Living Here

Centre Park is a welcoming, friendly and diverse urban neighborhood committed to preserving both the architecture and unique lifestyle which makes this neighborhood great. We encourage neighbors to connect, volunteer, and help make ours one of the very best neighborhoods in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

A variety of properties are available at any given time. They include row homes, twins, and, sometimes, single-family houses. Some have been restored, while others are ready for new owners eager to restore them to their former glory.

A typical row or twin home may have between 4 and 6 bedrooms; in good condition a row home may sell in the $85,000 to $110,000 range, and a somewhat larger twin may sell in the $135,000 to $165,000 range. Most have 2.5 to 3 stories plus a full basement.

Among the row and twin homes are larger single-family houses and distinctive mansions which contribute to the unique history and architecture of the District. These distinctive properties typically sell for several hundred thousand dollars.

Housing values in the Historic District have risen modestly for the past several years; the CPHD is a great place to own!

 

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Architecture

The overall character of the Centre Park Historic District is one of elegant and well-maintained architecture featured in a richly landscaped setting.

Homes in the District include large mansions, semi-detached and row homes. They are mostly Queen Anne, Late Queen Anne, Gothic Revival, Georgian Revival, Victorian Romanesque and Late Federal in style.

 

Preservation & Repairs

The Centre Park Historic District is protected by the City of Reading’s Historic District Ordinance. All construction, restoration or maintenance work that is visible from the street must be reviewed and approved in advance.

Please note that conversion of single-family homes into apartments is no longer allowed in the District.

The Historic Preservation Office can approve plans for simple repairs: 610-655-6414.

Additions, remodeling work, and restorations require the approval of the Reading Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) which can also be reached at 610-655-6414