Thursday, January 17, 2008

51 Reasons to Live in Smithfield Virginia

“The Ham Capital of the World”

Award-Winning Police Department Local farmer’s markets

Best preserved of Virginia Colonial Seaports
Quaint historic downtown
18th & 19th Century architecture
10.1 square miles in size
The Smithfield Center - new state-of-the-art community center
Smithfield Packing Plant
Smithfield Ham
Located on the Pagan River
Cypress Creek Golf Club
Camptown Park-15-acre athletic facility
Year-round Christmas Store
Carrollton Nike Park
Fishing pier and boat ramps
Fort Boykin Historic Park self-guided
tour recounting history from 1623
Skating Rink
Smithfield Ice Cream Parlor
Smithfield Station Waterfront Inn and Marina
Volunteer Fire Department
Isle of Wight County Museum
Smithfield Flower Shop
Victorian home lined streets
James River waterfront homes
Bed & Breakfasts
World’s Largest Ham Biscuit
awarded by Guinness World
Roadside Seafood Stands
St. Luke’s Church… circa 1632
Celebrated their 250th anniversary in 2002
Dr. May’s Veterinary Hospital
Boykin’s Tavern Museum
Smithfield Little Theater
Smithfield “Olden Days”
Small community of Rescue
Antique shopping
County Fair
Hattie Drummond House… circa 1858 which now serves as the Visitors’ Center
Schoolhouse Museum... circa 1932
Smithfield Garden Center
Saint Paul’s Church
Fish Fry’s
Christmas Parade
Smithfield Station
The Old Courthouse of 1750 located on Main Street
Battle of Smithfield took place in the middle of Main Street
Isle of Wight Courthouse of 1800
Smithfield Walking Tours
Population approximately 7,000
Brown’s Marina
Gatling Point Marina
Horseback Riding & Carriage Rides

51 Reasons to love living in Newport News

51 Reasons To Love Living In
Newport News

Local artifacts at the Mariner’s Museum
Excellent public and private schools
Port Warwick - named after the fictional town in William Styron's novel, Lie Down in Darkness
Newport News Victory Arch, built to commemorate the Great War
Historic architecture in Hilton Village,
Huntington Heights and downtown area
Birthplace of Ella Fitzgerald (jazz singer), Allen Iverson (pro- basketball) and William Styron
(author of Sophie's Choice)
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Newport News named in the town’s honor
Liz Moore and Associates
The world’s largest ship builder
The Noland Trail, a 5 mile walking and running trail around Lake Maury
Newport News Park Celebration of Lights at Christmas
Deer Run Golf Course and Kiln Creek Golf Course
Consecutive State High School Basketball Champions
Cozzie’s Comedy Club
Great German food at Das Waldcafe
Local productions at Yoder’s Theater
James River Fishing Pier and
Huntington Beach
Achievable Dreams Tennis Court
Great exhibits at the Virginia Living Museum
Pedal boating and fishing on
Harwood’s Mill
Hektor, the Puerto Rican one man band at El Mariachi’s
Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts
Peninsula Skating Center
Greek Hellenic Center (great Greek food during Greek Week!)
Denbigh Days
Oyster Point Business Park
Great shopping and restaurants at City Center
A bargain hunter’s delight at the Jefferson Flea Market
94,000 square feet of recreational space at the Mid Town Community Center
31 parks, including Newport News Park, the largest municipal park east of the Mississippi
2 great general hospitals, plus the brand new Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport – so convenient!
Endview Plantation, a civil war history museum
A public dog park
Living History events at Lee Hall Mansion
Christopher Newport University
Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center
Patrick Henry Mall
2 AMF Bowling Centers
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
Peninsula SPCA & Petting Zoo
Real home cooking at the Lunch Bell
Virginia War Museum
Fort Fun
Peninsula Skating Center
Blue Ribbon public high schools
Amtrak train station

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Wellington Estates Smithfield Va

Nestled in Historic Smithfield Virginia ,Wellington Estates combines easy living and amazing affordability. A sense of small town America combines with easy access to the Peninsula and the rest of Hampton Roads which features 38 home sites being developed within an already established upscale community.
Four different home plans are offered from 2600 to 3100 square feet. Prices start in the mid $300's. Located only 15 minutes from the Peninsula yet only 25 minutes from Norfolk. Taxes are a very low .69 per $100 compared to other localities that could be as much as $170 less per month. The neighborhood offers a playground and hiking/walking paths.
Close by in Smithfield are quaint shops, fantastic restaurants and exciting cultural venues in town, nearby are marinas, golf course and other recreational diversions.

