- The Washington Times - Friday, April 16, 2010

Spring-break vacations naturally lead many families to begin planning their next vacations. Families who own vacation homes can avoid the decisions and discussions associated with organizing dates and places to visit. Instead, these families can take a quick car ride and be on vacation on a whim.

Vacation properties are not only for the rich. Plenty are available in lower price ranges, making them affordable for more buyers. In addition, the property can be used as part of a retirement planning strategy, either for using the home as a retirement location or to sell for additional income. Many vacation homes also offer families an opportunity to offset the costs of their own vacations by renting the property to other families.

At Ashley Manor in Selbyville in Sussex County, Del., villa-style attached homes are available from Beazer Homes at base prices of $239,990 to $312,990. The community, located within four to eight miles of resort towns with shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and beaches, includes its own resort-style amenities. Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes and Ocean City are all short drives from the development.

Within Ashley Manor are an outdoor swimming pool and pavilion with a fireplace and a stocked “catch and release” fishing pond with a pier. A picnic area and walking trails also are planned for the community. Combined homeowner and condominium association fees are $2,900 annually.

The homes at Ashley Manor have been designed for residents to enjoy a “lock-and-leave” lifestyle with a low-maintenance exterior, professional landscaping and a sodded lawn with an irrigation system.

The villas have two or three bedrooms with two or 2 1/2 baths and 1,552 to 2,127 finished square feet. Each includes a one- or two-car garage.

Standard features include 9-foot-high ceilings on the main level, hardwood flooring in the foyer and 42-inch oak cabinets in the kitchen. The homes include energy-efficient windows, a home energy monitor and a programmable thermostat.

The Chesapeake model, with 1,552 square feet, is base-priced at $239,990. This one-level model has a front porch, a study and an open great room and center-island kitchen. The master bedroom includes a walk-in closet and a private bath with a double-sink vanity. Additional rooms include a second bedroom, a second full bath and a laundry room with a door to the one-car garage. Buyers can convert the study to a third bedroom if desired.

The Atlantic model, with 1,922 square feet, is base-priced at $282,990 to $292,990. This two-level home has a two-car garage, a great room, a powder room, a covered patio and a breakfast area adjacent to the kitchen. The first-floor master suite has a walk-in closet and private bath with a double-sink vanity. Upstairs are a loft, a full bath, two more bedrooms and a storage room.

The Bayview model, with 2,127 square feet, is base-priced from $302,990 to $312,990. This two-level home has a two-car garage and a two-story foyer with a fireplace. The first floor includes a separate dining room with a triple window, a kitchen with a breakfast bar, a breakfast area and a covered patio. Each home also has a powder room, a laundry room and a master suite with a walk-in closet, and a luxury bath with a soaking tub, a separate shower and a double-sink vanity. Upstairs are a game room, two bedrooms, a full bath, a storage room and a balcony.

For more information or directions to Ashley Manor, call Patti Smith or David Quattrini at 302/436-2583 or visit www.beazer.com.

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