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Finding Apartments for Rent in Reading, PA
Located between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Reading is the city that originated the outlet shopping mall and the home of several pretzel bakeries. It is also fairly close to New York City which is helpful for professionals who travel there often for work. Reading is ethnically diverse and full of historic architecture from before World War II giving the area character. Over half of Reading's population are from Hispanic descent and speak Spanish as a first or second language.
Finding apartments in Reading can be difficult due to the low turnover rate for rental units. The cost of living in Reading is lower than many parts of the country, however residents move less often as well. Reading is the county seat and the fifth largest city in PA.
Top Neighborhoods in Reading, PA
The top neighborhoods in Reading are Jacksonwald/Reiffton and Cornwall Terrace/Shiloh Hills. Both neighborhoods are suburbs of Reading. The majority of homes in Jacksonwald/Reiffton were built between 1970 and 1999, and vacancy rate is extremely low at 0.5 percent. This neighborhood is very family friendly with a variety of public and Catholic schools in the area. The Cornwall Terrace/Shiloh Hills neighborhood is similar although it has some buildings built between 1940 and 1969. Vacancy rate is a bit higher at 3 percent. This upper-middle class neighborhood has many college students as residents and a diverse ethnic population.
Cultural Attractions in Reading, PA
While you can visit New York and Philadelphia for larger cultural events, Reading has quite a few cultural associations for its size. The Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra offers an interesting range of musical talents in high school students and has a packed schedule of performances. GoggleWorks Art Gallery has studios, classes and exhibits of a variety of art forms including film. The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum has a full display of military history focused on planes and air support. Reading Public Museum has an arboretum, planetarium and other rotating science, social science and art exhibits. The Historical Society of Berks County maintains the Berks History Center displaying the fascinating history of the local area.
Another interesting point of note is the William Penn Memorial Fire Tower, built as a fire observation tower with a 60 mile radius panoramic view.
Sports and Recreation in Reading, PA
Reading residents follow sports teams from Philadelphia although the city is the home of the Reading Fightin Phils, a minor league baseball division of the Philadelphia Phillies. There are a lot of places to camp and hike in and around the Reading area including several public parks. Berks County runs the local park system which has bike and walking paths, picnic sites and some historical sites. Many people enjoy these sites throughout the year including the Berks County Heritage Center, Antietam Lake, Union Canal Walking and Bicycle Trail and Gring's Mill Recreation Area. The Park system hosts several events throughout the year between April and December including Fly a Kite Day and a Children's Fishing Rodeo.
Shopping in Reading, PA
Fairgrounds Square Mall is the place to go for up-to-date shops and fashion including restaurants when you need a break from trying on shoes and clothing. For bargain hunters, visit the many outlet stores in Reading including the popular VF Outlet with clothing for all family members from children to adults. Other factory shops include Dooney & Bourke, Van Heusen and Osh Kosh.
For high-fashion trendy boutiques, New York City is only a short car or train ride away, about two to three hours.
Dining in Reading, PA
If you love good food, you will be happy with the selection of eateries in Reading. The Ugly Oyster Drafthaus has over 80 beers in an Irish Pub setting and a hearty food menu. Third and Spruce Cafe offers casual dining with an outdoor patio during summer months. For Italian fare and pizza, visit GNA Ristorante. The Works has a broad menu for kids and adults that you can relax in after playing numerous games in their gaming area. For delicious French dining and fresh ingredients visit Papillon Brasserie. And if you like a good wine or beer with German and Scottish foods such as Wienerschnitzel and seafood, you will enjoy a meal at the West Reading Tavern.
Weather in Reading, PA
Weather in Reading runs the full gamut of seasons with a large measure of precipitation and accumulation. Winter temperatures range from 22 degrees (F) to 43 degrees (F) except for extremely cold days. Summer temperatures can rise as high as 86 degrees (F) and go as low as 65 degrees (F). Reading gets quite a bit of rain and snow about two to five inches of precipitation per month. July is the warmest month most years although August runs a close second. Some of Reading's weather is affected by the mountain ranges in Pennsylvania.
As of July 2017, the average apartment rent in Reading,PA is $624 for a studio, $836 for one bedroom, $1,006 for two bedrooms, and $1,333 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Reading has increased by 0.1% in the past year.
Apartments for Rent in Reading, PA
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