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Lancaster, PA

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About Lancaster

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.

Looking for homes for sale in Lancaster? Our Lancaster real estate office is knowledgeable about the area, and ready to help.

Lancaster, PA Real Estate Market

$242,599

Median sale price


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Looking Up From the Alley
The First Days of Lancaster Spring
Schenck's Mill Covered Bridge
Lancaster Covered Bridge
 

Homes for sale in Lancaster, PA

Photo for 1816 Old Farm Ln
$349,900
4
beds
2.5
baths
2,190
sq.ft.
Listed by:Rob Althouse
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
MLS # PALA136558
Photo for 13 Waterfront Estates Dr
$650,000
4
beds
4
baths
4,338
sq.ft.
Listed by:Matthew Sipel
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
MLS # PALA136274
Photo for 1900 Manor Ridge Dr
$179,900
3
beds
1
bath
1,872
sq.ft.
Listed by:Bonnie Snyder
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
MLS # PALA135452
Photo for 337 Abbeyville Rd
$198,000
3
beds
2
baths
1,245
sq.ft.
Listed by:Angela Chesko
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
MLS # PALA135650
Photo for 1183 Maple Ave
$169,900
3
beds
1.5
baths
1,944
sq.ft.
Listed by:Jane McTamney Prexta
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
MLS # PALA135550
Photo for 406 Kathryn Ct
$310,000
3
beds
2.5
baths
3,584
sq.ft.
Listed by:Kathy Long
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
MLS # PALA134456