Riverwood Plantation: Micheal and Kim Downes

Michael and Kim Downes stumbled upon their dream home.


They had no plans of moving when Michael and son Cade were riding through the Claremont section of Riverwood Plantation and saw a house that fit Kim’s wish list.

The Downes were living in another section of Riverwood Plantation, and they knew they couldn’t move unless they sold their home. They decided to take a chance after about two weeks.

They put their house on the market, and it sold in three days. They bought their dream house less than a week later and moved into it in October 2010.

“There is no doubt this was hands-down meant to be. It was home the first time we walked in,” Kim said.

They loved the six-bedroom, 51/2-bath home because it had a separate guest room, playroom and office. It also had a three-car garage, a basement and a huge backyard.

The Downes first moved to Riverwood Plantation because it had three schools within walking distance and space between the homes, Michael said.

They have added a kitchenette in their basement and are working on a theater room. They have great neighbors, and there are lots of kids for their children to play with, he said.

“We’re not going anywhere. This is home,” Kim said.




The Family: Michael and Kim Downes, and children, Cade, 10, and Reagan, 6

The House: 6,000 square feet, six bedrooms, 5½ baths



The neighborhood: Riverwood Plantation

Location: Turn right from Washington Road onto William Few Parkway

Schools: Greenbrier Elementary, Middle and High

Neighborhood traditions: Spring Festival, holiday bazaar, Easter egg hunt, block parties and Halloween costume parade

Amenities: Swimming pool, barn and community parks

Current home-listing prices: $160,000s and up