On a warm spring day, a chartreuse curtain frames Corbett Manor, an enclave of seven home sites on 4 1/2 acres in Springfield, Va. The houses will line Edward Carr Court, which ends in a cul-de-sac. Many of the lots back to a conservation protection area with trees that are leafing out into a green canopy.
Builder Christopher Cos. is putting up an intimate community of two-story, single-family houses with two-car garages on 6,500- to 7,500-square-foot lots 14 miles southwest of the District in Fairfax County. Nearly three acres will remain open space.
The Christopher Cos. is a small, privately held custom builder owned by W. Craig Havenner and E. John Regan Jr. It’s based in Oakton, Va., and has been in business since 1974. “This parcel of land was owned by the Young family, who lived there a long time,” said Ben Shively, director of sales and marketing.
“It’s an infill site, but when it’s finished and the vegetation starts to mature, it’ll be a little oasis in a high-tech world. Springfield has a heavy density, and this is parkland,” Regan said. More than 100 seedlings, including pin oak, American birch, magnolias and redbuds, plus nearly 400 shrubs, including winterberry, northern bayberry, witch hazel, highbush blueberry and azaleas, will be planted, he said.
Loft-like space: Three floor plans are offered — Burke, Andover and Augusta. One furnished model, the Burke, is available for walk-through. One house is under construction, and six lots are for sale. Prospective buyers can stroll Edward Carr Court to see the lay of the land, where each house will be situated, and then select the site that meets their needs.
Andy Stevens, his wife and their two children will be the first residents in May or June.
The family, who had lived in Loudoun County since 2011, are renting while they wait for their house to be completed. “Our house was beautiful, but our commute got crazy and we couldn’t do it any more,” Stevens said. “We wanted something new, so when we learned about this build-new opportunity and the chance to truly customize the house and make it ours, we looked into it.”
“The location is perfectly ideal, but it wasn’t just about location,” he said.
“The cherry on top,” he said, “is the high quality of local schools.”
The front of the house opens to a living room that glides seamlessly into the dining room.
The space is bright and loft-like with large windows. Eyes are drawn straight through the house, across the kitchen, breakfast area and family room that are framed with a wall of windows, to the backyard lawn and trees.
The Stevenses modified their floor plan to create a second master suite on the first floor. “We both have parents who are aging, and nursing homes aren’t in our hearts,” he said.
Energy efficient: The master suite upstairs sweeps across the rear. The corner bedroom is flanked by a sitting room on one side and bathroom on the other replete with dual sinks and vanities, corner soaking tub, toilet room, shower with built-in seat, two walk-in closets and linen closet. Three smaller bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a second linen closet make up the rest of the second level.
The houses will receive Energy Star and National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Silver Certification plus a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) index score of 59, significantly below the industry average in the 70s, Shively said.
Upgraded insulation and low-E windows are component features that control the solar heat gain and loss. “Together they’ll enable us to retain a more comfortable climate inside,” Stevens said. He also likes the low volatile organic compounds paint used inside the house, which is “environmentally friendly and less chemical based,” he said.
What’s nearby: Three plazas with dozens of shops and eateries are within two miles of the community — Huntsman Square, Saratoga and Old Keene Mill shopping centers — as are Giant Food and Whole Foods Market. Springfield Town Center is less than four miles away, Fair Oaks Mall is 10 miles and Tysons Corner is 12 miles.
The community is close to four houses of worship. Majid Noor, Anjumane Islahul Muslameen of Northern Virginia is a half mile away, St. Raymonds of Peñafort Roman Catholic Church is less than a mile, His Church International Christian Center is 1.4 miles and Temple B’nai Shalom is 3.4 miles.
Middle Run Stream Valley, South Run Stream Valley and Pohick Creek Stream Valley parks with trails, grass, trees and nature programs are walking distance. The 25-acre Hidden Pond Nature Center is barely two miles away.
Schools: Hunt Valley Elementary, Irving Middle, West Springfield High.
Transit: Corbett Manor is close to Interstates 66 and 395, the Capital Beltway and Virginia Railway Express. VRE’s Lorton Station is less than three miles away and Burke Center Station is five miles. The Franconia-Springfield Metro station on the Blue Line has 48 metered parking spaces, 36 bike racks and 20 bike lockers. It’s less than four miles away.
7717 Gambrill Rd., Springfield, Va.
There will be seven single-family houses. One is sold. Six are for sale from $894,900 to $914,900. The builder is offering a finished rec room and full bath in the basement as an incentive.
Builder: The Christopher Cos.
Features: The houses have two stories plus basement and a double garage. The house exterior is made of HardiePlank siding with brick and stone accents. Hardwood floors run through the entry, hallway, powder room, kitchen and breakfast area. There are oak stairs on the open staircase. The kitchen is outfitted with GE stainless-steel appliances, a five-burner gas cooktop, combination wall oven and microwave, granite counters and 42-inch wall cabinets. The owner’s suite has two walk-in closets and a sitting room with columns. There’s a soaker bathtub and built-in tiled seat in the shower. A two-zone HVAC system heats and cools the first floor and an electric heat pump heats and cools the second floor.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 4 to 5 / 4 to 5
Square footage: 3,000 to 4,500
Homeowners association fee: $125 per month
View model: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Contact: Robert Fine at 571-512-2195 or www.christophercompanies.com/communities/corbett-manor/ .