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4 large lots just released at Brightwell Crossing

Categories: Around Poolesville, Blog, Brightwell Crossing Community News, Community News | Posted: August 5, 2020

Kettler Forlines Homes Brightwell Crossing new lotsPeople are moving out of the city to find more open space. Kettler Forlines Homes has made that decision even more appealing with the 4 large lots we just released at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing!

Our Montgomery County community of distinctive homes in Poolesville, MD, presents the true picture of “neighborhood”. We’ve carefully and thoughtfully planned The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing according to our own vision of what a relaxed, friendly lifestyle provides. We just made available the remaining homesites on Charity Hall Circle, a nook with just 5 homes. Located across from the playground and bordered by greenspace, this quiet section offers a range of lot sizes, from one-half to nearly a full acre! That means you can enjoy a big backyard—for recreation, entertainment, or just plain relaxing. Is this the kind of spacious living you had in mind?

Take a look at our interactive site map. Click on any of the newly released homesites—#54, 55, 56, and 57—to see the actual lot size.

Make room for the life you’re living now

Kettler Forlines Homes has an enticing collection of floor plans for this community. These home designs—ranging from 2,500 to more than 7,200 square feet—were selected because they sit beautifully on the large lots. Picture your home with the luxury features that Kettler Forlines Homes includes, standards that set us apart for discerning homeowners.

Our floor plans accommodate many of the needs and comforts that people are looking for now. If you’ve had aging parents move in or adult kids move back home, your multigenerational household will benefit from the additional family suites we offer. Add a second first-floor suite and another in the finished basement, giving them each a space that accommodates independence.

If your current way of living has one or more people working from home, how productive have you been? Consider the advantages of having not just one, but two dedicated home offices. Our floor plans give you options of where to situate your workspace. Do you have school-aged children who are attending school remotely? You can help them focus with their own study zone. These spacious homes to be built at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing give you the flexibility to shape your home around the way you live—NOT the other way around!

Don’t try to squeeze everyone into a home that wasn’t designed for the way you’re living today. With all the challenges we’re facing, finding comfort should be a priority.

We have a limited number of homesites remaining at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing. Don’t miss out on this chance to experience the value of a new construction home with all the features you want and on a large lot. With the increased demand for new homes, this opportunity won’t last long. Contact George Neill at Kettler Forlines Homes to learn more.

A basement remodeling project with creativity and craftsmanship

Categories: Around Poolesville, Blog, News Highlights | Posted: July 29, 2020

Kettler Forlines Homes basement remodel WoodmanMegan and Greg were about to build a Kettler Forlines Home last year. Then, life happened. Megan’s mom passed away and her father suffered a stroke. Instead of starting from the ground up, they found a home that just came on the market in their desired Poolesville, MD, location. It needed renovations, but since the house was below their price point, the couple had the budget for remodeling. Megan and Greg returned to Kettler Forlines Homes to undertake a basement remodeling project with creativity and craftsmanship.

They loved the design, details, and construction of the Kettler Forlines Homes they looked at. Megan said the work passed Greg’s discerning eye. “Greg is that person who looks for cracks and flaws. He couldn’t find anything wrong with the Kettler Forlines homes we saw.”

Megan was crystal clear on what she wanted. Her biggest priority was incorporating a remodeling project that didn’t look like one. She wanted the change to work seamlessly with the current home’s design and flow.

The home they purchased was built nine years earlier, by another company. The size was comparable to the home they had, but the basement makeover would add 1,200 square feet of living space. The home also came with a swimming pool, so enhancing the walk-out basement ensured a more appealing access point.

Going in, Megan knew what she wanted. “Dan Fraker (Kettler Forlines Homes’ estimator) listened. I told him, ‘Here’s what I don’t like and what I want to do.’ We were down there with a measuring tape and painter’s tape marking the floor. I already had a fit and finish in mind.” 

