- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Although some consumers may believe resort-style living is available only in the moun-

tains or at the beach, others are aware that they can enjoy the vacation lifestyle closer to their work, friends and family.

In Prince George’s County, Ryko Development Inc. has designed the planned community of Beechtree in Upper Marlboro, which will include more than $20,000,000 in amenities within 30 minutes of Capitol Hill.

An impressive stone monument will signal the entrance to Beechtree, which will eventually include the tree-lined Beechtree Parkway and ornamental streetlights and signs that will complement the upscale amenities of the community.

The focal point for the community will be the 18-hole, championship, daily-fee golf course and clubhouse, which is anticipated to be complete in 2007 or early 2008. Residents of Beechtree will be able to take advantage of discounted fees when the course opens.

More than 600 acres of the 1,200-acre community will remain open space, including the golf course, woodlands and a 30-acre lake. The 178-acre Collington Stream Valley Park extends along the western border of Beechtree.

Miles of trails will be completed by the time the community reaches the build-out stage in six to eight years, and they will be incorporated into the community as it develops.

The community is expected to include schools, parks and a shopping village on the edge of the development. Some 65 acres are set aside for schools and parks. Tot lots and picnic areas will be incorporated into neighborhoods to create places for families and friends to meet.

The Swim and Racquet Club is anticipated to be complete in the summer of 2006 and will include tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and an outdoor terrace overlooking the 18th fairway and the lake.

Not far from Beechtree, the Patuxent River Park provides more recreational amenities. Bowie Town Center is nearby for shopping convenience.

Today, an elaborately landscaped sales park provides an introduction. Potential buyers stroll across a wooden bridge over a stone lake bed. The sales park includes a putting green, lavish landscaping, street lamps and park benches to provide visitors with a taste of what the upscale resort will eventually provide.

Beechtree has been designed as four villages to be placed around the lake, with Eastlake Village to be developed first. Eventually, Beechtree will include about 1,700 single-family homes, 480 town homes and 240 apartment homes. The initial homes to be available are single-family homes designed for the 80-foot-wide and 65-foot-wide homesites. Model homes for the 80-foot-wide sites are expected to open in December.

Pre-construction pricing is still in place, with most of the single-family homes priced from the $500,000s.

Builders at Beechtree include NVHomes, 301/627-1734; Ryan Homes, 301/627-4072; Mid-Atlantic Builders, 301/627-9230; Haverford Homes, 301/627-6376; and McDaniels Homes, 301/574-5533; or visit the Web site at www.beechtreemd.com.

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