History of New Town
New Town was created from farm land owned by the Carl Casey Family (along with some tracts from the Tillage and Roper families.) The acreage held apple orchards, grain fields, and mixed hardwood forests for lumber. In its 1991 Comprehensive Plan, James City County designated the land east of Route 199 as a future mixed use area. Two creeks flowing from the edges of the site were preserved as conservation areas; they are branches of Powhatan Creek and run south toward the James River. (Habitats for an endangered vegetation called Small Whorled Pogonia are also included in this area.) In the mid-1990’s with VDOT’s development of Route 199 and extension of Monticello Avenue, the Casey family worked with the City of Williamsburg and James City County, as well as the College of William and Mary, on the idea of creating a new residential and business center to accompany the planned new municipal courthouse. This new community “should become a landmark development and a national model of the highest quality of the visual, social and economic aspects of town planning.” New Town Site in 1996
As a resident of New Town, a mixed-use community of over 400 homes in James City County, you can walk to nearby businesses and restaurants, play in open green spaces, stroll on wooded trails, and meet friendly neighbors at planned social events including an annual pool party, Oktoberfest and other gatherings. Residents of all ages call New Town their home, from young recent college grads to retirees. Whether you are shopping along charming Main Street, walking to Regal Cinema or dining al fresco with friends at one of our many local restaurants, your home in New Town is close by. Also near are opportunities to enjoy the many cultural events Williamsburg has to offer from open-air concerts, theater, museums and of course, Virginia’s Historic Triangle of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Only a short distance from New Town, the College of William & Mary offers adult education programs as well as athletic events many New Town residents enjoy.
The New Town community in James City County/ Williamsburg, VA offers a unique combination of shops, entertainment, a vibrant office environment and a plethora of housing options to appeal to all segments of the population
Forget what you know about shopping in suburbia. You won’t find the endless sea of strip malls and parking lots in New Town, Williamsburg, VA. What you will find is a return of what has long been missing from our daily lives…what you want, where you want it.
At New Town you can drop off the kids to their dance class or daycare, walk to the corner for coffee, go to the bakery, grab some flowers from the florist, go to the dentist, the bank, the doctor, work out at the gym, go to your attorney’s office, see a movie, browse Barnes and Noble, shop for groceries, get some other errands done, without ever getting in the car.
What’s even better is that you can do it all in walking distance from your home. The retail is aimed at the needs of those that live here and is located with a keen eye on convenience. Whether it’s a salon, the groceries, or the gym, all are available in a way that makes life easier for you. What could be a better commute than no commute at all?
Come to work, play, relax and learn in our vibrant and growing community!
In New Town, Williamsburg, VA, the distance barriers are being broken down for all types of business environments, and the office is no exception. Who said offices should be separate from the places that we live and play. Big and smaller companies alike have space walkable to dozens of restaurants, shops, and services. No more rushing the lunch hour.
The only drawback to living and working in New Town? No more calling in late because of a back up on I-64!
Design details like narrow streets and wide sidewalks ensure that the streets of New Town, Williamsburg, VA are inviting to the pedestrian, making a sensible choice of what was once not an option in the suburbs.
New Town Neighborhood Parks
In New Town, Williamsburg, VA everyone has the chance to experience wonderful outdoor settings within easy walking distance from their homes. No matter where you are in New Town, Williamsburg, VA there are plazas, greens and courtyards. You will surely find your personal favorite among the dozens of neighborhood parks.
In New Town the streets are interconnected with each other and provides over four miles of continuous trails through over three hundred acres of a park system.
Roads. There have always been too few to handle the traffic of the suburbs. The fact is, there will never be enough roads if cars are the only way to get around.
Bicycles have easy routes to all corners of the community, allowing for more than recreational rides. Expect to see more people shopping and going to work by bike as they recognize the ease of getting out of the fast lane in New Town, Williamsburg, VA
Community buses provide chances for residents to conveniently travel to Colonial Williamsburg and other parts of James City County without having to drive and park.
There is an Amtrak Station within a few miles in Williamsburg which provides a link to Downtown Richmond, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York City and beyond.
