Things to do in Point Breeze

Passing through this wooded enclave on the eastern side of Pittsburgh, with a mix of architectural styles including ranch, stone and mansions, you can easily imagine Annie Dillard flying down the sidewalk or “whipping a snowball at a car and having it hit straight on.”

Dillard’s hymn to her hometown and Point Breeze in “An American Childhood” captures this charming residential neighborhood in all its glory. With 5,755 residents, the attractive one square-mile community is surrounded by Frick Park as well as the neighborhoods of Regent Square, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Homewood, and Wilkinsburg.

North Point Breeze, just north of Penn Avenue and part of Point Breeze, is less upscale and generally considered a neighborhood unto its own.

Point Breeze is a compact package, with attractive houses that sit back off the quiet streets with mature trees, manicured lawns and beautiful gardens. The predominant feature, of course, is the mansion belonging to Henry Clay Frick, known as “Clayton,” a part of the 5.5-acre campus that includes the Frick Art & Historical Center and Frick Park.

A quaint business district anchors the community, offering professional services and dry cleaning along with the beloved Point Brugge Café, known for its signature dish of steaming bowls of mussels doused in garlic and those fabulous fries aka pommes frites.

Also worth a trip is the intimate Pino smack in the middle of the small but sweet business district offering Italian food and an inviting bar.

Point Breeze is also home to popular public schools including Linden International Magnet for K-5 and Allderdice High School, 9-12, which is in neighboring Squirrel Hill. Several private schools are nearby including St. Bede School and the Pittsburgh New Church School, the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the Shady Side Academy Junior School.

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