- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Active adult communities seem to be springing up all over Delaware and Maryland in response to demographic changes and consumer demand for age-restricted developments.

Although retirement communities were once less focused on recreation and found most commonly in the Sun Belt states, today’s active adult communities are popular with younger retirees, and even those 55 and older who are still working.

The appeal of these communities seems to be a high level of recreational amenities combined with a low level of required home maintenance, along with the proximity to friends, families and work connections.

Some Delaware and Maryland active adult communities are near the beach, while others offer a location close to golf courses. Buyers can find condominiums, villas and single-family homes in a variety of developments both large and small, but always with the convenience of a first-floor master suite for one-level living.

Pulte Homes is building a 168-home development between Lewes and Rehoboth in Delaware, known as Bay Crossing. Although the community has plenty of planned amenities within its borders, residents will also want to take advantage of nearby beaches, restaurants and tax-free shopping. The Midway 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 for Bay Crossing include a clubhouse, expected to be ready this summer; a swimming pool; a boccie court; a badminton/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 at Bay Crossing will provide lawn care and snow removal, in addition to common-area maintenance.

Pricing for Bay Crossing includes three single-family-home models base-priced from $391,990 to $431,990 and two villa models base-priced from $371,000 to $391,000.

All the homes at Bay Crossing include a two-car garage, and interior standard features include 9-foot ceilings, two or three bedrooms, two or 21/2 baths, crown and chair-rail moldings, oak railings, ceramic-tile flooring in the foyer, upgraded lighting and wiring packages, ceramic-tile flooring in the master bath, and gas heat.

The homes can be modified with patios, sunrooms, screened porches and finished attic space.

Call 302/644-8127 or visit www.pulte.com.

The 14-acre site for Bay Woods of Annapolis, near the mouth of the Severn River, overlooks a wide expanse of the Chesapeake Bay and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

The community will consist of 147 residences in two six-story structures connected to a three-level clubhouse and a two-story health care center.

The Arbor at Bay Woods, the health care center, will offer residents a variety of flexible health care plans.

Bay Woods offers homeownership through a cooperative. Residents will own the land, the residential buildings, the clubhouse, the health care center, a covered parking garage, and a fishing and crabbing pier.

They will have the financial advantage of homeownership without the inconvenience of maintenance and upkeep.

Prices for the six remaining residences range from $514,000 to $529,000.

Monthly fees, which range from $1,889 to $2,696, include home maintenance, utilities, parking, a private storage area, real estate taxes and insurance on the buildings. In addition, the fees cover weekly housekeeping and linen service; scheduled transportation to local shopping and special events; an emergency call system with 24-hour monitoring; a daily security check-in system; concierge services; dietary consultation; one meal per day; basic cable service; and fitness, nutrition and wellness programs.

For an additional fee, residents can have water-taxi service, limousine service, private catering, extra meals, dry-cleaning pickup and delivery, and guest meals.

The clubhouse features a lobby with a fireplace, a dining room, a lounge, a private dining room for personal entertaining, a convenience shop and guest suites. Other rooms include a billiard and card room, a beauty shop and barbershop, a bank and auditorium, a computer-equipped library, a woodworking shop, and an arts-and-crafts studio.

The clubhouse also has a heated indoor pool, a spa, a fitness center and locker rooms. On the grounds, residents can enjoy walking trails, a boardwalk along the waterfront with a viewing deck, a fishing and crabbing pier, a croquet court, and a putting green.

The residences at Bay Woods have one or two bedrooms, and some include a den.

Five floor plans will be available, each including a recessed private entrance, a screened terrace, 9-foot ceilings, walk-in closets, tiled kitchen and bathrooms, and a washer and dryer.

Call 800/507-9985 or visit www.baywoodsofannapolis.com.

Stavrou Associates, a Lanham-based developer, has designed Cameron Grove, four miles east of the Capital Beltway on Central Avenue in Upper Marlboro.

