- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 13, 2006

With transportation woes affecting every driver in the Washington area, home buyers are beginning to base the location element of their home search on proximity to a Metro station or at least a Metro bus stop that can link residents to jobs and their friends.

Monaco Development is converting 317 rental town homes and apartments at the Royalton at King Farm into condominiums so consumers can benefit from ownership along with a location across the street from the Shady Grove Metro Station.

A complimentary King Farm shuttle links residents with area amenities, including the King Farm Village Center.

The Royalton includes an outdoor resort-style swimming pool, a clubhouse, a fitness center, tennis courts, basketball courts and softball and other sports fields. Residents can enjoy parks, open lawns, walking paths with fountains and benches, playgrounds, tot lots and bike paths.

The King Farm Village Center offers shops and restaurants, and more shopping opportunities are not far away at White Flint Mall, Lakeforest Mall, Montgomery Mall and in Bethesda and downtown Washington.

The standard features of the homes include upgraded flooring and new wall-to-wall carpeting, tiled foyers, kitchens and baths and vaulted or nine-foot ceilings with ceiling fans.

Each home includes large windows or bay windows, a full-size washer and dryer and pre-wiring for cable TV and Internet capability.

Some homes include a private attached or detached garage, while others have covered or on-street parking.

Buyers may customize homes with hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, 42-inch kitchen cabinets, a built-in computer desk, a fireplace with a built-in television shelf, individual alarm systems and upgraded baths.

The condominiums range from 682 to 1,292 finished square feet, with base prices from $253,900 to $381,900 for the one-bedroom homes and one-bedroom-with-loft homes.

Monthly condominium fees for these homes range from $161 to $225.

The two-bedroom homes and two-bedroom-with-loft homes are base-priced from $359,900 to $578,900, with monthly condominium fees of $248 to $376.

The three-bedroom condominium, base-priced from $439,000 to $450,900, has a monthly condominium fee of $305.

The town homes, which range from 1,090 to 1,633 finished square feet, include two- and three-bedroom homes. The two-bedroom homes, base-priced from $398,900 to $592,900, have a monthly condominium fee of $258 to $337.

The three-bedroom homes, base-priced from $452,900 to $665,900, have a monthly condominium fee of $303 to $449.

The Magnolia, a two-bedroom-with-loft condominium, features a foyer entrance with a closet, an open living and dining room with a glass door to the balcony, a computer desk and a kitchen.

The living room can include bay windows and a fireplace.

The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a private full bath.

The Savannah, a three-bedroom town home, features a front porch on the lower level, which has a foyer, a garage entrance and a closet.

The main level has an open living room and dining room with a fireplace along with a rear kitchen and laundry room.

Upstairs, the master suite has a vaulted ceiling, a walk-in closet and a private full bath. Two additional bedrooms and a second full bath complete this level.

Call 301/977-8848 or visit the Web site (www.RoyaltonAtKingFarm.com).

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