Parade of Homes entries in MillCreek, Veranda and Grandview showcase thoughtful design, both inside and out
Great neighborhoods are as unique as the people who call them home. They are designed with a purpose and created with a story — one that respects the land and the history that came before and incorporates them into what comes next.
That is the philosophy behind Charter Homes & Neighborhoods’ Great American Neighborhoods®, three of which offer stops on this year’s Parade of Homes tour, continuing today through June 21.
The three Charter homes on the Parade share a twofold purpose:
They showcase the LivingDesign™ principles — open interior spaces, natural light, artfully designed sight lines and a sense of timelessness — that deliver character in every home Charter builds.
And they showcase unique neighborhoods that have been interwoven into the story of the land from which they came.
The first home, a Kenleigh, is the model home at Millcreek in West Lampeter Township.
Millcreek weaves its way through a tall canopy of trees and preserved open spaces that celebrate the farmland on which it is built. Central to the neighborhood is a preserved historic bank barn next door to a cafe and community center.
The Great Lawn, a large, centrally located expanse, has become an outdoor gathering place for relaxation and recreation. MillCreek also offers 4 1/2 miles of walking trails, including the main one which follows Mill Creek.
The Parade home features four bedrooms and two and a half baths in over 3,000 square feet of living space.
Hardwood floors lead to an open great room and kitchen with Charter’s trademark wall of windows, offering a sweeping view of the land’s original farmhouse and preserved bank barn.
Other features include a study with glass-paned French doors, an owner’s suite with two walk-in closets and bath with tile shower and soaking tub, and a flexible loft space on the second floor.
In Manheim Township, Charter’s second Parade Home is another Kenleigh floor plan with a decidedly different look that fits perfectly with the iconic charm of the Grandview neighborhood.
A neighbor to the well-loved Grandview Heights neighborhood just outside Lancaster city, Charter’s Grandview offers a nod to its roots with a streetscape that features wide sidewalks that encourage walkers, picket fences that hearken to a bygone era, wrought-iron streetlamps that cast a welcoming glow and brick walkways leading to front porches that invite neighborly conversation.
Much like an older, established neighborhood, each home in Grandview has its own distinct character and charm. No two are alike.
Grandview’s landscape also includes 16 acres of preserved open space, part of the former Gammache family farm.
The Parade entry, the newly opened model home in Grandview, welcomes visitors with a picket fence and large front porch.
At 2,800 square feet, the home features four bedrooms and two and half baths and wide-planked hardwood floors throughout the first floor.
The kitchen, featuring maple cabinetry and oiled-soapstone countertops, opens into the great room where a wall of extra-tall windows welcomes in natural light.
The home also includes an owner’s retreat with two oversized closets and a second-floor game room at the top of the staircase.
Charter’s final stop on the Parade of Homes Tour is the Willow, the model home at Veranda in East Hempfield Township.
Incorporating the story of the land and the rich history of its surroundings, Veranda is a neighborhood as unique as the people who call it home.
The neighborhood has three areas of open green space connected by walking trails: Getz’s Green, and the smaller Forry Lawn and Middle Green. There is also a neighborhood playground, Playlanda. These preserved areas of green grass, walking trails and park benches shaded by mature trees provide gathering places for neighbors and friends throughout the neighborhood.
At over 3,000 square feet, the model home has four bedrooms and two and half baths. It features numerous upgrades, including extra tall doors, a built-in, granite-top buffet in the dining room and a wall of built-in storage in the mudroom for easy organization.
An open floor plan joins the great room and kitchen, with Charter’s wall of windows offering farmland views.
The model also showcases an optional sunroom/seating area off the kitchen.
Additional features include a spacious loft area and an owner’s retreat that includes a walk-in closet and a bath with soaking tub, tile shower and marble countertops.
Each of Charter’s Parade homes also includes finishes and fixtures — from countertops to lighting to cabinetry — expertly chosen by the award-winning CharterColors™ designer.
Parade of Homes tour hours are noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 5 to 8 p.m. weekdays.
Directions from Lancaster:
To MillCreek: Take Route 30 East to the PA-462 West/Lincoln Highway Exit. Turn right onto PA-462 West/Lincoln Highway. Take a quick left on Strasburg Pike. Take right onto Windy Hill. Follow through stop sign. Take a right on Tallgrass Path. Home will be on your right.
To Grandview: Take New Holland Pike to Pleasure Road. Turn left on Pleasure Road. Turn right onto Esbenshade Drive. Home is on the corner on the right.
To Veranda: Take Route 30 West past Park City Center. Take the Millersville exit (Route 741), then make a right on Roherstown Road. Turn left on Harrisburg Pike, then left on Sylvan Road and left on Getz Way. The home is on the right.