The Providence model, with a base price of $824,990, has 4,066 square feet. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

Established families looking for more space to raise their kids or entertain their grandkids and perhaps host their parents for long visits are the target audience for the large, single-family houses at the Preserve at Rock Creek in Rockville, says Mike Scarpignato, general sales manager for the Maryland division of Stanley Martin Homes.

“We designed these homes with the open floor plan that people want, particularly in the family room and eat-in kitchen, yet including a formal dining room and a home office,” says Scarpignato. “We also put a big emphasis on having at least four bedrooms in every home and a lot of storage.”

Stanley Martin Homes offers seven models in the community and, when complete, will have 186 houses on lots that are typically one-third of an acre. A few one-acre sites are also available.

“The property has one five-acre parcel with a historic old stone barn that we are preserving,” he says. “We will start building a home on that lot that will be uniquely designed for that land with architecture to fit in with the historic barn. It should be finished later this summer.”

The entire community is anticipated to be sold out by this fall.

Plenty of storage: The Providence model, with a base price of $824,990, has 4,066 square feet with four bedrooms, three full baths, a powder room and a two-car garage. The house can be expanded with another bedroom, three more full baths and other additions to bring the square footage to more than 7,000. High ceilings on all three levels add to the sense of wide-open spaces throughout the house.

Buyers can choose between several exterior styles, each with a front porch with columns. The standard floor plan has a two-car garage; an optional version has a three-car garage with a side entrance.

Inside, a library and a formal dining room flank the foyer, each with wide-open entrances to mimic the open floor plan across the back of the house. A powder room, closet and staircase to the upper and lower levels are in the center of this floor.

Across the back of the house are an open family room, breakfast area and center-island kitchen, which has birch cabinets, granite counters, a ceramic-tile backsplash, stainless- steel appliances and an abundance of storage space.

A keeping room, furnished in the model as a craft room, which can be used as a children’s playroom, a computer room or a home office, is adjacent to the kitchen. Nearby is the mudroom, which has an entrance to the garage, a walk-in closet and a pantry. Buyers can expand this model with a deck, a bedroom and bathroom, a butler’s pantry and a rear or side sunroom.

Tray ceiling and loft options: Upstairs, the master bedroom stretches 26 by 17 square feet, including a sitting area. The suite includes three connected walk-in closets and a luxurious bathroom with an oversize, multi-head shower with a seat and a soaking tub. The second bedroom has a private full bath and a walk-in closet. The third and fourth bedrooms, each of which has a walk-in closet, share a hall bath with a double-sink vanity.


A formal dining room off the foyer has a wide-open entrance to mimic the open floor plan across the back of the house. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)

The laundry room includes additional storage space. Buyers can add a tray ceiling to the master bedroom and add a loft level with a full bath. The lower level is unfinished, but it can be customized with a wet bar, a den, a media room, a full bath and finished storage rooms.

Among the most popular options, according to Scarpignato, are a side or rear sunroom, a finished lower level. He says some buyers opt for a first-floor guest suite with a full bath for an elderly parent. Second-floor sitting rooms, extra bathrooms and a finished loft level are also available.

As the community approaches close-out with 20 percent of the lots still available, Stanley Martin is offering 50 percent off all structural options up to $80,000 and a $10,000 closing cost credit for buyers who use First Heritage Mortgage.

What’s nearby: The Preserve at Rock Creek includes picnic areas, green spaces and nature trails. The community backs to Rock Creek Park, and within one or two miles are Lake Needwood, Bowie Mill, Brook Manor and Agricultural History Farm Park, Norbeck Country Club and Manor Country Club. Residents can drive to Rockville, Olney, Gaithersburg and Silver Spring, all within a few miles, for shopping, dining and entertainment.

Schools: Sequoyah Elementary (adjacent to the community), Redland Middle and Magruder High (within walking distance).

Transit: The Shady Grove Metro station is within five miles of the community, which is also convenient to the Intercounty Connector and Muncaster Mill Road.


The center-island kitchen has birch cabinets, granite counters, a ceramic-tile backsplash and stainless- steel appliances. (Benjamin C Tankersley/For The Washington Post)
The Preserve at Rock Creek

17520 Toboggan Lane, Rockville, Md.

The houses range from $749,990 to $869,990.

Builder: Stanley Martin Homes

Features: The houses have brick fronts and professional landscaping. Inside are hardwood flooring in the foyer, a main level hall, a breakfast area, a powder room, kitchen and mudroom. The houses also have nine-foot-high ceilings; crown, shadowbox and chair-rail moldings; and a two- or three-car garage.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 4 to 6 / 3 to 8

Square footage: Approximately 3,044 to 8,289

Homeowner association fees: $80 per month

View models: Open Monday 1 to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment

Contact: 301-258-3406 or visit www.stanleymartin.com.