Fords Colony a Williamsburg / James City County neighborhood spotlight
For more than three decades, Ford’s Colony Williamsburg has set the standard for gracious private community living, having been voted the Number One master-planned community in America.
This 3,000 acre gated golf community offers a superior selection of home styles and neighborhoods, a complete range of country club amenities, the privacy you desire and the Ford’s Colony reputation for excellence in everything they do.
You’ll be delighted to discover how economical the good life can be at Ford’s Colony. While our mild four-season climate will go easy on your heating bills, you’ll find that Virginia’s gentle climate for taxation will go easy on your finances. You see, Virginia’s cost of living compares most favorably to America as a whole. “Kiplinger’s Personal Finance” ranks Virginia as having the 7th lowest taxes in the country.
History buffs enjoy the benefits of the Historic Triangle: Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown with free access to all local residents. Interested in higher learning? Residents over the age of 60 may audit classes for free at the second oldest college in America, William & Mary. If you enjoy volunteering your time, our residents are involved with virtually every volunteer organization in our area.
Best of all, you can get involved right in your own backyard. The Ford’s Colony activities committee, directed by the homeowners, provides residents the opportunity to meet their neighbors and participate in a wide variety of activities. Currently, there are over 60+ organized activities with more being added all the time.
There is a full range of lifestyle options including custom homes set along one of the community’s three superb golf courses, lake view settings, and gorgeous nature preserve locations. The custom homes in Ford’s Colony are rich in architectural tradition, with designs reflecting the Greek revival, Georgian, Federal and Colonial styles.
Ford’s Colony residents, who come from across the country and around the world with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and careers, all agree: Ford’s Colony is a wonderful place to live. Currently, about 5,000 residents call Ford’s Colony home, living in nearly 2,500 homes and townhouses. By the time the community is completely established, it will number more than 7,000 residents in 3,250 homes, condominiums, and townhouses. Ford’s Colony is a gated community, designed and built along landscaped roads that meander in and around three golf courses and a landscape of ponds, wetlands, and forests.
Although many of it’s residents are retired, it is not a retirement community; nearly half of the residents work, either full or part-time. There are young families with children, many of whom attend elementary school adjacent to the community, and high school just down the road. The middle school and a new community college are a few miles away and the College of William & Mary is within a ten-minute drive.
A Multigenerational Community
Ford’s Colony has over 5,400 residents including working professionals in business, government, education, healthcare and the military; semi-retired professionals; and retirees.
Based on 2016 public school enrollment, there are 373 school age children residing in Ford’s Colony attending K-12 public schools. This number does not include Ford’s Colony children attending Walsingham and other K-12 private schools in the area or college-age residents attending William & Mary or Thomas Nelson Community College. A quarter of the 184 households moving into Ford’s Colony in 2015 had children under age 19.
Who is the typical Ford’s Colony Buyer ?
Surveys have found that the average demographics of the buyer have changed little for more than 30 years in planned communities featuring golf. The average buyer is 54 years old, married, affluent, and successful in a working career.The average buyer will move to Ford’s Colony in six to seven years, and is generally not affected by swings in the economy in deciding when to purchase, when to retire from the current job, and when to move to Ford’s Colony. This targeted market continues to grow in numbers. The first wave of baby boomers turns 60 this year. The largest wave of retirees, with a span of 15 years (2025), has yet to reach the average retirement period of 62-67 years. Based on surveys of new residents conducted by Ford’s Colony Security, the number of families with school-age children has tracked steadily at about 10%. Most of the rest are retired, semi-retired, or empty nesters.
Ford’s Colony is situated in the Historic Triangle, comprised of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown; the beautiful Colonial Parkway connects all three. It is surrounded by a wide range of entertainment, arts and cultural venues, fantastic shopping and great dining. The City of Newport News is a half hour away; Richmond, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach are about an hour away; and Washington, D.C. is less than a three-hour drive. To the west, there is Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains. No wonder we think we are right in the center of everything!
The community has activities that suit every taste. Residents participate in over forty association-sponsored clubs and activities; enjoy two community pools, hard and clay tennis courts, a nature trail, walking and bicycle paths as well as the Ford’s Colony Country Club. Our citizens also take civic responsibilities seriously. Many of our residents are active volunteers, both inside our gates and with organizations across the Historic Triangle.
Ford’s Colony is incorporated under the laws of Virginia to promote common interests of its members and to provide for the management, maintenance, and care of common property. A Board comprised of seven Directors manages the Association. Directors are elected to the board each February for two-year terms. The Board employs a management company that provides and directs all personnel required to properly maintain and operate the Association and its numerous facilities.
According to a Fords Colony 2014 Resident Survey, people selected a lot or home in Ford’s Colony for five main reasons: the general appearance of the community, safety and security, our architectural standards, the presence of the country club with its three golf courses, and our HOA activities and clubs. Furthermore, 98% of the residents indicated they would recommend Ford’s Colony to their friends.
