• 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 website is 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 email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813

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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Read more about Fords Colony here

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.

Who sold more Fords Colony real estate in 2012 ?

Bragging Rights !

It seems there are many real estate brokers  in the area that claim to be  #1 this and #1 that. I felt it was time to set the record straight. Drum roll please.

The NUMBER #1 Brokerage for sales and listings in Fords Colony in 2012 was Liz Moore and Associates. With an astounding 31.98% market share, we sold or listed one of every three homes in the community in 2012.

The runners up for 2012 in second and third place were William E Wood and Fords Colony Realty who had a COMBINED share of 28% .

Our company had sales greater than the combined totals for the offices in 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th place combined.

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Click here to see all detached homes for sale in Fords Colony

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Download a detailed sales report for Fords Colony showing all homes sold in 2012

Download sales statistics for Fords Colony in 2012 here

What does this mean for you?  Well, we’ve had a strong market this year with steady home values and an increase in market activity.  If you’re thinking of selling anytime soon, consider going on the market to take advantage of the increased number of buyers, list prices, sales prices, and fewer days on the market before sale..

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 in the local real estate market.

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.

I can help you access all the information you will need about choosing a neighborhood and buying a home in New Kent, Gloucester, Newport News, Hampton, York County, Smithfield, Williamsburg, Poquoson or the greater Hampton Roads area, including area information on schools, local government, shopping, activities for the children and more! Whether you have made a decision to relocate, retire or are just considering a move to Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA, let me help make your transition or PCS to the area a smooth and enjoyable one!

Hampton Roads is a transient community due to the large population of military members in the area. I have a unique perspective on relocation and have helped many families move in and out of the area. I understand the kind of support team it takes to make a smooth transition.

Area Orientations

Complete tours can be scheduled to help you familiarize yourself with Williamsburg and Hampton Roads neighborhoods, home prices, shopping centers, military bases, recreational facilities, public & private schools and transportation systems. My orientation will provide you with awareness of aircraft noise & accident potential zones, flood zones, major traffic patterns and commute times to your job.

You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities, condos and townhomes ,foreclosures/ REO, land, building lots, commercial property in Williamsburg , Yorktown, New Kent, Gloucester, Poquoson as well as the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads, Virginia

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

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

Fords Colony Real Estate Market Turns Around in 2012

fords colony williamsburg vaWhat a difference a year makes for home sales in Fords Colony, Williamsburg VA !

At the beginning of 2012 the unsold home inventory in Fords Colony stood at almost a 17 month supply. As of today it is almost at six months, WOW. ( six months is considered a balanced market. Under six months is a sellers market)

This makes it the number one most improved neighborhood market in the James City County, Williamsburg VA area..

It almost feels like 2005 again with a number of homes selling within a few days and multiple offers coming in on a number of listings.

From a low of 78 sales in 2011,the total number of homes sold soared 56% in 2012 to  118 homes.

In 2012 there were 19 homes in Fords Colony that sold in 10 days or less. 45 homes sold in 45 days or less. Basically if a homes comes on the market in Fords Colony that is realistically priced and is decent condition they are selling in a very short period.

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A few highlights for 2012:

Median days on market has dropped from 345 to 73 days !

The number of homes on the market has dropped from 112 in Jan 2012 to 88 in Jan 2013  (21% drop)

8 home sales have closed in 2013 so far compared to 3 in January 2012 ( 166% increase)

A number of price categories had tremendous jumps in sales activities. Sales for homes priced from 350k to 400k increased 78% from 14 sales in 2011 to 25 sales in 2012. From 450k to 500k the number of homes sold soared 89% from 9 to 17.

500k to 550k jumped 45%. 600k to 700k home sales increased 66% from 6 to 10. The upper end is starting to move again as well . There were 4 sales over $900k in Fords Colony in 2012 versus only 2 in 2011

List prices are increasing in 2013. The median list price has jumped 10% from $454,500 to $500k.. Although median sales prices dipped from $487,500 in 2011 to 479k in 2012. It is steadily increasing in the last 12 months. We will most likely see a 10% increase in median sales prices this year due to the low inventory of home.

Percentage discounts from list price ranged from 84% to 1.03 percent. Yes, that’s correct buyers paid more than list price. The median discount has been 96% from list price . This has risen to 98% in the last 3 months. We are seeing a number of offers coming in at list price. In this price range fewer buyers are asking for closing costs. Most simply pay them own.

So, what does this mean to you as a buyer ? Expect to pay more , make an offer quickly if you want the home, expect competing offers on nice homes that are priced reasonably.

If you are Fords Colony homeowner thinking of selling , maybe now is the time !. I would be happy to chat if you so desire..

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Fords Colony Country Club announces sale

The sale of of Ford’s Colony Country Club was finalized on Friday, November 30, 2012. The club was purchased by a joint venture comprised of Accord Golf Capital and Och-Ziff Real Estate. The joint venture brings together a management team with well over 50 years of combined golf industry experience and a significant capital provideThe sale of of Ford’s Colony Country Club in Williamsburg was finalized on Friday, November 30, 2012. The club was purchased by a joint venture comprised of Accord Golf Capital and Och-Ziff Real Estate. The joint venture brings together a management team with well over 50 years of combined golf industry experience and a significant capital provider. The venture was created to acquire golf assets similar in size and stature to Ford’s Colony. Ford’s Colony is the first of what we believe will be many such acquisitions. The new owner has retained Traditional Golf Management (TGM) to oversee the day to day operations of the club. There is a fantastic team in place at Ford’s Colony and we are looking forward to working with them to build upon the great reputation that has been established through the years.

