- The Washington Times - Friday, October 5, 2007

Developers and government planners focus their research on the future, trying to determine the type of housing that will be both needed and desirable in future years. As the baby boomer generation ages and begins to retire, active adult communities are being designed to meet their interests.

Unlike the retirement communities of the past, many of the residents of today’s active adult communities continue to work part-time or full-time. They have chosen to move into these developments, designated for households with adults age 55 and older, to take advantage of a low-maintenance lifestyle.

While some active adult communities are built as midrise or high-rise communities, others have one or two-level villa-style homes, always with the master suite on the first floor for an easier lifestyle. Most include a fitness center and organized groups such as gardening clubs, book groups or bridge clubs to encourage residents to develop a sense of community.

In Prince William County, Va., some of the active adult communities are centered around a golf course.

For active adult buyers interested in golf, Comstock Homebuilding Cos. Inc. is building condominiums in three five-story brick buildings at Beacon Park, part of the Belmont Bay planned community in Woodbridge, Va. Beacon Park, surrounded on three sides by the Ospreys Golf Club, also has views of the Potomac and Occoquan rivers.

In addition to golf, residents can enjoy walking trails and easy access to fitness, swimming and boating facilities. The condominium buildings each have a controlled-access parking garage, an elevator and a rooftop terrace. The homes have 10-foot ceilings and one to three bedrooms.

Buyers may choose between a study and a master suite with a loft and a wet bar.

The homes are base-priced from $279,900 to $399,900. Monthly condominium fees average $300 to $375 and rise to $500 for the largest home.

Call 703/491-2600 or visit www.comstockcondos.com.

Brookfield Homes Corp. is developing both the active adult community of Dunbarton and the surrounding Braemar community between Haymarket and Manassas.

The Dunbarton Club overlooking Broad Run has an indoor pool and spa, a fitness center, game and meeting rooms, a business center and a parlor. The landscaped grounds of the club provide tennis courts, a putting green, a boccie court, a shuffleboard court, and hiking and biking trails.

Dunbarton also will organize numerous social events, and residents will be members of the Braemar association. Single-family homes are base-priced from the low $300,000s to the low $400,000s. They feature two or three bedrooms, two baths, a two-car garage, 9-foot ceilings on the main level, a center-island kitchen, a family room with a fireplace, a separate living and dining area, and a master bath.

Homeowner association fees are $245 per month.

Call 703/393-2896 or visit www.dunbarton.net.

K. Hovnanian Homes’ Four Seasons at Historic Virginia has six decorated models for viewing. This 486-acre wooded site on Va. 234 just west of Interstate 95 will consist of 800 single-family detached homes designed for one-level living, each with two or three bedrooms and a two-car garage.

Recreational amenities include an activities director, a clubhouse with a cyber cafe, lounge, ballroom, fitness center, an indoor lap pool, billiards, arts-and-crafts and game rooms, a library, business rooms, and a computer learning center.

Outdoor amenities include tennis courts, a pool and spa, a putting green, boccie courts and walking and biking trails.

Base prices range from the mid-$300,000s to the mid-$500,000s for 1,547 to 3,500 square feet, all on one level. Most of the homes will include a third bedroom that can be used as a den or home office, and many will offer a second-level loft option for flexible living space.

Homeowner association fees are about $250 per month.

Call 703/583-3733 or visit www.khov4seasons.com.

Heritage Hunt, under development by Lennar Corp. near Gainesville and Haymarket, features an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course designed by Arthur Hills.

The 750-acre development includes wooded areas, streams, lakes and pastures and, when complete, about 2,000 homes, including single-family houses, villas and town homes.

Heritage Hunt includes 24-hour security at the gate, and all homes have low-maintenance, one-level living. A full equity golf course membership is included with each home purchase at Heritage Hunt. A restaurant and lounge are in the main clubhouse, along with an auditorium, billiard room, a library, a computer lab and arts-and-crafts rooms. A second clubhouse has an indoor aquatic and fitness center.

