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Old 02-14-2007, 07:03 AM
 
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What does anyone know about these area's? We are relocating to PA at the end of the year - and looking for the best place to purchase a home and raise our children. My husband will still commute to NYC via NJ transit..any information would be helpful.....
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Old 02-14-2007, 10:24 AM
 
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The lehigh valley is growing rapidly and its open spaces are unfortunately disappearing. However, its still a nice place to live. Of the 4 major cities(Yes, I include Pburg), I would say Bethlehem is the best place of them. You can't go wrong with any of the suburban or outlying areas IMO either. I think Lehigh county may be growing at a faster clip than northampton. The Parkland and Northwestern Lehigh school district areas are growing really fast, as is Emmaus, which last i heard EPSD was in talks to build another high school..I've never been a big strip mall guy, so i tend to avoid the artifical towns that are being created. Most of the school districts are very respectable and the private schools are just as good as well. except the Allentown district, I think they're all fine. I'm a fan of the small town living, so I naturally take a liking to places like Bangor or Slatington over Schnecksville or Bethlehem Twp...but those two are probably some of the more desirable addresses(BT and Sville)
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Old 02-14-2007, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Hackensack, NJ
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Default from jersey, love bethlehem

I used to drive out to Hellertown every weekend or so to see my girlfriend after we finished college. Hellertown was a nice little town with some good restaurants, especially this Mexican place on the corner whose name escapes me. She went to Saucon Valley HS, and did very well, good athletics and eduactionally she had her pick of colleges.

Bethlehem is a nice little city. I particularly like the Musikfest festival they have every summer. The city is also very pretty at Christmas time with lights and decorations.

I can't speak to the taxes or daily life, but for long weekends and other times I spent, I very much liked what I saw, how the area felt.

Hope that helps.
Jersey boy
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Old 02-14-2007, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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My uncle lived in an apartment near St. Luke's Hospital on the South Side of Bethlehem for a number of years while attending Lehigh University for his Master's Degree. He absolutely loved the city; he said that it embodied everything that Scranton, our hometown and a comparably-sized city an hour to the north, should be. He has since moved with his long-term girlfriend to a home less than a mile away in Fountain Hill, which is just over the Lehigh County line, and he's quite happy there too. Apparently, the housing prices have risen sharply in that small town, and he purchased his home just in time to reap the rewards. He always says it's a nice, quiet little town with well-kept homes and nosy little old ladies. Unfortunately, his professional pursuits are taking him on a path to Washington, DC, so he's looking to relocate to the Bethesda, MD area in the next year or so for a six-figure opportunity. His home has three bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and has "charm" in the way of hardwood floors, a set of French doors, a small balcony, etc. If you should be interested in his home, let me know, and I'll send you the link to it once he lists it with a realtor.

From my personal experiences with the Lehigh Valley, I always like Bethlehem the most as well. We visit regularly around Christmas to see the town lit up and stroll around the Moravian Bookstore area. I also visited the town to learn more about Lehigh University, which has a very attractive hillside campus. The town is split in half by the Lehigh River with the "North Side" and "South Side." The former Bethlehem Steel Works is being transformed into a casino, which has drawn the ire of historic preservationists and those who think rampant crime issues will follow. Living about ten minutes up the road from the state's first casino here in Wilkes-Barre, I can tell you all that it's unlikely Behtlehem's crime rate will spike with the new casino.

Good luck!
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Old 02-14-2007, 09:48 PM
 
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Thanks so much for all the information. We are going to start looking in and around Bethlehem. Thanks for the offer to view the home but we are looking for a 4 bedroom home...we have 2 small girls and need some extra space for their "stuff"...LOL. I have heard great things from the area and the commuting time for my husband to NYC does not vary too much from his 2+ hour commute he does every day while living on LI now. I don't believe the crime issues will "follow" the casino. The casino's in CT do great business and create lots of jobs...so if anything it maybe a plus to bring revenue to the area - all depends on how the casino is set up and who is running it. Thanks for all the helpful information!!!
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Old 02-14-2007, 10:01 PM
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Location: Sebastian/ FL
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Default are there still germans present?

Heard that Allentown and surrounding areas were settled by Germans (from Germany), hence all those german town names and german customs. Are there still Germans living there today, and do speak that language?
Well, you know why I am so interested in that! LOL
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Old 02-15-2007, 09:38 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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I used to drive out to Hellertown every weekend or so to see my girlfriend after we finished college. Hellertown was a nice little town with some good restaurants, especially this Mexican place on the corner whose name escapes me. :

Wasn't it something like Ricardo's, in the Town Tavern?

I know that it's two different businesses in the same building, if we're talking about the same place.
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Old 02-15-2007, 10:35 AM
 
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I'm not so sure the languages of europe's settlers(Hungarians,Poles,Germans,Slovaks etc...) are widely spoken outside homes\churches in Bethlehem anymore, however, you can find the music of your heritage on several radio stations within the lehigh valley...some in fact several times daily.
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Old 02-15-2007, 12:02 PM
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Location: Sebastian/ FL
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I'm not so sure the languages of europe's settlers(Hungarians,Poles,Germans,Slovaks etc...) are widely spoken outside homes\churches in Bethlehem anymore, however, you can find the music of your heritage on several radio stations within the lehigh valley...some in fact several times daily.
thank's for the info, didn't know that either!
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Old 02-15-2007, 02:31 PM
 
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No problem, glad to help...Questions like that are my thing..I'm big on my heritage(Polish) so I'm in your boat...Those stations that play the music are great...All the bands you grew up with are still being played, they'll tell you when there are polka dances locally(german\slovak\polish)...The Coplay Saegerbund has almost weekly dances during summer. Musikfest has an entire tent devoted to it in August down past the hotel bethlehem, all the great haluski,halupki,kielbasa,pierogi, and whatever wursts and bavarian and slavic specialties you can think of you'll find...Several good Polish and German butchers in the greater lehigh valley as well, so if you're looking for some of the old country flavor, you can find it.
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