- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 9, 2004

With winter’s chill in the air, Washington-area residents can be forgiven if summer memories of Delaware and Maryland beaches have been replaced by more urgent matters.

But those with an eye to the future might want to take a cold-weather excursion to Delaware’s Sussex County, where Mandrin Homes is building the resort community Swann Cove.

Mandrin Homes, a custom-home builder in Maryland for more than 30 years, is expanding into Delaware at Swann Cove and soon in other locations close to the Atlantic beaches.

Named after the region’s Swann farming family, Swann Cove is on Lighthouse Road (state Route 54) three miles west of Fenwick Island and the Atlantic.

Community amenities at Swann Cove will include a community swimming pool, a clubhouse and a boardwalk along Dirickson Creek.

“Bike paths, a park with picnic tables as well as shade trees, ponds and fountains will accentuate the water-enhanced natural beauty of this property,” says Troy Oliver, executive vice president of Mandrin Homes of Delaware. “The Assawoman Wildlife Refuge, located on land across the creek, extends the vistas from Swann Cove.”

The 184 three- and four-bedroom, two-story homes at Swann Cove will be priced from the mid-$300,000s to the low $400,000s. Each home will have low-maintenance vinyl siding, sodded front and rear yards, a landscape package and a two-car garage.

Inside, the homes include 9-foot ceilings on the first floor; ceramic-tile flooring in the foyer; a center-island kitchen with 42-inch cabinets, a double stainless-steel sink and built-in microwave; four phone pre-wires; and four cable television pre-wires.

The master bath includes ceramic-tile flooring and tub and shower surrounds, a tub and a large, clear glass shower.

The Breakwater model, with 2,435 to 2,639 finished square feet, is base-priced from $363,800 to $405,000. This home has a front porch; a two-story foyer; and an open kitchen, family room and dining room combination.

This model has a first-floor master suite with a walk-in closet and a second long closet, plus a bath. The first floor also has a second bedroom or a den with a full bath, and a laundry room off the garage. Buyers can add a screened porch and a sunroom to the back of the house.

The second level of the Breakwater has two additional bedrooms, a full bath and a loft overlooking the family room. An upper-level porch can be added to the home.

The Seaspray model, with 2,222 to 2,635 finished square feet, is base-priced from $334,400 to $403,800. This home features a front porch and a front balcony off the second level, an open two-level family room and breakfast area and center-island kitchen in the back of the house, and a formal dining room.

The first-floor master suite includes a deep walk-in closet and a bath. This level also includes a powder room and a laundry room. Optional additions to this model are a screened porch, a sunroom and a separate guest bungalow with a full bath.

Upstairs, the Seaspray has a loft overlooking the family room, two bedrooms and a full bath.

Call 866/933-0950, or visit www.mandrinhomes.com.

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