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Time Is Running Out to Purchase a Home at Harford County's Ashby Place

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Anyone who is looking for a townhome inEdgewood - with its easy access to the many Baltimore County and Harford County amenities - would be well-advised to consider Bob Ward's Ashby Place. But time is running out: The community of 122 homes has a mere seven units left on the market.

"This community in Harford County is almost finished, and we have reduced prices," says Marilyn Payne, vice president of sales for Bob Ward Companies. "The final building is completed for a quick delivery, and the homes here are three-level townhomes with sunrooms that begin in the $190,000s."

Ashby Place homeowners will have an easy commute to Baltimore, Towson, Hunt Valley and Route 24, as well as access to the MARC train to Washington, D.C. Shopping is readily accessible at the Harford Mall or The Avenue atWhite Marsh and the Upper Chesapeake Health facility is nearby.

"At Bob Ward one of our top priorities is to deliver a house that people will be happy with," says Payne. "Quality, comfort and the satisfaction of our customers are important to us. We work very diligently to provide the best house for the money, as well as to continue to work hand-in-hand when it comes to researching green building trends. Our Energy Star rating [which indicates that the builder has exceeded code requirements] gives an additional value to our homes ... we are heavily involved in energy efficiency on a national, as well as a local level."

Payne adds that price reductions and builder incentives include $8,000 toward closing on contracts written on or before June 31, 2011 and 50 percent off of options.

Buyers who purchase a Bob Ward Companies' home have the additional reassurance of knowing that the company was awarded the 2010 Builder of Integrity Award from the Quality Builders Warranty Corporation. To earn this designation, builders undergo a screening process that focuses on the technical quality of the home, the financial stability of the company, professionalism and ethical business practices.

In 2007, theU.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated the company as an Energy Star Partner of the Year for its efforts toward lessening greenhouse gas emissions by crafting energy-efficient homes and, more recently, Bob Ward Companies was awarded the 2009 Energy Star Leader in Housing award. For more than two decades, Bob Ward has made certain that all of its homes are Energy Star rated - a designation that pays mind to energy efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Furthermore, Bob Ward offers a pre-settlement inspection, 10-year structural warranty and manufacturers' warranties, and there is a review 90 days and, again, 11 months after settlement.

At Ashby Place, standard features include 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, kitchens with breakfast areas and island work stations, and large walk-in closets. There are two models - the Danbury and the Hartland - from which to choose.

Other standard features include vinyl siding and shutters, 25-year GAF fiberglass roofing shingles and insulated fiberglass front door. The kitchens feature a double bowl, stainless steel sink, 42-inch oak cabinets, Mannington no-wax vinyl floor, Moen single lever, washer-less faucet and GE dishwasher, and self-cleaning electric range. Bathrooms come equipped with Moen lowflow showerheads, Moen faucets, cultured marble vanity tops and oak vanities.

The Danbury has three floors and three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. The kitchen comes with an island, breakfast area and pantry. One large space serves as a dining room, living room and great/family room. Here one will also find a coat closet and powder room.

The Hartland's first floor has a foyer and powder room, and the kitchen has a spacious breakfast area, pantry and island. On the second floor is a 13-foot-by-13-foot owner's bedroom with a private walk-in closet and the option of a cathedral or tray ceiling and bathroom. Two additional bedrooms, two closets and a second full-bath can be found on this floor. (As the last homes are already constructed, homebuyers should check with the sales manager for included options.)

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