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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.

Stonehouse “A Toano /Williamsburg Va Neighborhood Spotlight”

20080918220815160266000000-o Located on 5700 wooded acres in the Virginia countryside in Toano near Williamsburg,VA  Stonehouse is built around the acclaimed "Legends Golf Course." 

The community offers unparalleled scenic beauty with its hilly terrain, gorgeous wooded green-spaces, abundant mountain laurel, white fences, and impeccably maintained landscaping.

Stonehouse is a Master Planned Golf Community  offering a wide range of custom built homes. Both  new and resale homes are available. Located in the western part stonehouse1of  James City County/Williamsburg,  Virginia. New homes currently start in the $300,000’s to $600,000’s, with resale home prices starting under $300,000. Stonehouse  offers golf course, waterfront, and  wooded lots starting in the high $70,000’s

Situated just 15 miles from Colonial Williamsburg in an area of great natural beauty of virgin hardwoods, mountain laurels and old-growth hollies. It’s a land where white-tail deer and wild turkey roam freely among the forests that provide the backdrop for this spectacular community.

stonehousegolf1 Golfers… you will find that Stonehouse offers one of  the best golf values in the area!  Although not mandatory for homeowners at Stonehouse a membership includes playing privileges at 5 different golf courses in the region including  Stonehouse, Kiskiak, Royal New Kent, Brickshire, and The Crossings. All for just $245/month for a family membership.

  Check out the Tradition Golf website for further information.

clubhousestonehouse1 If you are interested in building a custom home, there are building lots available to custom build your dream home in Stonehouse.

The Stonehouse community consists of many different neighborhoods. They include:  Summerfield, Leatherleaf, Laurel Ridge, Orchard Hill, Overlook, Bent Tree, Hollow Oak, Hillcrest, Richardson’s Mill, Lisburn and Walnut Creek.

Watch a video Tour of Stonehouse

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There are maintenance-free attached and detached villas built on the Golf Course in the Orchard Hill Section.
All homes built in Stonehouse conform to guidelines ensuring high building standards that help protect the value of your home.

Golf at Stonehouse:

Located just outside Williamsburg, Virginia, Stonehouse is laid over wild, tumbling hills near the York River in the Tidewater Region. When it opened in 1996, The Tradition Golf Club at Stonehouse was named "Best New Upscale golfclubstonehousePublic Course in the Nation" and one of the "Top New Ten You Can Play" by  golf Magazine.

Designed by Mike Strantz, the 18-hole, par 72, Legends of Stonehouse course was completed  in 1996. Greens cling to steep bluffs and ridges before dropping down to natural streams. Dramatic elevation changes, deep ravines, and tree-lined fairways mark this layout. Legends has slopes of 140 degrees and a course rating of 75.0 from the blue markers, measuring 6,963 yards.stonehousetoano

The course was declared on of the "Top Ten You Can Play" by Golf Magazine; the 31st "Best Modern Course" by Golf and Travel, and was ranked No. 4 in Virginia by Golf Digest. Golf Digest also named the Legends of Stonehouse the "Best New Upscale Course" in the U.S.

Nearly half of StoneHouse’s 5,700 acres will remain undeveloped with many miles devoted to hiking and biking trails. One can also fish or canoe at Mill Pond, and play tennis or swim at the Sports Center.

lakestonehouseHomeowners can enjoy the Residents’ Center with swimming, tennis, playground, fitness center, gourmet kitchen, and built in barbecue; Richardson’s Mill Pond Park with canoe storage, boat dock, picnic facilities; miles of walking trails; RV/boat storage; community garden and soccer field.

Nearest Airports are: Richmond International Airport, 35 minutes.
and Newport News International Airport, 35 minutes.

Stonehouse is an active community. Neighborhood clubs include book club, Bunco, bike club, swim club, bowling league, canasta, bridge, garden club, yoga, mahjongg, painting group, quilting, sip and savor, sit and stitch, water aerobics, fine arts, ladies lunch group, wine and dine,  and more.There are a variety of social clubs available  for homeowners/ residents of Stonehouse .

stonhousegolfcourseAn active homeowner association has many  social events throughout the year.

