"The draw for us was the combination of easy access to the city, great schools and a reasonable commute."
When her husband accepted a position with the Federal Home Loan Bank in Pittsburgh, Brandi Bentrim wasn’t sure she wanted to leave her home and family in the eastern part of the state. What’s more, as a licensed clinical social worker, she had built up a private practice working with high-risk youth.
“It was a very difficult decision. However, as my own children were getting older it was more and more difficult to be available for them and meet the demands of my practice.” This dilemma helped Brandi make the decision to leave her professional work, for now, and focus her talents and energies on getting the family adjusted in Pittsburgh.
Ten months and a full school year later, the family loves its new home. “We were so pleasantly surprised by how nice it is here.” Brandi enrolled their children in the North Allegheny School District, where she also volunteers in her son’s first-grade classroom. When school lets out, Brandi goes into overdrive, getting the kids to piano lessons, gymnastics and sports clinics. Brandi has connected into her Franklin Park neighborhood, starting a book group and playing Bunco (a dice game) with the neighbors. She also practices yoga three times a week at Yoga on Walnut in Sewickley.
As a family, the Bentrims are regulars at the Carnegie Museums, especially the Carnegie Science Center, with yearlong passes. They also enjoy performances at the Benedum Center and Heinz Hall including The Nutcracker and Chicago.
“It’s so easy to get in and out of the city and to have such easy access to the arts.”
They also enjoy taking out-of-town visitors to restaurants they love, including Andora and Tamari.