Sweet College Town!

As the name obviously implies – Collegeville is a college town. Home of Ursinus College, a small, private liberal arts school with around 1700 students and a wonderful 10:1 student to faculty ratio. The best part of Ursinus in Collegeville is the reciprocal commitment the community has to the college and the college to the community. Ursinus has several traditions spanning over its 150 years plus as an educational institution.

Collegeville, located in Montgomery County, is a borough with a population around 5000. The Collegeville Real Estate Guide appreciates the location most with a 30 mile commute into downtown Philly, easy access to Routes 422 and others, and the SEPTA bus service to head north to Pottstown or south to Norristown (where connection to rail makes easy routes into the city).

With a city manager style of government, Collegeville has a mayor and a seven-member council who look after the administration and vision of the community. The borough’s website explains the importance and influence of Ursinus College, the prominence of business development, and resources for residents.

Neighboring boroughs and townships often share in development and offerings for municipal purposes. Sharing of costs lightens the load and provides for better offerings. Classic example is the school district. Collegeville is part of the Perkiomen Valley School District. Some areas just outside the borough attend the Spring-Ford School District or the Methacton District. The Collegeville Real Estate Guide finds all school districts mentioned to be high quality.

Defining the area – Collegeville Real Estate Guide

As with many sprawling metropolitan areas (Collegeville is considered a Philadelphia suburb), there is more to the area – referred to as the Collegeville Region – than just the borough itself.

The region is experiencing rapid growth. Known for a business/corporate friendly environment and strong economic and business development. Some large corporations in the area include Pfizer’s pharmaceutical division and Dow Chemical (they share a global research and development campus); GlaxoSmithKline has a research & development facility; Quest Diagnostics has an administrative facility in the area.

The Collegeville Real Estate Guide always points out the Providence Town Center, built in 2009 as an open-air shopping and restaurant mall. The center has over 70 stores and services (including an outpatient medical care facility) and is conveniently located off Routes 29 & 422.

Why live in Collegeville?

Small town charm attracts former city-dwellers looking for more space. Your Collegeville Real Estate Guide may mention some key points here:

  1. Home to an educated and affluent population.
  2. One of the safest communities in Montgomery County and the state of Pennsylvania.
  3. A visible and active business community. Strong business development actions of the borough.
  4. Terrific annual events such as the Memorial Day and Halloween parades.
  5. A walkable community with a philanthropic base.
  6. Multiple community parks with events and activities (trails, nature, ballgames, wildlife, summer concerts).
  7. Oh, and let’s not forget – location on the Perkiomen Creek leads to nature in abundance! Trails in the area exceed 900 miles!

Housing areas/types/cost of living –

Lots of neighborhoods from which to choose. The Collegeville Real Estate Guide has a couple to recommend for starters:

Rivercrest is a gated golf course community. Beautiful homes. A social and friendly lifestyle.

Providence View is a community with a country feel and easy access to highways.

Housing types include estate lots, townhomes, ramblers, split-levels, homes with great big yards, maintenance provided areas … just about anything you can put onto your wish list, we can find it for you! The median home price in Collegeville is in the $350K range. The cost of living index for the area is around 120 – driven by proximity to Philly and loads of amenities.

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