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Editor’s Column | Buying New feature debuts in today’s Real Estate section

(Benjamin C. Tankersley/For THE WASHINGTON POST)

More and more, we’re seeing evidence of the housing market’s recovery. New home construction, which ground nearly to a halt during the recession, is back in full swing.

Construction crews can be seen regularly throughout the Washington region building single-family housing communities, townhouses and condos.

Today, we introduce a new feature: Buying New.

The aim of Buying New is to introduce readers to new home communities in the Washington area. Much like the popular Where We Live feature, Buying New provides crucial information — description of architectural styles, neighborhood amenities and home prices — for house hunters seeking new construction.

This week, we highlight the Chancellor’s Row development in the booming Brookland neighborhood in Northeast Washington.

The four-level rowhouse style homes include nine-foot-high ceilings, hard-wood flooring, granite counters in the kitchen and a two-sided fireplace that warms the loft and terrace.

Our coverage includes a cover story on new home trends. In that story, we learn that dramatic two-story foyers and family rooms are out to make way for larger bedrooms and walk-in closets in all the bedrooms. Living rooms are out. “Family centers,” including massive kitchens and spaces for entertaining, are in.

Katherine Salant completes the package with a look at why using a real estate agent for a new home purchase might be a good idea.

Share your thoughts about the Buying New feature. And let us know if you have any suggestions on new home communities that we should cover. Contact me at



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