Erie, PA

Overview

Even before it was officially founded in 1795, Erie's location made it a key destination for many. Even today, the miles of shoreline, the beaches, and the beauty of Lake Erie attracts new residents. If you are one of the many moving to Erie, get ready for an adventure! Erie is known for outdoor activities, such as swimming and boating, and is home to the best freshwater beach in the country: Presque Island State Park. The park features 13 beaches, a marina, and 21 miles of trails. The park contains the Presque Island Light, built in 1872, and the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. When you aren't spending summers canoeing, swimming, water-skiing, and hiking and winters ice skating, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing at Presque Island State Park, you can enjoy a vibrant downtown, the Erie Art Museum, and Waldameer Park and Water World. An apartment in Erie places you about an hour from Cleveland and Buffalo, and about two hours north of Pittsburgh.

4 Neighborhoods in Erie, PA

  • Downtown Erie

    Erie's beautiful downtown neighborhood, located on the shores of Lake Erie, combines contemporary architecture and views of the lake intermixed with apartment living and condos. Sail aboard the USS Brig Niagara during Erie's annual Tall Ships Erie festival every September, when eight to 10 historic tall ships sail into the harbor. The Erie Art Museum hosts classes, workshops, and live concerts among the paintings, sculpture, and pottery on display.

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  • South Suburban Erie

    Apartments in south suburban Erie, just three miles from the city center, allow residents access to many amenities, including the Erie Zoo (make sure to check out the zoo's ice skating rink in the winter) and the John C. Martin Family Golf Center, a public nine-hole golf course. Take your dog to the Larry Fabrizi dog park, or play softball or basketball at Haggerty Park. The Glenwood Park YMCA provides swimming, fitness, and recreation programs to residents.

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  • West Erie

    The West Erie neighborhood, sitting just west of downtown Erie, serves as a go-to shopping destination for the surrounding area with its two major retail outlets, West Erie Plaza and Village West. Locals take to the plaza for vendor events and specialty store shopping such as E. Lane Boutique and Achilles Running Shop. Village West offers residents the Lavender Rabbit, which sells gourmet gift items, and Wild Birds Unlimited, which sells bird supplies. Locals also visit Village West for a relaxing yoga session at Plasha Yoga Studio or hone their stage acting skills at Accurate Performance performing arts studios.Residents make their homes in the neighborhood in two-story and ranch-style single-family homes and apartments.

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  • West Suburban Erie

    Consider a rental in west suburban Erie if you love the outdoors. This neighborhood lies at the gateway to Presque Isle State Park with sandy beaches, swimming, and boating on the shores of Lake Erie. Walk to the Lake Erie Arboretum to see fireworks, concerts, and summer outdoor movies. Walnut Creek offers steelhead fishing as well as bass and catfish, and Lake Shore BMX gives BMX racing enthusiast's extreme thrills. Lake Erie Outfitters and Lake Erie Bait and Tackle supply the equipment for your outdoor adventures. The Lake Shore Country Club provides opportunities to play golf or tennis and swim. Spend a Saturday at Waldameer Park and Water World for a classic amusement park experience.

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