When Kenny and Susan Kasnett heard that plans were underway to develop the land next to the Music Center at Strathmore, the couple was immediately intrigued by the idea of living in a parklike setting within a short walk of the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station.
They bought their home in Symphony Park from a set of blueprints and were among the first residents to move into the North Bethesda development 21/2 years ago.
“We were ready to downsize from our 7,000-square-foot home, and we love the style of the homes because they look like they belong in Europe,” said Kenny Kasnett, an executive vice president of Embrace Home Loans. “The other big perk is being able to walk next door and see the Moody Blues in concert.”
The community is bordered by Rockville Pike on the west, Strathmore Avenue on the north, Tuckerman Lane on the south and woods on the east.
Michael Harris Homes won the bid for the land adjacent to the Music Center at Strathmore in part because it was the only builder to incorporate the center into its plans, said Leslie Fitzpatrick, vice president of sales and marketing for Michael Harris Homes.
“We designed Symphony Park to be a campuslike setting with Strathmore, and buyers can enjoy a three-year membership in the Symphony Park Circle that gives them preferred access to tickets and events,” said Fitzpatrick. “Strathmore hosts parties for new owners, too, which has turned this into a very social neighborhood.”
Special outdoor spaces: Kasnett said the residents appreciate the high level of maintenance in the community, which has small parks with benches and a fountain.
“There’s plenty of green space around the homes and along the paths to Strathmore and the Metro,” said Kasnett.
Residents have private outdoor space on their roof terraces, which have views of the Strathmore Mansion, the Strathmore Music Center, the Mormon Temple and the Academy of the Holy Cross and Georgetown Prep campuses.
Many of the buyers at Symphony Park are empty-nesters like the Kasnetts, and Fitzpatrick said the homes were designed to meet the needs of downsizing buyers with plenty of storage, upscale finishes and an oversized two-car garage. Each home has an optional elevator. This month, Fitzpatrick said, the builder is offering a free elevator to buyers.
Flexible spaces: The Chelsea model, with 3,200 square feet, has a lower-level entrance hall with a gently curved staircase, a reception room and a media room or den. Buyers can choose to eliminate the wall between these spaces and create a large reception room or they can choose to put in a bedroom and a bathroom. The garage and storage space is also on this level.
The main floor has a living room with a bay window and an open dining room. At the back of this level are the open kitchen and family room, which has glass doors to a deck. Near the kitchen are a powder room and a pantry.
The upper-level master suite has an oversized walk-in closet, a large bedroom with a sitting area and a luxury bath with a spacious shower with a seat, a soaking tub and an extensive double-sink vanity with multiple drawers. This level also has a laundry room in the hall and a second bedroom with a full bath and double-door closet.
The top level has a loft with a vaulted ceiling and a glass door to the roof terrace and a second bedroom with a full bath. Buyers can convert this bedroom to a home office or take out the wall for an even larger loft.
“We tell our buyers to ignore the floor plan and to think about how they like to live,” said Fitzpatrick. “We help them accomplish what they want by moving walls and reconfiguring the spaces.”
Upscale features: The townhouses have four finished levels. The main level has hardwood flooring, tall windows with transoms, high ceilings, crown molding and a gas fireplace in the family room. The kitchen contains custom-designed 42-inch maple cabinets with molding, stainless-steel Viking appliances, granite counters and a large island. The master bath has Waterworks fixtures. The loft level has a roof terrace.
About 90 of the development’s 112 homes are occupied, and 26 homes have been sold during the past 12 months. Two of the remaining homes will be ready within 30 days and the rest should be complete by October or November.
Schools: Garrett Park Elementary School, Tilden Middle School, Walter Johnson High School.
Transit: Residents can walk to the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station on the Red Line in 10 minutes or walk to Rockville Pike for bus service.
Michele Lerner is a freelance writer.
10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda
The 10 remaining townhouses of the original 112 are base priced from $1.2 million to $1.7 million.
Builder: Michael Harris Homes
Features: The brownstones have four finished levels with two- or three-story front bay windows, a two-car garage, hardwood flooring on the main level, crown molding, recessed lighting, a gas fireplace in the family room, a loft level with a roof terrace, a luxurious master bath and a center-island kitchen with stainless-steel Viking appliances.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 or 4/2.5 or 3.5
Square footage: 3,200 to 3,900
Homeowner association fees: $255 per month
View models: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. Mondays
Sales office: Leslie Fitzpatrick, vice president of sales and marketing, at 301-493-0010; or LiveatSymphonyPark.com.