- The Washington Times - Friday, September 12, 2008

Retirees or those approaching retirement age often choose to make long-term decisions about where to live. In previous decades, retirees often opted to move to Sun Belt states, but trends in recent years show that older adults often choose to stay in their own homes or in the area where they have raised a family and developed close friendships.

Many homeowners decide they are ready to leave behind the chores that consume their leisure time, including raking leaves, shoveling snow, mowing the grass and painting the window trim. Active adult communities, restricted to households with members age 55 and older, have been designed to appeal to these types of buyers.

Though active adult communities in the Washington area have different characteristics, most include recreational amenities such as a fitness center and walking trails along with planned activities for group enjoyment. Additionally, the homes are designed to be low-maintenance so the homeowners can spend their time as they please rather than on household chores. Recognizing that these are homes for people who want to stay in them as they age, each is designed either as a one-level home or with a first-floor master suite so the owners can avoid stairs if necessary.

Several active adult communities in Prince William and Loudoun counties have new homes available.

Lennar Corp. is building 80 homes for active adults at Heritage Highlands in Lovettsville in Loudoun County. Located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Heritage Highlands includes a recreation center with fitness equipment, a meeting room, showers and saunas. The development has a paved walking trail. The homes, priced from $279,990, have three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a one-car garage.

Standard features include a brick-and-siding exterior, professionally landscaped common grounds and a covered front-porch entrance. The homes have 9-foot ceilings on the main level; hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen and breakfast area; stainless steel appliances and upgraded kitchen cabinets. The baths all have ceramic tile flooring, and the master bath has a soaking tub and separate shower.

The Ashcroft model has a covered front porch and a covered rear patio, an open living and dining room with an electric fireplace, a den with two closets, a powder room and a kitchen and breakfast nook. The first-floor master suite has a walk-in closet and a luxury bath. The laundry room is next to the garage, which has a storage closet.

The second floor has another bedroom, a full bath, a bonus room with a closet and dormer window and a storage room. Homeowner association fees are $155 per month. Call 877/718-8943 or visit www. ennar.com.

In Lansdowne, Leisure World of Virginia is sited in a wooded glade bordering the Potomac River, adjacent to the elegant Lansdowne Resort and its golf courses, where special golf privileges are available for Leisure World residents. When complete, the community will be home to approximately 3,000 residents in high-rise and midrise] condominium buildings arranged in circular patterns to encompass open spaces and recreational amenities.

Clubhouse West [-] the first of two planned for the community [-] is a two-level health, recreation and fitness center surrounded by rose gardens, water gardens and waterfalls. It includes an indoor pool area that resembles a Roman bath. In addition, the clubhouse has a health spa, aerobics and fitness rooms, classrooms, a ballroom with a stage, a gourmet Italian restaurant, rooftop tennis courts, a library, an auditorium/ballroom, an interfaith chapel, a bank and a hair salon. The development has 24-hour security and a free courtesy shuttle traveling to and from local destinations. A full calendar of clubs, activities and trips is available for residents.

Developer IDI Group Cos. recently completed Riverview, the last building on the community’s west side, which offers sweeping views of the Potomac River. One-, two- and three-bedroom homes are available with 874 to 1,720 square feet. Base prices range from the upper $200,000s to the mid-$400,000s, with condominium fees of approximately $400 per month. Stonebridge, the first high-rise on the east side, has one- to three-bedroom homes, some including a den, with 921 to 1,790 square feet, priced from the low $300,000s to the $600,000s. Call 703/581-1711 or visit www.idigroup.com.

Centex Homes and Pulte Homes Inc. are building single-family homes, condominiums and villas at #Potomac Green, a Del Webb community in Ashburn. This 300-acre development includes 136 acres of open space along with a 29,000-square-foot recreation center with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, an indoor running/walking track and multipurpose space that can be combined or separated for various events and activities. The recreation center also has a great room with a fireplace, billiards and card rooms, and outdoor spaces include a veranda, tennis courts, bocce courts, gardens and walking trails.

Pulte Homes is building two- and three-bedroom villa homes with 1,314 to 2,501 square feet, priced from $299,900 to the low $400,000s.

Centex Homes’ single-family homes, which include a two-car garage and 1,674 to 2,489 finished square feet, are base-priced from the $300,000s to the low $400,000s. The villa models, which also include a two-car garage, have 1,919 to 1,973 square feet.

Base prices for the villas are in the mid- to upper $200,000s. Homeowner association fees are $265 per month. Call 703/723-9105 or visit www.delwebb.com for the Pulte/Del Webb homes. For Centex Homes, call 888/206-7934 or visit www.centex homes.com.

Some of the active adult communities in Prince William County include golf courses.

