Alternate Route Leads Summit Couple to New Home at K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at North Caldwell
North Caldwell, NJ, March 2015: Life is a journey – and often, like traveling, when we take a detour or a different route to get somewhere, we end up discovering something new and exciting. For Michele and Keith Ansbacher, taking an alternate route home to Summit one fateful day in 2012 led them to their future home at K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at North Caldwell, one of north Jersey’s best-selling active-adult lifestyle communities.
“We were in Nutley and went to get on the Parkway,” Michele recalled. “It was very busy so we decided to take back roads to Summit. We drove up Bloomfield Avenue and as we were sitting at a traffic light, we saw the signs for new condos at K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at North Caldwell. We decided on the spot to turn and go in to look at the community.”
The Ansbachers were not quite ready for a move to an active-adult community, but they had started to look around, as Keith explained. “We were definitely not ready to downsize and knew we were not going to be able to move yet. Our younger daughter was still in college and we just weren’t ready to pull the trigger. But we had done some looking around over the years, for the future. We just hadn’t found anything we liked. So we thought, why not go take a tour?”
Michele and Keith immediately liked what they saw at K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at North Caldwell. The community offers a winning combination of beautiful condominium homes, a variety of social and recreational amenities, a low-maintenance lifestyle, and an ideal location only 30 miles from New York City. In fact, the community is approaching closeout and is now offering its final opportunities, with only six homes remaining.
For the Ansbachers, the immediate appeal was the homes. “We loved the way the condos were set up,” Keith explained. “We liked the location and that there is underground parking, but the key thing was the condo itself and the nature of the floorplan. We liked the size of the unit and that it was a mid-rise. That was what we were looking for.” K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at North Caldwell offers three spacious condominium designs, all featuring single-level living and ranging in size from 1,957 to 2,428 square feet. Priced from the low-$500s (prices are subject to change), the elegant homes have flowing layouts with open and airy, nine-foot-high ceilings, two bedrooms, two full baths, an open living-dining room, eat-in kitchen, family room with a fireplace, and much more.
Although it was premature for the Ansbachers to move when they first visited K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at North Caldwell, that first impression was a lasting one. They ended up purchasing in December 2013 and moved into their new Violet II home last July – and they couldn’t be happier.
“There’s so much we really like about the home,” Keith shared. “We’re on the top floor, which we wanted, and we’re at the back of the building so we look out on trees. Michele really loves the balcony and the view. The layout is great. One really nice feature is how the guest room and second bathroom are on the opposite side of the unit from the master bedroom. We also took the den option, so we carved up the living room and dining room to be a dining room and den, and combined it to be an office and sitting room. The only thing is, in our other house we each had our own office – and now we have to share.” Michele laughed, quickly adding: “And we’re still married!”
Downsizing from a larger home was something the Ansbachers had always planned, as Keith explained. “We downsized from a six-bedroom home with five full baths, to two bedrooms and two baths – and it’s worked out very well. We were ready for it and there have been no issues. Everyone in our family has been very enthusiastic about our new home. In fact, both of our girls have already been ‘in residence’ for short periods, and they love it as much as we do.”
Their new home even met the challenge of Thanksgiving dinner. “We typically have somewhere between 20 and 25 people at our house every year for Thanksgiving,” Michele shared. “We did have some concerns about how we could manage that in a smaller space. But thankfully Victoria, the organizer provided by K. Hovnanian®, gave us a great plan. We rented some round tables and folding chairs and, to tell you the truth, it worked as well and maybe better than any of our three previous homes. We had 22 people here and, for the first time ever, we fit everyone into the dining room and had everyone eating in the same space! We never felt cramped and everybody enjoyed it.”
Having lived previously in the Caldwells, the Ansbachers are familiar and very comfortable with the area – and they recognize what an outstanding location the community is in. “It’s so easy to get transportation into New York,” Michele said. “We can walk to the corner to get on a bus, or drive ten minutes to Montclair for the train.” North Caldwell has repeatedly been named as one of the “Best Places To Live” by New Jersey Monthly. In addition to providing easy city access, the area surrounding the community has plenty of upscale shopping, fine dining, family and recreational activities, and parklands.
K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at North Caldwell has also earned a reputation as an extremely social and active community. The centerpiece of the community is the clubhouse, a private facility that includes a heated outdoor pool, bocce courts, putting green, tennis court, state-of-the-art fitness center, game room and a lounge with party kitchen. It’s here that homeowners gather to enjoy many social and recreational opportunities, including a monthly calendar of activities and events that changes regularly. “It’s very nice and everyone is so friendly and inclusive,” Michele commented. “We know everybody in our building, and many others throughout the community. And I really enjoy the pool. Last summer I walked over and spent about an hour at the pool every day.”
All in all, the Ansbachers are very pleased with their move to K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at North Caldwell – including the process of purchasing their new home. “There really is no comparison to other homebuying experiences we’ve had,” Keith shared. “It’s all very well orchestrated. K. Hovnanian’s® experience proves that they have been through this so many times and they really have perfected the process. Our closing was very, very smooth, and we had easy access to Casey, our closing coordinator, who was very accommodating. We had absolutely no issues.” Michele agreed, adding, “I’d also like to acknowledge Jill, our consultant at the Design Center. She really spent a lot of time with us and gave us such great advice. Although we had a short window and there were a lot of choices to be made, it all worked out very well for us. When it all came together in our new home, there was nothing we were unhappy with.”
Visit K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at North Caldwell soon, while there are still a few outstanding opportunities available. Tour the community’s beautifully decorated model homes and clubhouse and see why so many couples like Michele and Keith Ansbacher are so proud to call this special place “home.” The community is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment to visit, or for directions or more information, contact Joe Giannini or Eddie Cardona at 800-470-7344. You may also learn more about the community online, at www.khov.com/NorthCaldwell.
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