Blog Category - Roanoke, VA

Fall Foliage Drives through Virginia

Categories: Fredericksburg, VA, Richmond, VA, Roanoke, VA | Posted: October 23, 2015

Virginia is home to plenty of fun activities for tourists and day-trippers but living here allows for even more time to experience the natural beauty oScreen Shot 2015-10-23 at 4.23.32 PMf our great state. Every autumn, the fall foliage along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia especially make our make the region of the country one of the most beautiful places to be. And the next few weeks will be prime time to experience the majestic beauty of Virginia’s fall foliage. According to the Foliage Network.

Spend some time taking a drive through the mountains, and find the route that’s perfect for you – we’ve found a list of scenic fall drives close to home!

Holiday 2014 Schedule

Categories: Apex, NC, Blog, Local Articles, Richmond, VA, Roanoke, VA, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: November 26, 2014

In observance of the upcoming holiday, our sales offices at our communities in Richmond, Apex, Wake Forest, and Roanoke will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.  We will reopen for normal hours on Friday, November 28, 2014.

For more information on your next home at one of our communities in Virginia and North Carolina, give us a call!

Villas at Magnolia Lakes – (804) 726-4310

Villas at Wake Forest – (919) 569-0043

Orchard Villas Apex – (919) 267-6701

Orchard Villas Roanoke – (540) 330-7787

Model Home Close Out Sale – Roanoke

Categories: Blog, Roanoke, VA | Posted: April 21, 2014

model home close out saleWe are having a Model Home Close Out Sale!

Don’t miss your opportunity to live at The Orchard Villas Roanoke!

This is your final opportunity to live at The Orchard Villas Roanoke, a friendly and welcoming community featuring maintenance-free living.

But don’t hesitate.  We’re down to the final Villa-style homes including our beautifully appointed models.

To show we’re serious about selling out, we’re offing you our best incentives yet!  You won’t want to miss the this close-out deal.



  • $5,000 off your choice of upgrades
  • 5 months HOA paid for you
  • Brand new patios for extra entertaining space

That’s right!  Purchase one of our three remaining homes and this deal is yours.  Act now, because we’re selling fast.

Last week we had fives homes, this week just three remain.  Get your new home and the 5/5 OFFER today.

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  • One-Level Homes w/ attached 2-car garages
  • Gourmet Kitchens
  • Lovely Private Patios
  • Maintenance-Free Living with all exterior lawn and building maintenance included
  • Charming Community near all Roanok has to offer
  • Ideal Lifestyle with sense of community, a clubhouse, fitness center and pool
  • Water, Irrigation, Sewer, Trash, Snow Removal and Homeowners Insurance Included


Visit Today!  Call Kathy Gentry at (540) 330-7787

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The Orchard Villas Roanoke | 5300 Crumpacker Drive, Roanoke, VA 24019

Models open Thursday-Sunday, 10am – 5pm

Old Man Winter is upon us…

Categories: Blog, Buying & Selling Your Home, Local Articles, Richmond, VA, Roanoke, VA, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: February 17, 2014

old man winterAnd as beautiful as it is, there are weeks of shoveling snow still to come!

Unless of course, you live in a Cornerstone Homes Community, where maintenance-free living means time to do the things you enjoy and the carefree lifestyle you’ve always wanted.

Say ‘goodbye’ to shoveling snow!

Smartly designed single-story villas are highly energy efficient and come in 2 or 3 bedroom floor plans.  Open, flexible living spaces cater to spacious everyday living and entertaining, and are accented by 2 car attached garages, quaint courtyards, patios, and sunny verandas.

“I love that my home is on one level – it’s very open,” said Rita L., homeowner at The Orchard Villas Roanoke. “My favorite room is the veranda – the three walls of windows provide beautiful views of the mountains and sky.  And the people are wonderful – they really look out for each other.  It’s like one large family!”

To assist with selling your home quickly and for the best price, Cornerstone Homes designed the Own a Villa Today Program to help prepare and sell your home, secure financing, and organize your move.

Joe and Karen G. sold their home and moved in under 30 days.  “Using the program, our house sold in five days and we saved money!  The Own a Villa Today Program made the move effortless.  We are so excited to be here and can’t wait to enjoy the social events at the clubhouse.  Everyone has made us feel so welcome here.”

