- The Washington Times - Friday, July 18, 2008

As the baby-boom generation heads into retirement, aging adults are leading the way to a new lifestyle, different from traditional retirement.

Rather than pulling back from work and friends and family, today’s over-55 generation is ready to pursue new interests. Developers are designing active adult communities, restricted to households with members age 55 and older, to accommodate the enthusiasm of this age group for physical fitness and social pursuits.

Active adult communities generally include a community center for organized social activities and gatherings, along with walking trails, a fitness center and sometimes a swimming pool, or at least easy access to these facilities. Besides wanting quick access to recreational amenities, buyers in active adult communities often want one-level living in a villa or condominium - or a first-floor master suite with additional guest bedrooms on another level.

Residents in these communities can build more free time into their schedules to take advantage of recreational activities by living a low-maintenance lifestyle with fewer household chores such as lawn maintenance and snow removal.

Several active adult communities are under development in Howard and Prince George’s counties, particularly in Ellicott City.

HOWARD COUNTY

m Pulte Homes Inc. has begun sales on 171 villa-style homes with first-floor master suites at the Cloisters at Village Crest in Ellicott City, a private wooded section of the planned community of Taylor Village. Each home has a garage, hardwood flooring in the foyer and powder room, gas heat, 9-foot ceilings on the main level, 2 1/2 baths, moldings, ceramic tile flooring in the full baths and 42-inch oak kitchen cabinets.

Recreational amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness center and tennis courts, plus the development is close to Ellicott City’s quaint shops and convenient business centers. The development has two clubhouses, one designated for active adult residents only. The Milton villa, with 2,249 square feet, includes three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a great room, library, dining room, hardwood flooring in the foyer and a two-car garage. The villas are base-priced from $449,990 to $495,990. Homeowner association fees are $375 annually, and condominium fees are $245 per month. Call 410/480-1960 or visit www.pulte.com.

m NV Homes is building the Bella Via model at the Courtyards at Waverly Woods East, a planned community with a golf course and putting green, swimming pool, clubhouse, tennis courts, bocce ball and croquet courts. A grocery store and other shops are in the community. Priced from the upper $490,000s, the Bella Via includes a first-floor master suite with a walk-in closet, a living room with columns, dining room, family room and a kitchen and breakfast area. The second floor has two more bedrooms, a full bath, a loft and a storage room, and the lower level includes a finished recreation room. The monthly homeowner association fee is $283. For a limited time, the builder is offering 50 percent off customization features with the use of a preferred lender. Call 410/750-7415 or visit www.nvhomes.com.

m Beazer Homes USA Inc. is building condominiums at the Gatherings at Jefferson Place, a development of four-story buildings with elevators. Located across from the Long Gate Shopping Center and a short walk from the renovated YMCA in Ellicott City, the development is also near shops, restaurants and entertainment in Columbia as well as Ellicott City. The Timbers at Troy Golf Club, Rockburn Branch Park and Patapsco Valley State Park are nearby. Sales for the two-bedroom, two-bath condominiums, which each have a one-car garage and from 1,439 to 1,963 square feet, are anticipated to begin later this summer. The condominiums are base-priced from the mid-$200,000s to the low $300,000s, with monthly condominium fees of $275. Call 410/540-9144 or visit www.Beazer.com.

m Beazer Homes is developing the Gatherings at Lyndwood, a gated community of condominiums in four-story elevator buildings with stone and brick facades, an intercom and an automatic locking door in the lobby and garages. Residents at Lyndwood have views of the fairways of the Timbers at Troy public golf course adjacent to the community.

Recreational amenities will include a swimming pool, tennis courts, bocce ball and a clubhouse. There will be eight buildings with 216 homes. The eighth and final building is almost 50 percent sold, with prices on the remaining homes from $290,490 to $434,990. Each home includes two bedrooms, crown and chair-rail moldings, 9-foot ceilings, tray ceilings in the living room and master suite and two full baths. Condominium fees are $297 per month. Call 410/540-9144 or visit www.Beazer.com.

m At Legacy at the Courtyards of Waverly East in Woodstock, Ryan Homes is building condominiums in a planned community with a golf course, putting green, swimming pool, clubhouse, tennis courts, bocce ball and croquet courts. A grocery store and other shops are right in the community.

