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5 Great Reasons to Retire in Williamsburg Retirement Communities

By Liz Moore

Having lived in Williamsburg since 1995, I am very biased about what a wonderful city it is to live in. My husband, Roger, and I chose Williamsburg to raise our family, and to launch our real estate brokerage.On our brokerage website, we have actually posted 75 dynamic “Reasons to Love Living in Williamsburg, VA” – from an insider’s perspective, so be sure to check that out when you have a chance. But, for purposes of this article, I will focus on what I believe to be the Top 5 Reasons You Should Retire in Williamsburg:#5 It’s the perfect climate. We enjoy all four seasons here, with beautiful Falls and spectacular Springs. Our Winters are mild, and we get just enough snow for the kids to enjoy it, and the summers are warm, but not overly humid, averaging temperatures in the 80’s.#4 It’s a college town. Home to the College of William & Mary (the second oldest college in the country, founded in 1693), Williamsburg boasts all of the energy that a college town enjoys. Not only do you have the Tribe team spirit (especially if you enjoy football!), but you have all kinds of college-related opportunities: The Virginia Shakespeare festival at Phi Beta Kappa Hall and free symphonia concerts at the beautiful outdoor amphitheatre at Lake Matoaka are just a few examples. The Christopher Wren Society offers a plethora of classes to seniors through its lifelong learning programs.#3 Location , location, location. Williamsburg is close to everything. Virginia Beach is an hour away, or you can really take a beach adventure to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in a little over 2 hours. Less than an hour to Richmond, and all it has to offer…and less than a 3 hour drive to Washington, DC. If you prefer the mountains, you can head to Charlottesville and enjoy Skyline Drive and the gorgeous Virginia Fall Foliage. 3 airports are within an hour and a half’s drive if you’re a jet setter, or if your family wants to come visit. And, there is certainly plenty to do while they’re here. Nestled in the heart of Virginia’s Historic Triangle, you literally feel as though you are on vacation when you stroll through Colonial Williamsburg or visit the Yorktown battlefields. #2 Golf and water! The area boasts many golf courses, both public and private, and a climate where golfers can enjoy play year round. Bounded by 3 rivers (the James, the York, and the Chickahominy), and just minutes to the Chesapeake Bay, water enthusiasts can boat, ski, fish, kayak and crab.#1 There are a variety of homes for sale in Williamsburg, offering options in every price range.  We have a number of active adult communities, if you prefer 55+ neighborhoods. Many of our Northern friends are amazed at our low real estate tax rates (less than 60 cents per $100 of assessed value in Williamsburg proper!), and impressed with the relatively low cost of living. Almost 25% of our population is over 50, so I guess they agree with me! We’ve also been named among the top locations to retire by both CNN and Money magazine in recent years. It’s definitely worth checking out retiring in Williamsburg, so give us a call or drop us an email if you’d like to learn more about our fair city!

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55+ Living

Active Adult Communities In Williamsburg And On The Viriginia Peninsula


Also known as 55+ communities, age qualified communities, lifestyle communities or retirement communities, active adult communities are planned communities that are tailored to adults 55+. We have a variety of 55+ communities in Williamsburg, York County, Newport News, Hampton, and Smithfield.Many are master planned communities that have a clubhouse or lifestyle center with organized group activities, sometimes with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, exercise facilities, craft rooms, decks and patios for gathering, and more. There is also a focus on low maintenance and energy efficiency; one floor living or few steps, open floor plans and resort type settings are also hallmarks of 55+ communities. Some of our local communities also have gated entrances and security patrols for added safety. Health care facilities are usually nearby.You don’t have to be retired to take advantage of a 55+ community…many pre-retirees are seeing the benefit of no more yard work and the opportunity to put the key in the door and go for their busy lifestyles.They are called “active adult” communities for a reason…they are filled with folks 55 and better who enjoy an active lifestyle. Many clients appreciate 55+ communities for this reason alone – neighbors around the same age who share similar interests and hobbies. Clubhouses are hubs for organized and unorganized activities. Active adult communities give their residents an immediate sense of community.Moving to a 55+ community is not downsizing to a lower lifestyle; on the contrary…for most active adult community residents, the less yard and home maintenance frees up their time to invest in hobbies and activities.

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