- - Thursday, July 5, 2012

While owning a little beach condo for the occasional weekend trip appeals to a lot of people, others would prefer to own a solid single-family home for year-round living with quick access to the beach.

If you’re more interested in owning a home with proximity to a beach and employment centers, shops, restaurants and cultural activities, you may want to consider the Meadows at Chestnut Ridge, a community in Magnolia, Del., under development by Timberlake Homes.

This Kent County community includes neotraditional and Colonial-style architecture, with single-family homes being built on sites of a quarter- to one-third acre. Located 10 minutes from Dover Air Force Base between the towns of Milford and Dover, this community offers year-round living within minutes of area beaches and resort communities.

The homes have three to five bedrooms with 3½ baths and 2,295 to 3,463 finished square feet. Base prices range from $224,900 to $299,900. Homeowner association dues are $300 annually.

Each home has maintenance-free vinyl siding, professional landscaping and a two-car garage. Inside, the homes include a finished recreation room and a full bath on the lower level, perfect for guests and entertaining.

The homes have two-panel Colonial-style interior doors, oak stair railings, hardwood flooring in the foyer, 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, crown and chair-rail molding and upgraded baseboard molding. Some rooms have high ceilings. Each kitchen has 42-inch oak cabinets, and some models include a center island. The baths have ceramic tile tub and shower surrounds. Energy-saving features include gas heat, central air conditioning, low-E windows and a gas water heater.

The Elm model, with 2,974 finished square feet, is priced from $249,000. This home has a front porch with columns leading into the foyer. The living room has columns and an optional bay window. On the opposite side of the foyer is the formal dining room, which has columns and two windows.

The main level also has a family room with a wall of windows and an optional fireplace. The family room is open to the kitchen and breakfast area, which has a breakfast bar. Just beyond the breakfast area is a sunroom with windows on three sides. A mudroom and laundry room are located conveniently between the garage and the kitchen.

Upstairs, the master bedroom suite has a separate sitting area and an oversized walk-in closet. Buyers can add a tray ceiling to the bedroom. The adjacent master bath includes a double-sink vanity, an oversized shower with a seat and a separate tub. Buyers can add an expanded corner soaking tub to this bath.

The second bedroom has a walk-in closet, while the third and fourth bedrooms have a double-door closet in each. These three bedrooms share a hall bath.

The lower level has a finished recreation room, a storage room, closets and a full bath. Buyers also can finish the den.

For more information or directions to the Meadows at Chestnut Ridge, call sales representative Jeff Lanuza at 302/335-5200 or visit www.TimberlakeHomes.com.