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Pittsburgh Living Part 2

Pittsburgh is proud to be ranked among the top places to live, work, and visit in the United States. Our city is consistently recognized with accolades from major travel and financial organizations as one of the most livable cities with one of the most viable economies. We have been honored as a first rate city for livability, culture, and economy for several years.

Pittsburgh was named the #1 cheapest last-minute getaways by Ten U.S. destinations were surveyed where travelers found the most significant last-minute hotels bargains, versus general rates on Hotwire. Stating “built on a foundation of industrialism, this up and coming tourism hot-spot now boasts a thriving arts scene.” Pittsburgh is also the ideal destination for shopping as clothing is exempt from sales tax.

ABC City Guides for Kids has voted Pittsburgh as their #1 family fun destination in their annual list. Stating “The Heinz History Center and the Carnegie Science Center are world class. Ride the Duquesne Incline for the best view of Pittsburgh and the city’s 3 Rivers. Visit Primanti Bros., the Strip District and Andy Warhol Museum.”

Pittsburgh remains as one of the top 10 most literate cities since the rating began in 2003. The survey, created by Central Connecticut State University, is based on number of bookstores, newspaper circulation, educational level and libraries.

Forbes ranked Pittsburgh in the top 20 best places for a working retirement. Factors include low unemployment rates and cost of living, plus solid job growth.

The 8th Annual Farmers Insurance study ranks Pittsburgh as the most secure city among large metro areas (500,000 or more residents). The rankings, complied bySperling’s Best Places, site crime statistics, extreme weather, housing depreciation, life expectancy, among other factors.

Pittsburgh is one of eight U.S. cities included in the top 50 of the Mercer 2011 Quality of Living Survey, which covers 221 cities worldwide. Local living conditions are evaluated including economic environment, health and sanitation, schools and education, among others.

CNBC named Pittsburgh as the #1 Best City to Relocate to in America. The city has made a major transformation from an industrial town into a hub

Brookings Institute ranked Pittsburgh in the Top 25 Largest Metro Areas for the Number of “Clean Economy” Jobs. The Washington think tank examined the nation’s 100 largest metro areas and ranked them for their number of jobs related to renewable energy and the environment. The research identified 21, 963 clean jobs in Pittsburgh, nearly as many as in larger cities.

The Huffington Post voted Pittsburgh as one of the forty prettiest cities in the world. The research on each city included the many food options available, the ability to walk around, architecture, diversity, culture, shopping and the ultimate beauty of the city, such as modern, classic, gothic or a mix.


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Properties in Allegheny County are assessed at their fair market value. The property tax assessment process starts with a county-wide assessment of base year values. The last such assessment in Allegheny County was in 2002. However, values may be updated due to permits, appeals, corrections, flood loss or catastrophic loss.

A property’s assessed value is calculated by multiplying its market value by the county’s predetermined ratio Beginning with the 2001 fiscal year, Allegheny County’s Office of Property Assessments has applied a predetermined ratio of 100%. However, if the property’s assessment value is appealed, the county’s common level ratio may be applied instead: this reflects a comparison of the previous year’s actual sale prices to the assessed value.
Maronda community available in Allegheny
Hawk Valley 

Call Ralph Mazzotta at


Township: Allegheny

County: Westmoreland

Quality Workmanship with Lower Pricing

Highly Regarded Kiski Schools

Family Friendly Community Atmosphere

Price Includes Homesite and Features

Great Alternative to Allegheny County Taxes

Assessment is the foundation upon which taxing authorities determine the amounts of property taxes to be paid on a property. A property’s assessment value is its market value multiplied by an assessment ratio. A “uniform” assessment rate is used, meaning that all properties, whether residential, commercial or industrial, are assessed at the same ratio to market value. Currently in Washington County, all assessment are set at 25% of the base year value.



Maronda community available in Washington

Strabane Manor

From the $160’s

Call Jason Albarano at


Open Model: St. Lucy

School District: Trinity Area

Township: South Strabane

County: Washington

Details:      Community Plat Map

Easy Access to routes 79 & 19

Friendly&Desirable Neighborhood with low maintenance living

Feel of country yet close to shopping,dining & entertainment

Low Washington County Taxes!!


At a time when most units of government, as well as many private entities, are struggling and seeing their financial ratings fall, Cranberry has moved in the opposite direction. Its previous rating – a very high Aa3 – is now an even higher Aa2 – just two steps from the pinnacle of the Moody’s Investor Service scale. The most significant benefit of this rating is the ability to borrow money at the lowest possible interest rate.




Maronda Community available in Cranberry:-

Marshall Heights

From the$240’s

Call Doris Pennock at


Open Model: Prescott

School District: Seneca Valley

Township: Cranberry

County: Butler

Up to 3% towards closing costs on unstated homes

Upscale community featuring the new Presidential Series

Culdesac street with majestic views

Yards back up to lush woodlands

Family friendly sidewalk community with tree lined streets

Shopping, entertainment, golf & recreational facilities nearby

Quick Access to I-79, I-279, Rt. 19, SR-228 and the PA Turnpike.