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“Everything were looking for is in Williamsburg Bluffs” the Crosby Story

In 1997, Ed and Sun Crosby were just coming out of military housing, where they’d known only one or two of their frequently-changing neighbors. They were excited about getting into a more static community, one where they could form long-term friendships with other residents. Their new community also needed to have an “optimum location” that would allow easy access to Hampton, where Ed worked as a network consultant.

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The Crosbys found everything they were looking for at Williamsburg Bluffs, then a new development in York County, offering high-quality schools and good accessibility to both Richmond (45-minute drive) and Hampton (30 minutes away). “It’s great that the neighborhood is so close to I-64,” Ed notes. “But it’s not so close that we have road noise.” 

More importantly, Williamsburg Bluffs turned out to be the friendly, close-knit type of neighborhood that Ed and Sun had yearned for. “We know all of the neighbors on our block, even their kids’ names,” says Ed. “That’s a great plus for us. You just don’t see this type of closeness in a lot of neighborhoods today.”

“There’s a big variety here, with many retired military families, but also a lot that aren’t,” Ed adds. “People on our cul-de-sac routinely have block parties with another, close-by cul-de-sac. About every two months we get our grills together and everyone brings a covered dish. There are usually about 3 to 12 kids, although maybe half the people don’t have any children. It’s a really nice mix.”

In addition to neighborhood events ranging from wine-and-cheese parties to crab fests, residents can mingle at the tennis courts, playground, picnic pavilion, or community pool, all maintained by the community’s HOA for a modest fee of  $33/month. “The pool is rarely crowded,” Ed says. “Sometimes it’s like your own private pool.” Ed also uses the community’s sports field to practice his golf swing.

Ed, who has a 7-year-old daughter, describes Williamsburg Bluffs as “absolutely a great place for kids. All the streets in the neighborhood end in cul-de-sacs. There is single access, and no through-traffic, keeping it very child-friendly.”

The house the couple built, a two-story, traditional-style home, is similarly family-friendly. It has four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a relaxing family room adjacent to an eat-in kitchen with granite countertops and ceramic tile floors. “The family room is our main area,” Ed says. “There’s a wood-burning fireplace there, and it’s so close to the kitchen. We like that it’s on the back of the house and overlooks the back yard. The family room also opens to the deck through French doors.”

 

The house has a good flow between rooms. “There are no doors to any of the rooms on the first floor,” Ed points out. “And, there’s a nice flow from the living room to the family room, with the dining room in-between. That works great for our Super Bowl parties, when one group can be in the family room and another in the living room, with the dining room central to both.” The living and dining rooms, along with the two-story foyer, all have oak hardwood floors.

But it’s a private space, the master bedroom suite, that is Ed’s favorite spot in the house. The generously sized bedroom features a tray ceiling, crown and chair rail molding, and plush carpeting. (The couple upgraded all of the home’s carpeting two years ago.) It connects to a large master bathroom with a jetted tub nestled beneath a bay window, and a step-down sitting room that Sun uses for her work room. That work space is where Sun creates one of the home’s more unique features: sophisticated custom window treatments. “Sun was an interior design professional before she became a full-time mom,” Ed notes. “Her window treatments are all custom and very elaborate. Some of them even include cornices.” The custom window treatments convey with the house.

Sun’s personal touch is also evident outside the home, in the landscaping that she has done in the quarter-acre yard. “We left the very back of the yard as natural woods to create a nice buffer from our neighbors,” Ed says. “Then we planted flowering trees such as dogwood and weeping cherry, and maples along the sides. The weeping cherry, which attracts butterflies, is at window level in the kitchen, and it’s beautiful to see.”

Sun also planted flowers such as calla lilies and cannas for back yard color, and added a moveable, cast iron fire pit (it conveys) that can be used in the yard or on the deck. The result is a yard that exudes serenity beneath a treed canopy. “The deck sits up high and it’s shaded from the summer sun,” Ed says. “In the evening, you can see the sun setting over the trees. Relaxing on the deck is very nice, very comfortable. We use it a lot and we love it.”

The Crosby family is relocating and has put the home on the market through John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf. “John came recommended by a neighbor,” Ed says. “She had used him to buy into this neighborhood.”

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Why the stories? Because these aren’t just houses, they’re homes.

 Mr. Williamsburg knows that when you’re looking for a new place, you’re searching for more than just four walls plus amenities, you’re looking for that welcoming refuge we call home.  That’s why we go beyond the standard “4 bedrooms, 3 baths on large lot” statistics, to share how others have lived in this house, to reveal the home’s unique personality, to help you decide whether this is a place where your family could thrive.

Likewise, we realize that you’re seeking not simply a development within a particular zip code, but also an opportunity to become part of a community. That’s why we share our sellers’ experiences as members of that neighborhood.

 We trust these stories will assist you in finding your way home.

 Want to tell your home’s story? Contact John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf at (757) 254-8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com  and we’ll get you started.  

Effects of ’09 Tax Credit Starting to Show in Hampton Roads

The effects from the residential sales surge experienced in the third and fourth quarters of 2009 are now starting to be more prominent in 2010 sales totals comparisons of Hampton Roads Home sales. Traditionally, the third and fourth quarters are slower when compared to the second quarter of the year. But, in 2009 the third quarter had the highest sales total and the fourth quarter was almost equal to the second. This shift in buyers’ habits was due in large part to the federal tax credit. It caused many people who were potential buyers in the first and second quarters of 2010 to buy in the third and fourth quarters of 2009 prior to the original tax credit expiration of November 30. This date set a line in the sand for home buyers and the following extension allowed even more buyers to move their own purchase timelines to earlier dates thus “pulling forward” home sales activity. Many people across the country bought homes sooner than planned specifically for the tax credit and skewed many settled sales totals prior to the credit’s expiration.
The number of active homes for sale in the region last month remained high and increased by 8.95% when compared to October 2009. The recent levels of homes for sale have been the highest recorded for each month since February 2010. The region has maintained a level above 15,000 available listings for seven straight months, also the most on record. However, the median listing price of homes on the market in October 2010 declined by 9% when compared to October 2009. This drop is in line with the settling of home prices in Hampton Roads and is a potential sign of housing stability.
The number of under contract residential sales fell year-over-year by 28% in October. This statistic, often referred to as a leading market indicator, does not provide a very positive outlook for the near future. Most of the recent downturn in under contract may be attributed to the expiration of the federal tax credit, but other factors are also influencing the rapid drop in transactions including availability of credit and consumer expectations.
Residential settled sales plunged 32.4% in October when compared to the same time last year. The plummet was the largest year-over-year drop since January 2009, -35%. Each of the seven major cities in the area experienced sales declines ranging from a low of -21% in Norfolk to the high of -46% in Newport News. The median sales price for October 2010 was down 1.2% when compared to October 2009. The median price for homes sold seems to have bottomed for the region with its continued small differences as recorded each month. Some areas, including Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and James City County, are starting to experience price appreciation with each area up 1% year-over-year.

The months’ supply of inventory held at ten months, but the absorption rate, the average number of homes sold over the past twelve months, continued to decline and is now at 1,480 homes per month.

The percentage of distressed listings, those that are bank owned or short sales, expanded to account for 22% of the active homes for sale and they comprised 31.7% of the settled sales total. October was, by far, the most prevalent month for distressed sales activity in our region since the housing bubble burst. Current market conditions and the overall economy do not show signs of a dramatic decrease in distressed listings. If these trends, both percent of active and sold listings, continue upward home prices within the region may decline as a result of the downward pressure these distressed homes have on local markets.

 

October 2010 Highlights

Listings
Residential active listings increased, 8.95% year-over-year, to 15,009 (October 2010) from 13,776 (October 2009).
Under Contract (Pending) Residential Sales
Total residential under contract sales decreased by 28% as compared to October 2009 (1,309 vs. 1,810).
Sales
Total property sales and total residential sales declined when compared to October 2009 showing drops of 31% and 32% respectively.
Inventory
There is currently 10 months’ inventory of residential homes on the market in the Hampton Roads area, the same as the previous month, but up 6.7% from October last year

Governors Land Neighborhood Spotlight Williamsburg VA

gl10In Williamsburg, Virginia, the gold  standard for private country club communities has been set – Governor’s Land. Only seven short miles from Colonial Williamsburg and located where the Chickahominy and James rivers meet, it is private, on the waterfront, and truly a unique living experience. Tall stands of tree, shorelines, and wetlands distinguish the environment of this luxury residential community and offer leisure and recreational opportunities.

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Driving through the entrance to Governor’s Land shows you why people who  clicktosearchhomesforsalepreviously lived all over the country have chosen to make that area their home, or have bought real estate there for their vacation needs. The area is not a retirement community, nor is it a resort. It’s friendly, it’s relaxed, and it’s already home to interesting people with varied backgrounds and professions, as well as people of all ages. They have come together in Williamsburg, Virginia at Governor’s Land because they want to enjoy the  unique lifestyle offered there.Governorslandwilliamsburgva

No matter whether you like Federal, Colonial, or Georgian architectural styles, there is an exceptional array of all three in Governor’s Land, and the homes and available building sites within the borders of the community are surrounded by tidal marshlands, water, meadowland, mature forests, and the fairways of the golf course. Tennis, two areas for swimming, a yacht club, 18 holes of golf, a marina, more than ten miles of trails on which to bike or walk, a  Country Club owned by the members and overlooking the Chickahominy and James rivers, and exercise facilities are all available.

