Villa Communities in Williamsburg, Yorktown , Smithfield and Poquoson VA

Looking for a place in Hampton Roads VA or on the Peninsula where everyone is “at the same place in life”? If so, you will find several “Villa” alternatives for 55+ living that will fit the bill.

One of the most popular neighborhoods designed around that concept is the Villas. These one story attached condo residences are roomy, and designed to easily accommodate senior living, they offer the best of both worlds ~ a carefree lifestyle and close proximity to “everything.” There are several Villa neighborhoods in the Hampton Roads area ~ in Yorktown there are Rainbrook Villas, Shady Banks, and Villas at Yorktown. In the quaint city of Poquoson, Oxford Run is the place to be. Villas of Smithfield is the option in Isle of Wight VA. Williamsburg/ James City County has the Villas at Five Forks community. Note: Oxford Run. Rainbrook Villas and Shady Banks are not age restricted

All Villa communities in Hampton Roads were built by the same builder and each neighborhood offers similar floor plans, features, and amenities.

Villa History

In 1986, Ed Bacome and Phil Fankhauser recognized that real estate builders had overlooked the needs and preferences of one of the most important contributing segments of our society: the maturing home buyer. They founded Epcon Communities in Dublin, Ohio as the committed alternative receptive to those unmet needs. Construction of attached single-story living communities began immediately and were well received. The popularity of Epcon Villa communities has since spread from Central Ohio to number 295 condominium communities in 30+ states.

Villa Community Amenities

At the center of each community is a 3,000 square-foot clubhouse for residents to gather and stay in shape. Meet your fitness goals in the exercise room equipped with cardiovascular and weight machines. A great room with TV is the perfect place to catch up with neighbors or watch the big game after making a meal in the catering kitchen. The clubhouse also has card tables and billiards for enjoying games with friends.

The amenities continue outdoors with a pool and patio, great for relaxing with a good book or swimming a few laps. The patio also features a barbecue for community cookouts.  while a scenic pond creates the perfect environment for quiet evening strolls with your significant other.

The Villa Communities in Hampton Roads VA offer single-family attached homes. Typically there are two or three attached home options with home sizes ranging from 1200- to over 1,850 square feet and offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two car garage. Some models include an additional den space for an office or hobby area while all feature open living spaces and modern kitchens.

The two most popular models built in the area were the Abbey and the Canterbury. You can download the plans below.

Abbey Floorplan Villas

Canterbury Floorplan

Living in a Villa Community means enjoying a low-maintenance lifestyle thanks to the homeowners association (HOA). The HOA fee includes lawn care, exterior maintenance, and snow removal, giving residents more time to enjoy socializing with their neighbors through regularly scheduled events like holiday parties, potluck dinners, and Kentucky Derby parties.


According to the National Association of Home Builders, buyers are “right sizing” their homes. Fewer and fewer are wanting the 3,000-6,000 square foot mini-mansions in favor of 1,200-2,000+ square foot one-story homes.
So start enjoying your free time doing the activities that have become more important than maintaining a large home. Epcon condominium owners are typically people who enjoy travel, golfing, biking, gardening, swimming and exercise. With the savings inherent in purchasing smaller homes, residents have the opportunity to travel and the freedom to live activity-rich lifestyles without breaking the bank.

Map locations of Villa Communities in Hampton Roads VA

Photos of a typical Canterbury model

Community photos for Villa Communities

Still looking? If a Villa Community isn’t floating your boat you might also consider:  Brandon WoodsCapital Landing Green ,Colonial Heritage The Settlement at Powhatan CreekBrandywyne , Nottingham Place at Fords Colony , Kensington WoodsNew Town/ Charlotte Park,Orchard Hill at Stonehouse, The Reserve at Williamsburg and a few at Waterford, Villages at Powhatan both in Powhatan Secondary . Oakmont Villas , Four Seasons at New Kent Vineyards/ Viniterra** 55+ Active Adult and Bel Green at Brickshire are a few other options in nearby New Kent County.  

The Soutside of of Hampton Roads includes:

In Chesapeake VA is  Eagle Pointe at Cahoon Plantation + The Retreat at Greenbrier, + Sommerton others include : One Ford Place, Legacy at Washington Arms,  Riverwalk, Monarch Walk & The Commons at Hunningdon Gloucester , Va has some villa type homes in River Club In  Franklin, VA- there is the Village at Woods End community Portsmouth, VA-Villas of River Pointe . In Virginia Beach is The Villages at West Neck  the first age 55 or better community that was built in Virginia Beach. Smithfield VA also has Church Square 

In our next post we will cover the growing list of active adult 55+ communities in Richmond VA

A location map of 55+ communities in Virginia

Search homes for sale here

Psst. I’m a real estate agent.

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 his expertise helping buyers and sellers in the local real estate market.

If you are a home owner searching for someone innovative to sell your home I would love to share my thoughts on marketing. You can read some of the stories I have written about the homes I have sold here.

Additionally I have helped hundreds of folks find their dream home/ community and would love to help you find yours in WIlliamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, VA Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Isle of Wight Poquoson as well as Richmond.

You can reach me by phone at 757-254-8136 or email

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!


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