19th century roots, 10-minute commute, acres of opportunities outdoors

March 8, 2022
Photo Courtesy of Harris Township.

Happy Valley has long-been rated a top place to live thanks to the vibrancy of Penn State and State College and the surrounding communities and small towns. The village of Boalsburg is one of the nearest to campus and local amenities like theatres, concert facilities, athletic venues and shops and restaurants, and is also a picturesque and historic gem that offers convenient small town living and an abundance of outdoor recreation.

With a population just under 5,000, Boalsburg pedestrian-friendly streets are lined with locally-owned restaurants and shops. Nestled against a mountain backdrop, Boalsburg is ideal for “just outside your door” access to a robust array of the area’s best backcountry recreation, including hiking, mountain biking, skiing and camping.

One of Boalsburg largest parks is 68-acre Oak Hall Regional Park, which plays host to sports tournaments for baseball, flag football and cross-country running and offers walking paths with incredible views. Just a few miles to the east is Tussey Mountain, offering 50 acres of skiing, snowboarding and tubing in the winter months and go-karts, skateboarding, mini-golf, fishing and more in warmer weather. The venue also hosts concerts and its own popular event Wingfest in the summer.

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The Pennsylvania Military Museum, located across from downtown Boalsburg, offers not only educational tours but also a large lawn and flat, paved walking paths. The site hosts one of the area’s largest farmer’s markets every Tuesday from May through November.

As the ‘birthplace of Memorial Day,’ Boalsburg shows off its historical significance with an annual celebration that includes re-enactments, a carnival, a parade and a 3.8-mile road race.

Keeping good company

Several key tech businesses are headquartered in Boalsburg. Small businesses, large companies and local creatives can all call Boalsburg home. Blatek, manufacturer of custom medical & NDT ultrasonic transducers and piezoelectric composites, serves the medical, industrial and research industries. The company was founded in 1979 and continues to grow and advances its product line. EnergyCAP is a data and analytics software firm whose innovative platform serves large, multi-facility enterprises in government, higher ed and commercial markets with energy and utility management. EnergyCAP is a multiple year winner of ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies, and Environmental Leader's Product of the Year. PendreaBio, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company pursuing cutting-edge cancer treatments, also makes its home in Boalsburg.

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Housing options from historic to high-end

Boalsburg’s housing options range from single-family home rentals (typically more affordable than those directly adjacent to the university) and historic homes in the village center to more suburban-style developments in varying price ranges, including higher-end options in Bear Meadows and Rockey Ridge. Boalsburg is located in the nationally-ranked State College Area School District is just 10-15 minutes from Downtown State College.

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