Cameron Grove will feature about 860 units, including condominiums, cottages and single-family homes, set in 162 acres of tree-lined boulevards, cascading fountains and upscale amenities.

Residents can enjoy more than three miles of walking and biking trails; ponds, gardens and pavilions; tennis courts; and a 14-acre activity park, which includes a softball field, a three-hole golf chipping range, a picnic pavilion and a pet park.

The focal point for the community is Cameron Grove’s 20,000-square-foot town center, which features a clock tower, a circular fountain and a garden in front, and a resort spa and health club.

Other facilities include a fitness and aerobics center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a 300-seat performing-arts center, a movie theater, a sports bar, a billiards room, craft studios, libraries, and a business and Internet center.

Condominiums are base-priced from $155,900 to $220,900. The one- and two-bedroom homes feature a den/solarium off the living room, a dining area and one to two baths.

The two-bedroom cottages, with 1,478 to 1,571 square feet, feature a one- or two-car garage, two full baths, formal living and dining rooms, a large eat-in kitchen and a covered front porch. The cottages are priced from $312,900 to $351,800.

Detached single-family homes with 1,490 to 2,214 finished square feet on one level are base-priced from $354,950 to $394,700. These two-bedroom, two-bath homes have a two-car garage and the option of finishing a second level with additional bedroom and bathroom space.

Call 301/249-5900 or visit www.stavroucommunities.com.

At Carroll Vista in Taneytown in Carroll County, a new active adult community by Del Webb, amenities will include a clubhouse with an indoor swimming pool anticipated to open in September, a driving range, a fitness center, billiards and card rooms, an arts-and-crafts room and multipurpose ballrooms. Outdoor recreation in the development will include a swimming pool, tennis courts, par-three putting greens, croquet and boccie courts, a bird-watching sanctuary, a meditation garden, and a picnic area.

The single-family homes at Carroll Vista range from 1,197 to 2,243 square feet, and each includes a first-floor master suite with a walk-in closet, hardwood flooring in the foyer, a fireplace in the great room and a two-car garage. Each home has two bedrooms and two full baths, with the largest model also including a powder room. Base prices range from the mid-$200,000s to the low $300,000s.

Call 800/488-2671 or visit www.delwebb.com.

Cedar Ridge at Piney Orchard, a gated community including protected land and open space, will consist of 11 four-story elevator buildings with garages for a total of nearly 300 residences built by Beazer Homes.

Cedar Ridge will be part of the planned community of Piney Orchard in Odenton in Anne Arundel County, which includes a marketplace with retail shops and restaurants, walking and biking trails, ball fields, an ice arena, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tot lots, lighted tennis courts, and a 45-acre nature preserve with boardwalk overlooks.

Cedar Ridge residents will have access to both the Cedar Ridge and Piney Orchard facilities. The focal point for Cedar Ridge is a 5,000-square-foot community center with a swimming pool, tennis courts, a fitness center and an indoor lounge.

The Cedar Ridge condominiums have base prices from the mid- to upper $200,000s to the mid-$300,000s.

All five models will include two bedrooms; two full baths, 9-foot ceilings, crown and chair-rail moldings, tray ceilings in the living room and master suite, large-scale showers with seats, and 42-inch cabinets in the kitchen. Buyers can customize with an electric fireplace, a whirlpool tub and a security system. Additional garage space is available beyond the one-car garage allotted to each unit.

The homes will range from the Aspen, with 1,439 finished square feet, to the Dogwood, with 1,963 finished square feet.

Call 410/984-3364 or visit www.beazer.com.

Slenker Land Corp.’s newest active adult community, Central Parke at Colonial Charles, is opening in Charles County. Featured builders are the Airston Group, DR Horton, Sturbridge and Woodside Homes. Plans call for 468 homes — single-family homes, villas and condominiums — to be built in this development, in a wooded 126-acre enclave near Waldorf.

