- The Washington Times - Friday, September 25, 2009

Many vacation homes near the water can be surprisingly affordable. At Bay Pointe in Lewes, Del., Ryan Homes is building a community of 165 single-family homes with base prices from the mid-$200,000s to the low $300,000s.

Bay Pointe, located on Herring Creek, includes water views for many of the homes, which are set on sites among mature trees. The community, about 5 miles from Route 1 in Lewes, provides a serene setting just minutes from the Delaware beaches. Potential buyers may be drawn to the proximity to the beach, the ocean, miniature golf courses, outlet shopping and the charms of beachside towns such as Rehoboth and Lewes - plus the community’s own resortlike amenities.

The homeowner association fee of $280 per quarter provides access to a swimming pool, a club with a fitness center, a waterfront gazebo and a pier with kayak racks and private water access.

The homes have been designed with resort-style exteriors and range in size from 1,634 to 2,918 square feet, with base prices from $259,990 to $309,990. Standard features include professional landscaping, low-maintenance exterior materials, energy-efficient windows and a two-car garage. Inside, the homes have three to five bedrooms, two or three baths, oak banisters and rails, six-panel doors, flat panel oak cabinets and oak vanities in the baths.

The Brighton model, with 1,716 finished square feet, is priced from $279,990. This home has a front porch. Inside is a foyer with a columned entrance into a bedroom wing that includes a full bath, a linen closet and a bedroom with a cathedral ceiling.

At the back of the home, the open floor plan includes a great room with a two-story ceiling, a dining area and a kitchen with a pantry and a breakfast bar. Nearby is a study with a double-door entrance. The main level also includes a master bedroom with a tray ceiling, a walk-in closet and a private full bath. A laundry room and entrance to the garage are nearby.

Buyers can customize this floor plan with a sunroom on the side or rear, a master suite sitting room, extended rooms, a fireplace and a luxury master bath. Another option converts the study to another bedroom.

The upper level includes unfinished attic storage, which can be converted to a bedroom and a loft with a full bath or two bedrooms with a full bath. The lower level also can be finished with a recreation room, a media room and a half or full bath.

The Milford model, with 2,918 finished square feet, is priced from $309,990. This home has a two-story foyer flanked by a formal dining room and a living room or optional study. Both the living room and dining room include columns.

At the back of the house are a two-story family room with a sloped ceiling, a kitchen with a breakfast bar and adjacent breakfast area, a half bath and a laundry room. The first-floor master suite has two walk-in closets and a luxury bath with a soaking tub, a separate shower and two separate vanities. Buyers can add a fireplace, a sitting room and a morning room.

Upstairs are three more bedrooms and a full bath. Buyers can add a loft overlooking the family room and a second full bath. The lower level can be finished with a recreation room, a media room, an exercise room and a half or full bath.

For more information or directions, call sales and marketing representative Tara Brown at 302/947-1974 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

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