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Green space is a commitment for the community. Sixty percent of the more than 1,400 acres has been dedicated to it. There will only be 733 homes built so that residents won’t lose out on their ability to explore 200 acres of beach and wildlife sanctuary along with the miles of existing nature trails. The James and Chickahominy rivers give residents more than four miles of shoreline that they can walk along and admire the  beauty. If they want more physical activity than a stroll, Governor’s Land also offers a lot of amenities for them to enjoy.

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Golf – Tom Fazio, voted Golf Architect of the Year three times, designed the Governor’s Land course, which has twice received the ‘Top 10 course in Virginia’ ranking from Golf Digest. The Two Rivers Country Club golf course takes players through tidal marshlands and hardwood forests, along 1,000 yards of river frontage, and past crystalline lakes. There are clinics, tournaments, and programs of instructions year round. All abilities and ages are welcome, and Two Rivers is the only private community golf club that  Williamsburg, Virginia has to offer.

clubhousegovernorsland – As a social center, the clubhouse can’t be beat. Activities, gatherings, energy, and laughter are all in store for you there, and There are a lot of scheduled opportunities – as well as more informal ones – to enjoy. Some of these include Poker, Mah Jongg, Bridge, Pasta Night, Sundae Sunsets, speaker forums, and great dinners with seasonal fare in the River Room. If you have a boat up to 50  feet in length the marina in a protected private harbor is a safe place for it, and there is a well-maintained boat ramp for smaller, trailered boats.

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Beach– For those who just want a day to relax, have a party, or enjoy a cookout or picnic, the beauty of Governor’s Land’s crescent-shaped sand beach can be a perfect place. Located along the James River shoreline, there is privacy, picnic tables, a grill, an outdoor shower, and an electric power outlet. In addition, the area is easily accessible from the parking area via gentle paths. It’s also a great place for annual events like the Two Rivers Country Club’s Yacht Club Christmas Party, a boat parade, caroling, and a marshmallow roast. Santa on an offshore barge is always a hit.beachatgovernorsland_edited

When it comes to safety and security, the staff at Governor’s Land is dedicated. The area is not gated but security is around the clock through surveillance cameras at the property entrance, regular patrols of both common areas and residential neighborhoods, and house checks by request if owners are going to  be away from home.

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Only minutes from the downtown area of Williamsburg, Governor’s Land is close to restaurants, shops, medical facilities, and cultural activities. It is also served by three international airports within one-half to one hour – Norfolk, Richmond, and Williamsburg/Newport News.

Select home sites are still available in Governor’s Land, and the Governor’s Land at Two Rivers Homeowner’s Association fee is $635 every three months. There are different membership options available for those who live in Governor’s Land and for residents of Williamsburg. eMail John@MrWilliamsburg.com for details on membership info .

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List prices for homes in Governor’s Land today range from  $529,000 and $8,900,000. The price range for homes sold in the last 12 months was $625,000 to $1,125,000.

Within the past year, the average time on the market was 117 days, and the average price per square foot was $157.00. There are currently 14 homes for sale, and 15 have sold within the last 12 months. James City County Public Schools for Governors Land include Matoaka Elementary, James Blair Middle School, and Jamestown High School.

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Nearby private schools include Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg Christian Academy, Providence Classical, Williamsburg Montessori ,and  Hampton Roads Academy

I would be happy to arrange tours and interviews with the administration of any of the schools referenced above. Send me an email to arrange.

Get in touch today for more information about the beauty, serenity, and quality of Governor’s Land. Email or call  John@MrWilliamsburg.com for a personal tour of this community.

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Greensprings West Community Spotlight

A Master Planned Golf Community  Greensprings West offers  a wide range of custom builders, new and resale homes Located in James City County/Williamsburg,  homeingreenspringswestVirginia on the grounds of the historic Green Spring Plantation  it is built around the award winning Williamsburg National Golf Course. New homes currently start in the $400,000’s to $600,000’s, with resale home prices starting in the $300,000’s. Greensprings West offers golf course, waterfront, and wooded lots starting in the mid-$100,000’s.

New Homes are available in Greensprings West starting from the mid $300’s 

Greensprings West offers it’s residents  golf, lakes, swimming pool, tennisclubhousegswest courts, playground and a beautiful clubhouse. An active homeowner association has many  social events throughout the year.

Detached homes offered in Greensprings West James City County offers a wide array of architectural styles greenspringswesthome and  home choices. From 3 bedrooms to 5 bedroom models. Square footage ranges from 2000+ to over 5000 square feet.

Offering a clubhouse, pool, playground and tennis , homes in Greensprings West are perfect for second home buyers and families alike.

Located on approximately 400 acres, Greensprings West still has around 100+ lots available for sale to owners wanting to custom build their “ Dream Home”.gswesthome Around 250 homes have been completed so far.

Most homes were built starting around the year  2000. The monthly home owner fee in Greensprings West  is $67 . It covers all common Area Maintenance ( entrances, playgrounds, park areas ),  Use of the  Pool, Clubhouse , Playground, Tennis and maintenance of those  facilities.

williamsburgnationalgolfYorktownhole4 From the chart below you will see that  sale prices in 2008 ranged from$355,000 to $663,802. List prices as of today range from $389,000 to $675,000. The average days on market for  homes in Greensprings West in the last 12 months was 117 days . The average price per square foot on homes sold in Greensprings West in the last 12 months was $157.00 . 19 homes sold in Greensprings West in the last 12 months. 14 are currently for sale. Current Sales activity in Greensprings West (Statistics from Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors  (WAAR) WMLS)

Current Williamsburg/ James City County Schools for The Greensprings West Community are Matoaka Elementary, James Blair Middle and Jamestown High School
See School Statistics for these schools here

Click here to Search all homes for sale in Greensprings West and Greensprings Plantation

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Location Map of Greensprings West Community in Williamsburg, VA

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Berkeley’s Green Neighborhood- A Williamsburg VA Neighborhood Spotight

A Master Planned Community,  Berkeley’s Green showcases a wide range of custom built resale homes and is located in James City County/Williamsburg,  berkleys green lake clubhouse williamsburg va neighborhood Virginia near  the grounds of the historic Greensprings Plantation .  Berkeley’s Green is named for Greensprings Plantation owner and former Governor of Virginia  Sir William Berkeley (pronounced “bark-lee”) who was governor from 1641-1652 and 1660-1677.

Resale home prices in Berkeley’s Green start in the  $300,000’s.

Berkeley’s Green neighborhood amenities include a clubhouse, pool, playground,  tennis courts, gazebo, picnic area, pond,  walking/biking trails.

An active homeowner association has many  social events throughout the year.

berkleysgreenhomes Detached homes offered in Berkeley’s Green  in Williamsburg / James City County offer an array of architectural styles  and  home choices. There are models from 3 bedrooms to 5 bedrooms. Square footages range from 1700 to over 2500 square feet.

Located on approximately 142  acres, Berkeley’s Green has approximately 280 homes.

The community was started in 1989 and home construction continued in stages house berkleys green james city countythrough the year 2000. The monthly home owner fee in Berkeley’s Green  is $33 . This fee covers all common area and facility maintenance ( entrances, playgrounds, park areas ),  use of the  pool, clubhouse , playground and tennis courts.

Lots sizes in Berkeley’s Green average about a quarter acre. Trees abound amid the pool berkleys green williamsburg va established streets and cul de sacs throughout the community.

A popular activity for residents is walking, jogging or cycling on the Virginia Capital Trail. A portion of which is only a few steps from the Berkley’s Green neighborhood. This trail when complete will connect Virginia’s  past and present capitals of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Richmond along the Scenic Route 5 corridor. The Capital Trail will traverses 50+ miles, five jurisdictions and 400 years rich in history along one of the first inland routes in North America.

Home Sale prices in the last 12 months  in Berkeley’s Green ranged from $287,000 to $367,400. List prices, as of today, range from $310,000 to $364,000. The average days on market for  homes in the Berkley’s Green neighborhood in the last 12 months was 83 days . The average price per square foot on homes sold in the last 12 months was $156.78 . Eight  homes sold in Berkeley’s Green in the last 12 months and five are currently for sale as of March 2009.

View a sold home report for Berkeley’s Green here.

(Sales Data from the WAAR/ Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors/ WMLS)

Current Williamsburg/ James City County Schools for The Berkeley’s Green Community are Matoaka Elementary, James Blair Middle and Jamestown High School
See School Statistics for Williamsburg VA area schools here

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Williamsburg VA Real Estate- New Town Spotlight

townhomesinnewtownva The New Town community in James City County/ Williamsburg, VA offers a unique combination of shops, entertainment, a vibrant office environment and a plethora of housing options to appeal to all segments of the population

New Town in Williamsburg, VA has raised the bar on complete living, meeting all of the needs of the community, businesses and residents alike.

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Colonial Williamsburg, VA – Video of Colonial Williamsburg & Golden Horseshoe Golf

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Here is is short five minute video From Golfweek and GolfTV that will give you a feel for both Colonial Williamsburg and the multiple award winning Golden Horseshoe Golf Course.

 

Williamsburg Va Real Estate- Liberty Crossing Spotlight

originalCATFKBYL Set on 45 acres in the Lightfoot corridor of Williamsburg/ James City County is the Liberty Crossing town home community built by Ryan Homes. Prices currently start in the low $200’s

Conveniently located only minutes from shopping, restaurants ,Rt 199, LibertyCrossing 095_editedInterstate 64, Sentara Hospital, Colonial Williamsburg and much more.

Liberty Crossing is a  master planned community that  offers it’s residents a swimming pool, clubhouse and  walking trails that wind thru the woods and around a lake.  Construction is currently underway. Over half of the town homes are complete.

