Location of a residence typically is a big draw for house hunters. But in Fareda Sahak’s case, the scenery is what sold her on Goose Creek Village in Ashburn, Va.
“The reason we bought here is, number one, because of its topography and location. It’s the highest point in Ashburn,” said Sahak, who moved there in February 2014 with her husband, Nabi, and 8-year-old son, Zakariya.
“We love the view of the Shenandoah Mountains. We’re sitting high up and look westward. It’s very airy,” she said. “My husband will be working in D.C., and it’s an easy commute.”
Goose Creek stands at the highest point in eastern Loudoun County. “From almost any angle in the community, you can see great sunsets,” said Emma Nocon Pluto, a sales consultant at Pulte Homes, which developed the community.
It’s a neighborhood of 650 houses comprising 258 townhouses and 392 stacked, two-over-two condominiums, adjacent to retail and future commercial properties. Only three condos remain on the market. Goose Creek, a tributary off the Potomac River, a few miles north, flows nearby, and fishermen are a common sight at the water’s edge.
Vertical living: The two-over-twos are low-rise four-level structures fronted in brick. “We call it vertical living,” Pluto said. The lower, smaller unit on the first and second floors includes a double garage (one parking space for each unit). The units share an entranceway but have separate doors opening inside. Windows are practically floor-to-ceiling, and natural light pours in.
The Saratoga model on the upper two floors is roughly 2,400 square feet and can comfortably accommodate a big family. The entry door opens to the staircase up to the unit and is framed with a double-height ceiling and two stacked windows.
Atop the stairs are living and dining rooms. Adjacent are the kitchen with space for a breakfast table and an adjoining family room. It’s easy to visualize the family chef sprinkling spices into simmering pots on the stove while guests hang around the Wilsonart colored laminate countertop, wine glass in hand. Meanwhile, above, the children are playing hide-and-seek in the three bedrooms and loft space that’s been outfitted as an office.
Geoff Wassmuth says he loves the traditional three-level townhouse with a rear-load garage he bought several years ago. “My unit is huge and very well laid out,” he said. He personalized the space with oak-floored staircases and granite kitchen counters.
Justin Chaney, a two-year resident, lives in a three-level, 1,500-square-foot townhouse. He’s also a realty agent in the neighborhood with e4Realty. “Since the units here were released, everyone has equity in their home. It’s a great investment area to move into. I don’t see any reason that prices won’t continue to go up.”
“We want to sell people on their investment here, not just the home,” said Pluto, the saleswoman. “Many first-time home buyers move on in four to six years. We tell them, ‘You can’t go wrong with this community.’ ”
What’s nearby: Goose Creek Village plaza, dominated by Harris Teeter and Walgreens, is within walking distance. Restaurants, a sports bar, medical offices, a gym, cleaners, hair salon, day care and medical offices round out the offerings, but construction is ongoing and new shops are continually added, Chaney said. Dulles Town Center and Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets are popular destinations for shopping, dining and entertainment.
Fishermen can try their luck in Goose Creek Reservoir, about five miles from Leesburg and the 45-mile W&OD Trail can be picked up in Leesburg. Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park offers picnic tables and outdoor activities across 450 acres of woods, sports fields and trails. Goose Creek Golf and Belmont Country are private membership clubs.
Schools: Belmont Station Elementary, Trailside Middle, Stone Bridge High.
Transit: “My job takes me all over the place, and it’s easy to get from here to wherever I need to go,” Wassmuth said. Virginia Route 659 borders the community, which sits roughly midway between Virginia Route 7 to the north and the Dulles Access Road/Virginia Route 267 to the south. It is about 35 miles from Washington and 10 miles from Dulles Airport.
Loudoun County Transit operates bus service Monday to Friday from the Village to Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station on the Silver line.
Audrey Hoffer is a freelance writer.
42764 Lauder Terrace, Ashburn
The three available townhouses range from $398,610 to $403,920.
Builder: Pulte Homes
Features: The exterior house fronts are either all brick or a brick-stone combination, and siding on the sides and rear is HardiePlank. There are nine-foot ceilings throughout the house. A chef’s kitchen contains Whirlpool appliances, Schlage polished chrome hardware and Moen chrome faucet.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3/3 to 4
Square-footage: 1,524 to 2,438
Homeowner association fee: $66 per month
View model: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday to Friday.
Sales: Emma Nocon Pluto, 703-858-4934; www.pulte.com/goosecreek