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Old 05-21-2013, 01:58 PM
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I have applied for a job in Mehanicsburg, and am doing some investigating about the area.

Single - mid 50s - two four-legged children, a dog and a cat, who do not require any particular school district needs. But dog does need a yard. And I like to garden so yard is important.

Will probably rent for a while, but also would like to know if there are options for rent to own in the area. I have a house to sale in Kansas where I live now. So rent to own with possibility of buying once I sale my house here could be possible.

Short commute is okay - under 30 minutes.

Have hobbies that need space for - and prefer not to go with a mobile home. I sew, collect dolls, lots of crafts, so need space for all that goes with it.

What kind of price range can I expect? And what are some zip codes that might be good to look at?
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:06 PM
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Lot sizes are probably smaller than what you are used to in the Midwest - a LOT smaller.

Homes in older communities (Mechanicsburg Borough, Carlisle Borough, etc.) are often attached with a very small yard or are built very close to the street and to lot lines, with maybe a tiny back yard to a variably sized garage or shed off of a narrow alley sometimes even with no driveway at all. The back yard might be excellent limestone soil, but probably shaded by a neighbor's large tree.

Sometimes there are less expensive seeming homes along one of the creeks in flood zones that may be former fishing camps.

If your price range is over $200,000 you might find a rancher (single level home often called just a "ranch" elsewhere) on a sunny acre or two within 45 minutes from Mechanicsburg office parks in northern York County, southeastern Perry County, western Cumberland County, extreme northern Adams County. In non-rush hour it might be 30 minutes but we have many traffic choke points in this area. Prices substantially less than this might suggest problems with flood zone or sewage (PA has strict septic system requirements) or well water contamination (PA has no private water well regulation to speak of).
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