While real estate tends to rise and fall everywhere Pittsburgh has seen quite a spike in real estate prices over the past three years. Since then the city has been on what it calls a recovery, but houses have ben selling very well in Pittsburgh. It was one of the top on the country in 2016. One nice little area in the South Hills community is Brookline. It is one of the top choice neighborhoods right now in all of Pittsburgh. Houses are also selling faster than there then in any other market in Pittsburgh. They also had a home appreciation rate in 2016 of 8 percent, which is toed with the highest of Greenfield followed by Highland Park with a 7 percent increase in home value. This was due to a huge boost in housing demand in East Liberty a near by neighborhood. You can also find a nice living area and neighborhood in Oakdale which is just south of Settlers Cabin Park. A very nice area to live, but didn’t have much of an increase in home value is Cranberry Township. This is because the median home value is already high in the three hundred thousand range. It is still a growing community and has some great benefits to living there, one of which is great schools. Lawrenceville experienced a housing boom several years ago, and is still a great place to live, but hasn’t had the same increase as Brookline. Homewood is a middle class type of neighborhood that is making what some call a comeback, and last but not least is downtown. There are many great town homes and condos downtown at a great price, and are starting to see some increase in. Downtown living in Pittsburgh is what some call a single person paradise, but it is filled with all the great sporting events and high end restaurants.
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Rather than bring up the Pittsburgh International Airport, we thought it would be more beneficial to mention a lesser know, but still great flying option The Alleghany County Airport. This is still the fifth busiest airport in Pennsylvania next to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Harrisburg; however, travelers for business and even having short term flight say from New York or Boston might find this to be a great option sometimes for price, and even speed for getting out of the airport. It is owned by the Allegheny County Airport Authority and is an FAA designated reliever airport. It was built in 1931, and at the time was the third largest airport in the country, which a lot has changed since then. It is very popular for business travelers because it is closer to downtown Pittsburgh in the populated South Hills area. It handles small time corporate planes as well, but it was not meant to handle commercial airliners. They did recently receive a two-million-dollar grant from the federal stimulus bill for future improvements and construction. They money will mostly be used on taxi ways. The main terminal was built on an old steel mill also referred to as the slag dump, and the airport can still accommodate up to a DC-9. So basically if you are in and out of Pittsburgh a lot for business reasons, or you just travel a lot it is worth looking into using this smaller, but closer to town airport. It offers a chance to get in and out faster, and also gives you a chance to have other options. Either way flying in and out of Pittsburgh is much less of a hassle than some other bigger cites, but still smaller is more convenient often times when traveling by airplane rather than by vehicle.
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One of the very cool things about the Pittsburgh Zoo is that it is also the PPG Aquarium, which makes it one of only six in the United States to offer both a zoo and an aquarium all in one. The is comprised of 77 acres of land and has over 4000 animals and around 450 species. Also exhibiting some endangered species. There are a ton of cool things to do, and of course if you have children not only are the main exhibits nice, but there is also Kid’s Kingdom, which used to be called Children’s Zoo when it opened in 1949. The PPG Aquarium was built in 1967, and it is about 45,000 square feet. It is loaded with different species of salt water, and fresh water aquatic life. There is also a penguin exhibit. There is Forest passage where you can find Canadian Lynx, and Tropical Forrest which is a 16-acre indoor forest. Also on display is the African Savanna which came in 1980 which contains lions, elephants, giraffes and many other animals you can find on the African Savanna. The Pittsburgh Zoo has been open since 1898 and was originally called Highland Park Zoo after a donation of $125,000 came from a man named Christopher Lyman Magee. The zoo is in the Northeaster part of town at 7340 Butler St, and is really easy to get to from our office. If you are planning to spend some time in Pittsburgh and enjoy animals, then there is not much better than a quality day at the zoo with friends or family. Also don’t forget to check out the bear exhibits while you are there. They were built in 1937, and are really nice. Watch the polar bears do the back step dance. I don’t know why they do it, but they do.
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The traffic in Pittsburgh can tend to become a little confusing to someone from another city. Roads aren’t always operating, and construction takes place at odd and random times. Being that downtown is at the junction of three rivers, which are The Alleghany, The Monongalia, and The Ohio, and bridges coming in and out of the city it can make things a bit confusing. Pittsburgh isn’t that big compared to other cites. It is the 63rd largest city in the United States; however, because of the road system it feels much larger. The interstates going outbound from the inner city are called the parkways. Which consist of interstate 376, Interstate 76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike), Interstate 79 which is a north and south bound. If you are heading to Cranberry Township or any other place northwest of our office location, you would use I-279 to I-79. You can find the directions here. You will find a lot of intersections with more than 4 ways, which can become confusing and difficult to deal with if you aren’t familiar with the area. Just remember not to get in to big of a hurry and you get used to it pretty quick. Pittsburgh is a great city with many attractions, and when you have learned the ins and out of the parkways, and major bridges going in and out isn’t so bad getting around. If you are going to be driving into Pittsburgh we recommend you check out Pittsburgh Traffic Alerts for any updates that might be going on. This is a good way to see where traffic is backed up and if there is any major construction going on. Using this tool can save you a lot of time and stress in the long run of trying to get to any major event in the downtown area.
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An evening in downtown Pittsburgh. If you are planning on spending a day as a tourist either going to a Pirates game, or Steelers, and Penguins if you’re a hockey fan you’ll have plenty to do in the mean time checking out the town. On days when I travel to downtown I always like to get some bbq at a restaurant called Pork & Beans located at 136 6th St, Pittsburgh PA 15222 (Directions Here). It’s not far from the people bridge where you will cross over in order to get into the baseball stadium at PNC park. I recommend checking out the Pittsburgh Zoo if you have more than a few hours. You will find a large verity of animals and it’s not far from downtown. It’s located just outside downtown on the northeast corner at 7340 Butler St at Highland Park. If you are planning to attend a Steelers game, which anyone in Pittsburgh would recommend you can get to it easily in downtown Pittsburgh. You just head to 100 Art Rooney Ave at Heinz Field. There are a ton of good restaurants and bars located just around the field to enjoy before and after a game. Last but not least for sports fans is a chance to catch a good hockey game at PPG Paints Arena also located in the downtown area located at 5th Avenue. It has a ton of good bars and restaurants in the immediate area as well. I recommend Steelhead Brasserie & Wine Bar located at 112 Washington Pl. These are just some of my recommendations while spending time in Pittsburgh and attending different types of sporting events. I will post some later blogs about different thing other just juts sporting evening in the future.
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