Dominion Valley Country Club Homes, Haymarket, VA

Welcome to a lifetime of Saturdays® at Dominion Valley Country Club®! Nestled in Northern Virginia beneath the beautiful Bull Run Mountains is an oasis of rolling landscapes, natural ponds, gentle streams, and beautiful mountain vistas.

Designed to take full advantage of mother nature's splendor, this gated community features a spectacular Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course with emerald-green fairways, picturesque mountain views, and challenging water holes. And the golf course is just the beginning of the wealth of resort-style amenities Dominion Valley has to offer! You'll also find a state-of-the-art Sports Pavilion, grand Clubhouse, private parks and playgrounds within the community, neighborhood schools, shopping, and dining, 17 miles of walking and biking trails, and more!

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Combined with a wide array of Toll Brothers award-winning luxury homes and convenient access to the major employment centers of Reston, Fairfax, and Washington, DC, Dominion Valley has it all – making your dreams come true!

But in the rolling hills of Haymarket, VA, the gated Dominion Valley is on a roll.  Sales of homes this year are up double-digit percentage points over the same period in 2009, and the community’s visitor’s center is welcoming an average of 25 to 30 prospects each weekend.  Frequent hammering of nails into wood may interrupt concentration on the golf course but it is music to Dominion Valley’s sales agents.  Confidence in the community is running high:  The developer just built a new clubhouse restaurant called Mulligans (named not for a do-over shot but rather for Arnold Palmer’s dog); the small and stylish restaurant features TV screens in the booths and plug-ins for children’s game players, a clever touch.
       
Dominion Valley’s recent success in the face of a withering housing recession is a consequence of location and pedigree.  A mile and a half from I-66 and just an hour and 15 minutes from the nation’s capital -- but much closer to the many office parks west of the city -- Dominion Valley counts a wide range of business people among its residents, including consultants, lobbyists, military personnel and many other government officials who don’t require daily commutes to the city.  Haymarket offers plenty enough services and Dominion Valley enough amenities.  More importantly, the community is just 20 minutes from Dulles International Airport, one of the easiest to use large airports in the nation.

Surprisingly for a community with year-round golf, just 15% of Dominion Valley's residential population is retired.  The age-restricted (55+) Regency community across the street is the option for those who have raised their children and would just as soon live in a place free of school buses.  Both Dominion Valley and Regency residents benefit from a huge shopping complex, Merchants Square, just outside their gates, that was originally developed by Toll Brothers.
Philadelphia-based Toll Brothers takes a rather conservative approach to its properties, which is the right personality trait to weather the housing mess of the last three years.  At Dominion Valley, you won’t find any vacant lots because the company only sells lot and home packages.  When you buy, they build -- no speculators thank you very much.  This approach has helped Dominion Valley control the way it looks to prospective buyers; unlike many other communities, you won’t find “vacant” lots in Dominion Valley.

With 2,200 homes already built in Dominion Valley’s first nine years, the development is about 70% complete.  The community offers four different types of “product,” ranging from the “neo-traditional” single-family homes of the Village Collection, with prices beginning just under $400,000, to the Estate Collection whose homes begin in the high $600s and can range up to nearly 5,000 square feet and seven figures.  The Carolina and Executive Collections anchor the mid-range selections, at prices from the $400s to the $600s.  Dominion Valley really doesn’t have much local competition in its price ranges; homes at the lush and consciously sophisticated Creighton Farms, about a half hour up Highway 15, start above $1 million and other golf communities in the area do not offer private golf or the range of mid-six figure homes of Dominion Valley.  (Note:  Watch this space for a review of Creighton Farms in the coming days.)
       
Palmer, who has received the bulk of Toll Brothers’ golf course commissions, was responsible for the sprawling layout at the heart of the community, as well as a shorter course (par 62) across the street at The Regency, an age-restricted Toll Brothers community.  Although golf membership is not required of residents of Dominion Valley, a dedicated golfer will find one of the club’s two golf memberships a good deal.  Full-family golf initiation fees for a resident are $5,500, with $2,500 paid by Toll Brothers (or a homeowner who is a member) at the time of a house purchase.  Dues are $385 per month.   Dominion Valley’s unique “preferred” membership is just $300 for initiation, and $150 per month, but play is restricted to after 1 p.m. on weekdays and after 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday.  However, “preferred” members have access to the club’s fitness center and are permitted to play unlimited golf at the Regency course.

Dominion Valley members also have access to the 26 other golf courses Toll Brothers manages across the U.S.  A member of any one of the courses has playing privileges at all others with payment of a cart fee only.  A few days after my visit to Dominion Valley, I met a member of a Toll Brothers sister course, Belmont, in Ashburn, VA, just 40 minutes from Dominion.  He told me the reciprocal arrangement with Dominion was a great feature, although he lowered his voice to say “our course (Belmont) is better.”
       
That is saying something because the Dominion golf course is excellent, well manicured and fun to play.  All the customary Palmer Design touches are in place, including the wide fairways, large bunkers and large, sloping greens.  But as a nod to a wide range of golfers including the many juniors who use the course, the customary Palmer bunkers-on-steroids are more visual elements than in-play hazards.  Still, some pieces of marshland and other scrubby areas between fairways and greens make club selection especially important.  The Little Bull Run Creek also comes into play on a few holes.
     
The greens at Dominion Valley are approachable in large part because they are big, with plenty of opportunities for challenging pin positions.  On the day I played, the greens were still recovering from aeration a week earlier.  This turned out to be fortuitous in a way, saving me from certain three-putts when I wound up above the hole.  Bunkers around the greens were very much in play, with many guarding the center front, leaving no option for run-up shots.  I played the blue tees and thought the course played a bit easier than the 70.7 rating and 137 slope suggested, but when the greens recover and roll much faster, the course will toughen up significantly.

If you would like to know more about Dominion Valley or would like me to arrange for a Toll Brothers representative to provide you with detailed information about the golf club and real estate opportunities, please contact me.