1. A Guide to the Most Luxurious Country Clubs in Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh Country Clubs


    Of the 500 or so golf courses in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh is home to some of the best ranked, according to Golf Advisor. One of them was the chosen location for the 2016 U.S. Open!

    Whether you’re looking for a country club to relax and enjoy a few low-key activities with your family or seeking a beautiful green to improve your game on, we have curated a list of the most luxurious clubs in Pittsburgh. The list is separated into South Hills and North Hills clubs to make each one easier to locate.

    South Hills Country Clubs


    South Hills Country Club

    4305 Brownsville Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15236


    Originating in the 1920’s, the South Hills Country Club sits on 78 acres of land. Members can’t say enough wonderful things about it. The club features six fine dining locations, large outdoor olympic pool with a separate kiddie pool & playground, golf course and year-round member events.

    Dining: The club has both casual and formal dining options for any occasion. The full menu is available at all six of the on-site dining locations. Enjoy everything from a snack by the pool to dinner in the elegant main dining room.

    Golf: This course is known to be one of the most well-maintained in Western Pennsylvania. 18 holes which total to 6421 yards. The course is walkable but carts are available for rent. For convenience, there’s a 300+ yard driving range located on the grounds. The Golf Shop is managed by Toni Tracy and offers lessons for those looking to brush up on their game.


    Valley Brook Country Club

    425 Hidden Valley Rd. McMurray, PA 15317

    A non-profit social club established in the 1960’s, the Valley Brook Country Club sits on 310 acres full of amenities for the entire family. Members are welcome to enjoy the golf course, pool (with a separate baby pool for the kids), two outdoor tennis courts, four dining facilities, fitness classes, Senior Members Grill, the monthly book club, and annual member events.

    Golf: 27 hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones.
    Tennis: two wooden structure paddle tennis courts with warming huts.
    Fitness Classes: Seasonal water aerobics and yoga classes offered year around. All ages are welcome.
    Adults only spaces & events: The Club Room is an adults only space for dining and relaxation during any time of the year.


    Chartiers Country Club

    601 Baldwin Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15205

    The Chartiers Country Club has everything you could need in a localized country club. Five full-service dining facilities, an 18-hole golf course, heated swimming pool, and member events.

    Golf: The 18-hole course, originally designed by Willie Park, was updated in the 1990’s by Arthur Hills. A putting green and driving range are also located on the property. Monday golf outings are available weekly.
    Swimming: The heated olympic-sized pool is open seasonally closing when the temperature drops below 60 degrees. Private swimming lessons are open to all members. Swim team is open to members children of all ages who are able to swim the length of the pool. Pool parties are available by reservation for members during the season.
    Dining: The country club offers several dining options: Tudor Hall, The Grill at Chartiers, Porch and Veranda, Veranda Bar, Men’s Grill, and four fully stocked bars. Reservations at all locations are appreciated.


    The Club at Nevillewood

    1000 Nevillewood Dr, Presto, PA 15142

    Opened in 1992, The Club at Nevillewood’s signature course is annually ranked as one of the best in Pennsylvania. The property provides everything you would expect from a high-end golf club, and swimming pool.
    Golf: Designed by Jack Nicklaus, this course is ranked as one of the best and most enjoyable. It is maintained under strict environmental sustainability standards to help preserve the beauty of the natural wildlife.
    Swimming: Members are welcome to use the junior olympic-sized pool and childrens’ pool area during the season. There is a fully stocked snack bar for leisurely picking. The club also houses a swim team and offers private lessons.


    St. Clair Country Club

    2300 Old Washington Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15241

    The St. Clair Country Club was built in 1920 and was lost to a kitchen fire in 1929. Construction for the new Clubhouse began in 1930. A place of rich history and friendship, this club is 67,000 square feet of family tradition and amenities. There’s plenty of activities to get involved in: tennis courts, a pool with separate childrens area, 18-hole & 9-hole golf courses, fitness facility, massage, and dining.

