Eleven Oaks, a 7.6-acre community of townhouses and single-family houses in Northern Virginia, offers buyers a choice between living in Fairfax City or Fairfax County.
Of the 49 homes, 12 are in the city, and the rest are in the county. Prospective buyers may want to take into consideration differences in property taxes and public services in the two jurisdictions, in addition to the prices and designs of the homes.
The residential development, built by Tysons Corner-based Madison Homes, is within walking distance of downtown Fairfax City and the George Mason University campus.
A majestic oak — left over from the days when the property was occupied by Eleven Oaks School — shades a stone fireplace in one of two communal outdoor spaces set among the new homes. That 1950s school and a predecessor, the Fairfax Rosenwald School, are described on a historical marker at one end of the community.
Fairfax Rosenwald, also known as the Fairfax Colored School, was built on the site in the 1920s by a philanthropic foundation started by Julius Rosenwald, who headed Sears, Roebuck and Co. The foundation funded schools for African Americans across the rural South, including four in Fairfax County.
Elevators, other options: The 39 single-family homes are built close together, and many have narrow rear patios to minimize yard maintenance. A two-car garage is built at either the front or the back of each house, depending on the design.
Detached homes are available in six configurations. Base prices range from $879,900 for the four-bedroom, four-bathroom Beaumont model to $1.145 million for the five-bedroom, five-bathroom Evesham. Two upgraded single-family houses — priced at $1.17 million each because of their additional amenities — are available for immediate occupancy. The add-ons include a full bathroom in the basement, a gas fireplace in the family room, enhanced kitchen appliances and hardwood stairs.
Eleven Oaks also has 10 townhouses, each with four bedrooms and four baths, with the option of an additional powder room on the lower level. Prices for the townhouses range from $799,900 to $829,900, with end units going for the top price. Already, six single-family houses and two townhouses have been sold.
Most of the houses offer the option of installing an elevator for an extra $38,000.
Buyers, however, don’t have a choice of exterior treatments. The facades of brick and fiber-cement siding and the colors for all the homes have been pre-determined.
Flexibility: Open for inspection are models of two single-family “city homes,” each with a compact, adaptable floor plan and an elevator rising through the center. “The concept is to have low-maintenance houses that are flexible enough to meet any situation — traditional and extended families, empty nesters, boomerang kids — and the elevator design gives you the opportunity to utilize the entire house for the entire family,” says Jim Patton, director of sales and marketing for Madison Homes.
In the Beaumont model, which has soothing, neutral-toned decor, the entrance foyer is flanked by a den with a coffered ceiling, space that could be used as a living room or a home office. From the foyer, walking up a few steps takes you to the dining room and adjoining butler’s pantry, the kitchen and the family room.
The more colorful Collier model, decorated in shades of blue and orange, has a similar layout, but the main floor is all on one level.
Both models feature a large, open area at the rear, combining the family room, a breakfast area and the kitchen at the rear. This airy space includes an optional gas fireplace, a curved-front kitchen island and sliding glass doors opening to a deck off the back of the house.
Upstairs are four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The “owner’s” bedroom has a walk-in closet and a spacious bathroom with two vanities, a glass-enclosed shower and a separate cubicle for the toilet. According to Patton, the layout of the bathrooms, laundry room and closets on the second level can be modified from the model designs.
The finished basement is big enough for a pool table and a living-entertaining area, and it opens onto a partially covered patio.
Transit: Eleven Oaks is about 11 miles from the Capital Beltway and 2.5 miles from Interstate 66. The Fairfax City-University Energysaver (CUE) bus to downtown Fairfax, George Mason University and the Vienna Metrorail station runs past the development.
Schools: Fairfax County students attend Oak View Elementary, Frost Middle and Woodson High. InFairfax City, the schools are Daniels Run Elementary, Lanier Middle and Fairfax High.
Deborah K. Dietsch is a freelance writer.
4411 George Mason Blvd., Fairfax
Single-family homes are priced from $879,900 to $1.145 million; townhouses are priced from $799,900 to $829,900 for an end unit.
Development team: Madison Homes, developer; Devereaux and Associates, architects.
Features: Single-family and city homes have three levels. The townhomes have four levels, including walk-out basements. The homes have nine-foot-high ceilings, open-plan family room and kitchen, patios, decks, Kitchenaid appliances, granite countertops, recessed lighting, hardwood flooring, double-paned windows.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 4 to 5/ 3 to 5
Square footage: 3,000 to 5,200
HOA fees: $140 for trash pick-up, recycling, snow removal, maintenance of front yards and common areas.
View models: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Contact: Nina Jessup, sales manager, 703-865-4165 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.liveatelevenoaks.com .