Traditional Golf Management (TGM) is a golf management company established in 1999, located in Toano, Virginia. TGM operates a total of thirteen clubs including six in Virginia Brickshire in Providence Forge,  King Carter in Irvington, , Royal New Kent in Providence Forge, Stonehouse in Toano, and Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville
TGM also operates clubs in North Carolina (5), Connecticut (1) and New York (1). TGM has extensive experience operating both private and semi-private golf clubs. At each of TGM s clubs we strive to enhance the overall member experience and customer satisfaction through open and frequent communication, upgraded member services, structured and ongoing capital improvements and ultimately improving the overall member value proposition.

Country Club @ Fords Colony (6)The new ownership group not only understands how important Ford’s Colony is to the members as an amenity and social hub, but also understands the value the club brings to the residents of the surrounding community. TGM is working diligently to compile a comprehensive plan of improvements and enhancements,

Beginning January 1, 2013, Fords Colony Country Club members will have reciprocal member access to the three local TGM Clubs as well as reciprocal access to an additional nine Clubs in the TGM network.  Members can play at Stonehouse, Royal New Kent and Brickshire for a member cart fee of $20.

Read more about Ford’s Colony here

Ford’s Colony Hosts 25th Anniversary Parade this weekend

A parade will be held this Saturday October 13th to Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Fords Colony

The parade  honors Ford’s Colony’s residents who are active duty military,  veterans and its community volunteers which number in the hundreds.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         The parade will start at 1:00 PM along Williamsburg West Drive starting at the gate off Longhill Road and concluding with a ceremony (EMCEED BY AL WOODS) at the Westbury Pool where Ford’s Colony military heroes and volunteers will receive the accolades they deserve. 

The long range weather forecast is for partly cloudy skies, temperatures in the mid 60s and no wind. Bring your chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy this beautiful, celebratory day
It’s a “don’t miss happening” at Ford’s Colony. Come cheer for the 10 Grand Marshalls, all WW II veterans, riding in beautiful cars supplied by Fords Colony  residents and some of their Auto Enthusiasts. The massed color guards of the James City County Fire and Police Departments will lead the parade followed by  active duty military and veterans, an element of the Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drum Corps, many of resident clubs and volunteers waving flags and carrying banners, and the marching Band of The Lafayette High School Rams.

Want to go?

The parade starts at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 13, along Williamsburg West Drive. It is open to the public, but parking is limited. Plan to arrive at or before 12:30 pm.

Fords Colony foreclosing on home owner for not paying HOA dues

100 walton heath home being forclosedIn many states it is not difficult for an HOA to foreclose on a residents home for past due amounts even if the amount owed is just a few hundred dollars.

"The fact of the matter is, the laws of the state of Virginia allow the homeowners association to file assessment liens on properties who haven’t paid their assessments, and they also allow foreclosure on those liens,"

While these situations are rare in Williamsburg. VA this marks the second case filed recently by the Fords Colony Home Owners Association. This time the HOA has engaged the  Association Dues Assurance Corporation of St Clair Shores Michigan to foreclose on a home located at 100 Walton Heath in the Fords Colony neighborhood.

A foreclosure auction is scheduled for September 27th unless the lien is satisfied prior to that time according to a notice that was posted in the local newspaper.

Anyone who stops paying a mortgage knows the bank can come after their home but most don’t realize that a home owners association has the same power.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Sadly I guess it was bound to happen with well over 2000 property owners who have to pay the $392 quarterly dues. Even lot owners who don’t love there have to pay the fee.

The property being foreclosed on by Ford’s Colony HOA is a  5900 square foot nine bedroom home built in 2009 and owned by Patrice Perry. The home is currently assessed by James City County for $701k

( note: we were unable to verify the amount of unpaid HOA fees due on this home)

If an association did not have a means, a forceful means, to collect that money from any homeowner who, for whatever reason, couldn’t pay, it places an unfair burden on every other owner in that association.

Homeowners associations require dues to maintain common areas — pools, parks, landscaping and lighting. After owners default, the associations are left with few options. They can either slash services or raise the fees.

Homeowner Associations generally attempt to work deals with homeowners and only foreclose after dues go unpaid for more than a year or longer, experts say. That way they avoid the attorneys fees and court costs that come with foreclosing. By foreclosing, the associations are then on the hook for maintaining the seized properties. The filing indicates a lien was filed against the property back in January 2011

Frank Rathbun, a spokesman for the Virginia-based Community Association Institute, CAI, said associations don’t want to foreclose, but will as a last resort.

"Associations have to operate as the businesses they are," Rathbun said. "Homeowner associations have a responsibility to maintain the community."

Virginia  law allows homeowners associations to foreclose on a home or property if the owner owes money to the association.

The Virginia Property Owners’ Association Act governs the operation of property owners’ associations. According to the act, homeowners associations can file liens on residents if they don’t pay assessments, fines or other costs associated with both.

Nationally, about 62 million people live in 310,000 homeowners associations, condominium communities, residential cooperatives and other planned communities, according to the Community Association Institute. A survey by the group in October found that 65 percent of homeowners associations have delinquency rates exceeding 5 percent, up from just 19 percent of associations in 2005.

What about you ?. Do you think Home Owner Associations should be allowed to foreclose when HOA  fees are not paid ? 

Read more about Fords Colony here

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Pssssst…….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 in the local real estate market.