    Golf: There’s an 18-hole course with an additional 9-hole course on 265 acres of land. If you aren’t quite ready to book your tee time, there is a driving range and two putting greens available for members. Lessons can be arranged by one of three golf pros. If you are looking to get the little ones involved, Junior golf camp happens on a weekly basis every season. Golf outings can also be arranged by request. Check out the video tour!
    Swimming: There is a heated pool with a separate area for children. Diving, swim lessons, and swim teams are all a part of the experience at St. Clair Country Club.
    Tennis: Four outdoor courts are available for members and private use by reservation. Women’s and Men’s teams are organized by the club. The teams are organized by level of competitive play to ensure everyone is able to enjoy the fun. The teams compete seasonally.
    Massage: Therapists are available on the grounds by appointment five days a week.
    Fitness: Personal training is offered on site by professionals. Cardio equipment, free weights, and weight machines are available for members to use all year.
    Dining: Pool Snack Bar, Men’s Grill, Ladies’s Grill, St. Clair Room, Bistro 1916, and Arthur’s Grill are all of the different dining experiences available for members.

    North Hills Country Clubs


    Wildwood Golf Club

    2195 Sample Road Allison Park, PA 15101

    In 1927 Wildwood Golf Club opened it’s doors to entertain and socialize the members of its private community. During World War Two the club fell on desperate times and was finally acquired and reinstated to it’s former glory in the 1960’s.

    Exploratory memberships are available for a 12-month trial period of pure bliss. The activities on the grounds, which covers 170 acres, include a swimming pool, annual social events, golf, tennis courts, and dining.

    Golf: The on-site driving range is open from April through October where personal lessons are available all season through the Pro Shop. The 18 hole golf course sits across 6,641 yards of green.
    Tennis: Six clay tennis courts and one practice court occupy the property with a beautiful deck for spectators.
    Swimming pool: The 25-meter junior olympic pool on the property is used for summer fun as well as competitive swim practice, private swimming lessons, and member events throughout the season.
    Dining: the 19th-Hole and Grille Bar are both open year around. Check out Chef David Stover’s delightful menu or visit the bar during happy hour from 6:00–8:00 pm every Friday.


    Treesdale Golf & Country Club

    1 Arnold Palmer Dr, Gibsonia, PA 15044

    Open to the public in 1994, Treesdale is both a country club and a quaint community in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, which is located in the North Side of Pittsburgh. The amenities on the property include golf, tennis, swimming, dining, and fitness. The most impressive detail about the club is that its golf course was designed by Arnold Palmer.

    Golf: the 27-hole course is created from the combination of three nine-hole courses: Grove, Lakes, and Orchard. Complete with a driving range and practice green, you’ll get to experience Pittsburgh golf at its finest. The pro shop will be happy to set up private lessons or group outings to help you make the best of your game.
    Tennis: four post-tension concrete outdoor courts can be found on the property. Lessons and junior-development courses are available with the current Tennis Director during the season.
    Swimming: A junior olympic-sized pool as well as a children’s wading pool are on the grounds to ensure every age is able to join in on the summer fun. Lessons and swim teams are available for eligible age groups during the season.
    Dining: The Grille and Arnies Tavern are the two dining locations on the property. Many events are held regularly such as their kids-eat-free program which runs weekly from Sunday through Thursday, happy hour every Friday and Saturday, and other traditional events members have come to love.


    Diamond Run Golf Club

    132 Laurel Oak Dr, Sewickley, PA 15143

    Open since 1994, Diamond Run Golf Club is a golfers paradise. Since the course is a part of Club Corp Network of facilities, members are able to enjoy access to a slew of perks. One of which is gaining access to over 300 private golf courses, clubs, and resorts all over the world. Golf and dining are open to members as well as networking and cultural/ educational events. Members are also able to enjoy other local clubs within the Club Corp network. Hours change by season.

    Extended Benefits:

    • personal concierge services
    • Access to over 300 private golf courses, clubs and resorts worldwide
    • Access to other local clubs
    • Rivers Club
    • Treesdale Golf & Country Club

    Golf: The 18-hole golf course is 6,805 yards of fun for every type of golfer. The club provides both Men’s & Women’s Golf Associations as well as organized couples and junior golfing programs.


    Montour Heights Country Club

    1491 Coraopolis Heights Rd, Coraopolis, PA 15108

    Located on the McCune Estate, Montour Heights started in 1911 by a group of local residents who initiated and oversaw the construction of the golf course in 1912. Back then it was called Sunset Golf Club and wasn’t renamed Montour Heights till 1917. The club experienced some hardships during WWII, but, thankfully, re-opened in 1987. The property houses tennis courts, golf, swimming, and dining facilities.

