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Tektonics architect William Teass transformed an early 1900s Georgetown townhouse into a light-filled contemporary-style space ideal for an entrepreneur and art lover: a gallery where the owner can sell paintings, drawings and sculpture and an apartment above it where he or she could live.

Listed for $1.725 million, the gallery at 1675 Wisconsin Ave. NW features a wall of glass at the back that opens onto a private patio. In addition to flexible display walls in the public area, the gallery has hidden storage spaces, a private display area, a butler’s kitchen for catering and a private office with built-in shelving and storage.

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Upstairs is a private contemporary space with two levels. The first level has an open living and dining room with windows overlooking Wisconsin Avenue and a renovated kitchen open to the dining area.

This level has a bedroom with a wall of floor-to-ceiling closets and a master bath. The upper level loft has a second full bath, a bedroom and a sitting area with views south to the Potomac River and north to Georgetown’s Book Hill.

For more information, contact real estate agent Roberta Theis with Long & Foster Real Estate at 202-944-8400 or visit www.longandfoster.com.

Neo-traditional community planned for Northern Virginia

Collaboration between local philanthropists and builders will result in an unusual neo-traditional community of new homes in Marshall, Va.

Located on the former Cunningham Farm, a 146-acre property purchased by Lisa and Zohar Ben-Dov under Grove Lane LLC, the development will include at its center the Middleburg Humane Foundation‘s shelter that rescues house pets and farm animals, especially horses.

The animal shelter will be set in a high-tech barn surrounded by pastures that will be used by the horses and other livestock. The Van Metre Companies is building 153 single-family homes around the pastures, with the homes expected to be complete sometime in 2015.

The home designs will incorporate farmhouse elements and the community itself will resemble Kentlands in Montgomery County.

The nonprofit Windy Hill Foundation will build 30 energy-efficient, affordable workforce housing townhomes in the community so that teachers, firefighters, law enforcement and health-care workers will be able to live there.

In addition, the Ben-Dovs donated 75 acres of land for open space, a community park that preserves a stand of white oak trees, a regional swimming pool for Marshall residents and another pool for homeowners in the new community.

The development calls for the restoration of the original Cunningham Farm.

For more information on the Cunningham Farm project, call 540-687-6644.


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KB Home Design Studio opens in Reston

KB Home, one of the largest homebuilders in the U.S., recently opened its Home Design Studio in Reston where homebuyers can shop for flooring, lighting, cabinets, appliances, energy-efficient features and home automation features in a retail showroom.

The studio includes interactive displays to demonstrate included features and to allow buyers to see items that can be added to homes during construction such as a central vacuum system, home security system or audio system.

Visitors can see life-size kitchen and bath displays and learn about lighting options. The large showroom offers tools to buyers as they make their design choices.

KB Home is building new homes at six locations in the D.C. area priced from the low $300,000s to more than $1 million.

The KB Home Design Studio, at 10800 Parkridge Blvd., Suite 120 in Reston, is open to the public.

For more information, go to www.KBHome.com or call 888-524-6637 (888-KBHOMES).

Session to focus on custom home building 

If you’re considering a custom remodel or building your dream home, learn more about the process at a Meet the Builders information session on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Jonathan and Michael Lerner, owners of Meridian Homes, will be at the Hawthorne, their model home at 5816 Plainview Rd. in Bethesda’s Kenwood Park neighborhood. You can tour the model and ask questions about your potential project at this free session.

For more information about the Meet the Builders information session or Meridian Homes, call 301-652-4440, e-mail info@meridianhomesinc.com or visit www.meridianhomesinc.com.

Michele 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.