• psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is 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 , foreclosures, 55+ 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 You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813

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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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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Williamsburg VA Real Estate Tax Rates Income Tax, Sales tax, Personal Property Tax

Common questions I am asked from people are considering moving to Wiiliamsburg VA or Hampton Roads VA.

 Question:What are your taxes for real estate ? Personal Property Tax ? Income Tax ? Sales Tax ?  Gas Tax ?  Cigarette Tax ? What about for York County ? James City County ? The State of Virginia ?

This information is current as of Jan 1, 2009

City of Williamsburg VA   real estate tax .54 Per $100, 3.50 personal property tax

James City County VA Real Estate Tax .77 per $100 , 4.00 per $100 personal Property Tax
York 0.698  per $100 real estate tax, $4.00 per $100 personal property tax rate

No tax on first $20k in value click below for explanation  

You can read the exemption details for automotive personal property tax rates here

 Virginia’s income tax rates are assessed over five tax brackets:

 — 2 percent on the first $3,000 of taxable income.
— 3 percent on taxable income between $3,001 and $5,000.
— 5 percent on taxable income between $5,001 and $17,000.
— 5.75 percent on taxable income of $17,001 and above.

 Sales Taxes
State Sales Tax: 5.0% (includes statewide local tax of 1%) (prescription and non-prescription drugs exempt); Food purchased for home consumption is taxed at 1.5%. 
Gasoline Tax: 19.6 cents/gallon
Diesel Fuel Tax: 19.6 cents/gallon
(Local option tax adds 2% to fuel tax)
Cigarette Tax: 30 cents/pack of 20

Personal Income Taxes
Tax Rate Range: Low – 2.0%; High – 5.75%
Income Brackets: Lowest – $3,000; Highest – $17,000
Number of Brackets: 4
Personal Exemptions: Single – $930; Married – $1,860; Dependents – $930 (Tax year 2008)
Standard Deduction: Single – $3,000; Married filing jointly – $5,000

Property Taxes
In the State of Virginia property taxes are administered by the state’s cities, counties and towns and are based on 100% of fair market value.  Tangible personal property is also taxed at the local level and is based on a percentage of the original cost.  A county, city, or town may enact a program for senior citizens and disabled persons allowing for exemption, deferral (or a combination of both) for property taxes on realty and manufactured homes owned and occupied as the sole dwelling of a person 65 years of age or older.  Annual family income is generally limited to $50,000, but may be higher in certain Northern Virginia communities.  Net worth limits may apply.  There are no adjustments at the state level.  

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  • Military Tax Tips — Find information on all special filing provisions for members of the military and their spouses.
  • Completing Your Return — Information on how to complete your return. Information on subtractions, deductions, credits, contributions, etc is available here.

Medical/Dental Deduction: Partial. Individuals may deduct long-term health care insurance premiums, provided the premiums have not been deducted for federal income tax purposes. The premiums must be paid specifically for a long-term health care policy.  The amount to be subtracted is the cost of long-term health care insurance premiums that has not been deducted on your federal return.

Federal Income Tax Deduction: None

Retirement Income Taxes: Taxpayers age 65 and older are eligible for a deduction of $12,000, subject to the following income limitations.  The deduction of $12,000 will be reduced by one dollar for each dollar that their Adjusted Federal Adjusted Gross Income exceeds the following thresholds: single – $50,000, married – $75,000 (total for both), married filing separately – $75,000 (total for both).  “Adjusted federal adjusted gross income” means the federal adjusted gross income reduced by the taxable Social Security and Tier 1 Railroad Retirement benefits reported as a Virginia subtraction.  Virginia law exempts Social Security and Tier 1 Railroad Retirement benefits fro taxation.  If you are required to include any of your benefits in federal adjusted gross income, subtract that amount on your Virginia return.  Pension income received while you are a Virginia resident is taxable by Virginia, even though it may have been received from another state.  However, federal legislation enacted January 1, 1996 prohibits any state from taxing pension payments made to a resident of another state.  Even though your pension from another state is taxable in Virginia, it should not be taxed by the other state.  Virginia residents are subject to tax on their entire incomes, including federal annuities and military pensions.  To the extent that these payments are reported in federal adjusted gross income, they are also subject to Virginia income tax.

Retired Military Pay: Follows federal tax rules.  Military retirement income received by those awarded the Medal of Honor can be subtracted from federal gross income for tax purposes.
Military Disability Retired Pay: Disability Portion – Length of Service Pay; Member on September 24, 1975 – No tax; Not Member on September 24, 1975 – Taxed, unless combat incurred.  Retired Pay – Based solely on disability: Member on September 24, 1975 – No tax; Not Member on September 24, 1975 – Taxed, unless all pay based on disability and disability resulted from armed conflict, extra-hazardous service, simulated war, or an instrumentality of war.

VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes
Military SBP/SSBP/RCSBP/RSFPP: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax.  Check with state department of revenue office.

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Below is a breakdown of state and county taxes in the Williamsburg VA area. Please

Foreclosures/ REO – Williamsburg VA

Coming soon. Not yet listed. Williamsburg VA Foreclosures/ REO/ Short Sales, James City County VA/ York County , VA.

