As we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel after a cold, bleak, and stuck-inside winter, we also see Sellers deciding to list their homes in this hot real estate market. Loudoun County — and particularly South  Riding — is always in demand, and it’s no wonder. South Riding is a community that has such a close-knit feel…I’d know after living here for over 18 years! 

South Riding: A planned community in the heart of Loudoun County

Part of that is the range of community-building events and activities that are sponsored by the HOA’s Events Committee. Although things have been a bit curtailed or modified since the pandemic started, South Riding folks find a way to stay connected. 


I remember when my husband and I first drove down South Riding Boulevard 19 years ago. We came to look at a particular Toll Brothers model home but with the intention of moving into another Toll Brothers neighborhood. But it only took about 30 seconds driving into the neighborhood to have the sudden realization that this was where we wanted to settle and raise a family. 

Conveniently located no matter where you work, play, or shop…

Just a few miles west of the Fairfax County border in Loudoun County, South Riding is accessible to places eastward via Route 50, accessible to the beautiful western parts of the county like Middleburg by also using Route 50, and accessible to Ashburn and Leesburg via many north/south arteries. If you typically commute into Tysons or Washington, DC, you’ll find the Toll Road isn’t too far either. 


This Single Family Home is the perfect size and so well maintained…

I’m always pleased to present a South Riding home, and this recent Listing is no exception. Located at 42630 Harris Street, it’s been meticulously cared for by the original owners and even has a new roof, shutters, and hot water heater. The interior boasts engineered hardwood floors, light gray paint, chair rail and crown molding in the Formal Living and Dining Rooms, a gourmet Kitchen, and upgraded Bathrooms.


Find plenty of areas for work-from-home or virtual learning space

Brand new luxury vinyl plank flooring was recently installed in the Basement, which has a Media area, a wet bar/kitchenette, a full bathroom, and a smartly designed work-from-home or virtual learning space. In fact, the current owners have utilized spaces on each of the 3 levels for “office” space, with the well-lit and spacious Living Room currently being used as a home office, and the fourth upstairs bedroom as a virtually learning spot. 


A great layout with plenty of upgrades 

42630 Harris Street boasts almost 3,000 square feet of finished space over three levels — the perfect size but without a ton of yard maintenance. There’s a darling front porch and a spacious back deck for al fresco dining or entertaining. The gourmet Kitchen and Bathrooms have new upgrades, and recessed lighting is found in some rooms. These “Village” style homes, built by Toll Brothers, have detached two-car garages, and a deck fills in the space between. Other extras you’ll find in this house include surround sound in the Family Room and Basement, outdoor speakers over the deck, some USB wall plates for charging phones and other devices, an ADT security system with motion sensors, ceiling fans in all Bedrooms and the Family Room, built-in shelving in the garage, and a subpanel and Tesla electric car charger for up to two vehicles.


Convenient location that’s walkable to neighborhood schools

If you have kids, you’ll love how this home is within walking distance of both Hutchison Farm Elementary School and Freedom High School. (It’s also really close to the new campus for St. Paul VI Catholic High School.) There’s a new Dulles South Recreation Center in the neighborhood, as well as various shopping centers. You’re just a couple miles from a Giant food store, restaurants, Wine Styles wine bar, Starbucks, numerous tae kwon do studios, Bach to Rock music studio, and plenty of day care/pre-school options. 

Let us know if you’re interested in seeing this home. It will be available for showings beginning on Thursday, March 4. From past experience, we know it will generate a lot of interest and sell quickly! 

As you know, I (Karen) am a huge fan of the Carriage Homes in South Riding, VA, which happens to be my own hometown. 

We’re lucky to have a few pockets of Carriage Homes here in Loudoun County, but overall they’re pretty rare. South Riding happens to have three small sections: one along the golf course on Creek Run Terrace and Tremaine Terrace, one on the Fortitude Terrace loop off of Riding Center Drive, and a third tucked away on Londontown Terrace. 


A few months ago, I had another Carriage Home listing that sold in just seven days. We could have ratified a contract even sooner, but we had 40 showings on that property and wanted to wait until all offers came in. We ended up getting seven offers on the property. The point is…homes like this are in demand! 


Well, my personal opinion is that Carriage Homes are the perfect blend of a single family home and a townhome. Like a townhome, these attached structures are relatively low-maintenance with just a small yard to take care of. But the layout feels more like a single family home, without the “vertical” feel and narrow rectangular footprint of a townhome. (Note: Photos of rooms with furniture are “virtually staged.”)


