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By Mary T. McCarthy and Mary T. McCarthy,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 13, 1997
They were the guinea pigs. They were there to make sure that what had been planned and sketched would be good for the masses and that the project would be a success.Thumbs up on larger family rooms. Thumbs down on protruding garages.Spying from behind a one-way mirror, Jim Joyce, Baltimore division president for Ryland Homes, waited for this final moment.The focus group had checked off everything they wanted in a new home planned for an Ellicott City development. He had a price range in mind, but experience told him that focus groups rarely get it right.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | December 14, 2008
A mini-trend is in the making. Fueled by demand, affordability and demographics, smaller homes - especially energy-efficient and well-designed ones - are emerging as welcome alternatives to McMansions. A substantial group of buyers is seeking less: less house, a lower mortgage payment and price, a smaller utility bill. It also wants more: more flexible use of space, greater energy efficiencies, more functionality. "It is the core trend of the future. People have more economic viability with their homes going forward," said Richard Thometz, principal of Hailey Development and a home energy services company in Burtonsville.
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By Daniel H. Barkin and Daniel H. Barkin,SUN STAFF | June 23, 1996
Last year, Ryland Homes, based in Columbia, still clung to the lead in new-homes sales in the Baltimore region. Ryland had 10.3 percent of the 1995 sales; Ryan had 10.1 percent. Only 17 homes separated the two firms.But in the first quarter of 1996, Ryan Homes -- headquartered in McLean, Va. -- pulled ahead, and decisively so.Ryan sold 291 homes, for an 11.1 percent market share, compared with 155 sold by Ryland, for 5.9 percent, according to figures compiled from builders by the Legg Mason Realty Group Inc.Part of the reason is that Ryan was selling homes in 46 projects in the first quarter of this year, compared with 41 during the same period last year.
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By Tricia Bishop and Lorraine Mirabella and Tricia Bishop and Lorraine Mirabella,Sun reporters | August 18, 2007
About three years ago, back when the housing boom was still booming, David Fleming and his wife pooled their skills - hers in real estate and his in developing - and launched a building business. They incorporated as Peninsula Building Group, stocked up on land in the Baltimore region and, like many others, built on speculation, confident that they'd find buyers as the houses were finished. Then the housing market slowed. Then the subprime mortgage market for those with shaky credit collapsed.
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September 19, 1995
FireNew Windsor: New Windsor and Union Bridge were dispatched to the 1000 block of Tibbetts Lane to investigate a fire alarm sounding at Ryland Homes at 11:12 p.m. Sunday. Units were out 50 minutes.
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March 6, 2005
Lakeside at Town Center LOCATION 10205 Wincopin Circle, across from The Mall in Columbia. DEVELOPER Ryland Homes. DESCRIPTION Luxury condominiums, with grand courtyard entrance and below-ground private parking. Five models to select from, beginning at about $430,000.
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October 20, 2002
Rouse Co. has opened its Model Home Park at Fairwood in Prince George's County. The Model Home Park includes seven single-family homes by Allan Homes, Goodier Builders, Mid-Atlantic Builders, Patriot Homes, Nu-Homes, Ryland Homes and the Williamsburg Group. Fairwood is off Route 450 at Fairwood Parkway, near Route 193 at Holmehurst. The 1,000-acre site was formerly the Fairwood Turf Farm.
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July 28, 2002
The Preserve at Mount Hebron Ryland Homes has 18 homes remaining at its Ellicott City community, The Preserve at Mount Hebron. Standard features include brick fronts, 9-foot first-floor ceilings, hardwood foyers and garden baths with ceramic tile. Five floor plans are available. Base prices range between $438,000 and $490,000. The Shenandoah, the model, sells for $487,990 and features on the first floor a front porch and foyer, 13-by-11-foot living and dining rooms, an 18-by-19 family room, a 15-by-9 breakfast room and a kitchen, an 11-by-14 den, a bathroom, a utility closet and a two-car garage.
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April 30, 1995
Ryland Homes took top honors with four Awards of Excellence and two Silver Merit Awards when the Sales and Marketing Council of the Home Builders Association of Maryland presented its 1994 awards to Baltimore-area firms Monday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.Williamsburg Builders, Hallmark Builders and Patriot Homes, companion companies founded by Chip Lundy, garnered three Awards of Excellence and two Silver Merit Awards.Yearly sales awards went to: Terry Riley, Ryan Homes, Single-Family Attached; Sandra Martchek, Ryan Homes, Single-Family Detached; Craig Greif, Builder's 1st Choice, Multifamily and Sales Excellence Award; Janet Flaherty, Aoki Homes, Multiple Product; Dionne Washington, Builder's 1st Choice, Rookie; and Sharon McKeown, Ryan Homes, Manager.
