Free event features tour of 15 homes, plus dinner and entertainment, at this 55-plus community in Cornwall
The annual Spring Fling at Alden Place is more than simply a chance to check out some nice homes.
It’s also a chance to get to know the people who live in this 55-plus active living community by Alden Homes in historic Cornwall.
That’s because this fifth annual event, scheduled for Saturday, April 29, will include 10 homes owned by residents, who will open their doors to visitors.
“You’ll be touring homes that are lived in,” says Bill Martin, architectural designer and new homes consultant for Alden Homes. “The existing residents here are our best salespeople.”
Spring Fling is a free, no-pressure event, meaning you won’t have to speak to an actual salesperson unless you want to, Martin says.
The real focus is on getting to know Alden Place, which is actually two communities — Alden Place at Cornwall and Northgate at Alden Place — nestled in a wooded landscape just north of the Lancaster County border.
In addition to the home tour from 2 to 5 p.m., the Spring Fling also will include dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the community clubhouse, the Alden Club, and music by The Flamin’ Caucasians beginning at 7 p.m.
The evening dinner and entertainment is free to anyone 21 and older who visits at least 10 homes on the tour. In addition to the resident-owned homes, the Spring Fling also will feature three model homes and two quick-delivery homes.
One thing visitors are guaranteed is variety.
Personalization is one of the hallmarks of Alden Homes. Martin and Liz Borg, interior designer and director of sales, welcome buyers who want to take whiteout to the interior of a floor plan and make it their own.
The 10 resident homes on the tour reflect that philosophy.
“Because we allow them to personalize their homes, not one of them is exactly alike,” Borg says.
The same can be said of the three model homes on the tour, which reflect another key component of the Alden philosophy — building smaller and smarter.
“Square footage is a feeling, not a number,” Martin says.
People may not realize that they want less space, but they will once they see the model homes at Alden Place, he says.
The smaller and smarter philosophy is already the cornerstone of The Gables at Elm Tree, Alden’s modern cottage-style community in Mount Joy.
Because of its popularity, Martin and Borg brought the flair of The Gables to Alden Place in October with the debut of The Elizabeth, designed with a mid-century modern, industrial feel. The home features a wireless smart technology package as well as creative and efficient use of space, with features like a floating desk beneath the stairs.
The Elizabeth sold the day after its debut, and a second buyer signed a contract to build an identical home, right down to the smallest design detail. Since then, they’ve had additional requests to build The Elizabeth in Alden Place, proof that the smaller and smarter trend crosses all demographics.
Visitors to the Spring Fling can expect to see a new, two-story version of The Elizabeth as well as revamped versions of The Stanford and The Gretna, two existing floor plans at Alden Place that have been updated to include both smarter space and smart home technology.
The Gretna model, an attached villa, features a walk-under staircase with built-in desk and cubbies, and a loft area with sliding barn doors that can be closed for privacy.
“We made it live 150 square feet bigger without adding square footage,” Martin says.
Martin and Borg reinvented the single-family Stanford with a galley kitchen, walk-in pantry, sunroom and finished basement.
All three homes feature Signature Custom Cabinetry, Lutron automated blinds and an Adorne under-the-cabinet kitchen lighting system that eliminates receptacles in the backsplash.
In addition to the homes themselves, both Alden Place communities share a host of amenities, including the Alden Club, a 17,000-square-foot clubhouse featuring an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center, library, billiards, ballroom and cafe. Optional clubhouse membership is $25 per month. There’s also a fully stocked lake, the site of an annual fishing derby.
Alden Place backs up to the 14.5-mile Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail, perfect for walking or biking through woodlands and pastoral countryside. And golfers will find several courses nearby.
With its close proximity to routes 72 and 322, Alden Place is an easy drive to nearby Mount Gretna, as well as Hershey and Lancaster.
Visitors to the Spring Fling will receive a gift bag, a map of the tour homes and a card to be punched at each stop. They can visit as many homes as they like at their own pace.
All ages are welcome on the home tour, but evening activities are limited to those 21 and older.
The event will include a basket raffle and 50-50 ticket sale, proceeds of which will go to Lebanon County Christian Ministries.
Advance registration is requested for those who plan to attend the dinner.
For more information or to make reservations, call 717-376-1199 or visit www.aldenplaceevents.com.
Directions from Lancaster: Follow Route 72 North toward Lebanon. In Quentin, turn right at Route 419 and follow for a half mile. Community is on right.