- The Washington Times - Friday, January 8, 2010

The area near Fredericksburg, Va., appeals to retirees and pre-retirees from the District and Richmond who are attracted by nearby historic amenities, antiques shopping, restaurants, golf courses and the availability of educational classes at Mary Washington University. Easy access to medical facilities and to friends and family in the surrounding communities are additional reasons to relocate to Fredericksburg.

While many seniors opt to relocate to a low-maintenance condominium or smaller home with a first-floor master suite, many choose to move into an active adult community, which offers plenty of on-site amenities and social activities. At Celebrate by Del Webb in Fredericksburg, households with members age 55 and older can buy a single-family home within a gated community and enjoy the benefits of included lawn maintenance.

Residents at Celebrate can spend their extra free time in a variety of indoor or outdoor activities. Plans call for a 38,000-square-foot lodge with a swimming pool, a fitness center, a spa, an indoor track, a grand ballroom, a billiards room, a fireside library and lounge, aerobics rooms, an arts and crafts room, a juice bar, a coffee lounge and more.

Outdoors, the community will include another swimming pool, tennis courts, bocce courts, putting and practice greens, a horseshoe court, an outdoor amphitheater, a covered veranda, community gardens and an outdoor fire pit and gathering area, along with 20 miles of walking trails. A full-time lifestyle director will plan activities within the community as well as off-site events for residents.

A paved golf cart path leads from Celebrate to the adjacent Cannon Ridge Golf Club. Other nearby amenities include shopping centers and restaurants, boutiques and antiques stores in Fredericksburg and canoeing and kayaking on the Rappahannock River.

The homes, which are priced from $209,900 to $344,900, range in size from 1,269 to 2,919 finished square feet, each with a first-floor master suite. The monthly homeowners association fee is $246.57.

The homes are all certified by Energy Star and by the National Association of Home Builders for meeting green building standards. Each home includes professional landscaping, a sodded lawn and an irrigation system, along with a covered front entrance, maintenance-free double 5-inch vinyl siding and a two-car garage.

Inside, the homes have 9-foot ceilings on the main level, crown moldings, wainscoting, laminate hardwood flooring in the foyer, lever door handles and a box ceiling in the master bedroom. Each home has two or three bedrooms, two or three full baths with ceramic tile flooring, rocker-style light switches, a structured wiring system, gas heat, gas hot water and a security system. Each kitchen has recessed lighting, a pantry, Corian counters, ceramic tile flooring, Energy Star appliances and 42-inch flat-panel birch cabinets.

The Washington Loft model, with 2,404 finished square feet, is base-priced from $274,900. This home has a front porch leading into a foyer with double doors opening into a den. At the center of the home are a living room and a separate dining room defined by columns. At the back of this level are an open, two-story family room, a breakfast area and a kitchen with a breakfast bar. Buyers can add a fireplace to the family room, which has multiple windows and a glass door to the backyard.

The main level also has a master bedroom with a box ceiling, three windows, a walk-in closet and a private bath with a double-sink vanity and a shower. The second bedroom has an adjacent full bath. A laundry room is nearby.

Upstairs are a loft overlooking the family room, a bedroom with a walk-in closet and a third full bath. Buyers can opt for a finished basement with another bedroom and full bath, an activity room, a hobby room and unfinished storage rooms. Buyers can add a morning room to the first floor.

For more information or directions to Celebrate, call the sales office at 540/374-8700 or visit www.delwebb.com/celebrate.

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