Transportation is often a priority for home buyers in the Washington metropolitan area who are looking to avoid long commutes and congested highways. Builders are responding by building transit-oriented developments within walking distance of Metro stations or with access to several bus routes.
K. Hovnanian’s Kensington Overlook, a cluster of 25 three-level townhouses in Kensington, Md., is within five blocks of the Wheaton Metro station on the Red line. Residents also can take several bus routes on University Boulevard or Veirs Mill Road to reach Silver Spring or Friendship Heights.
Barbara Smith, a first-time home buyer, purchased a townhouse at Kensington Overlook as soon as she saw the plans for the development.
“I live in an apartment where I am the resident manager, and it’s about a five-minute drive from these townhouses,” says Smith. “I was thinking I was getting ready to buy a home and then when this came up right in my neighborhood, I knew I wanted to live there.”
Smith didn’t look at any other developments before purchasing her townhouse at Kensington Overlook.
“I went to look at the model and realized it’s exactly what I wanted,” she says. “It does have a lot of stairs but that’s good for me to get some exercise.”
Small community: The townhouses, base priced from $569,990 to $572,990, have nearly 2,000 square feet on three finished levels. Seven of the 25 are under contract.
Smith says she also likes the fact that are just 25 townhouses in the development, so she will be able to know her neighbors.
“The entrance to the development is off this little side street, and the townhouses are clustered around a little circle, which also makes it feel like its own little neighborhood,” says Smith.
All 25 townhouses are the Pierce III model, with slight variations in the facade and a difference of just 16 square feet between the A, B and C versions of the model. Residents enter onto the lower-level foyer that opens into a recreation room, a storage closet, a utility closet and a door to the two-car garage. Buyers can add a powder room to this level or convert the recreation room into a home office with doors.
“I’m so excited to have a two-car garage after living without a garage at all for so many winters,” says Smith.
The second level has a family room with large windows at the front and a powder room in the middle of this level. Unlike most newly built residences that feature an entirely open floor plan on the living level, this model has a separation between the family room and the kitchen and dining area.
The kitchen has a large center island, a walk-in pantry built into the corner, a gas cooktop, granite counters, birch cabinets and stainless-steel appliances. Hardwood flooring is a standard feature in the lower-level foyer, the second-level powder room and the kitchen and dining area. Sliding-glass doors link the kitchen to a deck. Buyers can add a fireplace to the family room.
Smith says she particularly likes that there are two ovens in the kitchen so she can cook more easily.
The third level has two bedrooms at the front of the house, each with a standard closet. The laundry room has space for a side-by-side washer and dryer and cabinets above.
Nearby is a hall bathroom with a combination tub and shower, shared by the two smaller bedrooms. At the back of this level is the master bedroom, which has a walk-in closet with space for linens and a full bath with a linen closet, a double-sink vanity and a shower. Buyers can upgrade the master bathroom with a “spa shower” with a seat.
K. Hovnanian Homes is offering a 50 percent discount on all structural options up to $50,000 for purchasers who sign a contract on a to-be-built townhouse before Dec. 31.
What’s nearby: Kensington Overlook is adjacent to Westfield Wheaton shopping mall, which has numerous stores including Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Target, Costco and a Sears outlet. There’s also a movie theater and coffee shops and restaurants.
Kensington’s “Antique Row” of antique stores is also nearby. More shops, restaurants and entertainment are two Metro stops away in downtown Silver Spring. Wheaton Regional Park and Cabin John Regional Park are within an easy drive of this community. The development also has a tot lot and a sitting area with benches and trees.
Schools: Rock View Elementary, Newport Mill Middle and Albert Einstein High.
Transit: The community is a short walk to the Wheaton Metro station for Red Line service. Bus service with several routes on University Boulevard and Veirs Mill Road as well as MARC train station in Kensington are available. The community is near Interstate 270 and is approximately 10 miles to downtown Washington.
1166 Findley Rd., Kensington, Md.
The townhouses are priced from $569,990 to $572,990.
Builder: K. Hovnanian Homes
Features: The townhouses have hardwood flooring in the kitchen, foyer and powder room as well as nine-foot-high ceilings on all three finished levels and crown molding in the family room. There are granite counters, stainless-steel appliances, including a gas cooktop, as well as birch cabinets and recessed lighting in the kitchen. The townhouses have high-efficiency gas heat, a programmable thermostat and a two-car garage. Each townhouse also has a deck.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 / 3
Square footage: Approximately 1,933 to 1,949.
Homeowner association fees: $120 per month, which includes all lawn maintenance and snow removal.
View models: Open Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday 2 to 6 p.m.
Contact: Community sales consultant Peg Fetsch at 301-683-6462 or visit www.Khov.com/kensingtonoverlook .