Most importantly, New Town is proving that businesses and homes can exist in close proximity enabling people to live in a truly walkable distance from nearly all of their daily needs. At New Town, Williamsburg, VA the choice of how you travel is back in your hands.
New Town, Williamsburg, VA is a place for all people. It is that simple. Gone is the notion that you have to have kids, or have to be an “active adult” or other category of lifestyle. A wide variety of styles of housing, providing equal opportunities for living by those of vastly different means.
GREAT NEWS for New Town residents. The neighborhood pool in New Town pool is now open for regular use. The pool is a 25 meter
If you don’t already know, the pool is located in the Charlotte Park neighborhood at the intersection of Elizabeth Davis and Center Street.
Once complete the residential areas of New Town will comprise approximately 1,000 porch and traditional homes, garden apartments, town & carriage homes, condominiums, and live-work loft condos all designed within a street grid pattern to foster community interaction.
Housing choices in New Town include Charlotte Park ,New Town’s newest neighborhood of single family detached homes on tree-lined streets, all with front porches, and many options and floor plans to select from. Each home will overlook a green space or park, while alleys allow access to the rear of the homes and to the two-car detached garages. The neighborhood swimming pool is only a short walking path away. Home interiors offer such upscale amenities as hardwood floors and granite countertops. Cascades of natural light from many windows, and high ceilings are a few of the many architect-inspired innovations that contribute to the ambiance.
- New Town Directory
A listing of all the stores, restaurants, businesses and entertainment venues in New Town.
- Town Management
Association Manager for the New Town Residential Association
Condominium Choices in New Town include Bennington on the Park and Foundation Square as well as a small number of Condos Over the Green Leafe Café and Center Street Restaurant.
Foundation Square’s condominiums, Fstart in the $230’s with Exclusive underground parking included. Peace of mind with condo’s low maintenance and controlled access. Single level living means no stairs and there is a dedicated generator provides power to elevators in case of a power outage. Standard features at Foundation Square include granite counters, stainless appliances, tiled baths, custom solid adjustable shelving in the closets, private balconies- some with park views, elegant crown molding and so much more!
The Bennington on the Park condominiums offer one-level living in the Heart of New Town. Amenities include a fully secured building with reserved and covered parking, elevator service to all floors, and private fitness facilities. The building has 40 upscale residences ranging in size from 950 sq. ft.(1 bedroom) to 1600 sq. ft.(3 bedroom); many of the condos have dens. The main level features a fitness workout facility & private storage. Every condominium has at least one patio/balcony, and more than half have stunning views of Sullivan Square Park.The upscale finished include granite countertops in the kitchen, hardwood in the foyers, 12 inch tile in the bathrooms, and solid-core doors.
Town Home Choices in New Town
The Townhomes at Abbey Commons offer 2 and 3 level designs, some featuring private courtyards, balconies, side porches, spacious kitchens and inviting formal areas.Some units offer first floor master bedrooms but the majority have second floor masters. A number of the town homes have finished rooms over the detached garages that make wonderful guest suites, man caves or artist studios
Chelsea Green townhomes offer a combination of smart, thoughtfully planned residences. Choose from five innovative plans. The tri-level designs offer open, transitional living spaces with a long list of distinctive features. *Second-level kitchen and living area *First floor bonus space in select plans, ideal for your home office *Plentiful natural light throughout *Decks overlooking streetscape *Alley-loaded, two car garages.
Savannah Square: These brownstone-inspired townhomes with wide open spaces for living and dining areas,offer 2 to 3 bedrooms, and optional third-floor ‘retreats.’ Add to these deluxe features oversized garages attached and tucked under. This is luxury townhome living!
Eagle Construction of Richmond VA has almost completed Village Walk in the Settlers Market portion of New Town bear Trader Joes.
The townhomes are similar to what they built in Shire Place and West Broad Village in the Short Pump area of Richmond VA. There will be 107 town homes in this section.
