Back in early 2017, Rose Sompayrac was looking for a fresh start. She was going through a divorce, and after living in Fredericksburg and commuting to work in Richmond for 20 years, she was ready to change hometowns. So she rented a house in western Henrico County and considered her home-buying options.

While touring Parkside Village, an active-adult community in eastern Goochland County, she learned that the community’s developer, Eagle Construction of Virginia, was in the planning stages for another active-adult community in the county.

The new community would be called Readers Branch, after a creek that runs through the 152-acre property. It’s located near the intersection of Hockett Road and Pond View Lane.

The plans for Readers Branch had the features Sompayrac was looking for. It would be low-maintenance, it would have first-floor master suites, and the developer had a good reputation.

And the location was convenient.

“It’s four miles from Short Pump Town Center, two miles from State Route 288 and 1½ miles from Interstate 64,” Sompayrac said. “And yet you feel like you’re in the country. Plus, I had two kids at the University of Virginia, and I liked being closer.”

Sompayrac put her name on the community’s VIP list, and after Eagle began preselling the homes, she signed a contract for a 2,881-square-foot house.

Eagle began site development in June 2018, and in November, Sompayrac began working with Eagle on her house’s design.

“It’s an open-concept, two-story home with a loft for my boys when they visit,” Sompayrac said. “And I have a spare bedroom and a home office downstairs.”

Eagle, which is the sole builder in Readers Branch, began constructing homes in February.

Sompayrac expected to close on the house next month, but work went faster than expected, and she moved into her new house on June 1. She’s the first resident in the neighborhood.

“I’m the first lady of Readers Branch,” she said, with a laugh. “I love it here. I got a chance to meet my future neighbors at two socials Eagle had for us, and I think it’s going to be a great neighborhood.”

So far, Eagle has approximately 25 homes under construction, and it expects six homebuyers will move into Readers Branch by July 1, said Bo Shelton, a sales associate with Eagle and one of the two site agents for Readers Branch.

The community will have approximately 300 homes once it’s finished.

Architectural styles for the homes include Craftsman, Colonial, Folk Victorian and European.

“We have single-level and two-level floor plans, as well as our new and very popular terrace floor plans,” Shelton said. “All of our floor plans are open-flow with first-floor master bedrooms.”

Home sizes range from 1,806 to more than 4,000 square feet, and prices range from $383,500 to the upper $600,000s.

Amenities planned for the community include a clubhouse, pocket parks, multi-use fields, formal game lawns, 1½ miles of walking trails, bird-watching stations, nature overlooks and wildflower meadows.

Nearly 35 acres of land in the development have been set aside as protected environmental features.

Early sales have gone well.

“We have sold 60 homes to date since opening sales a year ago,” said Grayson Pettit, a sales associate with Eagle and the other site agent for  Readers Branch.

According to Shelton, the same features that drew Sompayrac to the community are attracting other buyers, as well.

“It’s a combination of the location, floor plans, low-maintenance offerings and the overall community concept,” said Shelton.

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