Poconos Communities List

A List of Poconos Communities and Neighborhoods

Like many regions defined by unique geographic features, the Poconos Mountains are unique in that they are also defined by vibrant neighborhoods and communities and wide spread attractions. The Poconos longevity as a vacation destination is in the diversity and vitality of its natural and man made attractions around which its neighborhoods and communities have grown along with the region’s proximity to the largest markets in the USA. All of our communities, neighborhoods, villages and cities are less than 2.5 hours from the 30 or so million people living in the New York and Philadelphia markets.

From the Lakes, Rivers, Mountains and Streams used by the settlers as transportation and resources, much as evolved in the Pocono Mountains region of northeastern PA. Many communities or neighborhood are located around or near one of the natural features. There are lake communities, neighborhoods sited on mountains, and villages along our rivers or trade routes between rivers.

Each neighborhood and community

has its own personality and distinct appeal, all of them demonstrate the Poconos changing face, as this historic and nature oriented areas has become a magnet for second homeowners and commuters alike.

With over 300 Communities and 2400 Square Miles and a 2.5 hour drive across, finding the right neighborhood is a daunting task.

Each community has an appeal that draws like minded home buyers. Most experienced real estate agents will start by introducing their potential buyers to communities prior to looking at homes and after, of course, reviewing with the buyer, his, her, or their criteria for purchasing a home in a Pocono neighborhood. Most buyers pick the Poconos community first, then the home.

You might be interested in viewing a web site that discusses “The Best Places to Live in the Poconos” or:

For Help Simply Call:

Rick Golden at USARealty@USARealty.net 570-517-2428

Rick will help you with a short list of the right neighborhoods for you. Once you understand which neighborhoods work for your needs, then you can start concentrating on finding a home in one of these communities that is right for you. We have marked those communities that we are aware of that allow Short Term Rentals  – STR

 Lakefront Home Communities

State Forest Leased Cabins  Cabins on State Forest land that Pennsylvania residents may own. These are basic (a few are elaborate with running water and inside baths) camping / hunting cabins.

Ski Homes Homes Near Ski Resorts

Commuter Communities

Log Cabins

Retirement Communities

List of Homes in Short Term Rental Friendly communities.

Here is the legend for the list of amenities in the neighborhoods below:

L = Lake, B = Beach, T = Tennis, OP = Outdoor Pool, IP = Indoor Pool, R = Restaurant, CH = Club house, G = Gated, GC = Golf Course, Short Term Rental Friendly = STR

Alpine Lake – L, B

Mostly Primary Homes centrally located near Tannersville, PA. Be sure to visit this neighborhood during weekend daytime hours as there is a shooting range within hearing distance.

Arrowhead Lakes – L(2), B(4), T, OP, CH(2), G, STR

A mostly vacation home neighborhood with lots of amenities for vacation homeowners and families. Some successful vacation rentals. Many couples and family vacation homes. Large lakes (2), stream, beaches, outdoor pool / tennis / picnic area. Gated.

Blue Heron Lake– L, B, CH, G

An unusual neighborhood. This is a hunting club with small membership where you must be a member in order to own a home (or when you buy a home, you become a member.) Members have use of lake, beach, community clubhouse, hundreds of acres of land for hunting and exploring. Exclusive and gated. Reasonable fees for the type of ownership.

Baran Estates A traditional primary home neighborhood with no community amenities.

Barton Glen– OP

An older mostly 1/2 acre neighborhood with the majority of primary, year around homeowners. A few vacation homes. Community roads and outdoor pool. Small (pond) lake. Homes here benefit from being close to town and the Delaware Water Gap Bridge (about 8 miles) and some suffer from being close to I-80 and noise from the highway. Average priced homes for the Poconos.

Beach Lake

Bear Creek Lake  L, B

Community has Lake and beach and some community activities. Prices are higher than the surrounding area as this is the closest vacation style home neighborhood in the Poconos to the Philadelphia market. Some retirees, some year around homes owners and some vacation homeowners.

