- The Washington Times - Friday, October 26, 2001

Porten Homes is building 23 single-family houses at the planned community of Clarksburg in Montgomery County. Clarksburg will include a town center, more than 100 acres of green space and hiking trails. It will be near the Monocacy River and Sugarloaf Mountain.

Each home will feature a cultured stone and cedar vinyl siding exterior, professional landscaping, a front porch and detailing such as dormer windows and gingerbread cut-outs, and a two-car garage.

Inside, both models include four bedrooms, 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 baths, 9-foot ceilings on the main level, a gas fireplace with a marble hearth and surround in the family room, a first-floor study, crown and chair-rail moldings, a sitting room and luxury bath in the master suite with a soaking tub and separate shower, 42-inch cabinets and recessed lighting in the center-island kitchen, ceramic tile flooring and cultured marble counters in the bathrooms, two-zone gas heat and gas hot water, and oak hardwood flooring in the foyer, hall and powder room.

The homes range in size from 3,367 to 3,560 finished square feet, with base prices from $431,900 to $452,900.

The Brighton model, with 3,560 square feet, is priced from $437,900 to $452,900. This home features separate stairways to the upper level from the foyer and family room, a two-story foyer flanked by the formal living room and dining room, a kitchen with a bay-windowed breakfast room, a large family room, a corner study with a bay window, and a first-floor laundry room. Upstairs, the master suite has two walk-in closets, a bay-windowed sitting room, and a large bath. Three additional bedrooms have a private or shared bath, and a loft area provides flexible living space.

Options include a finished lower level with a media room, den or bedroom and recreation room, extra windows, and built-in shelving.

For information or directions, call R.J. Robinson at 240/686-1955.

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