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Regent Square

City of Pittsburgh

Regent Square is a tree-lined neighborhood to the east of downtown that actually comprises portions of the City of Pittsburgh, Edgewood, Swissvale and Wilkinsburg. Part of its character lies in its many brick-paved streets and historic Victorian and bungalow-style homes known to the locals as “Holly Houses” after early 20th century builder Elkanah Bunce Hulley.

One of the most used and beloved assets of the area is Frick Park, a 561-acre expanse of hiking and biking trails, the Blue Slide Playground, tennis courts and a nature center.  More than 150 acres of it was originally donated to Pittsburgh as part of a birthday wish that industrialist and namesake Henry Clay Frick granted for his daughter, Helen, in 1919.

The historic charm of Regent Square continues throughout its business district, which runs along South Braddock Avenue and is filled with family and such locally-owned businesses as jewelers, art galleries, restaurants, boutiques and basic amenities such as groceries and medical offices. The avenue is also home to the iconic Regent Square Theater, an independent cinema that's part of Pittsburgh Filmmakers which screens international, independent, documentary and classic films, including those in the Three Rivers Film Festival and the Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival.

The collection of renown or historic restaurants and bars in this smaller neighborhood is extensive. It's also an active community, with the annual Run Around the Square race, Easter egg hunt, Halloween party, holiday house tours and a flea market.    

Vital Stats/Amenities:

  • City neighborhood, that includes Pittsburgh, Edgewood and Swissvale seven miles from Downtown 
  • Population: 1,100 Housing: Historic Victorian and early-20th-century homes, affordable apartments 
  • Outdoors and Recreation:  Frick Park, the city's largest; Nine Mile Run Watershed Association 
  • Faith/Worship: Waverly Presbyterian Church, most faith denominations in nearby Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Oakland
  • Walkable amenities: South Braddock Avenue business district, Regent Square Theater (Pittsburgh Filmmakers} 
  • School Districts: Pittsburgh Public Schools 
  • Public Transportation: Three Port Authority bus lines to Oakland and Downtown

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