Village at Canterbury Outdoor LivingNotoriously warm temperatures and sunny weather make summer the perfect season to host an outdoor gathering. From barbeque cookouts to birthday parties, it is prime time to take advantage of the season as a hostess.

Below we have compiled a list of fun, elegant ideas for your next outdoor party from Better Homes and Gardens!

Serve small bites. Serve a variety of sweet and savory small bites to give guests a variety of options that are simple to eat. Their small size makes them easy to transport, so only take out what you need, and replenish as you need more!

Make picnic-inspired invitations. Get crafty and weave paper together to create an invitation with the look of a woven picnic basket. If you’re in a rush, simply buy tartan or checkered scrapbook paper for a similar look. Read More→

North Ridge HomeIf you’re looking for a new home in Hedgesville, WV, then our North Ridge community is the perfect fit! In addition to single-family homes starting at $241,900, the community offers tons of inclusions that others in the Martinsburg area just don’t have.

Our innovative Aspen, Brandywine, Laurel, Pembrooke and Hawthorne floor plans boast three to five bedrooms, two to four-and-a-half baths, 1,800 to 3,900 square feet and up to three acres of land. Homes include upgraded appliances, nine-foot ceilings, upgraded Lennox HVACs, 30-year dimensional shingles, EnergyStar Ultra Low-E Glass windows, MERV 10 Air Filtration systems and so much more! Read More→

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Village at Canterbury carriage homesAre you in town for Arts Fest? Then you’re in luck! Those of you making frequent weekend trips to Penn State for the area’s world-class events like the Arts Fest and, of course, Penn State Football, have to be tired of paying ridiculous rates at area hotels and bumming on  your friend’s couches.

This Sunday, visit our Village at Canterbury Open House, being held from noon to 4 p.m., and learn more about an option you may have never considered before. Whether you live out of town and seek a second home or are considering a retirement to Happy Valley, there are few places that rival this innovative new community. Read More→

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FireworksIt’s the day before one of America’s most relaxing and fun-filled days of the year, Independence Day. And this year, the Fourth of July is even more special because it’s part of a three-day weekend meaning families and friends can travel to get together and enjoy a special weekend full of festivities.

Here are our top picks for this weekend’s festivities:

1.    Central PA 4th Fest – Want to run a 4k? Listen to live music? Maybe a hot air balloon ride, or do you just want to watch one of the longest and largest fireworks displays in the nation? You can do all these things and much more at the Central PA 4th Fest in State College.

2.    Gettysburg 150th Anniversary – Could there possibly be a more historic place to celebrate our nation’s independence than Gettysburg? Enjoy a special Fourth of July this weekend, and treat yourself to more than just fireworks. Events include a full civil war re-enactment and special events on the movie set for the Gettysburg movie, now celebrating its 20th anniversary.   Read More→

Summer VacationFinding a home away from home for your summer travels doesn’t have to be nearly as expensive as you think. For those of you thinking you may have already missed out on the travel boat, you’re in luck. When it comes to booking summer travel, what procrastinators miss out on in terms of vacation home availability they often make up for with discounts and last minute deals.

As panic sets in for those left with unrented weeks, vacation homeowners often slash prices at the last minute meaning last minute travelers can save 50 percent off or even more on fully furnished vacation homes throughout the US. Where do you find the deals? Here, we rank the best sites out there for vacation home rentals (and hotels).

1.    VRBO – This site is perhaps the most extensive of any, offering more than half a million properties to choose from worldwide. Despite the overwhelming amount of listings, users can quickly use filters to narrow down properties based upon price, beds, baths and dates available. Look for the red “special deal” bar to find advertised discounts. Users can quickly hone in on the best properties by relying on user reviews. Read More→

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Morning RoomWhen people hear we offer more than 60 different floor plans, they think that means there are 60 different ways to lay out a home. The reality is that with a variety of structural options to choose from on each plan in addition to customizing features, an S&A home buyer has hundreds of different layouts to choose from. So, what is the number one most popular feature on all of those layouts? The Morning Room! The Morning Room still remains the most chosen structural option of any that we offer and for a good reason.

It is an automatic kitchen booster – since it is typically located right off the back of the kitchen, it allows for more flexibility with larger island designs, furniture placements and at times, extended cabinet runs. Most feature a wall of windows, letting in abundant light and brightening the entire home. It is also the perfect entertaining area, as it usually provides easy access to the kitchen and back yard. Read More→

Ridgley BInvesting in a growing area is always an important consideration when choosing to build a home. A growing community indicates economic development, investment into schools and a positive return on home values.

One area that fits this bill perfectly is Moon Township, located just outside of Pittsburgh, PA.  While you may not have heard of Moon Township itself, you have probably heard of its many world-class amenities. In 2007, it was ranked one of the top places in the United States to raise a family. It is also home to some of the area’s biggest employers such as GlaxoSmithKline and FedEx. Additionally, its residents aren’t too shabby either. While we won’t name names, we can tell you it is home to many of Pittsburgh’s professional athletes due to its premiere location close to I-376, the airport, downtown and some of the area’s best shopping. Read More→

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S&A KitchenHow often have you tuned in to HGTV and fallen in love with those beautiful modern kitchens whose countertops gleam, tile backsplashes wow and floors pop? We all want a luxurious hub for our home, a place where family life plays out, meals are served and homework is done.

For a limited time, having the kitchen of your dreams no longer needs to be a dream.  At North Ridge and Franklin Square, buyers can spec out a luxurious kitchen full of upgrades without paying the expensive price tag that can go along with these upgrades. During June, buyers in these two communities will receive free hardwood flooring in their kitchen and breakfast area, free 42” upgraded cabinetry and 50 percent off granite countertops.  Read More→

We promised you a sneak preview of our brand new Signature Series kitchen designs, and we didn’t forget. The brand new S&A Signature Series Collection offers custom home kitchen options that are brand new to S&A Homes. Each Signature Series home comes standard with the Signature level kitchen with the option to choose from two additional upgrades to build a kitchen usually only found in homes that are part of the Million & Up club.

Here is an outline of the three kitchen levels available for our Signature Series plans:

Bradford Signature Level Kitchen

Example of Signature Level Kitchen

•    Signature – Included as a standard feature in all of our Signature Series homes, this kitchen includes several luxurious upgrades:

o    Granite countertops with an undermount stainless steel sink.
o    Large, “super” sized islands ranging in size from 7 to 9’ long.
o    Built-in, Whirlpool stainless steel appliances that include a stainless steel canopy hood, built in 30” cooktop, as well as a built-in oven and microwave.
o     42”, Upgrade II level cabinetry available in today’s most popular colors like white, gray, espresso and eggshell.
o    Certain plans also offer built-in butler’s pantries, wine racks, desks, shelving and built-in storage solutions for the ultimate kitchen. Read More→

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Sarver's Mill pool Owning a home in the suburbs doesn’t need to be boring. Despite the mental image of cookie cutter homes on tiny lots, most neighborhoods in the Pittsburgh burbs are far from this picture. Rolling hills, established tree lines and historic towns dot the landscape outside of the urban city center.

But Sarver’s Mill takes this to another level. Located just 30 minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh, this charming community offers brand new, larger home sites backing to open space in a historic setting. In fact, the community offers today’s most desirable amenities with breathtaking views of the Little Buffalo Creek that surrounds the neighborhood and offers residents a beautiful setting for life and recreation. Read More→

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