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Carolyn Capalbo

Dominion Valley Country Club, Lenah Mill Executive Collection, A floor plan Review, The Hopewell Model

Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 4:28pm. 754 Views, 0 Comments.

The Hopewell is a beautiful and sought after model in the Toll Brothers Executive Collection. This model is offered at both Dominion Valley Country Club in Haymarket, VA as well as Lenah Mill in Aldie, VA. Loaded with customizable options, this model makes for an amazing and incredibly functional family home.

Upon entry through the front door of the Hopewell, you are greeted by the stunning two story foyer and views of the incredibly open floor-plan. Flanking the foyer, you will find the study on one side and the formal Living Room on the other. The Living Room has an optional bump out for additional space on the front of the home, an optional fireplace and opens to the formal Dining Room toward the rear of the home. The Dining Room opens to the

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Dominion Valley Country Club, Lenah Mill Executive Collection, A floor plan Review, Columbia II Model

Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 12:25pm. 819 Views, 0 Comments.

The Columbia II floor plan was and continues to be a popular choice in the Toll Brothers Executives Collection, offered at Dominon Valley Country Club and Lenah Mill.  As with all Toll Brother’s homes, owners have many options and upgrade opportunities available.    While these options and upgrades will add significant cost to new build homes, these modifications can greatly enhance the resale value of your home.  If you are looking for flexibility, a new build Columbia II may very well be the answer.  One of the options available is the expanded upper level bedroom option.  The original Columbia II model offers modest upper level bedrooms and two story family room.  The updated Columbia II version provides the ability to forego the two story family room

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How to Choose the Best Floor Plan for You!

Monday, June 17th, 2013 at 1:24pm. 555 Views, 0 Comments.

When shopping for a home, how do you match your home style or floor plan to your needs?  This is, in my opinion, one of the most important things for buyers to do while looking for homes today.  Interestingly enough, I find that most buyers are distracted by “shiny things” and forget to look at the basic floor plan and design of the home.  Great staging, fresh paint, new appliances, and fixtures will sometimes lure buyers away from the right floor plan.  Many buyers will over look functionality for new carpeting and appliances.  My advice, find the right floor plan, in the right community.  Fresh paint, new carpeting and appliances, can be installed after the home is purchased.  There are wonderful renovation loan programs, such as Homestyle (by Fannie

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

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at 10:14pm. 3,283 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. 7,052 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. 1,250 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. 2,548 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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Piedmont

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at 9:57pm. 1,730 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. 2,240 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. 3,788 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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