Dunbarton: Bristow, VA's Only Active Adult Community

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Dunbarton:  Bristow, VA's Only Active Adult Community

Cruising along Sudley Manor Drive in Bristow, VA you pass many large, and fairly new communities that were begun in the later 1990's to early 2000's.   Victory Lakes, east of Linton Hall Road, takes up many blocks facing Sudley Manor Drive on both sides of the road.  Braemar, west of Linton Hall Road and also straddling both side of Sudley Manor Drive is also another large neighborhood.  Driving through Braemar on Sudley Manor you may just miss the entrance to Braemar's Active Adult neighborhood of Dunbarton.  Spring is a time when this unassuming entrance may get a bit more attention due to the white buds on the trees marking the Dunbarton Sudley Manor boundary.

Dunbarton is technically a part of the larger subdivision of Braemar, but is age restricted to those ages 55 or better.  It is a gated community with 478 homes.  Each home has a main level master suite to give the ease of one level living.  Most homes are built on slab lots, but you will find the occassional home with a basement.

You will find a mix of single family homes and attached duplexes within Dunbarton.  There are no condo buildings in this Active Adult community as you find in Heritage Hunt or Regency at Dominion Valley.  The duplexes, with their two bedroom, two bathroom floor plans make for a great alternative to Active Adult condo living if you still have the desire to maintain a small yard.  The attached one car garages enter from the rear of the home, by a private alley and make for great street scapes.  They are the smallest floor plans available in the community, offering approximately 1800 square feet without a basement.

Of course, there are three level colonial style single family homes that offer a large amount of space for those that may be struggling with the idea of downsizing.  The single family home floor plans all have two car attached garages and offer anywhere from 1800 square feet to over 3500 ssquare feet.  Bottomline:  No matter the space requirement, there is a suitable home for you in Dunbarton.

Basic cable and internet service are provided as part of the Dunbarton HOA dues, which are approximately $250/month.  As a Dunbarton resident, you also have access to the Dunbarton Clubhouse that houses a library, billiard room, exercise room, indoor pool, informal gathering area and party room.  The clubhouse deck overlooks Broad Run and gives some spectacular views in the Spring and Fall.  Did I mention there are tennis courts and a putting green on the Clubhouse grounds?

Dunbarton is a great value for someone who is interested in the Active Adult lifestyle, but doesn't have use for an eighteen hole golf course, as you would get in Heritage Hunt and Regency at Dominion Valley.  You can have all the community events, and one level living, in a modest sized community.   





Comments (9)

Kirsten Lindquist
Pacific Union International - Sonoma, CA
Realtor - Sonoma Wine Country

Terrific overview of this community.  Well done!

Apr 09, 2010 05:53 PM
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass

Chris Ann:

What a fabulous write-up on the Dunbarton Active Adult Community. It is interesting that these are all single families and duplexes - no condos. It sounds like a wonderful place to live with all of the amenities.  And, of course, tennis courts.


Apr 10, 2010 12:05 AM
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Hi Chris Ann, you did a great job about Dunbarton Adult Community and great photos! The only one we have here are condos. Nice to see these aren't. It's good they have a lot of amenities like a pool! :)

Apr 10, 2010 12:24 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

What I want to know is why do the developers insist on calling these communities "active adult communities?" It sort of reminds me of active infestation noted on pest reports, LOL. Is it active as compared to lethargic or dead? Why can't they call these developments "over 55 exclusive" or something like that?

Apr 10, 2010 03:04 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Kirsten:  When I'm 55 (since I'll hit that magic number before my husband) I am definitely looking into this community.

Claudette:  I am personally a huge fan of the indoor pool.  Being able to swim year round would really float my boat.

Jackie:  The Active Adult golf course communities have condo buildings.  Those are Heritage Hunt in Gainesville and Regency at Dominion Valley in Haymarket.

Elizabeth:  I know what you mean about the term Active Adult.  I guess it's to distinguish from retirement homes.

Apr 10, 2010 03:12 AM
Charlottesville, VA

As baby boomers age these are becoming more and more popular

your friend in Charlottesville Virginia!

Apr 10, 2010 06:26 AM
Anne Clark
Metro Referrals - Gainesville, VA

I have a friend that lives in this community.  She absolutely loves it.  She's in one of those duplexes and it's a great house.

Jul 10, 2010 04:04 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Charles:  The one level living is done very well in these homes.

Anne:  My Aunt has a duplex in Dunbarton too.  Mom nearly moved here, but I think the condos at Heritage Hunt suit her much better. 

Jul 10, 2010 04:14 AM
C. A. Lunsford

Where are the homes for sale? Do you want to sell them. I am not looking for a agent, I want to find a home.

Sep 15, 2015 06:36 AM