In the horse and wine country of Leesburg, Selma Estates has what residents love about rural living — quiet streets, glimpses of wildlife and sweeping views of meadows.

But they also don’t have to drive more than six miles to a get to Target and Starbucks.

“It’s the best of both worlds,” says Fiona Hughes, director of marketing for Stanley Martin Homes and a resident of Selma Estates. She frequently spots wild turkeys, coyotes and deer. “It’s a pastoral setting but close to all the amenities.”

When construction on the final 30 houses is complete over the next six months, there will be about 250 single-family houses in Selma Estates. With lot sizes that range from a half-acre up to 10, the houses are spread over rolling hills on a 950-acre historic estate off Route 15. Many have views of Sugarloaf Mountain.

“We also have 360-degree views of the sunset. It’s pretty incredible,” says Eric Schuster, an IT salesman who has a four-bedroom Sandhurst model.

Schuster and his wife, Amy, and 8-year-old son moved to Selma Estates from Ashburn. “It’s nice that our son can ride his bike,” he said. “It’s a very social neighborhood with a ton of kids. He has so many friends here.”

Families and young professionals are drawn to the Loudoun County community, which has a swimming pool and winding biking and walking trails, Hughes says.

“We fell in love with it, too,” she adds. “It’s really pretty.”


A sunroom is one of the options at the Colton model at Selma Estates. (Benjamin C. Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Library, butler’s pantry, mudroom: The Reston-based builder, which began construction at Selma in 2012, is offering three models in its Hamlets collection and five models as part of its Ridges collection. Each of those has multiple facades and porches.

The Sandhurst, with four bedrooms and three to six bathrooms, is one of the two models open.

From a center, grand foyer, there is a formal living room to one side and a formal dining room to another. A large kitchen is open to a family room, but there are additional spaces including a library, butler’s pantry and mudroom.

The two-car garage can be expanded for another vehicle, and a sunroom and guest suites are options.

The master bedroom includes two walk-in closets and a bathroom with a soaking tub. There’s a loft space on the top level and a basement that can be finished with a rec room.

Numerous exterior options: On the exterior, the Sandhurst can be customized with five options — two of them with a more traditional, brick Colonial look, two with Craftsman elements such as columns on the front porch and a fifth plantation-style house with a two-story porch.


The kitchen opens to the sunroom. (Benjamin C. Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

The newest model to open is the Colton, which has brick or siding exteriors.

It has a study, a formal living room and a formal dining room that has a butler’s pantry. The family room, which is shown by the builder with a two-way fireplace, is open to the kitchen. There’s also a mudroom and pantry, and an optional sunroom and first-floor bedroom.

Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, including an owners suite that has two walk-in closets, and a bathroom with a soaking tub. A laundry room is on the second floor.

Finished lower-level rec rooms and upper-level loft spaces are options.

What’s nearby: Selma Estates is directly across from Temple Hall Farm Regional Park, just north of Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club. The Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, which has indoor pools, basketball courts and a fitness center, is about five miles away.

Also within about five miles are numerous shopping options, including Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets and downtown Leesburg. The nearby Battlefield Shopping Center and Shenandoah Square have chain stores and restaurants including Starbucks, Five Guys, Kohls, Costco and Target.

Schools: Frances Hazel Reid Elementary, Smarts Mill Middle, Tuscarora High.

Transit: Commuters use the Dulles Greenway to get to the Dulles Toll Road, Reston and Tysons Corner. The future Ashburn Silver Line Metro station will serve the area. The Point of Rocks MARC station is less than 10 miles away.

Selma Estates

42109 Saxon Shore Dr., Leesburg

Starting prices on single-family houses range from $589,990 to $734,990.

Builder: Stanley Martin

Features: The builder offers several models that give buyers such options as Colonial- or Craftsman-style exteriors. The models also offer a library, butler’s pantry, mudroom, sunroom and first-floor bedroom.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 4 to 6/3 to 7

Square footage: 2,663 to 8,779

HOA fee: $125 per month

View models: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays; 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays.

Sales: 703-777-8128 or www.stanleymartin.com.