- The Washington Times - Friday, September 28, 2007

Some people seek the raucous summer night life or the clamor of the boardwalk, while others prefer the off-season, when strolling on the sand means being able to hear even a whisper of a wave.

For those who love the beach in any season, purchasing a second home at a beach resort may be preferable to scrambling to make rental reservations every year.

Potential vacation home buyers who enjoy boating may especially want to consider purchasing one of the Victorian-style homes at Sunset Harbour at Bethany Beach, a new community by Caldera Communities. At this Sussex County development, each of the 87 homes will include a private boat dock.

Waterside activities will be the focal point at Sunset Harbour, which has an interconnected pier system, a community boat launching area, private lagoons with the boat docks, a crab pier and waterfront parks. Additional community amenities include a dockside swimming pool and the Harbourside Clubhouse, which will have a fitness center, a lounge area and a kitchen.

Nearby Bethany Beach has more than 40 restaurants, shops, a boardwalk and a broad sandy beach popular with families from cities all over the Eastern seaboard.

The homes at Sunset Harbour are priced from the $700,000s, with homesite and dock packages from $50,000 and higher. Homeowner association fees have not yet been determined.

In addition to the private lagoon and boat dock, each home will feature classic Victorian-style architecture with maintenance-free beaded vinyl siding, a 30-year architectural shingle roof and Andersen windows with integrated grills and screens in the living areas. Each home also has a two-car garage with remote garage door openers.

Inside, the homes have 12-by-12-inch ceramic tile flooring in the foyer, powder room and kitchen, with 6-by-6-inch ceramic tile flooring in the full baths. Other standard features include a gas fireplace, crown moldings, ceiling fan prewiring, a master bath with a tub and separate shower, a communications and media package and a laundry room with a washer, dryer and utility sink.

The kitchen has 42-inch wall cabinets and Corian counters with a ceramic tile backsplash.

The Athena and Reverie models each have 3,318 square feet, including the covered porches and balconies. The Mirabelle and Callisto models each have 3,323 finished square feet, including the covered porches.

The Athena and the Reverie have a garage, laundry and utility room and walk-in closet on the lower level, along with access to a covered porch. Buyers can add a recreation room, a full bath, a fireplace, a screened porch and one or two bedrooms to this level.

On the main level, these two models have an open floor plan with a living area, dining area and center-island kitchen with a separate breakfast bar, with multiple windows and French doors to a covered porch. This level also has two walk-in closets, a standard closet and a full bath adjacent to a bedroom or optional den with French doors to the covered front porch. A midlevel loft lies between the second and third levels.

On the third level of these two models are a master bedroom and separate master sitting room, each with French doors to a covered porch. This suite also has a bath, a walk-in closet and a standard closet. A second walk-in closet is just outside the suite in the hall. The upper level also has two more bedrooms, each with access to a second full bath. The second bedroom has French doors to a private front balcony.

The Mirabelle and Callisto models each have a garage, laundry and utility room and walk-in closet on the lower level, along with access to a covered porch. Buyers can add a recreation room, a full bath, a fireplace, a screened porch or sleeping porch and one or two bedrooms to this level. These two models also have the option of adding an elevator.

On the second level of these two models are a great room, an open dining area and a kitchen with a breakfast bar. French doors lead from the great room to a covered porch. This level also has a powder room, a walk-in closet, a bedroom or optional den with an adjacent full bath and French doors to a covered porch.

A mid-level landing between the second and third floors offers bonus living space for a sitting area and French doors to a covered porch.

On the third level of these two models, the master bedroom suite has a walk-in closet, French doors to a private covered porch and a bath. A second walk-in closet is just outside the master suite in the hall. The second and third bedrooms share a hall bath and each has a glass door to the front balcony.

For information or directions to Sunset Harbour at Bethany Beach call Jennifer Miller, director of sales, at 888/99-CALDERA or 302/539-6731 or visit the Web site (www.liveatsunsetharbour.com).

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