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Family Activities Around Summerset at Frick Park

When the sun is out and it’s time to relax, who wants to get in a car and travel somewhere for fun? At Summerset at Frick Park, you don’t need to– fun is just outside! We put together a list of activities for your family and friends to have an enjoyable and stress free holiday weekend!

Independence Day Weekend Activities

Summerset at Frick Park Pool
Enjoy the sun and get a tan at our community pool! Hang out with other family and friends in this carefree zone!

Cook out on the back porch
Have a low-key family cookout– all you need is some burgers, hotdogs, salad, and ice cream, right?

Have a family game night
Break out the board-games, cards, and lawn games to bring the family together!

Bike ride in the community
Feeling antsy in your backyard? Walk or bike around the community for some beautiful scenery and great exercise.

Dance party in the living room
Bad weather for Independence Day? Show off your best moves and have a family dance party. All you have to do is shift the living room furniture to the walls and play great music!

Outdoor movie
Do you have an area to hang up a queen size white sheet in your backyard? Buy a projector and have yourself a family movie night outdoors!

Camp out in the backyard
End the night outside in nature. Pop up a tent and spend your night “camping”, but with the comfort of your home.

We hope you have an awesome holiday weekend!

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Kick of your Summer 2016 with family & friends, great food, and music

Summerset at Frick Park offers more than just amenities, it provides a way of life for you and your family. Besides our community pool and game room, the close knit neighborhood has plenty of small streets to walk, run, or ride bicycles. Only a short drive away are diverse Pittsburgh communities with large parks and recreation, popular business districts and restaurants.

Many of these places offer great family-friendly events all summer long, like the WYEP Summer Music Festival! Kick off your Summer 2016 this weekend with great food, music, family and friends in Schenley Plaza. This great family activity is taking place on June 25th! The music festival will feature live bands, have rows of artisan crafts for sale, children’s activities, and more! Just make your way to Schenley Plaza, near the Cathedral of Learning, for a fun filled family day!

When & Where
Saturday, June 25
Schenley Park Plaza
Starts at 3:00

More Fun
I Made It Market  (Schenley Drive)
Children’s Activities (Schenley Tent)
Bike Valet by Bike PGH

3:00 WYEP Reimagination Showcase (Main Stage) featuring HAT Co, Funky Fly Project, The Incandescents
6:00 Margaret Glaspy
7:15 Boy & Bear
8:30 Lucius

For more information visit Yelp Pittsburgh Events.


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20 Year Anniversary for The Rachel Carson Trail Challenge

Do you love Pittsburgh’s growing active culture? At Summerset there are so many parks and trails a short drive away! Have you ever thought about taking your leisure walks and hikes to the next level? Well you can with the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge, it is a lengthy but rewarding hike through Pennsylvania hills, parks, and forests. Michael Jehn of Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition wrote all about the hike and its exciting 20-year celebration here.

By Michael Jehn

If you’ve been looking for an intense, well-organized, highly rewarding athletic event in the Pittsburgh area that differs somewhat from the many popular timed road races that take place each year, perhaps an experience rooted in a deeper connection with nature and unexpected variations in topography rather than a running tour of the city’s neighborhoods and landmarks, I recommend an endurance hike that pays tribute to one of the region’s well-known historical figures: the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge.

The event, now in its twentieth year, is a roughly 34-mile endurance hike that is traditionally scheduled for the Saturday closest to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. As the event’s website notes, the ultimate objective of the Challenge is completion rather than competition—and, as past participants and regulars will attest, finishing within the allotted sunrise-to-sunset time limit is no easy feat, a brag-worthy accomplishment in its own right. (This isn’t to say that many of us, myself included, don’t thoroughly enjoy barreling headlong down slippery slopes and jogging the easier parts as long as our bodies tolerate it, pushing for the best possible finish time.)

The Rachel Carson Trail, in map view with north pointing upward, traces like a wiggly, unsteady with the west trailhead located in North Park (McCandless Township), east trailhead in Harrison Hills Park (Natrona Heights), and south-most point near the Allegheny River in Springdale. The Rachel Carson Homestead, on the National Register of Historic Places, sits close to the challenge’s midpoint as the trail route—at that point a quiet residential street—appropriately passes Carson’s birthplace.

