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Cranberry Township: Living out of the City

Just north of Pittsburgh, once a sleepy town and now a center of constant growth, sits Cranberry Township. Historically known for the cranberry bogs that used to be found in the area, it has become a major center for shopping and suburban living, making a home for a good portion of downtown Pittsburgh’s commuters.

Room for Growth in Western PA
Cranberry Township has been experiencing a growth spurt, and was even one of the fastest growing areas in the country. Both residential and commercial construction increased dramatically throughout the whole township, not just in limited corridors or development projects. Even as early as 1996, Cranberry was titled by Money Magazine as one of America’s “Biggest Little Boomtowns.” Speculation from financial analysts has attributed this growth phenomenon to a combination of the availability of land, a low tax rate, suitable physical infrastructure, and the expectation of further development of areas in neighboring Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Borough with Downtown Access
Early signs of the spike in development began in 1989 when Interstate 279 opened, cutting the time it took to get from Cranberry to Pittsburgh in half. Since then, downtown workers have sought out Cranberry Township homes for sale for a suburban retreat from the busy cityscape. In fact, Cranberry Township lies at the junction of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76), Interstate 79, Route 19, Route 228, and of course, Interstate 279. This setup has made Cranberry easily accessible from a number of boroughs around Pittsburgh.

Opportunities in Cranberry
With the increase in local population, businesses have also gathered into the area, adding office buildings and commercial towers to the Cranberry skyline. Even Westinghouse Electric Company relocated to Cranberry in 2007. Because people want to work close to home, more people are finding employment within the town rather than make the daily trip into the city, increasing local employment. This constantly growing market has also created more avenues for aspiring realtors to get into Cranberry real estate. With about 30% of Cranberry’s land already zoned for residential development there is still a lot of potential for the real estate market in this suburban town.

To find homes for sale in Cranberry or learn more about becoming a Cranberry realtor, contact Prudential Preferred Realty now.