While developers focus on creating town centers surrounded by single-family houses, townhouses and condos within walking distance of shops and restaurants to appeal to the modern desire for walkability, there are still plenty of people who prefer a rural setting. For those looking for property with two to three acres and space for horseback riding and hiking, six houses are being built by Mitchell & Best Next Door at Watkins Preserve.

The 14-acre property, purchased in 2007 by Rory S. Coakley, president of Coakley Realty in Rockville, is off Woodfield Road south of Damascus, Md.

Watkins Preserve includes one completed house priced at $849,000, which includes four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The house has a living room and formal dining room, each with an arched entryway, on either side of the foyer.

The main level also has a study and an open floor plan at the back of the house that includes a family room with a coffered ceiling and a fireplace, a center island kitchen, and a breakfast area.

Upstairs are four bedrooms, including a master bedroom with a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a soaking tub and separate fireplace.

The additional five houses will include numerous standard features such as hardwood floors and granite counters, but buyers will be able to customize the residences, too.

The Magruder Branch Stream Valley Trails, located behind Watkins Preserve, has more than three miles of natural surface trails and more than four miles of hard surface trails of asphalt and boardwalk available for bicycling, hiking and horseback riding.

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