- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 22, 2006

With the first of the official baby boomers turning 60 this year, media attention has once again focused on the trends established by this large generation.

Builders have been focusing on this generation for years, though, designing homes that appeal to this age group during each phase of their lives.

Many baby boomers view their 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond as years to enjoy their freedom from home maintenance and child-rearing and to begin exploring new interests. These pursuits require good health and plenty of energy, so developing a strong fitness program can be essential.

Builders have responded to these interests by developing active adult communities, open only to households with members age 55 and older, that offer a variety of programs to meet the interests of residents and that include recreational amenities to encourage owners to swim, play tennis, golf, take aerobics classes, build their strength or simply take more walks.

Many active adult communities are designed on acres of land with plenty of space for all these amenities. In Fairfax County, however, age-restricted communities tend to be smaller high-rise developments with a fitness center and social rooms inside the buildings, but with the benefit of a location close to more amenities in the Washington area.

Their popularity is evidenced by the small number of homes available in some of these newer communities.

Brookfield Homes Corp. is building new luxury condominiums at HiddenBrooke, off the Fairfax County Parkway near the Springfield Metro station, a neighborhood surrounded by shopping, dining and the convenience of accessing the Washington metropolitan area with ease.

Landscaped courtyards between the buildings add beauty to the community and provide a place for enjoying fresh air in pleasant weather. At HiddenBrooke, residents can enjoy a health and fitness center and a clubroom for gathering with neighbors and friends.

Only four homes are still available in the four elevator buildings, and each home will include a balcony or a patio. HiddenBrooke includes maintenance-free living, secured entries and optional garages.

The condominiums are priced from the $529,990 to $599,990, with more than 1,650 square feet of living space. Each home has two bedrooms with bonus space for use as a den, and formal dining rooms.

The John Coltrane model, a spacious home with decorative columns and a fireplace, features a formal dining room, a formal living room, a kitchen, a separate laundry room and a den. This home is always a corner or end of the building unit and includes a balcony. The master bedroom features a walk-in closet and a second closet, a bath with tub, separate shower and dual-sink vanity.

The second bedroom is adjacent to a second full bath. Condominium fees are $399 per month. Call 703/913-7020 or visit www.HiddenBrooke.net.

Porten Homes is building Saintsbury Plaza, a condominium development just steps from 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. All the amenities in the development are anticipated to be ready by late spring.

A concierge provides additional services for residents.

Only two homes are left at Saintsbury Plaza, base-priced from the upper $400,000s to 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 luxurious 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.

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, 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 from 1,672 to 2,528 finished square feet.

The single-family homes, base-priced from $534,900 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 $468,900. 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, including 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 built and sold. Homeowner association fees are $215 per month.

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

In the Stafford County-Fredericksburg area, active adult communities have more space for building larger community centers and creating miles of walking paths.

Among the pioneers in the active adult community field, Del Webb has been building retirement and mixed-age developments for more than 40 years. Celebrate, under development two miles from the sold-out Falls Run community in Fredericksburg, will 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.

The two-bedroom, two-bath homes range from 1,269 to 2,165 finished square feet, while the three-bedroom, three-bath homes range in size from 2,404 to 2,919 finished square feet.

All homes include a two-car garage.

The Washington model, with 1,680 square feet, includes a covered porch, a foyer, a living room, a separate dining room, a den, a kitchen and breakfast nook and a great room with a fireplace. This home has a master suite with a walk-in closet and private bath off the great room, plus a second bedroom and a second full bath. A loft can be added that brings the home to a total of 2,404 finished square feet and includes both a family room and a third bedroom.

Homeowner association fees are $175 per month.

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

Tricord Homes will be developing three active adult communities in the Fredericksburg area in 2006. The company plans to open the Retreat at Chancellorsville this fall, a development with a clubhouse, fitness center and swimming pool. The community borders the historic Chancellorsville battlefield.

Pendleton, a golf course community nearby, will open its active adult section in the winter with a full range of recreational amenities.

Sales have begun at Mill Creek, a development of 38 low-maintenance villas with first-floor master suites and a community clubhouse.

All four models at Mill Creek are priced from the upper $200,000s. Homeowner association fees are $180 per month.

Call 888/55-ACTIVE or visit www.tricordhomes.com.

Ryan Homes, Lennar Corp. and NVHomes are developing Virginia Heritage at Lee’s Parke, adjacent to, but separated from, the planned community of Lee’s Parke in Fredericksburg.

Within driving distance of Virginia Heritage are golf courses, antiques stores and restaurants in historic Fredericksburg.

Plans for Virginia Heritage call for a 416-acre enclave with about 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 under construction.

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 mid-$300,000s to the $500,000s.

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

NVHomes’ Deveroux model includes a finished recreation room on the lower level along with storage rooms and an optional media room.

The main level features a two-story foyer with columns leading to a central hall with a tray ceiling, a two-story family room, a kitchen and breakfast area, a formal living room and a separate dining room with a tray ceiling.

The first-floor master suite has a tray ceiling, a double-size walk-in closet and a bath.

The main level also has a powder room and a laundry room.

Upstairs are two more bedrooms and a second full bath.

Ryan Homes’ Cardiff model includes columns in the foyer, an open dining room, a formal living room or optional study with French doors, a great room with a sloping ceiling, and an open kitchen and breakfast area.

The master bedroom includes a tray ceiling, a walk-in closet and a private bath.

The first floor also has a second bedroom and a second full bath.

Buyers may finish the lower level or add an upper level with a loft, a third bath and another bedroom. Homeowner association fees for the development are $160 per month.

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

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