The developers of Russett, a 613-acre planned community in western Anne Arundel County, are holding a Spring Festival of Homes today and again Saturday and next Sunday to showcase work of the eight homebuilders now active there.
Energy consultants, interior designers, professional landscape consultants and other experts will be present to offer advice to visitors every day of the festival.
The community is taking shape near the intersection of Baltimore-Washington International Parkway and Route 198 near Laurel. Builders include Hallmark Builders; Lovell Regency Homes; Miller & Smith Homes; NVHomes; Pulte Homes; Richmond American; Ryan Homes; and Trafalgar House Residential. More than $43 million in sales have been recorded since Russett opened in June of 1991, and the initial buyers are moving in this spring.
Chateau Builders has begun marketing the 125-unit final phase of townhouses at its popular Woodland Village development in Ellicott City.
Priced starting below $140,000, the homes will be characterized by a traditional style brick and vinyl front, a change from the contemporary New England cedar shake exteriors on more than 400 town houses already built at Woodland Village.
Other standard features include gas heating and gas cooking, large master bedroom suites, eat-in country kitchens, vaulted ceilings and angled bay windows. Models are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sales center phone number is 799-3535.
The Baywalk condominiums overlooking the bay in the Twin Beach area of northern Calvert County will go on the auction block May 17 starting at 1 p.m.
DeCaro Real Estate Auctions Inc. of Seaford, Del., is handling the sale. Five condominiums will be sold regardless of price, and up to 15 could be sold in all. According to the auctioneer, the builder of Baywalk is holding the auction as a way of accelerating sales so he can move ahead sooner with a second " phase of the project.
Ron Russo of RAR Associates is the developer, and David H. Gleason and Associates is the architect. A pre-auction seminar will be held on the site today at 2 p.m.
The Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association of Maryland will sponsor a free consumer seminar entitled "The Rewards of Remodeling," on Tuesday, May 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Home Builders headquarters, 1502 Woodlawn Drive in Baltimore County. The class will offer advice on choosing a remodeler, contracts, and warranty work. Participants will receive a copy of the association's "Home Remodeling Guide." To reserve a seat, call 265-7400.
Fair housing award
Enterprise Nehemiah Development Inc., a joint venture of Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development and The Enterprise Foundation, received a fair housing award from the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors. The Community Fair Housing Service Award recognizes organizations or individuals who have contributed significantly to the promotion of fair housing in the Baltimore area. Enterprise Nehemiah is the developer of the $24 million, 300-unit Nehemiah housing project in Baltimore's Penn North and Sandtown-Winchester communities.
The Maryland Institute College of Art is organizing a small group to study the art and architecture of southern Italy from July 1 to July 22. Baltimore architect Charles Brickbauer is leading the trip, which will include visits to Naples, Paestum, Pompeii, Caserta, S. Maria Capua Vetere and Rome.
Other faculty members are James Hennessey, Pamela Potter-Hennessey and Ann Fessler. The cost is $3,900 plus airfare. Preference will be given to applications received before May 15. More information is available from the college's Office of International Programs at 225-2289.