It is a great way to meet other singles, make friends, and enjoy activities together. We meet once a month for a dinner, day trip, game night, etc. The monthly event is announced in the Talk of the Colony. Planning meetings are held every other month. Come join us for some great get-togethers!
Tennis Club
The purpose of the Tennis Club is to encourage and facilitate tennis activities among Ford’s Colony residents of all ages and abilities.

Tennis is a healthful, recreational activity that can be engaged in by individuals throughout their lifetime. Playing tennis develops fitness, fosters competitive spirit and promotes friendships.

Daily leagues are promoted for men and women’s doubles play for Club members throughout the year by preparation of schedules using the Club’s specialty software.

The Tennis Club sponsors social mixed doubles Round Robin play followed by dinner for its members at least twice a year.

The Tennis Club encourages and promotes junior tennis by facilitating lessons and play activity in the summer months.

The Tennis Club also serves as an advocate for tennis matters for all residents, as well as members of the Club, through its contributions to the monthly newsletter, its participation in the Activities Committee and by maintaining a relationship with the Ford’s Colony Property Owner Management.

Tai Chi
The Ford’s Colony Tai Chi Club was begun in September of 2001. It consists of beginning and intermediate classes taught by resident/instructor Helen Davis with occasional visits from guest instructors.

Tai Chi is a gentle exercise routine that can be learned by anyone at any age. It involves a series of slow, graceful movements combined with concentrated breath control. It is known to improve strength, balance and flexibility, reduce stress and control blood pressure. No particular skills, equipment or clothing are required.

Classes are held at the Swim & Tennis Club, September through May. Beginners meet on Mondays at 2:30pm and Intermediates on Thursdays at 5:00pm.

Theater Club
The Ford’s Colony Theater Club is composed of amateur actors, singers, musicians and stage hands living here in Ford’s Colony.

The Theater Club provides periodic entertainment in instrumental, vocal, dance, dramatic and comedy presentations for all Ford’s Colony residents and guests; traditionally there is no admission fee except for the major production of the year. Performers may be club members or guest talent, although members are encouraged to develop their own productions. Group rates are also arranged for local plays.

This group has a great deal of fun and heartily welcomes anyone interested.

Players meet the second Tuesday every month at the Swim & Tennis Club at 7:30pm.

Friends & Neighbors Club
Club meetings feature entertaining speakers followed by a social hour. Meeting old friends, making new ones and seeing our neighbors is what Friends and Neighbors is all about. Every third meeting will be a completely social meeting designed to increase your enjoyment in living in Ford’s Colony.

We are the Colony’s fastest growing club because our members want to have fun, learn about new things and meet old and new friends.

Trailblazers
A nature trail within Ford’s Colony was first proposed in the early 90’s by interested residents to allow them to hike in remote areas of the “Colony” while conserving and enjoying its natural resources. Several potential sites were identified, with the wetlands/greenspace running from John Pott and Edinburgh to Westbury Park being selected as most suitable. In the late 90’s intensified interest led to including proposals for building a nature trail and a bird observation station in the 2001 Long Range Plan.

Resident enthusiasm for these projects led to dozens of volunteers completing the planning and construction phase. They blazed the trail; built bridges, walkways, bulletin boards, benches and bike racks; spread wood chips; and placed signs identifying trees, bushes, vines and wild flowers. Generous companies donated telephone poles, railroad ties and treated lumber. A proffer to James City County, in the area of environmental support, lead Realtec to provide manpower and financial assistance for construction. The Ford’s Colony Homeowners Association now supports maintenance and enhancement activities on these community assets.

Trailblazers, officially approved as an Activities Committee Club in August 1999, grew from those volunteers who participated in building the Nature Trail. There are now over 110 members. The Club’s mission is to maintain and enhance the Ford’s Colony Nature Trail; to provide opportunities for trail recreation, environmental education and interpretation; and to protect endangered species. Monthly meetings, open to all, feature wildlife biologists, forestry experts, bird enthusiasts, horticulturists, and environmentalists. Club members also share their expertise, lead trips to other trails in the area, and continue to supply the workforce to maintain and enhance our trail.

Travel Club
Over 500 Ford’s Colony residents participate in activities of the Travel Club. The Club conducts trips of interest to its membership, including dinner theaters, concerts and plays and visits to local historical sites. These include both day and overnight trips. Upcoming events are listed each month in the Talk of the Colony. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, except during the summer.

At meetings members share travel information and experiences through slides, videos, and discussions. Meetings are held at the Swim & Tennis Club, beginning with a social gathering at 7:00pm. All residents are welcome.

William & Mary Fan Club
The W & M Fan Club arranges for Ford’s Colony residents to purchase season tickets for football games at reduced prices. Before each game, fan Club members gather for a tailgate party adjacent to the William & Mary Hall parking lot…. A great way to meet new people. Fan Club members are assigned seats in the same area, so we have our own cheering section. Each year, in the spring, we have a “kick-off meeting” at the Swim & Tennis Club to meet the coaches, hear their comments about the prospects for the upcoming year and take orders for season tickets. This is the Club’s only meeting for the year.

