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Old 08-16-2008, 07:53 AM
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Which are the best neighborhoods in Erie, PA? On realtor.com I'm seeing some lovely houses in the neighborhood bordered by Glenwood Park and Mercyhurst College. Is this a nice area? Where are the best schools? I saw on the eriesd.org website about the excellent magnet high school. Where is that located?

Anyone work for GE Transportation? How is that company to work for?
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Old 08-16-2008, 11:57 PM
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[SIZE=2]I prefer to stay out of the city. I really just don't care for any of the schools. The magnet high school is by the stadium and in an area that I wouldn't want to live in, let alone let my kids roam it.

Erie is kind of a backwards city, the poor crime areas tend to be on the lower east side but crime will happen any where. You will hear a lot of horror stories but in the thirty plus years I have lived here, I have never had anyone break into my home or into my car. Most harsh crimes such as shootings and stuff tend to be more drug related than anything else.

If you want a nice neighborhood, a good school and close to General Electric. I would look into Lawerence Park or Wesleyville. I believe the zip codes are 16511 and 16510, if you want to look them up on realtor.com. The school district for that area is Iroquois. Lawerence Park is the traditional small town with a main street and all. On main street you will find a Dinor (which is a railroad car), a barber shop, a dentist office, a dry cleaner, a seamstress, a little bar, a public library and a Dairy Queen. The old style Dairy Queen where it's only open in the summer and you walk up to the window to order. There are also two police stations (right next door to each other), the Lawerence Park Police and the Pennsylvania State Police. The fire department is volunteer.

There is a park for the kids that has free crafts every weekday in the summer. When I was a kid the firemen use to freeze a section of the park for us to go ice skating, I'm not sure if they still do that or not. There is another park, close by in Harborcreek, they also have free crafts for the kids and a show every Wed. at 7 during the summer months. Usually a band but sometimes they have things like a traveling zoo.

Buffalo Road, which is like the Peach Street of the east side has all your typical fast food resturants, K-mart, Wal-Mart, Applebees, Bob Evans, Dollar store, The Dollar Tree, Ponderosa, two hair cutting salons, a chinese resturant, Giant Eagle, ect.

I have never worked for General Electric but my father just retired from there last year (GE is the whole reason my family came to Erie). I don't think he has anything bad to say about them. About twelve years ago he had a heart attack and I'll have to say they were very good about all the time he needed off and such.

If you go to Coldwell Banker Select, REALTORS® - Erie Real Estate - Erie PA, Erie Homes for Sale you can search houses by areas or by school district. Harbrocreek is another nice area to live in. It's right next to Wesleyville and Lawerence Park. I love Harborcreek, that's where I live, but the one thing that Welseyville and Lawerence Park have over Harborcreek is sidewalks lol

Good Luck!
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Old 08-18-2008, 08:05 AM
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Thank you for the reply and all the info - I will check it out!
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:24 AM
Location: Philaburbia
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I can't think of any of the county schools around Erie that I wouldn't send my kids to. Maybe Millcreek, just because it's so huge. The city schools are a mixed bag -- but you're right about the neighborhood around Glenwood Park and Mercyhurst. It's quite lovely.

If I were moving back to town -- I also grew up in Lawrence Park and my dad also worked at GE -- I'd live out a ways: North East, Harborcreek, Greenfield Township. Nothing in Erie is far away from anything else anyway. One of the pluses of living in a small city.

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When I was a kid the firemen use to freeze a section of the park for us to go ice skating, I'm not sure if they still do that or not.
Alas, the pond has gone by the wayside because of the new elementary school. Apparently it hadn't been used much over the past years -- quite a switch from my childhood in the 60s, where the pond was lighted and hockey games went on all night!
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Old 08-27-2008, 04:12 PM
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Hello, and best of luck on your move!

I have lived in Erie for 22 years and I really don't have any complaints. I would suggest, as others have said, Harborcreek or Millcreek. I have lived in Millcreek township and went to high school there (McDowell) and loved it. There is also a private school (Villa Maria Academy and Prep) for high school. Middle schools in Millcreek are nice as well. McDowell has a very big athletic following in the community so if your kids are into sports, I suggest there. Any area in Millcreek is pretty nice. As others have said, once you get over to the east side or below 26th street on the east side it gets a little sketchy. Harborcreek is a nice area as well. I have family that live that and they love it. It is a little bit less "city". More of a country atmosphere until you get close to Penn State Behrend's college campus, which is in Harborcreek/Wesleyville border. Fairview is also a nice area just across the Millcreek line. Pretty quiet, smaller schools, smaller town but still pleasant.
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Old 09-10-2008, 11:39 AM
Location: Oneida, NY
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Am moving myself and am wondering about the school districts there. I am coming in from Central New York and looking for a nice small town, that is family oriented. Some place as close to Erie as possible.
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Old 09-10-2008, 12:13 PM
Location: Scranton
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I just don't get why people don't consider moving into the cities themselves? I don't understand the anti-city attitude. I live in Scranton, and have never felt unsafe, despite all of the city bashing that goes one. I honestly think its because people see a few minorities around the city and assume that equals high crime. Its sad.
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Old 09-10-2008, 03:30 PM
Location: Philaburbia
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Hi, Sanctuary ... If you want a traditional small town, some towns you might look into are North East on the east side of town, and Girard on the west side. Both are about 20-25 minutes give or take from downtown Erie. As far as I'm concerned, most of the school districts are interchangeable. Is there anything specific you're looking for?

FightinPhils, some people just don't like cities. Ain't nothin' wrong with that.
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