Beltzville Lake Estates

Big Bass Lake– L(2), B, T, OP, CH, G, STR

One of the larger neighborhood communities in the Poconos. Most homes are behind gates. Very high percentage of vacation homeowners. Reasonable number of vacation homes are rented out. 2 large lakes, professional management, larger than normal, mostly wooded lots (3/4 to 1 acre), lots of amenities inside the neighborhood. Is a little distant to other Poconos activities (12-15 miles) but some buy here just for that reason as it tends to be quieter and less crowded.

Birch Acres

– Quiet suburban neighborhood of year around homes with central water and sewer about 5 miles from the Delaware Water Gap Bridge and about 4 from East Stroudsburg University and The Pocono Medical Center. Prices here are average for the Poconos. Close to shopping. Lots average 1/4 acre.

Birch Brier Estates

Birches Three

Birches, The

Birches West OP, T

Birchwood Lakes – L(2), B(2), T, OP, CH, G

Birnam Woods   A traditional year around primary home neighborhood with no community amenities. Homes here tend to be on the larger size for the region. Convenient to Rt 33 for travel to the Lehigh Valley/

Blue Mountain Lake Estates L, OP, T,CH

Fairly new community of larger and smaller singles and townhomes surrounding a small lake less than 7 miles from the Delaware Water Gap Bridge. Good for Commuter families and retirees. Some amenities like outdoor pool, tennis beach and lake activities.There is a section of single maintained homes ideal for retirees, couples and single owners. A variety of housing styles. Less than 3 miles to shopping, downtown and medical offices.

Boulder Lake Village L, T, OP. STR

Mostly vacation homes and townhomes surrounding Big Boulder Lake in the Lake Harmony area. Most home owners come from the Philadelphia market and use homes here for vacation getaways. One of the few areas with Lakefront low maintenance townhomes. There is an optional beach club with beach, tennis and non motorized boat rentals.

Brier Crest Woods – L, B, STR

Vacation homes near Big Boulder and Jack Frost ski areas and Lake Harmony. Community has small lake, beach and a few tennis courts. Low fees and is convenient to many of the Poconos Activities. Some lots boarder on State Game Lands. Close to Pocono Raceway.Less than 3 miles to Big Boulder skiing and the activities and restaurants at Lake Harmony.

Buck Hill Falls– T, OP, CH, GC

First the “ouch”.. This is the most expensive neighborhood to live in in the Poconos Mountains. $12,000 plus in fees (not including taxes) per year. They also do not allow vacation rentals. So you have to be able to afford the lifestyle …. if you do…….

Buck Hill Falls is a year-round resort home community with a 27-hole golf course with a clubhouse, a tennis center with ten Har-Tru courts, an Olympic-sized outdoor pool, and championship lawn bowling greens. And many of the special and cultural activities begun by the early residents are also still popular. These include an Art Association that sponsors painting and crafts classes and exhibitions; a nature group that plans early morning walks among other activities; and the Foxhowe Association which, since 1925, has sponsored a fascinating series of weekly concerts, informative talks and other culturally enriching presentations. Traditional celebrations, such as the Fourth of July parade, are celebrated every year, as well.  Perhaps the most unique offering of the Buck Hill Falls community is the Camp Club and other youth activities programs. For over 70 years this program has offered music, art, crafts, theater, camping, dance and sports to all the Buck Hill children from 3 to 15.


Camelback has 4 or 5 neighborhoods close to it.. See Northridge at Camelback, The Village At Camelback, Mountain View Village, Cobble Creek.

Camelot Forest – L, T,

Smaller neighborhood, very well located equidistant to Camelback, Jack Frost and Big Boulder ski areas. 10 minutes to Pocono Raceway and only a few miles to state park lands. Centrally located in the Poconos to most major attractions.

