While many tourist regions are defined by a unique geographic features, the Poconos Mountains are defined by its vibrant neighborhoods/communities and its attractions. The Poconos longevity as a vacation destination is in its diversity and vitality of it's natural and man made attractions around which its neighborhoods and communities have grown. Each neighborhood and community has its own personality and distinct appeal, all of them demonstrate the Poconos changing face, as this historic and nature oriented areas has become a magnet for second homeowners and commuters alike. Each community has an appeal that draws like minded home buyers.Most experienced real estate agents will start by introducing their potential buyers to communities prior to looking at homes. Most buyers pick the Poconos community first then the home.
Alpine Lake- L, B
Barton Glen- OP
Birch Brier Estates
Blue Mountain Lake Club L, OP Blue
Mountain Lake Estates L, OP
Blue Mountain Lake Reserve L, OP
Buck Hill Falls-T,OP,CH
Camelot Forest -L, T,
Cobble Creek Estates-,T,OP
Country Club of the Poconos- T,OP
Daniel Webster Condo Assoc
Deer Mountain Lake
Deer Path Village
Delaware Water Gap
Eagle Lake- L, B,T,OP,Ch,G
East Way Community
Emerald Lakes L, T,OP,CH, IP, R
Evergreen Lake Estates Fieldstone Estates
Glen at Tamiment,
Hallowood Acres Assoc.L, B
Hamlet, The-L, T,OP,CH, IP
High Country Estates
High Mountain Estates Indian Mountain Lakes
Kettle Creek Estates
Lake in the Clouds- L, B,T
Lake Naomi L(2), B(4),T,OP,IP, R,CH
Lake of the Pines L,
Lake Valhalla- L, B
Lake View Estates
Leisure LandsL, ,OP,CH
Locust Lake Village L(3), B(2),T,
Log Cabin Estates
Meadow Lake Park
Monroe Lakes L, B
Mountain Top Estates
Northridge At Camelback T,OP
Penn Estates-L(2), B,T,OP, G
Pine Creek Estates
Pinecrest Lake Golf and Country Club L, B,T,OP,CH
Pine Grove Acres
Pine Ridge Assoc. T,OP
Pleasant Valley Estates
Pleasant View Lake
Pocono Country Pines
Pocono Country Place L(2), B(2),T,OP,CH,G
Pocono Farms East
Country Club-L, B,T,Op, R,CH
Pocono Forested Acres
Pocono Hemlock Assoc.
Pocono Highland Lake
Pocono Mountain Cliffside Pocono Mountain Lake
Pocono Laurel Lake
Pocono Mountain Lake Estates (Sec 1,2,3 & 4)
Pocono Mountain Lake Estates (Sec 5,6 & 7)
Pocono Ranchlands OP,G
Pocono Wild Haven
Promised Land Heights Riverside Estates
Robin Hood Lakes
Saw Creek Estates L,T,OP,IP, R,CH,G
Spruce Hill Farms
Stillwater Estates B,L
Stillwater Lakes Civic Assoc
Sunset Estates Tannersville, PA
The Estates @ Great Bear
The Falls at Saw Creek
The Masters at Great Bear
Timber Trails L, B,T,OP,IP, R,CH
Twin Lake Estates
Village At Camelback-T,IP,CH
Villas at Pine Hill
Wagner Forest Park L(2), B,
White Heron Lake-L, B,
Wild Pines L, B,T,OP
Woodlands Cranberry Assoc.
Blue Heron Lake- L, B, CH,G
Birchwood Lakes L(2), B(2), T, OP, CH,G
Cobbs Lake Preserve L, B
Conashaugh Lakes L(2), CH
Crescent Lake Dingmans Ferry L
Lake Forest L(2), B(2),
Gold Key Country Club-L(2), B(2), T,CH
Hemlock Farms-L(3), B(4), T, OP, CH,G
The Hideout L(2), B(2),T,OP,CH,G
Pocono Mountain Woodland Lake Estates
Pocono Springs Civic Assoc L,OP,CH,G
Pocono Woodland (Pike)
Sunrise Lakes L(2), B,OP
Tink Wig Lake L, B
Traces of Lattimore L,B
Walker Lake Estates L,B
Wild Acres L(2), B,T,OP,CH,G
Woodledge Village L,B,
Woodloch Springs GC. R, CH,OP
Big Bass Lake-
Duck Harbor Pond
Beltzville Lake Estates Boulder Lake Village
Brier Crest Woods
Hickory Run Land
Holiday Pocono Assoc.
Indian Mountain Lakes - L, B, T, OP, CH,G
Lake Harmony Estates
Laurel Woods Home Owners Association
Midlake on Big Boulder
Penn Forest Streams
Snow Ridge T,OP
Our list does not include ALL of the neighborhoods or communities in the Poconos, but a good sampling.
What to look for in a Poconos Neighborhood or community.
- Consider what is important to your family in a neighborhood
- Visiting each community at different times of the day
- Ask about services, public transportation, shopping
Many buyers think that the neighborhood in which they will live should be as important as their home. But. even if YOU like the Starbucks on the corner or the gym a mile away, it would be important to consider what a future buyer of the home you are considering might consider. While the proximity of a school bus stop, a ski area or nearness of a state park may not be important to you, these could be a deal maker toa prospective buyer when you want to sell.
- Drive through a neighborhood or community at different times of the day. In the morning, you can see how residents get to work and students get to school. During the daytime, you'll also see how properties, including alleys, are maintained. An evening or night visit will allow you to discover rush-hour traffic density and traffic noise, street parking availability and how well streets are lit to ensure safety.
- Walk or ride a bicycle through the neighborhood and look closer at public places like schools, playgrounds and parks.
- Talk to local business owners. They will probably know about the area than homeowners and could give you some insight into plans for commercial development.
- Check the opening and closing times of coffee shops, restaurants, supermarkets and drugstores. Is there convenient parking ?
- Check out school and city council meetings and learn about issues in the community. Ask about garbage collection and water rates, watering bans, recycling centers, street cleaning and snow regulations.
- Visit the Pocono hospital and know the proximity in case of an emergency. Are there local medical centers for non -emergency medical care ?
- Check for the availability of public transportation. Pick up bus, train and taxi schedules.
- Google the community to learn about any community issues.
- Go to the local police station and ask about crime statistics and neighborhood watch groups. Most states post online the names and addresses of convicted sex offenders, who may live in the area.
The concept of"neighborhood" in the Poconos is different than that of most surrounding state or regions. Here the term neighborhood could mean anything from a development by a single developer with homogeneous homes to a subdivision of land with just a few home built over a hundred year time span by many different builder with some homes being built by the homeowners themselves. There may be communities with clubhouses, pools, tennis facilities, or there may be small subdivisions surrounded by state parklands the no amenities other than dirt roads. Some may require you as a homeowner to pay dues for a complete amenities package including central water and sewer and some may have no dues requirements.
When considering purchasing in the Poconos, you should begin by assessing your priority of these issues and consult with a real estate broker about which neighborhoods fit your needs. This will help you find the right place for you and your family much more quickly than anything else you might do during this process.
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