Outdoors, besides the golf course, residents will be able to enjoy lighted tennis courts, a driving range, an outdoor swimming pool, hiking and biking trails and lawn sports.

Condominiums are available from the upper $200,000s. Single-family homes in a variety of styles and sizes are available from the low $400,000s to the upper $500,000s.

Homeowner association fees are $235 per month.

Call 703/743-3000 or visit www.heritagehunt.com or www.lennar.com.

Airston Group Inc. is building condominiums and town homes at Liberty Grove in the city of Manassas. Liberty Grove is near Old Town Manassas, the Chinn Recreational Center, which has an indoor swimming pool, fitness facility and library, and the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center.

The homes are priced from the low $300,000s to the mid-$400,000s. Seven models of condominiums are available, ranging from 1,100 to 2,198 finished square feet, including one and two bedrooms, a study or a family room or both, with optional garage parking available for an additional cost.

These homes have a security system, 9-foot ceilings, ceramic tile flooring in the baths, 42-inch cabinets in the kitchen, a master bath, a washer and dryer, a structured wiring package and gas heat.

The town homes include a two-car rear-entry garage, 9-foot ceilings on the first floor and second floor, a structured wiring package and ceramic tile flooring in the kitchen, powder room, foyer and laundry room.

Condominium association fees are $250 per month.

Call 703/330-9180 or visit www.airstonhomes.com.

Toll Bros. Inc. is building 1232 condominiums, single family homes and patio homes at Regency at Dominion Valley, an active adult community adjacent to the 2,400-acre Dominion Valley Country Club, a planned community near Haymarket.

In addition to an 18-hole golf course designed by Arnold Palmer and Palmer Course Design Co., the community will have a lighted 18-hole putting green, lighted tennis courts, jogging trails and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The Regency Club has a ballroom, performing arts center, fitness center, a library, a business center and dining facilities.

All the patio-style and single-family homes at Regency will include a two-car garage. Inside, all the models feature a first-floor master suite, high ceilings, hardwood flooring in the foyer, ceramic-tile flooring in all baths and a kitchen with 42-inch cabinets.

Condominium homes in the Greenbrier Collection range in base price from the low to upper $300,000s. Condominium fees are $452 per month.

Homes in the Georgetown Collection of patio homes are base-priced from the upper $300,000s to the low $400,000s, with homeowner association fees of $335 per month.

The Potomac Collection and Middleburg Collection of single-family homes are base-priced from the upper $400,000s to the mid-$500,000s, with homeowner association fees of $227 per month.

Call 703/753-8900 or visit www.regencydominion valley.com.

Several active adult communities are under development in the Fredericksburg area, where older adults are attracted by the historic downtown, shopping areas and numerous golf courses.

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 yardwork 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 active adult communities in the Fredericksburg area.

At Mill Creek, near Fredericksburg, 38 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 bath with a 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 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 the mid-$200,000s and up. Homeowners association fees are $180 per month.

Call 888/55-ACTIVE 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 bath with a corner tub and a separate shower. The second bedroom has private access to a full bath that is also accessible from the hall.

Additional bedrooms, baths and living areas can be added with the finished basement and loft levels.

The homes are priced from the low $300,000s and up, with homeowner association fees of $200 per month.

Call 540/785-7799 or visit www.tricordhomes.com.

Ryan Homes and Lennar have teamed to develop Virginia Heritage at Lee’s Parke, adjacent to, but separated from, the planned community of Lee’s Parke in Fredericksburg.

Virginia Heritage is a 416-acre development with about 800 detached single-family homes. 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 low $300,000s to the low $500,000s. The Marjoram garden model, priced from $414,000, 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 Homes’ Legacy community is offering homes priced from the upper $200,000s to the upper $300,000s.

Ryan Homes’ 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.

Homeowner association fees for the development are $160 per month. Call 540/834-5570 for Ryan Homes, 866/213-1318 for Lennar or visit www.virginia-heritage.com.

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