Everybody has a favorite neighborhood regardless of where we call home in Greater Pittsburgh. Some might be partial to black-and-gold crowds on the North Shore while others prefer black-tie events Downtown. And don’t forget the views from Mount Washington, art festivals in Shadyside or sandwiches with fries and coleslaw in the Strip District.
We asked Pittsburghers to pick their favorite neighborhoods and this infographic shows us where they love around town.
Four popular Pittsburgh new home communities in Allegheny County are down to their final opportunity. The Stonebridge community in Hampton Township, Edgewater in Oakmont, Pinecrest in Pine Township and Berkley Ridge in South Fayette are all down to the last opportunity to build.
The available home site at Stonebridge is .328 acres in size and has the option of five home designs to choose from to build. Pricing starts in the high $460s.
The available townhome at Edgewater in Oakmont is built for the convenience of townhome living with the feel of a single family home. Edgewater is a traditional neighborhood development that captures the essence of the town in which it is located. Scenically situated along the Allegheny River, Edgewater is a pedestrian’s paradise. Enjoy walking down tree-lined city sidewalks to the village green or nearby neighborhood shops and offices, or take a stroll through the walking trail to the Riverside community park.
Pinecrest also has one home site remaining in the community. The home site, a half-acre in size, is located on a cul-de-sac street and also has five home designs to choose from to build. The community will feature a tot lot and has community sidewalks. Pricing starts in the high $430s.
Berkley Ridge is a quick-selling community in the South Fayette School District. Home site 213 is the final site remaining and it too is on a cul-de-sac street. New floor plans have been offered recently and the four Emerald Series home designs can be selected to build on 213.
For more information on these four communities or any of the other Heartland Home communities, please contact a new home specialist at 724-949-0079.
For the second time since 2009, the Economist rated Pittsburgh the most livable city in the continental United States, based on stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
The concept of liveability is simple: it assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions. Assessing liveability has a broad range of uses, from benchmarking perceptions of development levels to assigning a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability rating quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual’s lifestyle in any given location, and allows for direct comparison between locations.
“It’s great to celebrate the accolades that were made possible through the spirit of innovation here, fueled by the passion of Pittsburgh residents and decision makers,” said Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH.
Pittsburgh has been popular with the top ten lists lately. Pacific Standard and New York Times recognized Pittsburgh as a place for upward mobility, The Daily Beast highlighted our–how to say this–love of food. In 2012, Men’s Health listed Pittsburgh as one of the top ten most dog friendly cities in the US.In short, Pittsburgh is a great place to be for everyone. In addition, the real estate site Zillow, says Pittsburgh has a healthy residential market.
Fall is just around the corner and with it comes the season the family photos. It’s no surprise that most families choose this colorful time of year in Pittsburgh to pose for their holiday cards, graduation pictures and photo albums.
We take our fair share of photos at Heartland Homes, but there is a big difference between luxury kitchens and rambunctious toddlers. For that reason, we called on the experts for advice on snapping the perfect family portrait.
New homes in Fulton Crossing come standard with numerous luxury features – large landscaped yards, side-entry garages, 3-sides brick and concrete driveways are just a few. The estate home community also offers unmatched streetscapes with a picturesque scenic setting.
The community will be hosting the grand opening of the Clifton Park II model home on Saturday, July 19 from 12 – 3pm. Join the Heartland Homes team and tour the nearly 6,300 square foot decorated model home.
The craftsman style home featuring stone and hardie plank siding has four bedrooms, four and one-half bathrooms and a four-car attached garage. The home showcases a gourmet island, butler’s pantry, granite countertops, maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors and that’s just the kitchen!
A large master suite with sitting area and a luxurious master bathroom are the focal point on the second floor. The finished basement includes a recreation room, home office, media room, exercise room, wet bar and a full bathroom.
Any respectable Pittsburgher loves four things: (1) local sports, (2) fries and coleslaw as condiments, (3) Pittsburgh and (4) fireworks.
With that in mind, it should be no surprise that the 4th of July celebrations attract hundreds of thousands to every place with a view of the fireworks. There are many great vantage points, and everyone seems to have a favorite, but there are several that leave something to be desired. Here are our favorites.
Top 4 Places to Watch the Fireworks
The arial views from (1) West End Overlook and (2) Mt. Washington are touted as top spots because of their iconic photo opportunities of fireworks dancing above downtown Pittsburgh and the city skyline as a backdrop. But, like WTAE reported, it can tough to find parking in those places, where narrow streets and lots of spectators cause congestion.
