- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 1, 2004

As land in Northern Virginia becomes scarcer and prices rise for the parcels of land that become available, new-home buyers with a desire for a private piece of woodlands can have a difficult time finding their dream property.

For the few who can afford it, Equity Homes is building 20 estate homes at Cedar Crest in eastern Loudoun County, each on a 3- to 4-acre wooded lot.

Offering homes with 3,158 to 5,684 finished square feet at base prices ranging from $914,900 to $1,174,900, Equity Homes is including a free morning room for a limited time.

Standard features for these luxury homes include a brick front, 6-inch beaded vinyl siding, a brick front stoop, professional landscaping, a two-car side-entry garage and brick entrance features at each asphalt driveway.

Inside, the homes include four bedrooms, three or four full baths and one or two half baths, along with 9- and 10-foot ceilings on every level, oak stairs with white pickets and oak railings, hardwood flooring in the foyer, and three-piece crown and chair-rail moldings.

The formal powder room includes ceramic-tile flooring and a pedestal sink, and the family room includes a 42-inch gas fireplace. The kitchens at Cedar Crest include 42-inch oak cabinets with crown moldings; a walk-in pantry with wood shelves; Corian counters; hardwood flooring in the kitchen, breakfast area and pantry; and recessed lighting.

The master suites feature walk-in closets and a bath with a tub, a separate shower with dual shower heads, and 12-inch-by-12-inch ceramic-tile flooring. Secondary baths include 6-inch-by-6-inch ceramic-tile flooring. The upper level has 9-foot ceilings, crown moldings in the hall and raised six-panel doors.

Each home also includes dual-zone gas heat and dual-zone air conditioning, gas water heating, a multimedia wiring package and a three-piece plumbing rough-in for the basement.

The Lancaster model, with 4,321 square feet and a base price of $1,029,900, includes a two-story foyer leading to a central gallery with a curving staircase. Arched openings lead off either side of the foyer into the formal dining room and the formal living room.

Double doors lead into the library, and buyers can choose to add extra sets of double doors connecting the living room and library or the library and family room. Arched openings can be added to the family room and breakfast room if buyers want to continue the architectural theme throughout the main level, and a coffered ceiling can be added to the family room.

The open center-island kitchen includes a breakfast room with a deep bay window, a double-size center island, and a rear staircase leading to the upper and lower levels.

This level also includes a butler’s pantry, a powder room and a mudroom/laundry room with storage. Additional storage is available in the garage, which can be expanded to accommodate three cars.

Buyers can add a side or rear sunroom to this model and an enlarged laundry room with a second powder room off the kitchen, along with an extended family room.

The upper level of the Lancaster features a central gallery overlooking the foyer, with access to two sets of stairs.

The master suite has a double-door entrance into a grand bedroom with a deep bay window and a sitting area. This suite can be enhanced with a private veranda, a two-sided fireplace and a juice bar. The master bath features a corner tub, a separate shower, two separate vanities, a linen closet and access to two walk-in closets.

Each of the three secondary bedrooms has a walk-in closet, and two of them share a bath with a dual-sink vanity. The fourth bedroom has a private bath.

The upper level can be modified with a bonus room, an extra bedroom or a small study. The lower level can be finished with a recreation room, den, game room and wet bar.

For information about Equity Homes at Cedar Crest, call Karen Mitchell and Nicole Kime at 703/906-4415 or visit www.equityhomes.com.

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