The basement wish list

Here are some of things on their basement makeover wish list and how it turned out:

  • Open up the basement so it doesn’t feel like “we’re sending people down to a dungeon.” The renovation incorporated more recessed light to brighten up the space “They almost died when I told them how many LED lights I wanted.”
  • Open up the line of sight on the main level. The entry to the basement blocked the line of sight. We opened the wall, took out the door to the basement, and created a landing at the top of the stairs. Now, when you walk in the front door, you can see all the way to the kitchen in the back of the main level of the home. It looks as though it was always there.
  • Create a “teenage kingdom”. Their son is almost 13, so Megan and Greg wanted to give him a space where he could hang out and entertain his friends. For starters, they installed a 110-inch projection screen with a 4K projector. Then they added a 13-foot skeeball game acquired from Hershey Park and a Strike Master shuffle bowling machine.
  • Include stylish storage and serving space. In the family room, they added an 11-foot wet bar with a granite countertop. The cabinets provide plenty of storage for supplies for entertaining, plus towels, sunscreen, and other pool needs.
  • Ensure a welcoming space for guests. Knowing their son would eventually leave, Greg and Megan wanted to be able to “recapture” space, and make it welcoming for guests. They added a spacious full bath. “Now we have an enormous shower with a bench seat, and cobalt blue wall with white subway tiles surrounding it.” The black granite countertops have blue flecks that accent the walls. 
  • Build a craft studio for Megan. She’s a hobbyist who didn’t have a workshop where she could keep all her equipment and supplies organized and accessible. Now, she has a room in the renovated basement that is accented with a sliding pocket door. Within the room, there’s a bookcase that is actually a secret door to a storage space—something every crafter can appreciate (and envy). Megan says she’s currently adding a Murphy bed in the room, too. 
  • Plan ahead with the HVAC. They kept the HVAC room large, allowing for storage as well as making it easier if they had to change out the system later. While the installation was underway, the Kettler Forlines Homes’ remodeling crew also ran PVC venting pipes to accommodate a high efficiency HVAC that the owners anticipated to add later. By doing the task at this point, they wouldn’t have to rip out walls later.
  • Expand electrical possibilities. They also thought ahead for future electrical needs. Megan had Kettler Forlines Homes’ remodeling team add a second 200-amp electrical panel, making it easier to support more electrical needs. Coaxial and ethernet cabling were incorporated to allow for future outdoor TV viewing. Megan was also planning a gazebo in the near future and wanted lighting for it. With the interior walls open during the basement remodel, the electrician ran wiring to different areas of the outside to trench power where the gazebo would eventually be located. Again, thinking ahead allowed them to make future renovations much simpler.
  • Replace the floor with vinyl plank. Since people would be coming through the basement from the pool area, they needed a floor that would resist the water-soaked traffic. Luxury vinyl plank has the appearance of a wood floor with the easy care and durability of vinyl.

“This was what I was looking for and what made it worth it to me,” explains a very contented Megan, who decorated with a palette of coastal cool colors to pull it all together. “I definitely learned things as I went, like electrical panels and HVAC. But we had full confidence in our project manager, Craig Smith. He was texting and keeping in touch, and was always right there when needed.” 

From start to finish, the entire basement renovation took four months, with only minor delays from the pandemic. Knowing what she wanted and working with a skilled, attentive team kept the project on track and without any of the unwelcome surprises that some homeowners experience.

“When I make up my mind, I just go for it,” says Megan.

Have you made up your mind yet? Kettler Forlines Homes welcomes the chance to discuss your remodeling ideas. Leverage our 42+ years of homebuilding experience to reimagine and recreate your home. Get started by reaching out to us and let’s give your home the same exceptional results that Greg and Megan are now enjoying.

Kettler Forlines Homes basement remodel before after

We’ve started 2 new homes. How will you finish them?

