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  1. Luxury Bathrooms for Every New Home

    I like to call them whoa-moments. During a visit to one of our furnished models, a family member strays from the group and throughout the house you can hear:

    Whoa!  Hey, come check out this room!”

    It’s my favorite part. Sometimes I even keep a mental tally. Kitchens usually collect a few whoas. A home theater always scores a few, too. But which room in the house gets the most whoas?

    The answer might surprise you at first. The master bathroom almost always wins. Nothing says luxury like a beautiful master bath with ceramic tile, granite counters, a big showerhead and a deep tub. That’s luxury!

    We are happy to announce that luxury bathrooms are now a Heartland Homes standard. Watch the new video and see why our bathrooms are definitely whoa-worthy.

    New Bathroom Features Include:

    Granite countertops make a room, especially a bathroom. All practical benefits aside, granite is wonderfully elegant. It is something you have to see to believe. Consider visiting one of our upcoming open models.

    Ceramic tile on the floors and in the shower is easy to clean and always durable. Anybody who has ever suffered through old linoleum—curling at the corners—will feel even more comfortable with tile below their toes.

    See Standard Features in Other Rooms:

    Now on to the most important part—the photos!

     

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    *See a sales & marketing representative for details.  Townhome features may differ.


  2. Dream Home Kitchen Upgrades Are Now Standard

    Kitchens are no longer confined to cooking. They are a place for sharing stories, taste testing, homework help and all of the other things that occupy our evening hours. Kitchens are a place for living.

    That’s why we are kissing kitchen upgrades goodbye with new standard features.

    New Kitchen Features Include:

    • Hardwood floors that keep kitchens looking clean longer, even during seasons with sandy sandals or snowy boots.
    • Kitchen islands that add both style and function with bar seating for lunches on the go–who has time for dining room china these days?
    • Granite countertops that resist red wine, Crayons and airborne toddler toys.
    • Stainless steel appliances from GE are built-in, providing a sleek finish and extra space for cookie dough and cutting boards.
    • Maple cabinets that are as durable as they are beautiful. Don’t be afraid to booty-bump a drawer or kick a cabinet door–they can take it!

    Sure, the descriptions are great, but we know what people really want. What about the photos? Here are some photos from Heartland Homes models with the newly standardized kitchen upgrades.

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  3. 14 Pittsburgh Real Estate Trends in 2014

    You might remember from December that there is rising interest in Pittsburgh real estate this year. But how can a seller make these optimistic trends work for them?

    We asked five Pittsburgh real estate experts to provide insight on local trends and share their selling secrets.

    Meet the Experts

    Brandon Yeager - PittsburghSellers that hope to build in the future should be aware of several low-cost and high-impact improvements that increase the WOW-factor that sets their home apart from the crowd.

    1) Add some “smart” technology, like heating and air conditioning sensors or home security, that people did not have in their last home.

    2) Consider a theater room or Man Cave in the basement.  A simple HDTV, some affordable surround sound, and a couch can go a long way toward hooking half of the decision makers.

    3) Make your existing home move-in-ready with appliances. That offers buyers $3,000 in up front in cost savings.

     

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  4. Model Grand Opening in South Fayette Township

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    Newbury is truly one of a kind. Located in South Fayette Township, the community has a lot to offer any prospective homeowner looking for a welcoming, eco-friendly neighborhood. Situated along tree-lined streets with city sidewalks in the southern suburbs, Newbury was designed to complement the land and natural views. We’ve tried to incorporate a mix of both nature and the feeling of a tight knit community into one wonderful region.

    Residents can live, work and play in this ground-breaking eco-community. The community features a neighborhood park and recreation area, sled riding hill, less than five minutes from I-79 and located within South Fayette School District. Another benefit to the Newbury community is its close proximity to other attractions throughout the greater Pittsburgh region. Newbury is conveniently located close to Bridgeville and Oakdale. This doubles the amount of restaurants, stores and shopping for residents looking to spend time within in different areas, but who don’t want2unit-WEB to stray too far from home. With the variety of destinations in Bridgeville, you can’t go wrong when it comes to getting good food close to home.

    The decorated John Jacob Astor model home at Newbury (1295 Newbury Highland Drive – Bridgeville, PA 15017) is hosting its Grand Opening on Saturday, May 10th from noon until 4pm.

