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By Mark Edwards | Broker in Suffolk, VA
  • Prices REDUCED on two Featured Models by Allen Parker Builders in Founders Pointe!

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Smithfield, Home Buying in Smithfield, In My Neighborhood in Smithfield  |  August 21, 2014 11:11 AM  |  27 views  |  No comments

    Looking for a luxurious new home in a waterfront community in the Hampton Roads area? Now's a great time to tour two brand new homes masterfully built by Allen Parker Builder, Inc in Founders Pointe, a waterfront community located in Isle of Wight County near Smithfield, VA.

    103 Batten Cove, Founders Pointe is currently priced at $584,000 & features 3550 square feet of living area, 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, a large Media Room, covered back porch, 9'ceilings on both floors, and an unfinished expandable third level. Large center island, custom cabinetry, deluxe trim, hardwood floors cover most of the main floor, ceramic tiled baths, and a privately wooded backyard setting. This home was recently reduced from the original price of $629,900.

     

    The second model by Allen Parker is the timeless Traditional home (pictured below) is currently available for sale for $579,000 and located on 101 Settler's Ridge, Founders Pointe on a new waterfront cul-de-sac in Founders Pointe. The home features a luxurious master suite, a first floor bedroom, 3450 square feet of living area, and open Kitchen and Family Room layout. The home is nearing completion and also offers a private backyard setting. Both homes are located near the 844' pier and the Residents' Club & pool complex.

     

    Discover old world craftsmanship in every Allen Parker Builder, Inc home. Allen and Kim Parker work hand in hand to ensure that your building experience is the most pleasurable. The take exceptional pride in their ability to deliver your quality custom home at the best value and always on time. As experienced builders, Allen and Kim have delivered many quality custom homes throughout Williamsburg and the Peninsula of Hampton Roads. “Building homes is our passion and labor of love. We pride ourselves in making this a most enjoyable experience for each and every client. We have a consistent history of producing quality construction custom homes with a superior level of craftsmanship.”

                 

    Discover the best in lifestyle communities at Founders Pointe, Liberty Ridge, and The Riverfront at Harbour View. East West is also celebrating its 25th anniversary of the Gatling Pointe Yacht Club, a riverfront club/restaurant and pool complex with a 68 slip marina adjacent to the town of Smithfield, Virginia. Visit an East West Realty Sales Center today.


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  • 5 Things to Look for When Buying a New Home- The Neighborhood is Important Too!

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Suffolk, Home Buying in Suffolk, In My Neighborhood in Suffolk  |  August 5, 2014 9:50 AM  |  34 views  |  No comments

    Are you looking for the "right" home or "right" price? How about finding the right neighborhood  too?

    It seems that many real estate agents and buyers visiting our communities in recent years are locked into finding the home with the best deal or best price. We like to remind them that they should also be looking for the "right" community!

    In this price-conscious home buying market, everyone involved should also focus on finding the right place to live- that being the location or community. Too often, homebuyers tell their agents how many bedrooms and baths they want, but ignore looking at new construction opportunities because they think that the home prices will be higher than a resale. Sometimes, their best option will be finding the right neighborhood and then working closely with a custom builder to help them accomplish their goal. What should you look for in a planned community?

    Here are 5 things you should consider when you're searching for that right home and right place to call home.

    1. The Overall Community Layout - (The land plan, front entrance, common areas, recreational facilities, etc) Prospective homebuyers generally decide within 30 seconds of driving into a community as to their potential interest in relocating there. When shopping for a new place to live, the first impression is vitally important. Which is why planned communities like The Riverfront at Harbour View, Founders Pointe , and Gatling Pointe spend a lot of attention at the front entrance and streetscape architecture.

    • Homebuyers today definitely appreciate a sense of arrival and they notice the meticulous landscaping and the seasonal planting found at the front entry monument.
    • Distinctive architectural home styles and quality homebuilders are other important parts of distinguishing a neighborhood.
    • Variety and pleasing color palettes are also important components in most planned communities.
    • Investigate the other communities a developer has done in your area if you're looking at a new neighborhood in the early stage of development.

    2. Quality of Homes/Builders - Is there a preferred team of builders building models for sale? Is it up to consumers to buy the lot and find their own builder?

