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Front Porch Decorating Ideas – Light it Up with Lanterns!

Front Porch Decorating Trends: Lanterns Your front porch is often the first thing you notice when you pull up to your home – and an area for relaxing and socializing with your family and neighbors. Decorating your front porch can be a fun ritual for each and every season.

How Much Could Waiting to Buy Cost You?

You’ve done your research, you’ve found your perfect neighborhood, chosen the home design that fits your lifestyle, and even picked out the homesite where you picture building the home of your dreams. But–you wonder if now is the best time to buy, so you wait.

New Home Buying Tips – What Matters Most to You?

When shopping for a new home, many buyers feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options and information available. When beginning the research for buying a home (especially if you’re a first time home buyer), here are a few tips to keep in mind: Know What Matters Most to You

Explore The Great American Neighborhood®

Walk down the street of The Great American Neighborhood® and you will instantly notice the differences that create places like no other. All of these details have been thoughtfully planned to create the most inviting and liveable neighborhoods in Central PA. Planning a neighborhood scaled for people requires the art of blending nature with design–which is something that is important when you respect what was and imagine what can be, when planning the next Great American Neighborhood®.

Benefits of a Summertime Move!

Summer is considered by many to be the most desirable time to move. There are conveniences that come with moving in the summer, that you just can’t have during the rest of the year. When moving, there is always a transition period and planning and preparation involved.

“World’s Freshest Market” Right Here in Central PA!

Lancaster has landed on yet another “top 10 list”…this time it is celebrating the farm-fresh produce at the Lancaster Central Market, in Downtown Lancaster. Rows of fresh produce, meats, flowers, and bakes goods fill the historic market building where locals (and visitors) flock to stock up on some of freshest goods.

Highpoint Arcona – NOW OPEN!

On Saturday June 14th, the homesites at Mechanicsburg’s newest Great American Neighborhood® Highpoint Arcona, were revealed to a crowd of homebuyers who attended the on-site Preview Event. Charter Homes & Neighborhoods President, Rob Bowman told the story of Highpoint Arcona – from it’s very historic beginnings to the future plans.

Moving During the School Year vs. Moving Over the Summer

When is the Best Time to Move into a New Home? Parents looking to move into a new home often worry about how the move will impact their children. Conventional wisdom says that it’s better to move over the summer so that kids are able to experience a new school for a full academic year, giving them a chance for a “fresh start”.

Final Chance in The Great American Neighborhood® , The Preserve!

The Preserve is the perfect example of The Great American Neighborhood®. Nestled within 27 acres of preserved woodlands backing up to the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains it is the perfect intersection of feeling like you are away from it all, but still just moments away from everywhere you want to be.

Take a look inside the 2014 Lancaster Parade Home!

One of the most commonly asked questions we receive when touring our homes is “what are the paint colors?”. Our award-winning CharterColors Stylist has the ability to put together the most appealing palletes, and we’ve got the latest and greatest to share with you from our 2014 Lancaster Parade Home in Grandview.

How would you use a finished lower level?

Whether you’re looking for more space to spread out, a quiet retreat, or just more storage–finished lower levels can become one of the most flexible and customizable spaces in your home — it’s a room that is ready for you and whatever fits your hobbies and lifestyle best!

Great Addresses Near Great Schools!

Parents of students in Lancaster’s Lampeter Strasburg and Mechanicsburg’s Cumberland Valley school districts have something very big to celebrate! US News just released their rankings for “Best High Schools in Pennsylvania” and both hold enviable positions on the list! We build our neighborhoods at the best addresses in Central PA to provide you with a home convenient to everything and the best of the surrounding communities.

What’s in a name?

We wanted a special name for our 2014 “Idea Home” in the Lancaster Parade of Homes, so we opened up the naming process to our loyal followers on Facebook! We received tons of great names, but one stood out to us – The Alexandria. Even better than the name, is the story behind it:

More National Attention for Our Home Designs!

Our open floorplans and stunning expansive windows have earned us more national attention! Check out our mention on the list of “Most Popular New Home Features – What Buyers Want Right Now” from! The article features “The Morgan” home design, which can be built in our Falcon Ridge neighborhood in Dauphin County.

Veranda: Check Out a Beautiful Transformation

Once an open field, now a favorite neighborhood gathering space for picnics, outdoor games, and walks – Getz Green in Veranda in East Hempfield Township has transformed beautifully over the years! Sometimes we don’t realize how much our neighborhoods have grown until we take a moment to look back at what once was!

Celebrate Easter with Style!

We’ve poured over the top boards on Pinterest to find some of the prettiest and most creative Easter decor and craft ideas! Check out some of our favorites below–and be sure to check out these and more on our “Celebrating Easter with Style” board on Pinterest!

8 Steps for an Easy Moving Day

Preparing for a move is both exciting and exhausting to think about. With tips from the organization experts at Houzz, you’ll find it’s really all about planning the weeks leading up to the big move. Follow these 8 steps and you’ll feel much more relaxed–and able to enjoy the process of moving into your new home!

How to Choose a Color Palette in Open Floorplans

When it comes time to choosing a color palette for your home you may dream in color, but end up living in beige. Don’t get us wrong–beige can be beautiful –it’s a classic for a reason! But, we’re always looking for ways to add some “pop” and “interest” into our neutral decor–and we’ve found some great tips on how to ease into a beautiful palette, specifically in an open floorplan–without the color shock!

The Hartford Townhome in Walden – Grand Opening This Weekend!

Think all townhome living is about the same? Think again! We’ve got you a sneak peek into the newest designer decorated townhome model at Walden! The new (and very in-demand!) Hartford home design is now decorated to show off all of the open living space in this spacious townhome.