- The Washington Times - Friday, September 18, 2009

Many suburbanites think about moving to the District, particularly if they are frustrated by a lengthy commute or wish to take full advantage of the city’s night life, cultural activities or restaurants. Though many suburban locations provide easy access to downtown Washington, some people crave an urban lifestyle.

Two factors that may hinder a move to the city include concern about affordability and the desire to live in a new home.

At Emerson Park, K. Hovnanian Homes solves both of these dilemmas by building new town homes priced from the mid-$300,000s. Newly built homes are rare within the District and usually are limited to condominiums, but these three-level homes offer expansive living space and a one- or two-car garage.

Emerson Park, near Emerson and Sixth streets Northeast, off Ava Circle, is within walking distance of the Fort Totten Metro station on the Red Line. Once on the Metro, residents can reach nearly any part of the District within minutes for work, dining out, shopping, theater or dance performances, concerts, basketball or baseball games, or museum visits.

Each town home has a low-maintenance exterior of vinyl siding; 30-year asphalt architectural roof shingles; a sodded lawn; and a concrete driveway, stoop and front walk. Inside, each home has hardwood floors in the foyer and half-bath; two-panel interior doors; 9-foot-high ceilings on the main level; crown and chair-rail moldings in the dining room; crown molding in the living room; and a security system.

Each kitchen has no-wax resilient floors; a choice of color for the laminate counters; and a self-cleaning range, a dishwasher, refrigerator (with an ice maker) and double sink with a garbage disposal. Some of the homes include a luxury master bath with a soaking tub and separate shower.

The Preston model, with 1,586 finished square feet, is priced from $337,990. This home has a front porch leading to the lower-level foyer. That level has a recreation room, storage space, a closet and a door to the oversized one-car garage. The main level has an open living and dining room at the front of the home, with a breakfast area and center-island kitchen at the back. A half-bath is nearby. A deck is accessible from the breakfast area.

Upstairs, the master suite has a private full bath and a walk-in closet. The second bedroom also has a private full bath. Both bedrooms can be personalized with a tray ceiling. The upper level also has a laundry room.

The Harrison model, with 1,942 finished square feet, is priced from $367,990. This home has a front porch leading to the lower-level foyer. This level has a recreation room, storage space, a closet and a door to the two-car garage.

The main level has an open living and dining room at the front of the home, with a family room, breakfast area and center-island kitchen at the back. A half-bath is nearby. A deck is accessible from the breakfast area.

Upstairs, the master suite has a luxury bath and a walk-in closet. The second and third bedrooms share a hall bath. The upper level also has a laundry room.

The Benson model, with 1,977 finished square feet, is priced from $377,990. This home has a front porch leading to the lower-level foyer. This level has a recreation room, storage space, a closet and a door to the two-car garage. The main level has a living room with four windows at the front of the house and an adjacent dining room. At the back are a family room, breakfast area and center-island kitchen with a door to the deck. A half-bath is nearby.

Upstairs, the master suite has a cathedral ceiling, a luxury bath and a walk-in closet. The second and third bedrooms share a hall bath. The upper level also has a laundry room.

For more information or directions to Emerson Park, call 202/529-1209 or visit www.khov.com.

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