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Detached “Carriage House” Garage at the Veranda Parade Home

2012 Design Ideas – Detached Third Car Garage “Carriage House” Concept Open for Viewing Saturday at our Veranda Parade Home! A three car garage is an often-requested feature on new homes – whether for storage space, an extra vehicle, or a workspace for the home.

The Kitchen Island has Evolved!

2012 Design Ideas – Two Islands in the Kitchen Open for Viewing Saturday at our Veranda Parade Home! At this year’s Veranda Parade Home (opening this Saturday as part of the Central PA Parade of Homes), we’re showcasing one of our favorite home design ideas for 2012: incorporating extra-large (and even multiple!) islands in your kitchen.

2011 Central PA Parade of Homes – Starts this Weekend!

Come see our Veranda Parade Home this weekend! The Central PA Parade of Homes begins this Saturday, June 11! Stop by and see our Veranda Parade Home from June 11 to June 19. The Lancaster Parade of Homes is open on weekdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on weekends from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Home of the Week: 2743 Meadow Cross Way, SpringWood

SpringWood “Abbott” Home Ready Now Update: this home is SOLD! Call 800-325-3030 or visit the SpringWood website to find out about more homes available in this York County neighborhood. Today we’ll be taking you on a private tour of a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home in York’s SpringWood neighborhood.

Introducing Highlands – Charter Homes’ Newest Neighborhood!

Charter Homes is proud to announce the opening of Highlands, our newest neighborhood! Highlands is a quick drive away from downtown Harrisburg on the northern edge of York County. About Highlands Charter Homes’ newest neighborhood near Harrisburg has the best of everything. Highlands is perched on a hill that offers scenic views for miles, and is a stones throw from the best schools, parks and shopping in the area.

Things to do in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

Welcome to Elizabethtown PA! Considering a visit (or, of course, a move!) to Elizabethown, PA? Check out this list of restaurants, attractions and events that await you in this charming Central Pennsylvania town – home of our Bishop Woods neighborhood! Update: We were flooded with responses to our request for things to do in E-town – if there’s a place, event or attraction you love, tell us using our NEW comments tool at the end of this post and we’ll add it to the list!

New Home Design: Baylor at Florin Hill

Charter Homes is proud to introduce its newest home design at our Florin Hill neighborhood in Mount Joy: the Baylor townhome. This home design features 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 1,379 square feet. The Baylor features a spacious 2 car garage on the lower level. The lower level also features a large storage area with plenty of natural light.

Memorial Day Front Porch Decorating Ideas

Patriotic Outdoor Decorating Ideas for Memorial Day As Memorial Day weekend approaches, check out these ideas and photos to make your front porch patriotic! Red, White and Blue… Flowers! Consider using a patriotic combination of colorful flowers to decorate your front porch this Memorial Day.

Lancaster PA – One of the Best Places to Buy a Home in the US!

Lancaster #8 on Forbes List of “Best Places to Buy a Home” Forbes.com released a list this month of the top ten best cities in the United States to purchase a home – and our own Lancaster, PA was on the list! Forbes ranked Lancaster #8 due to its low unemployment rate, affordable prices and low foreclosure rates.

Home of the Week: 120 Centre Court, Windsor Meadows

Windsor Meadows “Penrose” Home Ready Now Update: this home is SOLD! Call us at 800-325-3030 to find out about other homes available at Windsor Meadows. Today we’ll be taking you on a private tour of a beautiful single family home available now in our Windsor Meadows neighborhood in York County’s Windsor Township. Welcome to 120 Centre Court!

Must Have Tools for Your New Home

Top Ten Tools for Your New Home About to make the move into your new home? As you pack up your moving boxes and begin to take inventory, you’ll want to start making a “don’t pack me!” pile – which should include a set of key tools you’ll need as you move.

Must-Have New Home Features for Baby Boomers – We’ve Got ‘Em!

Hey, Baby Boomers – We’ve got homes that fit your life! Listed below are ten of the most in-demand features from Professional Builder magazine for baby boomers looking to purchase a new home. Whether you prefer an active adult neighborhood like Heritage Strasburg or the hip, small town feel at Walden, we offer the most popular features for Baby Boomers!

Front Porch Decorating Ideas for Spring: Wreaths

Decorative Front Door Wreaths to Liven Up Your Front Porch As we enter the month of May, many people are looking for ways to bring the blooming flowers of spring onto their front porch. We’ve shown you advice for great flowers to plant on your front porch, beautiful flower pots and planters, and even decorating your front porch with lanterns!

Front Porch Decorating Ideas: Flower Pots in Every Color of the Rainbow!

Now that we’ve covered the best flowers for your front porch, let’s talk about where you’re going to put all those lovely plants. Check out these flower pots and planters in every color of the rainbow – time to get planting! Red Flower Pots and Planters contrast well with green and yellow plants like Black-Eyed Susans.

Best Websites for Design Inspiration: Part II

Get Inspired to Decorate: Design Inspiration Gets Personal In our last design inspiration post, we shared our go-to websites when you need color inspiration in your home – and our favorite websites offering design inspiration from print magazines. Today, we’re focusing on our favorite “real life” decorating blogs – that’s right, real people sharing their experiences, ideas, and favorite products as they decorate their own homes!

Don’t Miss Veranda’s Neighborhood Yard Sale May 7!

The homeowners at Veranda are holding a yard sale – and you won’t want to miss it! Find a great deal on furniture, clothes, books and much more – and enjoy free coffee and donuts at the Charter Homes model! When: Saturday, May 7 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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.