February 18, 2013 10:32 ET

Home of the Year Builder Announces New Projects

Canal Mews Excites in Palisades and 39Up Energizes the Wheaton Metro Community

CABIN JOHN, MD--(Marketwire - Feb 18, 2013) - OPaL, the builder behind this year's regional Home of the Year, announce their next great projects:

  • Canal Mews - Two extraordinary single-family homes in the heart of DC's coveted Palisades neighborhood
  • 39Up - A community of townhomes and single-family homes just blocks from the Wheaton Metro

OPaL, the developer who built this year's DC regional GALA Home of the Year and also took home the Best Architecture of Homes Priced Over $1M nationally, is teaming once again with Seattle-based architect, Gregory Sparhawk, to bring utterly unique designs to DC area homeowners.

The two homes at Canal Mews will feature a gentrified coastal look and an unheard-of location for new construction, right in the heart of Palisades. Tucked between MacArthur Blvd. and the Potomac, Canal Mews is just steps from tony restaurants, upscale markets, the Capital Crescent Trail plus some of the best educational institutions in our nation. City living simply does not get any better than this! Delivery is expected for Summer 2013 with pricing over $2 million.

At 39Up (named for the site's latitude), OPaL will build their largest community in four years. This unique offering of contemporary homes will feature 36 townhomes and four single-family homes located at the entrance to the Westfield Wheaton Shopping Mall. All of life's necessities from groceries and restaurants to a fitness club, movie theater and shopping are just steps away. And the Metro? Just a few blocks away. Sales for this exciting project start in Early 2014 and prices are expected to start in the $500s.

"OPaL buys fully into the tenet of 'location, location, location,'" says Sean Ruppert, OPaL's owner. "Because we are a small, boutique builder, we can utilize lots that larger builders would pass up. This puts us in the unique position of offering new homes in established and highly desired neighborhoods like Palisades. Pair that with Greg's (Sparhawk's) fresh designs and we're offering options you simply can't find anywhere else in the DC area. Between Canal Mews and the fabulous opportunity of 39Up, we're thrilled about what the next couple of years hold."

About OPaL
Based in Lanham, MD, OPaL is a local builder specializing in developing small, well-located, close-in communities. With over 15 years of experience in the homebuilding industry and numerous awards, OPaL's extraordinary vision brings a whole new dimension to the Washington, DC and Baltimore areas. The company builds only a handful of new townhomes and single-family homes each year, preferring quality, individuality and location over cookie-cutter appeal. All of the more than 120 homes built by OPaL since its inception are characterized by truly unique architecture, impeccable details and deep thought for the lifestyles of their owners. To learn more, visit

Contact Sean Ruppert at 301-577-3887 for more information about this release.

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