A new residential community outside of Washington, D.C., caters to the needs of a diverse range of buyers by bringing together a mix of national and local builders in an innovative New Urbanist context.
When complete, Embrey Mill in Stafford, Va., will encompass several distinct, small-scale neighborhoods designed to encourage daily interaction among neighbors, says Teri Slavik-Tsuyuki, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Newland Communities, the project’s developer. “The homes themselves were designed to offer more livable indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing families in Embrey Mill to make the most of their time at home,” she says.
The heart of the community is Embrey House, which offers a variety of amenities including a café, swimming pool, and fitness center. Other gathering spots are located throughout the community including a tot lot, multi-use play court and great lawn, barbecue area, and soccer field.
Home buyers are a mix of active and retired military, government employees, defense contractors, and other professionals who work in Washington or Northern Virginia. Participating builders include Brookfield Residential, K. Hovnanian, and Richmond American. Currently in Phase 1, upon completion the 831-acre community will include 1,827 new homes, 285 acres of open space and parks, and 10 miles of trails. Prices range from $298,000 to $360,000 for townhomes and $399,000 to $580,000 for single-family residences in styles ranging from Classical Revival to Victorian and Craftsman.
The design approach is a natural fit for the San Diego-based developer and its joint venture partner, North America Sekisui House (NASH), the U.S. business operations unit of Japan’s largest home builder. “We embraced this design, as we have been successful in other parts of the country with TND communities,” says Slavik-Tsuyuki.
Partnering with national and local builders, Newland has created residential developments in 14 states. Upcoming projects include Wendell Falls outside Raleigh, N.C., Bexley in Tampa, Fla., and others in Houston, Dallas, and Wilmington, N.C. “We are the most geographically-diverse creator of planned communities in the country and we believe this is a big part of why we have been successful over many housing cycles,” she says.