Alden Place: A retreat in the woods

55-plus community in Cornwall to host Spring Fling tour of model and resident homes

Open houses are common in many new-home communities throughout the area, but it’s rare when an entire neighborhood puts out the welcome mat.
That’s exactly what Alden Homes is doing for its annual Spring Fling on Saturday, May 7, at Alden Place and Northgate at Alden Place in historic Cornwall.
The fourth-annual event will begin with a tour of homes from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by a catered dinner at the clubhouse and an evening of dancing with music by the Flamin’ Caucasians.
It’s all designed to give potential homebuyers a true feeling of life in this “55 and better” active adult community, say Bill Martin, architectural designer and new homes consultant for Alden Homes, and Liz Borg, interior designer and director of sales.
Of the approximately 15 homes on the tour, a few will be models but the majority will be owned by current residents who will open their doors to visitors.
“It’s a great way for people to come in and talk to people who already live here,” says Borg. “We have fantastic neighbors here.”
It’s also a great way to see all the possibilities in home design, since no two homes at Alden are exactly alike.
“We want people to see what they could get,” says Martin, noting they now have new floor plans, all of which are customizable. “If someone was here four years ago, it’s worth coming again.”
Nestled in a wooded landscape just over the Lancaster County border, Alden Place is actually two private communities — Alden Place at Cornwall and Northgate at Alden Place.
When complete, Northgate will feature 60 lots of single-family homes. Alden Place will include a total of 443 homes, a combination of single-family homes and two- to three-unit attached villas.
Both 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.
A number of homes are currently available in both communities, including move-in-ready single-family models and villas with completely unfinished interiors that can be designed to a buyer’s personal tastes and needs. Since the villa exteriors are already complete, the delivery time is reduced to about two months rather than the usual four months, Martin says.
Homes in Alden’s current inventory are eligible for the Welcome Home Rewards program, in which buyers will receive $500 per month for 12 months from time of settlement, for a total of $6,000 cash back.
For those who want to custom build from scratch, starting prices range from the mid-$100s to mid-$200s for single-family homes and the mid-$100s to low $200s for villas.
In addition to a host of floor plans and designs, buyers have the flexibility to explore both land-lease and land-ownership options.
Land-lease prices range from $360 to $495 per month and include home owner’s association dues and garbage removal, as well as lawn care and snow removal for villas.
An information tent will be set up during the Spring Fling for visitors who want to learn more, but Martin and Borg stress that it is a no-pressure event.
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, although a minimum of 10 home visits is requested for free admission to the dinner and entertainment.
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
Regular open house hours for a tour of the fully furnished model homes and the Alden Club are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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.