    Golf: The 18-hole, 6,632-yard course was designed by Dye Design. In 2007, it was named the 47th most difficult course by Golf Digest. The club provides programs for all skill and age levels as well as Women’s and Men’s Leagues. Seasonal member tournaments are held on an annual basis. Private lessons are available with your choice of four PGA professionals who are on-staff to help you improve your game.
    Swimming: Lessons are available during the season for every experience level and age in your family. Snack and bar service is available during regular pool hours.
    Tennis: There are four clay courts on the property. Private lessons are available to members.
    Dining: The Club House and Sports Complex both have dining facilities which are open to members.


    We know choosing a country club can be difficult. Getting involved in the community is so important that we suggest checking out the one closest to home first. If it doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles you’re looking for, come back to this post and try again! Best of luck in making your new house feel like home! If you haven’t moved to Pittsburgh yet, here are a few good reasons to consider it.

  2. The Best School Districts in the South Hills of Pittsburgh

    Known as the smartest city in the US, Pittsburgh takes education seriously.

    The city is loaded with colleges and universities, libraries and museums. Our public school rank is pretty good too! Two of the most respectable, award-winning South Hills high schools rank in the top seven in the Pittsburgh area.

    Under each school district listed below, you’ll find a variety of information about student-teacher ratio, awards and extracurricular activities to help you choose the best neighborhood and school for you and your child.

    Pittsburgh South Hills School District Comparison

    Canon-McMillan High School

    Canon-McMillan is a public high school with about 1,525 students. It’s located in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and serves Canonsburg, Cecil and North Strabane Townships. It’s the largest school district in Washington County.

    • Student-teacher ratio
      • 18:1
    • Awards
    • Overall academic success
      • 2013-14 Pennsylvania School Performance rating of 93.0
      • 16 AP Courses
      • The AP® participation rate is 25%.
      • 74% Exam Pass rate
      • 25 Honors Courses
      • 11 Vocational Education
    • Extracurricular activities
      • 37 Student Organizations (Including band and Drama)
      • 26 Athletic opportunities at the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels:


    South Fayette High School

    South Fayette is an award-winning public high school district with about 725 students. It serves the residents of South Fayette Township.


    Upper St. Clair High School

    Upper St. Clair is an award-winning public high school with about 1,380 students. It serves the residents of Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania.

    Education is one of the many reasons why we chose to build luxury homes in Pittsburgh’s South Hills. If you’ve considered moving to this area, take a look at our communities. Each one is located in a distinguished neighborhood near entertainment, dining, major highways, and reputable school districts.

  3. The Best School Districts in the North Hills of Pittsburgh

    Did you know that Pittsburgh’s North Hills is home to some of the most highly acclaimed high schools in the state? If you have children or are interested in starting a family, this is a good place to start looking for a house.

    Under each school district listed below, you’ll find a variety of information ranging from student-teacher ratio to awards to extracurriculars. Links are provided to help you choose the best neighborhood and school for you and your child.

    Pittsburgh North Hills School District Comparison

    Mars Area School District

    Mars Area School District is a public school district with about 1,040 students. This district covers Adams Township and Middlesex Township in Butler County as well as the Mars and Valencia communities.

    • Student-teacher ratio
      • 17:1
    • Overall academic success
      • 2013-14 Pennsylvania School Performance rating of 106.6
      • 9 AP Courses
      • The AP® participation rate is 28%.
      • 72% Exam Pass rate
      • 16 Advanced Courses
      • 8 Dual Enrollment Classes
    • Extracurricular activities
      • 51 Student Organizations (including band, drama, and college prep)
      • 29 Athletic opportunities at the Varsity and Junior Varsity level


    North Allegheny School District

    North Allegheny is an award-winning public school located in Wexford, Pennsylvania with roughly 1,280 students from Marshall Township and the Town of McCandless as well the Bradford Woods and Franklin Park boroughs.

    • Student-teacher ratio
      • 15:1
    • Awards
    • Overall academic success
      • 2013-14 Pennsylvania School Performance rating of 102.6
      • 23 AP Courses
      • The AP® participation rate is 17%.
      • 40% Exam Pass rate
      • Over 50 Honors Courses
      • 8 Dual Enrollment Classes
    • Extracurricular activities
      • 51 Student Organizations
      • 29 Athletic opportunities at the Varsity and Junior Varsity level


    Pine-Richland School District

    Pine Richland is a public school district with about 1,560 students. It serves residents of Pine and Richland Townships.

