Newly constructed townhouses at Westphalia in Upper Marlboro  have granite counters, stainless-steel appliances and a tankless water heater. (Ryan Homes)

When home buyers discuss their priorities in the expensive housing market in and around Washington, they often immediately dismiss the idea that they can afford a newly constructed house. Newly built houses are generally more expensive than existing homes.

In August, the national median sales price for a newly built home was $313,700 while the national median sales price for an existing home was $253,500. However, some newly built houses can still fit within a maximum budget of $400,000.

At Westphalia Town Center, Ryan Homes is building townhouses priced from the $310,000s to the $380,000s. The new development will eventually include hundreds of townhouses and apartments, as well as a hotel, shops, restaurants and an office building all within walking distance.

Community plans include a dog park and an amphitheater for outdoor concerts.

Westphalia Town Center is about six miles from the District, two miles from the Capital Beltway and five miles from the Branch Avenue Metro station.

Three models are available for buyers, each with an open floor plan, granite counters, stainless-steel appliances, a tankless water heater and energy-efficient features.

An advantage of newly built houses is that buyers usually don’t need to budget much for repairs for a few years, and their utility bills tend to be lower than they are for older homes. The Ryan Homes townhouses have 1,553 to 2,427 square feet with two to five bedrooms, three to five bathrooms, a one- or two-car garage and a deck. Some include a rooftop terrace.

For more information, call the Ryan Homes sales office at 301-736-1080 or visit the model homes at 5550 Mellwood Rd. in Upper Marlboro or click here.

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