I’m very happy to have helped Mike and Barbara Murphy locate their next home — 116 Bay Hill here in Ford’s Colony. The Murphys will be arriving from Northern Virginia in a few weeks to reunite with some very close friends who live across the fairway from them. Isn’t that great? Welcome to the neighborhood, Mike and Barbara!
Ford’s Colony neighbors, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your faith and support during 2021, another challenging year for us all. We closed 43 listings together in Ford’s Colony this year — or 21 percent of all closings in Ford’s Colony! Your confidence is sincerely appreciated.
As you probably know, the local real estate market mirrored the national one in 2021, in that inventory across the board sat at record low levels. Ford’s Colony was no exception. The community remains in peak demand with all closings sales averaging 99 percent of original list price.
I look forward to the 2022 real estate market! I expect inventory levels to gradually improve as, hopefully, more of a sense of normalcy returns to our everyday lives. Mortgage interest rates are expected to increase; however, they should remain at historically low levels, further continuing the “right time to buy” mentality of most consumers. Home values should level with an increase in inventory. Please contact me if you are considering buying or selling a home next year!
I will go into greater detail during my upcoming annual seminar on the state of the Ford’s Colony market. Please circle it on your calendar and plan to attend — Thursday, Feb. 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ford’s Colony Country Club. Please RSVP to Deelyn@LizMoore.com or Christie@LizMoore.com by Monday, Feb. 14.
Please support the Ford’s Colony’s Garden Club, which has launched its annual poinsettia sale to benefit an array of philanthropic initiatives.
Over the last decade, the sale has raised more than $60,000 for scholarships and grants to Nature Camp and to support other projects. The red or white poinsettias, wrapped in green foil pots, will be ready for pick-up at the Swim & Tennis Club on Dec. 7 from 1-3 p.m.
The deadline to order your poinsettias is Nov. 19. Please use this order form, and thank you for supporting the Garden Club’s good work.
For the convenience of Ford’s Colony residents, flu shots will be available on Monday, Nov. 15 at the Swim and Tennis Club from 1-4 p.m.
A pharmacist will administer shots in the Magnolia Room of the club. Those interested in receiving a shot are asked to RSVP before Nov. 12 to firstname.lastname@example.org Jenny Holland at email@example.com. Please note whether you are over age 65 so the correct supply of shots will be on hand.
Please help me congratulate Robin and Bill Richardson on the purchase of their new Ford’s Colony home.🏡 It was an absolute pleasure working with you both, and I wish you much happiness in Ford’s Colony. A special thank you to McKim Beale of Towne Bank Mortgage for helping get this transaction to the closing table!
Please contact me if you are thinking of selling or buying a home in Ford’s Colony or elsewhere in the Williamsburg area. 757-503-1999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
First-quarter sales statistics for Ford’s Colony show that 30 homes closed in the community from January through March — at an average sold price of $619,417.
The latter number represents an average of 98.3 percent sold-to-original list price.
Average days on the market was 29, and the average price per square foot was $166.
Inventory remains low at 1.6 months supply — and demand is still very hot.
Clearly, it is a great time to sell. And remember, June and July are historically strong as relocating families gear up for the new school year.
If you are considering a move, there’s no time like NOW to declutter and attend to deferred maintenance. Please call or text if I can help; I’m always honored to assist a Ford’s Colony neighbor through the process.
Ford’s Colony will hold its spring food and diaper drive — to benefit Williamsburg House of Mercy — Saturday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ford’s Colony swim and tennis club.
Critically needed food items and infant/toddler diapers can be dropped off in the contact-free, drive-through lanes that will be set up in the club’s parking lot. Place the items in the rear of your vehicle and masked and gloved volunteers will remove them.
The WilliamsburgHouseofMercy.org website has a list of the most-needed food supplies such as peanut butter, canned meats, fish and fruit, and fruit juice. Cash donations may also be made on the website, and checks payable to the Williamsburg House of Mercy (note: food pantry) may be mailed to the charity’s headquarters at 10 Harrison Ave., Williamsburg, 23185.
Enjoy gorgeous golf views of the No. 7 green of the Blue Heron course right from your breakfast table!
This carefully designed home with a unique floor plan is highlighted by spacious rooms, quality finishes and beautiful views. It boasts a fabulous kitchen updated with newer appliances, granite and a large pantry — and includes a sunroom/ keeping room that offers tons of natural light, built-ins and more great views.
The first-floor primary bedroom features a recently renovated en suite bath. Upstairs are two large guest bedrooms plus and an office/exercise room that share a full hall bath.
Great additional features include rare antique heart pine and chestnut floors.
Call or text Deelyn at 757-503-1999 – or email to email@example.com — to arrange your tour of this beautiful Ford’s Colony home.
If you no longer require a large family home, are weary of house maintenance, or if you simply want to lock up and go when travel restrictions lift, downsizing to an Eaglescliffe condominium at Ford’s Colony is the perfect choice for your next chapter.
Condo living means freedom. Less time and money on home chores and more on favorite hobbies. Few worries, much fun – plus lower utility bills than with single-family home ownership and steadily increasing property values.
The condos at 1104 and 2301 Eaglescliffe offer attractive downsizing options that each include approximately 2,000 square feet, two or three bedrooms and at least two full baths. They feature full-time gated security, dedicated parking and storage space and an easily walkable location to Ford’s Colony Country Club’s three 18-hole golf courses, golf academy and practice ranges.
Happy 2021! I have so much hope for a fresh, healthy start from the most complicated and intense – and yes, scary — times most of us will ever know. I wish you all warmth and peace.
On to news highlights from the first Talk of the Colony (the Ford’s Colony HOA magazine) of the new year:
The HOA plans to spend roughly $2 million this year on a project to repair old pipes throughout Ford’s Colony.
A right turn lane onto Ford’s Colony Drive off of Longhill Rd. will be constructed.
Four of the seven seats on the HOA board of directors will be filled durig the election period that runs Jan. 4 through Feb. 5. Online ballots – one per household or lot owner – should arrive via email by Jan. 5. (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you don’t get one.) Voting instructions were mailed with the January assessment billing. Only electronic ballots will be used.
An impressive roster of candidates, with deep and diverse backgrounds, is running for the open slots – Ray Van Cott, Roy Madsen, Rick Beers, Daphne Kinkel and Robert J. Boggio. Their bios and introductory videos can be found on the “Election” page on the HOA website. Additionally, look for a virtual “Meet the Candidates” webcast to be recorded and posted at fchoa.org soon.
Entry gate arms continue to receive damage by motorists unaware of how to enter Ford’s Colony, including non-pass holders who try to gun their way through to beat the gate cycle. Don’t try it, advises security chief Crystal Bowers. It won’t work, and you’ll have to pay for the gate damage.
As always, remember that I post links to a year’s worth of Talk of the Colony editions here on their own page.