- - Thursday, April 26, 2012

While plenty of suburban residents long for an urban lifestyle, new homes rarely become available within the District’s borders.

At Foxhall Ridge in Northwest, buyers have an unusual opportunity to purchase a newly constructed home with all the amenities today’s buyers expect. Designed to blend with the historic architecture of Georgetown and the Palisades neighborhood, Foxhall Ridge is a new community of 34 town homes built by Stanley Martin in an enclave off MacArthur Boulevard.

Residents of Foxhall Ridge will live within walking distance of the Potomac River and the C&O Canal as well as shops and restaurants in the Palisades. Georgetown, Georgetown University, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and all of the District are easily accessible from the community, which also offers quick access to the Beltway and Chain Bridge to reach the Virginia and Maryland suburbs.

So far, 17 homes have been released for sale at Foxhall Ridge, with base prices ranging from $944,990 to $1,675,910. The homes in the Enclave section, which are Spencer models, range in size from 2,058 to 2,099 square feet. The larger Augusta model homes, in the Terrace section, are three- or four-story homes with optional elevators and range from 2,943 to 4,293 square feet. Both models include a two-car garage.

Homeowner association fees will range from $108 to $210 per month and will include maintenance of the common areas, which include guest parking, a rain garden, a central park and a butterfly garden.

Both models have 9- and 10-foot ceilings, oak floors on the main level and in the halls, tile or hardwood flooring in the foyer, oak stairs throughout the home, crown molding, and birch cabinets with granite counters and ceramic tile flooring in the baths. Each master bath has an oversized shower with a tiled floor, a frameless glass enclosure and a rain shower head or a soaking tub and separate shower.

The kitchens in both models include birch or maple cabinets, granite counters, a ceramic tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances and a stainless steel undermounted sink.

Perhaps the most dramatic feature of both models is the finished loft level, which has a roof terrace with a two-sided fireplace that warms both the terrace and the loft.

The Spencer model has a lower-level entrance into a foyer with an adjacent study. This level also has a closet and an entrance into the garage.

The main level features an open floor plan with a living room at the front with three windows, an open dining room and a center-island kitchen with an adjacent powder room and a sliding glass door to a deck.

The upper level has a master bedroom with a tray ceiling, a walk-in closet and a luxury bath. This level has a closet for laundry equipment and a second bedroom with a tray ceiling and a private full bath. The loft level has an open loft, a powder room and two doors to the roof terrace. Buyers can add a bedroom and full bath with a smaller loft if desired.

The Augusta model has a lower-level entrance into a foyer with a closet and access to the garage. This model has an optional elevator to all four levels. At the back of the main level is a recreation room with a powder room and a door to a patio. Buyers can shift to a one-car garage and add a study and a full bath to this level.

The main level has a formal living room and a formal dining room at the front of the house, each with two windows. At the back of the house are a center-island kitchen that opens to a morning room with an adjacent family room. This level has a powder room, a pantry and a door to a deck.

The upper level has a master suite with a tray ceiling, a walk-in closet, a standard closet and a luxury bath with a soaking tub, a separate shower with a seat, and a double-sink vanity. A laundry room, a second full bath and a second bedroom with a walk-in closet complete this level.

The loft level has an open loft with a window seat, a full bath and a two-sided fireplace shared with the roof terrace. Buyers can add a third bedroom with a walk-in closet and a window seat with a smaller loft.

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