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Spend a lovely afternoon touring gorgeous new homes, viewing work from local artists, & enjoying complimentary wine & hors d’oeuvres!

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Liz Moore & Associates and the Linda Matney Fine Art Gallery have teamed up to bring you Williamsburg’s first ever New Home + Art Tour on Sunday, July 26th from 1- 5 pm. Spend a lovely afternoon touring gorgeous new homes in Fords Colony viewing work by local artists, & enjoying complimentary wine & light hors d’oeuvres. Click here to download a map of participating properties.

 

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Read the latest Fords Colony newsletter for July 2015

Anyone considering a move to Williamsburg will find lots of valuable info for the Fords Colony community and Williamsburg VA. Explore the 52+ active clubs, see what’s happening below..

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Read the latest newsletter for Fords Colony…

Are you thinking of a move to Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg VA ? You might want to read the latest newsletter for the neighborhood. The Talk of the Colony published monthly is distributed to

5000 residents, living in over 2400 homes in Fords Colony.

 

You will find updates from the 54 different club or interest groups, updates from different committees many other helpful articles.

 

 

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Click here to find out more about living in Fords Colony

2014 Southern Living Showcase Home in Fords Colony, Williamsburg, Virginia Opens This Friday at 10 am!

Inspired by the pages of Southern Living magazine, the award winning team at Wayne Harbin, Builders is building “Harrison Place,” a 3,500 square foot, fully furnished and decorated show homeInspired by the pages of Southern Living magazine, the award winning team at Wayne Harbin, Builders is building “Harrison Place,” a 3,500 square foot, fully furnished and decorated show home, outside the gate on Fords Colony Drive.  Preferred subcontractors are featuring the latest and greatest trends in home design, interior finishes, and home electronics.  Unleash your inner chef with on-site cooking demonstrations in our fabulous kitchen, discover imaginative landscaping and outdoor space ideas, and find design inspiration and style tips in every room!

The Southern Living Showcase Home will open to the public for tours beginning November 7th, Friday through Sunday from 10-5.  Tickets are on sale now for $10 in advance ($12 at the door) at www.WilliamsburgShowcaseHome.com, with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity and Operation Welcome Home.  12 passenger shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes from the Fords Colony Country Club, where you can learn more about the community named the number one master plan in America, and touted year after year as one of the top places in the country to retire.

Westport at Fords Colony breaks ground on first home..

Westport is the latest addition to Ford’s Colony, and is unlike anything in the Williamsburg area. Westport is the only neighborhood in Ford’s Colony offering estate sized home sites ranging from 3 to 5 acres. Nowhere else can you find this much privacy in a master-planned community the caliber of Ford’s Colony, and still enjoy convenient access to all of the attractions, shopping, and dining of Williamsburg, VA.

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Although any builder can build in Westport the first spec/ model homes will be built by Stonehill Builders from Northern Va

Stonehill is a personalized design-build custom homebuilder, offering
distinctive homes and floor plans ranging in size from 3,500 to 8,000 sq. ft. in
Westport at Ford’s Colony.
Based in Northern Virginia, just two hours from Williamsburg, Stonehill has
built some of the most prestigious homes in the Washington, D. C. area. The
company has experience building a variety of home styles and sizes ranging from
2,500 to 18,000 sq. ft. They’ve built homes throughout the Mid-Atlantic region
including many in the Williamsburg, Virginia area, some even in Ford’s Colony.

photo 3Stonehill is managed by Gary and Greg Dempsey, a father and son that take great pride in running their company with the personal attention and exceptional customer service you’d expect from a family run business. With Stonehill, either Gary or Greg personally handles each project. At least one of the owners of the company is on the project site every day and personally involved. They are available to speak or meet with their homebuyers anytime, including evenings and weekends. Stonehill’s goal is to build a relationship of trust and understanding with each buyer, making the process more comfortable and keeping communication open.

photo 2“Every home buyer is emotionally invested in their new home’s construction,” said Gary Dempsey, President of Stonehill Company. “I have great empathy for my home buyers and I always make myself available for questions and provide guidance and advice helping them create their dream home. Every buyer is trying to build the best home for their family and their lifestyle; I use my experience and expertise to help make that process as easy for them as possible.” What makes Stonehill so special is the level of quality in both materials and craftsmanship offered at a value to their homebuyers. Gary has been in the construction industry for over 40 years and Greg has been in the industry for over 12 years; they’ve seen fads come and go and have seen the value and longevity of using quality materials. Stonehill believes in installing these fine materials by tried and true methods, all included in the price of their homes.

entrance road for westportStonehill holds their work to such high quality standards because aside from building custom homes, Gary is also a Certified Commercial and Residential Building Inspector and expert witness on construction and materials. Gary has a reputation for careful inspection and excellence, qualities that are evident in every Stonehill home. Stonehill welcomes buyers to visit their home sites and inspect their quality and craftsmanship for themselves. Since one of the owner’s is on site daily, buyers’ questions are answered immediately and changes can be made quickly. Customization and changes are so welcome that Stonehill offers homebuyers access to an online design studio where they can manipulate a virtual floor plan of their home. For example, buyers can customize the basement or add an attached sunroom to the home; the possibilities are endless.

