- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The Delaware beaches beckon plenty of visitors at this time of year, many of whom wish they could spend more of their year enjoying the sand, surf, parks and small towns of the region. More and more families are choosing to purchase a second home in communities near the beach, encouraging each other to spend time together on long weekends and short holidays throughout the year.

Beazer Homes Corp. is building 87 single-family homes and 42 “twin” homes, two residences built side-by-side and sharing one wall, at Paynter’s Mill in Milton, Del.

This planned community, minutes away from the southern Delaware beaches, is also close to downtown historic Lewes, the town of Milton, Cape Henlopen State Park and the Rehoboth outlet stores. Neighborhood shops are being built and other restaurants, movie theaters and grocery stores are nearby.

While some families may prefer to spend their days at the beach or exploring the charms of Lewes, others will find staying home the best way to relax. Paynter’s Mill’s amenities include a clubhouse facility with a fitness center, a swimming pool, tennis courts, pocket parks and Paynter’s Meadow, an athletic field.

Walking and jogging trails have been designed with exercise stations along the way, and additional facilities include a tot lot, a boccie court, a horseshoe pit and a half-court basketball court/multipurpose court where families can play four square and hopscotch.

The professionally managed community will include a landscaped streetscape, lawns, lighted fountains at the entrance and gas lanterns along the green.

The homeowner association dues for Paynter’s Mill are $2,730 annually, plus $600 initially due at closing. The dues cover the recreational amenities, trash removal, snow removal, lawn maintenance and common-area maintenance. The single-family homes are priced from the low $400,000s.

The twin homes, base-priced from $335,900, are nearly sold out, with eight remaining. The prices for the remaining homes, some of which are available immediately, range from $346,240 to $374,612.

Most options have been chosen for these homes.

Standard features for the twin homes include 6-inch beaded siding, a porch, a brick foundation, professional landscaping and a detached one-car garage with a storage area, windows and a portico over the side exit. Inside, the homes have 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, hardwood flooring in the foyer and powder room, crown and chair-rail moldings, 42-inch oak cabinets in the kitchen and a first-floor master suite with a bath, including ceramic tile flooring, a corner tub, a separate shower and double-sink vanity.

Some of the options that have been added to the immediate delivery homes include fireplaces, extended morning rooms, oak stairs, upgraded flooring, Corian or granite kitchen countertops and a fourth bedroom on the upper level.

The Tyler model, which has 2,372 finished square feet, has a front porch opening onto the foyer, which, in turn, opens into a two-story great room with an optional fireplace. Adjacent to the great room are a powder room and a dining room with a decorative column. The kitchen includes a pantry and a breakfast bar open to the morning room, which has windows on two sides. The laundry closet is just off the kitchen.

The first-floor master bedroom has a private entrance to the back yard leading to the garage, a walk-in closet, a second closet and a bath.

Upstairs, a generously sized loft overlooks the great room. The second and third bedrooms each have a walk-in closet. This level also has a full bath and two storage closets.

Buyers can opt for an upper-level laundry room in place of one of the storage closets. Another option is to add a fourth bedroom with a walk-in closet and third full bath in place of the loft, leaving a small loft overlooking the great room.

For information or directions to Paynter’s Mill, call 302/645-7604 or visit www.beazer.com.

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