Columbia, PA Real Estate News

By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
Major price reduction in this amazing 3 Story Brick home in the Historic District of Columbia, Pennsylvania. $195,0005 Bedrooms 2.5 Bathrooms .30 acres 3603 Square Feet  559 Chestnut Street, Columbia PA 17512 Majestic all brick home in Historic District. High ceilings, spacious foyer w/ open stairway, large stained glass windows, natural woodwork, pocket & french doors, 2 fireplaces, custom kitchen, newer gas furnace, passive AC, possible office on first floor with private entrance, in-law quarters, 3rd floor w/ full kitchen & terraced back yard w/ shed. Located on corner lot covering a full block w/ beautiful Japanese Red Maples shading large front porch. Property is great for a home or professional office.  ~Natural Woodwork with Open Stairway~~Lush Landscape~~Columbia-Wrightsville Ve...
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By Cal Yoder, Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744
(Keller Williams Elite)
Homes for Sale in Lancaster County PA - Columbia feature 95 active listings in July 2012. 16 homes sold in June 2012 and there are currently 24 homes under contract. With only 2.5 months of inventory, one would think the prices would increase, but this does not appear to be the case. However, a serious buyer needs to understand with interest rates low and low inventory levels, prices will inevitably increase. Columbia Borough is served by Columbia Schools and some Columbia addresses are served by Hempfield School District. Columbia Schools has over 1400 students in 2 elementary schools and a Junior and Senior High School. Columbia is also served by many grocery stores, restaurants, flower shops and retail stores. Those interested in antiques will find at least 2 antique stores. To learn...
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By Cal Yoder, Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744
(Keller Williams Elite)
Is now the time to sell your home in Columbia, making it one of the homes for sale? Understanding the Lancaster Real Estate Market is essential as you make this important decision. Learning about the inventory of homes for sale, trends which may be impacting the sale of your home in Columbia and the median list prices of homes. Do your research and contact me to list your home. As a home buyer in Columbia, it will be important to learn about the community. Discover the schools of Columbia and the statistical information available about home owners of this area. It will be important to learn about the dynamics of Columbia. Knowledge is power and will aid you immensely in your search. Give me a call if interested is seeing one the homes you discover on my website.    Ten Most Recent Blog ...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
         A recent trip to Columbia, Pennsylvania introduced me to a town with many well-preserved buildings.  Above is Wright's Ferry (the original name of the town) Mansion, built in 1738. What you can't see in the picture is the exquisite interior, which is approriately furnished with many 18th century pieces which belonged to the Wright family (no photos allowed). Susanna Wright's father established a ferry across the Susquehanna River, which was once visible from the house. After her father's death, this enterprising woman raised silkworms (on her windowsill no less) and had a thriving business producing fine silk.             In 1788 Wright had the town laid out with 160 building lots, and named the town Columbia, in hopes that with George Washington's support, it would be named th...
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By Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA)
A most interesting place to visit in Lancaster County, PA is the National Clock and Watch Museum in Columbia.   Run by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, the museum first opened in 1977 with about 1,000 items, but has expanded to over 12,000 items, from the most intricate pocket watches to magnificent granfather clocks and antique animated clocks. A separate area features railroad watches from the long history of American railroads.  Other specialized displays feature French clocks, German musical clocks, tower clocks,  and American clocks from 1780 to 1880.  The museum is recognized as the largest collection of clocks in North America.                      The Watch and Clock Museum is located at 514 Poplar Street, Columbia, PA.  You can get more information from t...
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By Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA)
106 Gard Court, Columbia, PA 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms offered at $204,000 Beautiful home on one of the largest lots in the development! Home boasts lovely open floor plan with 4 bedrooms and a finished basement. Sit on the deck and enjoy the quiet of a country setting with the convenience of easy access to Rt 30. This home offered as a courtesy of Coldwell Banker Select Professionals, co-operating broker. Click here to search homes in Lancaster, PA brian@cbselectpros.com    717-951-5552
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By Jeff R. Geoghan, REALTOR, Marketing Manager
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
488 Lancer Drive, Columbia, PA, 17512 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms offered at $269,900 Lovely home in quiet neighborhood, eat in kitchen, relaxing master suite with sitting area, neutral decor, gas fireplace, finished basement, hardwood floors, great yard with fenced areas. jgeoghan@cbselectpros.com     717-735-8402 This home offered as a courtesy of Coldwell Banker Select Professionals, co-operating broker.