The homes will include a full grounds-maintenance program, and the community will feature a resort club with a great room, a card room, arts-and-crafts studios, a billiard room and a catering kitchen. Other amenities will include a fitness center, a whirlpool spa, a sauna, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a mail pavilion, and nature and walking trails.

A lifestyle director also will be on hand to plan activities and social events.

Boating and fishing are available nearby, and golfers can play at White Plains Golf Course or Swan Point. Prices have yet to be determined for Colonial Charles, but pre-sales events are being planned for summer.

Call 800/876-7549 or visit www.centralparke.com/cc.

Slenker Land Corp. is also building Central Parke at Victoria Falls in Laurel. About 610 homes will be part of Victoria Falls when the active adult community is complete. Housing options will include 250 luxury condominiums with elevators and garages, priced from the mid-$200,000s, by Sturbridge Homes and 112 single-family homes built by Michael Harris Homes and placed on cul-de-sacs, priced from the low $400,000s.

Craftstar Homes and Drees Homes will be building 247 villas, with the Craftstar models priced from the low $300,000s and including a one- or two-car garage, while the Drees models include a two-car garage and are base-priced from the high $300,000s.

Construction is under way on Victoria Falls’ 13,500-square-foot resort clubhouse, which will be the community focal point, featuring an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a sauna, a fitness center, a billiards room, a business center, and a terrace.

The community will have a full-time lifestyle director to coordinate activities and events, a mail pavilion overlooking a 1-acre lake, and miles of nature and fitness trails. The community maintenance program includes maintaining the lawn, mulching, gutter cleaning and snow shoveling.

Victoria Falls’ location offers easy access to Baltimore and Washington via Interstate 95 and MARC trains, and bus service from the community will take residents to nearby attractions.

Call 410/813-2494 for Sturbridge Homes, 301/617-4164 for Craftstar Homes, 410/813-2546 for Drees Homes or 301/210-4157 for Michael Harris Homes, or visit www.centralparke.com/vf.

Pulte Homes and Del Webb are building Chesapeake in Easton.

The community includes an 11,000-square-foot clubhouse featuring events and programs; a grand room for parties, movies and meetings; a fitness center; a business center; a library; a billiards and dart room; a card and game room; an arts-and-crafts center; and locker rooms.

Outdoor amenities include a swimming pool, tennis courts, a putting green, a picnic area, gazebos, a pond and walking trails.

Members also will receive a two-year membership to the Easton Club, an 18-hole champion golf course with country club.

In addition, nearby are the charming town of Easton, the Hog Neck Golf Course, the Easton Club Golf Club, Tilghman Island Marina and St. Michaels Marina.

About 420 single-family homes will be built in the development on quarter-acre homesites, each with a two-car garage, a gas fireplace, 42-inch cabinets in the kitchen, and ceramic-tile flooring in the master bath and the foyer.

Buyers can customize with patios, Florida rooms, kitchen upgrades and high-tech wiring. These two- and three-bedroom homes range from 1,696 to 2,380 finished square feet, with base prices from the low $300,000s.

Call 866/444-0246 or visit www.delwebb.com.

Condominiums for active adults are being built by Ryan Homes at Eden Brook in Odenton in Anne Arundel County. Minutes away from shopping at the Village of Waugh Chapel, these condominiums, built in four-story elevator buildings, are priced from $256,000.

Interior features include high ceilings, upgraded lighting, ceramic-tile baths and 42-inch cabinets. Each home will have two bedrooms, two full baths, a separate living room, a separate formal dining room and plenty of storage. A sunroom and a patio or balcony are standard features along with a sitting room off the master suite.

Eden Brook will have a community clubhouse with a swimming pool, boccie courts and a putting green, plus plenty of open space and access to hiking trails and ball fields. Eden Brook is adjacent to the planned community of Piney Orchard, and residents will have the opportunity to join Piney Orchard to gain access to that community’s recreational amenities.

Call 410/551-1335 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

The Enclave at Ellicott Hills provides a gated-resort-style community minutes from historic Ellicott City, where antique shops and charming restaurants abound.

