Landis Farm staying connected to its roots

East Hempfield Township development by EG Stoltzfus will embrace open space and welcome land’s former owner as its first new resident

Marian Thomas was just 2 years old when her father, Benjamin Landis, bought their family farm off Bowman and Nissley roads in East Hempfield Township in 1952.
She grew up there with her parents and sister, Joyce, and eventually moved away, only to return with her husband, Sam, in 1984. Up until last year, the Thomases lived in the farmhouse, while Joyce’s husband, Glenn Rohrer, farmed the land.
A few years ago, with their parents gone, the sisters decided it was time to sell. But for Thomas it won’t be a very long good-bye.
Next spring she and Sam will return to the land where she spent so much of her life, this time as the first residents of the new Landis Farm community by EG Stoltzfus.
When complete, the development will include a total of 149 single-family and carriage homes on about 65 acres, says Andy Dula, chief operating and financial officer for EG Stoltzfus.
Single-family homes will start in the mid-$300s and carriage homes in the high $200s.
A single-family model home and a two-unit carriage model are currently under construction, along with the Thomases’ new home.
“I just really felt strongly about staying on the land,” Thomas says. “The back of our new house will face the meadow where I used to walk cows up and down from the barn.”
Although the land will no longer be a working farm, EG Stoltzfus plans to build a community that preserves the sense of open space, Dula says.
The land, which has a conservation easement, will include walking trails near Swarr Run, picnic areas, seating benches and a community park with pavilion, Dula says.
For the Thomases, pieces of the old will remain with the new, as well, since EG Stoltzfus is incorporating salvaged wood from their old barn into their custom-built home.
Thomas says she is also looking forward to having neighbors in closer proximity. Those relationships are important to her.
They are important to EG Stoltzfus, as well, Dula says.
That is one of the reasons the sisters sought out EG Stoltzfus when it was time to sell, Thomas says. They not only value the quality of the builder’s work, but also the way EG Stoltzfus has walked them through the development process with the township and listened to the concerns of neighbors, she says.
“We’ve lived here a long time. We care about our neighbors, so that was an important thing to us that they took them into consideration,” she says.
Dula says the farmland was a logical area to develop because it was already near existing infrastructure and residential housing.
New homeowners will also find the location of the Landis Farm community ideal, with its easy access to route 283 and 30, and its close proximity to Spooky Nook Sports complex, Park City Center, Lancaster General Health Campus and the Hempfield Rec Center.
As for the homes themselves, Dula says they will be a blend of Colonial-style two-stories and those with more Craftsman-style features. Many will have front porches.
Although there will be floor plans to choose from, buyers will have a lot of flexibility in personalizing their interiors, he says.
“Our company is known for going beyond exactly what we throw in front of you,” Dula says.
Among the design features buyers can expect:
Open floor plans that include flexible multipurpose rooms tailored to an owner’s needs, whether it be additional living space, office space or a play room.
Drop zones that include cubbies, lockers, benches and a place for mobile phones and other devices.
Laundry room access from the master suite.
“Costco rooms,” or larger, customizable walk-in pantries perfect for storing bulk items.
Wireless home security and lighting systems.
A focus on the “lifestyle triangle,” or the orientation of the kitchen to the casual eating space and the primary living space, whether it be the living room or great room.
Buyers will have both one- and two-story options.
“We were really looking for a one-floor house so we can age there. We feel like it’s just going to be perfect,” Thomas says. “It’s just going to be a dream come true. It will be new and different and wonderful.”
Landis Farm is in the Hempfield School District. The community will include a homeowner’s association fee, as well as lawn maintenance and snow removal for the carriage home section of the development.
Phase 1 will include 24 single-family homes and 12 carriage homes. A grand opening event is planned for April, but reservations are being taken now.

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