Virginia Heritage at Lee's Parke
5300 Balls Bluff Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407
Beautiful 55+ Enclave of Virginia Heritage in Northern Virginia is Part of a Larger Development and Features Single Family Homes, a Large Clubhouse, Two Swimming Pools, a Woodworking Shop, Walking Paths and More
Adjacent to the master-planned community of Lee's Parke in northern Virginia's Fredericksburg, Virginia Heritage spreads across 416 hilly acres. Developers D.R. Horton and Lennar broke ground on this 55+ community in 2005 (and Lennar continues building today). When complete, it should have nearly 800 single family homes.
The 15 floor plans range in size from 1,366 to 2,816 square feet. Although there are some two story designs, most homes are single story. Lennar's collections offer finished basements and a long list of free upgrades. Exteriors are brick, vinyl and/or faux stone with a pitched roof and a small front porch. All models have an attached garage.
Prices begin in the mid-$300,000s. The HOA fee is $210 per month and includes basic cable, trash pick up, recylcing and common area maintenance. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they are bound to change. New home sales, resales, and quick move-ins are available.
The gated Virginia Heritage has a social director that plans potlucks, karaoke nights, pancake breakfasts, and golf at nearby Lee's Hill Golf Club. Neighbors can join Spare Time Singers, a day trip group, a writing club, or a quilting circle. The newly renovated 18,000 square foot clubhouse offers a fitness center, a large indoor pool, a computer lab, a woodworking shop, and a ballroom. Outdoors, lighted tennis courts, bocce ball courts and a beautiful swimming pool beckon. There are also walking and biking trails.
Both Washington, D.C., and Richmond are a 45 minute drive away. Old Town Fredericksburg is packed with restaurants, brew pubs, entertainment spots, and boutiques. The University of Mary Washington has two galleries. Its Klein Theatre hosts both full-scale productions and intimate one-acts. The city sponsors art in its parks, a farmers' market, and a festival for performing arts. The Rappahannock River rings the city, and Friends of the Rappahannock hold an annual Riverfest with music, crabs, catfish, and boatrides. Nearby Lake Anna State Park permits boating, fishing, and sunbathing.
Mary Washington Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.
The average July high temperature is 88 degrees, and the average January low is 26 degrees (45 degrees is the average January high temperature). On average, the city receives 46 inches of rain and 20 inches of snow per year.
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Jamestown was founded in 1607, and both the American Revolution and the Civil War surrender sites are in Virginia. The state, nicknamed the Mother of Presidents, has given birth to eight U.S. presidents and has the longest continually operating state legislature in the Western hemisphere.
Points of interest include the home of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Richmond, and Williamsburg, a restored Colonial town. Booker T. Washington's birthplace, Arlington House, and the Blue Ridge National Parkway are worth a visit, too.
Population - 8,411,808
Persons 65 years old and over - 15%
High school graduates age 25+ - 88%
Bachelor's degree or higher age 25+ - 36%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 9%
White persons, not Hispanic - 63%
Median household income - $65,015
Median home value - $245,000
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Why are HOA Fees So High in 55+ Communities?
HOA fees (homeowner association fees) come in a wide range, and each 55+ community has a different set of guidelines for determining its HOA fees. Generally, the more amenities, the higher the fee. And often older communities have higher fees because as a development ages, maintenance costs increase. Most communities have bylaws stating how high HOA fees can be raised each year. When looking for a 55+ community, always ask about the fees. How much are they? What do they cover? How many increases have there been in the last 10 years? If the developer or sales staff will not tell you, visit on a Saturday when people are out and about and ask a resident or two about the HOA fees.
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