- The Washington Times - Friday, June 5, 2009

Active-adult communities, restricted to households with residents age 55 and older, are typically different from traditional retirement communities. Now that the baby-boomer generation believes “50 is the new 40,” residents of active-adult communities often work part time or full time.

Even those who are retired stay active with volunteer work and plenty of recreational and social interests, which are easy to find in an active-adult community. Buyers in these communities often are looking to downsize their home-maintenance chores while increasing their leisure time.

Anne Arundel County has multiple new active-adult communities under development, often with an array of recreational amenities available to residents. Condominiums, town homes and single-family homes are being built, each with a first-floor master suite or a one-level floor plan, another important feature for active-adult buyers.

Centex Homes is building 162 condominiums at Carroll’s Creek in Gambrills, where residents can enjoy a swimming pool, a club with a fitness room and game rooms, walking and biking paths. The Village of Waugh Chapel shopping center, which includes restaurants, is directly across the street from the development.

The elevator buildings have brick-and-siding exteriors, balconies and attached garages. The homes have 42-inch kitchen cabinets, crown moldings, high ceilings and a luxury master bath.

The Davenport model features a laundry room off the foyer, a dining room adjacent to the kitchen, a separate living room with a door to the deck, three bedrooms and two full baths. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a luxury bath. Homes are priced from $219,990 to $299,990 with homeowner/condominium association fees of $250 per month. Call 866/686-7611 or visit www.centexhomes.com.

K. Hovnanian Homes is building condominiums in midrise buildings at Four Seasons at Saint Margarets, an active-adult community near Annapolis.

The gated community includes a two-story club and a swimming pool, and it offers a location near shopping and dining and the attractions of downtown Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. The two- or three-bedroom, two-bath homes are base-priced from $262,515 to $479,990 and have from 1,129 to 1,847 finished square feet. Each model is available with or without a loft. Some of the homes include a garage.

The largest home, the St. Michael loft, has 1,847 finished square feet, three bedrooms, two baths and a one-car garage. This home is base-priced at $479,990.

This model has a living room, which opens onto the balcony. The kitchen has an adjacent dining area with a bay window. The master bedroom has a luxury bath and a walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms and a second full bath are on the opposite side of the living room. Stairs lead from the living room to the loft overlooking the main level.

Monthly condominium fees are $235 per month for the homes with a garage and $230 per month for the nongarage residences. Call 410/349-1760 or visit www.khov.com/fourseasonsatsaintmargarets.

The Gatherings at Forest Glen by Beazer Homes Corp. is in the resort community of Piney Orchard in Odenton, where recreational amenities include swimming pools, an ice-skating rink, tennis courts, walking trails and clubs.

At Forest Glen, residents can enjoy these amenities along with their own club, a fitness center, tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool. Nearby are parks, golf courses and shopping centers.

The condominiums range in size from 1,439 to 1,963 finished square feet, with base prices from $239,990 to $349,990. Monthly condominium fees are about $340 per month, with Piney Orchard association dues ranging from $40 to $60 additional per month for a total of about $400 per month.

Each home includes two bedrooms, a study or sitting room and two full baths. Standard features include tray ceilings, moldings, miniblinds and vertical blinds, 9-foot ceilings and a private patio or deck.

The largest model is the Dogwood, with 1,963 square feet, which is base-priced from $349,990. This home has a foyer with doors opening into a closet, a full bath and a laundry room, along with a doorway into the living room.

Off the living room are a sunroom with a wall of windows, a dining room with decorative columns, and a study. Just past the dining room are a kitchen and a breakfast area with windows on two sides. The master suite includes a walk-in closet and a luxury bath. The second bedroom and second bath are on the opposite side of the living area. Call 410/695-2015 or visit www.beazer.com.

Grayson Homes LLC is building low-maintenance homes at Maple Ridge at Piney Orchard, where residents can enjoy the full recreational amenities of the development along with nearby shopping.

The single-family homes are base-priced from $399,990 to $449,990. Features include a two-car garage; hardwood floors in the foyer and powder room; moldings; high-tech wiring; ceramic tile baths; and 42-inch cabinets, recessed lighting and Corian counters in the kitchen. The homes are Energy Star-compliant.

The Cambridge model has a two-story foyer flanked by the formal dining room and the living room. The center-island kitchen has a breakfast area and a built-in desk. Nearby are a laundry room, a half bath and access to the two-car garage.

The first-floor master suite has a walk-in closet, a standard closet and a luxury bath. Upstairs are an activity room, a loft, two more bedrooms and a second full bath. Buyers can add a recreation room, den, media room and bath to the lower level.

Homeowner association fees of $325 per quarter include lawn care. An additional $700 per year fee is charged for the community association. Call 410/729-1102 or visit www.graysonhomes.com.

