Local real estate: South Middleton attracts home buyers

Local real estate: South Middleton attracts home buyers

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SOUTH MIDDLETON TWP. — South Middleton Township is a dynamic community offering a little bit of something for everybody, said Cory Adams, township manager.

The township covers more than 49 square miles and includes more than 100 miles of local roads. It is home to diverse manufacturing and service industries, but also has farmland and untouched wooded areas and hiking trails.

Thousands of people visit every year to fish the world-renowned Yellow Breeches Creek and the LeTort Spring Run or hike the Appalachian Trail, which passes through the township. South Middleton is also home to more than 300 acres of public park land, including the Wittlinger Nature Preserve and Springs Meadows Park with its distinct assortment of tree species.

The township is home to the historic village of Boiling Springs, which has remained largely intact since its initial founding over 200 years ago. Fed by a natural spring that gives the village its name is a seven-acre lake, which is surrounded by beautiful Victorian-, Federal-, and Italianate-style houses.

With low taxes, including no general real estate tax, South Middleton is a great place to raise a family, Adams said.

It is the only township served by the South Middleton School District.

Who lives there?

Census data from 2010 shows 5,926 households are located in the township with a total population of 14,663. Males make up 48.1 percent of the population and females are 59.1 percent.

People between the ages of 45 and 59 comprise the largest age group in the township at 24.4 percent. Other age groups break down as follows: ages 14 and under, 17.6 percent; ages 15-29, 13.5 percent; ages 30-44, 17.4 percent; ages 60-74, 16.8 percent and 75 or older, 10.1 percent.

How are sales?

Sherri Pursel, spokeswoman for Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors, said 131 homes were sold in the township in 2012. In 2011, there were 122 homes sold. The median price in 2012 was $186,000 and the average price was $200,365. Houses were on the market for an average of 125 days in 2012 — one day longer than the 124 average in 2011.

Commuting and shopping options

While there are a number of chain restaurants in the township and nearby in Carlisle, the township boasts a variety of locally-owned options, including Fiddler’s Bar and Grill at the Mayapple Golf Club, Rillo’s Restaurant, and the 181-year-old Boiling Springs Tavern.

Residents and workers can shop at Karns Foods on Forge Road or Nell’s Surefine on Walnut Bottom Road. Retail shopping can be found at Target, Kohl’s and K-Mart. There is also a country and farmers market on the Holly Pike, as well as antique shops and specialty stores throughout the township.

There are no park-and-ride stops provided by Capital Area Transit located in South Middleton Township. For information on routes, visit www.cattransit.com.

South Middleton Township is governed by a board of supervisors. Members are Chairman Bryan Gembusia, Vice-Chairman Tom Faley, Rick Reighard, Ron Hamilton and Duff Manweiler. Cory Adams is the township manager.

Editor's Note: This story was changed to remove information about Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse, which is in neighboring Monroe Township. 6/6/13 at 8:44 p.m.

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