When complete it will have approximately 185 town homes. Two models are offered at Liberty Crossing. The new Fairmont is the latest addition to the model line-up at Liberty Crossing.

The Fairmont features a ground level entry and one-car garage. This innovative three-level townhome features three main-level floorplans so you can personalize your new home to fit your lifestyle. The most popular floorplan features a unique middle dining room set off from the living room by an optiFairmontonal decorative column and a dinette. The convenient kitchen features a pantry and can be upgraded with an island. Or choose a formal dining room, well-appointed kitchen with a built-in pantry and a generous living room. If you prefer, choose the over-sized eat-in country kitchen and upgrade it with an island. If you need more space, add the optional morning room or sunroom to any of the three floor-plans. You have more choices on the upper level – your owner’s suite with an oversized second bedroom, or two additional bedrooms. Customize the owner’s suite with an optional luxury sitting area, spacious walk-in closet, cathedral ceiling and elegant bath with soaking tub and separate shower. Complete your home with an optional finished lower level featuring a recreation room and optional study for working at home or quiet moments.

  DSCN9890The other model offered at Liberty Crossing is the Roxbury. The Roxbury offers a flexible floor plan which allows you to entertain or relax with ease. The first floor features a kitchen which is open to the Great Room and Dining Room. The upper level offers an open staircase, two or three spacious bedrooms, a laundry area and two full bathrooms. Optional choices allow you to personalize the home by extending the living space with the addition of a morning room or full house extension. The upstairs can be built with either 2 or 3 bedrooms, including an owner’s suite with a large walk-in closet. A one car garage is standard. you can view a Roxbury floor plan by clicking the link below.

DSCN9883The Aldersgate model has been discontinued  It was offered  be built in multiple configurations featuring up to 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. The  main level includes open living and dining room and a large kitchen with eating area. The master  bedroom features a cathedral ceiling, large walk-in closet and private bath. Lower level features a recreation room or additional bedroom and a 1-car garage. Numerous options are available to customize it to your exact desires. Click the link below to view an Aldersgate Floor plan 

Williamsburg/James City County Schools for Liberty Crossing community are:

Norge Elementary, Toano Middle School, Warhill High School

You can explore  School information  here

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Are you considering a move to the area and looking for additional information. Send me an email and I will do a community spotlight for any communities you are thinking about moving to. John@MrWilliamsburg.com

Kingmill Neighborhood Spotlight Williamsburg VA

kingsmillentrance1 Located near historic Colonial Williamsburg, on the banks of the James River, Kingsmill on the James is one of Williamsburg Va’s original master planned golf communities. Set on 2,900 acres, Kingsmill offers a variety of exclusive neighborhoods set against a backdrop of green hills and forests.

Kingsmill Resort & Spa is Virginia’s largest golf resort, boasting 63 holes of   world-class golf on 2,900 acres along the historic James River. The Kingsmill community  offers it’s residents a gated community with 24 hour security, tennis, a full-service marina, six restaurants and lounges, outdoor pools, tennis, playgrounds,walking trails and much more


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Consistently ranked among the best by the nation’s foremost golf publications, Kingsmill’s immaculate courses define the resort as the region’s premier golf destination. Arnold Palmer, Pete Dye, Curtis Strange, Tom Clark. An incredible group of legendary course designers have all brought their considerable skills to bear to create the three layouts that constitute the Kingsmill golf experience.

The three Golf courses in Kingsmill are: the River Course, the Plantation Course and the Woods course. The 6,853-yard , par-71 Pete Dye-designed River Course has hosted the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill. The terrain flaunts hills, elevated greens, thick woods and water all around.

Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay’s 6,543-yard Plantation layout is more wide open  and less demanding of pinpoint accuracy
than its sibling. It has water coming into play on eight holes. It is marked by historical landmarks from a 1736 plantation.

Curtis Strange, the Kingsmill Touring PGA Pro, designed the Woods Course, Kingsmill’s newest addition. It has been honored by Golf Magazine as a “Top Ten New Course You Can Play. “Its deep ravines, fairway bunkers and elevated greens offer a challenge.

Finally, there is a nine-hole Bray Links course directly behind the resort.

 Dining: Six restaurants on site ranging from resort fine dining to casual family fare

Tennis: The Kingsmill Tennis Club offers 15 tennis courts, including six Hydro Courts,™ with two courts lighted for evening play. A newly renovated player’s lounge and locker facilities are also provided.

Marina: Full-service marina includes 90 permanent slips with 15 transient boat slips, dockside fueling, a marina store and a Marina Bar & Grille. Rentals for kayaks, paddle boats, and jon boats; fishing and charter tours available.

The resort is located 35 miles upriver from the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and off channel marker #40 on the James River . It’s just a short cruise from the Intracoastal Waterway  and the Chesapeake Bay . The marina offers  concrete floating docks, increased slip size, water and power connections, dockside fuel service and harbor shop.

Fitness: Equipped with both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the Sports Club also features racquetball courts, Cybex and Kaiser circuit training equipment, state-of-the-art cardiovascular stations and an aerobics studio. A sauna, steam room, whirlpool, massage therapy and convenient babysitting services round out the membership.

Recreation: Fishing & canoeing in spring-fed ponds, Biking & hiking trails, Outdoor pools.

Spa: Full service spa offers a comprehensive array of restorative services, including massages, body and skin treatments, and specialized nail and hair treatments.

Social clubs for residents: include a Watercolor Art Group , Needle Arts ,Boy  Scouts, Cub Scouts ,Children’s Playgroup ,  Girl Scouts Sea Scouts ,Garden Club, Bible Study, Women’s Social Club , Men’s Golf Association, Ladies’ Golf Association ,Tennis Association, Sharks Swim Team, Yacht Club and more.

Location: Kingsmill is located less than three miles from the College of William and Mary and the historic streets of Colonial Williamsburg- where dining, shopping, theme parks and history tours offer a variety of family entertainment.

Building Lots For Sale:  A few choice lots are now available in the new Spencers Grant neighborhood. The latest residential offering in Kingsmill. This  development of 38 homesites  is heavily wooded for privacy and views of conservation area and river. Priced from $200,000. There wil occasionally be resale lots under $200k. Click here to view all currently available building lots in Kingsmill for sale

Heavily wooded home sites, custom built and custom designed homes, all utilities underground. This community preserves green spaces (40 percent of the property will remain untouched) and archeologically significant areas.

Mid-Rise Condominiums/Villas For Sale: On the James River, resales prices  from $700,000’s. The River Bluffs condominiums are sited 80 feet above the banks of the James River, the condominiums offer panoramic views of the river and surrounding landscape.

Condos For Sale: River’s Edge Luxury Villas located right on the James River; priced from $950,000s. River’s Edge is comprised of 3,000 to 3,900-square-foot, custom-designed, deluxe townhomes overlooking the James River. The foundation of every room is the view; and you don’t have just one view, you have many, including vistas stretching out from the kitchen, the den, the living room, even the office and especially the master suite.

The interiors feature hand-crafted, hardwood millwork, built-in bookcases, ceramic tile, marble, fixtures and appliances. River’s Edge owners can have as much detail as they desire. The only limitation is the moving of the structural walls. Residents also have a private auto court, leading to a two-car garage, plus a front porch, and a secluded, brick and stone textured terrace.

Resort condominiums consist of cluster one, two, and three bedroom villas. Featuring outdoor terraces overlooking the James River, Wareham’s pond, one of the golf courses, and tennis club. Prices range from $200,000 to $700,000. These are the only properties in Kingsmill that can be rented by their owners on a weekly basis.

Courtyard/Villas/  Patio Homes Single-family detached homes on smaller lots for minimal grounds upkeep, adjacent to the golf course. Low profile single story residences with private patios or decks designed for minimum maintenance and a carefree lifestyle. From $300,000 to $500,000.   Most feature views of golf fairways and other natural scenery.

Townhomes For Sale: Offering maintenance-free living, most feature first floor master bedrooms on the main level, screened porches and large deck areas. Priced from $225,000 to $1.3 million. This includes the communities of Winster Fax, Archers Mead, Littletown Quarter, Burwells Green, Harrops Glen , Warehams Point and some of Quarterpath Trace

Homes For Sale: Resale homes are available in Kingsmill with prices ranging from $300,000’s to $2 million . Search them here

Williamsburg/ JCC Schools for Kingsmill are James River Elementary, James Blair Middle, Jamestown High School.

Nearest Airports:  (PHF)Newport News/Williamsburg, 20 minutes; (ORF) Norfolk International, 45 minutes; (RIC) Richmond International, 45 minutes.

History

Steeped in a tradition of gracious Southern hospitality, Kingsmill heralds a rich history dating back to Colonial America. The bucolic land located along the banks of the mighty James River was considered as a permanent base by the first Englishmen on May 12,

1607. They decided to settle at Jamestown the next day. Located in the heart of Virginia ‘s Historic Triangle, it should come as no surprise that the land now known as Kingsmill featured a bustling plantation from 1619 through the 1800s.

Kingsmill Plantation, the home of Col. Lewis Burwell, was built in the mid-1730s and consisted of a mansion, outbuildings, garden, and 1,400 acres. The house burned in 1843. Only the office and the kitchen still stand; they are among the earliest brick dependencies in Virginia. Burwell, the naval officer (colonial customs inspector) for the upper James River, built his inspection station here at Burwell’s Landing, which included a tavern, storehouse, warehouse, and ferry house. In Nov. 1775, American riflemen skirmished nearby with British naval vessels; later, the Americans built two earthen forts here that the British captured in 1781.

