Coventry- A Yorktown Community

Yorktown, VA is a great place to call home. It’s full of character , culture and  its weather is mild.

All these things and more are reason enough to put down stakes in Yorktown but with so many wonderful neighborhoods to choose from it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. That’s why “Mr Williamsburg” writes these  Neighborhood Spotlight articles to introduce readers to the pros and cons of the area’s many unique locales. Today, we’re writing about the exciting Coventry neighborhood.

home in presson arbor, coventry, yorktown vaEver heard of the neighborhood, Coventry ? If you are from this area Chances are, you have. This community is nestled alongside the shores of the Big Bethel Reservoir

Wedged between Big Bethel Road, Hampton Highway and Route 17, Coventry’s 320 level acres consist of wide, modern streets lined with young trees and modestly priced homes. They vary little in style and stand tightly together, but woven between Coventry’s nine distinct neighborhoods are acres of paths, lakes, woods and open space.

Coventry  features eight neighborhoods, two large recreational facilities, sports field, clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, six lakes, and jogging and biking trails.

It’s location is just minutes away from shopping centers, schools, hospitals, restaurants, places of worship, airports, Langley  Air Force Base,  Fort Eustis Army Base, and NASA.

coventry, smithy glen town homesThis master-planned community offers both attached town homes and detached  single family homes. Coventry is composed of  the  Davis Forge, Faison Green, Justinian Grove, Lilburne Meadow and  Presson Arbor communities.

Coventry was developed by  H. R. “Dick” Ashe, and   American Eastern, Inc.. American Eastern (H.R. “Dick” Ashe) is a highly respected residential builder/developer from Suffolk to Williamsburg. Since 1985, he has produced thousands of affordable townhomes and single-family homes as well as luxurious custom homes for a demanding clientele.

PoolCoventry  is a sought after community in the Yorktown Va area. It was developed in the late 1980’s –2003 .Today, there are approximately 160 homes in the Coventry neighborhood. In terms of style Coventry is filled with mostly  transitionals on lovely treed lots. Home sizes for detached homes range from 1550-3800 square feet with the average coming in at 2100 square feet. Attached townhomes range in size from 1200- 1995 square feet.

Two Story homes are  predominant but there are numerous ranches as well.  The lot sizes for single family homes range from approximately..15  – .to .40 acrewith most averaging three quarters of an acre in size. Most homes were built  by  American Eastern Inc.

Presson arbor in coventryThe crown jewel of Coventry is the Presson Arbor neighborhood. Detached homes were built there between 1997 and 2003 primarily by Wayne Harbin Builders, one of the area’s most renowned builders..The average home size in Presson Harbor is larger at 3100 square feet though they range from 2200-3800 square feet. Lot sizes in Presson Arbor are larger than the other neighborhoods in Coventry as well and average about .33 acre.

Town Home options in Coventry
Ferguson Glade Townhomes  offers 2 and 3 bedroom floor plans with approximately 1,450 to 1,650 sq. ft. of living area. Ferguson Glade has an association fee of approximately $105 per monthSmithy Glen Townhomes   at Coventry,  offers  Five models ranging from 1,356-square-foot Eaton model to 1,164-square-foot Sycamore mode. 2 and 3 bedroom models are available both with with and without attached garages. Smithy Glen in Coventry has a homeowner’s fee of about $85 per monthFinch Terrace Townhomes offer 3 and 4 bedroom floor plans with 2.5 baths and approximately 1,700 ~ 1,900 sq. ft. of living area. Finch Terrace has a homeowner’s association fee of approximately $105 per month

Home Owner Association/ Amenities

Coventry has an HOA that offers plenty of opportunities to participate.  The monthly home owner association fee is $44 The community has 2 Olympic-sized pools, tennis courts, soccer field, recreation area and jogging trails

Location and nearby points of interest

Coventry  is located in Yorktown and is easily accessible to RT 17 and I-64 for a quick commute to  Newport News, Ft Eustis, Langley AFB, Cheatham Annex, USCG Training Center, Yorktown, Williamsburg and most other points on the Peninsula and beyond in Southside Hampton Roads and Williamsburg.

Clubhouse at coventryWhether you’re a history buff, water lover, or both – Yorktown offers plenty to plan a great day, weekend or full week of fun. You can brush up on American history, refreshing your memory about the pivotal battle in America’s fight for independence at several museums and historic sites. Take a break and enjoy the sounds of authentic fifes and drums. Fast forward to today and learn about working watermen on the river. Walk off an excellent meal with a stroll on the Riverwalk. You can also get out on the river yourself on the Schooner Alliance or a fishing charter. Click on the resources below to plan your visit.

Click here to see a map of area amenities and points of interest

Coventry Makes The Grade!!!

Coventry students are fortunate to attend  York County Schools.

coventry elementary schoolStudents in Coventry go to Coventry Elementary,Grafton Middle and Grafton High School . For parents desiring a private school option there are numerous options to choose from  including  Hampton Roads Academy and more. Explore private school locations here

image Coventry Elementary School, located in Yorktown, Virginia, serves grades K-5 in the York County School Division district. It is among the few public elementary schools in Virginia to receive a distinguished GreatSchools Rating of 8 out of 10.This school has an average Community Rating of 4 out of 5 stars, based on reviews from 15 school community members.

York County has one of the top public school systems in Virginia. Money Magazine named York County schools one of the top 100 education buys in the country. There are also eight colleges and universities and three community colleges in Hampton Roads. The region has the highest concentration of colleges and universities in the entire State of Virginia.

By almost every measure of academic achievement – such as promotion rates, graduation rates, and standardized test scores – York County ‘s school students rank among the best in the state. As a result, York County is among the leading localities in the percentage of high school graduates planning to continue their education.