Location, Location, Location…

This Carriage Home happens to be an end unit, which allows for more windows and some nice landscaping along the side. It’s situated on Fortitude Terrace, which is a quiet loop conveniently located off of Riding Center Drive and right near the World Trail exercise path. It’s also within walking distance of Liberty Elementary School and Freedom High School. In the opposite direction is the new Dulles South Recreation Center, complete with two pools, an indoor track, basketball courts, a rock climbing wall, fitness equipment, and group exercise rooms. It’s a county facility that’s open to the public either on a fee-per-visit or membership basis. 

But back to the Carriage Home and what makes it so special…


This home has been incredibly well maintained. It’s only 13 years old, but none of the systems/appliances are original. Both HVAC systems, the hot water heater, washer and dryer, refrigerator, wall oven and microwave, dishwasher, disposal, and garage door and opener have all been replaced/updated. There are numerous decorative touches, including walls of windows, cathedral ceilings, and Palladian windows. The Gourmet Kitchen has quality hardwood cabinetry, granite countertops, and a beautiful tile backsplash. The Master Bath has a soaking tub, double sinks, and upgraded tile adorning the shower and floor. 


Upon entering the home, you’re greeted by decorative columns in the two-story Living Room and gorgeous Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors throughout much of the Main Level. There’s also a Formal Dining Room with chair rail and crown molding — along with a beautiful chandelier — on the other side of the Foyer. 


Another hard-to-find feature of this particular model (a Toll Brothers Granview floor plan) is the Main Level Master Suite/Primary Bedroom. The extension of this Bedroom can be used as a quiet home office with a desk positioned to look out onto the back deck and pretty plantings. 


Plenty of Areas for Work-from-Home and Distance Learning…

The upstairs is a great domain for kids, with two bedrooms, a spacious bathroom, and a large loft — which is perfect as a home study/distance learning space or for relaxing in front of the TV and playing video games, complete with surround sound. 


A rec room in the basement is large enough for multiple uses as well, whether it’s home entertainment, exercising, or a quiet work-from-home area. (The TV mounted here, as well as three others mounted in the home, convey.) There’s even space in the basement to carve out a fourth bedroom and add another bathroom (there’s already a bathroom rough-in). 


One of my favorite things about the house is actually the cute backyard oasis. A well-maintained Trex deck spills out onto landscaped beds of flowers and shrubs. There’s some privacy between neighbors, and the deck offers plenty of space for dining as a family, entertaining, and spreading out to work.

I know this property won’t last long, so give me a call at 703-585-3386 or email me at [email protected] if you’d like to see it.

Carriage Homes are in short supply in northern Virginia, and they don’t come on the market very often. While technically an “attached” structure like a town home, they look and feel more like a single family home. South Riding, a popular neighborhood in the Dulles South area of Loudoun County, happens to have a few areas of Carriage Homes scattered throughout the neighborhood. (You can read more about South Riding in one of our previous Blog posts.)

You’ll Fall in Love with This Immaculately Maintained Home at 25134 Fortitude Terrace

This particular new listing is located on a quiet street and near a World Trail walking path that meanders through the community with individual exercise stations along the path. It’s also just a few blocks from one of South Riding’s main roads, with access to the new Dulles South Recreation Center within walking distance in one direction and the elementary and high school both within walking distance in the other. 


Upon heading up the charming landscaped brick pathway to the front entrance of this Carriage Home and entering through the front door, you’ll immediately be greeted with an open floor plan and soaring ceilings. The two-story Living Room with light from windows above creates quite an impression. Coupled with the Formal Dining Room (with crown and chair rail molding) on the front of the house, it creates the perfect space for entertaining…whether you’re hosting a sit-down Holiday dinner for 10 or a stand-and-mingle party for 50. You’ll create the perfect mood, thanks to the sound system with speakers throughout the Main Level and over the back deck and patio.


Stunning Features and Upgrades Make This Carriage Home Stand Out

A cozy Family Room with a fireplace and adjoining upgraded Gourmet Kitchen provides a day-to-day hang out spot for cooking, noshing, watching TV, and hanging out. The gorgeous upgraded cherry cabinetry complements the warm hardwood floors found throughout the Main Level. An attractive tile backsplash, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances, some of which are brand new, add to the luxury. 


