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Old 09-12-2016, 05:38 PM
 
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Hi everyone and thanks in advance for the help. I would write out my story, but it is all pretty much spelled out in the template below. Here it goes:

When are you moving? Within next 2 months
Where are you coming from? Been all over the country for work, quite transient past 5 years.
Where will you be working? Recently accepted position as a territory manager for central PA. Territory includes Reading, Harrisburg, York, and goes as far west as Altoona and then a good bit north as well through the rural areas. Anywhere within the boundaries of this territory or at least VERY close to it is fair game. Prefer to be more east than west all things equal, but not a huge deal either way.

Will you buy or rent? Open to either with the right opportunity, but renting sure is easier on little notice such as this.
If buying, are you looking for a house or a condo? How much can you spend? 200k, unless there's a really good reason to go above it.
If renting, are you looking for an apartment, a townhouse or loft? How much can you spend? $1600 1 or 2 bedroom.
Do you prefer hi-rise or walk up? I have a dog so walk up would be nice, but not absolutely essential.

Are you married or single? Do you have children? Girlfriend and I, both in late 20s. No kids.
Do you have pets? Dog... see above.
Do you want or need a yard? Don't necessarily need a yard, but need to be able to exercise the dog without too much hassle.
Are you keeping a car? Will be keeping a car. Not trying to street park, will gladly pay extra for parking.
Do you prefer bustling activity or calm and quiet? Outside of living within my defined territory, the most important aspect is having some amount of walkability. I absolutely want an area where I can walk to at least 3-4 different restaurants in a very safe, short walk. At least 2-3 bars would be great too. From what I'm seeing, Harrisburg would very clearly offer what I want as far as walkability, but I'm worried about the crime and maybe just a little too much hustle and bustle for me in general. I'm willing to settle for far less walkability than Harrisburg to achieve this happy medium.

Do you want to live with people of a similar age, race, religion or sexual preference or do you prefer a diverse neighborhood? Similar would be fine, however able to get along with others as well.

Thank you all!!

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Old 09-12-2016, 06:41 PM
 
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Chambersburg would be an excellent option in this case. You would be almost exactly between Altoona and Reading. Chambersburg has access to all of those towns via I-81, Route 30, Route 11, or any combination in-between. Homes are very reasonably priced in Chambersburg, so that $200K, $1600 per month rate is very doable. If you would like an neighborhood suggestions, I'd be happy to give you some.
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Old 09-12-2016, 07:03 PM
 
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Thank you for the recommendation. I will look into it. I've also been told to check out Lititz. These two places are both on my research list now. Thanks!
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Old 09-12-2016, 07:10 PM
 
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Lititz is a lovely town as well, but because it's in Lancaster County, expect the price of homes to be considerably higher.
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Old 09-12-2016, 07:16 PM
 
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Carlisle has a very walkable downtown too (and it's not far from Harrisburg), so that's another place to look into.

Gettysburg is a cool town if you don't mind the tourists.
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Old 09-12-2016, 07:33 PM
 
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Carlisle looks awesome. Just did a Google maps search of Restaurants near Carlisle, PA and zoomed to the downtown area. A good deal of options. On street view looked very pretty too. Looks like we have a leader.

Anything remotely like this east of Harrisburg, but yet before Reading? I know i'm getting rather picky here, but just curious. Carlisle might just be the ticket regardless. Only reason i ask about east of Harrisburg is because just closer to the weekend destinations such as Philly, NYC, Shore, etc.

Thanks!!
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Old 09-12-2016, 07:43 PM
 
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Elizabethtown is East of Harrisburg. It's located between Harrisburg and Lancaster, so that may be a good location relative to where a bulk of your work would be. There's a college there, just like in Carlisle, so it's likely walkable.

Shippensburg, which is between Chambersburg and Carlisle, is also another walkable college town. It's very affordable in comparison to the other towns listed above. They also have an excellent concert venue called the Luhrs Center that brings in some very big-name acts.
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Old 09-12-2016, 07:56 PM
 
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Elizabethtown does look decent, maybe not as much going on as Carlisle though.
I'm planning to take Friday to come in and stop through all these towns.
Thanks for the suggestions.
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Old 09-12-2016, 08:29 PM
 
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Williamsport may be a possibility. With less gas drilling, rents have gone down.

Possibly Lewisburg or Selinsgrove (smaller college towns) too.

Marietta (Lancaster County) I found surprisingly to have several bars/restaurants in a somewhat gentrified area when riding through there on a bike trail. Seems fairly quiet with most traffic bypassed. More character than nearby Elizabethtown (to me at least).

Watch out for flood zones in all of these.
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Old 09-12-2016, 09:06 PM
 
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Marietta (Lancaster County) I found surprisingly to have several bars/restaurants in a somewhat gentrified area when riding through there on a bike trail. Seems fairly quiet with most traffic bypassed. More character than nearby Elizabethtown (to me at least).
Marietta is looking great! Beautiful park nearby, closer to Philly than some of the other options I've considered, close enough to Lancaster for when wanting a bigger night out.
This might be the ticket. Anything else like this?

Thanks!
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