By Rande Davis
Kettler Forlines Homes is planning for its grand opening of Phase II of its Brightwell Crossing subdivision of luxury homes for the end of August. Phase I consisted of seventy-nine homes, of which, fifty-six are now built with the remaining due to be complete by the end of this year.
The new development, referred to as the Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, will begin near the Woods of Tama off of Jerusalem Road and will connect to Cissel Manor Drive. The new homes, ranging from $600,000 to $900,000 in price, feature one-half-acre-plus lots and wooded walkout home sites. Home sites in Phase I were primarily one-third acre lots.
Rick Normoyle, sales manager (and Poolesville native and graduate of Poolesville High School), noted Kettler Forlines’s particular excitement about the six styles of homes which offer an option which is a new trend in home construction that features what is called multi-generational homes. Homeowners may select a five-hundred-to-seven-hundred-square-foot home-within-a-home option, which goes beyond the previous concept of an in-law suite to provide separate living arrangements for extended family or guests. The extensions will be attached to the house but will include a separate entrance. The concept includes a bedroom with full bath, living room, kitchenette with sink and dishwasher, and space for a washer/dryer. It allows full independent living for the family member or guest.
The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing features four- to seven-bedroom homes offering scores of luxury features with a variety of distinctive exteriors, interiors with nine-foot ceilings on all levels, gas-fired fireplaces, two-piece custom crown molding, and second-floor laundry facilities. The luxury kitchens feature center islands, granite countertops, and Energy Star appliances. Since the lots are larger than those in Phase I, the Reserve will offer side-of-house garage entrances, expanding the overall presentation of the exterior of the homes.
All homes are Energy Star certified and subject to testing by an independent third party. Additionally, all the homes are certified in the EPA Indoor airPLUS Program, providing advanced indoor air quality.
Ultimately, there will be 177 Brightwell homes. Brightwell has nearly completed Elgin Park which is just off of Elgin Road and has a large kiddie play lot, full size soccer and lacrosse fields, and multiple sidewalks connecting to trails, one of which will eventually cross Dry Seneca Creek to connect with the Woods of Tama. A covered pavilion is to be completed this summer. One very special feature of the park is an experimental tri-sponsored American Chestnut Tree orchard, part of a movement to restore the grand North American tree to our environs. Partners in this environmental project are the American Chestnut Association, the Global Ecology Studies Program at PHS, and Kettler Forlines.
One of the icons of the Brightwell community is a covered bridge which Tom Kettler was very pleased to save from destruction. It was previously located at the Cozy Inn in Thurmont before that restaurant closed. The bridge straddles a small creek near the playground, bringing joy to kids as well as adults