Phyllicia Okoba’s story is one every real estate agent would like to tell. She and her husband, Stephen Okoba, walked through a model home late one Sunday afternoon and returned the following Tuesday to sign a contract.

Married two years and living in a McLean rental, they were ready to buy. They looked at a property in Herndon, Va., but it was too expensive. The sales agent there suggested Dominion Trail.

Dominion Trail is an emerging four-acre community in Sterling, Va., about 30 miles west of the District in eastern Loudoun County. The plan calls for 43 townhouses in six buildings. In the site plan, three buildings form a U-shape around a community park with a tot lot. The other three buildings wrap around them on two sides. Stanley Martin is the builder.

“This whole area is getting redeveloped and is rejuvenating,” said Jason Barr, neighborhood sales manager with Stanley Martin. “This is infill development, which means we’re building on a small pocket of land that’s either unused or underused in an already established area.”

One Sunday, Phyllicia Okoba was in the area with her sister. “We were killing time,” she recalled, “before I dropped her off at the airport. ‘Why don’t we take a look at Dominion Trail?’ I suggested.”

Okoba and her sister looked at the model unit. Then she and her husband did. After her landlord agreed to accept the Okobas’ 60-day notice for moving out, they went back and signed a contract, she said. They moved this month.

Amanda Parker, who plans to move in September, had a similar experience. She was living overseas and searching online for homes in the Herndon and Sterling areas. “Dominion Trail kept coming up. I thought of that as a sign that it might be a good property,” she said.

She went to see the model unit on a Friday afternoon, came back the following Friday at 10 a.m. with her real estate agent. “We had a contract on the house by 1 p.m. I don’t play around when it comes to making decisions,” she said.


The optional roof terrace. (Benjamin C Tankersley for The Washington Post)

The townhouses are offered with finished main and upper (bedroom) levels above the ground floor. On the ground floor, behind the two-car garage, buyers have a choice between a rec/family room with a full bathroom, which is standard, or an optional bedroom-bathroom combination. That space also has a doorway that opens to the backyard. Above the upper level, buyers can have an optional loft with a wet bar and powder room or an optional bedroom with a full bathroom. Both upgrades come with a roof terrace.

Entry is on the garage level. One flight up is the open-plan living area, with the dining area and a powder room on one side of the kitchen and the great room and a deck on the other. On a recent morning, Nicholas D’Aleandro, assistant neighborhood sales manager, sat at the dining room table with two women and explained some options to them, such as a choice of sliding glass doors or doors that swing inward between the great room and the deck. Most of the stairs are hardwood, he said, but buyers can have them carpeted.

The upper level has three bedrooms. But before you reach them, midway up the stairs is a low-ceiling storage closet, a clever use of otherwise wasted space.


The master bathroomm, as part of the master suite, take up the back half of the upper level. (Benjamin C Tankersley for The Washington Post)

The owner’s bedroom suite, with a private bath, occupies the back half of this level, which also has two smaller bedrooms, side by side, a hall bathroom and a laundry closet with washer and dryer.

What’s nearby: Giant Food, Whole Foods Market, Safeway and Wegmans are among dozens of stores and other businesses in nearby shopping centers: Town Center at Sterling, Sterling Village Center, Sterling Plaza, Dulles 28 Centre, Dulles Town Crossing, Dulles Town Center and Potomac Run Plaza.

The community is a half-mile from the W & OD hiking, biking and walking trail. Sterling Golf Club and 1757 Golf Club aren’t far away. Sugarland Run Stream Valley Park, Folly Lick Park and Claude Moore Park offer outdoor activities.

Schools: Guilford Elementary, Sterling Middle, Park View High.

Transportation: Wiehle-Reston East on the Silver Line is the closest operating Metro station, about 7½ miles away. The future Innovation Center and Herndon stations, also on the Silver Line, will be about 5½ and six miles away, respectively. Virginia Routes 28, 7 and 267 are nearby. The drive to Dulles is about 10 minutes; to Reston, 15 minutes; and to Arlington, 30 minutes.

Dominion Trail

4536 Daveno Sq., Sterling, Va.

There will be 43 townhouses. Seven are for sale now, at base prices ranging from $499,990 to $550,000.

Builder: Stanley Martin

Features: Ceilings are nine or 10 feet high. Kitchens have flat-panel, 42-inch cabinets, quartz or granite counters, a stainless-steel undermount sink, an electric stove, a side-by-side Energy Star refrigerator and an Energy Star dishwasher. Bathrooms have Kohler fixtures and ceramic tile floors. Units have recessed LED lighting. Wood-grain vinyl siding is used in construction. All the units have a two-car garage.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 to 5 / 2 to 5

Square-footage: 2,201 to 2,631

Homeowner’s association fee: $91 a month.

View model: 1 to 6 p.m., Sunday and Monday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday

Contact: Jason Barr at 703-282-0880 or stanleymartin.com/.