MEET YOUR NEW FAVORITE NEIGHBORHOOD
Small town charm. Total walkability. Lofts and a rooftop pool. Sound like your vision? Or maybe it’s a place where the nearest neighbor is a mile away. It’s here too. Find the place you’ll call home in Greater Reading, whether it’s a historic home, a mature neighborhood, a hip apartment, or brand new developments. Find affordability and the amenities you want at any of our eclectic neighborhoods.
The city of Reading is steeped in history: from an industrial past, to a railroad hub, and a central shopping destination. Today, that history comes alive in new ways, with impressive architecture, longtime community institutions, and a welcoming culture.
You’ll be drawn downtown by a diverse population and an unmatched variety of authentic culinary gems representing many cultures.
Summer nights sizzle with pop-up beer gardens, theater performances, outdoor concerts, and more.
The city’s signature winter festival brings the ice and fire of the city alive. And, throughout the seasons, you’ll frequent a farmer’s market lunch cafes with live music, and art shows, to name a few
Greater Reading offers one of the highest qualities of life at a very affordable cost. It also offers a diverse set of neighborhoods across the county, making it easy to find what your perfect fit: condos, town homes, historic houses, loft apartments, or new homes.
The Boyertown experience is where past meets present. If you’ve ever wanted to take a historic railroad into the secret valley (yep, that exists), Boyertown is a place for you. But maybe you also want to explore quaint shops framed in Victorian architecture, or see a movie at a theatre that boasts a 100-plus-year history. Or you could spend your day picking apples or choosing pumpkins at local orchard Frecon Farms.
Boyertown’s hot spots:
- Peppermint Stick Candy Store (nostalgic candy!)
- Studio B Fine Art Gallery
- The Other Farm Brewing Company (have you tried a nano-brewery yet?)
- Historic State Theater
- The Colebrookdale Railroad (a magical journey)
Diversity is the name of the game. Own. Rent. Yard. Parks. Walk or drive. Take your pick of a brewpub or casual brunch location. West Reading’s close proximity to world-class Reading Hospital and the year-round farmer’s market—not to mention yoga, wellness, and more—mean you can get a high-end experience at a fraction of some of our regional neighbors.
West Reading’s hot spots:
- MADE Jewelry Boutique and Studio
- The Farmhouse Kitchen (organic café + juice bar)
- Reading Public Museum
- It’s a Gift! (unique gifts + artist submissions)
- Chatty Monk’s Brewery
Unrivaled architectural beauty. A friendly and diverse neighborhood with a close-knit community. Young professionals, longtime residents, and leafy urban charm. If you’re looking for a neighborhood where you can buy a historic mansion for under $250,000 or a charming row home for less than $150,000, look no further than the Centre Park Historic District in Reading.
Rural backdrop, a state university force, and rustic elegance. Kutztown’s close-knit community, unique shops, and annual festivals and block parties range from a nationally-known folk festival to art crawls. With over 200 businesses in town, you’ll find your new neighborhood happy hour spot, specialty store, and favorite restaurant in no time.
Kutztown’s hot spots:
- Sorrelli (flagship store for the glitzy retailer)
- Folino Estate Vineyard & Winery
- Paisley & Company (a bath boutique with a fragrance bar!)
- Pop’s Malt Shoppe (for a mac & cheese burger and a shake!)
- Saucony Creek Brewing + Gastropub
A cozy town in the footballs of the Appalachian Mountains. Nostalgia, scenery, and a walkable town center. A community garden, and attractions galore. The yearly Hamburger Festival draws thousands, all dedicated to the culinary delight of the hamburger.
Hamburg’s hot spots:
- 1787 Brewing Company
- Four Twelve (for small plates and specialty coffee)
- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
- The Hamburg Strand Theater
A strong dedication on ongoing education.
With over 28,000 college and technical school students within 20 miles of Reading, and over 4,700 degrees awarded from universities in the Greater Reading Area, you’ll find an area that values lifelong learning.
An award-winning Penn State campus. A comprehensive, open-enrollment community college that provides transitional coursework, skills training, and so much more. Private colleges, like Albright or Alvernia, with community focus and a culture of leadership development. A state school with nationally recognized programs. And, best yet, a population of students ready to change the world. Luckily, Greater Reading offers the types of post-secondary education opportunities students need to reach their goals.
Greater Reading’s network of post-secondary institutions provides far more than the 18-22 age set. Continuing education opportunities means working adults, families, and specialized industries can grow where and when they need to. Support systems here are primed to keep the brains where they belong – here in Greater Reading.
COST OF LIVING
It pays to live in Greater Reading. Ever wonder how far your dollar goes? We know the answer. Greater Reading is the most affordable place to live, work, and play compared to our neighbors, based on real data from the 2018 Cost of Living survey conducted by the Council for Community and Economic Research.
What does this mean for you? Across the board, when you compare Greater Reading with neighboring PA communities like Allentown or Philadelphia, or regional metro areas like Baltimore or New York City, the value of Greater Reading is clear.