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Old 12-24-2020, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Lebanon Heights
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Like many towns in beaver county, it’s been slowly dying for 30+ years since the collapse of the steel industry. Beaver down the road, which is the county seat, has kept a more even keel throughout the last several decades. I grew up 10 miles north in another dying mill town, but I don’t know that we ever had much reason to drive down to beaver falls, other than football and basketball games. Geneva college is also located there. And if you travel across the bridge at the far end of town, you’re actually in new Brighton, which has held up a little better than beaver falls. Also of note, beaver falls was the setting of 80s sitcom, Mr Belvedere. How did a west coast attorney and pistachio farmer end up driving through bf?
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Old 12-25-2020, 07:58 AM
 
Location: In Transition
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It was dark and rainy today but Beaver Falls seemed to have a lot of charm--more than many small towns. I know its lost 50% of its population between 1960 and today ( 16,000 + to 8000 and its economic future can't be bright but it has so many nice old buildings -many abandoned.



Any opinions on this place?
Beaver Borough, (not beaver falls) which is the county seat may be the nicest small business district in the Pittsburgh metro that is not in Allegheny county. Note this is different the beaver falls. Housing is very nice and the beaver area school district is excellent.

Beaver falls has a nice business district but I would not want to live there. The school district is not the greatest in beaver falls either. Geneva College keeps beaver falls going. New Brighton ( just down the road) would be a better option than beaver falls. New Brighton has a small business district.

I’m looking at moving to Erie pa or possibly beaver borough. I am being selective on my choice. I have money to afford these places but don’t want to overpay for old outdated garbage, which is a lot of housing in the beaver valley area.
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Old 12-25-2020, 09:09 AM
 
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How did a west coast attorney and pistachio farmer end up driving through bf?[/quote]


I love old cities in the "Rust Belt" the South and West just can't compare architecturally. Ive sold most of the interest in pistachios but put a clause in the deed that me -my heirs - can always go there and pick some nuts. My brother-in-law became the foreman. I only practice law in Texas but have a Tree Farm - a Coastal Redwoods project not for harvest - in Washington.


Property taxes are high in PA -OH - and the East Coast.





Beaver Falls seemed especially attractive but Ill see it again before I return.


While many towns are made up of old wooden nothing special houses- BF seems to have a large share of nice ones-but I saw less than 10% of it.
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Old 12-25-2020, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Lebanon Heights
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Thanks, sorry to be "nebby" -- but your little biographical snippet was too interesting to leave un-inquired about. There used to be a poster here that grew up in Beaver Falls, but I have not seem him/her post recently. Certainly with all of these small towns, you'll probably find some fabulous, unique housing buried in among the more hum-drum. Among other things, up until 10 years ago, there was a pretty amazing, classic movie house in downtown BF:

Granada Theatre in Beaver Falls, PA - Cinema Treasures.

Everyone goes on and on about these donuts too: https://www.orams.com/
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Old 12-26-2020, 01:48 AM
 
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I poured some concrete in beaver falls around 10 years ago. There were ladies of the night propositioning my guys. Any time i have run into that it has been a high drug or crime area like mckeesport or homewood. I don't know what the current state of beaver falls is but i was not impressed.
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Old 12-26-2020, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Thanks, sorry to be "nebby" -- but your little biographical snippet was too interesting to leave un-inquired about. There used to be a poster here that grew up in Beaver Falls, but I have not seem him/her post recently. Certainly with all of these small towns, you'll probably find some fabulous, unique housing buried in among the more hum-drum. Among other things, up until 10 years ago, there was a pretty amazing, classic movie house in downtown BF:

Granada Theatre in Beaver Falls, PA - Cinema Treasures.

Everyone goes on and on about these donuts too: https://www.orams.com/
That regular poster was Katarina Witt, and she grew up in the nearby borough of Patterson Heights. She now lives near Boulder, CO. I haven't seen her around lately either and have been worried about her.

In regards to Beaver Falls I have been there before and have never felt "unsafe". Then again I live in a rough neighborhood and don't feel unsafe either because the problem people generally only interact with and target one another---not innocent bystanders minding their own business.

Beaver Falls has that gritty blue-collar "dying mill town vibe" unlike nearby Beaver, which feels more Mayberry-like. I have been meaning to take another trip up there soon for some Oram's Donuts!
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Old 12-26-2020, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Lebanon Heights
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I poured some concrete in beaver falls around 10 years ago. There were ladies of the night propositioning my guys. Any time i have run into that it has been a high drug or crime area like mckeesport or homewood. I don't know what the current state of beaver falls is but i was not impressed.
Maybe that was before this crack down?

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.tim...emplate=ampart
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Old 12-26-2020, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Downtown Cranberry Twp.
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That regular poster was Katarina Witt, and she grew up in the nearby borough of Patterson Heights. She now lives near Boulder, CO. I haven't seen her around lately either and have been worried about her.

In regards to Beaver Falls I have been there before and have never felt "unsafe". Then again I live in a rough neighborhood and don't feel unsafe either because the problem people generally only interact with and target one another---not innocent bystanders minding their own business.

Beaver Falls has that gritty blue-collar "dying mill town vibe" unlike nearby Beaver, which feels more Mayberry-like. I have been meaning to take another trip up there soon for some Oram's Donuts!
What neighborhoods in Beaver Falls were you in?
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Old 12-26-2020, 01:49 PM
 
Location: In Transition
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I am bullish on beaver county. OP also make sure you check out New Brighton and Ambridge
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Old 12-26-2020, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Downtown Cranberry Twp.
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I am bullish on beaver county. OP also make sure you check out New Brighton and Ambridge
Why should anyone check out NB and Ambridge to live? Other than some neat businesses, they’re quite dumpy places to live.
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