Setting the record straight, a locals response to best retirement destinations in Virginia

By John Womeldorf, a.k.a. Mr. Williamsburg

Greetings to all considering a move to the beautiful Williamsburg area! I’m John Womeldorf, your local real estate expert, also known as Mr. Williamsburg. Today, I find myself compelled to address a recent article that caught my attention, claiming to list the “Best retirement destinations in Virginia.” While I appreciate efforts to guide potential residents, some of the rankings have left me puzzled, and I believe it’s crucial to set the record straight.

First and foremost, let’s discuss the assertion that Danville and Martinsville are the top two places to retire in Virginia. As someone deeply rooted in the Williamsburg community, I respectfully disagree. There’s a rich tapestry of vibrant communities in our state, each with its unique charm, and I believe our beloved Williamsburg deserves a closer look.

Now, let’s delve into a more local matter – the population of Williamsburg. It’s not uncommon for misconceptions to arise, especially when dealing with areas that encompass both city and county spaces. Williamsburg, the city, boasts around 16,000 residents, but when you consider the broader Williamsburg area, including James City County, that number expands to approximately 100,000. It’s a crucial distinction that often gets overlooked, and it’s important to recognize the diverse and dynamic community that makes up our region.

As a local real estate agent, I have the privilege of helping individuals find their perfect homes in Williamsburg, and I can attest to the unique appeal of our area. The blend of history, culture, and modern amenities creates an environment that truly stands out. Our community is thriving, and there’s a reason why so many people choose to call Williamsburg and the surrounding areas home.

Now, a word of advice for those considering a move based on various rankings that flood our newsfeeds every week. Whether it’s the top 10 cities to live in, the top 10 retirement areas, or the top 10 places to live if you have a family, it’s essential to take them all with a grain of salt. The methodology behind these rankings can be elusive, and sometimes it’s unclear how they come up with these lists. My suggestion? Do your due diligence. Explore the areas you’re interested in, connect with locals, and get a feel for the community that aligns with your lifestyle and preferences.

In conclusion, rankings can be subjective, and it’s essential to consider the unique qualities of each community. While the mentioned article touched on Williamsburg’s appeal, I encourage readers to explore further and discover the richness and diversity that define our wonderful region. As always, I am here to provide accurate and valuable information to those looking to make Williamsburg their home.

Thank you for allowing me to share my perspective, and I look forward to welcoming new faces to our vibrant community.

Warm regards,
John Womeldorf, a.k.a. Mr. Williamsburg

BTW here is the article I was referencing

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