- The Washington Times - Friday, September 5, 2008

As summer draws to a close, Washington-area residents may be regretting spending more time at the office than at the beach this season. One way some families ensure they will make time for vacation is by purchasing a resort home close enough to visit for extended weekends all year long.

Bethany Beach’s Blue Surf, a beachfront hotel in the Delaware town for more than 40 years, has been demolished, and a new, modern development known as the Residences and Retail at the Blue Surf will rise on this spot, with groundbreaking scheduled for Oct. 1.

Twelve luxury condominiums will be part of this development within walking distance of the Bethany Beach boardwalk and bandstand. More than half of the condominiums have been sold. Prices range from $995,000 to $2,200,000, with the building designed so that each home has an ocean view. The homes will have 1,618 to 1,808 square feet. Annual condominium fees are estimated at $5,708 to $6,379, about $476 to $532 per month.

While the prime attraction for the Blue Surf may be the ocean and sand, the community also will include an outdoor swimming pool and sun deck. The building will have two elevators, a parking garage with two assigned spaces and storage closets for condominium owners.

The building will be constructed of low-maintenance materials designed to withstand seaside weather, including Certainteed Cedar Impressions vinyl siding, white aluminum railings, a standing-seam metal roof, architectural asphalt shingles and Simonton “Stormbreaker” vinyl-clad windows and doors. The electric heat pumps include a seacoast salt tolerance package.

Each home will have a luxurious master bath with a whirlpool tub and a cultured marble tub and shower surround; prewiring for paddle fans, telephones and cable television; ceramic tile flooring in the foyer, hall, kitchen and bathrooms; a gas fireplace; and crown moldings. Each kitchen will have stainless steel appliances, granite counters, under-cabinet lighting and a choice of cabinetry.

Unit Six, a second-floor, oceanfront home priced at $1,600,000, will have 1,618 finished square feet. This home’s open floor plan features a great room and dining area open to the kitchen, which has a center island with a breakfast bar. The great room has a sliding glass door to the balcony, a corner fireplace and a wet bar in the opposite corner. The master bedroom has a sliding glass door to the balcony, two standard closets and a luxury bath with a corner whirlpool tub, a separate shower and a double-sink vanity. Each of the two additional bedrooms has a private full bath, one of which is also accessible from the hall. This home has a laundry room and coat closet.

Unit Ten, a third-floor, oceanfront corner home, is priced at $2,200,000 and will have 1,808 finished square feet. This home’s three balconies will take full advantage of the ocean air. The foyer leads into the main hall, which takes visitors and residents directly to the great room, which has sliding glass doors on two sides accessing two of the balconies. The great room includes a gas fireplace and is open to the dining area, which has another sliding glass door to a balcony. The kitchen is adjacent to the dining area and across the hall from closet space and the full-size stacked washer and dryer.

The first master bedroom has a sliding glass door to the largest balcony, a dressing area lined with two double-door closets and a luxury bath with a whirlpool tub, a separate shower and a double-sink vanity. The second master suite, at the opposite end of the home, has sliding glass doors to two balconies, a double-door closet and a private full bath. The third bedroom has a standard closet and private access to a full bath off the hall.

For more information or directions, call associate broker Lauren Alberti of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 800/933-8959 or visit www. bluesurfcondo.com.

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