Where We Live: Easy living and private pond in Governor’s Land

The property where Earl and Gail Hopgood chose to build their future home was the odd duck out in the neighborhood back in 2001.

Whereas most of the lots in the Barrets Pointe section of Governor’s Land were large and right on the river, the Hopgood’s was smaller but situated on a pond a stone’s throw away from their deck.

“We were meant to have it,” said Earl. The size suited the couple perfectly since they were looking to downsize, and the pond became a huge feature of the home.

To say the pond is near the house is an understatement. The proximity to the water means the couple can go fishing right from their deck. The Hopgood’s grandchildren and guests regularly fish for bass.

“People are shocked when they come here and they walk out to the backyard because from the road you don’t get any sense of what’s back here,” Earl said. “My friends joke and call it Lake Earl.”

It may have been a stroke of luck that led the Hopgoods to the unique lot, but the house they built on it was all their doing. After interviewing a few of the neighborhood’s preferred builders, they settled on Scott Cleckley.

“We picked Cleckley because we liked his style,” Earl said. “We didn’t know it at the time, but he builds a very quality house. In places that builders typically use wood, he uses steel. It’s just a very solidly built house.”

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Governor’s Land offers a variety of luxury homes — Federal, Colonial, Georgian, and Cape Cod – to appeal to the genial mix of empty-nesters/retirees and young families that call it home. Located seven miles from Colonial Williamsburg, at the junction of the James and Chickahominy rivers, it encompasses more than 1,400 acres, sixty percent of which are dedicated green space, including 200 acres of shoreline and a wildlife sanctuary.

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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/ Hampton Roads area and his expertise helping buyers and sellers 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.
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