- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 29, 2005

As land prices in the Washington area climb and the limited inventory of homes cannot match the demand of buyers, home prices have inevitably climbed in the region over the past several years, bumping traditionally expensive homes into higher and higher price categories.

Million-dollar homes were once considered unusual, reserved for historic Georgetown mansions or horse farms in Potomac or Great Falls. Now, single-family homes and even town homes with prices beginning at $1,000,000 and higher are practically commonplace.

Upscale homes, in addition to sharing a stratospheric price, are also linked by the quality of materials used in construction, including such features as marble floors in foyers and baths, hardwood flooring in main-level rooms, specially designed light fixtures, granite kitchen counters, stainless steel restaurant-quality appliances and hardwood stairs.

Some luxury homes include large homesites, while others are located in more urban areas or near a Metro station, adding to their value.

For the purposes of this section, upscale homes are identified as priced from $900,000 and higher. Following is a sampling of some of the builders designing these sophisticated residences.

Basheer & Edgemoore


At River Falls on the Occoquan, buyers have a choice of six models that can be built on 1- to 5-acre homesites with woodland and water views of the Occoquan River. Base prices begin at $1,029,900 at this Prince William County location. Call 703/583-6447.

At Lansdowne on the Potomac in Loudoun County, Basheer & Edgemoore Homes LLC is offering a choice of eight models, each priced from the $900,000s and higher. Call 571/223-0358.

Brookfield Homes


Brookfield Homes Corp. and the company’s luxury home division, Keswick Homes, have several upscale developments in Northern Virginia.

At Grace Manor at Minor Hill in McLean, Keswick Homes is building homes priced from $1,900,000 and above in the established Franklin Park neighborhood. Call 703/288-3020.

At Marquette in Great Falls, Keswick is building custom homes on 2-acre homesites, priced from $2,700,000. Call 703/288-3020.

Keswick Homes’ executive series of estate homes, priced from the low $900,000s, is available at Lansdowne on the Potomac. Call 571/333-0168.

At the Village of Waxpool in Ashburn, Brookfield Homes’ Aurora Collection is available with base prices from the low $900,000s. These homes are built on half-acre homesites. Call 703/858-5030.



CarrHomes Inc. is building seven single-family homes, priced from $1,400,000 at Chestnut Hill in Falls Church, nestled on wooded homesites placed on a cul-de-sac. At Quaker Ridge in Alexandria, the company is building 23 town houses with two-car garages, near Old Town Alexandria and Duke Street. Call 703/689-3719 for information on both communities.

Courtland Homes


Courtland Homes LC is building 88 traditional all-brick single-family homes at Pickett’s Reserve near Fairfax, a 45-acre property with woodlands next to a 15-acre wooded park with walking trails. One-third of the community will be devoted to open space. Five models are available, each with four bedrooms and 31/2 baths. The 31 homes still available for sale are base-priced from $1,200,000. Call 703/267-6515.

Future projects of Courtland Homes include Majestic Oaks in Alexandria and Rolling Oaks in Springfield.

Craftmark Homes


Craftmark Homes Inc. is building single-family homes, town houses and condominiums in Maryland and Virginia at several locations, with more communities under development for later this year.

In Maryland, at Bethesda Crest, 24 town homes will be built with prices beginning at $1,500,000. Call 301/493-5511.

At Annapolis Rock Road, four estate homes on 5-acre lots will be sold, with prices beginning at $1,350,000. Call 301/253-2415.

In Virginia, at Evans Farm, a gated community in McLean, Craftmark Homes has five single-family homes, priced from $2,500,000, still available. The single-family homes will include 10-foot ceilings, hardwood flooring and luxury baths and a family room fireplace. Call 703/734-6270.

At Hunters Crest, part of the planned community of Kingstowne in Alexandria, 39 traditional single-family homes are being built, each priced from $1,000,000 and higher.

In Prince William County, Craftmark is building 25 homes priced from $1,000,000 at Occoquan Overlook. Seven home styles will be available for building on three-quarter-acre to 1-acre wooded home sites. Call 703/493-9333.