Address:  LOW RIDGE, WILLIAMSBURG, VA, Penniman East, almost 2000 square feet, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, built in 2001, priced below $240k

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Address:  SMALLPAGE TR, Pointe at Jamestown, WILLIAMSBURG, VA
     4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths,   Price: 324,880.00

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Address:  QUEEN BISHOP LN, WILLIAMSBURG, VA, Off of Jamestown Rd

3 Bedroom with loft, very open floor plan, Lake Powell Point, Built in 2004, located on a cul de sac. Price TBD

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For further information on any of these properties or updates on foreclosures/ REO’s in the Williamsburg or greater Hampton Roads, VA. area contact John Womeldorf     John@MrWilliamsburg.com  or on his website www.MrWilliamsburg.com

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Williamsburg VA Real Estate High Street Update

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WILLIAMSBURG VA From an article in the VA Gazette by Steve Vaughn, Dec, 17 2008

  —High Street has a new real estate agent for the residential properties and a new emphasis as well.

 Dan Aston of Roseland Property Co., the developer of High Street, said market demand has spurred construction of the condos sooner than planned, starting in spring.

 

“The demographics that we’re appealing to tell us that’s what we want, so we’ll be starting them sooner than we originally planned,” he said.

Sixteen townhomes are built and another 16 are planned. William E. Wood had been handling sales of the townhomes.

“The contract was up and we chose to go with Prudential McCardle instead,” Aston said. Roseland itself manages rental of the the King’s Manor apartments, which are already open.

Roseland will also manage the more than 200,000 feet of commercial space in High Street, although Aston said the company uses a nationally known commercial leasing agent based in Michigan to help attract clients.

The first of those commercial clients will open soon. Five Guys Burgers & Fries ( my favorite) is opening Jan. 5. There’s also a firm date for the opening of High Street’s anchor attraction, the Movie Tavern theater. It will open March 20.

High Street’s only other announced commercial tenant, Kilwin’s ice cream parlor, should open prior to the theater, according to Aston.

Other possibilities include coffeehouses, more restaurants and possibly a supermarket

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Wiliamsburg VA Real Estate “Fords Colony News”

From an article in the VA Gazette 

JAMES CITY – In a stunning affront, homeowners in Ford’s Colony are looking outside the gates to find a new management company. That threatens developer Realtec’s hold over the sprawling planned community.

The potential shakeup is the latest wedge in a series of disputes that date back to an attempt to build 220 workforce homes across News Road. Realtec hoped to roll the project into the Ford’s Colony master plan, which homeowners vehemently opposed. Things went downhill when management pushed a big continuing care facility as well.

The homeowner association president downplayed any animosity. Deborah Gatzek-Kratter said, “This isn’t anything adverse about RCS,” referring to Realtec Community Services. “It’s just a normal process. It doesn’t reflect anything about anybody. There’s no problem [with Realtec]. This is about getting the best value, the best service, for the money.”

It is nonetheless the first time the Homeowner Association has challenged an arrangement forged 23 years ago by opening the management contract to outside bidders. Last week six bids came in, including one from Realtec.

What’s at stake is a contract worth $4.5 million that covers more than 25 employees in 24-hour security, 30 in maintenance, five in management and two in recreation, plus summer temp help. Community Services maintains 45 miles of private roads and 250 acres of common area.

Realtec the company oversaw the compound until 2000, when it ceded control to the Homeowner Association after a series of phases.

Insiders said this week that with Realtec’s “veto power” over association decisions set to expire in 2010, now’s the time to recast the contract or retain a new company altogether.

Realtec general manager Drew Mulhare said, “We believe that keeping the interests of the developer and the HOA aligned is in the best interest of both entities and, of course, the folks who own property here.” He said Community Services drew a 90% approval rating in a recent survey.

Skeptics feel Realtec is still in charge.

Ousting Community Services is more complicated than hiring a new company. It owns the project maintenance facility, which houses management offices, storage, a mechanic’s shop and a fuel depot. The HOA pays into a shared-use agreement, but the cost is half of what homeowners can expect to pay in mortgage or lease costs for separate facilities, Mulhare said.

Indeed, Community Services would be under no obligation to let the homeowner association use the facility.

“Maintenance companies, large landscape companies and construction companies have spoken to us in the past regarding co-op agreements, mergers or leases,” Mulhare said. They are attracted to being close to the 3,000 lots, 2,400 homes and 600 to-be-built units at Ford’s Colony.

Then there are the 60 or so Community Services employees. Realtec could be subcontracted by the new company, Mulhare noted, which moves the negotiations mostly to a matter of the $436,000 upper management portion of the contract.

“It would separate me and my development connection from the management agent,” Mulhare said. “However, there is no evidence that my dual relationships have been a determent to the [Home­owner Association].”

Village at Ford’s Colony, the controversial continuing care facility on News Road, will come online in a matter of years, Mulhare said, providing more business for whoever runs the compound.

Gatzek-Kratter carefully noted that the decision was not based on the controversy over the continuing care facility. More than 900 Ford’s Colony residents initially opposed the plan, and the HOA later tried to block it through legal means. Eventually both residents and the HOA supported the retirement home, or at least agreed to not fight it anymore.

Williamsburg VA Real Estate “Free House in Colonial Williamsburg”

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 Anybody want a free house in Colonial Williamsburg ? Anybody want to be paid to take away a free house ?

The Billups House in Colonial Williamsburg VA pre-Second World War home on Armistead Avenue is available FREE to anyone who wants to provide a piece of land to house it.
And the developers who received City Council permission on Thursday to knock it down for a mixed commercial-residential development will pay the amount of money they’re going to fork over for demolition to the proud new owners.  Approximately $15,000
Since Thanksgiving two people have shown an interest in finding a new home for the 80-year-old home. But so far, no one has followed through.

