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Stay current with the latest new construction in Pittsburgh by following this thread. Whenever Heartland Homes breaks ground or unveils a new community in Greater Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, you will hear about it here. Many of the most beautiful new homes in the community are first announced on the Heartland Homes blog. Visit frequently to avoid missing a ribbon cutting or ground breaking!

  1. 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?

  2. Emerald Fields Preview Party

    Clifton Park II

    Emerald Fields is nestled within a cozy location, right off Mt. Pleasant Road, in Pine Township near Gibsonia – roughly 30 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh. The beautiful forest surroundings present a secluded and enchanted setting, yet Emerald Fields is only a few minutes from major transportation routes like the PA Turnpike and I-79, and commercial arteries like Perry Highway, Wexford Road and Babcock Boulevard.

    The luxurious homes of Emerald Fields come with an array of luxury features. The homes sites are spacious and feature magnificent homes with natural masonry fronts and HardiePlank® Siding. Emerald Fields homeowners will also enjoy an upgraded landscaping package, concrete driveways, lawn sprinkler systems in front yards and stone address markers. Well-equipped homes in this community start in the $500s.

    Clifton Park II KitchenWith six luxury home designs available to build (including two estate homes), the home of your dreams can easily be made a reality at Emerald Fields. All new homes built will include 9’ ceilings on the first & second floors, side entry two-car garage, built-in GE stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, kitchen island, maple kitchen cabinets, crown moulding, fireplace in family room, hardwood flooring in the kitchen, foyer, powder room & first floor hall and much more!

    The Preview Party will be held at our The Village at Camp Trees model home on Thursday, March 13th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Receive exclusive information including timeline for development work to be completed, site map layout, home site release date and pricing!

    Click here for door-to-door directions to The Village at Camp Trees.

  3. Over 6,000 Square Foot Model Home to Open in Southpointe

    The Remington Place model home features three levels of living and a finished basement

    The Overlook at Southpointe is one of Pittsburgh’s most highly anticipated communities.  Located off Angerer Road, The Overlook at Southpointe has beautiful forest area views with lit sidewalks in the community.  The Remington Place model home, at Overlook, is hosting its grand opening on Saturday, February 15th from noon – 4pm.

    The Remington Place model home features 6,090 square feet of living space, including a third floor bonus room and bathroom.  The home has four bedrooms, five and one-half bathrooms and a three-car side entry garage.  The kitchen has a large granite top island with a morning room set to the side.  The second level has a gorgeous master suite with sitting area and porch and a must-see master bathroom.

    The basement of the home is finished and includes a recreation room, wet bar, home office, media room and full bathroom.

    This master planned community features spacious home sites and a variety of home types to fit any lifestyle.  The community is located in the heart of Southpointe and is minutes from I-79 and Downtown Pittsburgh.  Golf, ice skating, walking trails, fine dining and shopping are just a few amenities and activities nearby to The Overlook at Southpointe.

    Inside each home at The Overlook at Southpointe includes a gourmet kitchen island as standard inclusion.  Other included features are: granite kitchen and master bathroom countertops, built-in GE stainless steel appliances, maple cabinets, 9-foot ceilings on 1st & 2nd floors and a high-end trim package. Also, hardwood flooring is featured in the kitchen, foyer, powder room and first floor hall. Ceramic tile floors are found in the master bathroom and all secondary bathrooms.

    Click here for turn-by-turn directions to The Overlook at Southpointe.

  4. Quick Move-In Homes Available in Allegheny, Butler and Washington Counties

    If you can’t afford to wait for your ideal new home in one of our 21 communities throughout Allegheny, Butler & Washington Counties, browse through our full selection of new homes that are under construction and near completion.

    Quick Move-In Homes

    Currently there are five quick move-in homes under construction and available to be purchased.  Two are available in South Park, while the others are available in Oakmont, Adams Township and South Fayette Township.

    In addition to the quick move-in homes, ten model homes are available for sale.   For many of the models the process is slightly different than the standard quick move-in homes – You purchase the home, we rent it back from you while we sell the community out of the model.  Once the community is sold out, the home is yours to sell, lease or live in!


