49th Annual Central PA Festival of the Arts Promises More than Just Art

Honors Crossing The biggest event of the year is descending upon Central PA as more than 125,000 people will travel to State College, PA to celebrate the 49th Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. While the festival’s name makes it obvious that many will be celebrating artwork, there are a variety of other events that may not be as obvious to those visiting.

For instance, the 25 ton sand sculpture that will emerge as the festival unfolds, the Italian Street Painting that will be held on Heister Street, the dozens of bands that perform on the Old Main Lawn and even BookFest, a celebration of books old and new that even include visits from authors and speakers.  The younger set will no doubt enjoy indulging in some Penn State Creamery ice cream while the downtown fountains always prove to be a hit. Read More


Fireworks Light Up the Sky Near New Pittsburgh Homes

Fourth of JulyAre fireworks your favorite part of the Fourth of July? This year, head out to the most spectacular fireworks shows in town. Here’s a list of the best – right near our newest communities in Pittsburgh:

•    Point State Park Fireworks. Head out to Point State Park to watch the colorful rockets boom and explode over the Allegheny River. There is enough green space to spread out on a blanket and relax or enjoy a picnic style dinner. Plus, the park is hosting its famous Three Rivers Regatta with food, live entertainment and attractions. What better way to celebrate a special day that honors America?
•    Heinz Field Fourth of July Celebration. Pittsburgh’s largest Independence Day gathering takes place at Heinz Field. Stadium gates open at 2 p.m. and admission is free. Activities include opportunities to view Steelers Memorabilia, a live performance by the Pittsburgh Steeline Drum Line, active duty soldiers from the 28th Infantry Division band of the Army National Guard singing the National Anthem and, of course, fireworks! Read More


Home Site of the Month: Folkstone in Kingsridge

Home Site of the MonthS&A Homes has a rare opportunity for you! Purchase our home site of the month at the new community of Kingsridge, and you can save thousands! Located just minutes from the heart of Cranberry Township in Mars, PA, build your brand new Folkstone A on a half acre home site for just $397,900.

This luxurious home provides four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths with approximately 2,537 square feet. The main level features a welcoming foyer; formal dining and living rooms; gourmet kitchen with large island, breakfast area and maple cabinetry; morning room and a spacious family room with gas fireplace. Additionally, hardwood flooring can be found throughout the first floor. Upstairs, the owner’s suite includes two walk-in closets and a spa-like bath with separate tub and shower and double vanity. Plus, the home has a large backyard ideal for entertaining and privacy. Read More


Live Minutes from PSU – Without the Wait!

The LandingsSnagging a home walking distance from PSU can be a rarity these days due to high demand and low inventory. Living close to town is ultra-desirable for those who have a job on campus or anywhere else in State College, PA. But snagging new construction without waiting for the six to nine month completion time frame is even more of a rarity.

There is one exception; however, located in The Landings community which is just two miles from the Penn State campus and is easily commutable via the CATA bus route or the comprehensive bike path network that serves this community and connects residents to downtown State College. A quick delivery Fairmont home, priced competitively at $324,900 is available in this community and will be open for tours this Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Read More


Pittsburgh Model Home Grand Opening is This Weekend!

Foxmoor Family RoomA growing trend among home buyers these days is the need for a first floor owner’s suite. What used to be a 55-plus community feature is now trickling down to all segments of the market, whether it be suitable for a first time buyer, single professional or even families who prefer to have a friendly spot for guests and grandparents.

Whatever the reason may be, perhaps no floor plan in the S&A Homes line up better embodies this feature than the Wakefield home, offered in the Cranberry Township based community of Foxmoor. This Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and June 21, anyone thinking of purchasing a luxurious home with a first floor master won’t want to miss the grand Foxmoor Kitchenopening of this popular floor plan.

The fully decorated model home offers more than just convenience though. This plan has no limits. With its soaring living room ceilings, open-concept kitchen, beautiful loft with views down below and abundant storage space, the architectural detail in this home is rarely found at an affordable price point. Read More


Brand New Community Now Open in Toftrees!

Honors CrossingThose seeking the charm, convenience and affordability of State College’s popular Toftrees community are in luck this month.  This week, S&A Homes opened Honors Crossing for reservations.  The new community, located just off of Toftrees Avenue and only 1.5 miles from Beaver Stadium, offers an affordable oasis for home buyers in the State College, PA area.

Nestled in the scenic wooded area that makes Toftrees so desirable, this community features private backyards and more than a dozen single-family and ranch-style floor plans to choose from that are priced from the affordable $310,000s.  Even better, the neighborhood is part of the Village at Penn State master-planned development which means residents can enjoy the miles of walking and biking trails that lead to the Penn State campus as well as the on-site pool, clubhouse and fitness center. Read More


Three Tips to an Organized Laundry Room

Buchanan laundry roomIs your laundry room a chaotic mess? Does it make you want to run and hide from your family’s laundry? Here are some ideas and tips to help you tackle your mess of a laundry room and keep it organized!

1.    Organize alike items!

Organize similar items to help limit over-buying and signal when items are running low. Doing so also aids in keeping items in one place so you always know where it is. Cubbies, bins or baskets can serve as organization tools to hold alike items. Similar items can be grouped together by cleaning supplies, rags and towels and detergent and dryer sheets. Laundry itself can be divided into baskets such as lights, darks and others.

2.    Create zones!
Franklin laundry room
Create set up zones to keep specific areas for a chore. Specify the laundry zone, ironing zone, mudroom zone, cleaning zone and utility zone. Each zone aids in keeping things organized and clean in the laundry room. Zones should be equipped with baskets and proper labeling for laundry items such as detergent, dryer sheets, bleach and more. Each zone should be in a convenient and easy to access area. Read More


Throw a Perfect Patriotic Party this Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2015Memorial Day is upon us! It’s the perfect time to celebrate our wonderful country and the amazing men and women who serve with a party in your backyard. That’s why S&A Homes has put together a list of ideas to help make your day one to remember. To start, in order to throw a great party there are three necessities: delicious food, patriotic decorations and fun games.

Ideas for food can be barbecue, burgers, deviled eggs, potato salad, fruit salad and corn on the cob. Desserts can be made patriotic by adding red, white and blue sprinkles or making a trifle with blueberries, strawberries and angel food cake. Finger foods including dipped strawberries, pretzels and popcorn can also be spiced up with food coloring and sprinkles to add some spirit. Read More


Congrats to Our Giveaway Winners!

eTech Apple WatchWe’re so excited to announce our #eTechAppleWatchGiveaway winners! Out of over 100 people that watched our new eTech™ video and entered, three were randomly selected to win new Apple watches. Congrats to Robert Hedrick, Karen Campbell and Starks Michael!

If you weren’t selected to sport a new Apple watch, don’t fret. These watches aren’t the only things that can make your life simpler. So can our new eTech™ automated smart homes!* Our packages include: Read More


Enter to Win an Apple Watch Before It’s Too Late!

eTech Apple WatchIs your wrist feeling naked? Wouldn’t it be nice to cover it with one of the most innovative devices ever made? Now, you can! Win one of three Apple Watches by entering our latest giveaway on Facebook.*


1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/sahomes.

2. Watch our new video about eTech™ (set as our featured video on Facebook).

3. Comment on the video with the hashtag #eTechAppleWatchGiveaway by May 1, 2015. Read More