WHY IT WORKED: Infill is the answer here. Tidewater types have flocked to this convenient, new urbanist, mixed-use community built on a 153-acre remediated brownfield site in the heart of New-port News. Families especially like the all-brick single-family homes and duplexes from Wayne Harbin Builder and Marque Homes.

  • The single-family homes and duplexes are located in four residential squares. Each comes with a two-car garage accessed by backyard alleyways.
  • Six single-family floor plans offer 1,900 to 2,900 square feet of two-story living with open kitchens and great rooms, master suites on the first floor, and generous windows.
  • Port Warwick has been designed to get folks out of their homes and into the community. Sidewalks, community green space, and a concert pavilion all draw residents into the larger neighborhood.
  • Project Credits

    Project: Port Warwick, Newport News, Va.; Sales started: October 2002; Sales through October 2004: 157; Units planned: 196; Price: $180,000 to $400,000; Unit size: 1,300 to 4,000 square feet; Builders: Wayne Harbin Builder, Yorktown, Va.; Marque Homes by C.R. McLellon Builder, Poquoson, Va.; Developer: Robert Freeman, Tower Park Corp., Newport News; Architect: PMA Planners and Architects, Newport News; Land planner: Higgins & Gerstenmaier, Richmond, Va.; Landscape architect: Kathleen Zeren Landscaping, Norfolk, Va.; Interior designers: PMA Planners and Architects, Newport News; Old Morrison House, Newport News

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