Richard Kingsmill, who was granted one of the first land grants by the Virginia Company, initially purchased the land that Kingsmill Plantation was located. In the mid-1730s, colonial customs inspector and British Colonel Lewis Burwell III purchased 1,400 acres of Kingsmill’s original plot, and constructed a plantation with several other structures. The headquarters of his inspection station (Burwell’s Landing) was also located on the property along the James River, which included a tavern, warehouse, and ferry.

Kingsmill Plantation saw action in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. As Patriot forces began to assemble near Williamsburg in the fall of 1775, the Colonial Governor of Virginia Lord Dunmore ordered that British ships patrol the James River to stop potential ferry crossings of these rebels. On Sunday, November 5th, militiamen from Chesterfield County began to assemble near Williamsburg with intentions to embark upon Norfolk. The British vessel the Kingfisher patrolled the river with three other supporting tenders, but failed in stopping a thousands Colonial militiamen from crossing the river. Despite this, the Kingfisher exchanged fire with a Colonial vessel at Burwell’s Ferry without any decisive action. At the end of the War in 1781, French forces under the Marquis de Lafayette utilized Burwell’s Landing as they docked and moved inland from there. Later that year in January, Colonial General Thomas Nelson and his militia foiled Benedict Arnold’s plan to land at Burwell’s Ferry.

Many battles in the Civil War were also fought in the vicinity of Kingsmill Plantation. Union General George B. McClellan’s Peninsular Campaign engulfed the plantation, as an army of 120,000 men landed and moved inland through the area with the task of reaching Richmond. Several Confederate defensive lines also ran through the property such as the Warwick Line, and the Williamsburg Line. On May 6th of 1865, the Battle of Williamsburg was fought here where the Confederates lost 1,682 men and the Union lost 2,283.

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This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to  Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the  surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula.

On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures55+ active adult communities,   condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent,  Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton,  Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth  Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry,  Va Beach, Yorktown  and York County Virginia

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Stonehouse “A Toano /Williamsburg Va Neighborhood Spotlight”

20080918220815160266000000-o Located on 5700 wooded acres in the Virginia countryside in Toano near Williamsburg,VA  Stonehouse is built around the acclaimed "Legends Golf Course." 

The community offers unparalleled scenic beauty with its hilly terrain, gorgeous wooded green-spaces, abundant mountain laurel, white fences, and impeccably maintained landscaping.

Stonehouse is a Master Planned Golf Community  offering a wide range of custom built homes. Both  new and resale homes are available. Located in the western part stonehouse1of  James City County/Williamsburg,  Virginia. New homes currently start in the $300,000’s to $600,000’s, with resale home prices starting under $300,000. Stonehouse  offers golf course, waterfront, and  wooded lots starting in the high $70,000’s

Situated just 15 miles from Colonial Williamsburg in an area of great natural beauty of virgin hardwoods, mountain laurels and old-growth hollies. It’s a land where white-tail deer and wild turkey roam freely among the forests that provide the backdrop for this spectacular community.

stonehousegolf1 Golfers… you will find that Stonehouse offers one of  the best golf values in the area!  Although not mandatory for homeowners at Stonehouse a membership includes playing privileges at 5 different golf courses in the region including  Stonehouse, Kiskiak, Royal New Kent, Brickshire, and The Crossings. All for just $245/month for a family membership.

  Check out the Tradition Golf website for further information.

clubhousestonehouse1 If you are interested in building a custom home, there are building lots available to custom build your dream home in Stonehouse.

The Stonehouse community consists of many different neighborhoods. They include:  Summerfield, Leatherleaf, Laurel Ridge, Orchard Hill, Overlook, Bent Tree, Hollow Oak, Hillcrest, Richardson’s Mill, Lisburn and Walnut Creek.

Watch a video Tour of Stonehouse

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There are maintenance-free attached and detached villas built on the Golf Course in the Orchard Hill Section.
All homes built in Stonehouse conform to guidelines ensuring high building standards that help protect the value of your home.

Golf at Stonehouse:

Located just outside Williamsburg, Virginia, Stonehouse is laid over wild, tumbling hills near the York River in the Tidewater Region. When it opened in 1996, The Tradition Golf Club at Stonehouse was named "Best New Upscale golfclubstonehousePublic Course in the Nation" and one of the "Top New Ten You Can Play" by  golf Magazine.

Designed by Mike Strantz, the 18-hole, par 72, Legends of Stonehouse course was completed  in 1996. Greens cling to steep bluffs and ridges before dropping down to natural streams. Dramatic elevation changes, deep ravines, and tree-lined fairways mark this layout. Legends has slopes of 140 degrees and a course rating of 75.0 from the blue markers, measuring 6,963 yards.stonehousetoano

The course was declared on of the "Top Ten You Can Play" by Golf Magazine; the 31st "Best Modern Course" by Golf and Travel, and was ranked No. 4 in Virginia by Golf Digest. Golf Digest also named the Legends of Stonehouse the "Best New Upscale Course" in the U.S.

Nearly half of StoneHouse’s 5,700 acres will remain undeveloped with many miles devoted to hiking and biking trails. One can also fish or canoe at Mill Pond, and play tennis or swim at the Sports Center.

lakestonehouseHomeowners can enjoy the Residents’ Center with swimming, tennis, playground, fitness center, gourmet kitchen, and built in barbecue; Richardson’s Mill Pond Park with canoe storage, boat dock, picnic facilities; miles of walking trails; RV/boat storage; community garden and soccer field.

Nearest Airports are: Richmond International Airport, 35 minutes.
and Newport News International Airport, 35 minutes.

Stonehouse is an active community. Neighborhood clubs include book club, Bunco, bike club, swim club, bowling league, canasta, bridge, garden club, yoga, mahjongg, painting group, quilting, sip and savor, sit and stitch, water aerobics, fine arts, ladies lunch group, wine and dine,  and more.There are a variety of social clubs available  for homeowners/ residents of Stonehouse .

stonhousegolfcourseAn active homeowner association has many  social events throughout the year.

Most homes were built starting around the year  2000. The monthly home owner fee in Stonehouse  is $106 . It covers all common Area Maintenance ( entrances, playgrounds, park areas ),  Use of the  Pool, Clubhouse , Playground, Tennis and maintenance of those  facilities.

From the chart below you will see that  sale prices in 2008 ranged from$297,000 to $850000. List prices as of today rstonehousetoanorealestateange from $312,000 to $889,000. The average days on market for  homes in Stonehouse in the last 12 months was 163 days . The average price per square foot on homes sold in Stonehouse in the last 12 months was $150.00 . 28 homes sold in Stonehouse  in the last 12 months. 32 are currently for sale.

Click here to read a first person account of someone who lives in Stonehouse

Click here to read some FAQ about Stonehouse

Current Williamsburg/ James City County Schools for The Stonehouse  Community are Stonehouse Elementary, Toano Middle and Warhill High School

The closest  Hospital is the Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center located at 100 Sentara Circle (across from Home Depot on Mooretown Road). Many services are  available there such as outpatient surgery, an imaging center, lab services, etc.

See School Statistics for these schools here

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Current Sales activity in Stonehouse (Statistics from WAAR WMLS)

Status # Listings   Sold Volume   List Price Sold Price   Est. Fin. SqFt List Price Per Est. Fin. SqFt Sold Price Per Est. Fin. SqFt Days On Market
Active 32   0 Low
Avg
High
312,825
511,233
889,000
0
0
0
  2,000
3,470
6,200
93.80
150.56
194.51
0.00
0.00
0.00
2
162
1,027
Pending 6   0 Low
Avg
High
329,990
474,988
699,950
0
0
0
  2,531
3,216
4,780
120.71
147.35
176.60
0.00
0.00
0.00
9
112
274
Closed 28   12,226,997 Low
Avg
High
299,900
454,072
995,000
297,000
436,678
850,000
  2,100
2,977
5,473
93.57
154.83
209.05
89.59
149.86
205.91
5
163
705
             
 
 
 
 
 
       

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Dream Catchers
Located around the corner from Stonehouse is a most worthy cause! Dream Catchers provides therapeutic horseback riding lessons to special needs children and adults. These lessons help improve fine motor skills, self-esteem and confidence… and are just plain fun!

UPDATE: I have  have had numerous people ask what’s happening in Stonehouse so here is the latest new I have :

A company called GS Stonehouse Green Land Sub LLC paid more than $76 million to finish developing the Stonehouse area.
Stonehouse was planned in 1999 as a community of about 4,400 homes to go along with more than 3.3 million square feet of commercial and office uses. Since then, 700 or so homes have been built at the site, off Route 30 near the New Kent County line.
Stonehouse Green Land will aim to build the rest.
Basically, they have taken 80 parcels that they refer to as "Land Bays" and divided them into 12 tracts and 4 neighborhoods. Neighborhood 1 will have traditional style single family custom homes similar to those found in the original neighborhood. Neighborhood 2 will have higher density homes (townhomes and something called "narrow single family" which  must be similar to "zero lot line"). Neighborhood 3 will have lower density "estate" homes. Neighborhood 4 extends to the river. There are some cliff areas that will be river view condos. There will also be single family homes, open space recreational space and a marina.
They are planning a community similar to their large community in Cary, North Carolina called Amberly . The Stonehouse project has a 15-20 year estimated completion timeframe.
The zoning changes will not increase the total number of residential units. Some of the property previously zoned as commercial will become residential. A large parcel (170 acres) is being proposed as an education site for a new elementary school and middle school. Total residential units will be approximately 4400, and that make it  the largest community in our area.
This developer is NOT a builder. They will put the infrastructure together and then sell off the lots in phases to builders. The two Stonehouse Glen sections (where Ryan Homes is located) are not associated with this developer.