    • Do the builders pay attention to the streetscape?
    • Are the homebuilders sensitive to the buyers needs and how long have they been in the business?
    • Do your Featured Builders have a proven track record and have good reputations?
    • Are the homes unique enough yet offering a nice blend of architectural styles?
    • Are the builders in the development still building the same home plan they were ten years ago?

    3. Neighborhood Amenities - What does the neighborhood offer in terms of recreational opportunities? Does it have a clubhouse and pool? Are there parks and trials for walking/jogging? If you're selling an exciting "lifestyle community", then your amenities better have something worth selling the sizzle over. ("Under promise and over deliver "is always a good policy)

    What do people want today? Are walking trails and parks more appealing to today's buyer than tennis courts? Surveys and focus groups can help you decide. The amenities need to appeal to the target market for the community. If the neighborhood does not offer anything, how close is the community to recreational facilities? The Gatling Pointe Yacht Club and pool complex (pictured below) is located on the river and is the social hub of the community.

    4. Testimonials  from residents who already live in the community.Testimonials from the club members can help understand what type of activities and programs the neighborhood club offers. It also helps in understanding how active the homeowners' association is. Is there a community newsletter or website that customers can rely on for detailed information? Research and feedback from your present and past customers helps to guide us in our decisions of what to include and what to leave out in our new home communities. Every market is different, but there are trends as to what consumers value today than what they wanted 10-20 years ago.

    5. Differentiation and an effective overall marketing and sales approach will help a community accomplish its goal- to develop and create a quality neighborhood that appeals to the appropriate target market and blends well within the local community. Developers and builders need to work together to offer the right product types for the buyers the neighborhood attracts. If the neighborhood is appealing to a wide market segment (like the Founders Pointe or The Riverfront communities), then there needs to be a wide variety of home styles, sizes, floor plans, and price range. The uniqueness and overall appeal of our communities help assure that homebuyers will still be attracted to move there, even when economic times slow the local real estate market.

    East West Communities will often work closely with 5 to 10 builders in a single community. This allows an opportunity to offer an interesting diversity of home styles and also have strategic Featured Models for sale to appeal to the relocating buyer. It also helps to shape the "look" of the community and accomplish sense of community early on in the development stage of a neighborhood. The sum of all of the above elements helps to develop a community that will attract many buyers in the future and helps to give current homebuyers confidence in their resale value down the road.

    What are some of the important features that you look for in a new home community?

    Check out www.eastwestcommunities.com for information about our planned communities in Virginia and Florida.

                 

    Discover the best in lifestyle communities at Founders Pointe, Liberty Ridge, and The Riverfront at Harbour View. East West is also celebrating its 25th anniversary of the Gatling Pointe Yacht Club, a riverfront club/restaurant and pool complex with a 68 slip marina adjacent to the town of Smithfield, Virginia. Visit an East West Realty Sales Center today.


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  • Brick Traditional offers privacy, a view, and open floor plan in Gatling Pointe South near Smithfield

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Smithfield, Home Buying in Smithfield, In My Neighborhood in Smithfield  |  July 6, 2014 6:55 AM  |  112 views  |  No comments

    Brick home in Gatling Pointe Two story Family Room 

    Luxury Living in Gatling Pointe South, a waterfront community near the historic town of Smithfield, Virginia.

    Discover a privately wooded setting with a scenic view from this Brick Traditional style home in Gatling Pointe South- a waterfront community in Smithfield, Virginia. Quality custom features are found throughout this 3,170 square foot home, originally built by E. R. Lenz Contracting. Enjoy the openness of the two story family room and spacious sunroom which highlight the first floor. Other custom features include beautiful hardwood flooring, ceramic tiled baths, custom cabinetry, and wood trim details.

    20424 Gatling Pointe Parkway South is currently listed for sale with East West Realty for $399,900. Timeless Traditional details are combined with an open, flowing interior layout. The master suite features a sitting room and two sided gas fireplace, a luxurious master bath and huge walk-in closet. Three other bedrooms and two bathrooms are found on the second level. Also, discover a three car garage, a multiple gabled exterior, a .75 acre lot, an expansive deck which overlooks a beautifully wooded backyard, and offers a marsh view which extends to Towne Farm Creek.