The morning room is where memories are made. Maybe you don’t have a morning room, or maybe that’s not what you call it, but some of our favorite homes have a casual place for families to congregate around a table. Birthday cakes, vacation planning and midnight snacks all tend to be found in the morning room.
It should be easy to see why we like it so much.
That’s why the morning room was an area of focus when Heartland Homes decided to standardize luxury features for every new house. We wanted the morning room to evoke the same warm-fuzzies in your home as it does in ours. And we think it will with these features.
Our Favorite Morning Room Features
Wood floors with 4.5-inch baseboards look as sleek as they functional. Anybody who has ever had linoleum or carpet (cringe) under a kitchen or dining room table is likely knodding in agreement.
9-foot ceilings and Ply Gem windows create a wonderful blend of space and efficiency. High ceilings give the home an elegent feel while the energy-saving windows preserve a comfortable (and affordable!) atmosphere.
Crown moulding and two-tone paint add character to a new home and help its personality match yours. Plus, it will look great in those birthday party photos!
Everyone has their own reasons for becoming a homeowner. A house is something to call your own. It provides families with extra space to grow or play. Plus, homeownership can be a great financial move, too.
There are some universal financial advantages of owning a home that you should consider when deciding to buy. Here are few reasons that you can enjoy your new home and the improved financial portfolio and outlook that goes along with it.
That’s something every family can appreciate.
Scheduled (Forced) Savings
Have you or a spouse ever had trouble setting money aside? Getting a mortgage is one way to force yourself to channel money into an investment. Your monthly payment acts as a scheduled savings plan in which you’re building equity (the difference between the current market value of the property and the amount the owner still owes on the mortgage). Renting property builds no equity, which means that you’re not building wealth for yourself, either.
Build Equity Every Month by Paying Your Mortgage
This is seen as one of the primary financial advantages of homeownership. Any payments you make that go towards the balance of your loan, and not the interest, increase your equity. Your equity is essentially your ownership of the home. The more equity you have, the more cash you’ll receive when you sell the home. Additionally, as the value of your home rises because of a favorable market or home improvements, your equity increases, too.
The perfect family room must play different roles in different situations. One day it is lively during a Super Bowl party. The next it safe and secure during a scary movie. And don’t forget about being playful (and durable) during toddler play dates.
It’s not an easy job, but family rooms need to versatile and look great no matter what they do or who they host.
That is why Heartland Homes is happy to announce standard family features that really can do it all. Watch the video to see if you can imagine a family room like that one hosting your family.
New Standard Family Room Features
Vinyl double-hung Ply Gem windows might be a mouthful to say, but their advantages—efficiency, longevity and security—are worth every syllable.
Heat-n-Glo gas fireplaces are easy to use and maintain year after year. Pittsburgh winters are making a habit of overstaying their welcome, which makes a fireplace very handy.
An elegant yet welcoming atmosphere with two-tone paint and 4.5-inch baseboards that can be posh for cocktails or casual on a lazy Sunday.
After oohing-and-awing at the family room photos below, explore luxury features in other areas of the house:
Looking for a small town lifestyle with an uptown twist? A robust community full of luxurious upgrades with the tranquility and privacy of living in the suburbs without sacrificing the amenities of the city? Look no further.
The relative hustle and bustle of Marshall Township fades away as you pull into Venango Trails. Far enough away for peace, quite, and plenty of green spaces, yet only a couple of minutes drive from the Cranberry Commons shopping center, Venango Trails is truly a chameleon community. The exceptional Venango Trails is built around what is already present. And what is already beautiful. Tranquil lakes and ponds. Acres of woodlands. And a historic Native American Indian trail. What was once a golf course has been transformed into a neighborhood with a rhythm all its own. With cozy front porches. Tree-lined sidewalks. Parks made for playing. Clusters of traditional homes. And a bustling village at the center of it all. Other new homes in the area can’t offer this combination of convenience, beauty and exclusivity.
Featuring a new luxury townhome and single-family home designs. Its accessibility isn’t just limited to a floor plan, however, since its location means it has everything a prospective homeowner wants within reach. Located just a stone’s throw from I-79, homeowners can expect a pleasant commute north to Cranberry for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Businesspeople will be even more pleased with the commute into Pittsburgh, just a quick drive down the highway, and with the shortest commute on tap in the area to boot.
The decorated Abingshire model and the decorated John Jacob Astor model at Venango Trails are hosting their Grand Openings on Sunday, June 1st from noon until 4pm!