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The house at 203 Armistead Avenue was once the residence of Henry Billups, who rang the Wren Building bells at the College of William and Mary from the 1890s to the 1950s.
It and two commercial buildings on Prince George Street, including the former Mama Mia’s Pizza and Deli, will be demolished to make way for a 10,500-square-foot development.
The new project, designed by Magoon Architects for property owners Nick Saras and Steve Manos, will incorporate the architectural style of the block of Prince George Street closer to Colonial Williamsburg. It will have seven apartments on the second floor.

The hope is to create a strong corner, and that one day, the property in between (his planned development and North Boundary Street) will be remodeled and updated, in a mode consistent with the block.”

One after another, city council members lavished praise on the development in voting 5-0 to allow the project to The Billups House Williamsburg VAproceed.”In our own community, projects have basically stopped,” said Council Member Paul Freiling. “Here we have a property owner willing to invest what I think is a large amount of money in this development.
“There aren’t a lot of places and people that would be doing that right now.”
No one even rose in the public comments portion of the meeting to offer a defense of the lonely white house.
But it will stand at least until mid-April. Because of its age, Billups House found itself on Williamsburg’s list of historic structures, forcing the developers to appear before the Architectural Review Board as part of its rezoning application process.

In searching for a lot for this home there is one on South Boundary listed for $250,000. There maybe be others available as well. Please contact me for further information. I would think if they can move the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse we should be able to save and move this house !

 

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Williamsburg VA Real Estate Are there nice beaches near Williamsburg VA ?

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We were in Williamsburg recently looking at homes for sale In driving around the Hampton Roads area we saw signs  for the Outer Banks.

Living very near the ocean now in MA. (a couple of blocks) and wanting to be close, we wondered if we moved to Williamsburg for retirement (which we are considering) where the nearest nice, un-built up ocean area is.

I know parts (I think) of the Outer Banks are still fairly quiet and not high-rise city – is that right? We’ve never been, but been to Bald Head Island, which we adored. That, however, isn’t suitable for a weekend trip, which we would hope to do often.

How far driving time to get to this part from Williamsburg?

 

It’s  about 2.5 hours to Duck a little further is Corolla and even Carova which is a beach community that only can be accessed by driving on the beach. Amazingly there are million dollar plus beach homes built in this area. The nearest store can be 8 miles down the beach !! Now that’s remote. As you drive down the beach you will sometimes see wild horses roaming free ( we have) 

 

Our personal favorite is Corolla. We go as often as we can. ( parents have a house there ) There are plans to build a bridge across the Currituck Sound which will shorten the drive to Corolla by about an hour !

Lots of different beaches in the Outer Banks depending on what you like. The further north or south you go the less commercial they are. Much further south there are Rodanthe, Waves, Hatteras ( almost 6 hours to Hatteras) and you can take the ferry to Ocracoke a neat little place to visit at the southern tip of the Outer Banks. No high rise buildings. simply beaches, some stores and a lot of protected wildlife areas..

 

Another much closer beach to consider visiting is Sandbridge in VA Beach, 70 miles from Williamsburg.Located 15 miles south of (and 180° opposite) the Resort Area, Sandbridge is a secluded beach hideaway of 5 miles of pristine sand dunes and dancing sea oats. It is a relaxing and peaceful community where you can truly slow down and unwind on your vacation. Beachside, the Atlantic never fails to entertain. And for those craving even more of the great outdoors, the marshes and open waters of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park make for great kayaking, hiking, and fishing  It’s basically all beach houses. At The very end of Sandbridge is Little Island Park

Sandbridge Little Island Park has always been a great place to take the family. It has a playground for the kids, a fishing pier for the anglers, and a wonderful covered picnic area. This year it gets even better with a packed calendar of FREE events designed to bring a little taste of the resort area entertainment to the laid back attitude of Sandbridge.

It is located in Sandbridge Beach at 3820 Sandpiper Road. Amenities include basketball courts, concessions, fishing pier, picnic shelters, playground equipment, restrooms, surfing/swimming, tennis courts and volleyball courts.

  Beyond that is False Cape State Park a 4300 acre park with 6 miles of undeveloped beach along the Atlantic Ocean. You can only get there by walking or biking.

Her is their website : http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/fal.shtml

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Williamsburg VA Real Estate ” Village at Quarterpath looking to re-tool !

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Update The Village at Quarterpath, Williamsburg, Virginia

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The developers of The Village at Quarterpath ( Wermers Development) are seeking to increase the density of the project from what was initially approved.

 In it’s initial approval by the City of Williamsburg  The Village at Quarterpath was to have a total of 77 dwellings. The number of homes in the Village at Quarterpath would expand by 55% beyond what’s  been long approved. To sweeten the deal, proffers will provide some affordable housing. This would have been comprised of 41 detached homes and 36 town homes.  Since the downturn in the real estate market they are now requesting approval to build a total of 122 dwellings this being comprised of 6 detached homes, 36 duplexes and 77 town homes..

Town Homes at Village at Quarterpath, Williamsburg VAThe developers are also seeking a zoning change from the RM-1 district, which allows eight units per acre, to RM-2, which allows 14.

