Scott Vassler and his wife, Patty, liked the convenience of having their bedroom on the first floor so much that when they left their one-level rambler to build a spacious million-dollar home, they made sure there was a master suite on the main level.
With their children older now, Vassler said, there was no need to have all of the bedrooms on the same floor. They chose the Covington floor plan to replicate the first-floor sleeping quarter’s lifestyle they had come to enjoy.
Vassler said they were fortunate to stumble on the new home community of Trotter s Glen in Olney, Md. The Montgomery County neighborhood is less than five miles from the Vasslers’ former home in Rockville, where they lived for 20 years.
“This is our dream house,” said Vassler, adding that they like the layout of the house, including its open-floor plan. He said the first-floor master suite is a great “aging-in-place” feature. The Vasslers settled on their home in March and were among the first to move into the community of what will be about 60 single-family houses once completed. About one-fourth of the residences have been sold so far.
Double staircase in foyer: Toll Brothers is building the community and offers buyers five distinct and flexible floor plans to choose from. These estate homes on large lots range from about 4,000 to more than 6,000 square feet of living space. “What attracted us to the community was the rustic nature of Batchellors Forest Road,” said Vassler. That’s the scenic 2.5-mile stretch off Georgia Avenue that leads into the development.
Joanne Stokes, senior sales manager, said that many home buyers are drawn to the neighborhood because it’s secluded and serene yet just minutes from everyday conveniences such as retail and dining establishments. Stokes also said a newly rebuilt middle school opened this year to accommodate the growing town.
The sales office showcases the Henley floor plan as the model home. Among its highlights is a dramatic two-story foyer with a curved double staircase serving as the centerpiece. From the foyer, guests get a scenic glimpse into the formal living and dining rooms on either side and straight back into the expansive, sunny family room with a beamed ceiling and two-story, stone fireplace.
The base 4,777-square-foot plan comes with four to six bedrooms, four or five bathrooms, a first-floor study room, expansive walk-in closets, a huge kitchen and island with ample seating and a built-in desk, 10-foot main-level ceilings, and a convenient second staircase that can be accessed from the back portion of the home. One of the great features of this model is that most of the bedrooms come with a separate sitting area.
Three- to five-car garage: The model highlights optional add-ons such as an outdoor stone patio with an oversize island and built-in grill, a room-size dressing room with built-in organizers and an island dresser and window, a pedestal tub in the private master bath, and a lower-level wine cellar. Additionally, there is plenty of room for avid car lovers, as all of the homes come with side-entry garages for three to five cars.
The floor plan also allows for a bright step-down sunroom off the kitchen. The model home features the sunroom with a high ceiling, lots of windows and hardwood floors.
The Vasslers chose to add the octagon-shaped sunroom to their floor plan and said it’s one of their favorite rooms. “The standard model came with a lot of features that we were happy with, but we added on a few things,” Vassler said.
They decided to upgrade the air conditioner to a higher-efficiency unit, add a bonus room over the garage and extend the 21-by-18-foot family room with a cathedral ceiling by four feet. But, he said, things such as stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops and upgraded cabinets all came with the home.
Vassler and his wife said they also like that the community hosts various events to engage the neighbors. “They have regular get-togethers so we get to meet the other homeowners,” he said.
What’s nearby: Trotters Glen is a short distance from hiking and biking trails, parks and playgrounds, a library, golf, Olney Theatre, restaurants, and shopping.
Schools: Sherwood Elementary, William Farquhar Middle and James Blake High.
Transit: The development is five miles from Shady Grove Metro station and close to Interstate 495 and the new Intercounty Connector Maryland 200 toll road.
16501 Batchellors Forest Rd., Olney, Md.
The base price of the single-family houses starts at $1,123,995.
Builder: Toll Brothers
Features: The houses have grand two-story foyers and rooms, a dual staircase, 10-to-12- foot-high main-level ceilings, a gourmet kitchen with an oversize center island, granite counters, a stainless-steel appliance package, a sunken family room, a sunroom, a solarium, a master suite with a separate sitting room, a dressing room, walk-in closets, built-in cabinetry, a mudroom, a lower-level wine cellar and bar, a landscaping package, and dual heating and cooling units.
Bedrooms/Bathrooms: 4 to 7 / 4 to 5
Square footage: 3,997 to more than 6,000
View model: Daily 4 to 6 p.m.
Contact: Joanne Stokes at 301-774-6688 or firstname.lastname@example.org.