Things to do in Sewickley

Broad Street, inside Penguin Bookshop, Sewickley Hotel and The Sewickley Town Center Gazebo (all photos by Kate Buckley)

When it comes to charm, Sewickley has it, from its bustling “village” of a business district to a range of great amenities, all within walking distance.

Stats (via Niche)

  • Population: 3,852
  • Size: 1.14 sq. miles
  • Median Rent: $718
  • Median Home Value: $291,100

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Visitors can spend a fun afternoon browsing the boutiques and retail shops with a choice of good restaurants. Not to be missed: 424 Walnut, Vivo, Andorra, Mambo Italia, LULA and Cafe des Amis. Then there’s the Ultimate Pastry Shop which lives up to its name.

Situated 11 miles northeast of downtown on the Ohio River, this quaint borough of tree-lined streets with sidewalks is bordered by the neighboring boroughs of Edgeworth, Glen Osborne and, on the hill overlooking town, Sewickley Heights. Its name derives from a Native American word meaning “sweet water,” and some of the nearly 4,000 people living here have a lovely view of it. Its small size, 1 square mile, makes it an easy place to navigate on foot or by bike. The housing stock couldn’t be more diverse, from beautiful mansions and estates to gingerbread Victorians, small farmhouses, single family homes and plenty of apartments.

There’s even an urban legend to goes along with it. Locals believe that Sewickley is where the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses” originated, an expression bandied about in reference to a Mrs. Jones of Laughlin Steel who was known for relentlessly remodeling her once grand, now demolished, home.

Posturing aside, Sewickley is a grounded, well-maintained community, a point of pride for those living here. The streets are safe and crime is low: no one thinks twice about walking the dog on the streets late at night.

The amenities are plentiful too: blue-ribbon public school and a highly respected private school, a hospital, a community arts center, YMCA, public library, spaa school community center (just a few minutes away in Regent Square) and that’s just the beginning. Locals enjoy a wide selection of places to eat, drink, shop and buy a good book—a milieu so appealing that many in Pittsburgh are often inclined to make the drive to Sewickley.

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