The city of Elmira has the unique trait of neighboring a town by the same name. Located just north of Pennsylvania, Elmira was incorporated in 1864. Sometimes known as the Queen City, it serves as the county seat of Chemung County. Elmira was the site of a peace treaty between the Iroquois and the United States, an integral part of transportation and trade routes, and continues to be a manufacturing city.
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World's fastest carousel! The land that's now home to Eldridge Park was once owned by pharmacist Dr. Edwin Eldridge. The city purchased the land in 1889 and created Eldridge Park as a tribute. Over the years the park has featured many amusements, including the carousel said to be the fastest in the world. It rotates at 18 mph, although it's not proven whether it truly is the fastest. The carousel was restored in 2006, and the park opened the Mark Twain Miniature Golf Course in 2010.
Array of real estate options! Moving to Elmira offers the choice among houses for sale, rent to own homes, and traditional rentals. With 52% of properties occupied by renters, there's a property to fit everyone, from buyers to renters. Petite two-bedroom homes as well as sprawling six-bedroom homes can be found here. Once you've decided on your preferred size, consider location. You may want to look at properties on Water Street to be near the Chemung River, or check out Robinson Street for proximity to Brand Park.
Well-priced real estate! Even though Elmira is located near Pennsylvania and New York cities, its real estate remains surprisingly affordable. Compared to New York prices, Elmira is about 70% cheaper, making this a great community to buy a house. You can be a part of the city's history by living on the Southside near Dunn Field where Babe Ruth once played, or feel the spirit of Mark Twain by living near the Woodlawn Cemetery where he's buried.
Immerse yourself in the arts! Literary fans notice the Clemens Center is named in honor of Mark Twain's given name, Samuel Clemens. The Clemens Center features two performing spaces, the intimate Mandeville Hall and the grand Powers Theater, which dates back to 1925. The impressive Powers Theater hosts international stage and music stars. To take in fine art, visit the Arnot Art Museum. The museum features a permanent collection as well as regularly updated visiting exhibitions.
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