- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Active adult communities, restricted to households with at least one family member age 55 or older, often include just one home type. The developments usually feature high-rise or midrise condominiums, single-family homes or attached villas.

At Spring Hill in Lorton, Va., Pulte Homes Inc. offers active adult buyers a choice of a single-family home, a villa or a condominium within the same development.

Spring Hill residents will enjoy the security of living in a gated community with privately maintained streets with snow plowing, trash removal and professional landscaping maintenance included in the maintenance fee.

Spring Hill is adjacent to the Laurel Hill Golf Club. Inside the community are a boccie court, tennis courts, a gazebo, walking trails, a putting green, gardens and a clubhouse with a fitness room, an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, a billiards room, a game room, a ballroom, a lounge and an aerobics room.

The condominiums will be selling later this year. Single-family homes are base-priced from the low to mid-$500,000s. The villa homes are base priced from the low to upper $400,000s.

The villa homes include partial brick facade, vinyl siding, a fully sodded lawn, professional landscaping, a one-car garage and a concrete patio in the back of the house.

Inside, the homes have 9-foot ceilings on the main level, hardwood flooring in the foyer, 12-by-12-inch ceramic tile flooring in the kitchen and laundry room, 4-by-4-inch ceramic tile flooring in the baths, a boxed ceiling in the master bedroom, gas heat, gas hot water, a security system, an advanced home wiring system and a lawn irrigation system with timer for the front and back yards.

The kitchen includes 42-inch raised-panel oak or birch cabinets, Corian counters and recessed lighting.

The Concord model with a loft, priced from $446,900, has 2,057 finished square feet. This home has a front stoop opening onto the foyer, which has entrances to the garage and the laundry room. The kitchen and breakfast nook are adjacent to the open dining room and great room, which has a sliding glass door to the patio.

Buyers can add a fireplace and a sunroom to the great room.

The main-level master bedroom has a boxed ceiling, a walk-in closet and a private full bath with a double-sink vanity and a shower with a seat. The second bedroom and a second full bath are nearby.

Upstairs are a loft, a third bedroom, a third full bath and a storage room.

The Burlington model with a loft, priced from $470,900, has 2,345 finished square feet. This home has a front porch that opens into the foyer, which has an adjacent library. The dining room is open to the great room, which has a sliding glass door to the patio.

Buyers can add a fireplace to the great room and add a sunroom. The kitchen and breakfast nook open onto the dining room.

The first-floor master bedroom has a wall of windows, a boxed ceiling, a walk-in closet and a private bath with a double-sink vanity and a shower.

At the opposite end of the main level are a second bedroom, a second full bath and a laundry closet.

Upstairs are a loft overlooking the great room, a third bedroom, a third bath and storage rooms.

For information about Spring Hill or directions to the community, call 703/493-8200 or visit www.pulte.com.

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