Where We Live | Kirkpatrick Farms in Loudoun County, Va.

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With 621 single-family homes, 365 townhouses and 158 condos on winding streets and cul de sacs, Kirkpatrick Farms is considerably smaller than its neighboring communities to the north and east. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

In 2009, looking for good schools for their children, Christa and Brian Geno moved from Herndon to Kirkpatrick Farms, a new development in a then-remote corner of southern Loudoun County. Braddock Road, which bisects the community, was gravel in that segment, and shopping and other amenities were miles away.

They are happy with their decision, Christa Geno said.

“We moved out here because of the schools,” she said. “And the schools were great.”

With 621 single-family homes, 365 townhouses and 158 condos on winding streets and cul-de-sacs with upbeat names such as Opportunity, Jubilant, Laughter and Understanding, Kirkpatrick Farms is considerably smaller than its neighbors to the north and east, Stone Ridge and South Riding.

The Genos also considered smaller communities nearby.

“But I wanted a bigger community with walking paths,” Christa Geno said. “This neighborhood [also] offered amenities like the clubhouse, pool and tennis courts that the small communities just didn’t offer.”

Brenda Anderson, a real estate professional with Samson Properties, agreed that the schools are a major draw, along with such amenities as the community center, swimming pool, kiddie pool, basketball and tennis courts, tot lots and interconnecting trails that wind around several ponds.

Having Pinebrook Elementary in the community is also a plus, said Anderson, who has been selling homes in the area since moving to Kirkpatrick Farms in 2006.

“We find that people are really attracted to being able to walk their children to school,” she said, adding that Kirkpatrick Farms is “a smaller community when you compare us to some of the others, so it has a much more intimate feel to it.”

The intimate feel was among the selling points for Catherine Zumwalt, who moved to the community with her husband, Mitch, in 2007.

“We loved the intimacy of the neighborhood,” Zumwalt wrote in an email. “We knew we wanted a community where our kids could walk to all the amenities. We wanted a community that was large enough to support activities such as a swim team and fun community events, but one that was not too dense. We loved that the elementary school was located in the community, as well.”

Zumwalt added that her children love the summer outdoor movie night series and pool parties, and that she and her husband have enjoyed going to adult socials to meet new neighbors. The family also likes the Spring Fling, which brings amusements and rides to the clubhouse, and Fall Fest, which the HOA sponsors jointly with the Pinebrook Elementary PTA.

A decade ago, Mindi Gehlmann’s family was living in Annandale, where a single-family house with a yard — which they wanted for their young children — was beyond their reach.

“We stumbled upon this area and realized we could afford to build our own house, which we thought was out of our realm,” she said. Despite the more remote location, Kirkpatrick Farms was “commutable” for her husband, who was working in Reston.

Gehlmann said it was “awesome” moving to their new home alongside neighbors who all moved in around the same time.

“Our entire block was families with kids that were the same age as our kids,” she said. “We’ve all bonded, and they’ve grown up together, and they play in the streets. So it’s a very community feel.”

The nearest shopping centers are a few miles away in Stone Ridge and South Riding.

Living there: Greenvest developed Kirkpatrick Farms on farmland from 2003 to 2012. NVHomes and Ryan Homes were the builders. The homeowners association provides trash and recycling services and maintains the recreational facilities and private streets. Loudoun Water provides water and sewer service.

Kirkpatrick Farms straddles Braddock Road between Northstar Boulevard and Gum Spring Road. According to the homeowners association, it is bordered by the communities of Stratshire Crossing, Greenfield Crossing, Stone Ridge South and Westview Estates to the north; Braddock Corner to the east; Seven Hills to the south; and Kirkpatrick West and Loudoun Crossing to the west.

There were 51 home sales in Kirkpatrick Farms over the past year, according to Anderson. The average sale price was $349,000 for condos, $470,000 for townhouses and $656,500 for single-family homes. Prices ranged from $334,000 for a condo with three bedrooms and three bathrooms to $785,000 for a single-family house with six bedrooms and six bathrooms.

There are 11 homes on the market, ranging from a townhouse with three bedrooms and three bathrooms for $488,900 to a single-family house with six bedrooms and four bathrooms for $785,000.

Schools: Pinebrook Elementary, Mercer Middle, Willard Intermediate and John Champe High.

Transit: Park-and-ride lots for Loudoun County Transit commuter buses are on Millstream Drive in Stone Ridge, about two miles away, and at the East Gate shopping center in South Riding, about five miles away. Some bus service has been reduced or suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic-19. Route 50 is the main commuting corridor for drivers.