(Courtesy of Maxine Schnitzer)

Winchester Homes recently launched its Xavier model townhouse at the Cabin Branch community in Clarksburg, Md.

Cabin Branch, set on 540 acres of woodland in Montgomery County and bordered by county-owned parkland, features hiking and biking trails, lakes and picnic areas. The community, just off Interstate 270, includes single-family houses priced from $479,900 and townhouses priced from $374,900.

The Xavier townhouse model has three bedrooms, 3.5 baths and up to 2,429 square feet and is base-priced from $437,900. This home includes a rooftop terrace off the loft level and allows buyers to customize their home with additional bedrooms and baths.

The loft level can be configured with a full bath or as a master bedroom suite with a walk-in closet and a luxury bath with a soaking tub and separate shower. The lower level can be finished as a recreation room or as a bedroom and bath.

The second level has two options for the placement of the kitchen, great room and dining area. Buyers can choose between a master bedroom and two additional bedrooms on the third level or three secondary bedrooms on the third level when they opt for the loft level master suite.

Models are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at the Cabin Branch Sales Center at 22828 Broadway Ave. in Clarksburg. For more information, call 240-454-5500 or go to www.WinchesterHomes.com.

Condo is renovated for formerly homeless family

HomeAid Northern Virginia, a chapter of HomeAid America started by members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, recently completed a $95,000 renovation for a formerly homeless family.

Led by regional builder Miller & Smith, along with 19 trade partners, the project involved the repair a distressed condominium owned by Homestretch in Falls Church, which provided a new home for a single mother and her children.

The renovation included new floors, windows and doors; a new kitchen and appliances, a new bathroom, a new HVAC system, electrical fixtures, plumbing fixtures, window coverings and interior doors. The group went beyond a simple renovation and provided furnishings and décor specifically for the age and gender of the children who now live in the home.


(Courtesy of Artisan Builders/Harrison)

DC Design House chosen for 2015

The 8th Annual DC Design House, a benefit for Children’s National Health System that provides local interior designers an opportunity to showcase their talents, will be held April 11 to May 10 at a newly built country estate at 956 Mackall Farm Lane in McLean.

Constructed by Artisan Builders and designed by Harrison Design, the 8,869-square-foot home replicates the style of an old American farmhouse yet features all modern amenities.

The L-shaped floor plan provides light-filled interior rooms and mimics the plans of early farmers who preferred this layout so they could add rooms easily in the future. Antique features in this home include stones from an old Virginia farmhouse and a library paneled in quarter-sawn oak. The exterior features covered porches, antique-style lighting and natural stone in a random, hand-cut pattern.

Local designers compete to participate in the Design House event and will be notified in early December of their selection. The landscape design for the home is by Fine Landscapes and sales for the home will be handled by Yeonas & Shafran Real Estate.

The DC Design House, founded in 2008 by business partners and husband-and-wife Skip and Debbie Singleton, principals of DC Living Real Estate, has raised more than $1.2 million for Children’s National Health System over the past seven years.

More than 62,000 people have visited the Design Houses. For more information, go to www.dcdesignhouse.com.

Fund helps Prince George’s homebuyers

The Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP) last week introduced a program offering down payment assistance and lower fees for homebuyers in Prince George’s County.

Eligible buyers in the so-called MMP Triple Play program can get up to $20,000 in down payment assistance, a 0.25 percent discount on the interest rate and a Maryland HomeCredit for up to $350 or $700 in fees associated with the loan program.

The program is open only to first-time homebuyers in Prince George’s County with the following exceptions:

•You’re purchasing in a targeted area and sold your current home prior to closing on the new property.

•It’s been more than three years since you owned a principal residence.

•You’re an honorably discharged veteran who had not previously used the Veteran First-time Homebuyer Exemption.

Borrowers must qualify for the mortgage based on their credit score and income limitations and take a homebuyer education class in order to be eligible for the $10,000 down payment assistance in the form of a zero down payment loan and $10,000 as a forgivable grant for closing cost funds.

For more information, go to www.mmp.maryland.gov/TriplePlay.

Free housing summit for veterans and service members 

The Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals is hosting a free Veterans Housing Summit on Dec. 6 for veterans and active duty members to learn about all of the VA financial assistance programs in the District, Maryland and Virginia.

At the summit, veterans and military service members will be able to get their VA certificate of eligibility, which is required for any VA loan application. They can also get a home loan pre-approval, free financial counseling and information on down payment assistance programs.

The summit, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes a continental lunch. It will take place at Prince George’s Community College, 301 Largo Rd., Largo.

For more information, click here.

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.