Some Maryland and Virginia counties surrounding Washington are listed among the wealthiest in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's latest figures for median household income, issued in 2005.
This level of wealth, which reached a median household income of $91,184 for Howard County and $82,187 for Montgomery County, often translates into a desire for upscale housing.
Builders in both counties are developing homes that appeal to families with high incomes.
Some upscale homes are estate-style homes surrounded by acres of land. Others are sophisticated town homes and condominiums built with upgraded materials and offering a convenient location.
Hardwood, marble and ceramic tile floors are common in these more expensive homes, along with extensive woodwork, kitchens with professional-grade appliances and furniture-quality cabinetry, and splashy master bathrooms with the latest styles of showers and baths.
Here's a look at a few new developments with homes priced at $900,000 and higher in Montgomery and Howard counties.
Advantage Homes LLC is building estate homes in two locations in Montgomery County.
At Burnt Hill Estates in Clarksburg, buyers can choose between three models to build on 4- to 10-acre estates. The homes start at $1,449,900 and include four-car garages, moldings and high ceilings, among the many standard features.
One homesite is still available for sale at Burnt Hill Estates.
At Peach Tree Estates in Dickerson, seven homes will be built on 3-acre sites; two are still available. The homes have stone and brick fronts and three- or four-car garages. Base prices begin at $1,499,900.
Call 301/349-2156 for either development.
Camberley Homes, a division of Winchester Homes, is building luxury homes in several suburban Washington locations.
At Riverwood in Howard County, Camberley is building more than 70 upscale single-family homes on 1-acre or larger sites.
The community is near shopping areas, golf courses and historic downtown Ellicott City. The homes have four bedrooms, three or four full baths and one or two powder rooms.
Base prices range from $1,398,000 to $1,825,000.
Craftmark Homes Inc. is building upscale town homes and estate homes at several locations in Montgomery County. At Bethesda Crest, 24 luxury town homes are being built with prices beginning at $1,750,000.
At McAuley Park in Potomac, seven homes with brick or stone fronts are being built on half-acre homesites, priced from $2,200,000 and higher. Each home has four levels with 4,950 to 5,800 square feet, with a four-car garage, high ceilings, moldings and a marble master bath.
Craftmark is also building estate homes on 2-acre sites at Grace Farm in Clarksburg, priced from $1,100,000.
Single-family estate homes are also being sold at Clarksburg's Park Ridge next to parkland, priced from the $900,000s.
At Montgomery View in Laytonsville, the homes are being built on 2-acre sites, priced from $1,100,000.
At Annapolis Ridge in Damascus, Craftmark Homes is building homes on 5-acre sites, priced from $1,100,000. These brick-front homes have four to six bedrooms with two to six full baths.
In Howard County, Craftmark is building 1-acre estate homes with four to six bedrooms and two to six baths, priced from $1,000,000 at Saddlebrook Farm in Woodstock. Call 301/498-2594.
Equity Homes Inc. is building upscale homes at Stoney Creek in Potomac, where 34 homes will be built on 2-acre homesites just minutes from River Road.
The homes include arched entryways, transom windows, columns, high ceilings and garages for three to five cars. Priced from $1,916,900, there are seven models available.
EYA is building luxurious town homes at the Brownstones at Park Potomac in Potomac, each with a rooftop terrace and a terrace on the family room. The homes have a two-car garage and four finished levels with hardwood flooring, oak stairs, a gas fireplace, high-tech wiring and a kitchen with maple cabinets and granite counters.
The homes are base-priced from $940,000 to $1,430,000. Call 301/251-1682.
Keswick Homes, the custom home division of Brookfield Homes Corp., is offering upscale homes at three locations in Montgomery County.
At Stoney Creek in Potomac, the estate homes are available on 2- to 3-acre sites, priced from $2,399,980 to $2,649,980.
On MacArthur Boulevard in Potomac, carriage-style homes are being built on half-acre sites, priced from $2,499,990.
At Avenel in Bethesda, homes are available on 1-acre sites and are priced from $4,099,990 to $4,349,990.
