714 Darlow Drive

This Annapolis home is on the market for $539,000. (Courtesy of Wilma Richards, Handout photo / April 4, 2014)

A popular living choice for retiring baby boomers is fast becoming what's known as "55-plus" communities. Such an option is found in a lovely Colonial-style home in the pet-friendly Highland Woods development, just minutes from Main Street in Annapolis, at 714 Darlow Drive.

Priced at $539,000, this two-story, vinyl-sided home with a basement is one of just 25 built in the suburban neighborhood and faces a community park.

"I like the home's open floor plan that some people call the 'open concept,'" said listing agent Wilma Richards with Long and Foster Real Estate's Annapolis office. "There are vaulted ceilings, upgraded appliances, hardwood floors and, because it is located in a 55-plus community, the master bedroom is on the main level."

The open floor plan includes a total of three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a powder room. A second-story loft adds a unique element, while the first-level family room, dining room, living room, kitchen and breakfast room are conveniently laid out for effortless living. The basement level features a recreation room, along with a very large storage area.

A two-car garage is under one of the front three gables — the other two are over the living room and front porch. A large deck in the rear of the house leads to a partially fenced, beautifully landscaped backyard.

The house, located close to all of the restaurants and shopping in downtown Annapolis, is ideal for a couple as well as a family with young adult children. At least one potential owner must be 55 years or older19. A $100 monthly homeowners' fee includes lawn maintenance and snow removal.

Other amenities include a two-story foyer, ceramic tile baths, upgraded kitchen appliances, granite and silestone counters, walk-in closets, a gas fireplace in the family room and gas heat with public water and sewer.

The specs

Address: 714 Darlow Drive, Annapolis 21409

List price: $539,000

Year built: 2003

Living space: 3,167 square feet

Taxes: $5,795

Listing agent: Wilma Richards, Long and Foster Real Estate Inc.