Study: Mountain Top Is The Best Place To Buy A Home In Pennsylvania

By Andrew Forgotch |, Nick Hughes |

Published 06/25 2014 05:46PM

Updated 06/26 2014 01:45AM

Mountain Top, Luzerne County - Karen Cleveland moved from the New Jersey to Mountain Top about seven years ago.

"I liked it because of the location," she said. "I was really close to the intersection of (Interstate) 80 and 81. "

She told Eyewitness News that for all those reasons Mountain Top was her only choice when looking for a home.

"I think it's a really great place to live," Cleveland said. "I'm really close to the state parks. I use Nescopeck and Hickory Run all the time."

Now the consumer advocacy group, Nerdwallet is jumping on the bandwagon. In a recent study they named Mountain Top the best place for home ownership in Pennsylvania. They based their findings on census data from 2010 and found that Mountain Top is one of the fastest growing places in the state and has some of the most affordable homes.

"I like selling to people knowing that resale is going to be good for if they decide down the road to move on," Jennifer Winn, a realtor with One Source Realty, said.

Winn told Eyewitness News her office is constantly dealing with people who prefer Mountain Top over anywhere else.

"Sometimes people will put some things aside to get here," she said. "I've seen that happen."

Nina Herbst moved to Mountain Top about a year ago. She said a big reason she chose the area she did was because of the reputation of the Crestwood School District.

"I think we lucked out in terms of neighborhood we got into," Herbst said. "And Crestwood is a good school district to be in for the kids."

Herbst said her house wasn't the cheapest, but she believes her family made the best decision they could.

"We know all of our neighbors," she said. "There are a lot of kids on the street and our kids play with them everyday. We couldn't have picked a better street or better area."

Mountain Top was the only location in Northeastern Pennsylvania to make the short list. Most of the other cities in the top 10 are suburbs of Pittsburgh.

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