Williamsburg Homes and Real Estate

Williamsburg, the “Colonial Capital” of Virginia is located in the Historic Triangle which also includes Jamestown and Yorktown. Located 150 miles south of Washington D.C., between Richmond and Norfolk, Williamsburg is among the most popular tourist destinations in the world, stemming from the living history museum at Colonial Williamsburg. The charm of the distinctly Colonial character of the area, coupled with mild climates, a flourishing economy, ample outdoor recreation and unparalleled cultural and educational opportunities makes Williamsburg not only a desirable tourist destination, but also a promising place to call home.

Buying a Home in Williamsburg

With its beautiful historic downtown and convenient suburban areas, Williamsburg offers buyers some wonderful options. Moreover, Bizjournals, a national business news source, recently rated the Hampton Roads area as America’s least stressful metro area based on factors such as air quality, employment, crime levels and income growth. This is certainly true of the city of Williamsburg, as it combines a small urban/suburban environment with easy access to all the metro area’s offerings. Since this area is seeing the best buyers market in some time with good interest rates and many sellers assisting with closing costs, now is the perfect time to buy a home in Williamsburg.

First Time Homebuyers

If you're considering buying your first home, contact us for a free, no-obligation homebuyer consultation. We'll walk you through the steps you need to take to get into your new home, including getting pre-qualified and searching for homes that fit your needs. Our agents have a great deal of experience working with first time homebuyers and can help make the process easy and fun. They will connect you with our mortgage team who will help you get prequalified, and will help you explore the various options available in Williamsburg, including traditional homes, townhouses, and even new construction homes.

Williamsburg Real Estate

Housing options in Williamsburg are plentiful and range from modern apartments and condominiums in the trendy downtown areas, to traditional neighborhoods and gated, planned communities. Some of the more popular communities include Ford’s Colony, a gated golf community, New Town, a mixed-use “New Urbanism” community, and Governors Land, Williamsburg’s only private country club community. Homes for sale in Williamsburg range from modest single family homes to extravagant waterfront mansions and secluded lots available for you to build your dream home.

Williamsburg is a diverse city with opportunities for all types of families and individuals to become home owners. Not only is Williamsburg ideal for baby-boomers looking for a comfortable place to retire, but in addition to the College of William and Mary, the city’s youths are served by eight elementary schools, three middle schools, and three high schools, making Williamsburg real estate a wise investment for families.

Living in Williamsburg

Despite being a large base of tourism in the Hampton Roads area, Williamsburg residents are graced with a balance of colonial charm, culture and scenic, rural country sides with forward thinking, steady growth and development. Williamsburg was recently rated by Money Magazine as one of the best places to retire. This peaceful retirement destination is ideal for those who want to enjoy a home-town atmosphere and for those who desire the luxuries of shops, restaurants, museums, and various recreational activities. Located close to the Atlantic Ocean and in the vicinity of over a dozen 18-hole public golf courses, Williamsburg offers a wide variety of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed almost year round.

Williamsburg History

The area which became Williamsburg was settled in 1638 and was originally called Middle Plantation, for its location on the high ground about half-way across the Peninsula. After the original capital of Virginia, which was located in Jamestown, burnt down, the colonial capital permanently move to Middle Plantation in 1699. A village was laid out and Middle Plantation was renamed Williamsburg in honor of King William III of England, befitting the town's newly elevated status.

For 81 formative years, from 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was the hub of politics, culture, and education of what was then the largest, most populous, and most influential of the American colonies. As a result of a call to action to preserve and celebrate the patriots and early history of America, Colonial Williamsburg, a 301-acre living history museum was created in much of the downtown Williamsburg area.