- The Washington Times - Friday, January 1, 2010

Many people make resolutions each new year to spend more time with family members and friends. One way to accomplish this goal is to buy a vacation home so everyone can “get away” from the demands of daily life.

Though many people assume owning a vacation home is a pleasure reserved for the wealthy, plenty of homes in resort locations have an affordable price tag.

At Windstone, a development of single-family homes in Milton, Del., home prices start as low as $219,000. The homes in this community are designed and built by Insight Homes, a company that focuses on building energy-efficient residences with healthy air quality using environmentally friendly and renewable resources. The homes meet the high standards of the American Lung Association Health House and the approval of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.

Windstone offers a location just east of historic Milton, within a short drive of Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach. The local towns and beaches offer plenty of activities, including boating, canoeing, fishing and strolling on the sand, along with nearby golf courses and museums. Antiques shops, outlet shops and restaurants are all easily accessible. Families can take day trips on the Lewes-Cape May ferry to Cape May, N.J.

For a limited time, Insight Homes is giving the next five purchasers a $20,000 discount on each home. Homeowner association fees at Windstone are $500 annually.

The homes at Windstone include a poured-concrete foundation with a decorative brick-textured finish, low-maintenance vinyl shutters and siding, a vinyl porch, a landscaping package and an attached two-car garage. Some of the homes include cedar-shake-style vinyl siding accents. Additional standard features include energy-efficient windows, Energy Star appliances, a tankless water heater, a front-loading washer and dryer, a 97-percent-efficient gas furnace, a central vacuum system, energy-efficient air conditioning and a programmable thermostat.

The homes include hardwood floors in the foyer and formal dining room. Each kitchen has Corian counters with a backsplash, a breakfast bar, a center island, and a choice of cherry, maple or oak cabinets.

The Elaine Contemporary IV model won an award for Best Green-Built Home in Delaware in 2009. This home, with 2,264 finished square feet, is priced from $224,000.

Inside is a generously sized foyer with a closet, a half bath and an adjacent formal dining room, each with hardwood floors. Double doors open from the foyer into a home office with two windows, a closet and a second door leading to the bedroom wing.

The living room, which has a vaulted ceiling and an optional fireplace, is open to the center-island kitchen and breakfast area. Buyers can add a family room with a tray ceiling and three walls of windows to this floor plan to extend the living space by 285 square feet.

Adjacent to the breakfast area are a door to the garage and a laundry room.

The first-floor master suite includes a bedroom with a vaulted ceiling, a walk-in closet and a luxury bath with a double-sink vanity, a soaking tub and a separate shower.

On the opposite side of the home are two more bedrooms, which share a full bath off the hall.

For more information or directions to Windstone, call community sales manager Josh Stone at 302/684-2555 or visit www.ItsJustaBetterHouse.com.

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