Categories: Around Poolesville, Brightwell Crossing Community News, Community News, Move-In Ready | Posted: July 22, 2020

Kettler Forlines Homes Brightwell Crossing spec homes

Construction is continuing in Montgomery County, following all guidelines for health and safety, of course. Kettler Forlines Homes just started 2 new homes at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing in Poolesville. One of these beauties could be your new home, and if you make your decision soon, you can personalize the details. So, we’ve just begun. How will you finish them?

As with all of our new homes, the two newest residences coming to The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing are ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS certified. Conserve energy while you live in a healthier home! You’ll also enjoy the advantages of smart home automation included in every Kettler Forlines Home.

The Kensington: Ideal for multigenerational living

One of our most popular home designs,The Kensington offers 4,360 square feet of finished interior living space on three levels, plus a 3-car garage. We’ve planned the luxury finishes that are standard in every Kettler Forlines Home, like wider oak hardwood floors, extraordinary kitchen, and architectural details that make these residences stand out. We put extra care in the design and construction, so you’ll see accents like a custom fireplace surround, solid wood dovetail cushion-close drawers in the kitchen, built-ins, knee-walls, columns, and trimwork that demonstrates true craftsmanship.

The 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath Kensington home under construction at 18609 Compher Court is built on a half-acre-plus  lot on a cul-de-sac, so you enjoy more space and more privacy! The finished walkout basement makes it easy to step out to your big, beautiful backyard. 

The kitchen is often the deciding factor when you’re choosing a home. This home delivers the wow factor, with rich wood cabinetry, an oversized center island, quartz countertops, 5-burner gas cooktop, double wall ovens, and stainless steel appliances. You’re going to love the lasting beauty and easy care of quartz countertops—which is why we also include them in every bathroom in this home.

Just beyond the breakfast nook, you’ll get plenty of use from the sunroom, a four-seasons space where you can take in the peaceful view of your large yard.

The owner’s suite on the second floor has so much to offer! Your suite, which has two walk-in closets, and a luxurious bath. Three more bedrooms upstairs share two full baths, and we’ve placed a large laundry room on the second floor, where it’s more convenient. 

Specially priced at $899,800, This new home under construction at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing presents a unique opportunity to live life the way you’ve dreamed.

The Montgomery: Flexibility and dual home offices

Have you discovered the importance of a dedicated home office? Are you sharing your workspace with others in the family? If this sounds familiar, then you can appreciate the value of having two separate offices in your home.

The Montgomery floor plan we’re building at 18602 Compher Court in The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing could present the perfect fit for your 2020 way of life—and beyond. The popular loggia covered porch connects with the family room for great indoor-outdoor living. 

This 6-bedroom, 4.5-bath home reflects true luxury living. The craftsmanship is evident here, from the distinctive exterior lines to every corner of every room inside. This 5,950-square-foot Montgomery is being built to one of many variations of the design, including 3 finished levels and an oversized, side-loaded 3-car garage. We’re situating this new home on a lot that’s more than a half-acre, giving you a fantastic backyard.

The main floor presents the open concept with sight lines flowing throughout the home. The natural light streaming through the large windows shines on the richness of the tongue-and-groove hardwood flooring. The main living area combines a family room—complete with a gas fireplace—and a breakfast nook, sunroom, and the gourmet kitchen that delights our homeowners. This inspiring kitchen includes an oversized center island along with a walk-in pantry and beverage station that separates the kitchen from the formal dining room. 

What you’ll really love about this Montgomery home at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing is the flexibility. The floor plan incorporates a variety of flex spaces. The first floor gives you two flex rooms on either side of the foyer. Convert one or both to home offices, if you like. The layout has more flex space on the second floor and finished basement. Have you been yearning for a workout room or yoga studio? Would you like a designated “classroom” and homework station for the kids? Does a rec room seem like a good use of space if you had it? Well, this home gives you all of this.

