5 Things to know about Villages of Piedmont
In all honesty, choosing the right retirement community that fits your lifestyle is not an easy task. But it can be even harder when you’re not in the area or don’t live there.
Many factors contribute to this decision, especially when you have a family. But it can be even harder when you’re not in the area or don’t live there.
This is why I’ve created this post for those who are unfamiliar with the Villages of Piedmont Community and would like to learn more about it.
I leverage my experience and knowledge about the neighborhood, so I can help you decide if Villages of Piedmont is the perfect fit for you and your family.
There is no right or wrong answer, but I’ve lived in the Gainesville area for a while and actively work in these neighborhoods and over time have gained unique insights and experience that I’d like to share with you.
Villages of Piedmont II also known as Villages of Piedmont or Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve is a popular residential community located in Haymarket, Virginia. This neighborhood features massive single family and townhomes. This community is known for being a “green community” featuring 380 acres preserved and protected to give residents access to nature and harmony.
Villages of Piedmont sits within what is widely referred to as the South Market Property which is located adjacent to the historic Town of Haymarket and fronted by Route 15 to its east. The South Market Property consists of approximately 650 acres of land which includes the existing community of 413 homes known as “The Villages of Piedmont” which reside on approximately 140 acres. The remaining 500+ acres of the South Market Property is owned by an affiliate of Equinox Investments, LLC and subject to Villages of Piedmont II community.
1. Formerly known as South market.
Villages of Piedmont was formerly known as the community SouthMarket and this can be confusing for those unfamiliar with Haymarket – So just to clarify, South Market was the original community and name of the subdivision which was built in 2005 – 2016.
Part of this community started to be developed approximately in 2005 and was completed in 2014 – formerly known as South Market. During this first phase, 155 single family and 256 townhome units were developed on approximately 140 acres.
The community also features the Villages of Piedmont Clubhouse along with two community pools: one Olympic size swimming pool with lifeguards on duty and one small one for toddlers. Multiple playgrounds, nature areas, picnic areas. Being with nature, the Villages of Piedmont is indeed “The Natural Way to Live”.
Villages of Piedmont has two playgrounds which are located on Market Ridge Road, one behind the community center pool and the other across from the community center next to the townhomes. Two tennis courts are available for use adjacent to the Community Center and a basketball court and volleyball facilities are located within the townhome area.
In 2012, The Prince William Board of County Supervisors approved a 393-housing unit development called the Villages of Piedmont II as residents came out in support of a developer’s plan (Equinox Investments LLC) that promised a large nature preserve with walking trails [click here for more info…].
2.New…. and continuously growing.
Due to the Villages of Piedmont II side of the community being so new, many lean towards purchasing in that area. If you can’t wait for your house to be built, you might as well take advantage of a house that’s just as good as new with all the bells and whistles. Have the luxury of being in the highest tiered school districts, brand new house, low HOA fee’s, and the awesome amenities. Villages of Piedmont is the ideal community for those who prefer new properties. You not only have the option to build but resale as well.
Due to the additional development, Villages of Piedmont and Villages of Piedmont II (also known as Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve) consists of nearly 800 residential units. Of the 650 acres, the developer preserved and protected 380 acres, by placing it under a conservation easement held by the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust. The White House Farm Foundation manages that land, known as Leopold’s Preserve.
In 2014, the Green Building Committee of Prince William County, Virginia awarded the Green Community Award in the Project Category to Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve. This is the highest honor for environmental service in Prince William County and recognizes exemplary projects that help to protect and preserve the natural areas and resources of the community.
With this impressive open space commitment, Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve (Villages of Piedmont II) offers a unique and thoughtful solution to progressive land use management and finding the balance between human population growth and the preservation of natural habitats.
A number of transportation-related improvements have further enhanced the community, such as a signalized intersection at Market Ridge Boulevard and Route 15; the widening of Route 15 from two to four lanes; and the addition of a 5 foot paved pedestrian trail along Route 15 at the entrance to the community.
Villages of Piedmont at Leopold’s Preserve provides a unique living experience and promotes a true ‘sense of place’ by recognizing and protecting the special characteristics of the land.
4.Low Fees with Same Benefits.
The HOA fee’s at Villages of Piedmont II is $110 monthly which is figuratively low compared to the other neighborhoods in the Gainesville/Haymarket area. In addition to that, there are 2 swimming pools, clubhouses, tennis courts, walking trails, and more amenities within this community. The schools are definitely worth mentioning with Haymarket Elementary having a 7 out of 10 rating, along with Ronald Reagan Middle school also having a 7 out of 10 rating, and last but not least Battlefield Highschool, which is one of the top-rated schools in Northern Virginia.
5.The Ultimate “Tree Hugger” Community
Villages of Piedmont II has a strict policy of preserving their Greenland which the residents love. They have beautiful walking trails and jogging paths throughout the community with views of the Greenland nature. As a community, their goal is to maintain and preserve the environment, which in my opinion is a rare find. The walking paths and jogging trails both are very much used by its residents and greatly appreciated. Each time I visit the community rain or shine, I see families jogging, walking, or biking through the trail and simply enjoying the day or getting a good work out in, along with taking in the view.
Below is a community tour of Villages of Piedmont to give you a better overview of the community: