Brian and Michele Sipes are one of the 13 families that have a contract to buy a single-family house in the planned community of Woodson Reserve in Fairfax County, Va.
The 26-acre Woodson Reserve property, including 14 acres of open space, is bordered by Arlington Boulevard (U.S. Route 50) and is near Fairfax County parkland and trails. A footpath will provide residents with direct access to the woods.
The site was owned and occupied by Shriners International for 67 years, until May, when the fraternal organization moved to Manassas, Va.
Evergreene Homes, a Virginia builder and developer, purchased the property after it was approved for 22 home sites.
Site development is expected to start in late fall with the construction of two streets. Sixteen houses are planned on Silvan Woods Drive, which will end in a cul-de-sac. Six houses are planned for Silvan Woods Court, a shorter cul-de-sac.
“We look forward to welcoming new homeowners in the summer of 2019, and full build-out is expected in 2020,” said Shanna Shapiro, community sales manager for Evergreene Homes.
The Sipeses, who live two miles away, like the location, in part, because it’s close to their workplaces and to shopping and restaurants, Brian Sipes said. “We noticed the sign driving by where the neighborhood will be and then visited the website and toured the model home,” he said. “We like that the property backs up to woods and offers a level of privacy uncommon in this area.”
The model house : Six floor plans — Madison, Barrett, Oxford, Willow Grove II, Ch
apman and Cambridge — are offered for construction on roughly half-acre sites. A furnished Chapman model house is available for viewing.
A few steps lead up to the model house’s front porch and spacious entry hallway. On the right is a dining room, and to the left is the living room.
Directly ahead is the breakfast nook, with space for a table and chairs, at the rear of the house. To the right of the nook, in the kitchen, appliances and cabinets line the walls surrounding a large island. Off the kitchen is a narrow hallway, like a butler’s pantry, that is useful for storage and as a staging area for meals.
A family room, also at the rear of the model house, is suitable for parties and other get-togethers. The room has an optional gas fireplace in the back wall. The house’s left-rear corner has a den that could be configured for other purposes. There are many ways to personalize Woodson Reserve homes, and Brian Sipes said he and his wife are making “numerous customizations in various rooms.”
Upstairs, the owner’s bedroom suite has a sitting area, a large walk-in closet with a window, a linen closet and a private bathroom with a soaking tub, a double-head shower, two vanities and a toilet room.
There are three smaller bedrooms on the second floor. Two share a bathroom, and the third has a bathroom of its own. The upstairs laundry room, with its sink, counter and cabinets, is optional.
In the model house, the spacious basement has an optional bedroom (with an optional bathroom) and optional exercise and media rooms. Mechanical systems — such as for water heating and for heating, cooling and ventilation — and unfinished storage space are also in the basement. The house has a two-car garage.
Energy efficiency: “We’re building homes that will be significantly more energy-efficient than other homes built in Northern Virginia,” said Rob Cappellini, president and CEO of Evergreene Homes. “One of the project’s investors asked us to do something special with respect to energy efficiency and take it to another level. Our answer to that challenge was to develop a new standard we call ‘Evergreene Homes Eco-Luxury.’ ”
In addition to having energy-efficient houses, Woodson Reserve will be heavily planted with trees, Cappellini said, and those taken down for construction purposes will be replaced.
What’s nearby: Daniels Run Park, in Fairfax City, and Mantua Park, in Fairfax County, have trails, streams and woods. Also in the county, Eakin Community Park has ballfields and picnic areas on 57 acres, and Long Branch Stream Valley Park has trails and playground equipment.
Fairfax County’s Mosaic District offers dining, shopping and cinema. Fair Oaks Mall and Fairfax Corner have hundreds of stores, restaurants and commercial services. Whole Foods Market has stores in the Fair Lakes area and Vienna. Wegmans has a store off Lee Highway (U.S. 29) west of Fairfax City.
Schools: Mantua Elementary, Frost Middle, W.T. Woodson High.
Transit: Vienna/Fairfax-GMU and Dunn Loring-Merrifield, both on the Orange Line, are the two closest Metro stations. Woodson Reserve is close to Interstate 66 and the Capital Beltway (I-495).
3122 Barkley Dr., Fairfax, Va. (model home)
There will be 22 single-family houses ranging from $1,219,900 to $1,399,900. Thirteen are sold. Nine are for sale.
Builder: Evergreene Homes
Features: Ceilings are nine feet high. Hardwood floors are standard on the main level and in the second-floor hall. Oak stairs and handrails run between first and second levels. The kitchen has Whirlpool stainless-steel appliances, granite counters, soft-close cabinet doors and drawers, and ceramic tile backsplash. The bathrooms have Sterling elongated toilets and Moen fixtures and hardware. Energy-efficient features include Energy Star-certified appliances, high-efficiency, two-zone natural gas heating, LED lighting, Honeywell programmable thermostats, an insulated garage door and a passive radon-mitigation system.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 4-plus / 3 to 4
Square footage: 3,543 to 5,378
Homeowners association fee: $125 a month, plus a one-time $1,000 fee at closing.
View model: By appointment Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Contact: Shanna Shapiro at 703-667-7878 or https://myevergreenehome.com/communities/woodson-reserve/.