Breton Woods, a development which will eventually encompass 231 town houses and 29 ranch and two-story detached homes in Owings Mills, recently opened 24 town houses, and construction on the next section of 17 town houses began last week.
The development, just south of Hammershire Road, features four-bedroom town houses with 1,551 square feet, and two three-bedroom models that are 1,496 and 1,360 square feet.
"We have the only four-bedroom town house in Owings Mills," said Bonnie Julian-Silbert, sales broker for the development and president of Landmark Realty Group.
The development will also have two ranch models that are 1,100 and 1,300 square feet with two or three bedrooms respectively; and three two-story models that have three and four bedrooms with 1,550 to 2,100 square feet.
"We designed kitchens and bathrooms with extra pizazz. The windows and doors don't conflict with allowing good wall space," said Mrs. Silbert. Other details include transom windows, an alcove in the dining room to accommodate a china cabinet and a kitchen-family room combination that has a built-in breakfast bar.
Mrs. Silbert pointed out that the four-bedroom town house can be converted into a three-bedroom home to provide a master bedroom that is 21 feet by 13 feet long.
The detached homes also offer traditional details such as a 27-foot by 7-foot front porch on the two-story model, and an 8-foot by 8-foot version for the ranch model.
Built by the Kimberly Woods Development Co. of Baltimore, developers Joseph Schwartz and Harry Hochman have been building houses in the area since 1972. Years ago they acquired 10 acres and in 1987 bought an additional 25 acres, which was once the site of the Constantine farm.
Some of the first buyers started moving in recently.
House shopping was something of a challenge for the Mondell clan. Robin Rappazzo had a tall order to fill -- finding three houses in the same community that were very close to each other.
First she had to find a house to accommodate her own family, which includes her husband, two small children and another on the way; a house next to hers for her brother, and a one-floor ranch house for her parents.
After a year of hunting for houses in the Owings Mills area, she said Breton Woods filled the bill.
Mrs. Rappazzo said she looked all over the area for a four-bedroom town house. "We lived in a town house once before and liked it. We didn't find it satisfying to live away from people." She moved into her house last month, and says she is pleased with her choice. "With young children, it's very functional. It's a living type of house."
Dr. Dean Mondell, Mrs. Rappazzo's brother, moved into his town house two weeks ago from a single-family house in Pikesville. He chose the four-bedroom town house that he converted into the three-bedroom version to create a master bedroom. "I wanted to live next door to my sister, and it [her house] suited her needs," Dr. Mondell said.
As soon as their new ranch house is completed, Sidney and Greta Mondell will be moving into a house that is within sight of their children's houses. "I like the fact that my children are just across the street," Mrs. Mondell said.
Mrs. Mondell said she and her husband preferred a small house over a condominium, and that a small ranch house was hard to find. Because she is unable to walk up stairs, a ranch house was a necessity.
Prices start at $100,000 for the town houses and $115,000 for the unattached houses. Nine town houses and two ranch houses have been sold.