- The Washington Times - Friday, July 3, 2009

Visitors to Ocean City who only experience the beach on a holiday weekend may not appreciate the depth of relaxation that beach towns can provide at less popular times. Families who own vacation homes often use their homes before and after the traditional beach season, when the weather cooperates but the crowds have dissipated.

Rivendell Condominiums are located between 80th and 81st streets in Ocean City. With all of the beaches, restaurants, shops and entertainment amenities surrounding this development, homeowners have plenty of year-round recreation options.

Every home at Rivendell has a water view, with some featuring views of both the Atlantic Ocean and Assawoman Bay. The building itself has resort-style amenities, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a restaurant in the building and a state-of-the-art fitness center. A courtyard overlooks the ocean, which is two blocks from this gated community that has 88 condominium homes.

Three- and four-bedroom homes are priced from $449,000 to $1,200,000, with condominium fees ranging from $349 to $400 per month. Condominium fees include the use of the swimming pool and fitness center, security, maintenance, flood insurance, trash removal and professional management.

The open floor plans include coffered ceilings, 9-foot ceilings, private balconies, crown moldings and 8-foot-high sliding glass doors and windows. The homes have natural stone and ceramic tile floors in the living areas, remote controlled fireplaces, ceiling fans, a laundry room with a full-size washer and dryer, programmable thermostats and individually controlled heating and cooling systems. Each marble master bath has a jetted tub, double vanities and a glass-enclosed shower. The kitchens include granite counters and stainless steel appliances.

The three-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath homes have about 2,041 finished square feet, with an additional 328 square feet of outdoor living space on the balconies. This home has a long entrance foyer leading past the bedrooms and laundry room to the open living areas. The L-shaped open living room and dining room are wrapped by a long balcony and include a corner fireplace and a wet bar. The open kitchen includes a breakfast bar.

The master bedroom also has access to the balcony, along with a walk-in closet, a second closet and a luxury bath. The second and third bedrooms share access to a second balcony, and each has a private full bath. This home also has a half bath and a laundry room.

The four-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath homes have 2,989 finished square feet, along with an additional 1,747 square feet of outdoor living space on the balcony. This home has a large open living room and dining room with a fireplace and access to the wide balcony. The kitchen includes a breakfast bar.

The master bedroom has sliding glass doors, a walk-in closet and a luxury bath. The second bedroom has access to a balcony, a walk-in closet and a luxury bath. The third bedroom also has balcony access, a fireplace and a private full bath. The fourth bedroom has a private full bath. This home also has a half bath and a laundry room.

For more information, call Ronda LeBlanc at 888/574-8363 or visit www.rivendellcondos.com.

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