Enjoy smaller, sophisticated, smarter living at The Gables

Alden Homes neighborhood in Mount Joy to host block party, open house Oct. 29

Since The Gables at Elm Tree made its debut last fall, the Alden Homes neighborhood off Route 283 in Mount Joy has created an innovative, sophisticated and timeless feel like nothing else in Lancaster County.
Ranging in size from 1,300 to 1,900 square feet, the sleek, modern cottage-style homes are designed to create visual intrigue from every angle — and to make the best and most creative use of space, proving you can not only live smaller but smarter, too.
On Saturday, Oct. 29, the public will have the opportunity to experience that philosophy first-hand when The Gables — and its residents — open their doors for a free block party and home tour from 1 to 3 p.m.
In addition to the open house, the block party will include music and a lunch catered by nearby Acorn Farms.
Far from a traditional open house, the event will give visitors the opportunity to explore eight to 10 homes in the neighborhood, representing all four available floor plans and a variety of elevations.
Many of those homes will be manned by the residents who live in them; three will be models currently available for sale.
Among the models is the two-story single-family Montgomery, with three bedrooms and two and a half baths.
The first home built in The Gables, the Montgomery showcases the efficient and creative design that has become a hallmark of the neighborhood, with space-saving features like floating vanities, a built-in desk tucked in an eave next to the staircase, and even a dog crate built into the mudroom.
The European-style kitchen features sleek, simple lines, chrome drawer and cabinet pulls, an island with 3-inch laminate top and a walk-in pantry.
Across the street, two attached villas — the two-story Avonlea and the 1.5-story Harbor — also are for sale.
The Harbor, an entry on this year’s Parade of Homes, includes additional unique features, like an open staircase with a built-in desk and cubbies beneath it. The Harbor’s bathrooms also feature energy-saving solar tubes — space-age-looking sheet metal tubes with polished interiors that extend from the ceiling to the roof, where they capture natural light.
The models also reflect flexible space options, from loft areas to first-floor multipurpose rooms, both equipped with cleverly designed sliding barn doors that allow them to be part of an open floor plan or enclosed for additional privacy.
Although buyers can request basements, they do not come standard in The Gables. Instead, the homes are designed with a variety of second- and third-floor storage areas, as well as unfinished spaces that allow for future expansion.
No two homes in The Gables are designed exactly alike, but all include a number of impressive standard features, including hardwood flooring and 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, a tile backsplash in the kitchen that extends to the ceiling, and an 8-foot-deep front porch with a composite floor.
What truly sets The Gables at Elm Tree apart, however, are the technological features that come standard in every home.
Each home includes 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.
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.
Although buyers 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. For more information about the block party 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.