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Old 08-09-2007, 01:49 AM
 
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Hello,

We're new in Harrisburg. I find that this city, although it has some decent shopping, a fairly decent multicultural community, and lots of other good points that keep impressing me, is not very aesthetically appealing. It's just not pretty!

Everywhere I've lived, whether it's been in Va, or in the boonies in Ohio - there's always been something really pretty to look at outside. I do love driving by cornfields here and stuff, but where I'm talking about is in and around the town and Harrisburg in general. I have walked outside for years as part of my exercise program, and now, I have no motivation because in the area we're living now, absolutely nothing looks nice. I tried to think of other neighborhoods I've see so far, but they haven't looked super great either. I think the nicest I've seen so far is the Chatham Glen area back up behind Derry Street. But even then all the houses are cookie-cutter.

I guess what I'm trying to ask is, are there any neighborhoods in this area that are beautiful or pretty, with cute, appealing unique houses, where everyone likes to put out flowers and show off their yards...somewhere that it's a joy to walk through when you exercise? I wouldn't mind driving to a neighborhood like that so I could have happy walks. When it's time for us to buy, I really want to find a place where I'll be happy passing by my neighbors' homes daily.

What do you think the best areas in this town are? Also I wouldn't mind hearing about other areas further out.
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Old 08-09-2007, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Harrisburg
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Maybe you should take a drive thru Mountaindale & Forest Hills to see if you like those places. Those are both on the North side of Harrisburg along Linglestown Road (Route 39). Most of Forest Hills has concrete sidewalks, I dont remember seeing any in Mountaindale tho.
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Old 08-09-2007, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Center City Philadelphia
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Wow, I have to say I disagree completely. Harrisburg has some absolutely stunning neighborhoods. Check out some of the elegant mansions in uptown (along Front, 2nd or Third) or the beautifully restored rowhomes on Green street in midtown. Also, the beauty of riverfront park and Fort Hunter park (with view of the Rockville bridge and nearby mountains) is wonderful. Camp Hill also has some beautiful homes along market street. Mechanicsburg is home to some nicely restored rowhomes and some nice houses along south market street. Outside of the city and suburban downtowns, most of the area is turning into cookie-cutter madness, which is certainly ashame, but there are plenty of unique and interesting architectural neighborhoods around here. I have an aunt who just moved here from Ohio and had the exact opposite opinion of you, that this area is beautiful and quite a contrast to flat and boring central Ohio.
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Old 08-09-2007, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Harrisburg
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I'd also recommend the Bellevue Park neighborhood along Market Street (across from the Bishop McDevitt HighSchool). I haven't been thru there recently, but I remember lots of 'well groomed' houses & its very close to downtown.

The whole Harrisburg riverfront area is very "aesthetically appealing" to me, but I guess thats a matter of opinion Maybe you can find inspiration from one of the places I mentioned.
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Old 08-12-2007, 08:26 PM
 
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I'll check all these areas out. Thanks!

(and yes - there are parts of Ohio that are certainly flat and boring, but eastern and south-eastern Ohio is quite the beauty!)
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Old 08-12-2007, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Montrose, PA
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gankaku, i've been posting about my own upcoming move to Montrose, PA, inspired by what i feel has been the ultimate aesthetic experience i've ever had. so, i encourage you to quit your job, sell your home, pack up your car, and wave bye bye to old Harrisburg and come on up to Montrose where big open lands roll and trees and flowers pour their colors in the grass.
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Old 08-13-2007, 04:51 PM
 
Location: South-Central Penna. (Harrisburg)
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Default Recreation in Harrisburg Area

If youre looking for neighborhoods in Harrisburg City try going to Shipoke area. it's just off Front Street right before you get onto the I-83 highway, near the Comfort Inn. It has plenty of older 100+ year old homes and then some new flood proof ones built in the past 25 years. I'll attach a picture of that area. Harrisburg has had lots of development in the past several years, it's true there is a very cookie cutter feel to many of the places, especially there at the end of Derry Street, past 61st street, and plenty of other areas. If you dont mind going out for a drive try and going to Shippensburg and Gettysburg, both of them have always struck me as pretty slow paces family oriented places. If you enjoy outdoors recreation in the City there's riverfront park, city island, wildwood, and the greenbelt. If you get outside you could drive a short distance to Little Buffalo State Park, and Western Perry county, along route 274, theres plenty of covered bridges and mountains and wildlife to view. If you go in in Stoney Creeek area of Dauphin (get off at the Stoney Creek / Dauphin Exiton 322 West and follow Stoney Creek Road way back about 5 miles) they have an gigantic loop for hiking and mountain biking. Good luck, ~Dan~ Salamat Jalan!

some good areas to hike and run:
a) memorial lake in fort indiantown gap
b) swatara state park in jonestown
c) colonel denning state park (plainfield exit on i81)
d) kings gap / pine grove furnace (plainfield exit on i81)
e) pinchot park in dillsburg area

Picture One is Memorial Lake
Picture Two is Shipoke
Picture Three is Stoney Creek
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Old 08-13-2007, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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gankaku, i've been posting about my own upcoming move to Montrose, PA, inspired by what i feel has been the ultimate aesthetic experience i've ever had. so, i encourage you to quit your job, sell your home, pack up your car, and wave bye bye to old Harrisburg and come on up to Montrose where big open lands roll and trees and flowers pour their colors in the grass.
Ahhhh....Montrose....










It's truly worth a visit for a romantic overnighter during the annual blueberry festival!
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Old 08-13-2007, 08:21 PM
 
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Where is Montrose? I'm relocating to the Harrisburg area from California, and Motrose is not on the map in my Hammond road atlas, but it looks beautiful. Any other ideas where near Harrisburg or Philadelphia I should look? I want a colonial or federal style home with a lawn in a good school district, near to parks but also to museums. Work location isn't an issue, but I would like a home for under $200,000 with 3 bedrooms if possible.
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Old 08-13-2007, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Where is Montrose? I'm relocating to the Harrisburg area from California, and Motrose is not on the map in my Hammond road atlas, but it looks beautiful. Any other ideas where near Harrisburg or Philadelphia I should look? I want a colonial or federal style home with a lawn in a good school district, near to parks but also to museums. Work location isn't an issue, but I would like a home for under $200,000 with 3 bedrooms if possible.
Oh, sorry! Actually, we got a bit off-track in this thread. LOL! Montrose is nowhere near Harrisburg. It's actually about 45 minutes north of Scranton via I-81, which would put it nearly three hours away from Harrisburg. It has the sense of the perfect Vermont village with its town green, blueberry festival, and one-block Main Street that slopes up a hill towards the county courthouse. There's not much to do in the immediate area in terms of being a vacation spot, but it's a nice place to visit for a day-trip or a romantic weekend getaway.
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