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  1. Things To Do In Pittsburgh Summer 2015

    June 21 marks the official start to the summer season so if you’re asking yourself, “What can I do in Pittsburgh this summer?” then you’ve come to the right place. Summertime means festivals, concerts, food and drinks (includes outdoor eating), which are all things we have listed below. We have even included an ETC. category for even more things to do!

    Whether it’s a trip to Phipps Conservatory, a cooking class or a Pirates game, there’s always something to do in Pittsburgh and the lists below will help you with your decision.

     

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    What: Jam on Walnut
    When: 7 p.m. on June 27, July 25, and August 22
    Where: Walnut Street
    Why: It benefits Western PA’s Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and artists include Chris Higbee, Dancing Queen, and Radio Tokyo.

     

    What: Silk Screen Film Festival
    When: July 10- 19
    Where: Click here for details and tickets
    Why: Join them in celebrating their 10th year anniversary with 30+ international films and shorts that have never been screened in Pittsburgh before.
    WYEP Summer Music Festival

    What: WYEP Summer Music Festival
    When: 3 p.m. Saturday, June 27
    Where: Schenley Plaza, Oakland
    Why: There are local openers such as Brightside and headliners include Kopecky, The Lone Bellow, and Martin Sexton.

     

    What: EQT Pittsburgh Regatta
    When: July 3-5
    Where: Downtown
    Why: Not only is it free but it was also revealed in an article from the Trib that there will be a nine-story “Wheel of Lights,” which will showcase a musical light show downtown.

     

    What: South Side Works Exposed
    When: July 11- 13
    Where: SouthSide Works, South Side
    Why: From food trucks to live music to 70+ artist market tents, there is something for everyone!

    Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

    What: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
    When: July 10- 19
    Where: See their website for event details
    Why: It’s the country’s largest vintage street race!

     

    What: Pittsburgh Blues Festival
    When: July 24- 26
    Where: Hartwood Acres
    Why: It helps to raise over $2 million a year and your entry is free if you bring in a bag of canned goods!

     

    What: Allegheny County Hometown Music Fest
    When: See their website for specific dates
    Where: South Park Amphitheater and Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater
    Why: Artists include Paul Luc, Eve 6, Blue Öyster Cult and Field Report

     

    Concerts

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Who: The Rolling Stones with AWOLNATION
    When: 8 p.m. June 20
    Where: Heinz Field
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    What: Vans Warped Tour
    When: 11 a.m. July 9
    Where: First Niagara Pavilion
    Tickets

     

    Who: Kid Rock with Foreigner
    When: 6:45 p.m. June 28
    Where: First Niagara Pavilion
    Tickets

     

    Who: Train with The Fray and Matt Nathanson
    When: 7 p.m. June 30
    Where: First Niagara Pavilion
    Tickets

     

    Who: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
    When: 7 p.m. June 30
    Where: Stage AE
    Tickets

     

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    Who: Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa with Hoodie Allen
    When: 7 p.m. July 2
    Where: First Niagara Pavilion
    Tickets

     

    Who: Three Days Grace
    When: 6 p.m. July 9
    Where: Stage AE
    Tickets

     

    Who: Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri
    When: 6 p.m. July 12
    Where: Stage AE
    Tickets

     

    Who: Foo Fighters with Royal Blood
    When: 6:30 p.m. August 25
    Where: First Niagara Pavilion
    Tickets

     

    Who: Luke Bryan
    When: 7 p.m. July 31, Aug 1
    Where: First Niagara Pavilion
    Tickets

     

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    Who: Hozier
    When: 6:30 p.m. July 28
    Where: Stage AE
    Tickets

     

    Who: One Direction
    When: 7 p.m. August 2
    Where: Heinz Field
    Tickets

     

    Who: Nicki Minaj with Meek Mill
    When: 7 p.m. August 8
    Where: First Niagara Pavilion
    Tickets

     

    Who: J Cole & Big Sean with YG
    When: 6:30 p.m. July 30
    Where: First Niagara Pavilion
    Tickets

     

    Who: Los Lonely Boys
    When: 8 p.m. June 21
    Where: Altar Bar
    Tickets

     

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    What: 3rd Annual Pittsburgh Summer Beerfest
    When: July 17-18
    Where: Stage AE
    Tickets 

    What: Pittsburgh Restaurant Week
    When: August 10- 16
    Where: Click here for the list of restaurants involved.

    What better way to celebrate the summer season in Pittsburgh than eating outside? Here’s a list of must-go-see restaurants in the area for foodies.

