Rebeca Wedemeyer waited years for homes to become available from M/I Homes at Crown, a planned community in Gaithersburg, Md.
“I bought a townhome close to Crown a few years ago in anticipation of the development coming to that area,” Wedemeyer says. “I had my eye on a particular location within Crown, which is the center of the community on a pathway where people like to walk their dogs. It’s close enough to walk to all the shops and restaurants but private enough that I mostly run into neighbors, rather than non-neighbors.”
The townhouses from M/I Homes, priced from the mid-$600,000s to the mid-$700,000s, have been popular so far with every demographic, from young professionals and older singles to families and empty-nesters, new-home consultant Chris Witt says.
Merrill and Karen Cohen, recent buyers at M/I Homes at Crown, downsized from a larger single-family home nearby.
“We owned a large Colonial-style, single-family home for 25 years, which we loved, but we wanted to lop off about a third of it that we weren’t using,” Merrill Cohen says. “We wanted to stay in the area, and we like living where we can walk to restaurants.”
The Cohens picked their townhouse because of its open living and dining area.
“We like the fact that every room is usable — there’s not any wasted space,” Merrill Cohen says. “We added the optional loft level and roof terrace, so I use the loft as my TV area, and my wife likes to read on the terrace.”
Traditional and urban styles: Wedemeyer’s home, an end-unit Picasso model, appealed to her because of the abundance of light and open space. She particularly likes the lower level with its floor-to-ceiling windows in the family room and the open floor plan on the main level, with its oversize center island.
“The design on the main level is well thought-out, so although it is open, you can also create cozy areas for sitting and entertaining,” Wedemeyer says. “I added the optional gas fireplace on the main level and the optional roof terrace and go up there to do yoga and grow tomatoes.”
Witt says two models, the Picasso and the Monet, are more traditional townhouses with all of the bedrooms on one level, although they do have open floor plans on the main level. Two other models, the Chagall and the Rembrandt, are more urban in style, Witt says.
“The two urban models each have metal siding and an included loft level with two rooftop terraces,” Witt says. “The standard features on those two models include two bedrooms and two full baths, plus a powder room on the lower level, the main level and the loft level. Buyers can add more bedrooms to those homes if they want. You get a full laundry room, too, not just a closet for the laundry machines.”
The Picasso model, which has between 2,049 and 2,400 finished square feet, has a base price of $654,990. The house has a lower-level entrance that has a foyer with a closet and a door to the two-car garage. This level has a recreation room framed by a doorway with columns. The recreation room has a wall of tall windows to let in natural light. Buyers can opt to add a fourth bedroom in place of the recreation room and add a powder room or a full bathroom to this level.
The main level has a central kitchen with an oversize island as the focal point. The spaces surrounding the kitchen are flexible, so buyers can decide how to use the great room on one side of the kitchen and the family room on the other, where glass doors lead to a deck. Each area has room for a dining table. Buyers can add a gas fireplace to the family room.
The third floor has a master suite at the back of the house with a walk-in closet and a private full bath with a double-sink vanity and an oversize shower. Two more bedrooms, a hall bathroom and a closet for laundry equipment complete this level.
The optional fourth level, which Witt says most buyers choose, includes a loft with a sloped ceiling and glass doors to a large roof terrace. Buyers can add a wet bar to the loft.
Neighborhood amenities: The Crown development includes parks, walking trails and sidewalks that connect residents to the shops and restaurants of Downtown Crown.
Events such as farmer’s markets, concerts, food tastings and community celebrations are held frequently throughout the year. Other amenities include a clubhouse with a rock-climbing wall, fitness classes, a pool, a playground and open spaces for playing. The Rio Washingtonian Center is adjacent to Crown for additional shops, restaurants, a playground and a lake.
Schools: Rosemont Elementary, Forest Oak Middle, Gaithersburg High.
Transit: While residents can walk to numerous shops and restaurants within Crown, there is also a shuttle bus to the Shady Grove Metro station. A future Corridor Cities Transitway stop, anticipated to be open in five years, will add another transit option for residents. Crown is located at the intersection of Interstates 270 and 370.
239 Decoverly Dr., Gaithersburg, Md.
The townhouses are priced from $649,990 to $759,990
Builder: M/I Homes
Features: The townhouses have three finished levels with the option of adding a fourth level loft; hardwood and ceramic tile flooring in the foyer, kitchen and bathrooms; 42-inch cabinets, stainless-steel appliances and granite counters in the kitchen; gas heat, 100 percent Energy Star certification, a two-car garage and an optional fireplace.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 2 or 3 / 2 or 3
Square footage: Approximately 2,049 to 2,608
Homeowner association fees: $128 per month
View models: Open Mondays 2 to 6 p.m. and Tuesdays to Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact: New home consultant Chris Witt at 301-720-9921 or visit www.mihomes.com .