State College, Pittsburgh Earn Top Marks as the Best of the Best

State College and Pittsburgh Ranked Best of BestWhat goes into ranking a town or city as one of the best in America? According to the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), there are 12 main factors that need to be taken into account to determine such a thing. For cities and large towns, everything from cultural opportunities to professional development to low unemployment rates play a role in the rankings. For college towns, degree attainment and even academic research and development are taken into account.

And for 2013/2014, we are excited to announce that two of our biggest markets are featured on this newest list. For Top College Towns, State College, PA landed an enviable third spot on the top five list, meaning it is ranked in the top three college towns nationwide! The town scored high in areas like low unemployment, a variety of cultural opportunities as well as entrepreneurial opportunities.  Read More


What Makes 55+ Communities Tick?

Amesbury Stonefield ModelAs the baby boomer population continues to “mature,” more and more individuals who are 55 and older are seeking out innovative, yet affordable, age qualified communities. The 55 and up market is not small by any means. According to the NAHB, 45 percent of home purchasers will be over 55. With so many age qualified buyers in the market, we were curious – what exactly is this segment looking for?

According to an NAHB study released in 2011, most 55+ homeowners were generally satisfied with their homes. While only three percent of the study group lived in an age-qualified community, that same three percent reported the greatest satisfaction with their home, reporting an average score of nine out of 10 with 10 being the most satisfied. Why is that? Read More


New Home Sites and New Savings at Willow Estates

Willow EstatesDating back to 1773, Westmoreland County is steeped in American history. Once the first county to be settled west of the Allegheny Mountains here in Pennsylvania, it is now home to state-of-the art hospitals, award-winning universities and boasts a convenient location just east of Pittsburgh.

This area is anything but suburban feeling. Heavily wooded mountains surround these connected communities, providing a spectacular backdrop for anyone living here. Route 30 provides an array of modern dining and shopping options, while the nearby Pennsylvania Turnpike serves as a desirable artery for commuters into Pittsburgh. Read More


Get a FREE Fireplace this November!

Free FireplaceLooking for a better way to get cozy now that the cold and crisp weather is settling in for the weekend? How about with a FREE fireplace? At S&A Homes, for a limited time, we invite you to take advantage of our exclusive offer.

In most of our communities, purchase a to-be-built home between November 1 and November 30, 2013 and receive a FREE fireplace in your new home! One of our most popular features, a fireplace offers more than comfort on a cold day. Read More