Between yet-to-be-constructed roads and trees that are still saplings, owners of new houses sometimes have to be patient about their emerging developments.

But with Miller and Smith’s new Skyview and South Lawn townhouses in Brambleton, residents have all the benefits of an established neighborhood. The nearby town center has a Harris Teeter, movie theater, shops and restaurants. Local schools are open. And parks, sports fields and biking and jogging trails already have been created.

“We’ll be able to walk to the pool . . . and we’re already planning on being able to bike the mile to see a movie,” says buyer Jessica Butler, who will move from Sterling to a new townhouse in Brambleton with her husband and two daughters this summer.

At the same time, buyers also have the advantages of a new house and can choose details such as the color of the hardwood floor, says Kim Ambrose, vice president of marketing for the McLean-based builder. (Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors on the main levels are standard.)

The floor plans were also designed with modern buyers in mind. They all have three bedrooms, 21/2 bathrooms and two-car garages. And the models all feature great rooms with open kitchens and large living spaces.

“The house fits the way we live,” Butler says. “Our kitchen is the heart of our house.”

Scenic view from wall of glass: The Miller and Smith project is one of several under construction in the 2,300-acre planned community in Ashburn. The 58 South Lawn and 56 Skyview townhouses are being built in the area of Brambleton known as Brambleton Corner. Single-family houses and townhouses are also being built by Beazer Homes, Pulte Homes, Van Metre Homes, Camberley Homes and Winchester Homes. Miller and Smith is also selling the last remaining homes in its single-family Noble Pointe development.

All three models in the Skyview collection have great rooms featuring a wall of glass and back up to a preserved wooded area.

The Aurora, with up to 2,820 square feet of space, has a chef’s kitchen and a balcony off the library. It starts at $502,990.

The Orion features a courtyard that provides additional windows in the foyer and dining room. With up to 2,849 square feet, it starts at $497,990.

The Carina’s gourmet kitchen includes an oversize island. It has an optional covered deck and either a loft on the upper level or an optional fourth bedroom. With up to 3,398 square feet, it starts at $544,990.

Rooftop terrace: In the South Lawn collection, houses back up to a large common grassy area lined by trees.

“It’s like having a gigantic yard and not having to keep up with it,” says Butler, who expects her 4-year-old and 10-year-old to do quite a bit of playing in the shared space.

The Delancy, with up to 2,464 square feet, has a library that can be used as a fourth bedroom. At the top of the stairs to the main level, there’s a dramatic view of the open floor plan, from the front dining room to the rear rooftop terrace. It starts at $459,990.

The Tremont has a wall of windows and an oversize sliding glass door that leads to a rooftop terrace. (An indoor-outdoor fireplace is optional.) A room on the main level can be used as a formal dining room or a study. With up to 2,875 square feet, it starts at $519,990.

Living there: The homeowner’s association is professionally managed by FirstService Residential. Monthly fees for townhouse owners are $174.79 to $189.79. Verizon Fios Internet and TV services are included in the monthly fees.

Shopping and recreation: Three community pools are open, including the Beacon Crest Pool, which is heated. Stratford Landing Pool is scheduled to open in the summer of 2015.

In addition to paved neighborhood paths and playing fields, there are tennis, basketball, volleyball and multi-purpose courts.

The large Legacy Park, which includes picnic and play areas, is adjacent to the Brambleton Town Center, which has more than 40 restaurants, specialty shops and services and a movie theater.

A dog park is temporarily located near the Town Center.

Schools: Legacy Elementary, Creighton’s Corner Elementary and Moorefield Station Elementary, Stone Hill Middle School, Briar Woods High School and Rock Ridge High School.

Commute: Weekday bus service to Rosslyn and the District runs from the Brambleton Park & Ride commuter lot. An express bus also runs weekdays to Tysons Corner. The Dulles Rail Silver Line, with a station about two miles from Brambleton, is scheduled to be complete in 2018.

Laura Barnhardt Cech is a freelance writer.


23549 and 23547 Epperson Square, Ashburn, Va.

The townhouses range from $459,990 to $544,990.

Builders: Miller and Smith

Features: The townhouses are offered in several floor plans that include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors as well as a library, a rooftop terrace, a balcony, a loft and a two-car garage. The homes are a short walk or a short bike ride from a Harris Teeter grocery and numerous other shops, restaurants and a movie theater.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3/2.5

Square footage: 2,820 to 3,398

Homeowner association fees: $174.79 to $189.79 a month

View models: 1 to 6 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

Sales office: Debbie Paschal at 703-434-0807, or .