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Year after year the demand for single level living rises in Northern Virginia. This is particularly true in 55+/Active Adult communities. The population is aging and with age, many people find it difficult to get up and down stairs but they can do just fine on their own otherwise. There is also the population of 55+ people who simply like the resort style living (golf, indoor and outdoor pools, activities, exercise classes) offered in many of these communities. The problem is, rental housing that allows for single level living is hard to come by in Fairfax County and Prince William County. I know this because I'm a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and the number of calls I receive from people looking for rental housing in 55+ / active adult communities has skyrocketed. Communities such as Spring Hill in Lorton, River Ridge near Occoquan, Four Seasons in Dumfries and Regency at Dominion Valley in Haymarket are just a few of the spectacular 55+/Active Adult communities in which you could find a good investment property to buy, Rent Quickly and hold. 

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Best 55+ Active Adult Communities in Northern Virginia

by Susan Borrelli

Did you know there are some very appealing active adult communities in Northern Virginia that were not established as such? Their rise is organic in nature. Some condominium buildings in Alexandria, for example, have morphed into 55+ / active adult populations as owners who have owned for decades and love the feeling of the community, simply elect to stay. Many of these buildings have convenient access to I395 and have one or more dining rooms, party rooms, game rooms, a pool, physicians and even a convenient store on premise.  Other neighborhoods, such as beautiful River Ridge in Woodbridge, VA is a true active adult community (with age restrictions), but many of the homeowners still work and the convenient location lends itself to an easy commute. River Ridge had been a little known gem but has rapidly gained popularity due to its beautiful views, the amenities and SRES Realtors such as myself who have listed and sold homes in the community and who understand the appeal.  

What is the best community for you? It depends on many factors. For example, you'll pay more in HOA fee's for a golf community so if you're not a golfer, that will likely not appeal to you.  If you work in Northern Virginia or in DC, the closer-in communities of Spring Hill in Lorton (golf course next door, indoor pool) or River Ridge (nature, mature trees, amenities) may appeal to you.  

Two of my retired clients purchased homes in beautiful Four Seasons located in Dumfries, VA. The HOA fee was reasonable, the location off  I95 is convenient and the terrific floor plans easily accommodated their needs.

I've visited all of the active adult communities in Northern Virginia and in my opinion, they all have a  "WOW" factor. Developers put a significant amount of money into the design and the amenities. In fact, I anticipate there will be more than one community you would consider. I'd be happy to sit down and discuss your needs as well as the pro's and con's of each community. Your commute, interests, location of friends, family and physician offices and your space requirements will play into which communities may or may not work for you. Once we've discussed your needs, we'll visit the communities, the spectacular community clubhouses and amenities and of course, the homes for sale. Even if your not quite ready to move forward, give me a call. I'm here to help and to answer any preliminary questions you may have. Call me today at 703-216-2620 or send me an email  

Prices of Homes in Northern Virginia's Active Adult Communities (along the I95 corridor)

by Susan Borrelli, Active Adult Property Specialist


     Typical to residential neighborhoods in Northern Virginia, the further South you go, the less expensive the property. Active Adult communities are no exception. For example, if you would like to purchase a property in the Spring Hill 55+ / Active Adult community you can expect to pay upwards of $450,000 for a patio home. A larger model recently sold for $530,000.  Spring Hill resides in Lorton, Virginia which is in Southern Fairfax County.  Please note, Spring Hill also has apartment style condominiums. Prices range from $180,000 to $250,000 and the condominium fee's run from just under $300 to $450.

Moving 7 miles South to Prince William County, prices of patio homes in the Active Adult community of River Ridge in Woodbridge, VA run between $425,000 and $475000. 

Continue on I95-S to Dumfries in southern Prince William County and you'll find the Four Seasons 55+ / active adult community. Home prices in Four Seasons ranges from $280,000 on the low end to $475,000 for larger patio homes. 

Fredericksburg in Stafford County boasts two 55+ / Active Adult Communities- Falls Run and Celebrate. Falls Run patio and villa home prices range from $220,000 to $400,000.  The Celebrate community is still in development therefore there is an opportunity to buy new build construction if that is your preference. Prices range from $260,000 to just over $400,000.


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