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2011 Pantone Color of the Year: Honeysuckle

Pantone’s Honeysuckle – Color of the Year This year, Pantone chose Honeysuckle, a bright, cheery pink as its “Color of the Year“. Color lovers everywhere are buzzing over this bold, energetic color. In an announcement on the Pantone website, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® noted, “The intensity of this festive reddish pink allures and engages.

Best Websites for Design Inspiration: Part I

Get Inspired to Decorate: Color Inspiration and Your Favorite Magazines Has the process of spring cleaning made you want to refresh your space? Is the warmer weather inspiring you to fill your home with bright, sunny decor? We’re here to help! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite websites for design inspiration, and we’re sharing them with you.

Find Out Who Won a Whirlpool Washer/Dryer!

Congratulations to… Stephanie and James Ruthven, who were selected in a random drawing after participating in our “Why I Love My Charter Home” contest! Stephanie and James have won a brand new Whirlpool washer and dryer, thanks to this wonderful feedback from Stephanie: Thank you so much to each and every one of you who participated in this contest.

Bishop Woods Launch Party – Tuesday, April 19

You don’t want to miss the launch party for Bishop Woods – our newest neighborhood offering one acre wooded lots in Elizabethtown, PA! Come preview new home designs available ONLY at Bishop Woods, enjoy wine and cheese and check out our beautiful Charter Colors design center.

INFOGRAPHIC: Timeless Design at Charter Homes

When you purchase a Charter Home, you get more than just four walls and a price tag. Our design team uses four fundamental principles when designing your home – including timelessness, our featured element in the infographic below. Click the picture to read more about the little details that make a Charter Home unique.

Introducing our Newest Neighborhood: Bishop Woods

The Wait is Over: One Acre Wooded Lots in Lancaster County’s Newest Neighborhood! New single-family homes in Elizabethtown, PA with one acre wooded homesites! Charter Homes is proud to announce its newest neighborhood: Bishop Woods in Elizabethtown, PA. Imagine opening your door each day to pristine woods and open space – to endless opportunities for playtime, relaxation, and getting back to nature.

Chat Live with Charter Homes!

Instant Answers to Your Questions with Live Chat At Charter Homes, we know our customers lead busy lives. That’s why we designed our website as a one-stop shop when you search for a new home! Got a question about a floorplan? Want to schedule an appointment to visit one of our neighborhoods? Answers to your questions are just a quick chat away!

Are YOU Ready for the Polar Plunge?

Give back AND make a splash! On Thursday, April 14 Charter Homes and the Apartments at Florin Hill will donate $5.00 to the Mount Joy Community Food Bank for each person who takes a “plunge” into the heated pool at Florin Hill! Take advantage of fabulous door prizes and warming refreshments – or stroll around TerraPark and warm up by the campfire!

Home of the Week: 5025 Amelia’s Path West, Versant

Photo Tour of Versant First Floor Master Home Today we’ll be taking you on a private tour of one of the last two homes remaining in our sellout Versant at Pinehurst neighborhood. Come on in and take a look! This carriage home features a two car garage and stone and brick outdoor details.

Announcement: First Businesses at Walden Crossroads!

Walden Crossroads Announces Two New Businesses We’re very proud to announce the first two businesses to join the Walden Crossroads community! The Live*Work*Play vision of Walden Crossroads is starting to shape up! Walden Athletic Club will offer a beautiful fitness facility for Walden and Walden Crossroads residents.

Walden Crossroads Ground Breaking March 30!

Live, Work and Play at Walden Crossroads Ground Breaking on March 30! Do you love Walden? The best neighborhood on Harrisburg’s West Shore* is about to welcome a new sister community – Walden Crossroads! Walden Crossroads is an all-new neighborhood concept on the West Shore, offering village-style living, convenient shops and offices, and the opportunity to live, work and play all in the same place!

Hey Charter Homeowners – Win a Whirlpool Washer & Dryer!

Hey Charter Homes homeowners! We’ve got a special giveaway just for you! For a limited time, if you share why you love your Charter Home on our Facebook wall, you’re automatically entered to win a brand new Whirlpool Washer & Dryer!* That’s right, all it takes is a few seconds to enter to win!

Creating “Place” in Neighborhood Design

Part 1: Come on in to Charter Homes! “To really understand Charter Homes, you have to visit our neighborhoods”. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – there’s something about that moment when you step into a Charter Homes neighborhood that makes you say, “wow”.

Kitchens with Islands: Designing Your Perfect Cooking Space

Charter Homes’ Take on Kitchen Island Design Close your eyes for a moment, and picture yourself standing in your dream kitchen. What does it look like? What do you see around you? Chances are, your dream kitchen includes a spacious, convenient kitchen island. While a kitchen island may have been considered a luxury a few years ago, these days it’s a must-have!

Choosing the Best Energy Efficient Windows in Your New Home

Making Your New Home Greener with Energy Efficient Windows Shopping for a new home, and interested in making your home greener with energy efficient windows? Overwhelmed by all the green features offered by builders? We’re here to help! Here’s a quick guide to what you should look for when choosing energy efficient features in your new home:

We Won and Now it’s Time for Some Fun!

Facebook Challenge Begins Today Win a Starbucks Gift Card! Charter Homes is a proud recipient of the 2011 National Housing Quality Award – the home building industry’s most coveted honor. Now, we’ve received our trophy, and it’s time to share the fun with you! Our award trophy will be taking a “victory lap” around Charter Homes neighborhoods – and our Facebook fans get to be winners too!

Things to Do In Lancaster County’s East Hempfield Township

Charter Homes “Local Know How” Series Kicks Off! Interested in moving to East Hempfield? Already live in the Lancaster area, and looking for something fun to do? Charter Homes is here to help! You can also find this list at – just click on the “Local Know How” link!

New Year, New Fitness Challenge

While you’ll usually hear from us about neighborhood news or new home style, we wanted to throw in a twist to celebrate the New Year – we hope you enjoy this peek into the fun and fitness enjoyed by employees at Charter Homes! Walk to Warmer Weather Challenge

Hot Trends in New Home Design and Decor

New Home Style Trends for 2011 Today, we were asked by a reporter from The Patriot News in Harrisburg to talk about the structural and décor trends for 2011. Here’s what we are seeing! Top Structural Trends for New Homes You know you want one: a spacious kitchen island.