- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Sometimes, a vacation home can become a year-round residence for those who can retire or telecommute. Other times they are simply the retreat for family and friends for weekends, holidays and long summers.

Centex Homes and Beazer Homes Corp. have teamed to develop the Ridings at Rehoboth, a planned community of single-family homes set among acres of ponds and open spaces minutes from the beaches of Delaware in the town of Lewes.

The development itself includes a clubhouse with an outdoor swimming pool, along with open areas for viewing nature and appreciating the ponds.

In addition to nearby beaches, residents of the Ridings at Rehoboth are close to the Baywood Greens Golf Facility, the shops and restaurants of Rehoboth and the charming antique shops and museums of Lewes.

Beazer is offering several home styles at the Ridings at Rehoboth, each with a two-car garage, a first-floor master suite, high ceilings, hardwood flooring in the foyer and a master bath with ceramic tile flooring, a tub and a separate shower.

Buyers can add a screened porch, a sunroom and a side porch to these homes, which are base priced from the mid- to upper $300,000s to the mid-$400,000s.

The Prestwick model, priced from $369,990, features a front porch leading into a foyer, which opens onto a formal dining room with an optional tray ceiling. The great room at the rear of the home features a wall of windows and has a volume ceiling plus a butler’s pantry. The center-island kitchen opens onto a breakfast room with a wall of windows and a glass door to a covered patio.

The master suite also includes a glass door to the patio, along with two walk-in closets and a bath. Nearby is the laundry room, which includes a door to the garage.

This model includes two additional bedrooms that share a full bath. Buyers can opt to complete the second floor with a game room, a fourth bedroom and a third bath, or leave the space open as unfinished storage room.

Centex is building one- and two-level homes, offering buyers a choice of a traditional floor plan or a contemporary one-story home. Standard features include a two-car garage, hardwood flooring in the foyer and powder room, upgraded trim, a multimedia wiring package, and 42-inch maple cabinets in the kitchen.

Buyers can add a screened porch, a deck or a sunroom to these homes, which are base priced from the upper $300,000s to the upper $400,000s.

The Sandpiper model, priced from $409,990, includes a formal living room and a formal dining room off the foyer, with a central grand room with a wall of windows at the back. The kitchen opens to a morning room with an atrium door to the deck, which can be converted to a screened porch or sunroom. Off the kitchen are a pantry and a laundry room/mudroom with access to the garage.

The first-floor master suite includes a walk-in closet and a second closet, plus a bath with a tub, a separate shower and a double-sink vanity. Buyers can add a box ceiling and a door to the deck to the master bedroom.

On the opposite side of the first floor are two additional bedrooms that share a full bath. Buyers can choose to finish the second floor with a loft, a bedroom and a bath.

Homeowner association fees are $100 per month for all residents at the Ridings at Rehoboth.

Visit the Web site (www.RidingsAtRehoboth.com) or call 302/945-0494 for Beazer or 866/249-2733 for Centex.

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