- The Washington Times - Friday, May 1, 2009

The thought of owning a beach home is tempting for people who fantasize about taking vacations on a whim. Some people hesitate to take on the responsibility of a vacation home, worried they’d spend more time painting trim and mowing grass instead of relaxing on the beach.

K. Hovnanian Homes has resolved all maintenance concerns for residents in their new single-family community. At the gated resort community of Nassau Grove in Lewes, Del., residents leave all exterior maintenance and care of all the grounds to the condominium association.

Residents can spend their time at Lewes and Rehoboth beaches, visiting Cape Henlopen State Park or the Delaware Seashore State Park, golfing at Baywood Greens or the Rookery, boating from the nearby Indian River marina or shopping at nearby outlet stores.

They can also simply stay home at Nassau Grove and enjoy a complete resort lifestyle. The grounds include walking trails that meander past ponds and waterfalls, community gardens, a tiki hut and picnic areas.

More active pursuits including swimming in the outdoor swimming pool or playing tennis, bocce ball, horseshoes or beach volleyball - all available within the community.

In addition, residents can enjoy a community club complete with a theater, cybercafe, card-playing room, game rooms, a fitness center and a catering kitchen for easy entertaining.

Homes are available with wooded and water views, and each has a first-floor master suite, which allows the vacation homes to shift easily into retirement homes if desired.

Each has a full unfinished basement and two, three or four bedrooms with two or three baths. The homes range in size from 1,364 to 2,700 finished square feet, with base prices from $304,990 to $404,990. The annual condominium fee is $2,400.

The homes all have low-maintenance vinyl siding, carriage-style doors on a two-car garage, professional landscaping and a fully irrigated and sodded lawn. Inside, each home has hardwood floors in the foyer, crown and chair-rail moldings and 9-foot ceilings on the main level.

The kitchen has 42-inch oak cabinets and the master bath has a ceramic tile shower with a built-in sink. The homes have been built with a high performance home package including energy-efficient systems and insulation and Energy Star-rated appliances and windows.

Buyers can add a finished lower level, bonus rooms, stone exteriors, metal roofs, libraries, fireplaces, lofts and dormer windows to the homes.

The Jasmine model, with 1,866 square feet, is priced from $382,990. This home has a front porch with columns leading into the foyer. This home has a formal dining room with an optional tray ceiling.

Across the back of the home are an open family room and breakfast room with multiple windows on two sides. Buyers can add French doors and a fireplace to this room, extend the room or add a morning room.

The main level also has a kitchen with a breakfast bar in the family room.

The first-floor master suite includes a walk-in closet and a luxury bath with two sinks. Buyers can expand this bath with a soaking tub and separate shower. They can also extend the bedroom and add a cathedral or tray ceiling.

The first floor also has a laundry room adjacent to the garage. Two more bedrooms are on the opposite side of the house and share a hall bath. A library can be added in place of one of these bedrooms.

Buyers can add a finished loft level with a bonus room or a bedroom with a walk-in closet and a full bath.

They can also finish the lower level with a den, an exercise room, a recreation room, a wet bar and a full bath.

For more information or directions, contact sales consultants Amy Martin and Jason Farissier at 301/644-2715 or visit www.khov.com/nassaugrove.

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