She-sheds: A Backyard Escape

Man caves are so 2016. Welcome to the era of the she-shed (or she-shack). While man caves are typically contained within the home, she-sheds are stepping outside of the floorplan and moving into backyards and, well, sheds.

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Middlesex Township

Established in the late 1700s, Middlesex Township is a “rural-residential” area close to the amenities of Cranberry and downtown Pittsburgh. The 23 square mile township is home to 5,500 residents. Niche.com gives Middlesex Township As for the public schools, housing, lack of crime, and family-friendliness. Niche also specifically calls out the township’s rural feel—it’s ranked in the top 100 for best Pennsylvania suburbs to own a house. While the township is situated within Butler County, residents can have mailing addresses for Valencia, Mars, Gibsonia, Butler, or even Saxonburg. The area prides itself in controlling its growth to keep the township community-friendly. Served by the Mars Area School District, students in grades Kindergarten to 12th learn in a highly ranked and growing school district with many opportunities to play sports, engage in music and theater, and explore technology. The district is ranked #2 in Butler County and receives an A from Niche for based on state assessment proficiency, SAT/ACT scores, and survey responses on academics from students and parents. Families enjoy the 21-acre community park, complete with a walking trail, baseball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic areas, playground equipment, natural wildflower field, and a pavilion. We love the township’s community feeling—it’s far enough away from downtown Pittsburgh to feel like you’re away from it all. But hop in the car and in 40 minutes you’re in the...

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Ross Township

Ross Township is a Pittsburgh suburb that lies in between the City of Pittsburgh and northern suburbs including McCandless, Hampton, and Shaler Townships. Ross receives an overall niche.com grade of A for its public schools, housing, family life, and nightlife. With a population of just over 31,000, the township has a median home value of $162,600 and the majority of residents own their homes. While shopping opportunities abound up and down McKnight Road, Ross’s quiet neighborhoods and low crime rates attract families—and become lifelong homes for people who love the tightly-knit community. Students attend North Hills School District, ranked the #8 best district in the Pittsburgh area. The district received As or A+s from niche.com for academics, teachers, clubs and activities, college prep, and health and safety. The list of stores, shops, and restaurants in Ross Township is extensive—the township is home to Ross Park Mall, North Hills Village Mall, The Block Northway, and many small plazas. We love to try some not-so-common dishes at restaurants including Aladdin’s Eatery, Sesame Inn, Red Orchid, and Taj Mahal. The township is also committed to sustainability and has created an integrated approach to addressing economy, environment, and society. There are many opportunities for community members to take classes on a variety of subjects–a full catalog of classes for the community is available on the township’s website. Ross Township has all of the...

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