- The Washington Times - Friday, July 10, 2009

As the summer season reaches its height, vacationers often daydream about the ability to head to the beach on a whim.

If you own a place at the beach, you don’t need to waste time searching for a hotel room or deciding which beach town to visit. Some vacation-home owners find a way to juggle their schedules or telecommute so they can spend as much time at their beach retreat as they do in their permanent home.

At Bayside, a golf-course community in Fenwick Island, Del., residents may find it hard to return to work. Residents of this community, developed by the Carl M. Freeman Cos., can take advantage of a beach shuttle service, along with outdoor concerts at the Freeman Stage, a park with two playgrounds and a working carousel, a boardwalk, a bay-front gazebo, a nature trail, a fishing pier and charter boat and kayaking services.

The community includes a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, a tennis and recreation center, and two swimming pools. The golf course features salt marshes, meadows and woodlands with views of the Assawoman Bay coastline and Ocean City on the opposite shore.

NVHomes is now building single-family homes and villas at Bayside. Villas are priced from the upper $200,000s, with a condominium fee of $245 per month. Single-family homes are priced from the upper $200,000s to the upper $300,000s, with condominium fees of $250 per month. Homes on the premium 17th-hole homesites are base-priced from the low $400,000s to the low $500,000s.

Condominium fees include the beach shuttle, grounds maintenance, lawn-irrigation services, pond maintenance, security, snow-and-trash removal and association-and-property management. Residents can add a sports membership for an initial fee of $5,000 and $90 per month, which includes the use of all community amenities, pools, tennis courts and fitness center.

Standard features include cement siding, professional landscaping and a one- or two-car garage. Inside, the homes have three or four bedrooms, two or three baths, hardwood floors in the foyer, 9- and 10-foot ceilings, crown moldings, 42-inch kitchen cabinets, a luxury master bath, high-tech wiring, French doors with transoms, recessed lighting and Energy Star certification for energy-efficient features.

The Falconcrest model, with 2,801 finished square feet, is priced from $379,990 or from $469,990 on the premium lots. This model has a two-story foyer with an open floor plan. The open living room and open dining room flank the foyer, each with decorative columns. The dining room includes a tray ceiling.

At the back of this level is a two-story family room with a fireplace. Adjacent to the family room is an expansive center-island kitchen with a breakfast area and a pantry.

The first-floor master suite includes a large walk-in closet and a luxury bath.

The first floor also includes a laundry room and a half bath. Buyers can add a screened porch, a morning room and a conservatory to this level and expand the two-car garage to accommodate three cars.

Upstairs are three more bedrooms and a full bath. Buyers can add a bonus room with a full bath above the garage.

For more information or directions to Bayside, call sales and marketing representatives Laurie McFaul and Courtney Bouloucon at 302/436-9606 or visit www.livebayside.com.

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