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able; they average arollnd $500,000 for houses not on the water and cost at least $2.5 million for riverfront homes. New houses average about $1 million. to be even better." For her, the mountain setting is what makes it special: "\Vhen you're playing, you see wildlife, deer, turkeys. You're just out in the clements." The couple spends time at the club­ house, where there are winetastings and­ their favorite-a seafood buffet. The com­ munity has an indoor pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Three new home styles are for sale: con­ dominiums starting in the $200,000s, du­ plexes from the $400,OOOs, and custom cottages and single-family homes from $400,000 to $1 million.

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At Glenmore (1318 Piper Way, Keswick; 434-977-8865), 15 minutes from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, residents can get a good education of their own. Thc Kandi Comer GolfAcad­ em)" attached to the community's club­ house, is helmed by Comcr, a five-time US Open qualifier and a top-ranked junior instructor.

The golf course was named one of Vir­ ginia's ten best in 1997 by Golf Digest. "Each hole is unique," says resident Trev­ or Joscelyne. "All the holes turn corners or go up and down hills, but it's plavable at the same time." The 700-home community includes a pool, an equestrian center, and golf practice facilities. Single-family homes are available for resale, priced from about $450,000 to more than $2 million. Thirty lots are for sale, from $230,000 to $700,000.

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Two years ago when Jeannie and Mark Golub built their French-style home in Vir­ ginia's Estates at Keswick Hall (701 Club Dr., Keswick; 434-227-4441), thc)' w<lilted easy access to good golf and a custom homc that would retain its value. Keswick, which features an 18-hole Arnold Palmer course, offered both. "If we wanted to play five holes after dinner, we could do that very easily," Jean­ nie says. In summer, they hit the links five times a week. Tucked into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 15 minutes out­ side Charlottesville and an hour and 45 minutes from Washington, the course sur­ rounds the stately Italianatc Keswick Hall hotel and clubhouse. Five homes available for preconstruc­ tion sale were dcsigncd by architect Rob­ ert Stcrn, dean of the Yale School of Ar­

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A major renovation of Olde Mill (2258 Stone Mountain Rd., Laurel Fork; 800­ 753-5005), in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, is almost complete. The 18­ hole Ellis Maples-designed golf course attracted Jim and Lucy Brickhouse to the community eight ycars ago. "It's a beau­ tiful coursc," Lucy says, "and it's going
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