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Observatory Hill

North Pittsburgh

Photo Credit: Robert Strovers/Artistic Pursuits

Observatory Hill, located on the Northside of Pittsburgh, boasts a tight-knit community of 14,000 residents, stately homes, a business district, historic Riverview Park, and the Allegheny Observatory. Beautiful mansions dating back to the 1800s line the streets and have been restored to their original splendor. The quaint business district also shows signs of restoration. Each spring, people from all around the area come to see these beautiful homes and businesses during the Observatory Hill Annual House Tour.

A diverse mix of long-time and new homeowners, of skilled and professional workers, of ethnic and racial backgrounds call Observatory Hill home. Residents are proud of their community and have worked together to grow and evolve through the efforts of neighbors and Observatory Hill, Inc., the local community-based organization.

Observatory Hill has much to offer its residents - spacious yet affordable housing; proximity to a large park complete with a swimming pool, horseback riding, hiking trails and bike paths; convenient shops; and close proximity to Downtown all make Observatory Hill an accessible and pleasant city neighborhood.


Families in Observatory Hill 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 Observatory Hill, including:
  • Pittsburgh Morrow PreK-5
  • Pittsburgh Oliver 9-12
  • Pittsburgh Perry Traditional Academy 9-12 Magnet
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 Observatory Hill enjoy these branches:
  • Allegheny Library
  • Woods Run Library
For more information about the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, visit their website.

Observatory Hill Videos

Historic Pittsburgh Home on Observatory Hill

Allegheny Observatory Documentary Excerpt

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