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White Hall Anderson's Corner James City County/ Williamsburg VA

This new home development in the western part of James City County lies near the intersections of Rt 30 and Rt 60 in the Anderson's Corner area not far from Stonehouse. The developer will retain the Historic White Hall home( pictured at the left ) built in the early 1800's for William Geddy.

Proposed components of the new community include approx 170 Condo/ Townhomes and approximately 240 single family detached homes . Pricing is still to be determined. There is also a commercial component located nearby that will also be developed.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Asheton Newport News Virginia

Asheton is to be a master-planned community of historic proportions that celebrates life in harmony with its magnificent surroundings. Here, a new center of gravity takes shape, bringing you a masterpiece lifestyle in perfect balance with nature, the environment, and the history of the land. We bring you a place filled with beautiful homes in old-fashioned neighborhoods, featuring every modern comfort, world-class amenities and incomparable conveniences. And we bring you a place that fosters a keen sense of community and a strong connection to the past.

Asheton is not just a new place to live. It’s authentic. It’s real. It’s home.

A choice of luxury single-family, estate homes, townhomes, condominiums, and apartment homes

Diverse streetscapes featuring vintage Virginia architecture

Historic Newport News location

Full-service retail centers, restaurants and conveniences

Medical and professional office space

Neighborhood parks, nature trails and tree-lined sidewalks

Year-round calendar of community events

Community clubhouse and gathering places

H2O Hampton Va

H2O Residential Community Hampton Va
Located on approximately 25 acres of land adjacent to the Hampton Coliseum, will have approximately 500 luxury townhouse & condominiums.

The site is located in the Crossroads community fronting both sides of Freeman Drive and adjacent to Coliseum Lake and Newmarket Creek. The Crossroads community includes the Hampton Coliseum the Hampton Roads Convention Center, the Embassy Suites Hotel, a planned entertainment district and a waterfront linear park. The project will be within walking distance to planned retail, entertainment and restaurants adjacent to the Hampton Coliseum.

An $80 million investment the planned community will incorporate traditional neighborhood design and consist of condominium flats, four-story stacked townhouses and three-story traditional townhouses Other elements of the project include 40+ acres of open space to include central amenities, linear green along Freeman Drive, and a linear waterfront park as well as active recreational components to include a clubhouse and pool facility, unusual water features, and a series of walking trails and pedestrian access. Units will include integrated garages with access provided via private internal streets and alley ways.

Construction started last summer and the developers hope to start selling the units, priced between $190,000 and the low $300,000s, sometime in 2008.The rise in prices on the Peninsula, where the median price this year is $222,000, is stronger than an almost 2 percent increase in South Hampton Roads, where the median price is $245,900. While condos were about $37,000 more expensive in South Hampton Roads than the Peninsula a year ago, that gap has dropped to $23,900.

Consisting of four-story flat condominiums and two- and three-story townhomes. With a splash of modern decor and upgraded finishes, H2O Hampton will provide you with the elements for a lifestyle free from hassle and chaos. Experience living in a whole new dimension with distinct water attractions and unique amenities.

Town Center Developments in Hampton Roads Va

We know that several different localities make up the Hampton Roads region. But it sure seems like a lot of towns and centers have been cropping up lately.Some of these places aren't really towns at all, and even their status as "centers" is questionable. But they sure are popular.To clear up some of the confusion, here's a guide to the various developments with "town" or "center" — or "centre" — in their names. CLICK on each name to learn more. A disclaimer: we don't have the space to list all of them. —

Peninsula Town Center

Where it really is: Hampton, including the former site of Coliseum MallWhat it really is: It isn't a town, but a mix of stores, restaurants, offices and more than 150 apartments (above retail space). The $207 million development is under construction and expected to be finished in spring 2009. In addition to the new J.C. Penney and the old Macy's already open, stores will include Target, Barnes & Noble and others.

