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Ford's Colony

100 Fords Colony Drive, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188

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Beautiful, Wooded All Ages Community of Ford's Colony in Charming Williamsburg, Virginia Appeals to Baby Boomers with its Stately Homes and Understated Elegance

Ford's Colony is an elegant all ages community in southeastern Virginia's beautiful Williamsburg. Construction started in 1987 and continues today. With more than 2,500 single family homes, town homes and condominiums spread across 3,000 acres, Ford's Colony impresses with its size, design and wide range of amenities. Although it is not age-restricted, it appeals to baby boomers and retirees.

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The landscape is densely wooded, dotted with wetlands and ponds, and the community is divided into at least twenty understated, named neighborhoods, each with its own character. Manicured lanes meander throughout the development, and many homes sit on cul de sacs. Most of the resale residences were custom built, and new buyers are encouraged to hire builders from the community's list of preferred builders.

The condominiums, located in the Eaglescliffe neighborhood, are located in seven brick buildings and range in size from approximately 1,700 square feet to 2,100 square feet. The town homes, which are only resales, range in size from 1,300 square feet to 2,200 square feet.

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The majority of the single family homes are large, with up to 5,000 square feet, and they are stately with architectural styles that include Federal, Colonial, Greek Revival and Georgian. Not all homes, though, are so imposing. The community has some completely charming cottages for sale, too.

If planning to built a new home in Ford's Colony, management advises that the process may take up to 18 months. Prices start in the high-$200,000s. Please check with the community to verify these prices as they may change. If planning to built a new home in Ford's Colony, the process may take up to 18 months.

Amenities include the Ford's Colony Country Club, 14 tennis courts, miles of nature trails, two swimming pools, a 200-acre nature preserve, RV storage and boat storage. Outside of community gates, the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean beaches are to the east and the breathtaking Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains are to the west, ensuring that outdoor adventure is never far away.

Ford's Colony has won numerous awards, including being named the "Number One Master Plan in Continental U.S." (American Resort Development Association), "One of Top 20 Places to Semi-Retire" (Golf Magazine) and "One of the Top 50 Golf Communities" (Luxury Golf Homes).

Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center has 145 beds and is accredited by the Joint Commission. It is ward-winning for patient safety and specializes in heart care, nephrology, minimally invasive surgery, cancer care and orthopedics.

Summers in this region are hot and humid with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Winters are relatively mild with temperatures in the 30s and 40s. The area receives about six inches of snow and nearly fifty inches of rain annually. On the comfort index, a combination of humidity and temperature, Williamsburg ranks below the national average.

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Visit www.fordscolony.com for more information.

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Virginia:

Jamestown was founded in 1607, and both the American Revolution and the Civil War surrender sites are in Virginia. The state, nicknamed the Mother of Presidents, has given birth to eight U.S. presidents and has the longest continually operating state legislature in the Western hemisphere.

Points of interest include the home of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Richmond, and Williamsburg, a restored Colonial town. Booker T. Washington's birthplace, Arlington House, and the Blue Ridge National Parkway are worth a visit, too.

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Stats:

Population - 8,411,808

Persons 65 years old and over - 15%

High school graduates age 25+ - 88%

Bachelor's degree or higher age 25+ - 36%

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 9%

White persons, not Hispanic - 63%

Median household income - $65,015

Median home value - $245,000

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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Why are HOA Fees So High in 55+ Communities?

HOA fees (homeowner association fees) come in a wide range, and each 55+ community has a different set of guidelines for determining its HOA fees. Generally, the more amenities, the higher the fee. And often older communities have higher fees because as a development ages, maintenance costs increase. Most communities have bylaws stating how high HOA fees can be raised each year. When looking for a 55+ community, always ask about the fees. How much are they? What do they cover? How many increases have there been in the last 10 years? If the developer or sales staff will not tell you, visit on a Saturday when people are out and about and ask a resident or two about the HOA fees.

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