The Retreat

Home buyers in the Williamsburg VA area looking for neighborhoods with homes on  larger lots ( 1-3 acres +)  have a variety of communities to choose from The Retreat which we will focus on here as well as  Skimino Landing Estates  The Conservancy, Liberty Ridge, Wexford Hills, Woodland Farms, Merry Oaks, Uncles Neck and Banbury Cross are some of the more popular neighborhoods.  There are also numerous parcels off of Forge Rd, Brickbat Rd and others throughout the area that are simply rural or non neighborhood locations.Most of these are typically in the western part of James City or upper York County.

Seller financing is currently being  offered by the developers of The Retreat for privacy at the retreatqualified buyers.

Lot buyers can use the preferred builder ( Hallmark Homes) or they can use a builder of their choice as long as the plans meet approval by the architectural review board.

(I would be happy to introduce you to our preferred builders who have constructed homes in the Williamsburg VA area for 30+ years)

Construction of new homes at The Retreat started in 2000 with the first home being delivered in 2001. Homes continue to be built and offered for sale today.

homeHome sales have slowed in The Retreat community with only one sale in the last 12 months. Although foreclosures make up a small part of our community that one home was a bank owned home that sold in only 10 days on market for $505k. In  years past home sale prices ranged as high as $1,096,000 for a 6500 sq. foot home that sold in 2005. The homes in The Retreat were built solely by PF Summers until 2007 when they ceased doing business. As noted previously you can now use the builder of your choice once you decide to build.

Homes sizes in The Retreat range from 2300 to 6500 square feet with the median size coming in  around 3200 square feet.

The HOA ( home owner association ) fees at The Retreat are one of the lowest in the area at only $200 a year. This fees cover the cost of maintaining the common areas of the community. With no community pool a number of homeowners in The Retreat have built their own pools. Others choose to use the nearby pool at Upper County Park where you can purchase an annual family pool retreatpass for only $120. Upper County park is a 91-acre with amenities that also include a Toddler pool, Snack bar (pizza, hot dogs, drinks),  Changing rooms with showers ,Shade Structure, Playground,   sand volleyball and basketball courts, multiuse trails and a 3.5-mile mountain bike trail, horseshoe pits and picnic shelters..

James City County Schools for The Retreat are:

Elementary School: Stonehouse; Middle School: Toano; High School: Warhill

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site plan for the retreat


Fast Facts “The Retreat”


  • Nearest Major Intersection: RT 30 and Barnes Rd
  • Gated: No
  • Clubhouse: No
  • How Many Homes: Approximately 50, 71 when complete.
  • Size Range: Homes in this neighborhood are between  2300-6500. ( Most are around 3200)
  • Amenities:  none.. No pool but many homeowners build their own
  • Nearest Grocery Store:  Farm Fresh and Food Lion in Croaker
  • Favorite Neighborhood Feature: Low HOA fee,  rural location, privacy
  • Cons: Distance to Colonial Williamsburg, other shopping areas
  • HOA fees are only $200 annually
  • Williamsburg/James City County Schools
  • Elementary: Stonehouse
  • Middle-Toano
  • High– Warhill
  • Taxes: Average: $3850 annual  on a home valued at $500k ( a super low rate of $0.77 per $100 assessed value) one of the lowest in the area.
  • (301) 725-0200
  • Directionsview all homes for sale in this neighborhood

Best%20Places%20to%20Live Keep Looking –If you like the The Retreat in Toano VA and you might also like these other neighborhoods in the Williamsburg Va area with large lots  Skimino Landing Estates along with The Conservancy,  , Wexford Hills, Liberty Ridge, Woodland Farms, Merry Oaks, Uncles Neck and Banbury Cross are some of the more popular large lot neighborhoods. Westport will be another option in the future. It will offer 3+ acre lots in a location right down the street from Liberty Ridge is just outside the Manchester gate of Ford’s Colony on Centerville Rd. . As an added bonus homeowners in Westport will be members of and enjoy the amenities of Ford’s Colony. –Stay tuned for further updates……

There are also numerous estate parcels and horse farms off of Forge Rd, Brickbat Rd and others throughout the area that are simply rural or non neighborhood locations.Most of these are typically in the western part of James City or York County. You can read other  neighborhood spotlight articles here

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Talk Back- Do you live in the The Retreat in Toano VA ? We would love to hear your thoughts on living there both good and bad. Please share in the comment field below. 01graycma

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Questions ?

If you have any questions and/or would like to view homes for sale  in The Retreat or other communities in greater Williamsburg or Hampton Roads, I am here to help. Contact me at 757.254.8136 or

Where :Map location to The Retreat Community in Toano VA and

Directions:  From I 64 West, take exit 227, Keep right at the fork and merge onto RT 30, you will pass the Stonehouse community on your right. Turn left on Barnes Rd , then go 2 miles and turn right on Whispering Rd into The Retreat/


map location the retreat toano va


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We receive new listings everyday, so check back regularly I  would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg areas of Virginia or to sell your existing home.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/ Hampton Roads area and  and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, and Mr were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the  surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities, condos and townhomes , foreclosures/ REOland, building lots, commercial property  in Williamsburg , Yorktown, New Kent, Gloucester, Poquoson as well as the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads, Virginia You can reach John by phone at 757-254-8136 or email him I look forward to serving your real estate needs! Best, John