• 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

Williamsburg VA Real Estate- Condos/ Town Homes

Mr Williamsburg :My wife and I are considering Williamsburg VA as a place to relocate to. We are looking for one floor living under $250k. What communities and homes would you recommend ?

Answer: First I would want to know a little more about what you are looking for . How many bedrooms ? How many square feet ? Is an attached home ok ?  Where do you want to be ?  Do you want a garage ? Close to the outlets ? Close to Golf ? Close to New Town ? It also depends on when you want to move. As of today here are a few choices to consider. Do you want to be in a 55+ active Adult community ? or a neighborhood with kids and neighbors of all ages ?

These are my favorites and everybody has their own likes and dislikes..

Braemar_2 If you, want to be surrounded by a golf course and are ok with a brand new 1244 sq foot 2 bedroom first floor condo without a garage.  I would suggest Braemar Creek. It’s only 2.5 miles from Monticello Marketplace with Grocery Stores, Restaurants, banks, Target and most other needs. New Town is approximate 3 miles away with it’s 19 places to eat, 12 screen movie theater, Barnes and Noble, many shops , Doctors , dentists and just about any business you would want including a Trader Joe’s.. The HOA at Braemar Creek is $148 a month.  Taxes are approximate $1700 a year as of 2008. Braemar Creek as a very nice clubhouse with kitchen, big screen TV, fireplace, patio overlooking the pool, tennis courts, playground . Not sure if it’s allowed but my happy clients who have bought there ( I can put you in touch with them for first person recommendations ) walk the Williamsburg National Golf course which is adjacent to Braemar Creek. 

Here are a few pictures and floor plans of the homes at Braemar Creek

 

Click here to search all new and resale condo/ town homes for sale at Braemar Creek in Williamsburg VA

#2 recommendations would be Fairway Villas within a 1/4 mile of Braemar Creek surrounded by woods, close to everything above. Resale @ $200k  , pool, tennis.  HOA is $145 monthly and includes all exterior maintenance of home and yard, use of pool, tennis, trash collection.

Click this link to go to Google Street Views and you can pretend you are driving around the community:  You have to try it if you haven’t used it before !

Call me if you can’t it figure it out I can walk you thru how to use it.

Here are all the condo/ town homes available for sale in Fairway Villas

5555555555555555_edited #3 would be Claiborne on Richmond Rd.  By the way all of the communities were built by the same builder Fransicus Homes.( well respected quality builder in the area) So they all have similar floor plans.  The main difference is the location and amenities. Claiborne has a clubhouse only, no pool or tennis. It’s a little closer to CW, very close to the Outback Restaurant on Richmond Rd. There is one resale there for $208k, 1429 sq feet, 2 bedroom, HOA is $165 monthly. This is the only one in The City of Williamsburg which has a lower tax rate than the others in James City County.. .54 per $100 versus .77 per $100

Here are all the available condos/ town homes currently available in the Claiborne Community of Williamsburg VA

Taxes are only $1230 annually as of 2008. 

Here is a Google Street View of Claiborne.

There are a few others that have a first floor configuration. Bristol Commons next to High Street. I only mentioned the top choices that have availability at present.

Click here to search all new and resale homes , town homes, condos for sale in 55+ active adult communities in the Williamsburg VA area

 

Click here to search all new and resale condos and town homes for sale in the Williamsburg/ James City County/ York County areas of Virginia

 

 ch6 Lastly if you want a garage ( most of my clients do )   That’s another list altogether but prices will start at around $260k. If you increase your price range slightly to $275,000 that brings up a lot more possibilities. There area few home currently available in the 55+ active adult community of Colonial Heritage. All homes are almost maintenance free. All have first floor living. The community of Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg VA offers many different social clubs, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness centers a grand 26,000 square foot clubhouse with restaurant, meeting rooms, ballroom, library and much more. an 18 hole golf course is available. You don’t have to be a country club member to play. ( golf fees are optional and not required of home owners in Colonial Heritage) It is quickly becoming a very popular place to live in the Williamsburg VA area.

One other 55+ active adult community in Williamsburg VA that will not appear in the Williamsburg VA MLS/ home search above is the Villas at Five Forks.

You can click here to read information about Villas at Five Forks in Williamsburg VA prices start below $290,000

 

Click here to search all new and resale homes , town homes, condos for sale in 55+ active adult communities in the Williamsburg VA area

Note: Once you open any of the searches you can sort them by:

Price (high to low) Price (low to high) or Bedrooms (high to low) Bedrooms (low to high) or Sq. ft. (high to low) Sq. ft. (low to high) or Date Listed (new to old) Date Listed (old to new)  All by clicking the   icon that looks like this :

 Sort by: Price (high to low) Price (low to high) Bedrooms (high to low) Bedrooms (low to high) Sq. ft. (high to low) Sq. ft. (low to high) Date Listed (new to old) Date Listed (old to new)

One point I would like to make. I would never try to sell someone a more expensive home. A common thread I have noticed with most people I work with is, They always start low. ( which I can understand)  Quite a few will start in one range and then increase to a higher point to find what they like. Since they don’t know the price range of the area they will always start low.

By moving up in price from $250k to $270k and below you open up a lot more possibilities in communities and homes with  garages and other features. Also remember the prices you are seeing on my website are typically negotiable and simply a starting point. ( note: no two sellers are alike)

If you would like/ appreciate Colonial Heritage there is a detached home in there for $269k list price. I would bet it can be bought for less. Interesting the lowest price sale in the last 12 months was $280K

It’s interesting there is always a 50/50 split on where the folks I work with want to live.
One group does not want to live with a bunch of old fogies…

The others do !

