- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 2, 2004

Active-adult communities often offer a variety of recreational amen-ities for residents so they can exercise and socialize with ease. Only a handful can also provide what some people consider the ultimate in relaxation: a beach.

Pulte Homes is building a 168-home development near Lewes, Del., and Rehoboth Beach known as Bay Crossing.

All households at Bay Crossing must have at least one member 55 or older. While the community has plenty of planned amenities within its borders, residents also will want to take advantage of nearby beaches, local cuisine, fine dining and tax-free shopping in Delaware.

Bay Crossing’s initial release of 16 single-family homesites will allow the first buyers to choose a golf course view, open space or a view of the community’s landscaped pond and fountain. The Midway, a par-three public golf course, is adjacent to Bay Crossing and provides attractive views for the homes along with a place for golfers to play.

Planned amenities include a clubhouse, a swimming pool, a boccie court, a badminton and volleyball court, a horseshoe pit, a multipurpose court, a tennis court, walking paths and a tot lot. A lifestyle director will be on-site to organize activities for residents.

The homeowners association will provide an irrigation and sprinkler system, maintenance and lawn care for the front and back of each home, trash removal, snow removal and common-area maintenance.

Pre-construction pricing includes three single-family-home models base-priced from $384,990 to $424,990 and two villa models base-priced from $349,990 to $384,990.

All the homes at Bay Crossing include vinyl wood-grain siding, a shrub package, a 30-year shingled roof, a sodded yard in the front, sides and rear, a concrete front walk, a concrete driveway and a two-car garage.

Interior standard features include 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, two or three bedrooms, two or 2 baths, crown and chair-rail moldings, oak railings, ceramic-tile flooring in the foyer, upgraded lighting, high-tech wiring and multimedia outlets, gas heat, and gas cooking. Each kitchen includes 42-inch oak cabinets, and the powder room and master bath have ceramic-tile flooring.

The Beacon model, base-priced from $424,990, comes with several facade options, each with a front porch with columns and railings. The front door opens into an open floor plan with a two-story central foyer, a formal living room and a formal dining room, each with decorative columns.

A two-story family room includes a staircase to the upper level and has a wall of windows plus space for an optional fireplace. Near the family room are a breakfast nook with a wall of windows and the kitchen, which includes a large pantry.

The first level also includes a master suite with an optional box ceiling; a walk-in closet; and a bath with a corner tub, separate shower with a seat and two separate vanities.

The main level also includes a powder room, a laundry room and an entrance to the garage with two adjacent closets.

Buyers can expand this level with a patio or a sunroom off the family room, plus a screened porch off the breakfast nook.

The second level of this home has an open loft overlooking the family room with plenty of space for computer equipment or a library. This level also has two bedrooms and a second full bath.

An attic can be finished over the two-car garage for additional storage space.

For more information or directions to Bay Crossing, call 302/644-8127 or visit the Web site at www.pulte.com.

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