Coatesville: Home to Lukens Steel Company, the oldest steel mill still in commission in the United States.
A historic town that has entered the 21st century on a tear, Coatesville is moving from a sleepy industrial town to a lively suburb. A redeveloped downtown is the start of growth, while the outskirts of town continues to attract those who want to live near town but not right inside. Right along major routes, with available public transportation, Coatesville is a good destination for commuters to Philadelphia, Delaware, and even Maryland and D.C.
Moving to Coatesville
Coatesville doesn't have any real neighborhoods, but it does have significant differences in rental communities. You can find the odd single apartment for rent in town, as well as some home rentals along the main drag or on the outskirts. But your best bet, especially if you are in a hurry, is to look at rental properties in the apartment or townhouse communities.
The three top options in terms of complexes are Millview Apartments on the northwest side of town, Garnet Terrace on the south side of town, and Hillside, just to the east of town. Millview is at the top as far as price goes, but it's also at the top in terms of space, modernity, and amenities. It also manages to be the most convenient to Route 30. Garnet Terrace is unique, but located south of town, it's the most inconvenient of the bunch. The units are also on the smaller side. Hillside is the least expensive, but also the oldest of the bunch, with some outdated amenities.
Summers in can get oppressively hot and humid, so try to find a rental property in Coatesville with central air conditioning. Likewise, the winters can get fierce from time to time, so looking for a rental unit with all utilities paid would a wise direction to take. Make sure the apartments you check out also have good weather sealing around the windows and doors, or you could find yourself with high heating bills.
As far as lead time, it's like pretty much the same as any other area - have your references in line, a couple of pay stubs on hand, and be ready with two or three months of rent for your security deposit. Demand in the area is not all that high, and since there are more renter-occupied units than owner-occupied units, there's always vacancies, so you won't need to get started more than a month or two before you are looking to move in.
Living in Coatesville
Downtown Coatesville is still in the midst of redevelopment, as they try to bring more commercial opportunities into the town. This redevelopment has included tearing down older, abandoned building and putting in shiny new multi-use buildings, apartments, condominiums, and even a regional recreational center. Part of the plan includes the building of a National Velodrome Center, to be the only indoor velodrome on the East Coast. This redevelopment has certainly helped out in terms of convenience. A rehabilitated downtown has led to more people wanting to live there and more businesses wanting to be there, making downtown Coatesville fairly walkable and bikeable. Combined with SEPTA routes and a train station, this makes Coatesville a town where a car is not completely necessary for getting around. Of course, it certainly makes things easier.
Food and Recreation
The restaurants of Coatesville might not wow you, but they are pretty solid. At the top of the list is The Whip Tavern, serving some top-notch British Pub fare - their weekend features that will sometimes include haggis or Beef Wellington are quite tasty. On the other end of the flavor range is Taqueria Dos Amigos, serving up some serious south-of-the-border tastes.
If you want to get outdoors for hiking, fishing, and more, head up to the nearby Hibernia County Park and Chambers Lake. You can also picnic and camp in the park, and even visit the historic Hibernia mansion. If you'd rather spend your outdoors time chasing a little white ball around, the Coatesville area has that as well - Coatesville Country Club is just to the north, while Ingleside Golf Club is minutes to the east.