Pleasant Hills is home to Bear's Retreat, a historic log cabin that dates all the way back to 1794!
Pleasant Hills is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, with a population of 8,268 people. It's a quaint town that only covers about 2.7 square miles on the map, so even though the population is somewhat slight, you'll still feel close to all your neighbors. It's a great place to find an apartment and there are many an apartment complex within the borough limits. It's bordered by Baldwin, West Mifflin, Jefferson Hills and South Park so there are a lot of other options if you get a little bored hanging out in Pleasant Hills. With so many friendly people and lots of shops and restaurants, however, chances are you won't feel bored too often.
Moving to Pleasant Hills
If you're planning to look for apartment homes in Pleasant Hills, now is a great time to start looking! There are a good amount of rental homes available here, along with a whole bunch of single-family homes in the small subdivisions of the town. A lot of people are drawn to this area because it's a more comfortable alternative to living in the busy city of Pittsburgh. The commute time is short and it's fairly easy to find city apartments here. Once you've decided that this is where you want to move, you can start contacting landlords and scheduling appointments to see different places. When it comes to apartment viewings, the more the merrier! Try to get a good sense of what is available in the area and what the prices are for living in different parts of Pleasant Hills. You'll also want to take into account commuting times if you need to drive elsewhere for work. Living closer to the highway will reduce the amount of time you're spending in the car everyday.
What you'll need: In order to move to Pleasant Hills, you're going to want to get together all the documents that your landlord needs to see in order to get the application process rolling. This includes your proof of income, references, and credit history. Having all of this together from the start can definitely help you jumpstart the process and get you moved in more quickly. And definitely bring your checkbook wherever you go. You'll want to be sure that you can put down a deposit if you find a place you really really love. Just be sure to ask your landlord, or your neighbors if possible, as many questions as possible about the neighborhood and what you can expect from it before you head there so you know what to expect.
Pleasant Hills is a tiny town but you'll still need to decide where to live within its boundaries. Here's a description of the general areas of town and what you can expect to find there:
South Pleasant Hills: The south part of Pleasant Hills is a little less populated than the rest of the town. It's the furthest from Pittsburgh and has a few small subdivisions with single-family homes but not too much in the way of rentals.
Town Center: Living in the center of Pleasant Hills means being right off the highway so you can commute to work very easily. There are also a number of malls, bars and restaurants, like the Baltimore House and Yu's Old Town Buffet.
North Pleasant Hills: The north side of town is comprised of a few small subdivisions and the Pleasant Hills Arboretum. It's a great place to live if you like living near a park and having access to outdoorsy fun!
Living in Pleasant Hills
Life here is pretty quaint. You have all the great things you need in a small town, like a Kmart, Walgreens, Target, strip-malls and chain restaurants, and you're also right on the highway that can zip you into Pittsburgh for everything that Pleasant Hills might lack. It's also surrounded by beautiful countryside and is just overall a super pleasant place to live, like the name suggests. You'll also be only a short distance from Harrisburg, which has everything you could need. Being located near the local Allegheny airport, and only about half an hour from Pittsburgh International Airport, and off the major highways in the area (I-76, I-78 and I-84 are all located nearby) means that you're right in the center of all the action.