Williamsburg VA Real Estate Windsor Forest Neighborhood

 entrancewindsorforest A Master Planned Community ,Windsor Forest  offers  a wide range of custom built resale homes. It is located in James City County area of Williamsburg,  Virginia.

Windsor Forest offers  it’s residents ( who join the association)  a swimming pool, tennis courts, Basketball Court, Soccer Fields, playground and a beautiful clubhouse. An active homeowner association has many  social events throughout the year.

wfhomeswilliamsburgva5_edited Detached homes offered in Windsor Forest in Williamsburg, James City County offer a wide array of architectural styles  and  home choices. From 3 bedrooms to 5+ bedroom models. Square footages ranges from 2000+ to over 5000 square feet.

The idyllic setting is one of the major amenities that attracts home buyers to the Windsor Forest Neighborhood just off Longhill Rd near Lafayette High School. poolwindsorforest The natural wooded setting and the protective greenbelts and scenic easements surrounding the neighborhood are also part of the drawing card.

Leaving Windsor Forest in its natural state was the  idea and hope of local developer  Robert S. Hornsby for the 321 acre tract of land he started developing in 1971. He purchased the land from Frank and Lester Bozarth, and put in roads, street lights, and lots all designed to leave as many trees as possible to protect the privacy of the residents.

wfclubhouse Currently there are seven homes for sale in Windsor Forest in James City County, Williamsburg VA. The prices range from $279,900 to $495,000

In the last 12 months there were ten homes sold in Windsor Forest. Sold prices ranged from $308,000 to $469,000.

The average days on market for a Windsor Forest home in the last 12 months was 73 days.

If you want to see all homes currently for sale in Windsor Forest, Williamsburg , Virginia click here:

Located on approximately 400 acres, Around 340 homes have been built so far.

wfhomeswilliamsburgva8 Home construction in Windsor Forest started in the 1970’s and continued on until the mid 2000’s . The annual home owner Assoc dues are  $175 . It covers all common Area Maintenance ( entrances, playgrounds, park areas , clubhouse, basketball courts and tennis courts) Pool Memberships are optional .

From the chart below you will see that  sale prices in 2008 ranged from $308,000 to $469,000 . List prices as of today range from $259,900 to $495,000. The average days on market for  homes in Windsor Forest in the last 12 months was 88 days . The average price per square foot on homes sold in Windsor Forest in the last 12 months was $149.14 . 10 homes sold in Windsor Forest  in the last 12 months. 6 homes are currently for sale.

Current Williamsburg/ James City County Schools for Windsor Forest Neighborhood are J. Blayton  Elementary, Lois Hornsby Middle and Lafayette High School

You can explore the Windsor Forest Homeowner Association Website here

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Current Sales activity in Windsor Forest (Statistics from WAAR WMLS) as of Feb 21, 2009 for the previous 12 months

 
         
         
Low, Average, Median, and High Comparisons
  Closed Active Overall
Low $308,000 $259,900 $259,900
Average $372,986 $357,267 $367,091
Median $364,000 $359,450 $364,000
High $469,000 $495,000 $495,000
       
         
         

Location Map of The Windsor Forest  Community in Williamsburg, VA

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Are you looking for real estate homes for sale in Windsor Forest, Williamsburg county, Virginia? View recently listed real estate properties in Windsor Forest and surrounding areas or contact Mr Williamsburg a Williamsburg VA Realtor to help you find or buy your new Windsor Forest neighborhood home. We have hundreds of listings including new construction, new homes and waterfront. If you are relocating to Williamsburg ,Virginia contact us today for a free relocation package. We receive new listings everyday, so check back regularly!

Ford’s Colony Community Spotlight- Williamsburg, VA

fordscolonywilliamsburgva Ford’s Colony is a gated golf community located in Williamsburg /James City County , Virginia. Offering  three 18-hole golf courses all designed by Dan Maples, that weave throughout  the community giving golfers a challenging place to test their game.  Ford’s Colony features two swimming pools, tennis courts, walking trails, and a clubhouse. Residents can enjoy an active lifestyle without leaving their neighborhood! Homes in this community range in price from $295K to $2.5 million.

Recently voted the number one master planned community in the United States, Ford’s Colony in historic Williamsburg, Virginia is a relaxed and graciousfcgc community offering a variety of home styles and amenities.
The hub of activity in the center of this 3,000-acre community is the Country Club, complete with award winning dining, meeting rooms, and a full-service Golf Pro shop. The Dining Room in the Country Club has repeatedly received the AAA Five Diamond award.

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Inbev Anheuser Busch Deal Approved BY DOJ

By Rusty Carter VA Gazette

The Department of Justice gave its blessing Friday to the union of InBev and Anheuser-Busch, with one prenuptial condition: InBev must sell Labatt USA.

The caveat was made in a civil antitrust lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington aimed at blocking the original InBev-Busch deal. At the same time, the Justice Department filed a proposed settlement that would resolve the suit and other concerns about fair competition.

Here’s why divesture was important, according to PR Newswire. Budweiser and Labatt are the two biggest-selling beer brands in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, so allowing InBev to keep Labatt would have eliminated competition between Labatt USA and Anheuser-Busch. The Justice Department feared the result would be higher beer prices in all three markets.

“This divestiture will ensure that consumers will continue to benefit from the significant competition between the merging companies in upstate New York,” said Deborah A. Garza, deputy assistant attorney general of the Antitrust Division, in a statement.

In most U.S. markets, InBev beers account for less than 2% of sales and are largely non-competitive with Busch, which nearly dominates 50% of beer sales nationwide. The upstate New York markets are close to the Canadian border, and half of Labatt’s U.S. sales take place in Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester.

InBev’s ancestor, Interbrew, used its 1995 purchase of Labatt as an inroad into the North American beer market, paying $2 billion for the company. Interbrew’s first attempt at a North American presence came in 1989 when it tried to acquire Stroh’s. Coors beat Interbrew to the deal, and during the next five years Interbrew bought up small brewers in several companies before landing Labatt.

Friday’s announcement came 48 hours after Anheuser-Busch shareholders voted in favor of InBev’s buyout offer. The deal is anticipated to close by year-end, assuming InBev gets the remaining regulatory approvals and comes up with $52 billion Shareholders expect to fare well, since InBev is offering $70 a share. Busch stock opened at $68 a share Friday and shot up to $69.26 before dropping to $68.50 by the close. 

 

Although InBev has pledged to keep all 12 of Busch’s North American breweries open, it plans to sell non-core assets, chiefly Busch Entertainment, perhaps before the deal closes.

There’s been no word on potential buyers, although London-based Blackstone Group, Dubai World, and Spain’s Parques Reunidos are considered likely suitors

 

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.

 

 

Poquoson Seafood Fest Oct 17-19, 2008

28th ANNUAL POQUOSON SEAFOOD FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 17-19, 2008
The City of Poquoson presents the 28th Annual Poquoson Seafood Festival October 17-19, 2008 in Poquoson Municipal Park, 830 Poquoson Avenue, Poquoson, VA 23662. The Festival honors the Working Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay and the rich coastal heritage of Poquoson. It includes musical entertainment, a juried arts & crafts show, dozens of food vendors, a children’s area, and nautical events including a Work Boat Race and a Fishing Tournament. The event is family-oriented and offers something for everyone. Holding with its rich tradition, the festival will feature outstanding national and regional musical entertainment on the BB & T Municipal Stage. Local and Regional Legend Slapwater will appear on Friday night, October 17, 2008. On Saturday, October 18, 2008, join us for a great musical line-up of Everyday Circus followed by Fat Back & The Cadillacs. On Sunday, October 19, 2008 National Country music sensation Jake Owen will perform. Additional regional entertainment on the Taylor’s Do It Center Food Pavilion Stage will include Tim Morgan and The Mojo Brothers, Made From Scratch, The Blues Cats, Big House Red, the Poquoson High School Band, and The Super Jazz Band Combo. As in years past, the Poquoson Seafood Festival hosts the Poquoson Art League Juried Arts & Crafts Show, one of the larger arts and crafts shows and sales in the state of Virginia with over 165 artisans expected to exhibit a myriad of outstanding crafts and original art work. The Langley Federal Credit Union Heritage Display Exhibit will feature numerous activities showcasing the history and heritage of the Chesapeake Bay Working Watermen. Also expected to participate are the Poquoson Historical Commission offering a variety of artifacts and documents relating to and illuminating Poquoson’s history, and the Poquoson Cultural Museum Committee who will provide information on plans for a Cultural Museum in Poquoson.
THE FESTIVAL FEATURES SPECIAL EVENING HOURS IN ITS ARTS AND CRAFTS AREAS AS WELL ON FRIDAY & SATURDAY. MANY ARTS & CRAFTS EXHIBITORS WILL BE OPEN UNTIL 10:00 PM ON THESE EVENINGS AND PATRONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO AVAIL THEMSELVES OF THE EXTENDED HOURS. Living up to its name, the Poquoson Seafood Festival offers some savory dishes from the surrounding waters in the Mid-Atlantic Residential and Villa Development Food Pavilion. Crab cakes, shrimp, oysters, clams, clam chowder, soft shell crabs, catfish, she crab soup, and many other festival favorites will be available for purchase. Another popular favorite slated for return is the KID’s KORNER Event Area. Stage performances, an arts & crafts activity area, amusement rides and more will be featured in the children’s area. Please note: Guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets for all concerts on Municipal Field.
Festival Hours: Friday, October 17, 2008 5:00-10:00 PM Saturday, October 18, 2008 10:00 AM-10:00 PM Sunday, October 19, 2008 12:30-6:30 PM
FESTIVAL DIRECTIONS & PARKING INFORMATION $5.00 Parking Fee All Areas
GENERAL PARKING From I-64 take the Poquoson Exit (256B) to Victory Blvd./Rt. 171. Remain on Rt. 171 for approximately 5-6 miles. Follow signs leading into the Festival Parking Area. PARKING FOR THE DISABLED From I-64 take the Poquoson Exit (256B) to Victory Blvd./Rt. 171. Remain on Rt. 171 for approximately 5-6 miles. Turn left on Wythe Creek Rd. Turn right on Hudgins Rd. Bear right on Hudgins Rd. onto Poquoson Ave. Turn right on Municipal Drive. Parking attendant will direct vehicles at this point. Handicapped sticker and accompanying identification will be required.SHUTTLE PARKING Should available on-site parking be full, you will be directed to one of our nearby shuttle parking lots. Bus transportation is provided at these locations for you. Festival staff and Police officers will direct you to the shuttle lot when appropriate.

