Town Square | Designer home collection debuts at Willowsford


(Courtesy of Shell Photographers)

The planned community of Willowsford in Loudoun County fully embraces the “farm-to-table” movement with a 300-acre farm providing products for the community and historically inspired architecture that reflects the area’s agrarian past.

A more modern twist on the classic farmhouse has been introduced at Willowsford. Line K homes —  created through a collaboration between designer Piet Boon and Ara Hovnanian, president and CEO of K. Hovnanian Homes — have a simplified farmhouse style outside with sleek modern spaces inside.

(Courtesy of Shell Photographers)

The 22 homes in the Line K collection will be built in the Grant Village at Willowsford with prices starting at $1.1 million.

Boon not only designed the homes, but he also chose the entire line of interior features and finishes such as wood floors, cabinets, faucets and tubs.

For more information, visit

Videocam lets buyers keep tabs on Bozzuto construction

Bozzuto Homes is using technology to give future residents of the upcoming 460NYA condo project in Northwest Washington — and anyone else who is interested — the ability to keep tabs on construction 24/7 in real time.

With a live camera installed at the scene, construction on the 11-story, 63-unit development at 460 New York Ave. NW in Mount Vernon Triangle can be viewed at

The same link also takes you to a time-lapse video so you can see what the project looked like in the earliest stages of development.

The condo is scheduled to open during the first quarter of 2015. For updates and information, visit


(Courtesy of Fox Hill Luxury Retirement Community)

Spring open house at Fox Hill retirement community in Bethesda

If you’re considering moving to a retirement community in the next few years, here’s your chance to get a sneak peak at Fox Hill Luxury Retirement Community in Bethesda on Sunday.

The open house includes a wine-and-cheese reception, live entertainment, a chef-prepared dinner and a tour of model homes and selected owners’ homes.

Entertainment includes concert pianist Daniel Villar, a classical string trio and the James Bazen jazz band.

The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at 8300 Burdette Rd. in Bethesda. The event is free and open to the public. Attire is business casual.

To RSVP, call 301-968-1850 or go to

Tip of the week

Low down payment loans aren’t always easy to find these days and most require borrowers to pay mortgage insurance that increases their monthly payments.

TD Bank recently rewrote the guidelines for its “Right Step” mortgage, a home loan program that features a low 3 percent down payment minimum so that borrowers no longer have to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI).

Besides eliminating the PMI requirement, the program has been expanded to reach more borrowers. Previously, the Right Step program was limited to borrowers with low-to-moderate incomes, up to 80 percent of area median income (according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 80 percent of area median income in D.C. is $85,600).

Now borrowers with higher incomes are also eligible as long as they purchase a home located in an area that is defined as low to moderate income.

For more information about the Right Step loan and other TD Bank mortgages, visit

Lerner is a freelance writer. To pass on a tip or news item, contact us at and put “Town Square” in the subject line.



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