- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 13, 2005

As fall breezes in to the Washington area, beach lovers turn sadly away from the coast, believing that

the ocean is off-limits until next summer. But the temperate climate along the coast of Maryland and Delaware often brings beautiful weather for strolling in the sand in the fall and spring, away from the crowds of summer.

Buyers of vacation homes close to the beach tend to take advantage of the off-season with greater regularity than those who must make a hotel reservation, grabbing any free weekend with a chance of some sunshine for a mini-vacation. While some vacation homes are priced in the upper brackets and out of reach for many people, some have been designed for the average family to enjoy with ease.

At the Townes of Radish Farm in Millsboro, Del., Anderson Homes LLC is building 60 town homes designed for families looking for a resort home close to the beach.

Within minutes of the development, residents can find golf courses and enjoy fishing and boating on the Indian River Bay. Rehoboth, Dewey and Bethany beaches are a short drive from the community, along with Massey’s Landing, which has a boating facility.

The Baywood Greens Golf Course is nearby, as is outlet shopping at Rehoboth.

The three-bedroom, 21/2-bath town homes, base-priced from $219,900 and from $229,900 for an end unit, have the option of a first-floor master suite that is an unusual feature for a town home.

Standard features of the homes include a one-car garage, a brick water table, vinyl siding with vinyl shutters, a flagstone walkway and a flagstone patio. The landscaping package includes sodded front and back yards.

Inside, the homes have 9-foot ceilings on the main level; Colonial-style trim on the windows, doors and baseboards; architectural columns; six-panel doors; 42-inch oak cabinets in the kitchen; and gas heat and hot water.

The Merion II model includes a foyer entrance with a powder room and closet and a formal living room in the center of the main level. At the back of the home are a family room with a wall of windows and a formal dining room in one corner.

The adjacent kitchen includes a pantry and an entrance to the laundry room. Between the laundry room and the garage is a storage room.

Upstairs, a central study area has been designed between the bedrooms. At the back of the home, the master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a bath with a corner tub, a separate shower and a double-sink vanity. This bedroom can be accessorized with a tray ceiling.

Two additional bedrooms share a hall bath with a double-sink vanity.

Buyers can add a loft upstairs with a roof deck for sunbathing and enjoying the outdoors. When the loft option is chosen, the master bedroom is adjusted to include two walk-in closets and a regular full bath with a combination tub and shower.

If buyers opt for the first-floor master suite, the dining room becomes a smaller breakfast nook, and the family room is transformed into a walk-in closet and a master bath, either a standard or luxury style. Upstairs, the master bedroom suite becomes a fourth bedroom with two walk-in closets and an optional additional bath.

Another option for buyers is to add a rear extension to the home that adds a larger family room to the standard plan along with a sitting area for the second floor master bedroom.

For information, call 302/934-1225 or visit the Web site (www.ahdelaware.com).

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