 

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To further explore building a home or purchasing a lot at Westport or elsewhere in the WIlliamsburg VA, James City County, New Kent County areas contact John@MrWilliamsburg.com or 757 254 8136.

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, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and Mr Williamsburg.com 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. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities,   condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent,  Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton,  Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth  Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry,  Va Beach, Yorktown  and York County Virginia 

You can reach John by emailJohn@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @  757-254-8136

Westport Development Moving Forward…

On May14th,The James City County Board of Supervisors will consider a contract award to Meridian Land Company to complete the infrastructure at the failed Westport subdivision off of Centerville Rd across from Fords Colony

The Westport development has been sitting idle for a number of years now. Its grand opening was in May of 2008. Amazingly nine lots were sold without any roads or infrastructure being built. The community is composed of 102 lots between three to five acres in size.

Realtec Incorporated , the original developer of Ford’s Colony and Westport took out a surety bond with Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland  in the amount of $2,245,000 .  Realtec failed to complete necessary infrastructure for the development and the property was  foreclosed upon by Meridian Land Corporation, LLC

 On February 28, 2012, the County entered into an agreement  with Realtec and Meridian Land Corporation, to establish a framework for completion of Westport contingent upon the County’s receipt of the bond proceeds.

As a result of Realtec’s failure to complete the infrastructure, the County made demand on F&D for the bond proceeds. F&D assumed full responsibility and the County has received the full bond proceeds of $2,245,000.

Using the bond proceeds,the County wishes to enter into an agreement with Meridian, to perform work on the infrastructure

Apparently the bonds were not large enough to cover the planned infrastructure improvements which include a costly well facility. Meridian will contribute the funds necessary in excess of the bond proceeds for the completion of Westport 

Meridian estimates final completion of the infrastructure, including those portions not paid by the bond proceeds to be finished  by December 31, 2014.

Westport Location

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One of a kind golf course home in Fords Colony

“Grand and comfortable.” This was John and Diana’s guiding vision in designing their gracious brick Colonial that bears resemblance to the Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg.

front“We wanted a house that was not a replica of the Governor’s Palace, but that made people say ‘Hey, this looks a little like it,’” said John, the CEO of a federal government contractor. “We wanted it to be one of the neighborhood’s showcases, but we also wanted a place where people would feel comfortable, where they could put their feet up and relax. I feel we accomplished that.”

The 6,500 square foot home was built in 2006 by Hallmark Builders. “We went with Hallmark because of the quality of their homes,” John said. “Their homes are very sturdy and we like the creativity of the owner.”

The couple chose to build their home in the country club community of Ford’s Colony because it offered multiple golf courses. “Diana and I play golf several times a week,” said John. “We knew we would get bored if we played the same course so often.” Ford’s Colony includes three Dan Maples championship golf courses; the couple chose to build their home on the 15th hole of the Blue Heron course.

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Maximizing views of the golf course was a primary goal in placing the home on the nearly half-acre lot. Several of the rooms, including the great room, kitchen, keeping room, master bedroom and study, have outstanding golf course views.

The overall size of the house was influenced by one of John’s must-haves: oversized garage doors to easily get his cars in and out of the home’s two garages. “In some ways, our design size all started with the 10-foot wide garage doors,” said John. “With wider doors, we had a wider base for the house.”

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That extra footage was perfect for meeting another of the couple’s requirements, extra large guest bedrooms to accommodate their many guests. Three spacious guest bedrooms with en suite bathrooms are on the second floor; the master bedroom, which includes a sitting area and tray ceiling, is on the main level.

John and Diane are movie-lovers, so a fully equipped movie room was included on the second level, above the two-car garage. The room includes a 60” x 90”movie screen and seven theatre-style reclining seats with ButtKicker simulation technology. The movie room, which is John’s favorite space in the house, includes a wet bar, a beverage center, and a dinette for two. A spiral staircase leads from the movie room to the kitchen.

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The second level also includes a game room with a pinball machine, diner-like eating area, and custom built-in twin beds so the couple’s grandchildren could have sleep-overs. “The room was created primarily for our grandchildren,” John noted.

