The Far-Flung 'Burbs

These primarily residential communities have spent the past years growing — and becoming more and more popular. With Pittsburgh International Airport nearby and increasing economic development, it’s easy to see why so many call this end of the region home.




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What’s Here?

Findlay Township
Owing to more than 4,000 acres of undeveloped land and its close proximity to the Pittsburgh International Airport, Findlay Township is poised for commercial growth. A number of small businesses and eateries dot Route 30 as it runs through the area.

North Fayette Township
Known for farming and coal mining through the late-19th and early-20th centuries, North Fayette now is bustling with shops and businesses, mostly concentrated in the massive shopping district The Pointe at North Fayette.

Oakdale
A small borough with 0.5 square miles of land, Oakdale is referred to as “America’s Home Town” by residents, in part due to its Noblestown Road business district.

McDonald
Home to more than 2,100 residents, McDonald — which straddles the Allegheny/Washington county line — offers a sample of its rich history to the public at the
McDonald Trail Station where vintage photographs and news articles are displayed.

Crescent Township
Located adjacent to the Ohio River and dating to 1855, this small township features the two unincorporated villages of Glenwillard and Wireton.

Moon Township
The oldest township in Allegheny County, Moon also is one of the biggest, encompassing 24.2 square miles. An array of locally owned and operated businesses and restaurants fills Moon Township, as does Robert Morris University. 

​Coraopolis
​With a name that means ‘maiden city’ in Greek, this borough along the Ohio River and bisected by Route 51 has a growing business district bordering its quiet residential streets.

Robinson Township
Best known as a retail hub, Robinson Township contains a variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment — including Pittsburgh’s sole IKEA location (ikea.com/us/en/store/pittsburgh), among many other chains — that can keep visitors busy for days.

​Pennsbury Village
A tiny borough consisting of 500 townhouses, Pennsbury Village was part of Robinson Township until it formally seceded on America’s bicentennial, July 4, 1976.
 

Eat

The Diner may be Oakdale’s most famous spot to feast. Offering eats ranging from traditional diner food to Italian staples to Chinese cuisine, the Diner has something for all taste buds.  105 Clinton Ave., 724/693-9099.
 


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Built in the 1930s from several old barns, Hyeholde Restaurant in Moon Township is an upscale eatery with French-inspired cuisine. With an interior that provides a castle-like atmosphere, Hyeholde is perfect for special occasions.  1516 Coraopolis Heights Road, hyeholde.com.
 


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Who needs flash when you have flavor? Gibby’s Good Eats ‘n Treats appears to be a small ice-cream stand, but the Coraopolis fast-food joint will satisfy those with sweet tooths as well as those with savory cravings.  800 Fourth Ave., facebook.com/gibbysgoodeats.

Drink

Craving a peanut butter and jelly … soda? Rocket Fizz has you covered. The recently opened location in North Fayette sells vintage candies along with a unique and extensive soda collection, 306 McHolme Drive, rocketfizz.com.

​Pennsbury Village may be among the region’s smallest municipalities, but everyone needs a neighborhood bar. Pennsbury Pub & Grille offers locals and visitors a variety of cold draft beer and comfort food. 1049 Pennsbury Blvd., pennsburypub.com.

Appealing to locals as well as travelers spending a night in the area between flights at Pittsburgh International Airport, Wings, Suds & Spuds offers an appealing selection of draft and bottled beer to pair with an array of finger-licking wings and appetizers. 8806 University Blvd., facebook.com/wingssudsandspuds.
 

Shop

Cosmic Charlie’s Emporium vends gems, fossils, jewelry, art and homemade goods. The shop in Coraopolis also supports a number of local artists.  1038 Fifth Ave., facebook.com/cosmiccharliesemporium.
 

Musicians and collectors alike will be fans of Hanks Vintage Guitars in Robinson Township. The small shop buys, sells and trades vintage guitars, amplifiers and accessories.  
6080 Steubenville Pike, hanksvintageguitars.com.

With two stories of clothing, furniture and home accents, Consignment Cottage in Moon Township has an ever-changing selection of resale items.  234 Moon Clinton Road, shopconsignmentcottage.com.
 

Do

One of the few remaining drive-ins in the Pittsburgh area, Dependable Drive-In in Moon Township offers four screens and three snack bars. Attending a double feature is a fun (and value-conscious) way to spend a night out.  549 Moon Clinton Road, dependabledrivein.com.

An annual tradition in McDonald, McSummerfest is a week-long festival held to raise funds for the McDonald Volunteer Fire Department. The event, which traditionally takes place in early June, begins with a parade through town and features food, fireworks and rides throughout the week, mcdonaldfire.com.

Kolor-n-Kiln in The Mall at Robinson is a pottery studio that allows the public to create pottery and canvas art. The studio also can be rented for parties and fundraisers.  1230 Robinson Centre Drive, kolor-n-kiln.com.
 

Food Critic’s Pick

The Far-Flung Burbs are fairly coated with chain restaurants. Lucky for us, one local chain — Burgatory — has an outpost in North Fayette Township that’s worth visiting. My favorite burger is the Farmer Brown (over-easy egg, farmhouse cheddar, maple-cured ham, lettuce and mayo), but it’s always fun to make your own combinations from the restaurant’s myriad topping options. Burgatory’s booze-infused shakes also are a draw for the adults in your crew, and the classic shakes will delight the youths and your designated driver. (300 McHolme Drive, burgatorybar.com) — Hal B. Klein
 


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Signature Event

If you’re curious about the constantly advancing field of aviation, you’re going to want to attend the Wings Over Pittsburgh Air Show, held nearly every year at the Air Force Reserve Command’s 911th Airlift in Moon Township. Next scheduled for May 12-14, 2017, expect such teams as the Blue Angels, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and more to put on spectacular, patriotic displays. (pittsburgh.afrc.af.mil) — Lauren Davidson
 

 

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21 Great Communities

Around the Point

With exciting options for work, play and attractive new housing – these Pittsburgh neighborhoods are the places a rising number of urbanites want to call home.

