From the backyard deck of the model home in StoneyBrook, the view is an expanse of green with a row of neighboring homes far in the distance and a walking trail weaving its way in between.
“It’s a gorgeous view,” says Bob Gruber of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty, listing agent for the new home community in Elizabethtown.
And it’s one of the qualities that makes StoneyBrook special. The community’s 45 acres of open space also includes a 3.5-acre township park, offering to the public the use of a multipurpose field and recreation area, restrooms and the extensive walking trails.
StoneyBrook’s proximity to Route 283 also makes it a convenient location for commuters.
Then there are the homes themselves — a mix of single-family and townhomes in the first phase — built by Rohrer’s Construction, a Manheim business that has been building and remodeling homes in Lancaster County and beyond for more than four decades.
“I’ve been personally working with them for 32 years,” Gruber says. “They don’t build anything but a quality home.”
Just as noteworthy are the features that come standard in every home at StoneyBrook, many of which are often considered upgrades valued at thousands of extra dollars in other communities, Gruber says.
They include: 9-foot ceilings, granite countertops, a gas fireplace, hardwood flooring in the foyer and dining room, a maintenance-free composite deck, custom staircases and a two-car garage with openers.
Beyond those standard features, every home in StoneyBrook is unique, which may be why the community has attracted an eclectic mix of residents, from twentysomethings to those 55 and over. “It’s a real sense of community,” Gruber says.
Each home is essentially custom built, so there is no limited set of floor plans, he says. Buyers can bring their own plans or use plans from another home in the community as a starting point.
A great place to start is the model home — a two-story single-family home with 2,465 square feet of living space. The home includes a two-story foyer, a formal dining room and an open-concept living area that includes the kitchen, breakfast area and family room.
“People love the openness,” Gruber says.
The second-floor has four bedrooms, including a master suite featuring a large walk-in closet and private bath with tile shower (one of the few upgrades).
For buyers who prefer not to build from scratch, the model home is currently priced at $356,900.
Two additional newly constructed homes are also move-in ready at StoneyBrook.
The first, a one-story at 105 Randolph Drive, includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a covered patio. At 1,870 square feet, it is priced at $319,500.
The second, a two-story at 107 Farmington Lane, features four bedrooms, two and a half baths and a first-floor study. At 2,300 square feet, it is priced at $347,900.
Single-family homes in StoneyBrook start at $275,000 and range in size from 1,800 to 2,700 square feet. Townhomes have three bedrooms and two baths. At 1,500 to 1,600 square feet, they start at $199,900.
A second phase will begin soon, with homes ready by spring, Gruber says. Later phases will also include duplex options. The community will have a total of 316 homes when complete.
StoneyBrook has public sewer, water and natural gas. Homeowners association fees are $20 per month for single-family homes and cover maintenance of the open space and walking trails. The fee is $65 per month for townhomes and also includes lawn care and snow removal.
StoneyBrook is in the Elizabethtown Area School District. The model home is open from 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.
Directions from Lancaster: Take the Rheems/Elizabethtown exit off Route 283 West and turn left on Cloverleaf Drive. Turn right on Route 230, left on Route 743, right on Ridge Road, right on Farmington Lane, then left on Randolph Drive. The model home is at 82 Randolph Drive.