Rivermont is a luxury residential development rising in Great Falls, Va., across 52 acres of slightly rolling terrain bordered by a wooded conservation area.
The site is about two miles north of the village of Great Falls along Walker Road. The 19 single-family houses, on two-acre lots, will back to mature trees, said Melanie Green-Karol, director of sales and marketing for the builder, Basheer & Edgemoore.
Formerly called Haydown Farm, the property was bought by the Brooks family in 1947 as a weekend retreat. “When Mr. Brooks retired in the late ’60s, there were two houses and a pond on it,” said Mark Fields, vice president of land development for the builder. The company bought the property from the family in 2014.
“We’re two miles from the Potomac [River] in the most pristine watershed of Fairfax County. Our vision was to maintain the rural character and be an environmental steward of the property,” he said.
The company planted 350 trees in one of the reforestation areas, and more are coming. It planted drought-resistant grass and designed an underground storm-water-storage system to control runoff. Trails are planned around the pond and throughout the community.
Three models are offered — Claridge, Bentley and Windsor. “We wanted a contemporary flair,” Green-Karol said of the open floor plans.
The open plan in the model home is good for entertaining. “People can wander from room to room to the deck. We had 150 people visit on the opening weekend, and it wasn’t crowded,” said Ann Featherstone, sales manager.
The foyer rises two levels. Dining and living rooms are on the left and right, and stairs are straight ahead. Beyond the stairs the house opens up to a family room with a gas fireplace, a sunroom (with three glass walls), a library, the kitchen and a breakfast area big enough for a table and a half-dozen chairs.
“This kitchen is for professionals only,” Green-Karol quipped. “There’s nothing that can’t happen here.” The sink faucet is golden brass.
Countertops run around a corner into the butler’s pantry, which leads to the drop zone, another name for the mudroom or commuter station. “We put this in so the soccer bags, backpacks and coats don’t end up on all the banisters,” she said.
An owner’s bedroom suite can be placed on the main floor. “We’ve gotten feedback that families want room for grandparents or other guests,” Featherstone said.
Each of the four bedrooms on the upper level has a walk-in closet and its own bathroom. The owner’s suite has a sitting room that can double as an office. A laundry room and a linen closet are off the hallway.
The sprawling lower level provides space for storage and various optional uses, such as a home office, a game room and a media room.
What’s nearby: The 800-acre Great Falls Park, managed by the National Park Service, has spectacular views of the Potomac River as it crashes over jagged rocks and through narrow gorges. Riverbend Park, managed by Fairfax County, has trails, boat rentals and picnicking. Seneca Regional Park, managed by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, has equestrian trails, fishing and hiking. Great Falls Swim and Tennis Club and Riverbend Golf and Country Club offer individual and family memberships.
The village of Great Falls has a supermarket and a variety of shops and restaurants. Fair Oaks Mall, Tysons Corner Center and Dulles Town Center, all within an estimated half-hour drive, have hundreds of stores.
Schools: Great Falls Elementary, Cooper Middle, Langley High.
Transit: Rivermont is about 20 miles from the District via George Washington Memorial Parkway and Virginia Route 193 (Georgetown Pike). It’s about seven miles from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station on the Silver Line, about nine miles from the Tysons Corner Metro station, also on the Silver Line, about 15 miles from Dulles International Airport and about 20 miles from Reagan National Airport.
10234 Forest Lake Dr., Great Falls, Va.
Nineteen single-family houses, at base prices from $1.85 million to $1.975 million.
Builder: Basheer & Edgemoore
Features: A three-car, side-entry garage is standard. Owners can choose brick or stone for the facade and front stoop. The ceiling height is 10 feet on the main level and nine feet on the second level. The entry foyer is two stories high. Floors are oak on the main level, and the stairs are oak. The kitchen has granite counters, stainless-steel Bosch appliances and a pantry. Bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. Closets have wood shelving. Plumbing fixtures are by Kohler. A Sentricon pest-control system protects the property from termites.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 4 to 5 / 5 to 9
Square-footage: 4,424 to 8,500
Homeowners association fee: $250 a month.
View model: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday to Tuesday.
Contact: Ann Featherstone at 571-565-0221, or visit http://basheerandedgemoore.com/rivermont.html