Things to do in Mt. Lebanon

Mt. Lebanon homes, Block 292, Rollier’s Hardware and Lincoln Elementary School (all photos by Tracy Certo)

Barely seven miles south of downtown, Mt. Lebanon is a first-ring suburb of Pittsburgh with plenty of attitude to boot.

Stats (via Niche)

  • Population: 32,865
  • Size: 6.08 sq. miles
  • Median Rent: $854
  • Median Home Value: $235,200

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Envied by many and misunderstood by a few, Lebo seems to have it all as a community in a compact six square miles. Blue Ribbon public schools with seven elementary schools—all walkable—are a particular point of pride. The high school just completed a major renovation to the tune of $113 million, with a new swimming pool and gymnasium.

Lebo, as many fondly call it, exudes a rare blend of sophistication and small-town charm, especially in the eclectic architectural mix of its neighborhoods. American Craftsman homes share driveways with stone colonials; Prairie and English Tudor styles stand side-by-side. There are plenty of apartments, condos and senior living, too, throughout the rolling hills.

It’s often said that more architects live here than in any other community in Pittsburgh.

For walkers (and runners), sidewalks connect to main thoroughfares and one of three business districts, including Washington Road and “Uptown,” home to great pancakes (Pamela’s), sushi (Little Tokyo), Napoli-style wood-fire pizza (Il Pizzaiola), authentic Mexican (Totopo), beer (Hitchhiker Brewing Co.), coffee (Orbis Caffe) and an intimate Thai restaurant (Thai Touch Kitchen). Beverly Rd is a small commercial hot spot with Cafe io, Bado’s Pizza Grill & Ale House, Barefoot Stitches & Gifts and Scoops on Beverly.

If that isn’t enough, the community also boasts beautiful clay tennis courts, an ice rink, a public pool, a nine-hole golf course (deemed a National Historic Landmark), the recently expanded St. Clair Hospital and a SpringHill Suites hotel.

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