- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 22, 2010

 

Medical experts often recommend walking for exercise and for the mental boost that comes with physical movement. As developers design active adult communities, restricted to residents age 55 and older, they often choose an area where walking trails can be included or where local destinations for running errands or socializing are within walking distance.

At the Legacy at Cherry Tree in North Laurel in Maryland’s Howard County, Ryan Homes chose a location within walking distance of a shopping area with a grocery store and other small shops and conveniences. Residents also can drive a short distance to reach the shops and restaurants within the Maple Lawn community, a residential development that was designed to encourage walking to amenities.

Residents at the Legacy at Cherry Tree can quickly reach Route 29 and Interstate 95 for trips to the District or Baltimore. The Laurel Metro station is approximately 10 minutes from the development for trips downtown or to other areas around the District.

Within the Legacy at Cherry Tree, residents can gather at the clubhouse, which has a fitness center, a kitchen and a living-room area where clubs can have meetings or social activities.

The 120 condominiums at the Legacy at Cherry Tree are set in midrise buildings with elevators. Each building has a partial brick front, 6-inch beaded vinyl siding, a concrete front walk and professional landscaping. The homes are priced from $189,990 with a monthly condominium fee of $245.

The homes have two bedrooms, two baths and an enclosed patio. Each has central air conditioning, gas heat, a programmable thermostat, and an electric washer and dryer. Interior features include ceramic tile flooring in the foyer, crown and chair-rail molding, 9-foot ceilings with a smooth finish, nickel lever handles on the doors, rocker light switches, oak vanities with cultured marble vanity tops in the baths, and 42-inch oak cabinets with granite counters in the kitchen. The kitchen includes a self-cleaning electric range, a built-in microwave, a dishwasher, a refrigerator and a garbage disposal.

Buyers can customize their homes with a direct-vent fireplace with a marble surround or a floor-to-ceiling stone surround, hardwood or ceramic tile flooring, upgraded carpet and padding, a soaking tub, upgraded bathroom cabinets, upgraded appliances, a gas range, ceramic tile backsplashes and under-cabinet lighting.

The Hampton Court model includes two closets in the foyer, which opens into the dining area. The dining area is open to the living room and adjacent to the kitchen. The kitchen has a pantry and a side-by-side washer and dryer. An entertainment center can be added next to the kitchen. At the end of the living room is a wall of windows facing the patio or balcony, accessible from the sunroom or alternate dining area. Buyers can choose to turn this sunroom into a study or a third bedroom if desired.

The master bedroom includes a walk-in closet and a second standard closet, plus a private full bath with a combination tub and shower. Buyers can opt for an oversized shower instead of the tub. On the opposite side of the living room is the second bedroom, which has a closet and private access to the second bath. The second bath also has a door near the foyer for guest access.

For more information or directions to Legacy at Cherry Tree, call the sales office at 301/490-4729 or visit Ryan Homes” href=”http://www.Ryanhomes.com” target=”_blank”>www.Ryanhomes.com.