(Bozzuto Group)

Studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom rentals are now among the residential options in the mixed-use community of Downtown Crown off Interstates 270 and 370 in Gaithersburg.

Cadence Apartments join a community that already is home to townhouses, a grocery store, a gym and a coffee shop. The apartment building, developed by Bozzuto Group, includes a 24-hour fitness center, an Internet café with business amenities and a conference room, a lounge with games, a library with a fireplace, bike storage and hotel-style concierge services.

The pet-friendly community includes green space and trails, dog bones at the front desk, “yappy hours” and a pet-of-the-month club. Residents can enjoy extensive community activities, fitness classes and bike rentals and use of an electric car charging station.

Inside, the homes have stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, oversized windows with custom blinds, energy-efficient appliances and sleek, contemporary style fixtures. Rents will range from $1,523 to $2,753 per month.

For more information, visit www.cadenceapts.com or call 888-716-3955.

Sotheby’s expands in the D.C. region

TTR Sotheby’s International Realty has expanded operations in the past few months, acquiring agents from rival firms.

The company opened an office in Old Town Alexandria in 2013 and needed to start from the ground up, says Martha Holland, vice president of marketing and public relations for the company, who just started in November.

“In 2013, our five offices sold a total of $1.7 billion in real estate in the D.C. area,” says Holland. “Our goal is to break the $2 billion barrier in 2014. We’ve brought together a group of talented, well-respected agents who are community and industry leaders.”

The company has five offices in the D.C. area and is known for selling luxury real estate. The average sales price for its listings in 2013 was $870,000, although Holland says the agents sell everything from city condos to high-end properties.

Among the agents that recently joined TTR Sotheby’s are:

•Old Town Alexandria office: The Blumel Adams Group (Dayna Blumel & Kerry Adams); The Patterson Group (Phyllis Patterson & Britt Patterson); Jeanne Warner, Joy Deevy and Margaret Miller.

• Chevy Chase office: The Abrams Finnell Group (Ellen Abrams, Anne-Marie Finnell & Courtney Abrams, who works out of the downtown office on 14th Street NW).

• Georgetown Office: Mary Raul and Nappy Block.

For more information, visit www.ttrsir.com.


(LifeCycle Gardens)

Small space gardening goes mobile

You’ve heard of mobile apps — how about mobile gardening? LifeCycle Gardens recently developed a product that goes beyond flower boxes to provide a miniature garden on wheels.

The “Garden on Wheelz” — a raised garden bed with a wheelbarrow design — offers adjustable height gardening as well as the ability to move your garden to maximize exposure to sunlight. You can use the garden for vegetables, herbs or flowers indoors or outside in an apartment or condo, on a balcony or patio, at a school or in an assisted-living facility or nursing home. The Garden on Wheelz is adjustable so it works well for children or adults, elderly people with mobility issues, people with physical challenges and those in a wheelchair.

The product was invented by Justin Connell, an entrepreneur who suffered a serious, career-ending college basketball injury when he was 19. His company provides products to allow people to grow their own healthy food under any circumstances.

The design includes a self-contained watering reservoir and a built-in water recycling system. According to the National Gardening Association, the 5.25 cubic feet of garden space can grow more than 30 pounds of fresh produce per year. The garden area is 12 inches deep and the full-size Garden on Wheelz is 44.5 by 24 inches in diameter and 3.05 to 37 inches high. A smaller version is also available. Prices range from $199 to $299.

For more information, visit www.LifeCycleGardens.com.

Title company enters D.C. market

Kensington Vanguard National Land Services, one of the largest national title insurance and settlement agencies in the United States, has entered the Washington market by acquiring New Era Title and Clear to Close Settlement Services, both based in Fairfax County.

Kensington Vanguard is in the midst of a national expansion and identified the two Northern Virginia companies as market leaders in the area. The company was particularly interested in expanding in the Washington area because of its robust housing market.

Lerner is a freelance writer. To pass on a tip or news item, contact us at realestate@washpost.com and put “Town Square” in the subject line.