    • Student-teacher ratio
      • 16:1
    • Overall academic success
      • 2013-14 Pennsylvania School Performance rating of 111.0
      • 17 AP Courses
      • The AP® participation rate is 69%.
      • 71% Exam Pass rate
      • 22 Honors Courses
      • College in High School Classes Available
    • Extracurricular activities
      • 34 Student Organizations
      • 19 Athletic opportunities at the Varsity and Junior Varsity level


    Seneca Valley School District

    Seneca Valley is a public school district located in Jackson Township, Pennsylvania. It serves students in the Harmony, Evans, Callery, Zelienople and Seven Fields boroughs as well as Forward, Jackson and Lancaster townships.

    • Student-teacher ratio
      • 13:1
    • Overall academic success
      • 2013-14 Pennsylvania School Performance rating of 101.8
      • 17 AP Courses
      • The AP® participation rate is 23%.
      • 70% Exam Pass rate
      • 22 Honors Courses
      • College in High School Classes Available
      • Engineering Certification Program
    • Extracurricular activities
      • 72 Student Organizations
      • 25 Athletic opportunities at the Varsity and Junior Varsity level

    Education is one of the many reasons why we chose to build luxury homes in Pittsburgh. If you’ve considered moving to this area, take a look at our North Hills communities. Each one is located in a distinguished neighborhood near entertainment, dining, major highways, and reputable school districts.

  4. Why You Should Relocate to the Pittsburgh Branch

    When you think of Pittsburgh, you probably think of the Steel City. Power plants, coal factories and smog might come to mind. Maybe you’re picturing something like the image below?

    That is what Pittsburgh looked like in the 1970s, but we’ve grown so much! We’re no longer known for our factories and coal. We’re recognized for our low cost of living and thriving culture!  Pittsburgh is a wonderful city and it’s been ranked as one of the best cities to live, work and visit.

    pittsburgh pennsylvania

    Photo credit: Jiuguang Wang

    Live and Work in Pittsburgh

    A Most Livable and Affordable City

    Pittsburgh has been listed on the Most Livable Cities in the US lists (The Economist, Forbes and the Places Rated Almanac) since 2000. Now, it’s getting global press. In August, Metropolis ranked Pittsburgh one of The World’s Most Livable Cities. It was categorized among cities like Toronto, Copenhagen, Melbourne and Hong Kong because Pittsburgh has the hidden cultural elements that you typically find in a big city like NYC or Los Angeles, but it’s affordable so the average Joe can appreciate it, too. Speaking of affordable, Pittsburgh is the most affordable city in the world according to a report by Demographia International.

    Big City, Small-Town Love

    So, what makes Pittsburgh so great? Many residents say they love their home because it has a big-city feel with small-town love. People can enjoy great food, amazing art and music and still get a positive response when they greet a stranger on the street. We don’t know everyone, but we all take care of each other.


    You and your children can get an outstanding education with all of the award-winning high schools and universities in Pittsburgh.

    High Schools

    The North Hills and South Hills are home to some of the best high schools in the state. This chart will give you a quick breakdown.

    Pittsburgh high school educational rankings

    High Education

    Pittsburgh is a haven for higher education. We have numerous, exceptional institutions ranging from large to small, urban to rural. Below are the top 3 and a link to all of the local colleges and universities and their ratings if you’d like to do some additional research.

    Pittsburgh universities


    If you haven’t seen it in the news, Pittsburgh is home to world-class hospitals. UPMC was ranked #1 in the Pittsburgh metro area and in Pennsylvania. It also ranked #10 nationally for adult specialties including neurology, neurosurgery, nose and throat, ear, as well as psychiatry specialties. There are plenty of other outstanding hospitals including Magee-Womens Hospital, Allegheny General Hospital and Western Pennsylvania Hospital. This area attracts some of the best doctors in the world, so if you have any health problems or a family history of health problems, Pittsburgh is the place to be!


    If you’re looking for a job, Pittsburgh has been rated as one of the easiest cities to find a job in and we have some of the best employers in the US. Our employment rate is 4.4% and the job market definitely isn’t suffering. So what are the best industries for jobs around here?


    According to Uncubed, Pittsburgh is one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the US. That’s likely what attracted the big guys like Apple, Google, IBM and Intel.


