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Lancaster: The Heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Though Lancaster is a small city, it boasts all the amenities of a bustling metropolis: a vibrant economy supported by local businesses, rich history that can be traced back centuries, plenty of art galleries and cultural events, and several parks and golf courses. Whether you're thinking of buying a home or selling a home in Lancaster, this local area guide and our team of real estate experts can help you with everything you need.

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Get to Know Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Its Location

Lancaster is within easy reach of thoroughfares like US-30, PA-283, US-222, Lincoln Highway, Willow Street Pike, and Beaver Valley Pike. Not only is Lancaster centrally located to major cities in Pennsylvania, including Harrisburg and Philadelphia, it is a relatively short drive to major metros like Baltimore (75 miles away), Washington, DC (120 miles away), and New York City (165 miles away).

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Its School District

Lancaster, PA is served by several school districts within Lancaster County. The School District of Lancaster serves much of the city and offers 12 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 2 high schools, plus a K-8 school, a 6-12 academy, and a 7-12 academy. Lancaster is also served by the Manheim Township School District, Hempfield School District, Penn Manor School District, Lampeter-Strasburg School District, and Conestoga Valley School District.

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Its Community Events

Thanks to Lancaster's rich history and myriad of amenities, there are plenty of things to see and do in this area! Take a guided history tour, explore Lancaster's many museums, or peruse the art galleries sprinkled throughout the city. As far as events go, Lancaster has plenty: First Fridays, Music Fridays, Celebrate Lancaster festival, the annual Red Rose Run, and Lancaster Craft Beer Fest are just a few!

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Its Local History

Lancaster is one of the major cities in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, an area settled by German immigrants during the early 1700s. In the centuries that followed, Lancaster had a front row seat to the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, was where the nation's first turnpike was laid, and saw the evolution of transportation from covered wagons to electric trollies to automobiles. Today, you can experience Lancaster's rich history at attractions like The Amish Farm and House, Lancaster Central Market, and Rock Ford Plantation.

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Our real estate professionals are intimately familiar with Lancaster and its housing market, and we're more than happy to provide you with additional resources about the area, the real estate process, and current market activity. Contact us at John Smith Real Estate Group and let's talk about your plans!

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