Preliminary plans for the newest East Marlton section have been approved for 572 units, and of those units, site plans have been approved for nearly 100 single-family homes and about 300 townhouses, according to information from Pleasants Development, which manages the land for owner Lake Marlton Limited Partnership. East Marlton could have a maximum of more than 1,300 residential units.
Elsewhere in Marlton, the as yet undeveloped Marlton Town Center is zoned for commercial and office space as well as residential units, and there is also a provision for elderly housing, according to information from the company.
One of the early draws to Marlton was its nine-hole golf course and country club, which opened in 1968. Over time, the course struggled and eventually closed, and the fairways went dormant until 1989. Then Lake Marlton LP purchased the land and hired Ault, Clark and Associates to refurbish the course, adding another nine holes.
The course reopened in 1998 and is operated by Kemper Sports as a public facility. Frank Abood Jr., who grew up in Marlton and learned to play golf on the local course, now works there as a manager. Abood, whose father was the golf professional at the country club, says he is amazed by Marlton’s growth. “I hardly recognize the neighborhood now,” he said, remembering the rural beginnings when residents had to go to Clinton or Waldorf to shop.
Marlton’s iconic gazebo, visible from U.S. 301, was the original gateway to the community. Over the years, the structure fell into disrepair until residents campaigned to save it. Clara White, who has lived in Marlton since 1976, said locals helped raise thousands of dollars to fix the gazebo. “A lot of volunteers from the community made that happen,” Manning added.
Living there: U.S. 301 is on the west, Croom Road is on the north and east, and Duley Station Road is on the south.
Much of the eastern area of Marlton is undeveloped. Marlton housing “runs the whole spectrum,” said John Lesniewski, the president-elect of the Prince George’s County Association of Realtors and a broker with Re/Max United. “It’s been a 50-year work in progress” from small townhouses to 3,500-square-foot detached homes, for everyone from young couples to homeowners “making lots of money,” he said.
There are even apartments for senior citizens.
Older two-level townhouses are selling from $99,000 to $120,000, while there are currently five newer three-level townhouses on the market at prices ranging from $263,400 to $329,000. There are four detached single-family homes on the market now for standard sale, with prices from $200,000 to $314, 950. There are five short sales, with asking prices between $140,000 and $240,000. Twenty-nine standard-sale single-family detached homes sold in the past 12 months for between $110,000 and $435,000. Ten foreclosures sold for between $135,000 and $281,601.
Shopping: Two grocery stores serve the area. Other shopping options are available in Upper Marlboro as well as Bowie and Waldorf, 15 to 20 minutes away.
Marlton is just outside the reach of Metrobus, but County buses stop in nearby Upper Marlboro near the courthouse, and the 20 and 21 routes go to Metrorail stations.
Schools: Public schools include Marlton and Mattaponi elementaries, James Madison Middle, and Frederick Douglass High.
Jim Brocker is a freelance writer.