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.  
 
 

The Oaks At Fenton Mill Williamsburg, York County Virginia

 

The Oaks at Fenton Mill has homes now under construction. The Oaks at Fenton Mill, located in Williamsburg VA in  Upper York County,( The Bruton District)  features homes by  Williamsburg’s premier custom home builders, Wayne Harbin Builder and Lawson Homes. The community is located on wooded property just over interstate I-64 from the bustling retail centers of Upper York and James City counties, including Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, YMCA  and the Sentara Community Hospital. 

The Oaks at Fenton Mill combines the best of rustic living, with the convenience of shopping and businesses nearby. The community of The Oaks  includes a recreational area for residents. A variety of plans are available, ranging from ranchers to two story homes.Homes are available to be built with prices starting in  the $360,000’s 

 The Oaks at Fenton Mill homes will offer affordability, amenities, and convenience with single-family homes on large, private wooded homesites. Each home offers your choice of an in ground or walk-out basement and rests on up to 1.5 acres, ensuring the ultimate in privacy.
• Located in York County, VA
• Single-family Homes on up to 1.5-acre wooded homesites
• Choice of walk-out or in ground basement
• 3-5 bedrooms
• 2.5-3.5 bathrooms
• 2-car garage
•  Easy access to I-64 and shopping
• Soccer field, picnic pavilion, community pond and dock, and walking trails with workout stations located within community

 There are a  a limited number of wooded home sites ranging in size from one-half acre to two acres.
Bring your own builder or consider one of the quality homes being built by Lawson Homes or custom builder Wayne Harbin Builder.

York County Schools for this community are Waller Mill Elementary, Queens Lake Middle and Bruton High School

Search all homes for sale at The Oaks at Fenton Mill here

Hampton Roads Real Estate New Home Promotions Free Water, Gas , Electricity for Five Years

Local home builder in Hampton Roads Virginia offers an amazing promotion. ( THIS IS NOT A GIMMICK )  If you buy a home from them in any of their participating home communities in VA Beach, Suffolk, or Portsmouth VA The builder will pay ALL OF YOU UTILITY BILLS FOR FIVE YEARS. YES YOU HEARD THAT CORRECTLY . BUILDER WILL PAY YOUR ELECTRIC , GAS AND WATER BILLS FOR THE FIRST FIVE YEARS OF HOME OWNERSHIP !

Of course there are limitations and restrictions.

This offer may not be combined with any other incentive including closing cost assistance. This offer is contingent upon the use the builder’s  preferred lender, Tidewater Mortgage. This offer is only good for single family homes in the following communities in Hampton Roads/ Tidewater VA :

New Port at Victory in Portsmouth, VA,  (  a traditional neighborhood design that provides its residents with a variety of classic home styles in a lifestyle-oriented, new-home community. It is designed to give residents a sense of home in an up-and-coming area.) 

 Rosecrest  at West Neck ,Centrally located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, it is one of the first age-qualified active adult communities (55 years and better) in the area offering homes with first floor living priced from the high $300,000’s.

Highland Green,  The neighborhood features three distinctive models and a close proximity to Bennett’s Creek Park, new schools, new shopping, in Suffolk , Virginia Homes start in the high $200,000’s .

 

Graystone Reserve  conveniently located in Suffolk Virginia . Graystone  Reserve  features playgrounds, walking trails and picnic areas scattered among large, wooded home sites. Offering seven innovative floor plans. Homes at Graystone currently start in the $300,000’s

Parkside,  Complete with a clubhouse, pool, cabana building, playground, picnic area, lakes, walking trails, and gazebos, don’t miss your chance to be a part of this exciting community. The clubhouse features a fitness center, great room and fully operational kitchen, creating the ultimate place to get together with family and friends or escape to take time for yourself Whether you’re looking for the exciting, the peaceful, or the innocent side of life, Parkside at Bennett’s Creek is the place for you. This community is centrally located between the flourishing downtown of Suffolk and Newport News and the booming downtown of Norfolk. Only minutes away is the new Harbour View Station Town Center, consisting of retail shops, offices, restaurants, and the 16-screen Grande Cinemas. Up-coming, right down the street will be the Bennett’s Creek Shopping Center, new school, and library. 

Nichols Park 3-story, Condominiums Prices from the high $200,000’s located in Va Beach VA at Lexington.  The community ( Lexington ) offers Natural lakes, plenty of wooded space, walking trails, and a secluded pool and cabana surrounded by woods and privacy.

 

Bluegrass Park. Condominiums at Lexington in Virginia Beach Va. Models range in size from 2100 sq feet to 2245 square feet. Prices start in the high $200,000’s for these 3 level condos.

 

 

 

This offer expires November 1, 2008 and is not retroactive..

Williamsburg Va Real Estate Colonial Heritage 55+ Community Floorplans

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For further information about Colonial Heritage, The Settlement at PC (Powhattan Creek), The Villas at Five Forks,  55+ Communities  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

John@MrWilliamsburg.com  email

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www.MrHamptonroads.com/  Hampton Roads Va Real Estate website

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www.MrVaBeach.com/ Va Beach Va Real Estate website

  

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Taylor Farms Neighborhood Spotlight Yorktown VA

 

York County Virginia Real Estate 2008 Parade of Homes Taylor Farms  Come and visit some of the most beautiful homes you have ever seen. Sorry for the ugly pictures on the Cox Cable ad ( those homes are not in Taylor Farms)

Taylor Farms in York County is the site for the Peninsula Housing & Builders Association’s (PHBA) 25th annual Parade of Homes, which will be held May 3-18, 2008. This event showcases the latest trends and innovations in home construction and design, as well as landscaping, decorating and more!

Show hours are: Monday-Friday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Weekends 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 at the gate; children 12 and under Free. Free on-site parking.

Directions; From  Interstate 64, take Victory Blvd. east to the 6th traffic light – Yorktown Road. Turn left and Taylor Farms will be 1/4 mile ahead on the right.

Here is a link to map/ directions

2008 Parade of Homes Featured Builders included:
Allen Parker Builder,Edgerton Contracting, Inc J. Lloyd Builder,  Marque Homes by C.R. McLellon,  Pritchard & Company Builders, Crestmark Custom Builders, Garnett Construction, J.W. Wallace Construction, Performance Contracting Realty Builders,

Search all homes for sale in Taylor Farms here

For further information or a personal tour contact

For further information about real estate in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent, Gloucester or York County Virginia  contact:

John Womeldorf/ REALTOR

Liz Moore & Associates

757 254 8136

John@MrWilliamsburg.com  email

www.MrWilliamsburg.com/   website

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Historic Garden Week in Williamsburg Virginia Tuesday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A rare opportunity to see some of the most beautiful homes  and gardens in the Williamsburg, Virignia Area.

Welcome to Historic Garden Week in Virginia’s 75th anniversary season.  This spring, visitors will step through the gates of more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House,” April 19-27, 2008. Three dozen Historic Garden Week tours present a rich mosaic of some of the country’s finest properties at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color. Sponsored by The Garden Club of Virginia, local events are scheduled from the Atlantic Ocean to the Allegheny Mountains and will span the centuries from the early 17th through the early 21st.

For those interested in horticulture, there will be formal gardens, walled gardens, cottage gardens, cutting gardens, annual and perennial gardens, herb gardens, water gardens, and even secret gardens. Visitors interested in architecture and interior decorating will see beautifully renovated historic properties as well as stunning contemporary residences, exceptional artwork, and some of the country’s best collections of glass, china, and American, European and Asian antiques. Many houses have interesting family histories intertwined with the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and the Victorian era.

The Williamsburg Va tour is sponsored by the” The Williamsburg Garden Club”

FOr Advance ticket info contact :

Advance Tickets, Information and Lunch Reservations:
   Cathy Adams (Mrs. Kenneth A.)
   
   Telephone:  (757) 220-2486
   E-mail:  cbtbka@cox.net

FULL TICKET:  $25; includes admittance to each house on tour, transportation throughout the Historic Area via Colonial Williamsburg buses, transportation to and from the homes in the Walnut Hills neighborhood and the Escorted Walking Tour.  Single-site admission, $10.  Escorted Walking Tour single admission, $10.  Children 13 and older, full price; ages 6-12 admitted for half-price if accompanied by an adult.  Children 5 and under, free of charge.  Tickets may be purchased at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center on Monday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Tuesday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon.  On the day of the tour, both full and single admission tickets may be purchased at each of the homes on the tour

LUNCHEONBy reservation only.  A delicious box lunch will be available at the Bruton Parish Church Parish House, Duke of Gloucester St., from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., for $13.  (The Parish House is located next to Barnes & Noble Bookstore.)  Please reserve your lunch by April 15 by contacting Cathy Adams at (757) 220-2486 or at cbtbka@cox.net.  Please make check payable to The Williamsburg Garden Club and mail to Mrs. Kenneth A. Adams, 217 Southpoint Dr., Williamsburg, VA 23185.