Models are offered in both two
Named for it’s close proximity to New Town’s scenic Roper Park, Park’s Edge is an exciting new community of tri-level townhomes featuring spacious front porches, two-car garages and an abundance of premium standard features such as hardwood floors, granite kitchen countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Nine-foot ceilings on the main level create an open airy living space with plenty of natural light. Choose from 5 distinct floor plans – The Addison, Baylor, Channing, Grant and Harper – with the option of a lower-level flex room perfect for a den, game room, home office, or additional 4th bedroom. So whether you’re a young professional just starting out, have an active family with kids, or have decided it’s time to downsize, Park’s Edge is the perfect place to enjoy maintenance-free living within walking distance to shops, restaurants, entertainment, a community pool and more. Make New Town Your Town, and enjoy the view from Park’s Edge!
Two-story townhome living with all the amenities – that’s what you’ll find living “On the Green” in New Town’s new active community nestled near the woods behind Roper Homestead Park. There are 4-floor plans to choose from – the Arlington, Bexley, Cambridge and Dunbar – and each comes with premium standard features such as 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, high-quality Whirlpool Appliances, and cultured marble bathroom counters, plus countless upgrade options. Whether you’re a young professional just starting out, have an active family with kids, or have decided it’s time to downsize, “On the Green” is the place to enjoy maintenance-free living within walking distance to shops, restaurants, entertainment, a community pool, winding nature trails and more. Make New Town Your Town, and enjoy the view from “On the Green.”
|Detached homes are now available in Charlotte Park . You can read about them here|
There are also town home style apartments for rent available at The Pointe at New Town.
As of today, I counted 19 different places to eat in New Town. There should be a place for everyone’s taste. It includes :
- Barnes and Noble Booksellers –
- Blaze Pizza – Fast Fire’d Pizza
- Bonefish Grill –
- Buffalo Wild Wings – Wings Beer Sports
- Capriccio Ristorante – New York Style Thin Crust Pizza
- Center Street Grill – Where traditional tastes are fused with new world flavors
- Cogan’s Deli & Sports Pub – Homemade, high quality sandwiches, soups, salads and more!
- Corner Pocket – Food, Billiards, Entertainment
- El Tapatio Mexican Grill & Bar – Best Mexican Food in Town!
- First Watch – Breakfast/ Lunch
- Ichiban – AUTHENTIC CHINESE CUISINE AND OUTSTANDING SUSHI
- Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches – Americas favorite sandwich delivery guys. Freaky Fast.
- Juice Fix Juicery –
- New Town Shops on Main –
- Opus 9 Steakhouse – Casual Elegance, Personalize Service, Relaxed Sophistication.
- Panera Bread – Bakery-Cafe: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Catering
- Paul’s Deli – A Neighborhood Restaurant
- Pho 79 – Vietnamese Restaurant
- Sweet Frog – Premium Frozen Yogurt
Trader Joes, Fresh Market, Wal Mart Neighborhood Market are within walking distance.
Read What New Town Home Owners and Residents are saying:
From Catherine’s lovely town home in Abbey Commons, she can survey New Town from her windows. Although she had lived in Williamsburg for 20 years, she had finally found the perfect place for her busy life and has lived in New Town for three years. Does she have time to rake leaves and edge borders? No. Does she want to be bothered with exterior maintenance? No.
She’s very satisfied that Abbey Commons always looks top notch, and she doesn’t have to lift a finger. Her spare time is spent traveling and kayaking on the James River, or heading to Blacksburg for a tailgate party and football game with her daughter, Jenny, a junior at Virginia Tech. Daughter Sarah is a newlywed and currently lives in Texas.
“I love getting to know a lot of different people, neighbors and merchants. New Town is a very friendly place to live and I have made a lot of new friends,” Catherine states. She also loves dining out, going to the movies and shopping in New Town’s many unique boutiques and stores, all just steps away from her home. What could better
define New Town’s slogan: Live. Work. Play.
The Pharrs, originally from North Carolina, have known each other since the age of 12. They have been married for 38 years and have lived in Williamsburg for 30 years. Dr. Pharr is a well known ENT physician, having practiced since 1977. Cheryl, a graduate of William and Mary with a B.S. and M.Ed., pursued a career as a chemistry teacher but changed her career to grief counseling. For the past ten years she has helped people cope with the loss of a loved one.
