Property of the Week: Washington Farms

Get a fresh start with a new home at Washington Farms

By Margaret DeMarino

The ultimate answer to the question What's new? according to realtor Gayle Dennehy of By Carrier is a new home at Washington Farms, a community of single-family houses on the Burlington-Farmington line.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of having a new home. It's like falling in love, some say; you can't wait to get back and spend time with your new heartthrob.

By Carrier is playing Cupid for a host of new buyers at its Start Fresh-Buy New Event from 2-4 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Washington Farms inBurlington.

Potential homebuyers can talk to the builder as well as tour two models, including a multi-generational home with a nearly 3,500-square-foot layout featuring flex space where families can get together, Dennehy says. It offers everything from a computer desk area to charging stations to a high-top activity space.

The multi-generational model also features an in-law apartment some 500 square feet of secondary space on the first floor with a great room featuring a kitchen and living area, as well as a separate bedroom, full bath and washer/dryer hook-up.

A second model, which is a traditional four-bedroom colonial, is also open for tours.

In addition, prospective homebuyers can take an online tour of a new home underway on the Farmington side of the community that will be offered as an option on theBurlington side of Washington Farms as well.

The model swaps out the multi-generational space on the first floor and adds square footage on the second floor above the garage. We've moved the laundry up, added an additional walk-in closet to the master bedroom, enlarged the master bathroom and added a claw-foot tub, Dennehy says.

While there are two models available for sale at Washington Farms, there are five lots currently available for customized building.

Designing a home in collaboration with buyers is key to what By Carrier considers the Fresh Start it offers in the community.

We have buyers that started visiting us last summer to learn more about our multi-generational home styles and were impressed with all the possibilities available to them, says Dennehy.

We were able to help them build the perfect home to fit their multi-generational living arrangement and they were thrilled with the suggestions and final floor plan that By Carrier designed, she says.

Dennehy emphasizes that potential homebuyers at Washington Farms have so many different options in terms of style and features. Whether it's cabinet choices, home theater rooms, or making layout changes to the company's award-winning designs, customization is By Carrier’s focus. Homes at the seven different By Carrier communities have won a total of 41 prestigious HOBI awards from the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Connecticut.

From gleaming granite countertops to sun-filled rooms and distinctive architectural features, the homes highlighted for the Start Fresh-Buy New Event will show off a maintenance-free, energy-efficient lifestyle that combines glam with green.

Each of the models maximizes space through the use of oversized windows, high ceilings (cathedral on some models) and great-room-style floor plans that allow for an easy flow for casual living. For more formal entertaining, one popular model offers a formal dining room with a tray ceiling, chair rail and wainscoting that comes standard.

Kitchens feature stainless General Electric Profile appliances, a built-in microwave and built-in convection oven, and a natural gas cooktop with hood. There are also standard granite countertops in the kitchens and the master baths. Master baths offer decorative tile flooring and a walk-in tile shower as standard.

A butler's pantry in the kitchen is featured in some models, while most models offer a breakfast area. At the heart of the home in the great room, there is a natural gas fireplace.

One romantic upgrade is showcased in the multi-generational model: a dual-sided fireplace which fronts the great room side as well as the back deck. You can sit out on your deck space and enjoy nature and get that added warmth for those cool nights, Dennehy says.