New neighborhood mixes Lancaster County charm with a nautical theme
Wabash Landing, a new home community now taking shape in East Cocalico Township, was designed with several things in mind: charm, affordability and an attention to detail that ensures the neighborhood streetscape is as beautiful as each individual home.
With construction now underway, the community will be ready to welcome its first residents this summer.
Wabash Landing blends the nostalgic charm of Lancaster County’s most popular hamlets and villages with a nautical theme that creates the mood of a seaside community — from the lighthouse and dock ties at the entrance to street names like Pacific Boulevard and Coastal Avenue.
Future plans include a large lighthouse with restrooms in the community green area and a bell tower added to a designated multifamily home.
Wabash Landing sits on 26 acres off Route 272 between Ephrata and Reamstown. When complete, the community will include 69 detached homes, 48 twin homes, 38 townhomes and 28 multifamily homes. An additional 4.5 acres is being developed as an adjacent township park.
Developer is Sunview Partners LP of Ephrata, with marketing and sales by Gateway Realty of Lancaster.
The developer, builders, designer and marketing team carefully predetermined the exterior home designs, textures and colors — right down to lot placement — to create a harmonious finished appearance. That also includes an enhanced 360 landscape package for each home.
The charming Arts and Crafts-style homes are enhanced with a partial stone facade, front porches and colorful front doors.
“I encouraged our designer to come up with a particular color door for each home to kind of set each house apart,” says Eugene Hoover, sales manager for Gateway Realty.
Each home was designed for a specific lot to complement the gentle slope of the streetscape. Most garages will open to a rear alley. Adding to the character of the community are lighted, tree-lined sidewalks, some of them featuring brick pavers.
The largest of the detached homes in Phase 1 is a four-bedroom at just under 1,900 square feet, Hoover says.
The first phase of Wabash Landing, currently under construction, will feature 28 detached homes, six twins and six towns. “We have something for everybody,” Hoover says.
Although Wabash Landing is still in its infancy, buyers interested in a particular floor plan should act quickly since only a limited number of each home will be built in the community.
Coming this summer and early fall:
• The first set of twins, featuring the Elmsdale I floor plan, is scheduled for completion in June.
Built by Jeffrey Wenger Builder, the Elmsdale I features open living and private resting spaces. The large sunny kitchen and dining areas offer plenty of space for two people to share food prep while visiting with friends around the table or breakfast bar.
The master suite features a boxed-out window space for quiet reading, browsing the internet or just winding down. Two more bedrooms include plenty of closet space and share a full bath.
At 1,470 square feet, the Elmsdale I is priced at $224,900.
• The first detached home, a Bayberry I built by Earl King Construction LLC, is scheduled for completion in July.
A charming cottage-style home, the Bayberry I features a living room that opens to the dormer windows above. The heart of the home is a kitchen with breakfast bar and dining area that can expand into the oversized family room to accommodate gatherings with family and friends.
A secluded first-floor master suite features a double-bowl vanity, walk-in closet and linen storage.
At 1,745 square feet, the Bayberry I is priced at $279,900.
• The first six towns, built by Horst & Son and featuring three different floor plans, are scheduled for completion in September.
The Bellwood I, at 1,484 square feet, features a trio of charming gables, a two-story bump-out and an inviting front porch. The floor plan boasts an open living, dining and kitchen area with large pantry and breakfast bar. Upstairs, features a master suite with double-bowl vanity and walk-in closet, all a private distance from two more bedrooms.
The Bellwood II, at 1,457 square feet, features a welcoming front porch and bright and spacious living and dining areas. Offset, yet open, the kitchen boasts a wraparound breakfast bar and ample pantry storage. The master suite includes a walk-in closet and bath with dual-sink vanity and step-in shower. Two additional bedrooms with large closets share a second full bath.
The Bellwood III, at 1,453 square feet, features a Craftsman-style exterior with plenty of curb appeal, including accent gables, boxed-out windows and an attractive front porch. Interior features include a large living room that segues into an open dining area, and a kitchen with plenty of cabinet space. The master suite is separated from two additional bedrooms by a hall bath.
The Wabash Homeowners Association is managed by Wabash HOA. The annual assessment is $375, with a one-time fee at purchase of $250.
Wabash Landing is in the Cocalico School District. The community will be served by public water and sewer, UGI and Blue Ridge.
For more information, contact listing agent Kenneth L. Carper of Gateway Realty at 717-560-5500 or head of onsite sales Cheryl Fuss of Gateway Realty at 717-587-2046. To view home plans, visit www.gatewayrealty.com.
Directions from Lancaster, Reading or the Pennsylvania Turnpike: Take Route 272 to Wabash Road, between Ephrata and Reamstown. Turn west on Wabash Road at Four Seasons Produce.