Berkeley’s Green: A James City County, Williamsburg, Virginia Neighborhood Spotlight from “Mr. Williamsburg”
Berkeley’s Green is a charming, master planned community that showcases a range of custom-built resale homes in lovely, treed settings. It is located off Route 5 in James City County/Williamsburg, not far from the Jamestown Settlement and the grounds of the historic Green Spring Plantation.
The community was started in 1989 and home construction continued in stages through the year 2000. Located on 142 acres, Berkeley’s Green has approximately 280 homes.
Resale home prices in Berkeley’s Green generally start in the $300,000s.
Berkeley’s Green is named for Green Spring Plantation owner, and former Governor of Virginia, Sir William Berkeley (pronounced “bark-lee”), who was governor from 1641-1652 and 1660-1677.
Berkeley’s Green Offers Many Architectural Styles
Detached homes offered in Berkeley’s Green include an array of architectural styles and home choices. Homes range from 3-5 bedrooms, with square footages ranging from 1,700 to 2,500+ square feet. Lot sizes average about a quarter-acre. Trees abound amid the established streets and cul-de-sacs throughout the community.
Berkeley’s Green Neighborhood Amenities
The Berkeley’s Green neighborhood amenities include a clubhouse, pool, playground, tennis and basketball courts, gazebo, picnic area, pond, and walking/biking trails.
Berkeley’s Green Home Owner’s Association
The community has an active homeowner association that sponsors numerous social events throughout the year, from Easter Egg Hunts to a neighborhood visit by Santa. Click here to visit the Berkeley’s Green Owner’s Association site, which includes news and other information about the community that is available to residents.
The 2019 Berkeley’s Green Owner’s Association fee in is
Berkeley’s Green’s Convenient Location for Shopping and Recreation
A popular activity for residents is walking, jogging or cycling on the Virginia Capital Trail, a portion of which is only a few steps from the Berkley’s Green neighborhood. This trail connects Virginia ’s past and present capitals of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Richmond along the Scenic Route 5 corridor. The Capital Trail traverses 50+ miles, five jurisdictions, and 400 years rich in history along one of the first inland routes in North America.
Berkeley’s Green Schools
Children living in Berkeley’s Green attend public schools operated by the Williamsburg-James City County Public School Division, a joint school system that serves both localities. In recent years, Expansion Management magazine, which rates school systems nationally, has consistently rated this system with a gold ribbon, indicating ranking in the top 17% nationally of systems evaluated.
Berkeley’s Green children currently attend:
- Matoaka Elementary School
- Lois Hornsby Blair Middle School
- Jamestown High School
Private school options include Walsingham Academy, Hampton Roads Academy, Williamsburg Christian Academy, Williamsburg Montessori, Providence Classical and others.
What Residents Have to Say About Living in Berkeley’s Green
We all have concerns about moving into a new community. So, what is it like to actually live in Berkeley’s Green? Here’s what residents have to say:
Such a great place for families! Fourteen-year resident and Michigan native, Katie Kullberg, fell in love with Berkeley’s Green on first sight.
“When we walked to the community clubhouse and pool area, we saw this nice little gazebo sitting along a pond,” Katie says. “We saw a little fountain, and the pool, and I said, ‘OK, this is it. I’ve found the place where I’m happy and this is where I’m going to live.’”
The mother of three loves the community’s kid-oriented recreational opportunities. With basketball and tennis courts, a pool, and a playground all within walking distance, there’s always something for them to do.
“The little pond outside the pool is where my kids go down and catch minnows during the summer,” Katie says. “There are turtles and frogs and lots of birds.”
The neighborhood also has a walking trail, which is normally a great place to walk, jog, and bike — but also a delightfully scary place to be on Halloween.
“Every Halloween, the HOA puts on a Haunted Trail,” Katie explains. “People get dressed up and scare all the kids walking through. At the end, they serve punch and cookies. My daughter was part of it for first time two years ago, and just loves it.”
Other HOA-sponsored activities include an Easter egg hunt, and a Christmas visit by Santa.
“About a week before Christmas, they drive Santa around on a trailer and blast music and the kids all jump on the trailer,” Katie says, laughing. “The kids can talk to Santa, so you don’t have to take them to the mall.”
Katie notes that often her Berkeley’s Green cul-de-sac holds its own activities. One of her favorites is its annual “Ribfest” held around the Fourth of July.
“We have a contest on who can cook the best ribs, and one neighbor who does woodworking always makes an award for the winner. It’s just special, and something I look forward to every year,” she says.
The neighborhood is very family-oriented, Katie points out.
“I don’t have a basketball hoop at my house, but there’s one at the end of the cul-de-sac and my kids are down there for hours on weekends and after school. And our neighbors are totally fine with that.”
Fast Facts on Berkeley’s Green
Homes: Single family detached homes in a variety of traditional and transitional architectural styles
Homes built from: Approximately 1989-2000
Price range: Approximately $300,000 and up
Size: Square footages range from about 1,700- 2,500+. Lot sizes average about a quarter-acre.
Amenities: Pool, clubhouse, playground, tennis court, basketball court, picnic area, pond, walking trails
Berkeley’s Green HOA Fees: $52 monthly
Williamsburg /James City County Schools: Matoaka Elementary, Lois Hornsby Middle, Jamestown High
Age Restricted: No
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This Neighborhood Spotlight comes courtesy of local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as “Mr. Williamsburg,” both for his extensive knowledge of the Hampton Roads and Historic Triangle areas, and his expertise in the local real estate market. Mr Williamsburg.com was 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. John would love to help you sell your existing home or find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area.
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