- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Suburban Washington seems to extend a few miles farther each year, into the once-distant counties of Southern Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Central Virginia.

Residential and retail development are abundant in Fauquier County and Culpeper County, areas that were once perfect for a Sunday drive to see the autumn foliage but are now the full-time home for commuters into the District and suburban business centers.

Fauquier County’s 650 square miles include the town of Warrenton and shares the atmosphere of nearby Middleburg’s hunt and wine country. In addition to equestrian activities and visiting wineries, residents of this part of Central Virginia can enjoy farm tours, hiking, fishing and the shops and restaurants of Warrenton.

The U.S. Census (www. census.gov) estimates the population of Fauquier County at 64,997 in 2005, an increase of 17.9 percent since 2000. The median household income was estimated at $67,990 in 2003.

The Fauquier County Department of Economic Development (www.co.fauquier. va.us) reports that the county has experienced retail and commercial expansion in addition to residential growth.

In 2004, Gold’s Gym, Borders and Home Depot opened locations in Warrenton, and several banks opened new or expanded branches in the county.

The Warrenton Village Center is expanding with new shops and restaurants, and the new Polo Station retail center is nearly complete in Bealeton, an area of residential development.

High-tech companies in the county include Athena Technologies Inc. and Buccaneer Computer Systems and Service Inc., both of which are expanding and keeping their headquarters in the county.

Residential development is primarily occurring along the U.S. 15/U.S. 29 corridor between Prince William County and Warrenton.

The 1,000-acre planned community of Brookside includes all single-family homes with base prices ranging from the upper $500,000s to the mid-$800,000s from several builders.

Plans for this community, located near Warrenton, include a community center, a swimming pool, a stream valley park and trail system linking four lakes, a Lakefront Village center and a waterfront promenade.

An on-site middle school and swimming pool are already open, with a high school and library anticipated to open shortly.

The homes at Brookside will be built on cul-de-sacs on half-acre to 1-acre or larger sites.

Builders include Craftmark Homes Inc. (call 703/754-2323 or visit www.craftmarkhomes.com); NVHomes (Call 540/428-7 055 or visit www.nvhomes.com); Toll Bros. Inc. (Call 540/347-2474 or visit www.tollbrothers.com); Ryan Homes (Call 540/428-1911 or visit www.ryanhomes.com); and Quaker Custom Homes LLC (Call 540/351-0735 or visit www.quakercustomhomes.com).

Toll Bros. will soon be building single-family homes at Warrenton Chase, a planned community with half-acre homesites, hiking trails, open spaces and a recreation center with a swimming pool and playgrounds. Visit www.tollbrothers.com for updates.

Ryan Homes (www.ryan homes.com) is building several residential communities in Fauquier County, including two within walking distance of Old Town Warrenton.

At Kingsbridge Place, Ryan is building town homes priced from the upper $200,000s with three finished levels and a garage.

Nearby, at the Villas at the Ridges of Warrenton, Ryan is building brick-front attached villa homes priced from the mid-$330,000s in a development with walking paths.

Call 540/428-3477 for either development.

At Liberty Run in Remington, Ryan is building single-family homes priced from the $360,000s to the $410,000s on quarter-acre lots. Liberty Run includes open spaces, tot lots and basketball courts.

Call 540/439-8680.

At Riverton in Remington, Ryan is building single-family homes on quarter-acre lots in a development with walking trails.

The homes are priced from the low to upper $300,000s.

Call 540/439-4895.

Richmond American Homes Inc. is building single-family homes from its estate series at the Reserve at Jamison’s Farm in Fauquier County on 1-acre lots.

Ten floor plans are available with four bedrooms, two to four baths and a powder room and have from 2,712 to 4,300 square feet. The homes are priced from the mid-$500,000s to the mid-$600,000s.

Call 540/428-3050 or visit www.richmondamerican.com.

At Sycamore Springs near Warrenton, K. Hovnanian Homes is building nine estate homes on 2-acre lots convenient to U.S. 29. The homes, which are base-priced from the upper $500,000s to the mid-$600,000s, have four bedrooms, 21/2 baths, a two-car garage and 2,736 to 3,433 finished square feet.

Call 540/272-7612 or visit www.khov.com

At White’s Mill, a 150-acre community one mile from historic Warrenton, Pulte Homes Inc. is building single-family homes from its Ambassador and Manors collections. The homes range from 2,487 to 3,419 finished square feet, with base prices from the mid-$400,000s to the low $500,000s for four bedrooms, 21/2 or 31/2 baths and a two-car garage.

Call 540/428-1019 or visit www.pulte.com.

Development in Culpeper County clusters around the town of Culpeper and the U.S. 15/U.S. 29 corridor that links this area to Warrenton and to Va. 28.

Established in 1759, the town of Culpeper Web site (www.culpeper.to) claims Culpeper retains a small-town atmosphere despite its population growth to an estimated 15,000 residents.

When the town was incorporated, it was valued for its ample water supply, high ground and proximity to the mountains. Today, Culpeper’s National Historic Register District includes more than 140 buildings in a variety of styles.

The U.S. Census reports that Culpeper County was home for an estimated 42,530 residents in 2005, a 24 percent increase over 2000. The median household income was estimated as $50,094 in 2003.

