- - Thursday, June 14, 2012

As summer breezes draw visitors to beach communities in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia, many families find themselves longing for a permanent home near the water.

A vacation home allows owners to enjoy the beach in every season rather than just for a week or two each year. In addition, a vacation home can become the central meeting place for multiple generations, a gathering spot for holidays where the relaxed atmosphere away from work and school allows everyone to unwind together.

One of the nicest spots on the coastline, convenient to the District and Baltimore, is Bethany Beach in Delaware. Known as a family-friendly beach community, Bethany offers sandy beaches, boating, fishing and nearby golf courses.

The Delaware Seashore State Park, Fenwick Island State Park and Holt’s Landing offer protected natural areas, while the Tanger Outlets in nearby Rehoboth Beach offer bargain-hunting options for a rainy day.

At Watermark at North Bethany, Evergreene Homes is building 49 single-family homes on sites of approximately 7,500 square feet adjacent to Delaware State parkland. The community, a short walk or bike ride from downtown Bethany Beach, also is a short drive along the coast from Rehoboth and Dewey beaches.

The Grand Coastal Homes have been designed to echo the architectural style of Delaware beach towns.

While beaches, golf courses and boating may entice residents away from home, Evergreene Homes’ plans also include an infinity pool overlooking a lagoon with an adjoining sandy beach area. The community will have a pool house with a fitness center, a kayak and canoe launch, and concierge shuttle service to the beach and to local golf courses. Homeowner association dues are $299 per month.

The homes, base-priced from $569,990 to $679,990, have from 2,755 to 4,225 square feet. Each single-family home has four or five bedrooms, three or four full baths, and a half bath, so there’s plenty of space to accommodate family and friends.

Standard features include low-maintenance vinyl siding, 30-year architectural shingles, low-e windows, professional landscaping, a deck and a two-car garage. Inside, each home has hardwood flooring in the foyer, powder room and kitchen; recessed lighting; a multimedia package; ceramic tile flooring in the baths; and 42-inch cabinets, stainless steel appliances, pendant lighting and granite counters in the kitchen.

The Sandpiper model, with 2,802 finished square feet, is priced from $599,990. This home has an expansive outdoor living area of 21 by 28 feet with entrances to the great room, foyer and kitchen. The great room, wrapped in windows on three sides, is on one side of the foyer. On the opposite side of the foyer is the center-island kitchen and breakfast area, which has multiple windows on three walls and a sliding-glass door, plus a corner pantry.

The main level also has a powder room and a bedroom with a private balcony, a double-door closet and a private full bath.

Upstairs, the master suite has windows on three sides of the room, two walk-in closets, and a luxurious private bath with an oversized shower with a built-in seat, a linen closet and a double-sink vanity.

The second and third upper-level bedrooms have access to a shared full bath. The upper-level hallway and stairwell have several windows to provide additional natural light. A laundry room and utility closet complete this level.

The lower level of the Sandpiper has a two-car garage.

For more information or directions to Watermark at North Bethany, call new home sales manager Jennifer Roberson at 855/542-3224 or visit http://myevergreenehome.com/.