About Pennsylvania


Philadelphia is known for its Revolutionary War-era historical sites like Valley Forge, its large cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, its farming regions, some occupied by the Amish, and a (once)-strong industrial history.

With equally large swaths of cities and towns as fields and mountains, Pennsylvania is a rich and varied state, as well as a worthy travel destination. Pennsylvania is bordered by the states of New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Ohio.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a geographically diverse state with a Great Lake on one shore and a major seaport on the other. The climate of Pennsylvania is pleasant, with cold, often snowy winters, mild to hot, humid summers, and gorgeous green springtimes, and most notably, spectacular displays of colorful autumn foliage.

A study released in the summer of 2003 by Penn State University shows that Pennsylvania's horse industry is massive and thriving, contributing big bucks to the state economy. And it's preserving more than a million acres of state farmland.

$8.2 billion or 18 percent of agribusiness sales, the state's largest industry, can be attributed to horses. The $8.2 billion refers to investments including land, buildings, machinery, etc., and does not include the value of the horses themselves, an additional $1.3 billion.

The state is home to more than 220,000 horses.

The study shows the total value of Pennsylvania's horses more than doubled since 1990, from $620 million to $1.3 billion. The industry's total investment in land, horses, buildings, trucks, trailers, tack and other assets, is a whopping $9.5 billion.

Not included in the study was money spent by residents of other states and countries who come to Pennsylvania to ride or compete. The Pennsylvania National Horse Show estimates that out of state competitors spend $40 million each year on hotels, meals, shopping, and more during that show alone.

Among the study's most interesting findings is that the amount of land devoted to horses totals 1,140,000 acres, valued at $4.8 billion.

  Pennsylvania in Numbers:
img Horse Population : Approximately 170,000
img Total Economic Impact: over $ -- billion
img Population : 12,429,616
img Land area : 44,817 sq. miles
img Capital : Harrisburg
img Counties: 67
img Highest Point : Mt. Davis: 3,213 feet
img Lowest Point : Delaware River: 0 feet
img 10 largest Cities :
  • Philadelphia: 1,463,281
  • Pittsburgh: 316,718
  • Allentown: 106,992
  • Erie: 102,612
  • Reading: 80,855
  • Scranton: 73,120
  • Bethlehem: 72,895
  • Lancaster: 54,757
  • Harrisburg: 47,472
  • Altoona: 47,176
Beautiful home on 17 acres in Central PA

Flinton, Cambria County, Pennsylvania

This property is truly one of a kind! The home itself is pristine; from the detailed engineering to the granite throughout, the upgraded KIT, the open floor plan, the radiant heated floors and a view that speaks for itself. The home sits on 17.3 acres of property that are perfect for sportsmen- there is even a custom built hunting cabin and shooting range. Glendale Lake and Rock Run Recreation Area are located minutes from the property. The potential for this property is vast- from outdoor enthusiasts to a bed & breakfast or a fantastic getaway home.

Michaela DeGennaro , Coldwell Banker Town & Country

17.30 ACRES
3486 SQ FT
Horse property with gorgeous views of the mountains, fields and valley.

Tower City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania

Bring your horses and toys and enjoy this beautiful view of the mountains, fields and valley. 6 stall Pennsylvania Bank Barn 68 x 29 with storage on top for your toys or tractor, a kennel for the dog along with underground pent fencing. New asphalt driveway in 2013 which leads to attached to home 19x22 garage and also 23 x 23 detached garage with 11.5 x 23 work shop with new doors, windows and roof, gas heater and electricity. Also included 39 x 30 with a height of 13 feet door for your large trucks, concrete floor with concrete paint, insulated , oil heat. 8 x 48 composite decking on the back of 3 bedroom 2.5 bath house. Kitchen open into breakfast area and family room. Kitchen has large pantry with 18 inch shelving. Window seat in the breakfast area. 2nd story master bedroom includes a walk in closet and double sink master bath with jet tub.

Kelly Unger , JCT Realty, Inc.

