These days, we’re used to seeing large suburban developments positioned on heavily traveled thoroughfares with prominent signage and elaborately manicured entrances. In some cases, these large subdivisions define how we think of the area overall.
Mooreland Landing, in western Henrico County’s River Road corridor, is different. It lies a half-mile south of the intersection of River Road and Walsing Drive, tucked away at the southern edge of the Dorset Woods community.
Even longtime residents of western Henrico might not be familiar with the development. But it’s home to some of the largest, most expensive properties in the county.
Among them is Henrico’s third-largest house, which has 15,186 square feet of finished space. (It’s currently on the market for $2.199 million.)
There’s a reason the community is so secluded: It got developed relatively late. While construction in several nearby neighborhoods began in the 1950s, builders didn’t break ground in Mooreland Landing until 1990.
J. Louis Reynolds, a son of the founder of Reynolds Metals Co., owned the 200-acre site until his death in 1983. Seven years later, members of his family began converting it into a residential community, said Richard Bower, a senior vice president with Joyner Fine Properties.
By then, most of the land along the Henrico portion of River Road had been developed as residential communities.
"Mooreland Landing was developed at the same time as the nearby Windsor on the James," said Bower, who was the site agent for Mooreland Landing. "Only one neighborhood, Middle Quarter, has been developed south of River Road in Henrico since then."
The home sites in Mooreland Landing, which were offered directly to homebuyers, sold quickly, and by last year, 35 homes had been built.
"Mooreland Landing has 43 lots," Bower said. "Several owners purchased two lots and combined them. Two lots are for sale, currently."
Because all but four of the community’s homes were custom-built by their owners, the neighborhood’s architectural styles are wide-ranging and include examples of English Country, Georgian, Modern, Spanish Revival and Arts and Crafts.
Today’s homebuyers find the development’s large lot sizes and its proximity to Collegiate School attractive, Bower said.
And they especially appreciate the development’s 125 acres of common space along the James River.
The land, which is owned by the community’s homeowners association, "has a picnic area, a boat dock and a boat ramp for launching watercraft, as well as a boat storage lot," Bower said. "So homeowners can utilize the more than eight miles of navigable water that begins at Bosher Dam, just north of the Willey Bridge."