Ross Township, PA Real Estate Market
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Located just six miles north of Pittsburgh, Ross Township was formally established in 1809 when John McKnight and 30 Pine Township residents petitioned the Allegheny County courts to create the new township. Ross Township was named after James Ross, a prominent Pittsburgh attorney who represented Western Pennsylvania at the 1790 Pennsylvania Constitution. Communities and neighborhoods within Ross Township are Keown Station, Berkeley Hills, Kinvara, Perrysville, Laurel Gardens, Evergreen Heights, Highcliff, McKnight Business District, Northway, Babcock Business District, Evergreen Hamlet, and White Oak Heights.
Despite being a sprawling suburban community and consisting mainly of residential buildings, Ross Township features a strong retail corridor on McKnight Road, business districts on Babcock Boulevard and US Route 19, and the Ross Park Mall along US Route 19.
One of Ross Township’s main roads, now called Perry Highway, has seen much history and traffic. It began as a simple dirt path called the Venango Path, became the Franklin Road, was utilized as a route in the “Battle of Lake Erie” in the War of 1812 by Commodore Oliver Perry, was renamed Perrysville Plank Road, and even offered wooden planks on the side of the road for traveling in inclement weather. In the 1920s, State Senator Herman P. Brandt had the road paved and renamed Perry Highway.
Other places of interest in Ross Township are the Northway Mall, the McDonald's on McKnight Road where Jim Delligatti invented the Big Mac in 1967, the Evergreen Hamlet, a historic district founded in 1851 by William Shinn with houses built by Joseph W. Kerr, and Laser Storm, also on McKnight Road, where the world championships of Laser Tag are held. For a local favorite eatery, there is Taj Mahal, a family-run Indian restaurant that offers innovative traditional dishes and has been voted the “Best Indian Restaurant in Pittsburgh” four years in a row by Pittsburgh Magazine.
The North Hills School District serves Ross Township and ranks well for student achievement in reading, mathematics, writing and science. Residents of Ross Township also enjoy the use of a Community Center with classroom space, lounge spaces, a catering kitchen, and a gymnasium. Housed within the municipal building, it is surrounded by a large playground, picnic facilities and a baseball field.