    Optional membership is available to the Gatling Pointe Yacht Club and Marina which features a restaurant, a riverfront pool, volleyball & tennis courts, and children playground. www.gatlingpointe.com

    For more information contact Donita Frantz or Mark Edwards with East West Realty at (757) 238-9009.

    Three times awarded "Community of the Year," Gatling Pointe and Gatling Pointe South feature quality custom homes by the region's premier builders with amenities that rival most resorts. Nestled in Isle of Wight County, adjacent to historic Smithfield, you're only 15 minutes from Newport News and Hampton, and an easy commute to downtown Norfolk. Discover the best in waterfront living at Gatling Pointe, a centrally located waterfront community located in the heart of Hampton Roads. It offers unique waterfront living with resort-style amenities where dreams come true and a real sense of neighborhood is found.

         

    Gatling Pointe is located just 15 minutes to the Peninsula and 25 minutes to I-664 at Harbour View, and 35 minutes to Downtown Norfolk, Virginia. Contact Mark Edwards or Donita Frantz at (757) 238-9009 for more information.

                 

    Discover the best in lifestyle communities at Founders Pointe, Liberty Ridge, and The Riverfront at Harbour View. East West is also celebrating its 25th anniversary of the Gatling Pointe Yacht Club, a riverfront club/restaurant and pool complex with a 68 slip marina adjacent to the town of Smithfield, Virginia. Visit an East West Realty Sales Center today.

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  • 10 Brand New Homes, 2 Award Winning Waterfront Communities, 1 Weekend

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Suffolk, Home Buying in Suffolk, In My Neighborhood in Suffolk  |  April 8, 2014 7:50 AM  |  423 views  |  No comments

    This weekend, April 12th and 13th, from noon to 5 pm, you can tour 10 brand new models for sale in two award winning, waterfront communities- Founders Pointe and The Riverfront at Harbour View. For more details, please visit Grand Tour of Homes.

    Five new homes are open at The Riverfront at Harbour View, three of them are furnished. Discover Superior quality craftsmanship, the latest in new home trends, and exciting interior designs. You'll discover a fabulous new backyard fireplace creation at Sasser Construction's furnished model on Rivers Bend Place, a first floor master suite at ABT Custom Homes' Coastal Cottage, and a double island Kitchen in Birdsong Builders' 5 Bedroom Traditional home. Les Ore's Model also features a main floor master suite. (The homes open to tour range in price from $549,900 to $689,900)

    The Riverfront is located in the heart of Hampton Roads, in the Harbour View area of Suffolk, VA. The Riverfront features a golf course, two resort style swimming pools, a lakefront amphitheater, two playgrounds, bike trails, two tennis and volleyball courts, and two riverfront parks along the Nansemond River. Free refreshments will be served from 1-3 pm at one of the 5 models open.

    At Founders Pointe, located in the Carrollton area of Isle of Wight County near Smithfield, VA, you'll discover 5 brand new Traditional style homes available for sale. Allen Parker Builder, Inc. of Yorktown features two classic designs in the new waterfront cul-de-sacs which overlook Batten Bay and the James River. Sasser Construction has two featured models available for sale, one which is furnished. Tour a Coastal Cottage Victorian Cottage home by Stephen Alexander Homes which features two master suites, and timeless architectural features reminiscent of older homes from the past, but the latest in new home design. (The homes open for tour range in price from $449,900 to $629,900).

    Stop by the Founders Pointe Residents Club for a Tour Map and to see the area's most desirable neighborhood club and pool complex. Free refreshments will be served from 1 to 3 pm.

    For more information about the 10 new homes available at both communities, visit http://grandhomestour.com/

    The Riverfront Sales Center (757) 638-9100 •  Founders Pointe Sales Center (757) 238-9009

                 

    Discover the best in lifestyle communities at Founders Pointe, Liberty Ridge, and The Riverfront at Harbour View. East West is also celebrating its 25th anniversary of the Gatling Pointe Yacht Club, a riverfront club/restaurant and pool complex with a 68 slip marina adjacent to the town of Smithfield, Virginia. Visit an East West Realty Sales Center today.


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  • East West Realty Sells Gatling Pointe

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Smithfield, Home Buying in Smithfield, In My Neighborhood in Smithfield  |  March 17, 2014 8:07 PM  |  503 views  |  No comments

    East West Realty Sells Gatling Pointe

    Thinking about relocating in 2014? Allow East West Realty to help with your real estate needs in the Gatling Pointe community in Smithfield, Virginia. I've listed a few reasons below why East West Realty is the neighborhood expert for selling homes in this award winning community, developed by East West Communities.

