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Top 5 Best Neighborhoods in Williamsburg, VA

Jon Fesmire | May 10, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

The historical city of Williamsburg, Virginia rests between the James, York, and Chickahominy rivers and is just an hour away from the Atlantic ocean. With a median home price of $307,000, 76% of which are single-family homes, and a small population of just 14,900 residents, Williamsburg is peaceful and a desirable place to live.

Downtown is a restored 18th century village, which is about as “old town” as we get in the U.S. Jamestown, the first permanent American colony, is also nearby, as is Yorktown, where the British surrendered in the Revolutionary War.

Williamsburg has four traditional seasons, is full of trees, and has many historic sites to visit and plenty of modern conveniences.

While the city is a great place to live, the most desirable neighborhoods are quite expensive. However, if you can afford to live in any of them, you’ll feel like you’re living a charmed life. Some data was difficult to find for these neighborhoods, but we found links to each of them, which will allow you to get a great feel for any that interest you.


Holly Hills

Holly Hills is a small, upscale community near Colonial Williamsburg with approximately 150 single-family detached homes. The houses range in price from $565,000 to $1.2 million. 

This neighborhood is inside the Williamsburg Historic Triangle and is a short walk away from the College of William and Mary campus and Merchants Square. College students and shoppers will find it easy to get around on foot. Nearby stores include general shopping like Walmart, home improvement stores, grocery stores, and restaurants.

This community wants all residents to feel safe and welcome, so their Neighborhood Awareness for Neighbor (NAFN) organization, part of the homeowner’s association, strives to meet that goal. They’ll let you know about local activities and more.

There’s plenty of space between the homes here, and the area feels a lot like living in a forest.


Kingsmill on the James

Along the James River, you’ll find the Kingsmill on the James premier gated community. This 3,000 acre planned community has lots for residents to enjoy. This community includes three pools with kiddie and lap pools, three clubhouses, nature trails, tennis, pickleball, basketball courts, three playgrounds, and fishing and kayaking. A private police force keeps the area safe.

Kingsmill is near Busch Gardens, downtown historic Williamsburg, the College of William and Mary, and Water Country USA.

Parents will be happy with the public schools, which include James River Elementary School, Berkeley Middle School, and Jamestown High School.

There’s a wide range of home prices here. Depending on size, they sell from between $250,000 and $1.8 million.


Ford’s Colony Williamsburg

If you’re getting the impression that golf is popular among the residents of Williamsburg, you’re correct. Ford’s Colony is another gated community with three golf courses. You’ll also find swimming pools, a country club, tennis courts, and hiking trails. Local public schools include Matoaka Elementary School, Berkeley Middle School, and Lafayette High School, so your kids will be close to education from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Ford’s Colony has a variety of neighborhoods and housing types, including townhomes, condos, colonial cottages, and executive homes, with prices that range from $400,000 to over $1 million. 

New Town

New Town’s name is accurate, as this planned community began construction in 2003. It has both residential and commercial areas. Homes include single-family homes, condos, townhomes, loft apartments, a main street, and a shopping mall. 

You’ll find lots of greenery and parks in this 365-acre neighborhood. Although construction is new, the architecture resembles the old Colonial style.

The designers wanted the neighborhood to have everything its residents would need, so New Town has medical and dental services, a fitness center, outdoor concerts, and a 12-screen theater in addition to everything else we mentioned. 

You’ll also find more than 170 restaurants and shops.

Home prices here range from $250,000 to $800,000. 


Governor’s Land at Two Rivers

Would you like to live on the waterfront? Then Governor’s Land at Two Rivers may be your neighborhood. The name of the neighborhood comes from the fact that it’s at the juncture of the James and Chickahominy Rivers. And yes, being in such a location, you can easily enjoy fishing and boating.

The area also has a golf course, tennis courts, swimming pools, ponds, and many walking trails. You can relax or walk along the four miles of shoreline and enjoy the river views.

Residents can join the golf and garden clubs and take various classes. Plus, there are youth activities for kids.

Prices for plots range between $100,000 and $140,000 while prices for homes range from $525,000 to $2.6 million.


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