- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 10, 2006

People who love the beach but still need to commute to work every day might consider buying a home midway between their work and the ocean. While crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge may seem like a burden on a Friday evening in the summer, imagine viewing the changing spectacle of the bay in all seasons of the year and each day of the week to get to a job in Annapolis, Washington or Baltimore.

Ryland Homes is building a community of 80 single-family homes at Church Hill Hunt in Church Hill, Md., a development with walking trails and open spaces.

The homes are being built on third-acre to half-acre lots, with large porches and a set-back two-car garage that creates a pleasing streetscape.

The homes in this Queen Anne’s County community have 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, two or three full baths, a powder room and four bedrooms, along with a master bath and a kitchen with 42-inch cabinets and a Corian center island.

Currently, each home also includes an optional morning room, side conservatory and finished basement. Buyers can add a fireplace, a first-floor master suite and a side library.

The homes are preconstruction priced from $419,990 to $464,990. Homeowner association fees are yet to be determined.

The Parson model, with 3,055 square feet, is base-priced from $439,990. This home features a front porch leading into a two-story foyer flanked by the formal living room and the dining room. A conservatory with windows on three sides is accessible from the living room and the hall.

At the back of the house are a family room, a morning room and a breakfast area open to the center-island kitchen. The main level also includes a utility/laundry room, a powder room and an entrance to the garage.

Buyers can choose to add a first-floor master suite with a walk-in closet and luxury bath in place of the conservatory.

Upstairs, the standard floor plan includes a master suite with a walk-in closet and a bath including a shower, a corner tub and a double-sink vanity. Three more bedrooms and a second full bath complete this level.

Alternate second-floor plans include a third full bath or, if the first-floor master suite is chosen, a central loft and a two-story family room.

The largest home at Church Hill Hunt, the Wye, has 3,363 finished square feet and a base price of $464,990. This home has a front porch, a two-story foyer, a formal living room and a formal dining room. The corner family room has columns and windows on two sides, and the conservatory includes windows on three sides.

The center-island kitchen opens into a breakfast area that, in turn, opens into a morning room with windows on three sides. The main level also has a pantry, a powder room and a laundry room.

Upstairs, the master suite has a walk-in closet, a second closet and a bath. The second bedroom has a private full bath. The third and fourth bedrooms share a hall bath.

The lower level can be finished with a recreation room, an exercise room and a bath.

Call the sales counselors at Church Hill Hunt at 410/479-1978 or visit www.Ryland.com.

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