Mount Joy: Living

Mount Joy living certainly offers a world of possibilities. Whether your taste is period or contemporary, you’ll find it in Mount Joy.

If period architecture is your preference, the downtown area is home to beautiful neighborhoods that provide everything from colonial charm and Victorian gingerbread to mid-century-modern styling.

Beyond the downtown areas, communities offer the amenities of modern-day living. One of those is the Gables at Elm Tree. Built by Cornwall-based Alden Homes, the intriguing contemporary designs employ traditional twists. Think Craftsman meets Modern Farmhouse with a touch of Coastal. One such home was on view for this year’s Parade of Homes. It was designed to take advantage of what were once wasted spaces. For example, the area under the staircase was transformed into a pet suite, complete with dimmable lights and a cushy doggie bed. The house also featured a flex-room that, in this case, was decorated to serve as a children’s play area.

Another Alden home at the Gables was part of a first-ever tour hosted by PPL (held June 24). Termed as a High-Performance/Zero Energy Ready Home, it was designed to incorporate a solar system that can offset electrical usage. In PPL’s estimation, “Builders are stepping into the future of energy efficiency by exceeding code minimums, adding value, improving comfort and lowering energy costs of the home.” Such tours are being held to acquaint prospective homebuyers with the elements to look for that contribute to high-performance homes.     


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