- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 21, 2011

While many people scramble to find a home to borrow or rent near the beach during summer, some choose to make a long-term commitment to relaxing days on the golf course or in the sand. Those who decide to purchase a vacation home near the beach will have the advantage of a place to stay on a whim when the weather warms up or when the family simply needs to relax for a few days away from the stress of work, homework or a busy schedule.

At Millville by the Sea in Millville, Del., Miller and Smith has developed a resort-style community within four miles of Bethany Beach. The Christopher Cos. is building town homes and single-family homes in the community, each of which has earned a “silver” designation from the National Association of Home Builders and Delaware’s Green Building programs.

Residents of Millville by the Sea can enjoy a swimming pool and clubhouse, an exercise facility, a walking trail and a pond. In the summer, a shuttle takes residents directly to Bethany Beach. The development is close to golf courses, state parks and ponds, rivers, streams and the ocean for fishing. Museums, art galleries, movie theaters, shops and restaurants can be found nearby at Bethany Beach, Lewes and Rehoboth.

The homes at Millville by the Sea are all Energy Star rated and include energy-efficient air conditioning and heating systems, appliances, double-pane low-E windows and a high-efficiency insulation package. Each has a programmable thermostat, green-labeled carpets and carpet pads, insulated and conditioned crawl spaces and have been painted with low VOC paints.

The town homes are base-priced from $199,000 to $234,400, with a finished loft. The single-family homes are base-priced from $239,900 to $319,900 with a finished loft. The town-home owners pay $1,200 yearly for homeowner association dues, while the single-family owners pay $1,020 per year.

The town homes include two to four bedrooms, two or three full baths, a powder room and a one-car garage. Each has 9-foot ceilings on the main level, a screened porch and ceramic tile flooring in the baths, along with recessed lighting, a pantry and 42-inch maple cabinets in the kitchen.

The single-family homes have three bedrooms, two full baths, a powder room and a two-car garage. The homes have ceramic tile flooring in the foyer, 9-foot ceilings on the main level, ceramic tile flooring in the baths and recessed lighting, a pantry, 42-inch maple cabinets and granite counters in the kitchen.

Buyers can add a screened porch, a patio, a fireplace, and upgraded lighting, appliances and cabinets to the homes.

The Sea Isle single-family-home model has a foyer entrance leading straight through the house to a sunroom with a bay window and optional tray ceiling. This home has a great room with an optional tray ceiling and two walls of windows. One wall faces the veranda, which can be turned into a screened porch. At the center of this level is a center-island kitchen with a breakfast bar.

The first-floor master suite includes a foyer for extra privacy, a bedroom with windows on two sides, a deep walk-in closet and a luxury bath with a double-sink vanity, a linen closet and an oversized shower. Buyers can add a tray ceiling to the bedroom and a soaking tub and separate shower to the bathroom.

The main level has two additional bedrooms, one with a walk-in closet and one with a standard closet. A full bath connects these two rooms.

This level also has a powder room and a laundry room.

Upstairs is a storage room, unless buyers opt to finish the space with a loft, a fourth bedroom and a third full bath.

For more information about the Christopher Cos. homes at Millville by the Sea, contact sales manager Brigit Taylor at 302/539-2888 or visit www.millvillebythesea.com.

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