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Why Homebuyers Are Looking at Harborcreek


Posted on August 13th, 2020 at 3:04 PM
Why Homebuyers Are Looking at Harborcreek

If you’re looking for a home in Erie County, Pennsylvania, be sure to explore Harborcreek, PA. From hundreds of acres of parkland and multiple beach access points to an exceptional school district and a nationally-renowned college campus, there’s not much else a homebuyer could ask for.

What’s more, Harborcreek is quickly becoming one of the hottest markets in Erie County, meaning you could see a significant return on investment should you decide to sell one day. To get a better understanding of what this up-and-coming township has to offer, we sat down with Harborcreek Township Supervisor, Tim May.

What’s the “Vibe” of Harborcreek?

Harborcreek isn’t your average township. Whether you’re looking to spend the day at the beach, take a hike through the woods, or simply enjoy a few craft brews, you have all those options within a few miles, plus a whole lot more.

“It's a mix of different personalities, neighborhoods, businesses, and agriculture,” Tim notes. “We try very hard to be everything for everyone.” From college housing and apartments to single-family homes and even senior living, there is a place for everyone.

What’s There to Do in Harborcreek?

Harborcreek has eight parks in the township that sprawl over 900 acres! Whether you’re looking for a playground, baseball field, trails, or beach access, you’ve got it all. “They say that Erie has one of the best sunsets in the world. You go down to Shade’s Beach and watch a sunset, and I don't think you could see a better one anywhere,” asserts Tim.

Being right next to Northeast, PA also has its advantages. “I know Northeast, PA is grape country, but there's a lot of acres of grape vineyards in Harborcreek as well. We’re very proud to have Six Mile Cellars right here. They’re also a long-standing member in the community.”

If you’re a foodie, you’ll have a buffet of options to choose from. Non-chain restaurants in Harborcreek include, but are not limited to the:





  • Fiddle Inn
  • Harbor View Grill
  • Creeks, Bar and Grille
  • Ichiban
  • My Dad’s Pizza & Deli




  • El Canelo Mexican Restaurant
  • U Pick 6 Harbor House
  • John’s Wildwood Pizza
  • Coney Island Lunch
  • Ricardo’s Restaurant

Are There Jobs in Harborcreek?
For many people, having gainful employment in close proximity to their home is essential to their purchasing decisions. When it comes to Harborcreek, there exists a wide variety of job opportunities. “We have, you know, your Giant Eagle, Walmart, and places like that. But we also have the Harborcreek School District, Penn State Erie the Behrend Campus, and Port Erie Plastics.” And, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

As Knowledge Park at Penn State Erie grows, the job opportunities in Harborcreek are becoming increasingly diversified and skilled. “I think that's only going to breed more employment opportunities in Harborcreek,” says Tim. “But, there are also a lot of mom and pop businesses as well.” 

Does Harborcreek Have Their Own School District?

For homebuyers with kids, a good school district is typically a critical factor in finding the right home. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, more than half (53%) of buyers that have children consider a neighborhood based on the quality of the school districts, and 50 percent choose a neighborhood based on the proximity to a good school. Harborcreek has three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.

So, Harborcreek has their own schools? “They're fantastic!” comments Tim. “Harborcreek Township and Harborcreek School District have a great relationship together. I think that is a big draw for younger families.” In case you suspect Tim is being biased because he lives there, he’s not. Niche.com gave A-ratings to both the Harborcreek teachers and administrators. Overall, the district received an A-!

...And a University!

Behrend is also situated closely to delicious food options at John’s Wildwood Pizza, small-batch craft brews at Erie Brewing Co., and a new Cobblestone hotel for visiting family and friends. “We’re seeing growth here,” notes Tim. “Behrend is really putting their roots down in the community and I think Harborcreek’s relationship with them is just going to keep growing.”

Not only are there exceptional grade schools in the area, but Harborcreek also boasts the biggest branch campus of Penn State University. “We're so lucky to have Penn State Erie in Harborcreek Township,” says Tim. “You get a world-class education and job opportunities. And, Behrend offers Wintergreen Gorge, kids colleges, and summer camps.”

Behrend is also situated closely to delicious food options at John’s Wildwood Pizza, small-batch craft brews at Erie Brewing Co., and a new Cobblestone hotel for visiting family and friends. “We’re seeing growth here,” notes Tim. “Behrend is really putting their roots down in the community and I think Harborcreek’s relationship with them is just going to keep growing.”

It’s Heating Up in Harborcreek

Back in July, 2019, Harborcreek made it on to our list of the four hottest markets in Erie, PA. With low supply and high demand, it’s sure to keep on sizzling. In fact, Harborcreek has experienced nearly a 60% drop in active listings year over year!

All the while, interest rates have also hit record lows. Right now you can get a 30-year mortgage for as low as 2.88%! For a point of reference, these rates are the lowest in Freddie Mac’s 50-year history, surpassing even the end of the Great Recession.

Harbor Woods at Six Mile Creek

Recently, Harborcreek became home to a new neighborhood: Harbor Woods at Six Mile Creek. It features custom-built, single-family, new construction homes and is conveniently located just off of Buffalo Road. Harbor Woods comprises 14 lush, wooded lots, and offers breathtaking views of Six Mile Creek. 

“It's impressive,” says Tim. “You feel like you're in the country, but you're so close to everything. It's a great blend. Plus, they’re beautiful homes, Maleno sets the bar.”

Recently, Harborcreek became home to a new neighborhood: Harbor Woods at Six Mile Creek. It features custom-built, single-family, new construction homes and is conveniently located just off of Buffalo Road. Harbor Woods comprises 14 lush, wooded lots, and offers breathtaking views of Six Mile Creek. 

“It's impressive,” says Tim. “You feel like you're in the country, but you're so close to everything. It's a great blend. Plus, they’re beautiful homes, Maleno sets the bar.”

Moving to the ‘Creek

While the amenities of Harborcreek are undeniably nice, Tim also mentions something that’s less tangible, but essential: “There's just a great sense of community.”

At Maleno, we’re not only Erie County advocates; we’re a seasoned team of real estate professionals with a keen eye for opportunity. Harborcreek is affordable, in close proximity to a myriad of community assets, and is poised to see a significant increase to its real estate value.

What’s more, every house in Harbor Woods is custom-built by Maleno, which means they’re built with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. If you’re interested in looking at our new community in Harborcreek, call Broker, Natalie Washburn today at (814) 833-6516 Ext. 109 or visit our contact page.

 

Contributed by Matt Flowers

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