Hidden Meadows

Numerous townhome communities in the area appeal to first-time buyers, singles and empty nesters, such as Hidden Meadows, a Sal Lapio Homes project in Upper Macungie Township. (Sarah Evans, The Morning Call)

HOUSING HELP

The following resources and organizations may be helpful in locating real estate to buy or rent, or if you're considering building or remodeling.

themorningcall.com. Real estate, homes for sale, new construction and rentals can be found though homefinder.com and apartments.com on The Morning Call's website, as well as a mortgage guide and the latest real estate news. See http://www.mcall.com/classified/realestate.

Bethlehem Housing Authority, 610-865-8300

County of Lehigh, Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown, 610-782-3000, http://www.lehighcounty.org

County of Northampton, Northampton County Government Center, 669 Washington St., Easton, 610-559-3200, http://www.northamptoncounty.org

Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors, http://www.lehighvalleyarea.com. Not-for-profit offers news and information on property, agents, local listings and affiliated services.

Lehigh Valley Builders Association, 1524 Linden St., Allentown, 610-432-4101, http://www.lvba.org. Members include builders, subcontractors, suppliers, title companies and others.

Discover Lehigh Valley, 840 Hamilton St., Allentown, 800-747-0561, http://www.discoverlehighvalley.com. General information and links to related sites.

Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp., P.O. Box 21750, Lehigh Valley, 800-581-7483, http://www.lehighvalley.org. General information and links to related sites.

Lehigh Valley Real Estate Guide, http://www.lehighvalleyrealestateguide.com

Real Estate, http://www.lv-realestate.com. Information on area builders, lenders, multi-list, school districts and more.

RegionOnline, http://www.regiononline.com. Part of a national network of regional websites. Offers information about life in the Lehigh Valley.

THE HOUSING MARKET, BY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Lehigh County

ALLENTOWN S.D. – From historic Old Allentown to the West End in the city, the Allentown City School District has 23 schools with a total enrollment of 17,962 students. 484-765-4000, http://www.allentownsd.org

CATASAUQUA AREA S.D. – The communities of Catasauqua, Hanover Township and North Catasauqua form the Catasauqua Area School District, and its three schools having a total enrollment of 1,623 students. 610-264-5571, http://www.cattysd.org

EAST PENN S.D. – The communities of Alburtis, Emmaus, Lower Macungie Township, Macungie, Upper Milford Township and Wescosville comprise the East Penn School District, which has 10 schools with a total enrollment of 8,038 students. 610-966-8300, http://www.eastpennsd.org

NORTHERN LEHIGH S.D. – The communities of Slatington, Washington Township and Walnutport make up Northern Lehigh School District, with a total enrollment of 1,950 students in its four schools. 610-767-9800, http://www.nlsd.org