- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Active adult communities, designed for households with members age 55 and older, represent the wave of

the future for many baby boomers who are ready to release themselves from the burden of home maintenance.

With snow-shoveling, lawn-mowing and gutter-cleaning left for others to handle, these retirees or soon-to-be-retired home buyers have more leisure time to fill with pleasurable pursuits.

Developers of active adult communities often plan for an on-site activities director who will organize events and group activities for residents. In addition, recreational amenities often are included in the development to assist residents in maintaining physical and emotional fitness.

Active adult communities are found throughout the Washington area, designed primarily for local residents who want to stay close to friends and family. Some buyers come from other areas, too, to take advantage of more moderate weather than in states farther north and to enjoy the cultural advantages of living in the area.

In Fairfax County, 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.

A handful of homes are left at Saintsbury Plaza, base-priced from the upper $300,000s to $500,000, 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. Condominium fees range from $272 to $424 per month.

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

Also in Fairfax County, at Spring Hill in Lorton, Pulte Homes Inc. is developing a gated community with an indoor swimming pool, a clubhouse and homes that offer maintenance-free living.

In addition to the amenities within the community, Spring Hill residents will have easy access to the Fairfax County Parkway, Interstate 95, Va. Route 123 and a Virginia Railway Express station.

Plans call for single-family homes, villas and condominiums to be built at Spring Hill.

Several models of single-family homes are available, with 1,672 to 2,528 finished square feet. The single-family homes, base-priced from $519,900 to $555,900, have two to three bedrooms and two to three full baths. Some include a finished loft.

The villas, with 1,314 to 2,345 finished square feet, are base-priced from $411,900 to $470,900. The homes have two bedrooms and two full baths or three bedrooms with three full baths and a loft. The largest villa, the Burlington, has 2,345 square feet, includes a two-story great room, a separate dining room, a library, a kitchen, a laundry room and two bedrooms and two baths on the main level. A patio and garage are accessible from the house, and the finished upper level includes a loft overlooking the great room, a third bedroom and a third full bath.

Condominiums will be sold in the future.

Homeowner association fees are $215 per month.

Call 703/493-8200 or visit www.pulte.com.

In Loudoun County, at K. Hovnanian Homes’ 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 sports pavilion.

Four Seasons at Ashburn Village 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 from 1,606 to 1,977 finished square feet, with two bedrooms, two bedrooms and a study or three bedrooms, with two full baths. Base prices begin in the mid-$300,000s, with condominium fees of $347 per month.

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

In Lansdowne in Loudoun County, Leisure World of Virginia has been sited in a wooded glade bordering the Potomac River, adjacent to Lansdowne Resort and its golf course, where 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 rose gardens, water 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 has a health spa, aerobics and fitness rooms, classrooms, a ballroom with a stage, a full-service restaurant to be operated by the owners of Dante in Great Falls, rooftop tennis courts, a library, a restaurant, an auditorium/ballroom, an interfaith chapel, a convenience store, a bank and a hair salon.

The development has 24-hour security and a free courtesy shuttle traveling to and from local destinations.

The IDI Group is constructing Riverview, the last building on the community’s west side, which offers sweeping views of the Potomac River. One-, two- and three-bedroom homes are available with 874 to 1,720 square feet. Base prices range from the upper $200,000s to the $500,000s, with condominium fees of about $400 per month.

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

Four models are now open at Potomac Green, a Del Webb Corp. community in Loudoun County.

This 300-acre development includes 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 multipurpose 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 and boccie courts, gardens and walking trails.

Pulte Homes is building two- and three-bedroom villa homes, with 1,314 to 2,345 square feet, which are priced from the mid-$300,000s to the low $400,000s.

Single-family homes, which have two or three baths and range from 1,672 to 2,919 square feet, are priced from the mid-$400,000s to the mid-$500,000s.

Centex Homes is also building villas and single-family homes at Potomac Green. The single-family homes, which include a two-car garage and 2,489 to 2,774 finished square feet, are base-priced from the mid- to upper $400,000s. The three villa models, which also include a two-car garage, are from 2,402 to 2,641 square feet. Base prices from the villas begin in the upper $300,000s.

The Turner model by Centex Homes, a single-family home, includes a dining room and an open floor plan including a center-island kitchen, family room and morning room. A computer room/study off the morning room can be converted to a master suite sitting room, if desired.

The first-floor master suite includes two walk-in closets and a bath with a tub and separate shower. This level also includes a second bedroom with a walk-in closet, a second full bath and a laundry room/mudroom with a large linen closet.

Upstairs are an open loft, a bedroom, a full bath and a storage area.

Homeowner association fees are $180 per month, rising to $265 per month in January.

Call 703/723-9105 or visit www.delwebb.com for the Del Webb homes. For Centex Homes call 703/592-0295 or visit www.centexhomes.com.

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