Poconos Best 2024-25

Over 30,000,000 visitors each year visit the Poconos Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here is where they find the Best Places To Stay, The Best Restaurants, The Best Poconos Events and The Best Places to Buy A Home in the Pocono Mountains.

The Best Places to Live in the Poconos

Poconos Vacation Home for saleBest Place to buy a house in the Pocono Mountains of PA

Well... now it depends.

So.. we'll helped you narrow the choices. We can narrow the selection for you pretty quickly since we've been doing this for over 50 years. 

Best Vacation Community:

Lake Naomi
, Pocono Pines PA

Pinecrest beachA neighborhood with everything. golf, lake, outdoor pool, excellent  tennis facility and good management. There are homes here with award winning design. And, this is a great location on top of the Pocono Plateau, with its unique weather system, allowing for cooler breezes in the summer and more snow in the winter.
Pinecrest Home
Lake Naomi
is also, easy to get to from either New York of Philadelphia. It is convenient to skiing at Jack Frost or Camelback. Less than 6 miles to the Mt Airy Casino. Minutes to river activities on either the Lehigh or Delaware rivers.

The original developer created Lake Naomi as a haven for the vacation Homeowner.  This community has beautiful lake, (Third largest in Pennsylvania) top tennis facility, great management, outdoor pool, restaurant and lots of history.

Short term rentals are regulated with some restrictions in Lake Naomi. Allowed, but limited in number of times per year per unit.

Tie with Hemlock Farms
- 3 Lakes, beaches, tennis, golf, indoor / out door pools, professional management, low taxes and lots of ranch homes (means a lot of retirees.) Hemlock Farms is the largest community in the Poconos in square miles. Not quite as upscale as Lake Naomi .. but very well planned and run. the location is a bit more isolated than Lake Naomi and further from skiing and other Poconos activities. Closer to the New York / New Jersey Market and further from Philadelphia and south Jersey. 

Best Place to Live for Locals:

Cherry Valley – Part of this quiet rural area where 20,000-acres have been designated as a National Wildlife Refuge. I’ve always felt driving through Cherry Valley is like driving through rural West Virginia. A valley surrounded by high hills of maples, pines, and oak trees.

Home in Cherry ValleyThe valley floor is a patchwork of working farms and country estates.

Very small villages, some with less than 10 homes, make up the social network. Yet, all this is within a few minutes of Stroudsburg. Allentown, and it's regional airport, is 20 minutes and it is less than 2 hours to Manhattan.

There are no “communities” in Cherry Valley. It is a geographical region comprised of Smithfield, Stroud, Hamilton and Ross Townships and many small villages.

There is no good way to find a home in Cherry Valley online (one of the reasons that it is quiet and nice.) So, it is necessary to call a local Realtor and ask for a list in your price range. USA Realty can help 570-517-2428 and will send you a list of homes that meet your criteria.

Best All Around Low Priced Vacation Home spot –

Arrowhead Lakes
. Gated, lots if amenities and close to 3 ski resorts and waterparks. Short term rentals are allowed in Arrowhead Lake.

Best Place for Ski Home Community

Camelback Mountain View HomeNorthridge at Camelback  – Close to the largest and most active ski resort and summer water park in the Poconos. Only about 25 minutes from the other four major ski and winter resorts (Jack Frost, Big Boulder, Shawnee and Blue Mountain)

Most ski homes here were designed by Bill Deveraux one of the nations leading home architects and constructed to pretty high standards, at least in the older Northridge homes.

The community is well run, has a good mix of New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia owners. This is where you will find  the best short term rental potential of any community in the mountains.

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Best Place to Buy a Home for the Motor Boater

Lake Wallenpaupack is regulated by Pennsylvania Power and Light with its own set of restrictions. While there are some other activities around the lake, there’s not much for kids to do here. AND, restaurants in the area are known to close off season, so it gets REAL quiet in winter.

Best Poconos Commuter Homes 

Are located in the Stroudsburg PA Real Estate area of the Poconos. Small town atmosphere yet close to the Delaware Water Gap bridge and easiest access to New Jersey and New York City. 

Reprinted with changes from PoconosRealEstate.com The Official Real Estate Website of Poconos Real Estate.