New residents are greeted by our Welcome Committee and provided with a package of community and local information.
The Newcomers Club meets monthly and is very helpful in familiarizing new residents with the area. Newcomers also
encourages people to sign up for monthly social groups.
These social groups all aimed at providing opportunities for new people to get to know each other quickly, often establishing life-long friendships. The “welcoming and caring” aspect of our community has been widely recognized. Ford’s Colony was featured as a Community Harmony and Spirit case study in the Foundation for Community Association’s Best Practice Report
Comments from Ford’s Colony Residents
We live in Ford’s Colony and have seen a huge shift in demographics since we moved here. We were kind of an anomaly in the community when we first purchased. Everyone around us was retired and the average age at newcomer gatherings seemed to be well over 70. Our block now is filled with a lovely mixture of young families, retirees, DINKS, and recent empty nesters. As I run through the community I see the same shift. Teenagers, retirees, moms pushing carriages… the full gamut. I think it can only be good news for the community – it feels very alive and much more neighborly.
Ford’s Colony at Williamsburg is a two-time winner of the Community Association of the Year award from the central Virginia chapter of the Community Associations Institute and has also received a National Community Association of the Year award. In 2000, the Homeowners’ Association was inducted into the Community Association Hall of Fame.
Ford’s Colony offers virtually every housing option ( Detached homes, Town homes condos and maintenance free detached homes) as well as a long list of amenities, including 14 tennis courts, two swimming pools, soccer fields, 15 miles of walking trails and 38 ponds stocked with bass and other fish.
The Colony Room is an exclusive member’s only dining room features a well-appointed bar, cozy atmosphere and a well-trained staff. Before a hand of bridge, after a round of golf or at the end of a full day at Ford’s Colony, nothing could be more satisfying than relaxing at the Colony Room. Its congenial members-only atmosphere promotes lively conversation over lunch or dinner. And just as you’ll enjoy the laid-back surroundings, you’ll also savor excellent fare from seafood and steak selections to lighter entrees. When dining at the Colony Room, you can order from our celebrated wine list and indulge in our homemade bread and pastries.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Murdoch’s features casual American Bistro cuisine with fresh, innovative and beautifully paired food in a comfortable atmosphere. Located next to the Golf Shop, Murdoch’s is the perfect spot to have lunch before your round or relax with a cocktail at the bar after a long day at work.
It has been over 30 years since Ford’s Colony sprang from the creative mind of Dick Ford, a former Arthur Andersen executive and native of the Bronx, NY, who migrated south in the ‘70s and envisioned that others of his generation, and their children, would do the same. After cutting his teeth in such communities as Keowee Key in South Carolina and Sapphire Valley and Coastal Falls in North Carolina, Ford saw the potential for a large property in Williamsburg that already featured a nine-hole golf course. He bought the land in the early 1980s and opened Ford’s Colony in 1985. Read about the history of Ford’s Colony here
Sale prices of detached single-family homes in Fords Colony ranged from $325k –$1 million + in the last 12 months. There are currently 122 homes for sale with prices ranging from $359k to almost $3 million . See a current list of homes for sale here
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Lot prices in Ford’s Colony currently range from $50k- $699k. Sale prices in the last 12 months ranged from $30k- $270k and averaged .88% of list price.
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Ford’s Colony is a gated community with access to the residential areas being permitted through manned and electronic gates. The main security gate is manned 24 hours a day. Overall, there are seven resident entrances conveniently located around the property. Residents are issued electronic gate cards that will open all unmanned gates.
The Ford’s Colony security staff patrols the community 24 hours a day and they also manage a house check program which is very popular with residents. Owners who are out of town can request that their home be put on “house check” which will ensure that a security officer does daily walkarounds of their home during their absence.
The Ford’s Colony security staff is professionally trained to assist local fire and EMS departments with any emergencies that may arise within the community. The majority of the officers are CPR certified and have been responsible for saving the lives of several residents
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Another entity within the overall development is the Marriott Manor Club at Ford’s Colony, a 201-unit highly rated time share property. Many current Ford’s Colony residents decided to buy here as
a result of their initial stay at the Marriott
Book a room at the Marriot inside of Ford’s Colony and explore the community at your leisure.
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The community of Ford’s Colony is well situated, just five minutes from I-64, less than 10 minutes from a hospital and the center of Colonial Williamsburg, and less than 10 minutes from the Prime Outlets, one of the largest outlets in the US. Larger malls are about 20 minutes away in ( Newport News) as well as a regional airport. Train service is available with the nearby Amtrak station in Williamsburg. The pristine beaches of VA Beach, The Outer Banks of NC, The Blue Ridge Mountains, Washington DC are within an hour to 2.5 hours away.
