- - Thursday, August 18, 2011

Many Washingtonians admire the view of Kent Island and the marinas visible as soon as they cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge heading toward their beach vacation.

Living in this area allows quick access to Annapolis and St. Michaels, along with the nature preserves, golf courses, rivers, creeks and small towns that make the Eastern Shore so appealing. Travel time to beach towns such as Rehoboth, Bethany and Lewes, Del.; and Ocean City, Md., is shortened, and those with boats can spend their days fishing or relaxing on the Bay.

Craftstar Homes is building single-family homes at Gibson’s Grant, a planned community with year-round amenities in Chester in Queen Anne’s County just past the Bay Bridge. While residents enjoy their proximity to marinas and boat launches, the community also is near waterfront restaurants and multiple shopping centers, including the shops at Queenstown Premium Outlets.

Gibson’s Grant provides a wide variety of recreational amenities within the community, including a 55-acre nature preserve, a fishing pier, kayak slip and walking and biking trails. Residents can enjoy a pavilion with barbecue grills and a fire pit, a playground, a swimming pool, a fitness center, a bocce board, and a clubhouse with a kitchenette for entertaining.

The five single-family home models range in size from 1,827 to 3,100 finished square feet, with three or four bedrooms, two or three baths, a powder room and a two-car garage. Buyers can choose a three-car detached garage on some lots. The homes are base-priced from $399,900 to $469,900, with homeowner fees ranging from $165 to $177 per month.

Standard features on the homes include Hardiplank siding, a brick front walk, a brick front stoop, brick accents on the ground level, professional landscaping, sodded back and front yards and carriage-style garage doors.

Inside, the homes have 9-foot ceilings on all levels; ceramic tile flooring in the foyer, baths and kitchen; crown molding; high-tech wiring; brushed-nickel lighting and door hardware; and EnergyStar certification with gas heat and hot water. The kitchens include granite counters, stainless steel appliances and 42-inch birch cabinets; the master bath has a separate tub and shower.

Craftstar Homes recently introduced the New Windsor model, which has 3,100 finished square feet and a base price of $469,900. This model has three levels, with an English basement or optional crawl space and an attached two-car garage. Buyers can finish the English basement with a recreation room with a fireplace, a den or bedroom, and a full bath. Buyers also can choose a detached two- or three-car garage.

The main level has a foyer flanked by the formal living room and formal dining room. Adjacent to the living room is a library. Buyers can add French doors between the living room and library.

At the back of this model are a family room with a wall of windows, a breakfast room wrapped in windows and a center-island kitchen. Buyers can add a fireplace to the family room, bay windows to several rooms, and a butler’s pantry between the dining room and kitchen. A powder room completes this level.

Upstairs, the master suite has a double-door entrance into a separate sitting room with columns framing the entrance to the bedroom. The master suite also has two walk-in closets; a linen closet; and a luxury bath with a soaking tub, a separate shower and two vanities.

The second bedroom has a private full bath, while the third and fourth bedrooms share a full bath off the hall. A laundry room completes this level.

Buyers can add an extension to the back of this home that expands the recreation room on the lower level, the family room on the main level and the master bedroom on the upper level.

For more information or directions to Gibson’s Grant, call sales manager Heidi Vandenberg at 443/977-7594 or visit www.Craftstarhomes.com.

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