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Bradford Run Grand Opening EventIf you already live in Washington County, PA, you know the secret that your fellow metro neighbors may not. Washington County is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation in terms of job growth and offers an unemployment rate of just 4.9 percent, which is far lower than the national average.  In fact, according to Sperling’s Best Places (bestplaces.net), the county’s job growth is forecast to grow at a whopping 38 percent!

On the plus side, more job growth means additional area amenities, schools and recreational opportunities. On the down side, those who don’t purchase a home in the near future may face almost certain price increases over the long term and could miss out on an incredible opportunity to own a home in the area at rock bottom pricing. Read More→

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Aug
12

Back to School? Get Organized!

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Back to School OrganizationIt’s hard to believe that in just a couple weeks another school year begins, and the lazy days of summer are gone. For some of you, school may have already started, so there’s no time like the present to get started on a home organization project.

Anyone with school-age children can relate to the mountains of paperwork that comes home on a daily basis. Without a system to manage homework, activities and clutter, your home can quickly get out of control. Here are some tips to keep the clutter from taking over.

1.    Create a landing zone for your children.  It could be as simple as hooks for their backpacks and as elaborate as an organization armoire to hold sports equipment, shoes and coats. Depending on how much space there is in your home, your sanity will depend on keeping these items off of the floor.

2.    Create an organizational hub. It could be in your kitchen, a wall of your pantry or even in a hallway, but consider this the dumping grounds for all things unsightly. It should contain the following items, all of which can be found for a great price at Ikea or Target. Read More→

Kingsridge Preview PartyThose who have been holding out for the home of their dreams in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh are in for a treat next week. On Wednesday, August 13 from 5 to 7 p.m., we will be holding our official VIP Preview Party in anticipation of the grand opening of our brand new Kingsridge community, located in Mars, PA.

Kingsridge is a private enclave of 10 half-acre home sites located in the award-winning Mars Area School District. Not only does the community feature large, level backyards perfect for outdoor entertaining, it also offers a prized location just minutes from Route 228 and the area’s premiere shopping and dining destinations. Read More→

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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→

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→

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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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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After much hard work and plS&A Media Galleryanning, we are pleased to announce that our New Homes Media Gallery is up and running! After months of developing this addition to our website, we are excited to now have it available for our buyers’ use. The gallery will take the home buying process to a new, fully interactive level, featuring high resolution photos, stunning videos and virtual tours.

The New Homes Media Gallery allows users to be as specific or general as they want in regards to the content they see. Users can select to see photos of our various “Signature Series” and Quick Delivery homes, where they will get a virtual photographic tour of the homes that highlights all their features. Galleries of our beautifully designed Model Homes are available as well. Read More→

Dickinson KitchenYou may have heard that we just released our brand new S&A Signature Series floor plans last week.  What exactly are the signature series plans all about, where are they offered and what makes them so special?  In this post and in a series of others, we are going to explore each of the plans, their included features and what classifies them as signature series homes.

Ranging in size from 2,700 square feet up to 5,000 square feet, our Signature Series collection embodies what today’s buyers are looking for and allows even the most discerning home purchaser to build a home without the need to add a number of upgrades to get what they are looking for.  The plans feature 17 inclusions that are not normally offered in our standard package, such as granite countertops, upgraded cabinetry, open oak tread staircases, partial stone exteriors and much more. Read More→

The Woods of Sewickley Hills quick deliveryThose looking for unrivaled luxury, location and convenience better not miss out on our open house event at The Woods of Sewickley Hills this Sunday, April 27. This fast-selling community is located in the heart of Sewickley, known for its premium location close to Pittsburgh, it’s charming downtown, scores of gorgeous homes and its award-winning Quaker Valley School District, which is the 4-time recipient of the Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence in addition to recently being recognized as the #14 high school out of 687 Pennsylvania Schools in U.S. News last year.

A great location shouldn’t mean that you need to sacrifice on space and amenities. With just one quick-delivery home available in The Woods of Sewickley Hills and only one home site left to build on, those interested better act quickly if they want to live in one of the area’s most sought-after communities.  Read More→

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