Innovative and sophisticated Mt. Joy neighborhood by Alden Homes features smaller homes designed to live large
Not all home buyers want to go bigger.
Some want to go smaller — and smarter.
That’s the philosophy behind The Gables at Elm Tree, a new home community by Alden Homes, just off Route 283 in Mount Joy.
The modern cottage-style homes in bright, unique colors are perfect for any age but are designed with millennials in mind, say architectural designer and new homes consultant Bill Martin and interior designer and director of sales Liz Borg.
“We’re not just trying to make a box with square footage,” Martin says of the single-family and villa-style homes, which range in size from 1,300 to 1,900 square feet.
While not of the “tiny home” size, the concept is the same, they say: Putting the emphasis on the home’s form, function and features, rather than on its square footage.
“We feel a well-designed home will live a lot bigger,” Martin says.
From the standard features — everything from recessed kitchen lighting to smart home capabilities — to the carefully selected exterior colors, The Gables at Elm Tree aims to create an innovative, sophisticated and timeless feel like nothing else in Lancaster County.
“We feel it’s time for a change,” Martin says.
The Gables at Elm Tree is not only a new concept for Lancaster County, but also for Alden Homes, which has concentrated largely on the 55-plus market in its 25 years in business.
Available in four floor plans and nine different elevations, the homes at The Gables at Elm Tree are carefully designed to make the best and most creative use of space.
That efficiency also allows for some impressive features that come standard in every home, among them an 8-foot-deep front porch with composite floor, hardwood flooring and 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, a tile backsplash that extends to the ceiling in the kitchen, and expandable space for future growth.
Perhaps the most impressive standard features, however, are the technological ones.
Each home at The Gables at Elm Tree will include a package of wireless remote features by Lutron Electronics.
Buyers will be able to choose a certain number of functions to control remotely, such as turning on lights, a gas fireplace or air conditioning, unlocking a door or having a fan turn on automatically when you enter the bathroom.
With the technology already in place, Martin notes, adding additional functions in the future will be relatively inexpensive. Other available options include geofencing, which would allow the system to automatically turn on your lights when you approach your home.
Also standard in all homes are USB outlets in every bedroom.
The model home at The Gables at Elm Tree, a Montgomery floor plan, reflects all of the standard home features, as well as some affordable upgrades designed to suit both a home buyer’s tastes and lifestyle.
The open floor plan offers a seamless transition between the kitchen/dining area and the family room, which includes a gas fireplace flanked by built-in shelving and cabinetry.
The European-style kitchen features Signature Custom Cabinetry with sleek, simple lines, chrome drawer and cabinet pulls, an island with 3-inch laminate top and a walk-in pantry. The combination of cabinetry, floating shelves and deep drawers with pegs for dishes and glasses offers numerous storage options. There is also an optional bar area.
The model kitchen includes an Adorne under-the-cabinet kitchen lighting system that eliminates receptacles in the backsplash and includes ports for an iPad and speakers that work with your smartphone.
The first floor also includes a flex room with sliding barn doors, perfect for use as a play room or additional family space, and a powder room with floating vanity. A nook next to the stairs has been converted to an office area with a built-in desk.
The mudroom entry features yet another nod to functional space: a built-in dog crate that is actually part of a closet in the garage convenient for storing pet food and other supplies.
The second floor of the Montgomery includes a master suite with walk-in closet and private bath, along with two additional bedrooms that share a second full bath. The second-floor laundry closet includes a stackable washer and dryer, along with built-in drying rod and hampers.
The Montgomery model also showcases expandable space in the form of an unfinished third floor that can be used for storage or easily finished to create additional living space.
There is also unfinished storage space on the second floor, since the Montgomery, like all standard homes in the community, has no basement.
When complete, The Gables at Elm Tree will have a total of 116 homes – both singles and duplex-style villas that will feature adjoining one-story and two-story homes for unique visual appeal.
Single-family homes range in price from $228,900 to $265,900; villas are priced at $223,900 to 260,000. Alden Homes is offering a $5,000 buyer incentive for the first of each model sold.
Although buyers will have minimal flexibility with the exterior of homes, since they have been designed in a particular color scheme and layout with the streetscape in mind, they can personalize interiors any way they like — and that includes a more traditional look, if sleek and contemporary is not their style.
The Gables at Elm Tree is located in the Manheim Central School District. The grand opening of the model will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. For more information or to schedule an on-site appointment, call 376-1199.
Directions from Lancaster: From Route 283, take the Mount Joy exit and turn onto Route 772 West. Turn left on Strickler Road, right on Cornerstone Drive, then right on Willow Creek Drive. The model home is on the right.
The Gables at Elm Tree: A totally different building philosophy, creating the new normal for Lancaster County.