- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 17, 2004

Community amenities can be found in abundance at Central Parke at Victoria Falls in Laurel, Md., an active-adult development of Central Parke, a division of the Slenker Land Corp.

Designed for residents with at least one household member over age 55, Central Parke at Victoria Falls will include a dramatic waterfall at the entrance, a 1-acre lake with fountains, four Victorian-style gardens, walking and biking trails, and a mail pavilion where homeowners can socialize with their neighbors when picking up their mail.

Tennis courts and an indoor swimming pool provide more recreational opportunities, along with a fitness center including locker rooms and a massage room; a whirlpool spa; a sauna; an outdoor swimming pool and terrace; and a private resort club with a billiards room, card room, barbecue area, patio, catering kitchen, arts and crafts room, and library and resource center.

An on-site lifestyle director will plan activities and classes to match the interests of the community.

Museums, parks, golf courses and the Laurel Racetrack are all nearby, and those interested in continuing their education can visit one of four libraries in Laurel or take courses at several local college campuses.

The Patuxent Green 18-hole golf course is five minutes away from Victoria Falls, and there are 13 other private and public golf courses within 10 miles of the development.

For cultural pursuits, fine dining or shopping, Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis are all within a half-hour drive.

Among the 650 homes that will eventually be built at Victoria Falls are condominiums, villas and single-family homes. Drees Homes is building 115 32-foot wide villas, base-priced from $389,900 to $399,900.

Two models are available, the interior Homestead unit with 2,700 finished square feet and the end-unit Greenbrier model with 2,900 finished square feet and the higher base price. Both styles include a two-car garage.

The Drees Homes villas include a brick front, 6-inch maintenance-free beaded vinyl siding, professional landscaping, a sodded lawn and a brass kick plate on the front door.

Inside, each home includes 10-foot ceilings on the upper level; 9-foot ceilings on the main level; oversize windows; hardwood flooring in the kitchen, foyer and dining room; crown moldings and oak railings.

Each home has a 42-inch gas fireplace with a painted wood mantel, ceramic-tile flooring in the full baths and a choice of ceramic-tile or hardwood flooring in the powder room.

The master bath features a tub and separate shower and a double-sink vanity. Each kitchen has hardwood flooring, 42-inch furniture-finish wood cabinets, a choice of Corian or granite counters and upgraded appliances.

The homes include gas heat and hot water and a high-tech telephone and cable prewiring package.

The Greenbrier model features a two-level living room and sunroom separated by columns, each with a vaulted ceiling, plus a formal dining room and a generously sized morning room off the center-island kitchen.

This level also includes a powder room and a private corner study with a four-sided bay window in the corner.

The main level includes a laundry room with access to the garage; a pantry; and the master suite, which includes a large bedroom, a walk-in closet and a bath.

The second level of the Greenbrier features a game room or loft, which overlooks the living area and has a vaulted ceiling and a walk-in closet, two additional bedrooms and a full bath.

This level can be modified with a computer niche, a media room and a fourth bedroom with a full bath.

Call sales manager Martha Seaman at 301/483-9043, or visit www.centralparke.com.

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