Hallcrest Heights, consisting of 158 townhomes (with 50 end units), was developed in five phases between 1969 and 1972. The 18-acre site was planned and engineered by the respected firms of Dewberry, Nealon & Davis (Phases I and II) and Patton, Harris & Foard (Phases III, IV and V). All homes are three-level and were adapted to the gently rolling topography .
Hallcrest Heights has a large amount of green space--six separate park-like areas spread throughout the community. While 40% of the site is dedicated to home lots, 38% is in common areas, while the remaining 22% is used for streets and parking. The ratio of open space is more favorable than that of most similar town home communities. Among the 158 townhomes (with 50 end units), there are about six separate models of floor plans. All feature a patio/garden; some have two fireplaces, walk-in closets and bay windows. All are three-level homes with finished lower levels. Many have four bedrooms and three and one-half baths.
Compared to buildings built today, the homes in Hallcrest Heights are superior in many ways in the manner in which they were constructed. Some examples:
- Hallcrest homes were designed so that each one has a sturdy and different aesthetic appearance while maintaining the character of Colonial Williamsburg.
- Houses have all brick exteriors.
- Brick colors and finishes are different in order to individualize each home.
- Fronts of homes are mostly offset from each other to further define each home.
- Fronts entrance treatments are all different.
- While all homes have a colonial design, they are distinguished through the use of different window treatments, including bay windows, shutters and setbacks.
- The roof materials (shingles, metal), treatments (pitched, mansard, flat) and colors are varied.
- The homes are grouped into relatively small blocks with larger than usual open spaces separating them.
The homes are constructed using more substantial materials and methods than those being incorporated into homes built today, in the following ways:
All construction below grade is made of concrete block with concrete footings. The floor joist and girders are solid seasoned lumber rather than built-up members. The roof trusses are also constructed of solid lumber. All units have at least one brick fireplace with brick hearth. All units are separated by masonry firewalls. Electrical systems use copper wiring. Patio/Gardens have brick outer walls.
The homes were finished using materials and finishes that are superior to those used today.
- All moldings are solid wood rather than pieced moldings.
- All floors, except in kitchen, are hardwood tile or marble.
- Dining rooms have paneled wainscots.
- Ceilings on lower level are textured.
- Stair handrails are decorative wood or wrought iron.