Buyers at Ryan Homes at Clarksburg can choose between six neo-traditional models ranging from 2,000 to 2,750 square feet. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

With a streetscape that resembles Pleasantville right down to white picket fences and green lawns perfect for children’s games, Clarksburg Village in Montgomery County was named one of “America’s Top Boom Towns” by Realtor.com in April.

The list of boom towns includes markets that have the strongest job growth, the highest number of household formations and the highest number of housing starts compared to other towns across the country. Clarksburg Village has also been named the best-selling community in Montgomery and the state of Maryland for the past six years.

“This is where people want to live,” says Wai Ling Wang, a sales and marketing representative for Ryan Homes in Clarksburg Village and a resident of the community. “People like the amenities here and the fact that they can walk to shops. And families like the new elementary school, too.”

Ryan Homes has been building its neo-traditional single-family houses for 12 years at Clarksburg Village and now has just 18 lots remaining. Buyers can choose between six neo-traditional models ranging from 2,000 to 2,750 square feet. The standard floor plans have three or four bedrooms, but the largest model can be expanded to have as many as seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

All the homes have a mix of traditional and modern features and, in keeping with the village feel of the neighborhood, each has a rear-entry garage and rests on a relatively small lot. The village is designed for neighbors to interact, with less space between the homes; sidewalks for walking dogs and pushing strollers; and a grid pattern of streets rather than cul-de-sacs.

Pantry and morning room: The James Michener model, priced from $569,990, has 2,550 square feet with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. This house has an open floor plan with a formal dining room and a formal living room flanking the foyer. Buyers can add columns to define those rooms. At the back of the main level are a kitchen with a pantry and a breakfast bar, an adjacent casual dining area and a family room with an optional fireplace. Arches above the entrances to the powder room, family room and kitchen add architectural interest to the space.

Buyers can choose an attached or detached garage and add a morning room with a covered porch. The living room can be converted to a study with French doors or to a bedroom with a full bath replacing the half bath.

Upstairs, the master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a full bathroom with a linen closet, a double-sink vanity and a large shower with a seat. Three additional bedrooms share a full bath in the hall, with an optional double-sink vanity. The upstairs laundry room has a window and space for cabinets.

Buyers who choose the attached garage can add a bonus room above the garage. The bonus room can include a bedroom, a bathroom and a walk-in closet, or it can be kept as an open loft with an adjacent storage room. A finished attic is also available, with either an open loft configuration or a bedroom and bathroom.


The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a full bathroom with a linen closet, a double-sink vanity and a large shower with a seat. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

The lower level can be finished with a recreation room, a home office, an exercise or play room, and a half or full bath. Buyers who finance their home with NVR Mortgage will have a finished recreation room included in their purchase and receive closing cost assistance from Ryan Homes.

What’s nearby: Community amenities at Clarksburg Village include three swimming pools, two clubhouses, ball fields, hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, tot lots, picnic pavilions and more than 140 acres of open space. One of the clubhouses has a 25-meter competition swimming pool and a beach-entry swimming pool, a community center and a homeowner’s association office. The walking trails link to the adjacent 290-acre Ovid Hazen Wells Park. Parks within the community include the Clarksburg Village Park and Jean Onufry Park.

The Clarksburg Village Center includes multiple shops and restaurants.

“The Harris Teeter is open 24 hours, which is a big help to everyone,” says Wang, who admitted to rushing there at 1 a.m. recently to buy Tylenol for a sick child.

Schools: Wilson Wims Elementary, Hallie Wells Middle, Clarksburg High.

Transit: Clarksburg Village is within a short drive of Interstate 270 and Route 355. Bus service nearby links the community to the Germantown MARC station, the Germantown Transit Center and the Shady Grove Metro station. The Metro station is about 12 miles from Clarksburg Village, and the MARC station is about six miles from the development.


The lower level can be finished with a recreation room, a home office, an exercise or play room. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
Clarksburg Village

22616 Sweetspire Dr., Clarksburg, Md.

The single-family houses are priced from $529,990 to $609,990.

Builder: Ryan Homes

Features: Each house has a brick sidewalk and front stoop, an open floor plan, and hardwood flooring in the foyer, powder room and kitchen. The residences also have nine-foot-high ceilings on the first and second floors, 42-inch kitchen cabinets, a pantry, stainless-steel appliances, granite counters and recessed lighting in the center island kitchen. They include ceramic tile flooring in the bathrooms, a two-car garage, and energy efficient features, such as a tankless water heater and gas heat.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 or 4 / 3 or 4

Square footage: 2,000 to 2,750

Homeowner association fees: $82 per month

View models: Open Monday 1 to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 5 p.m.

Contact: Sales and marketing representatives Wai Ling Wang or Marlayna Ricciardella at 240-686-3537 or visit www.ryanhomes.com/find-your-home/our-communities/maryland/clarksburg/clarksburgneo.