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Letter from the Editor: A New Bellefonte

by on June 29, 2018 2:56 PM

When my wife and I bought our house in Spring Township, just outside the Bellefonte Borough, in November 2015, we became the first homeowners in a portion of the neighborhood just beginning to be developed.

There was one other home with a “For Sale” sign across the street. Otherwise, we were surrounded by building lots and mounds of dirt.

Two-and-a-half years later, we’re part of a bustling and ever-growing neighborhood in which homes are being sold faster than they can be built.

When an existing home goes on the market, it’s snapped up in a matter of days. Property values are rising.

While there are, of course, lots of factors that go into buying a home, I suspect lots of my neighbors were attracted to this neighborhood for the same reason we were: location.

We’re about 10 miles – an easy 12-or-so-minute drive – from downtown State College and the Penn State campus, the economic and cultural heartbeat of the region. We’re also far enough away to enjoy a bit more peace and quiet when that’s desired.

But, perhaps more under the radar, there’s another draw for folks in our neck of Centre County: proximity to Bellefonte.

Downtown Bellefonte has quietly in recent years strengthened its claim as a must-see destination in its own right.

The stately Victorian homes and commercial buildings, the landmark courthouse, Talleyrand Park with its footbridge over Spring Creek, are well celebrated.

But it’s what’s happening within the walls of those historic buildings, from new businesses to ideas being hatched by longtime residents and an infusion of newcomers, that’s bringing a renewed energy and vitality to the borough.

Samantha Chavanic takes a closer look in this issue.

In keeping with our Bellefonte theme, our Taste of the Month feature takes you to one of the borough’s most fun and interesting places, Big Spring Spirits. The distillery is known for its creative cocktail menu (ever try a Talleyrand Russian?), and now there’s an inspired food menu to match.

We’ll also introduce you to some of the best places to kayak in Centre County this summer, including, of course, Spring Creek.

Vincent Corso gets us back on dry land – rocks, tree roots, snakes, and all – with a feature on local trail runners. There are more of them than you might think, and they say it’s a sport that’s had a big impact on their lives. Vince is an avid trail runner himself and strapped a GoPro on his head for the recent Rothrock Trail Challenge.

We’ll share the results of that journey on Facebook, so check it out!

 

Mark Brackenbury

Editorial Director

mbrackenbury@barashmedia.com

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