Getting to Know Your Neighbors: Bill and Karen Shelly-Viniterra New Kent

Meet Bill and Karen Shelly, the new kids on the block in Viniterra. We had a chance to ask them a few “get to know you” questions as they were moving in recently. They kindly shared a bit about themselves amid their unpacking and getting settled.

No stranger to moving, this is the 7th home for the Shelly family. With Karen’s background in new construction, the Shelly home was built with input from Karen who worked for HH Hunt Homes for 12 years. Her expertise and knowledge of the building process was key when selecting a builder who would welcome her participation and experience. “ The Villas dedicated Builder provided the best value for the price, and we liked their willingness for Karen to provide her knowledge and product design during the whole building process.”

Bill and Karen have two grown children, Morgan Shelly (26) and Grayson Shelly (23). The family lived in Richmond for 14 years while Bill worked as a Manager for Project Scheduling, Logistics and Business Support for Dominion Energy. Karen worked with HH Hunt Homes and was Design Manager for Virginia Market. Avid sports lovers, Bill and Karen both enjoy golf, and Bill played basketball and baseball at Hampden Sydney College (1982). Both are sports enthusiasts and hold season tickets for the Washington Redskins. Mr. and Mrs. Shelly also love to travel in their spare time.

Like many of the residents of Viniterra, the location of the development and its proximity to Richmond & Newport News, as well as the Airport, drew them here. One drive through the neighborhood with its catchy curb appeal and low maintenance villas, and the Shelly family was hooked. “The care of the community and residents appears to be exceptional and top notch as far as developments go.”

The golf course and winery felt perfectly suited to their hobbies and tastes, and the sales staff and developer made the process feel seamless. “We were looking to downsize and build a perfect home to meet our needs. We intended to retire in a planned community with amenities. When Villas were first advertised in 2015 we visited the sales office and toured the community. We were the first to secure a lot in the Villas Section almost immediately.”

Fast-forward two years to 2017, and the Shelly family is overjoyed to finally move into the Viniterra community. Keep an eye out for this fantastic family.

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This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of the Williamsburg/ Richmond/ Hampton Roads area and his expertise in the local real estate market.

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About mrwilliamsburg

I love Williamsburg !
Being “Mr. Williamsburg” and starting my web site in 2004 has been a great way for me to help people looking for homes for sale, communities and an “insider knowledge.” of the area.
Turned out I was onto something. Because I offer in-depth information and up-to-the-minute blogging, even international clients have found me. One couple, moving back to the States from France, told me that a post I wrote blog about grocery shopping in Williamsburg convinced them that Williamsburg was the place to be, and that I was the best source by far that they found on the web.
I’m happy to say that I hear similar comments from many of my clients looking for homes throughout Williamsburg and Hampton Roads.
I grew up in Virginia Beach, Va, After attending college, I worked at a number of positions including manager of a land development and construction company and business manager of a cut flower business that we grew in sales from $300,000 to $15 million (we were supplier to Whole Foods and one of the first cut flower suppliers to Costco).
In 2004, it seemed like a good time to simplify my life. I moved my family from Annapolis to Williamsburg. I went into real estate with Liz Moore and Associates, and was one of the initial agents when Liz opened her Williamsburg branch.
My sons Zach and Josh attend Lafayette High School and Hornsby Middle School and are crazy about sports and the outdoors.
I feel lucky to be living the dream, and saving two to four hours by not driving on the DC beltway every day. So, I can now spend my time with family while concentrating on learning — and sharing — information about living in Williamsburg.
In real estate, no two people or transactions are the same. Everything’s a challenge, and I’m rewarded every time in close a transaction and have the opportunity to see the smiles on clients’ faces.
Please email or call me for assistance with any real estate questions about the area or 757 254 8136