Finding New Homes in Pittsburgh

It is no surprise that Pittsburgh is one of the fastest growing cities in America. Nicknamed “the Steel City” because of its prominence in the steel industry and “the City of Bridges” because of its 446 bridges, Pittsburgh offers something for everyone. There are so many reasons to find your new home in Pittsburgh!

A view of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania cityscape at night from the Roberto Clemente Bridge overlooking the Allegheny River.

Pittsburgh is a great place to raise children.

Pittsburgh is a great place to raise a family. In addition to great schools, Pittsburgh is also home to many kid-friendly activities. The Pittsburgh Zoo, the Children’s Museum, and Kennywood Park are just a few of the fun family activities that Pittsburgh families enjoy.

Pittsburgh is a hub for professional development.

Up-and-coming professionals are drawn to Pittsburgh because of the vast career development opportunities. Pittsburgh is home to one of the best hospitals in the nation and several prestigious colleges – so it’s a city of constant innovation. Also, in recent years, the City of Bridges has become a launching pad for startups.

Pittsburgh has an abundant cultural scene.

From the Carnegie Museums, to the Benedum, there are endless ways to enjoy art and culture in the Steel City. Plus, Pittsburgh is filled with unique dining experiences, for the foodie in us all.

Finding a Place to Call Home

Whether you’re moving to Pittsburgh from out of town, or simply looking for a new home in Pittsburgh, finding the right home for your family can be quite the adventure. The most important factor? Location, location, location.

There are more than 90 different communities and boroughs in and around Pittsburgh. That’s a lot of options!

A few considerations our clients make while choosing the best location for their new Pittsburgh home include:

Choosing the Right School District

If you have children, the schools your new home is zoned for is one of the greatest deciding factors in your home search. Even if you do not have school-age kids, the school district that your home is in will have a big impact on maintaining equity in your home, and your ability to sell it in the future.

There are 124 schools in the Pittsburgh metro area, along with a number of magnet schools.  Although the magnet schools accept children from any school zone, choosing a home in close proximity is a huge convenience factor.

Here are some of the school districts where Costa Homebuilders can help you build your dream home:
  • South Fayette
  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Hampton Township
  • North Allegheny
  • Upper St. Clair
  • Peters Township
  • Fox Chapel Area
  • Mars Area
  • Greater Latrobe
  • Pine-Richland
  • Hempfield
  • Quaker Valley
  • Canon-McMillan
  • Moon
  • Franklin Regional
  • Bethel Park
  • Montour
  • West Jefferson Hills

Considering Commute Times

The location of your home will not only impact where you sleep at night, it will also impact how much time you spend in your car every morning. The average commute time to and from work within Pittsburgh is about 25 minutes. If a long commute time is a deal breaker for you, it’s important to make that a big part of your decision.

Or, maybe the morning drive isn’t for you at all? Pittsburgh has a great public transportation system that can get you almost anywhere in the Greater Pittsburgh area. When you’re choosing your new home in Pittsburgh, be sure to take your future work commute into consideration – it’s something you’ll need to deal with almost every day!

IMG_0740 R 2Considering Distance to the City

Over 600,000 people enjoy life in Pittsburgh while living outside of the city limits. Many of our clients look for lots to build on in the suburbs just outside of Pittsburgh. They get to enjoy the best of both worlds – a quiet suburban oasis, just minutes from downtown entertainment and dining!

Costa Homebuilders frequently works with clients in these counties:
  • Allegheny
  • Butler
  • Fayette
  • Green
  • Somerset
  • Washington
  • Westmoreland


Deciding Between Building or Buying

After you know where you want your new home in Pittsburgh to be, it’s time to decide if you should buy or build.

Here are the questions you should ask yourself:

Am I willing to settle for someone else’s home?

When you buy a home, you’re stepping into a house that was created for someone else’s needs. It might have a floorplan that doesn’t function for your family. Or perhaps the finishes and cabinetry aren’t quite your style.

Not every aspect of someone else’s home is right for you. If you want a home that is custom made to the way you live, building a home is for you.

What are our wants and needs in our future home?

Sometimes the perfect home for your family’s lifestyle just doesn’t exist yet. In this case, you might be better off building a custom home that is tailor-made to suit you and your needs.

And you can build your custom home almost anywhere. When you work with Costa Homebuilders, you have the option to build on your very own lot. Or, if you’re having trouble finding a lot, we’ll help you find one in your ideal location.

What budget do we have to work with?

It can be difficult to find a home that meets all your needs, while still fitting in your budget. When you build your own home, you have the chance to pick and choose what features you want to pay for. This makes it easier to develop the right home for your family, while staying within your means.

Still, building your own home requires tight budget management from beginning to end. You need to make sure you don’t overspend and run out of money before your home is complete. For this reason, it’s extremely beneficial to work with a professional home builder. A home builder will meet with you to discuss your budget and prioritize your wish list.

Get Started Building a New Home in Pittsburgh

The only thing we love more than the city of Pittsburgh is building our clients the home of their dreams in this wonderful city. If you are considering building your new home in the Pittsburgh area, please fill out the form below. We are happy to answer any questions you have about the home building process, and help you create the home you’ve always wanted.