- The Washington Times - Friday, March 12, 2010

Waterfront property typically comes with an upper-bracket price range, but at Monroe Point at Colonial Beach, Va., homebuyers can find expansive town homes with starting prices less than $200,000. These semi-custom homes, which have more than 2,100 square feet, allow buyers to choose a variety of optional features.

Perhaps the feature that will draw the most attention to Monroe Point is the community pier, where 92 boat slips are available for residents. The boat slips are on Monroe Bay, which leads quickly to the Potomac River, which spills into the Chesapeake Bay. The Potomac River is 6 to 7 miles wide in Colonial Beach, nearly as wide as the Chesapeake Bay and popular for boating and fishing.

The community includes a mile-long nature trail, a clubhouse and a swimming pool, along with a lake. Colonial Beach is a historic community with quaint shops and restaurants, and other Northern Neck towns and inlets are easily reached by boat or car.

Monroe Point is located about 60 miles from downtown Washington and 80 miles from downtown Baltimore. Developer Chesapeake Townhome Development Inc. is offering, for a limited time, a $10,000 discount on a home purchase to buyers who can find a better-priced new home in a waterfront community within a two-hour drive of Washington, D.C.

Built by JL Builders, a Richmond-based homebuilder, the community has been carefully designed to accommodate part-time residents and future retirees. The monthly homeowners association fee of $100 covers all landscaping and exterior maintenance, so when owners arrive at Monroe Point they can focus their attention on rest and relaxation rather than home maintenance projects.

Each home allows the option of installing an elevator now or making an inexpensive adjustment so that adding an elevator in the future will be easier.

Two home types are available at Monroe Point. The Meadow View homes, priced from $195,900, include 2,160 finished square feet with three bedrooms, 2 1/2 or three full baths and a 10-by-20-foot one-car garage.

Standard features include a stone-front foundation, double patio doors, cement board siding, carriage-style garage doors with windows, professional landscaping and front-yard irrigation systems. Inside, each home has a ceramic tile foyer, 9-foot-high ceilings on the lower and main levels, six-panel interior doors, three finished levels and a luxury master bath with a double-sink vanity, a soaking tub and separate shower. Some of the homes include bay windows.

The Water View homes, priced from $239,900, include 2,400 finished square feet, three bedrooms, a den, three full baths and a 10-by-20-foot one-car garage. In addition to the features of the Meadow View homes, each Water View home includes a deck and a two-story sunroom.

Pricing for the homes depends on the location and view as well as the upgrades chosen. Besides the elevator, buyers can add hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, a center island in the kitchen and granite counters and other upgrades. Buyers can choose from among several town home floor plans.

One popular floor plan includes a lower-level entrance with a double-door closet, a finished den, a powder room, a laundry room and a sunroom with windows on two sides on the lower level.

The main level has a front living room with an optional adjacent powder room, and a central dining room. At the back of this level are an open kitchen and breakfast area and a sunroom with windows on two sides.

The upper level includes a master bedroom with a sitting area, a walk-in closet and a luxury bath. Two more bedrooms and a second full bath complete this level.

For more information or directions to Monroe Point, visit www.MonroePoint.net or call Michael Dzaman, president of Chesapeake Townhome Development, at 410/528-8111.

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