When the rent on Ashley Craig and her fiancé Nick Odle’s tiny Arlington apartment went up again last year, they decided it was time to buy a home.
They looked first on Capitol Hill but were frustrated by the thought of taking care of an older home. They trekked to distant Northern Virginia suburbs to find something newer, then realized they didn’t want a long commute. Their solution: the Hampshires, a development of new townhouses and single-family homes in Northeast Washington.
“When we walked into the sales office, they had just broken ground on the town homes, so we were the first town-home owners to move in,” Craig says. “We feel like we got an amazing deal to get a brand-new house with three levels, three bedrooms and 31 / 2 baths for less than $500,000.”
Solid brick homes: Comstock Homes is building single-family houses and townhouses at the Hampshires, located in the Lamond Riggs neighborhood. The all-brick houses have four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a half bath and a two-car garage. The all-brick town homes have three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a half bath and a one-car garage.
The townhouses have wrought-iron railings, brick stoops, professional landscaping and a mix of trim colors and architectural details to keep the streetscape interesting. Inside, the homes have an open floor plan on the main level with a center-island kitchen with a glass door to a deck, ceramic tile flooring in the foyer, hardwood flooring on the main level, crown moldings in the living room and dining area, nine-foot ceilings on the main level, oak stairs and brushed-nickel doorknobs and fixtures. The kitchens include birch cabinets, a built-in desk, granite counters, a pantry and Energy Star appliances. The homes also have ceramic tile flooring in the bathrooms, gas heat and hot water, and a security system.
Walk-in closets and open green space: The Eaton model, priced from $524,900, includes a family room on the lower level with an open living room, dining area and kitchen on the main level. The second floor has a master suite with a walk-in closet and a private full bathroom that includes an oversize shower with a seat. This level also has a closet for laundry equipment, a second bedroom and a second full bathroom. The top floor includes a third bedroom with a walk-in closet, a full bathroom and a loft with a glass door to the rooftop terrace. Buyers can add a two-sided fireplace to the terrace.
Lamond Riggs is known for its well-maintained homes and sense of community. Comstock Homes preserved open green space in the development and included a dog park.
“The neighborhood is kind of tucked away and feels a little like being in the suburbs, but North Capitol Street is really close and we can walk to two Metro stations,” Craig says. “The Fort Totten Metro station is great because it has the Red, Green and Yellow lines plus lots of bus lines and cabs.”
A new Wal-Mart, a library, recreation facilities and a grocery store are nearby.
Living there: The community is bounded by Sligo Mill Road NE on the west, Rittenhouse Street NE on the north, New Hampshire Avenue NE on the east and Peabody Street NE on the south.
The townhouses range from $479,900 for the three-story Devon model to $574,000 for the four-story Eaton model. Prices for the single-family houses begin at $719,900; options can add as much as $100,000 to the cost.
During the past 12 months, 23 single-family homes sold at prices in the low $700,000s and 15 townhouses sold at prices in the upper $400,000s. Fifty-eight of the 73 townhouses are available for sale, and 15 of the 38 single-family homes will be available for sale.
Schools: LaSalle-Backus Education Campus, Whittier Education Campus, Coolidge High School.
Transportation: Takoma Park station on Metro’s Red Line and Fort Totten station on Metro’s Red, Yellow and Green Lines are in walking distance. Bus lines F1, F2, K2, E2, E3 and 60 serve the community.
Craig says it takes her less than 30 minutes to commute to her job in Arlington.