The Retreat

the retreat, toano va

The Retreat, Toano, James City County

Home buyers in the Williamsburg VA area looking for neighborhoods with homes on  larger lots ( 1-3 acres +)  have a variety of communities to choose from The Retreat which we will focus on here as well as  . Skimino Landing Estates Westport at Fords Colony, The Conservancy, Liberty Ridge, Wexford Hills, Woodland Farms, Merry Oaks, Uncles Neck and Banbury Cross are some of the more popular neighborhoods. In addition there are also numerous parcels off of Forge Rd, Brickbat Rd and others throughout the area that are simply rural or non-neighborhood locations.Most of these are typically in the western part of James City or upper York County.

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The Retreat is a large lot community located in the western part of  James City County close to Toano. The development was retreatapproved by James City County back in 1999 and will consist of 71 homes on 233 acres when completed.

At this point, about 50 families call The Retreat home. There are approximately 20  Building lots still for sale at reduced prices now ranging from $99k to $150k for 3+ acre sized parcels.


Founded in 1985 by Wayne Harbin, this family-owned company builds homes across the Peninsula in a variety of price ranges and communities. Their solid reputation and the number of awards won for building quality has increased with each new home. As the sole Southern Living® Custom Builder Program member on the Peninsula, they have grown in their ability to produce classic Southern designs and contemporary living arrangements.

Construction of new homes at The Retreat started in 2000 with the first home being delivered in 2001. Homes continue to be built and offered for sale today. home

In years past home sale prices ranged as high as $1,096,000 for a 6500 sq. foot home that sold in 2005. The homes in The Retreat were built solely by PF Summers until 2007 when they ceased doing business.

As noted previously you can now use the builder of your choice once you decide to build. Homes sizes in The Retreat range from 2300 to 6500 square feet with the median size coming in  around 3200 square feet. The HOA ( homeowner association ) fees at The Retreat are one of the lowest in the area at only $200 a year. This fees cover the cost of maintaining the common areas of the community. With no community pool a number of homeowners in The Retreat have built their own pools. Others choose to use the nearby pool at Upper County Park where you can purchase an annual family pool pass for only $120. Upper County park is a 91-acre with amenities that also include a Toddler pool, Snack bar (pizza, hot dogs, drinks),  Changing rooms with showers ,Shade Structure, Playground,   sand volleyball and basketball courts, multi-use trails and a 3.5-mile mountain bike trail, horseshoe pits and picnic shelters..

James City County Schools for The Retreat are: Elementary School: Stonehouse; Middle School: Toano; High School: Warhill

Utility Information
James City County Water Supply
Cox Cable
High-speed Cox Internet
Phone lines
Natural Gas
Lots require a septic system
Small satellite dishes acceptable (Direct TV, Dish etc.)

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Fast Facts “The Retreat”

  • Nearest Major Intersection: RT 30 and Barnes Rd
  • Gated: No
  • Clubhouse: No
  • How Many Homes: Approximately 50, 71 when complete.
  • Size Range: Homes in this neighborhood are between  2300-6500. ( Most are around 3200)
  • Amenities:  none.. No pool but many homeowners build their own
  • Nearest Grocery Store:  Farm Fresh and Food Lion in Croaker
  • Favorite Neighborhood Feature: Low HOA fee,  rural location, privacy
  • Cons: Distance to Colonial Williamsburg, other shopping areas
  • HOA fees are only $200 annually
  • Williamsburg/James City County Schools
  • Elementary: Stonehouse
  • Middle-Toano
  • High– Warhill
  • Taxes: Average: $3850 annual  on a home valued at $500k ( a super low rate of $0.82 per $100 assessed value) one of the lowest in the area.
  • (301) 725-0200
  • Directionsview all homes for sale in this neighborhood
Best%20Places%20to%20Live Keep Looking –If you like the The Retreat in Toano VA and you might also like these other neighborhoods in the Williamsburg Va area with large lots  Skimino Landing Estates along with The Conservancy,  , Wexford Hills, Liberty Ridge, Woodland Farms, Merry Oaks, Uncles Neck and Banbury Cross are some of the more popular large lot neighborhoods. Westport will be another option in the future. It will offer 3+ acre lots in a location right down the street from Liberty Ridge is just outside the Manchester gate of Ford’s Colony on Centerville Rd. . As an added bonus homeowners in Westport will be members of and enjoy the amenities of Ford’s Colony. –Stay tuned for further updates…… There are also numerous estate parcels and horse farms off of Forge Rd, Brickbat Rd and others throughout the area that are simply rural or non neighborhood locations.Most of these are typically in the western part of James City or York County. You can read other  neighborhood spotlight articles here Search homes and lots with acreage in James City/ York County/ Williamsburg VA here
Talk Back- Do you live in the The Retreat in Toano VA ? We would love to hear your thoughts on living there both good and bad. Please share in the comment field below.   Questions ? If you have any questions and/or would like to view homes for sale  in The Retreat or other communities in greater Williamsburg or Hampton Roads, I am here to help. Contact me at 757.254.8136 or [email protected] Where :Map location to The Retreat Community in Toano VA and Directions:  From I 64 West, take exit 227, Keep right at the fork and merge onto RT 30, you will pass the Stonehouse community on your right.Turn left on Barnes Rd , then go 2 miles and turn right on Whispering Rd into The Retreat/
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bannerpsst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. Welcome to the blog of  Mr Williamsburg . Are you looking for homes for sale in the Williamsburg or, Toano , Virginia area? View recently listed real estate properties in The Retreat and surrounding areas or contact a Toano real estate agent to help you find or buy your new home in The Retreat neighborhood . We have hundreds of listings including new construction, new homes and waterfront homes and land.We receive new listings everyday, so check back regularly I  would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg areas of Virginia or to sell your existing home. This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John privacy at the retreatis known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of the Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads area and  and his expertise in the local real estate market.


You can reach John by phone at 757-254-8136 or email him at [email protected] I look forward to serving your real estate needs! Best, John