- The Washington Times - Friday, May 30, 2008

Feeling sand between your toes? Now that Memorial Day has come and gone and the summer season has started, Washington-area residents are beginning their rituals of packing up the car and the family to head to the Maryland and Delaware beaches for a long weekend, a week or two, or maybe even a month.

Some area residents are able to experience the joys of beach life a little more often if they have purchased a home near the water where they can visit frequently, no matter what the season. Many of these vacation-home owners choose to work from home part of the time or opt to make their vacation home a permanent residence when they are ready to retire.

The beach offers a wide range of homes, including town homes, cottages and villas, single-family homes and condominiums.

While some consumers may assume that vacation-home owners are naturally wealthy, the homes available today at the beach range from the upper $200,000s to more than $1,000,000.

At Bay Forest at Bethany Beach, Del., on the edge of the Indian River Bay, town homes, cottages, villas and single-family homes are being built in a Natelli Communities Inc. development.

Mature woods and the Collins Creek tributary add to the beauty of this planned community. Community amenities include a clubhouse, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a private pier and a shuttle to the beach. Villa-style town homes and single-family homes are available from NVHomes and Ryan Homes, priced from the upper $200,000s to the upper $300,000s.

Call 302/539-2128 for NV Homes, 302/539-6630 for Ryan Homes or visit www.nvhomes.com or www.ryanhomes.com.

NVHomes is building 36 single-family homes at Bethany Preserve in Ocean View, Del., a community adjacent to a state nature preserve. Residents can hike or bike from their homes through the nature preserve to downtown Bethany and the boardwalk and beach. The community includes a clubhouse and swimming pool.

The homes have 2,200 square feet and many include a first-floor master suite. They are priced from the upper $300,000s to the low $500,000s.

Call 302/539-2128 or visit www.nvhomes.com.

Centex Homes is building 56 single-family homes overlooking the Indian River Bay at Ellis Point in Dagsboro, Del., with open floor plans and plenty of bedrooms for guests.

Two homes are still available.

The community includes a swimming pool, clubhouse and fitness center, and is located adjacent to Holts Landing State Park. The three models at Ellis Point include two-story porches off the lower and main levels, with the option of adding a third level for a triple stacked porch. The homes include outdoor decks, porches and patios in the front and back of the property, many with views of the bay.

Priced from the low $600,000s to the mid-$700,000s, the homes have a two-car garage, 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, hardwood flooring in the foyer, oak stairs, a gas fireplace and a master bath.

Call 866/310-1772 or visit www.centexontheshore.com.

NVHomes is building single-family homes at the Grande at Canal Pointe in Rehoboth Beach, Del., where residents can ride their bikes to the beach and boardwalk.

The community includes a clubhouse, a fitness center, a swimming pool and tennis courts.

The homes are base priced from the mid-$400,000s to the upper $500,000s. Call 302/226-2475 or visit www.nvhomes.com.

D.R. Horton Inc. is building condominiums priced from the upper $200,000s to the low $300,000s and town homes priced from the mid-$400,000s to the low $500,000s in this community.

Call 302/226-8100 or visit www.drhorton.com.

K. Hovnanian Homes is building 50 luxury single-family homes at Herring Creek at Rehoboth Bay, where the homes will have bay views.

The development also includes a 6,000-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center, a swimming pool and tennis courts. The homes range from 2,474 to 4,282 finished square feet, with four bedrooms, two or three full baths, a powder room and a two-car garage.

Base prices range from the upper $300,000s to the low $400,000s.

At the Village at Herring Creek, a small enclave of 18 ranch-style homes will be built on half-acre sites, priced from the upper $200,000s to the mid-$300,000s.

Call 302/945-3080 or visit www.khov.com.

K. Hovnanian is building single-family homes at Nassau Grove in Lewes, Del., a gated community with walking trails, a sports court, a swimming pool, a clubhouse and a fitness center.

These homes are priced from the upper $200,000s to the upper $300,000s.

Call 888/670-4740.

Beazer Homes Corp. is building 40 luxurious four-story town homes at North Beach in Bethany Beach, with 20 of the homes backing directly on water.

Minutes from the beach, these homes have 3,400 finished square feet with decks on every level.

The homes, which have four or five bedrooms, are priced from the low $600,000s.

Call 302/541-4203 or visit www.beazer.com.

The Peninsula on Indian River Bay, a beach- and golf-oriented community near Rehoboth Beach, encompasses almost 800 acres of coastal terrain.

Community amenities includes a private 18-hole golf course, a nature center, outdoor fire pits, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a wave lagoon, a beach and a tennis complex.

The Lakeside Village Center includes an athletic club, a racquet club and retail, dining and entertainment facilities.

Developed by Peninsula at Longneck LLC, the Peninsula includes a variety of homes with architectural styles meant to evoke historic seaport towns. Custom homes are available along with condominiums, town homes and villas, many with golf course and water views.

