- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Northern Virginia’s farmland may have given way to landscaped housing developments, but home buyers can still find fields of green by buying in a golf course community.

Whether buyers love golf or just love to look at the greens, golf course communities in Loudoun and Prince William counties provide a wealth of recreational amenities in a country club setting.

Twenty minutes south of Washington at the junction of the Potomac and Occoquan rivers is the waterfront community of Belmont Bay, designed in the style of a historic American harbor town.

Belmont Bay includes a golf course with a clubhouse, a 158-slip marina, office space and planned restaurants, shops and a 240-room hotel and conference center.

The Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge is adjacent to the development, and the Belmont Bay Science Center, a joint project of the Virginia Science Museum and George Mason University’s Marine Biology department, is expected to be up and running by the end of 2007.

A VRE train station is in Woodbridge next to Belmont Bay.

Comstock Homebuilding Cos. Inc. has nine condominiums remaining in the River Club buildings, priced from the $400,000s to the mid-$500,000s, with a current promotion of up to $40,000 off the base price. This brings costs to the mid-$350,000s to the low $500,000s.

Miller and Smith LLC is building garage town homes with rooftop terraces with prices in the mid-$600,000s.

Call 703/491-2600 for Comstock Homes and 703/491-7103 for Miller and Smith, or visit www.belmontbay.com.

The 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course at the private gated community known as Belmont Country Club in Loudoun County provides scenic vistas for many of the 2,157 homesites in the community.

In addition to the golf course, a focal point for the development is the Belmont Clubhouse built adjacent to the renovated Manor House on the property. The Manor House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1799. The clubhouse, with almost 31,000 square feet, includes rooftop and private dining, a full-service business center and concierge services.

While the Belmont Clubhouse is the center of social life for the community, a separate full-service recreation center has also been built to provide indoor aerobic and fitness facilities along with swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts and a volleyball pit.

A fiber-optic infrastructure with high-speed Internet access and lawn maintenance is included with every home.

Toll Bros. Inc., the developer of the community, is building several types of homes in separate villages around the golf course, priced from the $400,000s to the high $500,000s for town homes and from the $600,000s to more than $1,000,000 for single-family homes. Condominiums are priced from the high $300,000s.

Call 703/858-GOLF or visit the Web site at www.belmontcountryclub.com.

The newest golf course community under development in Northern Virginia, Creighton Farms, eventually will feature 180 homes set in the rolling hills of Aldie in Loudoun County’s hunt country.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club will be the focal point for this new development, which will also include a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that has been designed to incorporate the property’s natural surroundings, including a small creek.

Homeowners and members of the private golf club will enjoy the upscale amenities of the Ritz-Carlton, including social and concierge services. The clubhouse has been designed in classic Georgian manor house style for a country-club style.

Homesites will vary in size from 1 to 5 acres with golf and wooded views, with finished homes anticipated to be priced from $2,500,000. Juno Properties LLC, Creighton Enterprises Inc. and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. LLC are partnering to develop this community.

The first homes are expected to be ready for occupancy in fall 2007, with the golf course opening in July 2007 and the clubhouse opening in late 2007.

Call 877/300-3338 or visit www.creightonfarms.com.

Toll Bros. is also developing Dominion Valley Country Club, a gated, guarded community in Haymarket in Prince William County, centered around an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course.

Residents can enjoy a sports pavilion with fitness equipment, basketball courts, swimming pools and tennis courts. Other recreational amenities in this resort-style community include a clubhouse with casual and formal dining and meeting rooms, hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, ball fields, and acres of open space. Residents of this community have a broadband fiber network and a community intranet.

Single-family homes, many with mountain, golf course and water views, are available at Dominion Valley, priced from the high $500,000s to the high $700,000s. Patio town homes, priced from the mid-$500,000s, are also available.

An active adult community, known as Regency at Dominion Valley, features single-family homes with first-floor master suites, condominium homes and patio town homes, with prices ranging from the low $300,000s to the high $400,000s.

