Barbara just moved in to Colonial Heritage. She has been a Jersey Girl, all her life, but when her mom passed away a couple of years ago, she realized that now that her children are grown, she has no family in New Jersey, anymore…and she could live anywhere she wanted to. Barbara has three grown children – one in Ohio, one in Texas, and one here in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond’s grandkids won – Williamsburg is within an hour of the Atlantic Ocean and Barbara had visited and fallen in love with Williamsburg, years ago. After doing a search on the internet, she either read through my blog or searched through active-adult communities on my website and honed in on Colonial Heritage – then she filled out my Contact Us form and I immediately got to work.
The first thing we did was have a conversation about what she did now, what she wanted to do in Williamsburg, and discussed her have-to-have’s. After booking a tour through the model homes, we booked her Colonial Heritage’s weekend “Discovery Package.” This allowed Barbara to stay, on the resort’s property for the weekend soaking up the lifestyle, the active people, and touring all the amenities – she fell in love. And she golfed, every day. That golf course really pushed her over the edge. It is stunning! Well, by Sunday, it was clear that this would be her forever home. So, together, we started to work on a plan to get her the place she was envisioning in her retirement.
Obviously, Colonial Heritage’s active community and all of its resort-like amenities was the lifestyle that she was seeking, but now the house! We toured the model homes and looked at the couple available resale homes. She decided that she wanted to choose her fixtures, her countertops, and colors. She wanted Lennar’s builders to “build from scratch,” just for Barbara.
The golf course and active life style definitely pushed Barbara to choose Colonial Heritage – but today, this isn’t just a golf club, for Barbara. This is her new family – and it felt like family, even before she moved in. There are multiple neighborhood groups, at Colonial Heritage, each of them having separate social events and outings. Her new neighborhood, although it is only just being built is well under way – she ate at the Grill, attended two lunches, went on an outing with her neighbors, and went golfing, daily – all while her home was still under construction. By the time she moved in, July 2014, she felt like she already belonged. Each neighborhood has their own sense of community within the larger community of Colonial Heritage. In other words, each neighborhood has a monthly luncheon and their own email list – so this large community feels small enough to be comforting. Barbara simply loves all the planning that has gone into this community that she now calls home.
When I asked her, at move in, what she liked about Colonial Heritage, she said it felt like she’d lived here, forever, because her new friends and neighbors wanted her there, and they wanted her to be involved, and they wanted to be friends. This resort community was just what she pictured herself in: in a beautiful well-designed smaller home for one, surrounded by lovely surroundings, surrounded by lovely people, that liked her. Mind you, Barbara is easy to like: Barbara is lovely, positive, enthusiastic, athletic, and lively. She is a perfect addition to the community in Williamsburg’s Colonial Heritage.
Since Barbara bought her Ivy Glen Cottage Home with me, her enthusiasm for active-lifestyle retirement community has been far reaching. She convinced another Jersey Girl to move to Colonial Heritage – and her friend has bought her own home, right in Barbara’s new neighborhood. She should be here, very soon; then, they can go exploring Williamsburg, together.
Just as I was leaving, I asked her what clubs she had joined. She said that although there were more than 20 clubs to join – she has decided to hang back and slowly get her feet wet, because now that she has actually moved in, she can go swimming in either pool, go sit in the library, play bridge, take a line-dancing class, take a water aerobics class or simply walk the hundreds of acres of sidewalks. They’ll be time enough for the Garden Club or a Book Club. Right now, she is just so happy to be…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.