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 Shadyside, Pittsburgh 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 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 are the best lowest-priced communities in and around Pittsburgh.
Low $100s - Low $200s
Residents at Blueberry Hill enjoy a clubhouse with a multipurpose room, a library, a billiards room, and a community kitchen. Outside, homeowners can also challenge neighbors to a friendly game on the bocce ball courts. The homeowners' association (HOA) takes care of common area maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, exterior maintenance, and roof service, giving residents more free time to take advantage of the numerous social clubs and groups within the community.
Constructed in 1978, Blueberry Hill has 137 condos ranging from 708 to 2,593 square feet with one to three bedrooms and one to three bathrooms. Many of the homes also feature a one- or two-car garage. Standard features include master suites and laundry facilities on the first floor as well as open floor plans, eat-in kitchens, and private patios.
High $100s - High $300s
Steeplechase offers residents access to scenic parks and natural spaces as well as a variety of activities, such as block parties, neighborhood garage sales, holiday events, and picnics. Also, its location just six miles outside of Pittsburgh gives homeowners easy access to big-city entertainment.
Built between 1997 and 2002, Steeplechase consists of 348 attached homes. The Ryan Homes Collection offers four attached home models ranging from 1,429 to 2,183 square feet, and the Steeplechase Attached Homes models range from 1,054 to 2,592 square feet. Features in many of these two-story homes include open-concept floor plans, spacious living rooms, updated kitchens, master bedrooms with walk-in closets, and patios.
Low $100s - High $100s
Built in 1964, Chanticleer features 100 condos available on a resale basis. The homes range from 756 to 1,012 square feet with two or three bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, assigned parking, and a private balcony. Many homes also have private laundry units and large master suites with walk-in showers and walk-in closets.
Residents have access to a renovated lobby, laundry room, and a community room that's often used for parties and events. The amenities continue outside with a pool and a patio as well as a picnic and barbecue area. Members of the community also enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle thanks to an HOA that takes care of landscaping, common area maintenance, and security.
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 and biking trails, a community garden, and sports courts. This community is about 11 miles north of 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.
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.