Penn Hills – Pittsburgh, PA

Penn Hills sits just 8 miles west of downtown Pittsburgh, giving residents convenient access to city amenities without the hubbub of living in the commercial district. The neighborhood has a mix of married couples, single people and families with children living in communities such as Sandy Creek, Crescent Hills, Point Breeze and Penn Ridge. Within a 10-mile radius of Penn Hills are six colleges and universities, a zoo, an aquarium and a sports arena, making it the ideal place to settle down.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Frankstown Road has a cluster of restaurants, but Penn Hills has eateries scattered throughout its communities. Local restaurants serve everything from pizza and wings to sushi and falafel. Visit Tsuki Japanese for a sushi and sashimi combo or one of its famous sweet potato rolls. Tasty N Healthy, located in the Penn Hills Shopping Center, has authentic Mediterranean food. Start your meal with the stuffed grape leaves, order a sandwich or gyro as your main dish and finish up with one of the restaurant's delectable desserts. Verona Village Inn serves generous portions of authentic Italian food. Try the chicken romano, a dish featuring chicken battered with egg, Romano cheese and herbs. Penn Hills has a few neighborhood bars, but residents typically go to downtown Pittsburgh and other neighborhoods if they want to visit night clubs or live music venues. Stop by Carl's Tavern to take advantage of one of the bar's frequent drink specials. If you're looking for a good dive bar, visit the Hula Bar in Verona. The Hula Bar has 30 beers on tap and has a full menu in case you get the munchies. Head to South Side or the Strip District to visit your favorite dance club. South Side has Diesel Club Lounge, a night club and music venue all in one. The trendy club has a young crowd and plenty of room for dancing. Cavo, located in the Strip District, mimics the look of an underground club with its exposed brick. Stop by for salsa night or go to Cavo to celebrate your favorite holiday. The club often holds themed events for Halloween and other special occasions. Penn Hills residents also have their choice of music venues. Rusted Root once performed at Moondog's Pub, a local institution with live music and cold drinks. The Space Upstairs holds art, music and dance performances. Visit the venue to see a jazz performance or check out work by a new artist.

History & Culture

The Sandy Creek neighborhood of Penn Hills once served as a railroad depot and mining center, but residents had to find new ways to earn money when these activities fell out of favor. Once known as McNair Township, the neighborhood was renamed Penn Hills in 1851 and Penn Hills Township in 1958. Penn Hills sits just a few miles from some of Pittsburgh's best attractions. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History has exhibits featuring sparkling gems, sculptures and prehistoric animals. Cartoon enthusiasts love visiting the Toonseum, a small museum dedicated to the art of creating cartoons and comic books. Residents visit downtown Pittsburgh to browse their favorite art galleries. Stop by Space or Wood Street Galleries to see paintings, sculptures, photographs and mixed-media pieces. Check out the Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Greater Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival or one of the many annual events sponsored by local organizations.

Transportation

Most Penn Hills residents commute less than 30 minutes to work each day, making driving a popular form of transportation. The neighborhood has metered parking and off-street parking available. If you need to visit downtown Pittsburgh, the city has more than a dozen private parking facilities. With I-76 and I-376 nearby, residents have an easy time traveling to other destinations. The Port Authority of Allegheny County serves the Penn Hills neighborhood. Route 77 has stops at Alcoma Apartments, Leechburg Road at Saltsburg Road and Frankstown Road at Coal Hollow Road. Amtrak has a station approximately 9 miles from Penn Hills. The station has short-term and long-term parking for your convenience. Yellow Cab operates in Penn Hills, but call ahead if you need a driver to pick you up at a specific time. Penn Hills residents also have access to Uber's low-cost ride-sharing service, uberX. Penn Hills does not have as many walkable areas as downtown Pittsburgh, making it difficult to accomplish errands on foot. If you need to pick up a gallon of milk or package of toilet paper, the neighborhood does have a GetGo Fuel Station about a mile from its center. Penn Hills also has 16 cycling trails. If you need to ride somewhere without an established trail, use hand signals and be sure to follow all pertinent safety rules.

Cost

Penn Hills residents enjoy the benefits of living near a city without shouldering such high costs. Renters pay an average of $753.14 per month for a one-bedroom residence, making Penn Hills more affordable than downtown Pittsburgh. Because Pennsylvania has a higher gasoline tax than other states, the neighborhood gas average of $2.588 sits at about 18 percent more than the national average. Despite higher gas costs, domestic beer costs just $2.50 to $3 per bottle at most bars. Residents traveling by bus pay $2.50 for a one-zone ride and $3.75 for a two-zone ride.

Shopping

Penn Hills has budget-friendly grocery stores and specialty markets all within a few miles of each other. Stock up on canned goods, bakery items and frozen foods at Aldi. Giant Eagle has an on-site bakery and a large selection of prepared foods. If you need specialty items, visit Labriola's; the Italian market sells imported meats, cold salads, frozen seafood and fresh produce. Open in the spring, CitiParks Farmers Markets feature cheeses, fresh produce, baked goods, fresh flowers and seasonal specials. High-end retailers Burberry, Coach, Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors have stores in the Ross Park Mall. The Ross Park Mall also has a Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co. and Williams Sonoma. Park Hills residents also shop in nearby Monroeville and Pittsburgh Mills. Monroeville Mall has clothing retailers, jewelry stores and several eateries. Visit the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills to browse specialty shops, such as Blue Olive Galleries and New Dimensions Comics. Several antique stores sit on Freeport Road. Shop the Marlene Harris Collection to find antique belt buckles, watch fobs, cameos and estate pins. The store also has vintage and antique-style engagement rings. Mulberry Antiques showcases furniture and collectibles from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Parks

Get your fill of fresh air and exercise at Penn Hills Park, located in the Verona community of Penn Hills. The kid-friendly park has playground equipment and walking trails for fitness enthusiasts. Fencing surrounds the park, making it the ideal place to bring your dog. Penn Hills Park does not have an admission fee. Penn Hills Parks and Recreation sponsors an annual holiday craft show with more than 100 vendors. Traditionally held the weekend before Thanksgiving, the craft fair attracts thousands of shoppers who want to browse a large collection of handmade items. The location is subject to change, so check local event listings a few weeks prior to the event.
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