When the Fredericksburg Area Builders Association’s Parade of Homes kicks off this weekend, the participants will include a newcomer to the parade that’s also a newcomer to Virginia.

Quality Built Homes Inc., owned by brothers Rodney and Dale Gertz, has been operating in Southern Maryland for 35 years and is currently building in 17 communities there. Seeing a good opportunity to expand across the Potomac into King George, the company broke ground for Oakwood Estates in 2016.

Sarah Tilt Lane, Quality Built’s sales manager for Oakwood Estates, said the community is being built in two phases and will include 185 single-family homes on 1-acre sites when completed in nine or 10 years. Twenty homes have been sold in the community so far.

“The brothers have a lot of experience building homes and they keep tweaking them to make them better and better,” Lane said during a recent interview at Quality Built’s model home.

She said the company made its first foray into Virginia, and particularly King George, for several reasons. For starters, the cost of doing business is a somewhat lower here than north of the Potomac, and King George’s relatively low real estate taxes make it attractive for home buyers.

The company also recognized a good opportunity based on the subdivision’s location between U.S. 301 and State Route 206, or Dahlgren Road.

“We have [Naval Support Facility Dahlgren] people coming in and some coming across from Southern Maryland,” Lane said. “We’re getting people from within King George who like the idea of our private wells and septic.”

Amenities will be phased in as the community grows. The playground will be completed when 25 houses are sold, tennis courts at 50 houses, clubhouse at 75 houses and the pool at 100 houses.

Lane sees the variety of home styles available at Oakwood Estates as setting the community apart. Quality Built offers 16 different styles including both one- and two-level models. She said the 16 do not just have different elevations, or façades, but they are different homes with different floor plans and a range of prices and total square footage.

Homes range from 2,200 finished square feet on one level to 3,200 square feet on two levels. Every house comes with an unfinished basement standard that would double the ranch style to 4,400 square feet and boost a two-story to nearly 4,800 square feet.

Base prices range from $378,000 to $421,900 in Phase I, and $385,000 to $431,000 in Phase II, for which ground is just being broken.

The company’s model at Oakwood Estates is The Fairfax, which is the community’s top-end two-story Colonial and shows off a long list of the options that are offered. The standard Fairfax has four bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a half bath. A finished basement adds a bedroom and full bath.

Lane said that a replicated version of the model would cost about $560,000.

In addition to having all the bells and whistles, the model is staged by Interior Concepts of Fairfax County with furnishings that make it look and feel comfortably inviting.

The model’s exterior of stone, beaded siding, pediment windows and multiple gables lends abundant curb appeal. A landscaping package is standard.

Visitors arrive at a covered concrete porch and enter into a foyer with hardwood flooring. There’s a living room to the left and a formal dining room to the right that’s defined by a column rather than walls to enhance the feeling of spaciousness. There are nine-foot ceilings here and on the lower level.

In addition to the options that are offered, certain floor plan changes can be made as well. “Quality Built is not a custom builder, but they are really good at making modifications,” Lane said.

Behind the living room is a half-bath and a study that could serve as an overflow guest quarters.

A hallway from the foyer leads to a wide-open area that includes the family room, kitchen and breakfast area. A focal point of the family room is the fireplace, which is upgraded to stone in the model. The coffered family room ceiling is also an upgrade.

Plenty of space is devoted to the kitchen, which features a large triangular island. It and the counters are covered in granite, which is standard in the Fairfax, as are the 42-inch maple cabinets. Black appliances are upgraded to fingerprint resistant slate in the model. A gas cooktop is fueled by propane, which also supplies the fireplace and tankless water heater, which is standard.

The breakfast area, which also is standard, doubles as a sunroom thanks to the windows on three sides that make it a bright and welcoming space. Steps away is outdoor access to the model’s deck and stamped concrete patio.

The four upstairs bedrooms include the large and comfortable master suite. There’s a sitting area adjacent to the bedroom, which has a tray ceiling, and the luxurious master bath’s vanities have granite tops as an upgrade. The model also steps it up with a freestanding tub rather than a corner tub, and a custom, multi-fixture tile and glass shower.

The three secondary bedrooms share a hallway bath. A simple but innovative feature is a vent above each bedroom door, serving the role of transom and allowing air to circulate in and out of the room while the door is closed.

The basement is finished in the model and offers various spaces for home theater, game tables and other recreational pursuits. Finished basements also get a bedroom and full bath. All basements have either walkout or stairwell outdoor access as well as utility and storage space.

The model has an efficient, dual-zone heating and cooling system. Buyer has choice of surround sound pre-wiring or a Skybell doorbell camera.

Richard Amrhine: 540/374-5406


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