Wide floor-to-ceiling windows with transoms fill the residences with natural light, and every level has 9- or 10-foot high ceilings. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

The developers at EYA pride themselves on building homes in walkable communities, so finding a new EYA community on a wooded site that surrounds the historic Grosvenor Mansion and the headquarters of the Society of American Foresters is a bit of a surprise.

“The townhomes at Grosvenor Heights offer accessibility to downtown Bethesda, shops and Metro yet the community offers seclusion, too,” says Preston Innerst, vice president of sales and marketing for EYA.

The 33-acre community, in the planning stages since 2009, includes preserved woodlands, the original mansion, a caretaker’s cottage and an office building owned by several conservation groups. In addition to EYA’s townhouses, 10 single-family residences by Sandy Spring Builders and 20 townhouses by Michael Harris Homes are being built within the community. More than 60 percent of the property is open space.

“We cleaned up part of the woods that were overrun with invasive species,” says Jack Lester, senior vice president of land acquisition and development for EYA. “There’s a historic wooded area surrounding the mansion where we can’t touch the trees at all. There’s even a tree on that property grown from a seedling that went to the moon.”

Natural surroundings: The color scheme and exterior materials of the townhouses, primarily brick-and-cedar siding, were carefully chosen to fit in with the trees and natural surroundings. The landscape and hardscape planning emphasizes the forest, with a narrow stone bridge leading between the trees at the main entrance and another small bridge over a storm water management area nestled under the trees. EYA opted to build one less townhouse on the property in order to provide a view of the woods from one of the main entrances into the residences.

The residences offer contemporary style with low maintenance requirements because the homeowner’s association cleans each home’s gutters and shovels snow on front walks as well as common areas.

“The townhomes are designed to meet the needs of the demographic of our expected buyers, who are affluent downsizing empty-nesters, although they also work for younger people and families,” says Jack McLaurin, an architect and vice president of planning and design for EYA. “We had a height restriction that limited us to three stories, so we made the homes a little wider than some other townhomes to get the extra space.”

Each residence includes an elevator that connects all three floors as well as the roof terrace. Some of the residences have a rear-loading garage, while others have a front-loading garage. The Cameron model, which has a rear-loading garage, has a terrace above the garage.

“We needed to balance some of the contemporary features with the more traditional tastes of some of our buyers, so some people prefer the models with the front-loading garages because that’s more familiar,” says McLaurin.

One of the contemporary features in every residence is a linear gas fireplace in the living area. Subtle details such as wider doors and curbless shower entrances, along with the elevators, make these homes adaptable for the potential needs of older residents. Wide floor-to-ceiling windows with transoms fill the residences with natural light, and every level has 9- or 10-foot high ceilings.


The living area features a linear gas fireplace. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Multigenerational living option: Three models are available from EYA at Grosvenor Heights, each with 2,523 to 3,433 square feet of living space and 747 to 1,387 exterior square feet of living space. The two larger residences offer the option of a first-floor suite for returning adult children, aging parents or out-of-town guests that include a separate living area with a wet bar in addition to a bedroom, a full bath and a walk-in closet.

The Marshall model, with 2,523 square feet, is priced from $1.169 million to $1.349 million. This residence has a study or optional fourth bedroom on the lower level, along with a powder room or optional full bath and access to the elevator and to the two-car garage. The second level has an open floor plan with a center island kitchen, a dining area and a living room, a gas fireplace and a powder room. Buyers can choose to convert a closet into a wet bar if desired.

A deck is off the kitchen. The third level has a master suite with two walk-in closets, a balcony and a private bathroom with an oversize shower and a double-sink vanity. Two more bedrooms, a second full bath and a linen closet complete this level.

The rooftop terrace level has two storage closets and an extensive terrace with space for dining and entertaining. The terrace includes an outdoor wet bar with stainless-steel cabinets, granite counters, a small refrigerator and a roll-down cover to protect it from the elements. Metal awnings and canopies that can be opened and closed for passive solar power are part of the LEED for Homes standards for energy-efficiency and environmental friendliness.

Neighborhood amenities: Walking trails meander through the community, and residents can walk to Rock Creek Park, Fleming Local Park, Waverly Park and the Bethesda Trolley Trail.

The Grosvenor Market, a Balducci’s and restaurants are also within walking distance. While each residence has a two-car garage, the community also has guest parking.

Schools: Ashburton Elementary, North Bethesda Middle, Walter Johnson High.

Transit: The community is about one mile from the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station for Red Line service. Several Ride-On bus routes serve the area.


The roofdeck features a covered seating area with a fireplace. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
EYA at Grosvenor Heights

5430 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, Md.

The townhouses range from $1.169 million to $1.59 million.

Builder: EYA and Streetscape Partners

Features: Each residence has three finished levels with an elevator, a two-car garage and front and rear balconies. Standard features include 9- and 10-foot-high ceilings, hardwood flooring in the main level, stairs and hallway. A rooftop terrace includes stainless-steel cabinets and a granite countertop and can be completed with an outdoor kitchen and a gas fireplace.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 or 4 / 4 to 5

Square footage: approximately 2,523 to 3,433

Homeowner association fees: $170 per month

View models: Open daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact: Visit www.eya.com/grosvenor-heights or call 301-530-7600