Lifestory Research, a market research firm focusing on real estate, unveiled its annual list of America’s Most Trusted Active Adult Resort Builders, and three of the recipients have communities in Northern Virginia.
Shea Homes, the parent company of Trilogy at Lake Frederick’s Active Lifestyle Community, was the No. 1 Most Trusted developer in Lifestory’s study, which compiles the opinions of more than 9,000 homebuyers in the market for an active adult home. Shea is followed by Toll Brothers at No. 3 and Lennar at No. 7, both of which boast homes in Northern Virginia, too.
Toll Brothers has three Northern Virginia communities: Regency at Chancellorsville in Fredericksburg, Regency at Creekside in Gainesville and Regency at Dominion Valley in Haymarket. The latter two are gated communities, and all three feature clubhouses, pools, tennis courts and walking paths, and Dominion Valley has an 18-hole golf course.
Lennar helmed construction of Virginia Heritage in Fredericksburg. The gated community has a clubhouse with a game room, fitness center, pools and tennis court.
Shea Homes strives for each of its communities to adopt the unique culture and lifestyle of the surrounding area, and Trilogy at Lake Frederick aims to appeal to those who want the outdoor activities the 117-acre lake offers without sacrificing city life that can be found in nearby D.C. In addition to the outdoor activities like hiking, fishing and kayaking the community offers, Jason King, Shea Homes’ general manager, says Trilogy appeals to residents with kids in the District.
“One thing that a lot of our members at Lake Frederick have in common is their wanting to be closer to their kids who work in D.C.,” King says. “We are a very inclusive community, and we want this to be a place where grandkids want to come and visit.”
That’s why Trilogy has three different home collections based on size as well as three different home designs that buyers can choose from, should they want to be able to accommodate guests.
Trilogy’s homes are designed for the 55-plus crowd that is transitioning to a new stage in life.
“We try to get buyers to understand that the home that they are living in doesn’t fit their needs anymore—like if their kids have moved out and they no longer need so much space,” King says. “We really focus on quality and creating exceptional communities in our homes and clubhouses, so it’s really about buyers making a choice to live this lifestyle proactively.
With that in mind, Trilogy focuses on three principles when planning out the amenities for its communities: social interaction and connection, learning new things and health and well-being. The Lake Frederick community clubhouse has a four-sided fireplace, a wine library in which members can rent their own wine locker and the Regions 117 Restaurant. Members can also take advantage of a 10,000-square-foot fitness center featuring both an indoor and outdoor pool, a gym and an on-site fitness instructor who can tailor training programs to members’ needs.
“We … take a long-term approach to everything we do,” King says. “Whatever life stage a buyer may be in, we are here for them.”