- The Washington Times - Friday, May 31, 2002

Centex Homes is building 61 single-family houses on lots a tenth-acre in size at the Cloisters of Fairfax, minutes from the Vienna Metro station and Interstate 66. A park with a gazebo and walking trails will be part of the community.

Each home in this Fairfax County community will have a brick front; maintenance-free, 6-inch beaded vinyl siding; a sodded lawn; professional landscaping; and a two-car garage.

Inside, all three models feature four bedrooms, 2½ to 4½ baths, three or four levels, 9-foot ceilings on the first and second floors, an oak staircase, upgraded moldings, a fireplace with a marble surround, and hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen and powder room. The kitchen has 42-inch cabinets, a pantry and recessed lighting. There are ceramic tile floors and tub and shower surrounds in all baths, a master bath with a soaking tub and separate shower, as well as a multimedia wiring package and gas heat and hot water.

The homes have about 3,471 to 4,221 finished square feet, with base prices from $454,990 to $475,990.

The Amherst model, with 3,971 square feet, is priced from $475,990. This home features a columned portico entrance into the two-story foyer, with a corner library, and an open floor plan with a formal dining room defined by columns and a kneewall, a living room, and a family room with windows on two sides and a fireplace. The center-island kitchen and breakfast area are open to the family room.

Upstairs, the master suite has a sitting room, bedroom, dressing area, two walk-in closets and a bath. This level also has a laundry room, two more bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet, and a full bath off the hall. The third floor has a loft or fourth bedroom with a walk-in closet.

Options include a finished lower level with a recreation room, den, wet bar and full bath; bay windows; additional bathrooms; and a two-sided fireplace in the master bedroom.

For information or directions, call Gary Lee Gouchenour at 703/273-2360.

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