Three model homes within Towson Green, the Bozzuto Group's new Towson housing development, are open to the public, showcasing what life could be like in the new town houses off Burke Avenue, east of York Road.
Many community members who were involved in early discussions about the $10.3 million project — and who had a hand in influencing Bozzuto'splans — have seen the models.
Ed Kilcullen, a vice president of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations and a resident of Towson Manor Village, said he believes the project is "coming along pretty well."
"It's nice to see what we only saw on paper actually come to life in front of our eyes," he said. "We've been pretty happy with the progress."
Residents had been concerned about the impact of the development on the community, and early in the construction process, Kilcullen said a set of covenants regarding construction hours — and notice about blasting — were not passed along from the developer to the actual workers.
But now that those are cleared up, it's all about the final result.
"They're beautiful," Kilcullen said. "I think we're really happy with the quality of what we've seen."
The largest of three model homes available for viewing — dubbed The Chesapeake — is outfitted for a family, with downstairs office-bedroom space outfitted as a recreational room for children.
On the second floor, the kitchen has a large island, 42-inch cabinets and energy-efficient, stainless steel appliances — all of which come standard with the homes.
It's the energy efficient features that Cathy Leaning, a senior director of marketing for Bozzuto Homes, said is a key drawing point for Towson Green.
She said the development is EnergyStar certified and has been certified in the National Association of Home Builders' Green Building Certification Program, which means the homes are 30-percent more energy efficient than standard homes.
The benefit, she said, is lower energy bills because the units are easier to heat and cool, Leaning said.
The third floor of the Chesapeake houses have three bedrooms — one master bedroom, featuring a walk-in closet and bath with both a shower and tub — and two additional bedrooms.
"We put the space where people desire it," she said, "like closets, bathrooms, open floor plans."
The other two models — called Allegheny and Burke — have fourth levels, with another open space that can be used as an entertaining area or bedroom that opens up to a rooftop terrace overlooking the surrounding neighborhoods.
All three models feature open floor plans on the second floor. The first floor of each has a multi-purpose room, bathroom, and the garage—a feature of all Towson Green homes.
So far, 21 of the 121 homes that will be built have been sold, and representatives from Bozzuto hope to increase that number before the next school year.
Eighteen homes are currently occupied, while five are built but have not yet been sold.
The units range in price from starting at $350,000 to starting at $400,000, and go up from there depending on features.
Kilcullen said some community leaders were initially concerned after seeing other Bozzuto projects that cost twice as much — they worried that the Towson project might not be as ambitious.
But he said now that the units are taking shape, the product so far has been impressive.
"I've met some of the people who have moved in, and I think they're people that can add to the diversity of the neighborhood," he said. "It'll attract a different demographic than we've had in the past.
"Most of the people I've met are single professionals or professional couples," Kilcullen said. "That was kind of their target market, and it seems like they're hitting the people they were targeting."