Lancaster, Pennsylvania is much cooler than you think

We know that Lancaster is a truly remarkable place with lots of fun for people of all ages. But when we find articles online, especially from publications in NYC, it makes us especially proud to live and work here in Lancaster, Pennsylvania!

This article was originally featured on on March 3, 2017.
By Karen Loftus

“New Yorkers looking for a weekend getaway alternative to the Hamptons or Hudson Valley this spring can dial it down by taking a three-hour train ride from Penn Station to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

There’s a lot more to the laid-back, culturally diverse city than its main tourism draws — handmade Amish goods and outlet shopping. There’s also a thriving culinary, craft brew and arts scene.

Once you scratch past the stereotypical surface, there are endless layers to this city that was our nation’s capital for just one day in 1777, during the American Revolution.

Central Market in Lancaster offers food from Amish, Mennonite and German vendors, among others.

Central Market in Lancaster offers food from Amish, Mennonite and German vendors, among others. (CENTRAL MARKET)

As one of the most visited spots in Lancaster, Central Market has long been a hub for those in the city and the surrounding bucolic areas to gather, and buy and sell the bounty of the county. The red brick Romanesque Revival style of Central Market’s building, with its terra cotta roof, dates back to 1889. The actual market, however, is the longest continuously running farmers’ market in the U.S., dating back to 1730.

Today it’s a mad mix of Amish, Mennonite and German vendors touting Pennsylvania Dutch favorites alongside hip, young farmers pushing organic foods. And since Lancaster takes in more refugees per capita than any other U.S. city, that diversity is reflected in the culture and cuisine here, as well as at the market with vendors cooking up authentic fare from Kuwait, Thailand, Cuba, Kenya and Greece.

Spring House Brewing Co. serves up fresh food along with their beers.

Spring House Brewing Co. serves up fresh food along with their beers. (SPRING HOUSE BREWING CO.)

If you’re more into booze than food, there’s plenty on pour as Lancaster’s beer roots run deep. The county has been brewing since the early 1700’s thanks to the influx of Europeans. For a fun brewery crawl today, Lancaster Brewing Co.; Wacker Brewing Co.; and Spring House Brewing Co. make a good trio. Spring House is not as centrally located, but its Taproom in town (25 W. King St.) is also a great spot post-market for Saturday afternoon samplers. Outside of breweries, most restaurants and bars have a great lineup of taps in town.

For cocktails and local lure, head to the Horse Inn. At one time, a horse barn here was a front for the speakeasy upstairs. The original hay stalls remain today and serve as booths. A mixologist named Benjamin Hash, who’s won cocktail competitions around the country, makes his own elixirs.

Head to Luca for great cocktails and Amaro flights.

Head to Luca for great cocktails and Amaro flights. (JENNY FOSTER/INDUSTRIAL RESOLUTION)

Other top cocktail spots are Luca, with its house-curated Amaro flights; John J. Jeffries, a seasonal garden to glass spot; and Aussie And The Fox, with its whimsical decor and cocktails.

For art, design, and fashion, head to Gallery Row on the first and second blocks of North Prince St.; and the shopping strip called 300 Block of North Queen Street in Downtown Lancaster.

A bar at the Cork Factory Hotel.

A bar at the Cork Factory Hotel. (CORK FACTORY HOTEL)

Galleries are scattered throughout the city, yet concentrated on Gallery Row. According to Lancaster artist Liz Hess, “About 85% of galleries [here] are owned by the artist themselves. Few are owned jointly by several artists, or in a co-op arrangement.” Thousands descend upon the city monthly to celebrate Lancaster’s art with “First Friday,” when galleries, shops and restaurants along Gallery Row extend their hours and host activities between 5 and 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month.

On Queen St., chic boutiques, antiques and vintage shops abound. Scarlett Willow (320 N. Queen St.) can be a hit for vintage coats and cocktail glasses. Madcap & Co. and Building Character house several vendors — old, new and artisan. For mid-century madness, head to Space.

The theater at the Fulton Opera House, built in 1852.

The theater at the Fulton Opera House, built in 1852. (FULTON OPERA HOUSE)

Artsy types looking for a place to stay should check into the Lancaster Arts Hotel. The 63-room chic boutique boasts $300,000 worth of art; 269 pieces by 36 different local artists displayed around the hotel and in guestrooms. Across town, the Cork Factory Hotel in Downtown Lancaster is a work of art unto itself. The 93-room space housed an actual cork factory in the 19th century and is a member of Historic Hotels of America.

For theater enthusiasts, the Fulton Opera House, built in 1852, is the go-to spot. With its ornate Victorian architecture and neoclassical interior, it’s the oldest continuously operating theater in the U.S., and one of only eight theaters in the country recognized as a National Historic Landmark.

The front bar at Tellus360 is always abuzz.
The front bar at Tellus360 is always abuzz.(JENNY FOSTER/INDUSTRIAL RESOLUTION)

Lancaster is a very a walkable city, perfect for self-guided architecture tours with several buildings dating back to the early 1700’s. You’ll see Art Deco, Beaux Arts, Classic Revival and Georgian Style, among others, alongside Victorian row homes and old tobacco warehouses that are now lofts and bars.

There is history in every inch, plate and pour in the city, and it’s a part of contemporary culture here, including at Tellus360. The Irish pub and concert and event venue hosts performances over several floors, cozy corners, and rooftops.

If you go…

Getting there: Amtrak offers a direct three-hour train from Penn Station. From the station in Lancaster, it’s a 15-20-minute walk to city center.

Stay: Lancaster Arts Hotel; and Cork Factory Hotel.

Before you go: Reservations are recommended for restaurants, especially on weekends. Cabs are rarely flagged. Call Lancaster City Cab or use Uber.”