The second-floor owner’s suite is another feature you need to experience. In addition to a generously sized bedroom, this suite has two walk-in closets and a spa bath with both a soaking tub and walk-in shower, plus separate vanities. This overall design defines sharing space in a more comfortable manner.

Another eye-catching feature is the octagonal overlook from the upstairs to the main level. Set off with a custom-crafted wood railing, this open space expands the airiness of the home.

The finished lower level can accommodate another bedroom, bathroom, family room, recreation room, hobby studio, home theater, office, or whatever your lifestyle demands.

The exquisite homes at 18602 Compher Court (priced at $979,695) and 18609 Compher Court ($899,800) in Poolesville, MD, are just beginning to take shape. There are many ways you can make choices to transform the home of your choice into the home of our dreams! Talk to George Neill for details. Kettler Forlines Homes has a limited number of large homesites remaining at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, so don’t wait to explore life at this exceptional location in Poolesville.

 

Escape to Poolesville, MD: Larger lots and better living

Categories: Around Poolesville, Blog, Brightwell Crossing Community News, Community News, Homeowner Tips, News Highlights, Uncategorized | Posted: July 8, 2020

Kettler Forlines Homes Brightwell Crossing large lotsThe COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live. It’s always changing the way we WANT to live! When stay-at-home orders were issued, were you living in a space without a yard? The feeling of confinement was very real and has driven people to move away from the close quarters of urban life. They’re now heading toward the more desirable suburbs. We’re seeing this trend as city-dwellers escape to Poolesville, MD, where we can give them larger lots and better living!

Kettler Forlines Homes designed our Poolesville community, The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, with large lots—long before the current trend toward big yards. Our homes are situated on lots of a half-acre and more. You get an average of 27,000 square feet to accommodate your new home. 

Bear in mind, even in the suburbs, you’re not guaranteed a home with open spaces. There’s another Montgomery County neighborhood  of new homes where, for about the same price as our homes, you only acquire a homesite of about 6,000 square feet. Depending on the size of the home you build—and this community calls itself “luxury”—you would have very little room separating you from your neighbors. What’s the point of leaving the city when you still don’t have “breathing room”? Of course, it would make it easy to borrow something from your neighbor. You can just reach out your window and pass things back and forth across the narrow pass that’s equivalent to the minimum social distance.

Where is the luxury in this?

At The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, we’ve created a neighborhood with winding roads that add more interest than an uninspired grid of interconnecting streets. You’ll see the difference in the scenic beauty of tree-lined spaces, particularly in yards that back up to the protected conservation area. You can choose from the many walk-out lots to a spacious backyard, perfect for entertaining or just escaping outdoors to enjoy some private space with fresh air!

If you’re looking for cul-de-sac lots and the safety they offer, you’ll find them at The Reserve 

at Brightwell Crossing, also with the spacious yard.

Our homes at The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing are designed with your large yard in mind. The large windows provide excellent views of your outdoor living space. You’ll also benefit from the ample natural light that streams through these “eyes to the outside”. Add a deck, porch, or patio to enjoy your beautiful yard. Then reap the distinct rewards of a home that is both ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS certified. Your home will be an average of 50% MORE energy efficient than typical homes being built today, and a whopping 75% more energy efficient than used homes! The Indoor airPLUS certification improves the indoor air quality, protecting you and your family from so many harmful pollutants.

At Kettler Forlines Homes, when we say “luxury”, we mean it.

Whether you’re leaving the city or simply in search of the right place to come home to, steer your future toward Poolesville, MD. Make plans to visit The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, situated in Poolesville’s exceptional school district! And let’s see how we can give you the life—and home—you’ve been dreaming about.

 

Poolesville High School again outclasses the others: #1 in Maryland!

