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Homes for Sale in Highland Park, Pittsburgh - This neighborhood is one of the greenest in Pittsburgh! Highland Park is not only home to over 6,500 residents, but it is also home to a 380-acre park with the same name. Located in northeast Pittsburgh, Highland Park is a diverse and lively neighborhood that borders the Allegheny River to the north, Morningside to the West, and East Liberty to the South.
In 1879, a reservoir was built to provide drinking water to the city. The beauty of the reservoir brought many picnickers to the area and eventually the Pittsburgh Parks Commission worked to establish Highland Park by ordinance. Take a walk along the Highland Park's Reservoir Loop and you will pass through Victorian-style gardens with a fountain, a reflecting pool, and multiple benches to sit back and enjoy the day.
Highland Park’s public park encompasses the northern region of the neighborhood and was officially opened in 1893 by Edward Bigelow, the Pittsburgh Director of Public Works. The famous sculptor Giuseppe Moretti created bronze sculptures that mark the entrances to the park on Highland Avenue and Stanton Avenue. The park offers space for activities for the whole family including: picnic groves, four sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, a swimming pool, walking trails, Farmhouse Park, and the Super Playground. You can easily spend a whole day in the public park and if you do, make sure you stop by the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, which are also located within. Interested in keeping the outdoor space in Highland Park beautiful? Become a volunteer here.
The residential area of Highland Park was initially a streetcar suburb meaning that residents would take streetcars to reach East Liberty either for work or to catch a train to another part of Pittsburgh. During the early 1900's, Highland Park residents found themselves living in the perfect area with the park above them and East Liberty’s bustling business district below. Highland Park is known for having that sought-after “big city appeal, small community feel.” However, East Liberty saw turmoil during the 1970's-2000's. The Highland Park neighborhood began to develop its own small business district on Bryant Street in response to East Liberty’s decline. However, since the 2000's, East Liberty has been going through its own revival and is a very up and coming location.
Popular places to check out on Bryant Street include: E2 for a rustic Mediterranean menu all created with locally grown produce and meat, the Joseph Tambellini Restaurant for true Italian cuisine fine dining, and the Bryant Street Market for many organic and homemade groceries.
Highland Park is a great location for families and individuals alike. There are many annual events held in the neighborhood such as Cinema in the Park. During certain dates in the summer, movies are shown on Reservoir Drive at dusk. The Highland Park Yard Sale and Bryant Street Festival happens every June and the Reservoir of Jazz concerts take place each Sunday in August. There are also many youth sports programs in the area such as the Highland Park Tennis Club.
The neighborhood is a part of the Pittsburgh Public School District and some local schools include: Fulton K-5, the Obama Academy of International Studies 6-12, and the Pittsburgh School for Creative and Performing Arts 6-12. For more information on Pittsburgh Public Schools click here.
The park has it all! Whether you explore the area on a day trip or decide to move here, Highland Park is sure to beat all of your expectations and provide you with the perfect mix of a small community feel and big city appeal.