David and Kathleen Clifford

LAWRENCE, N.J. – For the past ten years, life on an island off the coast of Maine was just perfect for David and Kathleen Clifford, former New Jersey residents who headed North in their retirement to be closer to daughters in Boston and Portland, MA.

In addition to the relaxed lifestyle they’d enjoy, the unique location allowed them to be with their family during Holidays and spend cherished times together. That changed, however, when their daughters‘ careers took them back to New Jersey, Mr. Clifford points out.

“Unlike most retirees who move to warmer weather, we purchased a home on an island off Maine to be near our children,” Mr. Clifford says. “When they relocated back to New Jersey for their careers, we decided to put our house up for sale and return to our roots in Lawrenceville where we had lived for more than 20 years.”

The Cliffords searched different communities throughout the Princeton/Lawrenceville area to no unveil. Ultimately, they’d discover the perfect new home was right at their feet at The Kalian Companies’ Carriage Park at Lawrence, the collection of upscale one- and two-bedroom condominiums and resort-style amenities in this Mercer County township, minutes from downtown Princeton.

“Our eldest daughter Jennifer purchased at Carriage Park and we spent about month at the community helping her settle in,” Mr. Clifford recalls. “While we were there, we had the chance to utilize many of the on-site amenities such as the heated outdoor pool, equipped fitness center, and more.

“We found the recreational amenities to be very enjoyable. It was an attractive community and the two-bedroom layout was exactly what we were looking for so we decided to purchase here.”

The Cliffords originally planned to wait and buy a condominium home in the next housing phase at Carriage Park at Lawrence, but chose to act now in order to receive the great savings that come with reduced prices starting from just $139,900 in the current housing phase.

The couple plans to close on their new home at Carriage Park at Lawrence in a few short weeks, providing them the added advantage of being eligible for Federal Tax Credits that have been expanded to those who have owned their current home for at least five years. The program – which was added as a part of the government’s economic stimulus program — allows eligible buyers to receive up to $6,500 in tax credits if they close on their home by June 30th, 2010.

“We’re extremely excited to be moving to Carriage Park,” says Mr. Clifford. “Based on our experience there so far, it’s a very friendly and caring community and we can’t wait to be a part of it.”

Less than ten homes remain at Carriage Park with the current price structure. Each of the available residences offer “Immediate Occupancy” meaning those who act now will also be able to benefit from Federal Tax Credits.

“Adult buyers hoping to benefit from the Federal Tax Program have quickly realized time is growing short,” says Alton Evans, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for The Kalian Companies. “When they take into consideration the length of time needed to complete their new home purchase, they are anxious to begin the buying process and ensure they can benefit from the additional savings.”

Just like the Cliffords, Carriage Park at Lawrence has become a popular destination for active adults coming home to New Jersey to be near local family. Interestingly, while most buyers are making their first trip to Carriage Park at Lawrence, their children are already familiar with the elegant condominium homes and care-free lifestyle offered at the community.

“We often see parents visit with their children who have already done extensive research on area active adult communities,” Mr. Evans says. “Many of these children have been to our sales and information center prior and had a chance to tour our condominium homes and meet the residents that create the friendly, neighborly environment at Carriage Park at Lawrence. They’ve identified it as the best housing values in the area and are recommending this activity-rich neighborhood.”

While fantastic buying opportunities have been a driving force behind the success of Carriage Park, buyers are also excited about the incredible lifestyle that awaits them at the close-knit neighborhood for those aged 55 and better.

“There’s no question affordability is certainly at the forefront on the minds of adult homebuyers,” says Mr. Evans. “Once they visit the community, they’re excited to discover how much they are actually getting for their money, not only in terms of elegantly-appointed homes, but also the friendly environment that’s prevalent within this perfectly located community.”

“This is particularly true since we moved our sales and information center into the five-star 7,100 square-foot clubhouse which is filled with residents enjoying one of its many recreational and social amenities.”

Carriage Park at Lawrence features a mix of 17 different one- and two-bedroom floor plans offering up to 1,646 sq.-ft. of living space and featuring a host of distinctive architectural elements and appointments.

Much of the social interaction at Carriage Park is found within the beautifully-designed clubhouse that connects to a sparking outdoor pool with terrace. Residents are also always eager to use the walking trail which bends along the community’s tree line and makes for a wonderful casual stroll around the neighborhood. The two bocce courts, horseshoe courts, shuffleboard courts and a “free play” lawn area are just about completed as well.

Inside, the professionally-decorated clubhouse features a fitness center, great room, formal lobby, library and kitchen facilities. A billiard room, card room, and craft room will be added as well.

The worry-free lifestyle offered at Carriage Park at Lawrence enables homeowners even more time to embrace the many recreational facilities. Residents here no longer have to be concerned with the daily hassle of lawn maintenance, exterior repairs, and more.

Kalian is developing Carriage Park at Lawrence on an intimate site just minutes from a network of transportation options, including Interstates 95 and 295 and Route 1. The Princeton Junction and Hamilton Train Stations are also both just minutes away.

For additional information on Carriage Park at Lawrence, please call 1-866-482-4400 or 609-883-2144 To visit, take Rt. 1 south past Princeton and Interstate 295 until you come to the split for Rt. 1 Express and Rt. 1 Business. Keep right onto Route 1 Business. Go to the first traffic light and turn right onto Darrah Lane. Proceed about 800 ft. to the entrance on the right. It’s just before the Lawrence Senior Center. The clubhouse and sales and information center is the first building on the right.

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