12120 Garden Ridge Lane, Fairfax, VA

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Maggie Hatfield

Owner/REALTOR®
15 West Homes at Keller Williams Dulles
703-531-7363
Licensed In: VA
License #: 022522588923

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$ Click for current price
1 BEDROOMS | 1 Baths (1 full ) BATHROOMS | 797 SqFt

Enjoy the Fairfax lifestyle in this fabulous 1 bedroom, 1.0 bath home. Built in 2005 with a clean and well-planned 797 sqft floorplan. Gleaming hardwood floors, newer paint, updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Open concept family room with formal dining room that walks out to a large covered deck that overlooks trees and walking path. Huge walk in laundry room/pantry combination. Large master bedroom with walk in closet. This beautiful home will sell fast, don’t wait!

 

We find ourselves at an interesting point in the real estate market right now. Within just a few weeks we’ve gone from a frenzied sellers’ market and a flurry of re-financings as mortgage rates hit historic lows…to our “new normal” of closures, cancellations, and shutdowns that the tragic COVID-19 has brought.

People are wondering if the strong sellers’ market in northern Virginia will continue — after all, it’s been one of the most resilient markets in the country.

If you find yourself questioning whether it’s a good time to buy or sell…or if you should “wait it out,” please read on for some perspective…

Is now a good time to BUY?

If you have a secure job and have been considering a move — especially “moving up” to a larger home, low interest rates and the new economic uncertainly can certainly work in your favor. You’ll be able to get more for your money, and sellers may be willing to negotiate a bit…something that wasn’t happening in the midst of our low inventory environment. As an example, in February Loudoun County’s active listings were down over 20% from February 2019. But February sales were up over 11% over February 2019. There were more people buying, but choosing from a decreased supply of homes. This resulted in a lot of frustrated would-be buyers.

Our current situation may present an opportunity for buyers to have a fighting chance at the home of their dreams, versus our recent climate of competing against numerous other buyers.

But be aware that with physical distancing, sellers and agent have to be creative about showing properties (likely virtually). Everything, including appraisals and inspections may be done a bit differently. With that said, there has continued to be strong activity in northern Virginia over the past couple weeks, with contracts being ratified and people moving forward with their home buying plans. Activity on the new construction front has also been pretty steady, as I experienced last weekend when out looking at new homes with a buyer client. Showings are by appointment only and need to adhere to safe protocol, but they are still happening in person (or virtually if you prefer).

Is now a good time to SELL, or should I wait it out?

This may be a bit harder to read, but what we’ve learned from past economic downturns is that sellers who list their property sooner, rather than later, tend to be glad they did. We don’t know for sure how long an economic downturn in our country might last, once we emerge from our current business standstill. But I think we can all agree that it may be a long road back to economic strength. It may be better to take a bit less for your home now than risk a bigger price adjustment later on. Fortunately, sellers are coming from a position of strength, and the market is very different than it was preceding the 2008 housing bust.

Demand has been strong.

  • Again, it bears repeating: We’ve just recently been in an incredibly strong sellers’ market with high demand and low inventory
  • The market can certainly support a bit more inventory for sale.
  • Historic low mortgage rates bode well for the housing market going forward, helping to sustain demand.

Supply shouldn’t hit the levels it did in 2008 because…

  • We are unlikely going to see a rash of foreclosures, because sellers aren’t as over-leveraged as they were back in 2008, when many homeowners tapped their over-inflated equity and ended up upside down on their mortgages when the market crashed.
  • Lenders’ standards have been stricter than preceding the 2008 housing bust.

If you’ve been thinking about listing your home but are a bit spooked, remember that buyers are still out there! People who list early — before any downward pressure on the market may set in — are typically very thankful. Contact either me or Maggie to discuss your own situation. At 15 West Homes and Keller Williams, we continue to find smart and creative ways to serve our clients and get business done, even under the toughest and most unprecedented circumstances.

Dear friends, what strange times we are facing. I keep saying it’s like I’m in a “Walking Dead” episode or some other apocalyptic movie. Who could have predicted that we would be experiencing a worldwide pandemic in 2020?

This does totally suck, make no mistake about that, but despite the stress and uncertainty this issue has caused all of us, it’s important to see the opportunities it’s brought us as well. It seems to me that this challenge has made us slow down a bit. Now that most of us are working from home, which in and of itself has been an adjustment, we’ve removed the stress of a commute and are able to see our families more. And, we’re finding ways to stay connected to extended family and friends through FaceTime, phone calls and in person social distancing. How many of you have seen the posts on Facebook with neighbors doing happy hour together but 10 feet apart – that’s awesome!

Just last night, I did a group FaceTime with my girlfriends, one who just had a lovely little boy and one who just got two adorable little puppies. We shared a drink and chatted – it was REALLY NICE. We decided to try to do it most days so we can keep up with one another and support each other through this time. I’ve no doubt this will bring us closer than we’ve ever been, and I am so grateful for that.

I am also able to spend more time with my adult (18 and 22 years old) boys, probably because they are super bored and open to doing different things (like playing backgammon!). Whatever the reason, I am grateful. And, I see my husband and I doing more things together and being kinder to each other; as we all know, we are never promised tomorrow.

This challenge has also caused us to focus on our home as well and to do those things that have been on our lists for an embarrassingly long time. One friend of mine finally got to cleaning up their yard which had been damaged by the storm that came through a few months ago. It’s nice to be able to check those things off the list.

