- The Washington Times - Friday, May 15, 2009

A primary appeal of Anne Arundel County is its proximity to both Baltimore and the Washington area. The county is about an equal distance from both and attracts commuters looking for a more relaxed lifestyle than a city offers.

Known for its waterfront, water-view and water-access communities, Anne Arundel County offers homes in all styles and price ranges. A good number of communities are situated on and around the Chesapeake Bay’s many tributaries.

Realtors say popular locations for people working in Baltimore include Severn, Odenton, Pasadena and Severna Park, while popular locations for D.C. commuters are Crofton, Annapolis and Davidsonville.

Annapolis

Annapolis, the state capital, has been voted one of the “best places to live” by several national magazines, all noting that it’s a great place to live, play, work and raise a family. With an impressive marina waterfront, fantastic seafood restaurants, historic sites and boutique shopping, the city is enjoyed by tourists and locals alike.



Winchester Homes Inc. is building brick-front two-car garage town homes at Admirals View in Annapolis. This low- maintenance community is just a short drive from historic downtown Annapolis. Prices start at $349,990, with limited availability.

These luxury town homes have more than 2,000 square feet with three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. The quaint community is surrounded by forest conservation areas and open spaces. For more information, call 410/266-1524 or visit www.winchesterhomes.com.

The residences at Park Place are condominiums in Annapolis by JBG/Carlyle in a new upscale development within walking distance of the historic district. The pedestrian-friendly development includes office space, a hotel, restaurants and shops. Priced from the $400,000s, the one-, two- and three-bedroom homes feature spacious floor plans with luxury finishes.

The two-bedroom residences range in square footage from about 1,100 to 1,700. The largest of the two-bedroom homes features a living room, master suite and separate dining room.

Among the features in every unit are a full-size stacked washer and dryer, granite counters and crown molding. Building amenities include an outdoor pool, fitness facility, a community entertainment lounge and on-site storage space. For more information, call 866/413-0840 or visit www.parkplace-annapolis.com.

All of the single-family homes at Annapolis Ridge by Porten Homes have brick fronts, some with columned front porches and wrought-iron railings. All of the homes have four bedrooms and more than 3,000 square feet of living space.

According to the builder’s Web site, a 3,200-square-foot Devonshire model on a wooded lot is available for immediate delivery and priced at $695,356. The Adams model home also is available. It includes a center-island kitchen with cherry cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances; and a finished lower level with a recreation room, bar, media room, full bath and den. For more information, call 301/881-0040 or visit www.portenhomes.com.

The views are exciting at GrandView at Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole. Most of the condominium units by Sturbridge Homes overlook the landscaped town plaza or, depending on the location within the building, have views of nearby rivers, downtown Annapolis and beyond.

The building features one-, two- and three-bedroom homes that range from 840 to 3,650 square feet. Prices range from the $300,000s to more than $2,000,000.

The homes have 10- and 11-foot ceilings, gourmet kitchens and sumptuous master suites. Residents will benefit from the building’s concierge service, rooftop pool and social club.

Residents also will enjoy living in one of the area’s hottest new developments, which features restaurants and popular stores (including a new Target and Whole Foods market). For more information, call 410/451-5685 or visit www.sturbridgehomes.com.

K. Hovnanian Homes is building single-family homes at Monticello in Annapolis. Homes have three or four bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. Prices range from $484,990 to $554,990.

Once completed, the community will contain 76 homes. There are five floor plans, with the largest being the Brentwood model, which has 2,992 square feet. This floor plan has a huge kitchen and open family room in the back of the home. Each bedroom has its own walk-in closet. Options to expand the home include a 6-foot family room extension and a morning room. For more information, call 410/224-4440 or visit www.khov.com.

Homeport is a single-family community by Winchester Homes near downtown Annapolis, located on the edge of Church Creek.

All of the homes come with water access from a community pier, and all have a brick or stone exterior. Prices start at $549,900, with limited availability. (At the time of writing, just six cul-de-sac sites remained.) For more information, call 410/224-3890 or visit www.winchesterhomes.com.

Hanover

Ryan Homes is building elevator condominiums and two-level garage town-home condominiums at Stoney Creek in Hanover. This community is convenient to Arundel Mills Mall and outlets. Prices start in the upper $210,000s for up to three bedrooms. Options include a fireplace, study and home office. For more information, call 410/517-5743 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

Toll Bros. Inc. is offering new single-family homes in Hanover at the Glen in ArundelPreserve. Prices start in the high $500,000s. Two-story foyers, gourmet kitchens and cathedral ceilings are among the standard features.

This community offers five different four-bedroom floor plans. Square footages range from 2,600 to 3,063. The largest model, the Richmond, comes with a two-story living room and a two-story family room with a rear window wall. The amenity-filled community will include a swimming pool, neighborhood walking paths and playgrounds. For more information, call 866/827-0282 or visit www.tollbrothers.com.

Severn

Ryan Homes is building in Severn’s Colonial Woods community. These single-family homes have up to five bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths. Prices range from the upper $380,000s to the mid-$430,000s.

The Venice model has a foyer that opens to a formal room, which can be used as a living room or dining room. The kitchen features a walk-in pantry and oversized cabinets. This home has an upper-level laundry room. For more information, call 410/ 519-4372 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

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