- - Thursday, February 23, 2012

Active-adult communities are designed to meet the needs of residents age 55 and older, many of whom are working full or part time but want to make the transition to an easier lifestyle they can continue to enjoy in retirement.

While active-adult communities vary in terms of home styles and amenities, they all include homes that are all on one level or have a first-floor master suite. In addition, these communities typically offer low-maintenance living to give homeowners more free time and eliminate concerns about lawn care and snow removal.

At Regency at Chancellorsville, a new active-adult community under development by Toll Bros. near Fredericksburg, Va., buyers will have a choice of four single-family home models. The community eventually will have 225 single-family homes on lots of 6,000 square feet.

Located within minutes of Interstate 95 and the town of Fredericksburg, Regency at Chancellorsville has multiple shopping centers nearby. At Harrison Crossing, just three minutes from the community, residents can find a variety of shops and restaurants along with a grocery store, Home Depot and Petco. Ten minutes away are Central Park, Spotsylvania Towne Centre, Spotsylvania Crossing and Village Square shopping centers, which combined offer department stores and specialty shops, movie theaters and restaurants.

Residents at Regency at Chancellorsville can look forward to an array of amenities within the community in addition to the shops, golf courses and parks that are nearby. Plans call for walking trails, a bocce court and a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse with an indoor swimming pool, an outdoor swimming pool, a tavern room, a fitness area and a meeting room.

The homes at Regency at Chancellorsville, which have 1,650 to 2,026 finished square feet, are base-priced from $264,995 to $302,995. Homeowners association dues have yet to be determined.

Buyers can choose among various exterior designs, including some with a brick or stone front with a brick or stone stoop. Each home has a two-car garage, low-maintenance 6-inch beaded vinyl siding, a covered deck, professional landscaping, a fully sodded yard with a zoned irrigation system, and low-E double-hung windows.

Inside, the homes have two bedrooms, two baths, 9- and 10-foot ceilings, tray ceilings, hardwood flooring in the foyer, ceramic tile flooring in the baths, crown and chair-rail molding and 8-foot Colonial-style raised-panel doors. Each kitchen has 42-inch wall cabinets, granite counters and a ceramic tile backsplash.

The master suite in each home has crown molding, a coffered or tray ceiling, a spacious walk-in closet and a private bath with a cultured-marble sink and an oversized shower with a seat. The homes have gas heat and a gas water heater and a prewired security system. Buyers can add sunrooms, lofts, basements, gas fireplaces, screened porches and room extensions.

The Harrison model, with 2,026 finished square feet, is base-priced from $290,995 to $302,995, depending on the exterior style chosen. This home has a dramatic foyer entrance with a 12-foot tray ceiling. The foyer opens into a living room with two windows and an open dining room defined by columns and a tray ceiling. Just beyond the living room are an open family room, breakfast area and kitchen with a breakfast bar. A covered patio with columns is accessible from the family room and the breakfast area.

Just off the family room is a study with a double window. Double doors open from the family room into a master suite with a tray ceiling, two walk-in closets and a private bath with two linen closets, a double-sink vanity and a shower with a seat.

This home also has a second bedroom with an adjacent full bath at the front of the house. Between the kitchen and the garage are a laundry room, a closet and a pantry.

For more information or directions to Regency at Chancellorsville, call sales manager Tae Wills at 540/785-4663 or visit Toll Bros.” href=”http://www.TollBrothers.com” target=”_blank”>www.TollBrothers.com.

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