So why wait?  Old Man Winter has arrived!  It’s time to let someone else shovel your snow!

Find your next home at a Cornerstone Homes Community in:

VirginiaThe Pointe at Magnolia Lakes in Richmond, VA  |  The Orchard Villas Roanoke  |  The Villas at Peppers Ferry in Christiansburg, VA  |  The Villas at Harrison Crossing in Fredericksburg, VA

North CarolinaThe Orchard Villas Apex  |  The Villas of Wake Forest

A Note From Dotti – The Orchard Villas Roanoke

Categories: Blog, Local Articles, Roanoke, VA | Posted: November 7, 2013

WOW – what a great turnout we had at The Orchard Villas Roanoke’s Grand Opening of our new Colonnade model last week!

Thank you to everyone who came out.  We gave over 60 tours of The Colonnade, and we have only 2 available for sale.  If you want to move into a Colonnade, act fast before they are sold out.

For those that asked us about The Canterbury, we have those available as well.  Contact us at 540-977-0238 to set up an appointment to begin your new life at The Orchard Villas Roanoke!

– Dotti Houlihan

The Orchard Villas in Roanoke, an Epcon Community, Rolls Out New Home with Private Courtyard

Categories: Blog, Press Releases, Roanoke, VA | Posted: October 28, 2013

New floor plan designed in response to groundbreaking findings on buyer preferences……


Cornerstone Homes, LLC, an Epcon community builder, is excited to publicly reveal, for the first time, it’s Colonnade floor plan, as part of the new Classic Courtyard Collection.

The Grand Opening Event at The Orchard Villas in Roanoke  will take place on Saturday, November 2nd and Sunday, November 3rd from 1 – 5 pm. The Community is located just off Route 220 on Crumpacker Drive in the Bonsack area.  The Celebration will include tours of the new Courtyard Model and our popular Canterbury Model, community amenities, refreshments, and drawings!

Media members will have the opportunity to tour our new Colonnade home and speak with members of the Cornerstone Homes Team for details on the new product as well as current homeowners who enjoy the unique lifestyle and true “sense of community” offered at The Villas!

These homes were planned in response to a groundbreaking study revealing Boomers affinity for outdoor living and recreation, as well as a need for privacy and desire to have an all-in-one home that’s the square footage they want and the price they need.  In addition, the research revealed that homeowners refused to sacrifice style or amenities for a “right-sized” home.  The Courtyard Collection features four new floor plans.  The Colonnade is the first of these plans to be built at The Villas.  Only two Colonnades are available for sale!

The Orchard Villas offers ample amenities and outdoor living space, while also improving lifestyle appeal for residents.  The Colonnade comes with an abundance of new amenities, one of which is a private outdoor courtyard area which caters to the idea that outdoor living should be as central to design and as carefully planned as interior home design.  This distinctive home includes exciting options for outdoor entertaining and a private outdoor living space that can be utilized 365 days a year.  Homeowners will have the option of adding features such as a fire pit and water feature creating a unique outdoor gathering space that is unprecedented with homes in this price range. The Colonnade, a single story attached home, starts in the  $270s with 1547 square feet of living space.

Roger Glover, Owner of Cornerstone Homes, stated, “We are excited to offer this new concept in Roanoke at The Orchard Villas. These homes are simply exceptional in both design and style.”

The Colonnade New Model Home Grand Opening is open to the public.

Only a total of 7 new homes remain in this unique community, which includes two Colonnade floorplans.

Founded in 2005, Richmond, Virginia based Cornerstone Homes, LLC, is a franchisee of Epcon Communities.  Epcon Communities is one of the leading developers and franchise operators of lifestyle rich developments in the United States.  Currently with over 100 franchisees in 31 states, Epcon Communities’ long term goal is to expand to all 50 states and Canada.  For more information, please visit

Fun at Orchard Villas Roanoke Townhomes 55+ Clubhouse

Categories: Blog, General Announcements, Roanoke, VA | Posted: September 18, 2013

Orchard Villas Roanoke, Roanoke, VA’s best choice in active adult townhomes communitys, always has something going on!  Below are some pictures from recent events at our Clubhouse.

