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Resort living: Peninsula villas near Delaware beaches
As summer winds down, many families think longingly of repeating their oceanside vacation for a week or two next year. Families with a vacation home by the shore know they can visit the beach in any season. And those who own a home at the Peninsula on the Indian River Bay in Millsboro, Del., have access to an array of resort amenities for year-round relaxation and entertainment.
Residents at the Peninsula live in a private gated community with 24-hour security and a choice of golf and country-club memberships. Golfers will appreciate the Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, while swimmers will enjoy the choice of an outdoor swimming pool, a wave pool and an Olympic-size indoor pool.
The 750-acre community includes tennis courts and a state-of-the-art fitness facility. The Lakeside Village community center also includes a spa for massages and other treatments as well as a restaurant.
The community has a bayside beach, a fishing pier, walking trails and a nature center with wood decks overlooking marshes and Lingo Creek, where residents can enjoy fishing, kayaking and bird-watching.
The Peninsula is eight miles from Rehoboth Beach and 11 miles from Lewes, Del. Residents will find a variety of shops and restaurants nearby along with outlet shops in Rehoboth.
NV Homes is building 199 town homes and villas clustered in groups of three or four homes at the Peninsula. The villas, priced from $299,990 to $369,990, have 1,852 to 2,432 finished square feet. Monthly fees for homeowners include $340 in homeowners association dues, $165 for social club fees and $87.50 in condominium fees.
The villas have stone-to-grade foundations on four sides, cement siding, 30-year architectural shingles, professional landscaping, double-hung windows, and a one- or two-car garage.
Inside, the villas have two or three bedrooms and two or three baths. Some also have a half bath with a pedestal sink. Standard features include 9- and 10-foot ceilings, two-panel Colonial-style doors with brushed-nickel hardware, French doors with transoms, cable pre-wiring, gas heat, and a high-efficiency water heater.
Each kitchen has 42-inch maple cabinets, a pantry and a self-cleaning microwave-wall-oven combination, an electric cooktop and a dishwasher. Each bath has a 36-inch maple vanity and a ceramic tile tub and shower surround. The master bath has a granite vanity top.
The Bornquist model, with 2,223 square feet and a two-car garage, is base-priced at $329,990 or $354,990 depending on whether it is part of a three- or four-home cluster. This home has a tray ceiling in the foyer, a coat closet and an art niche.
The main level has a great room with a column and two walls of windows. The great room is open to the breakfast area and a kitchen with a breakfast bar. Adjacent to the kitchen is a formal dining room with a tray ceiling.
Buyers can extend the great room, add a screened porch to the breakfast area or add bay windows to the dining room and breakfast area.
The main level has a master suite with a tray ceiling, a double-size walk-in closet and a luxury bath with two vanities, a soaking tub, a separate shower and a tray ceiling. Buyers can substitute an oversized shower with two seats for the soaking tub.
This level also has two more bedrooms, each with a double-door closet, and a full bath accessible from the hall. A laundry room is next to the garage.
Upstairs is an unfinished space that can be completed as a bonus room overlooking the foyer or as a fourth bedroom and a third full bath.
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