I can help you access all the information you will need about choosing a neighborhood and buying a home in New Kent, Gloucester, Newport News, Hampton, York County, Smithfield, Williamsburg, Poquoson or the greater Hampton Roads area, including area information on schools, local government, shopping, activities for the children and more! Whether you have made a decision to relocate, retire or are just considering a move to Williamsburg or  Hampton Roads VA, let me help make your transition or PCS to the  area a smooth and enjoyable one!

Hampton Roads is a transient community due to the large population of military members in the area. I have a unique perspective on relocation and have helped many families move in and out of the area. I understand the kind of support team it takes to make a smooth transition.

Area Orientations

Complete tours can be scheduled to help you familiarize yourself with Williamsburg and Hampton Roads neighborhoods, home prices, shopping centers, military bases, recreational facilities, public & private schools and transportation systems. My orientation will provide you with awareness of aircraft noise & accident potential zones, flood zones, major traffic patterns and commute times to your job.

You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities, condos and townhomes ,foreclosures/ REO,  land, building lots, commercial property  in Williamsburg , Yorktown, New Kent, Gloucester, Poquoson as well as the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads, Virginia

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

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

Just sold in Fords Colony-Williamsburg VA

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bannerpsst … 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 areas of Virginia 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 the Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads area and  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.

Here you can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities, condos and townhomes , foreclosures/ REOland, building lots, commercial property  in Williamsburg , Yorktown, New Kent, Gloucester, Poquoson as well as the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads, Virginia
You can reach John by phone at 757-254-8136 or email him atJohn@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

Court grants judgment against Realtec in Fords Colony lawsuit

fc signOne of  two homeowner cases against Realtec has been resolved successfully. At a hearing on Thursday, July 19, 2012, the Court granted a Motion for Summary Judgment against Realtec. The Court agreed with the Fords Colony Homeowners Association’s position that Realtec did not have the unilateral authority to re-designate Ford’s Colony Drive from “Reserved Area” to "Common Area" by which Realtec was attempting to force the FCHOA to accept financial responsibility for Ford’s Colony Drive in its “as-is” condition. According to the Declaration, Realtec has the financial obligation to maintain Ford’s Colony Drive.

The Board, along with legal counsel, is evaluating the extent that this decision boosts it’s position in another case against Realtec.

Read more about Ford’s Colony here

Ford’s Colony Spring Tour of Homes

Make plans to visit The Ford’s Colony Spring Tour of Homes  held this Sunday March 25, 2012  from 11:00 to 5:00. There will be 40 homes in Ford’s Colony  participating on the tour of homes ranging in price from $339,000 to $1,200,000. The tour of homes will benefit Child Development Resources. Visitors can pick up tour packet by visiting the Ford’s Colony Country Club. The Country Club is located at the end of Ford’s Colony Drive.

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For more information, please contact John Womeldorf @ 757 254 8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com 

Directions: Take 199 to Longhill Rd. Proceed about 2 miles down Longhill Rd. (you will pass Lafayette High School). Turn left onto Ford’s Colony Dr. Drive down Ford’s Colony Dr. for a little over 1/2 a mile and veer to the right at the traffic circle. The Country Club will be on your right.

Special Golf Deal at Ford’s Colony-Williamsburg VA

For a limited time only, enjoy a full season of golf from March through October on three of Williamsburg’s finest championship golf courses for only $1600! The Players Card features:

  • 54 Holes of championship golf
  • No greens fees
  • Access to range & practice facilities
  • 2-Day advance tee time privileges
  • Weekdays after 2 p.m. & weekends after 10 a.m.
  • Great food at Harry’s Sports Bar before or after play

At $1600, it’s the best golf deal in Williamsburg!

 Country Club @ Fords Colony (7) 

For further information or to schedule a tour of the facilities, please contact Gary Huneycutt at 258-4345 or garyh@fordscolonycc.com .

Find out more about the Fords Colony Country Club here

More info on homes and the Fords Colony community here

James City County BOS Agrees to Assist in Development of Westport Subdivision

In their meeting of 2/28/2012 The James City County Supervisors  voted to approve an agreement that will assist the failed subdivision of Westport across from Ford’s Colony on Centerville Road in move forward with development of the community.

The developer of Westport Subdivision has not made the necessary public improvements to the property and the lot owners have no road access or water. As a result, these lot owners cannot get  building permits.

James City County has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement  with Realtec, Incorporated, the property owner, and Meridian Land Company, the successor in interest to Meridian Bank, the lien holder on the Property, for installing infrastructure in the Westport Subdivision.

Leo Rogers, JCC Attorney, stated that while the County is not engaged in the business of development, it does serve as a consumer protection agent when it comes to the subdivision of lots. Mr. Rogers stated that it is required by local and State code that certain amenities get put into place.

Since Realtec is unable to install the necessary improvements, the agreement would allow the County and Meridian Land to install the improvements. The County’s liability is limited to the amount of the bond (the “Bond”), $2,245,000. The required infrastructure improvements are estimated to cost approximately $4,000,000. Under a proposed agreement, the County would call the Bond and either have the bonding company make the improvements or pay the Bond amount to the County. Given that the estimated costs exceed the Bond amount, it is unlikely the bonding company would take on the responsibility of installing the improvements.

It is possible that the County may need to file suit against the bonding company in order to collect on the Bond. Assuming the County collects the Bond proceeds, Meridian Land would obtain the title to the Property and assume responsibility for any additional costs for the improvements in excess of the Bond proceeds; in addition, the County would need to follow the Public Procurement Act in order to install the necessary public improvements. Meridian Land would be responsible for the additional cost and could be a party to the public contract or enter into a separate agreement. Meridian Land would be the project manager. Under any of these circumstances, the County’s liability would be limited to the amount of the Bond proceeds.

