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View Poll Results: Best areas for families
Camp hill 1 50.00%
Mechanicsburg 1 50.00%
Hampden 0 0%
New Kingstown 0 0%
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Old 04-20-2017, 01:31 PM
 
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Hello locals, My family and I are looking to relocate and we're considering the Mechanicsburg area. We have college kids as well as middle school aged kids and We're hoping to find a "happy medium." We are looking to purchase an older period detached home with character. Schools and safety are my priority with good neighbors and less traffic following close behind. I wouldn't mind fixing up an older period home in a quiet location or an area where my younger two can make friends. Suggestions would be most helpful. I research areas based on safety and schools so if you would just point us in the right direction we can go from there :-). Thank you all in advance for your time.
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Old 04-21-2017, 03:18 PM
 
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Personally, of those four, Mechanicsburg would be my choice. There's quite a bit to do there, and there is a great deal of new housing stock.
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Old 04-21-2017, 04:38 PM
 
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Thank you Dequindre for your response. We're very flexible on where we move in the state but those four were the only areas I've come across so far. I'd like something with land, space, history (I'd love to restore my home) and an area where we can get involved in the community (here at home my husband and I have ran cub scouts packs, Girl Scout troops and volunteered with PTA and classrooms. So if you or anyone else has any advice or suggestions on areas and school districts we would appreciate any help offered :-)
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Old 04-22-2017, 09:42 PM
 
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Have you considered Carlisle (the county seat of Cumberland County)? It's a very nice historic town with quite a bit of gentrification and stuff to do downtown. It's also a short drive from Mechanicsburg and Camp Hill's shopping.
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Old 04-23-2017, 12:16 AM
 
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Thank you :-). I'll check it out :-). I've been looking for homes listed on the historical homes for sale list and fell in love with one in Reading but was frightened by the schools and crime :-(
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Old 04-23-2017, 03:24 PM
 
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Mechanicsburg and Camp Hill both have pretty epically awful traffic for such small towns. It can sometimes take half an hour to get through the downtown area of each due to how many suburbs have grown up around them while the roads have no way to expand.

I second another posters suggestion of Carlisle, as Carlisle has probably the largest stock of historic homes and definitely better traffic flow than Mechanicsburg or Camp Hill. There's more to do in downtown Carlisle than the other two too, mostly due to the college and fairgrounds. If you buy one of the downtown historic homes in Carlisle it's also a walkable town, even to the grocery stores, unlike Mechanicsburg where almost all the shopping is separated from the residential areas.

Ultimately, other than the traffic thing, Mechanicsburg would pretty much meet your criteria. Camp Hill doesn't have nearly as many historic homes, and New Kingston is so tiny I doubt you'll find much there.

Another place to look might be Boiling Springs. It's certainly the most beautiful town around here and has some great historic homes, despite how tiny it is. It's also outside the main commuter traffic from Harrisburg and supposedly has great schools.
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Old 04-29-2017, 05:00 PM
 
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Cumberland Valley and Camp Hill are both excellent school districts.
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Old 05-02-2017, 08:55 PM
 
Location: South Central Pa.
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Mechanicsburg has a good school, if you have kids, they have an especially good music program. There are several good colleges but they might involve the children living away from home, which might not be a bad idea. I went to Millersville, and my home was in Somerset county, not a bad idea really.
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