Going for a walk downtown? Make Chestnut Hill your first stop.
A walk through the suburban streets of Chestnut Hill will leave you envious of this neighborhood’s lucky homeowners. Even locals from surrounding neighborhoods will re-route their morning strolls in order to weave along Chestnut Hill’s tranquil sidewalks and cobblestone alleyways. Its safe streets draw Lancaster locals from across the city, looking for their family-friendly forever-home.
Houses here have histories that reach back to the early 1800s and are laden with decorative features and brick details. Condos, townhouses, lofts, and single-family homes can be purchased across a wide price range. Current listings are as low as $165K and as high as nearly $700K. Regardless of the price, residents here take pride in keeping their homes and yards in beautiful condition.
Walkers & Runners Unite
First of all, Chestnut Hill is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Lancaster. The neighborhood is wedged between the Franklin & Marshall College campus to the west and Lancaster City’s Historic District to the east. Residents can easily run their daily errands and outings on foot via the tree-lined sidewalks that continue into the center city.
Chestnut Hill families have access to several nearby schools. Schools within the neighborhood include Fulton Elementary School, James Buchanan Elementary School, Thomas Wharton Elementary School, Reynolds Middle School, Wheatland Middle School, and the Mccaskey Campus High School, among others.
Families in this neighborhood are just a few steps away from Buchanan Park and its playground, pavilions, and basketball courts. Also, the neighborhood is home to the well-loved Buchanan Dog Park, home to a wading pool, walking trails, and play areas for the pups and kids. Against Buchanan Park sits the North Museum of Nature and Science—a family-friendly spot featuring exhibits including a dinosaur gallery, a discovery room, and a planetarium.
Restaurants & Pubs
Harrisburg Avenue borders the north side of Chestnut Hill and is packed with some of the city’s most popular pubs. Sample craft brews and cocktails at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Wyndridge Taproom, or The Fridge.
The area also features several popular dining destinations. First, in the center of Chestnut Hill, the trendy and beautiful LUCA serves modern Italian dishes, wood-fired pizzas, beer, and cocktails. Then in the evenings, locals gather at the elegant John J Jeffries and sample small plates from their farm-to-table menu.
Chestnut Hill sits close to some of the most popular coffee shops in the city. Cozy up in a window seat or sit with your pup on the front patio at Chestnut Hill Cafe. Along with coffee drinks, Chestnut Hill Cafe serves soups, sandwiches, and sweet treats.
Or swing by Copper Cup, just a few blocks south of Buchanan Park, where you can order a chewy sourdough bagel and sip a hot latte.
Get your sweet fix at Beiler’s. Their donut menu is full of classic pastries like apple fritters and chocolate iced donuts along with unique treats crusted in fruity pebbles, packed with key lime creme, or covered with s’mores toppings.
We’ve just scratched the surface of Chestnut Hill’s wonderful amenities and local offerings. If you’re interested in learning more about living in Chestnut Hill, feel free to reach out. We’d love to dive deeper into the details with you.
Looking to Move to Lancaster?
We hope our walkthrough of Chestnut Hill was helpful. And if you decide to take the plunge and move to burgeoning Lancaster, don’t hesitate to reach out to your friends here at the Niv Lemoine Real Estate Group. We help people like you find the perfect home in their price range, and we would love to help.