Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Where We Live: An accessible 4-bedroom, 4-bath home near Colonial Williamsburg

Dave and Eve Weber knew the moment they walked through the front door that the house on Harrison Avenue in Williamsburg would be perfect for them.

They liked the home’s brick exterior and Georgetown curb appeal, but it was the interior that had them at “Hello.”

At first glance, the Webers noticed the beautiful millwork, hardwood staircase and elegant black-and-white marble entryway. Upon further inspection they found more to love, so they purchased the home in 2014.

Inside, there are other unique design aesthetics, including 15-inch sconces, chair rails, three gas fireplaces and imported Italian hardwood flooring throughout the 4,500 square-foot, three-story home.

A mahogany-lined elevator, shoji-style sliding doors made of traditional Japanese paper, and an outdoor vertical lift make the home fully accessible to family, friends and guests who may have mobility challenges.

A chef’s kitchen features Wolf appliances, a farmhouse sink and a Sub-Zero fridge integrated into custom-milled hardwood cabinetry. The kitchen is the centerpiece of the home and where the Webers spend a lot of their time cooking, entertaining and relaxing. Two synchronized 50-inch plasma televisions are subtlety incorporated into the living space and are perfect for watching sports or movies.

In addition to the home’s many features, the Webers love that their four-bedroom, four-bathroom property is within walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg.

“If we were going to live in Williamsburg, we wanted to live in Williamsburg,” said Eve.

Both Dave and Eve have moved several times, living in Japan, Hawaii, Florida and Alabama, to name a few. When Dave retired from the Navy in 2014 and Eve completed her work for the U.S. State Department they decided to become “semi-retired” and move from Washington to Williamsburg, which is closer to one of their daughters, a son-in-law and grandson who live in Norfolk.

The Webers love living in the city. In the four short years they’ve lived here, the Webers have immersed themselves in the culture and made many friends, including many of their college-aged neighbors.

“It has been a great relationship with the college kids who live nearby,” said Eve. “Sometimes they bring muffins over and we’ve given them Halloween baskets. It’s been  nice and it keeps us young.”

In addition to enjoying the low taxes the city has to offer (at 60 cents per $100 of assessed property value), the Webers also enjoy having family visit and walking to events nearby such as William & Mary football games, fireworks in Colonial Williamsburg, outdoor concerts and the Williamsburg Farmers Market.

“It’s great to hear the canons at night and the cheers of the football crowd,” Dave said.

While there’s so much to love about the home, including a pergola, wrought iron fence, and a carriage house above the garage, the Webers will be leaving soon to be closer to family in Texas.

“It’s a unique house and we just love this area and will miss [it],” said Dave. “If we would pick this house up and move it with us, we would.”

Visit Berkshire Hathaway Towne Realty to learn more about the Webers’ home.

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