Scenic Manor in Havre de Grace
By Scott
January 16, 2017

If you were riding up Chapel road in Havre de Grace recently, you probably saw some bulldozers performing site work on some land across from Bulle Rock. And if you’ve been frequenting this area for a while, you probably remember this happening a few years back, only to stall at some point. Well, now it’s officially in motion, and we’re going to give you a bit of a rundown.

The development is called “Scenic Manor,” and as of now, consists of 85 single family home sites averaging a quarter acre each. The builder is Keystone Custom Homes, based in Pennsylvania, and in our area, most notable for building in communities like Kelly Glen in Bel Air and Louise Estates in Port Deposit. Their homes can most accurately be characterized by being semi-custom, featuring a lot of stone façade, flexible layouts and attractive front elevation. Natural gas is available in the community, and there is an HOA fee of $40/mo.

My guess is you’re wondering now, where do I start? If you’re looking to buy a new home, it does pay to contact a RealtorÒ, so my first piece of advice is to call one. They will be able to help you navigate the purchase process, because that smiling salesperson in that pristine new model home is working entirely for the builder (yeah, the seller)! And don’t buy into the idea that you will get a better deal if you don’t have a RealtorÒ; builders factor the costs to pay a buyer’s agent into their marketing budgets, so they expect that you’ll have one. Also, it’s not uncommon for them to offer you better incentives when they suspect that you are shopping elsewhere, and this is what they’ll assume if you walk in with an agent!

This is the first community of its kind in Havre de Grace in some time, so it will not last long. The city is beautiful, the people are friendly and the schools are top notch. If you’re going to go this route, you might want to start now, and if you have a home to sell first, you could be in a better  position than you think. If you need a home value estimate for your current home, go to and enter your information today.