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  1. Decorated Kingsmill model home to open at Stafford Park in Robinson Township

    Stafford Park, centrally located in Robinson Township, offers home sites up to ½ acre in size and six unique floor plans to choose from.  The community is located across the street from Clever Park & Pool and has top shopping centers nearby.  Robinson Town Centre, offering familiar hot spots such as IKEA, Settlers Ridge and the Mall at Robinson, are all within 10 minutes from Stafford Park.Kingsmill Model

    Clever Park also has a playground and a ball field along with volleyball, basketball and tennis courts.  Several golf courses, fine restaurants and superb entertainment options are in the area as well.

    The decorated Kingsmill model home will have its Grand Opening at Stafford Park (101 Stafford Drive – McKees Rocks, PA 15136) on Saturday, February 8th from noon until 4pm.

    The decorated Kingsmill model features 4,062 square feet of living space, 5 bedrooms and 4 and one-half bathrooms. Step into the dramatic two-story entrance foyer and prepare to be impressed by this remarkable home. A formal tray ceiling dining room, home office and laundry room are on the main level. An expansive center-island kitchen with an eat-in dinette is adjacent to the family room – enhanced with a cozy fireplace. The luxurious master suite includes two oversized walk-in closets and a spa-like personal bath featuring a dual-sink vanity along with a separate shower and a corner soaking tub. The lower level features a finished basement with a media room, wet bar and a full bath.

    Buyers in Stafford Park will benefit from standard features including 9-foot ceilings on the first and second floors, hardwood flooring in kitchen, foyer, powder room & 1st floor hall, ceramic floors in master bathroom, granite countertops in kitchen and crown moulding for an extra touch of luxury.

  2. Top 8 Biggest & Most Expensive Houses In Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh SkylinePittsburgh is a city that has well-planted roots in the history of its nation. In its time, the city has seen many incredibly wealthy individuals and families residing within its limits. Those families and individuals built grand estates that remain standing today, in one form or another. Along with the historic mansions, there are modern homes that give the old mansions a fair competition. We’ve listed the 8 biggest and most expensive houses and mansions in Pittsburgh for you to fantasize about living in one day. We’d like to warn you ahead of time that many of these properties are no longer on the market.” Enjoy!


    1. The King Estate “Baywood” – $2.1 million

    The King Estate was built in Highland Park in 1869 for Civil War Veteran, General James Scott Negley. Alexander King, an Irish imigrant glass manufacturer, bought the home in the 1870′s. The house burned in 1879 and we rebuilt in 1880. In the 1950′s, the city of Pittsburgh took possession of the mansion and did not appreciate the beauty of the home. Its hardwood floors were covered with tile, interior painted black and white, and chandeliers replaced with track lighting. The King Estate was in poor condition, though not structurally. In 1994, new owners purchased the mansion and vowed to restore it. Today, The King Estate has its original wainscoting, sconces, ceilings, wall murals, and many other elements that were originally a part of the homes character.


  3. Pittsburgh Holiday Lights and Decorations for Families

    Kennywood Photo from the Post-Gazette

    Hartwood Acres cancelled the holiday lights again this year, which leaves Pittsburghers scratching their heads. Now where should we go to gaze at lights and get into the holiday spirit?

    Luckily, that’s where we come in. Here is a list of places to find great light displays.

    Holiday Lights In and Around Pittsburgh

    • Kennywood hosts the 12 Nights of Holiday Lights each weekend through December 22nd from 5-9 at night.
    • Overly’s Country Christmas has lots of holiday spirit, including lots of Christmas lights in their beautiful Christmas Village.  The cost is $12 to $15 per car depending on the day and is open until January 1st.
    • Christmas Light Up Celebration in Clinton is a smaller display, but very affordable, accessible and always a crowd pleaser. It is open from 5-10 each evening through January 5th.
    • Oglebay in Wheeling is well worth the trip if you don’t mind a short drive. Oglebay is open until 10 on weeknight and 11 on Friday and Saturday. It also wraps up on January 5th.
    • Hozak Farms does not have quite the same spread, but they do offer a very popular Christmas Barn with lots of decorations and holiday cheer. You might even find some good Christmas music.