Custom homes range from about $1,000,000 and up. Villas are priced from the upper $500,000s into the low $800,000s, with condominiums and town homes priced from the mid-$300,000s to the upper $800,000s.

Call 866/736-3352 or visit www.peninsuladelaware.com.

At Sandy Cove in Ocean View, Del., Ryan Homes is building garage town homes with water views.

The development, minutes from Bethany Beach, includes a marina, a crabbing pier, a swimming pool, a clubhouse and walking paths.

These spacious town homes include 2,769 finished square feet with four bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, a morning room, a master suite sitting room and both front and rear decks for enjoying the view.

The homes are base priced from the upper $300,000s.

Call 302/537-5809 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

Two builders are building single family homes at Sawgrass at White Oak Creek, a gated resort community in Rehoboth Beach, Del. This enclave of homes offers Rehoboth Bay views and is three miles from the beach.

Community amenities include two clubhouses, two swimming pools, tennis courts, walking trails and nearby golf courses.

The homes feature beach-style architecture, with base prices from the upper $300,000s to the low $500,000s.

Call 302/227-9375 for Equity Homes Inc. and 302/227-0230 for Chase Communities or visit www.equityhomes.com or www.chasecommunities.net.

Toll Bros. Inc. is building single-family homes, including some with first-floor master suites at White Creek at Bethany, a waterfront community near Bethany Beach.

Buyers can choose a lakefront or wooded homesite, and the development includes a dock, a beach shuttle, walking trails, tennis courts, a swimming pool and a sports court.

The community clubhouse includes two balconies with water views, a fitness center, a study, a general purpose room and a kitchen.

The homes have four bedrooms, three full baths and a powder room and range in price from the low $500,000s to the low $600,000s.

Call 302/539-1130 or visit www.tollbrothers.com.

Bayside at Ocean City, a development of 310 single-family homes and villas by Toll Bros., overlooks Maryland’s Sinepuxent Bay and Assateague Island, offering its residents views of the water.

A community shuttle brings residents to and from the beach. Bayside includes tennis courts, walking trails, a swimming pool, a kayak launching dock, a crabbing pier, a clubhouse, a fitness center, a community meeting room, library, office and kitchen.

The Cape May Collection of waterfront homes, some of which have a private dock, are priced from the low $400,000s and have four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, and a two-car detached garage.

Call 410/553-0444 or visit www.tollbrothers.com.

Centex Homes is building GlenRiddle, a development with two championship golf courses, a 96-slip marina and walking and biking trails.

The Man O’War and War Admiral golf courses share the Riddle Farm Golf Clubhouse, built in the historic training stable of the racehorses.

The GlenRiddle clubhouse includes a fitness center, a swimming pool, a library, a great room, a sports lounge, a business center, billiard, card and arts-and-crafts rooms, a catering kitchen and an on-site lifestyle director for community activities.

Centex is building single-family homes, town homes and condominiums at GlenRiddle, all designed with low-maintenance exteriors with distinctive architectural features including cupolas, stair towers, porches, gabled rooflines, columned front porches and garage doors styled as rustic barn doors.

Single-family homes are priced from the upper $400,000s to more than $1,000,000, condominiums from the low to upper $300,000s and town homes priced from the upper $300,000s to the low $400,000s.

Call 866/493-7898 or visit www.glenriddle.com.

GTM Architects Inc. and ADC Builders have designed the 41 condominium homes at Laguna Vista , 14th Street and St. Louis Avenue on the Assawoman Bay in Ocean City, Md., with as many as three bedrooms and 3 1/2baths.

A private marina is adjacent to the development, and each residence has a water view.

Community amenities include a fitness center and an indoor swimming pool with water views and balconies and a boardwalk with a pier and direct access to the bay and a picnic area.

The homes are base-priced from the mid-$400,000s to the upper $600,000s, and each home has a front porch, a balcony and a gas fireplace.

The master suites at Laguna Vista each have a water view and a bath with marble flooring, a separate shower and a whirlpool tub.

Call 877/552-2500 or visit www.lagunavistaoc.com.

Centex is building three-level town homes with two-car garages at Seaside Village in West Ocean City, each with 2,308 to 2,775 finished square feet.

The community, located on the Isle of Wight Bay, has 100 boat slips, a swimming pool and a clubhouse.

Just a few of the homes are still available, priced from the upper $300,000s to the upper $400,000s.

Call 877/682-3700 or visit www.centexhomes.com.

Sunset Island, a private, 37-acre island accessible by boat and bridge and located in the Assawoman Bay at 67th Street in Ocean City, has been developed as a new version of an old-fashioned beach town by the design firm of Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, working with ADC Builders and Natelli Communities.

Sunset Island includes a gated entrance, a fountain, a canal, a clubhouse with swimming, tennis and exercise classes on the private bayside beach, a marina, a crabbing pier, a market, walking trails, and private beaches all along the shore.

While most of the community has been sold, condominiums are available from Ryan Homes, priced from the low $300,000s.

Call 410/524-8400 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.cq web

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