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If shuffle board and easy riding three-wheel bicycles immediately come to mind when you hear the term “over 55 community”, think again! Now a day in Connecticut, a typical over 55 community has very little in common with the “active adult” communities of years ago, and in many cases, its residents haven’t come close to retiring.  Regardless of whether you are of retirement age or not, a move to a 55 and over community may be a perfect fit.

Living in the northeast, we have the pleasure of experiencing all four seasons and then, of course, the necessary chores associated with each seasonal change, such as lawn mowing, leaf raking, and snow shoveling. Cleaning of autumn leaves in parkFor some, the ongoing outdoor seasonal maintenance is reason enough to consider making a move to a community that provides such services. For others, it may be the prospect of living among quieter residents, a perceived sense of security, or simply the opportunity to meet and make new similar aged friends.

Typically, over 55 communities are designed with the “aging” homeowner in mind, offering easily accessible open floor plans and first-floor owner’s suites. They come in all shapes and sizes – from upscale single family homes to modest condominiums. After a lifetime of hard work, your pay-off may just end up being a much-deserved dream home in a 55+ community!

If you’re thinking that a 55+ community might be a good fit for you and want to know how your desired community stacks up, check out AARP’s Livability Index or give your local real estate professional a call.


Cheshire, CT (January 18, 2016)- Steven Calcagni, President of Calcagni Real Estate, recently announced the appointment of Anna Buono as the new Sales Manager of the company’s Wallingford office, and Joel Grossman, from Wallingford office manager to Director of New Homes and Land Consulting.

The change in leadership is a response to recent growth in the local new construction real estate market. In 2015, Calcagni Real Estate added close to 700 “units” to its new homes inventory, creating the need for an experienced leader to be at the helm of the company’s new construction and land division.  Joel brings 30+ years of real estate sales experience to the position, including 5+ years as Sales Manager of the company’s Wallingford office and an impressive background working with both builders and buyers throughout his career. In addition to overseeing the company’s current development projects and new homes sales team, Grossman will seek out future development opportunities for Calcagni and its builders.

“After a lull in local new home sales and development, we started to see a significant increase in 2015, and according to’s 2016 housing forecast, new home construction along with moderate gains in existing home sales are expected to push total home sales to the highest levels we’ve seen nationally since 2006.” cited Calcagni. “While it’s encouraging to hear the national predictions, Joel remains keenly aware of what’s happening locally and will use his extensive knowledge of our local market to tailor our company’s new homes marketing efforts accordingly.”

“I have been very fortunate throughout my real estate career to learn from and work with some of the best local builders around. Being asked to head up Calcagni’s New Homes and Land Consulting division is an opportunity that I am thrilled to undertake – allowing me to be hands on with our sales team and builders in a niche that I love – new home sales,” commented Grossman.

Joel’s new role left a vacancy in the company’s Wallingford office, and after thoughtful consideration, Anna Buono was chosen by Steven Calcagni and Joel Grossman as the new Wallingford Sales Manager.  In this new role, Anna will be responsible for leading a team of 35 real estate sales professionals serving the town of Wallingford and surrounding communities. “We are very excited to have Anna assume this management role,” said Calcagni, “She began her real estate career with Calcagni back in 2003, and has worked very hard to build her business and establish her position as one of our most successful REALTORS.  She is a professional, whose energy and fresh ideas are qualities that I am confident will enable her to lead our Wallingford office to continued success.”

Anna has always wanted to help make a difference in the lives of others. After graduating from the University of Connecticut, she worked as a research assistant at Yale University Medical School with aspirations of helping discover cures. However, Anna’s desire to pursue a career that would help others in a more immediate fashion led her to real estate and she fell in love.  This passion has driven her to join an elite group of only 3% of all licensed REALTORS by earning her CRS certification (Certified Residential Specialist), additionally, she has received her GRI designation (Graduate of the REALTORS Institute) which required her to undergo in-depth training in such things as legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards and the sales process.

“I am truly honored to follow in my friend and mentor, Joel Grossman’s footsteps, and excited to lead a team of such accomplished and experienced agents whom I have worked alongside for many years. This office has been a dominant force in Wallingford real estate since it opened in 1991 and I intend to do my part to see to it that we continue to grow our sales force and maintain our dominant market share for some time to come,” commented Buono.

 Calcagni Real Estate is developing several new construction and commercial projects and is continuing to expand their team of real estate professionals. The company’s deep understanding of the local marketplace and long history of excellent service is evidenced by their industry-leading 15 percent market share within their core towns of Cheshire, Hamden, Southington, and Wallingford.  Participating in more than 1 in every 7 transactions in central Connecticut.



Sunwood Development’s Bridgewater Estates in Northford was honored recently with the prestigious HOBI Award for “Outstanding New Haven County Single Family Home $600,000-700,000” for its Dayton model.

