Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate News: The Elusive Main Level Living Home not in a 55+ Community

The Elusive Main Level Living Home not in a 55+ Community

The phone rings the other day and I answered. It was a local real estate agent calling on our newest listing in Westridge.

Luxury Home in Lake Ridge Virginia Brick Front with two car garage

The home is a  lovely forty five hundred square foot home with four bedrooms and three and half baths located at 12760 Quarterhorse Lane, Woodbridge Virginia 22192 priced at $600,000.

The question was. Can the home easily be converted to a main level bedroom if needed?

Sadly my  answer was no. The agent sighed. I asked what are you looking for. She said I have a client who needs a main level living home with a second master bedroom upstairs. Preferably no level changes and wider doorways would be helpful. I said, wow, that is a tough one. I am fortunate that I own one of those homes. But ours is quite large. How big does she need. She said she was looking at a  forty eight hundred square feet new build but it backed to a main road and she really does not have the time to wait the six month build time. She needs a home now.  Then it happened, without hesitation I  said my husband and I have always said if someone really needed our house we would consider selling. We have what your client is looking for. Main level living with a master on the main floor, a master on the second floor along with three other bedrooms upstairs and a work at home space plus the house has a full finihsed basement on a level treed lot in a planned community  " I remember thinking did I really just say that out loud? As she said are you serious?"

"What was I thinking?"

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A week later the agent inquired again if we would consider selling. I said I would consider it, however my husband and I would really need to take a look at the market for a few days to see what is possible for us. We set a tentative appointment a week later.

On my stars!  We set out on a exhaustive house hunt just like I would take any prospective home buyer. We looked at 55+ Communities ( since we qualify)  and we looked at a few new homes and a few resale homes that were not 55+ that were older that were rambler styled.

Pickings are slim if you do not want to be in a 55+ Community.

Since we could live in a 55, we concentrated on Heritage Hunt in Gainesville. Lovely homes, lovely floor-plans, awesome streets appeal and amenities.  What we liked best is they allow for fenced yards in that community. Since we have dogs that is very important to us.The biggest challenge we found and you may as well is the amount of downsizing one would have to do. Homes without basements but offer two levels has the right amount of space over 2800 square feet however had absolutely no storage. That would require quite a bit of downzising. Attic storage was available on a few homes.  That’s challenging. I am not sure I am willing to hoist boxes up the steps into a hot attic. The  other issue for me was the homes with basements in the Gainesville Virginia area are just as big as the one we have now. The silver lining was the  price is a lot less, by hundred thousand or more. So that is attractive. But why would we do that? Why would we move from an awesome community in the Lake Ridge Virginia area where we are now and totally get into a sixteen to twenty mile commute to and from work. That defeats the purpose of simplifying life a bit.

Then we looked at 55+ in Four Seasons. Four Seasons is a very nice community with great amenities except no golf course. It is just off I-95 in the Dumfries Virginia area. The homes range in price from $340,000 up to $500,000 for the largest homes. We would buy in Four Seasons since we are not golfers. The one thing that holds us back is HOA Rules of no fencing allowed. .We prefer a  fenced  yard since we have little dogs and see ourselves owning them for decades to come. A home is not a home without a dog in my opinion! How about you? What is that you need and want in your retirement home or the home you are going to downsize to? Have you given it any thought?
I remember last year reading a Washington Post Article titled  10,000 Baby Boomers Retire Every Day!


Keep in mind builders cannot built that fast. So this is going to become an issue for many. Plan early. If you are nearing retirement age, it's time to consider your options.

Buy a New Home is one option. There are main level living homes ranging in price from the five hundred and up and up depending on what you add to your home. So that makes no sense either that would be a lateral move. That said they would be new, energy efficient homes on smaller lots with no yard work.

