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Saturday, August 23, 2014

New houses sprouting up on site of former plant nursery

The Westover model home in the Callaway development.

Eight homes in the new Callaway housing development on Little River Turnpike in Annandale have already sold – before the first model home opened on Aug. 21. Those sales were made from the Oakton office of the builder, Stanley Martin Homes.

The development, on the site of the former Campbell and Ferrara plant nursery, will have a total of 29 houses. Only two have been completed so far. The houses won’t be built until they are sold.

The Thurston (left) and Westover model homes.
There are three designs: The Thurston model starts at $799,990, and both the Newgate and Westover models start at $815,900. All three have four bedrooms, a two-car garage, and two and a-half to four and a-half bathrooms. The houses range from 3,154 to 4,363 square feet.

Standard features include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, large walk-in closets, hardwood floors in some areas, a gas fireplace, security systems, and an unfinished basement. Buyers can pay extra for things like hardwood floors throughout the house. The only access to the development is from Willow Run Drive.

What makes the Callaway stand out from other new developments is its bright, open design, the additional space between houses, and the location, says sales assistant Helga Imer. The backyard is 20 feet deep and the distance between houses is 15 feet. Also, she notes, it’s rare to find land for new housing inside the beltway.

Residents will be charged a $130 monthly fee to the homeowners association, which will cover things like maintenance of the common areas, roads, and snow removal. There are plans for a tot lot, dry pond for stormwater management, gazebo, and 26 parking spaces for guests. When the development is completed, control of the HOA will transfer from Stanley Martin Homes to the residents. 

Houses won't be built until they are sold.
Both the adjacent Willow Run community and Mason District Land Use Committee had opposed the project, citing concerns about excessive density, traffic, and stormwater drainage. The original proposal called for 33 houses packed into the 8.79-acre property. The Fairfax County Planning Commission approved a revised plan by Stanley Martin in June 2012. Campbell and Ferrara, which had been in that location for 68 years, closed last summer.

Schoolchildren who live in Callaway would attend Weyanoke Elementary School, Holmes Middle School, and Annandale High School. 


  1. They have to be the worst architecturally deficient houses ever built. Pity the day a big wind comes along for a huff and a puff will blow the houses fown

  2. Ugly as sin. Too big, too crowded and with only a view of Little River Turnpike. They will overflow to my street to park their cars and deposit their dog shit.

  3. The last thing we need is more poorly constructed McMansions! Truly unfortunate that Fairfax County continues to allow this type of construction to occur. Make one wonder how these things get approved.....