Should You Relocate to the Pocono Mountains? 5 Stellar Reasons the Answer is YES!

By: Don Hannig

The Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania have garnered the fabled allure of beauty and fame for many different reasons. Some of us think of love and romance complete with champagne bubble baths at the finest lodges, while others imagine the endless rolling mountains filled with meandering trails, splendid lakes, and unique wildlife. Many others simply find it – an amazing place to call home. A place where they can belong, dwell, and spread their family roots and bonds.

If you’re still a tad nervous about making the move to a place that some city-dwellers would dub “in the middle of nowhere,” you can stop the worrying right here and now. The path has been paved by many others long before you. The highways and byways are well traveled yet uncongested, and the winding back roads are as breathtaking as ever. And if you haven’t figured it out already, here are 5 more reasons why the Poconos are right for you and your family.

Five Stellar Reasons to Make Your Pocono Move


1. The Housing Market. You’ve got it right – even though we may be in the depths of a recession, it is a great time to purchase a home due to the record low interest rates we are experiencing, and hugely discounted prices on homes. In fact, you may not see rates this low again in our lifetime. It simply doesn’t make sense to throw money out the window on overpriced rent in the city or elsewhere.

According to, recent mortgage pricing data released at the end of May 2012, confirmed that mortgage rates have not risen above the current historically low levels. The survey showed that average 30 year fixed mortgage rates across all US markets were 3.78% (0.8 points) for the week. Based on these rates, a $200,000 home would merely run a mortgage of $884.00 (omitting property taxes). How can you pass on that steal, honestly?

2. The Location. Based on a ranking of states with the longest average commute-to-work times, the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey showed that New York (30.4 minutes) and Maryland (30.2 minutes) residents spent the most time traveling to their jobs. Many New Yorkers, as well as those working in Allentown, Bethlehem, and central New Jersey are opting for the drive time – as long as the home they return to is a soothing family paradise. The quality of life is better for their children, crime rates are down, schools less crowded, and weekend activities abound in the Poconos. Commuting is certainly a sacrifice, but many city workers find the commute quite doable, and even relaxing.

3. The Environment. More and more Americans are embracing the beauty of nature, the concept of preservation and green space, and the adoption of green living and building practices wherever possible. This trend is growing in the Pocono Mountains Region, where residents respect, enjoy, and treasure what their pristine surroundings have to offer. State Parks and Educational Nature Centers abound, and in general, the children spend more time outdoors investigating what nature has to offer, as well as learning to value it as an important resource.

Even homebuilders are attuned to the needs and wants of new home owners, and are striving to interweave green building and energy efficiency in building construction and appliances. Planned residential developments (PRDs), which incorporate the most modern and environmentally conscious design while retaining aesthetically pleasing homes and recreational/open spaces for families and children, are currently on the rise.

4. Outdoor Activities & Resort Amenities. In the Pocono Mountains, you need not ever utter these words again: “I’m bored.” If you are an outdoor enthusiast, a whole host of amazing opportunity is right outside your doorstep. If you prefer museums and cultural events, there is no shortage of plays, historical places, interesting small town vendors, or even top-of-the-line outdoor malls for you to choose from. Resorts abound, due to the reputation of the Poconos being THE place to go for a vacation, and many offer exclusive weekend opportunities and spa treatments. Winter sports in the Pocono Mountains are unparalleled all along the east coast. There truly is something for everyone, every season.

5. The Four Seasons of Pennsylvania. There is just something wondrous and fresh about the cyclically changing seasons in Pennsylvania. It’s both a rhythm and a way of life that just seems natural and right. No certain kind of weather lingers too long. Although it can be hot in the summer, the sever intensity the south experiences is just not there. And while cold spells occasionally happen, they typically are not long-lasting, and are peppered with some fairer days – much more so than the northern states (but the skiing is still awesome in the larger mountains). If you’re frugal – this can be figured into some serious financial savings as far as heating and cooling are concerned. Spring and fall are wonderful seasons to behold and experience what the Pocono outdoors has to offer.

If you are looking for some particular advice on what you can specifically do in the Poconos, visit our Best Reasons To Live In The Pocono Mountains series, it will provide you with details and websites to get your Pocono-bucket list off and running. But know that the reasons to relocate your family (or to start one) right here in the Poconos are everything you dream of and more.

To find out more about the benefits of energy efficiency and green building please call Keswick Point, the region’s newest PRD, at 570-646-4646, email us at or visit our website at


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