- The Washington Times - Friday, February 22, 2008

Salisbury, the largest city on the Eastern Shore, is often called the Crossroads for the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia Peninsula known as Delmarva. Its location at the head of the Wicomico River played a large part in its development.

“We offer an abundance of natural resources like the beach, bay and rivers that provide recreation and employment,” says Sheila Dodson, Realtor with ERA Martin Associates in Salisbury.

Salisbury is about half an hour west of Ocean City, about two hours from the District and Baltimore. Residential, retail and cultural features make Salisbury, in Wicomico County, a desirable place to live.

The county was named after the Wicomico River from the Indian words “wicko” and “mekee,” meaning a place where houses are built. It refers to an early Indian town in the area, historians say.

Some of the more established neighborhoods offer Federal, Georgian and Victorian architecture. Many new developments have grown up in the area over the past decade including new housing, several active-adult communities and large strip malls.

Ms. Dodson says the major employers in the area are Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury University and Perdue, the large-scale poultry processor.

“Perdue offers a third level of financial security for jobs in our area, from farming to top-level employment,” she says.

Salisbury also has the honor of being named one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People for the third consecutive year by America’s Promise Alliance.

“Buyers are attracted to our area because of very reasonable home prices and the various amenities that we offer,” Ms. Dodson says. “Our first-time home buyers are our strongest market segment at the moment. Over the past few years, we have seen a number of people relocating here from the more expensive areas on the western shore as well as the northeast region of the county.”

Ryan Homes (www.ryan homes.com) is building garage town houses in the Villages at Aydelotte in Salisbury. Starting from the low $180,000s, the homes feature up to three levels. Some models offer a basement. They have three or four bedrooms and up to 2,400 square feet of living space.

This community also boasts a community clubhouse with a gym, tennis courts and an outdoor pool. Retail shopping and everyday conveniences are close by.

The Residences at Rivers Edge (www.residencesatrivers edge.com) are waterfront condominiums on the Wicomico River. The condominiums feature a river walk that begins in the community and leads into downtown Salisbury.

The first of three phases comprises 30 residences. Once completed, the community will have 116 condominium homes.

Crosby Real Estate Associates is the developer of the community that features a pool, cabana and fitness center.

Sassafras Meadows offers five models to choose from. Thomas H. Ruark Inc. (www.ruarkhomes.com) developed the community just outside Salisbury. Homes range from $241,600 to $266,600. Buyers can choose from one- or two-story designs and an array of exteriors.

Customizing options to personalize the home can include screened porches, volume ceilings, gas fireplaces and lawn irrigation. The Bayberry model is 1,666 square feet and comes with a two-story foyer and a great room with a vaulted ceiling.

Colonial Village in Fruitland, just three miles from downtown Salisbury, has three-bedroom, one-car garage town homes with three designs to choose from. Built by Timberlake Homes Inc. (www.timber lakehomes.com) buyers can choose from a variety of options, including a finished basement, sunroom, gas fireplace and a bay window. Prices start in the low $200,000s.

Tucker Homes (www.tucker homes.net), is building single-family homes in the communities of Morgans Ridge and Senate Heights, both minutes from Salisbury.

The builder says the location is ideal for families seeking quiet countryside living but who want to be close to shops and recreation.

One of Morgan Ridge’s models is called the Choptank and comes with a spacious master suite, sitting room and two walk-in closets. This home has 3,319 square feet of living space. Builder incentives include $2,500 toward closing costs.

For shopping, the Centre at Salisbury offers more than 100 specialty stores and is anchored by a 16-screen cinema and a sporting goods store.

Recent developments include an addition to the mall’s exterior for restaurants and other uses in a new 12,000-square-foot building that will adjoin the theater, as well as new 7,500-square-foot pad sites available for development.

The Salisbury Zoo has been in operation since 1954. The zoo offers workshops and scheduled events such as story time and an Earth Day event.

Pemberton Historical Park (www.pembertonpark.org) allows visitors to explore 17th-century life on Pemberton Hall plantation.

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art (www.wardmuseum. org) offers a full calendar of programs and displays world-champion wildfowl carvings and acclaimed contemporary sculptures and paintings.

The Wicomico Youth and Civic Center hosts recreational events, concerts, theatrical productions, trade shows and community events.

Additional area attractions include the Wicomico Equestrian Center, the Whitehaven Ferry, which is said to have been in operation for more than 300 years, and Cedar Hill Park and Marina.


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