Holiday Hacks – Great Tips for the Last Minute Maven

Mason Jar GiftIn less than 72 hours, stores will begin shutting down for the holidays, last minute shipping won’t be an option and holiday cards will have a hard time getting to their intended recipients. With gifts to wrap, meals to plan, travel to consider and gifts to purchase, it’s no wonder so many people find it difficult to embrace the holidays and all that comes with it.

If you fall in that bucket, you will surely appreciate these simple holiday hacks designed to help you check off those remaining items on your list.

• Last Minute Gift Ideas: Let’s face it, panic is probably setting in if you are just starting your shopping adventure. Fighting lines, waiting for parking spots and choosing from leftover inventory at the mall is not the way to go. Here are few sites for unique and easy gift ideas:
o The Grommet – Whether it’s for Dad, your husband or brother, the gifts on this site are definitely not what you saw advertised in Black Friday ads. Everything from super techy gifts to whiskey cubes to topographical maps, a gift card to the Grommet is a sure bet.
o – On a budget? Why scope out all the stores when users all over the U.S. have already scoped out the best deals on everything from cameras to hiking shoes to furniture. This app is a must for those wanting to save some dough this Christmas.
o Subscription sites – Whether it’s fresh meals delivered to the door step from, signature coffee blends from a Starbucks subscription or curated outfits from, a subscription to any of the above will prove to be a unique and thoughtful gift. Read More


Millennials Flocking to Pittsburgh – #2 Hottest Housing Market According to

PittsburghThe Millennial. No matter what image the word conjures, it is without dispute that this new and fast growing segment of the housing marketing has quickly become the hottest and most dominant buying group in all cities throughout the United States. Defined as those born from 1983-2000, this quickly expanding buyer group even outnumbers the infamous Baby Boomer generation, and some cities are feeling that growth more than others.

Case in point is Pittsburgh, which is now considered the #2 housing market for millennials outside of Atlanta, GA. So what exactly makes this market tick, and why is Pittsburgh so popular? Read More


Check Out the All New!

New WebsiteIf you haven’t yet checked out the brand new, it’s definitely worth your time to do so. Our newest version of the already popular website is chock full of useful navigation and tools to help assist you in your home search whether you are searching from home or on the road from a mobile device.

The site, which launched late last month features more prominent photo galleries, more user-friendly navigation and the handy My Notebook feature which allows you to save and compare properties in one central location that you can reference later, share with a friend or bring in to your next appointment with a sales consultant to speed up the process. Read More


Model Home For Sale in Popular 55+ Community

Amesbury model homeIt’s rare to snag a move-in ready new construction home these days. The fact that new construction is typically reserved for those customizing from scratch combined with the modern inclusions new homes include means they are highly desirable and rarely are available as a move-in ready home. Even more rare is snagging a move-in ready model home – many builders sell them up front and lease them back for long periods of time. And doubly rare is getting a model home in a highly desirable 55+ neighborhood.

All of this is part of what makes the Amesbury model home so special. This luxurious, maintenance-free property located in the popular 55+ community in Lower Paxton Township has been impeccably maintained and is available for immediate move-in to the first person who happens to snag it. Read More


How To Host a Successful Thanksgiving Dinner

How-To-Host-a-Successful-Thanksgiving-Dinner-1T-minus two days until Thanksgiving! If you’re planning the big meal and are feeling stressed, just read on. We have a few how-tos on hosting a successful event for your friends and family.

Our number one tip is to not do it all alone. From decorating the house to prepping dinner to cleaning up, allot certain tasks to family members. That way, you don’t have to worry about making the beds or tidying up the kids’ rooms when you’re about to cook one of the best meals of the year.

