Unlike Great Falls, the larger, older community across the Fairfax County line, Great Falls Chase is dominated by townhouses. Of 442 units, 336 are townhouses, the rest single-family homes. It is bordered by Sugarland Run to the west, Algonkian Parkway and the Great Falls Plaza shopping center to the north and east, and the community of Great Falls Forest to the south.
All homes are no more than a few blocks from Great Falls Plaza, a bustling shopping center at the edge of the neighborhood with a Food Lion, a Rite Aid and nine restaurants. Among them are highly regarded Mokomandy, which serves Korean and Cajun cuisine, and Cold Spoon, a popular neighborhood gathering spot that offers coffee, tea and Greek yogurt made on-site.
“We love the fact that, right here in this little shopping center, we have our own grocery store, our own bank, and then a bunch of restaurants and coffee shops,” said Dina Azzam, a real estate professional who lives in the community. “It’s great because we have all that we need and more.”
Great Falls Chase was built by multiple developers on forested land in the 1990s, a decade after Great Falls Forest, its neighbor to the south. Azzam, who has been selling homes in the area for 15 years, said that Comstock and Ryland were among the main builders.
Most of the houses were designed with open floor plans and attractive modern features, such as high ceilings on the main level and large closets and kitchens, Azzam said. Many of the townhouses have one- or two-car garages.
Azzam and her husband moved to a single-family home in Great Falls Chase in 1998. They selected the community because of its proximity to Dulles Airport, where he worked, and because they wanted their two children to attend good schools.
Their children, now grown, loved swimming in the pool, walking to the shopping center and exploring the banks of Sugarland Run, which borders the community, she said.
Steven Edwards, president of the Great Falls Chase homeowners association, said he considers the shopping center to be one of three “crown jewels” of the neighborhood, along with the recreational center and the commuter bus stop at Great Falls Plaza.
Over the past few years, the association has made significant investments to upgrade its recreational facilities, which include the pool, tennis courts, a basketball court and two playgrounds, he said.
“It was time to refresh . . . because we were trying to attract younger, newer residents,” Edwards said. “Those facilities are all very important for the vitality of the community.”
Edwards, who moved to Great Falls Chase in 1999, said the nearby commuter bus stop is also a big plus. Residents can walk there and ride nonstop to the West Falls Church Metro station, he said.
Mandie Lockridge said that the “fairly priced” townhouses are appealing to young families like hers. She moved to Great Falls Chase from Reston in 2016 with her husband and infant daughter because of the amenities and location, a relatively easy drive from Tysons Corner, Reston, Chantilly and Leesburg.
“The location is perfect for us,” she said, adding that “everybody is super-nice.”
Lockridge loves walking to Cold Spoon for a chai latte and running into neighbors at Food Lion.
“There are a lot of families in the neighborhood who use the walkability of this little, small area that we’re in,” she said. “You see a lot of familiar faces. You like to know who you’re living around.”
Living there: HOA fees are about $109 a month. The association provides trash and recycling services and maintains the recreational facilities and private streets. Loudoun Water provides water and sewer.
Over the past year, according to Azzam, the average sale prices were $469,000 for a townhouse and $705,000 for a single-family home. The lowest-priced home sold was a three-bedroom, four-bathroom townhouse for $410,000. The highest-priced home sold was a single-family house with five bedrooms and four bathrooms for $730,000.
There are three homes on the market, ranging from a townhouse with three bedrooms and four bathrooms for $460,000 to a single-family house with four bedrooms and four bathrooms for $680,000.
Schools: Horizon and Lowes Island elementary schools, Seneca Ridge Middle and Dominion High.
Transit: Loudoun County Transit buses stop at the Great Falls Plaza shopping center, providing weekday connections to the West Falls Church Metro station. The community is about two miles from the intersection of Route 7 and Fairfax County Parkway, the main commuting arteries.