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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.

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Greensprings West Community Spotlight

A Master Planned Golf Community  Greensprings West offers  a wide range of custom builders, new and resale homes Located in James City County/Williamsburg,  homeingreenspringswestVirginia on the grounds of the historic Green Spring Plantation  it is built around the award winning Williamsburg National Golf Course. New homes currently start in the $400,000’s to $600,000’s, with resale home prices starting in the $300,000’s. Greensprings West offers golf course, waterfront, and wooded lots starting in the mid-$100,000’s.

New Homes are available in Greensprings West starting from the mid $300’s 

Greensprings West offers it’s residents  golf, lakes, swimming pool, tennisclubhousegswest courts, playground and a beautiful clubhouse. An active homeowner association has many  social events throughout the year.

Detached homes offered in Greensprings West James City County offers a wide array of architectural styles greenspringswesthome and  home choices. From 3 bedrooms to 5 bedroom models. Square footage ranges from 2000+ to over 5000 square feet.

Offering a clubhouse, pool, playground and tennis , homes in Greensprings West are perfect for second home buyers and families alike.

Located on approximately 400 acres, Greensprings West still has around 100+ lots available for sale to owners wanting to custom build their “ Dream Home”.gswesthome Around 250 homes have been completed so far.

Most homes were built starting around the year  2000. The monthly home owner fee in Greensprings West  is $67 . It covers all common Area Maintenance ( entrances, playgrounds, park areas ),  Use of the  Pool, Clubhouse , Playground, Tennis and maintenance of those  facilities.

williamsburgnationalgolfYorktownhole4 From the chart below you will see that  sale prices in 2008 ranged from$355,000 to $663,802. List prices as of today range from $389,000 to $675,000. The average days on market for  homes in Greensprings West in the last 12 months was 117 days . The average price per square foot on homes sold in Greensprings West in the last 12 months was $157.00 . 19 homes sold in Greensprings West in the last 12 months. 14 are currently for sale. Current Sales activity in Greensprings West (Statistics from Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors  (WAAR) WMLS)

Current Williamsburg/ James City County Schools for The Greensprings West Community are Matoaka Elementary, James Blair Middle and Jamestown High School
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Williamsburg, VA Real Estate Colonial Heritage A 55+ Active Adult Community

        Encompassing an area of approxchclubhouse1imately  1500 acres Colonial Heritage offers it’s homeowners a secure community with 24 hour manned gated entry. The Golf Course is a semiprivate club. Golf memberships are available to homeowners, but are not required to use club facilities.

        Central to the Colonial Heritage community is the superb championship  golf course designed by the colonialheritagepool1renowned designer, Arthur Hills. The course winds its way through the neighborhoods of Colonial Heritage, with a practice putting green, driving range and pro shop on-site. The 18-hole “Colonial” course at the Colonial Heritage Golf Club facility in Williamsburg, Virginia features 6,889 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The  chpoolwilliamsburgColonial Heritage golf course opened in 2006. Western Golf Properties, LLC manages this facility, with Tim Johnson as the General Manager

        Many say that the grand clubhouse is, indeed, the star attraction of Colonial Heritage The magnificent Clubhouse is designed to emulate the grand Colonial-style of a Virginia plantation. Guests arriving at the facility enter the building under the vaulted Porte Cochere colonialheritagegolfvaand arrive in the grand lobby with its multiple seating areas and open columned arcade that culminate in a central domed area. The plan is open and views extend in many directions: through the rich mahogany lounge with its beamed ceiling into the  restaurant, or through a series of arches framing the hallway. The lower level is reached by the grand staircase that gently curves to the floor below and provides one of many accesses to the expansive lawn area. Beyond the grand hallway are large covered decks and balustrade railing, providing a comfortable resting place to view thecolonialheritage7 lush expansive putting green and views of the golf course and community. 
        Encompassing approximately 25,000 square feet the clubhouse hosts the complete range of social and recreational spaces, grand ballroom, fine and casual dining, a relaxing lounge, card and billiard rooms, a library with computer stations, a woodworking shop and an arts and crafts room.

        ch1Without exception, residents at Colonial Heritage enjoy an active social calendar and enjoy being able to choose from a range of planned events, as well as classes, workshops and outings. With on-staff social and activities director who puts together a year-round schedule of events. Residents can be as active or as relaxed as they like.

        Colonial Heritage does, in fact, offer an incredible schedule of events, including dinner dances, arts and crafts and a number of other special-ch4interest workshops, social and cultural outings and a many other kinds of activities.Some of the Social clubs at Colonial Heritage include : A William and Mary Sport Team Support Club, Cribbage Club, Bridge Club, Marathon Bridge Club, Bocce Club, Billiards Club, Pickleball Club, Mah Jongg, Poker Club, Line Dancing, Round Dancing, Square Dancing, Knitting Group, Quilting Group, Woodworking Club, Book Club, Library Club, Dining Club, Singles Group,  Drama Club, Travel Club, Bluegrass Country Music, History Club, Photography Club,Housed in a separate facility adjacent to the outdoor pool is the 8500 attachedcolonial heritage square foot  fitness center. Equipped with state of the art workout equipment, it also houses an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and workout classroom. The Fitness Center is fitness professionals. In addition, there is a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, four (4) tennis courts, two (2) Bocce Courts,Tennis: Four hard tennis  courts. Fitness classes offered include, Aerobics, Aquacise, Body Sculpting, Yoga, and Personal Training.

        Colonialheritagedining Tennis is also a popular amenity at Colonial Heritage . Facilities include a number of lighted courts. Tennis buffs can enjoy an exciting array of planned clinics and tournaments

        Nearby Williamsburg offers a wide spectrum of dining and retail options, including several major shopping malls, arts and crafts centers, antiques dealers and outlet shops located minutes away from Colonial Heritage. 
        Virginia’s Historic Triangle region is one of the nation’s top destinations for historical tourism, with the fascinating colonial settlements of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown joined by the 23-mile Colonial Parkway. In addition to Colonial Williamsburg and other well-preserved ch2 pre-Revolutionary settlements, residents have easy access to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the scenic Virginia wine country and to fishing and boating on Chesapeake Bay and the James and York rivers. Colonial Heritage is less than an hour from Richmond, Virginia’s vibrant capital city, about 60 miles from Virginia Beach and 150 miles from Washington, D.C.

        Health Care: The Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center located a few minutes from the development offers a 24-bed emergency room along with a wide range of modern medical services.

        The homes at Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg have been designed to be “active adult friendly” in that they are built with maintenance-free one level  living in mind, with floor plans configured for easy living. Colonial Heritage  also offers main level living with award-winning single family designs ranging  from the $200’s to the $500’s

        Home choices at Colonial Heritage include detached single-family homes, villas and carriage/ town homes.

        Read the latest Colonial Heritage Newsletter below

        Click here to explore the Colonial Heritage Golf Course


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        Watch this video of Williamsburg and Colonial Heritage produced by Lennar the developers of the community