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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.

The Clubhouse and Marina

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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
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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
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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.