Heading west from the District along Virginia Route 267, the scenery changes perceptibly at exits 8A-8B. There at the eastern edge of Loudoun County, the vista opens up.
Yellowish-brown fields roll for miles; bare winter trees rise high, and hawks fly overhead. It’s rural with spots of commercial, residential and retail development amid lots of space.
Midway between Leesburg and Reston is Toll Brothers’ Loudoun Valley, a sprawling master-planned community of townhouses, single-family houses, recreation, retail and schools on 864 acres.
Six collections of residences are offered — the Buckingham, the Fairmont, the Meadows, the Heritage, the Old Towne and the Glen — each a step up in size and price point. “We want to capture every demographic of purchase, and that’s possible with our offerings,” said Brenda Bidinger, sales manager for the Meadows collection. “We have something for everyone.”
“Someone will come in and say, ‘My house is a little too small,’ or ‘I’m getting to that stage where I don’t want to walk the stairs anymore,’ so I’ll say, ‘Why don’t you look at another of our collections.’ People love the community, and we help them stay,” she said.
Lots of kids: Three hundred and twenty-six townhouse sites comprise the Meadows, about 60 percent of which are sold. They’re 24 feet wide with two-car garages, either front- or rear-loading. Some back up to woods.
Trees, privacy and space are what Sofia Nabizadeh and her boyfriend, Kyle Hanger, sought for their first home purchase. “We didn’t want the back of our property to face another house, and we found it here,” she said. They bought an end unit against woodland, “a nice area that’s more private.”
Ian and Lauren Richardson’s story is similar. They were in a one-bedroom apartment in Fairfax. “We needed a little more space inside and out because we had a baby,” he said. “We wanted to be in the western suburbs and just started driving around” to see the different communities.
They had lunch in the town center, walked across the Loudoun Valley property and looked at models. “Brenda [Bidinger] pointed to a block of townhomes in early construction. They’d just put down the foundation,” he said. “We went over and really liked the site.”
One week later, he reserved a Meadows home. Now their son, Liam, 14 months, has lots of room to play. Plus “on our little row, 80 to 90 percent of the families have kids. That’s a big thing for us,” he added.
Arief Bavan’s boys are 11 and 9, so when he and his wife looked for a new home, the reputation of Loudoun Valley’s on-site schools was an attraction. “Once we identified the schools, we started looking for the house,” Bavan said. “Since the whole neighborhood is developed by one builder, there’s a uniformity that’s visually attractive. The townhomes are well spaced, and the surroundings seem properly planned.” Bavan then persuaded several friends to move there, too.
Kitchen is focal point: Nabizadeh and Hanger chose an open concept floor plan. “Our entire main level is open. We’re a young couple without kids and like to entertain,” she said. “The open layout seemed a more modern look, and we wanted something inviting. Now when you walk through the front door there’s a big open space. And the huge island we put in is the focal point of our home.”
Kitchens have tall corner cabinets, a floor-to-ceiling shelved pantry closet, a powder room steps away, a breakfast area suitable for a round table and natural light from large windows. A traditional layout with separate kitchen, dining and living room is also available.
The master bedroom upstairs is large enough for lounge chairs or a daybed. The adjoining bath suite has a tiled-wall shower with glass door and corner built-in tub. A hallway separates this end of the house from two smaller bedrooms suitable for children or guests. In the hall is a full bath and space for laundry equipment.
What’s nearby: Brambleton Town Center is “our go-to for daily groceries,” said Nabizadeh. There’s a full range of retail, dining, services and entertainment, including Harris Teeter, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, a movie theater, doctors, dentists, hair and nail salons, a toy store, a dry cleaners and banks. “During the recent winter storm we took a little walk through the snow and many places were open,” she said. “It was nice to be close.”
Schools: Rosa Lee Carter Elementary, Stone Hill Middle, Rock Ridge High.
Transit: Loudoun Valley is close to several traffic corridors. The Dulles Greenway is three minutes away. Virginia Route 28 is six minutes away. Virginia Route 7 is a 12-minute drive, Herndon is a seven-minute drive, Dulles International Airport is eight and Reston is 12.
Nabizadeh and Hanger work in Leesburg and Chantilly, respectively. “It’s roughly 20 minutes for both of us,” she said. “Our home is a good in-between point, and we chose this central location deliberately.”
Loudoun County operates Metro Connection Bus Service directly from the community to downtown Washington. Bavan carpools to Chevy Chase, Md. “If we leave at 7 a.m. we can be at work in 45 minutes to an hour on a typical day,” he said.
42898 Edgegrove Heights Terr., Ashburn, Va.
The townhouses are priced from $487,995 to $513,995. The builder is offering closing cost assistance plus other savings and incentives.
Builder: Toll Brothers
Features: The units are 24 feet wide and built with full-brick facades. Two-car garages and three finished levels are standard. Electrical outlets are installed in the front and rear of the house. There’s high-efficiency two-zone heating, Carrier air conditioning, connections for washer-drier, pre-wiring for cable and phone and programmable thermostats.
Square footage: 2,400 to 3,300
Homeowner association fee: $112 per month
View model: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Sales: Brenda Bidinger, 703-723-8456 or www.tollbrothers.com/luxury-homes-for-sale/Virginia/Loudoun-Valley-The-Meadows .