Golf Digest awarded The golf course at Fords Colony it’s highest award for course design. A state-of-the-art Golf Learning Center provides access to video swing analysis, a golf fitness room, dynamic club fitting, a short-game practice area, and six indoor practice tees featuring True Strike surfaces
Clubs at Ford’s Colony
Here is just a sampling of the many social clubs at Ford’s Colony From A-Z .
Aging in Place, Artists League, Bid Whist, Bosom Buddies, Bowling, BYOB, Caring Neighbors, CERT, Chess Club, Colony Auto Enthusiasts, Colony Kids, Colony Wine & Cheese, Computer & Technology Club, Craft Club, Dance Band, Dance Club, Dog Owners’ Interest Group, Duplicate Bridge, Fit for Life, Fly Fishing Club, Ford’s Colony Archery, Ford’s Colony Softball League, Ford’s Colony Softball ,Ford’s Colony Volunteers for Education, Friends & Neighbors, Garden Club, Genealogy Club, Golf and tennisDine Society, Golf Around, Healthy Cooking, Hospitality, Mah Jongg, Men’s Bible Study, Model Railroad Club, Monday Morning Bridge, Pickleball, Pilates Club, Pinochle, Round Robin Bridge, Sea Scouts, Silver Sneakers, Solitaires, Swim Team, Tai Chi, Tennis Club, Theatre Club, Trailblazers, Travel Club, Water Aerobics, William & Mary Fan Club, Women’s Bible Study, Woodworkers & Yoga.
GOLF AT FORD”S COLONY
Golf Digest awarded The golf course at Fords Colony it’s highest award for course design. A state-of-the-art Golf Learning Center provides access to video swing analysis, a golf fitness room, dynamic club fitting, a short-game practice area, and six indoor practice tees featuring True Strike surfaces.The Dan Maples designed Courses at Ford’s Colony include:
The most picturesque golf course at Ford’s Colony. It presents many challenges to golfers of all abilities with water coming into play on 13 holes, a total of 9 doglegs and bunkers guarding every green. There are many elevations changes and the prevailing winds are usually howling, making this course play a lot longer than the 6,621 yards stated on the scorecard.
Blue Heron A favorite to Ford’s Colony members, this continuous 18 consists of long and challenging par 3’s, fair and forthright par 4’s and intimidating par 5’s. Blue Heron provides some room for error off of the tee, but makes up for it by having 17 out of 18 greens guarded by bunkers. Many of these holes are carved out of dense wetlands, which provide not only a unique golf course setting, but a home to many different species of birds, fish and other aquatic life.
The Marsh Hawk golf course was an instant classic when it opened in 1985. The traditional tree-lined fairways, undulating greens and the best finishing holes around, create a complete journey through the property. A par 72, measuring 6,650 yards from the back tees, Marsh Hawk’s greatest defense are narrow fairways and strategically placed bunkers. The real beauty of this golf course lies within the contour of the holes around natural lakes and elevation changes that can delude your depth perception.Marsh Hawk has played host to the 1998 and 1999 Virginia State Opens, Monday qualifying for the 2005, 2006 and 2007 Nationwide Tour’s Henrico County Open and the Monday qualifier for the PGA Tour’s Michelob Championship for 12 years straight.A variety of Membership options are available. Whether you’re an avid golfer that wants to play as much as possible, a casual golfer that maybe only has time to play on the weekends, someone who wants to learn the game or even someone with no interest in the game at all, Ford’s Colony Country Club has a membership for you.Here is a brief overview of the types of memberships available:Full Privilege O.N.E. ($518) Entitles the entire family to unlimited* golf, dining and social privileges.Individual Full Privilege O.N.E. ($414) Includes unlimited* golf, dining and social privileges for an individual.Young Executive Full Privilege O.N.E. ($249) Includes golf, dining and social privileges for an individual under age 40 and their immediate family members.Twilight Golf O.N.E. ($199) Includes unlimited golf after 2 p.m., driving range, bag storage and dining and social privileges.Social O.N.E. ($104) Entitles the Member and immediate family to social and dining privileges.Youth Development O.N.E. Membership ($149) Exclusively for residents of Ford’s Colony includes dining and social privileges for non golfing parents and golf privileges for dependent children 18 years old and under after 2 p.m
Homes: New and resale custom homes are available, with prices ranging from the low $300’s to $1,500,000+.Building Lots: For those choosing to build, home sites are available that range from a quarter-acre to over an acre offering golf course, nature preserve, or water views. Prices range from $60,000 to $1.25 million. SEARCH LOTS FOR SALE HERECondos: The Eaglescliffe condominiums are Ford’s Colony’s first condominium project designed to fill a demand for care-free residential living.When complete it will consist of 84 Condominium units in 7 buildings; the first two buildings consisting of 24 units is complete.The condos range from 1,700 to over 2,100 square feet. Priced between the high $200’s to the $500’s.Centrally located only a short walk from the Country Club Eaglescliffe Condominiums include the same rich design traditions and luxury living features found throughout the community, including all brick exteriors.Each unit offers an open kitchen, flexible guest suite that is easily converted to a bedroom or office, luxury master bath, balcony, and a view of the community from every room.Eaglescliffe Condominums offer care-free master-planned residential living. They are located in the heart of the community, within walking distance to the award winning Country Club, tennis courts, fishing ponds, and walking / biking trails.With covered parking only steps to the front door and an elevator to your floor, our condos offer the best of single level living.Download Eaglescliffe Condo floorplans hereTownhomes: The Links:
