Great Location. Low Taxes. Premier Schools. Excellent Health Care.
Ford’s Colony is located in James City County adjacent to the city of Williamsburg. Our postal address, however, is Williamsburg, VA 23188. Williamsburg is an independent city (not part of James City County) with a population of about 14,000 in 2010. The James City County population in 2010 was about 70,000. Counties have no “county seat” in Virginia, but the James City County Court House is located just about three miles from Ford’s Colony.
A 2015 study by Bankrate.com listed Virginia as the 5th most desirable state for relocation in the country. The Williamsburg area in particular appears to be thriving as it affords relatively low housing costs, temperate climate, lower tax rates, lower crime rates and job growth above the national level.
The property tax rate for Ford’s Colony homeowners is set by the James City County Board of Supervisors. Currently, the rate is $.84 per $100.00, and would result in a real estate tax of $4,200 on a property assessed at $500,000 ($.0084 x $500,000 = $4,200).
James City County and the City of Williamsburg participate in a joint public school system that serves the area. School Management Magazine, which rates school systems nationally, has consistently rated this system in the top 17% nationally of systems evaluated. The overall ranking for schools in the area is “above average” by the Virginia Department of Education.
There are also several excellent private schools in the area, such as Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg Christian Academy, Williamsburg Montessori and Providence Classical School. Ford’s Colony Volunteers for Education are very involved with helping students and their schools through a variety of mentor programs. In addition, the nationally ranked College of William and Mary and Thomas Nelson Community College are located in Williamsburg. The Christopher Wren Association also provides a wide array of adult continuing learning opportunities.
The small-town vibe, the variety of community events and quality healthcare are some of the reasons a national magazine has ranked Williamsburg as a top destination to retire. Kiplinger, a personal finance and economic forecasting magazine based in Washington, recently ranked Williamsburg as one of the 10 best small and mid-size towns to retire for your health. Williamsburg showed up in their search as Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center was scored a five-star hospital by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Ford’s Colony is situated on 3,000 acres in Virginia’s Historic Triangle, comprised of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. With nearby Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean beaches to the east and the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains to the west, you can enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities, entertainment, arts and cultural venues, good shopping and great dining.
Located on the property is the Ford’s Colony Country Club, owned by ClubCorp. This semi-private club features 54 holes on three championship courses, exceptional dining and more. Club membership is optional for owners and residents.
Marriott’s Manor Club at Ford’s Colony is a vacation ownership resort. Many current Ford’s Colony residents decided to buy here as a result of their initial stay at the resort. It also affords a convenient on-site location for residents who need additional room for guests.