This article was originally featured on on March 3, 2017.
By Karen Loftus

Open Houses, March 5, 2017

Lusk & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty will host Open Houses this Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 1p-3p at the following properties:

Manheim Township
363 Spring Haven Drive, Lancaster
4 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half baths, 3,303 square feet.
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5808 Wild Lilac Drive, East Petersburg
3 bedrooms, 2 full and 1 half baths, located in Hadyn Manor – a premier new neighborhood.
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Manheim Township
304 Sarsen Drive, Lititz
4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 3,206 square feet, new paint, carpet, and fixtures.
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26 Honeysuckle Court, Elizabethtown

4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3,034 square feet.
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Manheim Township
2355 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster
5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3,301 square feet, 1.44 acres.manheim township real estate

Solanco School District
1143 Rawlinsville Road, Willow Street
4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2,381 square feet, 1.11 acres. 1 year home warranty.
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244 Peach Bottom Road, Willow Street
4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 1,703 square feet, large backyard, patio.

Lusk & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty Achieved $137 Million in Sales Volume for 2016

Sotheby’s International Realty Achieved $95 Billion in Global Sales Volume for 2016

Lancaster, PA (February 27, 2017) – Lusk & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury real estate firm based in Lancaster, PA, today announced that the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand reported that in 2016 its affiliated brokers and sales professionals achieved approximately $95 billion in global sales volume, the highest annual sales volume performance in the history of the brand, driven largely by a brand record of over 127,000 transactions.

In addition, Lusk & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty announced that it achieved $137.7 million in sales volume in Lancaster and the surrounding Central PA region for 2016.

Global Growth

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand also reported growth across its global network, which now encompasses nearly 70 countries and territories worldwide. At year-end, the network totaled 880 offices and more than 20,000 sales associates.
“2016 proved to be yet another record year for the Sotheby’s International Realty brand,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “In just 12 years, we have grown from $4.2 billion to $95 billion in sales volume. Our brand has achieved exponential growth, and I am immensely proud of the hard work and dedication from our affiliate member companies, their independent sales associates and our dedicated worldwide staff. This is a true testament to the strength and international footprint of this extraordinary brand.”

In the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved $85 billion in sales volume in 2016 and also added seven independently owned and operated residential real estate firms as well as 45 new offices to its network across the country. This past year witnessed continued significant growth by existing affiliate companies through talent attraction and mergers and acquisitions, most notably increasing the brand’s market presence in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, throughout southern Rhode Island and on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The brand also entered several key new markets last year, namely: Gulf Shores, Alabama; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

“2016 was a fantastic year for us at Lusk & Associates. We had the opportunity to work with so many truly incredible families in the area sell or buy their homes,” said Anne M. Lusk, Owner of Lusk & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty.

“We are proud of our affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty and their reputation as a luxury brand,” Lusk said.

Outside the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved $10 billion in sales volume in 2016 and continued to expand into key markets. The brand saw continued growth in Europe, entering the countries of Austria, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Montenegro. The brand also expanded in the Asia-Pacific region through affiliations in Fiji and Shanghai and continued to grow in Hong Kong and greater Thailand. Finally, the brand expanded its presence in the Caribbean with the addition of affiliates in Roatan and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

Innovative Technology

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand was at the forefront of interactive technology in 2016 with the introduction of 3D Tours with Virtual Reality capability on Additionally, the site saw the most traffic in its history with nearly 22 million visits, a 54% increase year-over-year.

The brand also launched the first luxury real estate app for Apple TV, featuring professionally curated high-resolution photography and high-definition video giving consumers the opportunity to explore homes on a screen larger than ever before. An alliance with was launched in 2016 that gives the Sotheby’s International Realty network an edge to generate Chinese homebuyer interest on one of the world’s most prominent real estate websites with over two million monthly visitors. As a truly international brand, Sotheby’s International Realty has the most global representation on, displaying luxury listings from 66 countries and territories.

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand was the No. 1 real estate company represented in two of the six categories that comprise the annual REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal “Top Thousand” report. The Sotheby’s International Realty brand claimed 45 of the top 250 sales associates in the Individual Sales Volume category, more than any other real estate company. The brand also had the highest combined individual sales volume from sales associates in the same category. In addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand had the most individuals represented in the Individual Average Sales Price category, holding 17 of the top 50 spots (34%), further establishing the strength of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand as a leader in luxury real estate sales.

Lusk & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty, which has agents in Lancaster and the Central PA region, offers exclusive Sotheby’s International Realty marketing, advertising and referral services designed to attract well-qualified buyers to the firm’s property listings. In addition, the firm and its clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house, which promotes real estate referral opportunities with auction house clientele. Property listings from Lusk & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty also are marketed on the global website, as well as on the firm’s local website,

Based in historic Lancaster County, Lusk & Associates is located near major arteries for business and commerce for south-central Pennsylvania. Anne M. Lusk, the owner of Lusk & Associates, has over 25 years of real estate experience in residential and commercial listings. When Anne opened the office in 2006, she was already a prominent figure in Lancaster real estate and that year was voted the number one Realtor® in Lancaster County by Lancaster County Magazine. In 2012 she became the top agent in Pennsylvania for closed sales volume and was ranked 206th in the country by transaction sides in both 2012 and 2013. By collaborating with some of the finest agents in the area, Lusk & Associates was formed with the goal of bringing a shared vision for world-class service to a broader base of homeowners and buyers. They can expect to receive a unique degree of personal attention, hard work, dedication, and local knowledge that when combined provide an unparalleled approach to real estate. From the first meeting to the settlement table, from buying or selling a first home to centuries-old historic property, each and every customer is made to feel like that they are our only one.