- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 8, 2005

Resort homes are no longer the province of the wealthy, but have become a possibility for middle-class families who view them as both a lifestyle choice and an investment.

In the Washington area, a popular destination for decades has been Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Now Centex Homes is building town homes less than 10 miles from Ocean City, at the Decatur Farm development off U.S. Route 113, offering an opportunity for buyers to own a vacation home priced from the mid-$200,000s.

Single-family homes are also available at Decatur Farm, priced from the upper $200,000s to the upper $300,000s.

The Decatur Farm Homeowners’ Association fee of $95 per month provides snow removal, common area maintenance and the use of the outdoor swimming pool, clubhouse and fitness center. The clubhouse includes a gathering room with a fireplace for social events, a front porch, locker rooms and the fitness center. Ponds and open space add to the appeal of the community.

Two town home models are available, each with a one-car garage, maintenance-free siding, a fully seeded lawn and a front landscape package. Inside, the homes have 9-foot ceilings on the first level and 8-foot ceilings on the upper level. The homes include recessed lighting, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning, oak vanities with cultured marble tops in the baths and oak flat-panel cabinets in the kitchen.

The Tilghman town home, with about 1,600 finished square feet, is base-priced from $245,990. This home features a great room on the main level with an open kitchen and family room at the back of the house with a wall of windows.

The main level includes an entrance from the garage, two closets, a powder room and a pantry in the kitchen. An optional floor plan eliminates the family room and adds a bedroom and an adjacent full bath.

Upstairs, the master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a private full bath with a linen closet. This bath has a combination tub and shower, but it can be modified with a larger shower and a second sink. Two more bedrooms, a second full bath and a laundry room complete this level.

The Henlopen town home, with about 1,700 finished square feet, is base-priced from $260,990. The Henlopen model includes a great room with a bay window alcove, an open kitchen and a family room with a wall of windows, plus two closets and a powder room. The garage entrance is near the powder room.

This home can be altered with a first-floor master suite in place of the family room, with an adjacent full bath. The great room then becomes a two-story space.

Upstairs, the standard floor plan features a master bedroom with a walk-in closet and full bath with a combination tub and shower or an optional larger shower.

This level has two more bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet, a laundry room and another full bath. If the first-floor master-suite plan is chosen, the second level will include three bedrooms, one bath and the laundry room.

For information or directions to Decatur Farm, call 866/255-8615 or visit www.centexhomes.com.

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