 “Due to uncontrollable economic and real estate market conditions, we now find it necessary to reposition this community,” wrote L&B Quarterpath LLC, the development company, in its application for the change.

Proffers proposed by Wermers Development would cap the rentals at 20% and stipulate that 10% of the units will be sold for less than $220,000. The city earlier exempted Quarterpath from affordables.

Prices being porposed by the developer are to average sale prices of a townhouse at $250,000 and their size from 1,350 to 1,710 square feet. The new plan calls for smaller front and side yards than are typically required in the RM-2 zoning district. 

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Moving/Retiring to Willamsburg VA For young and old alike !

I wanted to share an excellent post by by Andrew Petkofsky for Virginia Business. I have added a few links to direct you to areas of information.

Ken Carr retired to Williamsburg because he didn’t want to get away from it all. As a sales and marketing executive in the fashion industry, he had enjoyed a fast-paced career and was looking for a gentler climate than his home in the Chicago suburbs.

But nice weather and recreational options were only part of it: Carr also hoped for opportunities to keep busy and take on new challenges. “You spend your life working, as many of us have, five or six days a week with the pulse of business,” he says. “To just have that stop, psychologically, I didn’t find that it was all that appealing.”

When Carr moved with his wife, Nancy, to the gated community of Ford’s Colony in 1999, he immediately occupied himself building a retirement house. Someone asked if he would sell it, so he built another.

Then he became increasingly involved sharing his business experience with those just starting out. Carr connects with business clients through the Service Corps of Retired Executives, a national program coordinated locally through the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance. “It’s a great way to use the expertise that you have,” says Carr, who is 65. “It’s also an incredible opportunity for businesses or organizations to get people who are very accomplished to assist them — the kind of team that quite frankly they couldn’t go out and hire.”

In fact, so many former executives and high-ranking military officers have retired to Williamsburg that a number of other organizations, including the College of William & Mary and its Mason School of Business have created local programs to harness their expertise.

The post-career challenges are not reserved solely for former captains of industry. Other retirees in the area take classes in a large continuing education program, teach in the same program and even help operate a professional chamber orchestra in Williamsburg. “We wind up with some very bright early retirees who still want to make contributions,” says Keith Taylor, director of James City County’s office of economic development.

The Williamsburg area (including James City County and upper York County) has become a retirement mecca. Money magazine named the region one of the country’s best places to retire. The magazine cited attributes such as the area’s history, culture, green space and access to health care and airports.
The area’s growing reputation among retirees has been helped by a constellation of attractions including the Colonial Williamsburg living history museum, the College of William & Mary, award-winning golf courses, a handful of prestigious gated communities, close access to tidal rivers and the ocean, and a location only three hours away from Washington, D.C.

As the retirement-age population grows, older residents are redefining the options available for their golden years and, in the process, reshaping the community. Kingsmill on the James, opened in the 1970s as the region’s first gated community, now has the company of several other retiree-friendly residential areas protected by gates or private security forces. These include Ford’s Colony and The Governor’s Land at Two Rivers.

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 Two recent arrivals, Colonial Heritage and The Settlement at Powhattan Creek in James City, requires that residents be 55 or older.

A boom in mixed-used developments also appeals to the preferences of an older population. These projects group shopping, restaurants and low-maintenance residences such as condos and town houses in one location. “Folks are looking more and more at access to retail and entertainment within walking distance of their homes,” says James R. Golden, associate vice president for economic development at William & Mary. “The retirement community is sort of a leader in this.”

Golden helped promote the development of New Town, a mixed-use community just outside Williamsburg. Now a second, similar development, High Street, is under construction in the city. Riverside Health System also has proposed a mixed-use community, Quarterpath at Williamsburg, which would include a hospital, a nursing home and housing. State approval has not yet been granted for the hospital, which would be the Williamsburg area’s second.

Community leaders see the retirement boom as a largely positive economic force that may create jobs for younger folks in areas such as health care, retail and other services. The officials point out that many of those retiring to Williamsburg from other areas, especially the Northeast, are well-heeled professionals and business executives who have chosen to end their careers while still in their 50s. “When you develop a vibrant retirement community … they will pay for services that they want and appreciate, and that will open up opportunities for people that want to fill those needs,” says Richard Schreiber, president and CEO of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance.

One side effect of becoming a retirement mecca is that land and housing prices in the region have risen to levels beyond the means of many workers in service jobs. “It’s sort of creat­ing a greater shortage of affordable housing,” says Rick Hanson, James City’s director of housing and community development. “A lot of people that work in James City do find the housing costs prohibitive, and they will commute in.”

The cost of housing can also be a problem for some retirees who spent their working years in the community. But local governments are trying to solve the problem. Hanson’s office recently assembled a parcel for development of low-rent senior housing in cooperation with a local nonprofit organization. He says the county also has commissioned a consultant to analyze housing needs and report this fall.

Numbers help tell the story of Williamsburg’s growing popularity as a place to retire. William & Mary and the Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health, a local organization created to promote the health of older people, reported in 2003 that the 60-and-older population in Williamsburg, James City and upper York grew more than 65 percent, from 5,688 to 10,686, between 1990 and 2000. The 60-and-over population in Virginia as a whole grew 17.1 percent in the same period. Growth in the same group nationwide was 9.4 percent, according to the study, which was based on U.S. Census figures. During this same period, the area’s overall population grew about 27 percent, from 54,980 to 69,763.