The Links is a private neighborhood of custom designed town homes which gently wind around the eighth hole of the Ford’s Colony championship golf course and the edges of a gorgeous lake.The mystique of a colonial village, the comforts of today and some of the best golf on the East Coast just outside your door. That is St. Andrew’s Village at Ford’s Colony. Situated on 54 gently rolling wooded acres in the heart of the community, St. Andrews Village is conveniently located to all the amenities Ford’s Colony has to offer. The award winning Country Club is within walking distance of your front door.Designed by award-winning architect, Peter Hand, townhomes at The Links feature authentic colonial exteriors with clapboards, dormer windows, charming gas-like lanterns and cove molding. There are individual entrances with 18th-century style brick walks, brick terraces and landscaped courtyards. The Links is Ford’s Colony’s only colonial style townhome community. Consisting of 86 units, this neighborhood is accented by brick walkways, colonial style lighting, picket fences, and an abundance of mature trees and shrubbery. A pleasing and tranquil setting wrapping around some of the best golf on the East Coast.The Links townhomes are available in a variety of floor plans which range from 1,300 to 2,200 square feet in size, and are available in one story, one story with a loft, and two-story models. All have the warm, pleasant charm found in Colonial Williamsburg. Prices begin in the mid $200’s for resale townhomes.Note : While Town homes at the Links offer designated assigned parking spaces they do not have garages.Search town homes and condos for sale in Fords ColonyNeighborhoods at Ford’s Colony Williamsburg : Parks at Fords Colony- On HOLD AT THIS TIME-Voted down by JCC Planning committee in Dec 2017Here is the proposed site planEaglescliffeYour approach to Eaglescliffe takes you around a stately Belvedere and then through an unobtrusive security entrance. The elegance of this neighborhood becomes apparent as you drive along tree-lined streets fronting heavily wooded lots, perfectly placed on top of a high bluff with breathtaking views of lake and golf fairways.Magnificent golf and water views, intimate proximity to all that the Country Club has to offer, and unmatched exclusivity all make Eaglescliffe special. These properties are available for those among you that will only settle for the very best location on which to build your dream home.Only a premier location such as Eaglescliffe could do justice to magnificently designed homes. Situated adjacent to the award-winning Ford’s Colony Country Club and, you are within an easy stroll to all the club offers.Knob Hill is one of the newest areas of Ford’s Colony. Located off Ford’s Colony Drive near the Country Club consisting of nine, one to one and a half acre single family lots. Each home site has a view of either Marsh Hawk golf hole #17 and a golf pond or Marsh Hawk golf hole #18..St. Andrews Village
Offering the mystique of a colonial village, the comforts of today and some of the best golf on the East Coast just outside your door is St. Andrew’s Village at Ford’s Colony. Situated on 54 gently rolling wooded acres in the heart of the community, St. Andrews Village is conveniently located to all the amenities Ford’s Colony has to offer. The award-winning Country Club is within walking distance of your front door.Designed by Architect Peter Hand, FAIA, St. Andrews Village initially featured 12 different floor plans ranging from 1,735 to 3,600 square feet. Each has been modeled after a traditional Williamsburg design. All floor plans include garages and pre-planned landscaping designed by master land planner Lewis Clarke. Prices for resale homes begin in the $300’s There are still lots available within St Andrews Village that will allow you to purchase and build your own custom village home.St. Andrews Village was unveiled in July of 1988 as a planned Colonial “courtyard home” community, and the completion of the four model homes has been a major element in the success of St. Andrews Village.Upon it’s unveiling St. Andrews Village at Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg was selected for one of only six design awards at the eighth annual American Society of Interior Design awards celebration of the Atlanta Historical Society. The interiors of the four model courtyard homes of St. Andrews Village were designed by the Atlanta firm of Hand, Crain and Jones, Inc.In presenting the award, the jury of noted New York ASID judges praised The St. Andrews interiors for adhering to authentic Colonial proportions and detailing, while also being creative in appeal to a diverse