Bethlehem, PA Real Estate
Welcome to Bethlehem, PA
Bethlehem is a big city hidden inside a small town. The colonial downtown areas are filled with historic buildings that tell the tale of our nation’s beginnings, the south side tells of the rise and fall of the steel industry in Bethlehem, and tucked away in every corner of the city there is something to do. From the Sands Resort Casino to live theater to the university sports arena, there is always something interesting to see or do.
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Public Transportation: Easy Access to Everywhere
The city of Bethlehem is served by the LANTA system, or the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, which provides bus service throughout the Lehigh Valley and Northampton areas. Busses in Bethlehem run daily to the Lehigh Valley International Airport, to the Sands Resort Casino, and to every area throughout the city. Most busses run daily, many also run evening and weekend schedules.
For easy access to Harrisburg and New York City, Interstate 78 provides a direct route to both. To gain access to Scranton and Philadelphia, Interstate 476 makes the trip easy. Many people in the area are hoping for rail service to New York City and Philadelphia, and continue to petition for this service.
Bethlehem, PA’s Real Estate Market
The real estate in Bethlehem offers just the right home for every lifestyle. Every era is represented including historic estates, midcentury family homes, late 19th century suburban style homes, and contemporary condos. Many of the 18th century and early 19th century homes have been remodeled and modernized while many others are still waiting for just the right person to love them back to life.
Some of the commonly found home types include:
- Cape Cod. These cottage-style homes are a true New England original. The homes are usually one story, sometimes one and a half, with a broad profile and steep roofs. You’ll find examples of Cape Cod homes in every architecture period, from the earliest colonial days to new construction in the 21st century.
- Colonial Revival. Typically built between 1880 and 1955, these homes were not always historically accurate. Instead, architects and builders chose features of colonial homes such as exterior symmetry, dormers, and stylized door surrounds and added contemporary features like open floor plans.
- Queen Anne. Typically built between 1880 and 1910, these homes usually feature two or three stories, large porches, bay windows, and detailed ornamentation throughout the home.
- Twin Houses. Not quite the same as a duplex, the twin house is two homes that share one common wall that serves as the property division. Each side of the home has its own lot so each owner has rights and responsibilities for their entire side. Many of the twin homes in Bethlehem are beautiful early 19th century brick structures full of character and charm.
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Testimonials to Our Service in Bethlehem, PA
Here are some of our clients’ past experiences with Carrington Real Estate Services:
Mike W. said: Our agent at Carrington was great. He walked me through the whole process and showed me the pros and cons of each home. His thorough knowledge of each property and of the local real estate market was amazing. He pinpointed little details that I would have never noticed, and helped me find the best deal for my life goals. His rating: 5 stars
Marian & Martin H. said: We spoke to several real estate agents when we were looking for a new home, and Carrington really stood out. Their available resources and personal mentoring were elements that really surprised us, and we knew we’d be in good hands with our agent. With each property, he showed us the pros and cons of the house. He gave us the future value estimations, since we were looking to sell the property within the next 5-7 years. I would recommend anyone looking for a home to use Carrington. Their rating: 5 stars
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Distinguished Schools in Bethlehem
- Hanover Elementary School | Grades K-5 |
- Nitschmann Middle School | Grades 6-8 |
- Liberty High School | Grades 9-12 |
Bethlehem is also home to two distinguished universities. Moravian College is one of the oldest colleges in the U.S. and the first to allow women into their programs. Lehigh University, one of the nation’s premier research universities, has been in operation for 145 years.
You’ll Enjoy: A Neighborhood of Exhilaration
Whether you enjoy exiting action and vibrant after-hours fun or prefer to gather with your neighbors and relax around town, Bethlehem offers a variety of activities for all ages and every interest.
- Celebrate at the Downtown Neighborhood Festivals
Rated: 5 Stars
The city has more than ten large festivals and more than a hundred smaller fests every year including “Spring on 4th, What’s on 3rd” which is a street fest and chili cook off, “Vegfest” which is a celebration of healthy eating, and the “Christmas City Village” which is an authentic German Weihnachtsmarkt (open air Christmas market).
- Go Big at the Sands Casino Resort
Rated: 5 Stars
Whether you stop in to play one of the 3,000 slots or the 89 table games, or sit back and enjoy the live music and entertainment, there’s always something to do at the Sands. Get a bite to eat at one of Emeril Lagasse’s three restaurants inside or from one of the 7 other restaurants including Asian cuisine and a Croissanterie.
- Go Back in Time with a Historical Tour
Rated: 5 Stars
The history in the area is so rich, it’s not just for tourists. Even locals are always discovering something new to see. Get started with one of the four walking tours from Historic Bethlehem and learn about the area’s art, architecture, the steel industry, and more.
Bethlehem, PA Utilities
- Pennsylvania Power & Light Co. | Electric | www.pplelectric.com
- City of Bethlehem | Water & Sewer | www.bethlehem-pa.gov/dept/water_sewer/
- RCN Lehigh alley | High Speed Internet | www.rcn.com/lehigh-valley/
The Lifestyle: Brimming with Activity
Bethlehem is perfect for anyone looking for a stable community, good family living, and plenty of fun and nightlife for after-hours fun. From the beginning of spring until the winter holidays, there’s always a festival in the streets celebrating the history of the many people in the area, from Celticfest to Musikfest to the Puerto Rican parade.
The two historic downtown areas each have their own character – one upscale and lively, the other relaxed and cultural – and both have restaurants, shops, coffee spots, and places for the kids to play.
To get outside and enjoy nature, the Monocacy Trail winds along the Monocacy Creek and through the wooded areas and downtown. For a more intense outdoor experience, Hawk Mountain is just an hour from Bethlehem and offers many hiking trails, an educated staff, and programs for the kids.
The Workforce: A History of Endurance
Bethlehem has always been known for its steel industry. Once the second-largest in the nation, Bethlehem Steel supplied steel for World War II ships, the Golden Gate Bridge, and many of the tallest skyscrapers in New York City. Today, the steel mill is gone and in its place is the ultramodern Sands Casino Resort that employs more than 2,000 workers.
Other nearby opportunities include the Amazon Fulfillment Center in nearby Breinigsville and the large Wal-Mart Warehouse in Bethlehem. The Just Born candy company, maker of Peeps, Mike & Ikes and Hot Tamales, is the fourth largest employer in the Lehigh Valley Area. Bethlehem is also centrally located between Philadelphia and New York City providing access to all of the opportunities of the big cities and everything in between.
Why Live Here: A Little Bit of Everything
People love living in Bethlehem because they can experience the old-time feeling of small towns and close-knit neighborhoods while still enjoying all the modern conveniences and entertainment of city living. Beautiful tree-lined streets give the neighborhoods a timeless feeling, and modern attractions and cultural institutions provide assurance that Bethlehem is moving thoughtfully into the 21st century.