Dauphin County Real Estate Statistics
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One of the most appealing aspects of Dauphin County is the incredible variety of real estate available. Homes for sale in Dauphin County range from magnificent estates set on acres of land to modest single-family homes and modern townhouses. Architectural styles include Cape Cod, Ranch, Colonial and custom-built Contemporary homes.
Luxury homes in Dauphin County sit on generous lots and often have beautiful landscaping with mature trees and plenty of lawn and garden space. Some features you might find include swimming pools, oversized decks, soaring ceilings, stone fireplaces, wine cellars, walk-in pantries, home offices and luxurious bathrooms with jetted tubs.
The most common Dauphin County homes for sale are detached single-family homes. Most have front and backyards, garages, formal living, and multiple bedrooms. Open-plan living spaces are common, as are laundry rooms and basements. Other features could include hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops.
Townhouses in Dauphin County can be very affordable and a great option for those who want to be part of a close-knit community. Many townhomes have contemporary design features and amenities such as covered decks, finished basements and gourmet kitchens. Some have HOAs that take care of snow removal and lawn care and offer access to community pools.
Dauphin County Area Information
Dauphin County is located about a two-hour drive west of Philadelphia. The Susquehanna River runs along the western border of the county and the Conewago Creek runs along the southern border. Dauphin County’s ideal location in the south of Pennsylvania gives it easy access to major hubs such as Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York City.
Dauphin County History
Dauphin County was established in 1785 and named after Louis Joseph Xavier Francois, the dauphin of France and eldest son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. It was primarily an agricultural center until the 19th century when the Pennsylvania Canal and Pennsylvania Railroad were built, allowing Harrisburg to become one of the most industrialized cities in the Northeast.
Dauphin County: Highlights & Attractions
There’s something to please everyone in Dauphin County, from interesting historic landmarks to beautiful hiking trails, amusement parks, art museums, and enticing restaurants and shops. You can spend your days exploring the countryside or enjoying all the urban amenities of Harrisburg and other dynamic cities in the county.
Harrisburg is the state capital and the largest city in Dauphin County. Here you’ll find the impressive State Capitol Complex, which is an icon of the city. Other attractions in Harrisburg include the National Civil War Museum, State Museum of Pennsylvania, and the City Island Complex, which has hiking trails, batting cages, and a golf course.
The community of Hershey was originally created as a model town for workers at the Hershey Chocolate Factory. The town has since grown into a dynamic community with several attractions. Visit the Hershey Story Museum to learn about the history of the company, Hershey’s Chocolate World to make your own chocolate bars, and Hersheypark to enjoy the rides and zoo.
Outside of the busy cities and towns, Dauphin County offers plenty of countryside to explore. There are numerous hiking and cycling trails including the Appalachian Trail, which runs through the center of the county. Outdoor enthusiasts can also go fishing or boating along the Susquehanna River.
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