public market.Interior designer Wrenda Crain accepted the award and credited the developers of Ford’s Colony for the insight to pursue elaborate millwork, authentic detailing and custom built-in cabinetry as standard building amenities.Highland HillNestled between the 5th hole of the Blackheath Course and the 13th hole of the Marsh Hawk Course, Highland Hills is one of the premier addresses within Ford’s Colony. Situated next to a pond with a spraying fountain, residents and their guests enter the neighborhood through a brick entrance that leads them over brick pavers down a street lined with roll top curb & gutter and ornamental flowering trees and shrubs. Ranging from 3/4 – 1 acre virtually all 15 home sites have a view of golf and or waterSouth TurnberrySouth Turnberry sits on 22 gently rolling acres of Virginia land, scattered with 56 natural home sites and embellished by an inviting golf course. From the grand bricked entrance to the streetscapes of flowering trees and shrubs to offer seasonal color throughout the year and the avenues complemented by roll top curbs and gutters everything in Turnberry is designed to combine the elegance of the past with the luxury of today.The homes within Turnberry offer designs inspired by the appealing classical and colonial architecture of centuries past. These home plans complement the neighborhood while maintaining all the charm of a colonial village.Western GailesWestern Gailes is 125 gently rolling acres of Virginia woods and pleasant ponds scattered with 141 natural home sites. The distinction of a Western Gailes address is evident the moment you or your guests arrive at the entrance with its impressive brick and wrought-iron boundary walls. Some homes in Western Gailes overlook Western Gailes preserve property, a quiet pool of water or shelter among the maples, oaks and pines.MacGregor Downs
Tucked among the Blackheath and Marsh Hawk golf courses, the interior home sites of MacGregor Downs surround the 3rd hole of the Blackheath Course. The home sites on the perimeter of this neighborhood overlook six different ponds, five holes of the Blackheath course, and six holes of the Marsh Hawk course. Residents and their guests enter the neighborhood through a brick entrance that leads them over brick pavers down a street lined with roll top curb & gutter and ornamental flowering trees and shrubs. Ranging from 1/3 to 1 acre these 71 home sites offer some of the most spectacular views in Ford’s ColonyVillages of KillarneyThe Villages of Killarney is bordered by four of the country’s best golf holes and is situated on 29 gently rolling acres of Virginia hardwoods. Nestled among holes 5,6,7, & 8 of the acclaimed Blackheath Course at Ford’s Colony, 65 natural home sites offer convenient access to all the community’s amenities. Nearly three fourths of the home sites overlook the golf course and/or a pleasing golf course pond. Westbury ParkLocated adjacent to the second Ford’s Colony recreation center, Westbury Park is an active family’s dream neighborhood. Imagine having your own swimming pool, tennis courts, and recreation building conveniently located just outside your front door. Nestled on a ridge overlooking the recreation park, all 12 home sites are just a short stroll from the wildlife preserve and the Chisel Run Pond which is excellent for fishing and nature watching. Home sites here range in size from 1/3 – 3/4 acreBrigadoonNestled in the heart of the Edinburgh loop, Brigadoon is the sister neighborhood to Waterford Downs. Named for a Scottish paradise, more than half these 62 home sites offer views of water and or holes 8,9, and 10 on the Blue Golf Course. Residents and their guests enter the neighborhood through a brick entrance that leads them over brick pavers down streets lined with landscaping, streetscaping, and roll top curb & gutter. Home sites range from 1/3 – 8/10 of an acre.North TurnberryNorth Turnberry is 14 gently rolling acres of Virginia woods and pleasant ponds scattered with 12 estate home sites and embellished by an inviting golf course.Southport at Ford’s Colony Enter Southport over a hand laid brick entrance, through magnificent double iron gates, reminiscent of those grand plantations along historic Route 5. This neighborhood includes 68 acre+ home sites nestled in Virginia hardwoods. Southport is the newest neighborhood within Fords Colony.Nottingham Place is the most unique gated neighborhood within the 3,000-acre, award-winning, master-planned community called Ford’s Colony at Williamsburg. Each of the 72 home sites in the neighborhood feature classic residential architecture most of which is based on home plans, designed exclusively for Southern Living©Living in this gated community is Worry Free & Low Maintenance. Think of another way to spend your time because you won’t be doing yard work! Fees include pool, security, trash pickup, lawn mowing, edging, trimming, fertilizing, weed control, mulching, irrigation maintenance, snow & leaf removal.Nottingham Place takes “The Good Life” to a whole new level…because here, the good life is maintenance free! In this luxurious “community within the community,” you never cut grass. You never trim hedges. You never fix the gutters or paint the windows. You just relax and enjoy your beautiful home and spacious yard. And Ford’s Colony does the rest.
