- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 24, 2005

Empty nesters often dream of leaving behind the maintenance duties associated with a single-family home, wanting a new home with just enough space but not too much.

Active adult communities provide this lifestyle in developments for residents 55 or older, a group of people in “semiretirement.” Many homeowners in active adult developments work part time or full time and choose to live with others in the same phase of life while remaining close to their friends and families.

The Airston Group is building a community of 61 homes at Liberty Grove in Manassas for purchasers who are 55 or older, including 45 apartment-style condominiums and 16 two-level town homes with rear-entry two-car garages.

Liberty Grove is near the Manassas Railway Museum; the Chinn Recreational Center, which has an indoor swimming pool, fitness facility and library; and the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center. The shops and restaurants of Old Town Manassas are also nearby.

Prices are anticipated to begin in the low $300,000s for the condominiums and the upper $400,000s for the town homes.

Condominium association fees are anticipated to be about $250 per month and will cover exterior building maintenance, mowing and landscaping, trash removal, and water and sewer bills.

Seven models of condominiums are available, ranging from 1,100 to 2,198 finished square feet, including ones with one and two bedrooms, and a study or a family room or both.

The condominiums have garage parking available for an additional fee.

The condominium buildings have a brick-and-stucco facade, a secure entry system, elevator access and professional landscaping. Each condominium home will have a security system, 9-foot ceilings, 6-foot windows, six-panel Colonial-style doors, a washer and dryer, a structured wiring package, and gas heat.

Each kitchen has 42-inch raised-panel oak cabinets, recessed lighting and a breakfast bar. All full baths have 6-by-6-inch ceramic-tile flooring, and the master bath has a soaking tub and separate shower with a seat.

The Baltimore model, with 1,743 square feet, includes a laundry room, closet and storage closet off the foyer, which has a columned entrance into the rest of the residence.

The Baltimore has an open floor plan with a central living room, a dining room defined by columns and a corner family room with walls of windows. Adjacent to the family room are the breakfast bar and kitchen.

On one side of the living room are a study, a powder room, and a bedroom suite with a walk-in closet and private full bath. The master-bedroom suite, privately located behind the kitchen, has a walk-in closet, a second closet and a bath.

The town-home model has 2,404 finished square feet with three bedrooms and a study.

The town homes have brick facades, brick stoops and courtyards, 61/2-inch beaded wood grain vinyl siding, and professional landscaping. Inside, the homes have 9-foot ceilings on the first and second floors, a security system, six-panel Colonial-style doors, a washer and dryer, a structured wiring package, and gas heat and hot water.

Each kitchen has 42-inch raised-panel oak cabinets, recessed lighting, a pantry and a breakfast bar. The powder room will have 12-by-12-inch ceramic-tile flooring, and all other baths have 6-by-6 inch ceramic tile flooring. The master bath has a tub and separate shower with a seat.

The Hancock town-home model has a front porch with columns and an entrance into the living room. The formal dining room has decorative columns and an adjacent staircase to the upper level. Nearby is a storage closet, which can be converted into an elevator.

The laundry room is next to the center-island kitchen, which is open to the family room. This level also has a powder room and the master suite, which includes a walk-in closet, a second closet and a bath.

The second level of the Hancock features a central studio or office overlooking the lower level, and a front bedroom with a private balcony and a walk-in closet. The upstairs also has a full bath, a third bedroom and additional storage space over the garage.

For information on Liberty Grove, call 703/818-9300 or visit www.airstonhomes.com.

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