If you are searching for a main level living option that is not in a 55+ community you are in luck if you can wait and have one built! If the photo below speaks to you, if you want an open concept main level where the great room is the heart of the home,you are going to like your options. We can find you home in eastern and western Prince William County Virginia. Imagine not have the restrictions of no visitors under 50 years old for an extended period of time. Imagine not having to pay the high Over 55 monthly fee's. It exists and we can help you not only find what you are looking for we can coordinate the selling or renting of your existing home so that you can downsize now while interest rates are low.


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Maybe you are thinking you'd like to age in place. Great. There are many companies that now sell Chair Lifts, and let's not forget  Elevators for inside your home so you can live in place.

The cost for a chair lift are around three thousand dollars and the cost of an elevator ( if you have the space) would be around twenty thousand dollars. So you would need to compare that to the cost of preparing your home for sale, real estate commissions and selling costs and moving costs.

Only you know what is best for you. Being that we own a main level living home, one where we can age in place and be totally happy for decades maybe that makes sense. However for now, we are staying put. That said, the thing that still resonates with me is their is family that needs a home like ours. We do not need our home. We love our home. There is a difference.

So we are still working though the "What's possible scenario's now" 

You never know, your friendly local Lake Ridge Realtor may be moving soon. If so it will be local. We are not ready to retire and leave the area for about another seven years or so.

If you need a good local REALTOR who knows the area well and knows the resale and the new home market well then click here to get started finding  the home you need and want.

Patty Blackwelder and I can help you find what you are looking for.

  • Find Homes For Sale in Four Seasons
  • Find Homes For Sale in Heritage Hunt
  • Explore New Home Options  that align with what you want and need
  • Search for an older home that is a Rambler, or has a main level bedroom option

It would be our pleasure to help you. Just let us know what you are thinking your want and we will begin the search and coach and help you every step of the way.

Peggy James
 My direct #:703-851-3085

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Comment balloon 4 commentsPeggy James • September 06 2015 05:35AM


Peggy- I love this post!!!  We have an abundance of 55+ communities here in South Florida, but I'm not ready for those restrictions.  I love that I get over 100 kids at my door for Halloween.  In our last home in Leesburg, VA, we had 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, a beautiful walk-out basement BUT no bedroom on the main level.  It occurred to me that if either of us had broken a leg or had surgery, we would have had to sleep in the walk out basement!  BTW- that photo you showed definitely spoke to me.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 3 years ago

Peggy James Excellent home listing and we can't believe the size of it ~ WOW! You will have lots of buyer activity on it this weekend!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) about 3 years ago

Kathy Streib thanks for jumping in on this post today. I didn't know you lived in Virginia. You learn something new everyday. If you liked that photo then you may like the inside of this home as well. My identical twin Patty Blackwelder loves helping people buy new homes. This floor plan has an option for a main level bedroom as well!

How to find a main level living home in Prince William County Virginia

Posted by Peggy James, Woodbridge Virginia Area Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates) about 3 years ago

Peggy James this is a perfect post for the Northern Virginia area. Just in the past year I have helped several buyers through this exact process. All thought they wanted to stay in the $550,000 price range and get a home that function better for their life now and in the future. When the downturn came in 2005 -2008 many postponed their moves and now after 10 or 15 years  their homes are not working for them. Most boomers are living in homes that are costing them more due to age and upkeep at a time when they can see income dropping on the horizon or at least they have an interest in tucking away as much as possible to prepare for retirement.

That being said many buyers want the homes boomers are selling because they are at a time in their life where this type of home makes sense for them, they will have the benefit of established yards, many of these homes have  had quite a bit of discretionary  income put into them and are lovely. The Boomers love their homes but see they may need a different lifestyle in the near future.

In the end all of mine clients found and love the homes they have but had to increase their budget to attain their goal her in Northern Virginia. They all have also said it costs them less than they thought because they have very efficient homes with no upkeep needed and now have the added benefit of just enjoying their home. The buyers of their homes are equally as happy it is about the right home for your stage of life. I just love solving those kinds of questions!

Posted by Patty Blackwelder, Top Producing Realtor-New Home Buyer Specialist (Twins Selling Real Estate) about 3 years ago