Our second tip to you is to ask your guests to bring the sides. Does your grandma make the best sweet potato casserole? Maybe your brother has a knack for baking pies. Ask guests to bring a favorite dish. Turkey and stuffing is plenty to have cooking in your oven. Read More


Preview Party to Kick Off Blackburn Heights and Deer Valley Estates

S&A Homes

Residents living in Franklin Park and Ohio Townships (and certainly those wanting to live in these areas) have been counting down to the anticipated grand opening of the Blackburn Heights and Deer Valley Estates communities for a long time, and we are excited to announce that opening day is almost near!

On November 12, we will be hosting a special VIP Preview Party that prospective residents won’t want to miss! Being held at the Willow Restaurant at 634 Camp Horne Road in Pittsburgh, PA from 5 to 7 p.m., this one-time event is a fun and special way to view plot plans, receive pricing information and start the planning process for the home of your dreams prior to the big grand opening day!

These two communities offer a premiere location in both the award-winning Avonworth and North Allegheny school districts and commuting is a snap given their convenient locations to I-79 and I-279. In Blackburn Heights, residents can choose from quarter to half-acre home sites located in an immaculate, custom-home setting in Ohio Township.   Floor plans include ranch and two-story homes as well as our popular Signature Series floor plans. The community is also slated to be home to our newest model home, The Buchanan, which is currently under construction. Read More


Butler County Begins Outpacing Surrounding Area for Residential Growth

Peachmont Farms

Here is an example of a home that could be built in the Peachmont Farms neighborhood.

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that Butler County is a popular place to live. After all, it’s next door neighbors with Cranberry Township. Plus, it’s convenient to the many suburbs and corporate centers closer to Pittsburgh thanks to the many major roadways that are nearby such as I-79 and I-279, as well as near Routes 19 and 228. But what may come as a surprise is that Butler County is actually growing at a substantially faster rate in terms of residential homes compared to North Allegheny County which is just to its south.

Many reasons factor into this growth, such as the continually growing job market inside Cranberry Township (27,000 professional jobs and counting), a shortage of housing in Cranberry Township and the rapid rate of growth that has consumed the once more attainable area. Read More


Rare Opportunity to Own a Four Bedroom Home Backing to Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery

Hunter's Chase ParkAnyone who lives in State College knows how difficult it is to score a new home in Hunter’s Chase and Foxpointe, two of the area’s most popular neighborhoods. Due to high demand for the neighborhoods (after all, they are just two miles from downtown State College and offer a plethora of on-site amenities), they have both nearly sold out.

Now imagine you can score a home backing to the Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery that features a full finished basement and some of the best views in all of State College in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s exactly what’s up for grabs in the Hunter’s Chase neighborhood and with everything included in this special home, we don’t expect that opportunity to be around for very long. Read More


Join Us! Amesbury to Host Luncheon and Tours this Thursday

Amesbury Open HouseThere is truly no better way to understand what it would feel like to live in a community than to experience life there first-hand, right? That’s why we are inviting all of Harrisburg’s 55-plus residents to join us this Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. for a special luncheon and on-site tour of our decorated model home and of our newest building that is currently under construction in our Amesbury community, located in Lower Paxton Township.

The Amesbury neighborhood, located just minutes from I-83 and I-81 and is one of the closest communities to the popular dining and shopping options that exist at The Shoppes at Susquehanna.  While residents are able to enjoy the best of everything living at Amesbury (after all, the community is maintenance-free and includes conveniences like snow-removal, lawn care and exterior maintenance), what makes this destination so special is that it also happens to be extremely affordable. Read More


Don’t Get Spooked! Check out Trick or Treat Times in Your Area!

Pennsylvania Trick or TreatingTo assume that trick or treating occurs on Halloween night may leave you in the dark, literally. With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, many of the standard trick or treat times seem to have gone out the window! We don’t want you to get left in the cold, so read below to make sure you are in the know.

State College – This year’s trick or treat will occur this Thursday, October 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the State College Borough, as well as the surrounding townships of Harris, Patton and Ferguson. Nearby Halfmoon Township will hold trick or treating on Thursday as well but from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Read More