Ford’s Colony “Artists and Artisans Expo” is planned

Make a calendar note!

The Ford’s Colony Activities Committee is sponsoring an “Artists & Artisans Expo” on Feb. 25-26, 2023 to showcase the creative talents of Ford’s Colony residents.

The free event plans to feature homemade paintings, sculpture, woodwork, quilting, jewelry and photography, as well as art produced by the youth of Ford’s Colony.

The committee seeks monetary donations of any amount to ensure this exciting expo is a success. All donors will be highlighted at the event and featured in marketing materials for the expo. Sponsors will also be invited to a “Meet the Artists” reception to be held Sat., Feb. 25.

Checks can be written to the Ford’s Colony HOA — note “Art Expo” in the memo — and be dropped off at the community services building. Event co-chairs Ellen Swan (Ellen.M.Swan@gmail.com) and Ginger Kroncke (BillGinger71@gmail.com) also are available to pick up donations and to answer any questions regarding the expo.

Take the annual residents’ survey

The Ford’s Colony HOA has sent out a link to its annual residents’ satisfaction survey.

The board of directors would like to hear from as many Ford’s Colony residents as it can regarding its performance and areas of improvement that should be addressed moving forward.

The survey is brief and confidential — and more than one person in a household may respond.

The link to the survey is here. Responses are being accepted until Sept. 30. A summary of results will be issued after responses are compiled.

“Talk of Colony” updates Ford’s Colony housing numbers

The September “Talk of the Colony” magazine is out and includes the updated housing figures as provided by the Ford’s Colony Architectural Review Committee.

As of the end of July, Ford’s Colony now includes 2,621 single-family homes. Add in 80 townhomes and the 24 Eaglescliffe condos, it puts total housing units in the community at 2,725.

Additionally, 46 homes were under construction as of July 31, with 20 applications for construction year-to-date.

Check out the entire September edition of “TOC” by clicking here.

The latest updates in August Talk of the Colony

The August edition of Talk of the Colony, the HOA publication, is out and among other things includes an interesting column detailing the evolution of information technology in Ford’s Colony.

Upgrading outdated IT platforms across the board is a priority of the HOA, from financial management to field operations and communications and resident engagement. The HOA recognizes the broadening demographics within the community and is adopting new ways and processes to serve a diverse resident base.

It’s worth a few minutes to read and get up to speed on the changes that are underway. An update on the “long-awaited turn lane” off of Longhill Road onto Ford’s Colony Drive is included in the edition as well.

Check out my current listings in Ford’s Colony

Demand for Ford’s Colony homes continues to be extremely heated. If you are looking for a home in our popular community, I have some fabulous current listings for you to consider:

145 Broadmoor

4 bedrooms, 3.1 baths, 3,827 square feet

Repriced at $750,000

A beautiful and impeccably maintained home with an open floor plan, large rooms and great storage — recently repriced at $750,000!

It is all brick and includes a roof and HVAC that are only one year old. You will especially love the striking great room with a cathedral ceiling, hardwood floors, a gas fireplace and access to the deck and screened porch.

122 James Bray Drive

4 bedrooms, 3.1 baths, 3,214 square feet

Offered at $535,000

An inviting and impeccably maintained home that sits at the end of a cul-de-sac. It is a charming home that features a first-floor primary bedroom, two additional bedrooms plus a bonus room or bedroom four with an en suite bath.

 

105 Inverness

4 bedrooms, 3.1 baths, 3,543 square feet

Offered at $689,000

Enjoy uncommon quality and attention to detail in this all-brick custom-built home by Charlie Ross that has been meticulously maintained. It is conveniently located on a corner lot and offers beautiful millwork, built-ins, an oversized three-car garage, a generator, a new roof in 2021 and two-year-old HVAC equipment.

JCC supervisors address residents at Town Hall Meeting

James City County Board of Supervisors members Jim Icenhour (Jamestown district) and Michael Hipple (Powhatan) recently appeared at Ford’s Colony’s Town Hall Meeting to brief residents on the “State of the County.”

The supervisors are invited each spring to speak on and address audience questions regarding county budgets, taxes, education, development, transportation, security and other subjects of local interest.

