Lancaster County stretches across a varied landscape. In a single afternoon, you can travel beside fields of corn and miles of ribbon-like roads that connect acres of preserved farmland and communities of Amish families. You can visit the healthy and vibrant suburban neighborhoods that boast competitive schools and family parks. You can also spend the afternoon walking Lancaster’s downtown streets. For locals and transplants alike, it can be difficult to choose the right setting for your new home. All three areas have distinct advantages. Here’s a short guide to help you decide which area will work best for you and your family.
For millennials and retirees alike, Lancaster’s downtown has become a mecca for the art-enthused, coffee-drinking, dog-walking crowd. Home to Franklin & Marshall College and LGH, the city offers a thriving economy where more and more employees are calling home. In recent years, the city has experienced an art and dining renaissance. Stroll down Queen, King, or Prince Street and you’ll find row of shops and eateries that draw locals and tourists to their charm.
Homeowners benefit from the walkability and connivence of downtown living.
Suburban & Small Town Life
Best for families or those looking for all the amenities of a city plus a quieter mode of living, Lancaster’s healthy suburban neighborhoods continue to expand. Manheim Township, Lampeter Strasburg, and Hempfield offer large public high schools with great educational and sports programs. In addition, these small communities offer plenty of local grocery stores, workout facilities, and shopping centers.
Not sure suburbia is right for you? Check out Lancaster’s small town scene. Gems like Lititz and Mount Joy tout historical homes, local bars, and a culture of small-town living at its finest. Perfect for those who love the idea of an established, local community.
Relaxing in the Country
For those looking to live just off the beaten path, Lancaster offers a perfect solution. Country living has never been easier! You can raise your chickens, grow backyard peppers, and still be in close range of the downtown area. You’ll want to check out the the southern end of the county where you’ll find sprawling farms, natural wilderness areas, and dozens of roadside farm stands.
No matter which area you feel prefer, Andy Esbenshade and his team are ready to help you find your perfect home. Contact Andy today!
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