Mitchell & Best
Mitchell & Best Homebuilders LLC anticipates that sales will begin later this summer at Long Meadows at Davis Mill in Germantown. Seven models will be available to build on lots of at least 2 acres, with the Wellington model the largest of the group.
Wooded homesites and gently rolling hills will be part of this gated community of no more than 26 homes. A pocket park will be available for residents.
Pricing is anticipated to be in the luxury-home range.
Call 301/762-9511, Ext. 2301, to be placed on a list to receive more information once pricing and the opening sales date are established.
In Howard County, one single-family home is still available from Mitchell & Best at Maple Lawn's Midtown District, priced in the upper $1,000,000s price range.
Mitchell & Best is introducing its Bolton Hill Cityhomes, which are upscale, four-level town homes with brick and stucco exteriors, elevators, hardwood flooring and granite counters.
These homes are within walking distance of shops and restaurants and are priced from the low $900,000s and higher.
NVHomes is selling estate homes in several locations in Montgomery County.
In Potomac, 21 homes on wooded sites in a gated community are being built at Greenbriar Estates, priced from $2,000,000 to $2,200,000.
Nearby at Greenbriar Preserve, 30 homes will be part of a private, wooded enclave, with homes priced from $1,500,000 to $1,900,000.
At Robert's Landing in Darnestown, homes priced from $1,300,000 to $1,600,000 will be built on homesites of 1 to 2½ acres.
At Ashton Reserve in Ashton, homes priced from the upper $990,000s to $1,400,000 are built on sites of 1½ to 4 acres. One homesite is still available.
Homes priced from $1,200,000 will be built nearby in Brookeville at Brookeville Preserve on sites of up to 3½ acres. Just one homesite is still available. Call 301/260-0934.
At Seneca Landing in Boyds, two sites are still available for homes to be built on 3 to 7 acres with lake views. The homes are priced from the upper $990,000s to $1,200,000.
In Howard County, NVHomes is building five homes on 1-acre sites at Bucks Ridge in Ellicott City, base-priced from the $970,000s to $1,100,000.
At the Warfields in Glenelg, homes are priced from $1,100,000 to $1,300,000. Call 410/379-8651 for both of these communities.
At Clarksville Overlook in Clarksville, 35 homes are being built on 1-acre sites near the River Hill Village Center.
The homes are priced from the upper $980,000s to $1,200,000.
At Orchard Hill, Ryan Homes has nine houses available on 2-acre and larger sites. This community in Silver Spring has homes priced from $1,500,000, including the Monarch model, which starts at $1,600,000.
The Monarch model includes a two-story foyer with a hexagonal rotunda, a two-story family room, a kitchen with an octagonal center island and a luxury master suite with an octagonal tray ceiling and a separate sitting room.
At Potomac Edge in North Potomac, 34 estate homes are being built in a wooded enclave with gardens and gazebos, priced from $1,100,000 and up. The homes include vaulted ceilings, five bedrooms, up to 5½ baths, marble counters in the baths and a three-level deck.
At the Reserve at Crown Pointe in Gaithersburg, the Jamison Place model is available from $1,100,000. This home includes a sunken two-story foyer, columns, a deck, a finished lower level, four bedrooms and 4½ baths.
The master suite includes a sitting room, a luxury bath and a private deck.
Toll Bros. Inc. has several developments in the Washington area, including Potomac View in Potomac.
At Potomac View, buyers will be able to purchase some of the last remaining homesites with views of the Potomac River. The 46 homes in this community, built on 1-acre and larger sites, are priced from the low $2,000,000s. Lot premiums increase the price of the waterfront homes.
The development includes parks, picnic areas, walking trails and tennis courts.
A model home is now available for sale at Potomac View.
In Howard County, Toll Bros. is building luxury homes at Patuxent Chase in Ellicott City, priced from $1,320,975 to $1,390,975, each on a 1-acre homesite. Call 410/715-2226.
At the Reserve at Triadelphia Crossing in Glenelg, Toll Bros. is selling homes priced from the low $1,000,000s and built on 1-acre homesites.
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