Why Squirrel Hill
Squirrel Hill is not just a place people call home. It’s a neighborhood – a place where people come together to live, share, and learn from each other. Widely recognized as one of the best communities in Pittsburgh, residents from students to doctors, business professionals and artists are proud to call Squirrel Hill home.
The beautiful local scenery attracts musicians, artists and other professionals. Squirrel Hill is a charming blend of tree lined streets and local commerce. You can find yourself tapping your foot to the sidewalk violinist or lying in the grass atop the Schenley oval looking at the stars.
People find Squirrel Hill’s prime location a draw. Commuting to the many nearby educational, medical, and recreational facilities is easy. The unique blend of close to work, close to play, is right here in Squirrel Hill.
Both Carnegie Mellon University and Chatham University call Squirrel Hill home, and the University of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, and the region’s medical center are just down the road. Anyone attending or working at these fine institutions will love the proximity to school or work, while at the same time enjoying a place to eat, play and relax.
No car? No worries. You’ll love being able to walk to shops, restaurants, and other local hot spots – the walk score is over 70! The neighborhood is also easily accessed via bicycle or public transportation. Pick up groceries at Giant Eagle and toiletries or prescriptions at Rite Aid. Whether you want to grab pizza or go bowling, see a movie or listen to music, it’s all within a few blocks. Need to travel farther? If you need to go farther, bus routes cover the area, you’re never more than a few blocks from your stop. Need to go even farther still? Local Zipcars can be seen parked throughout Squirrel Hill and the central bus terminal connecting you to interstate buses is a 10 minute bus ride downtown.
For those bigger shopping trips, the Waterfront shopping center is just a few miles south. Visit Costco, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Petco, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and more.
Eating and Shopping
Squirrel Hill’s thriving business district offers an urban feel in a community of 26,000. Primarily located along Forbes and Murray Avenues, you won’t be surrounded by chain stores. Sort through records, try on shoes, visit the library, JCC or stock up on fair trade handmade artisan crafts.
Work your way through over 50 restaurants and cafes from Mexican to sushi, vegan to kosher, including the historic Squirrel Hill Café. You’ll also find scenic spots to enjoy a cup of tea with your art, a mug of coffee with your book, or a pint of beer with your friends.
Every Sunday from June through November you can buy local at the new Squirrel Hill Farmers Market. Enjoy fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, and baked goods fresh from the farm.
Culture and Recreation
Despite an area of less than 3 square miles, Squirrel Hill boasts 1,100 acres of public park space. Whether you’re looking for deer and wild turkeys on a nature hike or enjoying a game of lawn bowling or Frisbee golf with friends, you’ll appreciate the mix of nature and urban life that the neighborhood has to offer.
Frick and Schenley Parks feature miles of biking and hiking trails for all experience levels. They also offer tennis courts, baseball fields, a skating rink, 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, disc golf, and soccer fields. Schenley Park hosts the Vintage Grand Prix each summer, the country’s largest vintage race event, complete with car show.
On summer Sundays you can hit the farmers market early and pack your picnic basket for the popular Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch classical music series at Mellon Park.
Nearby you’ll also find a theme park, water park, art and natural history museums, and the Phipps Conservatory. Learn about such varied topics as energy conservation, butterflies, and vermicomposting, or just enjoy walking around the beautiful Victorian greenhouse which was built in 1893.
Architectural diversity, a range of housing options and prices, and a diverse population make Squirrel Hill an attractive neighborhood for students, families, and professionals. Enjoy the convenience and amenities of city life, but fall asleep to the lullaby of chirping crickets. We hope you’ll be our neighbor!