A scenic road winding past open pastures and older barns that serve as a reminder of Southern Maryland’s rural charm leads to a new luxury single-family-home development. Centrally located in Calvert County, the Marley Run community is just a few miles from the Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent River.
In fact, trucks with “fresh fish” signs can be seen en route to Huntingtown, a small town with several developments consisting of large single-family houses off Maryland Routes 2 and 4.
Marrick Homes is developing this new section of Marley Run, which will have 88 houses when it’s completed. Sherri Verdon, the community’s sales manager, said this is the final section of the Marley Run neighborhood, which has been developed in phases since the company was founded in 1984. There are 24 home sites remaining.
The developer also donated and built Marley Run Park, which is within walking distance of the community.
Custom features: The bathrooms, theater room and garage are among the spaces that can be customized.
Having the option to customize her garage was a key selling point for Amber Ellison, who moved to Hungtingtown from Upper Marlboro. She and her family had been house-hunting online for about a year or so before physically embarking on their search and finding Marley Run. One of the things she liked most was the sales manager’s ability to “think outside the box” to help accommodate their recreation vehicle.
They wanted to be able to keep their camper/RV on the property, yet be in a neighborhood setting ideal for kids. “Most HOAs don’t allow RVs, or they require them to be concealed and hidden, which is very difficult,” Ellison said, adding that Verdon told her it was possible to build the garage of their dreams to house the camper.
“We love our 44-foot-long attached RV garage, and we appreciate that we were able to customize our home,” Ellison said. They were also able to personalize their European pub-style basement with a custom stone archway.
The Kensington model is the floor plan that Marrick chose to feature. This 2,678-square-foot home is about the mid-range size of the 14 floor plans offered. The smallest home is a one-level plan with 1,864 square feet of living space, and the largest is a two-story home with 3,600 square feet.
The lots are spacious, ranging from a half-acre to one acre.
Guests enter the Kensington through a dramatic two-story foyer with a wide staircase and decorative molding. In this center hall floor plan, the 12-by-12-foot dining room with a tray ceiling is to the right of the foyer and overlooks the front yard. On the opposite end is a multifunctional room with a glass double-door entry that’s often referred to as a “lifestyle room” because it can be used as a library, home office, music room or children’s playroom.
Deluxe kitchen: In place of an often infrequently used living room, buyers can opt to expand the kitchen. So, instead of getting the standard back-to-back dining room and living room, buyers can eliminate the living room and expand the kitchen size from 19 by 14 feet to 24 by 14 feet.
The kitchen features a long, L-shaped center island, pendant light fixtures, hardwood flooring, and a backsplash that ties in the colors of the cabinetry and countertops.
The kitchen also has a built-in wine rack and large walk-in pantry with a butler’s pantry nearby. Guests can choose to sit in the kitchen and watch the action of food preparation, in the adjacent family room or in the optional morning room.
Upstairs, a long hallway splits into four rooms, including a spacious owner’s suite with a separate sitting room, tray ceiling and two deep walk-in closets. The owner’s bathroom has a soaking tub beneath a window. The bathroom has a glass-enclosed oversize shower with two showerheads and built-in seat.
Three secondary bedrooms are on that level — one next to the master suite, and the other two down the hall. In the model home, the bedrooms down the hall share a buddy bathroom.
In the basement is a guest suite with a private bathroom that includes a large tub and shower. There’s also a recreation room with a full bar and glass doors leading to a patio.
Ellison said the Huntingtown school district was one of their primary motives for moving. Verdon said the community attracts buyers from all over the country, and even from Russia and Greece.
Verdon said Marley Run has many law enforcement families, active and retired members of the military, and Secret Service and other government personnel. “Being so conveniently located for commutes to D.C., Virginia and many military bases and installations, the neighborhood is a melting pot, with families from all over, who have relocated for their work,” Verdon said.
Schools: Plum Point Elementary, Plum Point Middle, Huntingtown High.
Transit: The community is close to Routes 4 and 2. It’s also five to 10 minutes from the town of Prince Frederick. There are commuter buses in Huntingtown that take residents to the District for work.
1535 Marlin Lane, Huntingtown, Md.
The single-family houses are priced from about $497,900 to $562,900.
Builder: Marrick Homes
Features: The residences have two-story foyers; hardwood floors; deluxe kitchens; stainless-steel appliances; a center island breakfast bar; a morning room; a walk-in pantry; and a fireplace, tray ceilings, recessed lights, walk-in closets, an oversize shower and a soaking tub in the owner’s suite.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 2 to 5 / 3 to 5
Square footage: 1,864 to 3,600
View models: Noon to 5 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays.
Contact: Sherri Verdon, community sales manager, at 443-632-7771 or marrickhomes.com/marley-run .