Lancaster Series: West End

Lancaster’s coveted West End is a combination of colorful gardens, historic mansions, and park-side serenity. This residential neighborhood tucked along Buchanan Park is the home to many families and pup-owners. It’s broad, tree-lined streets and deep front laws add to the area’s tranquil ambiance. During the day, locals can quickly venture out and into downtown. In the evenings, couples and school-age kids with their family pets read and relax on roomy front porches.

Nextdoor, Buchanan Park hosts regular citywide events, like outdoor movie nights, races, and carnivals. Its grassy lawn, playgrounds, wading pool, community gardens, and dog park draw local families out of their homes and onto picnic blankets in warmer months. In winter, Buchanan Park is the place to be, with the top kid-approved sledding slope in the city.

This section of the city developed after 1900, as the city’s population expanded westward. Homes in West End reflect diverse early twentieth-century architectural styles and come in a surprising variety of sizes and price points. Amidst the mansions, charming rowhomes and unique single-family houses spread throughout the two square miles of West End’s quiet streets. Along Race Avenue and West Clay Street, Tudor, Georgian, Colonial, Spanish Revivals, and American Four Squares sit side-by-side.

At Copper Cup, West End’s local cafe, college students, long-term locals, and remote workers meet up for coffee and sourdough bagels or to sip minted iced matchas on the sunny patio. Nextdoor, Little Brook Orchids grows and sells potted flowers from their greenhouse garden.

Locals of West End can take a quick walk through the neighborhood and catch a yoga class at Body & Soul Fitness Studio, bust through a boot camp at Power Train, or hop on the gym equipment at Planet Fitness. With 15-25 minutes to spare, West End locals can walk into Lancaster’s Central Business District and access all of the city’s biggest amenities, employers, art galleries, and shops.

Within two miles of West End’s eastern border, locals have access to some of the city’s most loved local hubs. The long list of nearby hot-spots include the Calliloo Trinidadian Restaurant, the Lancaster Brewing Company, Iron Hill Brewery, Himalayan Curry, The Fridge, Square One Coffee, Chestnut Hill Cafe, Mean Cup Coffee, Prince Street Cafe, Rachel’s Cafe and Creperie, On Orange, Tellus 360, Hunger and Thirst, and the Splits and Giggles Icecreamery.

For longer-distance commuters, the Lancaster Amtrak Station is a safe 25-minute walk from West End. Families can also cover a few blocks to reach one of the many local schools. These include Elizabeth R Martin, James Buchanan, Lafayette, and the New School of Lancaster Elementary Schools, Reynods and Wheatland Middle Schools, and the Mccaskey Campus High School.

 Looking to Move to Lancaster?

We hope our walkthrough of West End 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.