Fords Colony Country Club in Williamsburg is Up For Sale

Update March , 2012

Prudential has received multiple bids,  some of which were not acceptable for different reasons. Prudential is now at a point where they, along with their broker, will start to clarify their understanding of the remaining bids to determine if one or more meet their requirements. If it turns out that none of the bids satisfy Prudential’s requirements, then they will retain ownership for a while longer. If one is acceptable, then the parties will enter into a “letter of intent” agreement and the potential buyer will start their “due diligence” process.

Prudential Commercial Property Holding Company (Prudential) assumed club ownership upon Ford’s Colony Country Club (FCCC) exiting bankruptcy. Prudential’s business portfolio does not include operating country clubs and from the start, they made their intentions for selling FCCC known to FCCC membership.

At the end of 2011 Prudential contracted with Marcus & Millichap, a realtor specializing in the sales of golf course and country clubs, to pursue the sale of FCCC.

 

What is $9,950,000 That’s the price being asked  for Ford’s Colony Country Club, Alex. Almost half of what was owed on the property in April of 2010 when it filed for  bankruptcy. Prudential  Financial named  Affiniti Golf as the new manager in May of 2011 as they emerged from chapter 11 proceedings.Affiniti was brought on to improve the golf courses, the members’ experience, and the financial performance of the club prior to marketing the club for sale.

imageThe club is being marketed by National Golf & Resort Properties Group, a division of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services.

In it’s sales description is notes “ Essentially, Ford’s Colony lost its identity during bankruptcy/foreclosure, when the allure of revenue growth through increases in public play led to membership discontent. The membership base has fallen from an approximate 1,050 high to a current 749 members. It should be noted that they did add  51 new members since June of 2011.

Country ClubOffered for sale are the 30,000 square foot club, featuring a 5 diamond award winning
dining, a state-of-the-art golf academy, and a pro shop that has continually been rated No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic, 54 Holes of Championship, Dan Maples Golf

45 additional building lots are offered separately at an additional cost.  REO Lots Available at Additional Price.

This has been a painful process for the Country Club and it’s members.

it is important to note that  the Ford’s Colony Country Club has no financial ties to the Home Owner’s Association. The majority of homeowners in Ford’s Colony do not belong to the Country Club.

Read more about the Ford’s Colony Community here

Read more about the case here

Like what you are reading ? Want to receive updates by email in the future ? Sign up here  banner 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 KentPoquoson, 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 email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @  757-254-8136

2011 Fall Ford’s Colony Parade of Homes in Williamsburg

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You are cordially Invited to Fords Colony Parade of Homes, this weekend October 8th and 9th, from 11am to 3pm.

Would you like to see homes in Ford’s Colony without a pesky real estate agent taking you around ?

Well, now’s your chance.

The annual Fall Ford’s Colony Open House Tour will be held this weekend, October 8th and 9th, from 11am to 3pm.  Come check out the exquisite Liz Moore listings and be entered into a drawing for an Opus 9 gift card.  Click on this link  for a list of participating homes and directions, or call John Womeldorf @ 757 254 8136  757.645.4106.  See you there!

Most of the other real estate brokers in Williamsburg, William E Wood, Prudential Towne, First Choice, and Long and Foster will also be hosting homes on the parade . All Open houses will be marked with red ribbons on the mailboxes. A total of 50+ homes will be open for viewing.

Click here to find out more about Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg, VA

Click here for directions to the start of the Liz Moore Fords Colony Parade which starts at 109 North Knob Hill

You can pick up a map and parade directions at that home.

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Like what you are reading ? Want to receive updates by email in the future ? Sign up here  banner 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 KentPoquoson, 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 email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @  757-254-8136

Ford’s Colony Sues Realtec Over Road Conditions

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         The Ford’s Colony  Homeowners’ Association commenced an action against Realtec Incorporated, ( Developer of Ford’s Colony) brought on by Realtec’s refusal to repair the continually deteriorating condition of Ford’s Colony Drive..  Realtec owns and has the responsibility to maintain and repair the drive which is the main entrance to Ford’s Colony Country Club

The suit seeks damages to permit the Homeowners’ Association to have the deteriorated roadway and associated areas repaired.  The suit was commenced only after protracted discussions between the Homeowners’ Association Board and Realtec were unproductive.

Many questions have been posed to various members of the Ford’s Colony Homeowners Association Board of Directors by residents  concerning our suit against Realtec regarding Ford’s Colony Drive.

1. Is the Ford’s Colony Homeowners Association (FCHOA) in financial difficulty? 
There is no linkage between Realtec’s “financial trouble” and the FCHOA.  The FCHOA is a separate and distinct entity operated by its Homeowners Association Board of Directors elected by its property owners. The Association is financially viable and self-sustaining. It does not have any financial problems and never has.

2. Are the Fords still running the country club?

The country club bankruptcy proceeding has ended. After the owners of the country club (principally the Fords) withdrew their plan for reorganization, Prudential’s (the principal creditor) plan was adopted. The club is now operated and controlled by Prudential through a management company it retained. It is completely independent of Realtec and the Fords. The Homeowners Association has never owned nor operated the country club.

