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Old 12-22-2019, 12:03 PM
 
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Hi all. We are relocating to the area for work and the main work hub is out of Greensburg. We are looking for an area within 45 minutes of Greensburg to live in. I can easily search the stats, but it would be helpful to hear opinions and the general feelings about places, so I’m hoping you all can help?

We’re in our early 30s, no kids, both starting our own businesses, and would love to make friends in the area. I personally prefer small college towns and would love to find a group of 20-30 somethings for trivia, hiking, cookouts, and art nights. Not interested in the downtown Pittsburgh bar scene or traffic.

We’d like to pay no more than $1200 for a 2 bedroom (which is stretching it), would like to be within 20 minutes from a gym and grocery store, and bonus if we can ride dirt bikes around fairly easily.

I imagine that some of the more rural areas nearish to Greensburg may work, because they will be affordable, have room to ride our bikes, and we can drive to the collegey area of Greensburg for trivia and into Pittsburgh occasionally on the weekends, BUT I’m only speculating.

Would love to hear your thoughts.
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Old 12-22-2019, 12:10 PM
 
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Pretty tough to find legal/dirt bike riding areas anymore unless you know someone with property that will let you ride there.

https://www.creeksidemotocross.com/rules-of-the-track

https://www.minesandmeadows.com/
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Old 12-23-2019, 09:25 AM
 
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My first thought would be Ligonier.
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Old 12-23-2019, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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There aren't any small college towns nearby. The closest ones would be California and Indiana (no, not the states---these are actual town names in PA). However, the commute from each to Greensburg would be about 40 minutes (probably at least an hour during wintry weather). Indiana is a delightful small college town with a traditional main street and box stores in the surrounding periphery (White Township). California is rather isolated and is surrounded by socioeconomically depressed areas.

I'd stick to Greensburg itself. It's a very nice small city within an easy drive of Pittsburgh during non-peak hours for forays to sporting events, museums, the zoo, the aviary, concerts, etc.
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Old 12-23-2019, 11:25 AM
 
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There aren't any small college towns nearby. The closest ones would be California and Indiana (no, not the states---these are actual town names in PA). However, the commute from each to Greensburg would be about 40 minutes (probably at least an hour during wintry weather). Indiana is a delightful small college town with a traditional main street and box stores in the surrounding periphery (White Township). California is rather isolated and is surrounded by socioeconomically depressed areas.

I'd stick to Greensburg itself. It's a very nice small city within an easy drive of Pittsburgh during non-peak hours for forays to sporting events, museums, the zoo, the aviary, concerts, etc.
Yeah there is a lot to do in downtown Greensburg or if you'd like a rural area close by, try Salem township (that it actually shares a school district with) to the north, very rural area, but it along with Murrysville are both just a short drive away.
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Old 12-23-2019, 11:59 AM
 
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You’re dead set on greensburg? Everyone I know from high school got out ASAP if they had the means to do so. I was born and raised there until the age of 20 and wouldn’t move back. Westmoreland county has as drug problem, unless it magically got better within the past 2 years. I find the area underwhelming in virtually all aspects, and wouldn’t really refer to it as a college town. It has none of that vibe despite having colleges in town. If you’re not chained to Greensburg I would try State College. The only thing I like about the Greensburg area is my family and some high school nostalgia.
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Old 12-23-2019, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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the main work hub is out of Greensburg.
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You’re dead set on greensburg?
^ I think State College is inarguably the best college town and possibly best smaller-sized metro area in the state; however, it is NOT commutable to Greensburg. My best friends are Penn State professors and live in the Toftrees section of Patton Township, just outside of State College. They love living there. We love visiting them. State College is progressive and has a Trader Joe's; two Targets; two Walmarts; an H&M; numerous Starbucks locations; tons of ethnic eateries and mom-and-pop joints; etc. Crime is ridiculously low. Traffic congestion is only an issue for a short duration during the PM rush hour as well as a major issue during home football games. My partner and I are toying with the idea of moving there, actually, to be closer to our best friends and my family in Scranton.

Given that they have to commute to Greensburg, though? Then Greensburg is really their best option.
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Old 12-24-2019, 05:30 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies! I saw California and Indiana pop up in my initial search, so I’ll keep those in mind. And yes, the hub is out of Greensburg, so we’ll have to be within driving distance. I’ll try to check out the towns soon. Merry Christmas!!!
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Old 12-24-2019, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Thanks for the replies! I saw California and Indiana pop up in my initial search, so I’ll keep those in mind. And yes, the hub is out of Greensburg, so we’ll have to be within driving distance. I’ll try to check out the towns soon. Merry Christmas!!!
Merriest of Merry Christmases to you and yours as well!

I might recommend Blairsville to you. It is about 30 minutes northeast of Greensburg along U.S. Route 22 and is about 20 minutes south of Indiana. It is also about 45 minutes east of Pittsburgh. The town itself doesn't have a whole lot going on. It does have a great bakery, though (Market Street Pastries). The periphery of the town has your shopping/dining needs.
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Old 12-24-2019, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Squirrel Hill PA
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There aren't any small college towns nearby. The closest ones would be California and Indiana (no, not the states---these are actual town names in PA). However, the commute from each to Greensburg would be about 40 minutes (probably at least an hour during wintry weather). Indiana is a delightful small college town with a traditional main street and box stores in the surrounding periphery (White Township). California is rather isolated and is surrounded by socioeconomically depressed areas.

I'd stick to Greensburg itself. It's a very nice small city within an easy drive of Pittsburgh during non-peak hours for forays to sporting events, museums, the zoo, the aviary, concerts, etc.

What about Latrobe? St Vincent college is there. It must be within a reasonable drive since I have two friends who are professors there who also happen to live in Greensburg so that is a commute they have been making for many years.
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