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By Jeff R. Geoghan, REALTOR, Marketing Manager
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
  Coldwell Banker Select Professionals | jgeoghan@yourlancasterhome.com | 717-735-8402 488 Lancer Drive, Columbia, PA   4BR/3BA Single Family House   offered at $269,900 Year Built 1996 Sq Footage 2,016 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 2 full, 1 partial Floors 2 Parking 2 Car garage Lot Size 17,424 sqft HOA/Maint $0 per month DESCRIPTION Lovely home in quiet neighborhood, eat in kitchen, relaxing master suite with sitting area, neutral decor, gas fireplace, finished basement, hardwood floors, great yard with fenced area. Click here to search all homes in Lancaster, PA.       Seller contact info:   This home offered as a courtesy of Coldwell Banker Select Professionals, co-operating broker. jgeoghan@yourlancasterhome.com 717-735-8402 For sale by agent/broker Equal Opportunity Housing Posted: Oct 20...
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By Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA)
  Coldwell Banker Select Professionals | brian@cbselectpros.com | 717-951-5552 264 S 4th St, Columbia, PA   3BR/1.5BA Townhouse   offered at $116,900 Year Built 2001 Sq Footage 1,200 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 1 full, 1 partial Floors Unspecified Parking 2 Uncovered spaces Lot Size Unspecified HOA/Maint $0 per month DESCRIPTION Beautiful Semi-Detached is located on quiet street. Comfortable Living and Dining Room Kitchen with plenty of storage, New Flooring, Cozy Bedrooms. Energy-Efficient Windows, Gas furnace, Central Air. Off-Street parking. Excellent location near Market, Restaurants, River activities, Antiques and more. Convenient location to Route 30. Click here to search all homes  in Lancaster, PA.   Seller contact info:   This home offered as a courtesy of Coldwell Banker Select Prof...
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By Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA)
  Coldwell Banker Select Professionals | brian@cbselectpros.com | 717-951-5552 106 Gard Court, Columbia, PA   4BR/1.5BA Single Family House   offered at $215,000 Year Built 2002 Sq Footage 1,380 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 1 full, 1 partial Floors Unspecified Parking 1 Lot Size 24,393 sqft HOA/Maint $0 per month DESCRIPTION Beautiful home on one of the largest lots in the development! Home boasts lovely open floor plan with 4 BR and a finished basement. Sit on the deck and enjoy the quiet of a country setting with the convenience of easy access to Rt. 30. Washer, dryer and garage refrigerator stay. click here to search all Lancaster, PA homes.       Seller contact info:   This home offered as a courtesy of  Coldwell Banker Select Professionals, co-operating broker. brian@cbselectpros.com 717-...
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By Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA)
On a windy late November day, I passed over the Chickies Hill between Marietta and Columbia, PA.  Shortly before Columbia, I stopped at the Breezy View Overlook.       Just off Pennsylvania Route 441, the Overlook offers a spectacular view of the Susquehanna River."Breezy View" was an understatement on this windy November day - I had to stay away from the edge to make sure the wind wouldn't blow me over the precipice, which is steeper than it looks in the photograph!                                 The Susquehanna Heritage Trail runs along the overlook.                      A picnic area serves as a pleasant place for a repast in warmer weather.Copyright2007BrianSchulman©Brian Schulman offers expert real estate consultation and services in Lancaster County, PA.  To contact him, visit ht...
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By Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA)
Burning Bridge Antiques, located at 304 Walnut Street, Columbia, PA, is going upscale for the holidays!             Manager Lou Girolami is decorating the store windows in New York City style this season.                                      This one is called "Champaigne Punch by Tiffany's".                                This window is called "Scooters in the Sky by FAO Schwartz".  
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By Jeff R. Geoghan, REALTOR, Marketing Manager
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Columbia Mayor Leo Lutz announced Oct. 8th that the "Little Prince Silk Mill" site on north 3rd Street has been sold to a Harrisburg-based developer who will attempt to build a "destination business" at the dilapidated site.  The very large building, near to route 30 and clearly visible from major byways, was purchased by Columbia Borough for $825,000 in 2005 with the hopes of reselling it to a hotel chain.  It's a real mess, with crumbling walls and falling bricks - the property is surrounded by a chain link fence to protect passerby.Columbia borough officials were pleased with the sale, which allows them to right to approve what is eventually placed at the site.  Councilpeople commented that the project would bring many new jobs to the town, which sits astride the Susquehanna River an...