2.25 ACRES
98010 SQ FT
Ideal Equestrian Property for sale

Honey Brook, Chester County, Pennsylvania

An Equestrian's Dream Farm for sure! The current owner bought the property several years ago and created a top notch equestrian facility that could be used privately or for a business. The property is situated on 33.1 acres and is accessible thru a private gate leading you to the Main home, which is a Pennsylvania Farmhouse dated around 1741/1809. The home exudes antique charm with 4 fireplaces, deep sill windows, hardware and original floors (that have been refinished). There are 4 large bedrooms, 4.5 bath, updated kitchen, dining room, Living room with Walk in fireplace and adjoining family room with a built in bar. An enclosed porch has outside access to a fenced in rear yard with patio and in ground pool. Overall the home is about 3952 sq. ft with a newer metal roof and freshly painted exterior. The owners have remodeled, updated and continually maintained this exquisite home and property. For the consummate equestrian no expense was spared building this 8,800 square foot Stable in 2007. It has 27 large stalls (each with water, electric & a grooming box), rubber floor aisle, large Tack Room, Office, Feed Room, and two Wash Stalls. There are two additional 4 stall shed rows. 17 pastures, 12 with run-in sheds, and a round pen with screenings & rubber footing. The outdoor ring is 110' x 240' with new fencing. The indoor arena is 100' x 200' with dust free footing. Both arenas have superior Equifibre® /euro felt footing. The antique stone bank barn is in excellent condition with two levels that can be used for machine and hay storage, or be repurposed for a host of other uses. Additional outbuildings include a stone Summer Kitchen, a Spring House, Shavings Shed, Manure Storage and a Garden Shed. Adjoining the property with its own separate entrance is an 1,800 square foot 3 bedroom, 2.1 bath brick ranch home. Lease it out or use it for staff. The property is graced with specimen plantings and mature trees, enhancing the elegant ambiance.

Sue McElroy , Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors

33.10 ACRES
3952 SQ FT
A Beautiful Scenic Farmstead

Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

A beautiful, scenic farmstead completely renovated while keeping its Lancaster County charm. Original restored chestnut wood throughout the home, and the new addition seamlessly blends in, featuring huge Living/Dining and Recreation Rooms that look out on the property's soccer/riding field, woods, pastures and play areas. Perfectly located out in the country in Lancaster but yet conveniently located within 8 min of Rt 30, 283, 222 and Amtrak train station on Harrisburg/ Philadelphia route. Conveniently located in West Hempfield Township stands this eye catching updated farmhouse built-in 1874 that features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and over 4000 sq ft that has been renovated from top to bottom but still keeps its country charm. Set on 5.5 acres of pure tranquility, this property features a 2-story farm house, a 2-story barn with 5 horse stalls, and an inside wash stall and a large garage area. The backyard features an extensive flat play area including soccer field/riding area and playhouse. The property also includes multiple fenced-in pastures, and it backs up to beautiful Grubb Lake. The farmstead has been extensively renovated inside and out with new Pella and Anderson Windows, new flooring, eco-friendly and energy efficient utilities including central AC unit and dual heating systems (heat pump and oil), to minimize utility costs. A wrap-around covered front porch has entries to the kitchen or mudroom. The mudroom has bench seating with ample storage, multiple racks for hanging coats as well as a half bath for conveniently washing up. The interior boasts an open floor plan, large windows that let in lots of natural light, and pocket doors. As you enter you will feel an immediate sense of coziness and warmth. The welcoming great room boasts lots of open space, a corner stone gas fireplace, 10.5' ceilings, and large windows that overlook the scenic pastures and backyard. With the amazing opportunity for convenient 1st floor living, it hosts an oversized bedroom and full owner's bath which contains dual vanities, an oversized walk-in shower, and an antique clawfoot tub. The kitchen is stunning with an oversized center island featuring a built-in Jenn-Air oven with grill, convection oven, and electric cooktop. Cooking is a breeze with plenty of counter and cabinet storage space. Also on the main level is a craft room, pantry and full laundry area. The upper level hosts 3 bedrooms, a full bath, and a relaxing porch that overlooks the front of the property. A door in the bath leads to the walk-in attic which allows for easy access to ample storage. The finished lower level is over 1,500 sq ft with a full wall of oversize windows overlooking the backyard. This wide open space contains a recreation area with pool and air hockey tables, entertainment center, fitness area, extensive hobby area and separate workshop/tool room with an outside entrance. The exterior is simply outstanding with a multi-tier deck, pergola, and a Coleman 8-person hot tub with peaceful pasture views. The property features easy-care perennial flower gardens, a mature fruit and vegetable garden, and two paved 4-car driveway areas including a basketball court. For the horse or livestock enthusiast, the 2-story 30' x 70' barn comes equipped with 5 horse stalls, inside wash stall, a tack room, workshop, and a garage area with large electric door. The hayloft can hold up to 2 tons of small hay bales, and has significant additional storage. There is ample parking as well for about 8 cars. There are 3 separate horse pastures to facilitate rotation. These include automatic Nelson waterers, electric fences, water faucets and lights. A large lean-to includes a spate hay storage stall, and can be set to keep each horse separate or facilitate rotation. The property line backs to Grubb Lake Park, a 55 acre park featuring a one-mile walking trail around a beautiful, serene lake and children's playground. This is truly a unique property.

