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Pittsburgh info needed

By mikepmcs

3 years ago


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    #1 3 years ago

    I need info on Pittsburgh. Best, safest, cleanest, no protest type, supportive of first responder/civil servant types, city to live. Low/no crime or drugs, no b.s. people keep to themselves type neighborhood. If that means upscale/gated then so be it. I can't imagine it being anywhere as expensive as Mass is. It needs to be within 10 miles of downtown. Does it exist?
    I figured this place may be a good place to start research because many pinsiders seem to live in PA or Pittsburgh area.
    Is anything open in Pittsburgh or are they over the top with the handling of "the vid" in PA?
    Mass is ridiculous but at least the movie theaters and encore casino are open. Is Pittsburgh worse, better, or equal?
    We may be relocating in the near future and I need to start getting a complete rundown of the Pittsburgh area. It's a location possibility.
    The handling of the flu strain could make a small difference on the decision but since I don't leave the house much that isn't the total deciding factor. She however does leave the house daily for work and I have to be sure she's gonna make it there and back daily with little to no problems or delays.
    I'm not interested in this becoming an op ed piece so please don't derail the thread.
    Thanks on advance.
    r/
    Mike

    #2 3 years ago

    My family and I moved to Pittsburgh (20 min north of Downtown) about a year ago. Prior to that we were in NJ just outside NYC. Cost of living out here is 100-times better. Schools are great. Amenities are awesome. People are pretty down to earth and friendly (most are born here/raised here/die here). The city has actually changed a lot over the past 10 years (we lived south of Pittsburgh from 2006-2010 so the fact that we’re back should tell ya something).
    So much development and new businesses moving in - especially tech. Plus it has amazing university’s, museums, arts and of course pro sports.
    We love it here and hope to make Pittsburgh our final destination to raise our 2 kids.

    #3 3 years ago

    You lost me at flu strain. Please stay away from our great city. The theaters, arcades and casinos are closed. Unfortunate, but correct.

    #4 3 years ago

    Lived there years ago. Unless they have changed the tax structure, stay out of Allegheny county, which is Pittsburgh.

    In Cranberry township just north, RE taxes used to be about 1/3 the rate. It is suburban living and easy drive to downtown.

    If you want to be in town there are plenty of charming neighborhoods but you’ll need more local help for that.

    GL.

    #5 3 years ago
    Quoted from Ranhorton:

    My family and I moved to Pittsburgh (20 min north of Downtown) about a year ago. Prior to that we were in NJ just outside NYC. Cost of living out here is 100-times better. Schools are great. Amenities are awesome. People are pretty down to earth and friendly (most are born here/raised here/die here). The city has actually changed a lot over the past 10 years (we lived south of Pittsburgh from 2006-2010 so the fact that we’re back should tell ya something).
    So much development and new businesses moving in - especially tech. Plus it has amazing university’s, museums, arts and of course pro sports.
    We love it here and hope to make Pittsburgh our final destination to raise our 2 kids.

    Thanks for the reply. This is kind of what i'm looking for in a response. Just to add on to my original post. No kids involved. Just 2 adults and 2 frog dogs.
    Feel free to name the cities. I promise you even if I did move there I won't be a bother to anyone. Like I said I don't leave the house too much.

    #6 3 years ago

    Pittsburgh is one of the most interesting/unique cities I’ve lived in (I’ve lived in 5 states and 2 countries always within 15 miles of a city) and what makes Pitt so interesting is how unique each area surround the city is.
    This time moving here we chose the north hills because there’s more land for your $$ plus more woodland areas to hike/bike/play. When we lived in the south hills in 2006-10 we loved the older homes, tighter neighborhoods, train system to downtown, old-school shops/restaurants. Not to say the north hills doesn’t have these things...just not as many from my “newbie” perspective.
    Another thing Pitt has that we love are the rivers. I grew up working at marinas and on boats on Long Island Sound so being able to play in the rivers is great. Don’t have a boat now but did back in ‘06-‘10 and we spent almost every summer weekend boating and chilling in front of pirates stadium listening to the game.
    Pittsburgh is a diamond in the rough that most of America overlooks. Selfishly I’d like to keep it that way now that we’re back. Hahaha.

    #7 3 years ago
    Quoted from Black_Knight:

    In Cranberry township just north, RE taxes used to be about 1/3 the rate. It is suburban living and easy drive to downtown.

    My company was based out of there for awhile and I spent a lot of time there in 2015 and liked the area. Heading east from there had a small town feeling.

    Based on what OP is saying it’s probably a general rule you will want to avoid the city limits AND be outside the county that inner city is associated with. For example downtown Minneapolis and the bad areas of Minneapolis are in Hennepin county. Coming into the cities from 45 minutes away you’ll enter the county and still be in farmland for a little bit.

    #8 3 years ago

    If you have the financial resources then the Squirrel Hill and Shadyside areas are way sweet. Either way, to save research time, take a map and draw a north / south line right at Squirrel Hill and don’t waste time looking at areas to the east of there. Pittsburgh is a great choice because it has everything that city living has to offer. Pittsburgh has been named America’s most livable city (more than once) for a reason. The entertainment venues are among the best and the people are friendly. Unlike nearly every other county, Allegheny County is made up of something like 133 different municipalities so you are changing towns every few miles. Not a big deal though and it makes it easy to identify the various areas. Good luck, I’m sure you will be happy in and around the Burgh.

