The Best Place to Live in the Poconos and the Best Place for a Vacation Home in the Pocono Mountains

Well... now it depends. So.. we'll helped you narrow the choices with some qualifying factors, below. But... if you want .. call us at 570-517-2428 and talk over your criteria. We can narrow the selection for you pretty quickly. Here are the best gated communities in the Poconos.

Best Vacation or Retirement Community

Pinecrest Lake Golf and Country Club

Pocono Pines PA.

A neighborhood with everything. golf, lake, outdoor pool, excellent  tennis facility and good management. There are homes with award winning design. And, this is a great location on top of the Pocono Plateau, with its unique weather system, allowing for cooler breezes in the summer and more snow in the winter.
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Pinecrest is also, easy to get to from either New York of Philadelphia. It is convenient to skiing at Jack Frost or Camelback. Less than 6 miles to the Mt Airy Casino. Minutes to river activities on either the Lehigh or Delaware rivers.

Homes are constructed with better than average materials and are situated in alcoves of Mountain Laurel and Pines.

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There are some second runner ups to this category. 

Lake Naomi , also in Pocono Pines, PA.

The Good the Bad and the Ugly about Lake Naomi:

Good, Great location in the geographic center of the Poconos region. About 2 hours to both Philly and New York City. Lots of activities in and around the community. Beautiful lake and community center and well respected management.

The Bad: some older stock of housing with some, at this point, needing renovation.

The Ugly: the cost, the cost, the cost. There is a high entrance fee and, it's expensive to get access all of the amenities. As a result, it is VERY expensive (Up to 10K per year) and this is on top of taxes.

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Another second runner up is Hemlock Farms.

 Gated, well run, lots of community activities, and reasonable fees. Hemlock Farms would be the number one community, bar none, except there is no skiing in the immediate area. The travel distance to skiing activity is over 3/4 hour. USA Realty services and can help you find the right home for your family in any of the above neighborhoods. But, no short term nightly or weekly vacation rentals are allowed. 570-517-2428

Best Unknown Place to Live:

Cherry Valley –  Part of this quiet rural area where 20,000-acres have been designated as a National Wildlife Refuge. I’ve always felt driving through Cherry Valley is like driving through rural West Virginia. A valley surrounded by high hills of maples, pines, and oak trees.

The valley floor is a patchwork of working farms and country estates.

Very small villages, some with less than 10 homes, make up the social network. Yet, all this is within a few minutes of Stroudsburg. Allentown, and it's regional airport, is 20 minutes and it is less than 2 hours to Manhattan.

There are no “communities” in Cherry Valley. It is a geographical region comprised of Smithfield, Stroud, Hamilton and Ross Townships and many small villages.

There is no good way to find a home in Cherry Valley online (one of the reasons that it is quiet and nice.) So, it is necessary to call a local Realtor and ask for a list in your price range. USA Realty can help 570-517-2428 and will send you a list of homes that meet your criteria.

Best All Around Low Priced Vacation Home Neighborhood –

Pocono Farms Community Association (note, not Pocono Farms East)

This community has homes from the low 120’s, paved roads, community water, a small lake, a nice pool and tennis complex.

Here there is good management, a golf course, low dues, and a sense of community.

It’s about 2 hours from Manhattan and 2 from Philly. Skiing, casino, more golf, state parks and the big Lake – Wallenpaupack are all close by. 

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We might runner up this with Arrowhead Lakes. Gated, lots if amenities and close to 3 ski resorts and waterparks.

Best Lake Vacation Communities

Lake Naomi and Hemlock Farms – Tie – Best places for Sailors, Swimmers and kids. The lake at Lake Naomi is the primary attraction. It is the third or fourth largest in the state and has the correct climate for sailing. (on Top of the Plateau where the wind is consistent and cooler). Lake Naomi has just completed an indoor recreation center with kids programs, indoor pool, tennis, water slide and more.

As a vacation (not retirement or year around home) these are the top picks. We might add there are more ranch homes per square mile in Hemlock Farms than anywhere else in the Poconos. As a result, there are more retirees here than many other places.

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Best Place for Ski / Winter Home.

Camelback Mountain View HomeNorthridge at Camelback  – Close to the largest and most active ski resort and summer water park in the Poconos. Only about 25 minutes from the other four major ski and winter resorts (Jack Frost, Big Boulder, Shawnee and Blue Mountain)

Most ski homes here were designed by Bill Deveraux one of the nations leading home architects and constructed to pretty high standards, at least in the older Northridge homes. The community is well run, has a good mix of New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia owners. This is where you will find  the best rental potential of any community in the mountains.

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Best Place to Buy a Home for the Motor Boater

Lake Harmony – This one gets a little tricky. There are three places in the reachable Poconos (2 hours from NYC and Philly) that you can motor boat. Lake Hauto with few homes and is the most remote, Lake Wallenpaupack, the largest lake in the region and Lake Harmony.

Each has its flaws and each could be right for your boating crowd, but they are VERY different. Lake Hauto, besides being far, has little around it for the kids or grand kids. But is near Jim Thorpe with many more adult activities. It is a medium sized body of water long and narrow so it could get boring and has few homes on the water.

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Lake Wallenpaupack is regulated by Pennsylvania Power and Light with its own set of restrictions. While there are some other activities around the lake, there’s not much for kids to do here. Lake Harmony, the smallest of these WILL get boring for the motor boater, BUT has indoor water parks, skiing, a great variety of restaurants and shops, whitewater rafting, paint ball and many more things to do close by.

Best Place(s) to Live or Vacation for the Sportsman

Blue Heron Lake  (Dingman’s Ferry PA, NOT the one in Hawley)- This one is NOT tricky. With its 500 plus acres of common land, being surrounded by thousands and thousands of acres of state lands and hunting clubs, a limited membership, the ability to ride ATVs onsite, a great quantity of game, a clay shooting range, a 200 plus acre private lake, and an attitude that is a cross of Paul Bunyon and Ralph Lauren, Blue Heron is a sportsman’s paradise.

Folks here are a little picky about who they want as neighbors (a good thing.) They have a passion for the outdoors, an even greater passion for privacy (someone from there will probably call me and ask to have this award removed), and have allowed only 60 or so homes of varied size and type.

And yes, we know Porter’s lake is better, but neither you nor I will get a chance to buy at Porter’s.

There are actually two other choices for sportsman White Heron Lake and Poconos Springs – each of these is unique.

Best Values in Commuter Homes in a Community

Penn Estates – There are some GREAT buys in Penn Estates, a community with lakes, pools, tennis, clubhouse and varied community activities. Originally designed and built at a vacation home neighborhood, it now has mostly year around residents.

With its mixture of contemporary and traditional home designs and wooded lots, this neighborhood feels different than other “cookie cutter” communities.

For families looking for bargains in larger homes, Penn Estates may be the answer. Actually, anywhere in the East Stroudsburg school district is within reasonable commute to NYC or northern New Jersey.

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