- The Washington Times - Friday, January 23, 2009

Residential developers study demographics and work with focus groups to determine what potential homebuyers will want in future years. One of the main driving forces demographically since the 1940s has been the baby-boomer generation. As this large demographic group heads toward retirement (those born in the beginning of the baby boom in 1946 will turn 63 this year), developers are designing homes in communities meant to appeal to pre-retirees and retirees.

These “active-adult communities” have some elements in common: Most include either on-site recreational amenities or are close to a recreation center; they usually have a clubroom or clubhouse for socializing; and they always offer one-level living, with either a one-level home or a master suite on the first floor with the kitchen, living areas and laundry room to avoid the necessity of climbing stairs. In addition, the communities are restricted to households with members age 55 or older, although children and grandchildren are allowed to visit.

Several active-adult communities are under development in Howard and Prince George’s counties, with many located in Ellicott City.

Howard County

NVHomes is building their Bella Via model at the Courtyards at Waverly Woods East, a planned community with a golf course, putting green, swimming pool, clubhouse, tennis courts, bocce ball and croquet courts. A grocery store and other shops are right in the community. The homes, which are priced from the upper $440,000s, include a first-floor master suite with a walk-in closet, living room with columns, a dining room, a family room and a kitchen and breakfast area. The second floor has two more bedrooms, a full bath, a loft and a storage room, and the lower level includes a finished recreation room. The monthly homeowner association fee is $283. Call 410/750-7415 or visit www.nvhomes.com.

Beazer Homes Corp. is building condominiums at the Gatherings at Jefferson Place, a development of four-story buildings with elevators. Located across from the Long Gate Shopping Center and a short walk from the renovated YMCA in Ellicott City, the development is also near shops, restaurants and entertainment in Columbia and Ellicott City. The Timbers at Troy Golf Club, Rockburn Branch Park and Patapsco Valley State Park are also nearby. The two-bedroom, two-bath condominiums each have a one-car garage and from 1,439 to 1,963 square feet. The condominiums are base-priced from the mid-$200,000s to the low $300,000s, with monthly condominium fees of $275. The first building is 60 percent sold. Call 410/540-9144 or visit www.beazer.com.

Beazer Homes is developing the Gatherings at Lyndwood, a gated community of condominiums in four-story elevator buildings with stone and brick facades, an intercom and an automatic locking door in the lobby and garages. Residents at Lyndwood have views of the fairways of the Timbers of Troy public golf course, which is located adjacent to the community. Recreational amenities will include a swimming pool, tennis courts, bocce ball and a clubhouse. There will be eight buildings with 216 homes. Just two homes are available for sale, including an Aspen model home with a den, sold furnished for $279,990. This home includes two bedrooms, crown and chair-rail moldings, 9-foot ceilings, tray ceilings in the living room and master suite, a one-car garage and two full baths. The master suite has a sitting room and the open kitchen has a breakfast bar. Condominium fees are $297 per month. Call 410/540-9144 or visit www.beazer.com.

At Legacy at the Courtyards of Waverly East in Woodstock, Ryan Homes is building condominiums in a planned community with a golf course, putting green, swimming pool, clubhouse, tennis courts, bocce ball and croquet courts. A grocery store and other shops are right in the community. The condominiums have two bedrooms, two baths, 9-foot ceilings, hardwood floors in the foyer and the options of adding a sunroom and a fireplace. The condominiums are priced from the low $210,000s, with a condominium fee of $328 per month. Call 410/480-1847 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

At Legacy at Ellicott Mills, Ryan Homes is building low-maintenance villa homes in a neighborhood with a community center. The location of this community provides easy access to shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. The villas have three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, brick fronts, hardwood floors in the foyer and powder room, 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, ceramic tile floors in the full baths and a kitchen with a smooth-top range. The homeowner association provides lawn care, exterior maintenance and snow removal. The homes, which have up to 3,550 finished square feet, include a two-car garage and are priced from the low $310,000s. The homeowner association fees are $219 per month. Call 410/461-6834 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

Ryan Homes is building condominiums and villas known as Legacy at Village Crest, where two condominium model styles are available, with prices from the low $190,000s to the upper $210,000s. The villas, priced from the low $300,000s, have three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a two-car garage. Condominium fees are $316 per month. Village Crest offers its residents three swimming pools, a clubhouse and a senior center. A community trolley service will take residents to and from historic downtown Ellicott City. The homes include hardwood foyers, ceramic floors in the baths, crown and chair-rail moldings, a washer and dryer, 42-inch kitchen cabinets and more. The Hampton Court Classic condominium model has an open kitchen, open living and dining areas, a sunroom with access to the patio or balcony, two bedrooms, two full baths and a storage closet. The Griffin model villa home has a first-floor master suite, a formal dining room with a vaulted ceiling and an upper-level loft for use as a home office or media room. Call 410/480-3910 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

Prince George’s County

Stavrou Associates Inc., a Lanham-based developer, has designed Cameron Grove in Upper Marlboro, which will feature about 860 homes, all set amid 162 acres of tree-lined boulevards and cascading fountains. Amenities include walking and biking trails, ponds, gardens and pavilions, tennis courts and a 14-acre park with a softball field, a golf chipping range and a pet park. The town center has a garden with a fountain and a resort spa and health club. Other facilities include a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a performing-arts center, a movie theater, a sports bar, a billiards room, craft studios, libraries and a business center. Condominiums, base-priced from $210,000 to $313,000, have one or two bedrooms, a den/solarium off the living room, a dining area and one to two baths. Condominium fees for a two-bedroom home are $106 per month, with an additional $69 for the homeowners fees.

The two-bedroom cottages, with 1,478 to 1,571 square feet, feature a one- or two-car garage, two full baths, formal living and dining rooms, a large eat-in kitchen and a covered front porch. The cottages are priced from $390,000 and up. Monthly homeowner association fees are $157. Single-family homes with 1,490 to 2,214 finished square feet on one level are priced from $490,000 and up, with monthly homeowner association fees of $187. These two-bedroom, two-bath homes have a two-car garage. Call 301/249-5900 or visit www.stavroucommunities.com.

Slenker Land Corp.’s Central Parke at Victoria Falls in Laurel is 75 percent sold out and will include 609 homes when complete. Housing options include 250 luxury condominiums with elevators and garages, priced from the mid-$200,000s by Sturbridge Homes, and single-family homes placed on cul-de-sacs built by Michael Harris Development priced from the mid-$300,000s. Craftstar Homes Inc. and Drees Homes Co. are building villas, with the Craftstar models priced from the low $300,000s and including a one- or two-car garage, while the Drees models include a two-car garage and are base-priced from the upper $300,000s. The Resort Club features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sauna, a fitness center, billiards room, a business center and a terrace. The community has a full-time lifestyle director and nature trails. The community association´s maintenance program includes maintaining lawns, shrub and tree-trimming, mulching, gutter cleaning and snow shoveling. Monthly homeowner association fees range from $188 to $279 per month. Call 410/813-2494 for Sturbridge Homes, 301/617-4164 for Craftstar Homes, 410/813-2546 for Drees Homes, 301/210-4157 for Michael Harris Development or visit www.centralparke.com/vf.

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