York County: A Place to Retire, Relocate, or Purchase a Second Home

Real estate investors and home buyers want to purchase homes in York

County because the nearly 200 miles of coastline along the York River

and its tributaries offers a desirable waterside lifestyle, the county’s

population is actively involved in the community, the school district has

an excellent reputation, and real estate taxes are low. York County

Virginia is bounded by Williamsburg, Newport News, and James City

County to the north and west, Hampton to the south, and the York River

to the east. This means homeowners or home buyers in this area are

centrally located, and can commute nearly anywhere on the Peninsula

with ease.

The Colonial Parkway, part of Colonial National Park, runs through York

County and connects the James River to the York River. This 30 minute

wooded drive along both rivers. links Historic Jamestowne in

Williamsburg to the battlefields of Yorktown.

The strong economy of York County is bolstered by the Yorktown Naval

Weapons Station and a Coast Guard station, both which remain in

operation even after numerous base closings nationwide

Riverwalk Landing in YorktownResidents and visitors to York County can now spend time relaxing

along the riverfront at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown, a newly

renovated retail development and a park along the York River.

Riverwalk Landing combines colonial style architecture with an eclectic

mix of shops, a widened beach area, several restaurants, a performance

area, a two-tier parking garage with ample space, and two docks – one

that supports cruise and tall ships and another for smaller personal

watercraft.The locally famous Nick’s Restaurant, an elegant seafood restaurant

owned by a generous Greek family who gifted some land to Yorktown, at

one time overlooked the York River nearby. Though Nick’s is gone, part

of the staff and manager continue the tradition of serving fine food at the

Duke of York Motor Hotel in Yorktown, in the River Room. The

restaurant still overlooks the waterfront, and has the same quality and

price of fare as the old Nick’s ($18.95-$35 per entrée).Rezoned Northern Sectors of York CountyWalmart and Lowe’s recently opened new stores in northern York

County, near the borders of James City County and Williamsburg, who

both declined their offers to build. This has paved the way for rezoning

part of the surrounding area as commercial property.

On the other side of of the county, near Water Country U.S.A., a new

600,000 square foot upscale open-air shopping center, called

“Williamsburg Row” will house retail shops, restaurants, offices and

entertainment. Future plans call for a movie theater in phase 2, but the

actual scale of the development is still being debated as of September

2005, because it is nearby three historic sites. Premiere Properties of

Indiana will undoubtedly build this upscale commercial property in some

form or fashion and it will be open for business in several years. Read

the article in the Virginia Gazette for more information http://


All of this activity in York County bodes well for homebuyers and home

investors who purchase now, because home prices are likely to

increase as the area becomes even more popular.

School Districts

Parents request homes in the York County School district, and it lives up

to its reputation. York County Schools provide excellent athletic and

academic programs. York County Elementary Schools rank in the top

10% of elementary schools in Virginia, according to figures from 2005.

Grafton High School is a brand new high school, and the newest of the

York County High Schools.Water Country U.S.A.

Water Country U.S.A., a nationally known theme park with state of the art

water rides for children and adults is located in York County, near

Williamsburg. For homeowners or potential homebuyers in York County

who may want to take their children to Water Country U.S.A. on a regular

basis a seasonal passport ticket is available at a greatly reduced rate.Presidents Park

The famed Presidents Park, showcases the busts of 43 larger than life

presidents and tells the story of Early American history from the

settlement of Jamestowne in 1607 forward. Presidents Park is an

educational and fun exploration of history, and is located right in York

County. The museum building on site houses classrooms, meeting

rooms, a gift shop, café, and banquet room.When relocating to places like York County, parents will want to

consider the effect on their children’s lives and education. York County

is actually a wonderful location for a family to purchase a home because

of all of the family friendly activities. If you prefer nearby Williamsburg,

James City County, or New Kent County, read some other articles I’ve

written on these locations at http://www.voncannonrealestate.com. Also,

you may want to consider West Point, just 20-30 miles away, a small

town that proudly boasts of a top school district in this area of Virginia

with an excellent reputation. For more information on West Point, read

my article on Chesapeake Bay Country http://




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