- - Thursday, February 9, 2012

Active-adult communities, which are restricted to homeowners age 55 and older, are popular among homebuyers for a variety of reasons.

For many, the concept of living in a new home without maintenance chores such as mowing the lawn, cleaning gutters or shoveling snow is of paramount importance. Other active-adult buyers relish the opportunity to make new friends and experience a wide range of recreational and social amenities while maintaining ties to friends and family in the area. Still others appreciate the ease of living in a home with the master-bedroom suite, living and dining areas, kitchen and laundry facilities all on one level.

At the Gatherings at Wellington, an active-adult community under development by Beazer Homes in Manassas, residents can enjoy all of the above features along with something special: the ability to walk to a grocery store, bank, dry cleaner and other amenities.

Not only are these day-to-day needs met with nearby shops, but the community is approximately one mile from the restaurants, antiques stores and quaint shops in Historic Old Town Manassas. An OmniLink bus stop is nearby so residents can use public transportation to reach other areas of Prince William County, and a Virginia Railway Express and Amtrak station is one mile from Wellington, putting downtown D.C. within reach.

The Gatherings at Wellington also features a clubhouse where residents can gather for clubs and group activities.

The Gatherings at Wellington includes three condominium buildings with elevators, each with 27 homes, for a total of 81 residences. The two-bedroom, two-bath homes have 1,448 to 1,886 finished square feet, with base prices from $209,990 to $292,990. Monthly condominium fees range from $219 to $295.

The brick-front mid-rise buildings have vinyl siding, an intercom security system and individual garages for each unit. Inside, the homes have 9-foot ceilings, miniblinds on all windows and vertical blinds on all sliding glass doors, satin-nickel-finish lever door handles, hardwood flooring in the foyer and kitchen, ceramic tile flooring in the baths, and granite counters with stainless steel appliances and maple cabinets in the kitchen.

The homes have energy-saving features, including an energy air-seal package, low-E windows, a programmable thermostat, a home-energy monitor, water-saving faucets and shower heads, and a gas water heater.

The Dogwood model, with 1,886 square feet, is priced from $292,990. This home has a foyer entrance with doors to the coat closet, laundry room and a full bath. This model has a central living room with a tray ceiling and an optional fireplace. Optional columns can be installed to define the entrance to the sunroom and to the formal dining room, each of which is adjacent to the living room. A deck is accessible from a sliding glass door in the sunroom.

Next to the dining room are the kitchen and breakfast area. The kitchen includes a double-door pantry, and the breakfast area has windows on two sides.

The master suite includes a bedroom with a tray ceiling and windows on two sides, a walk-in closet and a luxury bath with a soaking tub, separate shower, linen closet and double-sink vanity.

On the opposite side of this home is the second bedroom with a standard closet. The full bath off the foyer is adjacent to this bedroom.

The Chestnut model, with 1,637 square feet, is priced from $252,990. This home has two closets and a laundry room off the foyer. The central living room has a tray ceiling and columns that frame the entrance to the sunroom on one side of the room and the dining room on another.

The kitchen is open to a breakfast area with three windows and a pantry.

The master-bedroom suite includes a tray ceiling in the bedroom, a walk-in closet and a standard closet. The master bath has an oversized shower and a double-sink vanity. On the other side of the home are the second bedroom and second full bath.

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