Hope this helps

Call me or email me for further information, a personal tour or to receive an updated list of all homes that fit your criteria.

Cheers,

John

mrwmbglogo.jpeg

Why we love living in Williamsburg VA

Ok. It’s been awhile . I am plagiarizing myself from an earlier post.

Reasons We like living in Williamsburg, VA

Voted one of the Top 5 Best places to retire by Money Magazine ( when we reach that age)
Good neighbor passes to Colonial Williamsburg
Grand Illumination at Christmas
Great Wolf Lodge
Farmers Market on Duke on Gloucester St
Kimball Theater
Williamsburg Regional Library Concert series
Williamsburg/ James City County School System
Colonial Parkway from Jamestown to Yorktown
Williamsburg Winery/ Wedmore Place
Dinner at Chownings Tavern/ Fat Canary/ Blue Talon/ Opus 9
Desert at the Trellis ” Death by Chocolate”
Capital to Capital Bicycle Trail
Muscarelle Museum of Art
Dewey Decibel Concert Series at the Williamsburg Library Theatre
Golf at Golden Horshoe Golf Club, Williamsburg National, Stonehouse, Kiskiak, etc 17 Local Courses
First Night Williamsburg
County Recreation Center
Grocery Shopping at Ukrops, The Fresh Market, Trader Joes
An Occasion for the Arts
Brewster’s Ice Cream
SUMMER BREEZE CONCERT SERIES Concerts on Duke of Gloucester Street
Shopping at Prime Outlets, Merchants Square, Williamsburg Pottery
Bush Neck Farm – Pick-your-own strawberries, apples, blueberries, asparagus, sweet corn, peaches, pumpkins.
Busch Gardens Seasons Passes “Howl-Scream”
Water Country
The Plantations along Rt 5 , Shirley, Sherwood, Berkley etc.
Williamsburg Ale Werks Williamsburg’s only Microbrewery
William & Mary Football/ Tailgate Parties in the Fall
Mountain Bike Trails Freedom Park, New Quarter Park York River State Park
Kayaking/ paddle boats at Chickahominy Riverfront Park, Waller Mill Park and Little Creek Reservoir
Concerts at the newly renovated amphitheater at William & Mary
Paul’s Deli, Greenleafe Cafe
The wonderful playground Kidsburg/ Mid County Park
Skate Park at JCC Rec Center
New Town and it’s wonderful shops and restaurants
Prime Outlets
Phi Beta Kappa Hall – Performing Arts Series
Ewell Hall, Department of Music – Performing Arts Series
Christopher Wren Society at William and Mary
Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Classics at St. Bede Concert Series
The Virginia Arts Festival presents performances by the world’s top-flight artists in classical music, dance, theatre and jazz.
The Williamsburg Symphonia, Classical Music Series
Virginia Shakespeare Festival @ W&M
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
at Colonial Williamsburg
Aromas Coffeehouse
An Occasion for the Arts
Colonial Polo Cup
Tavern Ghost Walks in Colonial Williamsburg
“Revolutionary City,”
Spending the night in a Colonial Home in Williamsburg
4th of July fireworks at Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg
The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg
McCormick-Nagelsen Tennis Center
Spending the night at the Williamsburg Inn or Lodge
Youth Sports Teams: Baseball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Swimming, Football, Volleyball, Wrestling, Karate, Ballet, gymnastics, etc.
WISC (Williamsburg Indoor Sports Center)
Blueberry pancakes at Chickahominy House
Christmas Parade in Colonial Williamsburg
Tide Radio and WBACH radio stations and WRRW
William & Mary College”The second Oldest College in the U.S.
Kingsmill, Fords Colony, Governors Land, Stonehouse, Greensprings neighborhoods all with wonderful golf facilities.
Rock and Roll half Marathon in VA Beach
Shamrock Marathon in VA Beach
Paul Shagrue ” Out of the Box on 89.5
North End of Va Beach Ocean Front
VA Living Museum
Hampton Bay Days
Mariners Museum
ECSC East Coast Surfing Championships at VA Beach
Proximity to the Mountains/ Skiing
Proximity to Va Beach and the Outer Banks
Harborfest in Norfolk
Ghent in Norfolk
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in VB
Ferguson Center in NN
nTelos Pavilion in Portsmouth
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Va Beach
VA Aquarium
Sailing on the Chesapeake Bay
Rafting up on the Chickahominy
Boating on the Chick and realizing it looks just like it did in 1607 ( they filmed the movie here)

Relatively low taxes..

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.  

Click here for more information on Virginia State Income taxes:

Or find the exact info below that you are looking for

  • Tax Forms and Instructions — Download printable forms and instructions
  • Filing Requirements — Learn about who needs to file and filing thresholds
  • Individual FAQs — Frequently Asked Questions for Individual Income Tax
  • Residency Status — Are you a Resident, a Nonresident, or a Part-Year Resident? Find out the correct method to file.
  • 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.

Mr Williamsburg.com " Williamsburg VA. Real EstateJohn Womeldorf is Mr. Williamsburg, sharing his thoughts, real estate expertise, and “all things Williamsburg” in an effort to spread the word that Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, Virginia is the greatest place on earth to live!

 Mr Williamsburg is a local Realtor assisting home buyers and sellers in the Hampton Roads and Williamsburg areas of Virginia.

Contact me at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

Research the area at www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com

Or ask any questions about homes, neighborhoods, schools, amenities, recreation ,taxes,employment, shopping or anything else about the area.