Each year, the direction of the Challenge reverses, providing a welcome variation in the sequence of notable trail segments whose physical characteristics range dramatically from gravel access roads, pleasant wooded trails, residential yards and busy roadside berms to rocky stream crossings, loose dirt slides, and steep cliff climbs devoid of handholds.

Hikers, as well as trail, are subject to the weather’s whims on race day, the Challenge commencing stalwartly through steady dry spell or violent storms. The conditions that most of us hope for, if I dare speak for the majority of participants, are lightly overcast skies, dry breezy air, and solid soil underfoot. Those are not, of course, the conditions that we necessarily get—and some of the most memorable Challenges are those residing within the realm of extremes. In 2013, for example, the sunshine was oppressive, the unflinching heat cruel. Despite drinking what seemed like gallons of water and Gatorade throughout the day provided by the Challenge’s four lavishly stocked checkpoints, no amount seemed enough to stay adequately hydrated; by early afternoon, my body was dragging, my resolve weakening with tempting thoughts of collapsing in the shade. (I pushed through, as always.) Last year, the incessant June rains produced some of the most slippery, frustrating, dangerous trail conditions imaginable, feet soaked completely through within the first four miles due to deep stream crossings and clothes saturated by steady showers before noon. Several years ago, in the east-to-west direction, a massive thunderstorm struck shortly after I had completed the Challenge. The normally unsubstantial hop-scotch passage through a small wetland leading to the finish point next to North Park Lake became a deep, fast-moving torrent. I remember helping a number of other hikers throw logs into the muddy rapids to create some semblance of a bridge that drenched participants could safely traverse to their finish.

But this, of course, is what it’s all about. It’s the struggle, the variables and unknowns, the self-reflection and determination, the untold experiences and ever-changing terrain that draw us in. Then there are the friendships, the mid-hike conversations, encountering familiar faces, occasional wildlife sightings, and the fantastic barbecue at the end. 2016 will be my eleventh consecutive year participating in the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge, and it isn’t hyperbole or melodrama to say that this event has become a part of who I am. It is the reason why, if I should ever leave Pittsburgh, I am determined to return every June, for years and decades to come. For now, I’m not going anywhere—and I can’t wait for this year’s Challenge.

Learn more about the event, including the shorter Homestead Challenge and 8-mile Friends & Family Challenge, by visiting

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Pittsburgh Park Activities

Ones You Didn't Know About

So many Pittsburgh Parks are just minutes from the Summerset at Frick Park community! With all this nature in the heart of the city there are so many opportunities for family fun and recreational use. But other than hiking, playgrounds, and sport fields, how else can your family make use the Pittsburgh parks? Well, we put an exciting list together so your family can have fun exploring all year!

Find the Fairies in Frick
Through Frick Park trails (and other Pittsburgh Parks like Mellon Park, Allegheny Commons, and more) tiny doors hidden among the trees show where many fairies reside. Take a walk and try and find all the fairy homes. Hint: there are at the base of trees on the Tranquil Trail!

Bike ride on the new paved path in Schenley
Pocusset Street in Schenley Park has transitioned from an unsafe road, to a safe paved walk/bike-only path. The open paved trail links Squirrel Hill to Greenfield and features very sleek and safe lanes for bikes and a wide shoulder for walkers. Additionally, the path features LED street lighting, so you can take a family stroll at any time of day.

Sunsets at the Highland Park Reservoir
The Highland Park Reservoir, close to the Pittsburgh Zoo, is a great place to take a stroll at any point in the day. Situated on the top of a hill, it makes it a perfect spot to watch the sunset over the neighborhood below.

Gaze at stars in Riverview Park
The Allegheny Observatory opens its doors weekly to the public for free tours, lectures, and open houses. On clear nights during these events, the 100-year-old-and-older telescopes are generally open for use.

Latch a love lock and throw away the key
Just like the City of Love, Paris- Pittsburgh has its own love bridge in Schenley Park. Walk with your loved one to the bridge after a stop at Phipps Conservancy or the Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral, write your names on the lock, hook it on, and throw away the key (or forget the combination)!

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The Pittsburgh Marathon: Not Just For Runners

Earlier this week writer Kelsey Jackson released an article on Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition’s website. It tackles the Pittsburgh Marathon in a new way- “not just for runners”. Below are 9 ways you can join in on the marathon fun! Full article here.