The Culpeper County Department of Economic Development (www.culpepercounty. gov) lists the county as one of Virginia’s five Foreign Trade Zones, a designation that “allows companies involved in international commerce to improve the cost competitiveness of their U.S.-based operations in the global marketplace.”

The Culpeper economy includes manufacturing of auto parts, furniture, cabinetry, wire cable, fiber optics and iron castings. Service industry in the county includes international financial telecommunications, healthcare, education and government. Major retailers in the county include companies selling food, clothing, automobiles, general merchandise and building supplies.

Agriculture, once the sole economic basis for the county, continues to play a part in the local economy, including farms with cattle, soybeans, corn and hay.

Residential development in the county includes several communities close to Culpeper, including Madison Grove, where Richmond American Homes is building single-family homes on half-acre sites.

Buyers can choose from seven floor plans with 2,712 to 3,203 square feet, four or five bedrooms and from two to four full baths.

The homes are base-priced from the low to mid-$400,000s.

Call 540/825-8539.

At Lakeview of Culpeper, a planned community with access to Lake Pelham, a swimming pool, a clubhouse and tennis courts, Richmond American has a handful of single-family homes still available.

These homes have five bedrooms, 21/2 baths and 2,610 square feet, with a base price in the upper $300,000s.

Town homes are also available from Richmond American at Lakeview, priced from $261,990 for 2,200 square feet with three bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a garage.

K. Hovnanian Homes also is building single-family homes and town homes at Lakeview.

The single-family homes, priced from the $300,000s, include three or four bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a two-car garage.

The three-level town homes include three bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a one-car garage, and are priced from the $200,000s.

For Richmond American, call 540/829-5390; for K. Hovnanian, call 540/727-8066 for the town homes and 540/727-0168 for the single-family homes.

Richmond American is planning to build estate homes on 1- to 3-acre sites at Dove Hill Estates in Culpeper.

Call 888/891-7349 or visit the Web site for updates.

At Highpoint in Culpeper, K. Hovnanian is building several collections of homes.

The Highpoint Villages are single-family homes, priced from the $200,000s with three or four bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a garage.

The Grand Colonials are single-family homes priced from the upper $200,000s and the low $300,000s, each with three or four bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a two-car garage.

The American Series homes, priced from the low to mid-$300,000s, are built on quarter-acre homesites and have four bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a two-car garage.

Call 540/825-1233 for the Villages and 540/727-2091 for the Grand Colonials and the American Series.

At North Ridge, the 83 homes being built by K. Hovnanian have mountain views.

These homes have four bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a two-car garage and are priced from the upper $300,000s to the mid-$400,000s.

Call 540/829-8403.

At the Meadows of Culpeper, K. Hovnanian is building two collections of homes near downtown Culpeper and U.S. 29.

The Grand Colonials, single-family homes priced from the upper $200,000s to the $300,000s, have two stories with three or four bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a two-car garage.

The Villages are attached homes which require less lawn maintenance but have the interior space of single-family homes. These homes, priced from the upper $200,000s, have three or four bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a one-car garage.

Call 540/727-0211.

The homes are almost sold out at Three Flags near downtown Culpeper, where Ryan Homes is offering homes from its Executive Series and Carriage Series.

The Executive homes have four bedrooms, two to four full baths, one half-bath and a two-car garage, with base prices from the $280,000s to the $350,000s.

The Carriage homes, with three or four bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a two-car garage, are priced from the $290,000s to the $330,000s.

Call 540/727-2001 for the executive series or 540/727-9530 for the carriage series.

At Pelham’s Reach in Culpeper, Beazer Homes Corp. is developing a community with a swimming pool, a clubhouse and walking trails near U.S. 29.

Two home collections are available here, including the Leesburg Series, with four bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a two-car garage priced from the low- to mid-$400,000s.

The Fairways Series homes, which include one- and two-level plans, have three or four bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a two-car garage, priced from the $300,000s.

Call 540/829-6071 or visit www.beazer.com.

Lennar Corp. is building 65 single-family homes at Elizabeth’s Crossing, a planned community with walking trails in Culpeper. The homes have four bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a two-car garage, with base prices from the $300,000s.

Call 540/727-9596 or visit www.lennar.com.

Augustine Homes LLC is building single-family homes at Magnolia Green, priced from the $300,000s.

The development includes landscaped gardens and walking trails and is located off Va. 3.

The homes, with from 2156 to 3224 finished square feet, have four bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a two-car garage.

Call 540/727-9888 or visit www.augustinehomes.com.

Sales are anticipated to begin later this year or in early next at Cardinal View, a 15-acre development with mountain views where Augustine Homes will build 47 single-family homes.

The homes are anticipated to be priced in the mid-$500,000s, with four bedrooms, 21/2 or 31/2 baths and a two-car garage.

Call 800/568-8890 to register.

Caruso Homes Inc. is building brick-front homes at Mountain Brook Estates, priced from the $300,000s.

The homes, built on quarter-acre lots, have four bedrooms, 21/2 baths and a two-car garage. The development has a stream running through it.

Call 540/825-5206 or visit www.carusohomes.com.

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