3. Why is FCHOA  suing Realtec?

Ford’s Colony Drive is the main entrance to Ford’s Colony. It provides the first impression to all who pass through. Its present deteriorated condition, as set forth in the lawsuit, is inconsistent with the rest of Ford’s Colony and totally unacceptable. The reasons for the suit are to repair the drive, and to assure it will be maintained in the future.

4. Will the lawsuit cost more than it’s worth?

While we cannot at this time go into all the details, rest assured the the FCHOA  Board has weighed all factors and shares the common opinion that if  successful in the lawsuit, the benefits to our owners will exceed its cost.

Ford’s Colony Homeowner Association Is Foreclosing On Delinquent Property Owners

Anyone who stops paying a mortgage knows the bank can come after their home.

But homeowners associations foreclosing on properties? Its now happening in Williamsburg VA.

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The two properties being foreclosed on by Ford’s Colony HOA are both building lots with golf course frontage. The lot at 123 James Bray was purchased way back in 1987 for $75k. It is assessed by James City County for $146k. The other lot being foreclosed on is located at 4 Bates Ct, it was purchased in 1994 for $60k and is assessed for $117k.

Both appear to be owned by the same owners: Colonial Designs / William and Martha Bryant of Atlanta Ga.

The foreclosure sales are being handled by Philip S. Chapman, Esq. with Tarley Robinson, PLC in Williamsburg, VA.  The lots will be offered at public auction on Friday, August 5, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. on the steps of the entrance to the Williamsburg/James City County Courthouse

( note: we were unable to verify the amount of unpaid HOA fees due on these lots)

Homeowners associations require dues to maintain common areas — pools, parks, landscaping and lighting. After owners default, the associations are left with few options. They can either slash services or raise the fees.

Homeowner Associations generally attempt to work deals with homeowners and only foreclose after dues go unpaid for more than a year or longer, experts say. That way they avoid the attorneys fees and court costs that come with foreclosing. By foreclosing, the associations are then on the hook for maintaining the seized properties.

Frank Rathbun, a spokesman for the Virginia-based Community Association Institute, CAI, said associations don’t want to foreclose, but will as a last resort.

"Associations have to operate as the businesses they are," Rathbun said. "Homeowner associations have a responsibility to maintain the community."

Map location of lots in Ford’s Colony

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Virginia  law allows homeowners associations to foreclose on a home or property if the owner owes money to the association.

The Virginia Property Owners’ Association Act governs the operation of property owners’ associations. According to the act, homeowners associations can file liens on residents if they don’t pay assessments, fines or other costs associated with both.

Nationally, about 62 million people live in 310,000 homeowners associations, condominium communities, residential cooperatives and other planned communities, according to the Community Association Institute. A survey by the group in October found that 65 percent of homeowners associations have delinquency rates exceeding 5 percent, up from just 19 percent of associations in 2005.

What about you ?. Do you think Home Owner Associations should be allowed to foreclose when HOA  fees are not paid ? 

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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.

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

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John

Ford’s Colony Open House Tour April 30th, May 1st 2011

Are you dying to explore homes in Ford’s Colony on your own ? (without a real estate agent ) Well  here is your chance on April 30th and May 1st, 2011 you are cordially Invited to Fords Colony Parade of Homes.

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Our company ( Liz Moore and Associates) will have twenty + homes open on Saturday from 10-3 and Sunday from 11-3. Ford’s Colony ( First Choice Realty and Other Local Brokers are hosting many of their listings as well. Homes on the open house tour will range in price from the lower $300’s to over a  $1,000,000 +. The total number of homes could total as many as 100

You need to enter Fords Colony through the John Pott gate off of Longhill Rd. You can pick up a map with directions to our listings at the guard house.

If you don’t want to be bothered by  agents in the homes simply tell them you are already working with an agent. ( me if you like)

Click here to find out more about Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg, VA

Map to Fords Colony Entrance  is below. Click here for directions

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Agreement Reached in Ford’s Colony Country Club Bankruptcy

clubhouseApril 7, 2011  An agreement has been reached in the Ford’s Colony Country Bankruptcy case.  A status hearing was held today at the US Bankruptcy Court , Eastern District Of Virginia in Newport News Newport News Division  and the agreement was presented to the Court.

As part of the agreement, the Debtors are withdrawing their Chapter 11 Plan and Prudential and the Committee will move forward with their Plan. Prudential and the Committee will amend their Plan to reflect some of the financial agreements that were reached with the Debtors.  The Court moved the confirmation hearing up to May 3, 2011.  It is anticipated that the amended Chapter 11 Plan will be sent out next week.  The court still requires a vote to be taken and members will likely have  7 – 14 days to vote for or against the plan  Under the settlement agreement   Prudential is to become the owner of the Golf Club. A new management company under the direction of Prudential will be put in place on May 3, 2011.

The new management will likely be Affiniti Golf (read their management proposal here).

May 3 is also the date set for the court’s confirmation hearing. All Club members are invited to a meeting at 4 p.m. on April 19 in club’s pavillion to hear about the reorganization plan and hear from Affiniti.

The club filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2010, listing between $10 million and $50 million in debt. The bulk was owed to Prudential on an $18 million note. Another $8 million was owed to insiders or affiliates, $400,000 in unsecured debt and $335,000 in equipment leases.

Update May 2011

Affiniti Golf Partners, LLC has announced the addition of Ford’s Colony Country Club to its portfolio of managed golf courses. This represents the fifteenth club in its portfolio of managed clubs. Ford’s Colony is located in Williamsburg, Virginia and is made up of three 18-hole golf courses – Marsh Hawk, Blackheath, and Blue Heron, all Dan Maple’s designs.

