The city of Bowie, Md., occupies 16 square miles approximately 12 miles from the District. A mix of residential, retail and office development fills the area, which was once a rural community. According to the city government’s Web site, www.cityofbowie.org, Bowie had 53,660 residents in 2003.
Though today’s home buyers may be most interested in the amenities found at Bowie Town Center, the area also has historical sites.
The Belair Mansion, built in 1745, has been restored. Visitors can observe the art and furnishings of earlier residents.
The Belair Stable Museum, the oldest continually operating horse farm in the United States until it closed in 1957, also is open to visitors.
The Bowie Railroad Station and Huntington Museum, built in 1872, also has been restored to offer visitors a glimpse at the catalyst for the growth of Bowie.
Bowie Town Center includes department stores, restaurants, movie theaters, specialty shops and a grocery store. Bowie’s abundant recreational amenities include parks and community centers along with the Bowie Ice Arena, the Bowie Skate Park, the boathouse at Allen Pond Park and the Bowie Playhouse for live theater.
A wide range of new homes can be found in the Bowie area, including condominiums, town homes and single-family homes.
At Ashleigh Station, Mid-Atlantic Builders Inc. is selling single-family homes priced from the upper $500,000s to the low $600,000s, each on a homesite of up to 1 acre.
The homes have four bedrooms, 2½ baths, oak flooring in the foyer and powder room, a gas fireplace, crown and chair-rail moldings and a brick front.
They range from 2,720 to 3,409 square feet. The largest model, the Firenze, has a two-story foyer with arches, a family room with a semicircular window wall, a central round vestibule and a luxurious master suite with a separate sitting room.
Call 301/390-3470 or visit www.midatlanticbuilders.com.
Caruso Homes Inc. is building single-family homes on quarter-acre to half-acre lots on cul-de-sacs at Ashton Estates.
The brick-front homes have high ceilings, hardwood flooring in the foyer, a gas fireplace and a center-island kitchen with 42-inch cabinets and granite counters.
The homes are priced from the mid-$500,000s and higher.
The Westmoreland model features a first-floor library, family room, living room and dining room, with an expansive center-island kitchen and breakfast area with a walk-in pantry, a built-in desk and an adjacent laundry room. The master suite upstairs has a separate step-down sitting room, two walk-in closets and a bath.
Call 301/262-9316 or visit www.carusohomes.com.
Mid-Atlantic Builders is constructing upscale single-family homes at Bradford’s Retreat at Woodmore North, each priced from the upper $900,000s to the low $1,000,000s.
These brick-front homes feature high ceilings, gas fireplaces, upscale master baths, crown and chair-rail moldings, recessed lighting, hardwood flooring in some main-level rooms and maple cabinets with granite counters in the kitchen.
The homes have four bedrooms and three or four full baths, with 4,406 to 5,158 finished square feet.
The Venezia model, the largest in this community, has a circular foyer surrounded by windows. Upstairs, the third bedroom echoes this design with a curved wall of windows. This home has a two-story family room with a wall of windows and another curved wall of windows wrapping the kitchen, breakfast area and keeping room.
The upstairs master bedroom has a similar wall of windows.
Call 301/952-9111 or visit www.midatlanticbuilders.com.
NVHomes is building single-family homes at Fairview Manor priced from the $760,000s to $1,100,000. Seven floor plans are available, including the Mount Vernon model, which has a brick front.
This home has an elegant foyer and reception hall, a two-story family room and an octagonal breakfast room surrounded by windows.
Upstairs, the master suite has an octagonal sitting room surrounded by windows. Each of the additional four bedrooms upstairs has a private full bath and walk-in closet.
Call 301/805-8230 or visit www.nvhomes.com.
The planned community of Fairwood occupies 1,000 acres in Bowie, with 350 acres devoted to open space. Developed by General Growth Properties Inc. (formerly the Rouse Co.), Fairwood has new homes under construction in seven neighborhoods. Eight neighborhoods are sold out.
Community amenities include miles of paved pathways, playgrounds, playing fields, pocket parks and a village center with shops.
