- - Thursday, January 26, 2012

The twin elements that often make active-adult communities appealing to retirees and pre-retirees age 55 or older are the abundance of recreational amenities and the low-maintenance lifestyle. Instead of spending weekends mowing the lawn, cleaning gutters or painting windowsills, residents can enjoy spending time with old and new friends, pursuing hobbies or just taking a long, healthful walk.

At the Legacy at Manning Village, Ryan Homes is developing an active-adult community with plenty of amenities, low-maintenance housing and affordable prices. The community, located in Accokeek in Prince George’s County, eventually will have 315 condominiums, single-family homes and town homes. The development is across the street from the Manokeek Village Center for shops and services. Residents also can easily reach the restaurants and shops at National Harbor and in Waldorf, Md., in Charles County.

Those who are still commuting to work or want to get into downtown Washington for cultural or sporting events can use the Accokeek Village Center park-and-ride for bus service.

Many residents may decide they don’t have time to leave Manning Village because there are so many activities to enjoy. The community includes 39 rain gardens to enjoy in season, a mile of hiking and biking trails, three gazebos and a miniature park with croquet and sitting areas.

The focal point for the community is the clubhouse, which has a kitchen for catering parties, a meeting and gathering room for community groups and private events, a picnic area, a boccie court, a horseshoe pit, sitting areas, and two observation decks in addition to the outdoor swimming pool.

The town homes at Manning Village, priced from $219,990 to $239,990, have approximately 1,980 finished square feet. Owners of town homes pay a homeowners association fee of $190 per month and a condominium fee of $110 per month. All exterior maintenance is included in this community.

Buyers who use NVR Mortgage to finance their purchase will receive $10,000 toward closing costs and a choice of a finished lower-level recreation room or a rear sunroom.

The Griffin town-home model includes a brick front, low-maintenance vinyl siding and other minimal-maintenance exterior materials, professional landscaping and a two-car garage.

Inside, this home has three levels, with 9-foot ceilings on the main level, hardwood flooring in the foyer and powder room, solid oak stairs, smooth-finish ceilings, a decorative column in the dining room and Energy Star certification with gas heat. Each kitchen features upgraded appliances, including a built-in microwave and a self-cleaning oven, along with upgraded 42-inch maple cabinets and a center island.

This home has a two-story foyer with stairs to the upper and lower levels. The center-island kitchen has an adjacent breakfast area, a pantry and a double-door closet for laundry equipment. Buyers can add granite or Corian counters and recessed lighting to the kitchen.

The main level has a formal dining room and a two-story great room. Buyers can add a direct-vent gas fireplace to the great room, a rear sunroom and extra windows, including bay windows, in some locations.

The first-floor master suite includes a bedroom, a walk-in closet and a private full bath. Buyers can add a seated shower, a soaking tub or a whirlpool tub to the owner’s bath, along with ceramic tile flooring.

Upstairs, a loft overlooks the great room. This level has two bedrooms and a second full bath, plus an optional finished storage closet. An upper-level laundry room is optional.

Buyers also can choose to finish the lower level with a recreation room, a study, recessed lighting and a powder room or full bath.

For more information or directions to Legacy at Manning Village, contact sales and marketing representative Pat Quenzer at 301/651-3823 or visit Ryan Homes” href=”http://www.ryanhomes.com” target=”_blank”>www.ryanhomes.com.

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