Pete Williamson says he retired in Williamsburg partly because the city and its surroundings seem just as full of families and younger people as folks of his generation. Even his affluent Governor’s Land neighborhood seems to be attracting a good number of families, he says. “We have a community with a mix of young and old with school kids and retirees,” Williamson says. “We’re not some retirement community out in the middle of nowhere where you have to drive a half hour just to go to a grocery store.”

Williamson was living in Wilton, Conn., and working as an IBM program manager when he retired in 1994 at the age of 54. A volunteer job with an ambulance corps became full-time work before he and his wife moved to Williamsburg in 1998.

Now 67, Williamson co-leads a 40- to-60-mile bicycle ride for the local bike club ( Williamsburg Area Bicyclists) once or twice a week. He also serves on the board of his neighborhood’s homeowners association and does computer work as a member of a charity tennis group that raised about $45,000 last year for a local hospice.

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact size of the region’s retirement community because there’s no set age for retirement. Louis Rossiter, a former Virginia secretary of health and human resources who’s now director of community health service research for the Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health, says Williamsburg may serve as a model in developing programs that can be adopted elsewhere.

Thinking ahead is important, says Rossiter, because an older population brings potential problems along with benefits. “When the retirees move here, they’re in good health. Then they age in place,” he says. “Who will take care of them as they become more frail?”

The Center for Excellence is a consortium of colleges, hospitals and health agencies that conducts sponsored research into such subjects as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis, and studies ways to improve access to medical care. More significant for local retirees, the center also offers geriatric services not generally available in the community, such as memory assessment and driving evaluation.

For high-ranking military retirees, Williamsburg offers something beyond resort communities and golf courses: easy access to Washington. “Lot’s of people continue some kind of consulting but don’t want to live in D.C. — they’ve had that experience,” says William & Mary’s Golden, himself a retired Army brigadier general.

Local organizations increasingly are coming up with ways to capture the interests of these retirees and take advantage of their skills. The Mason School of Business at William & Mary, for example, enlists 90 retirees in its Executive Partners program as mentors for students and faculty and as consultants to companies looking for advice. “The joke is they come, play golf six months and get bored,” says Jonathan Palmer, the school’s associate dean. “We engage them at a very high and active level.”

In addition to mentoring others, Williamsburg retirees are interested in learning something new. William & Mary’s Christopher Wren Association, an education program for retirees, attracted more than 1,400 students last semester to more than 60 classes. Retirees served as faculty for many of the classes.

The Chamber & Tourism Alliance last year began a Community Leadership Service in which 16 retirees who moved to the community recently took a crash course about the region, its governmental structure and inner workings. Participants now are creating a database of retired people with skills that could benefit local nonprofit organizations, says Schreiber, the chamber president.

Leading the database project is Joan Peterson, who was recruited because she chaired the education committee of the Williamsburg Symphonia, a professional chamber orchestra. Peterson moved to Williamsburg from Massachusetts when her husband took early retirement from Hewlett-Packard. She had been director of summer programs for a private school. Now a bit more than four years later, her husband is commuting regularly to consulting jobs in Minneapolis and Seattle, and she is immersed in a project she hopes will benefit nonprofits and retirees. “I absolutely love Williamsburg,” says Peterson. “I would have a hard time coming up with things I don’t like about it. Except maybe for the rapid growth. Everyone wants to be the last one in, I guess.”

 

 

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Living in Kingsmill Williamsburg VA Home for sale

Living at 9 Winster Fax, Williamsburg Va in Kingsmill is like living in the middle of a park.  On one side is a large rolling lawn. On the other side is the green at the fourth hole of the River Course.  Behind is a wooded ravine.  When the leaves are off the trees, you can see through to the fairway and the third hole of the golf course.  Best of all, these green spaces  belong to Kingsmill Resort, or are part of the common area in Winster Fax.  Look, enjoy, and don’t worry about maintenance. All of the exterior lawn and house painting is taken care of by the association.

 

Kingsmill homeowner fees include the use of tennis courts, pools, community centers and  walking paths.  Memberships are available for the golf courses, tennis and sports club.  Four fine restaurants are open to all.   The James River is half a mile away, where there is a Sandy beach and a marina.

 

 

The community is gated and offers 24 hour security with it’s own security force.Security officers provide not only the usual services of a private police force, but are the first responders when a 911 call is made.  Many are also trained as paramedics.

 

Homeowners include  families with children, retirees  and second home owners.  A congenial and friendly spirit makes for a happy and comfortable life.

 

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Visiting Colonial Williamsburg

HOW TO EXPERIENCE COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG 

 

 

 

From 1699 to 1780 Williamsburg was the capital of England’s oldest, largest and 

most populous North American mainland colony and the seat of power in the new

nation’s most influential state. Named in honor of William III, King of England and

designed by Royal Gov. Francis Nicholson, Williamsburg is one of the country’s oldest

planned communities.

 

 

 

Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., near Interstate 64

(exit 238). Guests can fly into Norfolk, Newport News/Williamsburg International and

Richmond International airports. All have rental cars and limousine services. Amtrak also

serves the Williamsburg Transportation Center with a connecting train from Washington,

D.C. The center is just blocks from the Historic Area and provides car rentals, a cab stand

and Greyhound Bus connections.

 

 

Operating Hours

 

Colonial Williamsburg’s operating hours generally are 9 a.m.–5 p.m. but vary by

season. Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area is open seven days a week, 365 days a

year.

