Martin’s Grant: A prime location and a no-maintenance plan attract Richmond empty nesters

Martin’s Grant- A Richmond VA “Active Adult” Community Spotlight 

Each generation has its own approach to the business of living. Today’s 20-somethings, for example, are a decidedly urban bunch, with a pronounced interest in lofts, craft beer and artisanal food.

Many of their boomer parents, on the other hand, have stuck to suburban living, and it continues to shape housing aimed at them, even as they approach their retirement years.

“Each generation is different,” said D. O. Allen, the developer who designed and built the Martin’s Grant community off Old Gun Road in northwestern Chesterfield County. “Boomers want to stay active, and they want to enjoy their retirement.”

Allen began designing “active living” subdivisions for empty nesters nearly 20 years ago, when the concept was still fairly new.

The idea was straightforward: Build homes that offer first-floor living and maintenance-free plans that free homeowners from worrying about chores such as cutting the grass and raking leaves.

By the time construction began in Martin’s Grant in 2003, Allen had already developed six active-living communities, including ones in Lynchburg and Henrico and Hanover counties.

The Martin’s Grant site, a collection of rolling hills near a pond, had been part of a land grant that dated back to the Colonial era. The land where Martin’s Grant now lies has a long and rich history, notably beginning one September day in 1700, when hundreds of French Huguenots fled here by way of the James River to escape religious persecution. One of those refugees was a man named John Martin. King George granted this land to John in 1715 so that he and his family could build a home and enjoy the freedoms our country represented. Martin’s Grant embraces this heritage by providing a new kind of freedom of living for you today.

Between 2003 and 2007, Allen’s company built 42 Traditional-style homes in Martin’s Grant, each with an open floor plan and a two-car garage.

“There were four different plans to choose from, and you could start with a base model and then add on where you wanted to It was a nice way for homeowners to customize their homes.


Allen actually renovated an existing onsite farmhouse circa 1870 that was located on the property that is now the clubhouse for social gatherings, and he installed a putting green behind it.

The development’s no-maintenance plan includes yard care, snow removal and roofing and siding repairs, as well as window and gutter cleaning. Houses don’t come on the market often in Martin’s Grant, but when they do, they tend to sell quickly.The opportunity to enjoy maintenance-free, one-story living is the community’s biggest draw but its location is a close second. It’s easy to get downtown, and the Stony Point Shopping Center and Stony Point Fashion Park are just a few minutes away, yet the community is tucked into its own area.

Enjoy cocktails and camaraderie while you play billiards in the lounge and mingle with your neighbors on the patio with outdoor fireplace. Or simply relax with a cup of tea in the library before you join friends for a walk along the trails to the pond. You can enjoy a wine tasting, unwind in a group pilates class, or meet new friends with a few hands of bridge in the clubhouse. The possibilities are endless. And at Martin’s Grant, you have the freedom to enjoy them.

FAQ Martins Grant

Homes built from- 2004-2007

Home sizes: 2500-3500 sq feet

Monthly HOA fee: $398 covers Exterior home maintenance, yard care, snow removal and roofing and siding repairs, as well as window and gutter cleaning.

Tax rate: .96 per $100.

Amenities: Clubhouse, walking trail


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