The paint is barely dry and the furniture has just arrived in the model home of this new Prince William County development, but that didn’t stop a slew of buyers from purchasing a home before having an official model of a floor plan to walk through.
The community, Hampton Square Condos, just opened its model home recently and had already begun to sell units in a newly released section. At a time when most new home purchases are preceded by a tour of a model unit, the fact that these sold without one speaks to the popularity of the development, the sales office said.
Once completed, the community will have about 100 units, said the builder, Beazer Homes. However, 30 or so are existing homes from another builder, but the varying home styles add to the community’s character.
With a mixture of brick and vinyl exteriors, the stylish new units were designed to have more of a trendy urban flair. Andrew Wilan, one of the sales consultants for the Hampton Square development, said that 3-D-printed models of the floor plans in the sales office have helped give prospective buyers an idea of what the units will look like.
Wilan said the community is attracting buyers from a variety of areas because it is equal distance to Northern Virginia communities such as Alexandria and the military bases of Fort Belvoir and Quantico.
Front door buffer: Beazer is building townhouse condominiums, according to Wilan. Residents are getting the space of a townhouse, or even a single-family home, but the benefits of being in a condo community by having little to no maintenance concerns. The homeowner association fee for the townhouse condos is $250 a month.
The units are classified as condos because two units share a common building with one small covered porch and two separate exterior entry doors. One unit, the Georgetown plan in this case, occupies the first two levels, and the other unit, typically the largest, occupies the top two levels.
All of the units come with a separate driveway in the back leading to a one-car garage that also has room for storage if needed. Instead of opening your front door directly onto street parking, the builder included a common area that stretches across each row of buildings and serves as a buffer between the front door and the street.
The 1,601-square-foot model home is the Georgetown floor plan. The front door opens directly into a sun-drenched 15-by-18-foot living and dining room in which the buyers have the option to add a corner fireplace for chilly fall evenings. A set of stairs leading to the top level separates the living area from an 11-by-10-foot kitchen with ample countertop and cabinet space.
The second floor in this design comes with three spacious bedrooms, including a master suite with a walk-in closet and sitting room that opens to a 12-by-5-foot deck. A deck is a standard feature in both plans.
Two master suites: The Manhattan floor plan is found on the top two levels of all the buildings and is more spacious because it doesn’t have to account for room for the garage, unlike the first-level units, Wilan said. Once you enter the unit, there’s a set of stairs that leads to a spacious living area with a separate dining room, living room with a study off to the side, and a family room that flows seamlessly into the kitchen. Wilan said many are often surprised at the amount of space that comes with the unit.
He also explained that Beazer offers plans that allow buyers to transform their unit at no additional cost. In the Manhattan, for example, buyers can select from two kitchen options based on their workspace needs. For instance, one offers a longer island with double sinks, and the other offers a rounded breakfast-bar-type island. This unit also has the option for a family room fireplace and French doors off the study.
In both floor plans, the buyer can forgo the third bedroom for two master suites on the second level. The master suite comes with a huge walk-in closet and a private bathroom.
Wilan said one option that’s been popular is the sports shower because not everyone is a fan of using the tub. So instead of having a stand-up shower and a tub in the master, buyers can pay to upgrade the bathroom and go for an oversize shower in the master with extra shelving and use the standard tub in the secondary bathroom when needed.
The builder will also soon start selling another phase of townhouses with a protected wooded area behind them. These traditional two-story townhouses are between 1,594 and 2,161 square feet. They come with three or four bedrooms and bathrooms, a one-car garage, a large backyard deck with wooded views, a large kitchen and a great room. This design also features the plan in which buyers can select their preferred kitchen and master bath layout. The homeowner association fees for these units will be $189 per month.
Schools: Neabsco Elementary, Hampton Middle, Gar-Field High.
Transit: There is easy access to Interstate 95, Prince William Parkway and VRE Rippon Station.
3656 Chippendale Cir., Woodbridge, Va.
The condo townhouses start at $262,990. The townhouses are priced from $314,990 to $319,990.
Builder: Beazer Homes
Features: The residences have open floor plans with formal and casual rooms, a study, spacious kitchens with a center island, a low-maintenance deck, a walk-in closet, an option to add two master suites in lieu of a third bedroom, a bedroom-level laundry room, and a one-car garage.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 2 to 3 / 3
Square footage: 1,594 to 2,467
Homeowner association fees: $250 per month
View models: Monday 1 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sales contact: Andrew Wilan, 703-430-6789