Ford’s 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.
We moved to FC last March / April. We have three kids…a 2, 14, & 17 (yes, you read that right!). We visited Williamsburg often when we lived in VB and Chesapeake, and my wife would work once a month in WB and always said how she loved it. So we decided to venture out here. Couldn’t be happier. As for the kids, mine (with the exception of the 2yr old), are not big into kid activities (heck, even when they were younger they were not). However, from what I can tell the neighborhood does seems rather family friendly. There are lots of walking paths, swim / tennis clubs which are included in the HOA, and they do things throughout the year for kids (spring fling, easter egg hunt, halloween stuff, etc).
You definitely find many retirees in FC, but there still seem to be a good number of kids. I see some riding their skateboards around, bikes, etc. We have more than a few houses on our street with kids, from young bucks like our 2yr old to middle school and high school kids. Spring and summer I can always hear kids laughing from somewhere.
Very peaceful neighborhood as well, I don’t worry when my kids are outside because i feel the neighborhood itself is safe. Not that my kids just run amok in the street of course!
As far as Williamsburg itself, there are some very nice public parks, and of course many opportunities for “educational” things between colonial williamsburg and jamestown to name a couple. Ford’s Colony is very close to New Town, which my oldest daughter loves going to and walking around.
Schools we are very happy with. My kids currently go to Hornsby MS and Lafayette HS and we are thrilled with them (especially coming from their previous schools). Our 2yr will go to Montague if I remember right. When we were researching the schools we felt very good about the zoning.
All in all, Ford’s Colony has felt more like home for us than any place we have ever lived.
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.
Murdoch’s (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC) 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.
HISTORY: 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.
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.
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 and Activities at Ford’s Colony
Ford’s Colony’s extensive list of clubs and activities reflects the diverse interests of our multigenerational community. One of the many things that make our community a very special place to live is the variety of clubs and activities available at our Swim & Tennis Club, Westbury Park Sports & Recreation Complex and the Exercise Studio in our Community Services Building. More than sixty clubs and activities offer something for everyone! Each club or activity was initiated by a group of residents sharing a common interest. They are managed by the FCHOA Activities
Committee consisting of representatives from each club and activity
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 tennis Dine 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.
Joining a Club at Ford’s Colony provides a great way to meet new people! A community of beautiful homes in beautiful settings is the physical side of Ford’s Colony. But what makes the community a very special place to live is the variety of clubs and activities available. More than sixty! These are not simply amenities provided by the management. They are the heart and soul of Ford’s Colony. Residents founded them, manage them, and fill the membership rosters. So if you don’t see one that embraces your hobby, your avocation, your interest or area of volunteerism, you can easily fix that: just put together your own group of like-minded residents.
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
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
Here is a brief overview of the types of memberships available
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.
Condos: 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.
Eaglescliffe Condos for saleCost comparison Eaglescliffe Condos versus a detached home in Ford’s Colony
Townhomes: The Links:
The Links is a private neighborhood of custom designed townhomes which gently wind around the eighth hole of the Ford’s Colony championship golf course and the edges of a gorgeous lake
Neighborhoods at Ford’s Colony Williamsburg :
Parke at Fords Colony- On HOLD AT THIS TIME-Voted down by JCC Planning committee
Your 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
Nestled 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 water
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.
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.
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 Colony
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.
Located 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 acre.
Nestled 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 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
Within the gates of Nottingham Place, you find homes of unparalleled luxury designed by some of 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 services
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