Ford’s Colony Parade of Homes Tour October 30 and 31!

Dont miss the FORD’S COLONY PARADE OF HOMES TOUR this weekend!

Ford's Colony Parade of Homes

Don’t miss the Parade of Homes this weekend October 30 from 10-3 and Sunday October 31 from 11-3. Liz Moore and Associates will have 15 fabulous homes open to tour. There will be refreshments provided as well as an opportunity to win a gift card to Opus 9.

Other brokerages may also have homes on tour so this should be a great opportunity to be able to view Ford’s Colony properties for sale.

In particular, don’t miss 112 Castel Pines (listed at $725,000) or 161 Southern Hills (listed at $425,000). They are both BEAUTIFUL homes that are sure to please!

Please stop by the John Pott Guardhouse or any of the featured properties above to get a map of all of the homes open. Open properties should be easily identified by balloons on the front of the homes. Please feel free to call me at 757.503.1999 or email me (deelyn@lizmoore.com) for more information or directions.

See you then!

Ford’s Colony Halloween Activities for kiddos and adults!

Just announced from the Ford’s Colony Home Owner’s Association:

“We’re holding Trunk-or-Treat, also known as Tailgate Trick-or-Treat. A group of Ford’s Colony residents will gather their Halloween-decorated vehicles in the parking lot at the Swim & Tennis Club, from 5 pm to 6 pm on Sunday, October 31st, Halloween Night. The event will be held whether it rains or shines.
Trick-or-treaters, pre-school through 8th grade, can move from car to car to show off their costumes and collect treats (instead of, or in addition to, going house-to-house to Trick-or-Treat). There will be designated parking for the families attending.
Whether it’s the trunk of a car that looks like an Autumn Harvest, the back of a van decorated as a vampire’s lair, or a pickup truck with a mobile pumpkin patch on it, you can decorate your vehicle with a little imagination. Festive costumes are optional.
This activity is designed to promote our community’s spirit and to provide a safe Halloween activity for our kids, under adult supervision.
Volunteers are still needed and welcomed to ensure the success of this family-oriented activity. If you would like to volunteer by decorating your vehicle, or to hand out candy, please contact Jim Hamilton at jhamilton.newcomers@cox.net or at 220-8607 for further instructions. You can place your individually wrapped candy or your donation into the decorated boxes in the lobby of the S & T Club.”

Looks like a great activity! Thanks to all who are volunteering to make this a fun night.

Ford’s Colony Foreclosure Sales over the past year

Today, it seems that almost everyone is expecting a ‘deal’- a great deal. Sometimes the bank owned foreclosed properties can be a good buy. Most times they need tons of work (and money). The deals are certainly there, however, the properties don’t have to be bank-owned to get them.

What percentage of Ford’s Colony sales have been bank-owned over the past year? There have been 70 closed sales in the past 12 months. Of those, 7 were detailed as bank-owned properties. Exactly 10% of the sales in Ford’s Colony in the past 12 months were foreclosures. Certainly higher than in times past, but, much lower than the most recent statistic from Realty Trac that indicates that foreclosed properties make up 24.17 percent of all sales nationwide.

