- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 10, 2005

The 2005 Senior Sentiment Survey, commissioned by Financial Freedom, a reverse-mortgage lender, confirmed some long-held beliefs about seniors looking for housing in planned communities.

The top reason for moving into an active adult or retirement community given by the survey respondents, all age 62 to 75, was the feeling of safety found in a planned community. The second most stated reason is a desire to be surrounded by people their own age.

The majority of active adult communities in the Washington area offer plenty of recreational amenities combined with a low-maintenance lifestyle, which meets two additional desires of those surveyed — people looking for programs and amenities and to eliminate the maintenance demands of owning a home.

Among the pioneers in the field, Del Webb has been building retirement and mixed-age developments for more than 40 years. Celebrate, which will be developed about 2 miles from the firm’s Falls Run community in Fredericksburg, is expected to include a 25,000-square-foot recreation center with an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, a business center, a kitchen, a library and lounge with a fireplace, meeting rooms, tennis courts and boccie courts.

Detached single-family homes and attached villas are now selling with prices from the upper $200,000s to the low $400,000s. Call 540/374-8700 or visit www.delwebb.com.

Slenker Land Corp. has designed Central Parke at Lowes Island, an active adult community within the planned community of Cascades in Loudoun County. Central Parke residents live across the street from neighborhood shopping and within minutes of Cascades Town Center, which has a library, a senior center and numerous dining and shopping opportunities. Central Parke residents also may use the recreational amenities in Cascades.

Central Parke has its own resort club with an outdoor swimming pool, a grand room, a kitchen, a fitness center, a card room, a library, an activities office and a patio that backs onto woods. The clubhouse is now open and walking trails wind through the community and into a nature preserve. Residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle, with all mowing, landscaping, snow removal and gutter cleaning provided by the community.

The community is almost sold out, with Beazer Homes offering the Georgetown, a two-bedroom, two-bath condominium with elevator service and a private garage, priced from the low $400,000s.

Call Beazer Homes at 703/421-8941 or visit www.centralparke.com.

Lennar Corp., builders and developers of Heritage Hunt in Prince William County, has begun sales at Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg, a gated community with an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Arthur Hills and surrounded by 520 acres of natural landscaping.

Other recreational amenities will include walking and biking paths, tennis courts and an athletic club, which will have both indoor and outdoor swimming pools and an exercise room.

The focal point for the community will be the 25,000-square-foot Heritage Clubhouse, which will include such facilities as a grand ballroom, a full-service restaurant, a library, a craft room, a billiards room and a woodworking shop. The athletic center is open, the clubhouse is anticipated to open in fall and the golf course will be ready in 2006.

Lennar is offering pricing from the upper $300,000s to the mid-$500,000s for four collections of homes at Colonial Heritage, each with one or two levels and a one- or two-car garage. Two collections have attached housing. Two are detached, and all the homes have first-floor master suites.

Call 866/456-1776 or visit www.colonialheritageva.com.

Brookfield Homes is developing both the active adult community of Dunbarton and the surrounding Braemar community between Haymarket and Manassas in Prince William County. Patriot is also building at Dunbarton.

The Dunbarton Club overlooking Broad Run has an indoor pool and spa, a fitness center, game and meeting rooms, a business center, and a parlor. The landscaped grounds of the club provide tennis courts, a putting green, a boccie court, a shuffleboard court, and hiking and biking trails.

Dunbarton also will organize numerous social events, and residents will be members of the Braemar association. Attached villa homes are base-priced from $354,990 to $364,490, and single-family homes are base-priced from $452,990 to $502,990. They feature two or three bedrooms, two baths, a two-car garage, 9-foot ceilings on the main level, a center-island kitchen, a family room with a fireplace, a separate living and dining area, and a master bath.

Patriot is offering three model home styles at Dunbarton, with base prices from the high $300,000s.

The James Madison model with 2,563 square feet, has a two-car garage, a first-floor master bedroom suite and bath, a two or three-sided fireplace between the living room and dining room and a kitchen with an island and breakfast nook.

The second floor has two large bedrooms with walk-in closets, a full bath and an unfinished storage area that can be an optional fourth bedroom. The Patuxent III model has about 1,900 square feet, and the Livingston model has about 3,200 square feet, both with two-car garages and a first-floor master suite.

Call 703/393-2896 for Brookfield Homes or visit www.dunbarton.net and call 703/392-5100 for Patriot or visit www.lennar.com.

Del Webb is building Falls Run on a 220-acre site near Fredericksburg. All of the single-family homes have already been sold at Falls Run.

