Westfields community offers convenience, quality

November 11, 2006|by Harry Nogle for HomeSource

Planners for the new Westfields residential community in Washington County believe its location is a "breath of fresh air."

David Wilcox, sales manager for Westfields, says the community offers convenience, quality, wide-open spaces, tranquility and planned recreational activities.

Westfields is located less than two miles south of interstate I-70 on the Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65). When completed, the community may have as many as 750 homes. From Westfields, commuters can reach Frederick in less than 30 minutes. Baltimore and Washington are both within commuting distance.

Ausherman Development Corporation is the developer of this first planned neighborhood in southern Washington County.

"We take great care with our streetscape," Wilcox said. "We have really strict requirements for the location of house styles. We don't want a whole street of vinyl houses, or houses side-by-side with the same color schemes."

The planners believe the concept of Westfields is a relatively simple one. The developer has tried to create a neighborhood "where people enjoy living, playing and relaxing."


Wilcox said, "When the development is completed, Westfields will have 162 acres of open space, walking trails, community swimming pool, tennis, playing fields and community center."

Westfields Elementary School is planned for the anticipated growth in Washington County's student population.

One of the builders in the Westfields development is Ryan Homes. The company's Frederick division is building in many communities in the Tri-State area.

Ryan's model home at Westfields is the Avalon, a large two-story plan that starts in the low-$450,000s range.

The Avalon features a two-story foyer with a split staircase. Visitors can turn from the foyer into the spacious formal living and dining rooms, which feature 9-foot ceilings, or go straight ahead to a two-story family room.

The kitchen features a walk-in pantry and island, and a unique rear foyer off the two-car garage includes a convenient coat closet and a laundry room.

The owner's suite upstairs includes a walk-in closet, soaking tub, separate shower and dual vanities. The home can be customized by making the family room one story and adding a sitting area with columns to the owner's suite. This option adds a private bath for the second bedroom and increases the size of the fourth bedroom.

Ryan has six other two-story home designs available in Westfields, starting in the low $390,000s.

To contact Ryan Homes about properties the builder has available in Westfields, call 301-665-9659 or (800) 407-0299. The Avalon model home is open Monday from 2 to 6 p.m. and Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wilcox says that Westfields' planners designed the community so it so it is "just around the corner from everything."

The planners emphasize that the Westfields community is designed to take advantage of shopping in Washington County and the proximity of the Antietam National Battlefield, state parks and museums. They inform potential homeowners of cultural opportunities such as the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the historic Hager House, and the summer concert series. Salespeople emphasize the close proximity of the C&O Canal and the Potomac River.

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