Coming home with bags full of groceries, tired legs or an infirmity are easily accommodated at Potomac Highlands. Elevators in these townhouses directly transport homeowners from the garage level to the second-floor living spaces and third-story bedrooms.
The gear-drive elevator is just one of the upscale, standard features in 19 of the community’s 23 residences, now being built in Potomac by the Camberley division of Bethesda-based Winchester Homes. Among the high-end options are two-sided gas fireplaces; hand-scraped, hardwood floors; and marble countertops and floor tiles. Adaptable floor plans allow homeowners to add bedrooms and customize spaces according to their living arrangements.
Priced from about $1.1 million to $1.35 million and more, the 23 townhouses are terraced into a hillside off Seven Locks Road in Potomac to offer a high vantage point for distant views, some purportedly as far as Tysons Corner when the trees are bare. New sidewalks wind up the site to a tot lot at the center of the community.
“Potomac Highlands is distinguished from other new townhome communities in the area by a lavish, low-maintenance appeal in a sought-after location,” says Lisa Conyer, marketing manager of Winchester Homes. “It provides convenient access to major commuter routes and highly regarded schools.” The development is near Interstates 270 and 495, Montgomery Mall, Cabin John Regional Park and top-ranked Winston Churchill High School.
Brick facades: The community is designed to “appeal to the empty nesters who want a lifestyle of travel and being able to pick up and go without having to worry about upkeep while they are away,” Conyer says. At $235 per month, the homeowner association fee pays for yard maintenance, snow plowing and shoveling, trash pickup and maintenance of common areas.
From the outside, the residences present a traditional look, with brick facing the front and sides, and fiber-cement siding extending across the back. Panels of brick on the sides of the end units, set below small kitchen windows, are arranged in herringbone patterns.
Bay windows and balconies on the second story extend over two-car garages, and driveways are paved in brick to complement the exterior walls. Front doors are set back several feet from the facades to create sheltering porticoes.
The exteriors of the townhouses follow a predetermined design created by KTGY, an architecture firm in Tysons Corner, with a team from Winchester Homes, and can’t be changed by buyers. But the interiors present options for customizing the floor plans to create more rooms.
Adaptable spaces: The end units called the Cannon are slightly wider than the interior rowhouses called the Lafayette. In both, the front door opens to the lowest level where a large foyer adjoins a spacious room at the rear. This space can be used as a media lounge, as shown in the Cannon model, or subdivided into a rec room and a bedroom adjoining the bathroom next door.
Similarly, the front portion of the second level, where the main living spaces are located, can be partitioned into a formal dining room and a home office or kept as one space, as shown in the Lafayette model.
The centerpiece of this middle floor is an open-plan kitchen and great room with 10-foot-high ceilings. The kitchen incorporates a large island and a walk-in pantry, and Bosch, Sub-Zero and Thermador appliances. The family room features a coffered ceiling and a gas fireplace with a heat-circulating fan. In the Cannon model, a glass door set into the back wall opens to a two-level patio and a strip of grass abutting a tall, stone-retaining wall.
Bedrooms are on the top floor. Two are at the front near a hall bathroom, and the owner’s extensive suite occupies the back. The owner’s bathroom is spacious with two vanities, each flanking a free-standing tub, and a shower with built-in benches.
This level also incorporates a laundry area, walk-in and linen closets, and the owner’s “retreat.” This reclusive sitting area can be separated from the master bedroom by a two-sided gas fireplace or replaced with a fourth bedroom. The Lafayette design offers the opportunity for two top-floor owner’s suites, one at the front and the other at the back — with a retreat.
Schools: Bells Mill Elementary, Cabin John Middle and Winston Churchill High
Transportation: The 47 Ride On bus starts at the MARC station in Rockville, runs along Seven Locks Road next to Potomac Highlands and ends at the Bethesda Metro station. Nearby driving routes include Democracy Boulevard, Interstate 270 and Capital Beltway.
Retail and restaurants: Montgomery Mall, Wildwood Shopping Center, Park Potomac, Pike & Rose, and Cabin John Shopping Center and Mall.
141 Bytham Ridge Lane, Potomac, Md.
The townhouses range from $1.1 million to $1.35 million. Of the 23 houses, 19 are market-rate, nine of which have sold. Four residences are set aside as moderately priced dwelling units per Montgomery County law. Two end townhouses are ready for immediate delivery.
Builder: Camberley, a division of Winchester Homes.
Features: Nineteen of the three-story townhouses have elevators and two-car garages. The entrance level has a large space at the rear that can be divided into a rec room and a bedroom suite. Living spaces are on the middle floor with a kitchen opening to a great room topped by a coffered ceiling. Bedrooms occupy the third level with two at the front and the owner’s suite at the back. The owner’s suite incorporates a sitting room divided from the bedroom by a gas fireplace wall.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3 to 4 / 4
Square footage: About 4,000
View models: Daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact: Penny Logue or Reni Milbert at 301-304-1400 or winchesterhomes.com.