Within the Enclave at Ellicott Hills is a 6,200-square-foot clubhouse with fitness facilities, a library, an Internet room, a service kitchen and a social lounge with a fireplace. Community amenities also include landscaped walking areas and gardens, an indoor Jacuzzi, an outdoor swimming pool and a community tennis court.

Ellicott Hills, under development by Greenebaum and Rose Associates, eventually will have 286 homes. Chateau Builders is building 116 town homes with garages, base-priced from the $490,000s. Six models are available, each with a choice of a first- or second-floor master suite.

Brick and vinyl exteriors and one- or two-car garages are included, along with 2,300 to 4,000 finished square feet of living space. The homes include two-story foyers, 9-foot ceilings, crown and chair-rail moldings, lofts, libraries, great rooms, baths, and private courtyards. Buyers can customize with fireplaces, sunrooms and screened porches.

The 170 two- and three-bedroom condominiums built by Bozzuto Homes are priced from $239,000 to $490,000. Placed around extensively landscaped courtyards with fountains, the buildings blend classic Georgian design with expanses of 6-foot windows, sunrooms and balconies. Buyers can choose from nine floor plans that range from 1,350 to more than 2,700 finished square feet.

Both one- and two-level plans are available, with the largest models placed on the penthouse level.

Each of the condominiums has 9-foot ceilings; 42-inch oak kitchen cabinets; hardwood flooring in the foyer; and crown moldings in the living room, dining room and foyer. Some plans include breakfast areas, family rooms and master-suite sitting areas. Options for some residences include a fireplace, built-in shelving and entertainment centers, decorative columns, hardwood floor borders, French doors, and a center-island cooktop.

Call Chateau Builders at 410/465-8787 or Bozzuto Homes at 410/461-5009, or visit www.ellicotthills.com.

Beazer Homes has begun sales at the Gatherings at Lyndwood, an active adult community in Howard County.

The gated community will include condominiums in four-story elevator buildings with stone and brick facades, an intercom, and automatic locking door in the lobby and garages. Residents at Lyndwood will have views of the fairways of the Timbers of Troy public golf course adjacent to the community.

Recreational amenities will include a swimming pool and clubhouse. There will be eight buildings with 216 homes, with prices from the high $200,000s to the low $300,000s. The homes each include two bedrooms, crown and chair-rail moldings, 9-foot ceilings, tray ceilings in the living room and master suite, and two full baths.

Call Melissa Kittelberger at 410/720-5071, Ext. 157, to get on the Beazer Insider List, or visit www.beazer.com.

Ryan Homes is building 18 condominium buildings at Hearthstone at Village Crest in Howard County, where two condominium model styles are available, with prices from the $280,000s. Located within the community of Taylor Village, Village Crest will offer its residents three swimming pools, a clubhouse and a senior center.

A community trolley service will take residents to and from historic downtown Ellicott City.

The condominiums will include hardwood foyers, ceramic floors in the baths, crown and chair-rail moldings, a washer and dryer, and 42-inch kitchen cabinets.

Call 410/480-3910 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

At Hearthstone at Ellicott Meadows, Ryan Homes is building single-family homes with first-floor master suites in a community with an array of recreational amenities.

The community clubhouse, now under construction, will include a party area with a fireplace, an outdoor patio, a caterer’s kitchen, an exercise facility, locker rooms and a computer lab. Additional amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court, a boccie court and walking trails.

Base-priced from $516,990 to $571,990, the five single-family-home models are part of the Ryan Classics collection, which include 2,598 to 3,674 finished square feet. Each home will include a brick front, a brick paving-stone front walk, professional landscaping and a two-car garage.

Inside, each of the five models has two bedrooms and two or three full baths, with the option of expanding the living space on a second floor or finished lower level.

Each home features hardwood flooring in the foyer, crown and chair-rail moldings, 9-foot ceilings on the main level, 42-inch cabinets in the kitchen, gas hot water and natural gas heat.

