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Baltimore Sun - New Toll Brothers Community Draws Rave Reviews

October 18, 2009

Toll BrothersTucked away, minutes off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Anne Arundel County, an easy commute from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Annapolis, The Enclave at ArundelPreserve, a beautiful new Toll Brothers community, has been drawing rave reviews from homebuyers and visitors alike, ever since the well-known national home builder opened the doors to two models in 2007.

Today, midway through its first phase, about 75 to 80 homeowners already enjoy the Hanover community's gorgeous streetscapes, inviting cul-de-sacs, and lush forested setting. When complete, explains project manager Nate Beidle, ArundelPreserve will feature 390 luxurious townhomes and 47 single-family homes, sited in a gem-like setting, boasting such amenities as an outdoor swimming pool, kiddie pool, playground with tot lot, community clubhouse, basketball and tennis courts, and a walking trail.

There's everything to like about ArundelPreserve for first-time homebuyers, move-up buyers, downsizers, and empty-nesters—many are drawn because of the community's close proximity to Ft. Meade, NSA, Northrop Grumman, and other nearby Department of Defense and military installations.

There's great value (the townhomes are priced in the upper $300s and low $400s, while single-family home base pricing ranges from the upper $500s to the mid-$600s), great selection, with a broad choice of options and upgrades, and, for sure, there's the location.

Location. Location. Location.

"For the majority of people buying here," says Beidle, "it's all about location. Our homeowners can get into Baltimore in 15 minutes, to Annapolis in 20 minutes, and D.C. in 30 minutes; plus, they are just minutes away from BWI and the Amtrak, as well as MARC train's Dorsey Station."

Mere blocks away, there's shopping galore, with Arundel Mills mall, big box stores, and restaurants. Also close by are public and private schools, excellent medical facilities, places of worship, and a broad offering of professional services. There's also thriving Hanover's eclectic mix of small shops and antique stores.

"People [coming here] say they feel like they are coming into a park," says Robyn Walters, community sales manager. "It's like we are in our own little enclave."

Small wonder. The planned community, carved out of woodland and surrounded by forest conservation area, features mature trees, eye-pleasing streetscapes, and handsome brick-fronted homes with HardiPlank exterior siding and trim accented by earthtone hues.

"It's intimate, appealing with its relaxed country living atmosphere and has that real community feel," says Walters.

ArundelPreserve – The Enclave

Toll Brothers' townhome community, called ArundelPreserve – The Enclave, features three generously-sized, three-level, two-car garage executive townhome models, delivering great value and quality.

All of the three-bedroom, 2-1/2-bath townhomes are grouped togethe, in units at four, five, and six per building, explains Beidle, noting the standard footprint is 40 feet deep and either 24 feet wide (end home) or 22 feet wide (interior homes). That translates into about 2,400 square feet for end models and 2,200 square feet for the interior models.

All have three finished levels with similar floor plans, explains Beidle, and many models offer an optional loft level. The first level includes the garage and a finished rec room, the second/main level includes the living room, dining room, family room, and eat-in kitchen, and the third level features a master bedroom, two bedrooms, and a generously-sized laundry, with full-size washer and dryer.

"If you add a loft and the grand master suite addition to a front-entry garage townhome, square footage jumps to about 3,100 square feet," says Walters. "A Bethesda with loft is going to be between 2,600 square feet and 2,700 square feet."

"There's a powder room on the first floor, and then you have a private master bath," says Beidle, "and you also have a full hall bath for the two remaining bedrooms. Some homebuyers also add either a full- or half-bath in the rec room, or on the fourth level, if they have a loft."

Also standard, all townhomes have a two-car garage (most are rear-entry) and a deck (plus patio for front-entry townhomes). For those wanting to bring the outdoors in, just about every house has two-to-four windows across the front, a transom over the front door, and a slider patio door off the kitchen.

Inside, the townhomes, which live and feel like single-family homes, feature large open floor plans and such standard features as ceramic tile in the bathrooms, hardwood in the foyer, crown moldings and chair rails in the living and dining rooms, and nine-foot ceilings on the first and second floor.

Also standard is dual-zone heating and air conditioning, which features a separate air-conditioning unit, natural gas cooking and heating on the main living level, and a heat pump serving the upstairs level.

In addition to a two-car garage, which offers all-weather access to the home's interior, driveway and street parking accommodate overflow situations. (All of the townhomes, of course, also offer main-level access.)

Major upgrades include three-story sunroom, loft, and bedroom additions, says Walters, who adds, "Almost everyone purchases the estate package, which is going to give them pretty well a fully-loaded house at a truly exceptional price."

Those package upgrades include hardwood throughout the main level, granite, a gourmet kitchen, gas fireplace, and more. Also, helping buyers fully personalize their new homes, Toll Brothers' beautiful design studio is just 10 to 15 minutes away, allowing buyers to sit down with their own designer a couple of times, to create that special look and feel.

Toll Brothers also offers in-house financing through TBI Mortgage, its subsidiary.

Presently, says Beidle, two buildings are under construction, and there is a chance at least one townhome may be ready for a December delivery. But generally contracts are not taken and construction started unless a certain number of homes are under contract.

ArundelPreserve – The Glen

ArundelPreserve – The Glen features a Toll Brothers' collection of single-family homes, with such outstanding features as two-story foyers, gourmet kitchens, inviting family rooms with windows, two-car garages, brick fronts, cathedral ceilings, and elegant master suites. A first smaller phase has just about sold out, and the start of a second phase is more than a year away.

Situated on quarter-acre home sites, these time-tested luxury home designs feature approximately 2,600-3,000 square feet, two-car garages, and three or four (or more) bedrooms.

"Our single-family homes offer more upgrades as standard," says Beidle, noting that five plans are offered. "For example, granite in the kitchen, a double wall oven, and hardwood in both the foyer and kitchen."

For now, although Toll Brothers is offering a finished lower level as part of the standard home, choices are limited to one remaining home site in its current phase. The second phase, which will feature single-family homes near the clubhouse and pool, has yet to enter the contract phase, but promises to sell out as quickly as the current one.

Note: The two models at the Enclave at ArundelPreserve are open daily from 10am to 6pm. For more information, go to or call 443-755-9400.

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