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Dominion Valley Country Club, Carolinas Collection, A floor plan Review, Ellsworth II Model

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at 10:14pm. 3,273 Views, 0 Comments.

A floor plan review, Toll Brother’s Ellsworth II, Dominion Valley

This floor plan was and still is popular in Dominion Valley Country Club, Carolinas Collection.  As with all Toll Brother’s homes, owners have many options and upgrade opportunities available.   Sunroom additions are available and bay window features are optional as well.   Please note that options and upgrades available will add significant cost to new build homes.  Toll Brothers will also offer modification options to the Ellsworth II that may alter the main plan.  If you are looking for flexibility, a new build Ellsworth II may be exactly what you are looking for.  One of the options available is the expanded upper level bedroom option.  The original Ellsworth model offered

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Dominion Valley Country Club, Carolinas Collection, A floor plan Review, Richmond Model

Friday, November 23rd, 2012 at 7:58pm. 7,039 Views, 0 Comments.

A floor plan review, Toll Brothers Richmond, Dominion Valley

This floor plan was and still is popular in Dominion Valley Country Club, Carolinas Collection.  As with all Toll Brother’s homes, owners have many options and upgrade opportunities available.   Sunroom additions are available and bay window features are optional as well.  For a review perspective, I am writing about the basic configuration.  Please note that options and upgrades available will add significant cost to new build homes.  If you are considering a resale option, please note that pricing of upgrades may be figured into resale pricing as well.  The floor plan follows an “L” shaped main level.  Upon entering the front door of the home, one is greeted by a two story foyer then formal

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Halloween at Lake Manassas

Friday, November 2nd, 2012 at 1:38pm. 1,246 Views, 0 Comments.

Halloween at Lake Manassas!

One of the things I love about my community, Lake Manassas, is Halloween.  This holiday is celebrated with much joy and exuberance in Lake Manassas and reminds me of growing up in my close knit community way back when.  Children were garbed in all sorts of fun and playful costumes as they cheerfully jogged from house to house with rousing chants of “Trick or Treat” at every doorstep.  Ghastly ghouls, fashionable vampires, and even Darth Vader stopped by for a quick visit and an opportunity to earn a chocolate treat for their dress up efforts.  Moms and Dads were standing by curbside with glow sticks and flashlights.  We even had a pickup truck with a trailer loaded with hay bales providing hay rides for the kids.  My

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Brookside Community! Ryan Homes Venice Model- A floor plan review

Thursday, September 20th, 2012 at 9:30am. 2,531 Views, 0 Comments.

Just over the Prince William County, Fauquier County line on the DC side of Warrenton is a fabulous planned community called Brookside.  This community offers a wide range of single family residences in a resort styled community.  The major builders located in this community are Brookfield Homes, Ryan Homes, NV Homes, and Toll Brothers.  This community offers a wide variety of homes already completed and homes newly built.  Both Ryan Homes and Brookfield homes are currently developing in this community.  The lake offers fishing pier and proposed paddle boats.  This community offers multiple outdoor pools, tot lots, tennis courts, and walking trails.  Home sites in this community vary from less than a quarter acre to well over an acre.  Affordable homes

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at 9:57pm. 1,723 Views, 0 Comments.

Welcome to Piedmont!  This dynamic and large planned unit development spans two towns, Gainesville and Haymarket Virginia.  There are over 1600 homes in this development.  This exciting community offers fabulous amenities, such as indoor and multiple outdoor Olympic sized swimming pools; tennis courts, tot lots, walking trails, clubhouse, restaurant, Tom Fazio Champion golf course, and fitness center.  This awesome community is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains approximately 30 miles west of Washington DC near the intersection of Interstate 66 and Route 15.  This gated golf course community enjoys single family homes of varying sizes and townhouse residences.   The community also has several homes located outside the gates off of Old

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Floor Plan Review, Brookfield Homes Canterbury Model, Colby Model

Sunday, August 12th, 2012 at 9:37pm. 2,224 Views, 0 Comments.

A Floor Plan Review of Brookfield Home’s Canterbury/Colby Model  (same basic model, just a different name from community to community)

This stunning floor plan is currently available for new construction in Brookside (Warrenton) and Saranac Lakes (Gainesville).  Both communities offer outstanding community amenities and are convenient to shopping, dining, entertainment, and commuter access.  The Canterbury may also be available for resale in the Braemar community in Bristow.  This successful floor plan is spacious and ideal for large families or for families that like to live large!  When a visitor walks through the front door of this model, they enter into a foyer that has access to a formal living room and formal dining room.  The home showcases a

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Buying Beats Renting in the DC Metro Area!

Monday, August 6th, 2012 at 8:41pm. 3,785 Views, 0 Comments.

In a news article by Kathy Orton in the Washington Post this weekend, Kathy Orton states that home buying beats renting after 3.5 years in the DC Metro area.  She also goes on to state that homeowners in Manassas in Prince William County would break even in 2.9 years.  This reiterates that affordability in our area for home buyers is fantastic.  In addition to the article, the rental market is smoking hot and very competitive.  Multiple applications are being submitted for many rental units and the competition for affordable housing is fierce.  Current rental inventory in Western Prince William County is tight and average days on market for rental units are 30 days or less.  The average rental price in Western Prince William County is $2235.00 per month. 

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Dominion Valley!

Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at 9:30pm. 1,021 Views, 0 Comments.

If you are considering a move to the Haymarket area of Northern Virginia, I would recommend checking out Dominion Valley Country Club.  This planned unit development offers so many wonderful amenities.  The community features multiple pools, including an Olympic sized outdoor pool and indoor facility.  Arnold Palmer signature golf course, restaurant, tennis, clubhouse, schools and shopping are also available without leaving the community.  The homes vary in sizes and price points.  Elegant townhouses that look and feel more like patio homes are the entry level offering in this community.  Toll Brothers is still building and developing new townhomes and single family homes.  The floor plans are spacious and the opportunities to customize your home are

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A personal floor plan review...Lake Manassas and the Airston Rutledge Model

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 at 10:01pm. 2,596 Views, 0 Comments.

Floorplan Design and review…The Airston Rutledge Model found in Lake Manassas.  This home was an extremely popular home model built on the West side of Lake Manassas.  The Rutledge model is currently not available for new build; however, we do see a few Rutledge models per year appear on the market as re-sale options in Lake Manassas.  This home offers several exterior elevations.  The exterior can be Stucco, brick or Hardiplank.  My favorite Rutledge elevation at Lake Manassas offers a front porch.  As a resident of Lake Manassas and a Rutledge model owner, I thought the best place to start would be from my own personal experience as a home owner. 

First, here is an over view of the basic features and amenities of this home. The floor plan is somewhat

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Saranac at Lake Manassas...a review by Rachel Blevins...

Monday, May 14th, 2012 at 9:31pm. 1,779 Views, 0 Comments.

When we first entered Saranac at Lake Manassas, my husband and I knew that this was the community we had been searching to find.  It was unlike any community we had seen in the Northern Virginia area and we were looking for something different.  In a sea of Colonial-style homes across the region, one of which we owned at the time, the arts & crafts-style of the homes in Saranac at Lake Manassas immediately piqued our interest.  Another feature of Saranac at Lake Manassas that grabbed us was the design of the community itself.  Each home is set among mature trees, which creates incredible privacy and provides the feeling of being somewhere far away from the hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia.  The community has nature trails, a pavilion with picnic

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