- Results of the annual resident survey.
- The new 2022-’23 board members.
- Consider the wealth of volunteer opportunities.
- Monitoring our geese.
- How to reduce gate damage.
- Spring pollinators are our friends.
- ‘Steel Magnolias’ bloom in the Colony.
- Classifieds shopping.
My review of the fourth quarter of 2021 shows that 37 homes in Ford’s Colony closed in that time — at an average sold-to-list price of 99.4 percent.
- Average days on the market for sold homes was 23.9.
- Average price per square foot was $175
- Indicative of the ongoing market conditions, there were just six active listings as of Dec. 31.
For the entire year, 199 home sales closed in Ford’s Colony, for an average sold price of $632,182.
As always, contact me if you’re interested in learning the market value of your home, and please consider attending my Market Watch seminar on Feb. 17 at the Ford’s Colony Country Club. If you can attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Feb. 14.
The latest Talk of the Colony from the Ford’s Colony HOA is out. Here’s what to check out in February:
* State of the colony: 2021 goals and achievements.
* Proposed changes to the Talk of the Colony.
* The Architectural Review Committee at work.
* Committee openings mean volunteer opportunities.
* Keeping an eye on new property developments.
* Traveling safely in the snow.
* James City County programs for young and old.
* Making an impact by donating blood.
* Exploring the fchoa.org website.
* Residents rekindling romance on Valentine’s Day.
* What the book clubs are reading.
* Participating in the Citizen’s Police Academy.
* Fishing in our many ponds.
* Friends and Neighbors starts the new year.
* Caring Neighbors are there when you need them.
* Contact information and descriptions of the Ford’s Colony clubs, activities, and service groups.
* Shop the classifieds
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!
TAKE A LOOK INSIDE 119 WORPLESDON!
Find unexpected upgrades and custom features throughout this perfect all-brick and move-in ready rancher. It offers comfortable first-floor living, including a light-filled sunroom and a fabulous study/office.
You will LOVE this easy-living home located on a private cul-de-sac lot. Numerous updates include the kitchen with newer appliances, new HVAC, newer water heaters and newer plumbing, and an encapsulated crawlspace.
For a deeper look into 119 Worplesdon, take the Matterport tour.
Live sports-starved folks will receive a treat on their TVs this Sunday afternoon — a charity golf match between two-man teams of PGA Tour stars. World No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy and former No. 1 Dustin Johnson will play popular stars Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff at the fabled — but very private — Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla.
Ford’s Colony’s cul-de-sac named Seminole, with about a half-dozen houses on the Firestone side of FC, is not quite as exclusive as its namesake (ha), and certainly not as ancient.
Seminole Golf Club dates to 1929, when famed golf architect Donald Ross set to work developing the 140-acre property. The picturesque course, which runs along the dunes of the Atlantic Ocean, quickly became home to a corporate and political Who’s Who, with members such as Henry Ford II, Joseph P. Kennedy, Robert Vanderbilt, Jack Chrysler, Paul Mellon and Phillip Armour.
Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Ford played at Seminole, and now so does quarterback Tom Brady; he joined when he signed with the Tampa Bay Bucs this NFL off-season.
One of the intrigues of Sunday’s match, aside from the return of pro sports of a fashion, is that Seminole has never been seen on television. Even non-golf fans might tune in for a bit to check out what pretty pictures the 91-year-old course affords.
A walk around Ford’s Colony most days tells you dropping a line into one of the 13 ponds stocked and maintained by the Homeowners’ Association has become even more popular during these stay-at-home times.
But remember, there are rules — the HOA’s, as well as those of the Va. Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries — that need to be followed for the benefit of the community. Among them:
- Everyone over 16 must have a fishing license that can be purchased at sporting goods stores or online.
- Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Only Virginia residents may get a license, except for active military stationed in Virginia and students boarding here.
- The HOA limits fishing to catch and release at all ponds.
- Barbless hooks must be used, and only residents – or guests accompanied by a resident – may fish in a pond.
- Vehicles must be parked in the nearest cul-de-sac or side road, not on common grass area or leisure trails.
- Interior golf-course ponds are off-limits. FC Country Club courses are private property.
- And the HOA asks that you be a good neighbor by not fishing from a resident’s yard, unless invited, cleaning up around you and being kind to nearby wildlife.