The Springbrook model, with 2,598 finished square feet, is base-priced from $527,990. The foyer entrance into the home offers a direct view into the great room, which has several windows, with an option of adding more windows and a gas fireplace and extending the room.

A breakfast bar overlooks the great room, and the kitchen also includes a breakfast area, a pantry, and abundant counter and cabinet space. Two columns add drama to the entrance of the formal dining room off the foyer, and an additional opening on the opposite side of the foyer leads to a door into the study, which has a closet on one wall.

A full bath, linen closet and secondary bedroom with a cathedral ceiling are nearby. The master suite occupies a corner of the first level and has two walk-in closets plus a private bath with an oversized shower with a seat and a double-sink vanity.

Call 410/531-3324 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

Lennar Corp., developer of Heritage Hunt and Virginia Heritage in Northern Virginia, has teamed with Brookfield Homes, developer of Dunbarton at Braemar in Northern Virginia, to create Heritage Shores, a new active adult community near Bridgeville, Del., about half an hour from Rehoboth Beach. It was chosen as “the best active adult community in the country” in January by the National Council on Senior Housing.

Plans for Heritage Shores include resort-style amenities, featuring an 18-hole Arthur Hills-designed golf course, a 20,000-square-foot-clubhouse, walking trails and an aquatics center.

Every resident of Heritage Shores will have a social membership in the country club, and a number of homesites will back to the golf course. The clubhouse will include casual dining space, a billiards room, a card room, a fitness center and activities rooms. The aquatic center will have both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and an activities director will organize events and activities for the whole community.

Brookfield Homes and Lennar will be building a variety of detached and attached homes, each with main-level living, a one- or two-car garage, and the option of expanding onto a second floor of living space. Interested buyers can register for the Heritage Shores Founders Club on the Web site to receive information about introductory sales offers.

Call 877/276-2793 or visit www.heritageshores.com.

The charming old-fashioned town of Bel Air in Harford County provides shops, restaurants and more than 20 area parks, which all appeal to the active adult buyers at Irwin’s Choice, a new development of condominiums being built by Pulte Homes.

At Irwin’s Choice, 64 condominiums will be built in midrise buildings with centrally located elevators. A hiking and biking trail will be added later just behind the condominiums.

Each building will have a private patio or balcony, brick and stone detailing on the facade with vinyl siding on the sides and rear, and a secured entry.

The Fallston model, base-priced from $244,000, has about 1,700 finished square feet with two bedrooms and two baths.

Standard features for this home include hardwood flooring in the foyer, a storage closet, smooth-finish walls and ceilings, 9-foot ceilings, and crown and chair-rail moldings.

The condominiums include 42-inch-high flat-panel natural or honey oak kitchen cabinets; GE appliances, including a built-in microwave; and upgraded baths with ceramic-tile flooring and a shower with a seat in the master bath. The master suite has an optional boxed ceiling, a separate sitting room, a walk-in closet, and a large dressing area and bath with a double-sink vanity and a large shower. The second bedroom has private access to a hall bath.

Call 410/420-6804 or visit www.pulte.com.

At the Parke at Ocean Pines in Berlin, residents can enjoy the resort experience in a pristine setting along Isle of Wight Bay, with views of the Ocean City skyline across the bay.

Since the 1960s, Ocean Pines has been providing residents with year-round recreational facilities, including a Robert Trent Jones golf course, tennis and swim clubs, parks — including a central park with a bandstand — lakes, the Ocean Pines Beach Club, and the Ocean Pines Yacht Club and Marina.

Centex Homes is building villas and single-family homes for active adults at the Parke at Ocean Pines, which was named one of America’s 100 best master-planned communities by Where to Retire magazine in July 2003.

More than half the development’s planned 503 homes have been sold.

The single-family homes range from 1,578 to 2,318 square feet, with the villas having 1,269 to 1,433 square feet.

