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North Hills communities shine in annual 'Best' rankings by Niche data

Tony LaRussa
| Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 4:06 p.m.
Louis Raggiunti | For the Tribune-Review
David Christopher and his son, Samuel Christopher, 6, dig out some pampas grass at Bradford Woods Elementary School.

Three North Hills communities are among the top 10 Best Places to Buy a House in the Pittsburgh area in Niche's 2018 ranking.

The Pittsburgh-based data company gathers information in nearly every school, college, university, neighborhood, town and suburb in the country and analyzes its findings to develop its ranking.

Niche's annual ranking placed Bradford Woods at the top of the list, with Franklin Park holding the second-place spot. Marshall Township was ranked ninth on the list.

Bradford Woods also made it onto Niche's top 10 list of Best Places to Buy a House in America .

“It's no surprise that Bradford Woods made the number one spot,” said Natalie Thiess, the borough's manager. “Bradford Woods has a special charm that is created by unique architecture, one-acre lots and naturally wooded areas. When you walk around the borough, it's easy to forget you are in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and not on a vacation in the woods.”

The borough of 1,901 residents is ranked fifth on the national list, which placed the Dallas, Texas, neighborhood of Wilshire Heights in the top spot.

To arrive at its housing purchase ranking, Niche collects information about home values, property taxes, home ownership rates, housing costs and real estate trends. Data also is used from the U.S. Census, the FBI and other sources.

Franklin Park took the top spot in Niche's ranking of Best Places to Raise a Family in the Pittsburgh area , a ranking that looks at public schools, crime rates, cost of living and family-friendly amenities. The list ranked Bradford Woods third and Marshall fourth.

In its ranking of Best Place to Live in the Pittsburgh area , Franklin Park was ranked third and Bradford Woods was number six. Marshall took the 11th spot on the list.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-772-6368 or tlarussa@tribweb.com or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.

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