    Andora Restaurant
    Winner of OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice 2015 Award, this restaurant has three locations with beautiful outdoor seating.
    Menu Must-Try’s: shrimp bisque and the Andora burger

    Double Wide Grill
    Double Wide Grill
    With vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options, this restaurant is a hot spot during all summer holidays.
    Menu Must-Try’s: pineapple chicken wrap, salmon avocado BLT

    Andy’s Wine Bar
    Not only do they offer seating outdoors and a wide wine selection but they also serve house smoked BBQ every Friday during the summer and live jazz music Wednesday-Saturday.
    Menu Must-Try’s: truffle blue cheese fries and Cherries vs. Chocolate

    Smallman Street
    Eleven Contemporary Kitchen
    Eleven’s location provides Strip District-goers with the perfect escape from the bustle of Penn Ave.
    Menu Must-Try’s: sea scallops and the chef’s tasting menu
    Open Bottle Bistro
    Located in the heart of Shadyside, this bistro is winner of the OpenTable Diner Awards for Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem and Outdoor Dining.
    Menu Must-Try’s: filet mignon slices flatbread and the champignon

     

    Café @ The Mattress Factory
    Supplied from Coca Café on Butler Street. Visitors please note: museum admission is not required to dine.
    Menu Must-Try’s: tea-smoked salmon and melted brie wheel
    Cafe at the Frick

    Café @ The Frick
    The Frick grounds yield the perfect backdrop for lunch and tea service (served daily after 2:30 p.m.)
    Menu Must-Try’s: potted shrimp and carrot dumplings

     

    The Porch @ Schenley Plaza
    This list would not be complete without this restaurant’s presence. With an extensive menu, this spot has something for everyone.
    Menu Must-Tries: farm bread salad and cinnamon raisin brioche French toast

     

     

     

     

     

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    The Mattress Factory

    Check out the museum’s new exhibition, Factory Installed featuring art from Anne Lindberg, John Morris, Julie Schenkelberg, Jacob Douenias, and Ethan Frier.

    “Eight artists have been chosen to present work in Factory Installed, a two-part exhibition opening at the Mattress Factory in 2015. Artists were chosen through an open submission process, and were selected from a pool of over 500 applicants from 27 countries and 35 states within the US… Each artist will create a new room-sized installation that will demonstrate a uniquely different approach to the creative process.” – Mattress Factory

     

    The Andy Warhol Museum
    There are two new exhibitions that are gracing the museum this summer! One is from German/Dutch artist Stefan Hoffmann called Glycerine and Rose Water, which showcases his vertical silkscreen talents. The other is Pearlstein, Warhol, Cantor: From Pittsburgh to New York, which presents the young artists’ works while they were students at CMU.

     

    City of Asylum
    International free speech and literary rights champion, City of Asylum, hosts a series of events all summer long on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Check the events calendar for upcoming jazz concerts, poetry readings, and dance performances.

     

     

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  2. 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…)


  3. 7 Spring Lawn Care Tips to Start the Season Right

    Preparing the yard for spring.

    The windows are not yet open at our house to hear the birds chirping , but I am told that they are out there and that warmer weather is on the way.  With green grass around the corner, now is the perfect time to prepare our yards for spring sun.

    Here are a few key steps that will put your yard (and its owner) on its way to enjoying both the lovely weather and a gorgeous lawn.

    1. Rake it. The universally-agreed upon first step in lawn preparation is to get your rake out.  When autumn came around, so did falling leave and twigs.  Odds are pretty good that even with thorough raking throughout that season, new debris gathered throughout the winter.  Wintertime means that grass dies out and clumps up in the yard, which is also problematic for promoting a healthy lawn.  So, before you do anything else to the yard, get out that rake.

    2. Test it. During the winter months, pH levels in the ground go through significant changes.  Sometimes, harsh winter conditions can throw the yard’s soil out of whack, causing highly acidic pH levels.  This is problematic because acidic soil hinders healthy grass growth.  So, head to the home improvement store for a home pH testing kit.  If your test shows acid level problems, spreading a thin layer of lime (as in limestone) will neutralize it and permit grass to thrive.

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  4. Decorated Model Grand Opening in Oakmont

    Edgewater in Oakmont, PA

    Oakmont evokes a warmth and sense of community that has helped it flourish for more than 120 years as one of America’s best loved small towns. Oakmont has several notable points of interest that help showcase the town’s charm and history – from the Oakmont Country Club (home of the “oldest top-ranked golf course in the U.S.”)  to the historic Carnegie Library of Oakmont, Oaks Theater classic-styled movie house and Jonathon Hulton Bridge. Oakmont, located just 11 miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh, truly captures the spirit of Main Street.

