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Old 03-07-2012, 07:02 AM
 
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We're heading down to one of the golf resort communities in Williamsburg for a weekend getaway and also to hear the sales pitch for why we should retire there. I admit we're mostly going out of curiosity and to do something different this weekend. But now that we're going, I've started to read up on the area a little and it might actually be a good place for us to retire.

Sounds like a good time to get some feedback from people who live in the area. We would be looking for a townhouse in the $200-300 range, and we want a community where we don't have to drive miles and miles to do our shopping. Having a Costco, Lowes, and shopping plazas within a few miles would be great. Being near water and hiking trails is important.

Here are some thoughts I've had--am I on the right track or wildly off?

1. Where do retirees who move there go to make new friends? My guess is that the thing to do is become a re-enactor for the Colonial Village. Is that something a lot of retirees do? I could see having fun with that.

2. Are the retirees in Williamsburg stuffy? We always thought we would retire in a beach town. Our fear is that a lot of the people we meet will be high society types (somewhat like the characters on Frasier). We're a couple of engineer nerds who want a town where we'll be comfortable in sweats or an old pair of jeans. We would probably spend a lot of time kayaking, birdwatching, and hiking. Are we a good fit for this part of Virginia and would another nearby town be a better fit if Williamsburg is too stuffy for us?

3. I see there are a lot of hospitals in the area. What do you think of them?

4. As noted above, we really like the idea of having a beach a mile or two from our house. A small river front beach like in Yorktown could be ok (I think). Yet all the townhouses I see listed in Yorktown are far from the beach. Are there any little towns in the general area where we could live near a tiny beach? Smithfield, Gloucester, others? If so, what do you think of those towns as a place to retire? For example, is it inconvenient because you have to constantly drive over the bridge to Williamsburg for everything?

5. Four things that make the area look potentially attractive to us. Have you used these services and what do you think of them?

--Adult education classes at William and Mary.
--Looks like there is a lot of things to do. Local community theater, lots of free concerts, a few interesting museums within an hour's drive, and several parks that feature kayaking.
--Amtrak service to New York (and other places). Could we park overnight at the station?
--Kingsmill looks like it might be an interesting place to live. Any opinions on this community? We like that it's on the water.

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Old 03-10-2012, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Any thoughts on these towns?
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:21 PM
 
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I think you will enjoy Williamsburg. I am in my 30s and admire the retired population that live there. So much to do and from my stand point, the community caters to those in your stage of life and tourists. I am in Yorktown now but when I lived there, I really liked the area; I just hated the schools with a passion so I moved for my kids' education. Since that is not a concern of yours, you should enjoy it!
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Old 03-10-2012, 03:18 PM
 
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Just curious why you hated the schools in Williamsburg..We are considering moving back and I will have MS and HS age kids.
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Old 03-10-2012, 04:06 PM
 
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We are considering moving back to Williamsburg to retire. We lived there for only one year back in 2007 but we are from the Hampton Roads area originally.

There are all types of people in Williamsburg and certainly they are not all "stuffy". I think of Williamsburg as being the most upscale of all the HR towns but it still has a relaxed, college-town feel. When I lived there I wore jeans everywhere except maybe church and when we ate at the club in Governors Land.

We found that there were lots of things to do in Williamsburg. People tend to spend a lot of time outdoors, utilizing the many miles of biking and walking trails. We spent a lot of time strolling through Colonial Williamsburg, visiting museums, plantations, and other historic sites like Yorktown and Jamestown.

We are also interested in Kingsmill because of the location and the variety of housing options. Kingsmill is only about a 20 minute drive to Newport News which has a mall and a Sams Club. Some of the neighborhoods in Williamsburg are a little more isolated; however, there is usually a grocery store within a 10 minute drive from anywhere.

As far as meeting friends goes, I would think a neighborhood like Kingsmill would have activities that would bring people together but I can't say for sure since I have never lived there. My parents have friends that volunteer in some of the local museums so that is probably an option.

There are several neighborhoods that have beach or other water access. Kingsmill, First Colony, Governors Land, and Queens Lake (York county) come immediately to mind; however, I believe Kingsmill is the only one of these that has townhouses. Fords Colony is also a beautiful, gated community with lots of different housing but it is not on the water.

Hopefully someone else who currently lives in Williamsburg can add to the discussion. I've been a way for a while so I would love to hear a current resident's perspective.
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:06 AM
 
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We are considering moving back to Williamsburg to retire. We lived there for only one year back in 2007 but we are from the Hampton Roads area originally.

There are all types of people in Williamsburg and certainly they are not all "stuffy". I think of Williamsburg as being the most upscale of all the HR towns but it still has a relaxed, college-town feel. When I lived there I wore jeans everywhere except maybe church and when we ate at the club in Governors Land.

We found that there were lots of things to do in Williamsburg. People tend to spend a lot of time outdoors, utilizing the many miles of biking and walking trails. We spent a lot of time strolling through Colonial Williamsburg, visiting museums, plantations, and other historic sites like Yorktown and Jamestown.

We are also interested in Kingsmill because of the location and the variety of housing options. Kingsmill is only about a 20 minute drive to Newport News which has a mall and a Sams Club. Some of the neighborhoods in Williamsburg are a little more isolated; however, there is usually a grocery store within a 10 minute drive from anywhere.

As far as meeting friends goes, I would think a neighborhood like Kingsmill would have activities that would bring people together but I can't say for sure since I have never lived there. My parents have friends that volunteer in some of the local museums so that is probably an option.