Most homes were built starting around the year  2000. The monthly home owner fee in Stonehouse  is $106 . It covers all common Area Maintenance ( entrances, playgrounds, park areas ),  Use of the  Pool, Clubhouse , Playground, Tennis and maintenance of those  facilities.

From the chart below you will see that  sale prices in 2008 ranged from$297,000 to $850000. List prices as of today rstonehousetoanorealestateange from $312,000 to $889,000. The average days on market for  homes in Stonehouse in the last 12 months was 163 days . The average price per square foot on homes sold in Stonehouse in the last 12 months was $150.00 . 28 homes sold in Stonehouse  in the last 12 months. 32 are currently for sale.

Click here to read a first person account of someone who lives in Stonehouse

Click here to read some FAQ about Stonehouse

Current Williamsburg/ James City County Schools for The Stonehouse  Community are Stonehouse Elementary, Toano Middle and Warhill High School

The closest  Hospital is the Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center located at 100 Sentara Circle (across from Home Depot on Mooretown Road). Many services are  available there such as outpatient surgery, an imaging center, lab services, etc.

See School Statistics for these schools here

Click here to Search all homes for sale in Stonehouse and Stonehouse Glen

Click here to search Building Lots for sale in Stonehouse, Toano Va

Click here to search all Williamsburg, James City, York County,New Kent , Gloucester homes for sale currently listed in the WMLS

Current Sales activity in Stonehouse (Statistics from WAAR WMLS)

Status # Listings   Sold Volume   List Price Sold Price   Est. Fin. SqFt List Price Per Est. Fin. SqFt Sold Price Per Est. Fin. SqFt Days On Market
Active 32   0 Low
Avg
High
312,825
511,233
889,000
0
0
0
  2,000
3,470
6,200
93.80
150.56
194.51
0.00
0.00
0.00
2
162
1,027
Pending 6   0 Low
Avg
High
329,990
474,988
699,950
0
0
0
  2,531
3,216
4,780
120.71
147.35
176.60
0.00
0.00
0.00
9
112
274
Closed 28   12,226,997 Low
Avg
High
299,900
454,072
995,000
297,000
436,678
850,000
  2,100
2,977
5,473
93.57
154.83
209.05
89.59
149.86
205.91
5
163
705
             
 
 
 
 
 
       

Location Map of Stonehouse Community in Toano near Williamsburg, VA

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Dream Catchers
Located around the corner from Stonehouse is a most worthy cause! Dream Catchers provides therapeutic horseback riding lessons to special needs children and adults. These lessons help improve fine motor skills, self-esteem and confidence… and are just plain fun!

UPDATE: I have  have had numerous people ask what’s happening in Stonehouse so here is the latest new I have :

A company called GS Stonehouse Green Land Sub LLC paid more than $76 million to finish developing the Stonehouse area.
Stonehouse was planned in 1999 as a community of about 4,400 homes to go along with more than 3.3 million square feet of commercial and office uses. Since then, 700 or so homes have been built at the site, off Route 30 near the New Kent County line.
Stonehouse Green Land will aim to build the rest.
Basically, they have taken 80 parcels that they refer to as "Land Bays" and divided them into 12 tracts and 4 neighborhoods. Neighborhood 1 will have traditional style single family custom homes similar to those found in the original neighborhood. Neighborhood 2 will have higher density homes (townhomes and something called "narrow single family" which  must be similar to "zero lot line"). Neighborhood 3 will have lower density "estate" homes. Neighborhood 4 extends to the river. There are some cliff areas that will be river view condos. There will also be single family homes, open space recreational space and a marina.
They are planning a community similar to their large community in Cary, North Carolina called Amberly . The Stonehouse project has a 15-20 year estimated completion timeframe.
The zoning changes will not increase the total number of residential units. Some of the property previously zoned as commercial will become residential. A large parcel (170 acres) is being proposed as an education site for a new elementary school and middle school. Total residential units will be approximately 4400, and that make it  the largest community in our area.
This developer is NOT a builder. They will put the infrastructure together and then sell off the lots in phases to builders. The two Stonehouse Glen sections (where Ryan Homes is located) are not associated with this developer.