WHY ITWORKED: Location, value pricing, and top-notch amenities combined to make Somerset Landing, in the far suburbs of Washington, a success.

  • Nine different floor plans and plenty of options give buyers lots to choose from.
  • The best-selling, 2,835-square-foot Hawthorn Lux features big bedrooms, super-sized dining, living, and family rooms, a basement that runs the length of the house, and a two-car garage.
  • The 84-acre community boasts a full-size, irrigated soccer/ baseball/football field as well as a multipurpose sport court.
  • Sales had to be halted for seven months in 2004 due to production delays and too many sales.
  • TOP CHOICE: Four elevations are available for the 2,835-square-foot Hawthorn Lux plan. The Virginia colonial model (pictured) features an optional sunroom on the back, a street-friendly front porch, and plenty of windows.
    TOP CHOICE: Four elevations are available for the 2,835-square-foot Hawthorn Lux plan. The Virginia colonial model (pictured) features an optional sunroom on the back, a street-friendly front porch, and plenty of windows.

    PROJECT CREDITS Project: Somerset Landing, Stafford, Va.; Sales started: June 2004; Sales through January 2006: 104; Units planned: 153; Price: $496,900 to $549,900; Unit size: 2,315 to 3,050 square feet; Builder: Hour Homes at Somerset Landing, Stafford; Developer/Landscape architect/ Interior designer: Hour Development Corp., Stafford; Architect: Joe Lee and Associates, King George, Va.; Land planner: Greenhorn O'Mara, Fredericksburg, Va.

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