Long-Time Staten Islanders Find Exciting New Lifestyle at Manalapan 55+ Community
Manalapan, NJ, May 2014: John Lennon once wrote, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” That observation is a good explanation for how Marilyn and Anthony Fiordilino ended up last November in their new home at K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Manalapan, one of Monmouth County’s most popular 55+ lifestyle communities. After living in their Staten Island home for 30 years, the Fiordilinos are now enjoying their new home and their new lifestyle in Manalapan, after a series of unexpected circumstances.
“We hadn’t really been thinking about selling our house on Staten Island so soon,” Marilyn Fiordilino admitted. “We knew it would happen eventually, that we would downsize and move to an active-adult lifestyle community. My daughter had married a guy from New Jersey and they were building a house in Marlboro. We knew we wanted to be near them and our grandson, but their house wasn’t finished yet. Then one day one of my husband’s friends mentioned that his son was looking for a house on Staten Island. So we let them look at our house – and next thing you know, they made an offer!”
The Fiordilinos needed a new home sooner than they expected, so they started to look around Marlboro, where their daughter and son-in-law were building – but they didn’t see anything they liked. Then their broker suggested they take a look at K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Manalapan. “As soon as I saw the model, I said, ‘Why would I buy a re-sale when I could have something new like this?’” Marilyn recalled. “We hadn’t thought about moving this far west of Marlboro, but when we saw the houses and the amenities and everything that was available here, we really liked it.”
A lot of homebuyers have similar feelings about K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Manalapan. The community has attracted a large number of 55+ buyers by offering a unique collection of home designs in a tremendous location, along with a low-maintenance lifestyle and a variety of resort-like amenities. In fact, the neighborhood is rapidly approaching closeout and will soon be offering its final opportunities.
At K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Manalapan Buyers have a choice of five unique single-family home designs, priced from the upper-$300s (subject to change). The homes feature generous living areas with two or three bedrooms, two or three baths, two-car garages, and functional, flowing floor plans designed to create a simpler, more comfortable and efficient living environment.
Marilyn and Anthony purchased a stylish Monterey home, which was the model they visited and fell in love with. But once again, fate intervened and their plans veered off course. “We loved the house, we bought it and we went into contract,” Marilyn shared. “Then the sale of our Staten Island home fell through and we were back to square one. We were upset, but we had to cancel our contract for the home in Manalapan. A month later we listed our Staten Island home with a broker… and it sold within five days! Now we really needed a home quickly!”
Knowing how much they wanted to be at K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Manalapan, they called sales associate Cathy Garma, who they had been working with. “Cathy told us that there were no more Monterey homes available,” Marilyn continued. “We were disappointed, but we decided to go down and see what else was available. We were supposed to drive down on a Friday but our plans changed and we couldn’t go until Sunday. When we got there, Cathy told us that there was now one Monterey available for quick delivery – the only other home available for an October closing! The buyers had canceled on Friday night, so if we had come down Friday, we would not have got this house! It was exactly what we wanted and what we needed.”
Things have a way of working out for the best, often unexpectedly. The Fiordilinos now have their Monterey home and they could not be happier. The Monterey is a meticulously crafted home that features two bedrooms, two full baths, a home office and a spacious island kitchen with breakfast area overlooking the living room and adjacent dining room, making it ideal for entertaining. “This home is just the right size for us,” Marilyn said. “Other models we looked at were either too small or too big. It’s a very open layout, with a large dining room and a large family room – which is what we wanted. I wanted one big open area, and I love how the kitchen looks right into the great room. The master bedroom is huge – and I like the fact that there’s an office, because I work from home.”
K. Hovnanian's® Four Seasons at Manalapan is attractively distinguished by lush, scenic landscaping, with gazebos and meandering walking trails available for homeowners to enjoy. The community’s grand, luxurious Clubhouse is a two-story, 29,000-square-foot facility where neighbors, families and friends gather for fun, fitness, relaxation and socializing. The Clubhouse features three pools: an indoor pool and spa, an outdoor pool, and a swimming area designed especially for grandchildren. Other amenities include tennis courts, a putting green, a cozy fireplace lounge, an outdoor poolside patio, a computer room, card and billiards rooms, games, arts and crafts and much more. Homeowners can also participate in a number of clubs and activities on the community’s thriving social calendar.
The Fiordilinos are excited to be able to take advantage of so many amenities. “We were looking for a lifestyle change,” Marilyn shared. “I love the fact that there’s an indoor pool. In fact, our first weekend here, my daughter and my grandson came over and we went swimming. My husband joined a group that shoots pool and I went to the book club. It’s great.”
As the Fiordilinos are discovering, Manalapan is a convenient area with much to offer – including a country feel, with true suburban conveniences. “The location is great, because it’s really central to everything,” Marilyn said. Ranked by Money magazine as one of the “hottest towns on the East Coast,” Manalapan offers easy access to Jersey Shore beaches and New York City, as well as plenty of nearby shopping, golf, recreation, great dining and more.
The Fiordilinos are pleased with how things have turned out with their new neighborhood and their new home – and their experience was made all the better by the opportunity to work with the sales team at K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Manalapan. “Cathy is fantastic,” Marilyn said. “She was my lifeline through this whole process! The whole team was great. They explained everything and they were so helpful with the walkthrough. Everything with this house was just perfect. This was the easiest purchase of a home and the easiest closing that we have ever had. Everything went so smoothly and was so easily done. It couldn’t have been better – and we couldn’t be happier!”
Visit K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Manalapan soon, while there are still excellent opportunities available. Take a tour of the beautifully decorated model homes, walk through the spectacular clubhouse – and see why more and more buyers are choosing to make the move to this extraordinary 55+-lifestyle community. For directions or information, call (888) 422-9488; or visit www.khov.com/Manalapan.
ABOUT HOVNANIAN ENTERPRISES®, INC.:
Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc., founded in 1959 by Kevork S. Hovnanian, is headquartered in Red Bank, New Jersey. The Company is one of the nation’s largest homebuilders with operations in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. The Company’s homes are marketed and sold under the trade names K. Hovnanian® Homes®, Brighton Homes®, Parkwood Builders, Town & Country Homes and Oster Homes. As the developer of K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons communities, the Company is also one of the nation’s largest builders of active adult homes.
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