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Veterans can get into Colonial Williamsburg free, on Veterans Day Weekend!

Active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their direct dependents receive free Colonial Williamsburg admission for the entire Veterans Day weekend—November 7–11, 2014. Explore the Revolutionary City, hear the stirring cadences of the Fifes and Drums, join in the patriotic events, and browse the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The entire city of Williamsburg will be honoring America’s veterans in a celebration of their patriotism and willingness to sacrifice and serve our country.

On the afternoon of November 8th and 9th, see a special performance of The U.S. Army Band Downrange, in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square (3pm – bring chairs!).  This military band has a repertoire of rock, pop, country, and R & B, while still inspiring its listeners with signature patriotic arrangements.

On November 11th, at 4pm, there will be a Veterans Day Military March. This ceremony honors America’s veterans, to include the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums, Military Programs Staff, and members of Williamsburg community veterans groups. All armed forces veterans are welcome and encouraged to participate. A commemorative service behind the Courthouse will be held after the march.’

This special weekend, honoring the American Veteran, encourages all active duty military, reservists, retirees, and all veterans to participate and march in the parade and attend Colonial Williamsburg FREE! I hope to see you there!

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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.


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Lennar + Colonial Heritage + Rolf Kramer = Happy Buyers!

I explained earlier why I love helping my clients buy at Colonial Heritage – I have sold 6 homes there since December 2013, but why are Lennar homes so popular for this active-adult, age-restricted community? Baby Boomers – bring it! 13,000 Baby Boomers retire, daily. Where are all these just-retired people headed? To an ACTIVE-Adult Community – like Colonial Heritage!

I have been giving tours of Colonial Heritage since 2008 and I have always been impressed, but since I have become such an active buyer’s agent, at Colonial Heritage, I have learned so much about their builder, Lennar Homes. They are a quality builder that meets the expectations of the new owners. They conduct continuous research to find out what retirees want in their new home, this year. They pay attention to how desires and needs change and build accordingly. Which is why they are on introduced their 11 new floor plans in Spring of 2103, 6 of which can be seen in the 3rd Model Park! The Model Park from last year is used for the Discovery Package – a weekend to enjoy the amenities and lifestyle at Colonial Heritage – want to book a Discovery Package – click on the link, below, and give me dates and I will start the process. These Stay & Play homes are for people, like you, to discover Colonial Heritage’s many amenities.

 

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There are so many activities to do at the Colonial Heritage Golf Club – take a look at their current calendar, here. Just take a look at all the activities, at this luxury, resort adult community.

Aerobic's Class

Colonial Heritage Activities – Water Aerobics – Williamsburg, Virginia

Wood-Working Room

Colonial Heritage Activities – Wood Working – Williamsburg, Virginia

Line Dancing Class

Colonial Heritage Activities – Line Dancing – Williamsburg, Virginia

Meeting & Cards Room

Colonial Heritage Activities – Meeting Rooms – Williamsburg, Virginia

Bike Paths

Colonial Heritage Activities – Bike Riding – Williamsburg, Virginia

One of the things that my buyers appreciate, because they are on a budget, Lennar’s homes are Everything’s Included® Homes! That means that upgrades and special touches are included – and all homes have at least 2 levels of upgrades (like a walk-out basement or a loft). Buyers might upgrade the trim with something luxurious, like crown molding or tray ceilings.  But, the basics are not basic, they are everything included – appliances, fixtures, flooring, and heating & air.

colonial heritage plantation

Lennar Home – Colonial Heritage Plantation Home – Williamsburg, Virginia

Lennar Home - Colonial Heritage Plantation Home - Williamsburg, Virginia

Lennar Home – Colonial Heritage Plantation Home – Williamsburg, Virginia

Lennar Home - Colonial Heritage Manor Home - Williamsburg, Virginia

Lennar Home – Colonial Heritage Manor Home – Williamsburg, Virginia

Lennar Home - Colonial Heritage Manor Home - Williamsburg, Virginia

Lennar Home – Colonial Heritage Manor Home – Williamsburg, Virginia

Lennar Home - Colonial Heritage Cottage Home - Williamsburg, Virginia

Lennar Home – Colonial Heritage Cottage Home – Williamsburg, Virginia

Lennar has surpassed the highest standards in active adult living:

That is what the awards say, but, what I hear, on a daily basis, from those families that I help buy, is that Lennar has bright, open floor plans – but on a smaller scale for 1- or 2-person families – without sacrificing grace and luxury. They are exactly what an active-lifestyle retiree is looking for: smaller? Yes. But, certainly NOT lacking in quality, style, entertainment, room, or the feeling of a true, luxury home!