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING:

To visit Providence Hall House and the Charleton House in the Colonial Williamsburg Historic District:  From I-64, take Exit 238 (Camp Peary/Colonial Williamsburg) and follow the official Colonial Williamsburg signs to the Visitor Center, where parking is available for cars and buses.  Full ticket holders may board the Colonial Williamsburg buses free of charge on the lower level of the Visitor Center for transportation to the Historic Area. Disembark at the Tavern Bus Stop on Francis St. to tour these two properties. Approximately 0.2 mi. between the two homes.

To visit Bruton Parish Church Parish House, The Adams Garden, the Escorted Walking Tour or Mattey’s Garden:  Disembark at the Merchants Square Bus Stop.  The Bruton Parish Church Parish House (Escorted Walking Tour, Historic Silver and Luncheon) is located on Duke of Gloucester St. beside Barnes & Noble Bookstore. The Adam’s Garden is located one block west of the Bruton Parish House across from Talbots at the intersection of Richmond Rd. and Boundary St.
Mattey’s Garden: From the Bruton Parish Church Parish House, walk one block east on Duke of Gloucester St. toward the Capitol. Take a left on Nassau St. and walk two blocks (0.2 mi.) to the end of this street. The garden is on the left side of the school.  If you prefer to drive to any of these sites, parking is available at the Prince George St. Parking Deck (paid parking) on North Henry St.
 
To visit the Homes in Walnut Hills: 
From the Visitor Center:  Take the Colonial Parkway south toward Jamestown. Exit the Colonial Parkway at Rt. 199 West. Turn left at the stop sign at the top of this exit. Turn right on Rt. 199 and proceed to the stoplight at John Tyler Hwy. (Rt. 5 West). )  Turn left onto Rt. 5 West. Turn left at the first stoplight (Kings Way), and then take the first left into the parking area of Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center.
From I-64: Take Exit 242 (Rt. 199 West). Follow Rt. 199 until the stoplight at John Tyler Hwy. (Rt. 5). Turn left onto Rt. 5 West. Turn left at the first stoplight (Kings Way), and then take the first left into the parking area of Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center.
You may park anywhere near the white tent. Shuttle buses will be available every 10 minutes or so.

Note:  No neighborhood parking is permitted in the Walnut Hills area. Parking is inadequate for tour traffic. Please use the shuttle buses for this neighborhood.

Properties need not be visited in the order listed.

FACILITIES:  Public restrooms, pay phones and drink machines are located throughout the Historic Area, as well as at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center.  Please ask hostesses at the homes on tour for the most convenient location.

Note:  As a courtesy to homeowners, and for your own safety and comfort, no high- heeled shoes are allowed in the tour homes.  No photography or use of cell phones inside the private houses or smoking, please.

Colonial Williamsburg Historic District

ESCORTED WALKING TOUR:  An escorted walking tour of gardens in the west section of Colonial Williamsburg will originate at the Bruton Parish House on Duke of Gloucester St., one block west of Bruton Parish Church.  Tours begin at 9 a.m., and depart approximately every 15 minutes. The last tour leaves at 3:45 p.m. The gardens featured on this tour include ornamental pleasure gardens with period annuals, perennials and herbs.  Participants will glean information on garden design, landscape details and “heirloom” flowers.

Gardens to be open:

  The John Blair Garden:  For most of his life, John Blair, Sr. kept a diary in which he recorded his love of gardening. In November 1751, he wrote that he “planted flowers.” He obtained orange trees from the “Green Spring” plantation nursery, and he mentions dining upon “fine greens” from his garden and that he gathered pears. The design of this small herb garden is reminiscent of the knot gardens so popular in the 17th century. Landscape architect Arthur Shurcliff designed the garden with a series of narrow walks dividing the 40’ x 50’ area into two sections, each with a central diamond-shaped parterres.

  The Taliaferro-Cole Garden:  As it appears today, this site is primarily the design of landscape architect Arthur Shurcliff, who prepared a landscape plan in 1941. The gardens were to be three separate rectangular areas, enclosed by fences, each planted for a special purpose. Beginning at the street level, the open lawn between the house and the shop is a simple ornamental yard shaded by oak trees. On the next, slightly lower level is a flower garden with central turf panels and planting beds bordering the walks. This area features horticultural interest in virtually every season of the year. In these beds may be found a colorful array of spring bulbs, summer perennials, and flowering trees and shrubs which may be enjoyed from many viewpoints around the garden.  The lower level is used as an orchard.

  St. George Tucker Garden:  According to documentation, St. George Tucker was an accomplished amateur gardener by the time he moved to Williamsburg and began to construct his garden around 1788. The physical layout and plan for garden reconstruction in the rear yard was revealed through recent extensive archaeological excavation. The planting palette for this reconstructed landscape and garden was selected from original Tucker plant lists and other plant lists of the period.  A number of old bulb varieties that were formerly located on the property (and transplanted to Colonial Williamsburg’s 10-acre nursery facility for safekeeping) have been brought back to the site and replanted.

  THE CHARLETON HOUSE, 410 E. Duke of Gloucester Street.  Records indicate that wigmaker Edward Charleton owned this residence by 1769.  A fortuitous discovery in a local attic uncovered his account book, which documented his high-profile clientele, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and George Wythe.
  The Henley family owned the property from 1819 to 1886.  One son commanded the local militia at the outbreak of the Civil War, while the second son served as an assistant surgeon in the Confederate army.  A niece residing in the home at that time recorded the events of 1862 surrounding the Battle of Williamsburg and the Union occupation of the town.  The “Journal of Harriette Cary,” preserved at the Swem Library of the College of William & Mary, is a significant documentation of the events in Williamsburg during the Civil War.
  The Charleton House is one of the 88 existing original structures in Colonial Williamsburg.  The spacious center hall, with ten-and-a-half-foot ceilings, runs the complete length of the house.  The archway is not original, but added to separate the front hall from the rear stairwell.  Both the parlor and dining room were decorated with the assistance of the Colonial Williamsburg Design Studio.  These rooms are furnished with antique and reproduction pieces, including a small Shaker table, pillar and scroll clock, as well as a black rocker used by three generations of the resident’s family.
  Upstairs, the almost-nine-foot ceilings impart a feeling of spaciousness in the stair hall and bedrooms.  One bedroom has been converted into a cozy den for modern comfort and convenience.  Opened for Garden Week by residents James and Karen Perry.

  PROVIDENCE HALL AND THE CARRIAGE HOUSE, 410 East Francis Street.  Located just beyond Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, Providence Hall was added to the facilities of the Williamsburg Inn in 1981 as an executive retreat. The history of this house is one of continuous change. Originally built in 1770, near the Chickahominy River, the manse was part of a colonial mill and forge site. Next, it became known as the “Forge House.”  Most recently, Colonial Williamsburg transported the wooden structure to a prominent location bordering the Historic Area. Each of these stages has contributed to the appearance of Providence Hall today.
  Rich details of Providence Hall House are abundant. The black walnut foyer staircase is adorned with ornamental brackets. The parlor room’s original mantel and décor carry the theme of Virginia comfort. The hallway and front rooms are embellished with wainscoting distinguished by molded panels installed above and below chair rails. All three bedrooms have their own sitting areas. The dining room is furnished in the style of an 18th century tavern. The Carriage House, located across the brick terrace from the main house, offers additional guest accommodations. Although proportionally modest, the majority of its charming furnishings are period-correct.
  Providence Hall House is an example of historic authenticity combined with modern conveniences and is often used for business retreat accommodationOpened for Garden Day by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
 
Walnut Hills Area
(See directions above)

  THE BUNTROCK HOME, 8 Bayberry Lane.  This elegant Colonial was built in 1930 by Bathurst Peachey, who challenged his architect to design a center-hall Colonial duplicating the homes with spacious rooms enjoyed in the Colonial era.  Constructed with 18th century bricks, the house incorporates many design elements gleaned from structures in nearby Colonial Williamsburg.  The residence is situated on a knoll overlooking a gently sloping, naturally terraced yard with an abundance of specimen shade trees, boxwood and flowering plants, including two massive white wisterias at the entrance to the house.  The original landscape design was the vision of Stanley Abbott, local landscape architect, whose projects included the design of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  The house has a varying rhythm of rooms, opening one onto the other as acts in a play.  With a disciplined eclecticism, the owner has filled the rooms with paintings, glass castings and statuary by local artists, as well as some of her own creations.  A felicitous mixture of media, each room provides its own animated rapport. The formal dining room with built-in corner cabinets opens into a calming library filled with soft, abundant texture provided by collections of Jeffersonian scallop shells collected on local jaunts. 
  The current owner purchased the house in 1994.  Renovations included enlarging and updating the 1930s kitchen and adding a conservatory and garages, while successfully integrating a variety of architectural and aesthetic styles inside and out.  On Garden Day,   many of the floral arrangements throughout the house will interpret the owner’s collection of artwork.  Opened for Garden Day by owner, Terry Emory Buntrock.

