Travilah Station is a new townhouse development in North Potomac, Md., about 12 miles northwest of the District and Montgomery County line.
When the community is complete in approximately December 2019, there will be 131 townhouses across a 14-acre lot. Right now a dozen in two groupings of six are built or in construction, and two families have moved in.
Four models — Morgan, Camden, Bryant and Palmer — are offered. Three-level residences are standard, and a fourth with a rooftop terrace is an option. One view from the Camden model rooftop is the nearby elementary school, and on a weekday the sounds of children playing wafts through the air. Across the way, there’s a distant view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the Bryant roof terrace.
Townhouses with rear-loading garages have a grass front yard; residences with a front-loading garage have a two-car garage and two-car driveway, a walkway to the front door and a grass back yard with options for a patio and deck. All garages are sized for two cars.
Elevator: Brookfield Residential is the developer and builder. Lessard Design is the architect that designed the interiors and exteriors.
The second floor, or main living level, has a kitchen, dining room and great room. The kitchen is spacious. The island is 10 feet long with plenty roomy for three people to sit comfortably eating and drinking. A narrow deck runs across the house rear either off the kitchen or great room and can accommodate a grill. In some of the models the powder room has a window. All rooms are bright with natural light because the windows are large.
Bedrooms are upstairs on the third level. Two bedrooms are standard, but the space can be reconfigured with three or even just one. Depending on the floor plan, several layouts and extensions are available to meet individual tastes. Closets are plentiful, and bathrooms are spacious. A double-door room in the hallway hides washer and dryer.
If a fourth level is added, residents gain a sprawling loft-like space or a bedroom and a smaller loft, which leads to a roof terrace through sliding glass doors.
When development is complete, families will be able to congregate in a communal gathering plaza, illustrated on a colored picture board in the sales center. There will be a paver patio and brick ground, picnic tables and grill, bocce ball court and playground, covered pergola and fire pit. It will open in the fall, and prospective buyers will be able to see the space firsthand and imagine hanging out there.
Several interior construction options are available and would incur a charge if selected:
●All units are designed with space for an elevator, which can hold six people and would be backed up by a battery. If a purchaser elects not to install it, the space can be used as a closet or it can be left open without walls or door and incorporated into the existing room.
●One alteration is a grand two-story great room extending from the main living level to the ceiling of the second living level. The resulting 20-foot cathedral ceiling is gained by the space of second bedrooms. This option is for families who don’t need extra bedrooms.
●The main living level ceiling can be designed to offer an industrial vibe. Instead of the typical flat white ceiling, pipes would be exposed and the rooms would have a warehouse kind of look.
What’s nearby: Travilah Square Shopping Center on Darnestown Road is just around the corner from the community and will soon host a new Trader Joe’s. Not too far away are Shady Grove Shopping Center at 15930 Shady Grove Rd. in Gaithersburg and Fallsgrove Village Center at 14955 Shady Grove Rd. in Rockville. Together they easily cover a multitude of daily living needs. Dozens of shops offer services for health and beauty, drugs, banking, pet care, grocery shopping and dining.
Weekend getaways to outdoor recreation sites are plentiful and easy driving distance. Seneca Creek State Park is a beautiful 6,300-acre park of forests, fields and a 90-acre lake. There are hiking, biking and riding trails; fishing and boating opportunities; and an old cabin and a self-guided history trail. Blockhouse Point Conservation Park, 630 acres, is considered one of the county’s standout natural areas. From high points you get scenic views of the Potomac River and C&O Canal. At eye level there are multiple ecosystems including forests, wetlands and floodplain; striking river outcrops; and nine species of endangered or threatened plants.
Schools: Stone Mill Elementary, Cabin John Middle, Thomas S. Wootton High.
Transit: Driving from the District, Travilah Station is reached via Interstate 270 North to exit 6B. Drivers should take Maryland Route 28 West, make a left on Darnestown Road and then a left on Travilah Road.
The 67 Ride On bus operated by Montgomery County Transit stops on Travilah Road and goes to Shady Grove Metro station on the Red Line. There are 76 metered parking spaces. Daily parking is $5.10, reserved parking is $45. There are 32 bike racks and 60 bike lockers.
14257 Travilah Rd., North Potomac, Md.
There will be 131 townhouses. Seventeen are moderately priced dwelling units. Eighteen are sold. Sixteen are for sale. The townhouses are priced from $649,990 to $779,990.
Builder: Brookfield Residential
Features: All units are three levels with two-car garages; a fourth level with rooftop terrace is an option. Exterior facades are brick, and rears are covered in vinyl siding. Gas heating by Carrier is 90 percent efficient. There’s a 50-gallon water heater, Honeywell programmable thermostat, finished recreation room and washer and dryer connections. Ceilings are nine feet on living levels. Hardwood floors are installed on the main living level. Kitchens are outfitted with GE stainless-steel appliances and granite counters. Full bathrooms are outfitted with ceramic tile floors and bathtub surrounds.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 2 to 5 / 2 to 6
Square footage: 1,864 to 2,688
Homeowners association fee: $116 per month
View model: 1 to 6 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
Contact: Steve Hoppe at 301-978-7570 or www.BrookfieldDC.com/Travilah.