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Old 04-09-2013, 11:36 AM
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Hi, we are interested in purchasing a home in Ashburn in the 3K square foot range with 4/5 bedrooms and 3 Baths. We saw a few models last weekend including the NVHomes Stonegate, Toll Brothers, and KHov (too far out near 50). We really like the NVHomes Empress model with a bunch of upgrades - sunroom, bedroom in basement, upgraded kitchen, etc. We still have not seen the other NVHome models so we may end up liking one of those floor plans better. Would we be better off financially going with a resale or purchasing a new home from NVHomes or another builder. Our budget is in the $750K range for approximately 3,000 square feet on the 2 main levels. Any suggestions on similar homes or recommendations on new construction vs. resale? We don't need a country club or other amenities like pools, and we would like a decent lot (not a postage stamp).
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:46 PM
Location: Ashburn, VA
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If schools are a consideration you may want to wait a few weeks. They are in the process of rezoning the Ashburn middle and high schools. The older communities may not have the upgrades that you are looking for but may feed into established schools with good reputations. They will be making the zoning decision April 23.

There are a few huge lots in Ashburn Farm (over .4 acres)- but they are hard to come by and the houses are all older (built around 1990).
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:43 AM
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There are a number of smaller developments/HOAs with larger lots and somewhat minimal amenities in Ashburn that should have houses in your price range, and I know NV built at a number of them. When I last glanced at prices, Forest Ridge, Belmont Glen, Belle Terra all had some houses exceeding your square footage but in your price range. That said, that was two years ago, and as I guess those will now be 5-10% higher at this point and may be out of your range. I'm sure there are others though.

I haven't priced new in a while, but it is hard to imagine it would be better financially to go new in this area, with a decent inventory of relatively young houses for sale in the area. Builders generally price above the used market, and with the builder you still usually need to factor in some other costs like window treatments, additional landscaping, etc that comes with used. The other issue with new is that the building process in these high volume areas is still, "lacking", so that you'll want to spend a good deal of reviewing the work during various construction phases. From little things like outlets in the wrong spots to big things like walls needing to come down because they weren't straight, I've heard some stories. The other houses you are looking out probably weren't any different, but hopefully the issues have been corrected by now.

All that said, the obvious advantage of new is you get what you want (within the builders constraints). So, outlets go where you want. Upgrades that you want, etc. You'll have to decide how much time and money that might be worth.

Good luck, let us know what you decide.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:42 PM
Location: Ashburn, VA
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I'd check out Loudoun Valley or One Loudoun.
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Old 05-19-2013, 03:42 PM
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CTRelocationHelp ,
I have some info I can share with you if you private message me, There are still nice neighborhood new construction around Rt 7 and Loudoun County parkway with decent lots.
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