WHY IT WORKED: This 104-acre project offers the best of both worlds for active 55-and-over seniors. It combines the relaxing pace of small-town living with easy access to Washington, Baltimore, and Annapolis, Md.

  • Two-car deluxe villas from Drees Homes offer the kinds of features that downsizing seniors want. Both the Homestead and the Greenbrier models include three bedrooms and two and a half baths, gas fireplaces, granite or solid-surface countertops, and good-sized master suites on the first floor.
  • Located at the junction of Montgomery, Prince George's, Anne Arundel, and Howard counties, Central Parke at Victoria Falls is just 25 minutes from downtown D.C., 30 minutes from Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and 25 minutes from Annapolis, capital of Maryland and home to the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • The Carefree Maintenance Program offers lawn mowing and fertilizing, mulching, gutter cleaning, snow shoveling, edging, pest management, shrub trimming, plant-bed upkeep, and painting.
  • The first floor of the best-selling Greenbrier plan is packed with variety. In addition to the master suite are a sunroom, living room, dining room, kitchen, nook, laundry room, powder room, and study.
  • PROJECT CREDITS Project: Drees Homes at Central Parke at Victoria Falls, Laurel, Md.; Sales started: June 2004; Sales through October 2006: 53; Units planned: 115; Price: $489,900 to 524,900; Unit Size: 2,735 to 2,927 square feet; Builder/Architect: Drees Homes, Fort Mitchell, Ky.; Developer: Central Parke 55+ Resort Communities, a division of Slenker Land Corp., Burke, Va.; Interior designer: Design Environments, Rennesaw, Ga.

    ARTFULLY ATTACHED: The Greenbrier plan, with its distinctive entry and octagonally shaped bay  window in the study, works especially well as an end unit. Varied rooflines  help break up the elevation.
    ARTFULLY ATTACHED: The Greenbrier plan, with its distinctive entry and octagonally shaped bay window in the study, works especially well as an end unit. Varied rooflines help break up the elevation.

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