- The Washington Times - Friday, September 14, 2007

The Northern Neck of Virginia tempts Washington-area residents in search of a vacation home where families can pursue watery pleasures such as swimming, fishing, crabbing and boating but also find a quieter atmosphere than at typical beach resorts.

Small towns with antique shops and restaurants dot the Northern Neck. Once families have vacationed in the area, they often return to its quiet coves and peaceful atmosphere.

Equity Homes Inc. is building town homes and villas at Branson Cove in Coles Point in Westmoreland County.

The resort community will include 42 villas and six waterfront town homes. Residents will be able to dock their boats at the community marina, fish from the community pier and relax and get to know their neighbors at the community swimming pool and bathhouse.

Golf courses are located nearby, and residents can spend their time boating, fishing and crabbing.

The homes are constructed of brick, stone and vinyl siding. Each villa has a two-car garage, professional landscaping and a sodded lawn. The town homes have a one-car garage. Lawn maintenance is included for residents.

Inside, the villas have 9- and 10-foot ceilings, crown moldings, an oak staircase, a gas fireplace and hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen and powder room.

The villa kitchens have 42-inch oak cabinets, Corian counters, recessed lighting, a desk and a center island. The baths have ceramic tile flooring. The master bath includes a soaking tub and separate shower. The homes also have two-zone heating and air conditioning.

The town homes include the same features, with the addition of an elevator reaching all three levels. Town-home buyers can choose maple, hickory or cherry cabinets for the kitchen, which has granite counters.

Options available to all buyers include upgrading the cabinets, flooring, appliances, counters and fixtures.

The homes have three to five bedrooms and 2,218 to 3,088 finished square feet. Base prices range from $499,900 to the mid-$800,000s. Homeowner association fees have yet to be determined.

The Westmoreland model, with 2,532 to 3,088 square feet, is base-priced from $549,900.

This model has a front porch with columns that extend across the entire front of the house. The spacious two-story foyer has an adjoining powder room, a central staircase and an entrance to the formal dining room, which is flanked by columns. The dining room has a double window facing the porch and a side window.

At the back of the main level are an open two-story family room, breakfast area and center-island kitchen. The family room has a wall of windows, and the breakfast area has a glass door to the back yard. A fireplace warms the family room. A combined mudroom and laundry room links the two-car garage with the kitchen.

The first floor also includes a private master suite reached through double doors off a hall. The master suite has a walk-in closet and a bedroom with a triple window and two additional side windows. The master bath has a tub, a separate shower and two vanities.

The upper level has two galleries overlooking the family room and the foyer. The second bedroom has a standard closet and a private door into the hall bath, which has a double-sink vanity. The third bedroom has a standard closet and an adjacent full bath. This level also has an unfinished storage room or optional fourth bedroom.

For information or directions, call sales manger Jim Sanderson at 804/472-4744 or visit www.equityhomes.com.

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