FC Dance Band honors Count Basie

The popular Ford’s Colony Dance Band will perform on the Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre Stage on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Dewey Decibel Concert Series.

The band will salute big-band royalty with its “Tribute to Count Basie,” a 90-minute set featuring favorites like “April in Paris,” “Shiny Stockings,” “Cute,” “Hay Burner” and “Jive at Five.” Admission is free, but a free-will donation will be taken to benefit the band. You can follow the band via its Facebook page.

The Dewey Decibel Concert Series is in its 20th anniversary season. It offers an eclectic mix of popular jazz, bluegrass, folk, Americana and classical music acts. All shows are at the Williamsburg Regional Library.

Future 2019 shows are Peninsula Concert Band, Holiday Concert Dec. 3; the Jae Sinnett Zero to 60 Quartet Christmas Special, Dec. 13; and the LCV Project, An Acoustic Christmas Dec. 19

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Check out the latest Colony Life

I’d like to thank Marilyn Adams, the editor of Colony Life magazine, for the generous article in the December edition, which is just out. It is an honor to be featured in her magazine’s “Resident Sponsor Spotlight.”

Look for the latest edition of Colony Life in your mailbox. And thank you again, Marilyn!

What’s in a name? John Pott

The names of Ford’s Colony’s streets are an intriguing mix of golf courses from around the country, and world, and of Virginia historic figures. Occasionally, I’ll introduce you to an interesting street name and the story behind it . . . which brings me to “John Pott.”

A main thoroughfare into Ford’s Colony off of Longhill Road, the street is named for the noteworthy physician and Colonial governor of the Jamestown Settlement. Dr. Pott, Oxford-educated, arrived Jamestown with his wife Elizabeth in 1619. He evidently had an interesting few years thereafter. 

First, he was accused of poisoning 200 Native Americans in 1623 in retaliation for a massacre of colonists; he was ultimately cleared of the charge and his seat on the Governor’s Council was restored.

Pott himself was installed as governor in 1629, but in 1630 he was convicted of stealing livestock. His skills as a physician, however, were so crucial to the colony that the next governor, Sir John Harvey, petitioned England for Pott’s pardon. It was granted, he regained his estate known as “Harrop” – evidently located in what is now Williamsburg – and continued his medical work.

“As physician, leader and revolutionary, Dr. John Pott served as a vital force in shaping the history of Jamestown colony,” according to an article from the New York Academy of Medicine.

Now you know. 

Third-Quarter ‘Market Watch’ numbers are in

Sales statistics I compile for my quarterly “Market Watch” update show the sale of 103 homes (including townhomes and condos) had closed in Ford’s Colony through Sept. 30. 

The average sold price in Ford’s Colony through the third quarter of 2019 was $499,698, at 94.2 percent of the original list price. (The range of sales prices in the third quarter alone was $278,000 to $770,000.)

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Other key statistics through Sept. 30:

  • Average months supply of inventory – 6.8
  • Average price per square foot — $148
  • Average days on the market – 81.1 (down from 94 through the second quarter)

In all 40 homes closed in the third quarter – 17 in July, 15 in August and eight in September.

I very much appreciate the kind words of my friend and client John Urban, whose sale closed during the third quarter: “For a major happening in your life you want a qualified, experienced professional – that is what Deelyn and her team bring to the table. With Deelyn as your representative — from the original walk through to the staging, to her extraordinary marketing and onto the closing negotiation — you are always in available good hands. She gets the job done!”

Thank you, John!

For information on buying or selling a home in beautiful Ford’s Colony, please call me at 757-503-1999 or email at deelyn@lizmoore.com.

The numbers:

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The BEST deal in Ford’s Colony AND with golf views!

The best deal in Ford’s Colony is at 104 Worksop

3 Bedroom | 3 Bath | 2,209 SQ FT

Now offered at $370,000!

Golf front bungalow with fabulous views!  Located on the 18th hole of the Marsh Hawk course, this charming St. Andrews Village home offers the best in downsizing opportunities and is priced to sell.

Features include:

  • Tee box and fairway views from your breakfast area, master bedroom and from the spacious covered porch.
  • The family room features a wet bar, new flooring, wood burning fireplace, and built-in cabinets.
  • All new eat-in kitchen with new granite counters, new flooring and new stainless appliances.
  • NEW ROOF, new interior and exterior paint, some new flooring, new appliances and encapsulated crawl space.
  • Gorgeous golf views from the covered porch and a small fenced yard.   

For more information on this Ford’s Colony home, contact Deelyn at 757.503.1999 or deelyn@lizmoore.com.

Always a good day to honor our Vets

My late father was a military veteran; my husband’s father as well. Most families are connected to the United States military in some way — fathers, mothers, sons and daughters — and know very much first-hand the service and sacrifice involved in protecting our great country.

This weekend, and especially Veterans’ Day on Monday, let’s all pause to contemplate — and appreciate — in our own way the dedication and courage of America’s military defenders, past, present and future.

It’s the least thanks we can give for those who give so much of themselves for us.

Everyday gratitude

Happy November! Halloween-candy hangover notwithstanding, it’s a beautiful weather start to a wonderful month, the gateway to the warmth and gratitude of the holidays.

As a 21-year resident of Ford’s Colony, I am mindful — especially during this time of reflection — of the simple joys of our wonderful neighborhood.

The turning of trees and the glint of sun through autumn shadows. A bench seat by a duck pond, collar upturned on a crisp afternoon. Easy dog-walks as dawn breaks. Smiling nods to neighbors known and soon-to-be-met. Jogging trails and loops with friends, lost in conversation, and riding bikes over gently rolling hills.

I appreciate Ford’s Colony so much. And as a Realtor, I love showing folks interested in moving to “our home” what we already know: Ford’s Colony is a great place to live.

Please contact me (deelyn@lizmoore.com) if you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in Ford’s Colony. Thanks, and I hope you enjoy a wonderful November with family and friends.

Welcome to an even better condo living opportunity!

New Price for 2104 Eaglescliffe in Ford’s Colony

Now offered at $434,000.

3 Bedroom | 2 Bath | 2,086 Sq Ft

Elegant, sophisticated, and exclusive condo offering beautiful spaces for care free and easy living. The best of the best in custom features including newer hardwood flooring, tray ceiling, spacious storage.

Compare the costs of maintenance of a single-family home versus care-free condo living. On an annual basis, condo living has proved to be more cost effective!

Features include:

  • Gourmet kitchen with custom center island, tiled backsplash, granite countertops and pantry.
  • Great room with tray ceiling, gas fireplace and window seat.
  • Master bedroom with tray ceiling, two closets and en-suite bath.
  • Secure ground level parking plus storage closet.

For more information on this Ford’s Colony home, contact Deelyn at 757.503.1999 or deelyn@lizmoore.com.