    Edgewater is a traditional neighborhood development that captures the essence of the town in which it is located. Scenically situated along the Allegheny River, enjoy walking down tree-lined city sidewalks to the village green or nearby neighborhood shops and offices, or take a stroll through the walking trail to the riverside community park. The beautiful new luxury townhomes in this community include high ceilings, finished basements, maple cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops in the kitchen, hardwood floors, ceramic tile floors, Hardie Plank siding and much more!

    The Heartland Sales Team will unveil the new decorated Townhome III model at the grand opening at Edgewater on Sunday, July 14th, from 12noon – 5pm.  The model is located at 230 College Avenue, Oakmont, PA 15139.

    For more information on the new model or community information concerning Edgewater, please contact the new home specialists at 724-871-1722.


  5. INFOGRAPHIC: Pittsburgh Real Estate At A Glance

    Searching for a new or used home in Pittsburgh should be a piece of cake, right?  Even though we may be floating above water in the housing market statistically, it still can be quite a process determining which location to vacate to especially with so many options in Western PA.  Having to search for commute times to listing prices or even home values based on county can be a hassle.  With this guide you will get a chance to see Pittsburgh homes at a glance and hopefully save some time deciding where makes you feel most at home.

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    How’s that for an overview of real estate in Pittsburgh and the Greater Pittsburgh region? Let’s examine the findings and what they mean for home buyers and sellers in the area.

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  6. VIDEO: Pittsburgh Real Estate at a Glance

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    Have you heard? The Pittsburgh housing market is changing, for the better!

    In the past year alone, many areas have seen over a six percent increase in home value. That’s because demand is going up! And, over the last ten years, the Greater Pittsburgh region has seen a boom in population; just look at Butler and Washington counties!

    The Pittsburgh region ranks as the eighth most affordable city out of the twenty-five biggest metropolises in the nation. There’s affordable housing all over western Pennsylvania, so it’s no wonder that people are eager to move in and move up, especially with convenient travel times to work from wherever you live, saving you time and money.

    And that’s not all; Pittsburgh is the thirtieth most livable city in the world and second in the US.

    According to Forbes magazine, Pittsburgh is the sixth most recession-proof city in the nation and one of ten cities ripe for real estate to rebound, not to mention it’s one of the best places to raise your kids. At Heartland Homes, we’re ahead of the curve, having sold more than 458 homes in 2012.

    This has been Pittsburgh Homes at a glance, brought to you by Heartland Homes.

    Heartland Homes. Dream it. Build it. Love it!

     

    To examine the findings further and what they mean for home buyers and sellers in the area, click here for a static infographic and more details.

     


  7. Model Home Furniture Sale

    Heartland Homes will be holding a Model Home Furniture Sale this Saturday, 8/18 from 7:30am-3:00pm at our Briarwood Model Home in Franklin Park. 

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    Decorator Items, Lamps, Multiple Bedroom Sets, Kitchen Table and Chairs Set, Dining Room Set, Occasional Tables and Chairs, Sofas, Loveseats, Chairs and Ottomans, Artwork, Linens, Area and Room Size Rugs, Entertainment Center, All Items Like New, Don’t Miss This Sale! Delivery Available In Enclosed Box Truck!

    1600 Briarwood Drive Pittsburgh, Franklin Park, PA, 15237

    For more information contact: Patricia Golden at Golden Estates Sales


  8. Have Fun In Robinson Township!

    If you’re in the market for one of the new houses in Robinson Township, PA, remember to stop and smell the roses – literally and metaphorically, of course. Robinson is more than a dense web of highways to get to and from the airport and downtown Pittsburgh – there’s plenty of fantastic nearby recreational destinations for residents! New homeowners in Robinson Township communities like Heartland’s Stafford Park  or Trotwood Acres can find nearby cozy nooks in which to relax and plenty of places to find stuff to put in their new homes. Here’s four ways for Robinson residents to have some real fun.

    Pull up a seat – in your car!

    The dinner-and-a-movie date has been done, ladies and gentleman. If you’re going to keep having the same dates, why not pack a picnic and take it to the Twin Hi-Way Drive-in on Steubenville Pike? It’s places like this that make for classic dates and summertime memories. All you have to do is find parking!

    Take a hike!

