- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 10, 2011

If winter storms have left you longing to live someplace where someone else takes care of shoveling your front walk, Central Parke at Victoria Falls may be one location to consider. Residents of this active adult community in Laurel, Md., can enjoy a Carefree Maintenance Program that takes care of lawns and any snow shoveling right up to residents’ front doors and garages.

A wide range of additional amenities is available at Central Parke at Victoria Falls, including a campus of the University of Maryland’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, where residents can walk to college-level classes.

Slenker Communities has been developing Central Parke at Victoria Falls for several years and has been attracting residents from around the country as well as those relocating within the region. The community, restricted to households with members age 55 and older, is within five minutes of a MARC train station, giving residents easy access to downtown Washington for work, cultural events or simply enjoying time with family and friends. Residents can drive to Annapolis, Baltimore or the District within 30 minutes.

Victoria Falls residents also can enjoy shopping at Laurel Mall, at the Laurel Farmers Market or nearby in Annapolis. Laurel Park, the Fairland Regional Park and Patuxent Greens Country Club are easily accessible.

Within Central Parke at Victoria Falls, residents can enjoy a 13,500-square-foot private resort club with a Victorian-style exterior. The resort club includes a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a whirlpool spa, a sauna, a great room, a library, an arts-and-crafts room, a card room, a catering kitchen and a terrace for barbecuing and entertaining. The community also has tennis courts, a waterfall at the entrance, four Victorian-style gardens, a 1-acre lake with fountains, and walking and biking trails.

Among several builders at Central Parke at Victoria Falls, Sturbridge Homes is building 250 condominiums. Priced from $187,500 to $237,000, these homes have 1,465 to 1,703 finished square feet. Homeowner association fees are $208 monthly, and condominium fees range from $215 to $263 per month.

The condominiums are located within low-maintenance stone-and-siding buildings with controlled access to the main entrance, elevators, professional landscaping and private garage parking for most of the homes.

The homes have open floor plans with 9-foot smooth-finish ceilings, a Colonial-style trim package, six-panel interior doors, recessed lighting over the showers and tubs, an atrium door to a private deck or patio, miniblinds, gas heat, and central air conditioning. The master baths in most models have a separate shower and soaking tub. Each kitchen has 42-inch flat-panel oak cabinets and a double-bowl stainless steel sink. Some models include a breakfast bar.

The Dartmouth model, which has 1,465 to 1,585 finished square feet, is base-priced from $187,500 to $221,300. This home has a foyer entrance leading into the open dining room, which has optional columns. The adjacent kitchen has a breakfast area and a breakfast bar, along with a pantry. A laundry room is located off the breakfast area. The living room has a sliding glass door to the deck. Buyers can add an electric fireplace to the living room.

On one side of the living room is the master suite, which has a walk-in closet, three windows, a linen closet and a luxury bath with a soaking tub, a separate shower and a double-sink vanity. On the opposite side of the living room are a second bedroom with a double-door closet and a full bath with a linen closet, a combination tub and shower and a double-sink vanity.

The Roosevelt model, with 1,703 finished square feet, is priced from $229,000. This home has a foyer with a closet and an adjacent kitchen with a breakfast nook and a breakfast bar. The laundry room is accessible from the kitchen.

In the center of this model are an open dining room and a living room with sliding glass doors to a deck with two storage closets. Buyers can add an electric fireplace to the living room.

The master suite has four windows in the bedroom, a walk-in closet, a double-door closet and a private bath with an oversized shower and a linen closet. On the opposite side of this model are a second bath and a second bedroom with four windows and a closet.

For more information, call sales manager Mike Barrick at 410/813-2494 or visit www.centralparke.com/vf or www.sturbridgehomes.com.