Avenshire is a new community of 40 single-family residences rising on nearly 14 acres along Lee Highway in Fairfax County, Va. The site is about 24 miles west of the District.
Right now, the ground is bare except for several Canada geese pecking at the grass and three houses in varying stages of construction. One complete and furnished model is available for walk-through; one house topped with a roof and cut with windows is wrapped in Tyvek; another structure minus roof and windows is also covered in Tyvek; and in the distance, a gray concrete foundation is visible with a couple plywood boards on the way up.
NVHomes constructs the houses once buyers select a site, put down a deposit and sign a contract. It takes about six months to complete the houses.
Four models — Baldwin, Reagan, Danville and Tyler — and three elevations — traditional, Craftsman, Manor House — are offered. Lot size varies from about 5,500 to 6,100 square feet depending on location on the property, which is a slightly rolling terrain.
Infinity island: The houses are huge, with ample space for a family with several children, multiple generations, pets, friends and guests. A covered front stoop leads to the front door, and one option is a covered front porch, which is great for sitting outside on an Adirondack chair or a swinging bench. The double-car garage leads into the house via the arrival center or mudroom, which is stocked with wall coat hooks and cubbies.
The main-level floor plan offers a lifestyle or conversation triangle for modern family living, according to pamphlets. (NVHomes declined to make a representative available to comment on the houses.) A kitchen, dinette and family room merge seamlessly in the rear half of the house and form the nucleus of the day-to-day living space where the family congregates.
Individual family members can cook, do homework, converse with one another or simply hang out. The infinity island in the model home is 10 by 4 feet and easily accommodates several people lounging on high stools with their elbows on the island top. A USB port is installed in the island.
There’s plenty of room in the dinette area for a six-person round or rectangular-shaped table for informal meals. The family room is a contemporary version of the old-fashioned living room. A fireplace is optional.
The front of the house comprises a flex room that can be a mini living room, study, playroom or bedroom as well as an adjoining formal dining room.
The stairs up to the second level land in a loft, which is bright with natural light and spacious enough to be designed as a playroom, studio or lounge.
Each of the four bedrooms has a walk-in closet and access to a full bathroom. Two of the smaller bedrooms share a bathroom, a third has one en suite, and the master bedroom adjoins a large corner owner’s bath suite. This master bathroom contains two sink and vanity combinations on perpendicular walls, separate shower and tub, enclosed toilet room and linen closet. A laundry room with sink, storage cabinet, washer and dryer is in the hallway.
The lower level comes with a finished rec room. Options include a wet bar and bedroom. Ceilings on all three levels are nine feet high.
What’s nearby: Fairfax has ample urban amenities. There are several sprawling shopping centers with dozens of retail outlets, supermarkets and eating establishments — Fairfax Corner, Fair Oaks Mall and Fair Lakes Shopping Center — a short drive from the community.
The Government Center Farmers Market will open for the season on May 4 and run weekly on Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. at 12000 Government Center Parkway.
Cinemark Fairfax Corner 14 and Regal Fairfax Towne Center 10 are movie theaters with multiple screens showing current movies.
Penderbrook Golf Club is an 18-hole course plus restaurant and pro-shop open to the public. Ox Hill Battlefield Park is one of hundreds of Civil War sites in the county but it commemorates the only major battle in Fairfax. Daniels Run Park covers 48 acres of woodland and offers trails, picnic pavilion and wood bridge over a stream. Van Dyck Park is filled with colorful children’s play equipment plus picnic tables, barbecue grills and wide-open green space.
Schools: Fairfax Villa Elementary, Frost Middle, Woodson High.
Transit: Avenshire is about 25 miles from Northwest Washington via Interstate 66 to Exit 57A and onto U.S. 50 East. It’s relatively quick driving depending, of course, on traffic. The community is 12 miles from Dulles International and Reagan National airports and 91 miles from Richmond.
The Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metro station, on the Orange line, is about six miles away in Oakton. It’s stocked with 54 bike racks, 68 bike lockers and 71 metered parking spaces. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and Fairfax County run buses along major nearby arteries.
11429 Lee Highway, Fairfax, Va.
There will be 40 single-family houses. Eight are sold. Twenty-one are for sale priced from $999,990 to $1,069,990.
Features: On the exterior, there are brick or stone front stoops, bronze light and door fixtures, two electric outlets and hose bibs. The roofline is raised over the second-floor windows. Inside, there are nine-foot-high ceilings on all three levels and a programmable Nest thermostat. Crown molding adorns the ceilings in the foyer, dining room and owner’s suite and 4¼ -inch baseboard runs through the home. The kitchen is outfitted with GE stainless-steel appliances, an externally vented hidden hood, Timberlake 42-inch cabinets, granite counters and tile backsplash. There are brushed nickel towel bars and fixtures in the bathrooms and elongated, comfort-height toilets.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 4 to 6 / 5 to 6
Square footage: 4,087 to 4,611
Homeowner association fee: $160 per month
View model: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Contacts: Pam Lind, Kristin Vaccarino and Suzanne Zolldan at 571-352-1939 or www.nvhomes.com/neighborhoods/va/fairfax/fairfax/avenshire .