Welcome to Franklin Park
An affluent, upscale community with country charm
As a popular suburb of Pittsburgh, Franklin Park is considered one of the best places to live in West-Central Pennsylvania. While it is only 30 minutes north of the city, it seems worlds away with picturesque scenery, sprawling farms, rolling hills, and breathtaking views. The once-rural area has shed its old steel town history and transformed into an affluent community featuring beautifully landscaped properties, luxury housing, and award-winning schools. The nearby interstate makes getting to museums, sporting arenas, upscale shopping, and fine dining easily accessible. Franklin Park is an ideal location for commuting, with the international airport within easy driving distance.
What to Love
- Great schools
- Close to Downtown Pittsburgh
- A friendly and vibrant community
- Proximity to upscale amenities
- Beautiful natural settings
Franklin Park is mainly residential, with very little commercial activity. Nearby Wexford, located along the Route 19 corridor, is home to various restaurants, shopping, and entertainment venues. The neighboring community of Cranberry is less than 15 minutes from Franklin Park. Franklin Park creates an idyllic suburban setting. The area exudes a friendly vibe, and it is not unusual to see kids riding their bicycles down tree-lined, winding neighborhood streets.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The nearby Ross Park Mall offers upscale shopping with plenty of designer brand options, such as Louis Vuitton and Burberry. Entertainment options are limitless due to Franklin Park's proximity to downtown Pittsburgh.
Some of the best local dining options include Thorn Hill Tap House in Wexford, recently named the best new restaurant in Pittsburgh. This delightful eatery is a favorite with Franklin Park residents, offering fresh-pressed burgers made from a signature blend of brisket, chuck, and short rib.
Franklin Inn in Pittsburgh is another local favorite. This charming establishment serves homemade Mexican cuisine with gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan dishes. For 85 years, Hyeholde Restaurant has offered fine dining experiences in its surreal setting that includes four acres of gardens and cobblestone patios. The upscale eatery serves seasonal French-American meals and specialties that include elk striploin and a succulent rack of lamb.
Things to Do
Blueberry Hill Park in nearby Sewickley holds regularly scheduled community events and features pickleball courts, picnic shelters, a walking track, hiking trails, three elaborate playgrounds, and much more. Nestled close to the heart of Franklin Park, this premier park offers a host of outdoor leisure opportunities.
The Linbrook Woodlands Conservation Area is part of the Allegheny Land Trust and offers a popular 2.9-mile loop trail teeming with beautiful scenery and moderately challenging terrain. After a day spent hiking, relax at Clover Hill Golf Course. This 9-hole course is well-maintained and open year-round.
Soergel Orchards is a mainstay of Franklin Park, offering seasonal hayrides, a charming market for groceries and household goods, a playground for children, and Zippy, the area's friendliest pig. At Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary, visitors are encouraged to interact with the rescued animals at this stellar non-profit facility. For those looking for more animal interaction, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is the fourth-best zoo in the nation and is less than 15 miles from Franklin Park.
The North Allegheny School District is the #1 school district in Pittsburgh and among the best-rated in Pennsylvania, overseeing seven elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools in Franklin Park.
Franklin Elementary School, K-5, public, a top-rated public elementary school in the Pittsburgh area
Marshall Middle, Grades 6-8, public, rated #1 public middle school in the region, with high proficiency scores and a 13:1 student-teacher ratio
Sewickley Academy, PK-12, private, highly regarded public school
North Allegheny High School, 9-12, public, best public high school in Pittsburgh, ranked #2 for best high school athletes in Pennsylvania