Closed gates that head into a residential community

The Virginia suburbs of D.C. have a good selection of gated, active adult communities.

People want to live in the Washington, D.C. area. Recent numbers released by the Census Bureau show the region is the 6th most populated in the country, and ranked No. 10 for urban growth.

For many people over 55, staying or retiring in the area provides close proximity to friends and family, good hospitals and public transportation, and many opportunities to enjoy all the region and city has to offer. And for many people looking to buy a home in a 55+ community, the quiet and security of a gated community offers a good balance to the bustle of the city.

The Virginia suburbs of the Washington, D.C. area are home to 29 age-restricted communities that vary in housing styles, layout, and amenities. Prospective homebuyers can find 12 gated communities in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., which also vary in size, offer many different types of homes, and are located throughout Northern Virginia.

Here are five popular gated communities in the D.C. area.

Lansdowne Woods of Virginia - Lansdowne

Low $200s - Low $500s

Lansdowne Woods of Virginia is a condo community made up of seven buildings. The community is located in Loudoun County and residents have scenic views of the Potomac River and surrounding green spaces, plus easy access to wineries and outdoor recreation opportunities.

IDI Group completed the community in 2015, and prospective homebuyers can now purchase condominium homes.  The condos range from 1,500 to 2,800 square feet, making them great for downsizing.

The clubhouse sits at the center of the gated community, and includes amenities like a fitness center, pool, hair salon, restaurant, craft and meeting rooms, and bank.

Heritage Hunt - Gainesville

High $200s - High $500s

Located in Gainesville, Heritage Hunt is the area’s largest gated community. With single-family, attached, and condominium homes, prospective homebuyers can find a home that suits their needs. Homes range from 1,200 to over 3,000 square feet.

Residents enjoy three separate clubhouse social spaces. The Fitness and Aquatic center includes an indoor pool, outdoor pool, fitness center, and putting green, while the Heritage Hunt Clubhouse and Marsh Mansion provide meeting rooms, a restaurant, a library, billiards rooms, a ballroom, and serve as a stepping off point for the 18-hole golf course and tennis courts.

Heritage Hunt is nicely situated between the shopping mall in Gainesville and the greenspaces of the Robinson State Forest and Manassas and Bull Rull historic parks. Residents are just 30 miles from Washington, D.C. and 45 minutes from the Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive.

Four Seasons at Historic Virginia - Dumfries

Mid $300s - Mid $400s

South of D.C. along Interstate 95, prospective homebuyers can find the quiet gated community of Four Seasons at Historic Virginia. K. Hovnanian built the 801 homes between 2002 and 2010, which are now offered for resale.

The single-family homes include single-story homes between 1,500 and 2,500 square feet, with features like open floor plans and outdoor patios. At the 21,000 square-foot clubhouse, residents enjoy a fitness center, indoor pool, meeting and conference rooms, a library, and computer center. Outside, residents can practice their golf swing on the driving range, get a round of tennis in, or take a dip in the outdoor pool.

The location makes this community great for active adults who want to enjoy the outdoors. In addition to the greenspaces within the community, residents can hike the trails of the massive Prince William Forest Park and paddle or boat the waterways of the Potomac River.

Regency at Ashburn

High $300s - Mid $700s

Regency at Ashburn provides active adults a smaller gated community in Northern Virginia. Regency offers new and resale homes, and when completed, the neighborhood will include 268 homes.

Prospective residents can choose between condos and attached homes, with two or three bedrooms and two or three baths. All homes include a garage and low maintenance exteriors.

The clubhouse serves as a central meeting point for residents. Inside, neighbors enjoy getting to know each other in the meeting and game rooms, or staying active in the fitness center and aerobics room. Outside, a pool, pavilion, and walking trails create inviting community spaces. Nearby, residents can play a round of golf on three privately owned courses, shop at Dulles Town Center, or enjoy the parks along the Potomac River.

Birchwood at Brambleton

High $300s - High $600s

Active adults looking exclusively for new homes should consider Birchwood at Brambleton. This new community will include 1,502 homes when complete. Currently, residents can choose from attached and condominium homes that range from 1,000 to 3,000 square feet.

Also located in Ashburn, the community will include a clubhouse with meeting and craft rooms, an indoor and outdoor pool, and yoga studio. Currently, residents can enjoy a gazebo, fishing pond, community garden, and the scenic views of the gated neighborhood. Residents of any community in Ashburn are just minutes from Dulles International Airport, and a short distance from the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley.