Mount Olive Couple Follow Their Hearts to New Home, New Lifestyle at K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at North Caldwell
North Caldwell, NJ, October 2014: “People always say to ‘follow your heart’ – and my heart was telling us to be here.” That’s how Angela Dolan described the decision she and her husband, Jim, made to move to K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at North Caldwell, one of north Jersey’s best-selling active-adult lifestyle communities. The Dolans had been living in Mount Olive for fifteen years when, about two years ago, they decided it was time for a change, for a number of reasons.
“We needed to make a positive change,” Angela shared. “For one thing, my husband was commuting to work over an hour each way on Route 80. He was always exhausted. We needed a change and this was our time.’” Jim agreed. “Primarily, it was a move to be closer to work,” he acknowledged. “But we had also decided that an active-adult community was the way to go. With a single-family house there was always something to do – snow removal, the lawn. I was always thinking about getting the grass cut or outside projects. Now, all that pressure is gone. Everything is taken care of for us. It’s like a weight off our shoulders.”
The Dolans looked at a number of active-adult communities in North Jersey – but nothing felt like home, until they found K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at North Caldwell. “Angela always says, ‘It’s got to hit me’ – and nothing was hitting us,” Jim said. Then she saw a newspaper article about the community and said, ‘Let’s go see what it’s like.’ It was November 2012 and we came to a grand opening for the Marigold model. When we saw it, it was like everything came together for us.”
Angela summed up their feelings: “We came here and fell in love with it,” she said passionately. “Our first impression was that we were totally attracted to it. We loved the location and just felt like it was the proper fit, in every way. Right away I said, ‘Let’s put a deposit down.’ We couldn’t be happier – we’re closer to our families and my husband only has a twelve-minute commute to work! We’ve been here for over six months and it’s been the most wonderful experience of our lives.”
A lot of homebuyers have expressed similar sentiments about K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at North Caldwell. The community has attracted many active adults from throughout New Jersey and the New York metro area with its winning combination of beautiful condominium homes, a variety of social and lifestyle amenities, 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.
The homes here are elegant and low maintenance, with three spacious condominium designs available, 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 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. The Dolans purchased a Marigold design, after seeing the model on their first visit. Among other features, this home has a spacious designer kitchen, an elegant master suite, and formal living and dining areas. Angela and Jim moved here in September 2013 – and they’re still pinching themselves every time they walk into their new home.
“We often say, ‘Are we really here or is this a dream?’” Angela said, laughing. “When we walk into our new home it reminds us of being on vacation. The first time my mom saw it, she said, ‘You live in a palace!’ Coming from a single-family home, it’s such a different lifestyle than we were used to – but it’s a beautiful change.” Jim agreed, adding, “We really do love it. The layout and size of this home was more than enough for the two of us – it’s perfect. The kitchen and the family room are phenomenal, the way they’re set up. We also like having the two-car garage and the storage – many other places we looked at did not offer nearly as much storage space.”
Of course, the location of the community was a key amenity for the Dolans, as it is for many buyers. Last year, North Caldwell was once again named by New Jersey Monthly as one of the “Best Places To Live.” The area surrounding K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at North Caldwell is rich in upscale shopping, fine dining, recreational activities, parklands, and family activities. “We love the location,” Angela Dolan commented. “For one thing, we’re closer to some of our family, including my 93-year-old mother who lives in Bloomfield. She is thrilled to have us here! There are so many wonderful restaurants and stores nearby. Everything is so convenient. We love going into New York City for a Broadway show, or lunch or dinner, and it’s just about a half-hour drive for us.”
K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at North Caldwell has 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 and never fails to surprise or please residents. In fact, it was at one of these community events last year that Angela found herself amusingly surprised.
“Last fall we went to a karaoke event, where Jim got up and sang!” she said. “I was shocked – I had never seen a side of my husband like this!” Jim laughed along at the memory. “It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “And it’s nice because we’re all at a common place in life, so we can all enjoy this time of our lives together.” Angela agreed, adding, “Everyone mingles and gets along so well. We feel so blessed to have met so many wonderful people.”
Angela and Jim Dolan are quick to encourage others to consider K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at North Caldwell, as well. “On a scale of one to ten, I’d give it a ten-plus,” Angela said emphatically. “When I first met our sales associate, Joe Giannini, he was so sincere. We met a lot of salespeople as we looked at different communities, and he was just so wonderful. No pressure, and he always got back to us with any questions we had.”
“Through the whole process, everyone was so helpful,” Jim said. “Joe always followed through and the whole process went so much better than our last home purchase. I’ve shown the community online to some people at work who’ve talked about moving. I tell them it’s almost sold out, so if they’re thinking of going to look, not to wait. They will not be disappointed.”
For Angela, the entire experience has been like a dream – and she couldn’t be happier about following her heart to this one-of-a-kind community. “I would recommend making a move like this to anyone who has reached this age in their lives. We have no regrets. We truly feel like we’re living the dream! It’s been a life-changing experience and we are so happy that we did it.”
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 Angela and Jim Dolan 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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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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