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By Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA)
The Susquehanna River at Columbia, PA The Susquehanna River has always been a landmark of Central Pennsylvania.  The river's name is said to have come from a native American word meaning "muddy current".  200 years ago, trees shipped down from the virgin forests around Williamsport, on the West Branch of the Susquehanna in North Central PA,  helped to fuel a thriving lumber and building industry along the river towns in Lancaster County. In the 1820s, canals were built along the Susquehanna, further enabling river towns like Columbia and Marietta to grow.                           In the second half of the 1800s, railroads continued the progress of the river towns, but the river remained a central part of the economy. Columbia today is the largest borough between the state capitol at Ha...
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By Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA)
Columbia, PA Bridge Bust Saturday, October sixth, a glorious day in the annals of weather history, was the date of the annual Columbia, PA Bridge Bust. The historic Old Bridge over the Susquehanna River was entirely closed off to traffic between Columbia and Wrightsville.                         The bridge, built in 1930 as a memorial to the sons and daughters of Lancaster and York Counties who served in the wars of their country, is a graceful deco art arched concrete structure. The entire span, over a mile across, was taken over by gaily decorated tents and concessions selling and displaying art, crafts, antiques, food - plus local businesses and organizations.                       I walked across the entire span from Lancaster County to York County.  As the blazing sun beat down, it...
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By Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA)
Chickies Rock County Park, Columbia PA Located on Chickies Hill between Marietta and Columbia, PA, Chickies Rock County Park offers some of the most spectacular views of the Susquehanna River available anywhere in the Susquehanna Valley. Located off Route 441, the park starts with a parking area.                                          Walking trails meander west toward the river... Although the river can be seen from Columbia, it's farther away from Route 441 than it appears.  The hike to the overlooks is a little over a mile, uphill but not too difficult.  After you break through the woods, the trail opens wider.                                 When you get near the river, the terrain suddenly shifts steeply downhill.  Although there are barriers on the Chickies Rock ledge, caution i...
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By Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA)
Rivertownes PA USA Tour of History Rivertownes PA is a cooperative effort between the Susquehanna River towns of Marietta, Columbia, and Wrightsville. The River Road Historic Excursion is a three hour tour that has been developed by Rivertownes PA USA to showcase the history of the towns on both the Lancaster and York County sides of the Susquehanna River.  A map of the tour is available for $20 From the Susquehanna Valley Visitors Center at Fifth and Linden Streets in Columbia. The tour starts at the Vesta Furnace Office on Furnace Road in Marietta, the last remaining building of the 1868 Vesta Iron Furnace Site.  Vehicles then cross the Route 30 Bridge and come back across the old Veterans Memorial Bridge, a multiple arched concrete bridge that takes the Lincoln Highway (Route 462) to...
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The Rivertownes of the Susquehanna Valley have been celebrating their heritages this summer during their Fabulous Fourth Friday in the Rivertownes events - held every fourth friday of each month through September 28th.This Friday, July 27th, enjoy a viewing of the movie "Kate and Leopold" will be offered at the National Watch & Clock Museum at 514 Poplar Street in Columbia, PA.  Movie night is FREE and OPEN to the public.  There is free popcorn offered!  Seating is limited, so get there early.  Rivertownes PA consists of Columbia, Marietta and Wrightsville - who have banded together to form an organization dedicated to: "promoting, preserving and enhancing the culture, heritage and related commerce and recreational activities in the Pennsylvania Susquehanna river towns".----------------...
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By Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA)
Churches of Columbia, PA Columbia, PA is known for its historic architecture.  Located along the Susquehanna River, it became a canal shipping center in the 1840s. Later in the 1800s, Columbia was a thriving railroad town.  The wealth that was created in Columbia led to the building of many significant historic homes, a large number of which still exist. This architectural exuberance was reflected as well in the churches of Columbia.  Below is a mural on the Holy Trinity Parish Center. The dignified Holy Trinity Catholic Church sits across from the parish center.                      Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran is a landmark of Gothic architecture at Locust and Fourth Streets.                                          The Columbia United Methodist Church is a familiar sight on Fourt...
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By Jeff R. Geoghan, REALTOR, Marketing Manager
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
I thought I'd post some photos of wonderful homes along Columbia PA's Locust street.  These are only a sample; you'll have to drive over to see the whole review of homes - it's worth the trip! Almost every architectual style is represented here, from Victorian through Contemporary.   Columbia began life in 1726 as the first European settlers arrived, fifty years before the Revolutionary War.  It was originally called Wright's Ferry, named after John Wright who started his cross-river ferry in 1730 and lived in then-palatial mansion near the water.  Back then, Wrights Ferry was literally on the edge of civilization for the English colonies.  Interestingly, in 1789 it was proposed to bring the new national capital here.  That would be been interesting! In the 1840s and 50s Columbia became...
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