Welcome to Bethel Park
Located close to the T-Line, Bethel Park is a suburb of Pittsburgh that offers residents a low-key lifestyle.
Located just seven miles from Downtown Pittsburgh, Bethel Park is referred to as a municipality and features a population of around 33,000. The area features Rocky Ridge with its high point of 1,370 feet.
Bethel Park was originally settled in 1800 as Bethel Township. In 1949, it was incorporated as Bethel Park and became a home rule municipality in 1978. A notable historical event occurred in 1927 when an armored car was robbed by the “Flatheads” gang, who used dynamite to destroy the road and disable the vehicle.
The typical home value in Bethel Park is $237,678. Values have gone up approximately 9.7% in the past year, and real estate experts anticipate they will grow by another 10% in 2021. Bethel Park offers a variety of housing options from single-family homes, townhomes, and luxury new construction.
What to Love
- South Hills Village Mall offers residents a variety of shopping and dining options such as Aerie, bareMinerals, Bonefish Grill, and Noodles & Company
- Bethel Bakery is the perfect option for those who have unique cakes, paczki, and Steelers-themed baked treats
- Spoonwood Brewing Company is a popular after-work and weekend hangout featuring a 15-barrel brewhouse with 12 taps as well as wood-fired oven food selections
People & Lifestyle
Bethel Park is an ideal location for growing families who want a quieter suburban lifestyle yet still want easy access to the opportunities and excitement of downtown Pittsburgh. Active families can enjoy trails and parks as well as plenty of holiday and seasonal events.
Bethel Park’s residents have a median age of 42 with a large number of families with children who love the area due to its multiple outdoor entertainment features and excellent school systems. The community of Bethel Park is close-knit, friendly, and welcoming to new residents.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Bethel Park has plenty of dining options. Families love Pasta Too
for traditional Italian food in a casual setting. Co-workers head to Spoonwood Brewery after work, and friends gather here on the weekends to try out a seasonal brew, munch on a wood-fired pizza, or enjoy the Tuesday boneless wing special.
South Hills Village Mall attracts the younger generation that can hang out at the food court and pop into popular shops like DSW, Forever 21, or Hollister. For those who want a more traditional shopping experience, the South Park Shops
have been part of the community for more than 60 years and offers the ideal atmosphere for friends to meet up for a shopping trip.
Things to Do
Bethel Park is an ideal community for those who enjoy outdoor activities. Montour Trail
features miles of walking paths, while South Park Skating Rink
is a wintertime favorite for all. The South Park and Game Preserve is another fun option. It’s a 2,000-acre county park featuring geese, peacocks, and ducks, as well as tennis courts, a wave pool, and a nature center.
October is always a fun month in Bethel Park, as residents and guests can visit the Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House
, Pittsburgh’s top-rated haunted house. With six themed haunted house sections, as well as escape rooms, a beer garden, and burial simulators, Hundred Acres Manor is a spooky favorite.
Bethel Park is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- William Penn Elementary School, for kids grades K-4, has an overall Niche.com rating of A
- Independence Middle School is for kids in grades 7-8 and is ranked #14 in Best Public Middle Schools in the Pittsburgh area
- Bethel Park High School, for those in grades 9-12, is ranked above average and has a small student-to-teacher ratio of 14:1