Splurge vs. Steal Resort Edition: Williamsburg, Virginia

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Our Splurge: 1828 Cypress Isle, James City County, Virginia, is currently listed by Numbers Marley of Long & Foster Real Estate for $1,800,000.

Only a handful of locations have a history as rich as Williamsburg, Virginia, but taking a walk through the past isn’t the only thing drawing visitors from all over the world — luxurious spas, world-class golf, hiking, five-star restaurants, and living history museums pack quite a punch when searching for a sweet second shelter with historic flair. That is why today we pin two exceptional properties against one another in our latest Splurge vs. Steal, both exuding elegance and style, but with price points that are miles apart. Which Williamsburg home would you choose? The Riverfront Splurge or the Federal-Style Colonial Steal?

Splurge: Riverfront Home With Private Boardwalk For $1.8 Million

There’s a reason this property is often referred to as “one of Willamsburg’s most charming.” With panoramic views of the James River plus a private boardwalk, our splurge is hard to beat!

Situated on three quarters of an acre in sublime Williamsburg, it comes with four bedrooms, four full and five half bathrooms, plus 4,910 squarenfeet of warm inviting living space to relax or entertain.

After a long day soaking up the historical amenities in town, cozy up in your favorite chair and allow the tranquil riverfront views from floor-to-ceiling windows soothe your soul.

Or better yet, whip up a gourmet meal in the chef’s dream kitchen, complete with crisp white cabinetry, sleek granite countertops and island, and easy access to the nearby formal dining.

Here, you’ll host dinner parties with ease. The added space of a formal den and piano room overlooking the water offers custom built-ins, a fireplace, crown molding, hardwood floors, stately pillars, and coffered ceiling. Walls of French doors flood the room with natural light and open to the expansive terrace. Would you believe me if I told you this home was built in 2001?! It hearkens back to another time, for those who want historic touches but with less maintenance than a fixer or restoration project.

There is something about this all-pink master bedroom that just oozes old-school, aristocratic chic. From the bay window and sitting area to the custom window treatments and geometric tray ceiling, it is definitely fun to look at, but could easily be re-designed to suit your personal tastes. It is accompanied by a recently expanded master bath — so not much work needed there — featuring a spa-tub, separate shower, double vanities, and custom storage and woodwork. The guest suites are equally charming.

The upper levels of the home include three en-suite bedrooms, a hobby/artist studio for when inspiration strikes, and a covered veranda to take in those idyllic riverfront views.

With the city only nine miles away and the river at your fingertips, this second shelter has no shortage of entertainment and relaxation options.


Tranquility meets historical appeal in this secluded stunner. Splurge-worthy? We think so.

1828 Cypress Isle, James City County, Virginia  is currently listed by Numbers Marley of Long & Foster Real Estate for $1.8 million.

Steal: Federal Style Colonial Situated On A Private Wooded Lot For $825K

Our Steal: 3152 Parkside Lane Williamsburg, Virginia, is currently listed by John Martin with Shaheen Ruth Martin & Fonville for $825,000.

Step back in time, but bring all the modern-day luxuries with you in this historic-inspired retreat. Our steal is just as desirable as our splurge, but for half the price! All you have to do is trade in those riverfront views for lushly landscaped lawn.

Four bedrooms, three full and one half bathrooms, and 4,555 square feet offer a timeless floor plan filled with exquisite millwork and stunning details.

With a curving staircase, custom moldings, butler’s pantry, Palladian windows, and 10-foot ceilings, this steal is elegance personified. We love the amount of detail poured into the home, from the elegant archways and dentil moldings, to the formal dining areas and cozy living rooms, it’s hard not to dream of a romantic traditional estate in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The kitchen is affords white cabinets, center island, and built-in stainless steel appliances, all open to a nearby casual family room with fireplace.

Curious about the master? It’s just as good as the rest of the home, with its own gracious sitting room and en-suite bath with separate tub and shower.

A brick patio and 0.95-acres ensures ample room to invite the whole family for a walk back in time in historical Williamsburg.

A heavily treed lawn affords the ultimate in privacy, while the Colonial style begs you to slow down and enjoy your surroundings. Those looking for a single-family home in Williamsburg must consider this gorgeous steal.

3152 Parkside Lane Williamsburg, Virginia, is currently listed by John Martin with Shaheen Ruth Martin & Fonville for $825,000.