In April of 2008, I wrote a post detailing how the new home builders were bailing out of our area as the market weakened, and pointed out the KB Home community at Martin’s Chase in Ashburn specifically. We’ve seen builders coming back into the county over the course of the last year. Lennar reopened in Martin’s Chase last summer, and has been selling out as fast as they are releasing lots. Well, KB Home is now back as well…they held a Grand Opening last Saturday, and have homesites available from the ‘low $400’s’.
I just took a look online at the three different floorplans they are offering, and two of them are nothing like what you have seen in Loudoun County to date. On the main level of two of the homes is the front foyer, laundry room, kitchen, and “great room”. That’s it. No formal dining room, no formal living room, no office-den-study-library. The upstairs is more traditionally laid out, and the overall square footage is 2400-2600, so the great room is probably pretty large. The last model is a 3200 square foot home that has the combined formal living/dining room on the front of the home (although the kitchen is on the opposite side of the home, in the back, so you’d have to walk through the great room to bring food to the dining room). I’ll be interested to see how the homebuyers in Loudoun react to these floorplans. We hear all the time that people don’t use those formal rooms, that they are a waste of space….buyers now have a chance to put their money where their mouth is and buy a home without them.
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