- The Washington Times - Friday, November 2, 2007

Chestertown, an appealing small town on the Eastern Shore, is one of Maryland’s best-preserved Colonial villages. Visitors and local residents are drawn to its art galleries, cafes, coffeehouses, wine bars, upscale restaurants, antique stores and individually owned shops, many bordering the centrally located Fountain Park.

Washington College helps provide atmosphere, along with annual festivals such as the Tea Party celebration in spring and Wildlife Exhibition & Sale in fall. A riverfront walk and waterfront area set the maritime tone. The town is port-of-call to its own tall ship, the schooner Sultana, which offers educational programs throughout the year on the Chester River and Chesapeake Bay.

Now Covell Communities LLC is adding a waterfront residential development near Chestertown, complete with a private marina with floating docks that will accommodate a boat up to 40 feet long.

Known as Chester River Landing, this upscale resort community includes 49 homes, including condominiums and town homes, designed in a blend of Colonial, Federal and coastal architectural styles.

In addition to the marina, Chester River Landing has an outdoor swimming pool with a water fountain and bathhouses, and private beaches with shoreline walking paths. Residents can gather at the community waterfront park, which has teak furniture and a stainless steel gas grill. The community has additional landscaped parks and a kayak storage and launch area.

The homes each have brick, stone or Hardiplank siding on the exterior in styles and colors meant to blend with traditional Colonial architecture. Each home has a back porch, a stone paved driveway, brick walks and a brick stoop, with a detached garage.

Inside, the homes have 9- and 10-foot ceilings, oak hardwood floors in the main living areas, six-panel arched interior doors, crown and chair-rail moldings and carpeting in the second- and third-floor areas. Each kitchen has 42-inch raised-panel maple cabinets, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, granite counters and GE Profile stainless steel appliances.

The powder rooms have hardwood flooring, while the full baths have ceramic tile flooring. Each master bath has a soaking tub and a separate shower.

The homes range in price from $595,900 to $745,000 for the condominiums and $775,135 to $1,359,594 for the town homes. Condominium fees are $454 for the larger town homes and $395 per month for the smaller town homes and condominiums. Slip fees are $65 per month.

The Kiawah condominium model, with 1,600 square feet, is priced from $595,500 and has two bedrooms and two full baths. This home has an open floor plan, with a center-island kitchen, a living room and dining room, with a fireplace, a wall of windows and French doors to a porch.

The master bedroom has a triple window at one end, a walk-in closet and a bath. Buyers can add a fireplace to this room. Additional rooms include a den, a second bedroom with a walk-in closet and a second full bath. A closet with a washer and dryer is located off the foyer.

The Charleston town home model, with 3,352 square feet, is priced from $1,359,594. This home has a library and powder room off the foyer and a formal dining room with columns. Adjacent to the dining room is a great room with an optional fireplace. The great room has a wall of windows facing the porch, which is accessible from the breakfast area. The breakfast area has a wall of windows and a breakfast bar with a view into the center-island kitchen.

The second level has a spacious master suite with a balcony, a sitting area, a walk-in closet and an adjacent full bath. A fireplace can be added to the bedroom. The second bedroom has a standard closet and a private full bath. The laundry room is conveniently located on this level.

The third floor has a loft with two dormer windows and two closets. The third bedroom has a bumped-out sitting alcove with a triple window and a double closet. These two rooms share a connecting full bath with a double-sink vanity.

Buyers can add an elevator to this model.

For information about Chester River Landing, call Chris Veatch, director of sales, at 410/810-8834, or visit www.chesterriverhomes.com.

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