- The Washington Times - Friday, May 30, 2008

Since 1977, A&R; Cos. has developed residential, commercial and mixed-use real estate projects in the mid-Atlantic region, including residential and commercial properties in the District.

Two ventures include Capitol Gateway, featured in the Friday Home Guide on Feb. 15, and Glenncrest.

In partnership with the Henson Development Co. Inc., A&R; has worked for more than 10 years with the D.C. Housing Authority to develop new communities and replace distressed public housing projects.

Glenncrest, in the Marshall Heights neighborhood of Southeast Washington, has replaced the project that the city government in 1995 declared “D.C.’s most distressed housing development.”

Glenncrest offers 105 town homes for sale and 61 town homes for rent, with an additional 45 for-sale homes proposed.

The community has a tot lot, green space and a suburban-style community layout. Located at Benning Road and F Street Southeast, Glenncrest is a short distance from the Benning Road Metro station.

Future commercial development is planned nearby to open in 2009 at Capitol Gateway, including a national chain supermarket.

The town homes are priced from the low- to mid-$300,000s, with a monthly homeowner association fee of $43.

One-car garages and off-street parking are available with some of the homes. Each home has vinyl siding with stone accents, a sodded front yard and a sodded rear yard with plants. Some of the homes include a porch.

Inside, the homes have 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, pre-wiring for phone and cable outlets, recessed lighting, brushed nickel interior handles, wall-to-wall carpeting, and ceramic tile flooring and cultured marble vanity tops in the baths.

The kitchens have 42-inch cabinets; Whirlpool appliances, including a dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator and range; a garbage disposal, laminate counters and a stainless steel sink.

The town homes have two different floor plans for the first floor depending on whether the land allows for a two-story or a three-story front.

With a two-story front, the home has a covered portico that leads into a foyer with a closet and a door to the powder room.

The foyer opens into the open floor plan with the living room at the front and the dining room at the back. The dining room is adjacent to the kitchen, which has a pantry and breakfast bar.

Homes with a three-story front have a similar floor plan, but with a sitting room off the living room and without a powder room.

The second level in each home has a master bedroom with two walk-in closets and a luxury full bath with a tub and separate shower with a glass door. Two more bedrooms and a second full bath complete this level.

Buyers can opt for a second-level floor plan with two master suites. One master suite has two walk-in closets and a bath with a tub and a separate shower. The second master suite has a walk-in closet and a private full bath with a combination tub/shower.

The lower-level floor plans vary depending on whether the home has a two- or three-story rear elevation. Homes with a one-car garage also have a lower-level powder room, a foyer and a storage and utility room with hookups for a washer and dryer.

Those with a front-entry garage have a covered portico entrance in addition to the features listed above. Those with a rear-entry garage have an additional storage room or optional den.

Town homes without garages have two storage and utility rooms, a powder room and a covered portico entrance if they have a three-story front elevation. One storage room can be converted to a den, if desired.

For information on Glenncrest or directions, call sales associates Darsheika Giles or Metrea Richardson at 202/396-4219 or visit the Web site, www.ar-cityliving.com.

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