Scotland Heights is a new development in Charles County that offers single-family houses of up to 3,500 square feet for prices far below what you’d find in most other parts of the Washington region: $365,000 to $420,000.

The brickfront, Colonial-style houses have several high-end amenities — hardwood flooring, stainless-steel appliances and second-floor lofts — while the development offers walking/biking trails, a fitness center and basketball courts.

Nearby are numerous shopping centers and restaurants, as well as the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball stadium.

But although the community probably will draw buyers looking for value, it may turn off people who want to live in walking distance or a short driving distance to a public transit line that could take them to work in Washington or people looking for a short drive downtown.

The development is a 20- to 30-minute drive to Metro’s Branch Avenue station. It’s a 40- to 60-minute drive downtown, depending on the time of day.

For people who don’t mind driving or who work in Southern Maryland, the community offers a modern dwelling in the well-established yet growing community of Waldorf.

Buyers say, “It’s remarkable you could have the same commute [as living in other parts in the metropolitan area] but pay $150,000 less,” said Chelsea Cathcart, sales representative for the development.

“If you were living over the [Wilson] bridge, you’d spend a lot more but have the same amount of time in the car,” she added.


The Living Area in the Torino model home at Scotland Heights in Waldorf Md. (Benjamin C Tankersley for The Washington Post)

Open loft area: The development opened in January and is in the first phase of building. Ryan Homes plans to construct 200 single-family houses there. Four hundred townhouses are being built by a different developer across the street.

Ten houses have been sold so far. There are nine lots available for sale in the first phase, which surrounds the model home.

Ryan is offering four home plans. All come with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a second-floor laundry room. Within each floor plan are three architecturally distinct options that can include a stone, brick or siding front exterior. They each have an attached two-car garage.

At nearly 3,500 square feet, the Torino model is the most spacious floor plan. The formal living room and dining room are off the foyer at the front of the house. A hall leads from the front to the more informal rear portion of the home.

The family room, kitchen and dining room are the main gathering areas. The model home showcases an optional morning room with a sloped ceiling. All of the homes have the option of adding a morning room with windows off the back of the kitchen.


The kitchen in the Torino model home at Scotland Heights. (Benjamin C Tankersley for The Washington Post)

The second floor features three bedrooms, three bathrooms and an open loft area that comes standard on three of the plans. The open loft area is great to use for a second, more intimate family room or as a place to read or chat before bed. Other options include an upgraded owner’s bath, tray ceilings and a finished lower level.

The other homes are also well-appointed and include features such as walk-in pantries and closets, tray ceilings and optional bonus rooms as well as media rooms on the lower level.

Activities: Once the amenities are completed, homeowners can take advantage of a fitness center and full-size basketball court. There are also trails to hike or bike and various areas to relax in. Scenic ponds will be located throughout the common areas. Families with young children will enjoy the central playground and the two tot lots.

Shopping and eating: Scotland Heights is near the St. Charles Towne Center mall, the Capital Clubhouse activity center and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball team.

Schools: William Diggs Elementary, Theodore Davis Middle School, North Point High School.

Transit: Metro’s Branch Avenue station, where riders can take the Green line to the District, is about a 30- to 40-minute drive.

Carisa Crawford Chappell is a freelance writer.

Scotland Heights

2078 Bagpipe Lane, Waldorf, Md

The single-family houses range from $365,000 to $420,000.

Builder: Ryan Homes

Features: The houses have stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and large islands in the kitchen islands; double bowl vanities in the bathroom; a second-story loft; and hardwood flooring.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 4/3

Square footage: 2,340 to 3,486

Homeowners association fees: $45 a month.

View models: 1 to 6 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; closed Thursdays and Fridays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends.

Sales: Chelsea Cathcart, 301-705-9885 or ryanhomes.com .