- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 19, 2004

One of the challenges of building new homes in historic areas is to maintain the architectural integrity of the neighborhood while sometimes expanding the size and sophistication of the existing homes.

Most of the homes at Murray Hill in Annapolis are traditional designs. Golden Builders, a custom-home builder, has developed five new homes that blend seamlessly into the neighborhood.

All five homes feature James Hardie siding, brick on four sides, a private driveway with a garage and low-maintenance Trex decking. A studio and powder room can be added over the garage.

Two of the five homes under construction have already been sold, and the remaining homes are base-priced from $883,537 to $967,498.

At 4A and 4B Constitution Ave., the homes have 3,075 square feet, while the home at 118 Granville Ave. has 3,805 finished square feet.

Each of the new Murray Hill homes has five bedrooms; 41/2 baths; a gas fireplace with a marble surround; smooth-surface 9-foot ceilings on every level; hardwood flooring throughout the first floor; Pella windows; upgraded carpet in the rest of the rooms; gas hot water; an alarm system; a high-tech wiring system; an upgraded lighting package; and three-piece crown, chair-rail and picture-frame moldings.

The kitchens include 42-inch raised panel cabinets, upgraded appliances, an island or peninsula and granite counters. The baths have Kohler fixtures, ceramic tile flooring and tub and shower surrounds, and Corian vanity tops. Each home has an open floor plan, a full basement and three finished levels.

The home at 118 Granville Ave. is base-priced from $967,498.

This home features a front porch with columns, a large front hall entrance with a walk-in closet and powder room, and decorative columns framing the entry to the formal living room. The living room includes a gas fireplace and bookcases surrounding the window.

The adjacent formal dining room features a wide bay window and decorative columns around the entrances to the living room and central hall.

At the back of the home is a generously sized great room with a door to the deck. The great room is open to the center-island kitchen.

A central staircase features an open well from the lower level through to the upper level, allowing for glimpses of each level from the stairs and the stair hall on each level.

Upstairs, the master suite has a walk-in closet and a bath with two separate vanities, a tub and a separate shower. This level includes two additional bedrooms, a full bath and a laundry room.

The finished third level features a front bedroom with a window seat along one wall, plus two closets. This level also includes a full bath and a study with a door leading to a deck.

The finished lower level includes a wine cellar, a game room, a hobby room and a full bath, plus a storage room. The laundry room can be placed on this level in place of the hobby room, if desired.

Call sales and marketing representative Walt Rampata at 410/573-4766, or visit www.goldenbuilders.com.

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