    #9 3 years ago

    I live here it’s fine I’m still alive

    #10 3 years ago
    Quoted from Ranhorton:

    Pittsburgh is one of the most interesting/unique cities I’ve lived in (I’ve lived in 5 states and 2 countries always within 15 miles of a city) and what makes Pitt so interesting is how unique each area surround the city is.
    This time moving here we chose the north hills because there’s more land for your $$ plus more woodland areas to hike/bike/play. When we lived in the south hills in 2006-10 we loved the older homes, tighter neighborhoods, train system to downtown, old-school shops/restaurants. Not to say the north hills doesn’t have these things...just not as many from my “newbie” perspective.
    Another thing Pitt has that we love are the rivers. I grew up working at marinas and on boats on Long Island Sound so being able to play in the rivers is great. Don’t have a boat now but did back in ‘06-‘10 and we spent almost every summer weekend boating and chilling in front of pirates stadium listening to the game.
    Pittsburgh is a diamond in the rough that most of America overlooks. Selfishly I’d like to keep it that way now that we’re back. Hahaha.

    Very helpful. Thank you.

    #11 3 years ago
    Quoted from EJS:

    My company was based out of there for awhile and I spent a lot of time there in 2015 and liked the area. Heading east from there had a small town feeling.
    Based on what OP is saying it’s probably a general rule you will want to avoid the city limits AND be outside the county that inner city is associated with. For example downtown Minneapolis and the bad areas of Minneapolis are in Hennepin county. Coming into the cities from 45 minutes away you’ll enter the county and still be in farmland for a little bit.

    Thank you.

    #12 3 years ago
    Quoted from 29REO:

    If you have the financial resources then the Squirrel Hill and Shadyside areas are way sweet. Either way, to save research time, take a map and draw a north / south line right at Squirrel Hill and don’t waste time looking at areas to the east of there. Pittsburgh is a great choice because it has everything that city living has to offer. Pittsburgh has been named America’s most livable city (more than once) for a reason. The entertainment venues are among the best and the people are friendly. Unlike nearly every other county, Allegheny County is made up of something like 133 different municipalities so you are changing towns every few miles. Not a big deal though and it makes it easy to identify the various areas. Good luck, I’m sure you will be happy in and around the Burgh.

    I'll definitely look at this. Thank you for the response.

    To add a little more. Public transportation isn't a factor for either of us. She will not use it ever or for any reason due to medical reasons. (this includes bus, taxi, T, metro etc..) She drives everywhere she goes and that's why it's important she is close to work and or residence.
    We almost ended up in Lynn when we relocated here. Once we got here we realized that would've been a catastrophic situation had the deal went through. Not because of the area but because of her commute. It's only 11 miles from Boston but traffic is ridiculous. We lucked out and landed a house 4.8 miles from her office. There's lots of criteria here to digest and my apologies for that. I really appreciate everyone taking their valuable time to provide constructive feedback. It all matters.

    #13 3 years ago

    While I don’t reside in Pittsburgh, it is an amazing city period. We go there several times a year just to have dinner on Mount Washington which overlooks the three rivers (monongahela, Ohio and Allegheny ). Sorry for any mis spellings. Heinz Hall is amazing, Love the Steelers, Pens and Pirates! Great places to eat, socialize and just live a peaceful life.

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    #14 3 years ago

    Today's question. Coming in from Butler or Washington County, assuming I'm located near a major roadway, which one has the lesser traffic in to the city and out. Daytime job, 0630 departure and anywhere from 1700-1900 going back out. Smack in the middle of downtown like liberty ave.
    Thanks.
    r/
    Mike

    #15 3 years ago

    Coming from the north was always an easier drive when I was there. 79/279 south drops you right downtown. The bridges and tunnels from the south and east were always big choke points.

    My commute from near Slippery Rock was only slightly longer than other people's I worked with, but it was way less stressful.

    #16 3 years ago
    Quoted from Black_Knight:

    Coming from the north was always an easier drive when I was there. 79/279 south drops you right downtown. The bridges and tunnels from the south and east were always big choke points.
    My commute from near Slippery Rock was only slightly longer than other people's I worked with, but it was way less stressful.

    Thank you. I figured maybe cranberry township was a decent target area in butler.
    I'll check out Slippery Rock and pass it on to the one making the drive. She doesn't like traffic. She doesn't like exorbitant real estate taxes more though. ha.
    In Washington county I'm looking at McMurray/Thompsonville area but your take on the choked traffic has me heading back up to Butler.
    Thanks again.

    2 months later
    #17 3 years ago

    We'll be there in a little under 2 months.
    Exact location of our landing spot is classified.
    Hope to maybe try to get out to some pinball events or places if I can convince myself to leave the house at some point.
    Thanks for the help.
    r/
    Mike

    #18 3 years ago

    Congrats on moving to a great city!

    #19 3 years ago
    Quoted from Lemank:

    Congrats on moving to a great city!

    Thank you. Really looking forward to it.
    r/

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