    Did we miss any great holiday displays around Pittsburgh? Please let us know by visiting the Heartland Facebook page

    If you plan to hang holiday lights of your own this year, we recommend this video and article about how to properly hang lights.

  4. New Home Trends for 2014 Looking Up for Pittsburgh Real Estate

    Homes for sale outside of Pittsburgh, PA

    People turn to Google five billion times each day to ask for help finding a slice of pizza, comparing prices on digital cameras and discovering the name of that one actor on New Girl. They use it for everything, including buying a new home.

    It has been an exciting year for home builders around the country, especially Heartland Homes in Pittsburgh, so we became curious about what Google witnessed during the renewed real estate optimism. Using Google Trends, we were able to graph the frequency that people shopped for homes in 2013.

    The results are not surprising, but very encouraging as each summer since 2011 had a higher trend than the prior. This should make both buyers and sellers excited for the 2013 season, which looks from the graph to begin as early as January. See what we mean by examining the search volume graphs for the entire United States, Pennsylvania and Greater Pittsburgh. The search term that we tracked was “Homes for sale.”

    Homes for Sale Around the US

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    Homes for Sale in Pennsylvania

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    Homes for Sale in Pittsburgh

    Real estate trends in Pittsburgh

    See what we mean? This is exciting for the real estate and hopefullly a sign of great things to come in 2014. Luckily, these are not the only favorable signs for home buyers in Western Pennsylvania. We used housing data from several sources to construct a real estate infographic about trends in the area.

    And it’s not confined to Pittsburgh. A MoneyWatch story echos the same ideas illustrated in the graphs. What they refer to as “Second Tier Cities,” which we call “Amazing Places Like Pittsburgh,” are poised to experience the most housing growth. Part of that interest comes from younger home buyers, who waited out economic downturn in rental properties.

    If you and your family have moving on the mind this year, it might also be helpful to review the best Pittsburgh suburbs as voted by area citizens. There are lots of great communities for families in the Pittsburgh area.






  5. Southpointe’s Newest Community Set for Opening

    Ironwood II, a new home community in Southpointe, hosted a preview event on December 5th at the Southpointe Golf Club for interested prospects and realtors.  Despite the inclement weather, a large number of people received an introduction on the first 11 home sites being released at the community, while enjoying hors d’ouvres, drinks and desserts.Ironwood II Preview Event

    All 11 home sites are at minimum a half-acre in size and some up to nearly a full acre.  Along with being spacious, the home sites are private and in close proximity to I-79, fine dining and attractions like Sarris Candies, Tanger Outlets and The Meadows Casino.

    New homes in Ironwood II come well-appointed from the $500s and include granite kitchen & master bathroom countertops, kitchen island, hardwood flooring in kitchen, powder room, foyer & 1st floor hall, stainless steel appliances and more.

    The community site map for the initial phase was released at the preview event and is now available on the Heartland Homes website.

    The community will have its Grand Release on Saturday, December 14th from noon – 4pm at the Summerbrooke community model home in Canonsburg.  Click here for turn-by-turn directions to Summerbrooke.

    Anyone interested in learning more about Ironwood II or in setting up a one-one-one appointment, are urged to call Jodie, Heartland’s new home specialist at 724-949-0079.

  6. Two Diamond Series Model Homes Hosting Grand Openings

    Remington Place & Empress Model Homes

    Incomparable high-end details, spacious master retreats & gourmet kitchens are just some of the features included in all Heartland Diamond Series homes. The Empress and the Remington Place home designs are two of the floor plans showcased in the recently released series. These two, will be the first of its kind to open its doors on Saturday, December 14 from noon – 6pm.

    Decorated Mantle of the Stonebridge Model Home The Remington Place decorated model home is located in the Stonebridge community in Hampton Township. The 5,737 square foot home has a number of luxurious features including a three-side brick exterior and three-car side entry garage. The interior is truly a must-see – the kitchen dons a large gourmet island, unique and stylish maple cabinets and granite countertops. The spacious master retreat includes a sitting area and covered porch while the master bathroom includes a soaking tub, ceramic shower, dual vanities and more! The home has a finished basement with wet bar, media room, office and full bathroom.

