- The Washington Times - Friday, October 24, 2008

Nearly 20 percent of the people who moved into an active-adult community — in which members of the household must be 55 or older — indicated in a 2007 survey that they were looking for higher-quality — not necessarily larger — housing.

Other reasons mentioned for choosing an active-adult community include the look and design of a community and closeness to relatives. The primary reason, given by 22 percent of households in the survey, for moving into such a community was the proximity to leisure activities.

This data came from the American Housing Survey conducted by the Census Bureau.

Developers of active-adult communities look for locations near shopping and entertainment areas, along with providing as many recreational amenities as they can within the community. At Legacy at Greenview, Ryan Homes is creating an active-adult community with maintenance-free living in Historic New Market, Md., where antique shops, specialty stores and restaurants are nearby.

Within Greenview, residents can enjoy a swimming pool, tennis courts and a clubhouse, where neighbors gather for social and recreational activities. Downtown Frederick and Interstate 270 are also close.

In addition to single-family residences, Ryan Homes is building town homes at the Legacy at Greenview, each with a first-floor master suite and a one-car garage. Priced from the upper $230,000s, these homes have a low-maintenance exterior.

The Glenhurst model town homes have two finished levels and, in most locations, include an unfinished lower level that can be completed for more living space.

The first floor has a foyer with a door to the garage and a staircase to the upper level. Adjacent to the foyer is an open breakfast area and kitchen, with a breakfast bar opening into the dining area. A powder room is just off the kitchen, and a nearby closet is ready for laundry equipment.

The dining area opens to the two-story great room, which has a sloped ceiling; buyers can add a gas fireplace to the great room. Other options for this area include expanding the house with a sunroom addition or a screened porch.

The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and an adjacent full bath. Options for the master suite include adding a tray ceiling, a bay window on an end unit, and altering the bath with either an oversized shower in place of a combination tub and shower, or adding an oversized soaking tub in place of the standard bathtub.

Buyers who expand the garage to accommodate two cars can then add a laundry room, a larger master bedroom and closet and a larger master bath with a soaking tub and a separate shower.

Upstairs are two large bedrooms, one with a walk-in closet. This level also has a full bath and an unfinished storage room with attic access. Buyers can add a loft overlooking the great room and a computer loft in place of part of the storage room. The unfinished lower level available on most homes can be finished with a recreation room and a full bath.

For more information about the Legacy at Greenview, call 301/865-8934 or 301/865-9527 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

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