When Everett and Angelita Ray first became empty-nesters, they moved from their Northern Virginia home to Rockville’s King Farm, into a single-family house near their work.
As the couple neared retirement, they realized that their priorities had changed again: Now they wanted to live close enough to cultural institutions so that they could ditch their car and walk or take public transportation.
“We realized we didn’t need four bedrooms, so we decided to ‘right-size’ our living space and reduce our monthly living costs,” Angelita Ray says.
The couple was among the first residents at Chancellor’s Row, a new 237-unit townhouse community by EYA in the Brookland area of Northeast Washington.
Rooftop terrace among amenities: The four-level townhouses have brick or HardiePanel siding, brick stoops, wrought-iron railings, professional landscaping and a classic rowhouse design. Each home has a private one- or two-car garage and a rooftop terrace.
Inside, the homes have three or four bedrooms, hardwood flooring in the kitchen and powder room, nine-foot-high ceilings on the main and upper levels, recessed lighting, ceramic tile flooring in the foyer and an advanced wiring system for high-speed Internet, cable and home telephone service. Each kitchen includes birch cabinetry with 42-inch upper cabinets, granite or Corian countertops, a pantry and stainless-steel appliances. The master bathroom includes ceramic tile flooring, double-sink vanities and a glass-enclosed shower.
Energy-efficient features include double-pane windows, gas heat and electric air conditioning, a programmable thermostat and an electric water heater. The homes are built to green building certification standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes rating system. Options available to buyers include an electric car charger in the garage and a rough-in for solar panels.
Larger floor plan available: The Dupont model has a two-car garage on the entry level along with a foyer and a study that can be converted to a bedroom. The main level of the Dupont model has an open floor plan with a living area at the front of the house, a central dining area and an open kitchen with a double-door pantry, an oversize center island and an adjacent powder room. Buyers can add a gas fireplace and a deck to this level.
The second level has a master suite with a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a double-sink vanity. An optional deluxe bathroom with a soaking tub and separate shower is available.
The upper level has an open loft and access to the roof terrace. Buyers can add a bathroom to this level and a two-sided fireplace on the terrace.
Art community in the making: Chancellor’s Row includes landscaped courtyards and community tot lots.The development, part of the revitalization of Brookland, is near Monroe Street Market, where a variety of shops, restaurants and art galleries are being built alongside an “arts walk” where local artists can display their work. Residents of Chancellor’s Row can walk to performances at Dance Place, Catholic University and Trinity University; to farmer’s markets, shops and cafes on 12th Street NE.
Transportation: The Brookland and Rhode Island Avenue stations on Metro’s Red Line are within walking distance. Bus lines 80, H2, H4, G8 and D8 serve the community. Bikers can quickly access the eight-mile Metropolitan Branch Trail.
The Rays walk everywhere they can and take Metro often, says Angelita Ray. They gave up one car but kept one that they use occasionally. Chancellor’s Row has onsite Capital Bikeshare and Zipcar stations.
Michele Lerner is a freelance writer.