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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.

Ready Now? Buy Now!

Looking to move into a home soon? Think that new construction is out the question because of a compressed timeline? Think again–you can still buy new! You don’t have to compromise on a used home because of an immediate need – Charter Homes & Neighborhoods offers “Ready Now Homes” across Central PA that are beautifully finished with selections hand-picked by our award-winning CharterColors designer.

Chanticleer, York PA – Preview Event

On Tuesday night, York’s most highly anticipated neighborhood, Chanticleer, was previewed to the members of the Chanticleer Priority Club. Eager attendees filled the room at The Country Club of York, as we released the site plan, home designs and pricing for the new first-floor living luxury single family homes.

You’re Invited: Chanticleer Preview Event!

Join us on Tuesday, April 1st, 6 p.m. at The Country Club of York as we reveal all of the information you’ve been waiting for regarding our newest neighborhood in York – Chanticleer. Be the first to learn about: Homesites Home Designs Pricing Scheduling Appointments

8 Homes SOLD in 7 Days at Central PA’s Fastest Selling Neighborhood!

It’s no wonder that Walden is Central PA’s fastest selling neighborhood (and not planning on giving up that title any time soon!). It is filled with unique amenities like an all natural playground, TerraPark™, miles of walking trails, over 64 acres of preserved space (that’s over 83 football fields worth of green grass!) and of course The Shops at Walden.

Take Part! It’s National Plant a Flower Day!

So we’ve had a very welcome taste of spring these past few days–and what perfect timing since today is National Plant a Flower Day! Maybe temperatures haven’t warmed up enough just yet to plant outside, but we thought that we would share a list of the best annual flowers to use in containers, pots or planters on your front porch, courtesy of

What’s better than maintenance-free first floor living?

How about maintenance-free first floor living with a BASEMENT! Lancaster County’s 55+ neighborhood Heritage Strasburg just released FOUR new homesites that offer basements — for the first time in the neighborhood. Think of what you could do with the additional storage or living space! Heritage Strasburg offers first floor living home designs from the $200’s ranging from 1,100SF – over 2,200SF.

Final Weekend to Tour Lancaster’s Most-Loved Model Home!

The national award-winning model home at Veranda will be closing its doors to the public after this weekend–so get your final tour in now! The Wellesley home design has received a “Best in American Living Award” for “Best Single Family Home Design” from the National Association of Homebuilders.

4 Sales in 4 Days at Spring Hill!

The secret is out…Spring Hill in Swatara Township is the best location on the East Shore! Four new homeowners made the choice to call Spring Hill their home–in the last four days! So what’s got people flocking to one of the fastest selling neighborhoods on the East Shore?

Create a Room in Full Bloom: 6 Floral Decorating Tips!

With the promise of warm temperatures still a good month away, we’re taking cues from florists who design beautiful floral displays to bring the feeling of spring inside all year. Sure, we all can buy a grocery store bouquet and place it in a vase of water, but what if you want to add more character to your arrangements?

The best addresses, in one of the most affordable markets!

We already knew that we create places like no other at the best addresses across Central PA–but we were pleased to find out that our neighborhoods in Greater Harrisburg are located in one of the affordable housing markets in the country! The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index just named the top affordable markets in the nation (check out the full article here).

Walden Named Best Neighborhood in Country

Walden, located in Mechanicsburg, PA was named one of the Best Neighborhoods in the Country, earning a 2013 Best in American Living Award sponsored by the National Association of Homebuilders. Walden was the best-selling neighborhood in Central PA in 2012 and 2013, selling over 157 homes.

Behind The Scenes — Spring Hill Model Paint Colors!

At this point we’re all a bit tired of seeing all this white snow everywhere–so let’s talk about COLOR! Specifically at Spring Hill, where our newest model home is weeks away from debuting it’s new color palette and décor! The newest model home features the ever-popular Porter home design which has all of our Living Design Principles at work!