- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Building on the dramatic success of River Creek in Virginia, Montgomery Development has begun work on the upscale guarded and gated golf-course community Oak Creek in Upper Marlboro, Prince George’s County.

The majestic oak trees of this 1,100-acre community will be preserved, and more than 600 acres of the development will be retained as open space, including parks, lakes, a waterfall and walking trails.

Amenities expected to be complete in fall 2005 include the restoration of Bowieville, an elegant Federal-style plantation built in 1819. This 21/2-story brick and stucco home features a hip roof, a classical entrance with a fanlight and sophisticated interior trim work.

The Bowieville mansion, sited on 10 acres, was built by Mary Bowie on land she inherited from her father, Robert Bowie, a Maryland governor. The mansion and its classic country gardens will overlook Reflection Lake and the first hole of the golf course.

The Oak Creek Club Golf Course, a 225-acre, private, 7,256-yard, 18-hole championship course designed by Tom Clark of Ault, Clark & Associates and developed by Niebur Golf, will also include a practice range.

The Oak Creek Village Center, the focal point for the community, will feature an 18,000-square-foot country clubhouse, which will include a fitness center, a pro shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms and a variety of locations for entertaining and dining.

Members will have access to private-function rooms, a mixed grill, a banquet room, a formal dining room and an outdoor dining deck.

Other amenities at the Village Center include a 25-meter swimming pool, a wading pool and two lighted tennis courts. In addition, the Village Center will have an outdoor concert pavilion, a putting green, a park and two lakes.

Oak Creek plans include a public school and park site, a church community site, and a commercial center in three to five years.

The 35-acre Oak Creek Park will include a baseball and softball field, a football field, a soccer field, a basketball court, and Lake Oak Creek, which will be stocked for fishing and will be connected via three miles of walking and biking trails to the Collington Stream Valley Park.

An important amenity for residents of Oak Creek will be the concierge services, which will include a variety of services for individuals and community clubs, along with organization of community outings and activities.

In addition to the concierge services, the Oak Creek Homeowners Association, which will cost about $125 to $150 per month, will provide basic cable service, high-speed Internet service, an information channel, a newsletter, maintenance of roads and common green space, snow removal and a community-owned bus service with rides to and from Metro and other local destinations.

Security at Oak Creek will include completely fenced road frontage, a guardhouse staffed around the clock, a mobile security guard, security gates or control arms and cameras at all entrances, and a security channel accessible to all residences.

Eventually, 1,148 town homes and single-family homes will be built at Oak Creek, and homes will be designed for golf, stream valley and estate sites. Single-family homes are base-priced from the $520,000s to the low $800,000s, with town homes anticipated to be priced from the mid- to upper $300,000s. Model homes are likely to open in spring 2005.

Builders in Oak Creek include Craftmark and Craftstar Homes, 301/390-4471; K&P; Builders, 301/390-3667; Michael Harris Homes, 301/390-2214; Mitchell & Best Homes, 301/390-1553; NVHomes, 301/390-4403; Renaissance Housing, 301/390-4766; and Ryan Homes, 301/390-1601.

Call the Oak Creek Visitors Center at 301/390-8707, or visit www.oakcreekclub.com.

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