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Old 08-23-2020, 09:55 AM
 
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Hi all, we are looking at a possible move from Midwest to Pa, husband working in Lancaster. We have teen girls and 11 year old boy. We visited the Lancaster area. It was nice and all, but the roads were so narrow, how does anyone bike or walk at all? Only on the rail trails? We of course need schools, but also have an avid tennis player who would need an indoor club too, and a son who loves soccer, so would be looking for some good club options too. If we look outside of Lancaster county would that be larger lots and more outdoor recreation? For example, we noticed the lot sizes were small, but nice homes, but then no open space in neighborhoods for kids to play. If we bought a newer home on a smaller lot, where would our son play soccer outside? Also, we would want to put in an inground pool. Lots of questions, so thanks in advance.
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Old 08-23-2020, 10:06 AM
 
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I only municipality that I recommend in the Lancaster area is Manheim Township (not to be confused with Manheim Borough).
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Old 08-23-2020, 10:11 AM
 
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Okay thanks. Is that the Manheim high school then? We would be okay with looking into a nearby county, if needed. Is Hershey area nice? Of course, we want a safe place too. We also understand that narrow roads might just be what it is and we have to adjust. We could be okay with smaller lots too, as long as there is some walking trail or green space in the neighborhood.
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Old 08-24-2020, 01:17 PM
 
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Okay thanks. Is that the Manheim high school then? We would be okay with looking into a nearby county, if needed. Is Hershey area nice? Of course, we want a safe place too. We also understand that narrow roads might just be what it is and we have to adjust. We could be okay with smaller lots too, as long as there is some walking trail or green space in the neighborhood.

It's Manheim Township High School. If you're coming from the Midwest you should know what a township is.
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Old 08-27-2020, 01:11 PM
 
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Agree with Wells5 on Manheim Township HS unless you plan on sending your kids to a private school. The roads in PA are narrow, winding and often congested as they have not been improved to keep up with residential development. You will definitely loathe driving in PA.

Hershey is a nice town to visit but the park makes living there a hassle, and to be honest most of the surrounding towns are dumpy.

I would look at Cornwall Twp in Lebanon County (stay away from Lebanon city)
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Old 08-31-2020, 06:14 AM
 
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Hi all, we are looking at a possible move from Midwest to Pa, husband working in Lancaster. We have teen girls and 11 year old boy. We visited the Lancaster area. It was nice and all, but the roads were so narrow, how does anyone bike or walk at all? Only on the rail trails? We of course need schools, but also have an avid tennis player who would need an indoor club too, and a son who loves soccer, so would be looking for some good club options too. If we look outside of Lancaster county would that be larger lots and more outdoor recreation? For example, we noticed the lot sizes were small, but nice homes, but then no open space in neighborhoods for kids to play. If we bought a newer home on a smaller lot, where would our son play soccer outside? Also, we would want to put in an inground pool. Lots of questions, so thanks in advance.
Manheim Township (Not Manheim, PA) is 5 or so miles north of Lancaster city. It's your best bet in the Lancaster area. We have two young kids and the oldest goes to school here and loves it.

Lot's on newer homes are VERY small. There are a couple of homes on the market that already have an inground pool. Also, take a look at the already posted threads on Lancaster to help you.

The Real estate market is crazy hot right now, and nice homes only last 1 day or so on the market. I would think about renting before buying, esp since you are moving from out of state. After the Coronavirus the RE market should calm down.
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Old 08-31-2020, 10:10 AM
 
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Manhiem Township is a very desirable area with a high quality of life. Lancaster city is very historic and has gone through a total transformation and is very vibrant with many local events. Lancaster for example has Whole Foods, Nordstrom, Wegmans, Apple Store, West Elm, etc.

Pennsylvania in general being an older state has small narrow roads. In many ways it makes Pennsylvania more quaint IMO because you do not have sprawling three lane corridors. It is rare even in Philadelphia to find large roadways beyond a few major corridors. It is just how the roads work. Small narrow and windey.

If you are looking to move to the Lancaster area check out Manhiem Township, Litiz, Elizabethtown and Hershey. Hershey is also a very desirable area with one of the best school districts in Central Pennsylvania. Hershey is considered to be in the Harrisburg metropolitan area not Lancaster, but is a nice community. The Penn State Medical Hospital and School are located in Herhsey, so you have a great deal of money in that area.

Good luck!
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Old 09-07-2020, 09:49 PM
 
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Not being critical at all here. I've driven all over the lower 48, as in hundreds of thousands of miles at the wheel. I've done at least 100K in very large motorhomes. I've lived in Lancaster county for the last few years, and never thought of it as having unusually narrow roads. I've been in many rural areas of the south, from WV to the Carolinas, where it was physically impossible to have two large vehicles pass each other on a rural road, while both actually stayed on the road. Those are real narrow roads, smaller than two full sized trucks passing, and zero shoulders. Are their huge shoulders everywhere here? Is it safe to pedal bikes everywhere in LC? No it's not.. But there are areas in the eastern side of the county where there is literally a full vehicle lane, and a full buggy lane in each direction. That part of the county is also very popular with road bicycle riders. As for Manhiem township being the "only" place to relocate to.................please. There are a lot of great rural and suburban places to be in the county. We looked for our home for eight months, saw about every inch of the county, and ended up in the Strasburg area. I would of been just as happy in another four or five locations, and none of them were Manhiem township. Nothing wrong with the place, but it is far from the be all, end all, of a giant county with over half a million residents and dozens of nice communities.
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