- The Washington Times - Friday, July 25, 2008

Planned communities have become part of the landscape of Prince William County, where farmers’ fields gave way decades ago to housing developments.

Today’s developments cluster along the two major highways that traverse the county, Interstates 66 and 95. The two roads are connected by the Prince William County Parkway, and retail, commercial and residential development encompasses much of the land between these roads.

Rising incomes in the county have come hand in hand with development, and the median household income of $80,783 in 2006 places Prince William among the wealthiest counties in the country.

While many of the planned communities in the county provide upscale amenities to residents, more affordable new-home developments also are being built.

In Gainesville, near I-66 and Linton Hall Road, Brookfield Homes Corp. is building Morris Farm. Half of the community is devoted to meadows, including multiple parks and walking trails with observation decks, and Peacock Park, which features a tot lot and treehouse. Morris Farm includes a community center with a swimming pool and it is near major shopping areas and commuter routes.

A wide variety of homes is available from Brookfield Homes, Craftmark Homes Inc. and Ryan Homes. The prices for single-family homes range from the upper $200,000s to the upper $600,000s, with town homes priced from the mid-$500,000s. Call 703/753-6650 for Brookfield Homes, 703/361-5815 for Craftmark Homes or 703/530-7032 for Ryan Homes, or visit www. morrisfarmva.com.

Brookfield Homes is building Saranac in Gainesville, a gated enclave with lake access for the community and lake views for many of the homes, which are to be built on half-acre sites. The Cabin Collection of homes, priced from the upper $700,000s to the low $800,000s, features Adirondack-style architecture, with simple lines and colors that blend with nature as much as possible. These four- and five-bedroom homes have hardwood flooring and 3 1/2 baths. The Bungalow Collection of homes, priced from the upper $600,000s, is clustered around a courtyard, also with Adirondack-style architecture. Call 571/248-4147 or visit www. BrookfieldHomes.com.

At Linton Crest in Bristow, Ryan Homes, Engle Homes and Richmond American Homes Inc. are building single-family homes with four or five bedrooms and two to four baths, priced from the mid-$300,000s to the low $500,000s. Located near I-66 and shopping centers, this development has homes built on quarter-acre sites. For Ryan Homes, call 703/754-2637 or visit www.RyanHomes.com; for Engle Homes, call 703/753-4393 or visit www.EngleHomes.com; and for Richmond American Homes, call 703/675-2061 or visit www.RichmondAmerican.com.

Centex Homes and Beazer Homes Corp. are building single-family homes in New Bristow Village, a planned community in Bristow near I-66, Route 28 and the Virginia Railway Express. The development has been designed around the 127-acre Heritage Park and includes a swimming pool, tot lots, a community center, a tennis court, walking trails and a planned village town center with shops and restaurants.

Beazer Homes and Centex Homes are building four-bedroom homes with 2 1/2 baths, priced from the upper $300,000s to the low $400,000s. Call 703/257-2489 for Beazer or visit www.Beazer.com, or call 866/-255-8618 for Centex Homes or visit www.centexhomes.com.

Miller and Smith LLC is developing Victory Lakes, a 580-acre planned community off I-66 near Route 29. The de- vel opment includes a clubhouse, a pavilion, walking trails, swimming pools, tennis courts, fishing lakes, a dog park, volleyball and basketball courts, an in-line skating and hockey court, and an activities director. Several town-home collections are available, priced from the upper $200,000s to the mid-$300,000s. Call 703/392-4823. For the Chevy Chase Collection of single-family homes, priced from the low $400,000s, call 703/369-9599. Visit www. victorylakesvirginia.com.

Miller and Smith also is developing Madison Crescent, a cluster of town-home-style condominiums at Routes 15 and 29 in Gainesville. Madison Crescent is within walking distance of shops, restaurants and offices, including a new Harris Teeter grocery store. Priced from the mid-$200,000s, these homes have three bedrooms on two levels with a balcony and an attached one-car garage. Call 703/753-2694 or visit www.millerandsmith.com.

Toll Bros. Inc. is developing Dominion Valley Country Club, a gated, guarded community in Haymarket centered around an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course. Residents can enjoy a sports pavilion with fitness equipment, basketball courts, swimming pools and tennis courts.

Other recreational amenities in this resort-style community include a clubhouse with casual and formal dining and meeting rooms, hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, ball fields and acres of open space. Market Square, a retail center with a grocery store and restaurant, has opened.

Single-family homes in a wide range of styles and sizes, many with mountain, golf-course and water views, are available at Dominion Valley, base-priced from the high $400,000s to the high $700,000s. Call 703/753-TOLL or visit www.dominionvalley.com or www.tollbrothers.com.

