Tuesday November 24, 2015
The following article was featured in Lancaster Newspaper's Lancaster Distinctive Properties:
Enjoy this rural setting, without the rural commute
Crossings at Sweetbriar by Landmark Homes an affordable, convenient and active 55-plus neighborhood in scenic Lebanon County
The Crossings at Sweetbriar, in Lebanon County’s scenic North Lebanon Township, offers residents everything they could desire in a 55-plus community: affordability, location and amenities. Located just north of Lebanon city, the Landmark homes community is just a short drive from restaurants, shopping, historic sites and the Lebanon Farmer’s Market. It also offers easy access to Hershey attractions and the recreational and cultural activities in Mount Gretna. The neighborhood itself, however, is incorporated into an expansive rural setting, with plenty of open space to enjoy. “The great thing about this community is you’re tucked back in here and we’re making as much use of the natural space as possible,” says community sales manager Mollie Bering. “You have the rural feel without the rural commute.” The community includes a series of walking trails to experience the natural surroundings, and construction recently began on what will soon be the centerpiece of the Crossings at Sweetbriar: a community clubhouse. Set for completion in late spring, the clubhouse will feature a modern design with a grand entry, including a tray ceiling with chandelier. “The clubhouse will revolve around that entry,” Bering says, noting it will include a fitness center, kitchen, gathering area, game room, wet bar and, eventually, an outdoor pool.This is a new design and concept for us,” Bering says.
Still in its first phase, the Crossings at Sweetbriar will include a total of 198 single-family homes designed for 55-plus lifestyles.
Of the 12 floor plans available, 10 are one-story models and two, the Addison and Fenmore, offer two-story living with first-floor owner’s suites — giving buyers the option to have as much or as little space as they desire. Home sizes range from 1,047 square feet for an Austin with two bedrooms, one bath and a one-car garage to 1,940 square feet for a Bennett with 3 bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage. Prices start in the high $100s.
Lots are available for those who want to custom build, but several move-in ready homes can have you living in The Crossings at Sweetbriar much sooner. The Hartford, a newer, one-and-a-half-story floor plan by Landmark, features two bedrooms and two full baths. The centerpiece of the home is a two-story great room with cathedral ceiling and gas fireplace with stone surround. The great room opens to the dining area and kitchen, which includes an oversized island with bar seating, making it the perfect gathering area. The kitchen also includes stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a pantry. The first-floor owner’s suite has its own private bath and a large closet. A mudroom entry off the two-car garage includes built-in lockers. Upstairs, a spacious loft area overlooking the great room offers a flexible space for an office, play area or extra seating. At 1,904 square feet, the Hartford is priced at $253,900.
Also waiting for an owner is the one-story, two-bedroom Norton. Notable features include an owner’s suite with painted tray ceiling and private bath, a kitchen with raised bar counter and large corner pantry, and a great room with gas, stacked-stone fireplace. The Norton also includes a flex room and a mudroom entry with built-in lockers. At 1,710 square feet, the Norton is priced at $244,600. Both homes feature laundry rooms conveniently located near the owner’s suite, Bering says. And the owner’s suite and second bedroom/guest room are located on opposite ends of the home to ensure privacy.
The Crossings at Sweetbriar has a homeowner’s association fee of $75 per month to cover use and maintenance of the clubhouse, as well as maintenance of green space and retention basins. Residents in the community own their own land. The community has public utilities and gas heat. The Crossings at Sweetbriar is located in the Cornwall-Lebanon School District. Open house hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Directions from Lancaster: Take Route 501 north to Route 897 north. Turn right on Prescott Road, travel 5 miles, then turn left on East Kercher Avenue and left on Mount Zion Road. Community will be on the right.