Today the club has 897 members and is available for resort play on a limited basis. Ford’s Colony just emerged from bankruptcy, largely due to the recession and the lack of real estate sales. Substantial improvements will be made to return the club to its former condition and elite status within the Williamsburg area.

Affiniti intends to improve the golf courses, the members’ experience, and the financial performance of the club prior to marketing the club for sale. “We are very pleased to add such a beautiful, well known club to Affiniti’s portfolio,” said Steve Willy, a Founding Partner of Affiniti Golf Partners. “All of us have heard about Ford’s Colony for years and it’s an honor to have the opportunity to work with this great club. We know we can make a big difference for all concerned.” Affiniti currently owns or manages golf properties in Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Bahamas.

Ownership Makeup of Ford’s Colony Entities ( April 2011)

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psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I am a Realtor & real estate consultant and would love to help you find a dream home and community in Williamsburg or sell your home in the area.
I post these articles to keep locals and prospective Williamsburg home buyers updated on area events and news.I am local resident and REALTOR,  known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both my extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and my expertise in the local real estate market. You can explore my websites, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and www.MrWilliamsburg.com  , which were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, with the hopes of selling a house now and again. You can reach me here

Best,

John Womeldorf

Ford’s Colony Country Club Bankruptcy Update

Bankruptcy Hearing Update – March 31, 2011

On March 31, 2011 the court ruled in favor of Prudential’s position, which was supported by the CCMA’s attorney, that "all" members should be allowed to vote. This means that all 900 members will have the opportunity to participate in deciding the future direction of the club. This now clears the way for the voting process to begin. The exact timeline for this process will be known within the next few days. The court also ruled that each plan ( Lender: Prudential & Debtor Country Club)  will have it’s own ballot, a third party Solicitation firm will be used to conduct the mailings and vote tabulations.

Ford’s Colony Country Club filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last spring. The Club, Prudential and the Creditors Committee tried to work out a reorganization plan but so far have not been able to agree on a work out plan/

You can view the reorganization plan for Prudential and the creditor’s committee here. View the debtor’s (Ford’s Colony Country Club and Marsh Hawk Country Club) plan here.

The next hearing will be on May 18, 2011

You can read more about the bankruptcy here

 

Update May 2011

Affiniti Golf Partners, LLC has announced the addition of Ford’s Colony Country Club to its portfolio of managed golf courses. This represents the fifteenth club in its portfolio of managed clubs. Ford’s Colony is located in Williamsburg, Virginia and is made up of three 18-hole golf courses – Marsh Hawk, Blackheath, and Blue Heron, all Dan Maple’s designs.

Today the club has 897 members and is available for resort play on a limited basis. Ford’s Colony just emerged from bankruptcy, largely due to the recession and the lack of real estate sales. Substantial improvements will be made to return the club to its former condition and elite status within the Williamsburg area.

Affiniti intends to improve the golf courses, the members’ experience, and the financial performance of the club prior to marketing the club for sale. “We are very pleased to add such a beautiful, well known club to Affiniti’s portfolio,” said Steve Willy, a Founding Partner of Affiniti Golf Partners. “All of us have heard about Ford’s Colony for years and it’s an honor to have the opportunity to work with this great club. We know we can make a big difference for all concerned.” Affiniti currently owns or manages golf properties in Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Bahamas.

Just Looking-Golf Course Home in Ford’s Colony ….

602 Dogleg in Ford's ColonyI usually don’t write about properties but felt this unique home deserved a mention. Especially with it’s recent price reduction.  

This unique property is located in Ford’s Colony, one of Williamsburg Virginia’s Premier Gated golf communities.  Built in 1992, but don’t be deceived by the age of the home. The only accurate assumption that can be made from the year built is the quality craftsmanship incorporated into this beautiful home.   The architect was ahead of his time with soaring high ceilings and an open floor-plan.  The primarily Brick Traditional style exterior whispers elegance and the street view is Golf Viewmisleading as it offers over 3,450 square feet with 3 bedrooms (all en suites and 4.5 baths).

This Custom floor plan was designed to incorporate the slope of the home-site to maximize living space and maintain the beauty and privacy of this cul-de-sac location.  The architect was sure to include a walk-out basement and allow for the enjoyment of the beautiful views of Ford’s Colony’s Blackheath #16 green and pond from the main living areas of the home.  Rich in architectural design this home exudes warmth and elegance.  The harmonious floor plan offers main level living for a comfortable and easy lifestyle. Featuring  hardwood flooring, skylights, custom crown moldings, and rich Cherry woods in the Library, Great room and kitchen the quality craftsmanship is evident throughout.

Entrance FoyerThe recently upgraded large kitchen inspires the cook with a large granite island and plenty of space to entertain family and friends.  The elegant dining room with 3 walls of windows allows a glorious view of the golf/pond landscape. The spacious and beautiful family room provide higher ceilings, 1 of 2 fireplaces flanked by custom designed cabinetry and access to 2 patios.  The relaxing first floor Master Suite offers a Private Retreat with a stunning Marble surround gas fireplace.  You will feel pampered with 2 separate Master Baths and private dressing rooms.  The home has been meticulously maintained by the original owners, was inspected by Pillar to Post and is currently priced $100,000.00 below recent appraisal.  If I can provide additional information on this home or any other home or community in Williamsburg or Hampton Roads Va , don’t hesitate to contact me John@MrWilliamsburg.comNow priced at $599,000. Read more about Ford’s Colony here here

Search all homes and town homes for sale in Ford’s Colony here

5395psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I am a Realtor & real estate consultant and would love to help you find a dream home and community in Williamsburg or sell your home in the area.
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, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and www.MrWilliamsburg.com  , were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, with the hopes of selling a house now and again. You can reach him here

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VIP Specials at Ford’s Colony Golf in Williamsburg VA

fords colony golf specialBecome a V.I.P. Golfer Today!

