Murdoch’s patio reopens

Murdoch’s bistro at Ford’s Colony Country Club will re-open its outside dining patio Friday, May 15, with a few expected conditions.

Capacity will initially be limited to 50 percent of normal occupancy, and tables — limited to no more than four patrons — will be situated six feet apart. Also, reservations will be required for service.

Lunch and dinner menus will be available. Additionally, Murdoch’s popular curbside pick-up remains available from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Based on current social distancing requirements, this video about Murdoch’s is, amazingly, a little dated. But still, it’s good and fun to have a chance to finally get out and enjoy some spring weather on Murdoch’s patio.

2020 First Quarter sales stats

The 2020 first quarter sales numbers are in!

Following are statistics for first quarter of 2020 for Ford’s Colony:

Jan-Mar 2020 closed home sales – 32
Average months supply of inventory – 6.3
Average sold price – $516,244
Average sold price to original list price – 94.7%
Average price per square foot — $161
Average days on market for under-contract homes – 94.5
Active listings as of March 31, 2020 – 76
For more information about Ford’s Colony, click here.

And for further expert information on Ford’s Colony — or any others in the Williamsburg area — Deelyn is happy to help. Email her at deelyn@lizmoore.com.

Restaurant updates — who’s open?


I noticed Aroma’s coffee house open today on Prince George St. and was compelled to duck in for quick to-go cup. (They had a table selling coffee and snacks outside as well for customers who didn’t want to walk inside.) While taking all suggested health precautions, supporting struggling local businesses that have been suddenly racked by the virus shutdown feels like the right thing to do.

The Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association is pitching in by updating the status of dozens of local restaurants multiple times a day. Some have closed for now, some are offering delivery and curb-side pickup only, and others have kept their dining rooms open, but with limited seating. 

The urge to help is strong, and the situation is so fluid that the timely updates are appreciated. 

Williamsburg’s restaurant scene is so vibrant and getting even better. It’s a big part of what makes living here so enjoyable. The sincere hope is that all will come back strong when a sense of normalcy finally breaks through this terribly uncertain time. 

Why not check out the WARA list and think about placing an order to feed your family and support your hard-working restaurant neighbors? It will be so appreciated. 

Additionally, WARA is encouraging customers to buy gift cards from a member restaurant. Those who purchase a card worth at least $25 (and send in proof of purchase to Debi Schaefer at director@WaraRest.com) will be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate. 

Club names membership director

Members of the Ford’s Colony Country Club have welcomed a new membership director, Tony Null. He comes to Ford’s Colony after working in Raleigh, N.C. for nearly a decade as director of communications and marketing for the North Ridge Country Club.

Null has a long Virginia history, however. He was raised in Newport News, earned a degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and is the former membership director at Kingsmill Resort. 

Ford’s Colony residents can reach out to Null for country-club membership information at 757-258-4100.

Recapping ’19 sales numbers

The year-end numbers for Ford’s Colony home sales are in!

  • In 2019, 138 sales closed in the community. (Deelyn sold 15 percent of those, more than any agent in Williamsburg.)
  • Active listings as of Dec. 31 – 61
  • Average months supply of inventory – 7.2
  • Average sold price — $489,575
  • Average sold to original list price – 94.4 percent
  • Average price per square foot — $149
  • Average days on the market for under-contract homes – 83.9

For more information and discussion about the Ford’s Colony real estate market, please join me Thursday, Feb. 20 from 2-4 p.m. at the Ford’s Colony Country Club clubhouse for my annual FC Market Watch presentation. Please RSVP your attendance by Feb. 13 to Deelyn@Lizmoore.come or Christie@Lizmoore.com

Featured home — 1101 Eaglescliffe

2 Bedroom | 2.1 Bath | 2127 Sq Ft
Offered at $485,000.

Fabulous Eaglescliffe condo offering a very unique floorplan! 

You will love this sophisticated and extraordinarily well done home featuring a den or ‘flex” living space adjacent to the great room plus both a screened porch AND a covered porch.

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!

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

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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. 

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Download Deelyn’s mobile app here to bring her mastery of the Williamsburg-area real-estate market to your home buying or selling experience.

Time to jump on “Black Friday” week home deals!

Homes like this all-brick, move-in perfect home at 4909 Westmoreland Drive are in hot demand during Black Friday week.

Imagine if November’s “Black Friday” deal-driven shopping frenzy lasted a week? Well, it does last a week in real estate – and it’s THIS week!

Data released by Realtor.com indicates the week of Sept. 22 is the best time to buy a home because of less competition and a spike in inventory and price reductions.

Because so many families are focused on getting settled for the new school year instead of shopping for houses, buyers in general face 26% less competition across most U.S. markets surveyed.

At the same time, inventory increases by 6 percent. And of those homes, another 6 percent will be reduced in price.

The inventory of luxury homes sees a marked increase this time of year, said Realtor.com senior economist George Ratiu.

“There [are] a lot of opportunities for luxury buyers,” he said.

Because things can happen quickly, Forbes.com contributor Stephanie Vozza advises deal-seeking buyers to:

* be alert to price reductions in their chosen area.

* get preapproved for funding

* be willing to close quickly

* make their strongest offer right away

* ask their agent for a market analysis of comparable home sales.

I would be delighted to do a complementary market analysis for you. Please contact me at Deelyn@lizmoore.com or 757-503-1999 if I can help you this week – or any week at all.