      

    East West Realty is a member of both REALTOR® Associations (VPAR & HRRA) and will input your home into the area’s Multiple Listing Service, REIN  (Real Estate Information Network), which covers the entire Hampton Roads area. East West Realty is also the only realty firm that maintains a website to promote the Gatling Pointe community- www.gatlingpointe.com

    East West Realty also maintains an active Facebook page for Gatling Pointe and the Gatling Pointe Yacht Club. Social media marketing is a large part of the overall marketing plan. Also, visit us on Twitter @EastwestHRVA and also check out our slideshow videos on youtube.

     

     

     

    East West Realty is the #1 realty firm for selling the most homes in Gatling Pointe in the past 25 years. East West Realty has sold over 300 resale homes in Gatling Pointe and Gatling Pointe South since 1990. We are your neighborhood realty firm. Three East West Realty agents are Gatling Pointe residents and are  all full-time REALTORS®- Mark Edwards, Donita Frantz, and Tina Manrique.

     

    East West Realty specializes in selling homes to homebuyers searching for a planned community with lifestyle amenities. We maintain a referral system between the three locations to network and find the right home for our customers. We are attracting many relocating buyers looking for a place like Gatling Pointe.  Since 2000, many buyers purchased our resale listings in Gatling Pointe after initially finding us through The Riverfront, Eagle Harbor, and Founders Pointe. 

     

      

     

    East West Realty sales agents are professionally trained REALTORS® and are your neighborhood experts to sell the features and benefits of the Gatling Pointe planned community. Our agents understand that demonstrating the riverfront club restaurant, marina, & pool at the Gatling Pointe Yacht Club is an important part of helping prospective homebuyers get comfortable with their new neighborhood. Treating our customers and co-broke agents to lunch is a wonderful way to show off the riverfront advantage.   

     

    Since 1973, East West has developed 25 communities providing homes for more than 20,000 families. East West Communities has expanded from its beginnings and is now actively developing numerous communities in the the Hampton Roads region & Greater Richmond.
     East West Realty of Hampton Roads, Virginia represents the East West Communities of The Riverfront at Harbour View, Founders Pointe, Liberty Ridge, and also is still active in the Gatling Pointe community in Smithfield, VA.
     
    Check out the two videos below of homes just listed in Gatling Pointe by East West Realty...
     
     
     

                 

    Discover the best in lifestyle communities at Founders Pointe, Liberty Ridge, and The Riverfront at Harbour View. East West is also celebrating its 25th anniversary of the Gatling Pointe Yacht Club (photo above), a riverfront club/restaurant and pool complex with a 68 slip marina adjacent to the town of Smithfield, Virginia. Visit an East West Realty Sales Center today.


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  • Building Boom in The Riverfront at Harbour View, Suffolk, Virginia

    Posted Under: General Area in Suffolk, Quality of Life in Suffolk, Home Buying in Suffolk  |  March 8, 2014 6:05 AM  |  510 views  |  No comments

    What's one of the hottest new home communities in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia?

    In spite of the weather, the builders in The Riverfront at Harbour View are busy and off to a great a start in 2014. Four different snow storms have not kept homebuyers from finding their way to this waterfront community in located in the northern part of Suffolk, Virginia.

    Currently, there are 36 single family homes in different stages of construction in The Riverfront, and 24 of them are already SOLD

     

    The Riverfront at Harbour View is a golf course, waterfront community that overlooks the Nansemond and James Rivers in the Harbour View area, located in the heart of Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Residents enjoy resort style amenities that you rarely find in a neighborhood in this region. Developed by East West Communities, The Riverfront features two swimming pools, two riverfront parks with piers, two playgrounds, tennis and volleyball courts, a lakefront amphitheater, bike trails, and of course, a golf course. See a photo gallery of the home pictured on the right above which is currently for sale for $599,900. 