    The John Jacob Astor townhome model includes 3,400 square feet of living space, two-car rear entry garage, four bedrooms, three full/two half bathrooms, 6-foot extension to the home, open kitchen concept off of the living room, bonus third floor bedroom with full bath & balcony and much more luxurious features! Each luxury townhome built in Newbury will come standard with a gourmet kitchen island, granite kitchen & master bathroom countertops, built-in GE stainless steel appliances, maple cabinets, 10-foot ceilings on the first floor, 9-foot ceilings on the second floor, hardwood flooring in the kitchen, foyer, powder room and first floor hall, ceramic tile flooring in master & secondary bathrooms, upgraded landscaping package and more.

    The John Jacob Astor Video

    Click here for turn-by-turn directions to Newbury.


  5. Stafford Park’s Phase II Preview Party

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    SettlersRidgeRobinsonTownship2Stafford Park offers access to one of the most coveted areas of Pittsburgh real estate – located centrally to Robinson Township. This community features home sites up to a ½ acre in size, across the street from Clever Pool & Park and easy access to I-376 and I-79. Located a short drive away are several golf courses and the wonderful Settler’s Cabin County Park as well. Prospective homeowners will be thrilled with what’s available for them in the Stafford Park community.

    This location is perfect for busy homeowners who commute into the city, Cranberry Township, the South Hills, or just about anywhere in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. It also brings all of the amenities and offerings of the cities to their fingertips. Just down the road, you’ll find the hustle and bustle of the Robinson Town Center, featuring familiar family chains and harder to find brands like Ikea and more. The Robinson Mall and Settlers Ridge shopping centers are just as convenient and robust. Additionally, business travelers will have easy access to the Pittsburgh Airport. Well-appointed homes in this community start in the mid $360s.PRD_ChapelHill_EXT_ORG_9710

    With seven luxury home designs available to build, the home of your dreams can easily be made a reality at Stafford Park. All new homes built will include 9’ ceilings on the first & second floors, built-in GE stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, kitchen island, maple kitchen cabinets, crown moulding, fireplace in family room, hardwood flooring in the kitchen, foyer, powder room & first floor hall and much more!

    The Phase II Preview Party will be held at our Stafford Park Kingsmill Model Home on Thursday, May 1st from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Receive exclusive information including Phase II timeline for development work to be completed, site map layout, home site release date and updated pricing!

    Stafford Park Community Video

    Click here for door-to-door directions to Stafford Park.


  6. 8 Must-Know Tips When Moving To Pittsburgh

    Moving to a new city, especially Pittsburgh, is an adventure filled with occasional uncertainty and constant curiosity. Usually, the only way to get familiar with your new city is through a “live and learn” process, but that can take years! Heartland Homes wants to help (anxious) newcomers with some insights from a local’s perspective–allbeit the good, the bad, and the ugly.

     

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    1. Forget Your Favorite Sports Team

    Welcome to the City of Champions! Pittsburgh has an unparalleled loyalty to its sports teams: The Penguins, The Steelers, and The Pirates. You might be thinking, “Yeah right, I’ll never betray my hometown team.” But it’s only a matter of time until the contagious energy that consumes Pittsburgh when any of its prized teams are playing, home or away, effortlessly coaxes you into a becoming a loyal fan.

    If you don’t realize that it’s a game day when you wake up, just take a step outside and you will see a black and gold jersey on nearly everyone you encounter. It’s easy to confuse this with any other day of the week when you will see a similar scene. Pittsburgh’s pulse is so connected with its sports teams that the attitude of the general population is greatly affected by a win or a loss on a game day. Here are some tips on living in a city that is obsessed with it’s teams:

    • If a Pittsburgh team is opposed by a team that you’re rooting for, it’s probably best to stay home where you can avoid any altercations
    • If it’s a game day, the city adopts a black and gold dress code. This dress code also applies when it’s not a game day.
    • Tickets to any home games are expensive, and difficult to come by. If someone offers you free tickets, they really like you.

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  7. 7 Things to Do in Peters Township this Summer

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    “There’s nothing to do!” and “I’m bored!” won’t work this year in Peters Township.  Community leaders and organziations have lots of great activities planned for the summer. Here are 7 people and places with ideas of things to do in Peters Township.

    1. Peters Township Public Library kicks off its children’s Summer Reading Program “Fizz Book Read” with a sign-up party on Saturday, June 14. The program runs for 8 weeks through the summer. The library offers daily activities for teens including open gaming sessions in the Teen Room, crafternoons, movie nights, and monthly book clubs. Adults can participate in the many clubs offered at the library – from cooking, couponing, stamp collecting, writing workshops, Go Green, and a variety of lively book groups.

