Population, Wealth Expected to Grow

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Population, Wealth Expected to Grow


Byline: Michele Lerner, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Prince William County, once primarily an agricultural area, has become one of the fastest-growing and wealthiest counties in the nation.

With a population estimated by the county government to be 383,644 as of Sept. 15, county officials on their Web site (www.pwcgov.org) project a population of 555,012 by 2030 in this 345-square-mile county.

A 2005 Census Bureau study ranked the county seventh wealthiest in the nation, with a median household income of $81,904. Housing values have also risen in the county, with the median home value in 2006 rising to $441,400 according to the Prince William County government. This compares with the Virginia median home value of $244,200 and the national median home value of $185,200.

Residential developments follow commuter routes, with planned communities growing in the Interstate 66 corridor in areas such as Manassas, Haymarket and Gainesville, along the Prince William County Parkway and along Interstate 95 from Woodbridge to Quantico.

Several new developments are under way near or in Historic Occoquan.

At Gaslight Landing, a riverfront community under development by Classic Concept Builders Inc., each town home will have a river view, a 40-foot deepwater boat slip and an individual elevator. These luxury town homes have been designed with historically accurate Victorian-style architecture to complement the surrounding Historic Occoquan neighborhood, with the builder adding brick-paved sidewalks to the development.

The homes are constructed of brick and composite siding, with multiple decks and covered balconies, a parking area for three cars underneath each home, hardwood flooring, moldings and oak stairs. The homes have 2,600 to 2,800 finished square feet, and they are priced from the $900,000s to the low $1,000,000s.

Call the sales office at 703/898-4248 or visit www.gaslightlanding.com.

Occoquan Reach, a new development by WCI Communities Inc., is within a mile of Occoquan's riverfront, shops and restaurants.

WCI Communities is building luxurious town homes with stone and siding exteriors, a two-car garage and a rooftop loft. The community association provides snow and leaf removal along with gutter cleanup and other maintenance.

Home prices range from the upper $400,000s to the mid-$500,000s.

Call 703/491-2727 or visit www.wcicommunities.com.

Stanley Martin Homebuilding LLC is constructing homes at Occoquan Landing in Lake Ridge, an enclave of homes not far from Occoquan.

The single-family homes at this development, priced from the mid-$500,000s to the mid-$600,000s, have 2,520 to 3,408 finished square feet. The homes have kitchens with adjacent morning rooms, first-floor libraries and luxurious master suites.

Call 703/491-3340 or visit www.stanleymartin.com.

South along I-95, Kettler and several other builders are developing the Potomac Club, a gated community of condominiums and town homes in Woodbridge.

Recreational amenities at Potomac Club include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sun deck, playgrounds, a pet-walking area, a clubhouse, a business center, a social lounge and an athletic club with a rock-climbing wall.

Residents can take advantage of Club Mac, a party lounge available for community events and private parties, which includes an upscale bar area and game tables.

The town homes and condominiums range from the upper $200,000s to the mid-$400,000s.

Call 703/590-0509 for M/I Homes Inc., 703/580-1687 for Pulte and 703/590-4078 for Ryan Homes or visit www. potomacclub.com.

Nearby at Port Potomac, Kettler and several builders are developing a community of town homes and single-family homes bordering Powell's Creek.

The development includes parks and walking trails, and a community center with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an athletic club, a children's center, a business center and a social lounge, along with party spaces, social rooms and a library. …

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