Do I think we’ll go back to our old “normal” once we find a cure for this virus? No, I don’t. I do think we’ll go back to a more “normal” but I sure do hope that we cherish the stronger bonds that came from this tragedy as well as a new sense of what home means.

Stay safe and healthy and I look forward to seeing you in person when all of this is over.

Life in Willowsford may be quieter than usual right now, but you can certainly enjoy the beauty of spring in this neighborhood. Consisting of four separate “villages,” Willowsford was designed to preserve ample open space, trees, and also incorporates a working farm for residents. Ponds, boathouses, trails, community gardens, and dog parks dot the landscape.  Half of Willowsford’s 4,000 total acres, including the farm, is a conservancy.

Willowsford-pond

Courtesy of Willowsford

Limited New Home Sites From a Few Builders Remain

Numerous residential builders have been a part of the development of Willowsford, which began in 2011. At this point, due to its popularity, only about 200 of the 2,300 total home sites remain available, and the neighborhood is expected to be sold out by the end of this year.  NV Homes still offers many models to choose from, and Beazer Homes and Drees Homes have limited availability. These homes can be found in The Greens and The Grove sections of Willowsford, which straddle each side of Braddock Road west of Northstar Boulevard in Aldie (zip code 20105). The northern two sections of Willowsford, which are in Ashburn (zip code 20148), are The Grange and The Grant. They officially sold out as of about a month ago.

NV Home Willowsford

Whether you have your heart set on new construction or want to keep an eye out for resales in Willowsford, there are numerous styles of homes to choose from. One line of homes called Line K from K Hovnanian offers a contemporary look, soaring ceilings, and a European influence. They sold quickly, due to their unique styling. Other builders have sold out as well. But if you let us know your preferences for size, style, location, lot size, and square footage, we would be happy to keep an eye out for any “Coming Soon” resale listings. We can work with you on new construction, too, being your advocate through the selection, building, and settlement process. There are sometimes even quick-delivery homes available. As with most new construction in northern Virginia, floor plans offer customization with different layout choices, including beautiful outdoor spaces. New homes remaining range in price from $775,000-1,150,000 base price.

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Willowsford Is Unique Among Loudoun County Planned Communities

Willowsford will appeal to anyone who likes the idea of suburban neighborhoods and meeting one’s neighbors…but with less congestion of homes and more open space. Nature lovers will enjoy the 40 miles of the trail system for biking, walking, or running through the woods, as well as the camping area in The Greens. And, of course, there’s Willowsford Farm, with areas in The Grant, The Grange, and The Greens where produce is grown for the community. In fact, Willowsford Farm just received their organic certification last year. Residents can choose to buy customized shares in the farm or visit the seasonal farm stand for fresh produce and other things like bread. Home delivery is even available!

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Courtesy of Willowsford

Outdoor Activities and Year-Round Events for All Ages

Other unique and popular features of this sprawling community include tree houses, a community garden in which residents can pay for a plot of land to farm on their own, a kids bike track, a zip line, and an archery range. Of course, you’ll find numerous ponds stocked for fishing, pools, parks, dog parks, and recreation areas throughout. There’s a Community Center that includes a nice gym in both The Grange and The Greens. Adding to the sense of community are year-round events like cooking classes and chef dinners in the large demo kitchens, Autumn Fest, Santa Visits, a Valentine’s Dinner, and even “Superfood Bootcamp” in January!

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Courtesy of Willowsford

Thirteen resident-run community clubs make it easy to meet other residents with similar hobbies. There’s the wine club, brew club, garden club, mountain bike club, and archery club, to name a few.

Residents of Willowsford can also host parties at either the elegant Sycamore House in The Grange or the more rustic and cozy Lodge in The Greens. These clubhouses, exclusively available to residents, are perfect for weddings, birthday celebrations, graduation parties, and other celebrations with their versatile indoor and outdoor spaces. There’s even a large kitchen, shown below, for parties and demonstrations inside Sycamore House.

demo-kitchen-Willowsford

Schools and Shopping for Willowsford Residents

Schools for The Grange and The Grant include Madison’s Trust Elementary, Brambleton Middle School, and Independence High School. Kids from The Grove go to Goshen Post Elementary, while Buffalo Trail Elementary serves The Greens. Both these sections feed into Willard Middle School and John Champe High School (but then moving to the brand new Lightridge High School, due to open in the Fall of 2020 right along Braddock Road).

The Boat House Willowsford

Willowsford Boat House

Unlike some other neighborhoods in the southern part of Loudoun County, the areas of Willowsford do not have their own shopping centers. The northern section of Willowsford off Evergreen Mill is in relatively close proximity to Brambleton Town Center, with a movie theater, large gym, doctor’s offices, a new library, Harris Teeter, and various shops and restaurants. The southern section of Willowsford on either side of Braddock gravitates toward Stone Ridge for basic shopping needs like Harris Teeter, along with a handful of restaurants and stores. Another beautiful two-story library is right across the street. Dulles Landing shopping center just north of Route 50 offers a Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bed Bath & Beyond, Buy Buy Baby, Michael’s, DSW, and more. There are plans for even more commercial development in this area of southern Loudoun County in the years to come.

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Courtesy of Willowsford

Contact Karen at [email protected] if you’d like to learn more about the homes available in Willowsford — both new construction and resale. For links to other neighborhood profiles in Loudoun County, see previous posts on our Get to NoVa Blog.