Pittsburgh is one of those cities that people are proud to call home. Praised for its high quality of life, Pittsburgh maintains a relatively low crime rate (about half the national average, and the safest city its size in the United States according to FBI statistics), wonderful recreation opportunities, championship sports teams, a thriving cultural community, and a wealth of educational institutions (including Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University). The days of smoky skies due to the long-gone steel industry are over, but the city's strong work ethic isn't. Pittsburgh is a blue-collar city, with a fast-growing, high-tech industry. A city that is proud of its ethnic heritage and strong family values. Residents here tend to stay put, and it's easy to see why.
What are my housing options?
Housing in Pittsburgh offers both value and variety. Homes, town homes, and apartments here include a blend of older dwellings (many of them lovingly restored) and new construction. This means the price range for a Pittsburgh home is also broad - ranging from a few thousand dollars for a "handyman's special" to over $1 million dollars in the higher-end sections. The median cost of a single-family home in the Pittsburgh area ($137,000 in 2013) is significantly lower than the national average for major metropolitan areas ($203,500 in 2013). Approximately 70% of homes in the greater metropolitan area are considered easily affordable for a medium-income family.
Architecture ranges from Tudor and Victorian, to rustic and contemporary, with something to appeal to just about everyone. City views, waterfront, rolling farmland, or cozy neighborhoods - Pittsburgh has it all.
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What About Rental OptionsFor renters, the Pittsburgh region also offers an abundance of choices, from loft apartments in renovated historic buildings Downtown, to apartments located in gracious homes in the city's older neighborhoods. In the suburbs, new apartment communities offer pools, fitness centers and other amenities in place of the character.
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Which neighborhoods are best?More than anything else, Pittsburgh is a city of neighborhoods, primarily due to the region's riverfronts and mountains which serve as natural boundaries, as well as the manner in which early immigrants occupied the area. As a result, Pittsburgh neighborhoods, while quite diverse, still retain much of their ethnic heritage and charm. Each neighborhood typically has its own "main" street with grocery stores, restaurants, fire and police departments, and retail stores. Neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, while looking distinct on a map, really do not have clearly defined boundaries in the eyes of their residents. Instead, they blend gradually into one another around their perimeters. Therefore, unless you are very familiar with the region, you may find it helpful to work with a real estate agent to help identify some options that meet your needs.
Heading out to the Pittsburgh suburbs, a wealth of new construction can be found in all directions. Some neighborhoods in particular are attracting a lot of new growth, due to a boom in new home construction and lower taxes.
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When choosing a neighborhood, think about the amenities that are most important to you. Do you want an urban or suburban area? Is the school district important? Commute time? How about availability of public transportation? Do you want new construction, or something more historic or architectural? Create a list of your needs and use it to help narrow down communities that best fit your lifestyle.
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