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Aug 12th, 2013, 07:58 PM
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Towns south of pittsburgh - good for families?

Hello! My husband and I have been researching areas and neighborhoods around pittsburgh that may be good to move to, due to a new job. What is the area around Castle Shannon like? Are there good neighborhoods to begin a family in, and is it easy to get to and from downtown pittsburgh? We are a fairly young couple but want to buy a home in a family oriented, safe neighborhood. Thanks!
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Aug 22nd, 2013, 08:12 PM
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Castle Shannon is a made up of primarily single family homes. Very middle class (I mean that in a good way). Part of the Keystone Oaks School district. The "T" which is Pittsburgh's version of a street car/subway runs through Castle Shannon, and it is the cleanest, fastest way into downtown. I grew up right outside of Castle Shannon and I wouldn't hesitate to live there.
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Sep 27th, 2013, 01:59 PM
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Right next to Shannon is Baldwin Township, part of the Baldwin-Whitehall school district:
http://vimeo.com/38790620
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Sep 27th, 2013, 10:16 PM
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Baldwin is also largely single family homes, although it has a few grittier neighborhoods and a few much more upscale ones, too. My son-in-law grew up there and most of his family still lives there. He recently went to work for the borough.

Castle Shannon is a tad closer to the city and the public transportation is excellent. My major client lives in CS and owns multiple houses on a very nice middle class street.

Neither of these is a top school district, but neither are they distressed school districts. Baldwin, I think, ranks higher than Keystone Oaks, but I won't swear to that.

If you like a slightly more urban setting, Dormont, next to CS, has sidewalks and businesses, interspersed with some very nice older housing stock and a very nice central high street. Same school district as CS.

Just up the road a tiny bit is Mt Lebanon, where prices are higher and the schools are the best.

I live in the city of Pittsburgh where the schools are poor but there are still plenty of nice and extremely affordable streets.

However, if you like a suburban feel, Castle Shannon or Baldwin are good bets.
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