The Retreat

The Retreat in Union Hall
By: Melody Tinder
Smith Mountain Eagle

                Lots of acreage tracts on a prime piece of Lakefront land in Union Hall are now available through  a newly formed corporation, Plyler Development, Inc. Formed by president and long-time Lake developer, E. Derrick Plyler, the corporation now includes his son, Erik L. Plyler as vice president.
                The development, The Retreat, offers potential residents an opportunity to “retreat to privacy, magnificent views, large homesites, and from the everyday.” The development which is bordered by the Cliffs and an adjacent tract on one side and Lake Forest condominiums on the other, stretches into the main channel of the Blackwater River with three miles of shoreline and five points. If offers 74 lots and three acreage tracts that vary from flat to gently sloping terrain, and all are waterfront properties. The R-1 zoned lots range in price from $120,000-$300,000 and the three acreage tracts sell for $500,000 to $1 million.
                The Plylers had been involved with obtaining the land for nearly three years but it had been legally tied up in a family heir suit, according to Erik. It became available the end of August, has never been added to the MLS, and already has 36 lots under contract. “By word of mouth, builders and various people came to put deposits down, some six months ago, before we even had things worked out,” said Erik. “It’s going to be a highly restrictive development with homes and docks, after completion, ranging from $500,000 to $1 million.” It will have deed restrictions and building plans will be subject to an architectural review committee. Roads are currently under construction and will be an upgraded asphalt blacktop instead of traditional surface roads. The subdivision will also have street lights and a central water system.
                The Retreat is located off Route 40 in Union Hall, left on Rt. 945, left of Standiford Rd., right on Rock Cliff Rd, and left on Ivy Lane, which will be extended to the end of the subdivision. The property is across from channel on one side from Boxwood Green and Three Quarter Point, and on the other side from the 4-H Center.
                The original Plylers, Erik’s grandfather, Earl C. Plyler and his father, E. Derrick Plyler, began as builders on the Lake and started developing in 1974. Some projects include Highland Pointe Condominiums and the subdivisions of Sandpiper Bay, Cedar Bay, Rockfish Bar and Highland View. Now, Plyler Development, Inc., acts as the land development division, Plyler Homes & Docks is the construction division, and Town & Lake Realty, Inc. handles marketing and employs Erik’s sister, realtor, Melissa Hodges, and his mother, Sheila Plyler as broker. “We can provide you with everything you need to move to the Lake,” said Erik, “the lot, home and dock – like a one-stop shop.”
                Erik knows the business first hand, literally from the group up. “I’ve been out there hammering nails since I was 12,” said Erik who worked on Highland Pointe afternoons in high school and then on summer and spring breaks in college.
                Plyler Development, Inc., specializes in the Union Hall area, although the office is located across from Capps Home Building Center on Rt. 122 in Westlake Corner. According to Erik, “The majority of the remaining Lake’s developable waterfront land is in the Union Hall area.” Approximately 80 percent of the waterfront land has been developed, which accounts for the rising costs of property for single buyers and developers alike.
                “Lot prices have doubled in the last five years and will probably double again in the next five,” said Erik. “The supply keeps on being diminished and the demand is going up as more people find out about SML. Baby Boomers are beginning to buy land to retire plus, everyone is sick of the stock market. So, all over the country real estate has been hot and resort properties even hotter.”
                For information on The Retreat, call (540) 721-8362, or 1-800-404-5253; e-mail: or write Plyler Development, Inc., 13709 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta VA 24121.