When asked what is their favorite place in New Town, both are quick to respond “the movie theater,” which is just a quick walk from their front steps. But they both agree that the residents of New Town are an added attraction because they are all so friendly.
When not at the movies, the Pharr’s passion is antiques, and they consider this area a wonderland of treasures. They enjoy seeking out antiques and refinishing them. Cheryl, an avid reader, is happy to welcome the new Barnes & Noble to New Town.
A retirement home in Nags Head or a townhouse in New Town? For Dr. Scott Pharr and his wife, Cheryl, the decision was eventually easy. New Town won out because it had a movie theater. Well, that wasn’t the only reason. Actually the Pharrs fell in love with the Charleston townhome model and were especially impressed by New Town’s walking-distance proximity to restaurants, shops, bookstore, and entertainments that they would ordinarily have to drive all over town to enjoy.
New Town resident Joe Majcher is a lifelong runner. His love of running has never diminished, even when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease a little over a decade ago.
At its core, Parkinson’s is a movement disease, so Joe jokes that “I’d better keep on moving.” And move he does. The man never stops! Joe and his wife Bunny are both active.In fact, one of the reasons that they have enjoyed their move from Kiln Creek to New Town so much is that they can walk everywhere.
The couple currently resides in Oxford New Town with their dog Jessie and their cat Tu’do in a two-bedroom with den model, and love being in the middle of things.
Bunny loves being within walking distance to everything and says that the most refreshing aspect of living in New Town is that “everyone is so friendly.” While she enjoys the shopping that New Town has to offer, she also enjoys being near so many restaurants and eateries because it gives her an opportunity to try different cuisines that she just wouldn’t cook for herself at home.
Joe passionately advocates running, walking and a daily workout, such as one might get at the Iron-Bound Gym, as significant factors in keeping Parkinson’s in check. He has even been a guest speaker for a group of University of Virginia (UVA) doctors to help enlighten them of his experiences as it pertains to the disease. He also frequently spends time with other Parkinson’s patients to teach them the benefits of exercise.
Both Bunny and Joe are members of the Colonial Road Runners and have run in many races. Joe has run in more than ten marathons and numerous half-marathons, and has even done the occasional Goofy Half Marathon and Marathon race at Walt Disney World, which is a total of 39 miles in one weekend. Both are fans of Olympian Jeff Galloway and his book, “Run Injury Free.” Galloway advocates a run/walk method, which can increase endurance and help prevent running injuries. Joe and Bunny use a one minute walk break for every nine minutes of running, and are able to keeps their race times competitive, as each walk break only takes a few seconds away from their overall finish time. They are an inspiring, on-the-go couple, in love with life and good health. They also love New Town.
When Jack Schwolow moved into his New Town Center Street loft in October of 2006, he knew he had made the right move. He wanted to be within walking distance of what’s happening, and we all know that New Town is a happening place. Jack’s life, however, seems to be a study in the right moves.
He is a graduate of Christopher Newport University where he majored in Leisure Studies and Recreation. It was at CNU that he began his tennis career on the men’s tennis team. He also served as assistant volleyball coach for the CNU women’s team.
While attending CNU he also interned at the Kingsmill Tennis Club which propelled another move in his life. His Kingsmill experience led to a full-time tennis professional position, which he held for nine years until a wonderful new career moved his way.
Jack is now Manager of Membership Services at Kingsmill and is in charge of all aspects of membership from welcoming new members, helping existing members, publishing newsletters, planning special member events, and more. Although he keeps up with tennis, he has also developed quite a swing on the golf course (handicap 7), but every year he takes the time for his annual hunting trip to South Carolina.
He confesses that the peace and quiet of the outdoors is more a driving force than hunting itself.
As for life in New Town, Jack likes being able to walk to everything. And with new restaurants, entertainments, shops and stores opening every day, New Town definitely keeps him moving.
One seldom thinks of a soccer field as a romantic setting to meet your life companion, but that’s exactly what happened to Chris and Lydia Scrofani. Married in July, they are new residents of New Town, occupying a town house and still enjoying evening ice cream just steps away.
Chris played soccer for William and Mary and went on to play professional soccer for five years.
