Grandview creates the perfect intersection of past and present

In Manheim Township, Charter Homes & Neighborhoods blends the iconic charm of Grandview Heights with new home designs and open spaces

Moving into Grandview, The Great American Neighborhood® in Manheim Township by Charter Homes & Neighborhoods, means more than simply owning a new home.
It means becoming part of the history of one of Lancaster County’s most iconic neighborhoods and part of the story of the land from which it came.
“It’s your neighborhood,” says Ron Ketner, Charter’s neighborhood sales manager. “It’s as special as your home is going to be.”
Just outside Lancaster city, iconic Grandview Heights has been a  special suburban-living destination for decades — a walkable neighborhood with brick homes, sidewalks, canopies of shade trees and a strong sense of community.
“What we’re trying to do is preserve  and respect the iconic neighborhood and offer new design and open spaces, creating the perfect intersection of past and present” Ketner says.
Charter’s Grandview sits on the site of the former Gammache family farm, adjoining the original Grandview Heights community just north of New Holland Avenue.
Like many of Charter’s neighborhoods, Grandview is designed to incorporate its surroundings, rather than replace them. And in the case of  Grandview, it was designed with its more established neighbors and the property’s story in mind.
When complete, Grandview will include a total of 55 single-family homes from the low $300’s — all created to blend the charm of the older Grandview Heights neighborhood with more updated amenities.
As the streetscape begins to take shape, the nod to the older Grandview is already clear. Wide sidewalks encourage walkers, picket fences hearken to a bygone era, wrought-iron streetlamps cast a welcoming glow and brick walkways lead to front porches that invite neighborly conversation.
Much like an older, established neighborhood, each home has its own distinct character and charm. No two are alike.
And, after only a year, trees are already beginning to line the streets.
“Nothing connects you to the land more than trees,” says Ketner, noting Charter intends to plant another 200 trees before it’s all said and done.
Residents of Grandview can feel connected to the land in other ways, as well, since the neighborhood has been designed to incorporate 16 acres of preserved land.
Charter also chose to preserve a natural spring on the land, he says.
“You have to respect what was here before and what’s going to be here for the next generation,” he says.
Of the roughly 40 homesites remaining, about a dozen are currently available, Ketner says. Additionally, buyers who prefer to move in sooner can choose from three ready-now homes, including the original designer model home. All are available to tour.
Charter will open its new designer home store in Grandview on Saturday, April 18. A future Parade of Homes entry, the model will offer potential homebuyers the perfecting setting to explore the LivingDesign® principles incorporated into every home that Charter builds, along with many other design options, from luxury wood finishes to on-trend paint colors chosen by the award-winning CharterColors designer.
Grandview is located in the Manheim Township School District. To further explore the floor plans available in Grandview, visit charterhomes.com/grandview. Hours are Friday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To schedule a tour, call 800-325-3030.
Directions from Lancaster: Take New Holland Pike to Pleasure Road. Turn left on Pleasure Road. Neighborhood is on the right.