Categories: About Our Schools, Around Poolesville | Posted: April 29, 2020

Kettler Forlines Poolesville High SchoolA great school district presents significant influence to parents who are looking for a new home. In Maryland, the choice is easy: Poolesville, hands down. Poolesville High School again outclassed the others, according to U.S. News & World Report’s report of Best High Schools in the country, released in April 2020. Poolesville High School earned the top spot, #1 in Maryland. PHS also ranked #90 among 24,000 high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia, putting it in the top 1% of high schools nationwide! The publication gave Poolesville High School an overall score of 99.49 out of a possible 100.

U.S. News & World Report also ranked the school as: 

  • #1 in Montgomery County Public High Schools
  • #3 in Washington, DC Metro Area High Schools
  • #31 in Magnet High Schools in the U.S.
  • #39 in STEM High Schools in the U.S.

The report cards are in

Poolesville High School has also earned high marks from other websites that analyze schools. Niche.com gave it an “A+” and GreatSchools marked PHSt as a perfect “10” for college and career readiness. SchoolDigger also praises Poolesville High School, giving it a 5-star rating. The Washington Post included Poolesville among its list of the “Most Challenging High Schools in the U.S.

What’s so outstanding about this school? The academic program is stellar. The curriculum is designed to challenge students, while the low student:teacher ratio of 18:1 provides hands-on support. In the state-administered reading proficiency tests, a staggering 81% of PHS students met or exceeded expectations and another 30% met those standards, a reflection of the success achieved here.

Students continue to shine on academic challenges. Nearly every senior (92%) took an Advanced Placement exam; 88% passed, and 93% scored a 3 or better, meaning they qualified to receive college credit for their high school academics.

U.S. News uses a variety of sources to evaluate the schools. The U.S. Department of Education’s Common Core of Data provides fundamental data on enrollment and demographics. Statewide math and reading level assessment tests, Advanced Placement  test data, and graduation percentage give a clearer picture of a school’s success. The analysts look at college readiness, a reflection of how many students took at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test in the past school year, and how many seniors passed at least one AP or IB exam in high school.

Brightwell Crossing—another Poolesville top pick

So, if you’re a parent of a school-aged child, do the math. It all adds up to the fact that Poolesville is the smart choice for your next home. And you can experience the quality lifestyle in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods here, The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing. Kettler Forlines Homes still has homesites in this master-planned community. We’re building distinctive homes that surpass indoor air quality and energy efficiency standards. Our floor plans offer so many options, including a first-floor owner’s suite and flex rooms that can be converted into a home office, homework zone, hobby area, fitness studio, rec room, or whatever your family needs. You can even add a guest suite to the first floor to give more independence to adult family members in a multi-generational household.

Browse our homes, sized from 2,493 to more than 7,000 square feet. Get creative with the interactive floor plans that make it easy to change the design to your liking. Reach out to Kettler Forlines Homes to set up a virtual or private appointment to exploreThe Reserve at  Brightwell Crossing, where the future is as bright as our students!

 

Summer Activities For Your Family in Poolesville

Categories: Around Poolesville, Blog, Brightwell Crossing Community News | Posted: June 20, 2019

Swimming pools, ice cream cones, and endless sunshine… It’s almost sweet summertime! With school out for the season, your children are gearing up for all of the outdoor activities that await (AKA their next great adventures). In family-friendly Poolesville, just minutes from your Kettler Forlines home, there are so many options for you and your children to enjoy together. Take a look at our recommendations for summer 2019:

June 29: Red, White, and Brews

From 6 to 10 pm, Whalen Commons will host a pre-4th of July party complete with live music, delicious food, and family-friendly celebrations. Get ready for America’s birthday with your friends and family at Poolesville’s favorite park. Your children will love inflatables, food trucks, and live music (including Mindy Miller & The Chrome Tears and 19th Street Band) as you enjoy a beer garden, local wines, and so much more.
July 4: America’s Birthday Bash in D.C.

What better place to celebrate America’s birthday than beautiful Washington, D.C.? An hour from Poolesville, there’s nothing like a summertime trip to the country’s capital. From watching the parade along Constitution Ave to kayaking along the Potomac to marveling at the fireworks from the Lincoln Memorial steps, the fun here is endless. And if you want to stay close to home, there will be music, food, and fireworks at the Polo Grounds!

