- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 22, 2004

A former private estate and holly tree farm on the outskirts of Warrenton has been transformed

into the gated active-adult community of Suffield Meadows, a development where the homes are interspersed with lush garden and walking trails and shaded sitting and picnicking areas.

A landscaped water feature at the entrance to Suffield Meadows provides a glimpse of the community’s link with nature, enhanced by ponds and streams.

In addition to a holly arboretum, Suffield Meadows has an English garden, wetlands gardens, a native garden for local plants, bird-watching areas, a community wildlife habitat and garden areas for residents to plant vegetables. Walking trails including a fitness trail winding through the community and a wetlands boardwalk.

Suffield Meadows, four miles outside downtown Warrenton in the rolling hills of Fauquier County, will include such recreational amenities as a fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool, and a clubhouse designed for community clubs and activities, as well as resident parties.

Housing at Suffield Meadows will include attached villa homes with three finished levels, three bedrooms and 21/2 baths, a first-floor master suite, and a two-car garage. The single-family homes also have first-floor master suites and include three or four bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a two-car garage. Prices for the villas and single-family homes range from the mid-$400,000s to the mid-$500,000s. Ryan Homes is building the villas and single-family homes.

The Arbors at Suffield Meadows, owned by Suffield Meadows LLC and built by Foulger Pratt Construction, are two brick-and-siding condominium buildings with a total of 32 units priced from the low to upper $300,000s for two bedrooms and two baths.

Each condominium includes wood or ceramic-tile flooring in the foyer; ceramic-tile flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms; raised-panel interior doors; telephone and cable pre-wiring in each bedroom, the living room, the kitchen and the den; and a stackable washer and dryer. The homes have individualized gas heat and central air conditioning.

Universal design elements that create easier living conditions for elderly or disabled people include door chimes in an accessible location; a maximum threshold of half an inch at the main entry door; lever-style door and faucet handles throughout the home; conveniently placed switches and outlets; large-stall showers with an integral seat, easy access and adjustable shower heads; and wiring for a security system within the house linked to a security monitoring office.

The Brookside floor plan includes a large closet in the foyer, an open living room and dining room with an optional central fireplace, and a half-wall separating the dining area from the kitchen and breakfast area.

Off the living area are a sunroom with a closet and a private library with a wall of windows. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a bath with a tub, separate shower and double-sink vanity. This home also has a second bedroom, a second full bath and a laundry room.

The Monticello model features a walk-in closet and a laundry room off the foyer, and a central open living and dining room with an optional fireplace. A sunroom with a closet opens off the living area, and a half-wall separates the dining area from the breakfast area and kitchen.

This home also includes a large den with a closet, a master bedroom with a walk-in closet and bath with a tub and separate shower, and a second bedroom and second full bath.

Call 540/349-5707 or visit www.suffieldmeadows.com.

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