Fox Chapel – Pittsburgh, PA

Fox Chapel takes pride in being a strictly residential community with the exception of private clubs, churches, and private schools. Located northeast of downtown Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, Fox Chapel features wooded hills and open spaces, with large homes mostly on at least one-acre lots, and offers residents a high quality of life. Award-winning public schools sit in neighboring O'Hara and Indiana Townships, further preserving the residential and green spaces of Fox Chapel. The exclusive feel combined with its close proximity to the entertainment and business hubs in Downtown and Oakland make Fox Chapel a highly desirable place to live.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Pittsburgh has several wonderful restaurant hubs, including Station Square, East Liberty, Shadyside and the waterfront, but you can also find interesting restaurants close to Fox Chapel. In and around Aspinwall, you can choose from Chinese, Mexican, Lebanese and Portuguese restaurants as well as vegan at Randita's Organic Vegan Cafe. You don't have to be vegan to enjoy the spicy African stew, Reuben casserole, and almond tofu with black rice and crunchy veggies in this cozy cafe. You have to bring your own bottle of wine, but the friendly staff happily keeps your second bottled chilled for you. You can eat lunch or dinner at Cornerstone Restaurant and Bar, but locals flock here for brunch, and recommend the cinnamon pancakes or the Potato Benny — eggs Benedict with corned beef served on potato pancakes instead of English muffins. You can find more restaurant choices in Oakmont, west of Fox Chapel. Check out Hoffstot’s Cafe Monaco, where the intimate setting makes it perfect for date night. Locals love it here, and it gets crowded, so make a reservation even during the week. Start with the stuffed sweet peppers appetizer, then order the seafood linguine with white sauce or the veal Romano for dinner. Finish your meal with espresso-almond cookies. Both Aspinwall and Oakmont provide options for going out at night as well. See the latest movie releases at the Waterworks Cinemas before checking out the drink specials at Tavern in the Wall, where you can also enjoy live music on some weekends. Over in Oakmont, Carnivores Restaurant and Sports Bar's large open space gives you plenty of room to kick back and watch the game on the many flat screens, or listen to live music. In the warmer months, take your drink to the outdoor patio. The Oakmont Tavern also makes a nice place to spend an evening with friends.

History & Culture

The Fox Chapel area saw military activity during both the French and Indian, and the Revolutionary Wars. It remained mostly rural through the 1800s, but with the arrival of the automobile, Pittsburghers took notice of Fox Chapel's appeal as a suburb. In 1934, Fox Chapel became an incorporated borough. Fox Chapel residents enjoy performances by local and regional artists at the Hillman Center for the Performing Arts, located at Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel. The Stage Right Community Theatre, a volunteer organization, puts on several performances a year at the Boyd Community Center in O'Hara. Museums near Fox Chapel include the Bayernhof Museum, showcasing a large collection of music boxes and automatic musical instruments, and the Clemente Museum, celebrating the baseball career and humanitarianism of the late Roberto Clemente. In October, bring the kids to the Fall Family Funtober Fest, a fundraiser held at the Boyd Community Center.

Transportation

You need to have a car in Fox Chapel to commute or do errands as no public transportation exists in the community. You do have the option of driving to a free park-and-ride lot in Penn Hills or Wilkinsburg, and catching a bus to downtown Pittsburgh. The bus takes about 30 minutes to get to the city center. Squaw Run Road and Fox Chapel Road act as the main roads in Fox Chapel, and the Allegheny Valley Expressway/Route 28 lies to the east and south of the community, connecting drivers to Interstate 76/Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 279. Residents park in home garages or driveways in Fox Chapel. If you need a cab, you can call a taxi company for a pickup, but Uber does not operate in Fox Chapel. People walk only for leisure and exercise since they have to travel a good distance to get to work or do errands. In spite of its hills and variable weather, Pittsburgh has an avid bicycling community and an increasing amount of bicycling infrastructure, but Fox Chapel's remains limited to a few bike-friendly roads.

Cost

It costs 8 percent more to live in Fox Chapel than to live in the city of Pittsburgh, and a one-bedroom apartment costs on average $1,077 per month. Expect to pay 9 percent more for a gallon of gas in Fox Chapel than the national average, and at least $4 for a beer at a local pub. If you catch a bus from a park-and-ride lot, you pay $2.50 for a regular fare.

Shopping

Even though no retail establishments exist in Fox Chapel, residents can find plenty of shopping close by. To the south lies the Waterworks Mall with chain retailers such as Barnes & Noble and T.J. Maxx. You have to go farther for upscale shops, but the Ross Park Mall in the North Hills makes it worth the trip with designer shops such as Burberry and Kate Spade. For some of the best boutique shopping in the Pittsburgh area, Fox Chapel residents go to the charming Walnut Street district in Shadyside, which houses more than 80 independent and chain businesses. At Pursuits, you can shop for women's clothes and accessories that emphasize relaxed elegance for day and evening. Find the perfect gift for any occasion no matter what your price point at Penhollows, which specializes in home furnishings, and new and rare books. You can pick up groceries at the Giant Eagle or Wal-Mart near the Waterworks Mall, or Trader Joe's in Shadyside. Other options in Oakmont include Giant Eagle and Today's Market, a full-service health food store. For specialty products, go to Labriola's Italian Market or Feast on Brilliant, which remains part deli and part grocer with amazing prepared foods made from scratch daily. For fresh produce year-round, shop the indoor Farmers Market Cooperative of East Liberty on Saturday mornings.

Parks

Fox Chapel contains more than 300 acres of parkland, but the borough leaves most of it open, allowing for the vast green spaces characteristic of the community. Some of the land houses trails, and provides bird watching and other nature exploration, such as Trillium Trail Park, a nature reserve and rustic trail that runs several miles along Squaw Run. Squaw Run flows into Salamander Park, another nature reserve. Fox Chapel allows dogs only in certain parks, including Riding Meadow Park and on Old Squaw Trail and Lockhart Trail, and dogs may be off-leash at designated times in those parks. Fox Chapel's McCahill Park sits on 5 acres and includes two baseball fields, a basketball court and a large field for soccer, lacrosse and rugby games. The park also has a small playground. In winter, residents ice skate on an outdoor rink.
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