    Really, you should. Fortunately, Robinson Township is close to plenty of family-friendly recreation centers. You’ll find courts for tennis, baseball, basketball, volleyball, and a playground, as well as ample picnic space at the Clever Recreation and Sports Complex. Take a dip in the wave-pool at Settler’s Cabin County Park just minutes south while the little tykes take free learn-to-swim lessons. The Burkett Center and Groveton Park have more ball fields and picnic areas. For a beautiful bit of exercise, take the family trip on the Montour Trail, a non-motorized, multi-use rail-trail that connects to the Great Allegheny Passage in Washington County.

    Hit the links!

    Even if you’re a terrible golfer, the sport can be an entertaining addition to a good walk. New homeowners in Robinson Township can drive about 10 minutes west to the Moon Golf Club and the Montour Heights Country Club. Just a few mSettlers Ridge Shopping in Robinson Townshipinutes east of town, you’ll find the Vietmeier Golf Center, and fifteen minutes southwest is Chartier’s Country Club. Across the river to the north you’ll find Allegheny County Country Club and Diamond Run Golf Club just minutes from each other on either side of I-79.

    Shop, baby, shop!

    In addition to new homes in Robinson Township, you’ll find just about everything you could ever need to fill it, with plenty of delectable food along the way. With over 300 stores and 16 restaurants, The Mall at Robinson really is like a town unto itself, complete with its own calendar of events and sales throughout the year.

    Now go and have some fun!


  9. HGTV ShowHouse ShowDown Announcement

    As you may know, Heartland Homes will be featured on HGTV’s hit Interior Design Competition – ShowHouse ShowDown!  The first of two episodes featuring Heartland Homes will air Saturday, March 3rd at 2:30PM.  A special encore presentation will air Friday, March 9th at 1:30pm

    HGTV ShowHouse ShowdownThe Show(down)

    For Showhouse Showdown, Heartland Homes built two identical Nantucket II homes for Interior Designers, Joe Berkowitz and Alisha Gwen.  Joe and Alisha, were given a $130,000 budget to decorate 5 rooms!  Tune in to see the 10 uniquely designed rooms on HGTV – Kitchen, Sunroom, Great Room, Master Bedroom and Master Bathroom!

    Host and TV personality, Bob Guiney, wraps up the show of the Cranberry Township filming in Heartland Homes’ community, Mystic Ridge in Cranberry Township.

    Two houses, Two completely unique design styles, ONE Winner!

    The Cast

    The Host, Bachelor Bob

    Bob Guiney

    Bob Guiney Hosts HGTV ShowHouse Showdown

    You’ve seen his heart broken on the Bachelorette, you’ve seen him break hearts on the Bachelor, and now Bob Guiney is the host of Showhouse Showdown on HGTV!  Bob is one of the funniest and down to earth guys that we have ever met, and can’t wait to see him as host of this show!

    His Website: http://bit.ly/AsYHl9

    Twitter: @bobguiney

    The Local Girl

    Alisha Gwen Designer

    Alisha’s signature look combines bold color, clean lines, large scale patterns, and classic furniture styles. She favors mixing the old with the new to create spaces that are both modern and timeless. She strives to integrate high-end and cost effective to achieve a balance between comfort, function and style. She takes a hands-on approach from start to finish closely working with all parties involved to ensure the initial vision is successfully executed.

    Her Website: http://bit.ly/xzMz28

    Twitter: @alishagwen

    Joe BerkowitzThe Artifact

    Joe’s own style is eclectic but he is skilled in doing Country French to high-end contemporary and everything in between. He’s done retro Hollywood to Tuscan but he’ll never give you trendy. He wants the home he designs for you to be timeless. Joe encourages clients to be bold, take risks and do something different. He favors an interesting artifact over a console table versus the predictable painting.

    His Website: http://bit.ly/ydNATG

    Facebook: http://on.fb.me/zn6Del

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  10. Brand New Custom Home Community in Adams Township

    You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Release of AMHERST VILLAGE in Adams Township.

    New Community in Adams TownshipBe amongst the first to purchase a brand new, custom-built dream home in our newest single-family community in Adams Township!

    • Durable and Beautiful HardiePlank® Siding
    • Brick Water Tables
    • Premium Landscaping Packages
    • Homesites in the scenic hills of Butler County
    • Convenient to I-76 and I-79
    • Low Butler County Taxes
    • Mars Area School District

    Please join us at our Myoma Woods community model home for our Grand Release!

    Address: 303 Dirkshire Court  Mars, PA 16046

    Date: Saturday, February 25th

    Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

    Click Here for Turn by Turn Directions

    Call 412-945-1367 or email [email protected] for more information


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