Want to experience  3 championship golf courses as a Ford’s Colony V.I.P. Guest? Enter your e-mail address here  to join the V.I.P. Golfer e-mail list.*

As a V.I.P. golfer, you will receive:
  1. Monthly discount golf green and cart fees. For April, the VIP special golf rate is $59, and the Twilight Rate is $49.
  2. Ford’s Colony Country Club Golf specials and invitations including events such as our Demo Days, sales on golf clubs, shoes, and attire, special pricing on private lessons, and information on group golf outings.

Don’t miss these great opportunities. Enter your e-mail address here  and your printable V.I.P. Guest Rate Pass card will be e-mailed to you.

You must present this pass card in the Pro Shop to receive your special monthly V.I.P. Rate! Please call the Pro Shop at (757) 258-4130 to schedule your tee time.

Be sure to check your inbox at the beginning of each month for that month’s special golf rate.

Enjoy your Ford’s Colony  Country Club Golf V.I.P. Pass!

Find out more about Ford’s Colony Golf here

54 holes of unforgettable golf in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Blackheath Course at Fords ColonyWinding through the pastoral heart of our community, Ford’s Colony boasts the highest ranked courses in Virginia – having been awarded four-and-a-half stars by Golf Digest’s Places to Play. And no wonder, since each was designed by the legendary Dan Maples with a solid appreciation of all levels of play.

Whether you first play Blackheath, Marsh Hawk or Blue Heron, you’ll be hooked. And those who play often will never cease to be challenged by distinct layouts and playing experiences.

Explore  3 championship courses and golf facilities at Ford’s Colony Country Club:

Play Golf At Ford’s Colony for $25

For all you Williamsburg golfers here are two specials at Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg VA that are hard to beat.

  • For $45, you get two rounds of golf with a cart and two buckets of driving-range balls (a $103 value).
  • For $25, you get 18 holes of golf with a cart and one bucket of driving-range balls (a $56.50 value).

Nestled near historic Colonial Williamsburg, Ford’s Colony Country Club  proffers patrons timeless charm, a hospitable staff, and three lavish championship golf courses. Iron-aficionados can choose between the picturesque 4.5-star rated Blackheath, Blue Heron, and Marsh Hawk courses, each outfitted to soothe users with smooth greens, peacefully bubbling water hazards, and submarines to retrieve lobbed clubs. Re-oil rusty swings with a bucketful of balls on the driving range and then breathe in fresh, balmy air from the comfort of a golf cart as it winds through Ford’s gentle pastures, absconding urban artifice for native wildlife and calming lagoons. Find out more by clicking on the photo below. While you are at it sign up for Groupon specials and get these offers emailed to you everyday.

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The Fine Print
  • Expires Mar 31, 2011
  • Limit 5 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Valid for Blackheath, Blue Heron, or Marsh Hawk golf courses.

 

Read more about Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg VA here

Ford’s Colony Country Club Members Give Their Position on Bankruptcy

clubhouse entryThe Country Club Membership Committee (CCMA) for Ford’s Colony Country Club  outlined members’ expectations for the reorganization in a position paper that was sent to  three lead legal firms handling the Chapter 11 proceeding.  The three firms represent the Debtor, the Secured Creditor and the Creditors Committee. The purpose of the letter was to respond to the courts desire to hear from the membership and to go on record with the court regarding the concerns and expectations of the membership going forward.

The letter states the members objectives for our club, their position on club ownership, the ongoing role of the CCMA and finally it delineates the parameters under which a Re-Organizational Plan would be acceptable to the CCMA and the membership.

Through it’s Attorney ( Susan Tarley with Tarley Robinson PLC) The CCMA said members want any reorganizational plan to “be a multi-year plan, which is financially viable and reflects a high probability of success,” and is “based on prudent and sound assumptions that are realistic and attainable” and takes into account the existing, highly competitive Williamsburg golf market.

Eaglescliffe View 1The CCMA recognizes that there are many details, discrepancies and disagreements that Ford’s Colony Country Club (FCCC) , Prudential ( primary lender) and the unsecured creditors committee are focused on in this case. Its feels that first and foremost  there should be actions to address the “ value drivers” for members. Without and in depth analysis of current members and any failure to address concerns of members could result in a lack of member support and probable loss of membership

Some key points the CCMA made:

1. A multi year Capital Expenditure plan must be included to address the issues identified by the current ownership relative to the need to invest several million dollars in the golf course and supporting facilities.

2. The reorganization plan should reflect a new legal entity that is completely separate from any existing or future Ford or Ford Family entities. As a part of this process there needs to be a full disclosure of all relevant entities and real estate property transfers that might affect the club’s ability to operate effectively. Any ongoing relationship with another Ford Family entity needs to be fully disclosed and included within an arm’s length agreement. ( apparently part of the parking lot of the country club is being leased from a Ford entity)

3. Members want transparency. They are demanding that no cash or assets be transferred to the Ford Family or to any owners or officers of any Ford entity so long as there are still debts or unsatisfied creditor claims.

4. Dues at Ford’s Colony Country Club are among the highest in the area for a semi private club. The CCMA cannot support any plan that calls for increases in member rates. It also needs assurances that current member benefits will be maintained.