An eat-in “Breakfast Nook” is flooded with natural light, as are all the rooms in this well-designed floor plan. The picture window in the bonus Sunroom on the Main Level — perfect for use as a Home Office — offers a calming view of the wooded backyard. The cathedral ceiling and skylight add to this room’s allure. 

Beautiful Windows, Recessed Lighting, and Designer Light Fixtures Throughout…

The well-designed Upstairs features a Master Suite and two secondary bedrooms. The spacious Master Bedroom has large “His and Hers” walk-in closets, along with a spa-like Master Bath with skylight, soaking tub, shower stall, and double sinks. A window above the soaking tub affords relaxing views as you soak in a bubble bath at the end of a long day. 


One of the bedrooms on the front of the house has cathedral ceilings and a stunning Palladian window, continuing with the theme of grandeur and light. Plantation shutters grace the majority of windows in this home, allowing you to control the amount of light you let in. 


This Home is Move-In Ready with a Flexible Floor Plan to Meet Your Needs

Venturing into the full, finished basement, you’ll find a spacious Rec Room with a small wet bar, plus a separate Flexible Room to be used however you like. It would make another good home office, a room for guests, or a playroom for kids — or perhaps even a music room. This room has a huge adjacent walk-in closet that leads to a luxurious Full Bathroom complete with a large tiled shower stall and floor and wall tile imported from Italy. And there’s no need to worry about where to stash Holiday decorations, luggage, tools, and sports equipment in this home. A couple spacious closets and a mid-sized unfinished area in the basement provide ample storage space. 


One of my favorite features of this breathtaking home is the backyard oasis, complete with a small deck and patio. It’s the perfect amount of space for dining al fresco or relaxing around a fire pit, but without all the upkeep of having a large lawn to maintain. 


To get an even better look at this home, check out the photo slideshow or the virtual “Walk Through” tour. To schedule an appointment to see the home, contact listing agent and South Riding neighborhood expert Karen Broussard with 15 West Homes/Keller Williams Dulles at 703-585-3386

“Your New Hometown” is how you’re greeted when you enter South Riding on South Riding Boulevard from Route 50, just 2 miles west of the Fairfax County / Loudoun County border. And you do feel like you’re in a “hometown” pretty quickly. People who live here say it has the cohesive feel of a true neighborhood where people actually get to know their neighbors. Perhaps that’s because — while not gated — South Riding is self-contained by natural barriers that make its borders pretty clear. It’s flanked by Route 50 to the north, Poland Road on the east, and Braddock Road to the south. It was the first planned community in this “Dulles South” area, which has exploded in growth since the late 1990s.


There were several companies involved in building homes in South Riding over the years, with the majority of homes being built by Toll Brothers. Housing ranges from apartments and condos to townhouses of varying sizes, attached Carriage Homes, Village Homes with front porches, and mid-sized to large estate series homes. It’s no wonder many families living in South Riding have moved two or three times within the neighborhood — often upsizing as their family grew…and sometimes even downsizing as children go off to college and their needs change.  

South Riding Virginia home with front porch


Even almost 25 years after South Riding was founded, residents still maintain a close-knit community that transcends turnover from one family to the next. Perhaps it is due in part to the large HOA and an active event planning staff. Every month of the year, you can find activities sponsored by the South Riding Proprietary and local businesses. Popular summer events include Friday night concerts on the Town Green, as well as regular movies on the lawn near one of the pools.

Speaking of pools, South Riding has four. Some host group and private swim lessons and team practices and meets, while others have recreational features like a slide and kiddie water park. Dive In movies are held several times each summer at night. Kids and adults alike can relax in the pool while watching a movie projected on a large screen. You’ll also find numerous well-maintained playgrounds around the neighborhood for younger kids.  


South Riding even puts on its own hometown carnival called Celebrate South Riding for two days in early June. It’s a great kick-off to the summer, with rides, games, and carnival food. The Fourth of July is another highlight, with a parade leading to a fireworks viewing area with bands, concessions, and other activities. Another newer annual tradition is a family campout at one of the neighborhood parks. Families can pitch their tents and enjoy a hot dog dinner and s’mores by a campfire. For adults, there are comedy nights and the annual Fall Fest with beer and wine tastings.

Other events throughout the year include a Community Clean Up Day, Community Shred (for electronic recycling and document shredding), a Spring Festival, the Jingle Dash and “Glow” 5K races, a Halloween Parade, Book Swaps, visits with Santa, and a Community Wide Yard Sale.    


