Mayfair on Main is an up-and-coming neighborhood of 25 luxury townhouses in the heart of Old Town Fairfax in Fairfax City, Va., about 22 miles from the District. It's distinguished by easy walking to shops and eateries and an urban vitality visible in pedestrian traffic during the day and at night, too.
Four groupings of six and seven townhouses are in construction on a rectangular block bounded by Main Street, East Street and Sager Avenue. Red-brick exteriors are up on a few of the houses, others are covered in Typar wrap, and some are still being framed with sheets of wood. There will be two floor plans — the 17-foot-wide Regent is the smaller, and the 20-foot-wide Parklane is the larger. Delivery is scheduled from November to February.
'One big suite': All the townhouses have roof decks, which are spacious enough for a dining table and chairs, plus a reclining lounge chair. An optional double-sided indoor-outdoor gas fireplace adds a glint of sparkling orange-red light to the fading sunset in the distance. And with area temperatures that stay above chill till December, it's likely that you can enjoy drinks on the roof for a good part of the year.
Behind the roof terrace, on the third level, is a small loft and bedroom. "The builder is amenable to some modest structural changes such as eliminating the wall between this loft and bedroom," said Laurie Hargadon, sales manager with McWilliams Ballard, the company handling sales for the developer, Pillars Development Group. "Some people who've visited said, 'I'd like this to be one big suite.' "
One level down, on the second floor, are two bedrooms. The master has a walk-in closet, a big window and a spacious bathroom suite whose features include a soaking tub with a ledge on which to sit or set candles, a separate shower with a seat, and a water closet with a toilet. From the window in the model unit, one can see the regional public library and the flag flying at the county courthouse.
The entrance to the main living level is through the front door at street level or up from the garage. Through the garage door is a small room. If a few wall hooks and shelves are installed, the space could become a mudroom suitable for dropping off coats, umbrellas and shoes.
Then it's a short climb to the main living level with kitchen, dining and living rooms. The kitchen has an island but is big enough for a table and chairs or a small sofa, too. It adjoins the living room, where there's plenty of space to encourage family and friends to congregate on the couch or floor. Natural light coming in from large double-paned windows makes the area bright. Some units have fenced backyard patios at the house rear; others have decks.
Underground parking: "The community is built on top of the parking structure," Hargadon said. "Because we have limited space, the developer said, 'Let's build a garage underneath and everything else on top of that.' "
The underground podium garage is unique to the property and similar to the Torpedo Factory condos in Alexandria. "It makes for a cleaner, neater property," she said, "because there are no garage doors or driveways with parked cars." Cars access the underground garage via a garage-level service bay on Sager Avenue. Each townhouse is assigned two spots next to their unit, and there are six for visitors. It couldn't be more convenient to unload groceries, packages or suitcases after a trip.
What's nearby: Mayfair is in Old Town Fairfax, which is registered as a national and state historic district. Fairfax County court buildings and Fairfax Regional Library are a couple of blocks away. So is Old Town Square, a city park with grass, flowers, stones to perch on and fountains that block street noise. It's the perfect spot to hang out with a friend or to join your neighbors for concerts.
Daniels Run Park is 48 acres of hiking and biking trails in the woods. Van Dyck Park comprises 20 acres and offers lighted basketball, tennis and volleyball courts and a picnic pavilion with three grills. Fairfax Memorial Park is a landscaped cemetery on 128 acres.
Schools: Daniels Run Elementary, Lanier Middle, Fairfax High.
Transit: Driving from the District, Mayfair is reached via Interstate 66 West. Take Exit 60 onto Virginia Route 123 South/Chain Bridge Road to North Street and then to Main Street. Park in the public lot on the corner of East and Main streets.
Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metro station on the Orange Line is about 10 minutes away. The station is served by several Fairfax Connector bus routes, including the City-University Energysaver (CUE) that runs weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and also stops at George Mason University.
10340 Main St., Fairfax City, Va.
There will be 25 townhouse condominiums ranging from $819,900 to $869,900. One has been sold.
Builder: Pillars Development Group
Features: The facades are red brick with natural stone accent perimeter walls. Each residence comes with two underground parking spaces immediately adjacent to the unit's entrance and a rooftop terrace. Oak floors are installed on the garage entry level, main level, second level hallway and owner's suite. The kitchen is outfitted with GE stainless-steel appliances, granite counters and island topped by three pendant lights, an undermount stainless-steel sink, and maple cabinets with soft close doors and drawers. The master bathroom has a soaking tub, a shower with a built-in seat and a double sink.
Square footage: 1,710 to 2,434
Condo association fee: $185 for Regent model and $213 for Parklane model
View model: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Monday
Contact: Laurie Hargadon at 703-570-6037 or livemayfair.com