     

    The Riverfront features nine different quality homebuilders. All homes meet the distinctive architectural guidelines for the community and are reviewed by a design review board. (The first two photos are located on North River Road and the streetscape photo, third picture, is in Gables at The Riverfront. 17 of 36 homes under construction are new homes in Gables at The Riverfront)  

    Over 1,000 homes have now been built since our grand opening as we enter the final phase of development. Only a few choice golf, river, and lakefront homesites remain in this award winning master planned community. The single family custom homes in The Riverfront range in price from $500,000 to over $2 million. Homes in Gables at The Riverfront range from the $260's to $400,000.

    To see an Interactive Site Plan for our final neighborhood section, click here. East West Realty is the on-site realty firm selling new homes in The Riverfront, Gables at Harbour View, and Founders Pointe (another East West waterfront community just 12 minutes away).

     

                 

    Discover the best in lifestyle communities at Founders Pointe, Liberty Ridge, and The Riverfront at Harbour View. East West is also celebrating its 25th anniversary of the Gatling Pointe Yacht Club (photo above), a riverfront club/restaurant and pool complex with a 68 slip marina adjacent to the town of Smithfield, Virginia. Visit an East West Realty Sales Center today.


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  • 5 Things I didn't know about Founders Pointe

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Smithfield, Home Buying in Smithfield, In My Neighborhood in Smithfield  |  February 7, 2014 7:00 AM  |  571 views  |  1 comment

    When prospective homebuyers walk in to our Founders Pointe Sales Model, we often hear people say, "Wow, we just love it here... I'm so surprised!". What did they think about our new waterfront community BEFORE they made the trip out to see it for themselves? What is their perception of Founders Pointe and the surrounding area? Upon further investigation, we've uncovered some of the hidden secrets about our custom home community in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. Here are five things you may not know about Founders Pointe...

    1. Founders Pointe is surprisingly close to both the Peninsula AND the southside of Hampton Roads. Located less than ten minutes to Newport News/Hampton, homebuyers love the convenient commute to nearby employment centers. many from Norfolk and Chesapeake think that Founders Pointe is "way out", but then they discover it's only 25 minute drive to Downtown Norfolk, and just ten minutes to I-664 (Harbour View). They love the nicely removed from the city location, but mere minutes to convenient shopping. The other pleasant surprise is the fact that the charming historic town of Smithfield is just 10 minutes away.

    Resort style Residents' Club & pool complex Founders Pointe pool

    2. Resort styled amenities in an intimate neighborhood setting
    . It's highly unique to have a resort style clubhouse and lakefront pool complex, complete with a 112' water slide, a separate kiddie pool, outdoor grill area, and playground for a neighborhood with only 319 homesites. Add in the 3 miles of trails and walkways and an 844' pier that extends to Batten Bay, our homeowners often comment how fortunate they are to have so much to do right in their own neighborhood.

    3. How many new home sites have 10 Builders? People love the fact that Founders Pointe has ten different quality homebuilders to choose from. Most subdivisions feature one or only a handful of builders, but homebuyers at Founders Pointe get a an excellent variety of house plans to select from. Consistent quality is also found from the first phase of the development all the way to the waterfront cul-de-sacs.

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    4. Flexibilty. Whether your budget is in the $400k range on an interior homesite, or you're interested in something on an acre homesite overlooking the James River, the lots range in price from $85,000 to over $350,000. Whether you're looking for a Coastal Victorian Cottage or an all brick Transitional style home, you'll find distinctive architecture throughout. Curving cul-de-sac streets form individual neighborhood courts that are often separated by naturally wooded ravines and resource protection areas. There's a feeling of privacy and a distinctive streetscape throughout the community.

     

    5. More Quality rather than less means Value. Over 175 families have already chosen to live in Founders Pointe. Many came looking for everlasting quality and timeless homes with more character. The builders know that there's a market out there for new homes that offer more than just square footage- homes with detailed front door entryways, bigger Kitchens with larger center islands, walk-in pantries, drop zones with built-in benches, outside living space, hard surface counter tops, quality flooring, better quality appliances and better HVAC systems...our homebuyers often find quality features already included in the homes and fewer "options" and "upgrades" to have to add. There's a relief on the face of prospective homebuyers when they find out that it's not your average "cookie cutter" neighborhood where all the homes look the same.

    Discover the best in lifestyle communities at Founders Pointe, Eagle Harbor, Liberty Ridge, and The Riverfront at Harbour View. East West Realty Sales Centers are open 7 days a week on-site.


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