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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.

 


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Why does Colonial Heritage love Rolf Kramer?

You know that I love helping my clients buy homes, in Colonial Heritage. But, you might not know how MANY homes I sell, in Colonial Heritage. Since December 2013, I have sold 6 homes to buyers there: 2 resales and 4 new homes. AND I am always listing another. But….why do I sell so many active-lifestyle homes in Colonial Heritage?

If you take a tour of Colonial Heritage, you’d quickly see that this place is different. It isn’t just a retirement community – in fact about half of the residents either work part-time or full-time. It isn’t a neighborhood of retirement homes. It is an adult, active-living community – which basically means that children under 18 cannot live there – they can visit and even stay on property, up to 60 days a year, but they cannot live there. As a result, Colonial Heritage is an active adult, active-lifestyle community of adults. A very, very active lifestyle with lively, fun-loving, and close-knit neighbors.

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You should see the Activities Calendar, each month – it is CRAZY big. And the activities are WELL ATTENDED! The clubs don’t book empty classes or activities; they shift schedules and activities, depending on participation. And each neighborhood has their OWN group – so there are smaller groups within the larger community, which is perfect for creating friendships. Each neighborhood has a monthly luncheon or appetizer picnic. Then, there are larger activities where everyone meets at the green in front of the veranda for a concert or to attend a travel-club event, but each neighborhood is neighborly. And, every single person in this community is active: they golf, they swim, they walk, and they … play!

Aerobics Class

Wood-Working Room

Wood-Working Room

Line Dancing Class

Line Dancing Class

Meeting & Cards Room

Meetings Rooms

Special Events and Activities are planned, constantly

Special Events and Activities are planned, constantly

Golfing

Golf! Golf! And More Golf!

Resort-Style Living

Resort-Style Living!

Special Annual Events

Special Annual Events

Cards

Nightly Activities

Pool Parties

Pool Parties

Bike Paths

Miles of Bike Paths, inside the community.

Practice Green

Practice Green

Just look at this list of activities, available:

  • Golf
  • Tennis & Pickleball
  • Walking
  • Pilates & Yoga
  • Aerobics & Aquatics
  • Cribbage & Mah-jongg
  • Poker
  • Bridge

Then, look at the Social Clubs:

  • Travel Club
  • Garden Club
  • Towne Diners Club
  • Woodworking Club
  • Book Club
  • Photography Club
  • Dancing Groups
  • Musical Groups

Then, of course – the DINING!

Fabulous Food at one of two restaurants

Prosciutto wrapped Colonial Heritage Dining Room – blackberries with chocolate drizzle

Occasionally, I obtain a listing, and you can search here,  but mostly I help people find the perfect home for them, at Colonial Heritage – as their Buyer’s Agent, negotiating with the seller’s agent. Sometimes, I am the only agent, because someone has already decided they want to live at Colonial Heritage and just need me to negotiate through the buyer’s process – especially if they are moving here from outside of the area. I give them a tour, sit down with the builders and Lennar.  In fact, if you want to spend a weekend at Colonial Heritage to see what the community feels like – click below and book at Discovery Package.

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When I help someone buy a home in Colonial Heritage, they’re buying more than a home. They’re buying a community: a master-planned community, with an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Arthur Hills, a 25,000 square foot clubhouse with two gourmet dining rooms, dance hall, card room, billiard room, pools, tennis courts, and a 7,500 square foot athletic club. This place has everything needed for entertainment and an active life! This place is anything but retiring!

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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.

