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Old 01-17-2020, 01:18 PM
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As the title suggest. My family is moving to Mechanicsburg from Houston. Any recommendations? Schools, neighborhoods, etc. 4 kids, oldest is 7. Looking at a mortgage around $1,500 a month or less. Hard to put a house price, because I don't know what property tax looks like. I will be working in Mechanicsburg, looking to live within 15-20 minute drive. Are there any dual language programs in elementary school. My oldest is learning Spanish and would like to continue.
Good Churches?
Rec Softball opportunities?
Anything is helpful.
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Old 01-17-2020, 10:11 PM
Location: Harrisburg, PA
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Silver Spring Township has lots of developments. Cumberland Valley is one of the most desired school districts in the Harrisburg area.I

If you want more affordable, but want to stay near Mechanicsburg look north of Carlisle or New Cumberland, which has a much older housing stock.

RE taxes here are not too extreme, but not cheap either. A $150k home is about $3k a year in tax. Though it varies significantly depending on where you are.

Townhouses around Mechanicsburg are $150-$200k on the low end. Single family home is going to be $200-$300k. You can find some cheap houses in northern York County too, but it is further away and I-83 is not a fun commute.

Never been to Houston, but I know it's a very large/major city. So you are in for an adjustment moving here. Harrisburg has some amenities that a large city would have, but it definitely will not have the nightlife, shopping, or pace of a city like Houston. But, it probably could be more family oriented than a big city too. I like this area, it is a good balance between big and small. Not too overwhelming but not boring either. Good luck!
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Old 01-20-2020, 12:42 PM
Location: Philadelphia
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Your down payment has a large effect in terms of what your price point would be for a home. But I am assuming in the 250k - 300k range. Property taxes are not extremely high. I would focus on the West Shore School District and Cumberland Valley School District for the lowest property taxes. Both will offer what you are looking for.
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