The condominiums have two bedrooms, two baths, 9-foot ceilings, hardwood flooring in the foyer, and the options of adding a sunroom and a fireplace. The condominiums are priced from the upper $240,000s, with a condominium fee of $328 per month. Call 410/480-1847 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

m At Legacy at Ellicott Meadows, Ryan Homes is building villas in a community with an array of recreational amenities. The clubhouse includes a party area, patio, kitchen, exercise facility and a computer lab. Additional amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, tennis and bocce ball courts and walking trails.

Brick-front villas are priced from the upper $350,000s and include a formal dining room, a great room off the kitchen and a deck. Homeowner association fees are $285 per month. For a limited time, the builder is offering half off all options, which include fireplaces, finished lower levels, granite counters and upgraded appliances. Call 410/480-1847 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

m At Legacy at Ellicott Mills, Ryan Homes is building low-maintenance villa homes in a neighborhood with a community center and easy access to shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. The villas have three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, brick fronts, hardwood flooring in the foyer and powder room, 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, ceramic tile flooring in the full baths and a kitchen with a smooth-top range. The homeowner association provides lawn care, exterior maintenance and snow removal.

The homes, which have up to 3,550 finished square feet, include a two-car garage and are base-priced from the upper $340,000s. The homeowner association fees are $219 per month. For a limited time, buyers who finance their homes with the preferred lender can receive six months of their current mortgage payment up to $15,000 or half off all options. Call 410/461-6834 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

m Ryan Homes’ Legacy at Village Crest offers two condominium models, with prices from the upper $210,000s. Condominium fees are $316 per month. Village Crest offers residents three swimming pools, a clubhouse and a senior center. A community trolley service will take residents to and from historic downtown Ellicott City.

The condominiums include hardwood foyers, ceramic floors in the baths, crown and chair-rail moldings, a washer and dryer and 42-inch kitchen cabinets. The Hampton Court Classic model has an open kitchen, open living and dining areas, a sunroom with access to the patio or balcony, two bedrooms, two full baths and a storage closet. Call 410/480-3910 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

m Stavrou Associates Inc., a Lanham-based developer, has designed Cameron Grove in Upper Marlboro, which will feature about 860 homes on 162 acres, with tree-lined boulevards and cascading fountains. Amenities include walking and biking trails; ponds, gardens and pavilions; tennis courts; a 14-acre park with a softball field, a golf chipping range and a pet park. The town center has a garden with a fountain and a resort spa and health club. Other facilities include a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a performing-arts center, movie theater, sports bar, billiards room, craft studios, libraries and a business center.

Base-priced from $210,000 to $313,000, the condominiums have one or two bedrooms, a den-solarium off the living room, a dining area and one or two baths. Condominium fees for a two-bedroom home are $106 per month, with an additional $69 for the homeowners fees.

The two-bedroom cottages, with 1,478 to 1,571 square feet, feature a one- or two-car garage, two full baths, formal living and dining rooms, a large eat-in kitchen, and a covered front porch. The cottages are priced from $419,000 and up. Monthly homeowner association fees are $157. Single-family homes with 1,490 to 2,214 finished square feet on one level are priced from $549,000 and up, with monthly homeowner association fees of $187. These two-bedroom, two-bath homes have a two-car garage. Call 301/249-5900 or visit www.stavroucommunities.com.

m Slenker Communities’ Central Parke at Victoria Falls in Laurel will include 609 homes when the community is complete. Housing options will include 250 luxury condominiums with elevators and garages, priced from the mid-$200,000s by Sturbridge Homes, and single-family homes placed on cul-de-sacs built by Michael Harris Homes, priced from the mid-$300,000s.

Craftstar Homes Inc. and Drees Homes Co. are building villas, with the Craftstar models priced from the mid-$300,000s and including a one- or two-car garage, while the Drees models include a two-car garage and are base-priced from the upper $300,000s. The Resort Club has an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness center, billiards room, business center and a terrace. The community has a full-time lifestyle director and nature trails.

The community association’s on-lot maintenance program includes lawns, shrubs and tree-trimming, mulching, gutter cleaning and snow shoveling. Monthly homeowner association fees range from $188 to $279 per month. Call 410/813-2494 for Sturbridge Homes; 301/617-4164 for Craftstar Homes; 410/813-2546 for Drees Homes; and 301/210-4157 for Michael Harris Homes - or visit www.centralparke.com/vf.

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