Residential real estate developers often study what buyers are looking for to determine what to build and where to build.

A common trend for young first-time buyers and for empty-nesters who would prefer to live in the city or at least a walkable community are often frustrated by the lack of homes available, especially newly built ones. The new townhouses in Downtown Crown, a planned community in Gaithersburg, Md., have been designed with those buyers in mind.

While no one will mistake Downtown Crown for Dupont Circle, the newest townhouses by Pulte Homes on Crown Park Avenue are directly adjacent to shops and restaurants, providing the walkability that buyers today prize.

The residences have been designed with a modern architectural vibe, with metal accents and oversized windows framed in dark bronze. Each of the 13 townhouses in the Carson II style has a fourth-floor rooftop terrace with glass railings and frosted glass partitions for privacy. Buyers can add an indoor/outdoor fireplace on the terrace level.

The residences, priced from $635,090, have 1,939 finished square feet with three bedrooms and four baths. Buyers can choose between an extra bedroom or a recreation room on the first level. The residences have hardwood flooring, nine-foot-high ceilings, birch flat-panel cabinets and granite counters in the kitchen and an open floor plan and a deck on the main level.

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