The Washington region is a hub for transplants from other parts of the country. Many come looking to bypass the rental middleman and immediately settle into a home of their own. Kim Robinson and her husband, Stephan, recently relocated to the area from Florida and did just that.
After several months of looking, which included a trip to the D.C. area in February, the Robinsons chose a transportation-friendly community in Montgomery County being developed by Winchester Homes.
They closed on their new property and moved into Glenmont MetroCentre on May 31, just in time to jump-start the summer. Located off Georgia Avenue, the community is aptly named because it sits directly across the street from the Glenmont Metrorail stop.
“We knew that we wanted a townhouse and we wanted it to be transportation- friendly,” said Kim Robinson, adding that they also looked in Alexandria and visited a community in Beltsville, Md. The Beltsville development was their second choice, but it was close to the MARC train, and Robinson said she felt Metro would be more convenient.
There are three four-story home designs, all with brick fronts. Once completed, there will be about 130 townhouses in the community. So far, about 30 have sold in the first phases that the developer has opened.
Rustic yet sophisticated: These townhouses rival single-family homes when it comes to the overall feel and spaciousness. The smallest plan is 1,831 square feet, and the largest tops 2,000 square feet. They each come with different elevations that offer a slight change in the floor plan layout. The one the Robinsons chose, the Oakley model, is the most spacious.
The main level features the eat-in kitchen as the center of attraction between the formal dining room and an 18-by-12-foot living room with an optional fireplace. There’s also an option available to swap the two rooms and place the kitchen in the back of the home instead of the living room. Either way, both would open onto an optional deck.
The model home kitchen has white cabinetry with black granite countertops and rich hardwood flooring throughout the main level. Meanwhile, a sturdy wood-planked accent wall that houses the fireplace, built-in shelves and the television gives the living area a rustic but sophisticated look. Upstairs, each of the plans comes with two bedrooms on the third floor and the owner’s suite on the top level. The model home features wood floors, trendy lighting designs and high ceilings.
Guests enter on the garage level, which has either an optional multifunctional den or a fourth bedroom complete with a full bath. The townhouses come with one or two garages.
Robinson said that all of the floor plans are attractive, and she especially liked the layout of the community. “The houses don’t fall on top of each other,” she said. She said that she enjoys the many “high-end finishes” and “the beautiful master suite.”
Outdoor living: The rooftop deck off the top floor is stunning and ideal for lazy weekend relaxing or entertaining. In one of the models, it is large enough to accommodate a couch, chairs and coffee table centered on a rug, with a six-person dining room table set on the other side. The rooftop deck offers great views of the landscape below.
The 18-by-12-foot deck, which is situated off the owner’s suite, was also one of the big selling points for the Robinsons. The developer included an option to downsize the large bedroom to half the space in favor of a loft area with access to the rooftop terrace, without having to go through the bedroom. In this case, the owner’s suite would relocate to the floor below.
The other model has a smaller but covered rooftop terrace off the sitting room portion of the owner’s suite. It’s a much more intimate space but still a great size to comfortably fit a table and chairs.
In this Barton model, a long hallway separates the third-floor bedrooms. One of the rooms has a walk-in closet, and the other has a set of double closets. They are separated by and share a hall bath, but there is an option to give each its own full bathroom. The model features a double vanity with a soaking tub, stand-up shower and chic gray tiling.
The secondary rooms in the larger floor plan, the Oakley, are more spacious and come with their own private bathrooms, in addition to having a third bath off the hallway. Each plan places the laundry room on this level.
Schools: Georgian Forest Elementary School, Argyle Middle, Blair High
Transit: You can’t beat the location directly on the Red Line. In fact, the builder’s marketing materials say, “Happy hour not rush hour.” The Glenmont Metro station is right across Georgia Avenue, and downtown Silver Spring and D.C. are a short train ride away. There’s also easy access to Interstate 495, as well as Silver Spring and Wheaton.
2429 Glenallan Ave., Silver Spring
The townhouses are priced from $454,900 to $529,900.
Builder: Winchester Homes
Features: The townhouses have brick-front exteriors, rooftop terraces, hardwood floors, Whirlpool stainless-steel appliances, granite counters and center islands, walk-in closets, soaking tubs, and attached garages.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 to 4 / 3
Square footage: 1,831 to 2,392
Homeowners fee: $80
View models: Daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.