    In the past few years, we’ve positioned ourselves as medical leaders. The largest employer in the field is UPMC, but there are plenty of positions available around there city for hospital technicians, family practitioners, and other support positions.


    With the amount of impressive universities, 7,500 scientists and researchers and 150 laboratories, Pittsburgh has made a name for itself in the science research industry.


    Again, we have some great schools, specifically the colleges and universities. Between 1999 and 2004 there was an educational boom in Pittsburgh which created over 6,000 new jobs. The industry continues to grow and more jobs are being created.


    We were rated #6 by Travel Channel as one of the best all-American vacation spots. Our city is growing, people are visiting and jobs in tourism are expanding.

    Start Ups

    Maybe you don’t want to work for someone else, though. If you want to start your own business, Pittsburgh is a good place for that, too! According to Kiplinger, this is one of the best cities for emerging entrepreneurs. We have a strong community of small business, low cost of living, are well-educated and have low employment rates. What more could you want for your new business?

  5. This Is What Pittsburgh Will Look Like In 10 Years

    PNC Tower Pittsburgh Skyline

    With help from the city’s government and like-minded supporters, the once post-industrial city of Pittsburgh has shifted its focus from manufacturing to education and innovation and has started multimillion dollar initiatives to make improvements.

    So what will Pittsburgh look like in ten years?

    A Pittsburgh-based initiative called P4 (People, Planet, Place and Performance) aims to transform the Steel City into a Sustainable City with plans to become a model for the rest of the world.

  6. The History Of 5 Pittsburgh Street & Community Names

    Pittsburgh is a city that is gifted with history. Every building, street, and community seems to have a story. What about the names of the streets we regularly travel on and the communities we live in? Negley Avenue, The Boulevard of the Allies, and Lawrenceville are all names that the residents of Pittsburgh are quite familiar with, but where did they come from? Who, or what, are they named after? We’ve explored the history of Pittsburgh to discover the stories of individuals whose names remain very present in the minds of the residents of our city.

    The Boulevard of the Allies

    Boulevard-of-the-alliesThis (mostly) four lane road that connects Downtown with Oakland is frequently travelled. It was dedicated in 1921 and was the most expensive road in the world at that time. After repeating a name or any word many times it has a tendency to lose its meaning. It could be assumed that The Boulevard of the Allies stands for nothing more than the road itself to many. This was not so for the men and women who chose the name in 1921, as World War I had come to an end just three years earlier.

  7. Pittsburgh Museums Guide

    Soldiers and Sailors Museum

    Museums are a mainstay of any city’s cultural scene, and Pittsburgh is no exception. No matter your niche or budget, Pittsburgh has you covered. But with so many options, it can feel overwhelming. Which museum costs the least? Which museum will adequately tickle my itch for preshistoric critters or modern art installations? If these are the questions that keep you up at night, know that you are not alone! Our Pittsburgh museum guide breaks down the best museums in the city so you can find one that will quench your thirst for knowledge. We’ve listed each museum in Pittsburgh alphabetically with an overview of what they offer, when they’re open, and how much they cost to visit.

  8. Best 2015 Ethnic Festivals & Food in Pittsburgh

    Ethnic Festivals Title Pic

    If America is a nation of immigrants, then Pittsburgh is certainly a city of them. Our corner of Western Pennsylvania has been enriched by cultures from all corners of the globe for over a century. What better way to celebrate our diverse heritage than annual festivals and celebrations? Here’s a rundown of some of the best ethnic festivals in Pittsburgh. Note that these are not ranked, but presented in the order you can catch them throughout the year. (more…)

  9. 7 Things to Expect When Buying An Old House in Pittsburgh

    Old Cabin at PittIt’s been over 250 years since Pittsburgh was founded in 1758. This city is old, and so are its structures! If you’re in the market to buy a house in Pittsburgh, you’ve probably browsed or even visited several old houses for sale in the area. Depending on their upkeep, some are in better shape than others. How do you know what to expect when you’re buying an old house in Pittsburgh? As local homebuilders, we have a few ideas… (more…)

  10. 2015 New Year’s Eve Parties & Events In Pittsburgh

    Don’t have any plans for New Year’s Eve yet? Look no further! Blast into 2015 by attending one of the best New Year’s Eve parties in Pittsburgh! We’ve sifted through all of the public holiday parties & events happening around the city and found only the best for you to attend on December 31, 2014. Details such as ticket prices, times, locations and more can all be found right here. (more…)

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