One Look is All It Took for Former Brielle School Teacher to Choose New Monmouth County Community
Howell Township, NJ, April 2017 – When it came time for Nancy Nobile to move out of her Tinton Falls townhome, the former Brielle first-grade teacher was faced with a dilemma. The problem was not where to go, but what type of home to purchase. “I’ve been in Monmouth County for over 45 years,” Nancy said. “I love it and I’m not going anywhere! It was important for me to stay in the area. But I knew it would eventually present a problem for me to stay in a home with the bedrooms and full baths on the second floor. A ranch would best suit my needs for the future.”
Nancy had a few priorities. “I love a new home and I love being near the ocean!” she said, laughing. “An existing ranch home near the beach seemed like the simplest solution, but most were too small. Plus, I would have had the added expense of making time-consuming renovations, and the stress of visiting various stores and hiring contractors. Simplicity is now my mantra! Even after renovating, I would have still been stuck with a ‘used’ house, not knowing when something such as a roof or furnace would need to be replaced. I had built a custom home when I was in my mid-thirties, which was fun. But building from scratch would be too much work now, especially since I’m by myself. I met with a modular builder, but a modular didn’t offer a wide variety of upgrades or options to personalize my home, plus I would have still had to deal with snow removal and other maintenance. These were all the things I was considering. I had seen a story in the paper about K. Hovnanian’s®Four Seasons at Monmouth Woods, so I went with my realtor to check it out.”
It was a visit that changed everything – and instantly solved Nancy’s dilemma. K. Hovnanian’s®Four Seasons at Monmouth Woods is a new gated 55+ community in Howell Township that offers an appealing blend of attractive, new single-family homes with a resort-inspired lifestyle, all in a convenient Monmouth County location close to some of the Jersey Shore’s best beaches. “As soon as I came here, I knew this was the right place,” Nancy shared. “Immediately, I was struck with how easy a drive it was to get here from anywhere along the coast. The location, the models – it was all just right. And I felt so comfortable with everyone. It couldn’t have been a better experience. I did not even have to look at any other 55+ communities – there was no need to! This was the one.”
At K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Monmouth Woods, buyers have a choice of eight different open-concept floorplans, including three loft-style and five ranch-style designs. Homes feature up to 3,664 square feet of living space, two or three bedrooms, and pricing from the upper-$300s (subject to change). The selection includes some brand-new floorplans that have never been offered at any K. Hovnanian® community in New Jersey. All homes within the community are subject to an age restriction whereby the homes are restricted to use and occupancy by at least one person of age 55 years or over, and with no permanent resident being under the age of 19.
The selection was one of the things that appealed most to Nancy. “There were so many choices,” she exclaimed, “from the home designs to a wide variety of colors and options. I selected the Martinique II model because it was the largest ranch offered, had a closet in the office/third bedroom, and had a large foyer. There’s plenty of storage, including space above the garage. I extended the master bedroom and added a sunroom, which I love! I sit out there with my coffee in the morning, looking out to the woods. It’s very calming. And I like that it’s low-maintenance, but high efficiency. My utilities are lower now than they were in my townhouse, even though I’m in a larger house! And using K. Hovnanian’s® Design Center was like having the advantage of a custom home, without all the stress and time. It allowed me to personalize my home without any trouble. Leslie Piccolo was the interior designer I worked with and she provided ‘no-pressure’ expert advice in helping me make all my selections. It was such a fun experience!”
Homeowners at K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Monmouth Woods will soon enjoy access to a beautiful new community clubhouse (now under construction) with a heated outdoor pool, a kiddie pool for the grandchildren, a putting green, tennis courts, pickle ball, bocce ball courts, an outdoor gas fireplace and more. Residents will be able to participate in a number of clubs, recreational activities and social events. “There are already so many social opportunities and fun activities to participate in, for those who are interested in that,” Nancy commented. “Our social director, Lynne Edwards, is helping us all get to know one another. We had a wonderful holiday party – it was top shelf! I recently attended a happy hour. There’s a lot of camaraderie, even before the clubhouse is open. And my grandchildren are so excited about the kiddie pool! I go to the gym six days a week, so I’m looking forward to being able to stay closer to home sometimes. And the HOA fees are really very reasonable.”
Being from Monmouth County, Nancy immediately recognized how convenient the location was. Homeowners are close to Route 9, which offers many major retail chains, as well as Routes 33 and 18, I-195, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway. A NJ Transit® Park and Ride bus terminal is nearby, providing direct service into New York City. The community is close to the Jackson and Jersey Shore Premium Outlets, and the Freehold Raceway Mall is also nearby, with over 225 retailers. Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate being close to the Manasquan Reservoir County Park and several other local parks – and homeowners will appreciate having easy access to several prime Jersey Shore beaches, as well.
“Everything I need is nearby!” Nancy said excitedly. “I’m within five to ten miles from supermarkets, delis, the post office. We’re close to furniture and appliance stores. You don’t have to drive far to get anything you need, but it’s still off the beaten path and nicely set in the woods. Living here, we have easy access to the ocean. I love walking on the boardwalk in Spring Lake and Belmar. We’re close to Red Bank and it’s an easy drive to Asbury. Now I have access to Freehold, too, and I’m looking forward to discovering some nice restaurants there. And with all the parks nearby, I’m looking forward to doing some fishing with my son and grandchildren.”
Buying her home at K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Monmouth Woods solved Nancy Nobile’s dilemma about moving and proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience. “On my first visit, I met with June, Diane and Cathy in the Sales Office and they were absolutely wonderful,” she reflected. “They made everything so easy and such a pleasure – and I closed on the exact date that I was originally told. Everyone wanted to make sure I was happy, from the head contractor to the construction team. They all genuinely cared. It was so much fun coming every few weeks to see the progress on my home – and a wonderful learning experience for my grandchildren. They got to see the house as it was being built. By the time I actually took ownership of my house, they did, too. I truly can’t think of one negative thing about buying this house, as opposed to every other home-buying route I thought about taking. From the moment I first arrived here, I just knew this was right. Now that I’ve moved in, I know I made a great decision, living in a brand-new home that’s just perfect for me! And the fun isn’t over yet – I’m enjoying personalizing it even further with new belongings and accessories.”
Visit K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Monmouth Woods to see why so many buyers like Nancy Nobile are thrilled to be moving to this successful community. The sales center and beautifully furnished model homes are open daily from 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. The community is located off 47 Harvest Ridge Road in Howell Township (GPS: please use 1231 West Farms Road, Howell Township). For directions or more information, call 1-888-422-9488. You may also learn more about the community online at khov.com/MonmouthWoods.
ABOUT HOVNANIAN ENTERPRISES®, INC.:
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