- The Washington Times - Friday, September 26, 2008

While national media attention may focus on the downturn in the housing market, the Washington area continues to be home to several of the wealthiest counties in the country.

High-income households are abundant in Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Northern Virginia, so builders continue to deliver homes to meet their desires.

Some of these upscale homes - generally those priced at $900,000 and above - are expensive because they are built on large sites. However, luxury homes can also include town homes and single-family homes on smaller lots that are high-priced because they are in an exclusive location near a Metro station or other desirable areas.

Whether on a small lot or a large lot, most upscale homes share such attributes as an enduring brick or stone exterior; hardwood, ceramic tile, marble and stone plentiful inside; state-of-the-art kitchens; the latest in high-tech wiring and equipment; and a pampering, spa-like master bath.

Here are a few of the developers currently building upscale homes in Fairfax and Loudoun counties.

Basheer & Edgemoore Homes LLC’s 58 luxurious homes in Maymont are designed to complement the meadows of a former orchard off Route 7 and Beulah Road in Vienna, west of Tysons Corner. The Maymont homes are set around multiple parks, and the neighborhood includes a walking trail that links the neighborhood with conservation areas of woodlands and a valley with a small stream.

The homes are part of the Embassy Collection, which are reminiscent of European estate homes.

Each home has 4,000 to 6,000 finished square feet and is built on sites of a half-acre or larger. Base prices begin at $1,700,000. Each home can be customized, and standard features include brick and stone exteriors, high ceilings, hardwood floors, oak stairs, fireplaces, gourmet kitchens and three-car garages. Call 703/759-2968 or visit www. BasheerandEdgemoore.com.

Brookfield Homes Corp. and the company’s luxury custom home division, Keswick Homes, have several upscale developments in Fairfax County.

Keswick Homes is building in several Fairfax County locations:

m The base price Keswick’s homes at Grace Manor at Minor Hill in McLean are from $1,949,900 to $2,249,990 in the established Franklin Park neighborhood. Just 16 homes will be built in this wooded setting, each with four to six bedrooms and three to seven baths.

m At Keswick-McLean Properties in Great Falls, Keswick is building custom homes, base priced from $2,009,990 to $2,799,900, each with four to six bedrooms and three to seven baths.

m The custom Keswick homes at Springvale Meadows, near the intersection of Georgetown Pike and Springvale Road in Great Falls, are available at base prices from $2,599,990 to $3,049,990.

m Prices for the seven custom homes, each on 2-acre sites, at Marquette in Great Falls are based from $2,699,990 to $3,149,990. The homes have four bedrooms and three to five baths.

m At Welles Street in Vienna, Keswick is building homes from its Craftsman Collection. Each of the three models is base-priced from $1,600,000 and above. These homes have brick fronts, four bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, hardwood floors, marble fireplaces, moldings, high ceilings and luxury baths. Call 703/288-3020 or visit www.BrookfieldWashington .com.

Keswick also is offering homes at Mason Run on Ferry Landing Road, adjacent to the Mount Vernon Estate. These Craftsman-style homes have four to six bedrooms and three to seven baths and are priced from $1,499,990 to $1,529,990. Call 703/799-1827.

Courtland Homes LC is building 88 traditional all-brick single-family homes at Pickett’s Reserve near Fairfax City, a 45-acre property with naturally preserved 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 for buyers to choose from, each with four bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. The homes still available for sale are base-priced from $1,100,000. Call 703/267-6515 or visit www.Courtland HomesLC.com.

Richmond American Homes Inc. is building upscale homes in two Fairfax County locations. At Orchard Glen in Oak Hill, the homes will have three sides of brick, a three-car side-entry garage, a gourmet kitchen and 10-foot ceilings. The homes have four or five bedrooms, three to four full baths and from 3,250 to 5,000 finished square feet. The base prices for these homes, depending on the model, range from $1,395,990 to $1,487,990. Call 703/865-4051 or visit www.RichmondAmerican.com.