Lydia, originally from Washington state, played soccer for the University of South Carolina and went on to play in a semi-pro league in 2001, called the Boston Renegades. She also found time to earn her MBA at Farleigh Dickinson College where she was also assistant soccer coach. Soccer is a big part of their life.Chris is Vice President and Programs Director for the Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex where he works with both youths and adults. He is very involved with First Touch Soccer Academy for youngsters age 2 to 6, and are also heavily involved with the Virginia Legacy Soccer Club. Lydia is in her third year as assistant soccer coach at William and Mary.
This athletically inclined couple gets a real kick out of New Town. They bought their townhouse because they considered it a good investment and a fun lifestyle. They like walking and jogging around New Town, and they like the nearby convenience of such entertainments as the movie theater and restaurants.
In the summer they are regulars at the After Hours concerts. In whatever spare time they can muster up, Chris likes a good game of golf and Lydia enjoys arts and crafts and chick flicks. And surprise! They both like to work out, another New Town bonus.
Before settling down to start a family, the couple plans to adopt two small dogs, and they also plan to travel. In the works is a possible ski trip to Italy where Chris has relatives. In the meantime, the New Town lifestyle is still a honeymoon.
|1995||Design competition sponsored by the Caseys with cash prizes is held for “a new town plan” to be developed on 600 acres bounded by Ironbound Road and extending on both sides of what is now Route 199. 99 designs were submitted, and four finalists were selected.|
|1996||After refinements and public comment, Cooper Robertson and Partners’ entry was chosen as the winning design. |
Winning design for New Town residential area
|1997||A Master Plan for a “new urbanism” community was adopted by James City County. The land was divided into 13 sections for the purpose of phased rezoning from agriculture (R-8) to other uses. 27.5 acres are rezoned to mixed use for the Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse and New Town United Methodist Church (Section 1).|
|1997-2001||Period of finding investors, securing public investment, discussions with VDOT, completion of Route 199, and creation of a Design Review Board to review all proposals by developers.[Note: VDOT’s decision not to permit an overpass on Route 199 reduced the area for development to about 300 acres. The Windsor Meade Marketplace and communities were eventually built west of Route 199 in Sections 12 and 13 but are not commonly referred to as part of New Town.]|
|2001||James City County approves rezoning for the commercial district of New Town (Sections 2-4 which now include the Bennington, Foundation Square, Abbey Commons, and Savannah Square neighborhoods).|
|2002||New Town Associates LLC is formed as the “Developer” for New Town.|
Ceremonial groundbreaking for first homes in the area.
|2003||Construction of the first two streets: Courthouse Street and New Town Avenue.|
|2004||The New Town Residential Association (NTRA) is officially incorporated. First townhouses are built in Abbey Commons. The first business, The Corner Pocket, opens in New Town.Master Plan is amended for Sections 3 and 6.|
|2005||First residents move into residential homes in Abbey Commons (Claude Frederick, 4225 New Town Avenue, first in and still here!)|
|2006||Most of the Main Street shopping area is complete, including the theater. |
New Town 2006
|2008||Foundation Square and the apartments on the northern edge of the area are completed (currently The Pointe at New Town-Section 3). Development of medical centers/office buildings along Discovery Park Boulevard (Section 6) is underway.|
|2009||Housing recession slows construction and there is foreclosure of AIG Baker, the developer of Settlers Market shopping area.|
|2010||NTRA Board of Directors establishes Residential Advisory Board to provide a communications conduit between the Board and homeowners.|
|2011||Building of detached homes in Charlotte Park (Section 7) begins. Settlers Market commercial development (Section 9) transfers ownership.|
|2012||New Town Community pool opens.|
|2013||Chelsea Green is completed.|
|2014||Developer purchases the last undeveloped section of the New Town community (Section 8). Construction of Village Walk (Section 10) begins. |
New Town 2014
|2015||The area around Roper Park-Federal Point and Park’s Edge townhomes-is under construction.|
|2017||Plan for the last area of New Town, Section 8 (Shirley Park) is approved by James City County.|
|2018||Groundbreaking for homes in Shirley Park.|
|2020||Planned date for turnover of NTRA control from the developer, New Town Associates LLC, to the homeowners.|
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