Icenhour, a Ford’s Colony resident, detailed the board’s achievements over the past year, including the adoption of the county’s 2045 Comprehensive Plan. Other accomplishments he noted included redistricting to balance the surge in Stonehouse-area growth and the decision to add pre-K space to existing buildings to reduce overcrowding in elementary schools.

Hipple lauded the pending county arrival of the communications company Shentel, from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, which will bring customers the option of fiber optic cable and a new choice for phone, TV and internet services.

The supervisors’ comments and the entire meeting can be viewed at this YouTube link.

Ford’s Colony homes continue to sell above asking price

137 Waterton

Demand for Ford’s Colony homes remains strong, and my sales numbers from the first few months of 2022 illustrate exactly how much so.

From January through April, eight of my listings closed in Ford’s Colony – at an average of $32,013 ABOVE asking price. That is an unprecedented statistic for our neighborhood, one of the most popular in the entire area.

Much of that was due to the sale of 137 Waterton, a golf-front home that sold for more than $100,000 above list. However, all but one of the transactions brought either full price or beyond list price.

Following are the homes I sold with their pertinent numbers:

108 Addingtons – 3 BR, 3.1 Bath, 2,854 sq. ft. 5 days on the market. Ask price $559,000, sold price $599,000

115 Westward Ho – 4 BR, 3.1 Bath, 3,450 sq. ft. 5 days on the market. Ask price $619,000, sold price $706,000

116 Leven Links – 4 BR, 2.1 Bath, 2,790 sq. ft. 4 days on the market. Ask price $619,000, sold price $700,000

174 Blackheath* – 3 BR, 3.2 Bath, 3,354 sq. ft. 19 days on the market. Ask price $639,900, sold price 655,000

137 Waterton* – 3 BR, 2.1 Bath, 3,718 sq. ft. 5 days on the market. Ask price $805,000, sold price $911,000

116 Bay Hill* – 4 BR, 3.1 Bath, 4,067 sq. ft. 4 days on the market. Ask price $815,000, sold price $815,000

128 Oak Hollow** – 3 BR, 2.2 Bath, 6,391 sq. ft. 135 days on the market. Ask price $873,000, sold price $840,000

158 Southport – 3 BR, 3.1 Bath, 5,037 sq. ft. 19 days on the market. Ask price $895,000, sold price $895,000

* Golf front     ** Waterfront

Enjoy wooded privacy at 121 Swinley Forest

Take the Matterport tour

4 bedrooms | 2.1 bathrooms | 2,500 square feet

Offered at $545,000

Make your plans now to visit 121 Swinley Forest, which will begin showings Thursday, May 12.

It is a beautifully landscaped, well-maintained and custom-built home with a great kitchen featuring a Wolf dual fuel range and two pantries, a bonus or bedroom five, hardwood floors and a family room with a masonry fireplace.

The upstairs primary bedroom features plantation shutters, two California closets and bathroom updates including marble counters and a tiled shower with a frameless glass enclosure.

Storage is plentiful here with an attached shed and pull-down attic.

Please contact Deelyn to schedule your showing, or explore the 3D Matterport tour here.

Tight supply continued in 1st quarter

Ford’s Colony Homes sold Jan-March 2022

Statistics for the first quarter of 2022 show 27 closed home sales in Ford’s Colony — at an average sold-to-list price of 101.5 percent. Last year during the first quarter, 30 sales closed at a 98.3 percent sold-to-list price.

  • The average sold price was $681,594. That is dramatically greater than the average of $619,417 for the first quarter last year.
  • Average days on the market — 25 (29 1st Q 2021)
  • Average price per square foot — $194 ($166 1st Q 2021)
  • Average month’s supply of inventory — 0.6

At the end of March, there were only seven active listings in Ford’s Colony. Clearly, it remains a great time to sell your home if you are considering a move.

Nature trail reopens with new entrance

Ford’s Colony has announced the new entrance to the nature trail is now open off of Westbury Hills.

The old entrance near the pond was subject to flood damage and had to be permanently closed. The crosswalk from the leisure trail on Williamsburg West to Westbury Hills makes the new route, which is well-marked, more accessible.

It also is expected to reduce maintenance costs for the nature trail.