An exciting and worthwhile event was held on Jan. 28 in Charlottesville, VA, at Southern Development’s Dunlora Forest subdivision where 36 EasyLiving homes are being constructed. Charlottesville NBC news affiliate channel 29 covered the event. Check it out!  Southern Development’s Charlie Armstrong speaks to the market demand for EasyLiving Homes.

EasyLiving Home, a nonprofit organization, certifies multiple homes in Dunlora Forest development — the state’s first residential development to make EasyLiving Home certification a standard feature in a community.  Located in Albemarle County, Dunlora Forest offers multiple EasyLiving Home certified residences. Three features are necessary to be certified as an EasyLiving Home:

  • Stepless entrance
  • Easy passage inside with ample hallway space and door widths
  • A first floor that includes the master bedroom, kitchen, entertainment area and bathroom with ample maneuvering space


“EasyLiving Homes are designed to be convenient for the entire lifetime of the owners,” said Stephen Thomas, president of EasyLiving Home, a non-profit organization, and the builder of the first certified EasyLiving Home in Virginia.  “This program influences how architects and builders design and construct new homes,” added Teri Morgan, EasyLiving Home Board member.

Dunlora Forest is a 22 acre residential development project of Charlottesville based Southern Development Homes.  Located on Rio Road in the urban ring of Albemarle County the community features a mix of styles, including a heavy focus on one level living.  Of the 99 homes being built, 36 will be certified EasyLiving Home.  31 of the 36 homes to be certified are already sold or under contract, demonstrating the market appeal for the convenient lifestyle offered by an EasyLiving Home.

When asked about Southern Development Homes’ decision to include multiple certified EasyLiving Homes Charlie Armstrong, Vice President of Land Development with Southern Development, said “The decision to build EasyLiving Homes was a no-brainer.  These are features our customers want, and the certification allows every single customer to apply for a $5,000 tax credit.  Why wouldn’t we provide this great benefit to our customers?”

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