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Gated Communities in Williamsburg, VA

5 great choices for active retirement lifestyles near Williamsburg

By: Susan Smith

There is a wide variety of options for gated communities in the Williamsburg area. These would suit the needs and desires of many active seniors. The following is an overview of these neighborhoods. 

Kingsmill On The James is a vibrant resort community, less than three miles from Colonial Williamsburg, and located on a 2900 acre protected area along the historic James River.  Forty percent of the rolling green and wooded development will remain untouched. The two gated entrances are manned round the clock and there is a private police force.

There is a wide variety of  housing choice available for residents in Kingsmill, as the development is not age restricted. These range from condos, townhouses, and courtyard/ patio/ villas on smaller lots to smaller single family and large luxury homes, many with first floor master suites. Many of the homes were designed, however, with seniors in mind.

There are six restaurants on site, including two dining facilities in the Clubhouse, 54 holes of golf with a golf club house, and a tennis club with fifteen courts. There is a superb sports club with both indoor and outdoor pools, racquetball courts, sauna, and fitness rooms. There is also a full service spa and a large marina on the river with access to the bay. The full service marina has 90 permanent slips and 15 transient boat slips.

There is as much to do as one could wish, with all of these facilities plus the many and varied club options open to residents. Or you can relax in your choice of housing and enjoy the gorgeous grounds and views.

 Ford’s Colony is wonderful gated golf community, non-age restricted, but with many housing options that would suit the lifestyle of an active senior resident. It is located off Longhill Road, on the west side of Williamsburg, and a short drive to Colonial Williamsburg. There is full security, with four resident entrances/egresses off various sides of the development.

Housing options range from condos to single family houses of varying styles, many on one level or with first floor masters.

Amenities abound in this community, from long walking and bike trails over the lovely wooded terrain to clubs for different levels of interest. There are three golf courses within the community itself, two tennis clubs with clay and asphalt courts and two Jr. Olympic size swimming pools.

The Ford's Colony Country Club offers three dining options. The main dining room, elegantly decorated in Georgian stlyle, has been recognized as AAA Three Diamond. Other eating options are the more casual Members Only Grille or Harry’s Tavern, all located at the Club. You can go from golfing to eat or head out for a formal meal in the evening, all at a lovely facility, and then return to your home without leaving your subdivision. 

Governor’s Land at Two Rivers is secured, but not officially gated. It does have a gatehouse and around the clock security and patrols. The spectacular 1,400 acre development has four miles of shore-line and 200 acres of marsh and woodlands and borders both the James and Chickahominy Rivers. It is a neighborhood for all ages with single family homes of traditional style in varied sizes. Many homes have first floor masters which will accommodate the needs of some seniors.

The amenities are innumerable at Governor's Land. The large Clubhouse offers waterfront dining with  superb food and spectacular sunsets and has event facilities. The Two Rivers Yacht Club has a 100 slip marina and full time harbor master and can accommodate boats up to 50 feet. For the tennis lover, there are six clay and four all weather courts. Additionally, there is a basketball court, athletic fields, two 25 meter pools, and a modern fitness center. On the  James, there is a sandy beach for picnics and barbeques.

 This is a truly unique and naturally beautiful setting and has been developed with great thought and care.

Colonial Heritage is a 55 plus active adult community located on 695 rolling acres off Rte. 60 west of Williamsburg and has a gated entry with 24 hour staff. There is a combination of traditional homes, carriage homes and villas, all designed for open living with first floor level masters.


The amenities available include a 170 acre golf course, and lovely clubhouse with a grand ballroom, a top flight restaurant, and many rooms for various activities, including a library with computers, a wood working shop, and room for arts and crafts and cards. There is a very nice athletic club with heated indoor and terraced outdoor pools. In addition to these, the community contains miles of hiking and biking trails and innumerable other activities available to residents. You may lead a life as full or relaxed as you choose in a beautiful setting.

The Settlement at Powhatan is a gated custom home community for active adults aged 55 and older. Located on Monticello Avenue, heading west, it is an area of gently rolling scenic beauty and is just minutes from New Town and Colonial Williamsburg. The development is set on 225 acres and is approved for 400 homes. Currently, the planned 280 manor homes, cottages and townhomes are finished, under construction or slated to be built. In the future, a 20 acre tract near the front will become the home for 120 condominiums for seniors.

The Settlement is bordered by historic Powhatan Creek and is close to the 50 mile biking and walking Capital Trail and its wetlands. Two-thirds of the community’s acreage has been designated for natural and protected green space, thus providing wonderful serenity for the residents.

In addition to all its natural beauty, amenities abound including the spectacular 15,000 sq. ft. club for residents. This is the heart of the community, with its two swimming pools, one for summer and one for winter. The club overlooks a beautiful pond. The wonderfully detailed and decorated building contains a spacious ballroom with a large full kitchen available to residents for weddings, parties, etc. There are various rooms and spaces throughout the club designated for aerobics, exercise, billiards, lounging and the many activities available to residents. The club also affiliates, for a fee, with the Williamsburg National Golf Club, app. a mile away.

The settlement is a wonderful community in which to live, play and relax.

The Villas at Five Forks is a wonderful Senior Lifestlye community and offers option for active adults who do not wish to live in a large development in Williamsburg. The small and close knit neighborhood is comprised of 90 single story upscale maintenance free condos, sited along tree lined streets with park benches.  The homes are two to three bedrooms with two car garages and either a patio or veranda. There are pleasant places to stroll, including walking trails and this is all is located a short drive to New Town and the city of Williamsburg.

There is a clubhouse with a fitness room and a heated pool. Monthly community activities include among others, book clubs and barbeques. This is the perfect neighborhood for those wanting a small Williamsburg community.  



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