- The Washington Times - Friday, January 16, 2009

Presumably, most members of President-elect Barack Obama’s new administration have found a new home or already live in the Washington metropolitan area; but if not, an abundance of new homes are move-in-ready in the Northern Virginia suburbs.

New home developments often have a handful of homes that are ready for a fast closing, either because they are the model homes in a nearly complete development or because the builder wanted to finish building a certain number of homes in a subdivision. Sometimes, homes are ready for immediate delivery because a previous buyer opted out of the contract. In any case, these homes can be a real bargain.

Immediate-delivery homes, while sometimes priced low because the builder wants to sell them quickly, offer other advantages in addition to the price. These homes usually include features that are normally options, such as a finished lower level or kitchen counter upgrades. If the home has been a model, there are additional features that come included with the home such as window treatments, upgraded floors, extra fireplaces, bay windows and skylights.

Potential buyers are often attracted by the idea of moving into a home within 30 days or less, particularly if they are relocating to the Washington area or if they have sold another home and need to move out quickly. Other buyers like the idea of purchasing a home with all the choices made and special features included in the price. For buyers who want to choose their flooring, counters and other finishes, some nearly complete homes may offer an opportunity for the homebuyer to make some choices.

One of the best ways to find immediate-delivery homes is to check local builders’ Web sites. Buyers can also find them by asking at the sales office of a community where they might like to live. Immediate-delivery town homes, condominiums and single-family homes are all currently available in various locations.

The following immediate-delivery homes in Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax were recently advertised on builder Web sites, which means they may (or may not) still be available by the time this article appears. Please refer to the builder’s Web site or call for the most updated information.

Brookfield Homes Corp. (www.brookfieldwashington.com) is offering the Chadwick model home from Keswick Homes, the company’s upscale homes division, at Grace Manor at Minor Hill in McLean. Priced at $1,799,990, this custom-designed Craftsman-style home has 6,500 finished square feet with six bedrooms and 7 1/2 baths. This home is on a cul-de-sac in Franklin Park on the border of North Arlington and McLean and includes a family room with a coffered ceiling and a gas fireplace. The home has hardwood floors and custom tile work, a formal living room, a formal dining room, a study, a gourmet kitchen and a finished lower level with a recreation room and a gas fireplace. The courtyard and a covered breezeway link the main house with a three-car garage that features an upper level that has a guest room and full bath. Call 703/288-3020.

Another Chadwick model home, with 6,700 finished square feet, is available for $1,599,990 at Mason Run in Alexandria from Brookfield Homes. This six-bedroom, 6 1/2-bath home, has a French Provincial-style exterior and a professional-grade kitchen with many other upgrades throughout the house. A guest suite appears above the three-car garage. The home is within walking distance of the Potomac River. Call 703/799-1827.

Craftstar Homes Inc. (www.craftstarhomes.com) has two upscale town homes available now at Potomac Greens in Alexandria. The Congressional model home, with three bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths, is priced at $899,900. The Lee II model, with three bedrooms and three baths, is priced at $789,900. These homes, which feature historic architecture styles to blend with homes in nearby Old Town Alexandria, have roof decks, high ceilings, gas fireplaces, hardwood floors, ceramic tile baths and high-tech wiring. Call 703/838-9820.

Craftmark Homes Inc. (www.craftmarkhomes.com) also has a town home available at Potomac Greens in Alexandria. The Del Ray II model is priced at $960,000 and has 3,800 square feet with three bedrooms, two full baths and three half baths. This home has a fourth-floor party room with access to the rooftop deck; a finished lower-level recreation room and a gourmet center-island kitchen and expansive family room on the main level. Call 703/838-9820.

At Oak Grove in the city of Alexandria, Craftmark Homes has a Kenwood II model available for $2,497,900 which includes over $430,000 worth of options. This single-family home, set on a half-acre homesite, has 7,600 finished square feet on four levels. The residence has five bedrooms and 6 1/2 baths including a finished attic-level bedroom with a full bath. The lower level has a finished recreation room with a stone fireplace, a custom-designed wet bar, a den and a full bath. The main level features hardwood floors, a morning room off the kitchen, granite counters and professional-grade appliances. The master suite includes a tumbled marble bath, while each secondary bedroom has a private full bath with upgraded ceramic tile floors. The home also has a three-car side-entry garage. Call 703/728-3480 or 703/725-5061.