Within the gates of Nottingham Place, you find homes of unparalleled luxury designed by some the nation’s finest architects. Rich in architectural tradition, with all the extras you expect.The designs capture the stunning look and feel of colonial living complemented by every modern convenience and amenity you desire. Like every neighborhood in Ford’s Colony, Nottingham Place devotes itself to excellence and settles for nothing short of perfection.72 home sites offer you a maintenance-free lifestyle where every day feels like a vacation!Nottingham Place delivers one of the most precious commodities of all – time. This maintenance-free lifestyle affords residents the opportunity to participate in and enjoy golf, tennis, swimming, hiking, or club activities rather than being occupied with maintenance chores around the exterior of their home.”Homes in Nottingham Place range in size from 1,733 to over 3,400 Square feet. Nottingham Place offers residents 24/7 card-gate security access and is located in the eastern section of Ford’s Colony.Note: Nottingham Place was the site of the The 2004 PHBA Parade of Homes held here in Spring 2004. Read a detailed list of Nottingham Place servicesWestport is the development across from the Manchester Gate on Centerville Road. It contains 102 Single family residences on 3 to 5 acre lots on its 430 acre tract bordering Gordon’s Creek. Westport owners are part of the Fords Colony Homeowner Association as well as a sub-association known as Westport Neighborhood Association.Westport is unlike anything else Ford’s Colony has to offer. Nowhere else can you find this much privacy in a master planned community. Westport is the latest residential section to be developed in Ford’s Colony. Unlike anything else in Williamsburg, Westport at Ford’s Colony offers a distinctive opportunity to the luxury home buyer: the amenities currently enjoyed by existing Ford’s Colony residents plus estate size lots ranging in size from 3 to over 5 acres. Homeowners in Westport will have access to the amenities of Ford’s Colony including two community recreation centers – each with a pool, tennis courts, and clubhouse, and a 200-acre wildlife preserve with nature trails and over 12 miles of paved walking and bicycle paths. In addition, a 24-hour security service provides community patrols and a “house check” program..
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Social Clubs in Ford’s Colony–Below is just a sampling of the many social clubs and activities within the community:,Ahoy Mates – Sailing Club Every Wednesday and Sunday at 3pm (2pm in the winter) we sail our “POND BOATS,” weather permitting. The pond is called Chisel Run where there is a waterfall and wooden bridge. It’s on Williamsburg West Drive near the exit to Longhill Road. Bring your radio controlled sailboat, or come to observe. See what it is all about. If you would like to build your own boat, members have much expertise to help you
.Auto Enthusiasts This is a group of more than 40 Ford’s Colony residents whose common interest is cars! From pre-war classics to British and Italian sports cars, collectible cars from the 50′s and 60′s, exotics, contemporary sports cars and European sedans . . every interest is represented. Some members own them and others just enjoy them.They meet monthly for conversation, to hear speakers, watch movies and demonstrations and to learn more about what is going on in the world that has an impact on each of us and our cars – today and tomorrow. We participate in car shows, rallies, parties, parades, visits to shops and collections. . . . all related to our interest in cars.If you are interested in cars this is the club to join. In a recent Club survey, one member said “This is a very active, creative membership. Unlike any car club I’ve seen.”
Bid WhistBid Whist Players meet every second Thursday of the month at the Swim & Tennis Club
Monday Morning BridgePlayers meet each Monday morning at the Swim & Tennis Club from 9:30a.m. till noon. There are four progressions of six hands each of party bridge. There are usually between seven and ten tables
.Duplicate BridgeThe Duplicate Bridge group meets every Wednesday at noon at the Swim & Tennis Club. This is a very friendly, easy to play in duplicate bridge group. It is not necessary to come with a partner—just show up and the director will always find a partner for you
.BowlingMore than 165 men and women participate in a league comprised of two divisions. The American Division bowls on Monday afternoons and the National Division bowls on Tuesday afternoons.The season is from late October through the end of March with an awards banquet in April
.Fit For Life & AerobicsFit for Life is an exercise program of movements that will help improve flexibility and circulation to all parts of the body. It will also increase awareness of how your own particular body functions. Fit for Life is for men and women of all ages, no matter what the level of physical fitness. As the body ages, exercise becomes more critical to keep it strong and flexible
“Caring Neighbors” of Ford’s Colony was formed to: Act as a source of information on local services available for: health care – ER, extended and therapy, in home services– nursing, cleaning and meals, equipment rental – wheel chairs, crutches, walkers, etc.Help to organize and provide limited assistance to residents in times of temporary health problems, medical emergencies, or death in the family with respect to: transportation, visitation, a meal, if needed.Set up lists of items owned by residents who are willing to lend items to others having a short-term need – for themselves or visitors.Caring Neighbors continues to help our friends and neighbors in every way possible to provide that extra bit of “TLC” that each of us needs from time to time. Please remember that we are standing by—ready and willing to help
.Computer ClubMission: To improve our members’ knowledge, skills, and enjoyment of personal computers through information presentations, discussion, learning, and sharing of common interests
