- The Washington Times - Friday, January 2, 2009

History buffs and antique lovers alike enjoy visits to Harpers Ferry, W.Va., along with people who enjoy rafting, fishing and hiking. Now Wormald Cos. is developing a gated, resort-style residential community in the Harpers Ferry district so that families can explore their local interests year-round or on occasional weekends.

Beallair, a community planned around the historic Beallair mansion, offers residents a variety of recreational amenities within its gates, including a clubhouse, formal gardens, a swimming pool, a fitness center, walking trails and park areas. The homeowner association provides all the maintenance for the residents, including snow shoveling and lawn mowing, so that homeowners have more opportunity to enjoy their leisure time.

Beallair, less than 10 minutes from a MARC train station and less than one hour from Charles Town.

Homebuyers in this Jefferson County community can customize their homes with home theater rooms, wet bars and spas, including a sauna, steam shower and hot tub, so they may choose to stay home more often to enjoy these fabulous amenities.

Standard features include a stone front exterior with carriage-style garage doors and professional landscaping with a sodded lawn. Inside, the homes have three or four bedrooms with two or three full baths and a powder room. The homes include hardwood floors on the main level, a fireplace, tray ceilings, recessed lighting, double hung windows, architectural detailing with archways, ceiling medallions and moldings. The center-island kitchens include maple cabinets, granite counters and upgraded appliances including a five-burner cooktop and a double oven.

The single-family homes and villas on homesites from one fourth to over 1 acre are priced from the $350,000s to the $500,000s. Homeowner association fees range from $148 to $168. Eventually, the development will have 300 homes, each with a first-floor master suite with a separate sitting area and luxury bath.

The Summerhill Manor model has 3,462 finished square feet and is priced from $505,900. This home has a front porch with columns and an entrance to a two-story foyer. Arched doorways lead from the foyer into the den, which has optional bookshelves, and into the dining room, which has an optional tray ceiling.

A central gallery features the stairway to the upper and lower level and has archways and columns. The two-story great room has a gas fireplace, columns and knee walls to define the space. Buyers can add skylights.

Adjacent to the great room are the breakfast room and the center-island kitchen, which has a desk, a walk-in pantry and a butler’s pantry. The laundry room is nearby.

The first-floor master suite includes two walk-in closets, a sitting area and a luxury bath with a soaking tub, separate shower and double-sink vanity. Buyers can add a tray ceiling to the bedroom and a whirlpool tub.

Upstairs, a central library overlooks the great room. The second bedroom has a window seat and a walk-in closet. The third bedroom has a bumped-out wall of windows and a walk-in closet, while the fourth bedroom has two double-door closets and an optional window seat. This level also has a wide linen closet and a full bath with a double-sink vanity. A second full bath is optional.

For more information or directions to Beallair, call 304/728-6300 or 1/800/353-0068 or visit www.beallair.com.

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