The townhouses in Norbourne Park, a community near Upper Marlboro in Prince George’s County, are priced from the upper $300,000s. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

A large kitchen island was especially important to Kay Murchison, a baker who needed more countertop space for her tasty creations and family dinners.

Murchison was living in a two-bedroom apartment not far from FedEx Field in Landover, Md. The kitchen’s size was less than ideal when she had to use all the counter space for her homemade cakes.

She had been looking for a new home on and off for several years when she heard about Norbourne Park, a community in Prince George’s County, Md., that, when completed, will have about 100 luxury townhouses.

Her sister had suggested that she consider new construction when she ran out of existing houses she was interested in buying. “It was frustrating looking at previously owned homes and being outbid on contracts,” she said.

When she set out to tour the Norbourne Park development, in the Upper Marlboro area, she kept missing the turn for it. “It was kind of hard for me to find the entrance . . . because it was very dark, and you could barely see it then,” Murchison said. “I passed it three times and had to keep turning around. After the third time, I said, ‘If I don’t make it into this entrance, I’m just going to go home.’ ”

Murchison found the entrance, and then she found what she was looking for. “I finally went inside [the model townhouse], and I fell in love with it,” she said. At the end of September, she closed on a townhouse, purchasing the larger of two basic floor plans, the McPherson.

Floor plans: Norbourne Park has three-level townhouses in two basic floor plans. Buyers can also choose a rear-entry or front-entry garage with either floor plan, the McPherson or Schubert, one of the major differences being that the front-entry garage allows for a backyard.

Both floor plans have a finished ground-level recreation room with the option to add a bathroom. The residence can be entered through the recreation room or the two-car garage regardless of the home style chosen.

In the McPherson model townhouse, a dual staircase climbs from the recreation room on one side and the garage area on the other to meet at a middle landing before continuing up to the main level. The model townhouse has dark hardwood stairs and hardwood flooring throughout the main level.

Ample windows create a sunny space at the top of the stairs. With the open-space design, the great room flows seamlessly into the kitchen and dining areas. The large granite kitchen island — which doubles as a breakfast bar and a food-prep area with a sink — takes center stage.

“The kitchen was a must for me because I came from an apartment and had very limited space to do what I needed to do,” Murchison said. “Whenever I had a cake order, which was often, my kids couldn’t eat at the table because I needed the table to work on. Now we have plenty of space, and they can sit on one side of the island while I work on the other side.”


The large granite island — which doubles as a breakfast bar and a food-prep area with a sink — takes center stage in the kitchen. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

There’s also plenty of space for a table to eat at, which Murchison said gives her the option to use the entire island for her baked goods. The dining area also overlooks a deck that provides space for overflow entertaining.

The kitchen in the model townhouse has white cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances and trendy pendant light fixtures above the island. There is recessed lighting throughout this level. A fireplace is an option in the great room, or family room. And a half bathroom is tucked away in a corner at the back of the great room.

Bedroom level: On one end of the third level is the owner’s bedroom suite, with a private bathroom and a large walk-in closet. On the other end are two bedrooms that share a hallway bathroom.

In the model townhouse, the owner’s bathroom has an optional four-foot extension, a large soaking tub, set beneath a window, and a stand-up shower. The bathroom has a granite double sink and a tile floor.

Not included in the model townhouse is an optional fourth level with a loft, an additional bedroom and a full bathroom. This space could serve as a hobby room or a guest suite.

The model townhouse is an end unit so there are windows on the front, back and side.

Schools: Melwood Elementary, James Madison Middle, Henry Wise High.

Transit: The community has easy access to Route 4, Route 301 and Interstate 495. The Branch Avenue Metro stop, on the Green line, is about 15 minutes away.


The master bedroom suite has a private bathroom and a large walk-in closet. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
Norbourne Park

5919 Sauerwein Way, Upper Marlboro, Md. (Upper Marlboro mailing address).

The townhouses are priced from the upper $300,000s.

Builder: Ryan Homes

Features: The townhouses have a two-car garage, with front or rear entry, a brick front and composite deck. The kitchens have granite counters, stainless-steel GE appliances and a gourmet island. There is a finished ground level, recessed lights and a walk-in closet. A fourth level with rooftop deck is optional.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 to 5 / 2½ to 4½

Square-footage: 2,200 to 2,595

View models: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; 1 to 6 p.m. Monday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday.

Contact: Sibel Burgess, 301-877-4083, sburgess@ryanhomes.com or https://www.ryanhomes.com/find-your-home/our-communities/maryland/upper-marlboro/norbourne-park .