 

 

Historic Area

 

Encompassing 301 acres, Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area programming

portrays 18th-century Williamsburg on the eve of the American Revolution. Throughout

the city, an engaging mix of sights, sounds and activities help guests reconnect with

America’s past and become active participants in 18th-century life. Important Historic

Area sites include the Governor’s Palace, the symbol of British authority in the colony;

the Capitol, the seat of colonial power and site of Virginia’s vote for independence on

May 15, 1776, and home to the General Assembly from 1776 to 79; the Peyton Randolph

site, an “urban plantation;” Raleigh Tavern, where Virginia patriots met to discuss

independence in open defiance of the crown; George Wythe House, home of Thomas

Jefferson’s teacher and friend; and the James Geddy House and Foundry, site of an upand-

coming family business. The Historic Area is protected from modern intrusions by a

2,800-acre greenbelt.

 

 

Museums

 

Colonial Williamsburg operates the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg: the Public

Hospital, which provides exhibits that document the treatment of mental illness from the

hospital’s founding in 1773 to its destruction by fire in 1885; the DeWitt Wallace

Decorative Arts Museum that displays the Foundation’s exceptional collection of British

and American decorative arts; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in expanded

quarters adjacent to the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum with 11 galleries in

10,400 square feet of exhibition space. In addition, the Foundation also operates Bassett

Hall, the Williamsburg home of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Jr.

 

 

Accommodations

 

Colonial Williamsburg guests may choose from 1,000 guest rooms in five hotel

properties: the elegant Williamsburg Inn; 26 individual Colonial Houses–Historic

Lodging where guests can immerse themselves in the 18th century; the newly renovated

and expanded Williamsburg Lodge; the contemporary Woodlands Hotel & Suites, nestled

in the woods near the Visitor Center; and the moderately priced Governor’s Inn, located

four blocks from Merchants Square. Vacation packages include length-of-stay passes to

the Historic Area and special rates for evening programs. Details are available online at

http://www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com.

 

 

Conference Facilities

 

Meetings have been important in Williamsburg since members of the House of

Burgesses met in the Apollo Room of the Raleigh Tavern to protest British taxation of

the colonies. The renovated and expanded Williamsburg Lodge offers 45,000 square feet

of flexible meeting space and 28 versatile function rooms. Classic American furnishings

and folk art reproductions inspired by pieces in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art

Museum make the conference center unlike any other. The 11,200-square-foot Virginia

Room includes an elegant prefunction space with sweeping views of the countryside and

the Virginia Lawn, which can accommodate outdoor events. The 7,000-square-foot

Colony Room and Governor Jefferson executive board room provide additional options.

The Williamsburg Lodge conference center has hosted heads of state, brides,

corporations and government officials. It is located adjacent to the Historic Area and

across the street from The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg and the Golden Horseshoe Golf

Club.

 

 

Dining

 

Colonial Williamsburg operates four historic dining taverns in the Historic Area.

Each tavern offers unique 18th-century-style menus served in authentic colonial

surroundings.

Chowning’s Tavern

 

serves light fare and spirits in the style of a traditional

 

pit barbecue. After 5 p.m., Chowning’s becomes Gambols, an 18th-century alehouse,

serving beer, wines and other beverages and light fare and engaging guests in song and

18th-century games. Christiana Campbell’s Tavern

 

is the place for seafood. Shields

 

Tavern 

 

is a coffeehouse serving light fare, coffee, tea and spirits.

 King’s Arms Tavern is a full-service chophouse offering selections including peanut soup and roast prime rib 

 

of beef. Guests looking for a more elegant setting also can dine in the Williamsburg Inn’s

award-winning Regency Room or the new Williamsburg Lodge restaurant, serving

regional favorites from the Chesapeake and local markets.

 

Recreation 

 

 

The 45-hole Golden Horseshoe Golf Club includes the award-winning Gold

Course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.; the Green Course, designed by his son, Rees

Jones; and Spotswood, a nine-hole executive course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.

 Both courses were named to the 2006–2007 

 

Zagat  Readers’ Survey of “America’s Top Golf Courses.” Guests at Colonial Williamsburg’s hotels also can enjoy swimming pools, tennis courts, lawn bowling greens, lawn croquet, shuffleboard, bicycling and miniature golf. 

 

 

Shopping

 

Guests can purchase authentic reproductions, Colonial Williamsburg foods and

other products in Historic Area shops, at the Colonial Nursery, and from merchants’

booths at Market Square. Outside the Historic Area, Colonial Williamsburg operates

retail stores that range from WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers 

 

at the Visitor Center to

 

WILLIAMSBURG At Home 

 

, the flagship store for WILLIAMSBURG

 

 

home furnishings, decorative accessories and gifts, located in Merchants Square. 

 

Recognized as one of the first planned shopping malls in the United States,

Merchants Square is home to over 40 shops and restaurants, including local and national

specialty stores and a variety of dining options. It also is operated by The Colonial

Williamsburg Foundation.

