- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Despite the impending winter weather, potential vacation home buyers may want to consider a trip to Dagsboro, Del., to get a jump on building a home for summers at the beach.

At Seagrass Plantation in Dagsboro, Centex Homes is building 208 single-family homes with a dash of beach style, including porches, decks, shingled exteriors and plenty of large windows.

Located next to Indian River Bay, Seagrass Plantation includes a private beach for residents, a kayak and canoe launch, a picnic area, a clubhouse, a swimming pool and walking trails.

The community is dotted with ponds and crisscrossed by Cripple Creek, affording many homes a water view. Seagrass Plantation is eight miles from Bethany Beach.

Six home styles are available, base-priced from $439,990 to $589,990 and with 2,300 to 3,200 finished square feet.

Each has 6-inch beaded vinyl siding, professional landscaping and a two-car garage with carriage-style garage doors.

Inside, the homes have one or two levels, a first- or second-floor master suite, hardwood flooring in the foyer and powder room, maple flat-panel vanities in the baths, an advanced multimedia wiring package and high-efficiency gas heat and hot water.

Each kitchen includes 42-inch maple flat-panel cabinets, recessed lighting, a center island and a separate pantry.

The Ascot Park model, with 2,500 square feet, is base-priced from $499,990. This home has a design meant for casual family living, with a front porch, a two-story foyer and a two-story family room with a fireplace flanked by windows.

The family room is open to the dining area, which, in turn, is open to the kitchen. The kitchen includes a breakfast bar and a walk-in pantry. Buyers can add a sunroom, a screened porch or an unscreened porch or any combination of these additions off the family room and dining room.

The first-floor master suite has a wall of windows, an optional tray ceiling, a walk-in closet and a bath with a corner tub that has windows on two sides, a separate shower with a seat, and two vanities.

The second and third bedrooms, also on the main level, share a connecting full bath.

The main level also includes a powder room and a laundry room with a door to the garage.

Upstairs are a fourth bedroom, a full bath and an optional small loft. Buyers can choose to adapt the floor plan with a one-level family room and add a larger loft or a fifth bedroom to the upper level.

The Churchill Downs model, with 3,200 square feet, is base-priced from $589,990. This more traditional model also has a first-floor master suite, with a front porch and the option of adding a porch, a sunroom or a screened porch or a combination of these spaces at the back of the house.

This model includes a large closet off the two-story foyer, a two-story living room with a wall of windows and a dining room with a wall of windows on one side and a second wall of windows, including a bay window.

The center-island kitchen includes a breakfast bar and is open to the dining room.

The first-floor master suite has a wall of windows, an optional tray ceiling, a walk-in closet and a bath with a corner tub, a separate shower with a seat, and a double-sink vanity.

The main level also includes a second bedroom with a private full bath, a powder room, a laundry room and a door to the garage.

Upstairs are two more bedrooms, which share a connecting full bath, and a loft overlooking the living room and the foyer. Buyers can add a fifth bedroom and fourth full bath by choosing a one-level living room.

For information or directions to Seagrass Plantation, call 888/863-4297 or visit www. centexontheshore.com.

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