Glorious option for gracious living


February 07, 1993|By YOLANDA GARFIELD

Location. Livability. Good design.

Prospective homeowners look for these criteria whether they seek a condo or a traditional detached house. When all three qualities come together, they add up to a value that goes beyond price.

The Baltimore region boasts good values in every price range. From your armchair, come along as Maryland Home tours several examples.


Gracious living

in a grand space

"The best deal begins with what's inside the walls," says Louis Siegel, vice president of the Siegel Organization.

This Owings Mills company holds the local license to use construction plans from Scholtz Designs, a national architectural company. Siegel fine-tunes and enhances the designs to meet the client's requirements.

Although Le Marchand starts at $575,000 and can go as high as $800,000 depending upon the options selected, the great value is in what you get: palatial space, sculptured ceilings, fine moldings, custom masonry.

The exterior is sheathed in Engobe, a custom brick with a glazed white finish that appears aged when new. The look won the Siegel Organization a recent Maryland Masonry Association Award for the Best Masonry Design.


award-winning builder

puts emphasis on value

Landmark Homes is growing accustomed to accolades. Three years in a row, the company has won the Maryland Home Builders' Award of Excellence for the best value in its price range.

According to Landmark's chairman, Gary Houston, the reasons are simple.

"We go for the biggest bang for the buck," he says. "We're a custom builder at production prices."

Here's an example of a Landmark value: In Bel Air off Route 543, Landmark Homes at Hampton Ridge offer 3,500 square feet on half-acre lots.

The four-bedroom, center hall Colonial Chase Alexander, priced under $350,000, combines a traditional exterior with a contemporary interior. It has a formal living room, a library and a two-story family room overlooked by a balcony. Off the two-story foyer is a custom oak staircase. The kitchen has a Jenn-Air range in a center island. There's a first-floor laundry room/mudroom and a full basement.

The interior spaces, though soaring in scale, have a feeling of intimacy thanks to the work of Papier Interiors and Design Group.


Villa at historic site

is elegant, serene

Located just off busy Reisterstown Road near Hooks Lane in the Owings Mills-Pikesville area, the Alexander at the Village of Grey Rock is an island of serenity.

After all, its setting is Grey Rock: a grand estate dating from 1698. Today it is a natural habitat and tree-preservation area, recognized by the National Institute for Urban Wildlife as an urban wildlife sanctuary.

The developers, Dorment & Carter Enterprises, have instituted a tree replanting program to guarantee the ambience of the area surrounding their European-style condominium flats and villas.

The Alexander, with 4,520 square feet of living space, is the largest villa. Priced under $265,000, this town house has five bedrooms, including a main-floor master suite; two fireplaces; a second-floor loft, and a two-car garage. The state-of-the-art kitchen features a Jenn-Air downdraft cook top and a choice of cabinet styles. The basement is finished; it boasts a two-sided fireplace and a wine cellar. Condo fees total about $265 and include exterior maintenance.


A cozy condo in the city

First-time home buyers and retirees dream of easy living when they see High Pointe Condominiums, a community of 187 one- and two-bedroom garden apartments for under $45,000 just south of Cross Keys near the cozy Medfield section of Baltimore City.

The good life is proclaimed by well-maintained grounds, a pool and an adjoining community center complete with exercise equipment and full kitchen. There's also an active homeowners' association.

The 25-year-old buildings have been refurbished inside and out; the condominiums have new kitchens and baths and offer the economy of gas heat and gas stoves. The developer will customize the units with the buyer's choice of kitchen cabinets, plus carpeting or hardwood floors.

Add to this an affordable price -- for a one-bedroom unit, $435 to $450 monthly for mortgage payments, condo fees and property taxes -- and the developer's offer to pay whatever closing cost incentives are allowable.

With all these attractions, Klingbeil Development Co.'s High Pointe Condominiums appear to be among the area's best bargains.


Architectural extras

enhance curb appeal

Luxurious architectural details give character to this three-bedroom, single-family traditional house priced at under $139,000 at the Carroll of Arborview at Riverside just off Route 95 pTC in Harford County.

Palladian-style windows, cathedral ceilings, a master bedroom suite with a sitting area, and a bath with a tub and separate glass-enclosed shower area are standard features.

Built by Mid-Atlantic Homes Inc. on a poured concrete foundation, houses in this community have basements that can be easily finished into pleasant, livable space. The basements have 8-foot-plus ceilings, and there are no bulkheads or beams because all wiring and ductwork run through the floor trusses.

The exterior setting is also appealing. Mount Airy landscape designer Rick Tolson designed a grounds package that includes not only shrubs, but shade and flowering trees. The community boasts a swim/recreation center, jogging and biking trails, a new shopping center and a soon-to-be-completed elementary school.

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