Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Where We Live: Private Peninsula in First Colony

When you pull up to Melissa and Bill Franklin’s home in Williamsburg’s First Colony neighborhood, you probably won’t notice anything out of the usual – at first.

“It’s very unassuming when you pull up,” Melissa Franklin said.

But the property is anything but usual. It’s located on a private peninsula, surrounded on three sides by Lake Pasbehegh.

Very few, if any, properties are like it in Williamsburg. The homeowners appreciate that they get a special piece of land while still being in a family-friendly community, perfect for raising their two sons. First Colony has many amenities available to residents who opt into the non-mandatory homeowners association, such as access to the beach, marina, tennis court, playground, soccer field and more.

“I just felt good about it as soon as we got here,” Melissa Franklin said.

The Franklins love the neighborhood so much, it’s their third home in First Colony. They’ve been in their current home for fourteen years.

“It’s the best place to raise kids,” Melissa Franklin said. “Everybody is so sweet and supportive.”

A friend of Melissa Franklin’s happened upon the home when they worked for a landscaping business together. The friend called her to let her know it was about to go on the market. Bill and Melissa Franklin saw the view through the window and were sold.

The lake view can be seen from nearly every room in the home. A large deck outside offers plenty of room for relaxing and taking in nature. Sometimes in the winter, Bill Franklin says, you can even spot an otter coming in from the James.

“They find it here every winter,” Bill Franklin said.

The property features a landing for a jon boat or canoe and plenty of room to fish. There’s also a pool in the backyard, with two sets of doors opening up to two en-suite bathrooms.

Over the years, the Franklins have done multiple upgrades to the house, like renovating the kitchen, putting in hardwood oak flooring, taking down walls to open the space up, purchasing new appliances and having Virginia Natural Gas installed. The result is an open, airy home with a lot to love both inside and out.

“My favorite part is just the serenity when you look out the windows,” Melissa Franklin said, noting the lake view can brighten up more routine tasks like washing the dishes. “It’s very peaceful.”

To learn more about the home, click here.

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