December 1, 2009
New Builder - New Sales Center - Now in Roanoke!
December 1, 2009
Orchard Villas Premiere Lifestyle Community
In preparing to visit the Orchard Villas, an active adult community in Roanoke, Va., Roger Glover had braced himself for the worst. Owner of Cornerstone Homes, LLC, he made the trip from his home office in “Richmond, Va. to see how he might rescue the community after its building and development had come to a complete stop over a year ago. When he got there, he was amazed at two things – how beautiful and beautifully maintained the community was and the remarkable spirit of the residents.
“They have been through a difficult time this past year. As with many new communities across the nation, building stopped abruptly, and their future became uncertain. But that didn’t stop the enthusiasm that these residents share for the Orchard Villas’ original concept of single-story maintenance-free living and what they have been able to enjoy about their lifestyle so far. They have done an unbelievable job of maintaining the community while keeping the Home Owners’ Association in solid financial condition.”
An experienced builder and developer and a franchisee of Epcon Communities, a national home builder specializing in planned lifestyle communities, Glover and his team at Cornerstone Homes decided recently to purchase the unsold Orchard homes and remaining lots. The community’s model of ranch-style no-maintenance homes in a small community setting fit with the other Epcon communities Glover has established in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Construction at Orchard soon will recommence, and Cornerstone will be opening new model homes and making additional improvements to the community’s spacious clubhouse and recreation facility.
According to Glover, this vibrant community offers much more than gracious and charming villas with attached garages. Because residents enjoy life without the hassles of exterior home maintenance and yard work, their quality of life is improved with more time to travel and focus on such things as hobbies, grandchildren, and continuing education. Monthly social opportunities are another appeal and range from book clubs to barbecues to regular classes in the clubhouse and fitness center to enriching discussions by the pool, and they create a close-knit community. Orchard Villas features a unique lifestyle not found elsewhere in the Roanoke area but one that is sought after by a growing number of energetic and value-conscious seniors who are part of the national momentum that is driving the popularity of such community models as Glover promotes.
Despite the economic downturn that has claimed some of the real estate gains for seniors, many are choosing to sell their homes and take advantage of their current equity position in order to enjoy an easier lifestyle. They want to realize savings through lower taxes and by sharing expenses as part of a community. Some argue that this is a perfect time to buy and sell a home. One of them is Susan Brickhouse, Community Sales Counselor at Orchards.
“There are numerous financing options for those wanting to make the move now, and there are advantages, such as low mortgage rates and savings that add up to thousands of dollars on current home prices,” says Brickhouse, who adds that because of these conditions and with only a limited number of homes left to sell, the opportunity to be a part of the Orchards neighborhood won’t last long!
“Once we begin building again and people see all the activity, we expect to sell out quickly.” Brickhouse says that she already has several contracts and expects the fall market to spark even more interest in the easy lifestyle and quaint neighborhood that Orchard offers along with all the amenities of Roanoke.
When residents Chris and Chuck Arnold found out that Cornerstone Homes was possibly purchasing their community, they took a trip to Christiansburg, Va. and visited Villas of Pepper's Ferry, another Cornerstone project. They were impressed with several things they observed, including the vibrant lifestyle, cohesiveness of the residents and the variety of community events.
“Cornerstone is a proven Epcon Community Builder, said Chris Arnold. “We got a taste of Cornerstone’s quality, and that made us feel very happy that they are on board here at Orchard Villas.”
“We are thrilled to bring Orchard Villas on board and make this a seamless transition for current residents,” said Glover. “They deserve it. And we look forward to welcoming new residents who have been waiting for their turn to enjoy their retirement.”
Orchard Villas Sales Office is located in the Community Clubhouse at 5300 Crumpacker Drive, Roanoke, Virginia. Susan Brickhouse, Sales Counselor, may be reached at 540-977-0238. The Sales Center is open Wed – Sat from 10-5; Sun 1-5. Stop by and experience life at the Orchards!