Search Homes for Sale

Click here to Search all homes, town homes, condos and building lots for sale in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent, York, Gloucester, Charles City Virginia

Click here to search all building lots in James City County, York County, City of Williamsburg and New Kent County

Click here to search all homes, town homes, condos and building lots for sale in Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth,Franklin, Sussex, Southhampton, Emporia, Greenville, Mathews, Suffolk, Surry, Smithfield, Newport News, Hampton , Poquoson, Gloucester or York County Virginia

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

Williamsburg VA Real Estate High Street Update

Williamsburg virginia real estate high street Town Homes

Williamsburg virginia real estate high street Town Homes

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

Click here to search all New, Resale, Condos and Town Homes in the High Street community/ PUD in the city of Williamsburg Virginia

John Womeldorf is Mr. Williamsburg, sharing his thoughts, real estate expertise, and “all things Williamsburg” in an effort to spread the word that Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, Virginia is the greatest place on earth to live!

Contact me at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

Research the area at www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com

Or ask any questions about homes, neighborhoods, schools, amenities, recreation , shopping or anything else about the area.

Search Homes for Sale

Click here to Search all homes, town homes, condos and building lots for sale in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent, York, Gloucester, Charles City Virginia

Click here to search all homes, town homes, condos and building lots for sale in Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth,Franklin, Sussex, Southhampton, Emporia, Greenville, Mathews, Suffolk, Surry, Smithfield, Newport News, Hampton , Poquoson, Gloucester or York County VA

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 ” Village at Quarterpath looking to re-tool !

 John Womeldorf is Mr. Williamsburg, sharing his thoughts, real estate expertise, and “all things Williamsburg” in an effort to spread the word that Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, Virginia is the greatest place on earth to live!

Update The Village at Quarterpath, Williamsburg, Virginia

  Town Homes at Village at Quarterpath, Williamsburg VAResearch the area at www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com

Or ask any questions about homes, neighborhoods, schools, amenities, recreation , shopping or anything else about the area.

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. 

Click here to search all new and resale detached homes, townhomes for sale in The Village at Quarterpath in the City of Williamsburg, Virginia 

 Mr Williamsburg.com " Williamsburg VA. Real Estate This informational update provided by Mr Williamsburg.com/ John Womeldorf . A local Realtor assisting home buyers and sellers in the Hampton Roads and Williamsburg areas of Virginia.

Contact me at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

Research the area at www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com

Or ask any questions about homes, neighborhoods, schools, amenities, recreation , shopping or anything else about the area.

Search Homes for Sale

Click here to Search all homes, town homes, condos and building lots for sale in Williamsburg, James City, New Kent, York, Gloucester, Charles City Virginia

Click here to search all homes, town homes, condos and building lots for sale in Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth,Franklin, Sussex, Southhampton, Emporia, Greenville, Mathews, Suffolk, Surry, Smithfield, Newport News, Hampton , Poquoson, Gloucester or York County VA

Busch Gardens Williamsburg VA Video Tours

 

If you are thinking of visiting Busch Gardens in  Williamsburg VA and want to get a feel for the park take a look at this video by David Olsen. It will help you appreciate how beautiful the park is. This was shot in 2006.

Here is another one that will give you a close up of the new Griffon Roller Coaster.

 

Williamsburg VA Development Plans ” Eastern State”

Vacant land at the Eastern State Hospital site in James City County, long lusted after for its development potential, now has a development plan for 322 acres of unused land.

A group of local leaders called the Crossroads Project Steering Committee, which was formed about a decade ago and was instrumental in the process that led to the New Town development in conjunction with Pittsburgh-based Urban Design Associates has developed  a master plan as a model for what can be done with the unused land at the state of Virginia run Eastern State, the first public psychiatric hospital in North America. Officials are consolidating much of the hospital to the eastern side of the property creating a  large, underused campus.

in 2006 , city and county officials contacted the state department that oversees mental health services about the possibility of excess land there being used for a school site. During those talks, they learned the state was about to kick off a master-plan process for the property and asked if it could coincide with the county’s update of its Comprehensive Plan this year.

State officials agreed and asked the Crossroads group to host a community forum to generate ideas should portions of the land become available for new development. But the state’s lengthy process for planning the land’s future puts any new use years away, leaders say.

Crossroads includes representatives of the area’s three localities — Williamsburg, James City and York County — as well as the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the College of William and Mary and the Williamsburg Area Chamber and Tourism Alliance.

Eastern State has just completed work on its new geriatric center, which will house about 150 mentally ill patients aged 65 and older. The move is the first of what will place much of the hospital’s operations closer to Ironbound Road, freeing up much of the middle of the property for other uses, said Jim Golden, associate vice president for economic development at William and Mary and a member of Crossroads’ steering committee.

Workers have already finished razing most of buildings to construct a facility for younger mentally ill patients and a new administrative building.

The effort to shrink the space used by Eastern State, which had about 400 patients as of 2006, will leave about 460 acres of the hospital’s 540 acres as open space and forest, Eastern State officials have said.

A conceptual plan for property at Eastern State Hospital was introduced. It blends  the existing campus and mental health sites with a town center. The plan calls for sustainable neighborhoods, businesses, and open-space and conservation areas.

It is only a the theoretical blueprint. Since State of Virginia has to decide what to do with unused land at the state-run psychiatric hospital.

The company, which also helped produce Hampton’s neighborhood master plans as well as helping  plan the revitalization of downtown Norfolk  completed its report last month. After review by the Crossroads Group, the plan was forwarded to James S. Reinhard, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services. The report was also sent to the James City County Board of Supervisors for use in its update of the county’s comprehensive plan.