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4 Bedroom | 3.2 Bath | 4,416 Sq Ft | Offered at $700,000
Just listed in sought-after MacGregor Downs, this stunning all-brick Charlie Ross-built home, located on the second hole of the Blackheath golf course. The four-bedroom, 3.2-bath home dazzles with impeccable attention to detail, spacious rooms, professionally equipped kitchen and a 3-car garage.
Additional allure includes landscape lighting, plantation shutters, encapsulated crawlspace, water feature and patio in backyard, tons of storage with three walk-in attics, a loft with skylight and a utility room.
For more information about this great Ford’s Colony home, contact Deelyn at 757.503.1999 or email@example.com.
Make a note of the next “Coffee with the Board” event to be held Monday, March 16 at the community services building.
Coffee with the Board meetings are planned every other month in 2020. The March meeting will focus on, but not be limited to, the concerns of Ford’s Colony families with minor children. The meeting will be hosted by Carmen Hegge-Kleiser, vice-president of the Ford’s Colony Homeowners’ Association board of directors.
These meetings are held in a smaller room better for conversation, so space is limited. Please contact Carmen to make a reservation. Carmen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
104 Berrow in Ford’s Colony
4 Bedroom | 2.1 Bath | 2,771 Sq Ft
Offered at $425,000.
Additional features: dual staircases, large utility room, fabulous 3 car side-load garage, walk-in eaves storage off of bonus room, hardwood floors on the first floor, fresh paint throughout most of the house.
For more information on this Ford’s Colony home, contact Deelyn at 757.503.1999 or email@example.com.
For Sale – 116 Western Gailes in Ford’s Colony
4 BEDROOM | 4.1 BATH | 3,605 SQ FT
Absolutely stunning! You will love this beautiful all brick home with a fabulous floorplan located in sought after Western Gailes offering both first and second floor master bedrooms and a 3-car garage!
Backing to wooded privacy and freshly painted throughout, this lovely home features spacious rooms and en-suite baths in all bedrooms.
- Great room with a wet bar with wine fridge and gas fireplace.
- Kitchen with Viking range, Subzero fridge, a second prep sink, and a pantry.
- Spacious first floor master bedroom with new carpet, en-suite bath and large walk-in closet.
- Upstairs, all bedrooms are spacious with tiled en-suite baths and great closets.
Additional features: Hard to find 3-car side-load garage, composite deck, large utility room water heaters, tons of storage throughout.
For more information, contact Deelyn at 757.503.1999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Baths | 3130 Sq Ft
Now offered at $439,000.
You will LOVE this inviting, very well-maintained home, located on a private lot, that includes a beautiful new kitchen, freshly refinished hardwood floors, new paint, new carpet and updates throughout.
- Updated kitchen offers crisp white cabinets, new quartz countertops, brand new appliances, large walk-in pantry and breakfast area.
- Great room with built-ins, hardwood floors and gas fireplace.
- First floor master bedroom offers hardwood floors, walk-in closet and access to the deck..
- En-suite master bath has been updated and features a brand-new tiled shower.
- Home office with tons of built-ins and French doors for added privacy.
- Two generous guest bedrooms and a spacious bonus room with new carpet and fresh paint.
- New windows throughout
- Screened porch and a large deck overlooking the wooded privacy.
A sunny October afternoon bike ride in Ford’s Colony is a beautiful thing . . .
With a new curbside recycling company, TFC Recycling, stepping in July 1 in James City County, it’s a good time to revisit some helpful rules of recycling to make the process go smoothly.
The most important of all is knowing what is acceptable for the recycling program and what is not, so let this info from the county’s website help:
ACCEPTABLE — plastic bottles and jugs, cardboard, mixed paper, metal cans, glass bottles and jars. All other items are considered contamination to the recycling stream.
Remember, it is NOT necessary to crush cans before placing them in the recycling bin. Yes, that saves space, but the Aluminum Association notes crushing cans may actually make cans harder to sort at the recycling center.
Plastic jugs MAY be crushed, and metal bottle caps are OK. Plastic caps are not.
NOT ACCEPTABLE: plastic bags! (Take them to a grocery store that has marked bins for plastic bags out front), light bulbs, stretch wrap, pizza boxes, food waste, yard waste, diapers (please, no!) and long items that tangle such as rope, carpet, hoses, wire and Christmas lights.
Bins with visible contaminants will not be emptied. Also, the county asks that you do not leave items such as cardboard on the curb outside of the bin. It won’t be picked up.
If you haven’t received your new bin, it should arrive this week.
Residents may recycle for free through September. They may opt-out of the monthly $7 program as of October 1.
The county has produced this video to help explain the recycling program.