1. Four rare birds, new homes in Baltimore, are currently for sale at Otterbein Commons where Hencken and Gaines Inc. is building 12 three- and four-level brick townhomes with historic trim details and colors.
The first six homes -- two are sold -- have a detached one- or two-car garage with automatic openers.
Nine-foot ceilings on the first floor, a three-sided gas fireplace between the living and dining rooms, gas heat and cooking, Jenn Air appliances, sprinkler and security systems, cathedral ceilings on the top floor, small deck and privacy fencing are standard.
The least expensive home is at 209 W. Hill St., three levels with 1,440 square of finished living space, unfinished basement and a $186,000 price tag. A sunken foyer leads to a 9-by-11-foot living room, 10-by-9-foot breakfast room and 9-by-11-foot kitchen with pantry and built-in desk. The first floor also has a powder room and coat closet.
The second-floor master suite has a walk-in closet, 12-by-13-foot bedroom and bath with a Whirlpool tub and separate shower. Two more bedrooms, hall bath and a laundry area complete this level.
With four levels, 1,960 square feet and an asking price of $232,000, 203 W. Hill St. is the most expensive home at Otterbein Commons. Two bedrooms, 16 by 11 feet and 15 by 13 feet, share the second floor with a full bath and the laundry area. The master suite is on the third floor.
The Otterbein Commons sales center is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. From downtown take Light Street south to a right on Lee Street, left on Sharp Street and right on W. Hill Street to the homes on the left.
* Builder: Hencken & Gaines Inc.
* Phone number: (410) 727-3720.
* Developer: MLR Development.
* Base prices: $186,000 to $232,000.
* Style: Three and four-level townhomes.
* Number of homes: 12.
* Lot sizes: Not applicable.
* Square-footage: 1,440 to 1,960.
2. Koch Homes has opened a model of the Yarmouth, one of 10 "executive size" Colonial homes the firm is offering at Eagles Passages in Davidsonville. The Anne Arundel County community has 500 acres of dedicated wooded open space and a sanctuary for nesting eagles.
With 4,400 square feet of finished living space and a base price of $414,900, the Yarmouth is the largest and most expensive home Koch is building at Eagles Passages.
The two-story "grand foyer" of the Yarmouth is flanked by a 14-by-18-foot living room on the left and a 14-by-18-foot dining room with decorator columns on the right. Across a wide gallery from the dining room is a 25-by-17-foot family room with a wood-burning fireplace and four columns.
A powder room and 14-by-11-foot library are to the left of the family room. To the right there is a table-space kitchen with a cooking island and walk-in pantry. A rear staircase, second front door, laundry room with linen closet, and door to the two-car garage complete this wing.
A double-door master suite on the second floor has a 20-by-18-foot bedroom, 12-by-16-foot sitting room, his and her walk-in closet, and a bath with a whirlpool tub, separate shower, dual vanity and a toilet with its own door.
Three other bedrooms with full baths -- the smallest is 14 by 12 feet -- and a linen closet complete the second floor. There is a full unfinished basement.
Standard features at Eagles Passages include private well and septic system, a water-conditioning system with ultraviolet light, copper plumbing, Williamsburg exterior detailing, drywall in the garage, six-panel doors with brass handles, hardwood floors in the foyer, hall and powder room, ceramic floors in all baths and a laundry tub.
* Builder: Koch Homes.
* Phone number: (410) 956-0360.
* Developer: Koch Homes.
* Base prices: $319,900 to $414,900.
* Style: Colonial.
* Number of homes: 145.
* Lot sizes: one acre.
* Square-footage: 2,500 to 4,400.
* Options: Side entry garage with brick front ($2,950), enlarged driveway ($2.75 per square foot), single roof dormer ($1,550), walk-in boxed bay window ($2,950), tilt-out window in place of standard ($75), masonry fireplace ($6,250).