Call 703/753-TOLL or 703/753-8900 for Regency or visit www.dominionvalley.com, www.regencydominionvalley.com or www.tollbrothers.com.

At the planned community of Lake Manassas in western Prince William County, buyers can choose a custom home design or choose from the portfolio of homes offered by the community’s builders.

Recreational amenities at Lake Manassas in addition to the golf course include an Olympic-size swimming pool, lighted tennis courts, hiking trails, picnic areas and fishing on one of the community’s stocked ponds.

The 18-hole Stonewall Golf Course was designed by South Carolina golf architect Tom Jackson with nine holes bordering Lake Manassas, with four additional holes featuring water frontage or water features.

The Stonewall Clubhouse’s 13,000 square feet include a pro shop, a pub, a grill room and a party room.

Custom single-family homes may be built by National Capital Homes Inc., Nelson Construction, Castle Rock Homes Inc., Petra Builders Inc., Sorensen Homes, Stonewall Homes, Quaker Homes Inc. and Entre Builders.

Custom homes lots are almost sold out, with seven lots and three homes on the market. The custom homes range from the $850,000s to more than $2,000,000. The Airston Group Inc. and Quaker Homes have single-family home models available for viewing, with a small number of homes still available.

The Airston Group has one home available, priced from $820,125 including a finished recreation room.

Single-family homes are available from Quaker Homes from the mid-$800,000s to the low $900,000s.

Call 703/754-7868 for information on the custom homes, 703/753-0992 for Quaker Homes and 703/470-9182 for the Airston Group or visit www.lakemanassas.com.

Lansdowne on the Potomac, which is nearly sold out, will include 2,155 upscale attached and detached homes, are being built by Beazer Homes Corp., Brookfield Homes Corp., Centex and Van Metre Homes.

Lansdowne is adjacent to the Lansdowne Resort and Golf Club and borders Goose Creek and the Potomac River. Lansdowne residents have the opportunity to become golf members of Lansdowne Resort and Golf Club.

Lansdowne’s Potomac Club, Lansdowne Resort and the National Conference Center offer recreational amenities, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness centers, club rooms, ballrooms and meeting rooms.

Lansdowne Resort recently opened its second golf course, a Greg Norman-designed championship course, the new golf club and another outdoor pool complex. In addition, construction has begun by Lansdowne Development Group of the Lansdowne Town Center, a main street-style community with restaurants, coffee cafes, retail, commercial and residential units.

Home prices in Lansdowne range from the $600,000s to $800,000s for town homes and from the $700,000s to more than $1,000,000 for single-family homes.

Call 703/726-0417 or visit www.LansdowneonthePotomac.com.

A gated entry leads into the upscale planned community of Piedmont in Haymarket. Residents now enjoy the private Tom Fazio-designed championship 18-hole golf course with its practice facility and clubhouse. Piedmont’s community center includes an athletic club with a fitness center and aerobics studio, an aquatic center with indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, plus a business center and boardroom.

Piedmont residents enjoy views of lakes and woodlands, mountain foothills and the golf course.

Estate homes and executive-style homes are being offered from a variety of builders. The newest sections of Piedmont are the Villages of Piedmont and the Parks at Piedmont, where builders, including M/I Homes Inc., Ryan Homes, Engle Homes and NVHomes are building single-family homes, town homes and condominiums.

In addition to their own private recreation center, business center, athletic club and swimming pool, residents of Parks at Piedmont also enjoy access to the Piedmont Golf Club.

Condominiums and town homes are priced from the upper $300,000s, town homes from the upper $400,000s and single-family homes from the mid- to upper $400,000s to the mid-$600,000s.

Call 571/261-4280 for M/I Homes, 703/754-7170 for Engle Homes and 571/261-4061, 703/753-8377 or 571/261-1834 for Ryan Homes or visit www.piedmont-club.com.

Marquis Custom Homes is building estate homes on the golf course at Raspberry Falls in Leesburg on half-acre to 1-acre lots.

