Eaglescliffe Condo Vs. Ford’s Colony Single Family Home cost comparisons

The Eaglescliffe Condominiums at Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg consist of two four-story buildings, 12 units each, with individual units ranging from 1,700 to 2,100 square feet. The buildings in this gated community are situated within walking distance to the adjacent country club, golf courses and walking trails. A landscaped courtyard and entry greet visitors as they enter between buildings. Each building was designed with three stories of residential space over a lower parking and storage level.

The Georgian-style exterior’s brick façade is defined by brick quoins, arches and recesses, and a cornice band at the top of the first floor. The units feature covered balconies, screened porches and copper-roofed bay windows. Inside, each dwelling offers generous, open space and a flexible, dynamic plan adaptable for many uses. Typical units have one or two bedrooms and two bathrooms with a flex room that may serve as a bedroom, library, office or den. The dwellings also are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and services while preserving the condominiums’ overall architectural integrity.

The four-story residential project includes the same 24-hour security blanket that covers the entire community. As an added layer of protection, a new security feature for Eaglescliffe Condominiums requires card access between the parking deck and building entrance.

At first glance, the monthly fees seem a little high but with the help of a number of current Eaglescliffe Condo residents who previously lived in detached homes in Fords Colony we have an actual cost comparison. As you can see from the chart below it is less expensive to live in an Eaglescliffe Condo than a detached home in Fords Colony.

Eaglescliffe Condo Vs. Ford’s Colony Single Family Home cost comparisons
Annual $ Expense Annual $ Expense
Description of Service Single Family Home (3600 sq. ft.) Eaglescliffe Condo      (2127 sq. ft.)
Water & Sewer (by usage) $1,563 $0
Trash Collection $218 $0
Electricity; condo is estimated 25% reduction…smaller size $2,130 $1,598
Natural Gas; condo is estimated 25% reduction…smaller size $1,127 $845
Pest Control $320 $0
Cox TV, Phone, Internet $2,592 $767
Alarm System (included in Eaglescliffe Condo) $0 $0
Contract lawn aeration, fertilization, weed control $1,004 $0
Mole/vole repellant applicaton $156 $0
Lawn mower annual maintenance $200 $0
Irrigation winterization and spring start-up $170 $0
Shrub trimming $500 $0
Snow removal $65 $0
Annual mulch application & debris removal $1,548 $0
Exterior trim painting (all brick home) and landscape plantings $1,500 $0
Real Estate Taxes $5,045 $3,526
Homeowners Insurance Policy $1,780 $398
Fords Colony HOA fees (458/qtr) $1,832 $1,832
Eaglescliffe HOA fees (2233.50/qtr) $8,934
Total Cost 21750 17900
   This cost comparison is based on expenses provided by an Eaglescliffe condo owner who formerly owned
a Fords Colony single family home. Data is Spring 2017 except HOA fees which have been updated to 2018.
   Consideration for major capital expense e. g. roof replacement is not included.

This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of the Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads area and his expertise helping buyers and sellers in the local real estate market.

If you are a homeowner searching for someone innovative to sell your home I would love to share my thoughts on marketing. You can read some of the stories I have written about the homes I have sold here.

Additionally, I have helped hundreds of folks find their dream home/ community and would love to help you find yours in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, VA Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Isle of Wight Poquoson as well as Richmond.

You can reach me by phone at 757-254-8136 or email  John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!


About mrwilliamsburg

I love Williamsburg !
Being “Mr. Williamsburg” and starting my web site in 2004 has been a great way for me to help people looking for homes for sale, communities and an “insider knowledge.” of the area.
Turned out I was onto something. Because I offer in-depth information and up-to-the-minute blogging, even international clients have found me. One couple, moving back to the States from France, told me that a post I wrote blog about grocery shopping in Williamsburg convinced them that Williamsburg was the place to be, and that I was the best source by far that they found on the web.
I’m happy to say that I hear similar comments from many of my clients looking for homes throughout Williamsburg and Hampton Roads.
I grew up in Virginia Beach, Va, After attending college, I worked at a number of positions including manager of a land development and construction company and business manager of a cut flower business that we grew in sales from $300,000 to $15 million (we were supplier to Whole Foods and one of the first cut flower suppliers to Costco).
In 2004, it seemed like a good time to simplify my life. I moved my family from Annapolis to Williamsburg. I went into real estate with Liz Moore and Associates, and was one of the initial agents when Liz opened her Williamsburg branch.
My sons Zach and Josh attend Lafayette High School and Hornsby Middle School and are crazy about sports and the outdoors.
I feel lucky to be living the dream, and saving two to four hours by not driving on the DC beltway every day. So, I can now spend my time with family while concentrating on learning — and sharing — information about living in Williamsburg.
In real estate, no two people or transactions are the same. Everything’s a challenge, and I’m rewarded every time in close a transaction and have the opportunity to see the smiles on clients’ faces.
Please email or call me for assistance with any real estate questions about the area
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