Stores and restaurants in Market Square section of Pittsburgh, PA

Retiring near Pittsburgh means being near modern restaurants and upscale entertainment. (Image via Shutterstock.com)

Once an industrial city that was home to steel magnates, Pittsburgh has morphed into a very desirable area that draws in entrepreneurs, students, families, and active adults. It's home to some of the top colleges and universities in the country, including Carnegie Mellon, Chatham, and Duquesne.

Residents also have access to top-tier medical facilities like University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian ShadysidePittsburgh Specialty Hospital, and Allegheny Cancer Center.

Notable educational and medical institutions are just part of what makes Pittsburgh so appealing. The city also has around 90 different neighborhoods, like Squirrel Hill, Lawrenceville, and Downtown. Each has its own personality, some with trendy restaurants and global grocery stores, and others with upscale shopping and historic mansions. The North Side neighborhood is where to head to for Pirates and Steelers games.

Pittsburgh also has a low cost of living compared to bigger cities like Philadelphia, world-class attractions like the Andy Warhol Museum, over a dozen golf courses, and some wonderful parks and recreation areas. The area is also booming with new retirement communities.

Here’s some info about Pittsburgh real estate options for 55+ homebuyers.

Traditions of America at Sewickley Ridge - Sewickley

Mid $200s - Low $300s

Less than 12 miles from the city, Traditions of America at Sewickley Ridge has 241 new attached and single-family homes being completed by Traditions of America builders.

The five attached models are sized from 1,261 to 1,643 square feet and have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. They also have a second floor option, which provides an additional bedroom and bathroom.

The six single-family models also have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. They're sized from 1,274 to 2,312 square feet and feature first-floor master suites.

When completed, this neighborhood will have a private clubhouse with locker rooms, a sauna, and a fitness center. There will also be an outdoor pool, plus walking & biking trails. It is located about five miles from where Interstate 79 crosses the Ohio River, and has two nearby golf courses, at Diamond Run and the stunning Allegheny Country Club.

Scenic Ridge - Harmony

Mid $200s - Mid $500s

Scenic Ridge is being developed into a private neighborhood of just 80 new attached and single-family homes.

The attached homes range from 1,718 to 1,816 square feet, with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. The single-family options range from 1,519 to 2,930 square feet, with two or three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and two-car garages. 

There are also plans for a community clubhouse with a pool, patio, exercise room, and gathering center. The quaint town of Harmony is about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, in a quiet enclave not far from I-79. The two closest golf courses are Strawberry Ridge and Hartmann’s Deep Valley.

Traditions of America at Summer Seat - Ohio Township

High $200s - Mid $300s

Located in the stylish North Hills section of Pittsburgh, Traditions of America at Summer Seat, a new 55+ community of 133 attached and single family homes, is being built on 77 acres of rolling farmlands.

Homebuyers can choose from the two attached home floor plans, either 1,542 or 2,314 square feet. These have two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. These homes all have open floor plans, impressive master suites, and roomy closets.

Plans are underway for a well-appointed clubhouse, which will have an exercise room and aerobics studio, a catering kitchen, sports bar & lounge, and a business center and library. The outside area will have a heated pool, walking & biking trails, a community garden, and sports courts.

This community is about 11 miles north from the center of Pittsburgh, with easy access to Interstate 279. It's only a short drive away from Ohio Township Community Park, which offers yoga, meditation, and walking clubs. 

Traditions of America at Cranberry

Low $300s - High $300s

Another new community, Traditions of America at Cranberry will have 102 single-family homes about a half an hour north of the city.

There are five models sized from 1,599 to 2,375 square feet, with two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. They feature open floor plans, granite countertops, master suites with walk-in closets, landscaped grounds, and optional basements, patios, and dens.

This neighborhood will also have its own private clubhouse with a modern fitness center, a business center, a cafe, and activity rooms. A heated outdoor pool will be open during the warmer months. Homeowners here will also be in close proximity to main highways, but far enough removed to enjoy peaceful, low-key lifestyles.

Cranberry is a small town, but big enough to have a Walmart Supercenter and a Costco, so shopping trips are quick and easy. The Cranberry Highlands Golf Course and Graham Park offer outdoor recreation.