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Horsham PA real estate

MONEY magazine lists Horsham as one of the best places to live. Its rating is 15 out of 100. Real estate is reasonable with most available properties in the $200,000 to $300,000 range. Average sale price is $289,000. Condos are available from $179,000 for a two bedroom/ one bath unit to $284,900 for a 3 bedroom/one and one half bath property. A four bedroom one and one half bath is $350,000. On the high end, a four bedroom three bath home is $875,000.

Horsham is fortunate to have one of the largest park systems in Montgomery County. The forty-six parks feature tennis courts, nature trails, a football and numerous baseball fields, soccer fields, basketball courts and playground apparatus. There are many youth organizations, covering just about every sport. There are also adult programs and scheduled bus trips.

In 2000 there were approximately 24,000 people living in the township. Horsham is located in Montgomery County. Horsham has corporate centers, office complexes and an abundance of residential housing. It lies 18 miles north of Philadelphia and is near Hatboro, Warminster and Willow Grove.  There are several excellent golf courses and its proximity to New Hope and Washington’s Crossing offers great recreational opportunities.

Horsham students attend the Hatboro-Horsham public schools, long recognized as an excellent school district at all levels, and one of the finest school districts in the United States. There are five elementary schools, kindergarten center, middle school and the Hatboro-Horsham High School.  Schools are in Horsham, Hatboro and Ambler.
The Johnson and Johnson Corporation has a subsidiary in Horsham.  Toll Brothers and Nutri-System corporate headquarters, as well as Motorola’s Home and Mobility Services are located here. Horsham and the surrounding area hosts close to 5,000 restaurants, and there is an abundance of shopping, much of it upscale.

Horsham, PA History

Horsham is part of William Penn’s original grant from the King of England, and is named for Horsham in Sussex, England. In 1684 purchasers we permitted to buy land made available in the original 17 square mile area.  Five thousand acres were purchased by Samuel Carpenter, a native of Horsham, Sussex who in turn sold land to Quaker settlers. In 1717, Horsham became a municipality.

The Horsham Friends Meeting House (Quaker) at the corner of Easton ( Route 611) and Horsham Road was the nexus for development of the town which was originally called Horshamington.  The corner of Limekiln and Horsham Roads became the center for Prospectville.  The extension of Limekiln Pike led to the limekilns of Thomas Fitzwater and to a tavern which afforded a welcome respite for those travelling the country roads. The mother of General Ulysses S. Grant lived here. There was also a nearby hamlet called Davis Grove where the Golden Ball Inn was a meeting place for many Revolutionary War figures. Davis Grove is no more.  It was absorbed by the Willow Grove Naval Air Station.

Horsham did not experience real growth until 1872 when the North Pennsylvania Railroad established a line between Glenside and New Hope, with a station in nearby Hatboro. The Horsham-Byberry-Hatboro Road became the stimulus for residential development. In 1916 an extension of the Philadelphia Rapid Transit trolley line from Willow Grove Amusement Park to Doylestown followed Easton Road and made development attractive to Philadelphians.

The genesis of the Naval Air Station began in 1926 when Harold F. Pitcairn purchased land for production of the autogyro, the forerunner of the helicopter. The United States Navy purchased the field in 1942 for what has become the largest Naval Air Station in the country. In 2011 it will become an Air National Guard base.

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