6. In the last two years the Club hasn’t filed IRS tax returns. The CCMA expects the Club to remedy this and settle any past tax liabilities.

The CCMA will support any Club owner who is willing to support their requests, according to the statement.

Though members have continued to support the Club through the bankruptcy process, the statement concludes, “we encourage the parties to seriously consider the important factors outlined in this letter as the case proceeds; they are imperative to the success of the Club.”

On January 10 the Court will hear arguments on the consolidation of the entities (Ford’s Colony Country Club and Marsh Hawk Golf Club). On January 18, the Court will receive a status report on the development of any Plan of Reorganization and may continue a hearing on Prudential’s Relief from Stay motion.

You can read more about previous proceedings in the case and Ford’s Colony here

Update: Ford Colony Country Club Bankruptcy Nov 2010

From the Ford’s Colony Country Club Creditors’ Committee :

On November 17, 2010, the United States Bankruptcy Court conducted a hearing on:

  1. Prudential Industrial Properties, LLC   (Prudential’s) Motion for Relief from Stay. This Motion sought permission of the Court to allow Prudential to foreclose on the golf course;
  2. The Debtors’ Motion to extend the period of time during which only the Debtor could file a plan of reorganization; and
  3. The Debtors’ Motion to create various classes of creditors for purposes of proposing a plan for reorganization.

clubhouseAs  noted previously, the Debtor, Prudential and the Creditors’ Committee have spent a considerable amount of time since mediation on October 28 attempting to reach an agreement for a consensual plan of reorganization. Unfortunately, the parties were not able to reach an agreement.

Prior to the November 17 hearing, to facilitate agreement, the Committee had offered to waive its primary request of the Debtor concerning governance. This request was a seat on the Debtor’s board of directors appointed by the Country Club Membership Association  (CCMA) to provide the members.an oversight role. This offer was conditioned on the Debtor reaching a business deal with Prudential that would allow the case to move forward and a firm agreement on adequate financial transparency in the future.

On November 16, The Committee was informed by the Debtor’s counsel that the Debtor and Prudential could not reach an agreement. Furthermore, the Debtor and the Committee have yet to agree on what is required to provide meaningful financial transparency. The Committee will continue to seek an agreement with the Debtor on this issue going forward.

In addition, the Committee, which had opposed Prudential’s request to foreclose, reached an agreement with Prudential under which Prudential would not immediately foreclose on the golf course in the unlikely event that it prevailed on the Motion for Relief from Stay. This understanding essentially provided the Committee up to 4 months to work out either an agreement with the parties or propose to the Court an acceptable plan of reorganization in order to avoid having the golf course put up for sale. To obtain Prudential’s agreement to hold off on any foreclosure, the Committee agreed to waive its objection to Relief from Stay and take a neutral position, leaving the matter to be addressed between the Debtor and Prudential in Court on November 17.

Because the Debtor was shouldering the defense to the Motion in any event, the Committee’s agreement with Prudential insured that both members and creditors were not harmed regardless of how the Court ruled. In short, it kept the hearings from becoming an "all or nothing" prospect for the creditors and the Club.

At the end of the hearing on November 17, the Court ruled against Prudential on the Motion for Relief from Stay. However, the Court noted that the members, residents and the creditors needed some assurance that this process would move toward prompt resolution. To that end, the Court also denied the Debtor’s request for an extension of the exclusive period during which only it could file a plan of reorganization. The Court decided not to rule on the classification request until a plan is produced.

The Court reemphasized the importance of resolving this case and particularly recognized the membership as critical to financial viability.

In summary, Ford’s Colony Country Club remains in operation and the Debtor can continue it efforts to produce an effective reorganization plan. The Creditors Committee can work with the Debtor and Prudential collectively or separately to produce a Plan for the Court’s consideration. The next Court date is December 13 to hear arguments on the value of Prudential’s claim against the Debtor’s assets. On January 13 the Court will hear arguments on the consolidation of the entities (Ford’s Colony Country Club and Marsh Hawk Golf Club). A status report on the development of a comprehensive Plan of Reorganization and any alternative Plans is scheduled for January 18.

The Committee’s overall objective remains that the Club be financially viable, well run and continue to be an important asset for members and residents. In this  way, the unsecured creditors would also have the possibility for some return. The Creditors Committee continues to believe adequate financial transparency is a vital component of an acceptable Plan.

Read more about the Ford’s Colony Community here

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Ford’s Colony Open House Tour Oct 30, 31

Have you ever wanted to see homes for sale in Ford’s Colony but didn’t want to be bothered by a pesky real estate agent ? Well, next weekend is your chance.

You are cordially Invited to Fords Colony  Open House Tour being held on Saturday, October 30th, 2010 from 10-3pm and Sunday, October 31st, 2010  from 11-3pm.

Our company ( Liz Moore and Associates) will have fifteen homes on the tour.  Ford’s Colony is hosting many of their listings as well as other brokerages in Williamsburg. Our listings are priced from the high $300’s

 Ford's Colony Open House Tour

Come by and check out the many Liz Moore listings in Ford’s Colony and be entered in a drawing  to win a gift card to Opus 9 Restaurant

You need to enter Ford’s Colony through the John Pott gate off of Longhill Rd. You can pick up a map with directions to our listings at the guard house.

If you don’t want to be bothered by any agents in the homes simply tell them you are already working with an agent. ( Mr Williamsburg if you like)

Click here to find out more about Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg, VA

Map to Fords Colony Entrance  is below.

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