- The Washington Times - Friday, June 12, 2009

Prince William County, located approximately 35 miles southwest of the District, experienced a growth rate of more than 30 percent between 1990 and 2000, followed by a 39 percent rate from 2000 to the present. The Prince William County government acknowledges that this rate has slowed since 2007 along with the real estate market.

Despite a slower growth rate, Prince William continues to thrive, with a highly educated population (37.4 percent of adults in the county have a college education). The county is among the top 10 in the nation for income, with a median household income of $87,243 in 2007. The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2007 American Community Survey ranked Prince William ninth among the country’s largest counties.

These statistics encourage developers to continue creating planned communities in the county, primarily along the two major transportation routes in the area, Interstate 66 and Interstate 95. The Virginia Railway Express provides commuters with another option. Planned communities often are located near a station or a bus or shuttle service to a train station.

M/I Homes Inc. is building town homes in two collections and single-family homes at the Villages of Piedmont in Haymarket, a planned community near I-66 with a club, a swimming pool and tennis courts. Golf courses, parks and shopping centers are nearby.

The town homes, each with a two-car garage, range in price from the upper $200,000s to the low $300,000s. Call 571/296-7840 or 571/261-4280 for the town homes.

The single-family homes have first-floor master suites, lanais and three-car side-entry garages. Call 571/248-6691 for the single-family homes or visit www.mihomes.com.

Beazer Homes Corp. is building town-home-style condominiums at the Residences at Market Center in Haymarket, a planned community with a swimming pool and a multipurpose court. Plans call for the development to include shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and offices.

The two-level homes include two or three bedrooms, a deck and an attached one-car garage. The homes are priced from the low to mid-$200,000s. Call 571/261-2027 or visit www.beazer.com.

At Westmarket in Haymarket, K. Hovnanian Homes is building town homes and larger attached homes that look like single-family homes. The community includes a swimming pool, tennis courts and a basketball court. It is located conveniently near commuter routes and shopping areas.

The town homes, which have three finished levels, three bedrooms and a two-car garage, are priced from the low $300,000s. They are almost sold out, with just two left for immediate delivery. Call 866/407-3676 for the town homes.

The attached homes are single-family style with three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a two-car garage. They are priced from the low to mid-$300,000s. Call 866/407-3690 or visit www.khov.com.

Morris Farm is located in Gainesville, near I-66 and Linton Hall Road. One-half of the community is devoted to meadows, with multiple parks and walking trails with observation decks. The community also features Peacock Park, which includes a tot lot and treehouse, and a community center with a swimming pool and tennis courts. It is located near major shopping areas and commuter routes.

Single-family homes are available from Brookfield Homes Corp. and Craftmark Homes Inc., priced from the upper $200,000s to the $400,000s. Call 703/753-6650 for Brookfield Homes or 703/754-3469 for Craftmark Homes or visit www.morrisfarmva.com or www.craftmarkhomes.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. The community includes a swimming pool, walking trails and picnic areas and is located near golf courses, shopping and public transportation.

New home designs have been introduced at Saranac, where the single-family homes have three to six bedrooms and two to six baths. Base prices for the homes range from the upper $300,000s to the mid-$700,000s. Call 571-248-4147 or visit www.brookfieldhomes.com.

At Linton Crest in Bristow, Ryan Homes and Richmond American Homes Inc. are building single-family homes in a tree-lined community close to I-66 and shopping areas. The homes have four or five bedrooms and two to four full baths and are priced from the low $300,000s to the low $400,000s.

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 Richmond American Homes, call 571/261-5917 or visit www.richmondamerican.com.

Centex Homes and Beazer Homes are building single-family homes in New Bristow Village, a planned community in Bristow near I-66, Route 28 and the VRE.

The development has been designed around the 127-acre Heritage Park, and it 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 mid-$300,000s to the low $400,000s. Call 703/257-2489 for Beazer Homes or visit www.beazer.com, or call 866/575-7259 for Centex Homes or visit www.centexhomes.com.

Miller & Smith LLC is developing Victory Lakes, a 580-acre planned community off I-66 near Route 29. The development includes a club, 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.

Two town-home collections are available, priced from the mid-$200,000s. These town homes have 1,680 to more than 2,000 finished square feet and have been designed for maximum living space. Call 703/369-5116 or 703/369-0682.

For the Chevy Chase collection of single-family homes at Victory Lakes, 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. Plans call for the development to include a hotel, conference centers, offices and additional retail.

Priced from the low $200,000s, these homes have three bedrooms on two levels with a balcony, oversized windows and an attached one-car garage. Buyers can add finished loft space. Call 703/753-2694 or visit www.millerandsmith.com.

Toll Bros. Inc. is developing the planned community of Dominion Valley Country Club, a gated 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 club with 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. Homes are base-priced from the low $400,000s to the high $700,000s. Call 703/753-5232 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.

Stanley Martin Homebuilding LLC is building homes at Occoquan Landing in Lake Ridge, an enclave of homes near historic Occoquan.

Sales are anticipated to begin later this summer for the single-family homes at this development, which will have traditional exterior architecture. Prices have yet to be determined. Call 703/680-5005 or visit www.stanleymartin.com.

Farther south along I-95 is 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 club, 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. It includes an upscale bar area and game tables.

The town homes and condominiums range in price from the low $200,000s to the mid-$300,000s. Call 703/590-0509 for M/I Homes, 703/580-1687 for Pulte Homes Inc. and 703/590-4078 for Ryan Homes or visit www.potomacclub.com.

A community of town homes and single-family homes bordering Powell’s Creek. is at nearby Port Potomac. The development includes parks and walking trails, and a community center with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an athletic club, a children’s center and a business center. There also are party spaces, social rooms, a social lounge and a library. Nearby, the Port Potomac Village Shops include restaurants and retail.

Single-family homes from the mid-$300,000s to the upper $400,000s are available from Drees Homes Co. and Ryan Homes at Port Potomac. Call 703/580-7105 for Ryan Homes or 703/580-9314 for Drees Homes or visit www.portpotomac.com.

Powell’s Landing borders the Leesylvania State Park and Marina and Powell’s Creek. About 600 homes will be built in this community, which will feature 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 picnic areas.

Single-family homes, priced from the upper $300,000s to the upper $500,000s, are available from two builders. Call 703/897-0682 for GP Homes or 703/680-7481 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 from 2,100 to more than 2,970 finished square feet. Base prices for the homes range from the mid-$300,000s to the low $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 club, playgrounds and trails, and is located 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. These homes have base prices ranging from the mid- to upper $200,000s. For Brookfield, call 703/221-3975 or visit www.brookfieldhomes.com. For Lennar, call 888/459-3610 or visit www.lennar.com.

At Reid’s Prospect, a planned community in Lake Ridge, Ryan Homes and Courtland Homes LC are building town homes and single-family homes. Plans call for the development to have a town center so that residents can walk to shops, restaurants and entertainment. Additionally, the community will have lakes, parks, a clubhouse and a pool.

Single-family homes are available from Ryan Homes and Courtland Homes with four bedrooms and up to 4 1/2 baths, priced from the low to mid-$400,000s. Town homes are available from Ryan Homes with prices from the upper $200,000s.

Courtland Homes will begin sales soon on town homes. Call 571/296-8411 for Courtland Homes and 703/910-6000 for Ryan Homes or visit www.ryanhomes.com or www.courtlandhomeslc.com.

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