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The Growing Home Real Estate Team Takes Root at Pearson Smith Realty in Ashburn

The Growing Home Real Estate Team Takes Root at Pearson Smith Realty in Ashburn

Over the past couple years, my business has grown exponentially – quite literally doubling every year. The number of transactions, the volume of business, the hours, the miles…naturally I came to the conclusion I couldn’t keep going without help. This past October, I brought on […]

The Girlfriends’ Guide to New Construction, Part One: Agency

The Girlfriends’ Guide to New Construction, Part One: Agency

Before the Internet, we had to rely on books for information (thousands of Millennials suddenly gasp in horror.) We didn’t have social media news feeds, there were no blogger insights and Google was just a baby. So what did we do in the year 2000? […]

Video Vednesday! The Brighton by Beazer Homes at Willowsford

Video Vednesday! The Brighton by Beazer Homes at Willowsford

The Brighton by Beazer Homes at Willowsford

To read the blog post: Willowsford in Aldie, Virginia

Video Vednesday! The Hadley by Van Metre at Eastview

Video Vednesday! The Hadley by Van Metre at Eastview

The Hadley by Van Metre at Eastview To read the blog post: Eastview in Chantilly, Virginia

Video Vednesday! The Portsmouth by Van Metre at Tanglewood

Video Vednesday! The Portsmouth by Van Metre at Tanglewood

The Portsmouth by Van Metre at Tanglewood To read the blog post: Tanglewood in Aldie, Virginia

Tuesdays on the Town: Brighton by Beazer at Willowsford

Tuesdays on the Town: Brighton by Beazer at Willowsford

It’s been incredibly busy these past few months and as I write, the team is getting ready to put 6 listings on the market in the next 2 weeks. We’re always out visiting new construction, the majority of our tours just never get published. Writing is the hardest part. Fortunately I’m stuck in a car dealership this morning – quiet save for the International House Hunters on HGTV. Not my thing. So here I write. 

I’ve been talking about Willowsford for years. I’ve attended Realtor events, I’ve previewed the models, I’ve even had a client or two. Last week I visited five new construction communities in one day, asking each sales rep the same questions and getting a vast range of answers about the terms and conditions of the offer process. It’s prompted me to write another blog series, The Top Ten Things You Need to Know Before Considering New Construction. While I won’t address it here and now, there’s just a lot that home buyers need to know before walking into a sales center and yet I still hear that more than half of buyers are not represented by an agent. Stay tuned for that series because it’s coming.

For this post, I visited Beazer’s Willowsford community in The Greens. Willowsford is a destination community. Once you’re there, you’re home. Serene lake views, rolling hills of lush turf edged by mature tree lines and it’s a conservancy – 2,000 acres of open space, woodlands and natural habitat. The community has four sections that compliment each other – two within Ashburn and two in Aldie; The Grant, The Grove, The Grange and The Greens, which is where we’re at today. 

I had the privilege working with a client through the custom build process and selected Beazer at Springs of Lenah in Aldie for their new home. While Beazer is one of the newer builders at Willowsford, the floorplans are fresh and original, so I was excited to see this new model, the Brighton. At 3,536 square feet and base price just under $690,000, it’s one of the largest options in Willowsford under $700,000. Standard features include gas fireplace, engineered hardwoods throughout foyer, living and dining rooms, ten foot ceilings on the main level and 9 foot in upper and lower levels. 

With four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms on three levels, the master suite is surely the show-stopper of the model. The owner’s suite features a 10’x12′ sitting area, an almost 250 square foot bedroom with optional four foot extension and two different versions for a master bathroom and closet configuration. The three adjoining bedrooms on the upper level all have generous sized closet spaces, nicely finished attached bathrooms and a huge laundry room. 

The lower level can be completely finished to include a recreation room, wet bar, fifth bedroom and fourth full bathroom. At the time of our tour, Beazer sales rep had commented that the project was expected to build out in about 2 years but they were halfway through their available inventory in just 6 months. Also available are the Daventry at 3,442 square feet and the Coventry at 3,734 square feet, both still with a base price under $700,000.

