Having a full-service cafe and bar within your neighborhood is a huge bonus after a long commute. While some neighborhoods might have places close by, the homeowners in Embrey Mill are greeted at the community’s entrance with a host of services and amenities created just for them.

That’s one of the features that drew many of the new residents to the 831-acre mixed-use, master-planned development set in the hills of historic Stafford.

“We love meeting with some of our new friends at the Embrey House at the end of a long day for a glass of wine,” resident Kathlene Horsley said. She added that the cafe’s owner has created an environment that is warm and inviting and “they have amazing food.”

Horsley said she and her husband were impressed with the wide variety of builders and development plans for green spaces, sports fields, trails and community centers. She also said that with the Interstate 95 HOV currently under construction, it will make this area “extremely accessible to D.C. and help cut down on the headache of driving into the city, if needed. And if we desire a more small-town feel, we have the option of going south to Fredericksburg 10 miles down the road.”

Embrey Mill was built with the busy commuter in mind, according to Dorothy Morrison, marketing director with developer Newland Communities.

An estimated 1,827 new homes consisting of single-family residences and townhomes are expected to be built.

Concierge services: The Embrey House is the residents’ prime gathering spot, offering an on-site restaurant, bar and concierge services. There’s even a call-ahead service for quick pickup for residents who prefer to take their food home.

The Embrey House feels like a cozy country club, where residents are warmly greeted with familiar faces and enticing spots to unwind. There’s a snug reading area; a restaurant and bar known as the Before ‘n’ After Cafe, a local favorite that expanded into the subdivision; and an exercise room. When the weather warms, residents can take advantage of a large resort-style pool with a kids’ play area as well as an outdoor summer kitchen and patio that will offer poolside food service.

Among the multiple outdoor sitting areas is an “edible garden.” Morrison says this will be a place where residents can come sit and eat food directly from the garden.

Embrey House’s exterior was inspired by the Towson House, a historic home adjacent to the quarries that supplied the sandstone used to build the U.S. Capitol. The Embrey family later became the owners of the Towson House.

Home styles vary: Builders in Embrey Mill include Atlantic Builders, Brookfield Residential, Integrity Homes, K. Hovnanian Homes, Miller & Smith and Richmond American Homes. Architecture styles include prairie, craftsman, Victorian/farmhouse, classical revival and Colonial revival.

Interior features include a study nook off the great room and a kitchen with granite counters, maple cabinetry and stainless-steel appliances. The owners’ suite bathroom includes double sinks, an oval soaking tub, a seated shower and a huge walk-in closet that can double as a dressing room.

The subdivision offers townhomes that start in the high $200,000s and range from 1,600 to 2,550 square feet. The single-family homes start in the high $300,000s and range from 1,900 to 4,200 square feet. There’s a mix of rear-load and front-load garages throughout the community.

Miller & Smith offers two floor plans. The Sentinel starts at $289,990, ranges from 2,116 to 2,236 square feet and comes with three bedrooms and a recreation room. The Cavalier is 2,332 to 2,464 square feet, starts at $312,000 and comes with the option of a fourth bedroom and 3.5 bathrooms.

Each of these townhomes has a private fenced-in back yard, a penthouse master suite and a kitchen with a granite island, stainless steel appliances and main-level hardwood floors throughout.

Integrity Homes offer three floor plans ranging from $439,990 to $449,990. One of those homes is the Woodley Park, with more than 3,169 square feet of space. It includes four or five bedrooms and 2.5 to 4.5 bathrooms and comes with a rear two-car detached garage and a finished lower-level recreation room.

Schools: Winding Creek Elementary School, H.H. Poole Middle School, Colonial Forge High School (also two proposed on-site Stafford District schools).

(By Carisa Crawford-Chappell, a freelance writer)

Embrey Mill
25 Apricot St., Stafford, Va.
Townhouses range from the high $200,000s to about $350,000; single-family houses range from the high $300,000s to the high $500,000s.

Builders: Atlantic Builders, Brookfield Residential, Integrity Homes, K. Hovnanian Homes, Miller & Smith and Richmond American Homes.

Sales office: 540-492-4880 or www.embreymill.com.