- Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
Pleasant Hills Reviews
Rating 3.65 out of 5 34 reviews
Pleasant Hills is a great community to raise a family. However, the lack of diversity is honestly disgusting.
Pleasant Hills is a wonderful and friendly environment. People are usually engaging with their neighbors and peers or are enjoying different activities around the area. Small shopping centers are located frequently around here, and is easy to get to other places from the area.
I like living here. I like going to school here and the people are friendly. They just built a new high school and it is incredible.
Pleasant Hills is a nice suburb of Pittsburgh for raising a family. It is a safe environment, with mostly single family homes and friendly atmosphere. The homes are older but well maintained and people take pride in keeping their yards up. It is a middle class, somewhat conservative community. There is easy access via Rt. 51 to city activities. We lived in Pleasant Hills for 24 years and have kept close ties in our old neighborhood since a job opportunity moved us across country a decade ago. The economy and real estate market have remained relatively stable in Pleasant Hills while the rest of the country has experienced dramatic swings. The cost of living is quite reasonable there also. The community is very appropriately named!
Beautiful homes in all different price ranges, schools are rated good and the new high school is opening this fall. We have great championship sports teams for our Highschool/school district which is know as TJ but officially is West Jefferson Hills SD. We 5 mins to the beautiful South Park with bike trails, playground, dog park and wave pools. We’re are starting to get a lot of new restaurants and a new Fresh thyme market.
Everyone is kind. You can see people walking around with their families and pets frequently. If you greet someone they will greet you back, however, I do not know any of my neighbors names. No one makes an attempt to actually engage with each other. Other than walking the streets, no one is ever in their yard. Everyone is secluded. When it comes to community events, they're mainly for children. No one attends them unless they are children or their parents. Organizations or the schools host the events, and the events rarely have community volunteers outside of parents.
There are rarely any police patrolling the area. People frequently speed around my street. As stated prior, there is a prominent drug problem in my community that seems to be brushed under the rug. In some public places, such as a local park that has hiking trails, hikers constantly graffiti and damage the terrain with dirt bikes. Though I've witnessed countless people doing so, I have never witnessed any police attempt to stop it. Safety wise, however, my community is very safe. There have never been any notable violent or mysterious crimes and the area is very much child friendly. My only concern towards safety is that there are very few sidewalks; none on the back roads and only a single one on the main road. The main road sidewalk is rather damaged, as well.
My neighborhood has always provided me with a safe and interesting environment. I have the access to libraries, parks, stores, and community events. Though the city is not in walking distance, the drive is only around a half hour. I love my small community of Pleasant Hills. Despite this love, the community has recently tried to create more and more housing; which is good for the residency but it decreases the once abundant nature and causes an increase in construction noise. As a teenager, I also notice the amount of fellow classmates in my area who have been exposed to or have experimented with drugs. There seems to be a lack of security when it comes to drug use. Despite this, I have never heard of any violent crime occurring in Pleasant Hills and have always felt confident and comfortable in my area.
Quality of housing is very good. Affordable. Really nice variety of home types. No problems with vacant or abandoned properties.
I'm a widow with 2 children, and so I'm hyper-sensitive to how secure we feel. Pleasant Hills is just terrific. Great police presence and support.
Coming from a very affluent community as a child, Pleasant Hills is more average middle class. I feel this community is not very diverse. I wish for my kids' sake that it was more diverse. I wish it was not a suburb that was dominated by car travel. I wish we had sidewalks so people didn't have to take risks by walking in the street. Our community will be building a new school soon, and that will be very energizing.
There is nothing to be worried about consisting of crime, the worst you will get is a bunch of teenagers having an underage drinking party which could easily be busted because the police don't have much else to worry about. The only complaint would be our roads, they are constantly under construction because of wear and tear from the winters, but I suppose that's just the northern states.
This area is basically an average suburban life, we all grow up in the same elementary schools and meet up in middle school and high school, everyone is fairly friendly. I have never felt unsafe here whatsoever. I'm sure the high school building is just going to be wonderful in a few years when they build the new building, I believe that West Jefferson Hills will be looked at differently after this construction and will be held up higher.
The community is very sports-centric. They are nice people who attempt to have community days, block parties, and other social gatherings.
If you have a car in the area you'll be fine. If not you'll have trouble getting anywhere there isn't a bus stop. There are a surprising lack of sidewalks so walking is extremely dangerous in some places.
People will smile if you pass, but most of the time that is the most interaction you will have with a stranger.
Our area is unique in the fact that there appears to be little planning with property. A mini mansion could neighbor a modest three bedroom home.