For two decades, Richmond-area home builder Roger Glover of Cornerstone Homes has been building communities for the 55+ homebuyer. When you build solely for that specific demographic, you get a pretty good idea of what today’s active adults are looking for. Before beginning to build in the Richmond market, Glover had already created popular communities in North Carolina, New Orleans, West Virginia Tennessee and Fredericksburg.
His first Cornerstone development in the Richmond area is the Villas at Magnolia Lakes off Route 10 in southern Chesterfield. These villa-style (four separate houses under one roof) homes proved to be so popular that Cornerstone is now developing The Cove at Magnolia Lakes. Kirsten Nease, marketing director for Cornerstone Homes, describes the 63 new homes to be built in The Cove as “Craftsman inspired.” The floor plans for these low-maintenance carriage-style paired and single family detached homes will be new to the Richmond area.” Some of these two-bedroom and two bath homes offer inner courtyards to bring the out-doors in and bonus rooms to fit the homeowners’ individual lifestyles.
Magnolia Lakes, a series of beautiful, connected lakes, which serves as a focal point for the community, are large enough to accommodate a boat launch for residents who enjoy kayaking or canoeing.
As for other amenities, residents of the Cove will have immediate ac-cess to the already existing clubhouse at the Villas. The clubhouse of-fers both a fitness center as well as a pool. With new residents moving into the community, Cornerstone Homes is also adding a second club-house at The Cove. Known as The Lodge, this additional facility will offer a large gathering space as well as a kitchen facility. As with the original clubhouse, The Lodge will be used for a variety of events and activities planned for homeowners. It can also be rented by residents for private functions.
Since so many of the community’s activities center around the lake, The Pointe, a lakeside gazebo is being planned. The Pointe will feature grilling stations, picnic tables and an amphitheater-style seating area for additional fun and activities.
With beautifully designed homes, an abundance of activities and the beautiful Magnolia Lakes serving as a hub for the community, it is expected that all of the homes in The Cove will be sold out in short order.
That’s certainly been the case with Cornerstone Homes’ other Chesterfield County community, The Villas at Ashlake, located off Hull Street Road. “This project is going gangbusters,” Nease says. Already 70 percent of the 82 homes slated for this community have been sold. There are only about 30 home sites remaining.
The Villas at Ashlake offer Cornerstone’s quad villa-style home. Each of these single-family homes offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage. The single level, zero-entry homes (nothing to step over or climb) gives homeowners the confidence of knowing that they can remain in their home and community despite life changes moving forward.
When you consider the amenities being offered at The Villas at Ashlake, you can see why the folks moving into this exciting community are called “active adults.” Nease says that there are activities going on all the time in the clubhouse, which also offers a pool and fitness center. “Resi-dents are very active with coffees, happy hours, dominoes, and Mahjong.” Then, there are the sidewalks and trails for walking and/or jogging.
The community also incorporates Cornerpatch gardens into its de-sign. These are raised flower beds containing flowers and fruit-produc-ing vegetation. A professional farmer maintains the gardens and during the growing season, residents can help themselves to the fruits and veg-etables being harvested. “It’s our way to offer healthy eating on a small scale,” Nease says.
So, who’s discovering both the Cove at Magnolia Lakes and The Villas at Ashlake to be a perfect fit for their active lifestyle?
“We have a pretty diverse clientele,” Nease says. “Many are folks who live in the area. Plus, we have new residents who move into Chesterfield to be closer to their families. These are people who are looking to right size their living space. They want to have the freedom to travel and enjoy life without having to worry about maintaining their exteriors; without having to tend to such chores as raking, mowing and snow removal.”
If that sounds like just the thing you seek, contact Cornerstone Homes at Sales@CornerstoneHomes.net or call 804-215-0766 Online: CornerstoneHomes.net