The landscape changes around Exit 6 on the Dulles Toll Road in Loudoun County. The vista opens up, and you can just about see the Blue Ridge Mountains on the western horizon. By the time you reach Exit 1A, it’s positively rural. Rolling green fields, abundant woodland, hawks flying overhead.
This is western Loudoun County, where zoning ordinances are designed to restrict development and maintain the land’s rural character.
Waterford Creek, a 150-acre development of 50 single-family houses on three-acre lots in Hamilton, Va., offers luxurious country living. Rolling topography and tall hardwood trees frame broad expanses of grass and big houses that mostly back to trees. Three streams run through the property.
Thirty-six houses are built and occupied. One house up on a hill with a 37-foot-long porch and scenic view facing east, is ready for quick delivery. Thirteen home sites are available for purchase and house construction. There’s no homeowners association fee now. Roads through the community are state-maintained.
“It’s just a beautiful and relaxing place to live,” said Corey Keppler, a four-year resident with his wife, 5-year-old daughter, and sons ages 6 and 18.
Kelly and Tim Gibson, with 6-year-old Kyle and 8-year-old Tyler, also moved there four years ago from a townhouse in Ashburn where they felt “on top of one another,” she said, adding they bought a four-acre lot. “Here you have your space but are still a community.”
Kids galore: A yellow school bus glides through the neighborhood on weekday mornings collecting children and dropping them off in the afternoon. “One of the hardest things is to tell my son when he gets off the bus that he can’t have a play date. All the kids and parents know each other, and the children think they can play all the time,” said Patrick Awenowicz, who along with his wife, Karen, has three boys — Michael, 8; Charlie, 6; and Luke, 3.
He coaches the Hamilton Braves, a coach pitch team of 6- to 8-year-olds in the Upper Loudoun Little League. “Eleven boys are on the team, and seven are from Waterford Creek. Three other neighborhood dads are assistant coaches,” said Gibson.
Multiple bedrooms on the second floor enable kids to have their own rooms, although they typically share bathrooms. Keppler required his 18-year-old son to sleep upstairs but acknowledges “he spends most of his time in the basement with his friends who love to come over.”
Basements are huge because they encompass the house footprint. In the Lancaster model, there are bedroom and bathroom, media room, billiard room and adjoining lounge, wet bar with counter and stools, two sets of glass doors out to the back yard and walk-around space for random mingling.
To obtain the maximum-sized basement, the Gibsons selected all the main living-level bump-out options including a morning room off the kitchen, conservatory and living room extension. You can’t add space later so we focused on what we could do now,” she said. “We consider this our forever home.”
Cathedral-like foyer: CarrHomes, the developer and semi-custom home builder based in Fairfax, is locally owned and has been in the house-building business since 1925. Tom Avery, a vice president, has been with the company 15 years. “I’m the new guy,” he said with a laugh. “Some employees are there 30 years.”
Besides a willingness to modify designs on buyer request, Carr re-engineers models based on buyer suggestions. The Awenowicz family moved the stovetop from the center island to the counter because “it’s more child friendly,” Awenowicz said.
Cooktops are no longer installed on the islands. “We made that change a couple years ago,” said Avery.
The kitchen has a butler’s pantry and laundry, hobby or mudroom with a garage entrance. A breakfast area can hold a four-person table and a morning room bump-out would accommodate a full-size dining table. A family room blends with kitchen.
The front door of the Lancaster model home opens into a cathedral-like space with double-height ceiling and an overlooking railed balcony on the second floor. On both sides of the entry hall are rooms that can be used as an office or library, lounge, dining or playroom.
What’s nearby: “Within five miles are 11 wineries plus a lot of breweries in Western Loudoun County,” said Avery. “You drive down a dirt road and there’s an old barn that’s been converted [to a brewery].”
Purcellville and Leesburg, a 15-minute drive, have retail, commerce, dining and entertainment selections. Harris Teeter Grocery and Pharmacy are in Purcellville, and Wegmans is in Leesburg.
Waterford is a lovely historic town that looks like it did a couple hundred years ago.
Morven Park offers museums, equestrian events and ballfields. Leesburg Animal Park is home to camels, zebras, donkeys, sheep, cows and reptiles, some of which visitors can feed. Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area is great for birding and hunting in season.
Schools: Waterford Elementary, Harmony Middle, Woodgrove High.
Transit: From the District head west on Virginia Route 267/Dulles Toll Road. Take Exit 1A onto Virginia Route 7 West, then Virginia Route 9 West, make a right on Waterford Creek Circle. Loudoun County operates commuter bus service between Harmony Station in Hamilton and Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station on the Silver line.
15806 Waterford Creek Circle, Hamilton, Va.
There will be 50 single-family houses. Thirty-six are sold. Thirteen lots and one quick delivery house are priced from $719,900 to $994,900. The builder is offering $30,000 in free options for a limited time.
Features: The single-family houses have brick facades, three-car finished garages and nine-foot-high ceilings. There are brick driveway piers with lamps and brick front stoop, steps and walkway. Double hung vinyl windows have sills with aprons. Three-piece crown molding adorns foyer, library, living and dining rooms and two-piece chair railing is installed in the dining room. Stairs have a wider than usual step and result in a more gradual climb. Hardwood floors run through foyer, kitchen, breakfast room and main-level bathroom; wall-to-wall carpet is laid across the rest of the house. The kitchen is outfitted with GE stainless-steel appliances, granite counters, undermount stainless-steel double sink, 36-inch five burner cooktop and 30-inch wall oven.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 4 to 6 / 4 to 7
Square footage: 4,111 to 6,519
View model: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Contact: Tom West at 703-926-7241 or https://www.carrhomes.com/waterford-creek.