  THE RIDINGER HOME, 5 Canterbury Lane.  This charming Dutch Colonial built in 1985 serves as an autobiography.  Each room defines a chapter in the lives of the current owners, who are avid and dedicated collectors of American antique furniture and decorative arts.  In the spacious foyer, the horizontal line of the Connecticut chest and flanking Philadelphia Chippendale chairs is broken by a tall, dramatic grandfather clock, an original William Cummings piece.  In the soft-hued sitting room, a mid-19th century Hudson River Valley painting hangs above the distinctive mantelpiece, providing the room’s focal point. 
  The sitting room opens into a light-filled library overlooking the rear gardens below.  The totally renovated kitchen has maintained a true Colonial feel, with antique allegorical Delft tiles incorporated into the tiled backsplash.  The formal boxwood garden, abundant with daffodils, can be enjoyed from the breakfast table nestled in the bay window of the kitchen.
  In the upstairs stairwell are two portraits: one of the owner and the other of her daughter.  Both were painted by the owner’s father.  The three upstairs bedrooms — one master and one each for granddaughter and grandson — are decorated with carefully selected antique pieces conveying a vibrant feel for the past.  The lower-level fourth bedroom features a brick floor and many windows, opening onto a brick terrace.  Outside, the walk toward the woodland gazebo is a mixture of footfalls, combining the hard surface of the brick terrace with the soft crunch of the gravel path, which leads through the massed hellebores thriving beneath the flowering dogwood trees. Opened for Garden Week by owners Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Ridinger III.

Williamsburg—“Runningmeade”

  “RUNNINGMEADE,” 106 Mill Neck Road.  This majestic English Tudor house was built by the Wallace family in 1929 on 10 acres of land purchased from the College of William & Mary.  Crews working nearby on the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg completed portions of the house on nights and weekends.  The commanding regal façade is enhanced by varying steeply pitched rooflines, leaded-glass windows and soaring chimneys.  The brickwork is laid in the English bond pattern, and the cement roof shingles were made on-site during the construction.  Of particular interest are the cast-concrete fleur-de-lis plaques on the front façade and the keystones above several openings that are made of multiple pieces of vertically stacked slate.
  The original leaded-glass front door gives way to an open foyer with unobstructed views of the dining and living rooms. Typical of English Tudor style, the house has dark oak floors and trim work throughout.  In the dining room, the carved-rope and fleur-de-lis trim on the built-in corner cupboards is distinctive, as is the series of Wedgwood plates featuring famous London landmarks, providing a focal point above the windows.  Just off the living room is a delightful screened porch, offering vistas of Lake Matoaka and an impressive old oak tree fronted by a formal boxwood garden surrounded by brick walls.
  On the stairwell to the second floor hangs a brass rubbing done by the owner at Exeter Cathedral in England.  In the guest bedroom, the quilt on the bed was made by the owner’s mother.  Another quilt created by the owner’s great-grandmother is displayed on the quilt rack.  The family heirloom christening dress is shadow-boxed above the bed. Opened for the first time for Garden Week by owners Randy and Shelby Hawthorne.
 
ALSO OF INTEREST:

  THE ADAMS GARDEN, corner of North Boundary St. and Richmond Rd.  Dedicated in 1986 in memory of Gregory S. Adams, a member of the College of William & Mary Class of 1981, the garden (located at the corner of North Boundary St. and Richmond Rd.) has become a popular spot for outdoor lunches and study breaks.
Originally planted with azaleas and small bulbs, this enchanting garden’s collection now includes an interesting variety of both woody and herbaceous material which can be viewed from the crushed oyster-shell path meandering throughout.  Local and international visitors plan regular visits to enjoy what is in flower.
  The garden has been lovingly cared for by Madelynn Watkinson, a volunteer who has worked with support from College staff to create and maintain this quiet point of
beauty. 

   BRUTON PARISH CHURCH’S HISTORIC SILVER AND PRAYER BOOK are on display in St. Mary’s Chapel in the Bruton Parish House, one block west of the church, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  The display includes the 17th century communion silver used in the church at Jamestown, as well as the service presented by King George III to Governor Botetourt in 1768.  Also on display is the restored 1751 prayer book used at Bruton during the 18th century, with notes and paste-ins added at that time.  The prayer for the King was replaced with one for the President of the United States after the Revolution.  The grounds of Bruton Parish Church were recently enhanced by The Garden Club of Virginia with funding from Historic Garden Week in Virginia tours.

   MATTEY’S GARDEN is located at Matthew Whaley Elementary School on Scotland St., adjacent to the brick wall surrounding the Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg.  This special children’s garden was a gift from The Williamsburg Garden Club to the City of Williamsburg in honor of its 300th anniversary (1699-1999).  Garden programs involve participation by each grade level in such projects as a sunflower house, an alphabet garden, a water garden, a colonial herb garden, vegetable and flower gardening, composting and wildlife habitats.  The garden was the winner of The Garden Club of Virginia’s Common Wealth Award, thus enabling The Williamsburg Garden Club to fund another community children’s garden at Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School.  Mattey’s Garden will be open to the public free of charge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on tour day.  Parking in the school lot is allowed during these hours while visitors view the garden.

  In honor of the 75th Anniversary of Historic Garden Week in 2008 and to show appreciation for the support received for our tour for many years, The Williamsburg Garden Club has made donations to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the College of William & Mary for the “care, culture, and planting of gardens,” including those such as The Adams Garden and the Colonial Williamsburg gardens on tour. 

For additional on other garden tours through the state of Virginia search this website : http://www.vagardenweek.org/index.htm

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Thinking of moving to Williamsburg Virginia

Williamsburg Virginia Real Estate

What if?

 

Have you ever wondered if there really is a “perfect” place to live?

 

What if…there was a place to live that enjoyed a moderate climate and the absolute best display of all four seasons?  A place with an average summer temperature of 87 degrees…spectacular fall foliage…mild winters, promising one or two snows- just enough to feel that Old man Winter nipped at your heels, but not enough to feel snowbound…and a Spring complete with spectacular azaleas, budding daffodils, dogwoods and Bradford pear trees everywhere you look.

 

What if…there was a peninsula bordered by sparkling waters…the Chesapeake Bay’s splendor and bounty to the East…the York river to the North…the James river to the South…plus tributaries, winding creeks and untouched marshes.  Travel bridges and ferries, visit a variety of marinas , spot blue heron and osprey while sailing and boating…beaches, beaches, everywhere.

 

What if…it were a college town with all the fun that delivers…chilly autumn football games…the Greenleafe café…Shakespeare festivals…even free courses for retired residents.  The second oldest college in the country and recently lauded as the #4 best value in education, William and Mary is not only a beautiful campus, but it has made dedicated alumni of all of us, whether we attended or not.

 

What if…you could close your eyes and transport  yourself back 300 years…you could worship in the same church as John Adams…enjoy gambols in the taverns of Colonial Williamsburg…you’re a short drive to the Jamestown settlement or the American Revolution’s Yorktown battlefields via the scenic twenty three miles of the Colonial Parkway.  Strolling the streets of downtown Williamsburg is a historic adventure and you just may be serenaded by the Fife and Drum corps!  Williamsburg residents enjoy Good Neighbor passes, giving them  access to everything Colonial Williamsburg has to offer.

 

What if…that town was nestled half way between Washington DC and the Outer Banks of North Carolina…just a short drive to opera, the Virginia symphony, museums, concerts and plenty of shopping.  One hour from the oceanfront of Virginia Beach and two hours from the Blue Ridge Mountains, there is something for everyone.  Local realtors affectionately refer to “half-backs”…those who had retired to Florida from up North, but decided that they preferred a more centrally located town with more to offer.

 

What if…every day around town was an adventure.  You could savor a fabulous farmer’s market in season, exhaust the kids at Busch Gardens/Water Country, watch crab races at local downtown eateries, experience art festivals and concerts at our recently rehabbed outdoor amphitheatre.  Sports and recreation options are vast including some of the best golf in the country, miles of mountain biking/trail running/hiking and excellent fishing, crabbing and kayaking.

 

And…what if…you could live in a place like this and it was affordable?  Sound too good to be true?  It’s not.  Relative to the Northeast or West coast, Williamsburg real estate is a bargain.  Add a low property tax rate to that (less than 60 cents per $100 of assessed value in Williamsburg proper), and you have an ideal place to call home.

 

Depending on what interests you…a low maintenance condo or a Williamsburg style cape cod, average sales prices in Williamsburg are in the mid 300’s.  If you’re a golfer, you have a number of the country’s finest golf communities from which to choose (Kingsmill, which hosts the LPGA each Spring, Fords’s Colony, Governor’s Land and others).    If you prefer an affordable 55 and older community, we have those too.

 

It’s no wonder that  Money Magazine named Williamsburg one of the Top Five Places in America to retire last year!

 

Intrigued, but want more information?  The single best source for information about moving to Williamsburg is found  at www.mrwilliamsburg.com.  Authored by John Womeldorf, a local Realtor who is passionate about our town. This website boasts not only housing information, but web cameras, local happenings, maps and links to everything Williamsburg.

 

The key to finding the right home and neighborhood in Williamsburg is first to find the right Realtor. “ John was outstanding! We move every three years, so we have dealt with many realtors– John was by far the best. I would refer him to anyone! John was there for every phone call and email–he always responded in a timely manner. I loved him sending updated photos the most–since we bought sight unseen. John always went above and beyond for us–there wasn’t anything he didn’t do! He even video taped the drive from the neighborhood entrance to the house and sent it to us! Thank you, thank you, thank you. From beginning to end, John was friendly, helpful, professional and fun to work with!”

 

Major Chris Hoskins, Becca Hoskins, Stonehouse, Williamsburg

 

Yes, there is a truly perfect place to live.  Welcome to Williamsburg, Virginia!

 

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