 

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Williamsburg Fall Arts – Formerly-Known-As Arts Month

Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown are all playing host and celebrating the formerly-known-as Arts Month – 2014 Williamsburg Fall Arts. This weekend of September 24-28, 2014 includes live music under the stars, art shows, a plant sale, and candlelight concerts.

Williamsburg:

  • Bruton Parish Church will be holding two candlelight concerts, this week. Thursday, September 25th, will feature a tenor and lute recital at 8pm and Saturday, September 27th will feature a violin recital and an organ recital at 8pm (Note: BRAGGING RIGHTS  — This is my lovely wife Lucy Manning!) Free entrance to both.
  • Visit the Williamsburg Regional Library, on Friday, September 26th, at 7:30pm, for a Pipa Solo Concert. The pipa, a Chinese musical instrument, creates enchanting sounds that you are sure to enjoy. Free entrance.
  • Calling all Parrot Heads, on Saturday, September 27th, to the Lake Matoaka Amphitheater at the College of William & Mary to see the “Parrots of the Caribbean,” a Jimmy Buffett tribute act. Parrot Head attire is welcomed; doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets can be found here, for $12.
  • The Williamsburg Botanical Garden will hold The Art of the Garden, a plant sale featuring fall perennials and shrubs, butterfly-friendly plants and fall mums, on Saturday, September 27th, from 9am-2pm. Look for featured artists and garden books.

plant sale botanical garden the art of the garden

Yorktown:

  • The Riverwalk Landing is celebrating their Rhythms on the Riverwalk, this Friday, September 26th, with The Kevin Mac Experience, at 6:30pm.
  • The Gallery at York Hall is hosting an artist meet-and-greet, this Sunday, September 28th, with artists Shirley Whitnock and Linda Miller. Free entrance.
  • The Yorktown Art Stroll will be held on Sunday, September 28th, and will display and sell artists work in various shops and businesses, to include Riverwalk Landing and the Freight Shed. Mediums include paint, glass, photography, jewelry, pottery, and basketry. Look for the all-female cappella group from The College of William & Mary, “The Accidentals” and edibles from The Carrot Tree Kitchens. Several area businesses are staying open late for the celebration. Find the Yorktown Art Stroll Trolley Map here. Free entrance.

Yorktown Art Stroll

Jamestown:

  • At Jamestown Beach Park, on Saturday, September 27th, from 2-6pm, A Taste of the James will encourage feasting on seafood and sipping local wine and craft beer. Unique auction items at the silent auction and lots of fun and educational children’s activities. Tickets costing from $12-$75 can be purchased here.
  • I hope some of you were able to score tickets to ShinDIG at Jamestown, being held tonight, September 25th (I understand the event is sold out). Entertainment will be provided by the “Who Ever Shows Up Band.” Gotta love that name!

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Williamsburg Fall Arts will end with the Occasion for the Arts, at the beginning of October. For more information about Williamsburg Fall Arts, visit the website.

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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.

 


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2013-14 Cost vs. Value: Remodeling Pays Off Big Time

You spruce up your home to upgrade, update, or increase your living space. Are you interested in finding out how much of the money you spend on improvements you will recoup when you sell the house? Then check out the following links to the 2013-2014 Cost vs. Value report.remodeling

 “Home improvement projects across the board are giving home owners a greater return on their investment when it comes time to sell. Find out which projects “open the door” to buyers and where remodeling dollars stretch the furthest….This is the second year in a row that all 35 projects in Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report saw more home improvement dollars recouped upon resale of a home than the previous year.”

 For more information about what returns on investments are for specific home improvement projects, check out this summary article:

For details of the report broken out by region of the country, click here.

 

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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.


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Discounts for Residents of Williamsburg: Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center

Inexpensive and educational outings, in my own backyard. That is just ONE of the reasons that I love living in the Historic Triangle. I spend a lot of time talking about just one of the corners of the triangle. Today, I want to discuss two others: Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. History is an adventure and here, at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, you can experience the story of America’s beginnings.

