I am a native of the area and a relocation realtor with 15 years experience helping families finding homes that best meet their needs. I can highly recommend Central Pa as a great fit for you. There are several small towns that offer quality schools, a safe community and access to excellent medical facilities. We have many beautiful homes available in the price range you have indicated. I would be happy to email you possibilities that meet your criteria or if you prefer, you can search my website at http://www.jgr.com/beth.williamson or you can call my cell at 717.571.1796 for an immediate response.
Give me some specifics as to what type of home you prefer, bedrooms etc.
Thanks for your time. I would love the opportunity to help you find the perfect home.
Hershey-great schools, near Hershey Med Center, high taxes (Hummelstown is the suburb area but make sure you are buying in Hershey schools)
Camp Hill-Norman Rockwell like with little holiday parades and great sense of community, public school is small and everyone knows everyone, near Holy Spirit Hospital, houses are older
Cumberland Valley School District-huge school (graduating about 600 last year) but lots of neighborhoods with new or recent construction for resale, lots of families, Hampden Township (in this area) has the lowest taxes in the area.
From your description, I would say New Cumberland would be a great fit for you. It has a small town feel yet is near Harrisburg and all major highways. The school district is West Shore. The town is minutes from Holy Spirit hospital and Pinnacle Health. You can find school and other local information at http://www.harrisburbs.net . Best of luck with your pending move!
Each of the counties in which you are considering will fulfill what you are looking for based on the information that you have provided. If you email me directly, I can further assist you in more detail. I have helped several buyers transition to this area, and would welcome the opportunity to help you and your family as well.