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For Many in New Community, Thrill of Victory

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By Susan Straight
Special to The Washington Post
Saturday, February 28, 2009

From their front yards, residents of Victory Promenade in Landover can easily see their best-known neighbor: FedEx Field looms just a short walk away.

But people who live in the new three-story luxury townhouses are also getting to know their other neighbors. They have already organized their own community group aimed at keeping the young neighborhood clean, safe and organized.

The neighborhood isn't finished -- fewer than half of the 413 planned homes have been built. Residents began moving there in early 2007.

The downturn in the housing market means that construction has slowed. "We would have hoped the neighborhood would have been closer to being built out, but the neighbors and the amenities are the most anyone would need," resident Jesse Mejia said.

The three-story brick-front townhouses range in size from 1,414 to about 2,500 square feet. Kitchens are open, with center islands and granite countertops. There are five styles, with two to four bedrooms. Centex, the developer, is advertising models priced beginning at $249,990.

The neighborhood is a short walk to Metro's Morgan Boulevard station. Entertainment and shopping are short drive away at the Boulevard at the Capital Centre, the shopping center where the old arena used to be.

"It's right in the heart of Prince George's County, and with the Metro, the whole city is at your feet," resident Keith Adams said.

Adams, a longtime Prince George's resident, wanted to live close to Metro. "I wanted to move inside the Beltway. I'm a season-ticket holder for the Redskins. I saw them building [Victory Promenade] and thought, 'That deserves a second look,' " he said.

Redskins fans who exit Metro at the Morgan Boulevard station walk past Victory Promenade to the stadium, nine-tenths of a mile from the station.

Victory Promenade residents learned last season that it can get congested on game day. "It's not a problem before the game, but after the game, it can be a little bit chaotic," Adams said. "But it only happens 10 times a year. We've talked to the Redskins and will meet with them in the spring."

He said: "People do the right thing if given the opportunity. If people see [trash cans] they'll throw their litter there rather than in a yard." But normally the neighborhood is peaceful, with tidy, well-maintained streets conducive to easy walking.

Like many of his neighbors, Adams walks the few minutes to Metro and then takes a 25-minute ride downtown. "I work by Metro Center, so living within walking distance of Metro was really appealing," he said.


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