Dont miss the FORD’S COLONY PARADE OF HOMES TOUR this weekend!
Don’t miss the Parade of Homes this weekend October 30 from 10-3 and Sunday October 31 from 11-3. Liz Moore and Associates will have 15 fabulous homes open to tour. There will be refreshments provided as well as an opportunity to win a gift card to Opus 9.
Other brokerages may also have homes on tour so this should be a great opportunity to be able to view Ford’s Colony properties for sale.
In particular, don’t miss 112 Castel Pines (listed at $725,000) or 161 Southern Hills (listed at $425,000). They are both BEAUTIFUL homes that are sure to please!
Please stop by the John Pott Guardhouse or any of the featured properties above to get a map of all of the homes open. Open properties should be easily identified by balloons on the front of the homes. Please feel free to call me at 757.503.1999 or email me (email@example.com) for more information or directions.
See you then!
Just announced from the Ford’s Colony Home Owner’s Association:
“We’re holding Trunk-or-Treat, also known as Tailgate Trick-or-Treat. A group of Ford’s Colony residents will gather their Halloween-decorated vehicles in the parking lot at the Swim & Tennis Club, from 5 pm to 6 pm on Sunday, October 31st, Halloween Night. The event will be held whether it rains or shines.
Trick-or-treaters, pre-school through 8th grade, can move from car to car to show off their costumes and collect treats (instead of, or in addition to, going house-to-house to Trick-or-Treat). There will be designated parking for the families attending.
Whether it’s the trunk of a car that looks like an Autumn Harvest, the back of a van decorated as a vampire’s lair, or a pickup truck with a mobile pumpkin patch on it, you can decorate your vehicle with a little imagination. Festive costumes are optional.
This activity is designed to promote our community’s spirit and to provide a safe Halloween activity for our kids, under adult supervision.
Volunteers are still needed and welcomed to ensure the success of this family-oriented activity. If you would like to volunteer by decorating your vehicle, or to hand out candy, please contact Jim Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 220-8607 for further instructions. You can place your individually wrapped candy or your donation into the decorated boxes in the lobby of the S & T Club.”
Looks like a great activity! Thanks to all who are volunteering to make this a fun night.
Today, it seems that almost everyone is expecting a ‘deal’- a great deal. Sometimes the bank owned foreclosed properties can be a good buy. Most times they need tons of work (and money). The deals are certainly there, however, the properties don’t have to be bank-owned to get them.
What percentage of Ford’s Colony sales have been bank-owned over the past year? There have been 70 closed sales in the past 12 months. Of those, 7 were detailed as bank-owned properties. Exactly 10% of the sales in Ford’s Colony in the past 12 months were foreclosures. Certainly higher than in times past, but, much lower than the most recent statistic from Realty Trac that indicates that foreclosed properties make up 24.17 percent of all sales nationwide.
All parties involved in the Ford’s Colony Country Club Bankruptcy proceedings will report back to the Norfolk Bankruptcy Court on November 4, 2010 after a little over a 30 day mediation period. The parties last met at the end of September and the Judge hearing the case requested that parties consider mediation to avoid the process becoming further bogged down in legal processes. Club manager Steve Dreybus stated “we believe that our financial and operational plan is sound, viable, and in the best long-term interest of our membership and the property owners living in Ford’s Colony. It is important that our members stay involved and work through the Creditor’s Committee to ensure that your voices are heard and your interests are protected.” The ultimate goal, of course, is to secure a formal plan of reorganization. Once that has been determined then creditors can vote upon the plan. This has surely been a painful process for the Country Club and it’s members. The good news is that the Club and it’s creditors are working through the mediation process and will hopefully come to a resolution as to the best way to pull the Club out of the quagmire. As far as the neighborhood is concerned, it is surely important to distinguish the Ford’s Colony Home Owner’s Association from the Country Club. Unlike our neighbors in Governor’s Land, there is no mandatory social country club membership. The two groups (FCHOA and FC Country Club) certainly have some duplicate members, but the majority of homeowners in FC do not belong to the Country Club. For prospective residents the distinction is an important one.
The most important point to make is that of the “Big 3” gated and golf course communities in Williamsburg not one has been without an ‘issue’ of some sort over the last 12 months. Kingsmill has dealt with the uncertainties of the In-Bev acquisition of Anheuser-Busch and what will surely be the subsequent sale of the neighborhood. Governor’s Land has faced issues with their mandatory social country club membership and the dues associated with the membership. What to expect? A failure on the part of the Country Club benefits no one. Let’s hope that a prior statement made by Mr. Dreybus will hold true: “As mentioned in past updates, the Club and Prudential were close to an agreement at the outset of this process.” If they were close to an agreement at the outset, then surely an agreement can be reached during this mediation process that will allow for the Club to recover- in the best interests of the Club’s members and its creditors as well as the neighborhood as a whole.
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’!
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!)