At Summerhouse Landing, a new home community in Herndon, Va., the base prices of the houses range from $1,079,990 to $1,214,990. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

With gabled roof lines, front porches and masonry cladding, the single-family houses planned for Summerhouse Landing in Herndon, Va., are designed to look traditional from the outside.

But stepping into the development’s model home reveals light-filled, free-flowing living and dining spaces, with 10-foot-high ceilings and tall windows.

“We looked for almost six months, but nothing was built with this modern layout with a bedroom on the main level,” said Magdy Aziz, president and chief executive of an information technology company. “The only other house that was close to this layout was in Aldie [in Loudoun County, Va.] and that was too far away for us.”

Aziz, 59, and his wife, Anna Zatyeyeva, 34, live in a three-bedroom townhouse in the nearby Reston Town Center. At Summerhouse Landing, they decided to buy a Travers-design single-family house — with the largest of five floor plans offered there by Stanley Martin Homes — for about $1.5 million. They expect to move there in December.

Aziz, the father of two grown daughters, said the six-bedroom, five-bathroom house will accommodate a growing family and active social life. “My wife is young, and we are planning to have a baby soon, and we always love to have guests and like to entertain big groups at a time,” he said.

The couple chose to add a loft on the third floor with access to a roof terrace, rather than finish the basement immediately.

Expandable houses: The Summerhouse Landing development, with 30 house sites on a former golf course off Route 7 (Leesburg Pike), was begun by NVHomes. The builder completed one brick house there, which has been sold and is now occupied. (A spokesman for NVR, the Reston, Va.-based parent company of NVHomes, declined to comment on the decision not to complete the development.)

Stanley Martin Homes of Chantilly, Va., took ownership of the development in January and opened its model home in June. So far, eight of the remaining 29 half-acre home sites have been sold.

At Summerhouse Landing, each of the five floor plans can be expanded with screened and covered porches, decks, bedroom suites and additional garage spaces. Buyers have a choice of several exterior treatments, including stone and brick facades.

Many of the possible upgrades — offered at additional cost — are demonstrated on the three levels above ground and the finished basement of the model home, currently the only dwelling completed by Stanley Martin in the development.

From the main entrance — the model has two front doors – an open foyer, between the formal dining room and a study, leads into the living space, with its standard gas fireplace. The coffered ceiling and built-in cabinets in the living area are upgrades, as is the morning room off the kitchen.

The huge kitchen island and a walk-in pantry are standard. The vegetable sink in the island and the Shaker cabinets, with glass fronts along the top row, are offered as extras.


Frigidaire or Kenmore stainless-steel appliances, Kohler sinks and faucets, granite and composite quartz countertops and a walk-in pantry are standard in the kitchen. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

First-floor owner’s suite: An optional owner’s suite is tucked into one corner of the ground floor of the model home. Another owner’s suite is on the second level, with a sitting area in the bedroom and an adjacent walk-in closet. The suite’s bathroom has a free-standing tub inside the huge, glassed-in shower stall.

Two staircases, one at each end of the main level, lead to the second floor. At the top of the stairs on the side opposite the owner’s suite, a large open space serves, in the model home, as a TV lounge with a built-in desk, where kids could do their homework. Each of three bedrooms off this space has its own bathroom. A laundry room with cabinets and a sink is included on this floor.

Above the bedroom level in the model home is the loft — another upgrade — with a guest bedroom at one end and a bathroom at the other. A sliding glass door in the space between the bedroom and bathroom opens to a roof terrace.

The basement has another bedroom suite, a tiered media room big enough for 30, a craft room, and a TV lounge with a wet bar – all upgrades to the standard unfinished space.

Shopping and amenities: Reston Town Center and Cascades Overlook in Sterling, both with stores and restaurants, are a short drive from Summerhouse Landing. Tysons Galleria mall and Dulles Town Center mall are about 10 miles away. Wolf Trap, Lake Fairfax Park and Great Falls Park are a short drive away. Within Summerhouse Landing, walking trails are planned, including a path to nearby Route 7.

Transportation: The development is off Route 7, and the Dulles Toll Road, Interstate 495 and Interstate 66 are easily reached. The Wiehle-Reston East Metro station, on the Silver Line, is a short drive away.

Schools: Armstrong Elementary, Herndon Middle and Herndon High.


The lower level has another bedroom suite, a tiered media room big enough for 30, a craft room, and a TV lounge with a wet bar – all upgrades to the standard unfinished space. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
Summerhouse Landing

11858 Boscobel Court

Herndon, Va.

At full build-out, the community will have 30 single-family houses, including a residence previously built by NVHomes. Base prices range from $1,079,990 to $1,214,990.

Builder: Stanley Martin Homes

Features: The houses have open floor plans and 10-foot-high ceilings on the main level. Frigidaire or Kenmore stainless-steel appliances, Kohler sinks and faucets, granite and composite quartz countertops and a walk-in pantry are standard in the kitchen. The owner’s suite has a sitting room, dual walk-in closets and a spacious shower and free-standing bathtub in the bathroom. Insulation with a draft and moisture barrier, and an efficient water heater and gas heating are standard to save energy.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 4 /5 to 8 / 9

Square-footage: 5,740 to 10,080

Homeowner association fee: $127 a month

View model: Monday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact: Neighborhood sales manager Jennifer Lovelace at Lovelaceja@stanleymartin.com or 703-537-6397.