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Old 08-01-2009, 05:15 PM
 
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Fiance and I are moving to Pittsburgh sometime in the next year, but I'm really picky about where to move, mainly because I've had a terrible living experience with our current location in suburban Philadelphia. We're looking for a house in the 300k-400k range. Small town with a young artsy cultural vibe to it (we're a young couple in our late 20s), walkable downtown is a must!, coffee shops, more mom and pop than franchise, variety in cuisine choices (I love ethnic food!), good adult recreation programs (co-ed dek hockey perhaps?), good school districts, low crime. We're looking for a town within a 45 minute commute to Pittsburgh, but not in the city. Is there anything like this near the city?
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Old 08-01-2009, 05:38 PM
 
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Check out Sewickley. I wish I had time to elaborate but I'm sure others will. Good luck.
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Old 08-01-2009, 06:07 PM
 
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Check out Sewickley. I wish I had time to elaborate but I'm sure others will. Good luck.
Copy that. Everything you're looking for can be found in Sewickley, except maybe the co-ed dek hockey thing. Co-ed croquet, for sure.

Second place to Mt. Lebanon.

Good luck
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Old 08-01-2009, 07:32 PM
 
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I truly can't think of any suburbs or towns that have a walkable downtown with a young and artsy vibe to them. The only places in Western Pennsylvania that have those thing going for them are in the city limits of Pittsburgh. The suburbs are mainly strip malls, apartment complexes, modest middle-class homes, and the occasional McMansion.
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Old 08-01-2009, 08:50 PM
 
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Sewickley and Mt. Lebanon are the obvious choices, but I also agree that what you are describing is really going to be found in the City neighborhoods, not so much the suburbs--Sewickley and Mt. Lebanon have walkable downtown areas, but I think "young artsy cultural vibe" would be a stretch.

So I guess I would wonder why you have eliminated the City from consideration, because many of the popular neighborhoods feel pretty suburban in their own way, and more closely fit your description. Much of the East End in particular really has a college town feel to it--it just happens to be in the City.
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Old 08-01-2009, 11:01 PM
 
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Young and Artsy in a high end neighborhood, name one.
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Old 08-01-2009, 11:25 PM
 
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Young and Artsy in a high end neighborhood, name one.
I guess that depends on how you define those terms. For example, I'd suggest Squirrel Hill, but it really depends on whether or not you think it is "artsy" enough. Conversely, Friendship is pretty artsy (at least by Pittsburgh) standards, but that would depend on whether or not you think it is "high end". And so on.
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Old 08-02-2009, 12:07 PM
 
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Younger vibe is going to be in the city. Artsy, also, in the city. No suburbs fit that; the ones that are within that distance are mostly typical sprawl. The ones mentioned, Mt Lebanon and Sewickley, come the closest, with true walkable downtown areas, but they are not particularly young nor particularly artsy, not like some of the city neighborhoods would be. Depending upon what your goals are by being in the suburbs, some of the city neighborhoods may be a better fit. You did mention schools though, which we don't typically think of as a better fit in the city. It depends upon where you want to compromise. I happen to be sitting at Aldo Coffee in Mt Lebanon right now. I don't live in the area, but I like this area well enough. We have thought of moving down this way. But then I'm almost 40.

If you think you have to be in the suburbs because of your house price range, well, you'll be pleasantly surprised I think at what appealing city neighborhoods are available to you with houses in that price range. If you think you'll be working in the city proper, you'll be happy with the time saved vs a longer commute, I think, in the long run. (I wish I had known before I moved 20-odd miles from downtown how much I would eventually wish I had that time back, one of the strikes against moving to Mt Lebo.)

For everything that you want, with the possible exception of good school district, you want east end city neighborhoods, it seems to me. Which ones would again be a matter of which compromises, closer to or farther from various things you listed.
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Old 08-02-2009, 12:22 PM
 
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If you think you'll be working in the city proper, you'll be happy with the time saved vs a longer commute, I think, in the long run. (I wish I had known before I moved 20-odd miles from downtown how much I would eventually wish I had that time back, one of the strikes against moving to Mt Lebo.)
If you work Downtown, Mt. Lebo is the perfect place to live. The T is excellent, one of the few things that the Port Authority got right.
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Old 08-02-2009, 03:04 PM
 
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I guess my problem with city living is that I grew up on a farm, so I can't imagine not having a huge yard. I plan on using public transportation to work downtown. My fiance will be working in Ambridge. Thanks for all of the suggestions so far. We just drove around and took a look at Sewickley, Squirrel Hill, Mt. Washington, and Mt. Lebanon, and we liked Sewickley the most. It's probably the closest to what I was looking for, and what it's missing in entertainment variety, it seemed close enough to the city to fill that void. I just wish the T went up to Sewickley. I heard they're building a line to go to the airport, any chance it will include stops at the neighboring towns on the way to the city?
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