Equity Homes


Equity Homes Inc. is building upscale homes at Stoney Creek in Maryland, where 34 2-acre homesites are available just minutes from River Road. Priced from the low $2,000,000s, there are six models available. Call 301/330-9728.

In Virginia’s Fairfax County, at the Estates of Fairfax, 41 homes are being built on third-acre homesites near the new upscale Fairfax Corner and Fair Oaks Mall. The homes are priced from the $1,100,000s. Call 703/890-0594.

At Cedar Crest in Eastern Loudoun County, a planned community of more than 160 homes, Equity Homes is offering seven models to be built on 3- to 4-acre homesites, priced from the low $1,000,000s. One decorated model can be viewed by prospective buyers. Call 571/248-8331.

At Golden Springs in western Loudoun County, two homes that include three-car side-entry garages, rear sunrooms and finished lower levels are available, each on a 3- or 4-acre site. Prices range from $1,175,900 to $1,192,900. Call 540/882-3566.

In Prince William County, 38 homes will be built at the Reserve at Lake Manassas on 1-acre or larger home sites. Prices start in the $900,000s. Call 703/753-3800.

Gulick Group


The award-winning Reserve Series designs from Gulick Group Inc. are now available at Grovemont in Great Falls. The estate homes are placed on homesites with up to 2 acres, with some backing to parkland. Prices begin in the low $2,000,000s. Call 703/856-3755.

At Brambleton in Loudoun County, a new section featuring the Gulick Groups Garden Terrace Series homes will be available in late fall. The new section of homes will include a private terrace for outdoor living behind each home. For information on this upcoming community, call 703/327-1839.

InterActive Builders


At the Estates at Heather Knolls II in Hamilton in Loudoun County, InterActive Builders Inc. is selling single-family homes with four bedrooms and 31/2 baths on 3-acre sites priced from the $900,000s. Call 703/732-0360.

K. Hovnanian Homes


K. Hovnanian Cos. LLC builds homes in more than 80 communities in the Washington area, including two upscale developments in Loudoun County. At Cedar Crest, the 3-acre homesites will include single-family homes priced from the low $1,000,000s. The five models available here have four bedrooms and three to four full baths, plus a powder room. Call 703/754-1429.

At Evergreen in Ashburn, estate homes can be built on sites with from 1 to 14 acres, base-priced from the low $1,000,000s. The homes have four bedrooms and from 31/2 to 51/2 baths. Call 571/238-7507.

M/I Homes


At Black Oak Estates near Purcellville in Loudoun County, buyers can find plenty of space and privacy in a rural atmosphere. M/I Homes Co. is building 19 homes on 3- to 7-acre homesites priced from the $900,000s to more than $1,000,000. Call 703/669-3246.

Mid-Atlantic Builders


Mid-Atlantic Builders Inc. offers distinctive and innovative floor plans, nearly always including a “spa bath” with glass block walls, whirlpool tubs and walk-through showers.

At Meadow Creek in Upper Marlboro, the builder is offering homes on 2-to-4-acre homesites, priced from the upper $900,000s. Call 301/574-1041.

Mitchell & Best


Mitchell & Best Homebuilders LLC is offering its luxurious Potomac Ridge single-family homes at River Creek at Potomac Bluffs, a gated golf-course community on the bluffs of the Potomac River in Leesburg, priced from $1,100,000. Call 703/779-5751.

At Fieldstone Farm in Loudoun County, 13 of the 16 estate homes are still available for sale on 10- to 12-acre homesites. These homes, with five bedrooms and four full baths, are base priced from more than $1,000,000. Call 540/554-2928.

At Fox Knoll in Middleburg, single-family homes are available from Mitchell & Best with prices from the low $1,000,000s. Call 540/554-2928.



For more than 20 years, NVHomes (NVR Inc.) has been building luxury town homes and estate homes in Maryland and Virginia, including five developments in Montgomery County.

In Potomac, 21 homes on wooded sites in a gated community are available at Greenbriar Estates, priced from $1,900,000.

Nearby at Greenbriar Preserve, 30 homes will be part of a private wooded enclave, with homes priced from $1,600,000.

