Shannon Bachman

A Real Estate Agent at Pittsburgh Rentals Inc.

Shannon Bachman

Pittsburgh Rentals Inc.

A Real Estate Agent based in Pittsburgh, PA

 
Top Expert in Pennsylvania Local Guide
 

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Restaurants

Restaurants

Shannon Bachman - Real Estate Agent

For fine dining, Monroeville has Nardi’s, the Wooden Nickel, and the Sawa Japanese Steak House. For cheap eats, D’s Sixpax & Dogz, the Udipi Cafe, and the China Palace have your fix. Just like the restaurants here address every side of every budget, they also speak to the variety of great cuisine. There are European flavors, Asian spices, and American favorites. And if you get bored with the local restaurants, you can always take the easy commute and eat in Pittsburgh.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Shannon Bachman - Real Estate Agent

Monroeville apartments usually have a median price tag that falls within the $700-$900 range. Some brokers will tell you that the average is closer to $900, but I think that with a great agent and flexibility you could find a great property that’s closer to $700. Personally, I have been able to get these types of deals for my clients regularly. Of course, it always helps when there’s a solid rental market, and Monroeville has quite a few apartments on the market. At my last check, 70% of the market was rentals and only 10% was properties for sale. Feel free to contact me for more information or if you’re searching for a place.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Shannon Bachman - Real Estate Agent

There are a number of terrific schools in Allison Park. In fact, their combined score on school-rating site GreatSchools is a 10 out of 10, which is practically unheard of. No school in A.P. scored an individual grade that was less than an 8 out of 10 on the site. The schools are run by the Hampton Township School District, which also has a 10 out of 10. But I’ll stop dropping all these impressive compliments -- go check out the schools for yourself or talk to parents whose children have gone there. I guarantee you’ll be happy with the public school system in Allison Park.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Shannon Bachman - Real Estate Agent

Pennsylvania State Routes 8 and 28 provide a gateway to Steel City, a.k.a. Pittsburgh. You only have to drive/walk/bike/run ten miles to get there, which isn’t very far at all! It’s about 20 minutes by car usually, traffic obviously changes that though. Then it’ll take around 30-45 minutes on a really bad day. But it almost never takes me 45, usually 35 at the max. The majority of people who live here drive, but if you want to take public transit there’s a bus on Ferguson that goes into Pittsburgh. I have a few friends that do that, but it more than doubles the commute time usually. I’d say overall Allison Park has a very convenient location in proximity to Pittsburgh.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Shannon Bachman - Real Estate Agent

It shouldn’t be any surprise that a town with “Park” in its name has an awesome park system, right? In Bethel Park, the recreational opportunities for residents are vast. There are a total of eleven parks, which have over a hundred acres that are open to the public. You can take the kids out to Millennium Park’s playground, play in a softball league with coworkers at Simmons Park, take a leisurely stroll on the Village Green’s walking trail... the list goes on. If you rent in Bethel Park you will take part in these activities and more.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Shannon Bachman - Real Estate Agent

Bethel Park has been regarded as one of the safest communities in the country. Even NeighborhoodScout, a trusted source that many real estate agents use to determine the safety of various neighborhoods, ranked Bethel Park in the top 30 of its “Top 100 Safest Cities in the U.S.” list. The violent crime rate here is 3x lower than the Pennsylvania average, and the property crime rate is 2x lower. Bethel Park is definitely one of the best choices to live in the Pittsburgh area if you are raising a family or plan to do so soon. Or, if you just want to live in a friendly community and feel safe, you should look to rent here.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

Shannon Bachman - Real Estate Agent

Pittsburgh is a very pet friendly community, and there are a number of popular apartment properties that allow pets, such as Carriage Park, Lincoln Pointe, Residence at the Docks, and many more. Pittsburgh is home to many local amenities for pets, such as nine spacious and well-maintained off leash dog parks for your pup to enjoy. There are also a number of pet stores owned and operated by animal lovers in the city. Some are reliably chains, such as Petco, and others are small businesses that offer more niche services, such as catering specifically to one type of animal like birds or dogs. There are plenty of other services in the area, like pet grooming, sitting, walking, training, boarding, etc., so your animal can be just as happy as you are in Pittsburgh.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Shannon Bachman - Real Estate Agent

In Pittsburgh, you can enjoy a high quality lifestyle for low prices. The median rent here is $792 a month, which is low not only for cities its size, but for any U.S. city, as the national average is $950. But when you do compare it to other large eastern cities, the prices here will seem even lower. The average rent in New York City is $3,429; Boston - $1,259; Washington DC - $1,078; nearby Philadelphia - $862. You can find some of the best deals on the East coast in Pittsburgh, and some of the best in the U.S. as well.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Shannon Bachman - Real Estate Agent

Pittsburgh may be the second largest city in the state, but you could make a case that it has more culture than Philadelphia. The city is home to many excellent music venues, with Heinz Hall and the Benedum Center hosting Pittsburgh’s orchestra and opera, respectively. Stage AE, the Rex Theater, Club Cafe, and the Carnegie Library Music Hall are other great venues in town. The Andy Warhol Museum is located here, as Pittsburgh is where he was born. Other well-known museums are the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Mattress Factory. If you look around the city you will also find theater groups, an aquarium, aviary, and even casinos. Last but not least, Pittsburgh is home to top-tier professional sports teams like the Steelers and Penguins, as well as successful collegiate teams.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

Shannon Bachman - Real Estate Agent

Pittsburgh is an excellent city to rent in -- it is constantly being named the most livable city in the U.S. The term “livable” takes into account the cost of living, crime, chance of natural disasters, and resident happiness among other conditions. Pittsburgh has ranked in the top 20 most livable cities in Places Rated Almanac every year it’s been published, and was ranked the #1 most livable U.S. city by Forbes and Yahoo! in 2010. The city has also been named one of the most livable by the book Cities Ranked and Rated and the Economist. Not only is the quality of living here superb, but right now there are more than twice as many properties on the market for rent than properties for sale.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Shannon Bachman - Real Estate Agent

Pittsburgh is a very educated city: 57,267 residents, or 26% of the total population, holds a Bachelor’s degree, which is higher than the national average. This shouldn’t be surprising when you take into consideration the excellent schools that are located in the city. There are around 40 post-secondary schools overall, some of the most notable being the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, and Carnegie Mellon University, which was ranked #22 on US News & World Report’s list of America’s Best National Universities. There are a number of other respected schools in the area, which means the city’s residents are intelligent and well-educated.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Shannon Bachman - Real Estate Agent

One out of every five Pittsburgh residents take public transportation to work, which ranks them in the top 15 of U.S. cities with the highest public transit ridership. The average commute for people who live here is 23 minutes. Forbes named Pittsburgh the eight best U.S. city for commuters, citing its public transit options and low traffic. PAT runs public transit here, offering service to buses and a light rail that runs above ground and below as a subway. Amtrak also services the area.

 

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