Byline: Michele Lerner, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Ellicott City in Howard County, Md., has long attracted visitors to its charming streets, unusual shops, antiques stores and restaurants.
Ryan Homes is building an active-adult community in Ellicott City where buyers must be 55 or older. Known as Hearthstone at Ellicott Meadows, this community will include single-family homes with first-floor master suites, along with an array of recreational amenities.
The community clubhouse, now under construction, will include a party area with a fireplace, a caterer's kitchen, an exercise facility, a computer lab, and men's and women's locker rooms. Outside, a patio will provide a pleasant location for socializing in fine weather, and owners can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court, a boccie court and walking trails.
Base-priced from $516,990 to $571,990, the five single-family-home models are part of the Ryan Classics collection, which include 2,598 to 3,674 finished square feet. Each home will include a brick front and brick water table, a low-maintenance Trex deck with vinyl-wrapped rails, 6-inch beaded vinyl siding, a brick paving stone front walk, professional landscaping, custom-paneled shutters and doors, and a two-car garage.
Inside, each of the five models has two bedrooms and two or three full baths, with the option of expanding the living space on a second floor or finished lower level.
Each home features hardwood flooring in the foyer, crown and chair-rail moldings, cased window openings, six-panel doors, 9-foot ceilings on the main level, a first-floor laundry room, 42-inch cabinets in the kitchen with a choice of a ceramic-top or gas range, gas hot water, and natural gas heat.
Buyers can customize their homes with a variety of front elevations; upgraded appliances; ceramic-tile or hardwood flooring; a master bath; bay windows; a gas fireplace; a study or home office on the upper level; a finished lower level with a recreation room, bath and recessed lighting; and a security system. …