For Rick and Jennifer Rademacher, what distinguishes the new Parklands townhouses from similar developments in Montgomery County with high-end features is the base price tag: $569,900.
“We had been looking for a new house, from Rockville to Germantown,” says Jennifer. “There’s a lot that came with this house, and the price point was hugely attractive to us.”
Long & Foster real estate agent Mike Aubrey, who has sold six townhouses in the Gaithersburg development so far, agrees.
“It’s impossible to get a house loaded up with features for this asking price in Montgomery County,” says Aubrey, who has appeared on the HGTV shows “Power Broker,” “Get It Sold” and “Real Estate Intervention.”
The 15-residence development by Craftmark Homes is next to the previously completed portion of Parklands and the Watkins Mill community near the Metropolitan Grove MARC station.
Standard features include Shaker-style kitchen cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, engineered hardwood flooring, quartz countertops and a security system. Chrome Delta faucets come with the kitchen and bathrooms, and ceilings reach nine feet on all levels. Coated glass in the windows to prevent heat loss, high-efficiency water heaters, heat-flow-resistant insulation in walls and LED lighting are part of the package to help homeowners save energy.
Bay windows, roof gables: The Rademachers were among the first to buy in Parklands and moved in during July.
They bought an end unit for almost $600,000 and chose the option of a full bathroom on the ground level. “The open plan and kitchen island are favorite features,” says Rick, 49, an accountant. “We like to cook and eat, and we often have dinner at the island.”
The Rademachers say they appreciate the size of their townhouse. At 2,638 square feet, “it feels like a single-family home,” says Jennifer, 48, who works for a recruitment firm.
“Another attractive feature for us was the fact that the townhouses are 24 feet wide as opposed to the 16-feet or 20-feet options we saw in the other communities we visited,” says Rick.
On the exterior, the three-story townhouses are clad in stone at the base and brick on the upper two stories. Some have bay windows and roof gables. From the canopy-sheltered entrance, a staircase leads to the completely open second floor. The kitchen, with its 14-foot island, is placed in the middle to separate the dining area at the front from the living-family room at the back. The adaptable level allows the dining and living spaces to be flipped or serve different uses altogether.
On the top floor, two bedrooms and a hall bathroom are situated at the front, a laundry room is positioned in the middle, and a master suite with three closets occupies the rear.
Behind the two-car garage on the ground floor is a mudroom, space for an optional bathroom and a utility room. At the rear of this level is a rec room with windows and a door leading to the back yard. This large space can be converted into another bedroom or a home office. The Rademachers use it as a second living-family room where they can watch TV.
Design options at an added cost include hexagonal and herringbone-patterned tile instead of the standard subway tile for the kitchen backsplash; a gas fireplace in the living-family room; and a deck off the back of the second floor. With these features and an end-unit location, the home price can reach into the $600,000s.
One townhouse, priced at $573,640, is ready for immediate move-in, and three more are scheduled to deliver in November and December.
Schools: Brown Station Elementary, Lakelands Park Middle and Quince Orchard High.
Parks and amenities: Seneca Creek State Park is nearby. The Parklands and Watkins Mill community has its own tot lots, clubhouse, pool, exercise room and tennis court.
Shopping: Close to Parklands are Sam’s Club, Costco and several shopping centers. A grocery store and retail are planned for the Watkins Mill Town Center, which is within walking distance.
Transportation: Nearby are Interstate 270 and the Metropolitan Grove MARC station, which is connected to a Ride On bus route and a future bus rapid transit line.
266 Caulfield Lane, Gaithersburg
Townhouses start at $569,900 and rise to more than $600,000 for an end unit.
Builder: Craftmark Homes
Features: The three-story townhouses have an open-plan layout on the second floor, with the kitchen separating the living and dining spaces. Two bedrooms and a hall bathroom are at the front of the third level, and a master suite with three closets occupies the rear. The lowest level next to the garage features a large room that can be used as another bedroom, recreation space, a TV lounge or a home office, with access to the back yard.
Square footage: 2,638
View model: Saturday and Sunday 1 to 3 p.m. or by appointment
Contact: Mike Aubrey at 301-873-9807 or email@example.com