Head a few blocks east out of downtown, then make a sharp climb upward, and you’ll find yourself in Polish Hill, a nearly vertical quarter-mile expanse in a prime location between the Strip District and the Hill District. It’s a neighborhood in transition: Newcomers armed with outside-the-box renovation ideas and shoestring budgets settle in next to the great-grandchildren of Polish Hill’s earliest settlers. A cluster of artists adds to the mix in this affordable haven of creativity and community.
Nestled in a valley along the Ohio River, the West End Village is on the cusp of a comeback. Just two miles from downtown, the community once considered a gateway to the city of Pittsburgh is striving to reclaim its place through the restoration of a vibrant main street that serves the 297 residents who live here. Originally the Borough of Temperanceville, the community officially became the West End when it was annexed to the city of Pittsburgh in 1872. A bit of rebranding a few years ago lead to its new “village” moniker.
When it comes to charm, Sewickley has it, from its bustling “village” of a business district to a range of great amenities, all within walking distance. Situated 11 miles northeast of downtown, on the Ohio River, this quaint borough of tree-lined streets with sidewalks is bordered by the neighboring boroughs of Edgeworth, Glen Osborne and, on the hill over-looking town, Sewickley Heights.
On the eastern edge of Pittsburgh sits Regent Square, a charming tree-lined community nestled between the busy thoroughfares of the Parkway East to the south and Forbes Avenue to the east. Geographically, the community sits on a rectangular plateau, wonderfully buffered from the city by the steep valleys of Fern Hollow Creek to the west and Nine Mile Run to the south, giving it a small town within a city feeling. The abundance of Frick Park, along its western edge, adds to its abundance.