The Crossroads Group hopes that the report will provide a “strong starting point” in deciding the potential use of the land. The plan is organized around the natural features of the site, preserving stream beds and ravines while creating neighborhood parks and a pathway network.

The feasibility study provides a well-defined campus for residential sites at Eastern State, along with opportunities for various health care services, educational uses and a new mixed-income neighborhood with a small town center. The mixture would allow for a full range of mental health needs that would support patient reintegration, the report says.

A town center would act as a link and common space for the community and the hospital. The plan also envisions an elementary school, a geriatric site and senior housing.

Ultimately,  “a new center for Williamsburg could be created that could attract and house a population of all ages, provide a range of employment options, and weave together the combined communities of residents, Colonial Williamsburg, the College of William & Mary, and Eastern State Hospital.”

The Crossroads Group hopes that the ideas in the conceptual plan will help accelerate the land-use planning..

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.

Williamsburg Va real estate search

Williamsburg Va real estate search

 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.”

 

 

For further information about moving or retiring  in the Williamsburg VA area, golf course homes,  real estate , homes, communities, developments, neighborhoods or building lots 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/  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

 Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

 

      

 

 

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.

 

For further information about golf course homes,  real estate , homes, communities, developments, neighborhoods or building lots 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/  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

 Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

 

      

 
 

 

 

 

 

Kingsmill Williamsburg VA History/ Tradition

Kingsmill Williamsburg VA

Kingsmill Williamsburg VA

KINGSMILL’S VA 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 when encountered by the 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 Virginia plantation from 1619 through the 1800s.

Today, Kingsmill retains those magnificent traits inherent in Kingsmill’s early days with grand accommodations, gracious hospitality and stately service.

Kingsmill played a significant role in the growth and development of the Jamestown colony. When the first settlers arrived in Virginia, colonist Gabriel Archer proposed to his fellow pioneers to consider the currently-named Hope section of Kingsmill their new home. Thought to be a true paradise and idyllic locale for their homesteads, the settlers eventually made their home slightly west at Jamestown, which permitted their ships to anchor closer to shore.

More than a decade later, the first 300 acres of Kingsmill would be settled by

 

 

Richard Kingsmill

, a member of the Virginia Company, an organization chartered in England and charged with the founding and settlement of Virginia.

Several other early colonists played a significant part in the development of Kingsmill and the growth of nearby Williamsburg VA.

 

 

Col. Lewis Burwell III

was a member of the Governor’s Council, the first elected legislative assembly of the new world. He inherited his grandfather’s lands and built Kingsmill Plantation, titling it after the original owner.

Col. Thomas Pettus

was a prominent land owner and also served on the Governor’s Council. After his death, Pettus’ lands passed to James Bray II, his widowed daughter-in-law’s new husband.

James Bray II

was one of the first legislative representatives for the new City of Williamsburg and acted as a Burgess and Justice of the Peace for the County.

These brave new adventurers carved out a gracious existence along the banks of the mighty James River. The foundations of several notable historical sites can still be found at Kingsmill Resort & Spa.

Kingsmill Plantation

Col. Burwell’s Kingsmill Plantation was at the core of a thriving, small riverbank community with its own compilation of mansions, outbuildings and slave quarters, as well as an attended ferry landing and flourishing population.

The Plantation’s grand mansion was situated on the current Plantation golf course and overlooked the majestic James River. The 4,800-square-foot manor house was two-stories tall, built of brick and contained eight rooms. Granite stairs manufactured in Wales lead to two acres of beautiful terraced gardens on the river side of the mansion.

The plantation also included two brick dependencies, a coach house, dairy, stable, barn and two wells. Although the main house was destroyed by fire in 1844, the two flanking dependencies and original garden steps remain. These buildings can be viewed on the second hole of the Plantation Course.

Burwell’s Landing

Col. Burwell also established the Burwell’s Landing ferry and warehouse. This water landing became a major port of entry for Williamsburg during the 18th century and played a significant part in the American Revolution. The site is visible from the 17th golf hole of Kingsmill Resort’s River Course.

Burwell’s Ordinary

As Burwell’s Landing grew in commercial importance, it developed into a social hub with the operation of the Ordinary at Burwell Landing. The Ordinary at Burwell Landing provided travelers with entertainment, horse stables, storage and supplies. This site can be visited on the River Course’s 17th hole.

Pettus Plantation

Col. Pettus built his plantation in the 1640s and titled it Littletown Plantation. A profitable tobacco plantation, it was located on property now featuring Kingsmill Resort’s marina. Littletown Plantation’s manor house encompassed six rooms, several outbuildings and a well, all of which are marked at the site.

Bray Plantation

Around 1700, James Bray II constructed a brick house flanked by out-buildings overlooking the James River. The substantial foundations of this home still stand today and the main house, dependency and well are located on the path between the resort center and the spa.

William M. Kelso, Ph.D., director of Archaeology for the APVA Preservation Virginia and author of

 

Kingsmill Plantations,

wrote about the excavation at Kingsmill. “The study at Kingsmill, where numerous plantation sites represented the entire social and economic range of plantation life in colonial Virginia from her earliest years, promised to reveal for the first time substantial archaeological information about country life,” he wrote.

