Couple’s Landis Farm home reflects their personal connection to the community
When Sam and Marian Thomas decided to sell their East Hempfield Township farm to home builder EGStoltzfus four years ago, it could have been a sad goodbye to the place Marian had called home, not only as a child but also through 30 years of marriage.
Instead, it was merely the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one on the land that Marian’s father, Benjamin Landis, had purchased in 1952.
Rather than leave the family homestead off Bowman and Nissley roads, the Thomases decided to stay. In 2016, they became the first residents of the new EGStoltzfus community Landis Farm.
With the help of EGStoltzfus, the Thomases were able to build a home overlooking the land Marian walked as a child — and a home that pays homage to the land’s history, with features such as barn beams from one of the old homestead properties.
“To be in a home filled with memories from the farm is a precious thing,” Marian says.
The Thomases story may be unique, but the personal, one-on-one experience they had building their new home has been part of the EGStoltzfus story since the company’s beginnings 50 years ago.
EGStoltzfus’ customer-focused approach has earned it numerous accolades, including No. 1 home builder in LNP’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards and a spot among the 2018 Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies, according to the Central Penn Business Journal.
EGStoltzfus’ roots are in custom home building, and the second-generation family-owned company brings that personal approach not only to its Custom Homes division, but also to its Neighborhood Homes division and its Remodeling and Additions division.
Just like the Thomases, each new client has their own history and their own story, and the EGS team of designers, craftsmen, project managers and new homes sales specialists strives to create a home that embraces that personal story.
That philosophy is reflected in the company’s new tagline: “Building One Story at a Time.”
For the Thomases, that story is just beginning. The couple have not only embraced their new home, but also their new community. Along with their golden doodle, Timmy, they have become the unofficial ambassadors and welcoming party of Landis Farm.
“Sam and Marian are extremely generous and have created a true sense of caring and community,” says neighbor Rena Gros.
Sam spearheaded the purchase of a shared snowblower used by a group of neighbors on the block. And Marian is known to assist in those snow-clearing efforts by baking cinnamon rolls and delivering them to each family on the street.
The couple also placed birdhouses in the community green space and along the walking trail.
The sense of community at Landis Farm has blossomed to include a block party in summer and a progressive holiday party in winter.
“Landis Farm is a wonderful place to live, better than we could’ve ever imagined,” Gros says, “and Sam and Marian are a huge part of that.”
For those who would like to start the next chapter of their story at Landis Farm, there are currently 20 customizable single-family homes starting in the high $300s, and carriage home plans starting from the lower $300s.
Or you can start your story even sooner with a ready-now home currently available right next door to the Thomases.
At 2,809 square feet, the four-bedroom Cambridge at 1444 Windemere Lane, Landisville, features hardwood floors, a large kitchen island, huge walk-in pantry, a pocket office off the kitchen, and a sizeable deck with wooded views.
EGStoltzfus is currently offering $20,000 off the home’s sale price as a special holiday incentive. Through December, the Cambridge is priced at $438,375.
For more information about EGStoltzfus and Landis Farm, visit EGStoltzfusHomes.com or call the online sales specialist at 717-537-6968. The Landis Farm sales center, at 1421 Pennscott Drive, Landisville, is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment only on Wednesdays.