Beyond local businesses and the college campus, Squirrel Hill North is largely a residential community. Standalone, single-family homes make up most of the residential spaces in this neighborhood, but there are a few apartment complexes largely geared towards local college students.
Pittsburgh experiences all four distinct seasons. The winter months tend to bring some dreary weather with potentially icy and hazardous conditions. The summer months, however, can be a bit muggy with plenty of sunshine and heat.
As mentioned, and as the name implies, Squirrel Hill North is a rather hilly neighborhood. Many of the streets have rather steep inclines which can be potentially dangerous during the icy and wet conditions of the winter months.
The boundaries of Squirrel Hill North include Fifth Avenue and Wilkins Avenue the north, Shady Avenue and South Dallas Avenue to the east, Forbes Avenue, Schenley Drive, and Frew Street to the south, and Boundary Street to the west.
Other greenways located in Squirrel Hill North are located in the residential areas. These include Wightman Park and Miracle Park. There is also a large cemetery located in the southeast corner of the neighborhood, but even leashed pups are not welcome there.
The other largest park in Pittsburgh, Frick Park, is only a block away from Squirrel Hill North. While there are plenty of hiking avenues and other amenities in this park, the most exciting draw is the fenced-in dog park!