Local Housing Trends: All About Bellefonte

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, population 6,281, is situated 10 miles from State College and Penn State University, and is sometimes called “Central Pennsylvania’s Victorian Secret.” This charming borough, also the county seat, was settled in 1795 and is named after the natural spring found there.

The borough has been historically important in Pennsylvania and American history, serving as the hometown of five state governors and two other governors. It was the second town in the country to have its streets lighted with electricity (after New York City), and in its heyday, saw famous visitors like Thomas Edison and Amelia Earhart.

History lovers will fancy the older homes found in the borough, and those looking for more contemporary housing will surely find something as well. From Victorian charmer to modern townhouse, there’s something for everyone in the Bellefonte housing market.


Bellefonte Borough is a great place to put down roots. This historic town has many assets, including a sizable number of independent and family-owned businesses. Many of these businesses have chosen to call Bellefonte home because of its wonderful architecture, rich history and a strong sense of community.

As you take in the Bellefonte Historic District, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, consider what it would be like to live in one of these stately homes. Many are already renovated and used as residences, offices or bed and breakfasts, but some are still awaiting restoration.

These historic homes are generally quite close to the action. Many are situated near the downtown business district, which offers amenities like a coffee shop, distillery, bars, restaurants, museums, library, the courthouse and more.

Just recently, the waterfront district was boosted with a project that includes a stone flood wall and walkway that runs from High Street to Lamb Street. This connects the immensely popular Talleyrand Park – the gem of Centre County’s park system – to the lower end of town near Gamble Mill, an historic grist mill on the National Register of Historic Places. With these recent improvements, the area is now ripe for economic development, and plans for a boutique hotel, stores and condo-style homes have all been discussed.

Additionally, studies have recently been conducted on a bike path that would link Bellefonte to the nearby community of Milesburg. While still in the planning stages, this path could play an important part in the proposed Bald Eagle and Spring Creek Navigation Canal Greenway Corridor. Eventually, this path could connect Bellefonte with the city of Lock Haven, and beyond that, the immensely popular Pine Creek Rail Trail.

While Bellefonte contains the highest concentration of historic homes in the county, there are other nearby options for those who want an older, historic home with easy access to this amenity-filled borough. We recommend looking in the quiet communities of Zion and Pleasant Gap, both a short drive from town but offering space and solitude.


There’s more to Bellefonte than just historic homes. Included in the borough in neighborhoods like McAllister and Rainbow Village are homes built in the 1950s and ‘60s. A few neighborhoods, like Parkview Heights and Parkview Heights Estates, contain newer homes built through the 1990s.

For new builds from the last few decades, however, you’ll likely need to step outside borough limits. It’s possible to find newer single-family homes near Bellefonte, but you may want to open your search to one of the many fantastic developments just outside of town.

These planned communities offer a wide variety of prices and amenities. The ever-popular Amberleigh is just minutes from downtown, and offers single-family homes with open floor plans and three-bedroom townhouses. A beautiful landscape serves as the backdrop to this development, which offers affordable contemporary living enhanced by the small-town charm of nearby Bellefonte.

Another unique option is OpeQuon Hill, a community that masterfully blends nature and open community. Featuring 16 acres of common open space, it borders scenic Buffalo Run Creek and is less than a mile from a Class A fly-fishing stream. Single-family homes and condos can both be found here.

There are a variety of more affordable options around Bellefonte, too. Consider The Village of Nittany Glen, a clubhouse community of single-family homes that start at $190,000. Other developments, like Weaver Hill and Nittany Terrace, offer more modest homes in a variety styles.

No matter your price range or home style preference, we can help with your home search. Let us put our years of expertise to work for you … call us today to begin your home-buying journey!

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