- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 17, 2011

During dreary February, many Washington-area residents spend hours perusing travel brochures and websites, dazzled by visions of sunny skies, sandy beaches and colorful flowers. Older residents, tired of slushy commutes and long days at the office, may be expanding their vision to encompass a new lifestyle filled with pleasurable activities and the chance to stroll on the beach in any season.

For those who embrace the idea of living near the beach in their retirement years yet close to suburban and city amenities and to friends and family, Providence of Brookfield Homes is developing Heritage Shores in Bridgeville, Del. Thirty minutes from the Delaware beaches, Heritage Shores is an age-restricted active-adult community with an abundance of recreational amenities for residents age 55 and older.

A focal point for Heritage Shores residents is the 18-hole Arthur Hills championship golf course, which includes practice facilities, three putting greens and a driving range. The fitness and aquatic center includes a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools with a whirlpool tub, a dance and aerobics studio, a golf pro shop, a snack bar with outdoor seating, and four tennis courts. Walking trails wind throughout the community.

Heritage Shores also has a 28,000-square-foot clubhouse with a bar and a fine-dining restaurant, a ballroom with a dance floor and a stage, terraces overlooking the golf course, a library and computer room, a billiards and card room, a wood workshop and an arts and crafts room. A full-time activities director organizes group outings, classes and events.

Both Providence of Brookfield Homes and Ryan Homes are building homes at Heritage Shores. Providence offers three collections of single-family homes there, priced from $234,990 to $387,990. The homes have 1,297 to 2,807 finished square feet, with two to four bedrooms and two or three baths. Homeowner association fees are $230 per month.

The Providence homes have maintenance-free siding, a rear patio, front and rear lawns with irrigation systems, and a one- or two-car garage. Inside, all the homes have a foyer, 9-foot ceilings on the main level, high-tech wiring and energy-efficient features, including gas heat. Each kitchen includes 42-inch maple or oak cabinets with crown molding, recessed lighting and a choice of appliance finishes. The first-floor master suite includes a private bath with a soaking tub and separate shower, along with recessed lighting.

Buyers at Providence can upgrade their home with a “sky basement,” a finished storage space in the attic; porches, patios and verandas; ceramic tile flooring; a gas fireplace; granite or Corian kitchen counters; and universal design elements.

The Redmund model, a two-bedroom, two-bath home with 1,945 square feet, is priced from $299,990. This model has a front porch leading into the foyer. The formal living room has a triple window at the front of the house and two additional windows on the side. The adjacent dining room has a coffered ceiling and a double window.

At the back of this home are an open breakfast area, center-island kitchen and family room with a fireplace and multiple windows. A glass door leads to the patio, which can be converted to a screened porch or a sunroom. The kitchen includes a pantry, and the breakfast area has a double-door storage room.

The master suite has a triple window, two walk-in closets and a luxury bath with a shower with a seat, a double-sink vanity and a soaking tub. Buyers can add a coffered ceiling to this room.

The main level also has a second bedroom with a double-door closet and an adjacent full bath. The nearby laundry room has a door to the garage as well as the hall.

For more information on the homes or amenities of Heritage Shores, call the sales office at 302/337-1040 or visit www.ProvidenceatHeritageShores.com.