If you’re considering a new home in the Willowsford community, The Greens (where you’ll find these Beazer models) is the largest of the villages. Home to The Lodge, which is a recreation center complete with state-of-the-art fitness center, kitchen utilized for cooking classes and a grand patio with bocce courts, yoga lawn (bring your own goats), pool complex and sun deck with mountain views. Another fun fact – 70% of the finished wood used in The Lodge was harvested and milled on Willowsford’s land.

For a tour of the community, reach out to our team at 703-261-5826. We’ll work with you to set expectations, help you understand where you can negotiate and where you’ll need to be patient and flexible. Now who wants to see the video tour that we shot?

What Does Louis Vuitton Have to Do With Mortgages?

What Does Louis Vuitton Have to Do With Mortgages?

I like to tell this story about how lenders work. Women obviously get this a bit better than men so there is also a motorcycle version… Say for example, I wanted to invest in a purse and started researching a Louis Vuitton. I could go […]

Tuesdays on the Town: Eastview by Van Metre

Tuesdays on the Town: Eastview by Van Metre

For this week’s Tuesdays on the Town my team and I visited Van Meter’s Eastview community over in Chantilly. Eastview is another beautiful single family and townhome community edging along the South Riding/Chantilly borders. Single-family homes start in the $600,000 range and as of our […]

Tuesdays on the Town: Tanglewood by Van Metre

Tuesdays on the Town: Tanglewood by Van Metre

Just for fun, type in “luxury homes off Braddock Road” into your Google search. Home buying sites will generate a variety of featured properties. Typical two or three bed renovations in Old Town Alexandria, to new construction three and four-level townhomes with open floor plans. There are some gorgeous monster homes off Braddock that define the luxury market, communities that encompass the farm winery lifestyle and plenty of historical sites dotted throughout. What you won’t find? Many options under $650,000. That is until you take a drive a little further down, past Chantilly, and into the town of Aldie.

Tanglewood, a three-phase luxury community of single-family homes built by Van Metre, features a variety of floor plans, starting at $650,000. There are currently 92 homes within the community, with plenty of room for development to come in the surrounding areas.

At the time of our tour a week ago, there was only ONE lot left in The Preserve, featuring 3,800 sq ft of move-in ready home with 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and a gourmet kitchen. We’d be more than happy to help you nab the last one!The second phase, the Enclave, was intended for first level living, featuring a one level brick floor plan called The Cottonwood. With a lack of demand from empty nesters for main level living, Van Metre introduced their floor plan “The Talbot”, which they had already been building in West Virginia. The Talbot features 1,965 sq ft with 3-5 bedrooms. While the community will now be a mix of both floorplans, all homes will still have the main level master bed and bath available, with a minimum two car garage and optional deck off main level, starting at $609,990.

Lastly, the Arbor features 34 homes with 3 floor plans available: The Talbot, The Portsmouth, and the Southbury. The Southbury and Portsmouth both include two-car garages, with five to eight bedroom options and similar square footage- about 3,600 sq ft. The main difference? The Southbury has a spectacular two-story family room. Homes start at $656,990 and $666,990.

We were impressed with the detailed design offered in the standard features of these luxury floor plans. The gas fireplaces are surrounded by slate. The homes are adorned with crown molding, chair railing, and coffered ceilings in the master bedroom. The gourmet kitchens exude luxury without compromise to function. They’re clean, elegant and finished with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, and Timberlake 42-inch flat panel Fairfield cabinetry. Most importantly, the homes benefit from an abundance of natural light from the many over-sized windows. Gorgeous!

With a community enclaved by woods, away from the blur of the traffic burdened East, and a laundry list of luxury amenities, Aldie, Virginia is starting to sound really good. Don’t you think?

If there’s a new construction development you’d like us to review, post it below. We’re headed out to discover and report back on new and exciting options!

Tuesdays on the Town: Haymarket Crossing by Stanley Martin

Tuesdays on the Town: Haymarket Crossing by Stanley Martin

A couple years ago, my family and I made a move west to Prince William County, landing in the small town of Haymarket. As a Buyer Agent, I’ve cautioned clients against considering this area as I cannot overstate how difficult the traffic can be. On […]