At Stream Valley Estates in Springfield, Richmond American’s single-family homes have brick fronts and two-car garages and are near the Fairfax County Parkway, Interstate 95 and the Capital Beltway. These four- and five-bedroom homes will have three to five full baths, hardwood floors, fireplaces and gourmet kitchens with granite counters. The homes have 2,650 to 5,400 finished square feet, with base prices from $874,990 to $979,990. Call 703/451-1493.

NVHomes’ single-family homes at Dunn Loring Chase have an extra convenience: They are within walking distance of the Dunn Loring Metro station.

These 18 homes, available in four different styles, are priced from the upper $890,000s to more than $1,100,000 and above. The homes have at least four bedrooms and two full baths, with 3,082 to 4,576 finished square feet. Call 571/921-0280 or visit www.NVHomes.com.

At Stockwell Manor in Falls Church, Winchester Homes Inc. is building a community of 29 single-family homes and 71 town homes, each with three sides of brick and a tumbled-brick paving-stone driveway. Surrounded by greenery, these homes offer a luxurious life style within walking distance of the West Falls Church Metro station.

The homes have high ceilings, gas fireplaces, moldings, oak stairs, ceramic tile baths, and gourmet kitchens with professional-quality stainless steel appliances and granite counters. The town homes, with 2,616 to 3,220 square feet, are base-priced from $939,000 to $1,154,000; the single-family homes, with 3,735 to 4,205 finished square feet, are base priced from $1,524,000 to $1,699,000. Call 703/237-1695 or visit www.WinchesterHomes.com.

Marquis Custom Homes has several upscale communities in Northern Virginia. One project is five homes on half-acre lots at Grace Manor at Minor Hill in McLean, a private, wooded enclave, with residences priced from $2,300,000. At Tysons Chase at Suncrest, 32 manor-style homes are being built on small, low-maintenance sites. They are priced from $1,200,000. Call 703/573-8976 or visit www. MarquisCustomHomes.com.

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. A new section of classic homes on half-acre sites, is priced from the $800,000s. The estate homes, built on half-acre to acre sites with golf course views are base-priced from the upper $900,000s. Several 10-acre conservancy, mountain and golf-course sites are also available, with base prices at $1,600,000. Call 703/669-4777.

Creighton Enterprises Inc. is offering homes at three Loudoun County communities. The company bought about 2,500 acres in the countryside near the Dulles Greenway that now includes Creighton Farms, Barclay Woods, Grenata and the River Chase Equestrian Club. Residents in each of the communities have the opportunity to use the facilities of River Chase, which has arenas, boarding and full equestrian services as well as access to trails. The homes in all three communities are built of all-brick or brick-and-stone, with high-tech components such as automated control systems, computer networking and home theaters. Buyers can work with the interior design services of Creighton Enterprises to personalize their home.

Creighton Farms, a private, gated golf-course community with a Jack Nicklaus-designed course, offers residents a country club lifestyle membership in the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and access to swimming pools, tennis courts and restaurants. Homes are priced from $3,000,000 and are built on 3 to 6 acres.

The homes at Grenata, on 3- to 6-acre sites, are priced from $1,599,990. At Barclay Woods, prices begin at $1,599,990 on 3- to 4-acre sites. Call 703/443-9305 or visit www.CreightonEnter prises.com.

At Fox Knoll in Middleburg, buyers can choose from seven models of single-family homes by Mitchell & Best Homebuilders LLC, with prices from the low $1,000,000s. This community of multi-acre homesites offers a serene lifestyle with streams and equestrian trails, yet is close to Routes 50 and 15. Call 540/687-8534 or visit www.MitchellBestHomes.com.

Toll Brothers Inc. builds a variety of home styles in different price ranges, often within the same community. In Loudoun, the company developed the golf-course community of Belmont Country Club in Ashburn with condominiums, town- and single-family homes in a wide range of prices. The community’s luxury homes are in the Chase Collection and have 4,000 to 4,900 finished square feet. They are priced from the low to upper $900,000s and are built on half-acre sites. The homes have four or five bedrooms, three or four baths, 10-foot ceilings on the first floor, oak stairs, two-story foyers and two-story family rooms. Call 703/729-8776 or visit www.tollbrothers.com.

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