The New North

If you venture to this neighborhood only to attend a sporting event or concert at PNC Park or Heinz Field, you’re missing out; the area is full of restaurants, museums, cultural landmarks and churches, as well as some lovely historic homes.

The Old Allegheny Slopes

No matter where you drive or walk in The Old Allegheny Slopes, you are probably going up or down a hill. This makes for a lot of good views, along with hidden surprises tucked into these city neighborhoods.

The Northern 'Burbs

The area commonly referred to as the North Hills maintains its long-held status as a fine suburban place to live or go for a walk in a nature park, but the area also offers plenty of shopping and dining and play options.

The Near East

There’s a reason all of the out-of-town trend pieces praising Pittsburgh’s 21st-century rebirth seem to focus on these neighborhoods. This thriving part of the city is where design, the arts, restaurant culture and high-end shopping are integrated into Pittsburgh’s working-class bones.

Where 8 Meets 28

The river communities that have been home to many families with histories in steel- and glass-making have a wealth of quaint, independent retail stores, restaurants and businesses, as well as much-loved libraries, festivals and community days.

Allegheny River Communities

Each borough and municipality in this northeastern corner of Allegheny County contains surprises. To those who live along the river’s edge, they’re familiar, hometown destinations and sights; to visitors, they’re spots worth making the drive out along (the finally construction-free) Route 28.

College Town

When people talk about the revitalization of Pittsburgh, it usually involves the tagline meds and eds — and meds and eds it is in College Town. You’ll find the sprawling buildings of Carnegie Mellon University, Carlow University and the University of Pittsburgh as well as several UPMC medical complexes.

Green Pittsburgh

Green Pittsburgh is a story of the birth and rebirth of our city: students and young professionals flock to Squirrel Hill and Shadyside, adding vibrancy that radiates from top universities. Meanwhile, redevelopment in Hazelwood and Glen Hazel offers new chances for affordable housing and a blossoming community.

The Hidden East End

The Mellons, Fricks, Carnegies and Westinghouses built their mansions in this most-stylish part of town. But their departure for greener and more secluded pastures — and the mass relocation of families here after the razing of the Lower Hill — left much of this area economically depressed for decades. Now the long-awaited renaissance of East Liberty is beginning to bring major reinvestment here, too.

The Eastern Border

Most of these communities, which lie to the east of the Squirrel Hill Tunnels, are residential suburbs with small business districts. There also are tons of beauty in these hills, which are packed with historic homes, parks, schools and churches, as well as evidence of Pittsburgh’s steel-making and industrial past.
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The Sprawling Suburbs

Roadways, which prompted the construction of shopping malls, always have played a key role in this region’s growth. Research labs for U.S. Steel, Westinghouse and others attracted engineers from around the world, particularly India, and the new immigrants often built temples — one of which is a familiar sight perched on a hillside overlooking I-376

The Mon and Beyond

Past meets the present in the communities making up Pittsburgh’s eastern and Mon Valley regions. Here you’ll encounter reminders of where we started as leaders in the steel industry and — while plenty of these small towns still face challenges — you’ll find glimpses of where we’re going in neighborhoods moving towards revitalization.

Scaling the Mountain

There’s a lot happening in the area between the South Side and the Hilltop, and every time you visit, it seems a new business has cropped up. The communities around Mount Washington enjoy beautiful views of the city as well as parks, strong neighborhood associations and ethnic restaurants.

The Reborn 'Burbs

This is where the city’s southern suburbs begin, at the edge of the city limits and drifting into the areas closest to Pittsburgh proper. Along the south bank of the Monongahela River — in an area with heavy industrial roots — you’ll find neighborhoods in the midst of revitalization, with plenty of business and more quaint places to live.

Far Down the River

Pittsburgh loves its blue-collar industrial history, and at the heart of that are the communities that make up the Mon Valley. Where the Monongahela and Youghiogheny rivers meet is the beginning of a network of proud, tight-knit communities with lots of trails and woods to explore, plenty of fishing spots and — important for any community — a wealth of beloved soft-serve ice cream stands.

The Southern Suburbs

With their abundance of green spaces, thriving business districts and walkable sidewalk communities, Pittsburgh’s southern suburbs offer plenty of incentive for families looking for a peaceful place to call home. Though mere minutes from Downtown, these neighborhoods make residents feel as though they are worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The Midwest

The neighborhoods west of Downtown were among the region’s first. Most were part of Chartiers Township, which (like the creek) was named for Pierre Chartier, a local trader of French and Shawnee parentage who later became a chief. Formerly farmland, most of this area was transformed by industry into working-class neighborhoods, a legacy which persists today.

Down the Highways

While driving southbound on Interstate 79, don’t be scared to take an exit and explore. These townships and boroughs range from scenic farmland to busy main streets. Regardless of the surroundings, the areas in this region all offer plenty to experience.

The Far-Flung 'Burbs

These primarily residential communities have spent the past years growing — and becoming more and more popular. With Pittsburgh International Airport nearby and increasing economic development, it’s easy to see why so many call this end of the region home.

The Ohio River Valley

The lands north of the Ohio River became part of the Depreciation Lands used to pay Revolutionary War veterans for their service. The numerous small boroughs and townships along Ohio River Boulevard are collected into slightly larger (but still compact) school districts, befitting their continued status as popular hometowns to raise families generation after generation.
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