Mt. Joy Township estate is a home for all seasons

Ever since the Heller family moved into their spacious estate home in Mount Joy Township three years ago, with its stone exterior and expansive farmland views, they’ve referred to it as “the home that just keeps giving.”
No matter the season, no matter the need, the home at 9 Tweno Drive, just off Mount Pleasant Road, fits the bill, whether it’s a cozy family gathering for the holidays or an outdoor summer party for dozens of friends.
Now this luxury home by Elk View Construction, with its pristine landscaping and exceptional features, is on the market — and ready to “give” to a new owner, says Tony Zook of ReMax Pinnacle in Hummelstown, listing agent for the property.
Built in 2009, this former Parade of Homes entry has had two owners, both of whom paid great attention to detail, Zook says.
With seven bedrooms, six baths and a total of more than 7,500 square feet of living space, the home is built to accommodate a crowd, but designed to offer many opportunities for privacy.
The stately foyer with hardwood floors offers a view of the second floor balcony and a welcoming entrance to a bright and open floor plan.
The gourmet kitchen is designed for entertaining, with upgraded cabinetry, granite countertops, wet bar, breakfast bar and Viking appliances.
The kitchen and breakfast nook offer a fantastic view of the rear of the nearly 3-acre property, which backs up to farmland and includes an in-ground heated pool and a pond with stone waterfall.
A butler’s kitchen, with its own cabinetry, sink and wine rack, leads to the dining room, where a large window seat offers more spectacular views.
The first floor also features a formal living room with wainscoting and chair rail; a sunken family room with gas fireplace; a den/music room with vaulted ceiling, perfect for stealing quiet moments; and a master wing that houses one of the home’s two stunning owner’s suites.
The first-floor master suite includes a seating area with fireplace, entry to a private balcony that extends the length of the home, a walk-in closet, and a spacious bath with soaking tub and walk-in shower. The master wing also features a formal office with custom built-ins.
Upstairs, the second master suite also includes a gas fireplace, private bath and an arched entrance to a cozy reading nook.
The second floor features three additional bedrooms — including a guest suite with sitting room — as well as the laundry.
The dual master suites offer numerous possibilities for overnight guests or in-law use, Zook notes. But the in-laws might also find accommodations in the lower level — and no, we’re not talking the kind of makeshift basement digs you’d offer a college graduate who’s moving back home.
With 2,500 square feet of finished living space, this home’s walk-out “basement” is a home within a home, with a full kitchen complete with granite countertops and bar seating with pendant lighting, a dining area, a family room featuring a wood-burning fireplace with wall-to-wall stone surround, two bedrooms, one full bath and two half baths.
There’s also an open-concept game room and a theater room with reclining chairs, perfect for watching all those games after Thanksgiving dinner.
From the lower level you can also walk out to the custom L-shaped Fox pool with built-in seating. There, you’ll find a cabana supported by stone pillars that houses a built-in grill and refrigerator. An underground propane tank fires up the torches from Hawaii and a fire pit for those chilly autumn evenings.
Timers control lighting and watering of the professionally landscaped and maintained grounds.
The home also includes an attached three-car garage with dog-washing tub and a detached two-car garage with heat and water.
The home has geothermal heating, a radon mitigation system, intercom and security system.
Since purchasing the home three years ago, the Hellers added the detached garage and the pond, as well as gorgeous rose bushes that bloom multiple times a season and numerous trees strategically planted to offer privacy from Mount Pleasant Road, Zook notes. They also repainted the interior.
Much of the home has been professionally furnished with pieces that perfectly complement its design and layout. For that reason, and depending on the final offer, the owners will consider including a portion of those furnishings in the sale, Zook says.
The home is in the Donegal School District. It is currently priced at $1,057,000. To schedule a showing, call Tony Zook of ReMax Pinnacle at 717-475-9256 or email
Directions from Lancaster: Take Route 283 West to the Rheems/Elizabethtown exit. Turn right on Cloverleaf Road, then right on Mount Pleasant Road and right on Tweno Drive.