- The Washington Times - Friday, August 7, 2009

Travelers passing over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge can catch a glimpse of Kent Island’s clustered sailboats, fishing boats and waterfront parks.

The island’s location provides a resort-like lifestyle that is closer to the District than towns on the Eastern Shore or at the beach. There is even a commuter bus, located at the Bay Bridge, that takes Kent Island residents to work in the Washington area.

Sailing, fishing, power boating and crabbing are favorite pastimes of Kent Island residents and visitors, where public boat launches and parks can be found in abundance. Public beaches on the Chesapeake Bay offer a serene setting.

Kent Island residents also find themselves within an easy drive of St. Michaels, historic downtown Easton and Annapolis for shopping, dining and exploring antiques stores. More shopping is available on Kent Island and nearby at the Queenstown Outlet Mall.

White’s Heritage Development Partnership is creating the community of Gibson’s Grant on Kent Island, a 55-acre community with two miles of nature trails linked to the Cross Island Trail. Plans for the community include a swimming pool, a fitness center, a clubhouse, walking and biking trails, a kayak launch and a pier for fishing and crabbing.

Four companies are building homes at Gibson’s Grant, including Peninsula Construction, Covell Communities, Lundberg Builders and NVHomes. All the homes are designed to resemble traditional residences found along the Chesapeake Bay.

NVHomes will build 30 to 40 single-family homes in this community, with base prices from $419,990 to $489,990 for 2,064 to 3,324 finished square feet. Homeowner association fees are $200 per month.

Standard features for these homes include a brick foundation, a brick stoop, fiber cement siding, professional landscaping, an antique bronze coach lamp and a two-car garage with carriage-style doors. The homes have two to five bedrooms with 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 baths.

Other features include hardwood floors in the foyer and powder room; 9-foot ceilings on the main and upper levels; Colonial-style trim; recessed lighting; smooth ceilings; a luxury master bath with ceramic tile floors, a soaking tub and separate shower; a gas fireplace; gas heat and gas water heating.

Each kitchen includes 42-inch cabinets, a pantry, recessed lighting and granite counters.

Buyers at Gibson’s Grant can add a morning room, room extensions, whirlpool tubs and upgraded kitchens in addition to finishing the lower level.

The Bartholomew model, with 2,864 square feet, is base-priced at $459,990. This home includes a foyer flanked by the formal living room and formal dining room, with a dramatic center staircase with a cascading waterfall effect on the lower steps.

The main level includes a study, a half bath and multiple closets. Across the back of the home are an open family room, breakfast area and center-island kitchen.

Upstairs, the master suite includes a walk-in closet and a luxury bath. Three additional bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet, share a hall bath. A laundry room completes this level.

For more information or directions to Gibson’s Grant, call 410/604-1396 or visit www.nvhomes.com.

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