Lancaster, PA Real Estate Market
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Lancaster is known for its lush landscape, beautiful farmlands, and a large Pennsylvania Dutch influence. Located in South Central Pennsylvania, Lancaster is conveniently 65 miles west of Philadelphia, 35 miles east of Harrisburg and only 30 miles from the Mason-Dixon Line. The State Capitol, Hershey Chocolate World and Park, Harrisburg International Airport and Philadelphia Airport are all within an hour’s drive of the Lancaster area.
Lancaster was part of the 1681 Penn’s Woods Charter of William Penn, which was laid out by James Hamilton in 1734. It was incorporated as a borough in 1742 and as a city in 1818. During the American Revolution, Lancaster was the capital of the colonies for one day, on September 27, 1777, when the Continental Congress fled Philadelphia. Lancaster was the capital of Pennsylvania from 1799 to 1812, after which the capital was moved to Harrisburg and has remained there since.
Lancaster is home to several notable local eateries, including Rachel’s Café & Creperie, The Barn Door, Shady Maple Farm Market and Bird-In-Hand Restaurant and Smorgasbord. Besides delicious cuisine, Lancaster offers a variety of activities for both residents and tourists. There are several historic attractions, such as The Rockford Plantation, North Museum of Natural History, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Landis Valley Museum, the Wheatland House, Heritage Center Museum of Lancaster County, The Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum, The Lancaster Science Factory, Strasburg Railroad and many more. The Dutch Wonderland, Amish Tours, Fulton Theatre, Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Hands-on-House, American Music Theatre, Ephrata Cloister and several farmers markets and auction houses all represent a more traditional side of Lancaster.
Downtown Lancaster is growing and modernizing with the Clipper Magazine Stadium, Lancaster County Convention Center, a few outlet malls, the Lancaster Airport and the Park City Mall. Residents are always finding new venues to explore in the area. Millersville University and Franklin and Marshall College are two institutions of higher education found in the Lancaster area, boosting the area’s educational offerings. The Lancaster real estate market primarily offers two-story housing with an abundance of townhouses, new construction developments, farms and farmettes.