- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 28, 2005

A private lake, beaches and a golf course are just a few of the recreational amenities available to residents of Lake Monticello, a 3,500-acre gated country-club community 16 miles southeast of Charlottesville.

This planned community in Fluvanna County includes 3,600 homes on sites of a quarter-acre to 3 acres.

Waterfront homes, golf course homes and neighborhood homes, including many custom homes, are priced from $100,000 to $500,000 and higher.

Lake Monticello’s residents enjoy a 352-acre lake fed by more than 200 natural springs, with some 22 miles of shoreline. Five sandy beaches dot the shore, each with roped swimming areas and fishing docks, plus picnic and barbecue facilities.

A full-service marina and boat launch with slip rentals and docks serves the lake. To maintain the serenity of the community, jet skis are not permitted, and the maximum boat speed is 35 miles per hour.

Sailing, water tubing, fishing and swimming are all popular activities at the lake. A 35-acre fishing pond and picnic area are also part of the community.

Lake Monticello Golf Course, a PGA championship course and driving range, is home to the Faulconer Invitational each year and has hosted the Virginia Open several years. The course includes a golf pro shop, a snack bar and a teaching pro.

Other amenities at Lake Monticello include a private clubhouse with formal and casual dining, daily activities including a variety of clubs, and private event rooms.

The swimming pool complex offers lessons and a competitive swim team, plus a snack bar. Lighted tennis and basketball courts, soccer, softball and hockey fields, and equipped playgrounds offer additional outdoor recreational venues.

The main gatehouse at Lake Monticello is guarded 24 hours a day, with five additional gated entrances accessible only by residents.

The variety of amenities in the community may tempt residents to stay within the gates of Lake Monticello, but within less than 30 miles of the development are such attractions as Charlottesville’s historic downtown and the University of Virginia, as well as historic Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, and Montpelier, home of James Madison.

Recently, several waterfront homes have sold in Lake Monticello, priced from $550,000 to $650,000. A golf-front estate at 10 Spoon Terrace, set on a three-quarter-acre lot, is on the market for $443,900. This home includes 2,944 finished square feet, with golf course and water views visible from multiple windows and the terraced back decks of the home. A flagstone walkway winds through terraced garden beds to the front door.

The vaulted great room includes large skylights placed between exposed wood beams. Walls of sliding glass doors frame views of the golf course and pond.

The great room includes a red brick raised-hearth gas fireplace. Nearby, the sunroom features 12 windows with custom-designed wood trim, laminate wood flooring, and golf course and pond views. Throughout the home, the owners have added custom-designed lighting fixtures, including stained-glass fixtures.

The newly remodeled kitchen includes imported tile flooring, Corian counters, natural cherry cabinetry, recessed lighting, a pantry with pull-out shelving and new appliances. The adjacent dining area includes a bay window with a wide view of the front gardens.

The master suite occupies a private wing, with a study or media room nearby with a built-in buffet, chair-rail moldings and track lighting. The master suite includes a home spa with a sunken whirlpool tub for two, a sauna, a separate walk-in shower, and a dressing area with a vanity.

The three separate guest suites include a second master suite with a private bath.

For information about Lake Monticello, contact Realtor Patsy Strong at 434/996-4606 or visit www.lakemonticelloproperties.com.

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