The location, floor plan and design spurred Tanika and Harlan Taliaferro to take a look at Wilson’s Grove, a new single-family development in Gambrills, Md. But the details — including wide-plank floors, pane-less windows and a second-floor laundry room — sealed the deal.
True, the couple frequents that highly addictive home design Web site Houzz. (“Obsessed,” says Tanika Taliaferro, mother of two, laughing.) But they have also done considerable research about the local housing market while renting for the past year nearby.
The location, in Anne Arundel County near Waugh Chapel Towne Center, was also appealing. Their children, ages 10 and 7, won’t change schools. Shopping is convenient. And her husband, an orthopedic surgeon, has a straight-forward commute to Calvert County.
In November, the family hopes to move into one of a dozen homes currently under construction.
“We liked all the options offered at Wilson’s Grove,” Tanika Taliaferro says. “Even the garage door is just a little bit nicer.”
Large lots near woodlands: In all, 182 single-family houses are planned by Fairfax-based builder Brookfield Residential. The first model opened in June and the second should be complete in the next several weeks.
The Reidel Road neighborhood is heavily wooded, and many of the quarter-acre lots will back up to a dense forest.
The location — equidistant from the District and Baltimore, and close to Fort Meade and Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport — is attractive to many defense-contract and government workers, says Gregg A. Hughes, vice president of sales and marketing for Brookfield Residential. Many of the buyers already live nearby but are looking for newer, larger homes, he says.
Optional first-floor bedroom: Nine models from two collections are available. And each of those have two or more exterior styles.
“There’s a lot of architectural variety,” Hughes says.
The Sumner model, currently open, has Craftsman-style elements with contrasting building materials and clean exterior lines. The main level includes a separate, but open, study and dining room, a powder room, and a great room with gourmet kitchen, breakfast area and family room. A sunroom, first-floor bedroom and full bathroom are optional. Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a full laundry room.
In the model’s master suite, there is a built-in bar and two walk-in closets, and the bathroom features a large shower and optional soaking tub. In the model, there are also dark hardwood floors and tray ceilings on the first floor.
The Fillmore model, which has a covered front porch, will open by the end of the month. It features a foyer leading to formal living and dining rooms. There is also a great room with an open kitchen. A study can be converted into a guest suite with a full bathroom. There is also an optional sun room. On the second floor, there is an owner’s suite with extended bathroom, three more bedrooms, another bathroom and a laundry room. A fifth bedroom can be added over the two- or three-car garage.
Both models have lower levels that can be finished to include storage areas, a recreation room, bedroom and bathroom.
Energy efficiency: The Taliaferros have chosen the Davenport model, which features five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a loft, a columned front porch and a brick facade.
“It’s a nice size, not too small, not too large,” Tanika Taliaferro says.
In addition to a separate study, living room and dining room, the house has a great room with a family room, breakfast room and open gourmet kitchen with a large center island.
The house has a large central foyer and a mud room leading from the two-car garage.
The couple also found the options in finishes they were looking for, from Stainmaster carpet to octagon tiles. “It was nice working with them,” Tanika Taliaferro says.
All Wilson’s Grove homes have standard energy-efficient features including increased attic insulation, water-saving faucets and Energy Star appliances.
Recreation and shopping: Walking trails, tennis courts, playgrounds and a swimming pool complex with a club house are scheduled to be finished by summer 2015.
The Village at Waugh Chapel and Waugh Chapel Towne Centre have dozens of stores and restaurants, including Target, Panera, Wegmans and Regal Cinemas with IMAX.
“Everything is right there,” Tanika Taliaferro says.
Schools: Nantucket Elementary, Crofton Middle and Arundel High schools.
Transit: The neighborhood is near Interstate 97 and Route 3. The Odenton MARC station is about five miles away. Washington and Baltimore are both about 25 miles away. Annapolis and BWI are 15 miles away.
Laura Barnhardt Cech is a freelance writer.
2419 Macallister Lane, Gambrills, Md.
The single-family houses range from $599,990 to $669,990.
Builder: Brookfield Residential
Features: Many of the houses are on wooded quarter-acre lots. Shopping is nearby. Nine models are available offering such options as a first-floor bedroom, a sunroom, tray ceilings, a covered porch and a three-car garage.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 to 7/ 2.5 to 7
Square footage: 2,564 to 5,297
Homeowners association fees: $124 per month
View models: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Sales office: Holly Lane,