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A Home with Retro Star Quality

Gorgeous formal living room with 1970's retro chicWow! We were so pleased to see our listing at 1525 Miller Street in Lebanon, featured on the blog of Retro Renovation. Dedicated to helping you remodel and decorate your home vintage style, this fun and informative blog reflects a community of people interested in cherishing their mid-century or older homes.

Brownstone Real Estate Sponsors the Mt. Gretna Tour of Homes

Beautiful cottage home tucked among treesMany who live in our area know summer is synonymous with the Mt. Gretna Tour of Homes and Gardens. Once again, Brownstone Real Estate is the proud sponsor of this popular event. Held Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM, the self-guided walking tour offers an intriguing glimpse into the fabulous architectural styles that comprise Mt. Gretna’s beautiful homes and cottages.

Brownstone’s own Emi Snavely, acting as Chef du Tour, has selected nine homes and three historic buildings, in addition to the Mt. Gretna Inn, to include on this year’s tour. Each summer, Emi ensures attendees are treated to a captivating collection of homes that proudly reflect the tastes and enchanting home styles of Mt. Gretna.

Catios: A Hot New Outdoor Trend

Cat taking blissful nap outside on deckIn beautiful weather everyone likes to be outdoors, including our family pets. Cats, however, can encounter multiple forms of danger when left to roam. Predators, disease, and busy roadways are just a few potential threats. Now, however, cat owners have a charming solution for giving their felines the outdoor experience they crave, while keeping them safe from harm—the catio.

Presenting Two New Carriage Home Designs with Flexibility

Rendering of Appaloosa Model Carriage Home at the Village at Springbrook FarmsThe trend of homes with first floor master suites continues to flourish as baby boomers move into their fifties and sixties, and look for comfort combined with the convenience of “aging in place.” Often as homeowners mature, steps to an upper level can become problematic for mobility. In the past, this was the defining factor for buyers who sought first floor accommodations, but lifestyle changes have altered that view.

Today, it isn’t just mobility that makes the first floor master suite such an attractive option, but also the effortless flow of living space.