Lower Burrell: One of the youngest cities in the state of Pennsylvania, established in 1959.
Part of the greater Pittsburgh area, Lower Burrell is located to the northeast of the city. It is a quiet little town, mostly residential but with a handful of commercial and small industrial outfits. It is sleepy and scenic, with the feel of a town that's been in existence much longer than it actually has.
Moving to Lower Burrell
Lower Burrell is a heavily residential area, and many of the residences are owner-occupied, so you'll need a good head start and give it plenty of lead time if you want to be able to be choosy. Make sure you have good references lined up and your paperwork prepared. On the bright side, you won't have to save up all that much for a security deposit, even if the landlord asks three months' worth -- rent in Lower Burrell is considered low even by Pennsylvania standards.
A particularly notable piece of information for when you're looking for a rental home in Lower Burrell is that a full three-quarters of the residences in the city are single-family detached houses, so if you're looking for one of them, you're in luck. If not, you'll just have to look a little harder. This also means that you are quite unlikely to find luxury apartments, although you can find some really nice houses for rent.
As mentioned before, Lower Burrell was not incorporated as a city until 1959, and you'll see this in the residences -- over half of the buildings in town were built in that era. The good news? No ancient houses. The bad news? If you don't like the architecture of that era, you won't like most of the buildings you'll see on a daily basis.
When it comes to getting around town, you'll be on your own in Lower Burrell. Westmoreland Transit provides some sparse routes in and out of the city, but buses don't run too often. On top of that, Lower Burrell is spread out, to the point that walking anywhere is fairly inconvenient, and biking is tolerable at best. So get yourself a car, and make sure you find a place to park it.
Neighborhoods of Lower Burrell
Lower Burrell has just three main neighborhoods, since the town is pretty cozy. However, since the city is so young, there are a number of different kinds of areas to discover.
Edgecliff: Rubbing up against the Allegheny, this is a great neighborhood for outdoorsy types, as well as for renters. Start your apartment search here by checking out the two- or one-bedroom apartments at Maple Ridge Apartments, the sole apartment complex in the neighborhood.
City Center: The most populated area of the city, it is still mainly composed of single-family houses and features the most small businesses, particularly when it comes to restaurants. Villa Ballanca features some top-notch Italian cuisine, while Mogie's Irish Pub is a bit short on Irish but has plenty of solid pub food.
Kinloch: The southern end of the city, Kinloch is the most rural neighborhood. It is most definitely not good for folks who want to walk or bike anywhere -- you'll need a car to get around. It also has the least appeal for renters, as finding rental housing here is incredibly rare.
Living in Lower Burrell
Head out to the local links and spoil a good walk with some hacking and slashing along the par threes and fours of the Hill Crest Country Club. If you're up for heading out of town, there are a number of other courses in the vicinity, including Willowbrook Country Club and Oak Lake Golf Course. If you prefer to be a bit more active, hit the trails in the number of parks around town, or drop a line into the Allegheny and see about the fish biting. You can also take a canoe or boat out, but make sure to be careful, and wear your life jacket.
Lower Burrell doesn't do much in terms of festivities. With Pittsburgh so close, many of the residents prefer to head into the city for their food, sports, and entertainment. The city does have the usual parades on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, and everyone comes out for the Christmas season. Burrell also celebrates Recycling Day twice a year, so residents can dispose of goods in an environmentally ethical manner.
Shopping around Lower Burrell is fairly limited; there are mainly regional chain stores, which are located in shopping malls. The center part of the city has a handful of small local stores, but if you want a great choice, you'll need to head out of town.