Allentown Real Estate

Allentown is a city in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania


Allentown was originally named Northamptontown by its founder, Chief Justice of Colonial Pennsylvania's Supreme Court, William Allen. Allen, also a former Mayor of Philadelphia and successful businessman, drew up plans for the rural village in 1762. Despite its formal name, from the beginning, nearly everyone called it "Allen's town." In 1838, the city officially adopted the name Allentown which was not the only change in store for this town on the Lehigh. By the 1830s and 1840s, America's industrial revolution, which was born in the Lehigh Valley, was entering its take-off stage, and the arrival of the Lehigh Canal and later the railroad, opened up Allentown in a way that would have been beyond William Allen's wildest dreams.

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Cityscape and neighborhoods
Center City, which includes the downtown area and the 7th Street retail and residential corridor, is the city's central business district and the site of various city, county and federal government centers. To the east of Center City are "The Wards," residential areas that developed during the city's industrial boom of the late 19th century and early 20th century. Just east of the Lehigh River are the city's East Side residential neighborhoods, most of which border the various routes to nearby Bethlehem. South of Center City, and across the Little Lehigh Creek, are the city's South Side neighborhoods, which border Emmaus. The West End of Allentown, with its mix of commercial corridors, cultural centers, and larger single-family residences, begins approximately west of 15th Street.

The Center City's tallest building is the PPL Building at 322 ft (98 m). The Allentown Art Museum, Allentown Symphony Hall, the former site of Hess's Department Stores' original and flagship store, Baum School of Art, Lehigh County Historical Society and Heritage Museum, and The Liberty Bell Museum are all known landmarks in Center City. The Central Business District has several office buildings (One City Center, the Dime Savings and Trust Company building, Two City Center,[44][45] and several others are planned), an 8,641-seat indoor arena (the PPL Center) which opened in August 2014, cost $177.1 million to build,[46] the Americus Hotel and a Marriott Hotel which opened in January 2015.

Allentown - Town vs. County Stats

Avg Price in Allentown: $298,800 / County Avg $412,200

73%

Avg Taxes in Allentown: $4,900 / County Avg $5,100

95%

Avg Sq. Ft. in Allentown: 1,813 / County Avg 2,142

85%

Avg Price per/sqft in Allentown:$165 / County Avg $192

86%

Avg Walkscore in Allentown: 61 / County Avg 49

125%

Avg Year Built in Allentown: 1941 / County Avg 1951

99%

Avg Days on Website in Allentown: 97 / County Avg 105

92%

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