- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Prince George’s County will soon be home to the Washington area’s largest combined hotel and convention center, the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, to be built by Gaylord Hotels and opened in March 2008 at National Harbor.

Under development by the Peterson Cos. along a one-mile stretch of Potomac River shoreline near Oxon Hill, National Harbor will include 7.3 million square feet of mixed-use development, including 2,500 residences.

“The development of National Harbor is well under way,” says Kwasi Holman, president and CEO of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corp. “National Harbor is expected to energize the hospitality industry in Prince George’s County. We’re certain to get our fair share of convention and recreational bookings.”

While Mr. Holman anticipates that the office component will attract associations and other tenants who want a Potomac River view, he also expects a high degree of interest in the residential element of the development.

“The residential area of National Harbor should enhance the county’s ability to attract residents looking for high-end accommodations,” says Mr. Holman. “The homes will primarily be luxury condominiums with waterfront views and access to plenty of community amenities. There will also be some single-family homes built nearby.”

The National Harbor Web site (www.nationalharbor.com) reports that the development will eventually include 4,000 hotel rooms, 500,000 square feet of “Class A” office space and 1 million square feet of retail, dining and entertainment space.

In addition to the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, boutique hotels and timeshares are expected to be part of the mix at National Harbor.

Sales are anticipated to begin early next year for the condominiums. Visit the Web site to be placed on the priority list for housing updates.

A Beltway exit dedicated to National Harbor also is planned.

Mr. Holman also says several additional mixed-use developments in Prince George’s County are either under construction or in the approval process.

“Woodmore Town Center, at Route 202 and the Beltway, will include a Wegman’s grocery store, a hotel and 1 million square feet of office space,” Mr. Holman says. “This development will also include single-family homes and condominiums.”

University Town Center, a development with plans for a movie theater, shops and restaurants, recently opened dormitory space for students in its first phase of residential development.

University Town Center is off East-West Highway on the Green Line near the Prince George’s Plaza Metro station.

One Independence Plaza is one of the condominium components under development by University Town Center. The community will include 24-hour concierge services, a controlled-access garage and a clubhouse with a patio.

The development will include one- and two-bedroom homes, with one-bedroom homes priced from the mid-$200,000s, one-bedroom-with-a-den homes priced from the low $300,000s and two-bedroom homes priced from the high $300,000s.

Monthly condominium fees range from $200 to $400. Call 301/779-2290 or visit www.one independencecondos.com.

The condominiums at Plaza Lofts Twenty-Two have also recently begun sales at the University Town Center. These contemporary-style homes include wood floors, stainless steel kitchens and stone counters. Priced from $399,000 to the $780,000s, these homes have monthly condominium fees of $237 to $432.

Call 301/277-4033 or visit www.plazalofts22.com.

Konterra, a 2,200-acre parcel slated for mixed-use development near Laurel at the terminus of the proposed Inter-County Connector, is still in the planning stages, Mr. Holman says. This project will eventually include a residential component, but the development should take several years to complete.

Another proposed development, Westphalia, located at the junction of the Suitland Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue, is likely to include luxury housing, Mr. Holman says.

“Another new town, to be called Karrington, is also moving toward approval. This town will add considerably more luxury housing to Prince George’s County,” Mr. Holman says.

While most Washington-area communities, especially those close to downtown, have a severe shortage of affordable housing, Prince George’s County is different.

“We actually have more than an ample supply of work-force housing in established communities in this county,” Mr. Holman says.

“We’ll be revitalizing some of these communities, especially some of those within the Beltway and along Route 1,” he says, “but our new housing is primarily high-end housing designed to attract residents looking for these types of accommodations within commuting distance of the District.”

At the gated community of Waterford in the Bowie/Mitchellville area near U.S. 50 and Md. 193, 126 estate homes are being built.

Sited on 1- to 4-acre lots designed for maximum privacy, these homes are base-priced from the $900,000s to more than $1,000,000.

Call 301/390-9330 for Charleston Co. Inc., 301/249-6166 for NVHomes or 301/281-5300 for Williamsburg Group LLC or visit www.waterford community.com.

EYA is developing the Arts District Hyattsville, a mixed-use development that eventually will include town homes, condominiums and live-work homes with retail space downstairs and living space upstairs.

The homes are designed with brick fronts and corrugated metal bay windows. Buyers can choose loft-style homes and add rooftop terraces and decks.

The development will include a community center with an art gallery and a two-story wall of glass, along with meeting rooms and a lounge area.

Shops and restaurants will be part of this new urban neighborhood, where residents can also walk to the Hyattsville Historic District.

Prices for the homes range from the upper $300,000s to the $600,000s. Call 301/209-0116 or visit www.eya.com.

For a more rural lifestyle, Toll Bros. Inc. is developing Marlboro Ridge, a planned community with a variety of home styles gathered around an equestrian center and other recreational amenities. Single family homes and luxury town homes will be built at Marlboro Ridge, located three miles off the Capital Beltway in Upper Marlboro. Amenities in addition to the equestrian facilities include 250 acres of open space, a community clubhouse, a swimming pool, tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic areas and miles of trails for hiking, biking and riding horses. The homes at Marlboro Ridge range in price from the $400,000s to over $1,000,000. Call 301/780-3200 or visit www.marlbororidge.com.

The resort lifestyle can also be found nearby at Beechtree, a planned community with a 30-acre lake, 600 acres of open space, a stream valley park, the Presidential Golf Course and clubhouse, the Lakefront Swim & Racquet Club and miles of walking paths.

Single-family homes priced from the low $600,000s and town homes priced from the low $500,000s can be found at Beechtree from Ryan Homes, NVHomes, Mid-Atlantic Builders Inc., Haverford Homes Inc. and McDaniels Homes.

Call 301/627-1734 for NVHomes, 301/627-4072 for Ryan, 301/627-9230 for Mid-Atlantic, 301/627-6376 for Haverford and 301/574-5533 for McDaniels, or visit www.BeechtreeMD.com.

Montgomery Development is developing the upscale, gated golf course community of Oak Creek in Upper Marlboro.

This 1,100-acre community will include more than 600 acres of open space with oak trees, parks, lakes, a waterfall and walking trails.

The private Oak Creek Club Golf Course will be a focal point for the residents, along with Bowieville, an elegant federal-style plantation built in 1819 and restored by the developer.

The mansion and its gardens overlook Reflection Lake and the first hole of the golf course.

The Oak Creek Village Center, an 18,000-square-foot clubhouse, includes a fitness center, a swimming pool, a putting green, an outdoor concert pavilion and two lighted tennis courts.

Concierge services will be provided to residents. Eventually, 1,148 town homes and single-family homes will be built at Oak Creek.

Single-family homes are priced from the $600,000s and up, and town homes are priced from the $400,000s and up.

Builders in Oak Creek include Craftmark Homes Inc., Craftstar Homes Inc., Greencastle Homes, K&P; Builders Inc., Michael Harris Development, Mitchell & Best Homebuilders LLC, NVHomes, WCI Communities Inc. and Ryan Homes. Call the Oak Creek Visitors Center at 301/390-8707 or visit www.oakcreekclub.com.

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