Archive for Pittsburgh Metro
What goes into ranking a town or city as one of the best in America? According to the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), there are 12 main factors that need to be taken into account to determine such a thing. For cities and large towns, everything from cultural opportunities to professional development to low unemployment rates play a role in the rankings. For college towns, degree attainment and even academic research and development are taken into account.
And for 2013/2014, we are excited to announce that two of our biggest markets are featured on this newest list. For Top College Towns, State College, PA landed an enviable third spot on the top five list, meaning it is ranked in the top three college towns nationwide! The town scored high in areas like low unemployment, a variety of cultural opportunities as well as entrepreneurial opportunities. Read More→
Dating back to 1773, Westmoreland County is steeped in American history. Once the first county to be settled west of the Allegheny Mountains here in Pennsylvania, it is now home to state-of-the art hospitals, award-winning universities and boasts a convenient location just east of Pittsburgh.
This area is anything but suburban feeling. Heavily wooded mountains surround these connected communities, providing a spectacular backdrop for anyone living here. Route 30 provides an array of modern dining and shopping options, while the nearby Pennsylvania Turnpike serves as a desirable artery for commuters into Pittsburgh. Read More→
Looking for a better way to get cozy now that the cold and crisp weather is settling in for the weekend? How about with a FREE fireplace? At S&A Homes, for a limited time, we invite you to take advantage of our exclusive offer.
In most of our communities, purchase a to-be-built home between November 1 and November 30, 2013 and receive a FREE fireplace in your new home! One of our most popular features, a fireplace offers more than comfort on a cold day. Read More→
Once you’ve handed out the last of the candy tonight, treated yourself to Charlie Brown’s Halloween Special and collapsed with exhaustion after tucking the little ones in, the inevitable reality will sink in that the holiday season is upon you (and us).
We want to know – is a new home on your holiday wish list this year? If so, what do you want in that brand new home? If you aren’t sure, here is a list of top five buying trends for 2013 according to Zillow:
1. Man Caves & Smart Homes
2. Custom Designed Closet Systems
3. Home Offices
4. Hardwood Flooring
5. Urban Homes with Amenities Read More→
It’s been an interesting economy for the last several years. A bit of a “two steps forward, one step back” methodology to our country’s growth has made it confusing for potential home buyers about whether or not to jump into the market or stay on the fence.
If we’ve learned anything about the last seven years, it’s that national trends, “growth forecasts” and interest rates tell a very small part of the story. Rather than analyzing Wall Street’s opinions to death, having knowledge of where you want to move often proves the best strategy.
At S&A Homes, we are confident that the neighborhoods we build in contain the best value in the best housing markets. Pittsburgh, PA, for example, is consistently listed as one of the healthiest real estate markets in the nation. Year after year this metropolitan area allows home buyers in any price range to purchase a brand new home in the best school districts for an affordable price. Read More→
It’s pretty doubtful anyone is dreaming of a white Christmas this early in the season. But, there’s a pretty decent chance some of you are dreaming of a new home for the holidays. With autumn upon us and Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, there is a limited window for anyone thinking about doing holiday entertaining in a brand new home.
Building a home from scratch is out of the question for those hoping to ring in the New Year in a new home. So what are your options? At S&A Homes, we have many brand new, move-in ready homes available to purchase. Read More→
Halloween is just 16 days away! If you have little ones, that fun day comes with a lot of responsibility. Here are a few tips from S&A Homes to help make your Halloween fun and safe!
• Take pictures on a different day (i.e. the week before). Many local photographers offer mini sessions for kiddos in their Halloween costumes. With portrait sessions starting as low as $15, we say that is a great investment! Let the photographer worry about capturing those cute little smiles, so you can enjoy the evening without the stress of capturing that perfect picture!
• Write your child’s name, address and phone number on the inside of their costume if they are young. Figuring out how to find your child AFTER you get separated is not the time to think about taking precautions.
• Put reflective material on your child’s costume, especially if it’s made of darker material to ensure cars can see your little trick-or-treater! Read More→
This past Friday marked a special day for S&A Homes’ Pittsburgh region. First, we were proud to be recognized as the second largest home builder in the Pittsburgh area, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times. The bump up to the second spot in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan area comes in large part to many of the new communities S&A Homes has opened in the past year in the metro area’s most desired locations like the Mars area, Wexford area, South Hills area and even Washington County.
Friday also marked our official groundbreaking ceremony at our newest Pittsburgh community, Piatt Estates. The community, located just one mile from the Tanger Outlet Center just north of Washington, PA, is perfectly situated for those seeking a perfect blend of easy commute and large home sites offering sweeping hillside views. Read More→
Did you know that this Saturday, September 28 is Good Neighbor Day? That’s right! Okay, it may be a bit obscure and there probably aren’t many of us that have even heard of Good Neighbor Day, but you are now in the know. Just like Grandparents’ Day, this is one holiday that is quickly gaining in popularity.
A small gesture this Saturday could go a long way in the friend department and will certainly come in handy next time your run out of eggs. Read More→
Home is a hard thing to describe. Is it made of wood and bricks? Sure. Does it have windows and doors? Of course. But is that what home is?
Home is so much more than simply the products comprised to build it. Home is the keeper of our memories, the backdrop for our good times and bad. It provides shelter, happiness and a sanctuary for those who live in it.
We want to know – what is home to you?