The building industry’s HOBI Awards Gala is sponsored each year by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut (HBACT), and is considered by many to be the industry’s most prestigious recognition of excellence in a variety of categories which include, home construction, home technology, sales and marketing, home financing and community service.

Each year, several hundred entries are received for awards consideration. A panel of industry leaders serve as the judges and select the winners after carefully reviewing applications, touring nominated homes and interviewing entrants.

“This year, homebuyers are focused on value and the amenities that make their lives easier and less stressful,” said HOBI Awards producer, Joanne Carroll. “At Bridgewater Estates Dayton model, our judges were impressed with Sunwood Development’s value engineered construction, as well as the popular features they incorporated, like the convenient drop zone for organizing mail, coats and boots; and in the master suite, the enormous combination dressing room walk-in closet with sliding barn door access to a spa-like master bath.”










The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut is the trade organization for the home building industry in Connecticut. It represents more than 1,000 member firms in homebuilding, remodeling, land development and related industries with five local chapters. HBACT works to solve industry problems and promote industry growth, while upholding the highest degree of professionalism, work ethic, skill and integrity.

hobi_logo2014bigOn Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, over 700 housing industry professionals will gather at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington for the 22nd annual Home Building Industry or HOBI Awards – the largest most consistently successful Builder Awards Program in the country. Sponsored by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut (HBACT), an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the HOBI Awards is Connecticut’s most prestigious recognition of excellence in home construction, home technology, sales and marketing, home financing and community service.

There are several hundred entries each year, and winners are selected by a panel of industry leaders with years of experience in home building, remodeling and design. The judges review applications, and then travel the state for several days, touring the homes and interviewing entrants.

This year, Southington’s HillCrest Village was recognized with two state HOBI Awards – BEST SMALL LOT COMMUNITY and BEST SINGLE FAMILY HOME $300,000-400,000.

According to HOBI Awards Chairman, Joanne Carroll, new construction judges included Farmington architect, Jack Kemper, Kemper Associates, New London County builder, Nick Uccello, Uccello Development and Fairfield County builder, Peter Schneider.

“The judges were impressed that HillCrest Village is ideally designed to meet the needs of both young millennials and empty nesters, with smaller sized lots that are easier to maintain and customized homes that are affordable and less costly to heat and cool,” said Carroll. “We also liked how HillCrest accommodated the demand for technology. The thermostat, lights and garage door opener in the Ascot model can be controlled from an iPhone, and every house has high-speed wireless internet access.”

The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut is the trade organization for the home building industry in Connecticut. It represents more than 1,000 member firms in homebuilding, remodeling, land development and related industries with five local chapters. HBACT works to solve industry problems and promote industry growth, while upholding the highest degree of professionalism, work ethic, skill and integrity.

Heritage Hill offers a quiet haven in the heart of it all!
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Wolcott, CT – (May 8, 2014) – Oris Development, the creator of Heritage Hill, a 63-home subdivision off Rte. 69, announced today the opening of its new residential community. Offering a mix of 2 and 3 bedroom home styles, all with first floor bedrooms or master suites, Heritage Hill ( is a perfect choice for first time, move-up and empty nesters with prices starting at just $259,900.
Quietly set on a hillside with distant views of the Connecticut countryside, Heritage Hill is surprisingly accessible to shopping, services, and major highways with Rtes. 84 and 8 just minutes away. Wolcott’s nearby Woodtick Recreation Area offers swimming and other outdoor activities plus a pavilion for family and friends to gather.
According to Rob Oris, President of Oris Development, Heritage Hill is amenity rich. “These homes” continued Oris, “are truly representative of what sophisticated buyers expect in today’s market.” Many of the homes have Great Rooms with fireplaces, hardwood flooring in public areas, ceramic tile in baths and mudrooms, 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, plus premium finishes like granite countertops and hardwood cabinetry. And each home offers energy savings with high efficiency, natural gas forced warm air heat and central air, in addition to energy star rated vinyl clad windows with low E glass.

The principals of Heritage Hill have almost 60 years of combined experience in the field of real estate development and home building. With approximately 1,000 homes built through various affiliates, Heritage Hill has the expertise to make your dream a reality.

Grand Opening Weekend!
Model open:
Friday, May 9th, 4 – 7 PM
Saturday, May 10th, 12 – 3 PM
Sunday, May 11th, 1 – 3 PM

Contact Calcagni Real Estate at 203-272-1821 for more information.

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April is new homes month. And one of the virtues of a newly constructed home is the savings that come from reduced energy and maintenance expenses.

In a previous analysis, we used data from the 2009 American Housing Survey (AHS) to offer proof. The AHS classifies new construction as homes no more than four years old.