Grayson Homes is also building single-family homes at Creekside at Osprey Landing, a gated, water-privileged community in northern Anne Arundel County. Overlooking Marley Creek, the club has a fitness center and a deck. The development has a community pier, walking paths and a mile of waterfront preservation areas. Residents of Creekside will have access to boat slips in the marina.

The Tilghman model has a front porch and a foyer opening into the family room, which has two walls of windows and opens into the dining room and center-island kitchen.

This level also has a laundry room, a half bath and an entrance to the two-car garage. The first-floor master suite has a triple window, a walk-in closet and an oversized shower with a seat.

Upstairs are an activity room, three more bedrooms, a full bath and a storage room. The lower level can be finished with a recreation room, den and storage room.

The homes are base-priced from $299,990 to $449,990, with monthly homeowner association fees of $209. Creekside residents’ fees are $275 per month. Call 410/761-8585 or visit www.graysonhomes.com.

At Pearman’s Overlook in Pasadena, Grayson Homes is building villas with first-floor master suites. The landscaped community includes a club with a heated swimming pool, walking trails and a gated entrance. Residents can enjoy living in a maintenance-free development with lawn care and snow removal provided for the homes. The homes are Energy Star-certified for energy efficiency.

Features include 9-foot ceilings on the first floor; security system prewiring; gas heat; ceramic tile floors in the master bath; and oak cabinets and recessed lighting in the kitchen. The villas have two levels with two or three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a loft and a front porch. The homes are priced from $289,990 to $299,990, with a monthly homeowner association fee of $221. Call 443/770-0591 or visit www.graysonhomes.com.

At the Reserve at Heritage Harbour, IDI Group Cos., known for developing Leisure World in both Maryland and Virginia, is building condominiums in high-rise buildings with access to the amenities of the established active-adult community of Heritage Harbour. Residents can enjoy golf, swimming, tennis, a health spa and a club, along with the pleasure of living close to Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay.

The homes, which range in size from 1,165 to 1,950 square feet, have one bedroom with a den or a second bedroom and two baths up to two bedrooms with a den or third bedroom and three baths.

Base prices range from $300,000 to $550,000, with monthly condominium fees of $469 to $685. For more information, call 410/571-0550.

At Shipley’s Crossing in Millersville, Grayson Homes is building town homes priced from $349,990 to $449,990. This gated community has a 3,500-square-foot club with a fitness center and a heated outdoor swimming pool.

The community provides grass-cutting and snow-removal services as part of the $140 monthly homeowner-association fee.

The homes have three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a two-car garage. Each has a flagstone front walk and professional landscaping. Inside, the homes have hardwood floors in the foyer; 9-foot ceilings; ceramic tile floors, a soaking tub and separate shower in the master bath; and 42-inch oak cabinets, Corian counters and recessed lighting in the kitchen.

The homes are Energy Star-certified and include gas heat and hot water. Call 410/729-1102 or visit www.graysonhomes.com.

NVHomes is building 43 low-maintenance single-family homes at Stonecrest in Arnold, near Annapolis. These luxurious homes are priced from the upper $480,000s to the upper $530,000s, with homeowner association fees of $304 per quarter.

The Falconcrest model, the largest available home, has four bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths with a two-car garage. This home has a two-story foyer, a formal dining room with columns and a tray ceiling, and a formal living room with columns.

At the back of the main level is a two-story family room with a gas fireplace. Nearby are a center-island kitchen and breakfast area with a walk-in pantry.

The main-level master suite includes a walk-in closet, a luxury bath and a tray ceiling in the bedroom. This level also has a half bath and a laundry room.

Upstairs are three bedrooms and a second full bath. The lower level can be finished for additional living space. Call 410/349-4625 or visit www.nvhomes.com.

NVHomes is also building single-family homes at Sullivan’s Retreat in Severna Park, just off Route 97. Five floor plans are available in this community, each with a first-floor master suite and a minimum of 2,000 finished square feet.

Standard features include crown moldings, ceramic tile floors in the baths, 42-inch maple cabinets and granite countertops in the kitchen.

The Cavendish model has a formal dining room off the foyer with a bay window, columns and a tray ceiling. On the opposite side of the foyer is a bedroom or optional study with a walk-in closet and a full bath. Nearby is a laundry room and entrance to the two-car garage. This level also has a kitchen and breakfast area, a great room and a luxurious master suite with a tray ceiling, a walk-in closet, a standard closet and a luxury bath with a soaking tub and a separate shower.

Upstairs are a loft, a bedroom, a full bath and storage areas. The lower level has a recreation room and an optional home office and optional media room. The homes are base-priced from the upper $480,000s to the upper $560,000s. Homeowner association fees are $334 per quarter. Call 410/349-4625 or visit www.nvhomes.com.

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