Tiny houses intrigue some people who fantasize about a minimalist lifestyle, yet there are also buyers who crave a home to fill with family and friends.
Although the average size of a newly built home was 2,520 square feet in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the new single-family houses by Stanley Martin Homes at Manor Ridge in Falls Church, Va., are nearly double that size. The smallest model starts at 4,974 square feet and the largest expands to 6,747 square feet.
Three-fourths of the 28 Craftsman-style houses being built along cul-de-sacs are sold. Some buyers have already moved into the community, including Giannina and Brock Boyd and their 4-year-old son.
“We were living in a single-family home in Clarendon that I had bought before I was married,” Brock Boyd says. “After we married and had a child, we started to want a place that was more kid-friendly. The people who lived in the multi-family homes on either side of us often partied until 2 a.m., which is something we would have done before we had a child but became challenging for us when we needed to sleep.”
The Boyds were among the first to buy a home at Manor Ridge after the model home opened. Boyd says the couple had been looking at both new-construction and resale homes for nearly three years.
“We were frustrated because we really loved our home in Clarendon, so the bar was set pretty high,” Boyd says.
Although the Boyds visited a sales trailer when Manor Ridge was first starting presales, they waited until they could see the model home before they made their purchase.
“It was too much of a gamble for us without seeing it,” Boyd says. “Once the model was open and we could walk through, we realized that the open floor plan on the main level was exactly what we wanted.”
The Boyds commute to Falls Church City and Tysons Corner, a short drive for each of them from Manor Ridge.
“We love the fact that because each street in the development is a dead-end, there’s almost no traffic in the community, which makes it a great place for kids,” Boyd says.
Library and screened porch: The Gainsborough model, which includes a fully finished lower level, has between 5,387 and 6,747 finished square feet and is priced from $1,474,990. This model has a covered front porch with columns, an optional screened porch in the back of the house and an optional deck off the breakfast area.
The front door opens into a foyer with a coat closet and a view through to the back of the house. Off the foyer and hall are wide openings to a library with windows on two sides and a dining room with a wall of windows and a second opening to the great room. Buyers can add a bay window to each of those rooms.
Across the back of the house are the open great room (which has a gas fireplace), a breakfast area and a kitchen with a center island. The kitchen includes granite countertops, 42-inch-tall birch cabinets, a ceramic-tile backsplash and stainless-steel appliances. All three spaces have multiple windows. The main level also has a powder room, a pantry, a mudroom with a walk-in closet and a door to the two-car garage.
An alternate plan for the main level includes a separate breakfast room with access to the screened porch in place of the mudroom.
Loft and media room: On the second level, double doors open into a spacious private master suite with two room-size walk-in closets, a bedroom, an adjacent sitting room and a luxurious bathroom with a double-sink vanity, a soaking tub and a glass-enclosed shower with multiple shower heads and a seat. The model home features upgrades to this section of the residence, including a tray ceiling and a wet bar adjacent to the full bath.
The standard floor plan for this level includes three more bedrooms, one with a private full bathroom; a hall bathroom; and a laundry room. The model home includes a private bathroom for each bedroom.
The optional loft level can be configured to include a loft, a full bathroom and a home office with several closets or, with the addition of a terrace, a two-sided fireplace.
The lower level has a media room, a recreation room, a full bathroom, a den, a wet bar and storage space.
The slightly smaller Dartmouth model, with between 4,974 and 6,423 square feet, is priced from $1,449,990. This model has an open floor plan across the back of the house with a center-island kitchen, a small home office, a dining room and a great room with a fireplace. This level also has a library, a powder room and a mudroom. Buyers can expand this model with a covered porch, a screened porch and a rear sunroom. Upstairs are four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a laundry room. Buyers can expand this level with a covered porch and a sitting room off the master suite and a flexible space to use as a playroom or children’s study. Buyers can also add another level with a loft, home office and terrace. The lower level has a media room, a recreation room, a full bathroom, a den, a wet bar and storage space.
Some houses are already occupied. One house is complete and ready for immediate move-in. Seven are still available for sale, including one ready for immediate move in. That home, a Gainsborough model, has four bedrooms, five full bathrooms, a half-bathroom, a screened porch and a deck with lighted stairs to the back yard.
What’s nearby: This residential development does not have community amenities, but the houses are within a short drive of downtown Washington, Tysons Corner, local shopping areas and two Metro stations.
Schools: Haycock Elementary, Longfellow Middle and McLean High school.
Transit: The development is approximately a half-mile from an Arlington Transit bus stop and two miles from the West Falls Church and East Falls Church Metro stations. It also is close to Interstate 66 and 10 miles from downtown Washington.
2154 Crimmins Lane, Falls Church, Va.
The 28 single-family houses are priced from $1,449,990 to $1,474,990.
Builder: Stanley Martin Homes
Features: The Craftsman-style houses have HardiePlank siding, stone or brick steps, a metal roof accent, and a two-car garage. Inside, the houses have open floor plans on the main level, hardwood flooring throughout the main level, 9- and 10-foot-high ceilings, crown and chair rail moldings, a gas fireplace, recessed lighting, a security system, and green features including energy-efficient heating, cooling and hot-water systems. Each kitchen has 42-inch birch cabinets, granite counters and stainless-steel appliances. Each master-bedroom suite includes two walk-in closets, a tray ceiling and a luxury bathroom with a soaking tub and an oversize glass-enclosed shower.
Square footage: approximately 4,974 to 6,747 square feet
Homeowner-association fees: $85 per month
View models: Open Monday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact: Lisa M. Sullivan, neighborhood sales manager at 703-536-1840 or visit www.stanleymartin.com .