On the main level is a formal living room, a two-story great room, and a large kitchen designed for a true cook. “The kitchen has plenty of space to put everything where you need it,” said John. “Three or four people can work in there without bumping. It’s great for entertaining.”

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The kitchen has a breakfast bar, space for a dining table, and a “keeping room” nook area (with fireplace) that overlooks the back yard and the golf course. “It feels so comfortable and cozy when it’s just the two of us,” said Diana of her favorite spot in the house.

Conveniently located off the kitchen is another home essential, a wine room. John and Diana are wine enthusiasts— with a penchant for French wines— so they included a climate controlled wine room with custom racks to hold 880 bottles. “We never had more than 450 bottles of wine there because we kept drinking it!” John joked. The room features a Tiffany lamp and Italian hand paintings of grapes and vines on the double-paned glass of the room’s window and door.

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The first floor includes a cherry-paneled study with shelving and a custom, built-in desk large enough that John and Diana can work on opposite sides of the desk at the same time. There is also a main floor music room that houses Diana’s baby grand piano. “There are great acoustics because of the hardwood floors,” said Diana, who is a former NIH grants policy officer. “When I play, the music reverberates through the rest of the house.” Floors on the first level and in the upper hallway/movie room are Brazilian cherry.

Ceilings on the first floor are 10 feet high, and all of the main doors on that level, including the entry door, are 9 feet. “It looks very grand, very impressive,” John said. “And, the doors have period brass fixtures that feel substantial in your hand.”

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The couple included extensive, detailed molding throughout the home. The dining room has wainscoting and 10-piece crown molding. The coffered ceiling in the kitchen has 6-piece moldings, and most of the other rooms have crown molding with at least 4 pieces. “The moldings are not pretentious, they’re just really nice,” said John. “The finish work in this house is just fantastic.”

Another unusual feature is the extensive use of different types of granite. Diana’s favorite is the Black Marinace granite used both in the kitchen and as a surround for the study’s fireplace. “It looks like sliced river rock,” she said.

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The couple created a backyard oasis with a deck, a hot tub and an outdoor kitchen with gas grill, refrigerator and sink. A pond-less waterfall feature provides the sound of falling water that John enjoys.

The back yard also has a natural gas built-in fire pit. “No wood is required, but sometimes I’ll put a few sticks on it to get the snap and crackle sound,” said John.

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The Ford’s Colony gated community offers numerous amenities, including playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, swimming pools, and 200+ acres of natural preserve with 12 miles of paved walking/biking trails. The Country Club’s dining room has garnered AAA Five Diamond awards.

But the couple likes the neighborhood activities even more than the amenities. They were members of the Wine Enthusiasts Club, once hosting a wine party for about 80 people, and participated in the Dance Club. “Ford’s Colony is phenomenal in the way it embraces residents, and it’s easy to make friends here,” said Diana, noting that the monthly newsletter includes pages of activities that range from bowling and fishing to bird watching and theatre. “If you can’t find something interesting here, you’re just not living,” Diana said.

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Yet it’s at home that the couple seems most happy. “We just love to be outside, to sit on the deck and watch nature take its course,” said John. “We might put 10 chairs around the fire pit, have a few bottles of wine, invite some friends and talk around the camp fire. We’ve had some really great evenings sitting round that fire pit.”

John and Diana, who have a primary home in the Washington, D.C. area, built their Ford’s Colony home as a second residence, with a plan to retire there. For the first few years, they were able to spend significant time in Ford’s Colony. However, more recently John’s retirement plans changed, and for the past couple years they have spent less than 20 days a year there.

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“Since we aren’t able to use it much, even though we love it and long to go down, we’re selling the home,” John said. Why did they choose John Womeldorf, Mr. Williamsburg, to help them with the sale? “His marketing strategy matched what we were looking for,” said Diana. “And the company had impressive credentials.”

Diana said that she will miss her Ford’s Colony home. “Some of my favorite times were in the fall, sitting by the fire pit, looking onto the golf course with a glass of wine and chatting into the dark.”

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Why the stories? Because these aren’t just houses, they’re homes. 

Mr. Williamsburg knows that when you’re looking for a new place, you’re searching for more than just four walls plus amenities, you’re looking for that welcoming refuge we call home That’s why we go beyond the standard “4 bedrooms, 3 baths on large lot” statistics, to share how others have lived in this house, to reveal the home’s unique personality, to help you decide whether this is a place where your family could thrive.

Likewise, we realize that you’re seeking not simply a development within a particular zip code, but also an opportunity to become part of a community. That’s why we share our sellers’ experiences as members of that neighborhood. 

We trust these stories will assist you in finding your way home.

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Want to tell your home’s story? Contact John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf at (757) 254-8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com and we’ll get you started.