If you have decided to build a custom home in the Pittsburgh area, you have plenty of options when it comes to choosing where you want to live. Proximity to family and work are two of the most important things that people consider when deciding on a neighborhood.
But for anyone relocating to Western Pennsylvania for a job or other opportunity in Pittsburgh or the surrounding area, Westmoreland County has much to offer. From communities such as Murrysville and Penn Township, you can commute to downtown Pittsburgh in under an hour, and still enjoy the lower property taxes and gorgeous scenery that Westmoreland County offers.
There are four state parks within Westmoreland County’s borders as well as 9 state parks. Living here means you aren’t far from a ski slope, bike trail, river, or scenic hike in the Laurel Mountains. For culture buffs, the city of Greensburg is home to Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and national acts booked regularly at the Palace Theatre, as well as theater and other performances at Seton Hill University and Saint Vincent College.
Excellent Public Schools
Public school districts in Westmoreland County continue to earn high marks, based on standardized test scores. Niche.com lists Franklin Regional School District as #67 on its list of best school districts in the state for 2018. Norwin School District comes in at #78, Greater Latrobe at #86, and Penn Trafford at #102, out of a total of 497 school districts.
Quality of Life
Westmoreland County’s mix of small towns, bustling shopping corridors and open space gives it the best of all worlds. About 80 percent of the County’s 1,000 square miles is still forests and farmland, so residents here enjoy the the fresh air and green space that comes with rural living, without sacrificing convenient access to grocery stores, health care facilities and retail shops. A review of crime report statistics and population data by safewise.com ranked Penn Township as the 10th safest city in Pennsylvania for 2017.
No matter if you are just starting a career, starting a family, or looking to relocate later in life to take advantage of extra leisure time, building a home in Westmoreland County is a smart investment that will let you live life to the fullest.