.Focus: Software applications, tools & techniques, computer security, operating systems, performance, the Internet, networking, multimedia, digital photography, computer accessories, and emerging technologies
.Craft ClubThe craft club supports numerous charities in the area. Members meet weekly enjoying the camaraderie of the group while honing their own craft skills and learning new techniques from others. Frequently, members work on charitable projects, such as quilting, knitting, crocheting and making items for special occasions throughout the year for nursing homes and other community groups. Often, club members offer to teach special skills, like decorative painting, beading, watercolor, basket making, sewing and specialty needlework to other members.Dinner EtceteraParticipation involves getting together on a quarterly basis at different homes for dinner to meet new friends and share a pleasant evening. You may attend once or as often as you would like
.Garden ClubWith about 150 members participating at regularly scheduled meetings from September through June, the club makes arrangements for guest speakers, demonstrations, tours and special events. The club is proud to have the largest membership in the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs. Discussions concerning indoor/outdoor planting, flower arranging and related activities are highlighted
.GolfaroundA group of Ford’s Colony golfers interested in playing area courses…and meeting new people. Once a month, from March thru October, golfers play a different area club. At the beginning of the year a schedule is e-mailed to all members. Play is typically on the 2nd or 3rd Thursday of each month. There are no fees or meetings for this club.There are currently 120+ members and we are averaging about eight(8) foursomes each event. Members include golfers who both belong to many of the area courses as well as those who don’t belong to any club.!Hospitality
Members of this committee extend a warm welcome to new Ford’s Colony residents. This greeting is also offered to property owners in transit and living in Williamsburg.Members distribute a welcome package, which includes maps, discount coupons, health information and other promotional materials. Hosts and hostesses try to answer any questions newcomers may have concerning Ford’s Colony and the Williamsburg area while they make new residents feel welcome and comfortable in our community.Newcomers
The purpose of Newcomers Club is to provide a means for newcomers to Ford’s Colony, both singles and couples, to get acquainted on an informal basis and learn about the many activities offered in and around the community. Each month, newcomers sponsors numerous activities designed to expand your group of friends and knowledge of the area.Pinochle
The Pinochle Club monthly and plays partnership Pinochle, single deck alternating partners after four hands of play.Swim Team
The Swim Team is open to all residents children, age 5 to 18, and all swimming abilities. Practices start after Memorial Day, after school, Monday—Friday. Once school breaks, practice switches to mornings by age groups. Our meets are competitive but our mission is fitness, stroke technique, community spirit, goal setting in a fun and friendly environment. Team membership has ranged from 90 –125 children. A coach and assistant coaches provide the proper attention and training for all levels. The season consists of six dual meets and a championship meet in June and July.Model Railroad Club
If you are interested in trains then you may want to participate in the Model Railroad Club. It does not matter if you have a sophisticated train layout or your train is still in the boxes, this group covers a broad range of model railroading interests.Fly Fishing Club
This group welcomes beginners as well as seasoned anglers. Fish stories are the order of business, as is the planning of group outings, both in– and out-of-state. No dues.Solitaires
The “Solitaires” is a group in Ford’s Colony which includes any single people living here. It is a great way to meet other singles, make friends, and enjoy activities together. We meet once a month for a dinner, day trip, game night, etc.Tennis Club The purpose of the Tennis Club is to encourage and facilitate tennis activities among Ford’s Colony residents of all ages and abilities.Daily leagues are promoted for men and women’s doubles play for Club members throughout the year by preparation of schedules using the Club’s specialty software.The Tennis Club sponsors social mixed doubles Round Robin play followed by dinner for its members at least twice a year.The Tennis Club encourages and promotes junior tennis by facilitating lessons and play activity in the summer months.Tai Chi
Tai Chi is a gentle exercise routine that can be learned by anyone at any time. It involves a series of slow, graceful movements combined with concentrated breath control and is known to improve strength, balance, flexibility, reduce stress and lower blood pressure. The club meets on Wednesdays at the S&T Club at 4:30 PM. The first hour is devoted to the introduction and review of basic forms and gentle Tai Chi exercise. After the first hour, we take a break and then go on to more advanced work for anyone who wishes to remain.Theater Club
The Ford’s Colony Theater Club is composed of amateur actors, singers, musicians and stage hands living here in Ford’s Colony.The Theater Club provides periodic entertainment in instrumental, vocal, dance, dramatic and comedy presentations for all Ford’s Colony residents and guests; traditionally there is no admission fee except for the major production of the year. Performers may be club members or guest talent, although members are encouraged to develop their own productions. Group rates are also arranged for local plays.Friends & Neighbors Club
