Portobago Bay sign at entrance

Portobago Bay is an exquisite waterfront community on the wide Rappahannock River just south of Port Royal, VA along the Rt. 17 corridor. This neighborhood consists of 104 lots, most which are already built on. Carl D. Silver developed this community back in 1985. It soon became desired by retirees. The lots sold quickly due to the rare wide panoramic water views across the wide bay area. This is my home community.

I bought my lot in 2000 and built my home along the quiet tidal Portobago Creek in 2004. Back then, our nearest large box stores were either in Fredericksburg at the Central Park area or Tappahannock, VA. Since then, we saw new commercial development at Cosner’s Corner, large box stores and a new hospital and now the soon to open Rt. 17 Virginia Railway Express.  These newer locations are only about 20 or so minutes travel on Rt. 17 now. There’s even talk of future development in the New Post area. Now we can enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of the river life and be close enough to shopping to be convenient. My children attend Fredericksburg Christian School. This upper school campus is located just west of New Post or 20 minutes from the Bay. 

We do residents love to live in Portobago Bay? It is quiet and beautiful. All the farm land surrounding the community is placed in a conservation easement. The west end of Portobago Bay is owned by Fort A.P. Hill. This area will not change. What you see is what you will continue to see. It’s very disturbing to locate a beautiful property and watch it develop over time to change the setting completely. I love the security here that it won’t change.  Residents love the three mile circle around the bay. This state road has a 25 mph speed limit. We love to walk, bike ride or jog around this circle. My children love to stop by the Seller’s residence to feed the horses. The Sellers located here before the community was formed. They are allowed to have fenced horses there. Mrs. Sellers will come out and give the children carrots so they can feed these beautiful horses. There are always friends along the trail to stop and converse for a much needed rest. We love the commons areas which consist of the pavilion, sandy beach, long dock, pier, and concrete boat ramp and Lake Powhatan. We gather several times a year for cookouts and gatherings at the pavilion. We recently upgraded our bulkhead at the beach to allow a full wide unobstructed view of the Rappahannock River. Sometimes we may take for granted just how fortunate we are. Bald Eagles and ospreys are everywhere. While others hear traffic and horns, we listen to the frogs, ducks, geese, eagles, ospreys and other wildlife. We are blessed here. My family loves fishing at the end of the pier. Sometimes we catch and release. Other times we catch dinner. The bay and lake has an abundant fishery. You can catch catfish, bass, perch, stripers and crappie on the river or largemouth bass, bream and crappie in the aerated lake. The bay is tidal with water depth that varies from an average of 3 to 5 feet with deeper areas along the south shoreline. This keeps noisy boats and high water traffic at a minimum.  My family just started kayaking. This area is perfect to those types of water sports. Smaller power boats can be launched at the boat ramp. Remember to watch the tides and charts to navigate. Once you get in the channel on the eastern side of the bay, you may go all the way to Fredericksburg if you go up the river or all the way to the Chesapeake Bay if you go down stream.

Real estate opportunities are few, though some of our residents work or are stationed at the Dahlgren Naval Base. When they relocate, a property comes available. Others move to Florida or other areas for their last retirement location. I recently had the opportunity to list a gorgeous Williamsburg style main level living rambler on a large open green yard. This home has it all. I have listed many homes in the past. This may be one of the cleanest properties I’ve ever had the privilege of selling. This home is priced to sell fast. View the details here, http://www.fredericksburgagent.com/property/CV8619301/ or watch the Youtube video at https://youtu.be/FHnzxJUhtC0“Complimentary lunch at Port Royal’s River Haven Restaurant offered to qualified buyers shown the property. ($20.00 value).
 Contact 804-513-9179 for appointment and details” 

Tom Smith is a Virginia Licensed Associate Broker with Fredericksburg Homes Realty – Century 21 Redwood. He is one of the top Fredericksburg real estate agents based on his sales and production. He has received numerous customer quality service awards. Tom is a life long area resident and wants to be your local realty connection. Call Tom at 804.513.9179.