The gated community includes plenty of recreational amenities, and residents can enjoy golf at the 18-hole public course known as the Gauntlet, just west of Falls Run. Other outdoor recreational amenities include walking trails, a heated swimming pool, tennis courts and boccie courts.

The 16,000-square-foot recreation center has an indoor swimming pool and spa complex, a business center, a ballroom, a kitchen, a library/lounge area with a fireplace, a billiard/game room and a fitness center.

Only three villas are still available for sale, priced from $295,900 to $338,900.

Call 540/374-8700 or visit www.delwebb.com/FallsRun.

At Four Seasons at Ashburn Village residents can enjoy the private recreational amenities of the active adult community along with the extensive amenities of Ashburn Village, which include walking trails, parks, lakes and ponds, swimming pools, tennis courts, recreation centers and a spectacular Sports Pavilion.

Four Seasons at Ashburn Village, built by K. Hovnanian Cos., features 80 condominiums in midrise elevator buildings with garage parking, and a clubhouse with a fitness center, a central atrium for events, a clubroom with access to an outdoor patio and a hearth room with a fireplace for relaxing with friends and family.

Each condominium home has 9-foot ceilings, hardwood flooring in the entry foyer, a security system, a separate laundry room with a washer and dryer, gas heat and a fully equipped kitchen with 42-inch raised-panel oak cabinets.

The condominiums range in size from 1,606 to 1,977 finished square feet, with two bedrooms or two bedrooms and a study, or three bedrooms, with two full baths. Base prices begin in the high $300,000s.

Call 703/858-7008 or visit www.khov4seasons.com.

In Prince William County, K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Historic Virginia has six decorated models for viewing. This 486-acre wooded site, on Route 234 just west of Interstate 95, will consist of 800 single-family detached homes designed for single-level living, each with two or three bedrooms and a two-car garage.

Recreational amenities include an activities director, a clubhouse with a cyber cafe, lounge, ballroom, fitness center, an indoor lap pool, billiards, arts-and-crafts and game rooms, a library, business rooms and a computer learning center.

Outdoor amenities include tennis courts, a pool and spa, a putting green, boccie courts and walking and biking trails. Home base prices range from the high $300,000s to the low $500,000s for 1,547 to 3,500 square feet, all on one level.

Most of the homes will include a third bedroom that can be used as a den or home office, and many will offer a second-level loft option for flexible living space. Call 703/583-3733 or visit www.khov4seasons.com.

K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Vint Hill in Fauquier County is part of Vint Hill, a former Army center for advanced communications that includes a combination of homes, offices, shopping and recreational facilities.

Amenities within the community include the restored Inn at Vint Hill, an 1860s mansion and former Army officers club that has dining rooms, parlors, pubs, a patio and a swimming pool. Recreational amenities include a recreation center run by the Fauquier County Parks and Recreation Department that includes a fitness center, a dance and aerobics studio, a theater, arts-and-crafts classes, a gym, a playground and racquetball and tennis courts.

The single-family homes at Four Seasons at Vint Hill, which are base-priced from the mid-$400,000s, range from 1,824 to more than 3,221 square feet of living space, with two or three bedrooms, a full basement and a two-car garage. Each home has hardwood flooring in the foyer, crown and chair-rail moldings, 9-foot ceilings in the main living area, a security system and a structured wiring package.

Call 800/432-5649 or visit www.khov4seasons.com.

Under development by Lennar near Gainesville and Haymarket in Prince William County, Heritage Hunt features an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course designed by Arthur Hills.

The 750-acre development includes wooded areas, streams, lakes and pastures, and, when complete, about 2,000 homes, including single-family houses, villas and town homes.

Heritage Hunt includes 24-hour security at the gate, and all homes have low-maintenance, one-level living. A full equity golf course membership is included with each home purchase at Heritage Hunt.

A restaurant and lounge are in the main clubhouse, along with an auditorium, billiards room, a library, a computer lab and arts-and-crafts rooms. A second clubhouse has an indoor aquatic and fitness center. Outdoors, besides the golf course, residents will be able to enjoy lighted tennis courts, a driving range, an outdoor swimming pool, hiking and biking trails, and lawn sports.

New sections of homes from Lennar at Heritage Hunt are available priced in the upper $400,000s and feature two or three bedrooms, a one- or two-car garage, and a security monitor connected to the front gate.

Patriot is selling its last phase of single-family homes at Heritage Hunt, priced from the high $400,000s. The Patuxent III model, with 2,954 square feet, has a two-car garage, first-floor master bedroom suite, a sunroom, a loft with a bathroom and a finished lower level with a recreation room, den and bathroom.

