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

What is the inventory in Ford’s Colony today?(What’s for sale?)

A beautiful Southern Living design on the 10th Fairway of the Blue Heron

As of today Tuesday, August 10, 2010, there are 122 single family homes for sale in the neighborhood. (This does not include lots, townhomes, or condos.) There is a price range from $349,900-$2,950,000. (Note- There are 2 homes in The Colony at that exact same  price of $2,950,000).

The breakdown on the 122 homes:

Price ranges:

$349,900-$400,000 – 9 homes listed
$401,000-$600,000 – 59 homes listed
$601,000-$800,000 – 31 homes listed
$801,000-$900,000 – 8 homes listed
$901,000-$1,000,000 -3 homes listed
$1,001,000-$2,000,000 -11 homes listed
And finally there are 2 homes priced at exactly $2,950,000

Those under contract? There are currently 9 (nine) homes under contract. Those range in price from $354,900- $584,000. The lower priced home at $354,900 is a foreclosure on Walton Heath.

The Ford’s Colony Newsletter- The Talk of the Colony

Thinking of moving to Ford’s Colony or just want to stay on top of what is going on in the neighborhood? The Talk of the Colony is a monthly newsletter that is distributed to all homeowners at the first of each month. The Newsletter is extraordinarily well done. In it you can find the latest information and news that you need to know.

The latest Talk of the Colony contains information about a ‘trial’ run of Wi-Fi at the pools. If you like the idea of the Wi-Fi at the pools you are encouraged to send your comments to the Board of Directors as well as the Technology committee. The network name is “FCHOA”. This is a great idea. I do hope that the ‘trial’ takes off and the wi-fi at the pools (both of them) continues.

There is also great information about the Swim and Tennis Club refurbishment:

The S&T Club refurbishment – It is underway and much dust has risen as the workers rip out the old ceiling, wallpaper, and lighting fixtures. Not to mention the work being done in the kitchen – new ovens, sink, faucet, counter tops, cabinet doors, and ice storage bin. It was certainly time for the renewal and we are incorporating more frequent funding into the capital reserve budget so that face-lifting may be done every ten years and an overhaul every 20. Seems the current heavy usage dictates a more programmed schedule that anticipates the needed renewals and we will plan that way in the future.

There is much more useful information on all clubs and their activities and meeting dates. Please check out the link below that will send you to a PDF of the August issue of The Talk of The Colony.

August2010ToC

How many homes ARE there in Ford’s Colony?

An example of a beautiful and established home in Ford's Colony
At the latest count at the end of July 2010 the numbers are as follows:

Single family homes: 2238
Townhomes: 80
Eaglescliff condos: 12

This totals 2330 properties currently completed (and hopefully occupied)

There are currently 31 units under construction and an additional 12 townhome units in Eaglescliff under construction.

There were 3 “New Starts” (brand new construction) that applied and were approved to begin building.