- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Many residents of active adult communities, where the homes are restricted to households with residents age 55 and older, are still working part-time or even full-time. Home buyers in these communities can take advantage of on-site activities and the time gained by turning over home maintenance chores such as snow-shoveling and lawn maintenance to a homeowner association.

Several active adult communities are under development in the Fredericksburg area, adding to the supply of such communities in the area started with Del Webb’s Falls Run, which is now sold out.

At Belle Air Village at Leeland Station, Ridan Builders is building an active adult neighborhood within a planned community.

The active adult neighborhood of single-family homes has its own clubhouse and recreational amenities including an outdoor swimming pool, a patio and veranda, a clubroom, a fitness room, an arts and crafts room, tennis courts, a horseshoe pit, a volleyball court, a basketball court and hiking trails.

The development is within walking distance of a Virginia Railway Express (VRE) station.

The homes each have a first-floor master suite and a maintenance-free exterior, and all yard work is covered by the homeowner association.

Three models are available, each with two to four bedrooms, two or three baths and a two-car garage.

The homes are priced from the mid- to upper $300,000s, with a monthly homeowner association fee of $134.27.

The Balestier model has a front porch, an office with two walls of windows off the foyer, an open living and dining room with a wall of windows, and a center-island kitchen with a bay window in the breakfast area and a built-in desk.

The first-floor master suite has a walk-in closet and a private full bath. A second bedroom has an adjacent full bath. This level also has a laundry room. Upstairs is an open loft with dormer windows.

The basement can be finished with a bedroom, media room, office and bath. Call 540/372-4555 or visit www.ridanbuilders.com.

Tricord Homes is developing three active adult communities in the Fredericksburg area.

At Mill Creek, near Fredericksburg, 38 low-maintenance villas with first-floor master suites are under construction, along with a community clubhouse.

The homes will include year-round yard maintenance.

The Belmont model features a guest bedroom with two closets off the foyer with an adjacent full bath.

The first-floor master suite includes a walk-in closet and two standard closets, along with a luxury bath with a soaking tub and separate shower.

The main level also has a laundry room off the garage, a storage closet and an open center-island kitchen and casual dining area.

A formal dining room with columns and a “hearth room” or family room complete this level.

Buyers can add a finished loft with an extra bedroom or open loft.

The first-floor guest bedroom can be converted to use as a study or living room, if desired.

All four models at Mill Creek are priced from $279,900 and up. About half of the homes have been sold. Homeowners association fees are $180 per month. Call 888/55-ACTIVE or visit www.tricordhomes.com.

Active adult homes will be available beginning in 2008 at Pendleton, a golf course community under development by Tricord nearby in Caroline County. The golf course is open and sales are beginning on some sections of homes that are not in the active adult section of the community.

The active adult sections of this community will be clustered near the recreational amenities, which will include a planned clubhouse. Homes will include single-family homes, villas and condominiums.

Prices and fees for the active adult portions of this community have yet to be determined. Call 804/448-9933 or visit www.tricordhomes.com.

The Retreat at Chancellorsville, a development with a clubhouse, fitness center and swimming pool, borders the historic Chancellorsville battlefield.

Walking and biking trails provide scenic places for exploring the community. The single-family homes, from Tricord’s Battlefield Collection, have two-car garages and two to four bedrooms, each with a first-floor master suite and the option of adding a walk-out basement, a finished loft, a rear porch, screened porch or a sunroom.

The Fitzhugh model has a front porch, a great room with columns and an optional fireplace and an open center-island kitchen with a casual dining area. The master bedroom has two walk-in closets and a luxury bath with a corner soaking tub and a separate shower.

The second bedroom has private access to a full bath that is also accessible from the hall. Nearby is a laundry room. Additional bedrooms, baths and living areas can be added with the finished basement and loft levels.

The homes are priced from $334,900 and up, with homeowner association fees of $200 per month.

Call 540/785-7799 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 are golf courses, antique stores and restaurants in historic Fredericksburg and even the beaches of Virginia.

Plans call for a 416-acre enclave with about 800 detached single-family homes set into two neighborhoods.

Virginia Heritage has 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 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 upper $400,000s.

The Marjoram garden model, priced from $379,000, has three bedrooms, three baths and a two-car garage. This home has hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen and breakfast area, along with ceramic tile baths.

The plan includes a first-floor master suite with two walk-in closets, granite counters in the center-island kitchen, a gas fireplace, a finished loft and a sunroom.

Ryan’s Legacy community is offering homes priced from the low $300,000s to the low $400,000s. Ryan’s Springbrook model includes a formal dining room or home office with columns off the foyer and a great room with a breakfast bar open to the kitchen and breakfast area.

The first-floor master suite has two walk-in closets and a private full bath. The main level has two additional bedrooms with a connecting full bath. This third bedroom can be converted to use as a study.

A laundry room is next to the garage. A morning room can be added to the main level, and buyers may finish the lower level.

NVHomes’ Dolce Vita community has two model styles available, all priced from the upper $300,000s to the low $400,000s. The Cavendish model has a two-story foyer, a formal dining room with a bay window, columns and a tray ceiling, and a great room with two walls of windows open to the breakfast area and the kitchen, which has a breakfast bar.

The first-floor master suite has a tray ceiling, a walk-in closet and a standard closet, plus a bath with a tub and separate shower. This level also has a second bedroom or optional study, a second full bath and a laundry room.

Upstairs are a loft, another bedroom and a full bath. The lower level has a recreation room, an unfinished storage room and optional finished spaces including a home office or media room and wet bar.

Homeowner association fees for the development are $160 per month.

Call 540/834-5570 for Ryan Homes, 866/213-1318 for Lennar and 866/836-3453 for NVHomes or visit www. virginia-heritage.com.

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