After living in a large, master-planned community in Loudoun County, Jim and Diana Shelvin moved to a much smaller, more intimate neighborhood in Vienna with a shorter commute and more luxurious homes.

Million-dollar European-inspired homes on spacious lots stand out in the exclusive Maymont Estates community near Tysons Corner. Once completed, the development will consist of 58 single-family houses.

“It’s a family-friendly community,” said Jim Shelvin. “Even though we were in a 5,000-person, master-planned community, we didn’t know our neighbors.”

Jim works for a private-equity firm in Bethesda, and his wife is a lawyer in Virginia, so they wanted to stay in the area.

“The location is awesome. I can get on the Beltway from the back roads and be in Georgetown Park in 15 minutes,” he said.

Move-up buyers: Many of Maymont’s residents are move-up buyers coming from Arlington and Alexandria to start families, said Melanie Green-Karol, director of sales and marketing for the developer, Basheer & Edgemoore.

“It is a great place to raise your family,” she said.

Maymont Estates this year won a “community of the year” award from the National Association of Home Builders.

The brick-and-stone exterior designs are reminiscent of European architecture. The homes have several other distinctive features — two-story verandas, covered entryways, three-car side-load garages and a variety of dramatic roof and window styles.

With 4,000 to 6,000 square feet of living space, the homes are on sprawling lots with professionally landscaped lawns kept green by in-ground sprinkler systems.

The community was built on a multi-generational family orchard field.

The neighborhood’s winding, tree-lined streets and the natural landscape of the surrounding woodlands offer scenic vistas. There are walking paths and several parks in the community, including Summer Pond Park, which has a large pond.

The development was designed to integrate green space and parkland throughout the neighborhood, said Green-Karol. “So when our homeowners are not at work, they can enjoy the community’s walking trails and parks.”

Elevator among the amenities: The homes include numerous high-end features — sunrooms, conservatories, first-floor guest suites, four-car garages. But nothing says luxury quite like having an elevator in your single-family residence.

A two-person elevator, disguised as a closet with a nearby call button, can zip homeowners from the large lower-level recreation room to the third-floor sleeping quarters.

Buyers can also select spacious studios above the garages, lower-level media rooms, spiral staircases and salon baths with large, seat-equipped, dual-head shower stalls.

Wet bar in master suite: Standard features include 10-foot ceilings on the main level, oak hardwood flooring in some main-floor rooms, stainless steel and granite in the kitchens, large his-and-her walk-in closets and a fireplace in the family room.

The Grantham, Innsworth and Yarborough plans all have four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, while the Lanesborough plan comes with five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms.

The Lanesborough has a main-level owner’s suite, and the Yarborough comes with a courtyard foyer entrance with a two-story rotunda.

Jim Shelvin purchased the Innsworth model, saying he and his wife especially love the double-deck porches/verandas on the front of the home.

The Innsworth has a two-story foyer and a family room with a two-sided fireplace shared by a keeping room off the kitchen, a library and a sunroom.

The owner’s suite comes with a sitting room, and the model showcases an optional wet bar and entertainment center in the sitting room.

Plethora of shopping options: Just minutes from Interstate 495, the neighborhood offers easy access to a variety of shopping and entertainment options in Tysons Corner.

“It is very unusual to find 58 lots and a community like this so close to Tysons Corner and major commuting routes and business centers,” said Green-Karol.

Vienna has a cozy downtown with unique shops, a town green where residents gather for concerts and a 45-mile bike path that goes through the town.

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is also just down the street.

Schools: Westbriar Elementary, Kilmer Middle School and Marshall High School.

Transit: The community is minutes from Interstate 495. The closest Metro stop is the Orange line to Vienna Metro station. The new Silver line Metro service will serve nearby Tysons Corner.

Carisa Crawford-Chappell is a freelance writer.

Maymont Estates

9628 Maymont Dr., Vienna

The single-family houses range from $1.68 million to $1.73 million.

Builder: Basheer and Edgemoore

Features: The houses offer numerous high-end features, including a conservatory, a library, two-level deck, dual-sided fireplace in the kitchen, a wet bar in the master suite and an elevator.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 4 to 5/4.5

Square footage: 4,000 to 6,000

Homeowners association fees: $299 per month

View model home: Noon to 6 p.m. daily

Sales: Melanie Green-Karol, director of sales and marketing, 703-849-8700, ext. 343 or