Ever cognizant of environmental and historical issues unique to Williamsburg and the Kingsmill lands, Anheuser-Busch is committed to preserving and maintaining the historical record of Kingsmill’s history. Artifacts from the excavations are on display at the resort’s conference center, the Jamestown Settlement museum, Historic Jamestowne and at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. In addition to the preservation of historical sites throughout Kingsmill, the names of original settlers have been preserved and incorporated into the naming of streets and subdivisions within the resort and in the residential division Kingsmill on the James.

*William M. Kelso’s

 

 

Kingsmill Plantations 1619-1800: Archaeology of Country Life in Colonial Virginia, published by University of Virginia Press, 1984.

RECENT AWARDS

Kingsmill Resort & Spa added to its extensive list of prestigious honors in 2007/2008 including:

 

Silver Award for Best Resorts from Golf magazine

 

One of the Best Places to Golf in the mid-Atlantic from Golf magazine

 

The Gold Tee Award by Meetings and Conventions

 

The Pinnacle Award by Successful Meetings

 

One of the 75 best golf resorts in North America by Golf Digest

 

Award of Excellence by Corporate & Incentive Travel

 

Greens of Distinction by Corporate & Incentive Travel

 

The Paragon Award by Corporate Meetings & Incentives

 

The AAA 4-Diamond Award

 

One of the Best Golf Resorts by Travel + Leisure Golf

 

One of the Best Buddy Trips by Travel + Leisure Golf

 

One of the Best for Family Trips by Travel + Leisure Golf

 

One of the 25 Best Family Golf Resorts by Golfforwomen.com

 

One of the 20 Family-Friendly Hotels by Woman’s Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kingsmill’s River Course also received several top honors:

 

One of the Best New Remodels by Golf Digest

 

4th place on the Virginia State Ranking by Golf Digest

 

One of the Best Golf Courses by Travel + Leisure Golf

 

 

LUXURIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS

At Kingsmill Resort & Spa, 425 extraordinary villa-style guest rooms and suites afford the ultimate in tranquility by combining refined luxury and relaxing comfort. Stylish, cozy furnishings, the finest bed linens,

pristine porcelain-tiled bathrooms and plush cotton robes offer a calm escape to even the busiest of travelers.

The comfortable elegance of each room is matched only by the scenic, lush settings of the surrounding resort. Each suite offers breathtaking views of either the James River, Warham’s Pond, one of Kingsmill’s signature golf courses, or the tennis center. The rooms also provide close proximity to fine dining, an extensive fitness center, the marina and The Spa at Kingsmill.

Earning the Pinnacle Award from

 

Successful Meetings magazine, Kingsmill Resort & Spa accommodations provide a convenient respite for business travelers as well. Each suite and villa features wireless Internet access for laptop computers. A fresh cup of coffee brewed from their in-room Starbucks ® coffee maker is sure to get any business trip off to a great start.

KINGSMILL’S AWARD-WINNING GOLF COURSES

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. As the largest golf resort in Virginia, Kingsmill boasts three world-class courses, one nine-hole, par-3 course and an array of golf amenities. Kingsmill’s greens feature Bent grass, while fairways have Hybrid Bermuda grass from June to September, and Rye grass from October to May. The typical green speed is 10 to 10.5, providing a professional level of play. These professionally-designed courses offer an opportunity to experience golf on challenging holes and beautiful vistas.

RIVER COURSE

The River Course, designed and renovated by world-renowned golf architect Pete Dye, features recontoured greens, expanded tees, reshaped fairways and rebuilt bunker complexes. The improvements are designed to accommodate a wider variety of golf enthusiasts, providing a challenging yet enjoyable game. This course also is home to the LPGA’s annual Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill.

PLANTATION COURSE

The Plantation Course has been named in the top 10 of the “50 Best Courses for Women” by

 

Golf for Women magazine. It was designed by Arnold Palmer and incorporates undulating greens into the natural landscape with historic landmarks to create a challenging and beautiful layout for players of all abilities.

WOODS COURSE

The Woods Course, designed by Tom Clark and Curtis Strange, two-time U.S. Open champion, opened in July 1995. It features wide fairways, deep ravines and a spectacular wooded setting. Upon opening, the Woods Course was named among

 

Golf magazine’s “Top 10 New Courses Available for Public Play.” Subsequently, the course has been voted one of the “Top Ten Courses to Play in Virginia” by Golfweek and ranked one of “America’s Best Resort Courses.” The Woods Course features its own clubhouse and golf shop.

BRAY LINKS

The nine-hole, par-3 Bray Links course is designed to suit all types of players, from beginners to low-handicappers. Located between the James River and the Resort Center, course holes range in length from 58 to 109 yards.

CLUBHOUSE

The 20,000-square-foot clubhouse is centrally located near the Conference Center. The Golf Pro Shop offers the latest in golf equipment and apparel. Kingsmill’s Golf Pro Shop has been ranked by

 

Golf Shop magazine as one of the “100 Best Golf Shops” throughout the United States for 2006 and has also been listed as one of the top “25 Best Resort Golf Shops” for its exquisite golf inventory and personal service. The locker rooms feature cherry oak lockers and full-service attention. The golf club’s Eagles restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting with a view of the James River and the 18th green of the River Course.

GOLF ACADEMY

The Golf Academy is a year-round program offering first-class instructional facilities in one-, two- and three-day schools. With a 5:1 student to teacher ratio, each golf instruction class offers individual attention using proven exercises and drills, thereby ensuring game improvement for each golfer. Professional instructors teach fundamental skills that lead to a consistent swing with special emphasis on the short game. If one-on-one attention is preferred, a series of individual lessons are available daily. Kingsmill also offers special golf programs including a golf school tailored exclusively for women golfers of all skill levels, as well as junior golf camps.