Hampton Town Center

Where it really is: Hampton, at the intersection of Big Bethel Road and Hampton Roads Center ParkwayWhat is really is: Again, it isn't a town, just a 42-acre shopping center with a wacky spelling; The center includes miscellaneous stores, restaurants and a 24-screen AMC movie theater that opened in 1998.

Oyster Point
Where it really is: Newport News, along Thimble Shoals BoulevardWhat it really is: Geographically, City Center is indeed located in the center of Newport News This 52-acre mixed-use district includes scores of stores, offices and restaurants, 365 homes (and growing), a hotel and a fountain park. Newcomers shouldn't confuse the landlocked, $300 million City Center with Newport News' historical downtown, which is located miles away on the southern tip of the city.

New Town Williamsburg
Where it really is: in James City County just west of WilliamsburgWhat it really is: not a town, but a mixed-use development within a county; As it name implies, it is rather "new" — it opened in 2005 and will grow to 1.1 million square feet of shops, restaurants and entertainment. There are 520 homes built or under construction now, with about 600 more expected in the next five years

Town Center Va Beach

Where it really is: Virginia Beach, the Pembroke area near the Independence Boulevard exit off Interstate 264What it really is: Anchored by Virginia's tallest building — a new 38-story hotel and residential tower — Town Center is giving Virginia's most populated and sprawling city a downtown feel. It encompasses 17 city blocks, 4.3 million square feet of homes, offices, shops and restaurants. Highlights include The Sandler Center for Performing Arts, P.F Chang's China Bistro, and — who can resist — The Cheesecake Factory. Don't confuse it with the Hampton development known as Peninsula Town Center.
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Harbor View Town Center Suffolk
Where it really is: in the northern part of a city, namely SuffolkWhat it really is: When finished in several years, the $553 million development will encompass 500,000 of office space, 300,000 square feet of stores, 150,000 square feet of medical offices, 750 hotel rooms and 1,200 homes. Currently within the boundaries of Harbour View is a Bon Secours hospital. A 16-screen movie theater is just outside the development.And, talk about a "Center" conspiracy — the same architectural firm involved in Harbour View also helped plan parts of City Center in Newport News and Town Center in Virginia Beach.

Hampton Place Hampton

Where it really is: next to the Hampton Coliseum in the parking lot next to I-64, not far from the Peninsula Town Center
What it really is: Well, it will indeed be a "place" in Hampton. The proposed 19-acre development costs about $250 million with a tentative completion date of 2011. The plan includes a 2,000-seat theater, a hotel, parking garage, restaurants, offices and 58 residential units The site for the master-planned regional hub is now bordered by the Coliseum events center, the Hampton Roads Convention Center, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, and Hampton Power Plant retail center. Coliseum Mall, under a major redevelopment by a joint venture of Mall Properties and Steiner Development, is situated just north of the Hampton Crossroads project site. The site's excellent visibility along Interstate 64, and strategic location next to the I-64 intersection with Interstate 664, will allow the Crossroads to place a signature new project in the City of Hampton. Project development plans for the Crossroads envision an active district within the City of Hampton, augmenting the leisure, events, and meetings focus of the adjacent Coliseum and new Convention Center. Crossroads facilities will likely broaden the destination appeal of this unique neighborhood, by providing additional things to do, events to go to, places to eat, and shops to browse through.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Water Country Williamsburg VA expanding Jan 2008

Williamsburg /YORK COUNTY - Competition from Great Wolf Lodge and a Timeshare Water park near Williamsburg Country Club is driving the remake of Water Country USA. Major renovations Tuesday that will have visitors cruising and sliding when the park opens its season May 10."Rock 'n' Roll Island" will include three, 200-foot-long body slides named "Funky Chicken," "The Hully Gully" and "The Twist."There will also be a children's slide called "Little Bopper." And the entire island will be surrounded by a 700-foot-long "lazy river" that allows visitors to float along on a slow current. All of it themed around the Rock and Roll Culture of the 1950's and 60's.

The expansion will replace Adventure Island, behind the wave pool in the back of the park, which was one of the oldest areas of the park. Construction will take several months but finish in time for the park's opening in May. Photo updates of the renovation will be posted later on the park's Web site,

The water slides will be translucent providing a view of those using them ( ??) this should prove interesting !

