- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 27, 2005

Active adult communities, in which residency is limited to homeowners age 55 and older, can sometimes resemble resort developments because of their array of recreational amenities. Two companies with experience successfully creating such communities in Northern Virginia have combined forces to build one in a resort area.

Brookfield Homes, developer of Dunbarton at Braemar, is partnering with the Lennar Corp., developer of Heritage Hunt and Virginia Heritage, to build Heritage Shores in Bridgeville, Del., about a half-hour drive from Rehoboth Beach.

Heritage Shores occupies 800 acres, with an 18-hole Arthur Hills designed championship golf course as a focal point for the development.

The National Council on Senior Housing chose Heritage Shores as “The Best Active Adult Community in the Country” in January. More than 20 ponds add water views throughout the community, which has walking paths and trails meandering between the homes and other amenities.

The 20,000-square-foot clubhouse will include a ballroom/great room with a dance floor and stage, an arts and crafts room, a workshop, a card room, a game room, a library and computer room, activity rooms and both upscale and casual dining facilities. Terraces will provide views of the golf course.

In addition to the clubhouse, Heritage Shores will include a Sports Club and Aquatic Center with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a fitness center, aerobics rooms, a whirlpool tub, a pro shop, locker rooms and a snack bar.

Providence of Brookfield Homes, a division of Brookfield Homes, is building two collections of single-family homes at Heritage Shores.

Both the Manor Collection and Country Collection homes include vinyl siding, professional landscaping and a two-car garage. Inside, the homes have two or three bedrooms, two full baths, 9-foot ceilings on the main level, gas heat, a ceramic-tile foyer, crown and chair-rail moldings and a fireplace with a mantel and a choice of a marble or granite surround.

The homes have Corian counters and 42-inch cabinets in the kitchen, ceramic-tile flooring and tub and shower surrounds in the baths, and a master bath with a tub and separate shower.

Buyers can add patios, porches and verandas to the homes, along with finished attic space, hardwood flooring, granite counters and whirlpool tubs. Base prices range from $287,800 to $395,750.

The Taylor model, priced from $395,750, features a front porch with an entrance into the foyer. The foyer opens onto a central great room with a door to the included patio. Off the great room are a dining room with a coffered ceiling and an entrance to the kitchen, breakfast room and hearth room.

These three spaces are open to each other, and include a pantry, a center island for the kitchen, two walls of windows in the breakfast area, a fireplace flanked by windows in the hearth room and a sliding glass door to the patio.

The master bedroom suite has a bay window, two walk-in closets, a linen closet and a bath. The second bedroom has a cathedral ceiling and the third bedroom has a wall closet and two windows.

A second full bath, a linen closet, a utility room and storage closet and a laundry room complete this level. The garage entrance is through the laundry room. Buyers can add a finished “sky basement” over the garage for bonus space.

The Lennar homes will be featured in a future article.

Call 302/337-1040 or visit www.heritageshores.com.

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