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June 3, 2001
Ryland Homes has 15 home sites remaining at Ecker's Hollow, a community of single-family homes in Columbia. A model will open in four months. The community offers two-story transitional homes on eighth-of-an-acre lots, with wooded home lots available. The homes are on public water and sewer systems and come with gas heat. Gas cooking is optional. Standard features among the six floor plans include 9-foot first-floor ceilings, two-car garages, hardwood foyers, colonial trim package and garden baths with ceramic tile.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,sun reporter | June 8, 2007
Columbia's 40th birthday celebration is officially under way amid predictions of a bright future, but John Keppler Lea's thoughts often drift to a friendlier, small-town past. Lea, 74, has lived in the town that James W. Rouse planned since 1968, and a decade later left his University of Maryland, College Park teaching job to open a neighborhood pub called "J.K's" in Wilde Lake Village Center, Columbia's oldest. Back then, Columbia was a small town where everyone knew each other, and new single-family Ryland homes sold for $19,000.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2005
The townhouses rising quickly under the baking sun are like so many popping up in popular suburbs. Brick facades. Two-car garages. A project of a national builder that's priced at more than $600,000. But these aren't in the 'burbs - they're in Baltimore. Pulte Homes' McHenry Pointe, near the harbor, is just one wave in a regional sea change. In the five decades since people began heading in droves for new frontiers cut out of farmland, homebuilders barely gave cities a passing glance.
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By Ryan Basen and Ryan Basen,SUN STAFF | July 10, 2005
Construction of Miramar Landing, a planned community of more than 700 homes in an old section of Middle River, will officially get under way this month with a groundbreaking July 20. Miramar Landing will feature townhouses, single-family homes and an apartment building for seniors at the intersection of Middle River Road and Bird River Road. Developers expect the first few homes to be ready by the end of the year or beginning of next year. Local officials said the project's construction is another sign of economic growth and development in eastern Baltimore County.
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By Natasha Lesser and Natasha Lesser,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 24, 2005
It all looks so real, and so inviting: the overflowing mug of cold beer, the takeout Chinese food - snow peas and shrimp with rice noodles, the green tea ready to be poured. The table is elegantly set, and you can practically taste the food. If only you lived in this Columbia townhouse, this could be your life. Except that it's all fake, even the food, which is made of plastic. The townhouse is a model home, one of five in the new community of Snowden Overlook. It has been carefully designed by the builder, Ryland Homes, to appeal to "active adults" 55 or older.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 15, 2005
The next phase of a sprawling, age-restricted housing development visible from Route 175 has been approved by the Howard County Planning Board. The development, Snowden Overlook, is limited to those ages 55 and older. Numerous units have been completed or are under construction. It is being jointly developed by Ryland Group Inc. and Lennar Corp. and will offer about 380 units when completed. The development is off Dried Earth Boulevard, near Snowden River Parkway in Columbia. The Planning Board unanimously approved a site development plan for construction of 54 townhouses and a four-story, 56-unit condominium complex.
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March 6, 2005
Lakeside at Town Center LOCATION 10205 Wincopin Circle, across from The Mall in Columbia. DEVELOPER Ryland Homes. DESCRIPTION Luxury condominiums, with grand courtyard entrance and below-ground private parking. Five models to select from, beginning at about $430,000.
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March 3, 2002
Moore's Orchard Ryland Homes has five home sites available at Village at Moore's Orchard in Perry Hall. Two models are scheduled to open in 45 days at the Baltimore County community of single-family houses. The traditional-style houses, which start at $269,990, are on approximately quarter-acre lots and have gas heat and public water and sewer. Standard features include a two-car garage, a fireplace, a luxury bath, and a brick front. Ryland offers six floor plans at the community with base prices ranging from $269,990 to $314,990 for 1,830 to 3,100 square feet.
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January 14, 2001
Ryland Homes has opened three models and has 28 home sites available at its Wagner's Farm community in Harford County. The community of single-family homes in Bel Air offers five plans ranging from 2,500 to 3,800 square feet, with base prices from $219,990 to $261,990. The homes are on public water and sewer systems and come with gas heat and cooking. Standard features include a two- or three-car garage, walk-in closet in every bedroom and second-level bonus room. The Lakeland model has a base price of $280,000 for 3,106 square feet and includes a two-car garage.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | September 1, 2004
Burgeoning residential development is under way in Columbia's Town Center, as a Sterrett Place office building is being demolished to make way for a high-rise and a nearby upscale condominium complex is approaching completion. The office building that once included a Bennigan's restaurant is scheduled to be fully demolished by next month in preparation for residents to begin moving into the adjacent Ryland Homes condominiums in December, said Dennis W. Miller, a Rouse Co. vice president and general manager of Columbia.
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August 8, 2004
Clients can nominate contractors for 2004 remodeler of year Maryland homeowners who hired a licensed contractor to remodel their home this year can nominate them for Remodeler of the Year awards, which are presented by the Maryland Improvement Contractors Association. Homeowners should contact the association to nominate a contractor. The contractor will be sent a nomination form. Contractors will be judged in 13 categories. To nominate a contractor, send or fax your name, address, the name and address of your contractor and the category of nomination to the Maryland Improvement Contractors Association, 720 Light St., Baltimore, 21230; fax 410-752-8295; or e-mail MICA@assnhqtrs.
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