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Milford, PA is a very small town in the Poconos with a smaller population of 1,021. It is a popular gay enclave for tourists from NYC and Philadelphia looking to enjoy the great outdoors. Milford is located right on the Delaware River where Pennsylvania meets New York and New Jersey. It is nestled between the protected forest environment of the Poconos and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Both parks have protected forests, majestic waterfalls and many hiking trails. Many gay & lesbians buy time-shares and cottages in this area to take advantage of the fishing, boating and swimming offered.
The town has a vibrant arts community and boasts two beautiful main streets, Harford and Broad that are lined with exquisite historic buildings, antique stores and galleries. The downtown also boasts many wonderful cafes and restaurants. Many who live there attribute the success of the town to gay activist Sean Strub who bought the Hotel Fauchere and restored it to its turn-of-the-century Victorian elegance. The area is very green with many old trees and perennial gardens.
There is no one gay club but the entire community is gay so the designation of “gay club” is not really necessary. It has the second largest population of gays and lesbians in the state, after Philadelphia. This is one town where it is definitely okay to openly hold hands with the one that you love as you walk down the streets. The town is so beautiful that one tourist has described it as a “gay-friendly Norman Rockwell painting.”
Milford is home to the Black Bear Film Festival, which is annual independent film celebration in October, as well as the Milford Music Festival that takes place every June. However, culturally, Milford is really known for its incredible architecture with very old clapboard and stone buildings. The town is noted for its Italianate, Romanesque Revival, Greek Revival and Gothic Revival style buildings. One of the most famous places in the town is the French Norman style Grey towers designed by Richard Morris Hunt that is open to the public for tours.
As Milford is such a posh and interesting place to live, it is not that cheap. Keep in mind that this town has such a great walk ability factor that it only has one stoplight. The average listing price for a home for sale in Milford, PA and surrounding Pike County was $256, 056.00 for the week ending July 10, 2013. To find a home at a reasonable price in this wonderful town that is also home to many gay cultural producers and activists, it is a good idea to enlist the services of a Milford gay realtor who knows the town.
While looking for a property to buy in Milford you might want to stay at the center of it all which is the Hotel Fauchere, the Black Walnut Inn or the Rainbow Mountain Inn in the mountains. The Harrington House Bed & Bedfast is located right downtown. For more information in general about Milford go to the city’s official website at www.milfordpa.us.