    The Empress decorated model home is located in the Berkley Ridge community in South Fayette Township. The 4,317 square foot home is also brick front, and features a unique blend of accent bricks and also has a three-car side entry garage. The master suite of the Empress model home has a Living Room of the Berkley Ridge Modelsitting area and large walk-in closet. The luxurious kitchen, which features stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors, leads into the morning room and is open to the family room, which includes a fireplace with stone surround. The basement is finished and it too includes a wet bar and a must-see recreation room.

    Both models will be open to the public on Saturday, December 14th from noon – 6pm.

    Click here for turn-by-turn directions to the Empress Model at Berkley Ridge in South Fayette.
    Click here for turn-by-turn directions to the Remington Place Model at Stonebridge in Hampton.

  7. 2013 Thanksgiving Activities for Families

    It’s time for another exciting Thanksgiving season in Pittsburgh with no shortage of holiday events for the whole family. This is a list in progress so be sure to check back as we update it with the latest events.

    We organized it by region so it is easier to find the activities that are taking place closest to you. The three regions are:

    1. The North Hills
    2. The East End and downtown Pittsburgh
    3. The West End and South Hills

    Lastly, thanks so much for visiting us. Heartland Homes wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday. Enjoy the season and stay warm!

    North Hills Activities

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  8. Best Suburb of Pittsburgh to Raise a Family?

    Finding the right suburb of Pittsburgh to raise a family can feel like a lot of pressure. Unless you know someone from every borough and township around the city, how are you to really know what it’s like there?

    This article makes that decision a little easier. We have set out to determine the best suburb to raise a family by asking the residents of the communities themselves. Who better, right?

    Which Greater Pittsburgh Township is the Favorite?

    We had 499 people from around the city participate in a survey to determine the favorite suburb for families and asked township staff for their opinions, too. Their specific comments are at the bottom of the page.

    Everyone else’s vote was cast through an online form. Here are the survey results as well as some information about each community.


  9. Greater Pittsburgh Halloween Trick-or-Treat Times

    Halloween 2013 is just around the corner. As you go to carve your pumpkins and paint your face, confirm the dates and times for communities around your house. It’s going to be another great year in Pittsburgh!

    Click to View Trick-or-Treat Times by Date or Location

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    halloween times by greater Pittsburgh location
    You can click the buttons above to jump to trick-or-treat times by date or borough, or simply scroll down to see both. If we missed an important event or you spotted a correction, please send us more information by CLICKING HERE and submitting the form. Thanks so much for your help and have a wonderful, safe Halloween this year!


  10. The Overlook at Southpointe VIP Preview Party


    The visual aesthetic of Canonsburg perfectly complements the family-friendly appeal of this quiet town and gives homeowners a supreme balance between city and small town life.  Both I-79 and Route 19 pass through town, a big-time convenience for commuters. Canonsburg is just 18 miles southwest of Pittsburgh and is home to the Canon-McMillan School District, as well as Sarris Candies and the Icoplex at Southpointe.Untitled-1

    The Overlook at Southpointe – Pittsburgh’s most anticipated community – will feature all new luxury homes designs to choose from. These luxury homes designs come standard with  9’ ceilings on all floors, crown moulding, built-in GE stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, kitchen islands, maple kitchen cabinets, fireplace in family room, ceramic & hardwood flooring and much more!

    Receive exclusive information including home site release dates, home site details, detailed floor plans, site map layout and pricing. Meet the Heartland Homes team in a relaxed setting and enjoy drinks & hors d’ouvres. Schedule a personal one-on-one appointment and have first opportunity to reserve your new perfect home site.

    The VIP Preview Party for The Overlook at Southpointe will be held at Southpointe Golf Club (360 Southpointe Blvd. – Canonsburg, PA 15017) on Thursday, October 17th from 5:30 – 7:30pm.


    The Overlook at Southpointe Community Video

    Click here for more community details.