    Coming this summer we will present screenings of environmentally-focused films, programs with Civil War-related themes, and weekly computer classes on a variety of topics. We can also help with technology questions at our drop-in service on Monday evenings or Saturday afternoons. To learn more about all that your library has to offer, visit us at www.ptlibrary.org, like us on Facebook, check out our mobile app on your phone, or stop by in person and speak with a staff member. Our hours are Monday-Thursday, 9am-9pm; Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-4pm. We are closed on Sundays from May 25 through September 1. We look forward to your visit!

    - Pier Lee, Peters Township Public Library 

     

    2. Summer Fun and Academic Fitness Classes from the Peters Township School District are offered for students during the summer break. Classes range from ceramics to sports fun and are available for a variety of age groups. Details on course offerings, costs and registration information can be found on the District website.

    - Shelly Belcher, Peters Township School District

     

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  8. 8 Spring Cleaning Tips for Every (Heartland) Home

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    Let’s face it: spring cleaning is not a popular subject.  No homeowner counts the days until they can shake the carpets and wipe down the walls.

    But that doesn’t mean it isn’t important.

    Several areas around the house go relatively untouched during the colder months.  That’s why it is time to give them a bit of TLC now.  This post will help you welcome the warm weather by reviewing eight spring cleaning tips that will (hopefully) put the long winter behind us.

    Tackle the closet.  One staple task involved in annual spring cleaning is tidying up the bedroom closet.  Throughout the year, we accumulate more things, add seasons and wear our clothes out.  Get a trash bag (or two or three) and head into the closet to sort through items like clothing and shoes.  There are at least a few things everyone could stand to kick to the curb—a pair of jeans that are too tight, a t-shirt with a small hole in the arm and much more.  These are the things we can’t really use anymore, so why not donate them to someone who could?

    Change the drawers.  Some people, especially when they have large collections of clothing, organize dresser drawers according to season.  Doing this involves leaving out the items that are likely to be worn and putting those that will not in plastic storage boxes or in the closet.  Just remember to keep a few long-sleeved items on hand for the occasional cooler days and evenings.  This is Pittsburgh, after all, and spring is chaotic.

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  9. 7 Spring Lawn Care Tips to Start the Season Right

    Preparing the yard for spring.

    The windows are not yet open at our house to hear the birds chirping , but I am told that they are out there and that warmer weather is on the way.  With green grass around the corner, now is the perfect time to prepare our yards for spring sun.

    Here are a few key steps that will put your yard (and its owner) on its way to enjoying both the lovely weather and a gorgeous lawn.

    1. Rake it. The universally-agreed upon first step in lawn preparation is to get your rake out.  When autumn came around, so did falling leave and twigs.  Odds are pretty good that even with thorough raking throughout that season, new debris gathered throughout the winter.  Wintertime means that grass dies out and clumps up in the yard, which is also problematic for promoting a healthy lawn.  So, before you do anything else to the yard, get out that rake.

    2. Test it. During the winter months, pH levels in the ground go through significant changes.  Sometimes, harsh winter conditions can throw the yard’s soil out of whack, causing highly acidic pH levels.  This is problematic because acidic soil hinders healthy grass growth.  So, head to the home improvement store for a home pH testing kit.  If your test shows acid level problems, spreading a thin layer of lime (as in limestone) will neutralize it and permit grass to thrive.

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  10. Emerald Fields Preview Party

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    Emerald Fields is nestled within a cozy location, right off Mt. Pleasant Road, in Pine Township near Gibsonia – roughly 30 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh. The beautiful forest surroundings present a secluded and enchanted setting, yet Emerald Fields is only a few minutes from major transportation routes like the PA Turnpike and I-79, and commercial arteries like Perry Highway, Wexford Road and Babcock Boulevard.

    The luxurious homes of Emerald Fields come with an array of luxury features. The homes sites are spacious and feature magnificent homes with natural masonry fronts and HardiePlank® Siding. Emerald Fields homeowners will also enjoy an upgraded landscaping package, concrete driveways, lawn sprinkler systems in front yards and stone address markers. Well-equipped homes in this community start in the $500s.

    Clifton Park II KitchenWith six luxury home designs available to build (including two estate homes), the home of your dreams can easily be made a reality at Emerald Fields. All new homes built will include 9’ ceilings on the first & second floors, side entry two-car garage, built-in GE stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, kitchen island, maple kitchen cabinets, crown moulding, fireplace in family room, hardwood flooring in the kitchen, foyer, powder room & first floor hall and much more!

    The Preview Party will be held at our The Village at Camp Trees model home on Thursday, March 13th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Receive exclusive information including timeline for development work to be completed, site map layout, home site release date and pricing!

    Click here for door-to-door directions to The Village at Camp Trees.