 

 

 

Specialty Products

 

 

 

 

The WILLIAMSBURG brand offers fresh, spirited designs in all categories of  

 

home and gift. With products inspired by the 18th century and designed for today’s

lifestyle, WILLIAMSBURG is the preeminent leader of American style. The Colonial

Williamsburg Products Program includes 60 licensees producing more than 7,000

products under the WILLIAMSBURG and WILLIAMSBURG Reserve brands. It

operates 24 retail stores, a mail-order catalog and an ecommerce site. Sales of

WILLIAMSBURG products support the preservation, research and educational programs

of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit organization that oversees

the restored colonial capital in Williamsburg, Va. For more information, call

1-800-414-6291 or visit http://www.WilliamsburgMarketplace.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Trades

 

 

Archaeological Research

 

Colonial Williamsburg’s Department of Archaeological Research oversees the

largest colonial period archaeological collection in the United States, consisting of

several million objects and fragments recovered during more than 70 years of excavation

and extensive comparative historic period faunal and archaeobotanical collections. The

department offers extensive interpretations of ongoing excavations, guided behind-thescenes

tours of laboratories and public participation programs including school group

visits. For more information on the Foundation’s archaeological department and

excavations taking place onsite, visit

http://research.history.org/Archaeological_Research.cfm.

 

 

Colonial Resources

 

Colonial Williamsburg’s John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library is committed to

advancing knowledge of colonial British America, the American Revolution and the early

United States. Through a specialized collection of books, journals, manuscripts, visual

resources and online services, linked with fellowship and conference programs, the

library supports and encourages research in late 17th- and 18th-century colonial America,

the Revolutionary War era and the early republic, including the colonial Chesapeake,

African American studies, the decorative arts, archaeology, architectural history and

historic preservation. A cornerstone of the Bruton Heights School Education Center, a

30-acre complex of research and collections storage facilities near the Historic Area, the

John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library serves scholars, advanced students, the Colonial

Williamsburg Foundation staff and the public.

The Foundation offers several ways to access collections online. One of the most

comprehensive online databases for 18th-century primary documents, “Eighteenth-

Century Collections Online” (ECCO), now is available at Colonial Williamsburg’s John

D. Rockefeller Jr. Library. ECCO gives scholars, students and the general public access

to a library of more than 150,000 printed volumes and 26 million pages to aid them in

research. A map-based, Internet research tool, eWilliamsburg, can be accessed online at

research.history.org/ewilliamsburg. Users pull up the map on a computer screen, roll their

cursor over a building in the Historic Area, get a description of it, including an image and

a list of reports starting with the most recent and working back chronologically from

newest to oldest. For more information on the Foundation’s historical research

department, visit http://research.history.org/Historical_Research.cfm.

 

 

General Information:

 

1-800-HISTORY (1-800-447-8769)

 

 

Web site: 

 

 

 

 

 

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FAQ Frequently asked questions about Christmas at Colonial Williamsburg Va Christmas Celebrations

  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT

A COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG CHRISTMAS

What is Grand Illumination?

 

 

 

Colonial Williamsburg’s signature event, Grand Illumination, signals the

beginning of the 2008 holiday season Sunday, Dec. 7, and typically attracts

thousands of guests to the Historic Area. The tradition began in 1935 with the first

“White Lighting” of the Historic Area, during which a single candle was lit in each

window of homes and shops there. The program has become significantly larger, and

the lighting of candles in public buildings, homes and shops continues.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early and park at the Colonial Williamsburg

Visitor Center. Free bus service is provided between the Visitor Center and the

Historic Area until 10 p.m. 

 

 

 

How many lights are displayed in the Historic Area? 

Windows in more than 100 exhibition buildings, trade shops and other Historic

Area buildings are lit with more than 1,200 electric or battery-operated candles the

Friday following Thanksgiving through Jan. 1, 2009. 

What makes Colonial Williamsburg’s decorations unique? 

Colonial Williamsburg’s outdoor Christmas decorations are known worldwide for

their use of natural materials available during the 18th century. These typically include

pine and boxwood wreaths decorated with fresh pineapples, apples, oranges,

pomegranates, nuts, pinecones, holly and other materials.

Colonial Williamsburg’s floral staff decorates the exteriors and some interiors of

exhibition buildings and shops. They produce several dozen elaborate door wreaths and

plaques that are checked daily for maintenance. More than 2,550 white pine and Fraser

fir wreaths and more than three miles of white pine roping are used to put the finishing

touches on doorways, windows, columns and railings. Historic Area residents decorate

their own homes, and a contest is held each year to determine the most imaginative or

original decorations.

 

 

 

What are cressets?

 

 

 

Cressets are iron baskets that are mounted on poles or suspended from

hooks, and filled with pitch pine or fat wood, which contain a high amount of resin

for an especially hot, bright flame. Set ablaze, they provide illumination during

Colonial Williamsburg’s evening programs. 

 

What is the history of the Market Square Christmas tree?

 

There were no Christmas trees in 18th-century Williamsburg. The first

“Christmas tree” in Williamsburg was introduced and decorated in 1842 at the St.

George Tucker House. Far from the large, grandiose trees aglow with sparkling lights

and myriad decorations of today, early Christmas trees were shorter and simpler but

no less aesthetic or charming. The early trees typically were showcased on a tabletop

and stood no more than a few feet tall.

Williamsburg’s first Christmas tree is commemorated with the installation of a

decorated tree inside the St. George Tucker House and with the lighting of a large

evergreen at Market Square near the Magazine. The tree is illuminated Christmas

Eve during a ceremony that includes caroling and brief remarks by a prominent

Williamsburg citizen.

 

 

How far in advance should reservations be made?

 

Since this is such a busy time, reservations for lodging and dining during the

holiday season should be made as soon as possible. Weekend reservations tend to

fill up faster than midweek reservations. The Williamsburg Inn typically is the first

Colonial Williamsburg hotel to fill up.

