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Old 06-21-2007, 06:22 PM
 
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The wife and I are looking towards a move to Pittsburgh.

The stipulations would be:

1. Good schools (anyone know of any montessori schools)

2. Nice neighborhood for family. Not looking for anything upscale just your normal safe neighborhood.

3. Fairly short commute to PNC park.

Any ideas on some good neighborhoods to look into? Or some smaller towns outside of the suburbs? Thanks.
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Old 06-21-2007, 06:31 PM
 
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Here is a list I found of Pittsburgh area Montessori schools

A.G. Montessori School
199 Edison Street
Uniontown PA 15401-
724-439-6116
Fax: 724-439-6116
mrsmurphy@agmontessorischool.com
agmontessorischool.com
Affiliation(s): AMS
Class Level(s): 3-6 6-9 9-12


Garden Montessori School LLC
204 Commerce Park Dr.
Cranberry Twp. PA 16066-
724-778-0111
Fax: 724-778-0162
gardenmontessori.com
Affiliation(s):
Class Level(s): 3-6

Montessori Children's Community
474 Chadwick Street
Sewickley PA 15143
412-741-8982
Fax: 412-741-7614
montessorichildrenscommunity@comcast.net
Montessori Children's Community
Affiliation(s): AMS
Class Level(s): 3-6 6-9 9-12

The Glen Montessori School
500 Huntington Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15202-
412-766-3815
Fax: 412-766-3816
lpayne@glenmontessori.org
glenmontessori.org
Affiliation(s): AMS
Class Level(s): 0-3 3-6 Summer

Western PA Montessori School
2379 Wyland Ave.
Allison Park PA 15101
412-487-2700
Fax: 412-487-7048
director@wpms.edu
Western Pennsylvania Montessori School - Home
Affiliation(s): AMS
Class Level(s): 0-3 3-6
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Old 06-21-2007, 06:48 PM
 
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If you're trying to find nice neighborhoods close to the Montessori schools listed, I recommend Hampton, Shaler or McCandlass townships for the school located in Allison Park. The commute to PNC Park would be approximately 15 to 25 minutes depending on where you buy your house.

If you're willing to drive farther to PNC Park, there are some nice towns near the Cranberry Montessori school. I like Zelienople. But there are many little towns in the surrounding area too. It's more rural up that way. The commute would be about 45 minutes to over an hour depending on where you buy your house.
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Old 06-22-2007, 06:15 AM
 
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Thanks a bunch. I will definitely look into them. Can anyone give me an idea on what to expect on property taxes for say a 200,000 house? I have heard they are high but I live in Illinois where they are ungodly high so I won't be shocked.

Also does anyone have any experience with kids going to one of those montessori schools? Thanks.

1 last thing, I saw one of them is in Uniontown. Is that a 45 minute drive or so from Pittsburgh, or is it longer? Thanks.
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Old 06-22-2007, 08:29 AM
 
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Thanks a bunch. I will definitely look into them. Can anyone give me an idea on what to expect on property taxes for say a 200,000 house? I have heard they are high but I live in Illinois where they are ungodly high so I won't be shocked.
For a general idea, here is a sampling of taxes for North Hills townships:

Hampton
County: 4.69 mils
School: 20.53 mils
Township: 2.1665 mils
Wage Tax: 1%
Local Realty Transfer Tax: 1%

Shaler
County: 4.69 mils
School: 20.32 mils
Township: 2.33 mils
Wage Tax: 1%
Local Realty Transfer Tax: 1%

Ross (North Hills School District)
County: 4.69 mils
School: 20.2 mils
Township: 2.0541 mils
Wage Tax: 1%
Local Realty Transfer Tax: 1%
Occupation Tax: $10

Pine (Pine/Richland School District)
County: 4.69 mils
School: 18.52 mils
Township: 1.15 mils
Wage Tax: 1%
Local Realty Transfer Tax: 1%
Occupation Tax: $52

Richland (Pine/Richland School District)
County: 4.69 mils
School: 20.2 mils
Township: 2.75 mils
Wage Tax: 1%
Local Realty Transfer Tax: 1%

McCandlass (North Allegheny School District)
County: 4.69 mils
School: 17.104 mils
Township: 1.31 mils
Wage Tax: 1%
Local Realty Transfer Tax: 1%

Franklin Park (North Allegheny School District)
County: 4.69 mils
School: 18.522 mils
Township: 1.283
Wage Tax: 1%
Local Realty Transfer Tax: 1%
Occupation Tax: $20

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Also does anyone have any experience with kids going to one of those montessori schools? Thanks.
All I can say is that I wish I had known about them when my son was entering school.

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1 last thing, I saw one of them is in Uniontown. Is that a 45 minute drive or so from Pittsburgh, or is it longer? Thanks.
The drive from Uniontown to Pittsburgh is 1 hour and 15 minutes without rush hour traffic.
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Old 06-22-2007, 09:39 AM
 
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We moved from IL, and they are higher than what we had, we were not as shocked as others might be. It is confusing though.

What did shock us is the cost/tax of closing on a home here. We are in the process of looking to buy. I think on a 300K home we have to pay the state, county or whoever 8K or so. That we did not expect!
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Old 06-22-2007, 11:28 PM
 
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The wife and I are looking towards a move to Pittsburgh.

The stipulations would be:

1. Good schools (anyone know of any montessori schools)

2. Nice neighborhood for family. Not looking for anything upscale just your normal safe neighborhood.

3. Fairly short commute to PNC park.

Any ideas on some good neighborhoods to look into? Or some smaller towns outside of the suburbs? Thanks.
Before I answer your question, I have a few questions for you.....do you always refer to your wife as a noun? ("The wife") And do you have any idea how absolutely derogatory toward her that is? I'm guessing that you don't, else you probably wouldn't call her that. And please don't say that you were just kidding. That's a poor excuse.
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:39 AM
 
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Before I answer your question, I have a few questions for you.....do you always refer to your wife as a noun? ("The wife") And do you have any idea how absolutely derogatory toward her that is? I'm guessing that you don't, else you probably wouldn't call her that. And please don't say that you were just kidding. That's a poor excuse.
I'm amazed you assume he refers to his wife as "the wife" in real life.

This is the internet for goodness sake.

People commonly refer to their spouses in a different manner since it's wise to not use real names.

I chose "hubby" as my husband's internet persona.

This OP chose "the wife."

There's simply no difference between me saying "Hubby and I went to the store." and the OP saying "The wife and I went to the store."

Do you really think for a minute that I call my husband "hubby" in real life?

It's quite telling that you think otherwise of the OP.
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:45 AM
 
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There is a guy on the Colorado forums who also refers to his wife as "the wife". I do not like it, either, tend to agree with louiemoon. Although there is some truth in what Hopes is saying, too. I refer to my husband on here as DH, which someone told me they didn't like. In real life I refer to him as . . . no, I'm not going to tell you that!
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Old 06-23-2007, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Saint Petersburg
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My husband refers to me as "The Girl". I call him "The Boy".

Neither one of us thinks it's derogatory. It's just our funny nicknames for one another.
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