The verdict is in: Williamsburg, VA is a lovely place to retire. And it has been the case for several years. In fact, the city graced CNN Money’s list a couple of times already.
Colonial Williamsburg’s historic 18th century architecture and attractions do little to make would-be retirees feel old. It will only transport you to the past but will make you feel as great and spry as ever. There are plenty of things to do, plus amenities like age-restricted communities and top medical facilities to support their lifestyle.
Retiring soon or looking for a new place to spend the best years of your life? Continue reading to learn why Williamsburg, VA may be your next home.
Where will you live?
When it comes to real estate, you have several options. If independent living is still your thing, you are always welcome to explore Williamsburg, VA real estate. You can live large at choice neighborhoods like Ford’s Colony,
Governor’s Land, Kingsmill, Landfall at Jamestown, and the Vineyards. In anticipation of future needs, you can have your home remodeled to make it more ergonomic and senior-friendly.
You also have the option to live in a retirement community—Williamsburg has several. Some of the best in the area include:
Verena at the Reserve (https://www.trueconnectioncommunities.com/senior-living-communities-virginia/verena-at-the-reserve-senior-living/), a 55+ independent living community ideally located near Colonial Williamsburg. It bagged the gold prize during the 2020 Best of Williamsburg by Virginia Media. Standout features include a tree-filled community, walking paths, a pool area, and an arts and crafts studio. Pets are welcome to stay with you here as well.
Williamsburg Landing (https://www.williamsburglanding.org/), a Life Plan Community nestled in about 137 acres of wooded land in Williamsburg. You can start out living independently, then sign up for assisted living and other services should you need them in the future. Aside from the topnotch care you’ll receive, you’ll also be able to enjoy amenities such as a health club and on-site dining.
Brookdale Chambrel Williamsburg (https://www.brookdale.com/en/communities/brookdale-chambrel-williamsburg.html), which offers both independent and assisted living arrangements. The facility is located at Treyburn Drive and features spacious floor plans, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool, among other amenities. Memory care is also available for residents faced with cognitive challenges.
What kind of amenities will you have access to?
Whether you choose to live in a retirement community or age in place (which means staying in your own home), you should have a good idea of what amenities are available to you. In Williamsburg, one thing you’re sure to have access to is excellent medical care.
On top of the list is Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center (https://www.sentara.com/hampton-roads-virginia/hospitalslocations/locations/sentara-williamsburg-regional-medical-center.aspx), which is recognized as one of the best hospitals in the world (https://www.sentara.com/woodbridge-virginia/aboutus/news/news-articles/newsweek-ranks-two-sentara-hospitals-among-the-worlds-best.aspx). The state-of-the-art hospital has 145 beds and offers a wide range of services, from emergency and maternity to orthopedics, heart, and vascular. It’s also a Certified Primary Stroke Center.
What will you do?
As a retiree, you’ll have plenty of time on your hands. You can fill your days with your hobbies and passions or, if you intend to live in a retirement community, join clubs and organizations that match your interests and lifestyle. If that’s not enough, here are some other activities you can enjoy as a retiree in Williamsburg, VA:
Golf: Tee times will be part of your regular routine with Williamsburg being home to several top golf courses. Some of the 5-star golf facilities in the city include the members-only Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (https://www.colonialwilliamsburghotels.com/golf/), Williamsburg Golf Club (https://williamsburgclub.com/), and
Williamsburg National Golf Club (https://wngc.com/). Furthermore, three of the aforementioned neighborhoods
(specifically Kingsmill, Ford’s Colony, and Governor’s Land) are golf communities.
Outdoor recreation: Plenty of fresh air and long walks in nature will be great for your health. Some of the outdoor
activities you can enjoy in or near Williamsburg include camping, trail riding, hiking, and fishing. If you don’t know
where to go, here are a few recommendations to get you started: Busch Gardens (https://buschgardens.com/williamsburg/), Freedom Park (https://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/attractions/freedom-park), Colonial Parkway (https://www.nps.gov/colo/parkway.htm), and Chickahominy Riverfront Park (https://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/attractions/chickahominy-riverfront-park).
Attend classes for free: If you love learning within the four walls of a classroom (and with other scholars), you can sign up as a non-degree seeking student at The College of William & Mary (https://www.wm.edu/) and join courses organized by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Find out more about these learning opportunities here.
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