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Local Students Participate in Model Home Design at New Howell Township Community


Howell Township, NJ, March 11, 2015 -- Students at Howell High School recently had the unique opportunity to apply their design skills in a real-world setting and bring their creative ideas to life at The Grande at Howell, a new Monmouth County community from D.R. Horton’s Mid-Atlantic division. Under the guidance of Howell High teacher, Diana Monia, students from the school’s “Interior Design” and “Honors Interior Design” classes collaborated with D.R. Horton and Design East Interior Design Company to design and decorate the “Ultimate Teen” bedroom in the new model home at The Grande at Howell.

Based on their curriculum at Howell High, the students presented the builder with a choice of four designs, with themes including performing arts, humanities, fine and practical arts, and sports. The students worked for months on the project, choosing everything from floor to ceiling, including paint colors, flooring, bedding, furniture, window treatments and decorative elements. Each group created a presentation for D.R. Horton’s design team and Design East representatives. After the official presentations, a reception was held, where students and guests were able to discuss the project.

“We were thrilled to be able to offer our students this unique opportunity,” said Diana Monia. “My students were able to gain a real-life experience that cannot be found in a textbook. We’ve had students say that this is the most memorable project they have ever participated in. One of my students is currently enrolled in college, majoring in interior design. We’re so grateful to D.R. Horton and Design East for allowing our students to share in this experience.”

D.R. Horton invited the class to a preview of the chosen sports theme design on February 6, as a finale to this creative collaboration. The public is invited to see the interior design efforts of these local students by taking a tour of the new, beautifully decorated and furnished model home at The Grande at Howell, an intimate, limited-edition collection of 18 luxurious single-family detached homes set on a quiet cul-de-sac in Howell Township. The model home and sales office are located at 23 Christopher Drive, at Aldrich Road and Spruce Road in Howell. The Grande at Howell is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and Monday from Noon­–6:00 p.m.

At The Grande at Howell, buyers have a choice of five spacious floor plans, with homes that range in size from 2,557 to 3,313 square feet of luxurious living space. The elegant homes feature four bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, two-car garages, and are available with gourmet kitchens and full basements. Pricing is from the upper-$400s to the low-$500s.

The new community also has a limited selection of quick move-in homes that are currently available for buyers who are interested in moving soon. These homes are ready for immediate move-in and include designer features, such as hardwood flooring, granite kitchen countertops with island, wood kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances, fireplaces and more.

In addition to offering large, luxurious homes, The Grande at Howell also offers homeowners a prime Monmouth County location. The new community is accessible to several major roadways, including Routes 9 and 33, the Garden State Parkway, and I-195, assuring direct access to the NJ Turnpike and the Parkway. There is a New Jersey Transit bus terminal nearby as well, which provides transportation to the Port Authority in Manhattan, making The Grande at Howell an ideal location for New York City commuters.

There are plenty of recreational opportunities in and around Howell Township, making it a very family-friendly place to live. It’s an easy trip from the community to the Jersey Shore, with great beaches only about 20 minutes from the community. Freehold Raceway and Monmouth Park are nearby, as is Six Flags Great Adventure. The Manasquan Reservoir Park provides a variety of nature and exercise-related activities including fishing, bird watching, jogging, biking and dog walking. The township also offers plenty of biking options, including the Edgar Felix Bikeway, which connects to Manasquan, the beach, and other points of interest. Plenty of great shopping is available in the area, including the Freehold Raceway Mall and the popular Jackson Outlet Village. The area also offers a wide selection of restaurants, golf courses, and places of historic interest, such as Monmouth Battlefield Park.

Families will also appreciate being in the excellent Howell Township School District, which received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10. For more information, visit

Visit The Grande at Howell and take a tour through the beautiful new model home to see first-hand the home’s unique design, exquisite features and finishes, and the exceptional interior design efforts of the Howell High School students. For more information or directions, call (732) 901-6316. You may also learn more about the community online at www.drhortoncom/nj.


D.R. Horton, “America’s Builder,” has been building families beautiful homes in desirable locations for more than 35 years. Ranked America’s largest homebuilder for twelve years in a row by volume, D.R. Horton has built more than 480,000 homes with quality, functionality, value, and style in mind. For more information about D.R. Horton’s Mid-Atlantic division, please call toll free (855) 374-5678, or visit www.drhortoncom/nj. Home and community information including pricing, included features, terms, availability and amenities are subject to change and prior sale at any time without notice or obligation. Measurements and distances are approximate. See sales agent for more information on gourmet kitchen features. D.R. Horton is an equal housing opportunity builder.


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