Volunteer – Volunteers are the backbone of race weekend and more than 4,000 volunteers lend their time to help make it a success. From handing out water at fluid stations, distributing shirts at the Expo or giving medals to runners at the finish line, you can find a volunteer position perfect for you during race weekend. To see what positions are available and to sign up, visit

Rock the Run – Each year, more than 60 bands and musicians line the streets of Pittsburgh to keep runners moving and grooving. Pittsburgh’s best acts showcase their talent to tens of thousands of runners on race day and help runners ROCK their way to the finish line.

Recruit your group and cheer LOUD – The Runners of Steel want to hear your group’s cheers and enthusiasm on race day! Charitable organizations, church choirs, sports teams or even entire elementary schools are all welcome to be a part of one of the largest events in Pittsburgh – groups can even win prizes for being the loudest and proudest cheerathoners!

Register your pup for the Pittsburgh Pet Walk – Bring your favorite furry friend to the Pittsburgh Pet Walk in Point State Park during Saturday’s family friendly events. Attendees and their pets could win awards for cutest pet, pet/owner look-a-like and best costume.

Visit the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo – More than 100 vendors will be on hand, bringing Pittsburgh the latest fitness products, nutritional supplements and workout gear at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Shop for shoes, socks, technical clothing and running accessories at the official DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon race weekend store. You can also get free samples and giveaways, as well as autographs and advice from some of the biggest names in running.

Run the UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run – It’s not too late to start a 5K training plan and run the UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run. Everyone who participates in the 3.1 mile race will receive a shirt and medal and the opportunity to cross the same finish line as Sunday’s marathoners.

Check out the Bike Spectator Course – Want to cheer runners at multiple locations along the course? Check out the Bike Spectator Course, which guides spectators around the course with multiple stops to see marathoners as they make their way to the finish line.

Support charity runners – Each year, charity runners raise more than $1.5 million for local and national charities. Check out this year’s participants who are making a difference at and consider making a donation to their cause.

Show off your Pittsburgh spirit – Crowd support was a big reason why the Pittsburgh Marathon was ranked the #8 marathon in the world by Active Times in 2014. Race weekend attracts runners from all 50 states and more than 20 countries. Show these out-of-towners the spirit of Pittsburgh!

Whether you are running, volunteering or cheering really loud, we hope to see you on race day!

For more information about the 2016 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events, visit


An Interview with Interior Designer Tonia Todd


We can all picture a perfect looking room in our minds, but it takes unique skill to translate that vision into reality, especially if it’s someone else’s.

Interior designer Tonia Todd has the skill for turning clients dreams into reality, she has created designs for clients ranging from Pine Corp to private homes to Summerset at Frick Park’s development. Having worked in the design industry for 15 years, Tonia brings a clean, contemporary style and years of experience to every project, making each space looking picture perfect.

Her path to interior design began early. “Ever since I was little, I always looked at floor plans and studied photographs of beautiful spaces. It was just calling me to become a designer,” she remembers from her youth, “I always had that artistic skill.” During her time at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Tonia first studied education, but felt that it wasn’t for her. She soon discovered the College of Interior Design and instantly fell in love, “from the moment I started doing it.” The design field allowed her to use her natural creativity as well as make a fulfilling, lifelong career. While at IUP, Tonia made sure her education was well rounded, “I studied sculpture and woodworking and photography in college.”

After graduating from IUP, Tonia began working with Ethan Allen and has been with the company ever since. She has seen the interior design field develop from a niche skill to a highly in demand necessity. She sees interior design trending towards more sustainable practices, “it’s about how products are getting made and where you’re getting them from as well.”

Tonia notes that some of her clients are not only aware of sustainable design practices, but also want those practices built in from the beginning of a project, “People want things that last longer and are better for the environment.”

Another trend that Tonia observes is homebuyers moving back into city centers. Developments like Summerset at Frick Park are attracting many different homebuyers; parents who just became “empty-nesters” and older couples who want to walk more and have more amenities closer – she currently has a client she is working with who is moving into the development. Tonia was kind enough to do the design of Summerset’s decorated Parkview model townhome. When asked about her favorite parts of the Parkview style townhome, without pause, she stated the kitchen, the small but spacious floor plan, and the proximity to the city.