  5. Decorated Kingsmill model home to open at Stafford Park in Robinson Township

    Stafford Park, centrally located in Robinson Township, offers home sites up to ½ acre in size and six unique floor plans to choose from.  The community is located across the street from Clever Park & Pool and has top shopping centers nearby.  Robinson Town Centre, offering familiar hot spots such as IKEA, Settlers Ridge and the Mall at Robinson, are all within 10 minutes from Stafford Park.Kingsmill Model

    Clever Park also has a playground and a ball field along with volleyball, basketball and tennis courts.  Several golf courses, fine restaurants and superb entertainment options are in the area as well.

    The decorated Kingsmill model home will have its Grand Opening at Stafford Park (101 Stafford Drive – McKees Rocks, PA 15136) on Saturday, February 8th from noon until 4pm.

    The decorated Kingsmill model features 4,062 square feet of living space, 5 bedrooms and 4 and one-half bathrooms. Step into the dramatic two-story entrance foyer and prepare to be impressed by this remarkable home. A formal tray ceiling dining room, home office and laundry room are on the main level. An expansive center-island kitchen with an eat-in dinette is adjacent to the family room – enhanced with a cozy fireplace. The luxurious master suite includes two oversized walk-in closets and a spa-like personal bath featuring a dual-sink vanity along with a separate shower and a corner soaking tub. The lower level features a finished basement with a media room, wet bar and a full bath.

    Buyers in Stafford Park will benefit from standard features including 9-foot ceilings on the first and second floors, hardwood flooring in kitchen, foyer, powder room & 1st floor hall, ceramic floors in master bathroom, granite countertops in kitchen and crown moulding for an extra touch of luxury.

  6. Southpointe’s Newest Community Set for Opening

    Ironwood II, a new home community in Southpointe, hosted a preview event on December 5th at the Southpointe Golf Club for interested prospects and realtors.  Despite the inclement weather, a large number of people received an introduction on the first 11 home sites being released at the community, while enjoying hors d’ouvres, drinks and desserts.Ironwood II Preview Event

    All 11 home sites are at minimum a half-acre in size and some up to nearly a full acre.  Along with being spacious, the home sites are private and in close proximity to I-79, fine dining and attractions like Sarris Candies, Tanger Outlets and The Meadows Casino.

    New homes in Ironwood II come well-appointed from the $500s and include granite kitchen & master bathroom countertops, kitchen island, hardwood flooring in kitchen, powder room, foyer & 1st floor hall, stainless steel appliances and more.

    The community site map for the initial phase was released at the preview event and is now available on the Heartland Homes website.

    The community will have its Grand Release on Saturday, December 14th from noon – 4pm at the Summerbrooke community model home in Canonsburg.  Click here for turn-by-turn directions to Summerbrooke.

    Anyone interested in learning more about Ironwood II or in setting up a one-one-one appointment, are urged to call Jodie, Heartland’s new home specialist at 724-949-0079.

  7. Two Diamond Series Model Homes Hosting Grand Openings

    Remington Place & Empress Model Homes

    Incomparable high-end details, spacious master retreats & gourmet kitchens are just some of the features included in all Heartland Diamond Series homes. The Empress and the Remington Place home designs are two of the floor plans showcased in the recently released series. These two, will be the first of its kind to open its doors on Saturday, December 14 from noon – 6pm.

    Decorated Mantle of the Stonebridge Model Home The Remington Place decorated model home is located in the Stonebridge community in Hampton Township. The 5,737 square foot home has a number of luxurious features including a three-side brick exterior and three-car side entry garage. The interior is truly a must-see – the kitchen dons a large gourmet island, unique and stylish maple cabinets and granite countertops. The spacious master retreat includes a sitting area and covered porch while the master bathroom includes a soaking tub, ceramic shower, dual vanities and more! The home has a finished basement with wet bar, media room, office and full bathroom.

    The Empress decorated model home is located in the Berkley Ridge community in South Fayette Township. The 4,317 square foot home is also brick front, and features a unique blend of accent bricks and also has a three-car side entry garage. The master suite of the Empress model home has a Living Room of the Berkley Ridge Modelsitting area and large walk-in closet. The luxurious kitchen, which features stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors, leads into the morning room and is open to the family room, which includes a fireplace with stone surround. The basement is finished and it too includes a wet bar and a must-see recreation room.

    Both models will be open to the public on Saturday, December 14th from noon – 6pm.

    Click here for turn-by-turn directions to the Empress Model at Berkley Ridge in South Fayette.
    Click here for turn-by-turn directions to the Remington Place Model at Stonebridge in Hampton.

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