In 2002 Doug Lundberg bought a 2.79-acre plot of land on John Tyler Highway and decided to build his own custom dream home. The land, located across the street from Governor’s Land at Two Rivers, is conveniently located just a few miles from all of the conveniences Williamsburg has to offer (Target, Publix, dining, etc.) while still feeling like a private oasis just a few miles from the confluence of the James and Chickahominy Rivers.
Originally from Northern Pennsylvania, Doug moved to the Colonial Capital after coming down to attend a funeral of all things. “I was here for a week and heard construction going on and because I can never sit still, I decided to lend a hand,” he says. As a professional carpenter, Doug was intrigued when learned of building opportunities here in Williamsburg and decided to move down and get his Class A license and get to work. He acquired several contacts right off the bat, and immediately found himself with a ton of work just from word of mouth.
When it came to where he would settle down as a new resident in Williamsburg, Doug went out exploring and found a “For Sale” sign laying in the ditch at 2738 John Tyler Highway. He gave the realtor a call and decided to buy the land and build a home for himself.
Building the dream home
As a carpenter, Doug has several contacts and friends in the industry, so he got to work right away with a friend who dug him a basement. He knew he wanted a ranch floorplan with the master bedroom on the opposite side of the house from the kids’ rooms, to avoid hearing thumps and noise after a long day at work. He found a floorplan online, and has been thrilled with the finished result.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch features a full basement with another bedroom and full bathroom. The ideal layout of the basement has allowed Doug to host live music events, and the freshly-finished media room is complete with sound panels and a kitchenette. The basement is reinforced with 8-inch concrete walls, and the exterior walls of the home are all 2x6in, offering extra insulation.
Built in 2003, this home was designed before the popular trend of open floorplans, so Doug was ahead of his time when he chose this one. All of the bedrooms are large at 14×14 feet and the master bedroom is 16×15 feet.
The home boasts hardwood floors, carpet in the bedrooms and tile in the bathrooms. Coming from northern PA, Doug loved the warm feeling of wood trim, so there is wood trim throughout the home and all of the doors are solid wood.
Upon entering, you are greeted with ample natural light and lots of open space. The home also features a wood stove for cozy winter nights.
Expansive property in a prime location
The feature Doug is most proud of when it comes to his home is the outdoors. The home sits on nearly three acres of gorgeous, open land and woods. Doug even put in his own man-made pond on the property, complete with a gazebo, water feature and wooden swing.
Since moving in to the home in 2003, the Virginia Capital Trail was born in Williamsburg. The famous trail runs from Jamestown to Richmond and runs right in front of Doug’s property, so it’s easy for bike enthusiasts, runners, walkers, and everyone else to hop right on the trail and either head towards the rivers and Charles City, or towards Jamestown Settlement. Also located off of the Capital Trail and right down the street is Spoke & Art Provisions, a quaint coffee house, sandwich and gift shop just a short bike ride from Doug’s place.
Also located just down the street (or trail!) is Chickahominy Riverfront Park. The park features a swimming pool, splash pad, campground, fishing pier and boat launch, as well as regular events throughout the year.
For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle for the quiet country life while still having access to all Williamsburg has to offer, this home has it all. The property also features a garden, solar green house, and is perfect for chickens and other animals like horses to roam free. The property is zoned A1 so the possibilities are endless in terms of farming. “It’s really a homestead rather than just a house on a lot,” says Doug.
“The land the home is on is the biggest attraction of this property,” he says. “When my grandchildren come to stay, they are always running around and you can see the peace they feel when they are here. It’s a little slice of heaven.”
Doug says his expansive back porch is one of his favorite spots in the home and he even enjoys sleeping out there from time to time on his hammock. The back yard and porch are ideal for anyone who likes to entertain.
Doug admits it will be bittersweet to leave this incredible oasis that he has built, but he is longing to move back to the area he is from up north, where much of his family still lives. This home is a nature-lover’s paradise just waiting for someone new to come enjoy everything it has to offer.
Referring to himself as a perfectionist, Doug says it’s hard for him to not look around and think of ways to constantly improve and upgrade the home, which he has done through the years. But he says all-in-all it’s always been a very nice place to come home to, and he is thankful he’s gotten to call it home for many years.
If you would like to see the home in person or via Facetime reach out to me at 757 254 8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com
For more information on the home visit here: https://search.mrwilliamsburg.com/idx/details/homes/d110/2004591/2738-John-Tyler-Highway
About Mr Williamsburg
Psssst! I wanted to let you in on a little secret. While I am a real estate agent…I am a different kind of real estate agent. I am creating a revolution in realty by combining everything you love about this area all into one place. Known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, I combine my extensive knowledge of the Williamsburg, Richmond, and Hampton Roads areas with my expertise in helping buyers and sellers navigate the ever-changing local real estate market to create a top-notch experience that checks all of your boxes.
Are you a homeowner searching for someone innovative and committed to selling your home? Allow Mr. Williamsburg to tell your story. With my unique marketing approach, your home will be seen from your eyes, not described in a few sentences by someone who doesn’t know it well.
Curious in finding the value of your existing home? Ask me here.
Interested in learning more about neighborhoods in the Williamsburg area? Check out my resource on specific communities in the surrounding areas of Williamsburg and Hampton Roads here.
Looking somewhere other than Williamsburg? In addition to my affinity for Williamsburg, I have helped hundreds of folks find their dream home and community in areas outside of the ‘Burg, such as Yorktown, New Kent, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Isle of Wight, Poquoson, and Richmond. I’m committed to helping you find your perfect fit and the place you’re happy to call home. Fill out this form and I’ll get back to you so we can connect.
Want to learn more about what working with me is like? While I can tell you all day why I love what I do so much, hearing directly from previous clients is the best way to see this. To read real client reviews and learn more about what it’s like working with me on your team, visit my reviews page here.
Your real estate journey is just that…yours. I get that it’ll be unique. It needs a marketing plan and a committed real estate professional to guide you every step of the way. To talk further, you can reach me via phone or text at 757-254-8136 or through email at John@MrWilliamsburg.com.
I look forward to serving your real estate needs and welcoming you to this place that I’m lucky enough to call home!
John Womeldorf, Mr. Williamsburg