Live smaller and smarter at Alden Place

Visit Oct. 15 for home tours, car show, bazaar and hay rides

Home styles vary as much as homeowners themselves, but the creative minds behind Alden Homes believe there’s one thing on which everyone can agree:
Smart use of space is a good thing.
After all, who wouldn’t want a home so carefully designed that it felt much larger than its actual square footage?
Who wouldn’t want to see a new and creative use for a space that is normally wasted?
“Seventy percent of people use only 30 percent of their space,” says Bill Martin, architectural designer and new homes consultant for Alden Homes.
Why not design homes with less space, but make that space more intriguing, he says.
Alden Homes built a community around this “smart” philosophy at The Gables at Elm Tree in Mount Joy and introduced it last year to Alden Place, its 55-plus community in Cornwall, just north of the Lancaster County border.
The concept will be on full display today, as Alden Place hosts its annual free fall family event. The day offers something for everyone: a classic car show, a bazaar featuring locally made crafts, and hayrides throughout the community.
It’s also an opportunity to explore Alden Place and all it has to offer. If you’ve visited before but haven’t been back in a while, it’s time to rediscover this community tucked in the scenic Furnace Hills.
Three homes also will be open for tours today — the single-family Elizabeth and Stanford and a Gretna villa.
The Elizabeth and The Stanford reflect the modern cottage style first introduced at The Gables and now growing in popularity at Alden Place.
The Elizabeth offers a mid-century modern, industrial-chic feel, with a glass-enclosed office/flex room, an open-tread staircase with cable-and-metal railing, and a DuraCeramic wood-grain fireplace wall.
The three-bedroom Stanford includes an extra-long, cantilevered island in the galley kitchen and a full finished basement featuring a wet bar with uniquely shaped custom top.
Both homes also offer a host of “smart” features in terms of space and technology. So you’ll find clever built-ins, like a desk beneath an open staircase or a closet with a lower half designed as a built-in dog crate.
The homes also feature Signature Custom Cabinetry, Lutron automated blinds and an Adorne under-the-cabinet kitchen lighting system that eliminates receptacles in the backsplash.
The Gretna, although more traditional in style, still includes many of the same smart elements, proof that smart design is universal — and that traditional can still feel fresh and relevant.
“Anyone can do a traditional like our parents have, but we want to do a traditional that feels different,” Martin says.
Martin and Liz Borg, interior designer and director of sales, are doing just that with their newest villa, The Tiffany, currently under construction. Set for completion in mid-January, The Tiffany will include Shaker-style kitchen cabinets with simple crown molding, a wood-look porcelain tile floor that extends to the backsplash, and boutique-type vinyl bathroom flooring that gives a nod to styles from 50 years ago.
The Tiffany also will have deep pantry drawers built-in beneath the staircase. “We’re taking what typically would be nothing and making it into usable space,” Martin says.
“Everyone appreciates the smart use of space,” he says, “even if it’s not their style.”
Martin and Borg make it their mission to create homes that fit the style of each buyer. And they can transform any Alden floor plan to reflect the tastes of the homeowner.
The important thing is making the design process as fun and stress-free as possible, Borg says. So much so that they will even make a trip to the buyer’s current home to get a feel for their personal style and what they want to incorporate in their new home.
If it means taking whiteout to a floor plan and starting from scratch, they will do that, too.
For those interested in building at Alden Place, the community has two more phases of single-family homes, but only one small phase of villas.
At The Gables at Elm Tree, only two single lots and three duplex lots remain in the first phase. A second phase is starting, with move-in dates at the end of April 2018.
Hours for today’s open house and bazaar at Alden Place are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The car show runs from noon to 3 p.m.
Car owners who haven’t registered can still bring their cars to the event. There is no judging.
Registration for the car show is free, but donations will be accepted. The cost of food at the event is also by donation. All proceeds benefit Lebanon County Christian Ministries.
Regular open house hours for a tour of the fully furnished model homes and the community’s 17,00-square-foot clubhouse are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Gables at Elm Tree is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 717-376-1199.

Directions to Alden Place: Follow Route 72 North toward Lebanon. In Quentin, turn right at Route 419 and follow for a half mile. Community is on right.
Directions to The Gables at Elm Tree: 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.