- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 24, 2006

As summer approaches, beach lovers might wish for a home closer to the shore, yet within commuting distance of work. For some, Annapolis is the answer. The historic charms of Maryland’s capital are 35 miles from downtown Washington and at the doorstep of the Eastern Shore via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Those who consider Annapolis out of their price range will be interested in Regatta Bay, a condominium conversion project by Stellar Advisors LLC, where one- and two-bedroom residences are base-priced from the low $200,000s to the upper $300,000s.

Located just off Bestgate Road within walking distance of the Westfield Shoppingtown Annapolis, a mall with Nordstrom, Borders, Lord & Taylor, a movie theater, restaurants and additional shops, Regatta Bay is also near the planned Annapolis Town Center at Parole.

Plenty of additional shops and restaurants are nearby and minutes away in historic downtown Annapolis.

Stellar Advisors is renovating all existing apartments into condominiums at Regatta Bay, while also upgrading the community amenities.

Residents can enjoy a private, resort-style swimming pool and whirlpool, a putting green and a garden. The renovated clubhouse, expected to open soon, will feature a fitness center, a business center, a billiards room, a cyber cafe, a catering kitchen and an entertainment lounge.

Standard features of the homes include open floor plans, a private balcony or patio, 9-foot ceilings with vaulted ceilings on the top-floor homes, walk-in closets and ceramic tile flooring in the foyer.

Buyers can choose plush or Berber carpeting for the living areas, and each home includes miniblinds on all the windows, vertical blinds on the sliding glass doors, ceramic tile flooring in the bath, a full-size washer and dryer, gas heat and pre-wiring for high-speed Internet access.

Each kitchen includes a pantry and breakfast bar, white raised-panel cabinets, granite counters and ceramic tile flooring.

Some of the homes include a loft, a gas fireplace, a home office nook with a granite desk counter and an attached garage.

Buyers can upgrade the home with crown moldings, flooring and cabinet upgrades and appliance upgrades. One-car garages, two-car garages and reserved parking spaces can be purchased.

The homes range from 600 to 1,175 square feet. Base prices range from $223,900 to $382,000, with monthly condominium fees ranging from $173 for a one-bedroom home to $225 for a larger two-bedroom home.

A financial incentive of $5,000 toward closing costs will be given to buyers who use one of the builder’s designated lenders.

The Chesapeake model, with 755 square feet, is base-priced from $257,000 to $269,400. This home has an open living room and dining room with a computer niche and a sliding glass door to a balcony.

The kitchen includes a door to the laundry room. The bedroom has a walk-in closet and a private door to the full bath, which is also accessible from the dining area.

The largest model, the Providence, has 1,175 square feet and is base-priced from $375,900 to $382,000.

This home features an open living room and dining area with a fireplace and a sliding glass door to a patio.

The kitchen includes a pantry and a door to the laundry room. One bedroom has a walk-in closet and a private full bath, while the second bedroom has a walk-in closet and a door to a full bath that is also accessible from the living area.

The Providence also has a loft overlooking the living area.

For information or directions to Regatta Bay, call 410/571-6663 or visit www.regattabaycondos.com.

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