Each year U.S. News & World Report ranks this nation’s top cities for retirement by looking at data from the 125 largest cities in the country. Points for consideration include tax rates, healthcare quality, and overall happiness of the people who live there. Over 1,500 people ages 45 and up were surveyed.
So guess who made the top 20? Pittsburgh! The article called it “Reinvention City” as it has really come into its own these past few decades. Its old nickname “Steel City” is a thing of the past, as it has risen to new heights with top universities, hospitals, hi-tech companies, and thousands of acres of parks and rivers.
No longer a city for only blue-collar workers, Pitts has 90 distinct neighborhoods. Some are quiet and low-key, while others are hip and eclectic. Family-friendly neighborhoods like Squirrel Hill offer diverse shopping and restaurants while "Pittsburgh's Little Italy" Bloomfield has first-rate Italian markets and restaurants. There’s also artsy, trendy Lawrenceville as well as the North Shore/North Side area, which offers sporting events and outdoor activities.
With all of this reinvention going on, it’s not surprising that there are so many active adult communities with homes for sales in the Pittsburgh area. All cater to active adult lifestyles, but only some are age-restricted. If the latter is more of what you're seeking, look at these Traditions of America neighborhoods that are restricted to ages 55 and above.
High $200s - Mid $300s
Our first choice is Traditions of America at Summer Seat, an inviting 55+ neighborhood slated for 133 new attached and single-family homes. The two floor plans in the Garden Homes collection are sized at 1,542 or 1,643 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Extras may include luxury master suites, designer kitchens, and hardwood floors. The five single-family, single-story models range from 1,545 to 2,314 square feet, also with two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Features include elegant master suites, granite kitchen countertops, and Whirlpool appliances.
Plans are also in the works for a modern clubhouse with an exercise room, an aerobics studio, a business center, a sports bar, a lounge, a catering kitchen, and a club room. Outdoor perks include a community garden, pickleball and bocce ball courts, and a heated outdoor pool.
Ohio Township is only nine miles north of downtown, nicely removed from all the city hubbub yet close enough to commute. There’s a Giant Supermarket, a Sam’s Club, and a Home Depot just minutes away as well as two nearby golf courses, Clover Hill Golf Course and Diamond Run Golf Club.
Mid $300s - High $300s
The impressive, gated neighborhood of Traditions of America at Liberty Hills was built from 2008 to 2014, and it has 224 resale attached and single-family homes. The six attached models range from 1,261 and 1,833 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, first-floor master suites, maintenance-free exteriors, and attached two-car garages. The single-families have the same features, and some models offer dens, patios, porches, fireplaces, or tray ceilings.
Homeowners keep busy at the elegant clubhouse, which has its own sports bar and lounge, business center, media room, ballroom, and activity rooms. The state-of-the-art fitness center has a spin bike studio, saunas, a whirlpool spa, and lockers. Outside, you'll find a swimming pool, bocce and tennis courts, a putting green, and a community garden. There are also over 20 clubs and activities to keep your social calendar full. Freedom, Pennsylvania is about 30 miles north of the city, and less than three miles east of the Ohio River.
High $400s - Mid $500s
Upon completion, the prestigious active adult community Traditions of America at Sewickley Ridge will have 241 new attached and single-family homes on a property located 12 miles north of Pittsburgh. The five attached models are sized from 1,261 to 1,643 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and oversized two-car garages. Features include first-floor master suites, patios, and optional second floors with extra bedrooms and bathrooms. The six single-family models also have two to three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, first-floor master suites, and oversized two-car garages as well as optional dens and second floors.
This desirable neighborhood will also have a private clubhouse with a fitness center. Residents will also be able to enjoy a sports bar, a library, an outdoor pool, and other appealing amenities when work is finished. Sewickley is a small borough with a population under 4,000 and a real sense of community. Its streets are lined with lovely restaurants, spas, shops, and galleries. It also butts up to the Ohio River to the west and War Memorial Park to the east.
High $300s - High $400s
If you value the privacy that smaller communities offer, Pinnacle at Adams is worth your consideration. It's about 25 miles north of the city, and it offers 55 new single-family homes. These range from 1,623 to 3,037 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, first-floor master suites, luxury master baths, and attached two-car garages. Options include screened-in porches and fireplaces.
Although Pinnacle at Adams doesn't have a clubhouse, it has an outdoor fitness area, walking and biking trails, gardening plots, a pond, and a fire pit. There are several fitness centers just minutes away, and Mars, Pennsylvania has churches, grocery stores, farmers markets, a library, and the quaint Mars Train Station.