Club meetings feature entertaining speakers followed by a social hour. Meeting old friends, making new ones and seeing our neighbors is what Friends and Neighbors are all about. Every third meeting will be a completely social meeting designed to increase your enjoyment of living in Ford’s Colony.Trailblazers
A nature trail within Ford’s Colony was first proposed in the early 90′s by interested residents to allow them to hike in remote areas of the “Colony” while conserving and enjoying its natural resources. Several potential sites were identified, with the wetlands/green space running from John Pott and Edinburgh to Westbury Park being selected as most suitable. In the late 90′s intensified interest led to including proposals for building a nature trail and a bird observation station in the 2001 Long Range Plan.Resident enthusiasm for these projects led to dozens of volunteers completing the planning and construction phase. They blazed the trail; built bridges, walkways, bulletin boards, benches and bike racks; spread wood chips; and placed signs identifying trees, bushes, vines and wild flowers. Generous companies donated telephone poles, railroad ties and treated lumber. A proffer to James City County, in the area of environmental support, lead Realtec to provide manpower and financial assistance for construction. The Ford’s Colony Homeowners Association now supports maintenance and enhancement activities on these community assets.Trailblazers, officially approved as an Activities Committee Club in August 1999, grew from those volunteers who participated in building the Nature Trail. There are now over 110 members. The Club’s mission is to maintain and enhance the Ford’s Colony Nature Trail; to provide opportunities for trail recreation, environmental education and interpretation; and to protect endangered species. .Travel Club
Over 500 Ford’s Colony residents participate in activities of the Travel Club. The Club conducts trips of interest to its membership, including dinner theaters, concerts and plays and visits to local historical sites. These include both day and overnight trips. Upcoming events are listed each month in the Talk of the Colony. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, except during the summer.
At meetings members share travel information and experiences through slides, videos, and discussions.William & Mary Fan Club
The W & M Fan Club arranges for Ford’s Colony residents to purchase season tickets for football games at reduced prices. Before each game, fan Club members gather for a tailgate party adjacent to the William & Mary Hall parking lot…. A great way to meet new people. Fan Club members are assigned seats in the same area, so we have our own cheering section. Each year, in the spring, we have a “kick-off meeting” at the Swim & Tennis Club to meet the coaches, hear their comments about the prospects for the upcoming year and take orders for season tickets. !Wine & Dine
Wine & Dine groups have been organized for the enjoyment of the entire Ford’s Colony community. A Wine & Dine group is generally composed of 16-18 people. Each month, one person or couple host hor d’oeuvers and wine for an hour at their home, after which the group goes to dinner at a restaurant chosen by the host couple. The groups are organized each January, giving all the opportunity to meet and socialize with a wide variety of neighbors.Youth Activities
The Youth Activities committee is made up of a small group of parents in Ford’s Colony. Our group holds fundraisers (the Chili Cook-off, the Adult Halloween costume party and Luau) to help raise funds for Children’s events. We also plan and organize events for the children. We have previously run the Children’s Christmas party, Fourth of July parade, Halloween party and Easter brunch.
We also work with the Swim Team board on the End of Summer/ Back to School party and the adult Luau.Psst, I’m a real estate agent.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.comI look forward to serving your real estate needs!Best,
psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home.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 Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula.You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-8136
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|Comments from Ford’s Colony Homeowners|
We live in Ford’s Colony. I’ve seen a huge shift in demographics since we moved here. We were kind of an anomaly in the community when we first purchased. Everyone around us was retired and the average age at newcomer gatherings seemed to be well over 70. Our block now is filled with a lovely mixture of young families, retirees, DINKS, and recent empty nesters.As I run through the community I see the same shift. Teenagers, retirees, moms pushing carriages… the full gamut. I think it can only be good news for the community – it feels very alive and much more neighborly
|FORD’S COLONY NAMED ONE OF AMERICA’S 100 BEST COMMUNITIES BY WHERE TO RETIRE
The editors of Where to Retire magazine have selected Ford’s Colony as one of “America’s 100 best master-planned communities,” Ford’s Colony has been a fixture on the top 100 list since Where to Retire began the rankings in 1999.”What’s meaningful about the Where to Retire ranking is the magazine doesn’t just grade communities by how they look on paper. Instead, editors interview residents to see if they’ve found the lifestyle they were searching for.Ford’s Colony was so highly regarded by Where to Retire that it was one of only four communities singled out by the magazine in the introductory story that accompanied the rankings; it referred to Ford’s Colony as “a well-established family-owned community with acclaimed golf courses and dining.” Within the rankings, the editors noted Ford’s Colony’s classic home designs and the fact that half of the community’s 3,000 acres have been preserved as green space, in addition to lauding the country club amenities.Where to Retire also noted the availability of maintenance-free living at Nottingham Place, Ford’s Colony’s newest neighborhood.