Brookfield Homes Corp. is developing both the active adult community of Dunbarton and the surrounding Braemar community between Haymarket and Manassas. The Dunbarton Club overlooking Broad Run has an indoor pool and spa, a fitness center, game and meeting rooms, a business center and a parlor. The landscaped grounds of the club provide tennis courts, a putting green, bocce and shuffleboard courts, and hiking and biking trails. Dunbarton also will organize numerous social events, and residents will be members of the Braemar association.

Single-family homes are base-priced from the upper $300,000s. They feature two or three bedrooms, two baths, a two-car garage, 9-foot ceilings on the main level, a center-island kitchen, a family room with a fireplace, a living and dining area, and a luxury master bath. Homeowner association fees are $245 per month. Call 703/393-2896 or visit www. dunbarton.net.

K. Hovnanian Homes’ Four Seasons at Historic Virginia is introducing its final section of homes. This 486-acre wooded site located on Route 234 just west of Interstate 95, will consist of 800 single-family detached homes designed for single-level living, each with two or three bedrooms and a two-car garage. Recreational amenities include an activities director and a clubhouse with a cyber-cafe, lounge, ballroom, fitness center, indoor lap pool, billiards, arts-and-crafts and game rooms, a library, business rooms and a computer learning center.

Outdoor amenities include tennis courts, a pool and spa, a putting green, bocce courts, and walking and biking trails. Base prices range from the low $300,000s to the mid-$400,000s for 1,547 to 3,500 square feet, all on one level.

Most of the homes will include a third bedroom that can be used as a den or home office, and many will offer a second-level loft option for flexible living space. Homeowner association fees are approximately $250 per month. Call 866/407-3796 or visit www.khov4seasons.com.

Under development by Lennar near Gainesville and Haymarket, Heritage Hunt features an 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course designed by Arthur Hills. The 750-acre development includes wooded areas, streams, lakes and pastures, and, when complete, will have about 2,000 homes, including single-family houses, villas and town homes.

Heritage Hunt has 24-hour security at the gate, and all homes have low-maintenance, one-level living. A full-equity golf course membership is included with each home purchase at Heritage Hunt.

A restaurant and lounge are in the main clubhouse along with an auditorium, billiard room, a library, a computer lab and arts-and-crafts rooms. A second clubhouse has an indoor aquatic and fitness center.

Outdoors, besides the golf course, residents will be able to enjoy lighted tennis courts, a driving range, an outdoor swimming pool, hiking and biking trails, and lawn sports. Condominiums are available from the low $200,000s to the low $300,000s, with single-family homes in a variety of styles and sizes available from the upper $300,000s to the mid-$500,000s. Homeowner association fees are $235 per month. Call 703/743-4000 or visit www.heritage hunt.com or www.lennar.com.

The Airston Group Inc. is building condominiums and town homes at Liberty Grove, a maintenance-free community in Manassas. The homes are priced from the low $200,000s to the high $300,000s. Five models of condominiums are available, ranging in size from 1,100 to 1,743 finished square feet, including one and two bedrooms, a study or a family room or both, with optional garage parking available for an additional cost.

These homes have elevator access, a security system, 9-foot ceilings, ceramic tile flooring in the baths, 42-inch cabinets in the kitchen, a luxury master bath, a washer and dryer, a structured wiring package and gas heat. One town home is still available, featuring a two-car rear-entry garage; 9-foot ceilings on the first and second floors; a structured wiring package and ceramic tile flooring in the kitchen, powder room, foyer and laundry room.

Condominium association fees are $250 per month. Liberty Grove is located near Old Town Manassas, the Chinn Recreational Center, which has an indoor swimming pool, fitness facility and library, and the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center. Call 703/330-9180 or visit www.airstonhomes.com.

Toll Bros. Inc. is building 1,232 condominiums, single-family homes and patio homes at Regency at Dominion Valley, an active adult community adjacent to the 2,400-acre Dominion Valley Country Club, a planned community in the foothills of the Bull Run Mountains near Haymarket. In addition to an 18-hole golf course designed by Arnold Palmer and Palmer Course Design Co., the community will have a lighted 18-hole putting green, lighted tennis courts, jogging trails, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The Regency Club has a ballroom, performing arts center, fitness center, library, business center and dining facilities.

All the patio and single-family homes at Regency will include a two-car garage. All the models feature a first-floor master suite, high ceilings, hardwood flooring in the foyer, ceramic tile flooring in all baths and a kitchen with 42-inch cabinets. Patio homes in the Georgetown Collection range from the upper $300,000s to the low $400,000s, with homeowner association fees of $335 per month. The Potomac and Middleburg collections of single-family homes range from the low $400,000s to the mid $500,000s, with homeowner association fees of $227 per month. Call 703/753-8900 or visit www. regencydominionvalley.com.

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