The past decade have brought many changes to the Pittsburgh area. This former blue-collar steel town has morphed into a modern urban center, with 2,000 acres of parks, top hospitals and universities, and a reputation for cutting-edge technologies.
It's also known for its inexpensive housing market, and active adults can find plenty of homes for sale in Pittsburgh that meet their budgetary needs. The 55+ neighborhoods in the Pittsburgh region are on the smaller side, offering homeowners low-maintenance lifestyles that cater to downsizing.
Retirees can choose to live near the heart of the city or in one of the outlying suburbs like Valencia or Cranberry Township. Downtown Pittsburgh is broken down into dozens of unique neighborhoods, with plenty of museums, restaurants, sporting events, parks, and plazas.
These appealing communities are all in the area, and worth considering if you want to downsize.
Cobblestone Village - Valencia
Located on a scenic property about 25 miles north of Pittsburgh, Cobblestone Village is an active lifestyle community with 100 attached homes. These resale homes come in four floor plans ranging from 1,325 to 1,926 square feet and include verandas, private patios with fencing, and well-maintained landscaping.
Inside the clubhouse, residents enjoy a fitness center, activity rooms, catering kitchen, and cozy fireplace. There is also a heated outdoor pool and patio. Residents take part in many community activities, including holiday dinners, game nights, parties, baseball game outings, and wine & cheese nights.
The Villas at Cool Springs - Pittsburgh
Smaller is better at The Villas at Cool Springs, which has just 23 new and resale attached homes. This is not an age-restricted community, but it caters to active adult lifestyles. There are two patio-style townhome models featuring open floor plans and first-floor master bedrooms. Standard features include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, tiled master baths, and hardwood floors.
Homeowners can walk to the Cool Springs Sports Complex, which offers golf, a fitness center, dining, and special events. The surrounding area also has parks, home improvement stores, restaurants, and houses of worship. Best of all, The community is just eight miles south of downtown Pittsburgh, so driving into the city is a piece of cake.
Scenic Ridge - Harmony
If you are thinking about downsizing in a brand new home, Scenic Ridge offers new construction about 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh.
Built by Epcon Communities, this community offers 80 new attached and single-family homes. It is not an age-restricted community, but is designed for low-maintenance living, with a homeowners’ association that takes care of lawn care, plus trash and snow removal.
There are eight models sized from 1,718 to 2,930 square feet, with two or three bedrooms, two-to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages. They feature open floor plans, expansive master suites, and private outdoor spaces.
Plans are underway for a modern clubhouse, which will serve as a gathering area for homeowners, friends, and family. There will be an outdoor pool and patio here as well.
Harmony, PA is in Butler County, and its history dates back to 1804. It has a quaint downtown area with an active historical society, plus charming shops and restaurants. Butler County is also home to scenic Moraine State Park, antique shops, wineries, museums, and golf courses.
The Enclave at Concord Green - Pittsburgh
The Enclave at Concord Green is a small 55+ community with plans for just 25 new attached homes about 11 miles outside of the city’s center.
Its desirable location places it between several parks and golf courses, including South Park Golf Course, St. Clair Country Club, and Boyce Mayview Park. There are many shopping hubs nearby, and plenty of grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and farmers markets in the region.
The floor plans have not been revealed yet, but the models will have single story living and open floor plans. A homeowners’ association fee will provide for common area and exterior maintenance.
Traditions of America at Summer Seat - Ohio Township
The final entry on this list is Traditions of America at Summer Seat, a new active adult neighborhood with 133 new attached and single-family homes. The community is being developed on 77 pristine acres at the site of a former farm about 11 miles from Pittsburgh.
There are two attached home floor plans that are either 1,542 or 1,643 square feet, with two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. All of these homes offer expansive master suites and energy-efficient designs.
The community clubhouse will have its own sports bar and lounge, plus a business center, an exercise facility, and a library. Outside you will find a heated pool, a community garden, walking trails, and bocce courts.