The Sycamore Club, the focal point for community activities, has a clubhouse, swimming pools, tennis courts, a volleyball court and a putting green.
Single-family homes are being built in five neighborhoods by Nu-Homes Inc., Allan Homes Inc., Lennar Corp., Steuart-Kret Homes, Mid-Atlantic Builders and the Williamsburg Group LLC, priced from the mid-$500,000s and up.
Two collections of town homes are available in one neighborhood from Miller and Smith LLC, priced from the mid-$400,000s.
Steuart-Kret Homes is building three styles of condominium homes in the Delight at Fairwood, where prices start in the low $400,000s. Call 866/206-1234 or visit www.fair woodcommunity.com.
In the Hamptons at Woodmore, K. Hovnanian Homes is building homes with 4,000 to 6,600 finished square feet, priced from the upper $800,000s to more than $1,200,000. The homes are available on 1- to 2-acre homesites.
The Mount Vernon model has more than 6,600 square feet with four bedrooms, 5½ baths and a four-car garage. This home has a first-floor study and a first-floor library, each with a closet. These rooms are linked by a full bath.
The foyer has a dramatic curving split staircase. The main level also has a two-story living room with a wall of windows, a family room with a wall of windows and a center-island kitchen, a separate breakfast room with a bay window, a walk-in pantry, a laundry room and a mudroom.
The dining room has an adjacent catering kitchen.
Upstairs, the master suite has a separate sitting room, an octagonal bedroom, multiple walk-in closets, a bath and a private exercise room. The upper level also has a second laundry room and three more bedrooms, each with a private bath.
Call 301/218-0967 or visit www.khov.com.
Timberlake Homes has seven homesites at Heatherstone in Bowie, ranging from 0.7-acre to 1.8 acres.
Five models are available, each with four or five bedrooms and two to four full baths.
The homes have brick or stone fronts, hardwood flooring in the foyer and 42-inch maple cabinets in the kitchen. They are priced from the mid-$600,000s.
The Willow Oak II model has a two-story foyer flanked by the formal living room and formal dining room, a two-story family room, a den and a center-island kitchen with a breakfast area and adjacent laundry room. The upper-level master suite has a separate sitting room with a cathedral ceiling, two walk-in closets and a bath.
Call 301/856-3744 or visit www.timberlakehomes.com.
At Patuxent Overlook, K. Hovnanian is building 15 single-family homes with 3,525 to 4,342 finished square feet. The homes have four bedrooms and three or four full baths.
Base prices range from $669,990 to $710,990 for the three models.
The Kentucky model, priced from $710,990, has a library, a living room, a formal dining room and an open family room defined by columns next to the center-island kitchen and breakfast area.
A second front porch opens into a large mudroom and laundry room. The upstairs master suite has a separate sitting room and a bath.
Call 301/352-7189 or visit www.khov.com.
K. Hovnanian is building brick-front homes priced from the mid-$700,000s to the upper $800,000s at Woodmore Estates. The homes have from 3,500 to almost 5,000 finished square feet.
The Arlington model has tray ceilings in the formal living room and formal dining room; an octagonal, two-story family room with a coffered ceiling and walls of windows; and a split staircase in the foyer.
The kitchen has a breakfast area, a rear staircase, a walk-in pantry and, a separate mudroom and laundry room. The master suite has a sitting room, two walk-in closets and a bath.
Call 301/809-4337 or visit www.khov.com.
Mid-Atlantic is building single-family homes priced from the upper $700,000s to the upper $800,000s at Woodmore North, where potential buyers can view the new Toscana model.
Six home styles are available in the Executive Village of Woodmore North, each sited on a wooded cul-de-sac with up to 1 acre of land.
The homes have four bedrooms, two or three full baths and 3,409 to 3,763 square feet. The Toscana model, the largest in this community, has a two-story great room with three walls of windows, a two-story music room, a library and a formal dining room.
The first-floor master suite has a tray ceiling and a bath with glass-block walls.
Call 301/352-9111 or visit www.midatlanticbuilders.com.