UPDATE: This home is already sold but thought folks would enjoy leaning a little more about living in Windsor Forest.
118 Seton Hill is a beautiful four-bedroom, three-bathroom home located in the sought-after neighborhood of Windsor Forest. At 2,205 square feet, the home is perfect for a growing family and has been a wonderful place for Calvin and Meagan White to call home for the past two years.
The White family purchased the home on Seton Hill in 2018. Calvin, an Executive Officer for the Navy whose military career determines where the family lives, has loved every minute of living in this home and will be sad to see it go. It’s bittersweet, but duty calls.
The place to be
In 2018, the White’s bought 118 Seton Hill sight unseen. They were living in Hawaii at the time and were going strictly off of what they saw online. They could see that the home had potential and the neighborhood, Windsor Forest, had a fantastic reputation as the place to be in Williamsburg.
At the time, Calvin could tell the house needed a little work. Being in the military, you don’t know how long you will be spending in a home, so the White’s didn’t want a fixer upper on their hands just to move a few years later. However, the upgrades the home needed were not outside of what they were willing to do.
After viewing some other homes online and seeing a few on FaceTime, nothing measured up to the house on Seton Hill. The home met all of their requirements: it had a garage, a yard for the kids, and was enough of a blank slate that they could put their own spin on it.
One of the things the White’s like the most about living in Windsor Forest is the location. There are wonderful parks nearby, including Kidsburg, the James City County Recreation Center, Freedom Park and also the Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex.
For Calvin, his favorite room in the house is the dining room. He built a large table for the entire family to gather around, and a stylish fixture and natural light make it a comfortable and spacious room to gather for holidays and special dinners. He says they hardly ever need to use the light fixture because of the windows and the amount of light that pours in. They welcome family from out of state regularly and can all fit around the table with no problem.
Speaking of family coming from out of town, the large bonus room over the garage makes for the perfect place to house company. It acts as a playroom for most of the year, but serves as a stellar guest room with plenty of space and natural light to make guests feel right at home.
The Whites have two young boys, and Calvin says the playroom is definitely their favorite room in the house. They also love the downstairs floorplan because they can run circles around the house, which is one of their favorite activities. Calvin and Meagan also love the playroom because it’s large enough to keep the kids occupied and to keep all of their toys from cluttering other areas of the home.
As for Meagan, her favorite spot in the house is the family room. It’s where she feels most comfortable: the tv is there, the kids can play in there and it’s her Zen area.
The backyard is pretty large and the kids love running around outside, and Calvin and Meagan can keep an eye on them from the deck. Behind the home is a conservation area making the space out back quite large, and something that Calvin says is hard to find in James City County.
Life on Seton Hill
Aside from the amenities and location, one of the things the White’s love most about their neighborhood is their street itself, Seton Hill. There’s only one way in and one way out, so not a lot of traffic and a very safe place for their boys to play outside.
By far their best memory during their two years living on Seton Hill, and one of the things they will miss the most, is Halloween. Their first Halloween, they weren’t prepared for just how much fun it would be, and they definitely weren’t armed with enough candy to please the masses of little Spidermen and princesses running up and down the street. “There were trucks with long trailers pulling kids and letting them jump out and get candy on our circle,” Calvin says. “There were hundreds of kids, we had never seen anything like it. This is the place to be.”
Calvin says he knows his kids will miss living in Windsor Forest. There’s a wooded area near the home where the boys love to find earth worms and drive their Powerwheel ATVs. The White’s hope to find a neighborhood just like it, wherever they end up moving. Calvin is still waiting to get his orders.
Even though the White’s didn’t join the Home Owner’s Association, Calvin says the head of the association would still come by a few times a year and check in on them just to see how they were doing. Even if you don’t opt in to the optional HOA, that doesn’t make you any less of a neighbor in Windsor Forest. “Everyone is treated the same, like a family,” says Calvin.
Aside from Halloween, another great memory from living at 118 Seton Hill is when Meagan’s family came to stay with them and they had 15 people in the house. They put out a giant spread in the dining room and had plenty of room for everyone, which was so nice because they were never able to have that many visitors at once when they lived in Hawaii. It was particularly special for their boys.
One of the upgrades the White’s made over the years included adding landscape stairs to the yard. Because the driveway is on the steeper side, the landscape stairs give a secondary place to walk down from the home, especially when the ground is icy. They also upgraded all of the tile flooring in the bathrooms as well as the fixtures, and replaced the entire shower in the master bathroom. They stained the hardwood floors downstairs and added new carpet upstairs. Calvin also added a few retaining walls out front and turned the yard into a mulch and bush oasis with no grass. Because the yard is steep, this makes maintenance a lot easier and alleviates having to mow on an incline. The only spots there are to mow are flat.
Calvin says he would love for a family who likes being outdoors and exploring new areas to settle down in their home. “This home is for people who like to take neighborhood walks, play outside with their kids, be surrounded by nature and wildlife, and live in a home suited for a growing family,” he says. “It’s a great place where kids can be kids.”
For the White’s, the move is bittersweet. They are sad to see the home go, but know someone else will enjoy it as much as they have.
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