The newest addition to the community is the expanded Dulles South Recreation and Community Center, one of three rec centers to serve the county of Loudoun. Members and non-members have access to a full fitness center, two pools, rock climbing wall, a wide range of classes, and a senior center. If a smaller gym or cycling studio is more your style, there are plenty of those in the neighborhood, too, as well as running and cycling groups that meet up on a regular basis.  


For fitness for all ages, there are miles of trails for running, walking, or biking. One particular trail was recently marked with mileage markers and also has fitness stations along the way. For golfers looking for a course that’s convenient and reasonable, the South Riding Golf Club sits right in the middle of the community. The Pleasant Valley Golf Club, under the same ownership, is just a couple miles east. Tennis courts, some with lights, are scattered throughout the community, along with basketball courts, volleyball courts, soccer fields, and a new mountain biking course in the planning stages.  



Parents will find that there are plenty of local sports leagues, scouting troops, and service organizations to keep kids busy beyond the choices of activities offered at the various schools. Churches serving almost every religious affiliation are within close proximity, many meeting at the local schools. A large 1,200 seat Catholic Church a few miles west of South Riding is due to be complete in June 2021, while a Baptist Church completed in 2009 sits in the center of the community not far from Town Hall. Lutheran, Methodist, Anglican, Presbyterian, Mormon, and various thriving community and Bible churches all have a presence in or right near South Riding. There’s a Hindu temple right outside the community and synagogues just to the north in Ashburn.

With so much to do and get involved in, you can understand how South Riding is one of the most popular communities in northern Virginia and has maintained its property values. In addition, the community is served by top-ranked Loudoun County public schools, including 4 elementary schools (Little River, Hutchinson Farm, Liberty, and Cardinal Ridge), J.M. Lunsford Middle school, and Freedom High School. Paul VI Catholic High School is also relocating from Fairfax County. They will open their new campus along Braddock Road right across the street from one of South Riding’s southern entrances in the Fall of 2020. For younger children, there are now plenty of daycare centers, preschools, and Montessori schools in or within a few miles of the neighborhood. Toddlers and elementary-aged kids also love the many playgrounds scattered throughout the community.  



Retail and restaurant offerings have started to catch up to the growth of the community, with Dulles Landing opening just north of the community across Route 50. Here you will find a Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bed Bath & Beyond, Buy Buy Baby, Michael’s, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, and DSW — along with other stores, small businesses, and fast-casual restaurants. Avonlea, a mixed-use development just west of South Riding, is in the planning stages and promises to bring more retail and dining to the area. Of course, there are a couple of shopping centers in South Riding itself which give residents a choice of both Giant and Food Lion grocery stores. Various sit-down restaurants like Ford’s Fish Shack and Wine Styles wine bar are popular spots for adults to relax after a busy week. One of the shopping centers is anchored by Home Depot. Of course, no community would be complete without a Starbucks, and there’s a small one near Food Lion — and another just a couple of miles away at East Gate shopping center near the Harris Teeter.  



Even the Dulles South Public Safety Center is the first of its kind in Loudoun County, combining a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office stationed full Fire/Rescue Station. Sitting in the heart of the community, it gives residents a sense of safety and comfort. Residents have enjoyed the benefit of road improvements in the area over the past decade. Route 50 completed a long widening project a few years ago which has greatly reduced morning and evening rush hour gridlock. And with the newly expanded Loudoun County Parkway now offering direct access north to Ashburn  — and roads like Old Ox being widened — South Riding is more accessible than ever.

The Loudoun Gateway Metro station on the Silver Line is set to open in 2020. This makes the Metro more accessible, with just a 10-15 minute drive up Old Ox Road. In the meantime, many residents utilize one of the local Park and Ride stations to make daily work commutes easier. For both business and pleasure travel, getting to Dulles International Airport is a convenient 15-20 minute drive. For times when you want to relax and get away from the hustle-bustle of northern Virginia, you can venture westward on the older part of Route 50 to encounter the beautiful rolling landscape. You’ll find historic estates, horse farms, small towns, antique stores, and many wineries on the drive to Middleburg and the more rural parts of western Loudoun County.

With a great location and so much to offer, you’d be wise to consider making South Riding your own “new hometown.” Contact Us today if you’d like to have our help finding the best homes in this or any of Dulles South’s other family-friendly neighborhoods.