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Home buyers with a thirst for the latest in green building technology might be interested in a newly constructed single-family house in Takoma Park, Md., that has already achieved Energy Star certification and is registered under the LEED green building program.

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The wood-and-stone Craftsman-style home at 6507 Highland Ave., priced at $1.09 million, includes more than 4,000 finished square feet, all built with high-quality environmentally friendly materials. The energy-efficient features include extra insulation, double-pane windows, insulated doors, high-efficiency gas furnace, dual-zone air conditioning, an Energy Star-rated gas water heater and appliances, and recessed lighting with long-life LED bulbs.

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The house has three finished levels with four bedrooms and three full baths upstairs; a powder room on the main level and a bedroom with a full bath on the lower level. The main level includes hardwood flooring throughout the family room, living room, dining room, study and kitchen. The lower level includes a home theater, a recreation room and a multipurpose room.

For more information, contact realty agent Cara Pearlman with Frankly Real Estate at 202-641-3008 or click here.

Home buyers increasingly interested in condos

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors (NAR), speaking at Zillow‘s recent Housing Forum “The Big Picture: A Longer Term Perspective on Housing,” said that NAR’s research shows a shift in buyers’ housing preferences.

In previous buyer preference surveys, 85 percent of purchasers wanted to live in a single-family home; today that number has dropped to 75 percent, with 25 percent of buyers interested in a condo.

That 10 percentage point switch appears to be a mix of millennials interested in urban living and downsizing baby boomers.

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Luxurious, large condos coming to Bethesda

Fancy owning a condo with direct access from your own private elevator? Sales are anticipated to begin this fall on The Lauren, a 40-unit upscale condo at 4901 Hampden Lane in downtown Bethesda.

The floor plans range in size from 1,444 to more than 6,000 square feet, with 29 units designated as “estate quality” condos that average more than 2,500 square feet of living space. These premier units will all have nine- and 10-foot-high ceilings, custom-designed cabinets, fireplaces, home automation systems and high-end finishes. Private elevators are available in 70 percent of The Lauren’s residences and many of the homes will have a private terrace. Prices are anticipated to range from $1.5 million to $5 million.

Building amenities will include a rooftop terrace for entertaining and an indoor entertaining space, each complete with private wine storage for residents and fully equipped catering kitchens. Concierge services will be provided for residents and their guests. Five guest suites that can be used for entertaining will also be sold to residents who want to purchase additional space at The Lauren.

1788 Holdings and Persimmon Capital Partners are developing The Lauren, which was designed by Robert M. Swedroe Architects. The interior design is by Akseizer Design Group.

For more information, go to www.thelaurenresidences.com or contact David DeSantis at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty at 301-830-3634 or ddesantis@ttrsir.com.

D.C. renters rank fitness and outdoor amenities highest

A recent survey of D.C.-area renters by Urban Igloo, a residential real estate resource that helps renters find homes, shows that renters value outdoor amenities most.

In D.C., 59 percent of renters surveyed ranked fitness amenities important, compared with 37 percent of renters in a national survey. The results also show that D.C. renters are more interested in on-site concierge services (37 percent) than pet amenities (26 percent).

For more results, go to www.urbanigloo.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.