Although its history is rooted in iron and steel production, the city of Pittsburgh has transformed itself into a sought-after retirement destination that's on the radar of active adult homebuyers. Its medical centers and universities can compete with some of the nation’s best, including UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside and Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh also has a walkable downtown area with a great vibe, and it’s easy to get around with their light rail, bus systems, and bike rental stations.
This city gets additional bonus points for its diverse landscapes and extensive parks system. There are dozens of parks and recreation areas, including Point State Park and the popular Three Rivers Park. It's also home to three major rivers (the Allegheny, the Monongahela, and the Ohio), which are lined with additional parks and other landmarks.
U.S. News & World Report ranks Pittsburgh as the No. 5 place to retire in the United States, so it’s not surprising that Pittsburgh real estate is in higher demand than ever before. We list 14 active adult communities in the Pittsburgh area, and most offer new construction options. Here are a few to get you started.
The Gables - Mars, PA
The Gables is an intimate 55+ neighborhood that will have 134 new and resale attached homes upon completion. It's being built by Brennan Builders, Inc. on a tranquil property located 25 miles north of Pittsburgh. There are two floor plans, generously sized from 1,829 to 4,226 square feet with two to five bedrooms, two to four baths, and attached two-car garages. These luxury homes can be customized with fixture and interior finish options, attic spaces, and finished basements.
The well-appointed clubhouse offers a multi-purpose room and catering kitchen, which can be used for group meeting, parties, and special events. There's also an outdoor pool area and winding walking paths on the grounds. The Gables is about five miles from two excellent golf courses, Pittsburgh North and Treesdale Country Club. Downtown Mars is even closer. There, you'll find churches, a library, restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies, and auto body shops.
Cobblestone Village - Valencia, PA
Just three miles from Mars, Cobblestone Village is an active adult neighborhood completed by Epcon Communities in 2011 with 100 resale attached homes and four floor plans. These range from 1,325 to 1,926 square feet with one to two bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages. Three of the models also have dens, and options include expansive master suites, patios, and cathedral ceilings.
The private clubhouse has a heated outdoor pool, activity rooms, a catering kitchen, and an exercise room. It's often the site for community game nights, holiday dinners, and parties. Other popular events include trips to Pittsburgh Pirates ballgames, scavenger rallies, and cookouts.
Cobblestone is in the small town of Valencia, which has a population of around 1,000. It's perfect for those who value their peace and quiet, but it's also a short drive away from everything you need. Homeowners often head over to nearby Cranberry Township, which has a Walmart Supercenter, a Costco, a Shop n’ Save, and many other stores and services. There's also a hospital: UPMC Passavant.
Scenic Ridge - Harmony, PA
If you’re looking for a small, tight-knit community outside of Pittsburgh, Scenic Ridge offers 80 new and resale attached and single-family homes. It's being built by Epcon Communities, and although there are no age restrictions, it caters to active adult lifestyles. There are two attached floor plans ranging from 1,718 to 1,816 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two baths, and two-car garages. The exceptional layouts include owner’s suites and gourmet kitchens as well as options such as sunrooms, cathedral ceilings, and courtyards; some models also include dens, porches, and patios.
Scenic Ridge will have a community clubhouse, and its plans call for an upscale outdoor pool and patio area, an exercise room, and a gathering center. Harmony is further north from Pittsburgh, about an hour’s drive away in Butler County. It's geared towards small-town living, with a historic downtown area, antique shops, and museums. Don’t worry though; there are plenty of modern shops and restaurants here, along with a Greyhound bus stop, The Strand Theater, and Zelienpole Community Park.
Traditions of America at Summer Seat - Ohio Township, PA
Moving closer towards Pittsburgh, we have Traditions of America at Summer Seat, a 55+ community of 133 new attached and single-family homes. This welcoming neighborhood offers two attached models with 1,542 to 1,643 square feet, two or three bedrooms, and attached two-car garages. Options like luxury master suites, gourmet kitchens, and hardwood floors make these homes visually appealing and very comfortable. There are five single-family models ranging from 1,545 to 2,314 square feet, also with two or three bedrooms and attached two-car garages. Features include Whirlpool appliances, granite kitchen counters, and elegant master suites.
Homeowners can look forward to spending quality time at the clubhouse, which will have an exercise room and aerobics studio, a business center, activity and gathering rooms, and a sports bar. Outdoor perks include a heated pool, a community garden, bocce and pickleball, and walking trails.
Aside from being just 10 miles from Pittsburgh, there are two golf courses near Ohio Township, Diamond Run Golf Club and Clover Hill Golf Course. For shopping and other errands, there's a grocery store, Sam’s Club, Target, banks, and pharmacies about three miles away.