Circle Green  On Lake Wallenpaupack

Cobble Creek Estates– T, OP

Sullivan Trail, Tannersville, PA. Established in the 70’s, and still growing, Cobble Creek represents the true flavor of the Pocono region with the benefit of nearby shopping, easy access to I-80 and abundant family recreation areas such as Camelback. Outdoor pool and tennis courts with paved township roads. Cobble Creek does not allow short term rentals. Lots in this neighborhood are larger than average .75-1 acre.  Some home suffer from proximity to Rt I-80 noise. Some have stunning views of Camelback Mountain Ski area.

Cobbs Lake Preserve L, B

Cold Springs

Conashaugh Lakes – L(2), CH

Located in the Eastern Poconos and near the Delaware Water Gap Recreation area and Delaware River. A quieter neighborhood of larger lots. Mostly wooded with two lakes for fishing .. one large enough to kayak and canoe.

Country Club of the Poconos– T, OP

– Golf, Clubhouse, Pools in a private community without gates. commuinty surrounds a public golf course and has convenient restaurant in the gold club building. Two sections with individual pool / tennis in each section. Some view lots, central water / sewer. Larger single homes, townhomes and some single patio (maintained) homes.

Crescent Lake – L

There are two Crescent Lakes in the Poconos. This one is centrally located and close to Camelback Mountain Ski resort and outdoor waterpark. (about 5 miles) The only on property amenity is a small lake with beach. The major amenity is the community’s central location.

Deer Mountain Lake L

A mostly primary year around home community. Small with a small pond for residents to fish in.

Deer Path Village

Delaware Water Gap 

A town in the Eastern Poconos know for it’s proximity to New Jersey and New York. It is the first town in the Poconos closest to the city. Small with mostly year around residents. The community hosts the Annual Celebration of the Arts on the second weekend in September and has the oldest continuously operated Jazz nightclub in the country on its main street. The Deerhead Inn.

Duck Harbor Pond – L

Eagle Lake- L, B, T, OP, CH, G

East Stroudsburg

East Way Community OP Townhomes and flats in the borough of East Stroudsburg within walking distance to downtown and shopping.

Elk Lake– L

Emerald Lakes – L, T, OP, CH, IP, R, STR

A neighborhood of both vacation homes and primary year around homes. A close to equal mix. This is the closest development with lakes to Camelback Mountain skiing. Prized because of the proximity to the ski resort and, in summer, it’s lake activities.

Evergreen Lake Estates

Fawn Lake Forest – L(2), B(2),

Fieldstone Estates

Glen at Tamiment,  T, OP, CH Gated

Glenoak Forest – L

Gold Key Country Club- L(2), B(2), T, CH

Grampas Woods

Greenwood Acres  STR, L

Hemlock Farms- L(3), B(4), T, OP, CH, G

One of the largest communities in the Poconos Mountains. About 5 miles across and loaded with amenities.  Gated with It’s own fire department, golf course, church, temple, security service, post office and pools, lakes, Tennis, kids play areas, beaches ….. all within the gates.

The Hideout – L(2), B(2), T, OP, CH, G, STR

Hallowood Acres Assoc L, B

Hamlet, The- L, T, OP, CH, IP

One of the few neighborhoods with one acre plus lots, AND Indoor / outdoor pools, tennis and small lake. Has a unique architectual look as houses must have wood or stone exterior to fit into the wooded landscape. Bordered by State Forest.

Hemlock Lake

Hickory Hills

High Country Estates

Hickory Run Land

High Mountain Estates

Holiday Pocono Assoc.

Indian Lake L

Indian Mountain Lakes – L, B, T, OP, CH, G, STR

Indian Rocks

Ken-Mar Acres

Kettle Creek Estates

Knoll Acres

LaBar Village 

One of the few 55 Plus neighorhoods in the Poconos. No real amenities other than a meeting room, library, professional management, transportation to town. The real amenity is that the community is inside the town of Stroudsburg, so everything is close. Town homes with or without garage and condo flats.