At Robert’s Landing in Darnestown, homes priced from $1,400,000 and higher will be built on three-quarter -acre to 21/2-acre lots. Call 301/309-8450 for these three communities.

At Ashton Reserve, homes priced from $1,500,000 and higher will be built on sites of 11/2 to 21/2 acres, while homes priced from $1,200,000 will be built nearby at Brookeville Preserve on sites of 11/2 acres and up. Call 301/595-3899 for both of these communities.

In Virginia, in Fairfax County, the eight homes at Mount Vernon Chase in Alexandria will be priced from the mid-$900,000s and built on third-acre lots near Old Town. Call 703/360-4787.

NVHomes is building homes priced from $1,100,000 on three-quarter-acre homesites at Occoquan Overlook just south of Fairfax Station. Call 703/493-9105.

NVHomes is selling 92 luxury town homes at Tysons Reserve in Tysons Corner, with prices starting at $1,000,000 and up. Nearby, 14 single-family homes priced from $1,500,000 and higher will be built at the Crossing at Tysons Corner.

At Tysons Forest in nearby Falls Church, six single-family homes will be built on third-acre homesites, priced from $1,700,000 and higher. Call 703/893-8180 for these three communities.

NVHomes has several developments in Loudoun County.

At Cedar Crest in Chantilly, NVHomes will be building estate homes on 3-acre wooded lots priced from $1,200,000. Call 571/261-1693.

Nearby at Cedar Hunt in South Riding, homes are being built on half-acre sites priced from $1,000,000. Call 703/327-4692.

NVHomes has three upscale developments in Prince William County. At Winding Creeks in Manassas, 10 homes on 3- to 5-acre sites placed around a cul-de-sac bordered by Broad Run Creek are priced from the upper $900,000s.

Call 703/330-7455.

At the Estates at Liberty Oaks in Nokesville, 35 homes will be built on 10-acre wooded homesites, priced from $1,000,000. Call 703/791-5690.

N.V.P. Inc.


N.V.P. Inc. is building single-family homes on 2-acre homesites at the Reserve at Hunter’s Ridge in Woodbridge, priced from the $900,000s.

Call 703/580-8165.

Pulte Homes


At Meadowsweet in Olney/Silver Spring, Pulte Homes Inc.’s Stone Ridge Collection of homes is available priced from the low $1,000,000s.

Call 301/260-8507.

At Laurel Hill in Lorton, a planned community in Fairfax County with recreational amenities, the Stone Ridge series of homes is being sold, with base prices from the $900,000s to the $1,000,000s.

Call 703/493-8200.

Ryan Homes


Ryan Homes (NVR Inc.) builds single-family homes, town homes and condominiums in all price ranges in the Washington area, including four developments of upscale homes. At Barrington Woods in Montgomery County, six homes will be built on 2-acre sites, priced from the $1,280,000s. The community backs to wooded parkland that stretches to the Patuxent River. Call 301/476-8426.

In Virginia, at Collingwood Estates, a wooded community near Mount Vernon in Alexandria, six homes will be built, priced from the $1,410,000s. Call 703/347-6472.

In eastern Prince William County at Laurenwood Estates, the single-family homes are base-priced from the mid-$900,000s, have up to 8,000 square feet and will be built on 1- to 3-acre homesites. Call 703/791-4118.

Toll Bros.


Toll Bros. Inc. builds a variety of home styles in different price ranges, often within the same community. In the upscale price range this builder has several Washington-area developments.

In Maryland, Toll Bros. is building 48 estate homes at Cattail Trace in Howard County near equestrian farms on 1-acre and larger wooded homesites, priced from the low $1,000,000s. Call 301/854-4800.

At Potomac View in Potomac, buyers can purchase some the last few homesites with views of the Potomac River. The 46 homes in this community, built on 1-acre and larger sites, will be priced from $1,900,000 to more than $2,000,000. Lot premiums increase the price of the waterfront homes. Call 301/983-0900.

At Triadelphia Crossing in western Howard County, 27 estate homes will be built on 1-acre sites with three-car side-entry garages, priced from $1,066,975 and above. Call 410/442-8056.