Anne Lusk , Lusk & Associates Sotheby's International Realty

5.50 ACRES
4046 SQ FT
Magic Hollow Farm - Eastern Equestrian Estate with Indoor and Outdoor Arenas

Matamoras, Pike County, Pennsylvania

Magic Hollow Farm Imagine a self-contained, private, idyllic property with everything you ever dreamed of having for yourself, your family and horses, all within 72 miles of the George Washington Bridge. This 88+ acre farm is ideally located by the border of Sussex County, NJ and Orange County, NY. The 4200 sq. ft. home is perfect for living and entertaining with a large 3 story great room which was built in 1992. The central feature of the great room is a large floor to ceiling stone fireplace. The stonework in the home was built using stone harvested from the stone walls meandering through the property, including the stone foundation laid up in 1829 for the original house. There are 3 fireplaces and a wood burning stove in the house. The property boasts a barn with 3 stalls on the ground level with plenty of room for hay storage, a building with another stall and lovely tack room, an indoor and outdoor riding arena, and a shed for the tractor and other equipment. There is a spring fed pond with a 1 room cabin. The rustic cabin boasts a kitchen, bathroom with shower, a screened porch and a deck which overlooks the pond. Other natural features include 2 streams and 2 artesian wells. Wild life abounds: deer, turkey, bear, fox, yellow tailed hawks, eagles! Opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting and fishing all at your fingertips. The beautiful trails which criss cross the property allow you to leave your home on horseback, and arrive in the lovely town of Milford, Pennsylvania eight miles away, never having had to use a roadway. Large tracts of State land surrounding the property allow exploration in many directions. The scenic Delaware River is 1 mile down the road and famous for its excellent canoeing, rafting, swimming and fishing. The paddock in front of the stalls opens onto multiple fenced fields allowing horses to graze with access to natural running water. There are two riding arenas: indoor, 100 x 50 feet, and outdoor, 240 x 320 feet, suitable for holding competitions. A classic round pen adjoins these two arenas. The fields are bordered by seemingly miles of stone walls, built by mounding field stone and blue slate. This stone has supplied some of the floors and the stone fireplaces in the residence. The house itself has three bedrooms, three baths, central air, and the great room. There is a six person hot tub in the master bath that overlooks the back fields. A commercial Garland stove in the kitchen allows for ample meal preparation. The house is surrounded by a large cedar deck. A stone barbecue and stone fire pit make for great entertaining. The circa 1829 back porches remain intact. While this property is totally isolated, it lies only three miles from the town of Matamoras, PA, with convenient access to shopping, trains to NY and NJ, the scenic upper Delaware River National Park, schools and Route 84. Stuart International Airport is less than one hour away. The GWB is 72 miles from the driveway. The property is registered in Clean and Green, (Agr-Act 319) providing lower taxes compared to NY or NJ.

Ed Raarup , Realty Executive Exceptional Realtors

88.97 ACRES
5900 SQ FT
254 Hathway Road, Jefferson - Mather, PA 15344

Rices Landing, Greene County, Pennsylvania

Spectacular farm on 236 acres. Situated on this Greene County farm is a barn with a separate living quarters as well as a retreat living

Kate Balzer , Piatt Sotheby's International Realty

232.00 ACRES
70 Acres in Ligonier on Kissell Springs Rd & Penrod Ln.

Ligonier, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

Located nearby historic downtown Ligonier, the Rolling Rock Club and Laughlintown, this beautiful and secluded property offers a variety of home sites and sweeping area views. This unique opportunity also presents an opportunity to preserve part of our nation's history and to own land where the Father of our Country once walked. Set on 70 acres of land, with gently rolling hillsides and mature, towering hardwoods, the ‘Summit’ parcel is the perfect blank canvas, offering the potential to create a dramatic hilltop estate with 270-degree area views, stretching from Chestnut Ridge to the west, the Rolling Rock Club to the south—and White Oaks Flats to the east. The cultural significance and value of this unique opportunity is enhanced by the fact that a young George Washington marched directly through the property in 1758, while helping General John Forbes and Colonel Henry Bouquet carve Forbes Trail out of the wilderness.