Lake Harmony

Lake Harmony Estates \ STR. Lake Access, B

This community is located close to Jack Frost ski resort, Big Boulder Ski resort, Lake Harmony (one of only 5 motor boating lakes in the region) and Big Boulder Lake. The activities of Split Rock resort…. indoor waterpark, golf, movie theater, bowling, restaurants etc, are within a mile.

Lake in the Clouds – L, B, T

The REAL POCONOS. Close to Skytop Resort and in Barrett township which is where the Poconos Started in the 1800’s . Lake in the Clouds is a sleepy community with just a nice sized lake, a couple of tennis courts, picnic area and beach. Short rentals are not allowed.

Lake Manzanedo– L

Lake Naomi – L(2), B(4), T, OP, IP, R, CH, STR (with restrictions)

Lake of the Pines – L, CH, T

Lake Valhalla– L, B

Lake View Estates

Lake Wallenpaupack

Lake Watagwa L

Laurel Woods

Lenape Hills

Leisure Lands – L, OP, CH

Locust Lake Village – L(3), B(2), T, Skiing, STR

Most clients say this is what they expect in a Poconos Vacation neighborhood. Has a wooded look, some roads are not paved, 3 Lakes, Three Beaches, no pool, small clubhouse and a small rope tow ski hill inside the community. One way in and out for guests and visitors. Equidistant to Camelback or Jack Frost skiing. Both about 15-20 minutes.

Log Cabin Estates

Maple Lane

Masthope Mountain– L, T, OP, R, CH, Skiing

Meadow Lake Park

Midlake on Big Boulder  L, OP, STR

Monroe Lakes – L, B

Mount Pocahontas – CH, STR

Mountain Top Estates

Mushroom Farms

Northpark Estates  A primary home neighborhood of colonials and ranch homes.

Northridge At Camelback T, OP, STR

Northslope Townhomes OP

Oakridge Estates

Paradise Point

Penn Estates– L(2), B, T, OP, G, STR

Penn Forest Streams

Phoenix Estates

Pine Creek Estates

Pinecrest Lake Golf and Country Club – L, B, T, OP, CH, STR (with restrictions)

Pine Grove Acres

Pine Ridge Assoc. – T,OP

Pleasant Valley Estates

Pleasant View Lake L

Pocono Country Pines

Pocono Country Place – L(2), B(2), T, OP, CH, G, STR

Pocono Farms East

Pocono Farms Country Club- L, B, T, Op, R, CH, STR

Pocono Forested Acres

Pocono Hemlock Assoc.

Pocono Highland

Pocono Highland Lake Middle Smithfield/Price – L

Pocono Mountain Cliffside

Pocono Mountain Lake

Pocono Mountain Woodland Lake Estates L

Pocono Springs Civic Assoc – L, OP, CH, G,

One of the more remote communities in the Poconos. Lake, beach, tennis and surrounded by state forest. Hunters like this spot because it is easy to get to Pennsylvania Game Lands.

Pocono Woodland (Pike)

Promised Land L

Pocono Laurel Lake  L

Pocono Mountain Lake Estates (Sec 1,2,3 & 4) – L, T, OP, IP, CH

Pocono Mountain Lake Estates (Sec 5,6 & 7)

Pocono Ranchlands – OP, G

Pocono Wild Haven

Promised Land Heights

Riverside Estates

Robin Hood Lakes  L

Robinwood Village – T, OP, CH, L  A 55 Plus neighborhood of attached townhomes.

Saw Creek Estates L, T, OP, IP, R, CH, G, Skiing

Sierra View

Skytop – L, T, OP, IP, R, CH, G, STR

Split Rock – L, T, OP, IP, R, CH, G

Snow Ridge Village STR

A townhome and patio home (single detached on footprint lots) home at and adjacent to Jack Frost Ski resort. One of the few places where you can buy a home and walk to skiing. Not all homes are walkable, but many are. The community maintains the grounds, shovels, plows and keeps the place in good looking shape.

