- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 27, 2004

Developments used to attract 55-and-older buyers with such recreational amenities as a card room, a craft room and perhaps a shuffleboard court.

How times have changed. Residents today prefer to participate in sports and a broader range of social activities, and many continue to work rather than live a life of leisure.

At Ashburn Village in Loudoun County, Ryan Homes has designed the Villas at Ashburn Village as an active adult development that is incorporated into the existing planned community. Residents of the Villas will have full access to all amenities of Ashburn Village.

The planned community of Ashburn Village includes 12 miles of walking trails, landscaped parks, mature trees and a shopping center with restaurants and shops.

Opened in 1987, Ashburn Village has 2.5 million square feet of commercial and office space and 200,000 square feet of retail space. Six lakes and ponds add water views to the development and are fully stocked with fish each year. The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park winds through the community, with its 45-mile trail leading all the way into Alexandria.

Ashburn Village residents can use any of three neighborhood recreation centers, which each have an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, meeting rooms, basketball courts and multipurpose courts.

The star of the development is the 32,130-square-foot sports pavilion, which has both indoor and outdoor Olympic-size swimming pools, exercise, aerobic and weight-lifting facilities, sauna and steam rooms, a full-size gym, racquetball and squash courts and enclosed, lighted tennis courts for winter play.

Ryan Homes’ Villas at Ashburn Village are exclusively available to buyers with at least one household member age 55 or older.

Priced from the upper $430,000s, the Stonehurst model homes include a first-floor master suite, a second level and a finished lower level for additional space.

Standard features in the Stonehurst homes include hardwood flooring in the foyer and powder room, 9-foot ceilings on the main level and recessed lighting in the kitchen and lower level.

The center-island kitchen includes an upgraded refrigerator, and the upper-level loft has crown moldings. Each home has alarm system equipment and telephone and cable prewiring. The lower level has a three-piece plumbing rough-in.

The Stonehurst model has a foyer entrance that opens onto the two-story open living and dining area, which can be enhanced with a three-sided fireplace.

At the back of the home is the center-island kitchen and breakfast area, which has a wall of windows and a glass door to the back yard.

The first-floor master suite has an optional tray ceiling, a walk-in closet and a master bath with 6-by-6 ceramic tile flooring, a tub, a large-scale shower and a dual-sink vanity.

This level also includes a powder room and a large laundry room off the garage with an extra closet.

Upstairs, an open loft overlooking the foyer and living area offers flexible space for nearly any function and includes a door to a spacious unfinished storage room. Two additional bedrooms on this level each have a walk-in closet and share a hall bath with an optional dual-sink vanity.

The lower level includes a large recreation room, a rough-in for a full bath and another spacious unfinished storage area.

Call 703/726-6904 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

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