The Victory Lakes development sits at the highest point of Bristow, Va., offering residents of the townhouses and single-family houses sweeping views of lakes and green space framed by a thick border of trees.

“We based the layout of our streets and homes on the natural occurring local creeks in the topography, and we placed our three ponds so that the creeks flow into them,” said Steve Aylor, vice president of the development company Miller & Smith.

The community is in the final phase of development. Miller & Smith bought the 580-acre property in Prince William County in August 2000 and built a neighborhood of 1,296 homes — 687 single-family houses and 609 townhouses in multiple phases.

The last section, 55 townhomes called the Meridian Collection, sits on 10.29 acres and is in construction.

Ten townhouses recently went on the market. End units sell for $372,990 and interior units for $358,990. Five will be ready for delivery by the end of February. Construction of the other four will start when permitting has been completed.

Residents say the benefit of being there is the quiet way of life.

“This is the super suburbs of D.C.,” Mike Bonura said. “Head west on [Interstate] 66, and a few miles from here you’re in the country. We take the kids apple picking in all the orchards.”

Bonura, his wife, Gina, and sons Mikey, 8, and Mateo, 4, have lived there since 2006. “We really like it and wouldn’t want to leave. It’s a great family-focused community with a lot of children. There are 15 kids at the school bus stop every morning, and they all know each other.”


Rather than call it a living room, which denotes a more formal space, the sales manager at Victory Lakes calls this room the great room. (Benjamin C. Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Space for entertaining: Each of the 55 new units will have three floors, three bedrooms and three bathrooms, with options to add more.

The three-floor, end-unit model is flooded with sunlight. It is spacious, and a family with a couple of children can comfortably entertain guests. Little ones can play in the lower level recreation room and in warm weather run around in the back yard.

Adults can congregate around the 10-foot granite island in the central kitchen. Or they can have a leisurely meal in the dining room beside the kitchen or lounge in the great room.

“Great room” is an increasingly common real estate term in new properties. “We’ve noticed that people tend to link ‘living room’ with formal living, so we don’t use it anymore,” said Laurie Gwaltney, sales manager. “We call it ‘great room’ because it opens up to the kitchen and is functional.”

The master and children’s bedrooms upstairs are nicely decorated with lively colors. “When families walk through,” she said, “the children get very excited and start picking their room.”

Wine club, yoga, fishing: Virginia Gateway Shopping Center in Gainesville offers retail, restaurants and entertainment. A Costco is close by. “Local amenities have grown along with our community,” Bonura said.

A Club House was one of the first structures to go up when construction began, and it has bound neighbors together. “This is one of the most active communities I’ve ever been involved with,” Aylor said. “We built the community center when only 50 residents lived there. We hired a full-time activities director who keeps everyone busy.” A wine club, yoga classes and card games are among many leisure pursuits. A workout center was recently added.

Playgrounds, ball fields, tennis courts, picnic area and a bathhouse plus three pools — for laps, babies and families — are open to residents. Three man-made stocked ponds offer water views to residents living along the banks and fishing to all. “People catch nice bass now because they’ve had the chance to grow these past couple years,” Aylor said. “Also catfish, sunfish, bluegill and tadpoles fill the waters. We have a whole pond ecosystem to make it right.”


The kitchen has a 10-foot granite island. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center is a recreation facility on the George Mason University campus in Manassas open to the public by annual memberships; Hylton Performing Arts Center, also in Manassas, and Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow are popular venues for concerts, shows and dance.

Bristow Manor Golf Club and Broad Run Golf & Practice Facility also are recreation amenities in the area. Manassas National Battlefield Park, Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park and Bull Run Regional Park are popular with history buffs. And Miller & Smith dedicated a 20-acre park adjacent to Victory Elementary School to the county.

Schools: Victory Elementary; Marsteller and Gainesville middle; Stonewall Jackson and Patriot high.

Transit: Bristow is a 45-minute drive from Washington on Interstate 66 west to Prince William Parkway/Virginia State Route 234. Dulles International Airport is about 25 minutes away. Broad Run is the last stop on the Manassas line of the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) heading to Union Station. The second-to-last VRE stop, Manassas, also connects to Amtrak. “I think people commute all over from the Dulles corridor to Fairfax, and a lot of people also work in the county,” Aylor said.

Audrey Hoffer is a freelance writer.

Victory Lakes

11901 Waterton Lake Lane, Bristow, Va.

The townhouses range from $358,990 to $372,990.

Builder: Miller & Smith

Features: The townhouses have three floors with nine-foot ceilings on the main level and walk-out basements with small back yards. Hardwood floors run through the foyers, kitchens and powder rooms. The kitchens have recessed lights and deluxe GE appliances.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3/3

Square footage: 2,122 to 2,265

Homeowner association fee: $103 per month

View models: 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday

Sales: Laurie Gwaltney, 703-635-0745 or http://victorylakeshoa.com .