Have you ever wondered if there really is a “perfect” place to live?
What if…there was a place to live that enjoyed a moderate climate and the absolute best display of all four seasons? A place with an average summer temperature of 87 degrees…spectacular fall foliage…mild winters, promising one or two snows- just enough to feel that Old man Winter nipped at your heels, but not enough to feel snowbound…and a Spring complete with spectacular azaleas, budding daffodils, dogwoods and Bradford pear trees everywhere you look.
What if…there was a peninsula bordered by sparkling waters…the Chesapeake Bay’s splendor and bounty to the East…the York river to the North…the James river to the South…plus tributaries, winding creeks and untouched marshes. Travel bridges and ferries, visit a variety of marinas, spot blue heron and osprey while sailing and boating…beaches, beaches, everywhere.
What if…it were a college town with all the fun that delivers…chilly autumn football games…the Greenleafe café…Shakespeare festivals…even free courses for retired residents. The second oldest college in the country and recently lauded as the #4 best value in education, William and Mary is not only a beautiful campus, but it has made dedicated alumni of all of us, whether we attended or not.
What if…you could close your eyes and transport yourself back 300 years…you could worship in the same church as John Adams…enjoy gambols in the taverns of Colonial Williamsburg…you’re a short drive to the Jamestown settlement or the American Revolution’s Yorktown battlefields via the scenic twenty three miles of the Colonial Parkway. Strolling the streets of downtown Williamsburg is a historic adventure and you just may be serenaded by the Fife and Drum corps! Williamsburg residents enjoy Good Neighbor passes, giving them access to everything Colonial Williamsburg has to offer.
What if…that town was nestled half way between Washington DC and the Outer Banks of North Carolina…just a short drive to opera, the Virginia symphony, museums, concerts and plenty of shopping. One hour from the oceanfront of Virginia Beach and two hours from the Blue Ridge Mountains, there is something for everyone. Local realtors affectionately refer to “half-backs”…those who had retired to Florida from up North, but decided that they preferred a more centrally located town with more to offer.
What if…every day around town was an adventure. You could savor a fabulous farmer’s market in season, exhaust the kids at Busch Gardens/Water Country, watch crab races at local downtown eateries, experience art festivals and concerts at our recently rehabbed outdoor amphitheatre. Sports and recreation options are vast including some of the best golf in the country, miles of mountain biking/trail running/hiking and excellent fishing, crabbing and kayaking.
And…what if…you could live in a place like this and it was affordable? Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Relative to the Northeast or West coast, Williamsburg real estate is a bargain. Add a low property tax rate to that (less than 60 cents per $100 of assessed value in Williamsburg proper), and you have an ideal place to call home.
Depending on what interests you…a low maintenance condo or a Williamsburg style cape cod, average sales prices in Williamsburg are in the mid 300’s. If you’re a golfer, you have a number of the country’s finest golf communities from which to choose (Kingsmill, which hosts the LPGA each Spring, Fords’s Colony, Governor’s Land and others). If you prefer an affordable 55 and older community, we have those too.
It’s no wonder that Money Magazine named Williamsburg one of the Top Five Places in America to retire last year!
Intrigued, but want more information? The single best source for information about moving to Williamsburg is found at www.mrwilliamsburg.com. Authored by John Womeldorf, a local Realtor who is passionate about our town. This website boasts not only housing information, but web cameras, local happenings, maps and links to everything Williamsburg.
The key to finding the right home and neighborhood in Williamsburg is first to find the right Realtor. ” John was outstanding! We move every three years, so we have dealt with many realtors– John was by far the best. I would refer him to anyone! John was there for every phone call and email–he always responded in a timely manner. I loved him sending updated photos the most–since we bought sight unseen. John always went above and beyond for us–there wasn’t anything he didn’t do! He even video taped the drive from the neighborhood entrance to the house and sent it to us! Thank you, thank you, thank you. From beginning to end, John was friendly, helpful, professional and fun to work with!” Major Chris Hoskins, Becca Hoskins, Stonehouse, Williamsburg.
Yes, there is a truly perfect place to live. Welcome to Williamsburg, Virginia!
Written by local Real Estate Agent, John Womeldorf