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Big houses, short trips attract buyers to N.Va. cul-de-sac

For Arien and Kyle Masher, the Enclave of Aylors Overlook, near Falls Church, Va., ticked all the boxes: the right location, great schools, and an attractive cul-de-sac where all the homes are brand new.

The Mashers, who recently relocated from across the country for work, saw the community of 16 large single-family homes while touring several properties over Memorial Day weekend.

“Our top priorities were a great school district for our 12-year-old daughter,” Arien said, “and a short commute to work.” They also liked “the large, mature trees” that line the street, she said, and “the convenient location, with airports, restaurants, shopping and children’s activities nearby.”

“We are thrilled with access to the W&OD Trail,” just steps away, she added.

Ray Carney discovered Aylors Overlook – which is in Fairfax County but has a mailing address in Falls Church – in May while training for a triathlon. He lived less than a mile away and was running on the W&OD trail when the trees cleared and he saw the project.

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“I thought we’d be living in our townhouse for the rest of our lives, but when I saw the community I thought, ‘That wouldn’t be a bad place to live,'” Carney said. He and his wife, Beth Carney, “visited the community and loved it more and more.” They loved the location and the two single-family home models, the Abbott and the Birch.

“We thought this is the kind of home where our 13-year-old twins will have more space to grow and where our parents can come for staycations,” Ray said. The Carneys signed a contract in early June.

When the Mashers explored the four-bedroom Abbott model home, “we really, really loved it,” Arien said. Among the pluses, she said: The owner’s bedroom has large walk-in closets; the laundry room is on the second floor; appliances, fixtures and finishes are of high quality; the aft deck offers outdoor living space; and each bedroom has its own bathroom, “a perk our daughter is looking forward to.”

When the Mashers purchased their home, construction was nearly complete, but they had a list of about 10 items they wanted to customize. “The builder gave us almost all of them,” Arien said. Changes included a built-in library in the living room, which the Mashers intend to turn into a second home office; a fence along the rear property line; black painted accents in the front roof peaks “to add pop”; and a painted floor in the large basement mechanical room, which the Mashers intend to use as a home gym.

The price of the house, including upgrades, was $1,946,100.

The Carneys also chose the Abbott, largely for the optional downstairs bedroom-bathroom suite. “Our parents can stay there when they visit,” Ray said. Their other upgrades include a bedroom-bathroom suite in the basement, a basement exercise room with rubber flooring, and a deck off the family room.

With these and other upgrades, the price was just over $1.9 million.

Sales manager Jim Patton said the Aylors Overlook land, along with a house, had been in one family for 60 years before Madison Homes acquired it. “It’s remarkable to find” such a large undeveloped swath inside the Capital Beltway, Patton said. Elementary school property borders the site on one side and a residential community sits on the other.

Aylors Overlook hospitality sites average a quarter of an acre. Eleven of the 16 sold. Prices start at $1.9 million.

The Abbott and Birch designs both have an open-concept family room and kitchen on the main level, with a kitchen island, breakfast area, and access to a back deck. The main level also includes a foyer, dining room and living room flanking the foyer, butler’s pantry, vestibule, powder room (half bath), and office in the back. The birch has a den.

An extended kitchen with a large island has been a popular upgrade from the Birch, Patton said. The front porch can be extended on both models. All homes have a two-car garage and buyers have multiple frontage choices.

Depending on the model and the options, the second floor has four or five bedrooms — most with a separate bathroom and a walk-in closet — as well as a loft space and a laundry room. The owner’s bathroom has a freestanding tub, a large shower stall and two vanities. The lower level features a recreation room with optional wet bar and optional gas fireplace. A media room and a bedroom-bathroom suite are other basement options. An exercise room in the basement is standard or optional, depending on the plan.

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In all homes, nine-foot high ceilings are standard, with seven-foot interior doors and eight-foot exterior doors. Optional tray ceilings are available to accent the dining room and owner’s bedroom.

One thing that Ray Carney said he didn’t like, at first, about Aylors Overlook is that the cul-de-sac only offers one way in and out of the development. Now he promotes that too. “There are no through streets that people will speed through,” he said. “The only reason to go back there is because you live there.”

Schools: Shrevewood Elementary, Kilmer Middle, Marshall High

Transit: West Falls Church subway station, on the orange line, is approximately 2.4 km away; East Falls Church station on the Orange and Silver lines is 5.3 miles away. Vehicles easily access I-495, I-66, Route 7 and Route 29.

Nearby: Aylors Overlook is approximately a five minute drive from downtown Falls Church and a 10 minute drive from Tysons shopping district in Fairfax County. It is less than 10 minutes’ drive from the Mosaic District shopping area, also in Fairfax County. The development is across from the W&OD trail and close to many parks.

The Enclave of Aylors Overlook

2529 Remington St., Falls Church, Virginia 22046.

The project has 16 single-family homes on a cul-de-sac near Falls Church; 11 have sold. Prices start at $1.9 million.

Features: The houses have nine-foot high ceilings; Jeld-Wen aluminum clad wood windows; James Hardie prefinished siding; pre-finished oak floors on the ground floor and in certain areas of the upper level; gas fireplace; LED lighting; JennAir stainless steel kitchen appliances; undermount stainless steel kitchen sink with Kohler faucet; maple kitchen cabinets; and quartz countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 4 to 7 / 4.5 to 6.5

Square feet: 4,740 to 5,800

Contribution association of co-owners: $170 per month

See the model:11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and by appointment

Sales:Jim Patton, [email protected], 703-844-8484