Golf Academy tuition includes accommodations, instruction, range fees, bag storage, green and cart fees on school days and complimentary use of the fitness center. Participants also receive an equipment evaluation and take-home video analysis of their golf swing.

CUSTOM CLUB FITTING

Kingsmill’s Golf Academy features Titleist, TaylorMade, Callaway, Cobra and Ping Custom Fitting Solutions, which combine the club expertise of these leading golf manufacturers with the swing expertise of Kingsmill Resort’s PGA professionals to equip guests with a set of golf clubs customized to body and swing type. Available throughout the year, this unique service allows golfers to have longer, more accurate drives, consistent wedge play and fewer putts per round.

THE MICHELOB ULTRA OPEN AT KINGSMILL

For more than a quarter of a century, Kingsmill Resort & Spa has played host to both the PGA and LPGA. This time-honored tradition continues in 2008 as the Michelob ULTRA Open once again calls Kingsmill home. The LPGA tournament, played on the world-renowned River Course, will he held May 5-11, when the stars of the LPGA Tour will compete against defending champion, Suzann Pettersen, for their share of $2.2 million—one of the richest purses on tour. The MUO won four of the 10 award categories in the LPGA Best Practices players’ poll, including the top honor of “Best Event on Tour.”

In addition to showcasing world-class professional golf, the Michelob ULTRA Open tournament week includes three pro-am events, a fashion show and junior clinic. More than just an exciting experience, guest participation and attendance at these events helps benefit those in need. Over the past four years, the tournament has donated more than $1 million to deserving charities. The May tournament draws more than 60,000 fans and has become one of the top LPGA events on the tour. In 2007, the LPGA players voted to award the tournament with four Best Practices Awards:

• Best Overall Event on Tour

• Best Caddie Hospitality

• Best Family Hospitality

• Best Party

RESTAURANTS & DINING

From the Budweiser Poached Shrimp to the AmberBock Truffle Tart, Chef Brent Wertz, Kingsmill Resort’s Executive Chef, infuses prime meats, seafood, and vegetables with unique ingredients and seasonings to produce innovative dishes. When visiting one of Kingsmill Resort’s restaurants, guests will experience creative culinary delights.

THE BRAY BISTRO

The Bray Bistro is the epitome of sophisticated Southern cuisine. Fresh, seasonal ingredients create a sumptuous meal. From Peach Tea to Po-Boys to Sweet Potato Bread Pudding, each meal is a sophisticated rendition of an old favorite. A team of award-winning culinary masters have developed an array of inventive dishes designed to please the most sophisticated palate. Great pride is taken in presentation with each masterpiece artistically displayed and elegantly served. Panoramic views of the James River serve as a breathtaking backdrop to this fine dining experience.

For those seeking an equally delicious yet more casual dining experience, The Bray Bistro offers a renowned Sunday brunch and Friday night Chesapeake Seafood Buffet—two of the most popular dining experiences at the resort.

EAGLES

This authentic steak and chophouse features Kingsmill’s exclusive beechwood-smoked cooking. The innovative process involves cold-smoking beef, chops, poultry and seafood over Budweiser-bathed beechwood chips to create Eagles’ signature taste. The result is succulent, flavorful dishes. The culinary team uses the freshest Anheuser-Busch products produced locally at the Anheuser-Busch Williamsburg Brewery, located adjacent to the resort. With gorgeous panoramic views of the River Course and the James River, Eagles is a perfect location for relaxing lunches or romantic dinners.

REGATTAS’ CAFÉ & MARKETPLACE

 

At the café, pizzas are cooked to perfection inside the wood-burning oven. Italian specialties like paninis and pastas make Regattas’ Café a favorite for lunch or dinner. .

 

 

MOODY’S TAVERN

Dark wood, plush chairs, homey fireplaces, and a view overlooking the James River make Moody’s Tavern the perfect place to unwind after a day of meetings. Located on the top floor of the Resort Center and open during the evenings, you can  take in a game on the large-screen TV, play a game of pool or enjoying good conversation.

 

THE MARINA BAR & GRILLE

Open seasonally, the Marina Bar & Grille is the perfect setting for a casual good time with friends. Guests can sit outdoors along the James River and enjoy delicious light fare and live entertainment. The outdoor fireplace is particularly cozy during cool weather.

CONFERENCE & GROUP GATHERINGS

Kingsmill Resort offers award-winning meeting, banquet and conference facilities to accommodate groups from 10 to 500. The resort offers more than 16,000 square feet of IACC-certified meeting space encompassing 16 meeting rooms. In addition to Kingmill’s conference level space, the resort offers two ballrooms ranging from 4,000 to 6,050 square feet.

KINGSMILL RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Kayaking excursions, fishing, kid’s camps, hiking, biking and world-class tennis are just some of the recreational amenities offered by Kingsmill Resort & Spa.

MARINA

The full service marina at Kingsmill Resort offers 15 transient boat slips where boaters may enjoy “room service” as well as boat stocking services with food and beverage. 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, and the marina offers concrete floating docks, increased slip size, water and power connections, dockside fuel service and a harbor shop. Docked boaters also have complimentary use of the Kingsmill Sports Club and have access to resort golf courses, spa, tennis facilities and restaurants. Kingsmill guests may take advantage of boat rentals that include kayaks, paddle boats and Jon boats. Fishing also is available from the resort’s standing pier and equipment, including fishing licenses, is sold at the harbor shop.