For routine maintenance expenses, 26 percent of all homeowners spent $100 or more a month on various upkeep costs. However, only 11 percent of owners of newly constructed homes spent this amount. In fact, 73 percent of new homeowners spent less than $25 a month on routine maintenance costs.

Similar findings are available for energy expenses. According to the 2011 AHS, on a median per square foot basis, homeowners spent 81 cents per square foot per year on electricity. Owners of new homes spent less: 68 cents per square foot per year. For homes with piped gas, homeowners spent on average 50 cents per square foot per year. Owners of new homes spent just 34 cents per square foot per year.

The 2011 data show similar results for various other utilities. For water bills, homeowners averaged 28 cents per square foot per year, while owners of new homes averaged 22 cents. For trash bills, the median for all homeowners was 15 cents per square foot per year, while for new construction the median was 13 cents per square foot per year.

These data highlight that a new home offers savings over the life of ownership due to reduced operating costs. And in fact, these reduced costs result in lower insurance bills as well. The median cost for all homeowners of property insurance is 39 cents per square foot, while it is only 31 cents per square foot for owners of new homes.

These reduced expenditures represent one of the many reasons that the current system of appraisals needs updating to reflect the flow of benefits that come from features in a new home.

For more information about purchasing a newly constructed home, please visit

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Royal-Crest-Estates-logoWe’re proud to announce Cheshire’s newest premier neighborhood of luxury homes…  ROYAL CREST ESTATES.

Fiddlehead Farm

Three quintessential New England 4, 5 and 6 acre home sites, privately set at the end of a cul-de-sac, in the south end of Cheshire, abutting Land Trust property. Award-winning builder, John Ricci, will exclusively construct these state of the art residences. Homes in this new neighborhood are priced from $989,900. Private appointments are available to meet with the builder and preview this special offering.

Private appointments are available to personally meet with the builder and preview this special offering:

Maggie Griffin  Calcagni Associates Real Estate

Maggie Griffin, ACRE, e-PRO, REALTOR

Calcagni Real Estate President Steven Calcagni recently announced the appointment of residential sales agent Maggie Griffin to the company’s Wallingford office.

Maggie, a native of Hamden who currently lives in Wallingford, is a full time REALTOR® and is a member of the Greater New Haven Board of Realtors, Connecticut Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors.  “Maggie’s comprehensive knowledge of real estate, coupled with her drive to provide excellent customer service, makes her a great asset to our company,” said Steven Calcagni.

Maggie Griffin, a professional REALTOR for close to two decades, is more than happy to be affiliated with Calcagni Real Estate “because it gives my clients the opportunity to take advantage of all the diversified services that Calcagni Real Estate offers home sellers, buyers, builders, those who are relocating, and anyone who has real estate needs in today’s real estate market,” said Maggie.

Maggie lives by her slogan, “No Client of Mine is Left Behind”. Her goal is to lead sellers and buyers to a successful transaction, providing several real estate related services in order for her clients to achieve their home buying or selling goals. Her specialties and expertise range from Waterfront Communities, New Homes, Re-sale Homes, Condos, Multi-family Homes, Investment Properties, Luxury Homes, market values of homes, land, probate sales, short sales and foreclosures.   She is a home staging specialist, e-Pro, customer service certified, internet specialist and one of few ACRE designated agents in CT along with being an ACRE Consulting Business Graduate.

Maggie is a recognized Multi-Million Dollar Producer, a Founder’s Club Member, Executive Club Member, Manager’s Club Member, a Top RELO Producer in Connecticut for buyers and sellers who have relocation needs; and she is one of the few Real Estate Professionals to be amongst The Premier Club National Membership from the Relocation Network. Her dedication to her clients who sell and purchase a home is what she calls “Her True Rewards” knowing she is a part of their American Dream and one of the most important decisions one makes in a life time.

The Greater New Haven Association of Realtors has recognized Maggie for Excellence in Production multiple times. Maggie was also one of Metropolitan Magazine‘s selections as their choice of Realtors in Connecticut, for proving success and dedication in the Real Estate field based on her production and recommendations from past and current clients and amongst her colleagues. In addition, Maggie held a seat on GNHAR’s Professional Standards Committee (2007) and on CAR’s Legislative Political Affairs and Sub-deficit Committees (2009). She also taught Real Estate Principles and Practices along with being a guest speaker at several home buyer seminars.

Because of her dedication, knowledge and levels of experience, Maggie has received several awards and recognition throughout the years she has been in the Real Estate profession. These awards and recognitions are a result of her outstanding performance in Customer Service, Highly Rated in Consumer Satisfaction, Production and Relocation

Maggie’s office at Calcagni Associates is located at 924 North Main Street Ext, Wallingford, and she may be reached to answer any of your real estate questions by calling (203)265-1821 Ext. 214 or by visiting: