Reserve at Union School offers best of both worlds

Few opportunities remain to own a Garman home in this Mount Joy neighborhood

The Reserve at Union School, a Mount Joy neighborhood featuring homes by Garman Builders, offers the best of many worlds.
Bordered by preserved farmland, The Reserve offers the peace and quiet, and scenic views, of rural Lancaster County.
But it is also minutes away from a variety of shopping and dining options in Mount Joy.
Want to travel farther afield? The Reserve is conveniently located between routes 230 and 772 for an easy drive to downtown Lancaster or Hershey.
Or head to the nearby train station and be in Harrisburg in 25 minutes.
Now in its final phase, The Reserve at Union School will have a total of 80 single-family homes when complete, all on tree-lined streets with sidewalks and lampposts.
For buyers looking for a Garman home, there are only a few opportunities left to own one in The Reserve.
One of the most convenient is the Cardinal at 604 Kiera Lane, which is ready to welcome a new owner.
The two-story home has a charming Craftsman-style exterior, with stone accents and vertical and shake siding.
The Cardinal has four bedrooms, including a first-floor owner’s suite, increasingly popular with homebuyers, says new home sales consultant Cristi Getz. The owner’s suite features a walk-in closet, and a luxury owner’s bath with double-bowl vanity, soaking tub and shower.
The showpiece of the first floor is a  vaulted, two-story great room featuring a gas fireplace with dry-stack stone surround.
The Premier kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a tile backsplash, as well as a breakfast area that opens to a 250-square-foot patio.
Wainscoting and crown molding in the formal dining room continue the Craftsman style.
The first floor also includes a laundry room off the garage with built-in bench and pegs for easy storage.
At 2,100 square feet, the Cardinal is priced at $317,990.
Buyers who prefer one-story living have another option in The Reserve with a Reilly scheduled for completion in mid-September.
The  three-bedroom, two-bath home also has a Premier kitchen with tile backsplash, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.
Other notable features include a gas fireplace with stone surround and paneled mantel, a tray ceiling in the master bedroom and hardwood flooring throughout most of the first floor.
At 1,913 square feet, the Reilly is priced at $321,990.
A third ready-now home, a two-story Falcon II with four bedrooms and two and a half baths, priced at $347,990, will be available in October.
For those who want to build their Garman home from scratch, The Reserve has nine lots remaining, including two that back up to preserved farmland and one that overlooks it.
With 28 floor plans, including ranch-style homes, traditional two-story homes and two-story homes with first-floor owner suites, The Reserve has something to fit any lifestyle.
Prices start at $253,400.
All Garman homes feature a two-car garage, semi-custom kitchen, public water and sewer, natural gas, architectural shingles and Superior walls in the basement, which are preinsulated and ready to finish.
And Garman is now offering an added incentive to build in The Reserve at Union School or any of their other neighborhoods: Buyers who sign an agreement by Sept. 30 have the opportunity to save up to $20,000 on additional options for their home.
The Reserve at Union School is in the Donegal School District. The Cardinal at 604 Kiera Lane will be open from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. today.  For more information, call 717-380-0172.
Directions from Lancaster: Follow Route 283 West to Route 230 West (Main Street in Mount Joy). Turn left on South Angle Street and continue onto Union School Road. The community is on the right.