Much talk in real estate news nowadays is about millennials’ lifestyle and buying habits.
But baby boomers are still influential, and the builder Toll Brothers has hit on a housing formula that’s capturing their interest.
The Regency collection of homes — Toll Brothers Active Living — features age-restricted communities of residents 55 and older with resortlike amenities and luxury single-family, townhouse or condominium residences.
Regency at Creekside in Gainesville, Va., is one of four Regency communities in the Washington area. The others are Regency at Ashburn in Ashburn, the Greenbrier at Regency at Dominion Valley in Haymarket, and Regency at Chancellorsville in Fredericksburg. “Our properties are like an upscale B&B or a boutique hotel,” said Tae Wills, sales manager for Regency at Creekside, in Prince William County.
Regency at Creekside is a 126-acre property that is being developed in two phases. When complete, there will be 208 single-family houses. Phase 1, with 80 houses, is under construction. Thirty-two are sold.
Two collections — Middleburg and Potomac — offer three floor plans each. All residences are two levels with the main living area on the first floor and a flexible second floor for multiple uses. Options include finished basements and rear patios, depending on home design.
“We find that people want to move into an upscale community with amenities but still have access to an urban area,” Wills said.
That’s exactly what appealed to Carol and Wayne Stoneback.
“Regency at Creekside is kind of countryish, which is what we wanted, but we also wanted to be 20 minutes from action and near an airport because we like to travel,” Carol Stoneback said. The community is close to Fairfax, restaurants, shops, wineries and rural open space.
First-floor master suite: One-level living is the primary element of communities for people 55 and older, so layouts feature the master bedroom and en suite bathroom on the first floor plus a second, smaller bedroom with an adjacent full bathroom. The rooms are spacious and closets are ample.
An open-plan kitchen and family room offer plenty of room to lounge. Guests can sit at the island and watch the host prepare dinner or sip a glass of wine at the breakfast table. Grandchildren can play with toys on the floor of the family room in full view of adults.
Rooms off the entry foyer allow for multiple-use space, too. One room can be configured as a study or living room; another can be set with a dining table and chairs.
Stairs lead up to a loft. Light pours through a double window, and there is space for a couch, chairs, credenza and playthings such as a child-sized teepee.
“We offer the opportunity to really personalize the house,” Wills said. “We have 38 granite selections and 50 choices of cabinetry. People sometimes are overwhelmed by the choices but know their house will not be like the neighbor’s down the street.”
The Stonebacks chose to bump out rooms to make the house larger, and they opted for attic storage on the second level, which is in a large, uninsulated room next to the loft. “It was a nice option for houses without a basement,” she said.
Plenty to do: In an active-adult community, at least one person in the family must be 55 or older, and children younger than 18 can’t live in the household full time. In Regency at Creekside, guests younger than 55 can stay in the home up to 90 days a year, Wills said.
Neighbors of a certain age appealed to Ken and Dottie Michlovitz.
“We looked for a community with residents more in tune with our age bracket,” Ken Michlovitz said. “Where we live now [in Potomac Falls], there are a lot of people in their 40s and we wanted to socialize with a group more our own age.”
They anticipate moving in the fall.
“We have to sell the house we’re in now and hope the timing will coincide,” he said.
Development plans include a 9,200-square-foot clubhouse with a fitness center, indoor pool and several clubrooms. There’s also an outdoor pool, a pickleball court, tennis and bocce courts, a putting green, and preserved open space with ponds. Construction of the clubhouse and related amenities is scheduled to begin in the summer.
Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas and Jiffy Lube Live, the performance venue in Bristow, have a full schedule of spring and summer events.
Virginia Gateway and Shops at Stonewall, both in Gainesville, and Sudley Manor Square Shopping Center, in Manassas, are packed with retail, services and eateries.
Conway Robinson Memorial State Forest is a 444-acre forest with mixed pine and old-growth hardwoods; Manassas National Battlefield Park commemorates two famous Civil War battles; and James S. Long Regional Park offers baseball and soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, trails, a playground, and a picnic pavilion.
Dominion Valley Country Club and Virginia Oaks Golf Club are private clubs in Haymarket and Gainesville, respectively.
Transit: The community is off Lee Highway/U.S. 29 and Interstate 66 at Exit 43B and is close to Prince William Parkway/Virginia Route 234. It’s four miles to Haymarket, 11 to Manassas, 12 to Centreville, 19 to Fairfax, 24 to Dulles International Airport, 30 to Arlington and 35 to the District.
13788 Long Ridge Dr., Gainesville, Va.
This active-adult (55+) community will have 80 single-family houses in its first phase. Thirty-two have sold. Twenty-four are for sale, priced from $507,995 to $601,995. For a limited time, the builder is offering up to $15,000 in incentives toward options.
Builder: Toll Brothers.
Features: All the houses have two-car garages and remote garage door opener, an asphalt driveway, two outside electrical outlets and hose bibs, and an insulated fiberglass front-entry door. Buyers can choose brick or stone exteriors. The furnace is 90+ percent efficient and there’s an indoor central humidifier and pre-wired security system. Ceilings are 10 feet high on the main level and nine feet high on the second level. Hardwood flooring is installed in the entry foyer, kitchen and breakfast area. The kitchen is outfitted with a large island, stainless-steel GE appliances, combination microwave and oven, granite counters, and stainless-steel double sink. The master bathroom has granite vanity tops and a glass semi-frameless shower enclosure.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 / 3 to 4.
Square footage: 2,553 to 3,250.
Homeowner’s association fee: $275 per month.
View model: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Contacts: Tae Wills or Christine Trimble at 703-520-9775 or regencyatcreekside.com .