- The Washington Times - Friday, July 13, 2007

Active adult communities, restricted to households with members age 55 and older, are often similar to resort-

style communities with a range of recreational amenities and social activities for the residents.

Active adult communities usually include a community center, swimming pool and fitness center. All are designed for living on one level, either in a one-level condominium or villa or in a home with a first-floor master suite and guest bedrooms upstairs.

Several active adult communities are now being built in Anne Arundel County and Prince George’s County.

K. Hovnanian Homes is building condominiums in midrise buildings at Four Seasons at Saint Margarets, east of Annapolis.

The gated community includes a two-story clubhouse and a swimming pool and offers a location near shopping and dining and the attractions of downtown Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay.

The two- or three-bedroom, two-bath homes are base-priced from $299,990 to $439,990 and have 1,129 to 1,847 finished square feet. Each model is available with or without a loft. Some of the homes include a garage.

The largest home, the St. Michael Loft, has 1,847 finished square feet, three bedrooms, two baths and a one-car garage. This home is base-priced at $422,490.

This model has a living room that opens onto the balcony. The kitchen has an adjacent dining area with a bay window. The master bedroom has a bath and a walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms and a second full bath are on the opposite side of the living room. Stairs lead from the living room to the loft overlooking the main level.

Monthly condominium fees are $235 per month for the homes with a garage and $230 per month for the nongarage residences.

Call 410/349-1760 or visit www.fourseasonsatsaint margarets.com.

Beazer Homes Corp.’s Gatherings at Forest Glen is located within the resort community of Piney Orchard in Odenton, where recreational amenities include swimming pools, an ice skating rink, tennis courts, walking trails and clubhouses.

At Forest Glen, residents can enjoy these amenities along with their own clubhouse, a fitness center, tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool. Nearby are parks, golf courses and shopping centers.

The condominiums range from 1,439 to 1,963 finished square feet, with base prices from $259,990 to $399,990. Monthly condominium fees are about $340 per month, with Piney Orchard Association dues ranging from $40 to $60 additional per month for a total of about $400 per month.

Each home includes two bedrooms, a study or sitting room and two full baths. Standard features include tray ceilings, moldings, miniblinds and vertical blinds, 9-foot ceilings and a private patio or deck.

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