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Old 02-27-2014, 06:25 PM
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I recently had an interview in York hospital, I am waiting to hear from them, but based on how things went, I am pretty optimistic. With that being said

When are you moving? Early June
Where are you coming from? NYC suburbs
Why are you moving? Work, and lower COL
Where will you be working? York hospital
Have you been here yet? During my interview, I drove around the immediate area.

Will you buy or rent? Prefer to buy
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend?
I am looking for a house around ~100k ( I am not looking for a big house, just a small 3bd,1bath is perfect)

Are you married or single? Do you have children? Married, no children for the near future
Do you prefer public or private schools? Private schools
Do you have pets? No
Do you want or need a yard? I don't care
Are you keeping a car? Yes
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? Calm and quiet

What do you want to be closest to?

We are very involved in our church, and we have been involved with an affiliated church in Lancaster, so ideally we don't want be too far from Lancaster (so west of York is not really ideal)

Schools are not really that important at this point, but I am considering appreciation and ability to sell easily as a factor (which is usually related to schools)

So what would be good neighborhood to start with?

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Old 02-28-2014, 08:06 AM
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York Hospital is very near York College, where Spring Garden Township/York City all converge. If you end up in a less expensive home, you might actually be zapped with city taxes, so a good realtor would be the first start (If you need the names of a couple, I can give them to you, PM me). Your budget of $100K is a little on the low side, but you might be able to find a small starter home in the area of Hollywood Heights, near the Penn State York campus. The streets of Hill, Edward, Lancaster, Albemarle, Ogontz, Hill etc. on either side of Mount Rose are in the York Suburban school district, and you can get to the hospital in less than 10 minutes. There is a nice little subdivision over near Memorial Hospital and Stauffer cookie factory that also has starter homes in the same school district. You can also consider traveling down George Street or Queen Street into the Dallastown School district (now you're in York Township or Dallastown borough). There are several areas that might have houses (might be row houses or need a good amount of work). If you want a little more house and have the patience to wait, you can pick up a townhouse with more space, more bathrooms (but might have a higher monthly maintenance and lower turn around for resale) for your budget. As I said, a good realtor would be able to help you..let me know if you want a couple of names.

As for schools, there are several Catholic schools (all feeding into York Catholic for MS/HS) and many charter schools, and York Country Day, but the public schools of Dallastown and York Suburban are highly ranked for the state of PA and the students get a superb education in either district.
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:32 AM
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No kids, why not rent for a year so you have time to explore the area before you jump in and buy?
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:38 AM
Location: Lancaster, PA
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I love living in Lancaster, but I had a friend who worked in York and lived in an apartment complex in Marietta - i think it was called the Village of Rivermoor? She liked it fine and it was a great option while she was getting used to the area and looking to buy a house. York isn't the greatest place to live, so if you can buy in between Lancaster and York, Marietta is a nice place. Columbia has nice parts, but other parts are a total dive. Mountville is also nice. If you want to live in York, the downtown is undergoing a lot of renovation and the Codo apartments are reallllyyy nice (but expensive). South of york in Red Lion is a nice area, but the rest of the area isn't so great. Hope this helps!
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Old 03-06-2014, 11:16 PM
Location: Midwest transplant
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The commute from Lancaster to York Hospital is not easy or quick. I agree that Marietta is a charming community, but if being close to work is important, the commute would be at minimum 30 minutes and the streets from Route 30 to the hospital are congested during rush hours. Add to them the occasional accident or inclement weather and it's a mess. IMO it would be easier to travel to Lancaster for church activities rather than to make it a work commute.
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:33 PM
Location: West York
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There are just as charming communities in York County as Marietta. I agree with TeachBeach, its easier to move close to work and only commute once a week for church than vice-versa.
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