In Virginia, Toll Bros. has developed the golf course community of Belmont Country Club in Ashburn with a variety of homes, including condominiums, town homes and single family homes in a wide range of prices. The luxury homes in the Masters Collection in this community, which have 4,000 finished square feet or more, are priced from the $997,975 to more than $1,000,000. Call 703/723-7505.

Van Metre Homes

(www.vanmetrehomes.com and www.MarquisCustomHomes.com)

Van Metre Homes and the custom-home division of the Van Metre Cos., Marquis Custom Homes LLC, have several upscale communities in Northern Virginia.

At Lansdowne on the Potomac in Loudoun County, Van Metre Homes is selling its Windsor Collection, four home styles with 4,114 to 4,578 square feet, plus a three- or four-car garage. The homes have transoms and elliptical windows, four or five bedrooms, three full baths, two half baths and base prices from the upper $900,000s. Call 703/726-8111.

At Raspberry Falls in Loudoun County, a golf course community with a Gary Player-designed course, Marquis Custom Homes offers a portfolio of homes for customization with base prices from the high $900,000s and higher.

Marquis is also building at Stonewood in Clifton, where one 6-acre homesite is still available and the homes are base-priced at $1,706,000. Call 703/425-2602.

Future projects of Marquis Custom Homes include 32 brownstone-style manor homes at Tysons Chase at Suncrest, and five Nantucket-style estate homes at Grace Manor at Minor Hill in McLean.



The Palladium at McLean, on Lowell Avenue between Laughlin and Emerson avenues in the heart of McLean, features elegant condominiums. Just six luxurious homes are available, ranging from 2,400 to 2,675 square feet. The condominiums have been built in six-story buildings of brick and stucco, with an open-air courtyard and fountain. Each home includes hardwood flooring, crown and chair-rail moldings, stainless steel appliances, granite counters in the kitchen and baths, and a marble fireplace. The homes have base prices from $1,400,000 to $1,600,000. Call 703/506-0410.

W.C. & A.N. Miller


Since 1912, W.C. & A.N. Miller Cos. has been building homes in the Washington. At Walker Road in Great Falls, two homes are available, base-priced from $2,700,000 to $2,800,000. A nearby development, Springvale Meadow, will consist of seven homesites of about 2 acres each, with pricing yet to be determined. Call Jorie Kenny at 202/895-2708.

WCI Renaissance Housing


WCI Communities Inc. recently acquired Renaissance Housing Corp., known for its upscale residential developments in the Washington area. Virtually all of the projects of WCI Renaissance Housing Corp. fall into the category of upscale housing, since the average sale price of a Renaissance home for the past three years has been more than $1,000,000.

WCI Renaissance is currently developing homes at several communities in Northern Virginia, including Georgetown Ridge at Georgetown Pike and Springhill Road in McLean, where 10 homes on 1-acre homesites are now selling from $2,849,900 and higher. Three of these homes are still available. Call 703/749-0773.

At Foster’s Ridge in McLean, estate homes will be built on 2-acre homesites in a community with woods and a creek. The homes are priced from $3,198,900. Call 703/749-0773.

Beacon Hill in Leesburg, an equestrian community, offers estate homes on 3-acre sites, with some overlooking the golf course. The Grand Monet model is available for viewing at this location, where the homes are priced from $1,519,900 and higher for the equestrian lots. Call 703/777-0742.

At Long Acres in Leesburg, single-family homes will be built priced from $1,393,900. Call 703/443-8719.

WCI Renaissance and Stanley Martin are developing Greene Mill Preserve in Loudoun County off U.S. Route 50, where WCI Renaissance will be building single-family homes and town homes. The single-family homes are priced from the $900,000s. Call 703/542-6000.

At Poplar Parc in Chantilly, a newly opened community, the 49 single-family homes are priced from $1,151,900. Call 703/263-1800.

Winchester Homes


In Northern Virginia, Winchester Homes Inc. is selling 50 estate homes on three-quarter-acre sites at Oak Hill Reserve in Oak Hill, priced from $1,274,000 to $1,390,000. Winchester’s Langley model is available for previewing at Oak Hill. Call 703/758-3972.

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