HalloweenWith Halloween right around the corner, there is only one weekend left to cram in the fall activities. Chances are you’ve already hit up the pumpkin patch and apple picking by now. So what’s left of the best of the best? Lucky for you, we’ve summed it all up in this handy little guide in four of the Pennsylvania areas where we build new homes. Happy haunting!

Pittsburgh –During the 6th annual Halloween Mayhem at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, close to Shadyside in Downtown Pittsburgh, the whole family can get their fill of fun.  Between zombies, puppet shows, costume parties, music and more, there is no reason to miss out on the fun on October 25 at noon.

Altoona – Well, you may have already missed the Yuengling Oktoberfest earlier in the month, (boo!) but that doesn’t mean you missed out on the fun.  On Saturday, October 25 the Altoona area has so much going on; there is no reason not to partake in the festivities. Catch a traditional Halloween Parade in Hollidaysburg at 4 p.m. or enjoy a creepy haunted maze and ghost stories at the Royer Mansion at 7 p.m. Warning, the haunted mansion is not for younger kids!

State College – Why not head up to Penn’s Cave and join in some eerie family fun while you explore a 4,800 sq. ft. dimly lit maze? Or perhaps explore the stalactites and stalactites with nothing but the flashlight on your helmet? You can do all this and more at Penn’s Cave this weekend. If you are looking to stick closer to home, enjoy Greek Trick or Treat on the Penn State Campus and then wrap up the day with a traditional Halloween costume parade in Downtown State College on October 26.

Gettysburg – Everyone knows that Gettysburg is already ranked as one of the top haunts for ghosts right? So, it’s probably not a surprise that there are a plethora of special ghost tours being offered at this time of year. Depending on your tolerance level for scariness, chances are there’s a tour for you! Check them all out here.

Buy vs. RentChoosing whether to purchase a home or rent one is a tricky question that doesn’t always have a universal answer. The geographic area you live in, the loan programs available, interest rates and of course housing prices all play a role in the answer. Wouldn’t it be great to have an online tool that removes all of the guesswork and can help those contemplating a home purchase figure out the answer?

Thanks to Trulia, one of the largest online real estate listing sites, you no longer have to run the numbers yourself. The real estate giant has come up with an interactive map that rates the nation’s major metros and shows whether renting or owning is the best financial option. Not only can you hover over different cities to see where buying is a value, but you can use the interactive tools to guesstimate based upon your proposed down payment and how long you plan to live in the home. It even takes your tax deductions into account. Read More→

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Winterberry at Piatt EstatesWashington County house-hunters are in for a treat this weekend at the grand opening of our brand new Winterberry model home, located in Piatt Estates. This Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m., enjoy refreshments, model home tours and special incentives reserved for attendees to this weekend’s grand opening event.

The brand new four bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home features some of the new kitchen innovations we have added to the S&A lineup this year such as Zodiaq™ quartz countertops, new hardwood flooring and a neutral and more modern color palette. Those with kiddos will delight in one of the children’s room which was designed with Disney’s Frozen movie in mind.  The home also showcases a number of popular features including the morning room and gourmet island. Read More→

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Dream Kitchen DealLet’s face it – if you are going to invest money in your new home, you might as well put it into the kitchen. After all, it is the most likely room in the house to increase your resale value and, chances are, you probably spend most of your time there even if you don’t like to cook!

If you are thinking about building a home in Central Pennsylvania with S&A Homes, you’re in luck because this month we are featuring our Dream Kitchen Deal! You won’t have to worry about putting a single dime of your own money towards that dream kitchen you want.  Throughout October, we are giving away FREE granite, FREE hardwood flooring in the kitchen and a FREE cabinet upgrade on every home in every community located in Centre, Blair and Huntingdon Counties. Read More→

October Quick Delivery Clearance EventIf you have been dreaming of a new home but can’t imagine the hassle of building from scratch, this is your month to be out looking. Today through the end of the month, S&A Homes is marking each quick delivery home down to rock bottom prices. The lowest prices of the year, in fact!

Not only have we reduced prices on some move-in ready homes in of our most popular communities, but some offer additional discounts such as closing cost assistance or points that will reduce the interest rate on your new mortgage.    Read More→

Kitchen at Venango TrailsJoin us for a special open house this weekend as we unveil our brand new Cottage Premiere floor plans, offered exclusively at our Venango Trails and Newbury communities. The brand new plans feature more open layouts, re-designed kitchens and substantially more storage space than their predecessors.

Up first in the lineup is our newly designed Cottage Premiere I. This plan offers a fully covered front porch and first floor layout that is all about entertaining. A large formal dining room in the front of the home can be converted to a first floor study, and the kitchen features an equally spacious island open to the family room for the ultimate in kitchen/family room space. Read More→

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HarvestFest at Hunter's ChaseEveryone dreams about the idyllic backyard. Maybe your backyard includes plenty of space for entertaining, a playset or even an outdoor kitchen. Whatever you envision as your perfect outdoor space, it would be hard to beat having a vineyard right at your back door!

At Hunter’s Chase, that is exactly what you’ll get with our brand new home sites that were just released! These beautiful home sites back directly to the Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery. This Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m., you will have a chance to see for yourself what the perfect backyard looks like. Read More→

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Retiring in State CollegeWhen you picture your retirement home, where do you envision it being? At the beach? Or perhaps under the palm trees of Arizona or California? Despite the stereotype that most people retire to the sunbelt, the reality these days is that more and more empty-nesters are choosing college towns for their down-sizing move.

College towns are gateways to culture, activities and recreation. Also, they often offer a more diversified lifestyle than a typical retirement community in Florida can. In fact, this very phenomenon was recently featured in Builder Magazine. Among the top picks for college towns for retirees was our very own State College, Pennsylvania! And S&A Homes topped the State College list as the #1 new home builder in State College! Read More→

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Homes at Village at Canterbury in State College

Sneak peek image of the new Charlestowne II coming soon to The Village at Canterbury.

This weekend’s PSU Homecoming Festivities don’t need to come to an end on Saturday night!  Join us this Sunday, 11am – 2pm for a special brunch event at The Village at Canterbury in State College. And there’s more there to feast on than food!  Those joining us for our special event will get a sneak peek at our preliminary floor plans for the brand new Charlestowne II plans that will be introduced later this year!

Also in store?  Tours of our decorated model home, our move-in ready homes and our newly released golf course home sites that feature walk-out basements and stunning views of the Centre Hills Golf Course.  While you’re at it, learn more about the multitude of included features that come standard with every luxurious carriage home like granite countertops, hardwood flooring, 9’ ceilings, upgraded cabinetry, moldings, maintenance-free exteriors and so much more. Read More→

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Sarvers Mill HomeThose seeking a refuge just outside the hustle-bustle of Pittsburgh, PA can find it at Sarver’s Mill, Butler County’s fastest growing resort-style neighborhood.  And this weekend, Butler County house hunters have a big treat in store.

This Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., join us for a special Stake Your Claim event, and be the first to walk the brand new home sites that are being released in this desirable community.  The spacious home sites are amongst the largest in the community and boast scenic views of an expanse of open space directly behind them, a rare find for someone who seeks the perfect blend of neighborhood living with privacy. Read More→

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