 

July 14: Sunflowers at McKee-Beshers Marsh

If you and your children enjoy getting creative and trying new things, this event is the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of the season while expanding your horizons and honing your artistic abilities. From 6 to 9 am, Emily Carter Mitchell will guide you through the gorgeous sunflower fields at the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area, and teach you all about the important concepts of nature and wildlife photography.

 

July 21: Bark in the Park

This event is something your children will cherish fur-ever! From 6 to 9 pm, Whalen Commons will transform into a dog lover’s paradise, where families are encouraged to bring their paw-some pooch to join in on all of the fun. There will be a cute dog contest, games for dogs, prizes, a DJ, Montgomery County Police K9 Demos, rescue groups, food vendors, a farmers market, and of course, all of the licks and tail wags you can imagine.

 

August 23: Friday on the Commons — Totally Rad

Take a trip down memory lane while your kids discover the righteous fun of the ‘80s! It’s all happen’en down at Whalen Commons from 6 to 10:30 pm, where you’ll find all of your favorite things about the most tubular decade of all, including roller skating, Pac-Man, hacky sack, and more. Make sure to tease your hair and put on your best neon — this event is all about doing it big. And don’t miss a special screening of Goonies at 8:30 pm!

 

September 21: Poolesville Day

The perfect way to wrap up summer and say hello to fall, Poolesville Day features all-day activities and events for you and your children to take part in. It all begins with a 5k race in the morning, followed by a parade, local entertainment, a car show, and more. Enjoy vendors of all kinds, from irresistible festival food and sweet treats to crafts and jewelry to fun games. Enjoy the last few weeks of warm weather with your incredible community!

As the streets of Poolesville come alive with the magic and charm of summer, take your children out to experience the sweetest parts of the season. While they await the next school year, they’ll absolutely love making some of their best memories with their family and friends. From all of us at Kettler Forlines Homes, happy summer and have fun!

14 Things To Do in Montgomery County

Categories: Around Poolesville, Blog, Brightwell Crossing Community News, Community News | Posted: June 4, 2018

At Kettler Forlines Homes, we’re committed to bringing you the highest-quality way of life. That’s why our all of our communities are built within the most desirable towns of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

One of our most beloved communities, The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, is nestled within the charming Poolesville, MD, where outdoor opportunities are boundless and a friendly small-town personality is always waiting with open arms.

 

This Summer, celebrate new beginnings and head outside for some seasonal fun with the whole family! Here’s our list of the top 14 things to do and see in and around Poolesville:

 

  1. Hike at Sugarloaf Mountain

 

Experience wildflowers, gorgeous geography, and stunning views while getting some exercise in! There are trails for all skill levels, so everyone can enjoy themselves and make memories of the spectacular scenery.

 

  1. Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

Take a day off for yourself and enjoy delectable tastings and live music on the weekends. This relaxing winery is just what you need on a warm day! Who knows, you just might discover your new favorite bottle of wine…

 

  1. White’s Ferry to Virginia

Take a calming ride across the Potomac River on the historic White’s Ferry! Once you reach Leesburg, VA, you’ll be surrounded with opportunities to shop, sightsee, and enjoy live music, local craft beer, delicious food, and so much more.

 

  1. Rocklands Farm

Ideal for both adults and children, this winery, farm, and market practices holistic agriculture to produce fresh and tasty products. Experience this community-oriented venue and enjoy the deliciousness!

 

  1. Hike Along the C and O Canal

Lovingly referred to as the “Grand Old Ditch,” the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal is one of the most scenic and historic gems of Maryland. Spend the day hiking along the C and O Canal —

just make sure to bring your camera!

