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

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

 
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Taylor Farms Neighborhood Spotlight Yorktown VA

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The allure of an acre, the convenient location and the freedom to build a house that suited their needs drew Sean and Leslie Callender to Taylor Farms in York County.
The Callenders, who lived in Kiln Creek, were looking for a home that would accommodate them, their two children and Leslie’s parents.
They considered buying a quarter-acre in another nearby development, then stumbled upon Taylor Farms.
“Here, it’s basically the same amount of money for an acre,” Sean Callender said. “It was kind of a no-brainer.”

The large lot size is probably the biggest selling point for Taylor Farms.

The region’s residential construction market has slowed considerably since the boom a few years ago. The number of building permits issued in Hampton Roads is down 31.8 percent from last year and down 58.6 percent from the 2003 peak, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The housing market has also cooled, with sales down 17.9 percent between 2007 and 2008.
But on a recent afternoon, construction and landscaping companies worked on properties throughout the Taylor Farms neighborhood.
taylorfarms The new community, which was the site of the 2008 Parade of Homes, is “not totally insulated” from the economic slowdown that taken root, but prospective buyers do come by for every open house held in Taylor Farms.

Taylor Farms started selling lots in 2005 on what used to be 72 acres of farmland. Homes started going up in 2007.
Thirty-five of the 54 lots had been sold by the time the Peninsula Housing and Builders Association approached Taylor Farms’ owners about using it as a Parade of Homes site, and more than 13,000 people turned out for the showcasetaylorfarmsrealestate  of upscale homes.
Now, there are only 10 home sites left, building lots start at $195,000.

In addition to the spacious lots, the site also has a great location, Whittaker said. It’s close to three Peninsula hospitals — which is helpful for doctors who must get to a hospital in a hurry for emergencies, he said.
Another benefit is that the houses are custom built. Buyers tell the builders what they’re looking for, and the builders draw up plans to meet their needs, Whittaker said.
And unlike other new homes, there’s no requirement to build right away. The lots are mostly sold to the buyer, not to builders, and the buyers are given a window to start building, Whittaker said.
yorkcountyrealestate Doctors, a fireman-pharmacist couple, a real estate agent, school employees and NASA employees all call Taylor Farms home, he said.
“It’s a pretty eclectic community,” he said. “We have toddlers in there, and we have empty nesters.”
Phyllis Fleming and her husband moved into their house in July. As a military family, the Flemings moved all over until settling down in the Hampton Roads area in 1997.

Now they’re empty nesters. But instead of scaling back, they’re moving up.
“Being a military wife, you travel around and you live in all these different kinds of houses. You pick from all of them. You have your mental dream house from all of them,” Fleming said. “That’s what this house is like. This is, I guess, our dream house.”
She said it was a “phenomenal find” to get a 1-acre lot.
“If we were going to move up a house, we wanted some space around it. We didn’t want to live right up next to our neighbors where you can hear your neighbors through your wall.”

The Flemings’ house is 3,600 square feet — more than 4,500 square feet if you count the unfinished attic — and features a formal foyer, a “man cave” over the garage, an office for Fleming, a walk-through closet that opens into the laundry room and a walk-through pantry.
Fleming said they were able to build because they saved up for this house and have weathered economic downturns before.
For the Callenders, Taylor Farms was a chance to get the kind of house the family needed. They looked around at existing homes but couldn’t find a house to fit their needs.
Sean Callender’s father uses an electric cart. When he visited, he stayed in a hotel room because their old house wasn’t accessible. If they built, they could make the house accessible for Sean’s parents and allow Leslie’s parents to move in.
So they sold their Kiln Creek home and bought here, trading up from a 2,100-square-foot home to 3,700 square feet.
“We plan to stay here for a really long time,” said Sean Callender, who works as the secondary science supervisor for Newport News public schools. “You look at the Parade of Homes, and you sell all the bells and whistles. We made a functional house. Since I’m in public schools, we’re not very wealthy.”
But they did plan ahead, working as teachers and coaches when they first got married, living off only one salary and saving the rest, they said.
“It’s not over the top,” he said. “This is what we want, and this is what we need.”

The two new homes in Taylor Farms currently for sale are priced at $899,000 and $1,295,000. There are other proposed homes also available as well as the ability to create your own custom dream home.

If you would like to discuss building your own dream home in Taylor Farms, York County or any other community in the Hampton Roads area call or email John@MrWilliamsburg.com

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VHDA Home Ownership Classes for First Time Home Buyers in Hampton Roads Virginia

 

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Are you interested in becoming a homeowner but don’t know where to begin? The Virginia Housing Development Authority and local nonprofits are offering free home ownership education classes throughout November in the Hampton Roads region.

Homeownership education classes cover topics including credit issues, personal finances, home inspections and the role of lenders and real estate agents. To become eligible for VHDA loans, borrowers must complete VHDA’s Home ownership Class. Attend one of the many free sessions below to learn about the advantages of home ownership.

Upcoming classes will be held in Chesapeake, Newport News, Portsmouth, Hampton, VA Beach and Yorktown Virginia

You can find out more about VHDA here

 

Poquoson Seafood Fest Oct 17-19, 2008

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

York County VA Neighborhoods of the Year 2008

Three neighborhoods in York County VA. received the 2008 Neighborhood of the Year award.

 

Villages of Kiln Creek Homeowners’ Association  received the award for Safety. The Kiln Creek association was chosen for numerous initiatives that have or soon will result in improved safety for their community, including successfully reducing the level of speeding and hit and run incidents in the neighborhood by posting additional signs about the fines associated with speeding, and installing security cameras to monitor the area and deter would-be criminals.

Kiln Creek also holds regular crime watch meetings and has started an email list to enable crime watch captains and residents to share information when anything happens in the neighborhood.

 Running Man Community Association’s  was selected for the Neighborhood Cooperation and Spirit award. The Running Man association holds many successful community events throughout the year, including a Bicycle Rodeo, an Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Parade, Annual Yard Sale, block parties and at Christmastime, the Luminary Gift to the County, in which almost 100 percent of the homes participate.

In addition to scheduled community events, residents of the Running Man community are often seen running and walking in their neighborhood, waving hello to neighbors working in their yards. Many neighbors are involved with the Neighborhood Watch program, and several are very active in county service.

Yorkshire Downs Master Association received the award  for Beautification. Over the past year, Yorkshire Downs’ Board of Directors has actively pursued all options within the budget to increase the aesthetics of the community. As well as undertaking ongoing maintenance and repairs within the community, the association has restored a number of areas such as the club house, swimming pool, bridge and retention pond.

One of the larger projects included the installation of new playgrounds and lighting at both the swimming pool and town homes locations. But the largest and most impressive single project is the installation of a walking pier and reinforcement of a bulk head behind Clydesdale Drive. The intention of this installation was to reduce severe shoreline erosion, which has become quite a hazardous issue for residents over time. The walking pier is not only a creative resolution to safety-related problems, but also serves to further improve the appearance of the community.

The York County Virginia Neighborhood of the Year awards program were initiated in 2002 following a request by several homeowner associations to recognize and highlight the efforts of the county’s homeowners to improve their communities. 

I applaud all of these communities for their awards. Being a board member and active volunteer in my own neighborhood Windsor Forest) in  Williamsburg/ James City County VA. I understand how difficult it can be to get things accomplished in a neighborhood.

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

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

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

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