Did you know that September 22nd is National Car-Free Day? We’re fortunate to have many neighborhoods in and around Pittsburgh where you can get to pretty much anything you want—in just a quick walk from home.
Houses in walkable communities like Sewickley and Squirrel Hill are always in high demand. Not only are the homes themselves often historic, the surrounding neighborhoods have everything from family-owned markets to galleries and even specialty boutiques.
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Here’s a list of our favorite Pittsburgh area walkable neighborhoods. Some are the old standards in our region while others—like Lawrenceville—are up and coming. While they’re located in different areas, they all have one thing in common. You can ditch your car and put on your Fitbit to easily hit 10,000 steps while completing your daily errands.
If your only experience in Lawrenceville was a visit to the new Children’s Hospital, you need to head back. Lawrenceville is experiencing a major revitalization, especially along the main drag of Butler Street. Visit a neighborhood farm market, stop by coffee shops, browse an art gallery, dine out, and check out adoptable cats at a Cat Café. Community gardens connect neighbors and brighten up this urban space.
Image of Lawrenceville: NEXTPittsburgh
About 30 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh, you’ll discover the small town of Zelienople—which describes itself as “a modern place with old fashioned grace.” In just over two square miles in area, Zelienople packs in walkable parks, an old-time theater, restaurants, outdoor community areas, coffee shops, quiet restaurants, and numerous craft breweries.
Located alongside the Ohio River, Sewickley is an incredibly sought-after community for families who want a tight-knit and walkable town. Known for its art scene along Broad Street, Sewickley is also a dining destination with everything from quick bites to more elegant eats. There’s also coffee and ice cream shops, boutiques, and a seasonal farmers’ market.
Image of Zelienople: VisitButlerCounty.com
Known for high-end shopping, Shadyside boasts galleries, unique shops, diverse dining, and the historic homes that many associate with Pittsburgh’s past industrial leaders. Vintage is big here, with a number of shops featuring antique items. Perhaps more interesting than all of the shops is the people watching you can experience while savoring a coffee along Walnut Street.
Surrounded by college campuses that add lush open green spaces to the neighborhood, Squirrel Hill is a mecca for those seeking international eats. Murray Avenue boasts restaurants that feature everything from bagels to pizza. Keep walking and you’ll encounter a mixture of Victorian style homes and businesses featuring everything from bookstores to designer boutiques.
Image of Shadyside: PittsburghMagazine.com