Williamsburg : Virginia

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What Williamsburg is like for active adults
Williamsburg, Virginia is a very popular retirement community as is evidenced by its selection by Money Magazine as #5 on its list of “Best Places to Live”. Colonial Williamsburg is actually a living representation/restoration of the 18th century colonial capital. If you are a history buff and you love antiques, this is the place for you. Shops and cafes in the downtown area look like museum places but are all functional. In fact, it looks like Patrick Henry or Thomas Jefferson could be that customer at the next table.
Williamsburg is a very desirable place to live for anyone, but particularly for active adults 55+ who have the time and inclination to live a slower lifestyle. Williamsburg has a population of just over 12,000 souls, and more than 4,000,000 visitors.  Williamsburg is located in James City County in southeastern Virginia. Norfolk is 41 miles away. Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown make up America's Historic Triangle. For a list of profiles on over 600 cities and towns go to reviews of the best retirement communities. Here are reviews of towns like Northern Neck and Charlottesville.
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

Retirees can choose to live in an antique home in the downtown, or in one of the 55+ or upscale developments nearby.  See links at top right for Williamsburg active adult communities. Real estate is very expensive in Williamsburg. According to City-Data.com the average home in Williamsburg sold at just over $260,000 in late 2013, whereas Zillow.com reported a figure in early 2014 to be $273,000. Many homes are available in the $400's.  Williamsburg is the rare market where prices have held steady in recent years. Property taxes are low.

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What is special about this retirement community

You get to live in an 18th Century Museum. College of William and Mary. Proximity to the beaches of Virginia and North Carolina. Many upscale housing opportunities for retirees, including many apartments.Great shops. Busch Gardens

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What is not special about this retirement community

Williamsburg is so desirable that is has become expensive. Crowds. Small town atmosphere. Living in a museum

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What kinds of people like retiring here
People live in Williamsburg who like being in an antique atmosphere and don’t mind the continual presence of tourists. Typically residents like older homes and are interested in colonial U.S. history.

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Local economy is driven by
Tourism, retail, education, real estate
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Climate and Physical Environment
Williamsburg is just inland on the coast of southern Virginia. It is flat with many waterways. The average July high is 89 degrees and the average January low is 28. July is the wettest month. For help on how to retire in Virginia or towns like Alexandria and Charlottesville
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
A lot of Williamsburg’s culture revolves around its colonial setting. History buffs will find everything they need here. The College of William and Mary has many cultural offerings. The Williamsburg Regional Library is extremely well funded and has more than 281,000 volumes. The Christopher Wren Association offers classes to people of all ages who have a desire to continue academic learning.   The classes are sponsored by William and Mary, and over 1,600 people are signed up.
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Crime
Crime rate is very low in Williamsburg.
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Medical facilities
There are at least 2 hospitals in town, including Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, a new facility with 145 beds. Eastern State Hospital is another accredited facility. Richmond and Hampton have additional hospitals, including the VA.
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Transportation
Newport News/Williamsburg Airport is about 25 minutes away. Norfolk Airport and Richmond Airports are less than an hour away.
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Valuable Links
Williamsburg Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Facts about WILLIAMSBURG
  • State: VA
  • Environment: College Town,Cultural Center,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: Shannon

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1. Rating: 4.1/5 ( 11 votes cast)

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