The Livingston model at Heritage Hunt has 3,217 square feet, a two-car garage, a two-story foyer with hardwood flooring, a first-floor master suite, a study, powder room, an open great room for living and dining, a sunroom with a two-sided fireplace, a kitchen with breakfast nook, and a laundry room.

The second floor has an additional master suite and two additional bedrooms with a connecting bath, a loft and a computer area.

Call 703/743-1079 for Patriot or visit www.lennar.com. For Lennar Homes, call 703/743-3000 or visit www.heritagehunt.com.

Brookfield Homes is building new luxury condominiums at HiddenBrooke off the Fairfax County Parkway near the Springfield Metro station, a neighborhood surrounded by shopping and dining. Only five homes are still available in the four elevator buildings, and each home will include a balcony or a patio.

The community will include a health and fitness center, a clubroom and landscaped courtyards between the buildings. HiddenBrooke includes maintenance-free living, secured entries and optional garages.

The condominiums are priced from the mid-$500,000s, and each has two bedrooms, with bonus space for use as a den, and formal dining rooms.

Call 703/913-7020 or visit www.HiddenBrooke.net.

In Lansdowne in Loudoun County, Leisure World of Virginia has been sited in a wooded glade bordering the Potomac River, adjacent to the elegant Lansdowne resort and its golf course, where special golf privileges are available for residents. The community eventually will have about 3,000 residents in condominium buildings arranged in circular patterns to encompass open spaces and recreational amenities.

Clubhouse West, a two-level health, recreation and fitness center surrounded by gardens and waterfalls, includes an indoor pool area that resembles a Roman bath, with faux finishes depicting marble and stone walls, columns, detailed moldings and lush greenery. In addition, the clubhouse includes a health spa, a rooftop tennis court, craft and hobby rooms, a library, an interfaith chapel, a convenience store, a deli, a bank and a hair salon. Early next year, the clubhouse will be completed with a restaurant and an auditorium/ballroom. The development has 24-hour security and a free courtesy bus traveling to and from local destinations.

The developer, IDI Group Cos., currently is constructing Riverview, the last building on the community’s west side, which offers sweeping views of the Potomac River.

A few homes are still available in the first phase of the 242-unit, 11-story Riverview building, and phase II sales have begun for the section scheduled for completion at the end of next year.

Floor plans are available with 874 to 1,720 square feet, with two bedrooms or two bedrooms and a den or three bedrooms. Base prices range from the $200,000s to the $500,000s.

Call 703/581-1711 or visit www.idigroup.com.

The Airston Group Inc. is building 61 homes at Liberty Grove in Manassas, including 45 apartment-style condominiums and 16 two-level town homes with rear-entry two-car garages.

Liberty Grove is near Old Town Manassas, the Chinn Recreational Center, which has an indoor swimming pool, fitness facility and library, and the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center.

Airston is offering condominiums with elevators from the upper $200,000s and town homes from the upper $400,000s. Seven models of condominiums are available, ranging from 1,100 to 2,198 finished square feet, including one and two bedrooms, a study or a family room or both, with garage parking available for an additional cost of $20,000.

Both the condominiums and the town homes have a security system, 9-foot ceilings, ceramic-tile flooring in the baths, 42-inch cabinets in the kitchen, a master bath, a washer and dryer, a structured wiring package and gas heat.

The Hancock town home model, with 2,404 finished square feet, has a brick facade, a brick stoop, a brick courtyard, and a front porch with columns.

The main level has a living room, dining room, center-island kitchen open to the family room, a laundry room, 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, a full bath, a front bedroom with a private balcony and a walk-in closet, a third bedroom and additional unfinished storage space.

Call 703/670-1980, Ext. 107, or visit www.airstonhomes.com.

Pre-construction sales to buyers on a preview list have begun at Potomac Green, a Del Webb community in Loudoun County.

This 300-acre development will include 136 acres of open space, along with a 29,000-square-foot recreation center with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, an indoor running/walking track, and multi-purpose space that can be combined or separated for various events and activities.

A great room with a fireplace, billiards and card rooms are also in the recreation center, and outdoor spaces include a veranda, tennis courts, boccie courts, gardens and walking trails.

The two- and three-bedroom villa and single-family homes, which have two or three baths and range from 1,314 to 2,919 square feet, are priced from the mid-$300,000s to the mid-$400,000s.

Call 866/932-9322 or visit www.delwebb.com.

Toll Bros. Inc. will be building almost 1,000 condominiums, single-family homes and patio homes at Regency at Dominion Valley, an active adult community adjacent to the 2,400-acre Dominion Valley Country Club, a planned community near Haymarket.

