Jack Nicklaus, 2,000 Homes and a Farm

by Mark Wellborn

Rendering of home at Nicklaus Village.

Some interesting things have been happening on the real estate front in Loudoun County recently.

Earlier this week, news came that golf legend Jack Nicklaus will have a house at Nicklaus Village, a 25-home development that will be part of Creighton Farms, a golf community in Aldie, VA about an hour’s drive from DC. The community is being developed by Southworth Development and will be located not far from the golf course designed by Nicklaus at Creighton Farms.

In other Loudoun County-related real estate news, the Washington Business Journal’s Tierney Plumb reported today that Willowsford, a 2,175-home community that is being built about six miles west of the Loudoun County/Fairfax County border, will have its own farm where produce will be grown for residents.

Plumb reports that developer Rockpoint Land, LLC is in the process of picking a farmer and that half of the project’s 4,000 acres will be set aside for the farm and open space. The homes will range in price from the mid-$600,000s to more than $1 million, and start at 2,800 square feet.

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  1. jag said at 2:16 pm on Friday March 25, 2011:

    “Plumb reports that developer Rockpoint Land, LLC is in the process of picking a farmer and that half of the project’s 4,000 acres will be set aside for the farm and open space.”

    Intriguing. There are a million different negatives that sprawl cause, but it’s interesting to see a unique attempt to ameliorate a couple of those negatives.

  1. LG said at 2:28 pm on Friday March 25, 2011:

    Very intriguing. Every new development should have a farm!

  1. Rob said at 3:11 pm on Friday March 25, 2011:

    I fail to see how replacing 4,000 acres of farmland with 2,000 acres of houses and a 2,000 acre farm does anything to ameliorate sprawl.  It’s good marketing, but that’s it.

  1. jag said at 3:21 pm on Friday March 25, 2011:

    Rob, of course it’s not anywhere near net-positive, but it’s obviously better than using all the farmland/having to cut down 2,000 acres of rainforest and importing the food from South America. It’s an intriguing attempt to achieve some semblance of ecological balance, though obviously it still fails completely in that respect, overall.

  1. Rob said at 3:32 pm on Friday March 25, 2011:

    True.  I guess I’m seeing the glass as 95% empty, and you’re seeing it as 5% full.

  1. bill said at 5:15 pm on Friday March 25, 2011:

    yeah, if people really cared about hip sustainability issues they probably wouldn’t buy 2,800 square feet of house. it really is about marketing. you CAN have your cake and eat it too, for $600,000.

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