No dues are required and you don’t have to be an alumni to join. What a great organization!

Wine & Dine
Wine & Dine groups have been organized for the enjoyment of the entire Ford’s Colony community. A Wine & Dine group is generally composed of 16-18 people. Each month, one person or couple host hor d’oeuvers and wine for an hour at their home, after which the group goes to dinner at a restaurant chosen by the host couple. The groups are organized each January, giving all the opportunity to meet and socialize with a wide variety of neighbors.

Each Fall there are announcements in the Talk of the Colony about whom to call to get included. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this great opportunity to meet and mingle with neighbors with whom you might not otherwise have contact since our community has grown so large.

Youth Activities
The Youth Activities committee is made up of a small group of parents in Ford’s Colony. Our group holds fundraisers (the Chili Cook-off, the Adult Halloween costume party and Luau) to help raise funds for Children’s events. We also plan and organize events for the children. We have previously run the Children’s Christmas party, Fourth of July parade, Halloween party and Easter brunch.

We also work with the Swim Team board on the End of Summer/ Back to School party and the adult Luau.

We are always looking for new parents in the community who would like to help with adult socials and children’s events.

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.  
 
 

Williamsburg Virginia Real Estate

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Williamsburg, Virginia is a community of approximately 70,000 people, located in James City County, Virginia. It is also considered to be part of the Hampton Roads/ Tidewater metropolitan area.

 

The following types of housing are readily available in and around Williamsburg, VA :

  • Single Family Homes from $100,000 to $4,000,000
  • Historic homes from $100,000 to $1,500,000
  • New construction homes from $205,000 to $3,000,000
  • Townhouses & Townhouses from $150,000 to $600,000
  • Patio homes from $275,000 to $500,000
  • Suburban condos & condominiums from $150,000 to $500,000
  • City condos & condominiums from $200,000 to $600,000
  • Duplex & multi-unit housing from $100,000 to $1,500,000
  • Improved lots from $100,000 to $2,0000,000
  • Unimproved lots from $100,000 to $500,000
  • Estates homes & property from $100,000 to $4,500,000
  • Raw land from $100,000 to $25,000,000
  • Farmlets from $100,000 to $2,500,000
  • Farms & agricultural from $100,000 to $ 5,000,000
  • Hunting & recreation property from $100,000 to $500,000
  • Oceanfront property from $800,000 to $4,500,000
  • Waterfront property from $300,000 to $4,500,000
  • Lakefront property from $500,000 to $4,500,000
  • Riverfront property from $300,000 to $4,500,000 from $100,000 to $500,000
  • Resort property from $200,000 to $4,500,000
  • Golf homes & property from $260,000 to $4,500,000
  • Investment and rental property from $100,000 to $3,500,000
  • Commercial from $90,000 to $50,000,000
  • Foreclosed from $100,000 to $1,500,000
  • Speculative from $100,000 to $4,500,000

In 2007, there were approximately 1300 real estate and property transactions in the Williamsburg, Virginia area. 

Local neighborhoods and subdivisions in Williamsburg/ James City County/ York County/ New Kent County areas of Virginia include :

Berkley’s Green, Braemar Creek Condos, Brandywyne,  Brickshire,Burlington Woods,  Claiborne Condos, Colonial Heritage,  Creekside Landing, Cromwell Ridge, Farms at New Kent,   Fairway Villas, Felgate Woods, Fords Colony, Foundation Square, Fenwick Hills, Fernbrook, Fieldcrest,First Colony,Fox Ridge, Governors Land, Governors Grove at Five Forks, Freedom Woods,  Graylin Woods, Greensprings Plantation, Greensprings West, Governor Land,  Heritage Landing, High Street, Holy Hills, Jamestown Hundred, Kensington Woods,  Kingsmill,  Kingspoint, Kingswood, Kristiansand, LaFontaine Condos, Lake Powell, Landfall at Jamestown, Liberty Crossing, Longhill Gate, Longhill Station, Longhill Woods, Mallard Hill, Michelle Pont,  Monticello Woods, Mulberry Place,New Town, Patriots Colony, Patriots Landing, Pelegs Point, Penniman East, Penniman Woods, Piney Creek, Pocahontas Square, Pointe at Jamestowne, Port Anne, Powhatan Secondary, Powhatan Place, Powhatan Plantation, Powhatan Woods,  Priorslee, Queens Creek, Queens Farm, Queens Lake, Queenswood, Raintree, Richmond Hill, Riverview Plantation, Rolling Woods, Royal Grant, Scotts Pond, Seasons Trace, Settlers Market,  Settlers Mill,  Shores of York, Skiffes Creek, Skimino Landing, Skimino Hills,  Skipwith Farms, Springhill, St. Georges Hundred, Stonehouse, Stonehouse Glen, The Farms of New Kent,The Meadows, The Mews, The Oaks at Fenton Mill, The Woodlands, The Woods, The Retreat, The Settlement at Powhatan Creek, The Vineyards, Village at Quarterpath, Villages at Powhatan, Villages at Westminster, Villas at Five Forks, Vinniterra,Walnut Hills, Waterford,  Warhill Green, Wellington, Westgate,  Wexford Hills, Whitehall, Williamsburg West, Windmill Point, Vineyard Heights,  Westmoreland, Westport,  Westray Downs, Williamsburg Bluffs, Williamsburg Commons, Williamsburg Village at Norge, Windsor Forest, Wyndham , Yorkshire, Yorktown            

 

 

 

  • Local zip codes in this community include: 23185, 23188, 23168, 23141.

