The dual fireplace in the keeping room at the Beaumont model at Foxmont is the latest chic amenity in new homes. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Two miles off the busy Lee Highway corridor close to Centreville in Fairfax County, a new community is rising on 83 acres of woodland. This is Foxmont, a group of nine luxury estates on spacious five-acre lots, designed and built by Basheer & Edgemoore.

Mature hardwood trees offer a wall of privacy around each house.

“The first thing a prospective buyer will do here is to walk the property,” said Melanie Green-Karol, director of sales and marketing. “We want the best siting of the house and because it’s so large you have to walk it. People want privacy, but they also want sun.”

The Edwards family — Kevin and Karli and their 2-, 4- and 5-year-old children — were the community pioneers when they moved there from nearby Little Rocky Run in late 2013. Eight home sites are for sale.

“We liked the area and didn’t want to move much farther out, but we wanted more land,” Kevin Edwards said.

Many design options: The houses were designed specifically for Foxmont. “They’re not your typical red brick colonials,” said Green-Karol, pointing out the European-inspired stone facades and two-story porch. The interior is palatial. “My kids use the whole house as their personal playground,” Kevin Edwards said.

Once a buyer selects a site, the builder’s in-house designer helps personalize the interior by suggesting style elements. “We start with the kitchen,” Green-Karol said. “People want that ‘wow’ factor.” The kitchen is indeed huge with a large island, many cabinets, walk-in pantry plus ample table space in the breakfast corner.

“We can bring cabinets up to the ceiling, arrange them zig zag or add glass panels. You can order a 36-inch or 48-inch dual fuel range,” she said. GE appliances are standard, “but some people like to mix up models with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Jenn Air stovetop and Viking oven or they might want to pop in a Miele coffee maker.”

“We encourage the buyer to get involved and make the house their own. We offer as close to custom as possible,” she added. Karli Edwards chose cream cabinets and gray and black granite counters.

Bathe with the stars: Next to the kitchen is the keeping room, the latest chic amenity and a throwback to centuries ago when kitchens were for cooking over an open fire. People gathered close by on couches in a fire-heated “keeping room” while the meal was being prepared. Here the keeping room has a dual fireplace extending through to the adjoining family room.

A drop zone in a little alcove just off the garage entrance has a built-in counter to lay your keys, charge station to plug in your devices and wall to hang your coat.

Upstairs are four bedrooms with attached baths. “We didn’t want anybody to feel ripped off, so each bedroom has its own bathroom,” Green-Karol said. The master suite features side-by-side walk-in closets with built-in wood shelves and wood hanging racks.

The kitchen at the Beaumont model at Foxmont has a large island, many cabinets, walk-in pantry plus ample table space in the breakfast corner. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

The master bathtub is set diagonally in a corner surrounded by windows that needn’t be covered with shades because they look out onto woods. You can literally take a nighttime bath while watching the stars.

A laundry room, linen closet and an owner’s sitting room or home office are also on the second level.

The lower level can be configured to include exercise room, office, game room, movie theater, bar or play area. The garage contains a plug-in to charge an electric car.

Recreation and retail: Garden plots will be put in for residents and two orchards are growing on the property. Some of the fruit will be donated; the rest will be given to homeowners.

The rolling Virginia landscape is suited to golf. Chantilly National Golf and Country Club, Westfields Golf Club, Twin Lakes Golf Course and Pleasant Valley Golf Club are an easy drive.

You can hike, fish and picnic at Conway-Robinson Memorial State Forest, Cub Run Stream Valley Park and Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. “We go frequently to Manassas National Battlefield Park and walk around,” Edwards said. “My children are into nature, and there are creeks where they can get muddy and dirty and be kids.”

The master bathroom has a soaker tub. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Centreville is a busy commercial center. Shopping centers include Pickwick Square, Newgate, Sully Station, Center Ridge Marketplace and Centrewood Plaza. Trader Joe’s is five miles away on Lee Highway. Giant Food is four miles on Stone Road.

Schools: Bull Run Elementary, Stone Middle, Westfield High.

Transit: “At first I was worried about being out here, but it’s actually convenient to lots of places,” Edwards said. “Whether we want to go east or west, downtown or the Shenandoahs, we can get there in 45 minutes.”

Foxmont is about 30 miles from Washington on Interstate 66 west to Virginia Route 29 south/Lee Highway at exit 52. Fairfax Connector buses 640, 641 and 642 run from Centreville to nearby communities.

Audrey Hoffer is a freelance writer.


6515 Bull Run Woods Trail, Centreville, Va.

The single-family houses range from $1.049 million to $1.079 million.

Builder: Basheer & Edgemoore

Features: These luxury estate homes have brick and Hardi-Plank siding exteriors and three-car garages on five-acre lots. The roof is made of upgraded architectural shingles and there are frost-free hose connections in front and rear of house. Main level ceilings are 10 feet high, and oak hardwood flooring is in the entryway and kitchen area.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 4/5

Square footage: 4,200 to 7,000

Homeowner association fee: $195 per month.

View models: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday or by appointment.

Sales: Melanie Green-Karol, 703-608-7965 or .