New floor plan to make its debut at upcoming Spring Fling
Alden Homes prides itself on pushing the boundaries every time it builds a new model home, and the Coleman 2.1 is no exception.
“You get one shot to impress,” says Liz Borg, interior designer and director of sales.
They are hoping to do just that when the Coleman 2.1 makes its debut Saturday, April 21, at the annual Spring Fling at Alden Place, the 55-and-better community just north of the Lancaster County line in Cornwall.
The Spring Fling open house, from 2 to 5 p.m., will feature a total of four model homes, five resale homes and 11 resident-owned homes for visitors to tour at their own pace.
But the spotlight will certainly be on the Coleman 2.1, a thoroughly updated version of an existing floor plan in Alden Place. Like other recent models in the community, including The Elizabeth and The Stanford, the Coleman 2.1 features the modern cottage-style design that Alden Homes first introduced several years ago in The Gables at Elm Tree, a single-family home community in Mount Joy.
The design concept — homes with a modern flair and a smart use of technology and space that allow a smaller home to live much larger — was meant to appeal to millennial homebuyers.
But Borg and Bill Martin, architectural designer and new homes consultant for Alden Homes, soon discovered that the idea of living smaller and smarter appealed to all ages — including those living in 55-and-better communities like Alden Place.
Prospective Alden Place residents have also embraced the homes’ more modern designs, from industrial-style open-tread staircases to glass-enclosed offices. “Modern does not have to be cold,” Martin says.
And, he adds, those who favor more traditional styles do not have to forsake the benefits of smart design.
To that point, another model on the Spring Fling tour, a Tiffany villa, employs many of Alden’s trademark elements of smart design in a more traditional style. Borg and Martin call it “a refreshed traditional.”
But for those with a flair for the modern — and the innovative — the Coleman 2.1 won’t disappoint. “These type of homes are really our sweet spot,” Martin says.
And when it comes to getting that one shot to impress, Borg and Martin personally labor over each new model, from architectural conception until the last piece of art is hung on the wall.
The Coleman 2.1 includes popular elements from previous models, including clever built-ins, Lutron automated blinds and an Adorne under-the-cabinet kitchen lighting system that eliminates receptacles in the backsplash. But it also has some features — both big and small — that they’ve never done before.
“We’re stretching ourselves on a few things,” Borg says.
- Black kitchen cabinetry set off by an entire wall of glass tile.
- A spacious walk-in pantry hidden behind an inconspicuous kitchen cabinet door. “You won’t see another pantry like this,” Martin says.
- A 48-inch sink with two faucets and a host of customizable accessories, including a cutting board, colander and drying rack.
Kitchen cabinets and drawers with automated lighting.
- A pull-out cabinet with built-in paper towel holder.
- A “wow factor” spa-like bathroom featuring an enormous walk-in shower.
- A see-through fireplace in the fully finished lower level.
- A custom, butcher block-style bar in the lower level.
- A laundry/mud room that includes a waterfall countertop over the washer and dryer and a separate folding area with countertop and bar for hanging clothes.
As for that smart use of space, Borg and Martin like to say that “square footage is a feeling, not a number.” The Coleman 2.1 is actually smaller in square footage than the original Coleman floor plan and a previous update known as the Coleman 2.
“We actually took the floor plan, made it feel bigger, but took away space,” Martin says.
Other models on the Spring Fling tour include the single-family Elizabeth and a Gretna villa that also serves as the community’s Stay and Play home for prospective buyers who want to test drive Alden Place for a weekend.
In all, nearly half the homes on the Spring Fling will be available for sale.
Visitors 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.
Spring Fling is a free no-pressure event open to all ages. Salespeople will be available at an information tent for anyone who wants to learn more or inquire about special buyer incentives.
The Spring Fling also will include a 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.
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.