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Pittsburgh’s “Secret” Housing Type: Patio Homes

Patio in Pittsburgh, PA

Whether you’re new to Pittsburgh or are more familiar with the area, you may not know about the unique housing options available — patio homes. That’s because the local listing search criteria doesn’t have “patio home” set aside as a home search feature.

So if you’re interested in a townhome, side-by-side duplex, or cluster home, you may be interested in a Pittsburgh patio home. Here’s what you should know about this “secret” housing type.

What’s a Patio Home?

Instead of having a traditional backyard with grass and landscape that you have to maintain by yourself, Pittsburgh patio homes have — you guessed it — patios.

The advantage to having a patio is that you don’t have to devote your time and energy into landscaping your yard. It’s already provided through a homeowners association. You don’t have to cut your grass, lay down mulch, trim the hedges, or do any of the exterior maintenance on your home.

How Does a Townhome Differ from a Patio Home?

In a way, patio homes are similar to townhomes. These homes are low-maintenance and offer a comfortable living arrangement for Pittsburgh residents.

But patio homes are less narrow than townhomes and have fewer stairs inside. And these residences only have a few units attached  — typically, patio homes are laid out in a side-by-side duplex style, row style, or quad back-to-back style.

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Pittsburgh’s Cluster Home Neighborhoods

Patio homes, also called cluster homes or carriage homes, are hard to search for in the West Penn MLS. Instead, you can search for a patio home within Allegheny and Washington County neighborhood developments:

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Discover plenty of Pittsburgh area neighborhoods offering patio homes for sale on our website.

Common Features in Pittsburgh Patio Homes

Despite having a search criteria, patio homes share common features which you can search for, including:

  • low to no maintenance
  • open floor plans
  • properties without basements
  • 1st floor master bedrooms
  • separated bedrooms and main living areas
  • 1.5 stories with upstairs guest bedroom

Interested in Buying or Selling a Patio Home?

The Blonar Team specializes in Pittsburgh patio homes. Not only do we know the area well and can help you find and purchase a patio home, we also know people who are searching for low-maintenance housing who would be interested in your patio home for sale.

Contact us at 724-942-1200 or to talk with us about buying or selling your patio home.

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