Beaver: Pittsburgh’s Escape to 19th-Century Charm and Rustic Beauty
When you picture a quintessential American small town, what do you see? Perhaps it is a picturesque Victorian clock tower at the center of streets lined with glistening street lamps, void of any looming overhead power lines or even parking meters? Thanks to an award-winning streetscape project, that is exactly what you’ll find in the Pittsburgh suburb of Beaver. Merely 35 miles northwest of downtown Pittsburgh you can find that 19th-century charm along the Ohio River. Originally settled by the Shawnee tribe, Beaver proudly maintains and shares its historic beauty with anyone who visits, as evidenced by the still-active and always remarkable Fort McIntosh. Walking through the town’s family-friendly neighborhoods, it is immediately evident why Beaver was named a top 10 great neighborhood in the Pittsburgh region. What else can anyone looking for a home in Pittsburgh enjoy in one of the nation’s most livable areas? Aside from nearly any type of home style out there, including massive Victorian and colonial estates, along with modern new condominiums, Beaver families confidently send their children to schools within the Beaver Area School District, which ranks amongst Pennsylvania’s top 10% of public schools. What can’t be taught in a classroom is on display at the award-winning Beaver Area Heritage Museum, recognized as a best local history museum. Just one of Beaver’s shining jewels, the revitalized downtown also boasts many unique specialty stores and boutiques, including a seasonal farmer’s market, inviting bed and breakfasts and, yes, 2-hour free parking. Beaver’s numerous shopping options are accompanied by a vast array of dining options, too. A few hometown favorites include the Wooden Angel Restaurant, Levanti’s and the Pit-Stop Family Restaurant. Of course, a trip to Beaver may not be complete without enjoying tapas at Biba or a 1950’s dining experience at Jerry’s Curb Service. With all of those delicious options, it is a good thing that Beaver is home to nine town parks within one square mile. Four miles from downtown Beaver, residents also enjoy Brady’s Run Park, a 2,000-acre facility with a lake, indoor ice rink, dog parks, a skateboard park and a biking trail. If you still haven’t found something to do in Beaver, mark your calendar for one of the town’s many seasonal festivals, like the Light Up Festival, Beaver Goes Pink or even the Car Cruise. Allow Beaver’s rustic beauty and irresistible historic charm to capture you. Search available homes in Beaver now.