Jamestown Settlement

When one arrives at Jamestown Settlement, they prepare to embark on a journey to 17th-century Virginia: the first permanent English colony. This museum comes to life through film, gallery exhibits and outdoor living history. Walk through a recreated Continental Army encampment, where historical interpreters depict the daily life of American soldiers. We’ve even walked through a re-created 1780s farm (house, kitchen, tobacco barn, crop fields, and an herb and vegetable garden).


Each time we visit, we take in one exhibit as there are so many to choose from – several inside galleries and recreated and replicas, outside. For instance, outside, we can board the replicas of three ships – including the Susan Constant and walk through a colonists’ fort and a Powhatan village. Interpreters, in full costumer, bring the museum to life – staying in character, with amazing amounts of 17th century knowledge.

Yorktown Victory Center

See the battlefield where allied American and French forces won the decisive battle of the American Revolution, in 1781. From colonial unrest to the formation of our new nation, this museum chronicles the entire Revolutionary period. The indoor galleries highlight the people that left their impression and experiences – and show how they shaped a new society. You’ll see how many different cultures came together to develop a new government with the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Presently (Summer 2014), the Yorktown Victory Center is underway towards a new facility with enhanced outdoor interpretive areas – but the entire museum is still open. This project should be complete Fall 2016, and will be renamed the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

jamestown yorktown

History is fun!

History is an adventure at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center.  Immerse yourself in hands-on history at the two museums on the other corners of Williamsburg’s Historic Triangle.  If you’re a Virginia resident, save more than 40% with the online purchase of an American Heritage Annual Pass. Proof of Virginia residency or Commonwealth of Virginia employment identification at check-in is required. Purchase tickets here: www.historyisfun.org  Finally, I saved the best part for last: if you are a resident of Williamsburg – you get in FREE – to both places – just show your ID with your current address or bring a utility bill with your photo ID.  Enjoy!

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Rolf Kramer, REALTOR®, ABR, SRES, e-PRO 757-564-4455 Licensed in Virginia with Liz Moore and Associates, 5350 Discovery Park Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23188 Williamsburg has become a Mecca for retirees over the past dozen years because of its history, charm, vacation amenities, proximity to major cities and airports, and affordable cost of living. Check out www.retiringinwilliamsburg.com for information about the Williamsburg community, lifestyles available, and search for homes for sale.

 


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Win a Pair of Tickets to 2014 Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg Shrimp Feast Fundraiser – OPEN NOW!

Would you like to win a pair of tickets to the 2014 Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg Shrimp Feast Fundraiser, on September 6, 2014?

Win a pair of Free tickets Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg’s Shrimp Feast Fundraiser I have two pair of adult tickets to give away. To be entered in the drawing, simply COMMENT to this Blog Post, by August 23 and you will be entered. The winners’ names will be drawn on August 24, by an unbiased third party.

Our Kiwanis club’s 35th annual Shrimp Feast on the banks of the James River is just a month away! This year’s Feast will be Saturday, September 6, from 4-7 PM at the Jamestown 4H Educational Center. As always, it will be all-you-can-eat and drink: hot and fresh cooked shrimp, hush puppies, beans, coleslaw, soft drinks, and beer.

Music provided by The Hark. Williamsburg Winery wines, soft serve ice cream and French Fries from Shorty’s Diner, and Uncle Dave’s Kettle Korn will be available for purchase.

100% of the proceeds will benefit local non-profits Bacon Street, Erase the Need, and the Jamestown 4-H Camp as well as local Kiwanis Key Clubs and other sponsored youth programs.

If you wish to purchase additional tickets you can do so at www.williamsburgkiwanis.org or from your favorite Kiwanian. Tickets are $27 prior to 8/25, $30 after, and $35 at the door. Tickets for children aged 6-12 are $15. Children 5 and under are free! There will only be 150 tickets available at the door this year, so get your tickets early.

VIP tables and Oasis Tents will be available once again this year. Reserved VIP tables will be $200 and will seat 6-8 people. Each table gets one VIP parking pass per table reserved. Riverfront tables in the VIP section will be $300. They seat 8-10 people and you’ll get 2 VIP parking passes. Oasis Tents will be $750, which buys you 10 tickets to the event and 5 VIP parking passes.

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