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Old 01-20-2008, 06:09 AM
Location: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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There are areas in Lancaster County that are protected by a farmland conservancy law. East Donegal Township, where I live, does not permit the development of prime farmland. Marietta is the western end of the County, just North of Columbia, and is part of East Donegal. I like it here, for the reasons that you have listed as requirements.

It's quiet, but not isolated. Marietta is geographically centered between York, Harrisburg, and Lancaster. If I drive 15 - 20 minutes I have access to about anything I need. The outlets, however, are at the other end of the county, but still well under 30 minutes away.

Public transportation is nearly non-existent here, however, with only 1 bus stop in Marietta. The section that I live in is a tiny 'burb' at the North end of Marietta.
A very quaint and quiet town right 'next door' is Maytown. There's also Mount Joy, Salunga, Landisville, Mountville, Elizabethtown. All have very quiet sections of town.
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Old 01-21-2008, 04:47 PM
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Columbia, well we don't call it Scumbia for no reason. Yes the houses are cheap but the taxes are OUTRAGEOUS. Not bad place if you don't have kids in school, and don't maind the taxes. I have seen some really cute places. Close to east York with is WAY nicer and cleaner stores ( Walmart, Ross, Target, etc) than lancaster city can offer. Good luck!!!
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Old 02-01-2008, 02:28 AM
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Actually I live in Southern Lancaster County and we were #1 in Farmland Preservation nationwide. Made the front of Yahoo. No, these areas will not be developed. As with any place you will find that some parts of the county are more developed than others. The thing is this, in most parts of Lancaster the natives are battening down the hatches & are shutting out incomers. It has to do with development and attitude. More incomers have meant more development and often new people have an attitude that they should be embraced. Lancaster County is not a culturally diverse community. It is a very safe community and it is a very closed community. It also is primarily a rural, suburban community which means no public transportation or limited public transportation. The Heart of Lancaster and Lancaster General are 2 separate hospitals. Heart is privately owned and Lancaster General is non-profit a huge consideration depending on what insurance you have. Whoever said Lancaster Crime is worse than Philly is sniffing the manure a little too much I thinks! Believe me there is not even a slight comparison. Lancaster, even the city which I go into at night as a woman alone all the time, is very safe. If you want to be near Rockvale and a Weiss (I don't have a clue why this is important but since it is.....) you would need to move closer to the Lititz Pike, Oregon Pike areas which are Manheim Township. Once you get past Red Rose Commons (on Fruitville Pike you can see it from 30--Barnes & Noble, Old Navy etc.) there really aren't any more Weiss markets as you move east (Rockvale) going say to Paradise. Well there is one it is in Gap but you are talking about 10 miles away. In Lancaster Weiss Markets are nice but not the best.
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