From a fountain in the circular driveway to a two-part swimming pool, Arundel Forest is designed to look more like a resort than a typical housing development.
Plans call for 291 properties — 143 single-family dwellings, 44 carriage (duplex) homes and 104 townhouses — to be built on a 150-acre former apple orchard near Fort Meade in Severn.
Efforts have been made to equip the new Toll Brothers community with vacation-property amenities such as a clubhouse with an outdoor fireplace and a swimming pool with lap lanes and wading area. Trees lining the entry road are illuminated at night.
“We take a lot of pride in the overall feel of the neighborhood,” said Nate Beidle, senior project manager for Arundel Forest.
The Pennsylvania-based builder has begun construction on all three types of houses. The single-family model is open for viewing. The carriage house model is to open in May and the townhouse model in June.
There are two floor plans for the carriage house, three for the townhouses and six for the single-family homes. There are multiple facades for the single-family homes, so it’s possible that two adjacent houses will be identical on the inside but look different from the outside. One might have a wrap-around porch; another might have a columned portico.
“It makes a better streetscape,” Beidle said.
Get what you want: With its proximity to Fort Meade, Northrop Grumman and the MARC station in Odenton, the development is attracting buyers who work in the defense contracting field and government workers, Beidle said. Buyers represent various demographics, from young families with children to older couples with grandchildren, he says.
Norvel Dillard, with his wife and college-age son, will move into their new four-bedroom, three-bathroom house in May. Dillard, who works at the Pentagon, says he likes the easy commute from the nearby MARC station.
But said he was particularly impressed with the customer service and the many options offered by Toll Brothers in Arundel Forest. “It’s almost like a custom build,” said Dillard, who is moving from another Severn neighborhood. “You can get what you want.”
Many variations: The single-family homes come in six designs, ranging from the 2,909-square-foot Woodstock ($544,995), which has four bedrooms and 21 / 2 bathrooms, to the approximately 3,362-square-foot Harvard model ($591,995), which has four bedrooms, 31 / 2 bathrooms and a three-car garage.
The Palmerton has a first-floor master suite. The Yates has an optional study or bedroom on the first floor. The Columbia and Harvard models both feature sunken family rooms.
In the Harvard, the master suite has a sitting room, walk-in closet and large bathroom with soaking tub and shower and a smaller suite with a standard bathroom.
All models have optional additions and extensions. Features such as tray ceilings, double wall ovens and fireplaces can be added in various floor plans.
The townhouses have three models, all of which have two-car garages. Prices start at $431,995, and they range in size from 2,272 square feet to 2,664 square feet.
The carriage houses, which are back-to-back duplexes, are offered in two models, both featuring two-car garages. Prices start at $481,995.
The approximately 2,616-square-foot Bucknell model has a master suite on the first floor off the great room, which has cathedral ceilings. This model has a powder room, living room and two-story dining room. On the second floor, it has an open loft, two bedrooms with walk-in closets and a full bathroom.
In the Brookmere, a sunroom off the family room is optional. The three bedrooms and two full bathrooms are on the second floor. A second-floor laundry room is optional.
Amenities and shopping: The development will have three playgrounds, including one at the clubhouse, which is expected to open in summer 2015.
Lawn care is included for townhouses and carriage houses. Cardinal Management is the property management company.
A grocery store, pharmacy and the Severn Square Shopping Center with pizza, dry cleaners and barber are located nearby on Route 175. Arundel Mills mall, which has outlet shopping, restaurants, supermarkets and Maryland Live Casino, is three miles away.
Schools: Jessup Elementary, Meade Middle School, Meade Senior High School. Nearby private schools include Annapolis Area Christian School, Severn School, Archbishop Spalding High School and Monsignor Slade Catholic School.
Commuting: The development is near Routes 175, 32 and 100 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. It is less than 20 miles from downtown Baltimore and less than 30 miles from downtown Washington. The MARC train stops in Odenton, which is about four miles away.
Laura Barnhardt Cech is a freelance writer.
8220 St. Francis Drive, Severn
The single-family homes start at $544,995, carriage homes $481,995, townhouses $431,995.
Builder: Toll Brothers
Features: Hardwood flooring in the foyer and kitchen, oak staircases and granite countertops are standard. Most models feature two-zone heating and air conditioning and two-car garages. Many models feature rooms with vaulted or tray ceilings, and have optional extensions and additions.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: Townhouses: 3/2 to 4; carriages: 3/2.5; single family: 3 to 4 /2.5 to 3.5
Square footage: 2,272 to 3,362
Homeowners association fees: Monthly fees are $90 for single-family houses, $140 for carriage houses and $130 for townhouses.
View models: Daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sales office: 443-257-2745 or www.tollbrothers.com/MD/Arundel_Forest