The Ford’s Colony Country Club and it’s recovery

All parties involved in the Ford’s Colony Country Club Bankruptcy proceedings will report back to the Norfolk Bankruptcy Court on November 4, 2010 after a little over a 30 day mediation period. The parties last met at the end of September and the Judge hearing the case requested that parties consider mediation to avoid the process becoming further bogged down in legal processes. Club manager Steve Dreybus stated “we believe that our financial and operational plan is sound, viable, and in the best long-term interest of our membership and the property owners living in Ford’s Colony. It is important that our members stay involved and work through the Creditor’s Committee to ensure that your voices are heard and your interests are protected.” The ultimate goal, of course, is to secure a formal plan of reorganization. Once that has been determined then creditors can vote upon the plan. This has surely been a painful process for the Country Club and it’s members. The good news is that the Club and it’s creditors are working through the mediation process and will hopefully come to a resolution as to the best way to pull the Club out of the quagmire. As far as the neighborhood is concerned, it is surely important to distinguish the Ford’s Colony Home Owner’s Association from the Country Club. Unlike our neighbors in Governor’s Land, there is no mandatory social country club membership. The two groups (FCHOA and FC Country Club) certainly have some duplicate members, but the majority of homeowners in FC do not belong to the Country Club. For prospective residents the distinction is an important one.
The most important point to make is that of the “Big 3” gated and golf course communities in Williamsburg not one has been without an ‘issue’ of some sort over the last 12 months. Kingsmill has dealt with the uncertainties of the In-Bev acquisition of Anheuser-Busch and what will surely be the subsequent sale of the neighborhood. Governor’s Land has faced issues with their mandatory social country club membership and the dues associated with the membership. What to expect? A failure on the part of the Country Club benefits no one. Let’s hope that a prior statement made by Mr. Dreybus will hold true: “As mentioned in past updates, the Club and Prudential were close to an agreement at the outset of this process.” If they were close to an agreement at the outset, then surely an agreement can be reached during this mediation process that will allow for the Club to recover- in the best interests of the Club’s members and its creditors as well as the neighborhood as a whole.

Ford’s Colony Yard Sale Saturday Oct 16

Just a quick confirmation the Ford’s Colony yard sale is a GO and will be held next Saturday October 16 from 8:00- 12:00 at the The Historic Community Service Center at 312 Waller Mill Road. Don’t miss the fun and the ‘deals’!

October 2010 Talk of The Colony

The October 2010 Talk of the Colony is here! Included in the latest issue is an update on the newly renovated Swim and Tennis Club. It was beautifully re-done. The Interior Designer that was chosen to assist in the remodel was Tidewater Interiors– one of my favorite and one of the very best in the ‘Burg.

Don’t miss the article “Still Living in Interesting Times” on page 3 written by Norman Beal, vice president of the Board of Directors of the Ford’s Colony Home Owner’s Association. He provides a positive take on what is certainly ‘interesting’ times for everyone in the country – including Ford’s Colony. We have terrific leadership in the neighborhood which will help us as we emerge from hard times into the easier days that have got be ahead. (Just not sure when!)

Ford’s Colony neighborhood yard sale!

Ever been to a Ford’s Colony yard sale? Even better, have you ever participated in the Ford’s Colony yard sale? I have had the pleasure of doing both and it can be a lot of fun. You can simplify your life a bit by selling some of your treasures( dust collectors?). Yard sales can be fun whether you are on ‘the hunt’ or you are on a mission to de-clutter!

 The Ford’s Colony Yard Sale will be October 16th at the Historic Triangle Community Center on Waller Mill road if there are enough folks interested in participating. If you have an interest, residents are asked to submit  a check for $20 per table/chairs to the John Pott guardhouse in a self-addressed envelope no later than September 15 th. Please make the check payable to Phyllis Eastman.  If there are not enough participants your check will be returned.   As soon as enough residents have committed to participating, then the building will be rented and your check will be non-refundable. The  directions and table assignments will be posted at the Swim and Tennis Club by September 30. Please do email if you have an interest  reastman2003@verizon.net or call 258-1198.

What’s on the Ford’s Colony re-sale market? By the numbers: Ford’s Colony sales

CURRENT RESALE NUMBERS as of Sept. 2, 2010:

There are 119 single family detached homes on the Williamsburg MLS  for sale in Ford’s Colony. Those homes are priced between $359,000 and $2.950,000.

There are 20 attached homes (condos/townhomes) on the market priced between $289,900 and $539,500.

There are 10 homes that are under contract and PENDING. (Should be ready to close with no contingencies) Those that are pending are priced between $285,000 and $925,000.

During the last 30 days 4 properties have closed in Ford’s Colony:

168 Alwoodley: 3 Br 2 1/2 baths, 2420 sq ft.. Sold for $414,900
1 Bonyman Ct: 4 Br 2 1/2 baths, 2400 sq ft. Sold for $415,000
104 Gleneagles: 4 Br 3 1/2 baths 3062 sq ft. Sold for $475,000
105 Dornoch: 4 Br 3 1/2 baths 3654 sq ft. Sold for $550,000
 

Housing numbers from the Talk of the Colony:

Another item that is ALWAYS of interest in the monthly Ford’s Colony September Talk of the Colony is the “New Starts” (i.e. the recently approved new home construction). ECC has identified 2 new starts in the neighborhood. Both of these homes are being  custom-built for homeowners. (As opposed to a builder speculative build).