K. Hovnanian Homes (www.khov.com) has immediate-delivery homes available at several location in Northern Virginia, including two town home-style condominiums at Coppermine Crossing in Oak Hill in Fairfax County. Priced at $340,000 and $343,000, these homes each have three levels with three bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths and a one-car garage. Each has 1,650 finished square feet. The community is within a 5-minute drive of Reston Town Center. Call 703/793-9333.

At Jackson Fields in Centreville, K. Hovnanian has two single-family homes available now in an enclave of 22 homes on a cul-de-sac, each with a stone front. The Oliver model has four bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths and a two-car garage. This home has 3,801 finished square feet, with a price of $509,990. It will be complete in February. The Newton model, with 3,568 finished square feet, has four bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths and a two-car garage. This model, priced at $559,990, will also be ready for a February move-in date. Call 866/407-3815.

At Laurel Highlands in Lorton, a community near shops and restaurants, there is one home (the last in the development) available now from K. Hovnanian. This Landan model, priced at $499,990, has three stories, with four bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths and a two-car garage, for a total of 3,400 finished square feet. Call 866/407-3821.

Stanley Martin Homebuilding LLC (www.stanleymartin. com) has homes available now in several of their communities in Northern Virginia, including a Bristol model at the Courtyards at Falls Gate in Falls Church. This single-family home has four bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths and a two-car garage. Priced at $719,990, this home has a formal living room and dining room, each with a bay window. It also features an open kitchen, morning room and family room. The master bedroom has an oversized walk-in closet. The community has brick-front homes, paved courtyards and an open space with a gazebo. Call 703/845-7590.

At Shirlington Crest in Arlington, a Provence model town home is available for $634,990. This home has two bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths and a two-car garage. The homes are within walking distance of the shops, restaurants and theater at Shirlington Village. The Provence model includes a living room with a fireplace, a dining room and a center-island kitchen with a breakfast area, plus a rooftop terrace. Call 703/920-1203.

At Bell Manor III in Alexandria, Stanley Martin has a Hampton model single-family home available now for $819,990. This home has four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a two-car garage. The main level has a center-island kitchen with an adjacent morning room, along with a family room with a gas fireplace and a library. The master suite has a luxury bath along with an oversized walk-in closet. Call 703/845-7590.

At Kendall Square in Fairfax, Stanley Martin has a Delaney model available now for $559,990. This luxury town home has three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a two-car garage. The master suite fills an entire separate level with two walk-in closets, a luxury bath and a private deck. Call 703/591-1180.

At Madison Manor in Herndon, Stanley Martin has a single-family home available for $619,990. This Brierly model has four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a two-car garage. The community is within walking distance of historic Old Town Herndon’s shops and restaurants, along with golf courses and parks. The home has a library, a dining room and an open center-island kitchen, breakfast area and family room. The master suite has an oversized walk-in closet. Call 703/435-4743.

Ryan Homes (www.ryanhomes.com) has a single-family home available now for $639,990 at Chantilly Place in Chantilly. This Montgomery model home has more than 3,900 finished square feet on three finished levels, with four bedrooms and a two-car garage. The development is close to Routes 50 and 28, near shops, restaurants, recreation and entertainment. The homes have 9-foot ceilings, a luxurious master suite with options such as fireplaces and media rooms. Call 571/203-0365.

Ryland Homes (www.rylandhomes.com) has two town home-style condominiums available now at Centreville Crossing in Centreville, priced at $299,990 and $334,062. These two Jamestown models, each with 1,231 finished square feet, have two levels with two bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a one-car garage. Each has an open two-story living room and a kitchen overlooking the dining room. Each master suite has a soaking tub and separate shower in the luxury bath and a balcony. The development is within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Call 703/830-0693.

Winchester Homes Inc. (www.winchesterhomes.com) has three town homes that will be ready for move-in from January to March at the Fontaine at President’s Park in Fairfax County, priced from $459,900 to $545,000. The Presidential Liberty model, priced at $545,000, has 2,800 finished square feet with three bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, along with a two-car garage. The builder is offering $8,000 toward closing costs on this home, which has hardwood floors on the first floor and a gourmet kitchen. The two Presidential Capital models, priced at $459,900 and $479,000, each have 2,368 square feet with three bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. These homes have three finished levels with a gourmet kitchen and balconies on the first and second floors. The builder is offering $15,000 toward closing costs on these two models. Call 703/463-9667.

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