- - Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Whether you love to play golf or not, a golf course community can be a beautiful place to live. Imagine a view with perpetually green swaths of grass spreading across undulating hills, a community where life revolves around a clubhouse and where recreation is at the forefront of every resident’s attention.

At the Estates at Bull Run Golf Club, Van Metre Homes is building 26 houses that offer something many homeowners might find even better than a golf course view: Each home rests on a site of 3 acres or more. Buyers at the Estates at Bull Run Golf Club can take advantage of a free family golf membership for one year and can enjoy the Grill restaurant in the community clubhouse.

This upscale golf course community in Haymarket, Va., is within 3 miles of shopping centers, restaurants, child care centers and a sports park.

The community’s estate homes have four to six bedrooms, four or five full baths and a powder room. They have 3,610 to 4,538 square feet of floor space and can be expanded. The estates are base-priced from $749,990 to $829,990. Homeowners must pay a monthly association fee of $245.

These homes feature a brick front with low-maintenance siding on the sides and rear, a brick water table on the sides, a sodded and seeded yard, an exterior post lamp, an asphalt driveway and a three-car garage.

Inside, standard features include an oak staircase stained to match the hardwood flooring in the foyer, powder room, living room, dining room and first-floor hall; 9-foot ceilings on all three levels; crown, chair-rail and panel molding; a gas fireplace; and ceramic tile flooring in the kitchen, breakfast room, butler’s pantry, laundry room, morning room, family foyer and the full baths.

Each kitchen has 42-inch flat-panel maple cabinets, recessed lighting, granite counters, a side-by-side refrigerator, a dishwasher, double wall ovens and a downdraft propane cooktop.

These green-certified homes have dual-zone propane heat and cooking, low-E windows, and high-tech wiring.

The Highland model, with 3,610 finished square feet, is priced from $749,990. This home has a front porch with columns. Inside, the foyer is flanked by the formal living room and the formal dining room, each defined by columns. A central staircase leads to the upper level, while a second staircase near the kitchen provides access to the upper and lower levels.

The main level also has a family room with columns and a fireplace flanked by windows. The adjacent center-island kitchen is open to the breakfast area and includes a pantry and a butler’s pantry. Buyers can add a morning room wrapped in windows and a deck off the kitchen.

A second front porch with columns leads into the family foyer, which has a door to the three-car garage, a closet and an entrance into the butler’s pantry.

The Highland model also has a first-floor master suite, including a bedroom with a coffered ceiling, a sitting area and a private porch. The suite has two walk-in closets and a luxurious bath with a corner soaking tub, an oversized shower and a double-sink vanity. A closet in the master suite can include a stacked washer and dryer.

Upstairs are three additional bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet and a private full bath. In addition, this level has a laundry and crafts room with a sink and optional built-in counters and shelving.

Buyers can complete the lower level with two recreation rooms, a large wet bar, a powder room, a media room, an exercise room and an in-law suite with a walk-in closet and a full bath.

For more information or directions to the Estates at Bull Run Golf Club, contact community sales manager Rosa Edmunds or sales representative Joyce Thaxton at 703/764-5491 or visit www.vanmetrehomes.com.