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Nosing Around Model Homes

I'll admit it. I love to browse decorated models of new homes, even though I haven't the slightest intention of buying one. My job gives me a pretty good excuse for such nosiness, of course, but I suspect I would be doing it anyway.

I got to indulge my habit for a story that appears in tomorrow's Real Estate section outlining the things individual home sellers and buyers can learn from the pros who outfit model homes. One thing I learned that wouldn't fit into the story: Real-looking plastic food and drinks are expensive! Just one faux Pilsener glass of beer costs $22. But if you're into that sort of thing, here's where you can buy a chocolate sundae that never melts.

Another tidbit that didn't make it into the story: Luxury-home builder Toll Brothers recently opened a 10,000-square foot design studio in Chantilly. It includes vignettes showing seven kitchens, six bathrooms, several types of other rooms, plus all of Toll's choices for lighting, countertops, faucets, tiles, cabinets and appliances. It's open to window-shoppers like me on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. For directions, call 703-481-8655.

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By Elizabeth Razzi  |  March 13, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Buying  
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