Why It Worked: Kensington Square is the only attached project in a booming Washington suburb that combines the square footage of single-family homes with the low maintenance of condominium living.

  • Four elevations and five floor plans offer buyers a rich mix. The three-story manor homes are grouped in blends of two, three, or four units, which gives the overall 20-acre complex a high level of diversity.
  • The HBA takes care of grass cutting, snow removal, gutter cleaning, trash removal, and repainting the homes' exterior trim—all for $250 per quarter per home.
  • Initially planned for downsizing baby boomers, Kensington Square has proven to be popular with a broad age range. The Jane Austen plan appeals primarily to affluent single mothers with one or more children.
  • Basements can be built out to meet a variety of needs. Options include in-home theaters, au pair suites, offices, exercise rooms, wine cellars, and recreation rooms.

    Project: Kensington Square, Fairfax, Va.; Sales started: February 2003; Sales through July 2004: 58; Units planned: 83; Price: $775,000 to $880,000; Unit size: 2,900 to 5,500 square feet; Builder/Developer: Renaissance, Reston, Va.; Architect: Lessard Architectural Group, Vienna, Va.; Land planner: Walter Phillips, Falls Church, Va.; Landscape architect: Arbor Landscapers, Spencerville, Md.; Interior designer: Lita Dirks, Englewood, Colo.

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