In addition to an 18-hole golf course designed by Arnold Palmer, the community will have a lighted 18-hole putting green, lighted tennis courts, jogging and biking trails, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

The Regency Club, anticipated to open early next year, will include a ballroom, performing arts center, fitness center, a whirlpool tub, a steam room, a library, a business center, and dining facilities.

All patio and single-family homes at Regency will include a two-car garage.

Inside, all the models feature a first-floor master suite with extra-wide entrances to the master bedroom and master bath, 9- or 10-foot ceilings, hardwood flooring in the foyer, ceramic-tile flooring in all baths, a kitchen with 42-inch cabinets, high-tech wiring, and gas heat and hot water.

Homes in the Georgetown Collection of patio homes are base-priced from the mid- to upper $300,000s. The Potomac Collection and Middleburg Collection homes are base-priced from the mid- to high $400,000s.

Condominiums in three-story buildings with elevators and a garage are base-priced from $321,975 to $379,975.

Call 703/753-8900 or visit www.regencydominionvalley.com.

Porten Homes is building Saintsbury Plaza, a condominium development within walking distance of the Vienna Metro station. Shuttle service will be scheduled to and from the Metro. Lighted surface parking is available with garage space and storage space available as optional features.

Each building includes a covered entrance, secured access and a clubroom, while the main building includes a fitness center and a grand clubroom. All residents are members of the Georgetown Club, which includes use of all the on-site facilities, along with a calendar of group activities. A concierge provides additional services for residents.

Only two homes are left, base-priced from the low $500,000s, with two bedrooms and two baths. Each home has a covered terrace, ceramic-tile flooring in the foyer, decorative columns, crown and chair-rail moldings, and a breakfast bar or a center-island in the kitchen, along with granite counters, 42-inch oak cabinetry and a full-size pantry.

The homes also have master baths, ceramic-tile flooring in all baths, a full-size front-loading washer and dryer and an advanced home wiring system.

Call 703/242-1599 or visit www.portenhomes.com.

Pre-sales are anticipated to begin in January at Shenandoah, an active adult community under development on the shores of Lake Frederick outside of Winchester.

Oxbridge Development’s community will feature homes from Beazer Homes and Centex Homes. Shenandoah will include 2,130 homes, a mix of single-family homes, duplexes, town homes and condominiums surrounding the lake.

Amenities in the community in addition to lake views and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains will include a 35,000-square-foot clubhouse village, tennis courts, hiking trails and boating piers.

Age restrictions at Shenandoah require that 80 percent of the households are occupied by at least one person age 55 or older. The remaining 20 percent of the planned homes will be occupied by at least one resident age 45 or older. Prices are anticipated to begin in the upper $200,000s.

Visit www.lakeside-shenandoah.com. To be placed on a preview sales list, visit www.beazer.com or www.centexhomes.com.

Lush gardens, ponds, streams, a holly arboretum and walking trails create a peaceful setting for the residents of the gated active adult community of Suffield Meadows, four miles outside of downtown Warrenton.

Recreational amenities at Suffield Meadows will include a fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool and a clubhouse.

Ryan Homes is building 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 upper $400,000s to the upper $500,000s.

The Arbors at Suffield Meadows, owned by Suffield Meadows LLC and built by Foulger-Pratt Construction Inc., are two brick-and-siding condominium buildings with a total of 32 units priced from the low to mid-$400,000s for two bedrooms and two baths.

The condominiums each include wood or ceramic-tile flooring in the foyer, ceramic-tile flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms, and a stackable washer and dryer.

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

Ryan Homes and NVHomes have teamed to develop Virginia Heritage at Lee’s Parke, adjacent but separated from the planned community of Lee’s Parke in Fredericksburg.

Plans for Virginia Heritage call for a 416-acre enclave with approximately 800 detached single-family homes from Ryan Homes, NVHomes and Lennar set into two neighborhoods.

Virginia Heritage will have a gated entrance and a clubhouse with a grand ballroom, a lounge, a billiards room, a card room, a fitness center and activities rooms. Other planned amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, and a full-time activities director. The clubhouse is anticipated to open in the spring.

The homes will all offer one-level living and a two-car garage with the option of completing a second level. Lennar’s homes, in their patio, garden and executive collections, are base-priced from the $350,000s to the $470,000s.

Ryan Homes is offering homes priced from the mid-$300,000s to the upper $400,000s. NVHomes has three model styles available, all priced from the mid-$400,000s.

Call 866/319-0256 for Ryan Homes, 866/213-1381 for Lennar and 866/836-3453 for NVHomes or visit www.Virginia-Heritage.com.

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