Toll Brothers Upholds Upscale Design

Marlboro Ridge showcases luxurious floorplans in Toll Brothers’ equestrian community, in Prince George’s County, Md.

Marlboro Ridge includes four beautiful collections within the community: The Meadows, Glen, Hunt, and Estates. Three of these are dedicated to single family homes, The Glen, Hunt, and Estates, ranging in size from 3,000 to more than 4,900 square feet. And the Meadows showcases townhomes that range in size from roughly 2,200 to more than 2,500 square feet.

While the community opened in 2006, Toll Brothers continues to expand Marlboro Ridge with almost 400 homes currently occupied and more to come. The location was key in the planning stages for this community in order to develop further in the future. “The land is 580 acres in an ideal location with great rolling topography and scenic views,” Chris Flickinger, senior project manager, said.

And with this opportunity of beautiful open space, Marlboro Ridge commenced construction in the quaint town of Upper Marlboro, spanning less than one mile across and half a mile wide. Historically a port town, Upper Marlboro is on the Western Branch of the Patuxent River.

Marlboro Ridge is only five minutes from Interstate 495 (the Capital Beltway) and Route 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue). Bowie and Largo can be reached in 15 minutes, and Washington, D.C. in 20 minutes.


The town is one of the oldest surviving southern Maryland towns with a history dating back to colonial times. With this grasp on the history of the town, Marlboro Ridge has an equestrian theme while still maintaining Toll Brothers signature luxury style.

“The community…has a strong presence in the area,” Flickinger said. “The unique land plan of this community is simply unforgettable, with green pastures and white fencing along Ritchie Marlboro Road, framed by preserved mature trees.”

Toll Brothers’ quality assurance team, along with the project manager, construction manager and sales manager, routinely inspect the homes under construction within Marlboro Ridge to assure the highest quality standards. “Toll Brothers is one of the only single family homebuilders in the region building with2×6 walls that include R-19 insulation batts with an air infiltration wrap,” Flickinger said. “We own our own factories for panel construction, and own our own rail cars and trucks for shipping to the site.”

Quality extends into the interiors of the homes with coffered ceilings, enhanced trim packages, lavish master baths, gourmet kitchens with granite countertops and GE® appliances, Progress® lighting, and KOHLER® faucets.

The team at Toll Brothers believes that preserving the natural environment is an integral part of creating a community people can call home. There are more than 250 acres of conservation areas and miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails among Marlboro Ridge.

Other community amenities include a resort-style swimming pool with a spacious deck for lounging and enjoying the sun, along with a children’s pool that features fountains, sprinklers, and play equipment; multipurpose athletic fields, tennis courts; and a state-of-the-art fitness center. And an exciting upcoming addition to the community will be the Marlboro Ridge Equestrian Center, with a large indoor riding arena, outdoor riding rings, and 22 horse stalls.

Toll Brothers kept the environment in mind during the construction process of the homes, as well, by aiming to reduce environmental impact. Many materials within the homes were made from recycled materials. Windows utilize plastic waste from manufacturing, and fiberboards and other OSB materials are made with recycled wood/lumber.

Marlboro Ridge is supplemented with single family homes ranging from the mid $400s to the mid $600sand townhomes beginning in the mid $300s. The 4,920 square-foot single family floorplan, The Malvern, offers a grand two-story foyer and a dramatic double curved staircase leading into a gourmet kitchen, spacious family room, and a two-story dining room including floor-to-ceiling windows. The master suite includes a den with elegant columns, two large walkin closets, and a master bath with sunken tub, separate shower with a seat, two vanities, and a private toilet area.


Alternatively, while still maintaining the luxurious foyer and style, The Chelsea offers a bit of a smallerfloorplan with 3,830 square feet and a secondary front entry that leads directly to the kitchen and laundry area. The kitchen offers a country-style eat-in nook with plenty of natural sunlight. Other highlights of thisfloorplan include a private study with double doors, a large sunken family room with a columned entry, and three secondary bedrooms including a Princess Suite.

Though the townhomes within The Meadows are smaller in size than the single family floorplans in Marlboro Ridge, they are the biggest townhomes in the area with three to four levels, two-car garages, and four-car driveways.

These floorplans are just the starting points for potential homebuyers. With Toll Brothers’ “Design Your Own Home” interactive website, customers are able to pick a floorplan, then choose from the array of options and upgrades down to each room and detail of the house. Options include expanded garages, greenhouse windows, guest suites, sun room, and expanded fireplaces.

Upgrades don’t end with merely the rooms. With our society’s ever-evolving technology, there are several tech upgrades for homebuyers to consider for their new home as well, like home automation systems, alarm panels, data jacks, multimedia center jacks, and speakers.

With all of these options provided for homebuyers and Toll Brothers’ commitment to luxury and customer service, it’s no surprise the homebuilder was named “Most Admired Home Building Company” in Fortune magazine’s survey of the World’s Most Admired Companies for 2015. In addition, Toll Brothers ranked number one in Quality of Management, Use of Corporate Assets, Long- Term Investment, and People Management.

The company was also named “America’s Most Trusted Home Builder 2015” by Lifestory Research, receiving the highest numerical score among the largest 133 homebuilders in the country in a study that measures perceptions of quality, price, reputation, and trust.

Tamara Philips is the Managing Editor for Options magazine. She may be reached at

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