Tonia Todd is an interior designer with Ethan Allen, located in the Waterfront. To make an appointment with her, email or call 412-462-3547 ext. 235. To schedule a tour of our decorated townhome, contact Melissa Reich at or call 412-215-8056.

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Living Here at Summerset

Our city has grown up. Pittsburgh has learned to take land with tremendous potential and change it into property that’s home to a prized neighborhood, Summerset at Frick Park.

In addition to winning awards from the Society of Engineers and the Society of Landscape Architects, Summerset at Frick Park has gained the attention of the press. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Rosa Colucci toured our decorated townhome and shared the story of Summerset’s development from un-utilized land to luxury homes. The article mentions all the amenities of the Parkview townhomes, but also speaks to the monumental undertaking that Summerset was, pointing out that the project was the biggest residential development since World War 2.

Ms. Colucci details the splendid views of the Mon river, seen from the third floor master suite. She goes on to talk about the spacious great room that looks out onto a growing green space, with large windows and open floor plan. The great room leads into a kitchen and dining area, with brand new, state of the art stainless appliances and marble counter tops. Ms. Colucci also notes the second floor and the ideal space for families, with Jack-and-Jill connecting baths and spacious bedrooms with walk-in closets, No more fighting over hanging space between kids.

Ms. Colucci also took time to speak with our builders from Montgomery & Rust to get a better understanding of what makes the home so special. “We can open walls, move doors. Some people like a separate kitchen. We are a custom home builder so there is a lot of flexibility,” Mr. Rust noted about the Parkview Townhomes, talking about how personalization comes with each space.

Our city is still growing up, from the turbulent era after the steel industry’s collapse to the new silicon valley that brings Pittsburghers back home.

You can find the article here

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Sharing Squirrel Hill’s Treasures

Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition Honors Members of the Community with Squirrel Hill Treasures Dinner


The neighborhood of Squirrel Hill has been described as charming by almost everyone who’s had the pleasure of visiting. Part of that charm and magnetism is the people of Squirrel Hill, which is why the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (SHUC) created the Squirrel Hill Treasures Dinner, an annual event that celebrates upstanding members of the community who have shared their talents or insights. Squirrel Hill’s legacy as model neighborhood goes back t0 1972, when the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition formed.

The Coalition’s goal was, and still is, to preserve the neighborhood of Squirrel Hill and to develop the community into an inclusive, thriving community. The preservation of Squirrel Hill began out of a concern about the future of the neighborhood, seeing citizens move from inside the city to the suburbs, and through the 80′s and 90′s the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and it’s many Jewish partners invested $60 million dollars to keep institutions like the JCC and the Weinberg Terrace for Seniors in Squirrel Hill and to purchase a parochial school and convert it into the Community Day School. With that investment, Squirrel Hill kept it’s community whole, and in the 1980′s began a master plan for future development in the neighborhood. The plan called for a lot of urban development, including Summerset at Frick Park.

The president of SHUC, Raymond Baum, describes Summerset as the crowning jewel of plan; “There was a lot of pressure to turn the slag dump into something else, like a strip mall or some commercial thing, and the fact that we had a strong mayor (Tom Murphy), a strong councilman (Bob O’Connor), and strong developers with community support, it became the great success that Summerset is.” Mr. Baum has been and continues to be an integral part of the SHUC, he’s worked with the Coalition for 12 years and has been president for 5, and has supported Summerset from the beginning. Part of his job as president is to help guide the group in it’s decision making but he describes it more as passive role; “I’m more a traffic copt than anything else. We’ve got 50 to 60 volunteers who are high quality, highly motivated, really knowledgable people who do all sorts of stuff.”

The Coalition works tirelessly to make sure that Squirrel Hill remains a treasured community within the city, the group’s next challenge is the redevelopment of Forward Avenue and Murray, helping businesses, property owners and home owners work with the city. SHUC worked with graduate students in Carnegie Mellon’s Architecture school to develop forward thinking, sustainable designs for the lower end of Squirrel Hill’s business district. While the initial designs where ambitious, the students where able to work with residents to fully understand the needs of the community. The Urban Redevelopment Authority has declared the area an “Urban Redevelopment Area,” signaling the next chapter in Squirrel Hill’s story.