 

 

Public and private school systems serving families in the area include James City County/ Williamsburg Schools, York County Schools, New Kent Schools. Travelers and commuters in this area are served by train, with the Amtrak Williamsburg station, highway by Interstate 64, exits 234- 247 interchanges.

The community was founded in the early 1700’s with an economy driven by the government contracting, Tourism, William and Mary, Anheuser Busch industries. Local events and activities include many local cultural events and organizations based near and around Williamsburg.

Exceptional recreational opportunities in and around the region include golfing, kayaking, hiking, equestrian, biking, mountain biking, cycling, boating. Other notable features of the area are a vibrant growing suburban community with a well-educated, active population.

 


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Choose The Right Agent!

Mr Williamsburg/ John Womeldorf – ePRO, CSR, ABR is a – Realtor(r) serving the Williamsburg, VA area since 2003. Mr Williamsburg/ John Womeldorf does business as Mr Williamsburg.com, with team members and is affiliated with the Liz Moore and Associates brokerage. With offices in New Town/ Williamsburg and Oyster Point in Newport News. Experience counts, and Mr Williamsburg/ John Womeldorf participated in 24 real estate closings in the Williamsburg, VA regional market in 2008

The Mr Williamsburg team provides service to both buyers and sellers of real property, and provides property rental management services and does represent renters.

Mr Williamsburg.com maintains a focus on Military, Relocation, Golfers and Retirees looking to move to the Williamsburg Virginia area.

 We will work day and night to find the right you the perfect home or sell your exisiting home.. My skills in the market have been earned through experience..

For superior real estate service in and near Williamsburg, VA, contact Mr Williamsburg.com/ John Womeldorf today!

 


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Williamsburg VA Real Estate, Stonehouse FAQ Toano, James City County

Stonehouse Va Frequently asked questions for current or prospective homeowners. This should answer most of not any questions you would have about living in the Stonehouse community of Toano VA, near Williamsburg.

A variety of questions are answered including questions about living in Stonehouse and questions about living in Williamsburg/ James City County/ Toano Virginia.

If you want to review the home owner  regulations HOA, POA ) of any of the communities in Williamsburg, James City County, York County, New Kent County including Fords Colony, Kingsmill, Greensprings, Governors Land, Viniterra, Farms of New Kent, Liberty Ridge, Whitehall, Colonial Heritage, or any others in the area give me a call or email me and I will send you a pdf copy for you to review.

Williamsburg VA Short Sales/ Foreclosures

 

 

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What is a short sale?


A short sale is actually very simple to explain, yet very hard to negotiate. In a nutshell, a short sale is when the bank accepts a payoff via a sale that is less than what you owe. Even if you owe about the same as the value of your home, you most likely will still have to do a short sale.

 

Here’s why:
1st Mortgage Payoff: $350,000
2nd Mortgage Payoff: $75,000
Total Payoff: $425,000
Current Value: $400,000
Costs of sale: Attorney Fees, Transfer Fees, Home Inspection Items, Realtor Fees, Misc Costs. All of these costs put you in a negative equity situation. Don’t Worry ~ There is a way out!!

 

How do you get a bank to accept a short sale?
The art of negotiating a short sale comes with experience only! You don’t just know how to negotiate a short sale by taking a class, reading a book or surfing the net ~ it comes with experience!!! It involves negotiation with the loss mitigation department of the mortgage company or companies if there are 1st and 2nd mortgage notes. Each mortgage company is different and they do not all play the game the same way! DO NOT trust just any agent to list, sell and negotiate your short sale. If they can’t explain the process in depth, RUN AWAY!!!!

Why would a bank agree to accept less than what is owed?
A short sale is a win / win situation for everyone involved. For the seller, they get to avoid a negative foreclosure on their credit. For the bank they get to avoid the costs of foreclosure, which are massive.

Who pays all of the associated costs of a short sale?
This is all in the negotiation process, but the simple answer is this: If you don’t have any money, then the bank will pay the costs that cannot be covered. They are very willing to do this in most cases to avoid foreclosure. Banks are not in the home ownership business!!

For further information about  foreclosures, short sales ,real estate , homes, communities or building lots in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent or York County Virginia  contact:

John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

Liz Moore & Associates 757 254 8136

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