Kate Balzer , Piatt Sotheby's International Realty

70.40 ACRES
Elegant and Exceptional Hailand Farm

Malvern, Chester County, Pennsylvania

Elegant and exceptional, Hailand Farm is a sprawling Charlestown Township estate situated on 49+ picturesque acres of pastures, woods & rolling hills. Accessed by a winding driveway, this lovely Main Line property was built in 1836 & was originally owned by the Young family. With a brick walkway extending to the entrance, this 7-bedroom, 5.2-bathroom home features a center hall with a staircase & wood flooring. This space includes a large powder room with a mirrored-top vanity, a coat closet & access to the rear brick terrace & basement. To the right, the stylish living room has 2 fireplaces, and leads to the library with custom bookcases. Adjacent on the right is an airy garden room, with cathedral ceiling & sky lights, featuring a fireplace, terracotta floors & sliding doors opening to the deck. The copper-topped wet bar connects to the library. On the left is the dining room with built-in wood cabinetry, fireplace, wood floors & a window seat. It leads to the gourmet kitchen with exposed beams, herringbone floors, & center island with cooktop & seating, a desk and spiral stairs. Upscale appliances are Viking 4-burner gas range; SubZero refrigerator; Bosch dishwasher; double sink; InSinkErator disposal & Jenn-Air wall oven. Sliding doors provide terrace access with views of the swimming pool & gardens. Adjoining are: laundry room, mudroom, greenhouse & guest room with a cathedral ceiling & full bathroom, double vanity & mirrored closets. On the 2nd floor, the master suite showcases two fireplaces, carpeting, mirrored closets & "his & her" baths (with shower & soaking tub). The 2nd bedroom includes a fireplace. The hallway bath has a tub & shower. A 3rd bedroom has a spacious closet, while the second hall bath has a shower. This floor also has a gym. The third floor's two bedrooms feature closets & hall bathroom has a tub, a mini-fridge & breakfast bar. The unfinished basement has a bar, wine cellar & storage. With exterior stone walls, this estate also includes a pool house with dressing rooms, shower & bathroom. It features gardens, ponds, tennis court, 12-stall barn & riding ring. The guest cottage encompasses 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a kitchen, dining & living room with a fireplace. A separate building, currently an office, includes a bath & kitchen. Nearby is a shed & 3-car garage with fuel pumps, 2 garages (work & tractor) & chicken coop. Convenient to major highways & schools, Hailand Farm is an estate with both traditional & modern amenities. Additional acreage available for sale on adjacent lot. Property cannot be subdivided.

Lavinia Smerconish , Compass

49.12 ACRES
6412 SQ FT
Impressive Lot of Green Pastures and Woodlands

Malvern, Chester County, Pennsylvania

Boasting nearly 70 acres of green pasture and woodlands, this impressive lot sits adjacent to Hailand Farm. This open, yet private lot offers plenty of opportunity and is convenient to schools and major commuting routes such as the PA Turnpike, Route 202, with easy access to King of Prussia and Philadelphia. Property is zoned for Farm Residential. Property cannot be subdivided. Hailand Farm also available for sale for $2,999,000.

Lavinia Smerconish , Compass

69.70 ACRES
Timeless Beauty

Dillsburg, York County, Pennsylvania

Take a journey through history with this impeccably restored circa 18th Century estate. The architectural beauty of this magnificent home and outstanding brick-ended bank-barn have been perfected with modern amenities. The interior is gilded with rich period details that provide both formal and casual light-filled spaces for all of your family needs. The home boasts a magnificent granite entry, state of the art kitchen and Great Room, formal dining room, hardwood floors, three fireplaces, 4 bedrooms, three full baths, two powder rooms and a study with custom built bookcases made of Knotty Pine. The additions and renovations to this period home have been executed with astute attention to every detail. Well established gardens and a 2+/- acre pond along with outdoor entertaining space enhance this stately picture. From the original Spring House to the exceptionally restored brick-ended bank-barn, this 135+/- acre estate has so much to offer those seeking to elevate their life’s journey. The bank-barn renovation with its attached one-bedroom apartment is ideal for guests or as a caretaker’s residence. This property would make a perfect equestrian enterprise, a business venture or just seclusion encompassing exceptional mountain views, bountiful nature and history galore. Make this timeless beauty your home. Come home to south central Pennsylvania. Dillsburg is about: • 16 miles to Carlisle, PA • 19 miles to Harrisburg, PA • 28 miles to HIA Airport • 31 miles to Hershey, PA • 51 miles to Lancaster, PA • 54 miles from Frederick, MD • 63 miles from BWI Airport • 77 miles from the Washington Beltway • 91 miles to Devon, PA • 122 miles to Philadelphia, PA • 208 miles to Pittsburgh, PA

Richard Tucker , Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

135.00 ACRES
5001 SQ FT

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