Lots of Picks out Rt. 66: Drive Extra Miles, Save Thousands
Austin, Lana White, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
For some years, Interstate 66 has been a central route along which quality builders have provided a wonderful selection of new homes.
Fairfax, Vienna and Oakton - perennial favorites as new-home locations - continue to offer diverse choices along this stretch of highway. There also has been a proliferation of new-home development in western Fairfax County and in Prince William and Fauquier counties.
Although still opting for the quick access I-66 offers to Washington, many new-home buyers are willing to accept a longer commute to save money when purchasing a house. Bigger lots, more standard features and less-expensive option packages are some incentives that are persuading home purchasers to test the waters farther out on I-66.
Several popular names in home building have come to Centre Ridge in Centreville. Centre Ridge, five minutes from I-66 in the western part of Fairfax County, is the site of Batal Builders' Centre Wood single-family home series. Priced from $179,500, these two-story homes have three and four bedrooms and two to three baths. (For more information, call 703/818-0900.)
Centex Homes is offering single-family homes at Centre Ridge. Prices begin in the low $200,000s. You can choose to have four to six bedrooms and 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 baths. (Call 703/802-6575.)
Laing Homes is offering town houses from about $150,000 in its Silver Series at Centre Ridge. They have three levels, three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. Dramatic 9-foot ceilings on the main level, gourmet kitchen appliances, cultured-marble vanity tops in the baths, six-panel Colonial interior doors with brass hardware, central air conditioning and high-efficiency gas heating are some of Laing's standard features. Optional choices include brick fronts, fireplaces, a cathedral ceiling in the master bedroom and a finished lower level with a recreation room and den. (For more information, call 703/830-3300.)
Gray Homes is another builder of town houses at Centre Ridge. Its homes, with three to four bedrooms and 2 1/2 to three baths, start at $159,900. (Call 703/631-0848 for more information.)
Another leading builder with town houses at Centre Ridge is Ryan Homes. Ryan is constructing three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath town homes with prices that begin in the low $130,000s. The Providence model has a formal dining room and a one-car garage. Features that are standard in all Ryan Homes at Center Ridge include Ryan's 10-year warranty, six-panel doors, brass doorknobs, gas heat and hot water and central air conditioning. Options include a cathedral ceiling in the master-bedroom suite and a finished family room and powder room on the lower level. (For more information, call 703/222-1070.)
A few miles away, off I-66 in Prince William County, many new homes are being built. The Manassas/Gainesville/Haymarket area is one hot spot. Just outside Manassas, Ryan is building both single-family homes and town houses at the Wellington community. The single-family homes have three to four bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. Prices start at $150,000. The town houses, with three bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths, start in the low-$100,000 range. (Call 703/335-6184 or 703/369-7230 for more information.)
Other builders with new homes at Wellington include P.C. Homes and Comstock Homes.
Coscan Homes is building at Braemar, a new community outside Gainesville. This 1,100-acre development will offer two recreation centers, two swimming pools, a 48-acre park, shopping and schools, all nestled in rolling hills. …