When James City County broke ground for the New Town development off Monticello Avenue back in the early 2000s, it had a vision of a creating a pedestrian-friendly urban community that would attract homebuyers seeking something other than a suburban, gated neighborhood.
That’s exactly what drew Mike Turkovich to his three-story townhouse in New Town in 2007.
Having traveled the country for his previous job, he was inspired by the look and feel of the row houses in Washington, D.C.
“I loved the look of the row houses, and in Williamsburg, this is as close as you can get,” said Mike. “I specifically picked this unit with red brick, white trim, and black shutters because of that. I also really like that it’s close to everything, and we can walk[to] places.”
New Town’s “new urbanism” model blends residential neighborhoods with retail stores, restaurants, offices and boutiques.
When Mike moved into the neighborhood, there were only about 30 homes and a couple of restaurants, he said. Now, there are many restaurants to choose from and many more homeowners.
Mike shares the townhouse with his partner Derek Bramble.
“I’ve lived in Buckroe, Norfolk, York County, and [New Town] is one of the nicest neighborhoods on the Peninsula as far as stuff to do, and it’s got a tinge of that city living with the vertical living and the shops and the movie theater,” said Derek. “I mean, Williamsburg is beautiful everywhere, but this is the most desirable neighborhood for us.”
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