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Home hunters interested in sampling the charms of Howard County, Maryland may want to travel to Ellicott City to check out Long Gate Overlook, a community developed by Beazer Homes.

The development will eventually have 57 townhouses and 20 condos, according to Chance Hall, vice president of sales for the Maryland division. Four condos and nine townhouses are available for purchase now. Four condos and seven townhouses have already been sold.

All available units are “spec” or “spec” houses, which generally offer fewer customization options but shorter wait times. Move-ins at Long Gate Overlook are expected to begin in May for townhouses and August for condos.

The condos are built in stacked pairs, with one split-level unit on top of another and sharing a common ground-level doorway.

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The ground floor condo at Long Gate Overlook is the Riva, with 1,581 square feet and prices starting at $519,990. The Rivas have three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a powder room (or powder room). Riva condos are sold out, but more will be available. The upper level condo, the Taylor, has 2,309 square feet and prices for available units start at $675,990. It also has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a powder room. Both floor plans have a one-car garage in the back. Condo fees are $225 per month.

The Long Gate Outlook Chesapeake model townhouse has 1,897 square feet on three levels, and prices for available units start at $679,990. This includes a two car garage, three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a powder room. A fourth level, with loft space and a 90 square foot rooftop terrace, is an optional upgrade on Chesapeake townhomes. The homeowners association fee is $135 per month.

Condominium fees are generally higher than townhouse association fees, in part because a condo association will take care of structural and exterior repairs that would be the responsibility of townhouse owners.

For community amenities, Long Gate Overlook will have two tennis courts and 41 spaces available for public parking.

The new technology comes standard with all units, Hall said. “All new Beazer homes at Long Gate Overlook are built network-ready, which provides immediate internet connectivity at no additional cost,” he said. He also touted the units’ open-concept living areas and garage parking as key selling points.

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Like most areas of DC, Howard County’s housing market is tight. “The market is very hot right now, especially for new homes,” said Creig Northrop, president of Clarksville, Maryland-based Northrop Realty. “People love the convenience of all major thoroughfares, and we’re halfway between Baltimore and Washington.”

Another attraction for developers and young families with children is Howard County’s popular school system, according to Hall and Northrop.

Long Gate Overlook is about two miles from downtown Ellicott City, a quaint historic neighborhood that’s a reliable draw for tourists and residents of the day-trip area. The city center, between the Tiber and Patapsco rivers, also has a history of flash floods which includes extremely destructive torrents caused by rainstorms in 2016 and 2018. It also has a history of recovering from these disasters.

Schools: Veterans Elementary, Ellicott Mills Middle, Centennial High

Transit: Residents will have easy access to Route 29, Interstate 70, Route 100 and the Baltimore National Pike. Ellicott City is 11 miles northwest of Baltimore-Washington Marshall International Airport. The 405 RTA bus route serves Ellicott City and Columbia. The 315 tracks, south and north, between Columbia and Silver Spring on Route 29. The 150 tracks between Baltimore and Columbia, mostly on Routes 29 and 40, with stops in Catonsville and Ellicott City.

Nearby: Ellicott City Historic District, Long Gate Shopping Center, Centennial Park, Meadowbrook Park, B&O Ellicott City Station Museum,

Long Gate Overlook: 4300 Sheriff Howard Court, Ellicott City, Md. 21043

Fifty-seven townhouses and 20 condos are planned. Four condos and nine townhouses are currently on the market, with unit prices available starting at $675,990 for condos and $679,990 for townhouses.

Features: Units have granite countertops in a choice of colors and a set of stainless steel Whirlpool appliances in the kitchen, large closets, oak stairs and a private garage. Units are network ready with immediate Internet connectivity.

Bedrooms/bathrooms: 3/2.5

Square feet: 1,581 to 2,309 for condos; 1,897 to 1,953 for townhouses

Contribution association of co-owners: $135 per month for a townhouse; $225 for the condominium.

See the model:Customers can drop in from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily or make an appointment by visiting beazer.com.

Sales:[email protected]

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