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Beltzhoover is located in the Hilltop area, south of Downtown. There are many wooded areas, nature trails and recreational amenities, like McKinley Park.

Beltzhoover takes pride in having a touch of the past while creating a link for the future. When the area was still farmland in the late 1800's, Warrington Avenue was known as Washington Road, the main route from Pittsburgh to Washington, Pennsylvania. Many of the homes in Beltzhoover were built from 1850 - 1900.

Areas of Beltzhoover bear colorful names. Houses on Freeland Street, made of grey sandstone from a nearby quarry, were termed Quarry Row. Butchers' Grove, once a favorite spot for oxen roasts held by butchers and slaughterhouse employees, is now McKinley Park. Slag Hollow, below Butchers' Grove, was named for the slag from coal mines. Magazine Hill was the site of a brick powder magazine constructed in 1863, when General Robert E. Lee's northern campaign posed a threat.

Beltzhoover has been a focus of revitalization in recent years. Current efforts from groups like the Beltzhoover Concerned Citizens Development Corporation and the Hilltop Housing Initiative are making this historic neighborhood a better place to live and raise a family.


Families in Beltzhoover enjoy a variety of educational options. The Pittsburgh Public School District - which was recently named one of the Country's Top Ten Large Urban Districts by - offers a mix of neighborhood schools and specialized magnet choices in or near Beltzhoover, including:
  • Pittsburgh Whittier K-5
  • Pittsburgh Grandview K-5
  • Pittsburgh Phillips K-5
  • Pittsburgh Murray PreK-8
  • Pittsburgh Arlington PreK-8
  • Pittsburgh South Hills 6-8
  • Pittsburgh Brashear 9-12
Please visit the Pittsburgh Public Schools website for more information.
If you are interested in private, parochial, or charter school options, please visit the "Education" section of our resource page for links.


The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest and most respected public library systems in the country. Established by Andrew Carnegie as a public trust in 1895, CLP has 19 locations throughout the City of Pittsburgh. Neighbors in Beltzhoover enjoy these branches:
  • Knoxville Library
  • Mt. Washington Library
  • South Side Library
For more information about the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, visit their website.

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