- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 10, 2006

Active adult communities, restricted to households with members age 55 and older, appeal to buyers for a variety of reasons. Many adults nearing retirement age are simply looking for a place to live where they don’t have to clean out the gutters, mow the lawn and shovel snow. In the majority of active adult communities, these activities are handled by the homeowners’ association.

Sometimes older adults are also looking for more pleasant activities to fill their free time. As household chores are eliminated and work hours are reduced, attention is turned to staying physically fit and socially active, both of which have been recommended for living a long and healthy life.

Active adult communities frequently provide recreational amenities for their residents, including swimming pools and walking trails. Activities directors are often on staff to plan outings to cultural events or shopping expeditions and to facilitate the formation of social groups such as gardening clubs and reading groups.

Howard County’s proximity to Baltimore and Washington has made this a popular location for active adult communities, particularly in the area near Ellicott City.

Pulte Homes Inc. has begun sales on 171 villa-style homes with first-floor master suites at the Cloisters at Village Crest in Ellicott City, a private wooded section of the planned community of Taylor Village.

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, ceramic tile flooring in the full baths, and 42-inch oak kitchen cabinets.

Planned recreational amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness center and tennis courts. The development is close to Ellicott City’s quaint shops and business centers.

One of the development’s two clubhouses is already open; the second is under construction.

The Milton villa, with 2,249 square feet, includes three bedrooms, 21/2 baths, a great room, a library, a dining room, hardwood flooring in the foyer and a two-car garage. The villas are base-priced from $482,990 to $504,990.

Combined condominium and homeowner association fees are $296.25 per month.

Call 410/480-1960 or visit www.pulte.com.

Ryan Homes is building 18 condominium buildings in the same community, with its section known as Hearthstone at Village Crest, where two condominium model styles are available with prices from the $250,000s to the $280,000s. Condominium fees are $316 per month.

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 downtown Ellicott City.

The condominiums will include hardwood foyers, ceramic floors in the baths, a washer and dryer, 42-inch kitchen cabinets and more. The Hampton Court Classic model has an open kitchen, open living and dining areas, a sunroom with access to the patio or balcony, two bedrooms, two full baths and a storage closet.

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

The Enclave at Ellicott Hills provides a gated community minutes from Ellicott City, including a clubhouse with fitness facilities and a social lounge. Community amenities also include landscaped walking areas and gardens, an indoor Jacuzzi, an outdoor swimming pool and a tennis court.

Ellicott Hills, under development by Greenebaum & Rose Associates, eventually will have 286 homes.

Chateau Builders Inc. is building 116 town homes with garages. Only two homes are still available for sale, one priced at $583,900 and the second, the model home, at $739,900.

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 a choice of a first- or second-floor master suite, two-story foyers, 9-foot ceilings, lofts, libraries, great rooms and private courtyards. Town home homeowner association fees are $260 per month.

Bozzuto Homes Inc. is building 170 two- and three-bedroom condominiums, priced from $299,300 to $379,400, placed around landscaped courtyards with fountains in buildings that blend 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.

One- and two-level floor plans are available. Each of the condominiums has 9-foot ceilings; 42-inch oak kitchen cabinets and hardwood flooring in the foyer. Seven of the homes are still for sale. Monthly condominium fees, which include the community homeowner association fees, are $349.

Call Chateau Builders at 410/465-8787 or Bozzuto Homes at 410/461-5009.

Beazer Homes Corp. is developing the Gatherings at Lynd-wood, a gated community of condominiums in four-story elevator buildings with stone and brick facades, an intercom and an automatic locking door in the lobby and garages.

Residents at Lyndwood have views of the fairways of the Timbers of Troy public golf course adjacent to the community. Recreational amenities will include a swimming pool, tennis and boccie courts, and a clubhouse. There will be eight buildings with 216 homes with prices from the low $300,000s to the $440,000s.

The homes each include two bedrooms, 9-foot ceilings, tray ceilings in the living room and master suite and two full baths. Condominium fees are $297 per month.

Call 410/984-2575 or visit www.Beazer.com.

At Hearthstone at the Courtyards of Waverly East in Woodstock, Ryan Homes is building condominiums and villa homes in a planned community with a golf course, putting green, swimming pool, clubhouse, and tennis, boccie and croquet courts.

A grocery store and other shops are right in the community.

The condominiums have two bedrooms, two baths, 9-foot ceilings, hardwood flooring in the foyer and the options of adding a sunroom and a fireplace.

The condominiums are priced from the low $300,000s, with a condominium fee of $328 per month.

The Stonehurst villa model is also available, and includes a stone front, hardwood flooring in the foyer and powder room and a first-floor master suite with a bath.

The villas are priced from the $440,000s, which covers the homeowner association fees.

Call 410/480-1847 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

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

The clubhouse includes a party area, a patio, a kitchen, an exercise facility and a computer lab. Additional amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, walking trails and tennis and boccie courts. Base-priced from the $400,000s, the homes include a brick front, a two-car garage, two bedrooms and two or three full baths, with the option of expanding the living space on a second floor or finished lower level.

Standard features include hardwood flooring in the foyer, moldings, 9-foot ceilings on the main level and 42-inch cabinets in the kitchen.

The Springbrook model’s foyer offers a direct view into the great room, which has several windows and has a breakfast bar linked to the kitchen.

Two columns add drama to the entrance of the formal dining room off the foyer, and the nearby study includes extra closet space. A full bath, linen closet and secondary bedroom with a cathedral ceiling are nearby. The master suite has two walk-in closets plus a private bath. Homeowner association fees are $285 per month.

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

Patriot Homes and Ryland Homes are selling homes at Snowden Overlook in the planned community of Columbia.

This development includes a guarded gatehouse, a clubhouse including an exercise room, sauna, media room and meeting rooms, and a swimming pool. Within the Columbia area, residents will find plenty of additional recreational and entertainment opportunities.

Villas from Ryland Homes include stone fronts, first-floor master suites and privacy fencing and are base-priced from $482,990 to the mid-$500,000s, with homeowner association fees of $495 per month.

High-rise condominiums are priced from $379,000 to the mid-$400,000s, with homeowner association and condominium fees combined of $664 per month.

Patriot Homes is offering three styles of villa homes, each with a first-floor master suite, three additional bedrooms and 21/2 baths. The homes have a mix of vinyl siding, stone and brick facades, a two-car garage, and up to three finished levels with two-story foyers with hardwood flooring. Prices start in the mid-$400,000s to the $500,000s, with condominium fees of $303 per month.

Call 410/290-1304 or visit www.ryland.com or, for Patriot Homes, call 410/290-0469 or visit www.lennar.com.

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