 

  1. C and O Canal Lockhouses

Travel back 100 years in time and spend the night in one of the C&O Trust’s historic lockhouses! Strip yourself of today’s technology and bustle, and experience a peaceful night enjoying the simple things.

 

  1. Canoe on the Potomac River

The mighty Potomac River offers an unending amount of activities for both you and your family. Take advantage of the gorgeous weather and rent a kayak or canoe, and see the town like you never have before!

  1. Sarah E. Auer Western County Outdoor Pool

Renamed last summer after the late, beloved local swim coach, Sarah Auer, this open, outdoor pool is the perfect place to cool off on a hot day. Get some great exercise in and work on your strokes, or lounge and relax with your family and friends or a good book.

 

  1. Friday on the Commons

Starting June 15th, you and your family will have a wide variety of fun event options on Whalen Commons in the center of town. From movie nights, to carnivals, to “Bark in the Park,” there’s something exciting and memorable for everyone.

 

  1. Local Farm Picking

 

What better time than spring to pick your own delicious fruit? A charming place like Homestead Farm has opportunities to pick treats like cherries and blueberries, as well as the chance to experience farm and animal life.

 

  1. Golf at Poolesville Public Golf Course

There’s nothing quite like a relaxing round of golf. This picturesque golf course is waiting for you to come and play! Aside from an 18-hole course and driving range, Poolesville Public Golf Course also has horseshoe pits, volleyball nets, and play areas for kids. The whole family will be excited to visit!

 

  1. See a Concert at the Wolf Trap

If you’re a music fan, the beloved Wolf Trap will become your new oasis! See an indoor or outdoor concert at this incredible, 117-acre park, where artists like Steven Tyler, Ziggy Marley, and Alanis Morissette will be this summer!

 

  1. iFLY in Gaithersburg

Who knew that you could fly indoors? iFLY is a facility that gives you the chance to feel the sensations of flying through the air, all within the confines of an indoor space. This one-of-a-kind experience is perfect for those who fear heights but are looking for a real thrill.

 

  1. Strathmore Hall

Located in North Bethesda, Strathmore Hall is a breathtaking theater that offers a wide variety of events, from musical theater, to outdoor concerts, to comedy shows. Take your family or friends out for a night of unforgettable, state-of-the-art entertainment that everyone will love.

 

This spring, get outside and enjoy the most beautiful season of all! Poolesville offers unmatched outdoor opportunities that will let you create lifelong memories with your loved ones.

 

For more information on The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing, please visit our webpage, or call 301-208-2588. We can’t wait to get started with you on this incredible journey!

Kettler Forlines + Poolesville = Great Place to Live, Learn & Play!

Categories: About Our Schools, Around Poolesville, Brightwell Crossing Community News, Community News | Posted: October 23, 2017

At Kettler Forlines Homes, we proudly promote the incredible schools that our residents attend in Poolesville. Being able to give our homeowners access to such an incredible resource is one of the many reasons we chose to build our Brightwell Crossing neighborhood in this town.

Poolesville high school

We know that providing the best possible education for their children is a high priority for our homeowners. But we also know that kids need comfortable places to study, and safe and fun places to play. So, we’ve designed homes that are very kid-friendly.

 

Efficient Design

Every Kettler Forlines home has a variety of spaces that are ideal for doing homework – from bedrooms, dens and libraries, to home offices, rec rooms and flex rooms. Some are open and adjacent to the kitchen, while others are tucked away in quiet corners. Many of our homes also have game rooms, spacious yards, and even media rooms. No matter how they prefer to study or relax, your kids are sure to find just the spot for them.

kettler forlines office

 

Flexible Floor Plans

Speaking of flexibility, we also have plans that are designed for multi-generational living. These unique suites provide self-contained living quarters (bedroom, bath, living room & kitchen) with private entrances that are attached to the main house for convenience. While it’s not for every family, we’re definitely seeing an increased demand for homes that can adapt to multiple generations.

