Live In Central PA
Explore Outdoors: Known for nature, the area is home to the Susquehanna River, state parks for hiking, hunting, beaches and lake access and miles of hiking trails.
Sporting Life: Whether cheering on a college team, taking a swing at golf or skiing, riding ATVs, snowboarding and sledding all winter, there are plenty of ways to stay in the game.
Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Sample area wineries and breweries on the River Rat Brew Tour, Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail or the Central PA Tasting Trail. Enjoy the fresh fare from area farmers markets, farm tours and roadside stands, and support local shopping and dining in charming historic downtown settings.
Turn of Events: Unique festivals, fairs and rodeos happen throughout the year. From the Bloomsburg Fair, Pennsylvania’s largest, to the Central PA Festival of the Arts, there’s always something to celebrate.
The Best of Both Worlds
John Prendergast has deep roots in Central PA. “Where I sit in my office today at First Quality, I’m the seventh generation to work in this area.”
Moving often during his military and business career, he jumped at the opportunity to return home. “I love spending time outdoors. You can literally get away from it all and go hike, bike, run, fish and kayak,” he says of the region’s abundant natural areas.
“Within a 45-minute drive of where I live, I could go on a different hike every day of the year. At the same time,” he continues, “I’ve had the benefit of taking my children to the National Zoo in D.C., then walking the Mall to see the monuments, and still be home in the evening. We have access to major metropolitan areas but can live life with small-town convenience,” Prendergast says.
It’s All About Community
Jeff Bean moved from the West Coast to accept a position with Geisinger in Central PA. “It took me a long time to unlearn checking Google maps every time I was going somewhere,” he says of the traffic-free commutes.
“I learned to surf in the Pacific Ocean,” says the San Diego native. “But you have a different kind of open space here. I would look out the window as the sun was coming up, and it made me feel the same way as looking at the ocean,” he recalls of his move to an area farmhouse.
Now living in the heart of Lewisburg, Bean loves that he can walk with his dog Zinc just about anywhere and be greeted with a smile and a dog treat. “Anybody I’ve met will go out of their way to help you.” He even enjoys the four seasons. “There’s no such thing as bad weather – there’s only bad equipment,” he says like a true Pennsylvanian.
“It’s been such a great experience for me, and one I never really expected,” Bean adds. “I came for the work and stayed for the community.”
Live Richly for Less
Central Pennsylvania offers a variety of available and affordable housing – from college towns and historic homes near the town square to mountainside communities and rural country property. With the average median home cost in Central PA being 68% less than major northeast cities, your options are endless.
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