The single-family homes include one- or two-car garages and are base-priced from $259,900 to $329,900. The villas, each with a one-car garage, two bedrooms and two baths, are base-priced from $197,900 to $207,900. All the homes have a low-maintenance facade with partial brick. Lawn care is included.

Inside, the homes have 10-foot ceilings, extra-large windows with transoms, and a master-bedroom tray ceiling. Screened porches, sunrooms, lofts with extra bedrooms and baths, and fireplaces are available as options.

Residents can enjoy a clubhouse with an indoor pool and fitness center.

Call 877/PARKE-OP or visit www.theparke.com.

At Rock Oak Village in Odenton, the first phase of homes has sold out, and fewer than a dozen homes are still available.

Located near Interstate 95 and the Arundel Mills mall, Rock Oak Village features attached villa-style homes placed among trees and open spaces. Two models are available, with 1,290 to 1,472 finished square feet and base prices from the mid-$300,000s.

Call 410/695-1479 or visit www.pulte.com.

Resort-style amenities within a gated community are offered by Ryan Homes at the Signature Club at Regent Park in Mitchellville. A community swimming pool and clubhouse for dining with family and friends will be the focal point for the development, which is also close to Largo Towne Center for shopping. Community-provided maintenance-free living allows residents to forget about lawn care and snow removal.

The condominiums feature 1,380 square feet with a patio or balcony in secured elevator buildings. Base-priced from the low $200,000s to the mid-$200,000s, each home has two bedrooms, two baths, an open living and dining area, a sunroom leading to the patio or balcony, and an optional fireplace.

Ryan Homes is also offering their Stonehurst villa home at Regent Park, an attached home with the space of a single-family home and a garage. The home is priced from the mid- to the upper $300,000s.

Call 301/636-6493 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

Ryland Homes has added an active adult community to the mix of homes in the planned community of Columbia in Howard County. Known as Snowden Overlook, this development will include a community gatehouse; a clubhouse, which is now under construction; and a swimming pool.

In the Columbia area, residents will find plenty of additional recreational and entertainment opportunities, along with plenty of places to shop and dine. Snowden Overlook will include both villas and condominiums. The villas include stone fronts, first-floor master suites and privacy fencing and are base-priced from $439,990 to the $530,000s. Condominiums are planned.

Call 410/290-1304 or visit www.ryland.com.

Caruso Homes is building 395 single-family homes at Symphony Village in Centreville, which is about 18 miles from the Bay Bridge; an easy drive to St. Michaels, Chestertown and Easton; and close to Annapolis, Kent Narrows and the beaches of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

Resort-style amenities can be found in the community, which will feature a grand boulevard entrance surrounded by lush landscaping; tennis, badminton, boccie and horseshoe courts; a putting green; walking trails; and a community flower garden.

The 13,800-square-foot Symphony Club will feature indoor and outdoor swimming, a ballroom, billiards and game rooms, a business center, and fitness facilities. A lifestyle director will be available to coordinate community activities.

Seven single-family-home models will be available for buyers at Symphony Village, and each will offer opportunities for customization, with lofts, sunrooms, solariums, conservatories and a “sky basement” for storage over the garage.

Each home will offer single-level living, with two bedrooms and a den or three bedrooms, living and dining rooms, a family room, and 9-foot ceilings.

Base prices range from $292,990 to $343,990.

Call 866/766-0009 or visit www.symphonyvillage.com.

Pulte Homes has begun sales on 171 villa-style homes with first-floor master suites at Village Crest in Ellicott City. The homes each include a garage, hardwood flooring in the foyer and powder room, gas heat, 9-foot ceilings on the main level, 21/2 baths, high-tech wiring, crown and chair-rail moldings, ceramic-tile flooring in the full baths, and 42-inch oak kitchen cabinets.

Planned recreational amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, and tennis courts. Plus, the development is close to Ellicott City’s quaint shops and convenient business centers. The villas are base-priced from the mid-$400,000s.

Call 866/785-8313 or visit www.pulte.com.

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