In Northern Virginia, a new townhouse community is rising in a part of Prince William County where a busy commercial district coexists with well-treed residential neighborhoods and waterside public parks.

Townes at County Center, a K. Hovnanian Homes development in Woodbridge, will comprise 100 townhouses on 11 acres. Plans for the community include a playground and a walking trail, and many of its building lots back up to wooded property.

Rozanna Cherry has a deck off the kitchen, at the back of her townhouse, that she says will be “beautiful in the summer” and a great place to entertain family and friends. “The back side of my unit faces trees,” she said. “I have a nice wooded view and no neighbors behind me.”

Townes at County Center offers two floor plans for townhouses. The Whitworth, with a two-car garage in the back, is 22 feet wide. The Bennington, with a two-car garage in the front, is 24 feet wide.

Newlyweds Jack and Kate Lam hope to close on a townhouse in April. Jack Lam said that they love the location, which is close to their parents and his sister, and that a townhouse there seemed to be a good investment. “From a value standpoint, this property made sense to us,” he said.

Buying New | Townes at County Center in Woodbridge, Va.

Townes at County Center is a rising townhouse community in a part of Prince William County, Va., that has a busy commercial district and wooded waterside public parks. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Buying fast: Todd and Leslie McDermott, a downsizing couple, live “literally 10 minutes away,” Leslie McDermott said. “We have this big house and no more children, so we no longer need a four-bedroom house with five bathrooms.”

One of their sons recommended checking out townhouses that he noticed near the nearby Harris Teeter and IHOP. “We weren’t seriously looking, and so we didn’t realize there were new homes going up there,” Leslie McDermott said. “Then we did look and liked it.”

She added: “We took a look at other places and came back a week later and bought a townhome here. My sons were like, ‘Are you kidding?’ ”

McDermotts bought an end-unit Bennington townhouse that looks out at wooded property. “We bought fast because we knew this site would go fast,” she said.

On the ground level, the furnished Bennington model home has its front entrance next to the garage. Instead of the standard rec room, the model home has an optional bedroom suite with a walk-in closet and a bathroom. The room also has a door to the backyard.

On the main, or second, level, the dining room is flanked by the great room on one end of the house and the kitchen on the other. The kitchen island is 11 feet by 4 feet.

A powder room is on a staircase landing between the second and third floors. The third floor has the owner’s bedroom suite, with en suite bathroom and walk-in closet, on one end and two smaller bedrooms on the opposite end. The hallway in between has a laundry room, a bathroom and a linen closet.

Nearby: Shops at County Center, at Prince William Parkway and Hoadly Road, has a variety of restaurants, stores and service businesses, including the Harris Teeter supermarket, the IHOP and a Starbucks. The Potomac Mills outlet mall is a five-minute drive. Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge and Occoquan Regional Park — all near the confluence of the Occoquan and Potomac rivers — are less than 10 miles away. Mason Neck State Park is less than 20 miles.

Schools: Penn Elementary, Beville Middle, Colgan High.

Transit: Interstate 95 is close as are Prince William Parkway and U.S. Route 1. Manassas is 17 miles away. Lorton is five miles. A regional transportation agency provides local and commuter bus service. Virginia Railway Express, a commuter rail service, has a station about eight miles away in Woodbridge.

Townes at County Center

5060 Dimples Court, Woodbridge, Va.

The development plan calls for 100 townhouses. More than 30 have been sold. Base prices range from $443,990 to $487,990.

Builder: K. Hovnanian Homes

Features: The three-level townhouses have a two-car garage, a concrete driveway, front and rear hose bibs and vinyl siding. Some units also have fiber-cement siding. Windows have insulating double-pane glass. A 50-gallon water heater is installed in each townhouse. Ceilings are nine feet high on all levels, and hardwood flooring is installed in the entry foyer, kitchen, dining area, great room and powder room. Kitchens have GE stainless-steel appliances, a Moen chrome faucet and undermount stainless-steel sink, recessed birch cabinets and granite counters. Full bathrooms have ceramic-tile tub and shower surrounds and tile floors. Ventilated shelving is in all closets.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 or 4 / 3 or 4

Square-footage: 2,192 to 2,787

Homeowners association fee: $107 a month

View model: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

Contacts: Becky Thorpe or Betty Brown-Vivian at 703-885-7125 and