A sort of random question for natives of the area...
I hope that it is okay if I post this here, (please feel free to move it if there is a better place for it). My husband and I have been attending AC for the past two years, and really like the area. Recently, we began searching for a new place to live, and Pittsburgh and the surrounding area are near the top of our list. We are from New Jersey, and generally unfamiliar with most of the area, so we were wondering if any of you would have any recommendations for places in the area to look for houses in. Or maybe places to avoid. Either, or! We do generally prefer more suburby areas with a little more space.
Thanks in advance for your help!
As far as suburbs go, the southern suburbs (Dormont, Castle Shannon, Mt Lebanon, Bethel Park, Library, etc.) are pretty decent and have solid public transportation access (specifically the T). For the most part, the crime rates are relatively low that I've heard, and the neighborhoods in those suburbs are nice, if pricey. My roommate swears by the eastern suburbs (Monroeville, Churchill, Penn Hills, Edgewood, Swissvale, etc.), but she's also aware that while they can be cheaper, the areas are also rather hit or miss and public transit is also harder to come by.
If you're willing to take a chance on city living, there are some nice spaces in Mt Washington, Lawrenceville, Shadyside, some sections of East Liberty, Beechview, and Banksville. You can also try Millvale, which is technically a suburb but is super close to the city and confined by the hill and river.
If you want places to outright avoid, I'll be completely honest with you, but understand that every neighborhood and suburb has its good areas and its bad areas. Just because one street is bad doesn't mean they all are. I would avoid: Wilkinsburg, McKeesport, McKees Rocks, Duquesne, Braddock, and Rankin. Homestead and Munhall are a little iffy, but they have their good areas. And most of the areas of the city are fine after you've been here a while and learn how to read the neighborhood.
Thank you! I really appreciate you taking the time out to answer so thoughtfully!