Growth along the I-95 corridor stretches from the border with Fairfax County south toward Stafford County.

At Occoquan Reach, a new development by WCI Communities Inc. less than a mile from historic Occoquan, residents can stroll along the Occoquan riverfront or visit the shops and restaurants in this charming town. WCI Communities is building luxurious town homes designed for low-maintenance living, with stone and siding exteriors, a two-car garage and a rooftop loft. The community association provides snow and leaf removal along with gutter clean-up and other maintenance to give residents more free time. Home prices range from the mid-$400,000s to the low $500,000s. Call 703/491-2727 or visit www.wcicommunities.com.

Stanley Martin Homebuilding LLC is building homes at Occoquan Landing in Lake Ridge, an enclave of homes not far from historic Occoquan. The single-family homes at this development, priced from the mid-$400,000s, have 2,520 to 3,408 finished square feet. The homes have gourmet kitchens with adjacent morning rooms, first-floor libraries and luxurious master suites. Call 703/491-3340 or visit www.stanleymartin.com.

Farther south along I-95, Kettler is developing the Potomac Club, a gated community of condominiums and town homes off I-95 in Woodbridge. Recreational amenities at Potomac Club include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sun deck, playgrounds, a pet walking area, a clubhouse, a business center, a social lounge and an athletic club with a rock-climbing wall. Residents can take advantage of Club Mac, a party lounge available for community events and private parties, which includes an upscale bar area and game tables. The town homes and condominiums range in price from the mid-$200,000s to the upper $300,000s. Call 703/590-0509 for M/I Homes, 703/580-1687 for Pulte Homes and 703/590-4078 for Ryan Homes or visit www.potomacclub.com.

Nearby at Port Potomac, Kettler is developing a community of town homes and single-family homes bordering Powell’s Creek. The development includes parks and walking trails, a community center with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an athletic club, a children’s center, a business center and a social lounge, along with party spaces, social rooms and a library. Nearby, the Port Potomac Village Shops include restaurants and shops. Single-family homes from the upper $300,000s to the upper $500,000s are available from several builders, along with town homes priced in the $300,000s. Call 703/580-0537 for Engle Homes, 703/580-7105 for Ryan Homes, 703/580-0972 for Sorensen Homes or 703/580-9314 for Drees Homes or visit www.portpotomac.com.

Powell’s Landing, a community by GP Development USA, borders the Leesylvania State Park and Marina and Powell’s Creek, giving residents easy access to boating, fishing and parks. Fewer than 600 homes will be built in this community, which has a third of its land devoted to open space. The community has been designed with cul-de-sacs, pocket parks, sidewalks, gazebos, white picket fences and a trail system. Recreational amenities include a 5,000-square-foot community center with an office, a kitchen and a deck. A separate pool house has adult and children’s facilities, and the community also includes volleyball courts, tennis courts, tot lots and a picnic area. Single-family homes are available from two builders, priced from the $400,000s. Call 703/897-0682 for GP Homes or 703/583-4043 for Stanley Martin or visit www.PowellsLanding.com.

K. Hovnanian Homes is building 1,100 single-family homes at Eagles Pointe near Woodbridge, with homes available in two series ranging in size from 2,100 to more than 2,970 finished square feet. Base prices for the homes range from the mid-$300,000s to the mid-$400,000s. Powell’s Creek runs through the community, which features walking trails, open spaces, tot lots and a recreation center with a fitness center and a swimming pool. Call 888/881-2436 or visit www.khov.com.

At Melody Landing at River Oaks, Lennar Corp. and Brookfield Homes are building town-home-style condominiums with garages.

The community includes a swimming pool with a clubhouse, playgrounds and trails and is near shopping centers and commuter routes. The homes have up to 2,500 square feet, with as many as four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a two-car garage. The homes have high-tech wiring, and some have balconies. Base prices range from the mid-$200,000s into the low $400,000s. Call 703/441-9082 or visit www. BrookfieldHomes.com or, for Lennar, call 888/459-3610 or visit www. lennar.com.

Edgemoore Land LLC is developing Stonewall Manor in Triangle, off I-95, where three home builders are constructing single-family homes on half-acre wooded homesites. The community includes a swimming pool, a bathhouse, tennis courts, soccer fields, a picnic pavilion, tot lots and walking trails along with curving roads, sidewalks and landscaped traffic circles.

The development is a half-mile from the Potomac River shoreline. Craftmark Homes and Edgemoore Homes are building single-family homes priced from the mid- to upper $400,000s in this new community. Call 703/827-0416 for Craftmark Homes, 703/221-6962 for Edgemoore Homes or visit www.stonewallmanor VA.com.

cThis article was previously published May 9, 2008.

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