- The Washington Times - Friday, February 1, 2008

York, Pa., is a small city in the south-central region of the Keystone State. It got its nickname, “White Rose City,” after the War of the Roses, a series of civil wars fought between the House of Lancaster and the House of York over the throne of England.

With 40,000 residents, York values its mix of small town, low-cost living and urban conveniences.

“The city of York, where much of the affordable housing stock is located, had a good year in ‘07,” says Steve Snell, executive officer with the Realtors Association of York and Adams Counties.

“Lots of urban revitalization is going on,” Mr. Snell says.

York is excited about its new minor league baseball stadium, new restaurants and new town house communities.

The arts are a large part of life in York. The city is home to the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center (www.strand-capitol. org), currently undergoing a $15 million reconstruction.

Residents and tourists also enjoy two downtown farmers markets and the city’s York Fair, a 10-day festival in the fall that has been taking place since the 1700s.

During a leisurely stroll through the narrow streets of historic downtown, visitors can take guided tours of some of the oldest buildings in York County, including the replica Colonial Court House.

In addition to historic tours, downtown York offers recreational opportunities, including the Heritage Rail Trail that winds 22 miles from downtown to the Mason-Dixon Line, where it then connects with the Maryland Northern Central Railroad Trail.

The city of York government plans to enhance the museum and educational offerings as well as cultivate niche districts in downtown York, including an Arts District, Antiques District, and Heritage Tourism District.

The Bob Hoffman Weightlifting Hall of Fame, named after the owner of York Barbell Co., is another attraction that includes a variety of plaques, trophies, sculpture and vintage barbells from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Manufacturing is the largest industry in York, and the York Barbell manufacturing facility is adjacent to the hall of fame.

York is a 25-mile drive from Gettysburg, 45 miles from Baltimore and 100 miles from the District and Philadelphia. The city also serves as the seat of York County.

New homes mix well with older homes, including red-brick Victorians that tell the story of a different era.

A price range of $366,900 to $434,900 can get buyers into the gated community of Copper Ridge Estate Homes at Regents’ Glen in York. The builder, Regents’ Realty (www.regentsrealty.net), offers floor plans that can come with first-floor master suites, rear porches and sunrooms.

Regents’ Realty is also building three-bedroom, 2½ bath, garage town homes at Regent’s Glen priced from $209,900 to $223,900.

Six floor plans are being offered in Lennar Corp.’s new town-home-style condominium community in York. Homes in Iron Bridge Landing start in the $140,000s and come with a garage.

Ryan Homes (www. ryanhomes.com) has town houses and single-family homes in York. Chambers Hill is a private enclave of three-level garage town homes with generous closet space and the option of a morning room addition and finished lower level. Prices start in the $130,000s.

Expansive 1-acre home sites can be found in Ryan’s Autumnwood subdivision. Six floor plans feature homes that come with up to five bedrooms and 4½ baths. Options in these homes that start in the $270,000s include a morning room or solarium.

Hickory Ridge Mews is another new single-family home community in York. Lennar plans to begin building soon on 122 lots there.

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