Parks at Piedmont: The Perfect Dose of Urbanization

Parks at Piedmont is a community in Gainesville, Virginia by Ryan Homes. It is located in Prince William County and is 40 miles west of Washington, D.C. The housing complexes are townhouses and condominiums. The neighborhood offers a pool and clubhouse that can be rented for private events for large parties. The community is loaded with small ponds and beautifully maintained lawns/plants. Floor plans are spacious and are great for families of all sizes.

The neighborhood is high interactive; there are local activities, covenant, neighborhood watch, communications, budget and finance, and board of director committees. The local high school is Battlefield High School, the middle school, Bull Run Middle School, and the elementary Gravely Elementary School.

The housing development is located in 6781 Hampton Bay Lane, Gainesville VA 20155.

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New and Emerging: Piney Branch Elementary School

This evening, the Prince William County School Board decided to name their newest elementary school member Piney Branch Elementary School. The school is located on Linton Hall Road in Gainesville. This school is not to be confused with Piney Branch Elementary School in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Speculation before the school was named clouded the School Boarm members as several Republican committee members supported the name “Ronald Reagan Elementary School”.

The website Virginia Virtucon reports that, “Since the new elementary school on Linton Hall Road here in Prince William County is set to open in 2011, the year when celebrations are being planned for the centennial of President Ronald Reagan’s birth, I think that it is only fitting that the school be named “Ronald Reagan Elementary School.”  On Oct. 7, U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) sent a letter to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell calling on state officials to “take appropriate measures” to mark the occasion of President Reagan’s birth.  In 2008, the Virginia General Assembly voted to designate Feb. 6th as Ronald Reagan Day in Virginia with only one member out of all 140 delegates and senators voting against it.  It is clear that such a honor would have bipartisan support and the legacy of Reagan’s presidency could serve as an inspiration to the students at this school.”

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Luxury Living: Lake Manassas

A quaint golf course community, Lake Manassas is a Gainesville housing community with its own shopping center. The neighborhood offers an impressive array of golf holes and a Clubhouse with delicious food. Lake Manassas has a good compromise of upper-style living retirement homes and large roomy houses for those with young children. The landscape is also very aesthetic; the Home Owner’s Association guarantees flowers year round and grass that is always green.

A unique feature of the neighborhood is a private road connecting it to the local shopping area. The shopping center includes several shops including Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Bubbles Hair Salon, and Wegmans Grocery. Other stores include Michael’s Craft Store, Staples, and Dunkin Donuts.