Description/Overview

Introduction

We welcome your visit to our website. This page gives you an overview of our community and the Homeowners Association. If you are a visitor, we are glad you are interested and hope you consider purchasing one of our townhomes. If you are a current homeowner, please use this website as the portal for obtaining information about our Homeowners Association, its documents, current news articles about what’s happening in our community and other information of interest.

The Elan Mews-Royal Court community is a pleasant neighborhood of townhomes in a tree shaded setting, adjacent to other residential areas and parkland. We are conveniently located in the suburban Annandale area of Fairfax County, yet within easy commuting distance to urban employment centers such as the Tysons Corner-Dulles Airport corridor and metropolitan Washington DC. Bus service to the Pentagon runs through our community with two stops right on Jayhawk Street. Elan Mews-Royal Court residents enjoy quick access to the Capital Beltway. Very good schools and shopping centers are within walking distance. Many places of worship, a large regional library, and several nearby county parks and recreational facilities make Elan Mews-Royal Court an ideal place to live.

Residents of our community originate from many diverse ethnic backgrounds and have found in Elan Mews-Royal Court an inviting and safe neighborhood in which to live and raise their children. Here they enjoy the benefits of a community in which common areas are taken care of by a Homeowners Association and property values are maintained by all townhome owners adhering to pre-established architectural standards.

Description

Our community is comprised of 236 individual townhouses with common areas throughout. There are 84 houses in Elan Mews and 152 houses in Royal Court. The common area includes all land adjacent to individual properties, sidewalks not on townhouse property, parking areas, roads, two tot lots and a 1.1 acre open field, all maintained by the Homeowners Association.

Constructed in the early 1970s, townhouses in the Elan Mews section were designed in a “California Contemporary” style and built by Elan Joint Ventures, a partnership of Hersand Builders, Inc. and NAHC Erection Corp. Royal Court townhouses were designed in an architectural style inspired by, and painted with colors found in, Colonial Williamsburg. Royal Court was constructed by Richmarr Development Co. Each townhouse property includes an open front yard with sidewalks, the house, and a fenced backyard. Exterior maintenance of townhouse property, in accordance with Homeowners Association rules and regulations, is each homeowner’s responsibility.

Homeowners Association

The Elan Mews-Royal Court Homeowners Association (the “Association”) was incorporated on May 4, 1972 as a not-for-profit corporation in Virginia. The Association is a legal entity formed to provide overall management of common property, resources and services, and to protect the interests of all residents, owners as well as tenants (residents other than owners), in Elan Mews-Royal Court.

Membership in the Association is automatic with the purchase of a townhouse. Each townhouse owner is a member of the Association. For purposes of voting on Association matters during Association meetings, each townhouse has one vote.

Board of Directors

The Association’s affairs are conducted by a Board of Directors (the Board). The members of the Board are elected by Association members. The Board meets once a month, usually on the third Tuesday. Meetings begin at 6:30 PM, and are open to all residents. Meeting locations and dates are shown elsewhere on this website.

Membership on the Board, and its committees, is open to all homeowners. The Board solicits and encourages your attendance at Board meetings and your participation in the projects and activities of the Association.

History

Developed in the early 1970s, Elan Mews-Royal Court located near the center of Annandale, Virginia, was built on farmland that what was until then known as Ravensworth Farms. Farming characterized much of Annandale, and indeed Fairfax County, well into the 1960s.

Land records can be traced to the original land grant by the English crown of more than 22,000 acres to one John Matthews in the mid-1600s. In 1685 Colonel William H. Fitzhugh purchased this land from Matthews. Fitzhugh hired overseers to manage the land which was worked by slaves as one of the largest tobacco plantations in Northern Virginia. This plantation was named Ravensworth by the Fitzhugh family. For over six generations, members of the Fitzhugh family farmed at Ravensworth, slowly selling off portions of the land. It was not until 1830 that the plantation name was no longer used. In its place the community was named Annandale, after the Scottish village located at the mouth of the Annan River. To this day Annandale is an unincorporated community within Fairfax County, Virginia, and is part of County Board of Supervisors’ Mason District.

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