Spring Fling, the annual open house event at Alden Place, a 55-plus active living community in Cornwall, has long been popular with the public.
Each year, visitors descend on this welcoming community nestled in the wooded landscape just over the Lancaster County border to tour homes and enjoy an evening of free dinner and entertainment.
But as organizers started planning for this year’s seventh annual Spring Fling on Saturday, April 27, they discovered the event has become just as popular with Alden Place residents.
“The really neat thing with this year, (the residents) actually called us asking us to have their homes on the tour,” says Liz Borg, interior designer and director of sales for Alden Homes. “Other years we had to call and ask. That just speaks volumes to the event and the impact it has.”
Not everyone would welcome hundreds of people traipsing through their home and wandering their neighborhood, but Alden Place is not just any neighborhood. Many of the residents on this year’s tour were once Spring Fling visitors themselves. “That’s why they bought,” Borg says. “Now they want to give back.”
With nearly 20 homes on this year’s tour, it will be the biggest Spring Fling ever. Four model homes will be among the stops, but the remainder are never-before-seen resident homes. So even if you’ve attended a Spring Fling before, there’s plenty of new reasons to visit again this year.
As always, visitors can expect the unveiling of a new model home at Spring Fling. This year, it is the Grant, an existing floor plan reimagined to include the modern cottage-style look and creatively smart design features that have become a trademark of Alden Homes.
The Grant features a unique hickory kitchen that includes a custom island, walk-in pantry and something new from Alden: a pull-out step stool built into the cabinetry.
“We’re excited to have people come and look at our designs,” says Bill Martin, architectural designer and new homes consultant. But Martin is talking about more than simply the designs showcased in the community’s model homes.
“We personalize each home to each homeowner. We pride ourselves on allowing people to completely customize,” he says. “Today, life is about experiences. We are trying to re-invent the homebuilding experience.”
That means Spring Fling visitors are likely to encounter unique design ideas in each resident home they visit.
What they won’t encounter is a sales pitch. All homes, including the models, will be hosted by residents. There is no obligation to speak to a salesperson at this no-pressure event; however, Borg and Martin will be available to answer questions and discuss new sales incentives.
Visitors who want to spend even more time discovering Alden Place can inquire about the community’s Stay and Play program, which allows prospective buyers to test drive the community for a weekend. The new Stay and Play home, a Gretna villa with a wooded view, is also on this year’s Spring Fling tour.
Martin has one caveat for those considering a test-drive weekend: “Ninety-four percent of people who do Stay and Play buy here.”
Alden Place is enjoying its busiest year ever, with 36 homes already scheduled to settle.
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, the community is also an easy drive to nearby Mount Gretna, as well as Hershey and Lancaster.
The free home tour, open to all ages, takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Visitors to the Spring Fling 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.
Dinner at the community clubhouse, the Alden Club, begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by music by The Flamin’ Caucasians 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 aldenplaceevents.com.
Alden Homes is also building its modern cottage-style homes in two traditional neighborhoods: The Gables at Elm Tree in Mount Joy (open 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays) and the new Mountain Meadows in Mount Aetna, Berks County, where the model home is scheduled for completion in mid-May.
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.