Once the heart of our country’s steel industry, the Pittsburgh area fell on hard times, but now in 2019, it's become a magnet for active adult homebuyers. Its downtown area earns the city a place on “best cities to live” lists, and the surrounding neighborhoods are coming alive with new construction. Pittsburgh area real estate is not the lowest-priced in Pennsylvania, but you can certainly find an excellent value and location for around $350k.
Also called the “City of Bridges,” Pittsburgh has 446 of them. In case you’re wondering why, one reason is because three rivers have a meeting point (confluence) here: the Ohio, Monongahela, and Allegheny. This “Golden Triangle” area is where you can find the beautiful Point State Park. Also, the city is home to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, restaurants for every taste and budget, and the Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates (it’s a BIG sports town).
Pittsburgh’s cost of living is lower than the national average, and Pennsylvania’s taxes are retirement-friendly. Read on to learn more about some of the area’s best neighborhoods with homes priced around $350k.
High $200s - Mid $300s
Trusted builder Traditions of America broke ground for this retirement community in 2016 on the 77-acre site of a former farm, about 11 miles north of Downtown Pittsburgh. Upon completion, it will have 133 new attached and single-family homes with thoughtfully-designed floor plans and attached garages.
There are two attached models sized at 1,542 or 1,643 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or three baths, and desirable features like luxury master suites, designer kitchens, and hardwood floors. The five single-family models range from 1,545 to 2,314 square feet, also with two or three bedrooms and bathrooms. They have similar features to the attached homes, like Whirlpool appliances, granite kitchen countertops, and walk-in closets.
The well-appointed clubhouse at Traditions of America at Summer Seat will have its own sports bar, lounge, and club room, plus a business center, exercise and aerobics rooms, and game rooms. Outside perks will include pickleball and bocce ball courts, a heated outdoor pool, plenty of open space, and a community garden. Residents also have their choice of two area golf courses; Diamond Run and Clover Hill are both just a short drive away.
Low $300s - High $300s
Small in size but big on style, Cobblestone Village is about half an hour north of the city in the small hamlet of Valencia. Though it's not an age-restricted community, its homes and amenities are geared towards active adult lifestyles. It was completed in 2011 by Epcon Communities with a total of 100 resale attached homes.
There are four models ranging from 1,325 to 1,816 square feet with one to two bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages. Features like dens, owner’s suites, patios, and verandas make these homes spacious, comfortable, and elegant.
Residents can take advantage of the community clubhouse, which offers gathering rooms, a catering kitchen, a heated outdoor pool and patio, and an exercise room. There's a wealth of clubs and activities too, like holiday dinners, baseball and football game viewing events, and pool parties.
Valencia is home to several houses of worship, shops, and restaurants. About three miles north in the town of Mars, you can find additional businesses, a library, a farmers’ market, and a post office.
Low $300s - Mid $300s
Also located about 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh, The Villas at Isleworth is another Epcon-built community without age restrictions. Completed in 2013, it has 104 resale attached homes at 1,716 or 1,816 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two baths, and two-car garages. Impressive options include four-season rooms, courtyards, extra storage space, gourmet kitchens, and dens. Cranberry Township is close to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Cranberry Highlands Golf Course, and a nice little shopping mall.
The Villas is part of the master-planned community of BelleVue Park, and homeowners share the same amenities. This means having the choice of two clubhouses, each with its own outdoor pool, exercise rooms, and gathering rooms, plus walking trails, natural space, and a retail center at BelleVue Commons. Residents can also be found enjoying community picnics, holiday parties, yard sales, and ice cream socials.
Low $300s - Mid $400s
Our final Epcon Communities neighborhood is Courtyards at The Preserves, an upscale neighborhood that will have 166 new and resale single-family homes when completed. It's also not age-restricted, and it offers both low-maintenance homes and attractive amenities.
The six customizable models, designed by Scarmazzi Homes, range from 1,561 to 3,416 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two to three baths, and attached two-car garages. Options include second levels, sunrooms, custom kitchen cabinetry, and gas fireplaces.
There's also a modern clubhouse with its own fitness center, and close by attractions include Nevillewood Country Club and the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. This prestigious neighborhood is also just 16 miles from downtown.