Studies have shown that multi-gen living has a variety of positive effects on children – from more family dinners and increased adult supervision to better social skills and fewer behavioral problems. Not to mention the innumerable benefits of getting to know their grandparents better. If creating a multi-generation household is a possibility for your family, let us know.

living with parents

 

Nurturing Community

Of course, kids need plenty of extra-curricular outlets as well. Whether it’s piano lessons that improve math skills or club soccer that teaches teamwork, extra-curriculars help kids learn skills that help them in school and life. Luckily, Poolesville has a huge range of parks and playgrounds, along with miles of hike/bike trails, a county pool, a skate park, Girl & Boy Scouts, museums, and more. Music lessons, ballet lessons, art classes, karate classes, and horseback riding are also easily accessible.

extra-curriculars, cheerleading

Obviously, creating great places to raise a family is important to us here at Kettler Forlines Homes. If you’re looking for a home and community that value education and learning, Brightwell Crossing in Poolesville fits the bill.  Come see this remarkable neighborhood for yourself.

New Home at Brightwell

6 Fall Family Must-Do’s in Montgomery County

Categories: Around Poolesville, Brightwell Crossing Community News, Community News | Posted: October 18, 2017

Montgomery County is pretty much autumnal paradise, offering a huge array of farms and other outdoor venues that are ideal for some fall family fun. Check out these great activities:

WUMCO 2017 & Oktoberfest

Poolesville

This annual event is always a blast for adults and kids alike. This year’s WUMCO festivities will take place on October 21st, and will feature costume contests, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, carnival games, a moon bounce, rock wall, & more! Oktoberfest attractions will include German food, a beer tent, and German music.

WUMCO Festival Poolesville

 

 

Homestead Farm

Poolesville

Pick-your-own apples & pumpkins, as well as apple cider, mums, and decorative gourds. Plus hayrides on Saturday & Sunday.

homestead farm

 

Sugarloaf Mountain

Frederick County

This unique attraction is perfect for hiking, rock climbing, and picnicking. And the views are spectacular in the fall.

 

Lewis Orchards

Dickerson

Find pick-your-own apples, and cut-your-own zinnias at Lewis Orchards, plus pumpkins and potted mums. Along with pies and other treats in the Market.

Fall Flowers

 

Temple Hall Fall Festival & Corn Maize

Leesburg

A veritable cornucopia of fall fun, from pumpkin blasters and corn cannons, to pig races, and the renowned 24-acre corn maze.

 

Pumpkin Village at Leesburg Animal Park

Spend the day enjoying giant hill slides, moon bounces, wagon rides, petting zoo, pedal carts, the corn bin, & more at Pumpkin Village. A great place for a fall birthday bash!

Pumpkin Village at Leesburg Animal Park

 

BONUS! For grown-ups only!

Rocklands Farm Winery, Poolesville

Head to the local vineyard and enjoy live music on Friday nights, plus wine tastings and local food vendors Friday through Sunday.

There’s plenty to do around Montgomery County and The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing this Fall, so treat your family to some fun!

Poolesville High School Ranked #1 in Maryland Seven Years in a Row!

Categories: About Our Schools, Around Poolesville, Blog, Community News | Posted: May 25, 2017

Do you need yet another reason to live at Brightwell Crossing? How about the extraordinary quality of the schools!

Poolesville High School is ranked #1 in Maryland, #3 in the DC region among private AND public schools, and in the top 100 schools nationally on the Washington Post’s list of the Most Challenging High Schools in the U.S.

 

 

The Most Challenging High Schools in the U.S. list includes 2,323 schools across the country and more than 180 schools in the Washington region. The Washington Post ranks schools through an index formula based on a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.

 

The Reserve at Brightwell Crossing includes 98 homesites, situated on lots that range from a half-acre to over an acre, including many cul-de-sac and walkout sites. It is designed to give residents exquisite homes in a prestigious neighborhood. Check out our available homes in Brightwell Crossing!

 

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