Residents can enjoy a Gary Player Signature golf course, along with a Southern-mansion-inspired clubhouse with a pool and bathhouse, a grill restaurant and a pro shop.

Homes are priced from the upper $900,000s to $1,600,000 and will feature brick, stone and stucco exteriors.

Most of the homes will include a three-car side-entry garage, four to six bedrooms, a rear staircase, a fireplace in the family room, and a choice of oak hardwood flooring or 12-by-12 ceramic-tile flooring in the kitchen and breakfast area, hall and foyer.

The homes will have from three to seven full baths and two half baths. A full range of options will be available, including a home theater in the lower level.

Currently, six lots are available in the half-acre to 1-acre size, and two 10-acre conservancy lots are also available. A new section recently has opened for home sales.

Call 703/425-2602 for Marquis Custom Homes or visit www.Marquis-VanMetre.com.

The guarded, gated community of River Creek in Leesburg occupies a prime location on the banks of the Potomac River and Goose Creek, with 70-foot-high bluffs and an Ault, Clark & Associates Ltd.-designed golf course winding through the development.

The luxury homes within River Creek have views of the 18-hole golf course, the woods, lakes and the river.

The 30,000-square-foot main clubhouse at River Creek features formal dining rooms, dining balconies and decks with panoramic views of the Potomac that are perfect for parties or intimate dinners.

Community cookouts and events are held on a village green near the clubhouse. The Swim and Tennis Club includes a pro shop, exercise facility and traditional grill room with a fireplace, plus a swimming pool, children’s wading pools and lighted tennis courts.

More than 50 percent of the property is undeveloped open land.

The concierge staff brings the neighborhood together with planned events and outings and assists in organizing the many clubs that residents have started.

Luxury town homes priced from the upper $700,000s to more than $1,000,000 are available from Michael Harris Development, NVHomes and WCI Renaissance Housing Corp. Michael Harris Development recently began sales on single family homes priced from $839,900 and up, and Mitchell & Best Homebuilders LLC is selling single-family homes priced from $1,200,000 to $1,500,000.

Call 703/443-2800 or visit www.river-creek.com.

At River Falls, an upscale golf community in eastern Prince William County, Basheer & Edgemoore Homes LLC is constructing homes with prices starting from the upper $800,000s to more than $1,000,000.

The community surrounds the Old Hickory golf course and clubhouse.

Some 240 homes will be built on the 280-acre property by the time it is completed. Georgian-style architecture and community features such as a spring house and pocket parks are the hallmarks of River Falls, which has an entrance lined with maple trees, as well as other amenities, including walking trails, ponds and tennis courts along with multifunctional courts.

In addition, River Falls offers a location just minutes from the eclectic mix of shops and restaurants in nearby Occoquan.

Call 703/583-6447 or visit www.riverfalls.info.

The planned community of South Riding, set on 2,000 acres in southeastern Loudoun County, already is home to more than 4,400 families and eventually will have 6,039 homes.

South Riding, landscaped and designed to be pedestrian-friendly, includes a town center and market square with shopping and services, an 18-hole Dan Maples-designed golf course, four swimming pools, five tennis courts, ball fields, hiking and biking trails, beach volleyball courts, basketball courts, playgrounds and a day-care center.

More than 600 acres of open space have been maintained within South Riding, including 18 lakes and ponds and Conklin Park.

Toll Bros., the developer of South Riding, is building town homes priced from the $400,000s to the $500,000s and single-family homes priced from the $700,000s to the $800,000s and higher.

Call 703/327-3600 or visit www.southriding.com or www.tollbrothers.com.

Winchester Homes Inc. is building several collections of homes at South Village in South Riding, where residents can enjoy the Dan Maples-designed golf course, arbor-covered pathways to the Village Green and fountain, walking paths, tennis courts and a community swimming pool.

Town homes are priced from the mid-$500,000s and single-family homes from the upper $700,000s to upper $800,000s.

Call 703/542-5502 for the town homes or 703/542-2272 for the single family homes.

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