“To be able to live in a country setting, just 15 miles from the city, is ideal.”
As a mother of five children and a career that requires regular travel across the U.S. and to London, Liz Lee has become an ”obsessive planner” to ensure the right balance in her life. She met her future husband, Ernie, while on an art and history study-abroad tour through Europe. Upon marrying, they looked for a place to settle down that would be almost equidistant from her family in Ohio and his in Johnstown, 70 miles east of Pittsburgh. They also wanted affordable housing and country-like living but easy access to city life and cultural institutions. Planning led them to Pittsburgh and they feel as though they found everything they wanted here.
In her position at RTI International Metals, Inc., a producer of titanium products for aerospace, medical devices and other markets, Liz oversees financial compliance from the company’s Moon Township headquarters. She enjoys the travel, but with young children at home, she feels fortunate that the region’s affordability allows Ernie to stay home with the kids.
As a former teacher, Ernie homeschools the older two children, ages 8 and 6, while keeping the younger two, ages 3 and 1, busy with their own activities. The couple is in the middle of building a new house in North Fayette, close to a nearby park, and with a rural feel. They enjoy the outdoors, including cycling on the Montour Trail, and trips to the Carnegie Museums and the Pittsburgh Zoo. “There are amazing cultural attractions in the Pittsburgh region and they are so easy to get to.”
Their location makes it easy for grandparents and other extended family to visit during the week and weekends, and for special events such as the girls’ dance recitals.
“This really is the ideal place to live and work. We want to raise our kids in such a way that they’ll appreciate what this region has to offer, while still pursuing their own interests.”