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Old 02-09-2013, 12:37 PM
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Hello- My family is considering a move to Harrisburg and I would love some updated information on the best areas to live in- the last post I found was from 2010. We are looking to buy in the area- my husband's new job may be in Camp Hill, but we like the idea of living in an area that is urban, with lots to walk to-restaurants, coffee, etc...We have older kids (one in HS), and safety in an issue. Any updated advice would be so helpful!
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:28 PM
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Walkabiliy isn't a big thing around here. Your best bet is in Camp Hill borough itself. (keep in mind that an address of Camp Hill, Pa covers a much larger area, so map properties. Most will be in the Camp Hill SD; look east of 32nd and around Market St.) it's not urban, but you can walk to the library or for a cup of coffee or to buy a quart of milk.

Harrisburg city is not an option with high schoolers and most of the suburbs are sprawling.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:43 PM
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Harrisburg is a ghetto. Not saying it doesn't have its charm but I certainly would not want to raise children there.

Go to Carlisle if you are looking for a walkable downtown.
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:30 AM
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Harrisburg, as in the City itself is economically depressed and the public schools are terrible. The school district coincides with the city limits, and unfortunately within city limits there are a lot of section 8 housing projects and other high crime areas. It has really hampered the schools over the past few decades. That's not to say there aren't nice areas, the Downtown and Midtown areas are nice and are home to many restaurants, bars, shops, and cafes. Most people who live here are young single professionals who work downtown, I'm guessing because the housing stock is mostly apartments, tiny rowhomes, and high rises.

If you want a nice, charming, walkable downtown with better public schools, check out Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, and Carlisle. They all have relatively vibrant downtowns with little shops and restaurants, and good, safe schools. If you're buying, you can easily grab a nice 3-4 BR for around 200K.
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