Lucille and Vincent Vitolo, Staten Island residents used to a
faster pace, opted to pull the brake and make a stop for serenity at K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons South Knolls in Jackson, N.J.
Vincent, a New York City Transit supervisor, and Lucille, an Independent Living Skills Specialist in the traumatic brain injury division of Staten Island University Hospital, are making preparations for their move into their new community in late October. Lucille said she’s looking forward to settling into their new home, making connections with other people and starting a new chapter of life with her husband.
“We’re both nearing retirement age, and I thought I would like to relocate,” said Lucille, adding that the two were looking for an active adult community where they could “meet other people who are retiring or who are reaching retirement age.”
The two were also drawn to their decision by the change of scenery.
“My most favorite part of the house would be looking out from the front window onto the lake with tall trees in the background …very calming,” she said. “It’s like living upstate, yet in a community.”
Because the Inverness floor plan they chose offers single-level living, the serenity they are longing for can now be enjoyed just outside any door in their new home or by looking out any window.
Although they considered homes in other areas, the Vitolos said they chose Four Seasons South Knolls for its beautiful surroundings. Upon seeing the front gate of the secured community and taking in the attractive grounds and state-of-the-art clubhouse, Lucille was hooked – and she said the timing of its construction couldn’t have been more perfect.
“The other communities we looked at were projected into 2007 for move-in dates and this one [was] already under way; they already had 300 people either who had bought or who were living there [and] it was already established,” she explained.
“I just thought that it would be good for us to do things together as a couple…the two of us going out there and being introduced to new activities,” Lucille said. “There are a lot of amenities at our new community, and plenty of things we can do together.”
The couple visited K. Hovnanian’s Home Design Gallery, a 17,000-square-foot interactive showroom, when they were choosing the personal touches for their new home. Some of their choices included a fireplace, bay windows, Corian countertops and a kitchen nook area. As for the bay windows, she said, “I like that we’ll have extra light and still have privacy.”
The icing on the cake throughout the K. Hovnanian home-buying experience, they said, was the large part their sales consultant George Economy played. His expertise and assistance, Lucille said, made the entire process go smoothly and easily.
Although the couple is still several weeks from putting down the welcome mat, they have already brought others to see the expansive space and well-appointed detail of their new home. “They loved it,” Lucille said.