Weekly scheduled events include Game Day, Bridge Club, and other various social events/club meetings.  All are community members are welcome!

To join in on the fun and learn more about life at Orchard Villas Roanoke, fill out this form and we can contact you for more information at your convenience:

(540) 977-0238

Orchard Villas Roanoke
5300 Crumpacker Drive
Roanoke, Virginia 24019


Fun at Orchard Villas Roanoke Townhomes 55+ Clubhouse


Homes For Sale in Virginia & North Carolina | The Canterbury

Categories: Apex, NC, Blog, Buying & Selling Your Home, General Announcements, Local Articles, Roanoke, VA, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: September 13, 2013

Request more about our Canterbury Model for sale in:

Apex, NC

Wake Forest, NC

Roanoke, VA

2 Bedrooms • 2 Baths • Luxurious Master Suite with walk-in Closet • Den/Office or 3rd Bedroom • Great Room w/ Gas Log Fireplace • Dining Area • Gourmet Kitchen w/ Breakfast Bar • Energy Efficient Appliances • Sunny Glass Veranda • Convenient Laundry Room • Large Storage Area • Cathedral Ceilings • Palladium Windows • Patio • Attached 2-Car Garage

Approx. 1866 Sq. Feet

View the pictures below, or take a virtual tour with this quick video:

What is an Active Adult Community?

Categories: Apex, NC, Blog, Buying & Selling Your Home, General Announcements, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Local Articles, Recent Articles, Roanoke, VA, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: August 5, 2013

A community that says, forget about spending your Saturday mornings mowing the grass, or cleaning out the gutters; instead take that time to play a round of golf, go swimming, practice yoga, or cuddle up and nap!

Retirement Living Communities, or “Age Restricted” Communities, have been viewed as places those that can no longer care for themselves go to find solace; however, that is far from the truth, especially now adays. Today, choosing a retirement community is like choosing the toppings on a pizza- endless and can be customized to fit the person you are and your needs.

Types of housing communities range from, completely independent (ie-Active Adult Communities) to Skilled Nursing Facilities. Active Adult Communities are developments where folks, typically, ages 55+ can live independently in their own home as far as daily living activities (meals, cleaning and housekeeping, monitoring medications, personal care, etc) are concerned, while the community tends to the upkeep of the exterior of the home, landscaping, and other amenities.

What is an Active Adult Community?

An Active Adult home is built with accessibility and safety in mind, so seniors can “age in place”.

Amenities offered, but not limited to, can include:

  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Walking Trails
  • Cooking Classes
  • Dance, Cardio, Yoga, and Pilates Classes
  • Fitness Centers
  • Spas
  • Tennis Courts
  • Game Rooms

To find out what great amenities await you from Cornerstone Homes, call (804) 484-3242 ext 221.

Cornerstone Homes offers independent living for adults 55+ in North Carolina (Apex & Wake Forest) and Virginia (Roanoke, Christiansburg & Fredericksburg)

Your “Someday” is NOW at The Villas!

Categories: Apex, NC, Blog, Buying & Selling Your Home, General Announcements, Local Articles, Press Releases, Recent Articles, Roanoke, VA, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: June 14, 2013


You’ve worked hard… You’ve sacrificed some… and given lots. And if you had to do it all over again, you would… without hesitation.

But now it’s time to focus on YOU! This is your time to live every day extraordinarily. You’ve decided you are done with cutting the grass, raking leaves, and taking multiple trips up and down the stairs daily.


At all of our communities, you don’t just buy a new house. You buy into a “maintenance-free” lifestyle that gives meaning to easy living and spending time doing whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it!! And it is so easy to make new friends here. You see, there is always something going on at our clubhouses… pot luck dinners, cards, book clubs, aerobics in the swimming pool, cookouts, bocce ball, and much more! As one homeowner put it, “it’s one thing to have close friends. It’s another thing to have good neighbors! At The Villas, we have both!”

Single story living, outdoor patios or courtyards, unique floor plans… these exceptional homes have plush “extras” you won’t find everywhere. Combined with the great prices, current builder incentives, and the lowest interest rates of all time… you can’t afford to wait any longer! Your SOMEDAY IS NOW! Visit to see for yourself why The Villas is a wise investment in your future and new lifestyle!!