Snowshoe Condo

Spruce Hill Farms

Stillwater Estates B, L

Stillwater Lakes Civic Assoc L, B, STR

Stonecrest Park

Stones Throw

Stone Row


Summit Pointe  L, P, T

Sunrise Lakes – L(2), B,OP

Sun Valley

Sunset Estates

Tamiment – L, T, OP, CH

Tannersville, PA

The Estates @ Great Bear G

The Falls at Saw Creek – L, T, OP, IP, R, CH, G

The Masters at Great Bear G

The Oaks

The Woodlands

Timber Hill  OP

Timber Trails – L, B, T, OP, IP, R, CH

Tink Wig Lake L, B

Towamensing Trails L, T, OP, R, CH, ATVs, STR

Traces of Lattimore – L, B

Tunkhannock Trails

Twin Lake Estates   – East Stroudsburg PA

Twin Lakes – Shohola L, B

Victoria Heights

Village At Camelback– T, IP, CH, STR

Villas at Pine Hill

Wagner Forest Park – L(2), B,

Walker Lake Estates – L, B

Walnut Grove

Whispering Glen

White Heron Lake – L, B,

Wild Acres – L(2), B, T, OP, CH, G

Wilderness Acres – Picnic Area – Stream

Walker Lake Estates – L, B

Wild Pines – L, B, T, GC, OP

Winona Lakes – T, OP, IP, CH, STR (with restrictions)

Woodlands Cranberry Assoc.

Woodledge Village – L, B

Woodloch Springs – GC, R, CH, OP

Wyndham Hills

Community of mostly larger year around homes on 1-4 acre lots. There are no community amenities in this neighborhood.

Our list does not include ALL of the neighborhoods or communities in the Poconos, but a good sampling.

What to look for in a Poconos Neighborhood or community.

Consider what is important to your family in a neighborhood
Visiting each community at different times of the day
Ask about services, public transportation, shopping

Many buyers think that the neighborhood in which they will live should be as important as their home. But. even if YOU like the Starbucks on the corner or the gym a mile away, it would be important to consider what a future buyer of the home you are considering might consider. While the proximity of a school bus stop, a ski area or nearness of a state park may not be important to you, these could be a deal maker to a prospective buyer when you want to sell.

Drive through a neighborhood or community at different times of the day. In the morning, you can see how residents get to work and students get to school. During the daytime, you’ll also see how properties, including alleys, are maintained. An evening or night visit will allow you to discover rush-hour traffic density and traffic noise, street parking availability and how well streets are lit to ensure safety.

Walk or ride a bicycle through the neighborhood and look closer at public places like schools, playgrounds and parks.

Talk to local business owners. They will probably know about the area than homeowners and could give you some insight into plans for commercial development.

Check the opening and closing times of coffee shops, restaurants, supermarkets and drugstores. Is there convenient parking ?

Check out school and city council meetings and learn about issues in the community. Ask about garbage collection and water rates, watering bans, recycling centers, street cleaning and snow regulations.

Visit the Pocono hospital and know the proximity in case of an emergency. Are there local medical centers for non -emergency medical care ?

Check for the availability of public transportation. Pick up bus, train and taxi schedules.

Google the community to learn about any community issues.

Go to the local police station and ask about crime statistics and neighborhood watch groups. Most states post online the names and addresses of convicted sex offenders, who may live in the area.

The concept of”neighborhood” in the Poconos is different than that of most surrounding state or regions. Here the term neighborhood could mean anything from a development by a single developer with homogeneous homes to a subdivision of land with just a few home built over a hundred year time span by many different builder with some homes being built by the homeowners themselves.

There may be communities with clubhouses, pools, tennis facilities, or there may be small subdivisions surrounded by state park lands the no amenities other than dirt roads. Some may require you as a homeowner to pay dues for a complete amenities package including central water and sewer and some may have no dues requirements.

When considering purchasing in the Poconos, you should begin by assessing your priority of these issues and consult with a real estate broker about which neighborhoods fit your needs. This will help you find the right place for you and your family much more quickly than anything else you might do during this process.

Poconos Communities