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10 Low-Maintenance Communities That Should Be on Your House Hunting List

Finding a patio home in the Pittsburgh area can be like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.   Allegheny and Washington County both have a large population of baby boomers who are interested in downsizing to one floor low-maintenance living.  With our rolling terrain, the patio/villa type of home is in short supply, especially in an affordable price range.

Here’s a quick overview:  In general, patio homes include a 1st floor master bedroom suite, 1st floor laundry room, level entry and attached garages.  Some will have guest bedrooms on the 2nd floor.  Most are built on slabs although some will have basements.  Patio homes offer easy-to-maintain patios instead of traditional backyards. Even better, you don’t even have to worry about the lawn or landscaping; the homeowners association takes care of exterior maintenance for you.

Great! So Where Can I Find a Patio Home?

Unfortunately, the West Penn multi-list doesn’t have “patio homes” as a search criteria, so it can be difficult to find these types of homes on home search websites. But we’re here to help you find the home of your dreams in Greater Pittsburgh, and we’ve done all the research for you.

exterior of patio home in Peters Township PA

Cranmoor in Peters Township

Location: Washington County
Price Range: $180,000 – $280,000
Sq.Ft. Range: 1,000 – 2,750

Cranmoor is a lovely patio home/townhouse community tucked just 16 miles south of Downtown Pittsburgh. As part of the monthly HOA fee, the association takes care of your lawn, snow removal, landscaping, and roof and exterior maintenance. Cranmoor amenities include a community building, community swimming pool and tennis court.

Evergreen Village in Peters Township

oversized kitchen in patio home

231 Village Green Drive has a large kitchen that opens to the living room and dining room.

Location: Washington County
Price Range
: $350,000 – $450,000
Sq.Ft. Range: 1,923 – 2,668

Evergreen Village is another gem located in Peters Township and its patio homes are newer than Cranmoor. This community offers single-level living, as the master bedroom and laundry room are both located on the first floor. Outside, the units feature spacious patios and attached garages, while on the inside they offer an open floor plan and large windows to bring in natural light.

231 Village Green Drive is a great example of the layout of a patio home in Evergreen Village. It offers a spacious eat-in kitchen, family room with vaulted ceilings, and a first-floor master bedroom suite.  It was professionally decorated and shows like a model home.

Hickory on the Green patio homeHickory on the Green in South Fayette Township

Location: West Allegheny County
Price Range: $140,000 – $240,000+
Sq.Ft. Range: 1,464 – 2,500

Hickory on the Green offers both townhomes and patio homes, but the patio homes are 1.5 stories with 2-3 bedrooms, spacious open floor plans, and vaulted ceilings. This community is sought-after because it overlooks the Hickory Heights Golf Course and is on the I 79 corridor.

King’s School Village in Bethel Park

patio home in Bethel ParkLocation: South Allegheny County
Price Range: $130,000-200,000+
Sq.Ft. Range: 1,064 – 2,091

This charming community features contemporary properties with first-level master suites (ideal for single-story living), 2-3 bedrooms, and patios or decks.

Not only does King’s School Village offer spacious patio homes and affordable townhouses, it also boasts a convenient location near parks and trails, shopping malls, and the “T” line to Downtown Pittsburgh.

Steeplechase in Whitehall Borough

covered patio in Pittsburgh homeLocation: South Allegheny County
Price Range: $180,000 – $300,000+
Sq.Ft. Range: 1,200 – 2,000

Just a few miles from Downtown Pittsburgh, the Steeplechase community is convenient to Rt. 88 and Rt. 51 and the “T” for an easy commute. As far as amenities go, its patio homes offer first-floor master suites, open floor plans, private patios, and fully equipped kitchens.  Townhouses are also available in Steeplechase.

Summit Ridge in Collier Township

patio home in Colliers TownshipLocation: West Allegheny County
Price Range: $240,000 – $260,000
Sq.Ft. Range: 1,854 – 2,003

Summit Ridge is known for its ample lawn space and true one-level living. Most of its patio homes feature master suites and laundry rooms on the first floor, with additional bedrooms on the second. Bamboo floors and high-end bathroom fixtures are just a few of the details that residents love.

Villas of Arden Mills in Chartiers Township

beautiful patio home in Washington CountyLocation: Washington County
Price Range: $220,000 – $300,000
Sq.Ft. Range: 1,426 – 2,119

Though a little further from Downtown Pittsburgh than many of the communities on our list, Villas of Arden Mills is worth it for the amenities. This patio home community typically offers spacious 2-3 bedroom properties, eat-in kitchens, large patios, and amenities like a pool and exercise room. Plus, it’s close to Rt. 19, I-79, and a plethora of attractions in Washington county.

Villas on the Green in South Strabane Township

spacious patio home near PittsburghLocation: Washington County
Price Range: $220,000 – $260,000
Sq.Ft. Range: 1,592 – 1,865

Villas on the Green has it all: roomy patio homes, low-maintenance living, a spot right next to the Golf Club of Washington, and easy access to shopping, dining, and attractions in nearby Houston, Canonsburg and McMurray.

Waterdam Farms in North Strabane Township

large patio home with beautiful landscapingLocation: Washington County
Price Range: $300,000 – $400,000+
Sq.Ft. Range: 2,100 – 2,600

All landscaping services, roof and gutter maintenance, insurance, grass cutting, and snow removal are taken care of through the association at Waterdam Farms. In addition to the low-maintenance lifestyle, Waterdam Farms is popular for its ideal location and prestigious homes.

Woodridge in Mt. Lebanon Borough

Tudor-style patio home in Mt Lebanon PALocation: South Allegheny County
Price Range: $190,000 – $600,000
Sq.Ft. Range: 1,900 – 2,20

Last but certainly not least, Woodridge is a top pick for its park-like setting, convenience to Downtown Pittsburgh, spacious Tudor-style patio homes and townhouses with hardwood floors and wooded views, and access to amenities like a pool and clubhouse.

Let’s Find You a Beautiful Patio Home

There are other patio home communities in the Greater Pittsburgh area, but these ten are worth your consideration when searching for your next home. We’re experts when it comes to finding you the perfect patio home in the best location, so if you’re considering a home in one of these communities, talk to us.  Inventory is low but we’ve been beating the bushes to find just the right properties for our patio home buyers.  We’d love to help you, too!  Give us a call at 724-344-4795.

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