Bloomfield, PA Real Estate Market
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Known as “Pittsburgh’s Little Italy,” Bloomfield’s residents are bound by their deep sense of community. Annexed by the city of Pittsburgh in 1868, Bloomfield was settled by German Catholic immigrants shortly thereafter, who built St. Joseph’s Church in 1868. By the early 1900s, the Italians moved in and formed Immaculate Conception Parish. As of 2001, the Germans and Italians came together to form a single parish, unifying a neighborhood rich with history.
Located three miles from downtown Pittsburgh, Bloomfield’s main street, Liberty Avenue, is home to the area’s central business district, which includes many bars, restaurants, local shops and West Penn Hospital. Neighboring areas include Lawrenceville, Friendship, the Strip District and North Oakland.
Annual events include the widely popular Little Italy Days festival, which takes place at the end of August and highlights Bloomfield’s Italian heritage with food stands, activities, music and even a Miss Little Italy Pageant. The family-friendly activities continue into the fall, when the neighborhood hosts the Halloween Parade, which is approaching its 50th year and is hailed as the biggest night parade in Pittsburgh with over 10,000 spectators annually.
Architectural historian Franklin Toker once called Bloomfield “a feast as rich to the eyes as the homemade tortellini and cannoli in its shop windows are to the stomach,” as its striking architecture and provincial frame row houses complement each other well. Underneath the Bloomfield Bridge, which connects Polish Hill, the Hill District and North Oakland to Bloomfield, one can find a newly renovated bocce ball court, playground, recreation area and public swimming pool, which is bustling with activity in the summer months.