Neighborhoods in Council District 5:
Hazelwood & Glen Hazel
Glen Hazel and Hazelwood are located east of Downtown, and are flanked by the Monogahela River, Greenfield, and Squirrel Hill. These neighborhoods are minutes away from suburban shopping areas. They are also home to numerous parks and green spaces.
Bus service to the neighborhoods is excellent. From small well-kept row houses near the river to larger, two-story brick homes on top of the hill, housing in Hazelwood and Glen Hazel is varied and affordable.
The communities of Glen Hazel and Hazelwood, which lie along the Monongahela River, once flourished with an abundance of hazelnut trees. Beautiful places to live in the nineteenth century, they attracted some of Pittsburgh's oldest and wealthiest families, who built magnificent homes there. But the coming of the railroad and industry changed the neighborhoods. The "good life" was redefined, as working-class men and women moved in to tend the furnaces and the coke ovens. Hazelwood and Glen Hazel are two of the city's most ethnically-diverse neighborhoods. Today they advance into the post-industrial age with Kerotest Manufacturing Corporation.
Glen Hazel and Hazelwood are family-oriented neighborhoods, with many of its community activities focusing on youth programs. The neighborhoods are noted for their numerous churches and the active roles they play in building community spirit and pride in their residents.
Greenfield is located southeast of Downtown and is adjacent to Squirrel Hill and Hazelwood. It is accessible by Second Avenue, the Parkway East, and the Boulevard of the Allies. The Greenfield Avenue and Murray Avenue business districts are thriving, and the neighborhood is just minutes from Squirrel Hill shops.
Greenfield is one of Pittsburgh's "surprise" neighborhoods, where spectacular views of the Downtown skyline are found in unexpected spots throughout the community. It is home of the Magee Recreation Center, and is on the border of Schenley Park.
Declaring itself as "a suburb in the city," homebuyers can find the house to fit their needs, from stoic Victorians, to Pittsburgh boxes, to post-World War II ranch houses. A homebuyer looking for convenience, affordability, and a personal view of July 4th, Light-Up Night, or the Three Rivers Regatta fireworks can find the home of their dreams in Greenfield.
Greenfield is a family-oriented neighborhood with most of the community activities focusing on youth programs. Families who move here tend to stay, and most of the neighborhood's residents have lived in their homes for more than five years.
Hays is a neighborhood in southeastern Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in City Council District 5. It is named after former Pittsburgh Mayor, William B. Hayes, who served as mayor from 1903-1906.
Hays encompasses the area known as Hays Woods, a 635+ acre woodland, the largest undeveloped tract of land in the city of Pittsburgh (larger even than Frick Park). The future of a 613-acre parcel of land including Hays Woods is uncertain, as developer Charles Betters’ application to strip mine the area was declined.
Hays was also formerly the site of an ammunition plant, built by the U.S. Navy in 1942. The plant was transferred to the Army in 1966, and during its heyday between World War II and the Vietnam War it employed more than a thousand people. In 1970 the plant was put on standby status until its disposition in 1988. In 1993 the site was donated to the Urban Redevelopment Authority.
Hays has a long history as a stable community where some families have lived for generations. It is very convenient because of its location. Minutes from Downtown and the Waterfront, these hidden Pittsburgh gems are home to rural living in the city.
Lincoln Place is a neighborhood in the 31st ward of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the southeast section of the city. Lincoln Place is home to suburban living in the city. Minutes from downtown, the neighborhood is similar to suburban neighborhoods found hours away from the city.
Classic communities as well as brand new custom home developments can be found here, while still being surrounded by woods, greenways and greenspace. It is not unusual to find flocks of wild turkey and deer roaming the greenways of this quiet but growing community.
In addition to ballfields and the community park, portions of Lincoln Place gives off the feeling of country living while still within the city limits.
New Homestead is a neighborhood located in the 31st Ward of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. New Homestead is bordered by Hays, Lincoln Place, West Mifflin Borough, and Munhall Borough.
This section of the City is home to many new, single family detached residential developments, as well as some earlier developments from the mid-to-late 20th Century. New Homestead is nearly all residential, but this quiet family friendly community is close to the shops of the Waterfront in Homestead as well as Century III Mall in the suburban community of West Mifflin. New Homestead boasts the number four ranking for safest neighborhood in the city of Pittsburgh.
In addition to ballfields and community parks, portions of New Homestead create that tucked away feel that make you forget that you are living in one of America’s most vibrant metropolises.
Regent Square is on the city's border, east of Downtown, and is sided by Point Breeze, Squirrel Hill, and Swisshelm Park. The neighborhood has easy access to the Parkway East, as well as Braddock and Forbes Avenues.
The neighborhood's proximity to Frick Park, and a vibrant commercial area add to its appeal. It's also just a few blocks from the restaurants and shops at Edgewood Towne Center.
Regent Square's attractive family homes which sit along wide streets offer residents an array of architectural styles. The abundance of trees gives the neighborhood a park-like quality and that classic Americana look. Regent Square is a family neighborhood. Its residents often spend their leisure time taking advantage of recreational activities at Frick Park.
Squirrel Hill North
Squirrel Hill is located east of Downtown, and is surrounded by Greenfield, Hazelwood, Glen Hazel, Swisshelm Park, Regent Square, Shadyside , Oakland, and Point Breeze. Squirrel Hill is actually represented by two City Council Districts: District 5 and District 8. However, all of what is called "Squirrel Hill South" is in District 5. Only parts of what is called "Squirrel Hill North" are in District 5. See the overall Map of Council Districts for the delineation.
This neighborhood is one of Pittsburgh's most popular, with a variety of ethnic restaurants, delis, bakeries, old fashioned grocery stores (which still deliver to your door) and landmark taverns. These long established businesses are complimented by chic new eateries, trendy boutiques, movie theaters, and upscale shops. Frick and Schenley Parks border Squirrel Hill, offering residents with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.
Homes in Squirrel Hill range from high-rise apartments, on Forbes and Murray, to sprawling brick mansions on Fair Oaks. Whether you're looking for a quaint apartment, or a contemporary house with a garage, you'll find it in Squirrel Hill.
Squirrel Hill's culturally diverse population includes a harmonious mix of families, affluent older homeowners, young singles, and students.
Swisshelm Park is located southeast of Downtown, and is next to Squirrel Hill. Situated across the Parkway East from Regent Square, it is often mistaken as a suburban neighborhood.
The Sarah Jackson Black Community Center caters to the recreational and civic interests of the neighborhood. Swisshelm Park Parklet is a wonderful place for young children to play. The neighborhood is convenient to nearby Frick Park, the Squirrel Hill shopping district, and Edgewood Town Center.
Swisshelm Park is full of suburban-style ranch and two-story brick homes. It is a tightly knit, family-oriented community. Its residents are active in its many recreational and youth programs.