Sweetbriar Creek creates community all its own

Quick move-in home, additional lots available in Manheim neighborhood by Keystone that boasts park, open space and an annual block party

Moving into Sweetbriar Creek in Manheim means more than simply owning a brand-new home. It means becoming part of a community-oriented neighborhood.

Established by Keystone Custom Homes, Sweetbriar Creek will have 194 single-family homes when complete.

Along with those homes, Keystone has incorporated 30 acres of open space within the community, offering residents beautiful vistas as well as areas for gathering and recreation.

Surrounded by farmland and conveniently located between Route 72 and Fruitville Pike, the community is just a short drive from both Manheim and Lititz.

Keystone has now begun the last half of the final phase of Sweetbriar Creek, which includes 28 home sites. Two of them already have been sold.

For those who want to build their own home, Keystone offers 15 three-and four-bedroom floor plans in Sweetbriar Creek, including five with popular first-floor owner’s suites.

Lot sizes range from one-fifth to one-third acre, and many back up to wooded areas or farmland.

For those who prefer a brand-new home without the wait, Keystone offers a quick move-in option that can have you enjoying life in Sweetbriar Creek in no time at all.

The two-story, four-bedroom Parker Heritage, one of Keystone’s most popular floor plans, includes 2,773 square feet of living space. And like all of Keystone’s quick move-in homes, this Parker showcases many of Keystone’s most popular design trends — all at a savings of thousands of dollars.

The Parker’s classic kitchen has a large 8-foot island and walk-in pantry. The second-floor owner’s suite has a cathedral ceiling, Venetian bath and two walk-in closets. The remaining three bedrooms also include walk-in closets. The two-car garage includes a storage area, and the full basement has 9-foot ceilings.

The Parker is priced at $299,912.

All homes in Sweetbriar Creek are eligible for USDA loan financing with 100 percent financing or zero down payment. Prices start in the $220’s. To learn if you are qualified for USDA financing, stop by the Sweetbriar Model home and we will put you in contact with one of our preferred lenders.

The homeowner’s association fee includes a one-time payment of $200 and a monthly fee of $10 to maintain the open spaces.

Half of the open space in Sweetbriar Creek is in the form of a community park that is home to ball fields, basketball and beach volleyball courts, a pavilion, tot lot and restrooms. The other half is preserved open space, along with walking and hiking trails that border the creek.

Today offers the perfect opportunity to visit.

Sweetbriar Creek’s annual block party will be held from 4 p.m. to dusk in the community park. The event will include food, hayrides, bouncy castles a petting zoo, music and a corn hole tournament.

The public is welcome to join in the festivities and see what life at Sweetbriar Creek is all about.

Come early and tour the model home at 6001 Bayberry Ave. Open house hours are 1 to 6 p.m.

The model is also open from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday (closed Labor Day), and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

Sweetbriar Creek is in the Manheim Central School District.

Directions from Lancaster: Travel north on Route 72 toward Manheim. Turn right on Bucknoll Road, then left into Sweetbriar Creek on Bayberry Avenue.