Ford's Colony Update Jan 2008

JAMES CITY–– The new Republcian supervisors will be tested promptly on the limits of growth as homeowners in Ford’s Colony resist a big assisted living facility and a model plan for workforce housing. The protest has gained almost 900 people on a petition objecting to both projects. What’s new is a full-court press to see if the new Republican majority will stand up to Realtec, the development company under Ford’s Colony management.
The prognosis for that is weak. The supervisors were expected to deal with the controversy Jan. 22. When opponents smoked it out on the agenda, it was mysteriously deferred though hardly killed. Republicans are caught in a growth dilemma. They seem to favor Ford’s Colony in the argument on the basis of precedent and economic development. But the land use and legal arguments tend to favor the opposition. The sheer volume of feisty resistance is buoyed by exploiting a zoning loophole. Both projects lie outside the compound, across News and Centerville roads. Realtec owns the land and wants to expand. Critics have uncovered two arcane points in the zoning ordinance that could unravel the developer (see box). Section 24-275 suggests that Realtec may have lost its status as a residential planned community because it no longer owns at least 400 acres. Opponents contend that 77% of the com­pound is owned by families and couples who have bought homes over the years, vesting 95% of the assessed property valuation in their hands.
Section 24-283 stipulates that Realtec can expand, but only if it owns or controls the compound. Opponents cite the word “ownership” as crucial. The county has historically interpreted the clauses to mean that the developer should initiallyhold 400 acres. Opponents are pushing for a strict interpretation that would acknowledge that Realtec has sold off controlling interest. “We agree with the way the county has been interpreting it for the last several decades,” Realtec president Drew Mulhare said. “We’ve gone through several masterplan amendments, which have included additional property, and this issue has never been raised before.”
Should the opponents prevail, it could have ramifications for Governor’s Land, Kings­mill and Stonehouse, limiting their ability to expand outside their compounds. More to the point, it would limit Realtec from continuing to expand into the countryside of Centerville Road beyond the two projects on the drawing board. While hundreds are protesting the assisted living facilty and workforce housing, the Ford’s Colony Homeowners Association has not taken a stand. That’s because the HOA continues to negotiate with Realtec in hopes of getting a better deal through more creative proffers.
Last fall the 283 dilemma was presented by the county planning staff to the old Board of Supervisors, which directed staff to find out how other counties deal with it. The Jan. 22 work session was supposed to tackle 283, but it fell off the agenda. The issue is not listed on the work session agenda schedule beyond that. Powhatan supervisor Jim Icenhour, himself a Ford’s Colony resident opposed to Realtec’s plans, wondered this week how it got scuttled. “I found out today it’s not going to be on the agenda,” Icenhour said in an interview Thursday. Some believe the new Republican majority is not eager to field 283 opposition. Stonehouse supervisor Jim Kennedy has noted that the proposal isn’t simply residential but also has a business component, which the Republicans strongly favor. Roberts supervisor Bruce Goodson said this week that a majority of county residents want to see county procedures that stall development removed, fueling greater growth. Republican party chair Chris Henderson, also a Ford’s Colony HOA board member, said that for James City County to strictly interpret the zoning ordinance would be an example of government interfering with contractual relations between homeowners and the developer.
Henderson argued that bringing 283 into the argument was simply an attempt by opponents to capitalize on a poorly worded ordinance to bolster NIMBY arguments. “What these people really want is veto authority over land use,” he said. Even with a strict interpretation of the county ordinance, though, Realtec’s bid might not be dead. Mulhare said that the Ford family has diversified its holdings into separate entities for estate planning purposes. But it would still have far more than 400 acres if forced to reconsolidate to move the two plans forward. Legal experts believe that Realtec hopes to avoid any scenario that re­quires a special use permit, since that would open the door for outright denial based on public pressure through formal hearings. Much of the opposition has been led by James City Citizens’ Coalition, or J4C.
Icenhour at­tended a J4C meeting as a guest Thursday evening and explained that, with the issue off the Jan. 22 agenda, it won’t be raised before the Planning Commission considers the case Feb. 6 unless the supervisors have a change of heart next week. “Well, 900 people asking them to do something, it ought to move some weight,” homeowner Dale Merriss argued.
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Mr Williamsburg Real Estate Update Liberty Ridge Jan 2008

