Welcome to McCandless

Gorgeous suburban setting only 15 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh
Located in the North Hills region of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the community of McCandless offers easy access to downtown, a top-rated school district, an impressive park system, and a welcoming and friendly community feel. Ranked by Money magazine as one of the best places to live, McCandless offers an idyllic suburban setting with upscale urban amenities only a short drive away. Over the past decade, the area has seen considerable commercial growth, with new shopping, dining, and entertainment options rising to meet the needs of residents.
With Franklin Park to the west, Pine Township to the north, and a strategic location directly on the Allegheny Plateau, McCandless offers gorgeous, hilly terrain in a central area close to world-class conveniences. Home styles vary here, ranging from mid-century estates to modern luxury mansions and everything else in between.

What to Love

  • An exceptional regional park
  • Only 15 minutes to downtown Pittsburgh
  • Top-rated school district
  • Access to high-end shopping and fine dining
  • Tight-knit suburban community

Local Lifestyle

Regardless of the time of year, community picnics, parades, and annual festivals are the norm in McCandless. This picturesque town has strong community ties, with a focus on encouraging a healthy lifestyle. With one of the best regional parks in Pittsburgh, McCandless residents can enjoy year-round outdoor activities. Locals here enjoy spending time outside or gathering with friends and family at local restaurants. McCandless has a laid-back atmosphere.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

In Pittsburgh, people enjoy eating great food and making great memories. At McCandless Crossing, guests can find both. The enormous business sector offers 1.2 million sq. ft. of retail, entertainment, hospitality, medical, office, senior living, and residential space. Quality anchor stores complement specialty restaurants such as Emiliano's, which serves fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine.
At nearby OTB at the North Park Boathouse, locals gather in the restaurant’s relaxing outdoor dining area overlooking the North Park lake for specialty burgers, healthy salmon bowls, and refreshing cocktails. Hartwood Wine Cave, located at Bella Terra Vineyards, offers award-winning wines and seasonal ciders while listening to live local music on the establishment’s picturesque patios. Arsenal Cider House & Wine Cellar has seasonal brews on tap and is a lovely way to spend a leisurely afternoon tasting new flavors.
Eichner's Farm Market is a true local treasure, providing residents with organic meat, eggs, produce, and homemade baked goods for over 30 years. The market’s farm-to-table offerings are unlike any other locale in the state.

Things to Do

There are plenty of fun things to do in and around McCandless. Wildwood Golf Club is a premier location for golfing, social activities, dining, swimming, and tennis. Established in 1960, it is an exceptional gathering spot for members and their guests.
North Park encompasses over 3,000 acres of open space, with an optimal 65-acre lake for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. The public park includes a swimming pool, ice rink, and nature center that offers regularly scheduled activities for the community.
The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a horticultural hub featuring fabulous gardens and a Victorian glass and steel greenhouse. Not far from Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is Glenshaw’s Fall Run Park, which features a wooded nature trail leading to a stunning waterfall. For an exhilarating day with family and friends, Go Ape Zipline and Adventure Park offers a treetop rope course traversing through dense forest canopies.


The North Allegheny School District is one of the top-rated districts in Pennsylvania and encompasses students living in McCandless, Franklin Park, Marshall Township, and Bradford Woods.
  • Marshall Elementary School, K-5, public, one of the best public elementary schools in Pennsylvania
  • Peebles Elementary School, K-5, public, top-rated with high proficiency scores and a low student-teacher ratio
  • Marshall Middle School, 6-8, public, rated #1 best public middle school in the Pittsburgh area
  • North Allegheny High School, 9-12, public, rated #1 best public high school in the Pittsburgh area and #2 in the state for athletics 
  • Shady Side Academy, PK-12, private, top-rated boarding school in the Pittsburgh area
  • Aquinas Academy, PK-12, private, #2 best Catholic high school in the Pittsburgh area

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