- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 14, 2007

While relaxing and watching the sun or moon’s light play on the surface of a river or bay is enough for some people, waterfront living offers additional pleasures — easy access to boating and fishing.

Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a peninsula hugged by the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, has myriad creeks, rivers and inlets that provide glimpses of seemingly endless water. Builders are taking advantage of the terrain to build new waterfront communities near Cambridge, Easton, Chestertown and Crisfield that provide water views for homeowners.

Chestertown Associates LLC is developing a resort-style waterfront community named Chester River Landing. Forty-four town homes, condominiums and single-family homes will be built in this neighborhood, which boasts a private marina with floating docks that can accommodate boats up to 40 feet long.

The community includes private beaches with walking paths, a swimming pool with a fountain and bathhouses. Pocket parks dot the neighborhoods. The homes include brick, stone or siding exteriors with rear porches.

Inside, the homes have 9- and 10-foot ceilings, hardwood flooring in the living areas and foyer, crown moldings, finished loft levels, a master bath, and a kitchen with hardwood flooring, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, maple counters and a breakfast bar.

The homes are priced from $536,000 for a one-level condominium up to $1,700,000 for a single-family home, with monthly homeowner association fees of $325 to $450.

Call 410/810-8834 or visit www.ChesterRiverHomes.com.

Town homes and condominiums will be available at Deep Harbour, a development by Beazer Homes Corp. in Cambridge. The site is on Cambridge Creek, which empties into the wide Choptank River, and the homes are within walking distance of the revitalized downtown, art district and historic areas of Cambridge.

Deep Harbour will feature a private gated entrance, brick-paved roundabouts, condominiums on the channel and a town-home village with a swimming center, a pool house and a 56-slip marina.

A hotel and restaurant are also planned for the development. A public river walk along the creek will provide views.

Town homes are base-priced from $199,990 to the $300,000s, with condominiums ranging from $189,990 to the $400,000s, depending on the water view.

The condominium homes include a master bedroom with a private bath, a guest bedroom and bath, crown moldings, 9-foot ceilings, and a sunroom or deck. Models are available with separate living and dining areas and combined spaces.

Storage and parking are provided on the first level of the building for all residents. The town homes include a two-car garage, a great room, two or three bedrooms, 21/2 baths, 9-foot ceilings on the main level, vaulted ceilings upstairs, moldings and hardwood flooring in the foyer, and many have first-floor porches and second-floor balconies.

Condominium/homeowner association fees range from $250 to $320 per month.

Call 800/779-5449 or visit www.deepharbour.com.

Elm Street Development Inc. has designed the waterfront community of Easton Village, a single-family home community with 250 homes on the north shore of the Tred Avon River in Easton.

Easton Village is being built around a series of parks, with more than 50 acres of the community set aside as a nature preserve.

Wetland protections have been put in place, and many of the trees, including some more than 300 years old, have been preserved. At Easton Village, each neighborhood, tree-lined street borders front gardens and front porches. Service lanes provide access to rear garages.

No home will be more than one block from a park.

Planned community amenities include a marina with private boat slips, a kayak launch and crabbing pier, a 6-acre park with a pavilion, a village green and more than 3 miles of walking trails and nature paths. The developer says a pedestrian bridge over the Tred Avon river is planned to connect Easton Village to the town of Easton as part of the Rails to Trails program.

Three builders will be building homes in Easton Village, including ILEX Construction & Development Corp., Lennar Corp. and K&P; Builders Inc., with base prices anticipated to range from the $700,000s to more than $1,000,000.

Homeowner association fees range from $150 to $200 per month.

Call 800/290-9240 or visit www.eastonvillage.com.

Lennar is building single-family homes at Longboat Estates in Cambridge priced in the mid-$300,000s. The development has a boat launch and a dock on the Choptank River and a swimming pool.

Every home includes a two-car garage, first-floor master suite, a covered porch and a sunroom. The Talbot II model has a separate living room and dining room on either side of the foyer, a family room with a fireplace and a wall of windows and an open center-island kitchen and breakfast area.

This level also has a sunroom, a covered porch, a laundry room and a powder room.

The first-floor master suite has two walk-in closets and a bath with a corner tub and a separate shower. Upstairs are three more bedrooms and two additional full baths. The finished top level has a fifth bedroom with a full bath and a bonus room.

Homeowner association fees are $50 per month.

Call 410/221-8507 or visit www.Lennar.com.

Town homes, condominiums and single-family homes are available at the Residences at River Marsh, a new development by Beazer in Cambridge, part of the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay property.

Recreational amenities at River Marsh include a 6,500-square-foot clubhouse with an indoor swimming pool, bike paths and sandy beaches.

Within the Hyatt grounds are several waterfront restaurants, a full-service spa, a golf course, a sand volleyball court, tennis courts and a marina.

The condominiums are priced from $482,000 and up, with town homes priced from $449,900 and up, and single-family homes are priced from $709,990 to $859,990.

Monthly homeowner association fees are estimated to be $400.

The single-family homes have four bedrooms, three or four full baths, a half bath and a two-car garage, with Hardi-plank siding, high ceilings, moldings and hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen and powder room.

Other standard features include a gas fireplace in the family room, a first-floor study, recessed lighting, gas heat and gas hot water.

The kitchen includes hardwood flooring, 42-inch oak cabinets, a pantry, a breakfast area, granite counters and GE appliances.

The baths have ceramic tile flooring, with a master bath including a tub and separate shower.

Call 401/901-2961 or visit www.beazer.com.

Ryan Homes is building 232 condominium homes at Tangier Sound, a waterfront development in Crisfield. The community includes a marina and a swimming pool, along with views of Tangier Sound.

The condominium homes have 1,456 finished square feet, with three bedrooms and two full baths. Standard features include 9-foot ceilings, a private balcony, a covered parking space and a locked storage space.

The Augustine model features a large foyer with a view of the great room and a separate dining room. The kitchen includes a pantry, a breakfast bar and an island. The master suite has a private balcony, a walk-in closet and a bath with a tub and separate shower.

The homes are priced from the $270,000s with monthly condominium fees of $305.

The builder is currently offering an included boat slip for buyers using the preferred lender or paying cash.

Call 410/968-0582 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

Sturbridge Homes is building town houses and condominiums at Waterside in Cambridge, with views of the city and water. Boat slips that accommodate boats from 20 to 50 feet are part of the development.

Five town homes, priced from $725,000 and up, will be built, each with a deck.

The 28 condominium homes are priced from $399,900 and up.

The condominiums include garage parking, a covered front and rear entry and a covered balcony.

Inside, the homes have high ceilings, a tray ceiling in the foyer, crown moldings, ceramic tile flooring in the foyer, kitchen and baths, and gas heat and hot water. The master bath has a tub and separate shower.

The kitchen includes maple raised panel cabinets, recessed lighting and solid surface counters.

The Easton model includes a foyer that separates the living areas from the bedrooms.

This model has an open center-island kitchen with a walk-in pantry, an arched opening to a wet bar, a formal dining room with a tray ceiling and a great room with a cathedral ceiling and a door to a covered porch.

The master suite has a private covered porch, a walk-in closet/dressing room and a bath. The second bedroom has a walk-in closet, sitting room and a bath with a tub and separate shower.

Other rooms include a third bedroom or optional study with access to the second bath, a powder room and a laundry room.

Monthly condominium fees range from more than $300 to more than $500.

Call 410/901-8384 or visit www.sturbridgehomes.com.

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