Neighborhood Closeup- Founders Pointe

Observation Pier view

The quiet enclave is situated on 325 acres in Isle of Wight County.

By Sandra J. Pennecke Virginian Pilot Correspondent

Neighborhood Closeup – FOUNDERS POINTE in Isle of Wight County

All roads lead to the residents’ clubhouse in Founders Pointe, which further drives home the point that this Carrollton neighborhood focuses on resort-style living.

That’s precisely what Chrissy Erpelding liked best about Founders Pointe when she and her husband, Matt , discovered one of the builders in the community and then the community itself online.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Chrissy Erpelding said communities like Founders Pointe – with resort-style amenities – are commonplace.

“This was one of the only ones in the area here and I fell in love with it,†said Erpelding. The couple – who relocated for Matt’s job – moved from Little Rock, Ark., into their four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home in November.

They instantly felt at home and even started a Founders Foodies Club which meets monthly at the clubhouse. “We have 16 people in the club,†she said. “The neighbors here are amazing.â€

In addition, Chrissy Erpelding says she likes the 844-foot observation pier that overlooks Batten Bay and the James River. “We love to walk down and look at the water,†she said.

The Erpelding's
The pier, along with the residents’ clubhouse with a wraparound covered porch, outside gas grill area, double-sided stone fireplace, two plasma televisions with surround sound music system and kitchen, a 4,000-square- foot lakefront resort-style pool with 112-foot waterslide, baby pool, shade pavilions, bathhouse, sand volleyball court, lakeside playground, leisure trails and three-acre lake are all what make Founders Pointe unique and special. Residents also enjoy fishing, paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking on Batten Bay.

Aerial of Founders Pointe

Mark Edwards , senior vice president for East West Partners (Hampton Roads’ Division), which developed the community, said Founders Pointe twice has been selected as “Community of the Year†by the Peninsula Housing and Builders Association.

When completed, the waterfront community will feature a total of 319 single-family homes built by Sasser Construction, ABT Custom Homes, Birdsong Builders, Hohmann Builders, Allen Parker Builder, Newhall Construction, Sadler Building Corp. and Norman Miller.

Homes in Founders Pointe range from $400,000 to more than $800,000.

Not only does the quiet enclave, on 325 acres in Isle of Wight County, have plenty for its residents to do right in their backyard, it also has plenty of natural beauty throughout the neighborhood. Beautifully landscaped streets can be found among the marsh, creek, river, and protected woodland views.

Kristin and Michael Johnston moved back to the area from New York in November 2013 after living in Suffolk before that. They loved the look of their five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home not only because of its coastal-style exterior, but also for the comfort and quality of its interior.

Additionally, the feel of the neighborhood was one of the many facets that instantly drew them in.

“It makes you feel like you belong,†said Michael Johnston, who is in the Navy, stationed at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. With numerous functions at the clubhouse for adults and children, monthly baby -sitting opportunities for their four children, and the pet-friendly community welcoming their golden retriever, Luna , Johnston said they are happy to call Founders Pointe home.

Luna on his front porch Water views from the Pier

“Founders Pointe provides a nurturing environment in which children can thrive and adults can relax,†states the community’s website at . “Whether you are young, or simply young at heart, going outside to play is conveniently rewarding.â€

Sandra J. Pennecke,

About the Neighborhood

The sales model for Founders Pointe is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (757) 238-9009 .

Assigned schools: Carrollton Elementary (K-3), Westside Elementary (4-6), Smithfield Middle and Smithfield High schools

Nearby shopping: Shops at Eagle Harbor, Harbour View Station

Nearby recreation: Residents’ Clubhouse and lakefront pool with 112-foot water slide, leisure trails, playground, volleyball court, and an 844-foot observation pier that overlooks Batten Bay and the James River

Other info: Homeowners Association dues, which includes club amenities and maintenance of all common areas, are $105 per month.

164 Lexington Square originally built by Hohmann Builders

164 Lexington Square (pictured above) is currently listed for sale with East West Realty for $649,900
for sale

At 89 Alexandria Way (Sasser Construction Craftsman Cottage Model), a five-bedroom, three bath home with 2,690 square feet lists for $434,900.

At 103 Settler’s Ridge (ABT Custom Homes Model), a five-bedroom, 3 ½-bath home with first floor master and 3,160 square feet lists for $529,900.

At 105 Batten Cove (Allen Parker Builder Model), a five-bedroom, four-bath home with 3,550 square feet lists for $549,900.

recently sold

At 604 Founders Pointe Trail (Sasser Construction), a five-bedroom, three-bath home with 2,800 square feet sold for $439,900 in November.

At 118 Colonial Way (Sadler Building Corp.), a fivebedroom, four-bath home with 4,000 square feet sold for $735,345 in December.

At 103 Batten Cove (Stephen Alexander Homes), a five-bedroom, 3 ½-bath home with 3,600 square feet sold for $550,000 in November.

This article appeared in the March 7th Virginian Pilot newspaper

Resort style amenities at Founders Pointe

For more information, contact East West Realty at (757) 238-9009.