On a 61-acre property in Ashburn, Va., a quiet, pastoral community for the 55-plus set is taking shape. The Regency at Ashburn is a camplike setting for grown-ups. The grass is lush, shrubs are bushy, young trees are full of leaves, and flowers are in bloom.
In two to three years, this Loudoun County community, built by Toll Brothers, will have 268 homes. There will be 111 carriage houses — attached in three-or-four-unit buildings — and 15 single-family houses. Twenty carriage houses and seven single-families are for sale. The remaining 142 condominiums have not been built yet.
An adult community is typically defined by the age of residents. “Children under 18 can’t live here, but they’re certainly welcome to come visit, stay overnight and use the facilities as long as they’re with their family,” said Jennifer Fracasso, the sales manager. Overnight stays are restricted to 30 per year.
The gated community is open 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. During evening hours the closed gate is accessible by key fob.
“All the maintenance is taken care of. You can basically lock up and go and not worry about anything,” said Karen Normandy, who has a lake house she visits regularly. She was the fourth person to sign a contract and moved in last August.
Exteriors are pale brick and stone, which harmonize with the bright light on a sunny summer day. Double garage doors are white. Some families build decks out back. A wooden walkway runs through a patch of woods connecting the areas of carriage houses and single-family homes.
Book club, mah-jongg and line dancing: “We’ve met a lot of new friends,” said Vickie Berry who moved to the community in October with her husband, Jerry. “People are helpful to each other. They bring dinners if you’re on the mend. During the winter snowstorm, someone had to go to the hospital, so people helped shovel.”
There’s an outdoor pool and clubhouse and a calendar packed with activities. Wednesday is game night. The first Friday of the month is pizza night. The book club meets monthly on a Thursday night. Tuesday mornings are for mah-jongg followed by afternoon tea and cookies.
Tuesdays are half-price burger nights and happy hour at Bar Louie’s in One Loudoun. “A group of us went last night,” Berry said on a recent Wednesday morning. “When we came back, we stopped at the clubhouse and stayed a while.” There are comfortable places with couches, a table and chairs, and a pool table to relax.
There’s also a workout room and a ballroom-like space for line dancing, which does not require a partner.
Residents can use the facilities at Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion, which includes an indoor pool. “That’s huge,” Fracasso said. “We bought into Ashburn Village so our residents could use the amenities there.” The Regency homeowners fee pays for services at Ashburn Village.
Bedroom on the main floor: The homes are large, and even though they are attached, they look and feel like single-family houses. “We downsized from five bedrooms to three bedrooms, but we gained a huge basement and now have more space,” Berry said. “It works well for our 11 grandkids. We finished the basement, put down a carpet, made a playroom and space for the TV and couch and cots for the kids to sleep on.”
Main-level living is foremost in the design, which was an attraction to Berry. “We wanted a house with a bedroom on the main floor,” she said. “The bathroom is magnificent and huge. You can hold a party in my bathroom.”
The kitchen has plenty of room for an eat-in table, and there is an adjoining lounge area or family room, a porch outside, and a separate dining room. Glass-paned doors lead to a pantry, the basement and the back porch. A laundry room with a sink and overhead shelf is also on this level.
Up one flight of stairs is a spacious loft, which can be set up as an office, lounge or play area for visiting children and another bedroom.
Recreation and shopping: Ray Muth Sr. Memorial Park, across Marblehead Drive, is a 17-acre outdoor space with trails and football, soccer and lacrosse fields. Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling offers woods, grass, hiking and water across 838 acres. Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park in Lansdowne is about 100 acres of parkland with scenic water areas and verdant trees. Four golf courses are nearby: the Golf Club at Lansdowne, Belmont Country Club in Ashburn, Algonkian Golf Course near Sterling and 1757 Golf Club in Dulles.
Harris Teeter in One Loudoun, Giant in Ashburn Village, and Wegmans and Costco in Sterling offer plenty of shopping options. “The proximity to all these is wonderful,” Normandy said.
Transit: The community is about 30 miles from the Lincoln Memorial and is reachable by car. Take westbound Interstate 66, merge onto Dulles Toll Road/westbound Route 267, take Exit 7 onto northbound Loudoun County Parkway, and then take a left onto Gloucester Parkway to Marblehead Drive, where you’ll see the entrance gate. This route requires tolls; it’s toll-free along Virginia Routes 28 and 7.
Ashburn is roughly six miles from Washington Dulles International Airport and 27 miles from Reagan National Airport. Leesburg is about seven miles north. White’s Ferry, a shortcut across the Potomac River between Virginia and Maryland, is just north of Leesburg.
44574 Rubble Terrace, Ashburn, Va.
The 27 carriage homes and single-family houses are priced from $483,995 to $621,995.
Builder: Toll Brothers
Features: There are nine-foot ceilings and wide-plank hardwood floors on the main level. The second level has a spacious loft. The kitchen has a large island, GE appliances, granite counters, a pantry and an adjoining covered patio or porch. A walk-in closet is reached through the master bathroom. Two-car garages are standard.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 2 to 5 / 2 to 4
Square footage: 2,001 to 2,564
Condo association fee: $272 to $292 per month
View model: 11 a.m to 6 p.m. daily.
Sales: Jennifer Fracasso or Gwenn Minton, 703-729-8655 or tollbrothers.com .