What are home sales like in Coventry ?

Over the last year, detached home sale prices in  Coventry have ranged from a low of $225,000 for a 1726 square foot home that sold in one day to  $509,250 for a 3364 square foot four bedroom three bath home,

Sale prices of Attached town homes in Coventry in the last 12 months ranged from a low of $171,000 for a 2 bedroom two bath unit that sold in one day for $2k less than it’s list price to $244,500 for a 1986 square foot unit.

davis forge home in coventryPrices vary according to size, condition and age,. . The average market time for the 36 home sales in the last 12 months in Coventry was approximately 98 days , although that doesn’t include the DOM ( days on market) of a home if it is re-listed after expiring.

Property Taxes
With a real estate tax of $0.6575  per $100 York County taxes are among the lowest in the Hampton Roads region. The annual taxes on a typical home in Coventry valued at $300,000 would equal  $1972.00 a year. To put that in perspective the annual taxes on the same value home in neighboring Newport News would be $3300.00 annually. A savings of $110.00 monthly.

Located in the heart of the Virginia Peninsula, York County stretches 27 miles from Williamsburg to Hampton and covers 108 square miles. The County is 20 minutes from Norfolk and less than an hour from Richmond. With more than 200 miles of coastline along the York River and Chesapeake Bay, waterfront property is abundant. The County is adjacent to James City County, the Cities of Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, and Poquoson. York County is part of the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Statistical Area that ranks 31st in population in the United States.

imageWith the abundance of coastline on the York River and the Chesapeake Bay, locals here know how to have fun. Whether they’re swimming, fishing, boating, or beachcombing, living here on the coast not only provides wonderful recreational activities, it provides a temperate climate in which to enjoy them. York County is part of the Historic Triangle, which includes Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. This diverse region is rich in significant historical sites, world-class cultural attractions, as well as beautiful golf courses. There are three golf courses, indoor movie theaters, a bowling alley, and an amateur theater in addition to the Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown Battlefields & Visitor Center, Water Country USA, and numerous other attractions nearby. Other local attractions include: Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, Colonial Williamsburg,  Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center

“>map of Coventry Yorktown VAToday, Yorktown is a living part of a national treasure known as the “Historic Triangle – Jamestown, Williamsburg, & Yorktown” which attracts millions of tourists each year.

While replete with history, York County is ever mindful of its role in the new century. It is an attractive suburban community that features one of the area’s highest per capita family incomes. The County also features one of the top public school systems in Virginia . In fact, Money Magazine named York County schools one of the top 100 education buys in the country

More than 40 percent of York County’s land is earmarked for federal use with installations such as: the US Coast Guard Reserve Training Center, the Colonial National Historical Park, the US Naval Weapons Station, Cheatham Annex, and Camp Peary.


image_thumb1[1]The York County  Parks and Recreation offers year-round programs for youth and adults. Available facilities include a 70 acre sports complex, 42 baseball/softball fields, 35 soccer/football fields, 36 tennis courts, 37 outdoor basketball courts, 5 outdoor tracks, 3 public boat landings, a 12-acre beach/picnic area on the York River, 2 neighborhood park sites, three smaller parks totaling 67 acres, and the newly renovated 545-acre New Quarter Park. Click here for more information.

Topography – Elevations in the 108 square mile county range from sea level to 125 feet above sea level. .

Nearby Golf Options: Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run, Kiln Creek Golf Course

Nearby Fitness Options::YMCA,   Cross Fit HR  Other Options

Nearby Boating Options: Back Creek ParkWormley Creek Marina, Dare Marina
Seaford Yacht Club

Closest Grocery Store: Food Lion, Farm Fresh, Kroger Fresh Market Costco, Sam’s Club Wal Mart

“>”>Directions: From I- 64, Take Exit 258B and merge onto RT 17 North go 1.3 miles and turn right onto Coventry Blvd.  , that will take you into the Coventry neighborhood.

Talk back: Are you a current or past  Coventry resident?  We’d love to hear about your experiences in the neighborhood. Please leave your comments below.

Keep looking: If you like Coventry ,depending on your price range you might also like: Glen Laurel , Grafton Woods, Kiln Creek , Sommerville, Tabb Lakes, Yorkshire Downs, Willow Lakes, and others. Research them here.

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If you have any questions and/or would like to view homes for sale  in  Coventry or other communities in Yorktown,  greater Williamsburg or Hampton Roads, I am here to help. Contact me at 757.254.8136 or [email protected]

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Fast Facts:  CoventryHomes built from: 1985-1994Price range:  $171k to  $500’s +


Home Sizes:

Detached: 1550-3500  square feet median 2100 .

Town homes: 1200-1995 square feet

Lot Sizes: .15-.25  acres . .33 in Presson Arbor

HOA Fees: $44 a month for detached homes.

Town Homes HOA fees $85-$115 monthly

Schools: York County
York Elementary, York Middle , York High
Average SAT scores:
Total: 1583 – (verbal 533, math 530)

Property Tax Rate:.6575 cents per $100 of assessed value. Taxes on a $300,000 home would be $1972 a year.

Home Styles: Transitional, Colonials, Two Stories and some ranches.

Community Demographics


The Way it was in 2001


imageWho said real estate was a bad investment. Ten years ago (in 2001) this 3100 square foot new home in Coventry sold for $337,000. in 2010 that same home sold for approximately $509,000.

A generally moderate climate prevails in Hampton Roads:
Annual Average Temperature 58.8°
January Average Temperature 38.7°
July Average Temperature 77.9°
Annual Average Precipitation 47.5”
Annual Average Snowfall 7.1 inches



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