SPORTS CLUB

The 2,200-square-foot fitness center, , features Cybex Eagle Circuit training equipment, 28 cardiovascular stations, racquetball courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, group fitness classes, an extensive free weight area and professional staff to assist guests in meeting fitness goals.

TENNIS

Listed as one of the top 50 tennis resorts in the world by tennisresortsonline.com, the Kingsmill Tennis Center offers 15 courts, including six Hydro Courts™ with two lighted courts for evening play. A player’s lounge and locker facilities provide for the enjoyment and convenience of guests.

Tennis programs include the Tennis Academy with camps, private and semi-private lessons; Play with the Pro; Junior Training sessions and playdays; junior clinics; stroke of the day; and videotaping. Ball machine, ball hoppers and racquet rentals are available for a fee.

 

 

CAMPS

This Williamsburg resort offers young people ages 5 to12 an outlet for every interest from sports to health and beauty to arcade games. Throughout the summer and on holidays, Kingsmill Resort & Spa offers a variety of children’s programs designed to keep kids active and engaged.

 

Spa Kamp:

Kids have the opportunity to get their nails painted, have a massaging footbath and learn how to do mini facials from Kingsmill professionals—with comfy spa robes.

 

 

Kid’s Kamp:

Kids choose from a variety of activities ranging from craft projects to physical fitness classes including children’s boot camp and yoga, as well as time playing in the pool or at the arcade. This camp includes a host of activities, a healthy lunch and tons of fun.

 

 

Kid’s Night Out: Kids will make pizza, golf, visit the arcade with tokens, or play at the outdoor playground. Afterwards, kids can enjoy movies and a snack in the activities center, the game room or indoor pool area..

THE SPA AT KINGSMILL

The Spa at Kingsmill offers a diverse spa menu customized to bring the ever-growing need of mind and body restoration to spa enthusiasts. One of the newest additions to the spa is the Kingsmill Sampler, a luxurious exploration of the most popular massages. It includes a combination of Swedish and deep tissue strokes, hot stones, reflexology and aromatherapy and is just one example of how The Spa at Kingsmill offers clients the opportunity to experience the ultimate in body relaxation and luxury.

The Spa at Kingsmill features dedicated massage rooms, facial rooms, a wet treatment suite, manicure and pedicure stations, hair care salon and spa cuisine lunch. For truly sublime skin care, services include skin-purifying facials, exfoliating and moisturizing body treatments, manicures, pedicures and botanical body wraps. In addition to a full spa menu aimed at adults, the spa offers specialized teen services. Treatments such as Fresh and Fabulous Facial, Marvelous Massage and a Magic Manicure are some of the distinctive ways in which the Spa at Kingsmill is instructing teens in healthy and productive ways to de-stress and take care of themselves.

Aside from teens, the spa also offers unique menu items tailored specifically for men and mothers-to-be. For men, the Golfer’s Massage and the Smoothing Manicure offer the opportunity to relax after a challenging day on the links. A massage therapist can also help improve a golfer’s swing with a body massage designed to target the specific muscle groups that affect a golfer’s putt and drive. For the mothers-to-be, services such as the Kingsmill Organic Facial and the Prenatal Massage allow the expectant mother to pamper her body and soul.

 

MASSAGE:

Spa-goers can enjoy an array of massage therapies including aromatherapy, Swedish, prenatal, sports, deep-tissue, Reiki, La Stone and couples massages. The Swedish massage uses gliding strokes to promote relaxation, while an Aromatherapy massage uses a variety of aromatic oils to relax the body and treat the senses. Whatever the choice, guests will experience the ultimate relaxation.

 

 

BODY TREATMENTS:

Guests can reinvigorate their bodies with indulgent services designed to nourish, exfoliate, detoxify, and hydrate the body. The “Seaweed Peppermint Twist” is a refreshing and aromatic body treatment that uses fresh marine seaweed and peppermint oil. This service stimulates circulation and helps rid the body of excess fluids and accumulated toxins to oxygenate, hydrate and nourish the skin.

 

 

FACIAL SERVICES:

Renew the spirit and treat the face with a rejuvenating facial. The “Kingsmill Organic Facial,” uses all-natural, organic products to enrich and revitalize the complexion. From classic facials to multi-vitamin enriched facials, guests can choose a service to fit their needs.

 

 

SALON SERVICES: Whether it’s a special event or a regularly scheduled refresh, the newly expanded salon offers extensive hair services; nail, hand and foot treatments; waxing; and detailed make-up applications. Guests can enjoy a citrus-based manicure or take advantage of the spa’s professional make-up artist and walk away looking and feeling like a celebrity.

DESTINATION WILLIAMSBURG

Families seeking a lifestyle filled with diverse entertainment will find Kingsmill to be the perfect place to live. No where else can families experience championship golf, luxurious spa treatments, scenic views, record-breaking roller coasters, European villages, cool waves, chats with Thomas Jefferson and visit a Powhatan Indian village all in the same day. It’s an area where families can indulge in comfortable luxury, American history, European atmosphere and full-scale shopping.

 

 

BUSCH GARDENS EUROPE

Voted the world’s “Most Beautiful Theme Park” for 17 years in a row, Busch Gardens Europe combines 17th-century charm with 21st-century technology to create the ultimate family experience. Situated on 100 action-packed acres, Busch Gardens Europe boasts more than 50 thrilling rides and attractions, nine main stage shows, a wide variety of cuisine and themed shops.

 

 

WATER COUNTRY USA

Plunge into outrageous fun at the mid-Atlantic’s largest water park, Water Country USA. Featuring a 1950s and ‘60s surf-theme, Water Country USA offers families tons of summertime fun with more than 30 slides, water rides and super soakin’ thrills.