Vote Williamsburg for Best Small Town in the South

Williamsburg has been recognized yet again as a great place to live and to visit. 

As part of its search for the “Best of the South 2020,” Southern Living magazine has nominated Williamsburg for the title of “Best Small Town.”

There are 32 other towns on the list, located throughout the south and as far west as Oklahoma. Besides Williamsburg, however, only Fredericksburg was nominated from Virginia. 

The magazine is polling readers for their favorites among such diverse and fun things as bars, restaurants, new and historic hotels, barbecue joints, resorts and chefs. 

Jill Pongonis, media relations manager for the Williamsburg Tourism Council, told the WY Daily the nomination alone significantly raises the city’s profile. 

“They survey about 65,000 readers so the impact of the voters is definitely awareness and reaching a target market that is interested in this destination,” she said. “We do try to get our public relations team out there to . . . work with travel writers to expose them to the wonderful experiences they have here. It’s not by chance, it’s a collaborative effort.”

You can take the magazine’s online survey as often as you wish. Voters are eligible to win a grand prize of $2,500 for doing so. Voting is open until Sept. 16.

Miller named new GM of Ford’s Colony CC

Peter Miller has been named the new general manager of Ford’s Colony Country Club. Miller was most recently the manager of the City Club in Washington, D.C., like Ford’s Colony also a ClubCorp property. 

Miller has a lengthy background in the hospitality business that includes stints as a chef at The Four Seasons Atlanta, assistant general manager at the restaurant management company Brinker International, and time as general manager at clubs in Florida and Delaware.

A certified executive chef with a culinary degree from the Art Institute of Atlanta, Miller has cooked for two presidents, three first ladies and such celebrities as Paul McCartney and Madonna.

Miller and his wife Kristen have two daughters. He will start his new position Sept. 3.

Vote for Cafe Provencal as USA’s best winery restaurant

Here in Williamsburg, we live near one of the finest winery restaurants in the United States. Is it THE best? We’ll soon find out!

Café Provençal at Williamsburg Winery is among 20 similar venues nominated by USA Today as the nation’s best winery restaurant.

Readers, patrons and especially food and wine lovers may vote once a day for Cafe Provencal as their favorite over the next couple weeks.Voting in the contest — officially USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award — ends Monday, Aug. 12. The winners will be announced Friday, Aug. 23 — and then later on USA Today. The place to vote is here.

USA Today’s nomination reads: “Chef David McClure takes the helm at Café Provençal at Williamsburg Winery with a menu highlighting local farmers, watermen and “agri-artisans.” This farm-to-farm menu includes dishes like ham and pea soup made with Edwards Country Ham, butter-poached lobster tail salad, seared diver scallops with local purple rice and grilled swordfish with lemon basil polenta and a mustard cream sauce.”

Yum, to all of that!

Williamsburg again is ranked a top travel destination

The Williamsburg Yorktown Daily (WYDaily) newspaper reports that Williamsburg remains one of the best travel destinations in the country, according to Travel + Leisure magazine.

The magazine ranks Williamsburg at No. 13 on its recently released top-15 list of American destinations alongside cities such as Honolulu, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Austin.

Travel + Leisure bases its ratings on responses it receives from readers about their travel experiences. Travelers ranks cities on sights, landmarks, culture, cuisine, shopping and overall value.

Williamsburg scored 80.51 points, while No. 15 Washington, D.C. scored 80.09. Charleston, S.C., with 87.04 points, was the highest-ranked city.

Williamsburg also appeared on another Travel + Leisure list last spring: the best places to travel to in July. Not to be outdone, the New York Times also featured Williamsburg and the Historic Triangle in its “52 places to Go in 2019” list.

The latter article highlighted the events, still ongoing, surrounding the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Jamestown’s first legislative assembly in the New World. Take a bow, Williamsburg!

You can read the full WYDaily article here.

Fun on the Williamsburg 4th!

Fireworks soaring above the Governor’s Palace

It’s true. July 4th fireworks just look and feel brighter and better in Williamsburg!

The annual chills-inducing Independence Day highlight is Colonial Williamsburg’s evening celebration launched from behind the Governor’s Palace. 

The fun begins at 7 p.m. with a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson, a performance by the CW Fifes and Drums, patriotic sing-a-longs and of course the awesome, bursting fireworks above the Palace Green.

That performance caps a full day that starts with the Fifes and Drums and young Thomas Jefferson reading the Declaration off the Capitol West Balcony at 9:30 a.m. That’s followed by a salute to the original 13 states with a display of each state’s flag amid cannon and musket fire.

At 1:30 p.m. visitors and history buffs can meet and talk with one of our many “Nation Builders” enactors at the Charlton Stage.

Following that at 3:30 p.m. will be a performance of “Created Equal,” an exploration of African American perspectives on the Declaration, the revolutions it inspired and the ongoing struggle for equality and freedom in America.

Check all these details and more 4th of July goings-on at visitwilliamsburg.com.

Yorktown also features a full day of events beginning at 8 a.m. with an 8K run and a 5K walk before by a parade along Main and Water Streets.

Enjoy music, the beach, the American Revolution museum and shopping, then close the evening with a patriotic concert, bell ringing and brilliant fireworks over the York River.

Visityorktown.org has all the information about a fun day on the 4thin Yorktown.