Summerset at Frick Park is proud to a part of the neighborhood of Squirrel Hill and congratulates all the honorees, Bill Isler, David Stock, Mike Chen, and the high school Taylor Allderdice, all of whom have lent their talents to the community. The Squirrel Hill Treasures Dinner is October 22, 2015, and begins at 6pm at the Pittsburgh Golf Club. Tickets are $90 per person with a buffet dinner and complimentary valet parking. Reservations can be made at here

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Droke/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Back To School: A Look at 3 Unique Schools Near Summerset at Frick Park


Summerset at Frick Park is attractive for a lot of reasons. It’s a walking community, it’s award-winning, the homes are built with quality and style in mind, and as the old adage goes — it’s all about location, location, location. We’re minutes from the hustle of downtown, a short drive from the education hub of Oakland, and a stone’s throw from the technology startup boom of East Liberty. Not to mention all of the shopping and dining options that surround us — from the big box retailers in the Waterfront to the boutiques and eateries in Squirrel Hill and Shadyside.

We’re also surrounded by a lot of wonderfully unique schools that some of our young families might be interested in. Here’s a little bit about a few worth mentioning:

  • La Escuelita — a Pittsburgh-based Spanish language immersion school. La Escuelita is one of the city’s best and most creative early childhood language immersion programs that provides pedagogical excellence using the principles and philosophy of Emergent Curriculum. Studies show that children exposed to a second language at an early age enhances the part of the brain that processes language allowing them to understand the nuances of language more quickly than non-bilingual students. Don’t worry if you don’t speak any Spanish in the home — immersion programs are designed for English-only or non-Spanish speaking households only.
  • Community Day School– a pre-K through 8th grade Jewish day school. Community Day School is a nurturing and academically excellent school where students are inspired to love learning through innovative teaching methods and hands-on discovery. It is a welcoming community where “Pittsburgh families who span the spectrum of Jewish belief and practice can learn and connect along with their children. Community Day School prepares students to find their passions, embrace their Jewish identities and prepare for successful and meaningful lives.”
  • Environmental Charter School at Frick Park– a charter school whose aim is to educate each student to high academic learning standards using a themed curriculum that will foster knowledge, love of and respect for the environment and the will to preserve it for future generations. ECS is filled with a passionate and progressive group of educators who work to develop students into global thinkers with diverse perspectives. They don’t want to just graduate students. They are committed to building engaged thinkers using the platform of the environment and ecology to explore complex, diverse perspectives.


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The Perks of Townhome Living

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Maybe you’ve been weighing the pros and cons of buying a townhome versus a single­ family home or condo. Look no further — our townhomes are versatile and fantastic for a variety of people — a young family, an older couple who might appreciate a first­-floor master suite, or maybe just a young urban professional who wants the extra space. Designed with your lifestyle in mind, our spacious homes offer the best in townhome living. Summerset at Frick Park is just minutes from downtown, next door to the health care and education hub of Oakland, and a short drive to the technology and startup boom of East Liberty. We take pride in being Pittsburgh’s finest traditional neighborhood in a convenient city setting nestled between the main streets of Regent Square and Squirrell Hill and the big national retailers in The Waterfront.

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There are real benefits with choosing to buy a townhome over a single-family home or a condo– and it’s not just because our townhomes are a pretty perfect combination of luxury and convenience that offer all of the amenities and square footage of a single-family home but in a low-maintenance hassle-free townhome design. One perk to townhomes over apartments and condos is that they have their own entrances and exits, and in many cases you get an attached garage. Another benefit is that there’s no one above or below you, just one shared wall between units. Plus all of our townhomes feature covered front porches, private outdoor spaces and professional landscaping and maintenance.

It’s not just our townhomes that makes Summerset at Frick Park special. It’s the community feel. It’s the the beautiful landscaping by our landscape architects, LaQuatra Bonci Associates. It’s the porches and the pool. It’s the thoughtfully designed layout by our builders and the project managers. There are a lot of perks with living in Summerset at Frick Park — so go ahead and find your home today.

For more information on available homes and tours, contact Melissa Reich at 412-215-8056 or at