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Retirees: 5 Reasons to Choose Pittsburgh

When choosing a location for retirement, there are many important factors to consider, some that you might not have necessarily thought about when choosing a location for working or starting a family. And when starting to research that perfect retirement spot, you might notice that the city of Pittsburgh pops up quite a bit, even beating out cities in Florida, South Carolina, and California, for top places to retire. At first glance, it might seem surprising, but with the wealth of perks presented by this thriving city, it’s really no surprise that Pittsburgh is rated the #21 City to Retire by Forbes Magazine and #1 by So, just what makes Pittsburgh such a great retirement community?

1. Low Cost of Living & Affordability

All else aside, might be one of the most important factors to consider in top retirement locations. After all, one of the downsides to retirement is decreased income, which means paying more attention to just how much living costs. Fortunately, the cost of living index for Pittsburgh falls 16% lower than the national average, with a median home price at just $140,000.

2. Rich Culture & Things to Do


Steeped in history and surrounded by top universities and colleges, Pittsburgh enjoys a strong sense of culture and plenty of unique attractions, districts, and cultural sites. From the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to the Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh spans a true wealth of interests. Unique districts such as The South Side, The Waterfront, or The Strip District provide entertainment, restaurants, shops, and nightlife, while history buffs and art critics flock to the Warhol Museum or the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. And don’t forget about cheering on Pittsburgh’s four major-league sports teams!

3. Ways to Stay Active

Big-city living doesn’t have to mean all skyscrapers and sidewalks. Pittsburgh offers plenty of interesting ways to stay active, from paddling the waters of the Allegheny River to hiking at Point State Park or Phipps Concervatory. Bike trails wind throughout the city, and the famous Duquesne Incline offers one of the best cityscape views around.

4. Amenities

Active seniors having fun and relaxing in natureEverything you need, within easy reach. Whether it’s shopping, dining, healthcare, or services, it’s never more than a quick drive—or walk—away. Pittsburgh is home to twelve hospitals, many of which are nationally renowned, and enjoys a high number of doctors per capita, making it particularly ideal for aging residents.

5. Transportation

How will you get around in your retirement? Will you walk? Bike? Take the train? If you live in Pittsburgh, you’ll have options for all three easily at your fingertips! High walkability, plenty of bike trails, and a large mass transit system make traveling throughout the city a breeze. Pittsburgh is also home to a new International Airport, making top destinations worldwide just a few hours away.

Ready to Retire to Pittsburgh?

What more could you want in your retirement city? Pittsburgh truly is the ideal location—from affordability to amenities. So if you’re considering retirement, now is the time to learn more about Pittsburgh and its many charming suburban communities, and perhaps explore some homes for sale here. Then, contact us and let’s talk about living in Pittsburgh!

2016 News & Statistics

Happy July Pittsburgh!

Last month sold listings in every area, according to the chart below, have jumped quite a bit! However, the average sold price decreased in every area except Cecil and Upper St. Clair. The average days on the market increased in North Strabane and Upper St. Clair; decreased in Peters Township, and Cecil, and remained the same in Bethel Park. Almost every area saw a slight  increase in new listings in June as well, but not as a dramatic increase as the sold listings. Peters Township saw the biggest decrease in new listings but the biggest increase in solds. Cecil also saw a big decrease in new listings and a big increase in sold listings, while most of the other areas saw a small jump in new listings according to the charts below. If you're considering buying or selling a home in one of these greater Pittsburgh areas, contact us to assist you in you're search. We're always happy to help!

June 2016:

Area New Listings Sold Listings Average Sold Price Days on Market
Peters Township 38 47 $356,572 45
Bethel Park 15 46 $184,391 50
Cecil 12 25 $277,058 60
North Strabane 26 36 $250,287 72
Upper St. Clair 34 25 $368,765 48

May 2016:

Area New Listings Sold Listings Average Sold Price Days on Market
Peters Township 44 26 $432,430 59
Bethel Park 13 45 $172,236 50
Cecil 25 19 $257,905 74
North Strabane 22 21 $275,624 66
Upper St. Clair 32 19 $283,784 33

April 2016:

Area New Listings Sold Listings Average Sold Price Days on Market
Peters Township 52 17 $405,724 84
Bethel Park 14 32 $177,270 48
Cecil 14 16 $363,888 75
North Strabane 30 23 $249,265 61
Upper St. Clair 25 22 $282,800 73

March 2016:

Area New Listings Sold Listings Average Sold Price Days on Market
Peters Township 42 13 $458,254 51
Bethel Park 10 25 $216,576 77
Cecil 11 15 $232,360 103
North Strabane 18 13 $208,519 72
Upper St. Clair 25 24 $364,490 83

2016 New Listings

The Jim Dolanch Team treats Buyers & Sellers Like Family ~ our goal is to ensure a smooth, successful real estate transaction. 

We are proud to represent home sellers across the Pittsburgh South Hills communities, here are a few of our newest listings.

Your home can be featured here, contact Jim, he will tell you his marketing plan to get your home sold!  

1010 Sheriff's Court, Peters Township

5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4 car garage

*Jademor Homes Masterpiece! * 8,100 Square Feet! * Lush Landscaping & Breathtaking views!*

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    4 Bedrooms          4.5 Baths        3 Car Garage

*Epitome of Elegance & Style! * Custom Crafted! * Nestled On A Quiet Cul-De-Sac!*

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514 E. McMurray Road, Peters Township

          3  Bedrooms          2.5 bathrooms          5 Car Garage  
*Well Cared For! * A car lover's dream! * Spacious family room!*

1004 Sherffi's Court, Peters Township

          2  Bedrooms          2 full/2 half bathrooms    
2 Car Garage  
*Fantastic Hilltop Location! * Custom Crafted! * End Unit Townhome!*




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Contact Information

Jim Dolanch
Century 21 Frontier Realty - The Jim Dolanch Team
4121 Washington Rd
Mcmurray PA 15317
Direct: (724) 288-8800