Enjoy ‘lock and leave’ life at Traditions of America

55-plus Lititz community offers award-winning homes, resort-style amenities

Fred and Mary A. have traveled the world — from central Asia to South America. But when it came time to find a place to call home, they chose Traditions of America at Lititz.
The 55+ community, located in the heart of Lititz, offers a variety of award-winning Single Family and Garden Home floor plans, plus a host of resort-style amenities, including a spectacular 8,000-square-foot Clubhouse that serves as the hub of community activity. And with Traditions of America’s low-maintenance living, homeowners can “lock and leave” without the worry.
Fred and Mary, former business owners from the Hazleton area, began searching for a home base for their retirement about five years ago. They explored places in Florida, Delaware and Pennsylvania before settling on Traditions of America a year and a half ago.
Their home, a one-story Washington model, features a spacious open floor plan decorated with mementos from their travels (including a large wall map covered in pins marking the more than 100 countries they’ve visited).
There are many more places to explore, but these world travelers are just as happy spending their days in this active community in a town that recently held the title of “Coolest Small Town in America.”
“We feel like we’re still on vacation,” Fred says.
“The people are so nice here,” adds Mary. “It’s a great place to live.”

Great location
“One of the things that’s really attractive to folks is our proximity to the train station and airports,” says New Home Counselor Lilli Abramson.
That’s not only convenient for travelers like Fred and Mary, but also those who have friends and family out of town. About 60 percent of homeowners within the community come from within a 25-mile radius of Lititz, Abramson says. The remainder hail from all parts of the country, from Connecticut to California.
For Fred and Mary, one of the biggest selling points was location. The community is just minutes from the shops and restaurants in downtown Lititz, Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center, and within walking distance to The Shoppes at Kissel Village.
“We can get everything we can possibly need at that shopping center,” Mary says. “We can walk to two Starbucks. That was a definite plus. It makes us go for a walk with a reward at the end.”

Resort-style amenities
There’s plenty to love within the Traditions of America community, as well. The aforementioned Clubhouse includes a gathering room with fireplace, Fitness Center, Yoga Studio, Massage Room, Sauna, a Sports Bar & Lounge, a Library/Gaming Room, Full Kitchen, Dining Room and Club Room.
The Clubhouse is home to a host of community activities, from speakers and cooking demonstrations to poker groups and Friday night happy hours, according to Lifestyle Director Becky Wise. Homeowners also can rent the Kitchen, Dining Room and Club Room for up to 75 guests.
Outside, a 60-inch flat-screen TV overlooks a lounge area, built-in fire pit and Heated Swimming Pool.
The grounds at Traditions of America also include tennis/pickle ball courts, a putting green, horseshoes and bocce, a paved walking path and a new outdoor park complete with a gazebo, benches and a fountain.

Customizable homes
Homeowners can choose from five Single Family Home and two Garden Home models, ranging in size from 1,542 to over 3,000 square feet. Homes start at $279,900.
This month the community introduced The Jefferson, a new, open concept Garden Home floor plan. The base plan includes two bedrooms and two baths, with the option of adding a second floor with an additional bedroom, bath and loft area.
All home plans are customizable, allowing residents to create the home of their dreams, says Design Consultant Kate Krause.
That could mean anything from requesting a butterfly-green granite countertop to expanding the size of a sunroom addition.
Fred and Mary modified their floor plan to convert living room space into a bright and open office area with half walls and built-in shelving.
Standard features in all homes include granite countertops, Kohler fixtures, Whirlpool appliances, tile bathrooms, two-car garages and attic storage.
Standard smart features include tankless hot water heaters and keypad garage entry. For those interested in upgrading their smart home quotient, the sky’s the limit, Krause says, from theater and speaker systems to security systems and Nest thermostats.
There are currently 10 Single Family and 10 Garden Homes remaining to be built in Phase 4, for a total of 224 homes, Abramson says. To date, 202 homes have been sold.
Traditions of America at Lititz also has two Express Homes nearing completion, for those looking to move in sooner.

Learn more
Those wishing to explore the award-winning home designs and resort-style amenities at Traditions of America at Lititz have a number of options.
Through the Try Before You Buy program, prospective homeowners can spend a weekend in the community’s guest house. They will also be paired with homeowner ambassadors who will take them to dinner and other activities, as well as answer questions about the community.
Those who want to delve deeper into home design can attend the upcoming Meet the Designer event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, where they can browse the Design Studio and meet with Traditions of America Designers and vendor partners.
To register for the Feb. 18 event or to learn about special incentives, call the Welcome Center at 717-626-0327 or visit LititzLiving.com. The Welcome Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Information while deemed accurate is not guaranteed and is subject to change without notice. Traditions of America communities are for people age 55 or over. See a New Home Counselor for details.