 

 

What are the minimum stay requirements?

 

There may be two-night minimum stay requirements, based on demand, in

Colonial Williamsburg hotels for Grand Illumination. Due to high demand for

accommodations during the holiday season, a three-night minimum stay is required

from Dec. 23 to 26 at the Williamsburg Inn, Colonial Houses—Historic Lodging,

Williamsburg Lodge and the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites. Guests are

encouraged to stay longer.

 

 

How do I get additional information and purchase tickets for holiday

programs?

 

To request a free planner that details Colonial Williamsburg’s holiday

programs or to make reservations by phone, call toll free 1-800-HISTORY or explore

the Colonial Williamsburg Web site at www.history.org.

 

 

How do I make lodging and dining reservations?

 

To make lodging reservations or to request a free Colonial Williamsburg

Holiday Planner, call toll free 1-800-HISTORY. Lodging reservations also may be

 

made on the Internet at

 

 

 

 

http://www.history.org

 

. To make dining reservations other than for

 

holiday events, call toll-free 1-800-TAVERNS or fax to (757) 565-8797. Priority

dining reservations are given to guests of Colonial Williamsburg Hotels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation?

 

 

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a private, not-for-profit educational

institution that receives no regular state or federal funding. The Foundation

preserves and interprets the Historic Area. In support of its educational mission,

Colonial Williamsburg operates for-profit businesses that include hotels and

restaurants, meeting, spa and recreational facilities, retail shops and sales of

licensed products and reproductions.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums celebrate their 50th anniversary in

2008. Founded in 1958, the Fifes and Drums perform in Colonial Williamsburg’s

Historic Area nearly 500 times during the year in daily programs from mid-February

through December and during special programs observing major holidays, including

the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Grand Illumination.

Colonial Williamsburg’s education and preservation programs and activities

 

include archaeology, historical research, building and grounds preservation, historic

trades demonstrations, living history programs, educational outreach programs and

conservation of art and antiques. Colonial Williamsburg uses interactive television

and Web-based technologies for Electronic Field Trips each year to bring the 18th

century to life for more than one million students throughout the United States.

Colonial Williamsburg also operates three world-class museums: the DeWitt

Wallace Decorative Arts Museum which displays the Foundation’s exceptional collection

of British and American decorative arts; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum,

the oldest institution in the United States dedicated solely to the collection and

preservation of American folk art; and Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of Mr. and

Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Jr.

 

 

When is Colonial Williamsburg open?

 

Colonial Williamsburg is open 365 days a year, generally from 9:30 a.m. to

5 p.m. during the holiday season. Information about specific programs, times and

 

locations can be found in

 

 

 

 

This Week

, available at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor

 

Center, all Colonial Williamsburg ticket outlets and Colonial Williamsburg hotels. Or,

 

visit CW online at

 

 

 

 

 

www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com 

How do I get there?

 

 

Williamsburg is 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., and is midway between

Richmond and Norfolk. It is served by international airports at Richmond, Norfolk and

Newport News, and by Amtrak. The Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center is accessible

by Interstate 64, exit 238, and offers ample parking.

Established in 1926, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit

educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century

Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of

Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64.

 For additional information and reservations or to

request a free copy of Colonial Williamsburg’s 2008 Holiday Planner highlighting

unique holiday programs, concerts and special dining events, call toll-free

 

 

1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at 

www.history.org

 

 

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Merchant’s Square Colonial Williamsburg VA

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Colonial Williamsburg’s

MERCHANTS SQUARE PROVIDES FRIENDLY SHOPPING, 

DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

 

 

 

 

Merchants Square, the shopping and dining district adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg’s

 

 

 

 

the hosted each fall and Art on the Square, sponsored by the Junior Women’s Club, each spring.

Throughout the summer, Merchants Square offers a weekly “Summer Breeze” concert

series, featuring musical performances from oldies and rock and roll, to big band and salsa to

jazz and R&B. Seasonal appearances by Santa Claus, Father Christmas and an array of musicians

and other performers keep things lively throughout the year. On Saturdays from April through

October, Merchants Square hosts the enormously popular Williamsburg Farmers’ Market, with a

bountiful supply of fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, herbs, cut flowers, potted plants and

much more.

All of the Merchants Square properties are owned by Colonial Williamsburg with the

majority leased to private owners. Revenue from Colonial Williamsburg’s property initiatives

supports the educational programs of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit

educational organization that oversees and operates the restored 18th-century town of

Williamsburg. For more information on Merchants Square, visit

 

 

www.merchantssquare.org

For further information about  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

www.MrWilliamsburg.com/  Williamsburg VA Real Estate website

www.MrBurg.com Williamsburg Va Real Estate website  

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

www.MrTidewater.com/  Tidewater VA Real Estate website

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

  

Williamsburg Real Estate Resource. Search for Homes & Land for sale in Williamsburg Virginia & surrounding areas  click here :CLICK HERE WILLIAMSBURG VA MLS HOME SEARCH

  CLICK HERE FOR Real Estate Home Search  Tidewater Hampton Roads Va 

  

My other area Real Estate and Information Blogs for Hampton Roads/ Tidewater/ Williamsburg Virignia and surrounding areas

Williamsburg Real Estate Blog II

Williamsburg Real Estate Blog

Williamsburg Happenings/ Events Blog

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