There is a new development breaking ground soon in Williamsburg Virginia. It is to be a resort-style community. Liberty Ridge is located in the Williamsburg, Virginia area, and will feature 138 homesites ranging from 3 to 9 acres, carefully situated on beautifully wooded, rolling terrain. As the sixth community in the Hampton Roads area from this developer, Liberty Ridge will offer amenities reflective of the resort lifestyle that has become the company's award-winning trademark. Currently in the early stages of development. I will be posting additional information as it becomes available. If you have any specific questions that are not answered, please feel free to contact me by phone or Email I appreciate the opportunity to keep you informed as this exciting new community takes shape!

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Hampton Roads Real Estate Update 2008 Blog

So, what does the future hold for Hampton Roads real estate in 2008? Here are our predictions:

#1 Sales will remain relatively flat. Given the record numbers in the past few years, a flat market is not a bad thing. The pace will be steady enough to begin to whittle away at competitively priced inventory, as new listings coming on the market will slow somewhat in 2008. Average market time will increase slightly, but the market will continue to move toward a balance between buyers and sellers.

#2 Interest rates will remain low. Although there may be some fluctuations during the year, overall rates will hover in the 6% range. The combination of election year influence, and the key role that the housing market plays in the overall health of the economy means that the Fed will most likely ensure that rates don't tick up too far.

#3 The mortgage market will see a few more major upsets before beginning to settle down toward the end of 2008. I don't believe we've seen the end of major players going under, primarily because certain segments of the country haven't experienced the worst of the downturn yet. It will be more important than ever that buyers use reliable local lenders, and ensure that loan commitments are in writing. As mortgage companies pick up the pieces, we will see new products available to replace many discontinued programs; however, loans will continue to be credit score driven, and the sub-prime market will continue to decline.

#4 Foreclosures nationally will see major spikes. Fortunately, our local market will not feel the worst crunch of this, because of a stronger than average local economy. We will, however, see a steady rise in REO inventory, and a renewed supply of VA and HUD foreclosures. This will result in a surge of investors in the market, which were absent in the recent sellers' market. This is a great opportunity for both investors and Realtors who are skilled in the investor market.

#5 Appreciation will see modest gains. This is great news for sellers, who will be able to capitalize on major price gains in the past 5 years. The key will be to be realistic about pricing, and invest the effort in making sure that listing inventory is in tip top shape. This is sort of an enigma of the current market, and a sign that the foundation of our local real estate market is still strong, despite the slow down in sales.

#6 2008 will be the best buyers' market that we have seen in years. The combination of substantial inventory, nervous sellers, and low interest rates means great deals for savvy buyers. Even those buyers who have homes to sell in order to move can capitalize on good opportunities.

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Mr a recap of The Best of Williamsburg 2007

I posted an earlier article listing all of the eateries and food related businesses. Here are the winners of the service categories for 2007.

Home Improvement
2. Home Dept
3. Ace Hardware ( my favorite)

Home Builder
1. Van Kneist
2. Joel Sheppard
3. David Nice

Barber Shops
1. CAroline's
2. Tony's Topper
3. Colonial Beauty and Barber

Manicurist and Nail Shop

1. Atir Natural Nail Care Clinic
2. Uptown Nails
3. Mirror Mirror

Financial Institution/ Bank

1. Chesapeake Bank
2. Wachovia
3. Bank of America

Pet Boarding
1. Colonial Veterinarian
2. Pet Resort Greensprings
3. St Francis Pet Resort

Local Gift Shop
1. Mole Hole
2. Kinks, Quirks and Caffeine

1. Williamsburg Floral ( my favorite)
2. Morrisons
3. Seasons of Williamsburg

Shopping Center
1. Prime Outlets
2. Monticello Marketplace
3. New Town ( my favorite)

Furniture Store
1. Carolina Furniture
2. Ethan Allen
3. Suter's ( my favorite)

Antique Shop
1. Williamsburg Antique Mall
2. Charlies Antiques
3. Dovetail Antiques

1.Belden Landscapes
2. Virginia Grounds
3. Cooke's Gardens

Dry Cleaning
1. Swan Cleaners
2. Nam's
2. Berkeley Cleaners

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