The Vineyards is a 90-acre property in Clinton, Md., in Prince George's County, about 30 miles southeast of the District and five miles south of Joint Base Andrews. It will comprise 64 single-family houses when completed.
"We think this is a very convenient location. Access to JBA is excellent, the Beltway is close, and it's easy to get to downtown," said Tim Bates, Mid-Atlantic division president for CalAtlantic Homes, which is developing the site. The company was formed in 2015 through a merger of Standard Pacific Homes in Orange County, Calif., and Ryland Homes in Maryland. Today, the headquarters is bicoastal — in Irvine, Calif., and Arlington, Va.
The land is in the early stages of development. The main streets through the community are paved, and there are a few stakes with numbered home sites, which average about 0.22 acres. Many back to wooded areas, and the overall scene is lovely rural greenery. Prospective buyers can drive or walk the property with map in hand — available for pickup at the sales office — and select the spot that most appeals to them.
Five homes have been sold, and construction will begin soon. Fifty-nine are for sale. This is Phase II of the Vineyards. Phase I, which is adjacent, consists of 90 homes completed and occupied some time ago, Bates said.
Ideal for entertaining: Buyers can choose from five floor plans — Dawson, Patuxent, Harlow II, Prescott II and Barrington. The furnished model, Dawson, is a traditional two-story center-hall Colonial. An open floor plan seamlessly melds family room, morning room and kitchen, which run across the rear of the house. "It's a good layout for entertaining, because people can hang out in the kitchen around the large island while a meal is prepared," said John Stuart, CalAtlantic's Mid-Atlantic vice president for sales and marketing.
A popular option is a deck or patio, where you can grill for dinner or sit around a fire pit afterward looking up at the stars.
The double garage opens into a mudroom off the kitchen. Kids can drop their backpacks, store muddy shoes, hang up coats and march directly into the kitchen for cookies and milk after school.
Entering the front door leads to the foyer, the living room on the immediate left and the dining room on the right. The staircase to the second level is off-center to the right. Four spacious bedrooms, plus an owner's suite sitting room, form the core of the floor. "A lot of people will choose a fifth bedroom option in place of the sitting room," Stuart said.
The basement comes unfinished but can be built out with a den, playroom, media room, or another bedroom and bathroom.
"One of the biggest amenities we offer is the expandability of the home and its entertainment value," Stuart said.
Parkland: Twenty-five acres out of the 90-acre property were donated to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission as parkland. "That land will be the state's property," Bates said, "and the state has the flexibility to decide what recreational opportunities to put in for Prince George's County residents to enjoy. Maybe there'll be trails or a soccer field. The result for our residents is a lot of open space right outside their front door."
In addition, the 690-acre Cosca Regional Park offers a nature center, ballfields, a playground and picnic shelters. Boardwalks are built over wetlands in Piscataway Park, enabling one to see fragile vegetation and water wildlife up close. Rosaryville State Park, with 982 acres, has miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
Shopping: Clinton Plaza and Coventry Plaza offer many shopping, dining and commercial options a short drive from the Vineyards. Walmart isn't too far north of Clinton.
Schools: Waldon Woods Elementary, Stephen Decatur Middle, Surrattsville High.
Transit: "A great thing about the community is that it's kind of tucked away. It's quiet and peaceful but also close to major hubs to D.C., Annapolis, Interstate 495 and JBA," Stuart said. Temple Hills is seven miles away, Oxon Hills is nine, National Harbor is 12 and Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport is 39.
6407 Summer Sweet Dr., Clinton, Md.
There will be 64 single-family houses ranging from $404,990 to $491,990. Five are sold. Current incentives include $15,000 toward the Design Center and $10,000 toward closing costs with use of the builder's affiliated mortgage and title service.
Builder: CalAtlantic Homes
Features: The houses have two-car garages, Carrier gas furnace and electric air conditioning, and vinyl single-hung, double-paned windows with tilt-in feature for easy cleaning. Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, a 55-gallon electric water heater and Honeywell programmable thermostats are installed. Ceilings are nine feet high on all levels. Hardwood floors run through the entry foyer, powder room and kitchen. Light fixtures are brushed nickel by Progress. The kitchens have Whirlpool appliances, granite counters and choice of sink between a stainless-steel offset or nine-inch single bowl. Moen Chateau faucets are installed in bathrooms and the kitchen.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 4 to 7 / 3 to 6
Square footage: 2,520 to 3,407
Homeowners association fee: $50 per month
View model: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Contact: Cliff Martin at 443-883-1762 or calatlantichomes.com .