- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

Active-adult communities, restricted to households with members age 55 or older, have been popping up around the country as the U.S. population ages. By 2014, population estimates anticipate 85 million Americans will be 55 and older, compared with 67 million in 2005.

Unlike the retirees of earlier decades, most of these active adults work full- or part time. They also want to stay socially active and physically fit. Active-adult communities vary in terms of amenities, home styles and price range, yet most offer recreational amenities and social activities for residents.

The homes, which include condominiums, villas, town homes and single-family homes, either have a first-floor master suite or a single-level main floor plan so residents do not have to climb stairs.

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

Leisure World of Virginia is sited in a wooded glade bordering the Potomac River, adjacent to the elegant Lansdowne resort and golf courses, where special golf privileges are available for Leisure World residents. When complete, the community will be home to about 3,000 residents in condominium high- and midrise buildings arranged in circular patterns.

Clubhouse West, the first of two clubs planned for the community, has 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 bathhouse with faux finishes depicting marble and stone walls, columns, detailed moldings and lush greenery.

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 courtesy shuttle. A calendar of clubs, activities and trips is available for residents. For more information about the community, visit www.lwva.org.

Developer IDI Group recently completed Riverview at Leisure World, the last building on the community’s west side. It offers sweeping views of the Potomac River and one-, two- and three-bedroom homes with 874 to 1,720 square feet. Base prices range from the upper $200,000s to the mid-$400,000s.

Stonebridge, the first high-rise on the east side, has one- to three-bedroom homes (some with a den). The homes have 921 to 1,790 square feet and are 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 both building single-family homes, condominiums and villas at Potomac Green, a Del Webb Corp. 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. A great room with a fireplace, billiards and card rooms are also in the recreation center, and outdoor spaces include a veranda, tennis courts, bocce ball 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 $279,900 to the upper $300,000s. Call 703/723-9105 or visit www.delwebb.com for the Pulte/Del Webb homes.

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. The villa models, which also include a two-car garage, include 1,919 to 1,973 square feet. Base prices for the villas are in the upper $200,000s. For Centex Homes, call 866/631-8199 or visit www.centexhomes.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, a bocce ball field, a shuffleboard court, and hiking and biking trails. Dunbarton also will organize numerous social events, and residents will be members of the Braemar association.

Just two homes are available at Dunbarton, including the former model home, a single-family home with three bedrooms and four baths priced at $450,000.

A garden-style villa home with 1,750 square feet is also available, priced at $280,000. This home features upgraded granite counters and cherry cabinets in the kitchen, upgraded ceramic tile floors and a front porch. Homeowner association fees are $245 per month. Call 703/393-2896 or visit www.dunbarton.net.

K. Hovnanian Homes is introducing its final section of homes at Four Seasons at Historic Virginia. 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, a clubhouse with a cybercafe, lounge, ballroom, fitness center, an 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.

Home prices range from the low $300,000s to the low $400,000s for 1,777 to 3,500 square feet, all on one level. Most of the homes include a third bedroom that can be used as a den or home office, and many offer a second-level loft option. Homeowner association fees are about $250 per month. The builder is offering $25,000 toward structural or interior options or closing costs for a limited time. Call 866/407-3796 or visit www.khov4seasons.com.

Under development by Lennar Corp. 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. When complete, the community will have about 2,000 homes, including single-family houses, villas and town homes.

Heritage Hunt includes 24-hour security at the gate. A golf course membership is included with each home purchase. 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. In addition to 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 $190,000s to the upper $200,000s. Single-family homes are available in a variety of styles and sizes, priced from the upper $300,000s to the mid-$500,000s. Homeowner association fees are $235 per month. Call 703/743-4000 or visit www.heritagehunt.com or www.lennar.com.

The Airston Group Inc. is building condominiums and town homes at Liberty Grove, a maintenance-free community in the city of Manassas. Just a handful of homes are still available, including two condominiums with more than 1,700 finished square feet.

These condominiums, priced at $229,500 and $254,900, have two bedrooms, a study and 2 1/2 baths, plus optional garage parking is available. These homes have elevator access, a security system, 9-foot ceilings, ceramic tile floors 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, priced at $299,900, featuring a two-car rear-entry garage, a private courtyard, a balcony, 9-foot ceilings on the first and second floors, a structured wiring package and ceramic tile floors in the kitchen, powder room, foyer and laundry room. Condominium association fees are $250 per month.

Liberty Grove is near Old Town Manassas, Chinn Recreational Center (which has an indoor swimming pool, fitness facility and library) and the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center. Call 703/330-9180 for the town home or 703/470-9182 for the condominiums 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 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 putting green and tennis courts, jogging trails, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The Regency Club has a ballroom, performing arts center, fitness center, a library, a business center and dining facilities.

All the patio and single-family homes at Regency will include a two-car garage. Inside, all the models feature a first-floor master suite, high ceilings, hardwood floors in the foyer, ceramic-tile floors in all baths and a kitchen with 42-inch cabinets.

Homes in the Georgetown collection of patio homes range from the upper $300,000s to the low $400,000s, with homeowner association fees of $335 per month.

The Potomac collection and Middleburg collection of single-family homes range from the mid-$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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