It was either Pittsburgh or Paris, but somewhere between the two concepts, Beaver Falls fell into place. The city was chosen for the portrayal of the '80s sitcom, Mr. Belvedere. At the time, producers figured it fitted their model of a suburban community "moving into the up and coming, yet with the traditional spirit of the country [USA]." It pretty much sums up the current Beaver Falls.
The name Beaver Falls sounds more like a get-away resort town than a city. So it comes as no surprise that in the late 1800s, Beaver Falls's true claim to fame was the awesome falls that quickly became a scenic stopover for travelers in western Pennsylvania. Today, the city has grown into a suburban residential neighborhood with 8,967 residents in its plateau. Beaver Falls encompasses a total land mass of 2.1 square miles; if you consider big cities cold and unfriendly, this neighborhood will test how much closeness you can stand. As you can imagine, with its size, everyone in the community looks familiar and receives a warm greeting, giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "small talk."
Moving to Beaver Falls
Beaver is a tranquil town of rivers, rolling mountains, natural habitats and parks; all of that magic is but a bonus, since folks who relocate to Beaver Falls do so mainly for opportunities to work or be a part of its close-knit community. Commuting is also a dream in Beaver; the city has over 10 gateways to towns, cities and states to seek your fortune. Finding housing and serviced apartments in Beaver Falls requires some careful planning, since the housing stock here is, well, minuscule.
Start looking for apartment homes early -- like as soon as you discover you need to transplant yourself here. No need for an apartment finder; you can do your own research online. On site, find out what the rent covers, including whether it takes care of utilities or not. All-bills-paid apartments may be available in the neighborhood, and this is the time to ask.
The cost of living here is low; therefore, depending on where you are coming from, you might be able to save. Just bear in mind: two months' rent is needed upfront, pet policies often come with additional fees, and requiring proof of your ability to pay is standard.
Beaver Falls Neighborhoods
For a small city, you would think it doesn't matter where you live, but oh it does! It's the difference between big city access, lazy days by the river, and who your next door neighbors are.
Tank Alley: North of town and two minutes away on foot when traveling on 11th Street, this neighborhood has a walk score of 65. It's a good community to visit the salon and get some convenience items out of the way. A few rental apartments are also in the area, with one right across the street.
Sherman Alley: Two minutes east of the city by car, and also in a nice 'walkable' community, Sherman has a walk score of 63 and is near shops, parks and a school district. For a chance to stay fit, Steel Dragon Martial Arts, Reeves Stadium and Merriman Athletic Complex are in the area. You might be lucky to find a duplex for rent here, too!
Porter Avenue: Just 1.2 miles west of Beaver Falls and five minutes by car, this neighborhood has lovely homes and apartments for rent; the trade off is that it's a car-dependent area (walk score of 25) so most activities require a highway commute.
Living in Beaver Falls
Beaver Falls is a friendly home-style community with amazing access to several borders: Lawrence County, Allegheny County, Butler County, Washington County and the states of Ohio and West Virginia. If you love nature, hiking trails and water activities, Beaver Falls is a prize. Leisure days in town often involve one of the many scenic parks: Buttermilk Falls Park, Brush Creek Park, Brady's Run Park, Old Economy Park and Municipal Parks. Beaver Falls is a "small city with a big heart" welcoming those curious to join.