Perhaps best known for its colorfully historic county seat, Yorktown, York County, Virginia (VA), offers even more now than it did in the past.
Watermen and land-lovers alike will find comfort in the Yorktown County real estate. That is just one example of York's balance. The county's semi-rural geography consists of miles of bayfront and riverfront coastline as well as large, unspoiled green spaces interspersed with areas dedicated to modern residential and commercial real estate development. In one sense, York is a county in transition: officials enthusiastically endorse smart growth, particularly in industrial, technical, office, and manufacturing firms.
At the same time, York quietly supports traditional military and marine operations. Even with the rapid growth of the past three decades, today nearly half of all land within the county is reserved or actively used for federal activity such as historic preservation and military facilities including Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. York County's economy and industry acknowledge the present and look to the future with its machining and fabrication shops and technical research centers. Simultaneously, the county honors its past through tourism and the preservation of colonial and battlefield sites as well as the continuation of historic economic pursuits like ship repair and seafood processing.
Likewise, housing within York County, VA is balanced. Its real estate development has enjoyed steady growth since the 1980s. The result is a housing profile that is diverse in terms of style--both single-family homes and townhouses and duplexes are plentiful--yet primarily composed of high-quality, high value new construction. Buying property that is move-in ready and requires little maintenance is not difficult. And quality real estate that fits any lifestyle is available depending on which area of the county you choose: many areas tend toward the open and semi-rural, like Poquoson; while areas such as Tabb and Bruton can be considered suburbs of lively nearby cities, such as Williamsburg.
Once settled, living here happily is easy. York County, VA enjoys a low crime rate and a healthy separation from bothersome traffic, high pollution, and many of the other stressors that afflict city living. Yet residents are not isolated. York residents are about an hour's drive from sports, cultural, and historical venues in surrounding areas like Williamsburg and Poquoson, and the county features unique attractions of its own. One is the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum/Hennage Auditorium. Much more than just decor, this facility hosts an array of performances, lectures, demonstrations, and exhibits including furniture, artwork, textiles, and even period medical treatment techniques that date as far back as the 17th century.
Of course, you can't say "York County" without thinking of Yorktown, VA. Today the county seat, Yorktown is the site of numerous preserved structures vital to the history of Virginia and the United States. Among the most well-known is Yorktown Victory Center/Yorktown Battlefield. Here, learn about the last major engagement of the American Revolution through self- or Ranger-guided walking tours. Examine the battlefield's 300-year-old earthworks. Or just absorb colonial culture through exhibits featuring preserved documents and artifacts.
Yorktown, VA also is home to Riverwalk Landing. This modern commercial center features docking for small and large craft, live performances, fine dining, and a variety of shopping. Another Yorktown favorite is the seasonal Farmer's Market. This popular attraction offers expert speakers and demonstrations, local craft, and fresh locally-grown produce. Those who appreciate history with a kitschy twist will enjoy Yorktown's President's Park, an outdoor display of enormous busts of the US presidents. And bicyclists will appreciate the area as the eastern terminus of the TransAmerica Trail.
And outside Yorktown, VA the county has plenty to offer. Naturalists will appreciate York River State Park, a rich saltwater/freshwater habitat abounding with flora and wildlife. A happy marriage between passive recreation and natural real estate preservation, this stunning area became the model for most other state parks in Virginia. A dozen county-operated parks and recreation areas are open to the public also. One, New Quarter Park, consists of 545 acres of unspoiled forest and marshland as well as sand volleyball, picnic/event shelters, hiking, basketball, and mountain biking.
York County, VA offers a variety of summer sports programs geared toward children and youth, and adults and youth alike are invited to be part of sports leagues organized by the county or register their own teams for competition. Finally, the county offers everyone quiet relaxation and learning through its two public libraries boasting 161,000 volumes.
Comfort, history, convenience, home: this is York County, Virginia.