- The Washington Times - Friday, February 29, 2008

While some aging baby boomers reluctantly consider where and how they want to spend their retirement years, others jump into this phase of their lives with glee, tossing aside high-maintenance homes and long commutes for a new active adult lifestyle.

Developers across the country are building communities with homes restricted to households with members age 55 and older, meeting the interests of the aging population in recreational and social opportunities that will keep them physically and mentally fit in what used to be called the golden years.

Active adult communities vary, with some encompassing multiple high-rise buildings and others offering villas and single-family homes with first-floor master suites. Most include a clubhouse or lounge for social gatherings and fitness facilities, while others have a golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts and walking trails for more extensive recreational pursuits.

Several active adult communities have new homes available for sale in Prince William and Loudoun counties.

Lennar Corp. is building 80 homes for active adults at Heritage Highlands in Lovettsville in Loudoun County. Heritage Highlands includes a recreation center with fitness equipment, a meeting room, showers and saunas. The development has a paved walking trail.

The homes, priced from the low to mid-$300,000s, have three bedrooms, 2½ baths and a one-car garage.

Standard features include a brick and siding exterior, professionally landscaped common grounds and a covered front porch entrance. Inside, the homes have 9-foot ceilings on the main level, hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen and breakfast area, stainless steel appliances and upgraded kitchen cabinets.

The baths all have ceramic tile flooring, and the master bath has a tub and separate shower. The Ashcroft model has a covered front porch and a covered rear patio, an open living and dining room with an electric fireplace, a den with two closets, a powder room and a kitchen and breakfast nook.

The first-floor master suite has a walk-in closet and a bath. The laundry room is next to the garage, which has a storage closet. The second floor has another bedroom, a full bath, a bonus room with a closet and dormer window and a storage room. Homeowner association fees are $155 per month.

Call 877/202-9985 or visit www.lennar.com

In Lansdowne, Leisure World of Virginia is in a wooded glade bordering the Potomac River, adjacent to the elegant Lansdowne resort and its golf courses, where special golf privileges are available for Leisure World residents.

When complete, the community will be home to about 3,000 residents in condominium high- and mid-rise buildings arranged in circular patterns to encompass open spaces and recreational amenities.

Clubhouse West, the first of two planned for the community, is a two-level, health, recreation and fitness center surrounded by rose gardens, water gardens and waterfalls that 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 gourmet Italian restaurant, rooftop tennis courts, a library, an auditorium/ballroom, an interfaith chapel, a bank and a hair salon. The development has 24-hour security and a free courtesy shuttle traveling to and from local destinations. A full calendar of clubs, activities and trips is available for residents.

Developer IDI Group recently completed 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 mid-$260,000s to the low $500,000s, with condominium fees of approximately $400 per month. Marketing and pre-sales of Stonebridge, the first high-rise on the east side, have recently begun.

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

Centex Homes and Pulte Homes Inc. are both building single-family homes, condominiums and villas at Potomac Green, a Del Webb Corp. community in Ashburn.

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 is building two- and three-bedroom villa homes, with 1,314 to 2,345 square feet, priced from the low to upper $300,000s.

Single-family homes, which have two or three baths and range from 1,672 to 2,919 square feet, are priced from the low $400,000s to the low $500,000s. Pulte will soon introduce condominiums at Potomac Green.

Centex’s single-family homes, which include a two-car garage and 2,489 to 2,774 finished square feet, are base-priced from the upper $300,000s to the upper $400,000s.

The three villa models, which also include a two-car garage, include 2,402 to 2,641 square feet. Base prices from the villas begin in the low $300,000s. Condominiums in an elevator building are priced from the mid-$200,000s to the mid-$300,000s.

The Turner model by Centex, a single-family home, includes a dining room and an open floor plan with 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 $265 per month.

Call 703/723-9105 or visit www.delwebb.com for the Pulte/Del Webb homes. For Centex call 888/206-7934 or visit www.centexhomes.com.

Several active adult communities in Prince William County include golf courses.

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.

Beacon Park, bordered 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. Each of the condominium buildings has 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.comstockhomes.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, shuffleboard and boccie courts, a putting green, 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 upper $300,000s. 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 is introducing its final section of homes.

This 486-acre wooded site on Va. 234 just west of Interstate 95, will consist of 800 single-family detached homes designed for single-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 and boccie courts, a pool and spa, a putting green, and walking and biking trails.

Home base prices range from the low $300,000s to the upper $400,000s 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 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 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 $200,000s, with single-family homes in a variety of styles and sizes available from the upper $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.

The Airston Group Inc. is building condominiums and town homes at Liberty Grove in the city of Manassas. More than 70 percent sold out, the homes are priced from the mid-$200,000s to the high $300,000s.

Five models of condominiums are available, ranging from 1,100 to 1,743 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 elevator access, 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.

One town home is still available, which features a two-car rear-entry garage, 9-foot ceilings on the first 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.

Liberty Grove is located 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.

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

Toll Bros. Inc. is building 1,232 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 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.

Base prices for condominium homes in the Greenbrier Collection range from the mid-$200,000s to the upper $300,000s. Condominium fees are $452 per month.

Base prices for homes in the Georgetown Collection of patio homes range from the upper $300,000s to the low $400,000s, with homeowner association fees of $335 per month.

Base prices for the Potomac Collection and Middleburg Collection of single-family homes range from the low to mid-$400,000s, with homeowner association fees of $227 per month.

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

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