- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Although waterfront homes may be out of reach for many home buyers, many opt for a home in a planned

community with resort-style amenities in close proximity to a beach.

M/I Homes Inc. is building 176 town homes and 42 single-family homes at Sawgrass at White Oak Creek on Old Landing Road in Rehoboth, Del. Chase Communities and Equity Homes Inc. are also building at Sawgrass.

This gated community features beach-style landscaping. Residents can take advantage of a beach shuttle service. Rehoboth Beach is just one mile from Sawgrass.

Ponds, pocket parks and walking paths are surrounded by professional landscaping, and the community includes two clubhouses, tennis courts and two swimming pools. Homeowners will also appreciate the lawn care, irrigation, and trash and snow removal supplied by the homeowners’ association.

The homes, designed with beach-inspired architectural detailing such as scale- and shake-style shingles, have been sited to have a view of neighboring golf courses, a view of White Oak Creek or of open space. The town homes have from 2,133 to 3,198 finished square feet, with base prices from $468,990 to $519,990. The single-family homes, with 2,718 to 3,637 square feet, are base-priced from $658,990 to $661,990.

Standard features in the homes include a stone-and-siding exterior, metal roofs on the bay windows and porches, a wrought-iron post lantern and a flagstone stoop. Inside, the homes have hardwood flooring in the foyer, an oak main staircase, 9- and 10-foot ceilings, a gas fireplace, tray ceilings and crown and chair-rail moldings along with deep baseboard moldings and window and door trim.

The homes include a covered front porch with a ceiling fan rough-in, a high-tech multimedia wiring package, a security system and zoned heating and air conditioning. The kitchens have hardwood flooring, 42-inch raised-panel cherry or maple cabinets, granite counters, recessed lighting and a center island. Each bath has diagonally placed ceramic tile flooring, and the master bath has a tub and separate shower.

The Tidewater model, the largest single-family home with 3,637 finished square feet, is base-priced from $661,990.

This home features a two-level covered front porch with columns and an attached two-car garage. The main level includes a dining room with a tray ceiling and windows on two sides, a library with double doors and windows on two sides and a nearby powder room. The great room at the back of the home includes a tray ceiling, a fireplace flanked by windows and a wall of windows facing a covered lanai or optional screened porch. The great room opens into the center-island kitchen and breakfast area, which has another wall of windows. Buyers can opt for a large second bedroom in place of the two-car garage.

A bonus room can be added above the garage to function as additional living space for a family room or playroom, or it can be modified with a full bath and kitchen to function as an in-law or nanny suite.

The upper level includes a master suite with a tray ceiling and two walk-in closets and a bath. A deck can be added off the master bedroom.

This level includes two additional bedrooms that share a hall bath, a laundry room and a fourth bedroom with a private full bath.

For information or directions to Sawgrass at White Oak Creek, call 302/227-0613 or visit www.mihomes.com.

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