- The Washington Times - Friday, September 26, 2008

As homeowners age, they sometimes find the tasks associated with taking care of their property become more onerous. Cleaning gutters, mowing the lawn, raking leaves and shoveling snow may be a novelty for new homeowners, but, after decades of these tasks, some owners are ready for someone else to do the work.

Active adult communities, designed for households with residents 55 and older, appeal to senior consumers who are ready to spend less time on home maintenance and more time on pleasurable leisure activities.

Unlike the traditional retirement communities, most of the residents of active adult communities continue to work part time or full time and anticipate transitioning into retirement in future years.

At Legacy at Greenview in New Market, Md., Ryan Homes has created a community with maintenance-free living within the Historic New Market district, where antique shops, specialty stores and restaurants are nearby.

Within Greenview, in Frederick County, residents can enjoy a swimming pool, tennis courts and a clubhouse. Downtown Frederick and Interstate 270 are also nearby.

Each single-family home at Legacy at Greenview, base-priced from the upper $340,000s through the upper $390,000s, has as many as four bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. Every home has a two-car garage.

In keeping with the traditions of active adult communities, each home has a first-floor master bedroom suite along with a first-floor laundry room so that the older members of the household can live on one level.

A second floor is optional. Sunrooms, morning rooms, screened porches, finished basements, lofts and additional bedrooms and baths are also optional.

The Delray model has a tray ceiling in the foyer, which has columns flanking the entrance to the formal living room. The formal dining room has a tray ceiling and columns. Both of these rooms can be expanded with bay windows. A butler’s pantry, which links the dining room with the kitchen, has glass cabinets and a walk-in pantry.

The kitchen and its breakfast bar and breakfast area are open to the two-story family room, which has a sloped ceiling and windows on two sides; buyers can add a fireplace.

The master suite has a tray ceiling, a walk-in closet and a private bath with an oversized shower with two seats and a double-sink vanity. Buyers can upgrade this bath with a soaking tub and separate shower. The main level has a second bedroom and full bath and a laundry room with a door to the garage.

The Delray can be expanded with a finished lower level and a finished second level with a loft, two more bedrooms, a third bath and storage rooms.

The Brighton model has a covered porch leading into the foyer, which has columns flanking the entrance to a full bath and a bedroom with a cathedral ceiling. Beyond the foyer is a study with a double-door entrance. At the back of the house, the great room has a vaulted ceiling and opens to a dining area and the kitchen, which has a breakfast bar.

The master suite has a tray ceiling, a walk-in closet and a private bath with a two vanities and an oversized shower. This bath can be upgraded with a soaking tub and separate shower. The master suite can also be expanded with a sitting room or a sunroom. The main level also has a laundry room.

Buyers can add a second floor to the Brighton with unfinished storage space, a bedroom, bath and loft; or two bedrooms and a 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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