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Old 05-23-2010, 11:41 PM
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I've jut moved to Pgh a month ago, and rented an apartment. I'm starting to look for a house.

I notice that there are many houses in McKees Rock and Stowe Twp that seem pretty cheap. Why is that? I understand that each house has to be evaluated individually, but are these houses often cheaper just because they're in that areas?

What is it like living in McKees Rock and Stowe Twp? I know these are vague questions, but any help would be appreciated.
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Old 05-24-2010, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Greensburg, PA
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From what I know, McKees Rocks is not the most desirable area, but I don't know much about it or Stowe Twp to give you an accurate review.
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:32 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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McKees Rocks has always had a bad reputation. I've been there only a few times over the years and only to the business area which is kind of run down. I never gave it a thought that they'd have such nicely kept neighborhoods like where you might be looking at houses. The school system rates poorly. Low income overall. I know nothing about Stowe.
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:57 PM
 
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Stowe Township is right next to mckees rocks and shares the same SD as Mckees Rocks (Sto-Rox) and bascially the same as Mckees Rocks only maybe slightly nicer and I would avoid them both.
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Old 05-25-2010, 06:52 PM
 
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It's old and run down with a not-so-good school district. Therefore cheap, cheap, cheap. I'd say a good to place to buy if you don't have any kids, don't expect a big (if any) return on any money you use remodeling your palace, and want to live very comfortably with lots of spending money.
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:03 PM
 
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Some of the highest school taxes around and still the school district is collapsing. They are on the brink of a state take over. Lots of projects on the hill area and the hoods from there descent on the town and take over.
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Old 05-28-2010, 05:24 AM
 
Location: Kittanning
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I live in Stowe Township. I bought a small row-house here last year for my 25th birthday. I also noticed the low home prices and wondered, "what is the catch?" Long story short, there isn't one. It's a modest, low to medium income neighborhood, where what you see is what you get. If you drive around the neighborhood and are not turned off by a few blighted properties and some of the poorer residents (like any transitional city neighborhood has), you will not be disappointed in the long run.

In its favor, Stowe feels very safe and is extremely quiet. Like the rest of the West End, there isn't a whole lot of development, investment, or other activity in Stowe/McKees Rocks, which just means less traffic and more quiet nights (I used to live in Shadyside and the hustle-bustle was annoying). Downtown McKees Rocks on Chartiers can be very seedy, but McKees Rocks is made up of several neighborhoods which are rather removed from each other, and each varies quiet a bit (The Bottoms, Norwood, West Park, etc.).

You can buy a house here for a song, fix it up, and forget the need for a mortgage. That's what I have done and I am very satisfied. The neighbors have been friendly and welcoming. Many are old-timers and have shared interesting stories about the Glory Days of McKees Rocks. The neighborhood was never anything more than a bustling industrial community. It was never in its history an affluent or prestigious address -- and that lack of pretentiousness is also part of its rustic charm. There is everything a romantic, or someone who appreciates Industrial Chic, could want: dilapidated railyards, huge old factories in ruins, rows of modest turn of the century workers' homes, rusty bridges. All of it is fabulous if you like that sort of thing. But I suppose it's also why snobs refuse to buy here. And that's fine with me!

Bottom line: if you are obsessed with schools and keeping up with the Joneses, forget McKees Rocks. If you are of the urban pioneer mindset, love old buildings and history, and have enough confidence in yourself not to care about how others' perceive your neighborhood vs. the reality, then go for it. There is less than a mile of separation between my house and Kennedy Township, but there is a definite status and class barrier at work between Stowe and Kennedy. This in spite of the fact that Stowe/McKees Rocks has the superior architecture.

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Old 05-28-2010, 09:27 AM
 
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Very well said alleghenyangel. From a St. Mary HS Grad.
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Swisshelm Park
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Very well said alleghenyangel. From a St. Mary HS Grad.
Sorry for straying off topic, but my mother was also a St. Mary's HS grad, class of '46. We spent many Saturdays when I was younger visiting with my Aunt Maude who lived nearby on Church St.
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:37 AM
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Interesting replies. I knew about the schools. I should have added that I do not have kids. I'll look around, and compare with possibilities in Ross, or whereever. Thanks to all.
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