 

 

WILLIAMSBURG HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS

Colonial Williamsburg, where history literally comes to life through thousands of archaeologists, researchers, historians, historical interpreters—and even you. In 2008, visitors become part of “The Revolutionary City” adventure as they witness the collapse of the royal government and join the debate over the Declaration of Independence. The two-hour daily event reflects Williamsburg’s role in one of America’s defining periods.

 

Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center are two living history museums that engage visitors in nearly two centuries of our nation’s history – from the founding of America’s first permanent English settlement in 1607 to the decisive Revolutionary War victory in 1781 and implementation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. In 2007, Jamestown Settlement celebrated its 400th anniversary with several permanent exhibits, a new introductory film and revitalized living-history areas. Together, they presented the story of 17th-century Virginia and its Powhatan Indian, English and western central African cultural origins.

 

Shopping close to Kingsmill

 

Merchant’s Square

is a shopping area located adjacent to the Colonial Williamsburg historic area and includes 30 shops and services offering fine dining, bookstores, and apparel shops.

 

 

Prime Outlets Williamsburg

is a designer outlet center featuring more than 90 stores including Nike, Eddie Bauer, Ann Taylor, Liz Claiborne, Bombay, J. Crew, Nine West and more.

 

 

Williamsburg Outlet Mall

features more than 60 shops. This mall offers a fantastic selection of clothing, shoes, gifts, accessories, housewares, linens, sportswear, and much more.

 

 

Williamsburg Pottery Factory, originally founded in 1938, is now a 200-acre complex welcoming more than four million visitors annually. Pottery, glass, fine china, crystal, plants, carpets, kitchenware, candles, and sporting goods are available for purchase.

For further information about golf course homes,  real estate , homes, communities, developments, neighborhoods or building lots 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/  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

 Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

 

      

Williamsburg Va Concerts Nightlife

Butter/Bootylicious

 

Performing Friday July 18th  630pm – 10pm at  The Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre  located on the beautiful campus of William & Mary in Historic Williamsburg, VA.

 

(Gate opens at 6:30 PM)

Adults $6 – Kids 12 & Under Free

Check out their sound on Myspace :  http://www.myspace.com/butterva

Fresh from their opening performance for American Idol ” Bo Bice” 

 

This high-energy Tidewater band plays in clubs and restaurants throughout Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach showing a flair for progressive rock and ’70s beats. They will definitely get you on your feet, and don’t miss their alter ego, Bootylicious, stylin’ in platform shoes and gorgeous bellbottoms for the second part of the show. This is a great concert for Adults and kids alike as well as a great venue for music lovers in Williamsburg VA

From I-64 traveling East (from Richmond)

Take Exit 234, Route 199, and turn right at the top of the exit. After about 8 miles, turn left onto Jamestown Rd. After about 2 miles, you will pass Lake Matoaka on your left, then turn left onto Ukrop’s Way. Park in the parking deck on your left (free) and use the walkway through the woods to the amphitheatrecond part of the show.

Bootylicious photo

 

  • All concerts will go on rain or shine. There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets purchased for any concerts.
  • Pets are NOT allowed to be brought to the Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre.
  • Food and drinks (beer, wine, soda, and water) will be available for purchase. You may bring your own food, but NOT your own drinks. Alcoholic beverages will be confiscated at the gate. If you bring your own food, please use the smallest cool container possible (no large coolers). It is too time-consuming for our staff to search large coolers in order to prevent alcohol from being brought in to the amphitheatre.
  • The kids’ activity area will include activities such as face painting, a balloon artist, etc. These activities are weather dependent and may vary on different concert evenings.
  • Please support our sponsors. They allow us to keep the ticket price low.
  • Tickets may be purchased online or at the gate.

 

Also appearing in a free concert opening for Carbon Leaf in Va Beach at Neptune Park on Thursday July 17th at 7pm at 31st street at the Oceanfront

CARBON LEAF with special guest BUTTER, July 17th at 7pm

More information here : http://www.31ocean.com/Virginia-Beach-31-Ocean-Neptunes-Park/NeptunesPark.aspx

Check out Carbon Leaf’s sound here on myspace. You will be suprised how many of their songs you know.

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=10094134

   
 
http://www.carbonleaf.com Carbon Leaf’s alternative rock/folk sound blasted into the national spotlight in 2005 with their major label debut, Indian Summer. While keeping busy on major national tours (Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, John Mayer, etc.) and headlining their own, these Virginia-based artists have shifted into the national spotlight with their infectious groves and unmistakable vocal quality.

 

 

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/   website

www.MrBurg.com website

  

www.MrHamptonroads.com/  website

www.MrTidewater.com/   website

www.MrVaBeach.com/  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

 Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

Williamsburg Va real estate search

Williamsburg/ James City County New Construction “Marywood”

Williamsburg Virginia Real Estate  Marywood

With prices starting starting from $313,000 for a 2154 square foot home. Other homes are offered with square footage ranging up to 3545 square feet. Marywood is Williamsburg”s newest community. Coveniently located off of Jamestown Rd only minutes from Colonial Williamsburg.

Shopping, restaurants etc. are right down the road.

For additional Info contact John Womeldorf/ Mr Williamsburg
 Liz Moore & Associates

757 254 8136

John@MrWilliamsburg.com  email

www.MrWilliamsburg.com/   website

www.MrBurg.com website

www.MrHamptonroads.com/  website

www.MrTidewater.com/   website

www.MrVaBeach.com/  website

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

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