- - Thursday, September 8, 2011


Once Labor Day weekend passes, many Washington-area residents sigh sadly, knowing they won’t get back to the beach until next summer.

Savvy beach lovers, however, know the weather isn’t instantly awful the minute school starts, and they opt to spend weekends and holidays near the shore all year long. Many choose to buy a vacation home near the water so they can slip into vacation mode at any available moment.

At Beaver Dam Estates in Georgetown, Del., K. Hovnanian Homes is building 24 single-family homes on sites of more than an acre within a 10-minute drive of Lewes, Del.

Residents of Beaver Dam Estates can quickly reach not only Lewes and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, but also Rehoboth Beach, the Chesapeake Bay, golf courses and parks. Fishing, boating, crabbing, swimming, golf and tennis are enjoyed easily in the area, along with outlet shopping for rainy-day fun. Shops and restaurants can be found in abundance in the quaint beach towns of Delaware and Maryland, along with boardwalks and, of course, sandy beaches.

At Beaver Dam Estates, the three- and four-bedroom homes include ranch and two-story models. Each includes plenty of space for friends and family to gather, with 1,840 to 2,700 finished square feet. Some of the homes include a first-floor master suite, a design element attractive to buyers who may want to use the home as a retirement property. The homes are base-priced from $239,900 to $309,900, with a homeowners association fee of $186 per quarter.

Standard features at Beaver Dam Estates include low-maintenance vinyl siding; professional landscaping; sodded front and side yards; outside electrical outlets in the front and back; a 30-year, algae-resistant architectural shingle roof; and a two-car garage.

Inside, the homes have a no-wax resilient floor in the foyer, kitchen and baths; two-panel interior doors; brushed-nickel kick plates on the front door; 9-foot ceilings on the first floor; central air conditioning; a high-efficiency heat pump; a high-efficiency water heater; and other energy-saving features. Each kitchen has 42-inch cabinets, the powder room has a pedestal sink, and the full baths have oak vanities with cultured marble tops.

The Maine II model, with 2,182 square feet, is priced from $269,900. This model has a front porch leading into a foyer flanked by the living room and formal dining room. Buyers can switch the living room to a library with built-in bookcases and add bay windows and columns to both the dining room and the living room.

Across the back of the main level are a two-story family room with a wall of windows, a center-island kitchen and a breakfast room with windows on three sides and a cathedral ceiling. Buyers can expand the family room with a 6-foot extension and add a fireplace and windows.

The main level also has a master suite with a walk-in closet and a private bath. The master suite can be expanded with a room extension, and buyers can add a vaulted ceiling and a luxury bath with a soaking tub and separate shower.

A powder room, closet and laundry room complete this level.

Upstairs are three bedrooms, including two with walk-in closets, and a full bath. Buyers can add a bonus room above the family room.

The lower level can be finished with a recreation room, a full bath and a den.

For more information or directions to Beaver Dam, contact community sales consultant Tera Pase at 302/684-3761 or visit www.KHOV.com/BeaverDamEstates.

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