Plenty of natural light easily flows into the window-filled townhouses. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Townhouses that closely rival single-family houses with wide spacious rooms and two-car garages are ideal for someone looking for the single-family lifestyle.

A community in Arnold, Md., just minutes from the United States Naval Academy, recently opened in Anne Arundel County. The development, called Admirals Ridge, is selling luxury, three-level townhouses that start in the mid-$400,000s.

Valeria Lee, an agent with Re/Max Supreme, said one of her clients who is relocating from the West Coast purchased a three-bedroom townhouse in the subdivision this summer after spending a long weekend looking at residences throughout the county.

She said he originally looked at single-family houses in the Annapolis area but decided that many of them were too old for the price. “I showed him every development in Anne Arundel County, including Annapolis and Hanover, but he thought it was too far away,” said Lee, adding that her client is relocating for work in the county and closes on his new home in October.

Some of the features buyers like most about the 24-foot-wide townhouses are the large center island in the kitchen, two-car garage and the option for the three-level sunroom extension, according to Doug Shipe, Baltimore president for the developer, CalAtlantic Homes.

Sunroom option: Plenty of natural light easily flows into the window-filled townhouses. Depending on the elevation, each of the units comes with six to eight exterior windows with the option of adding a bright bay window. As if that wasn’t enough sunlight, the builder offers a sunroom as an option in the back of the residence. In this case, buyers get a bright 10-by-10-foot room extension on all three floors of the house. On the top level, it becomes a private sun-drenched sitting room off the bedroom.

There are two floor plans available, each with various elevations. But the primary difference is in some models the kitchen is in the front of the residence and the living area in the back, and in others it’s reversed.

“People have the house built on how they prefer to live,” Shipe said. The sense of space is evident in the foyer where an extra wide split stairway greets guests leading either down into the 22-by-10-foot recreation room on the other side or up to the main level. The dine-in kitchen comes standard with a Whirlpool stainless-steel appliance package, 42-inch maple cabinetry and a long center island that doubles as a breakfast bar.

Lee said her buyer was pleased with the fact that the residences come with a lot of features that are typically upgraded options in many of the other developments they looked at. The model home showcases trendy pendant light fixtures over the island, granite countertops, hardwood floors, a sunroom and a cozy bay window seat great for cuddling up with a good book. Currently, there are nine nearly completed residences available for a fast move in for buyers who don’t want to wait.


The dine-in kitchen comes standard with a Whirlpool stainless-steel appliance package, 42-inch maple cabinetry and a long center island that doubles as a breakfast bar. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Privacy: The community is visible from the main road, but the residences offer plenty of privacy. Lee noted that one of the things her buyer likes the most is the size of the community.

There will just be 40 residences when it is completed. “He likes that his house backs to the woods and he didn’t have to pay a special lot premium for the view,” she said.

The units also offer “great visibility with easy access and the exteriors have been completely redone to include an updated, newly created color scheme,” added Shipe. He said the location is a big draw because buyers can easily access Route 50 and Annapolis.

What’s nearby: The development is close to the U.S. Naval Academy, Anne Arundel Community College, historic downtown Annapolis with plenty of shopping and dining options, and Bay Hills Country Club. Five parks are within four miles with hiking and walking trails.

Schools: Arnold Elementary, Severn River Middle, Broadneck High.

Transit: The development is accessible to Maryland Route 2/Ritchie Highway, Route 100 and Interstate 97.


The cathedral ceiling in the owner’s suite is optional. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
Admirals Ridge

202 Admirals Court, Arnold, Md.

The townhouses are priced from $444,990 to $447,990.

Builder: CalAtlantic Homes (formerly Ryland)

Features: The townhouses have three levels, an open floor plan, large lower level recreation room, open kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, owner’s suite with optional cathedral ceiling, large walk-in closet, soaking tub, mudroom off the garage, fully sodded yard and energy saving features.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms: 3 /3 to 4

Square footage: About 2,460 to 2,780

Homeowners association fee: $122 a month.

View models: 2 to 6 p.m. Mondays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Contact: Alex Pacheco 443-538-3637 alex.pacheco@calatl.com or Earlene Shaff earlene.shaff@calatl.com.