We currently have 2240 single family homes completed, 80 townhomes completed, 12 condos completed for a total of 2332 dwellings in Ford’s Colony.

There are 31 homes currently under construction and 12 condos currently under construction.

Ford’s Colony HOA Newsletter: “The Talk of the Colony”

The September issue of the Talk of the Colony was delivered in my newspaper box on the first of the month as it is every month. There are some great articles included as well as  notices of meetings of various clubs  throughout the Colony. Of note, the FCHOA Board of Directors will be meeting Sept 20 at 1:00pm and Sept 23 at 2:00 pm. The Agenda and prior meeting minutes can be found on the neighborhood website at FCHOA2.org.

From the Board editorial page Ron Smith, resident and Director-at-Large has again contributed information on the governance of the Fords Colony Home Owner’s Association. Mr. Smith advises of the ‘checks and balances’ that are instrumental in all forms of our National and State levels of government but also in the Home Owner’s Association governance. The bottom line? Our membership (the homeowners) can elect and can remove Board members. The Board acts as one body with a majority rule. Mr. Smith correctly asserts that the ULTIMATE check and balance within the HOA is the continued participation of the home owners (the members) in the ‘affairs of the Association’. 

Ford’s Colony really is fortunate in that so many folks DO participate and Do take advantage of the number of opportunities to stay involved in the management of  the HOA. Certainly these folks ensure proper and fair management and future success of the neighborhood.  Well done Mr. Smith!

For more information on the Talk of the Colony click here:  September issue of the Talk of the Colony .

Classic,Southern architecture at its best in Ford’s Colony- 112 Castel Pines

Southern Architecture at its best in Ford's Colony- 112 Castel Pines
Expect to be impressed! You won't be disappointed!

Experience the true embodiment of gracious Southern Living complete with a large wrap around front porch! This sophisticated and elegant home is inviting and yet comfortable, pristine and energy-efficient; this home may just be perfect.

Guests are greeted with a 2 story foyer with an elegant reverse staircase and beautiful moldings. The spacious great room with a cathedral ceiling offers tons of light, gas fireplace, ceiling fan and French doors with transoms that lead to a private screened porch.

The great room is open to a beautiful kitchen that offers granite countertops, a center island with bar, pantry, stainless appliances, double ovens, and a warming drawer and a generous eat in breakfast area.  Just adjacent is the elegant dining room with tray ceiling as well as crown and chair moldings. The home also offers a formal living room that could also be used as an office or a music room.  The distinctive casework throughout the home was crafted by a former 23 year Colonial Williamsburg carpenter.

The first floor master features a tray ceiling and French doors that lead to a covered deck and screened porch. The tiled master bath offers a neutral palate with dual sinks, jetted tub, and a tiled multi head shower. The entire first floor offers hard wood flooring in living spaces and tile in the bathrooms and utility room.

Upstairs you will find two generous bedrooms that both offer two closets as well as dormered windows. The bedrooms share a tiled full bath. The bonus room (or optional 4th bedroom) is fabulous with 2 ceiling fans, a half bath, surround sound wiring, as well as dormers with arched windows.

There is a huge walk out lower level that offers tons of potential! Constructed with Superior wall technology, . Currently, the spaces are utilized as an exercise room and a hobby room.  This space could also be used as a billiards/ game room. There is  a fabulous workshop/ office area that are perfect for woodworking or just heated and cooled storage space. There is also a full bath downstairs.

Additional features of this spectacular home: Tons of storage, upgraded lighting including Hinckley fixtures, upgraded plumbing fixtures, transom and arched windows throughout, a Williamsburg “holiday” switch, gas generator, irrigation system, water softener, and a hot water recirculation line. The lower level has been plumbed for a bar and is home theatre wired.

112 Castel Pines offers 5247 square feet, 4 bedrooms 3 full and 2 half baths.  3 Car garage! Offered at $725,000.

Please call for more details at 757.503.1999