There are several neighborhoods that have beach or other water access. Kingsmill, First Colony, Governors Land, and Queens Lake (York county) come immediately to mind; however, I believe Kingsmill is the only one of these that has townhouses. Fords Colony is also a beautiful, gated community with lots of different housing but it is not on the water.

Hopefully someone else who currently lives in Williamsburg can add to the discussion. I've been a way for a while so I would love to hear a current resident's perspective.
Thanks! This was a very helpful post, and it's reassuring to read that we will be comfortable. Lots of people seem to retire there so it makes sense we could find some fellow casual dressing beachy types.

Kingsmill is starting to intrigue me. Not only does it sound like a nice place to live, it also sounds like a smart investment (relatively easy to resell if when the times some to move to assisted living).

Would love to hear more about Queens Lake, and also what life is like in Yorktown.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:28 AM
 
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Any other thoughts? Has anyone tried living near Smithfield, and if so did you like it?
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:33 PM
 
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Nettie ,
We have two middle school boys in James City County Schools and are super happy with the schools.
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:47 AM
 
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Mr. Williamsburg! I'm glad to see you're still around. I've come across your posts many times while searching for info. What can you tell me about living in Williamsburg, especially Kingsmill?
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:44 AM
 
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Caladium

Re-enactor jobs are not that easy to get. You will see many retirees working as docents in CW, Jamestown, etc.

Meeting others depends on what you are into. Some of the communities have many social clubs. I suspect you are visiting Colonial Heritage. they will have quite a few to choose from . Fords Colony has 40+ clubs and Kingsmill 30+. Again back to what are you into ? Fitness, Gardening, Running , Cycling, Volunteering, are all super popular and great ways to meet others with similar interests. Golf is very popular here for both women and men, great opportunity to meet others on the course or in the club. William & Mary’s Christopher Wren Association , an education program for retirees, attracted more than 1,600 students last semester to more than 60 classes. Retirees served as faculty for many of the classes. Name an activity and I bet we have a club or organization from A-Z



2. Are the retirees in Williamsburg stuffy? We always thought we would retire in a beach town. Our fear is that a lot of the people we meet will be high society types (somewhat like the characters on Frasier). We're a couple of engineer nerds who want a town where we'll be comfortable in sweats or an old pair of jeans. We would probably spend a lot of time kayaking, bird watching, and hiking. Are we a good fit for this part of Virginia and would another nearby town be a better fit if Williamsburg is too stuffy for us?

I know many who are just like you. I think you would be very comfortable and fit right in...For hiking,bird watching and kayaking try York River State Park, although putting in a kayak can be a bit of a pain, ( stairs)

3. I see there are a lot of hospitals in the area. What do you think of them?

Only one hospital in Williamsburg at present ( Sentara,) Riverside is building another to open next year. The few times we have used it were positive ones..

4. As noted above, we really like the idea of having a beach a mile or two from our house. A small river front beach like in Yorktown could be ok (I think). Yet all the townhouses I see listed in Yorktown are far from the beach. Are there any little towns in the general area where we could live near a tiny beach? Smithfield, Gloucester, others? If so, what do you think of those towns as a place to retire? For example, is it inconvenient because you have to constantly drive over the bridge to Williamsburg for everything?

Gloucester is simply more rural, it depends on what you need to have close by. They do have Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, Chick Fila, Starbucks, and a quaint little Main Street area. No Target, Best Buy, or many other retailers, you will have to travel to Newport News or Williamsburg for certain medical specialists.

5. Four things that make the area look potentially attractive to us. Have you used these services and what do you think of them?

--Adult education classes at William and Mary. See above.
--Looks like there is a lot of things to do. Local community theater, lots of free concerts, a few interesting museums within an hour's drive, and several parks that feature kayaking.

Favorite kayak location is Chickahominy Riverfront Park,and Powhatan Creek Park, fun concerts in New Town, CW, Yorktown, W&M. Williamsburg Players does a great job with theater, + different productions at W&M
--Amtrak service to New York (and other places). Could we park overnight at the station?

Free parking at the station right outside the front door of the station. 8.5 hours to NYC, 7.5 hours on the way home. Loved the train trip last trip up in Jan.
--Kingsmill looks like it might be an interesting place to live. Any opinions on this community? We like that it's on the water. prices in KM will be higher than other communities and if you are looking at townhomes , most were built in the 80's. HOA fees for town homes are $300+ , not including siding replacement. Detached homeowners pay $162 monthly. HOA is very strict, which can be good or bad, I sold a home there recently and was told the mailbox needed new stain. (brown) found some on the clearance rack and stained it. To me it looked the same as the others in the neighborhood. Well HOA police said its not #54 Brown, so redo it...As I said this can be good or bad thing. You don't need to worry about neighbors painting their home an odd shade of Pink.
We have many friends that live in Kingsmill and love it. Its easily ten minutes closer to the peninsula (Newport New, Hampton) , very close to CW, has a beach, marina, lots of trails. Lots of clubs, restaurants. They are in the first stages of a huge renovation plan at the resort which was sorely needed.


Last comment. I work with many folks just like you. It is impossible to predict how you will feel about a place without spending lots of time there. Come back and spend quality time. Spend some time over in Gloucester, take a drive to Smithfield ( even more rural than Gloucester) . Next time you visit, stay at the Marriot Manor in Fords Colony. Walk or cycle around Fords Colony and chat with folks .
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