They looked at pictures and videos online. “One day Daniel was on his computer and yelled to me, ‘You’ve got to come here and see this place,’” she recalled. He had stumbled on Blackburn Townhomes in the Manassas area of Prince William County, Va.
At first, they talked about buying a single-family house. “But then we recognized it was just two of us and a house was too much responsibility,” she said. “So we opted for a townhouse and got essentially the same square-footage for $100,000 less.”
The couple moved in August, and Daniel returned to work in early September. “It’ll take six months to get rid of all the boxes,” she said, “and we’re still waiting for our car to arrive from Africa, but we know for sure there’s more than enough room for us and our cats” — Fiona, 7, and Zeeba, 13.
Blackburn Townhomes is part of a growing community in the Manassas area of Prince William County, Va. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
Buying New | Blackburn Townhomes in Manassas, Va.
Flexible design: The three-story Blackburn Townhomes are part of a growing community in Prince William County about 35 miles southwest of the District. The first section, with more than 90 townhouses, is complete and mostly sold. Six are for sale. A second section, about the same size, is being developed now. Future amenities include a pool, clubhouse, fitness center and playground.
The six townhouses for sale have a Mozart or Strauss floor plan. Both are 20 feet wide, but the Mozart is 36 feet long and the Strauss, 42 feet long.
Through the front door of the Mozart model unit, you enter an open space that can be configured as a playroom, a lounge, an office or even a bedroom. A powder room is optional. Beyond is the two-car garage.
Up a flight of stairs is the open-plan living area, with the kitchen on one side and the living area on the other. The kitchen has a stove, counters and a refrigerator along one wall. The dishwasher and double sink are in the island. An optional deck can be built off the back of the townhouse and would be accessible through a double sliding glass door from the kitchen.
Three bedrooms occupy the top floor. The owner’s bedroom suite, with a private bathroom, is on one end, and two smaller bedrooms are on the opposite end. In between, the floor has a hallway bathroom and a closet wired for a washer and dryer.
The Beauchamps took advantage of an early buyer’s incentive program and selected several upgrades. For example, they had a four-foot extension added to the back of the townhouse and put a little office off the kitchen. They also got a much larger deck than is typical, 10 by 20 feet, with room for a table with chairs and more, including a grill and flower pots. “Other decks are half the size,” Sabrina Beauchamp said.
What’s nearby: The city of Manassas, with many stores and other businesses, is close by. There’s a farmers market in historic Old Town Manassas. Virginia Gateway Shopping center, in Gainesville, is about a 10-minute drive.
The century-old aqua-colored water tower in Manassas is “so classic old town,” Sabrina Beauchamp said. “I love looking at it.”
Schools: Sinclair Elementary, Stonewall Middle, Stonewall High.
Transit: The community is about a mile from Interstate 66 and less than eight miles from the Virginia Railway Express Manassas Park station, with weekday commuter rail service to the District.
11310 Willow Green Cir., Manassas, Va.
There are more than 90 townhouses in the first section. About 90 have been sold. Six are for sale, starting at $392,990. A second section is being developed.
Features: The townhouse exteriors are clad in Ply Gem vinyl siding and have seamless aluminum gutters and downspouts. There are two hose bibs and two electrical outlets. The two-car garage has a WiFi-enabled door opener and two remotes. One phone and three cable outlets are installed. The ceilings are nine feet high on the second and third floors. Armstrong wide-plank flooring is installed on the second floor (main living level). The kitchen is outfitted with Timberlake 42-inch maple cabinets and granite counters. Toilets are Sterling elongated.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 or 4 / 3 or 4
Square-footage: 1,741 to 2,034
Homeowners association fee: $63 a month
View model: 1 to 6 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.