- The Washington Times - Friday, August 10, 2007

Prince William County, which not long ago was considered a rural community, has joined the ranks of the 10 wealthiest counties in the United States.

A Census Bureau survey of the median household income for each county landed Prince William, with a median household income in 2005 of $81,904, at No. 7 in the country.

As of June 15, 2007, 381,221 persons called Prince William home, an increase of 36 percent since 2000, according to the county’s Web site (www.pwcgov.org). The county is projected to grow to 555,012 by 2030.

This 345-square-mile jurisdiction has seen a rapid increase in residential development as home buyers travel farther and farther from Washington to find homes.

Commuters take Interstates 95 and 66 and the Prince William County Parkway to get to their jobs within the county, in Fairfax County or in downtown Washington.

The Virginia Railway Express offers another option, linking Prince William with Union Station and Metro.

Initially, many buyers turned to Prince William County to find more affordable homes. Though some less expensive homes still can be found, many of the new communities feature upscale homes.

Planned communities have developed along the I-66 corridor in areas such as Manassas, Haymarket and Gainesville. Development also has followed the Prince William County Parkway and I-95 from Woodbridge to Quantico.

Among the newer communities under way in Prince William County, Kettler is developing Potomac Club, a gated community of condominiums and town homes off I-95 in Woodbridge.

Recreational amenities at Potomac Club include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sun deck, playgrounds, a pet walking area, a clubhouse, a business center, a social lounge and an athletic club with a rock-climbing wall.

Residents can take advantage of Club Mac, a party lounge including an upscale bar area and game tables available for community events and private parties.

The town homes and condominiums range from the upper $200,000s to the mid-$400,000s.

Call 703/590-0509 for M/I Homes Inc., 703/580-1687 for Pulte Homes Inc. and 703/580-7562 for Ryan Homes or visit www.potomacclub.com.

Nearby at Port Potomac, Kettler is developing a community of town homes and single-family homes bordering Powell’s Creek.

The development includes parks and walking trails, and a community center with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an athletic club, a children’s center, a business center and a social lounge, along with party spaces, social rooms and a library.

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