Things to do in Crafton

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Seven miles west of downtown, you’ll find historic Victorian homes, boutique shops, a community farm and a 10.73-acre park — all within the borough of Crafton.

Stats (via Niche)

  • Population: 5,899
  • Size: 1.14 sq. miles
  • Medium Rent: $749
  • Medium Home Value: $117,220

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Crafton was incorporated in 1892 and today nearly 6,000 people call the 1.14 square-mile borough home. They enjoy an impressive array of public attractions and services, including a community farm (established in summer 2015), a public swimming pool and a community center. Crafton Park is particularly beloved for its bocci ball court, ball fields, playground and summer concert series.

Factor in Crafton Elementary School, with its above-average testing scores, and it’s no surprise that many young families choose to reside in this welcoming borough. They showcase their community pride every summer during the aptly named Crafton Celebrates, a five-day festival that kicks off with a parade.

Sisters Floral Designs. Photo by Jodi Tandet.

There’s plenty of quirky goods and tasty foods to be found in this tight-knit borough with a small-town feel. People of all ages and appetites dine at and delight in Sarafino’s Homestyle Italian, a destination for those in the know.

Other food options include:  Crafton Ice Cream Delite, Hanlon’s Cafe and Big Daddy’s Donuts. Adults can also savor the offerings at D & O Wine Cellars, Crafton Beverage Center and the Circle Inn (a bar).

And residents can conveniently shop for groceries, thanks to Giant Eagle, Save-A-Lot and Market Fresh Meats, all located within the recently remolded Crafton Ingram Shopping Center, which also boasts Crafton Ingram Lanes and Wright’s Gym, known for offering classes in Krav Maga, Jiu-Jitsu and other self-defense techniques.

A few walkable blocks away, you’ll find several charming businesses with bright interior designs and friendly staff. Sisters Floral Design is a custom florist indeed owned by sisters, and Better Than Honey and Lynn & Barrett are women’s clothing boutiques that also sell their collections online.

27 N. Emily St., Crafton

Fast Facts

Crafton has six land borders: Ingram to the north, Crafton Heights to the northeast, Westwood to the east, Oakwood and East Carnegie to the south and Fairywood to the northwest.

Former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher was born and raised in Crafton.

Crafton was incorporated in 1892 thanks to the Craft family. The State of Pennsylvania awarded James S. Craft, a frontier attorney, a grant of land after he completed his education. Craft then sold the property, which eventually became Oakland, and used the earnings to purchase additional nearby land, which his son Charles Craft divided into lots and submitted to the Allegheny Courthouse with the name Crafton.

Crafton was named the “Best Place to Raise Kids in Pennsylvania” by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2011.

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