Neighborhood of Knoxville
Knoxville is a predominantly residential neighborhood in the western Hilltop area of the City of Pittsburgh. At the time of its founding, Knoxville was agricultural. It was named for the Rev. Jeremiah Knox, an early Methodist minister who established a fruit farm on land formerly owned by the Beltzhoover family. Knoxville was annexed by the City of Pittsburgh in 1927.
The neighborhood is densely populated with many homes that are a great value for the money. Knoxville homes tend to be brick, built of product from a neighborhood brickyard. This is the perfect neighborhood for adventurous do-it-yourselfers looking to rehabilitate a lovely old home as Knoxville ranks fifth in the City for percentage of homes built before 1939. Homes vary from Victorian-era beauties to row houses.
Knoxville has numerous narrow streets. Primary access to the neighborhood is via Brownsville Road, which forms much of the eastern boundary of Knoxville.
Did You Know?
- Strawberries grown on Rev. Knox’s farm were particularly well known. Other industries that later developed in Knoxville included mining, stained glass manufacturing, and shoe making.
- Knoxville became accessible from the South Side in the 1870s with the opening of the Mount Oliver Incline, which closed on July 6, 1951.
- The location of Knoxville, on the second ridge from the Monongahela River, was a desirable location because it was shielded from the smoke emanating from the factories and mills of the South Side.
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Resources Supporting Knoxville Residents
Action Housing, Inc is a nonprofit based in Southwestern PA and founded in 1957. It serves the community through programs on the provision of decent, safe, and affordable housing. Some areas of scope are: real estate development, county accessibility and savings programs, first-time homebuyers, homeless families services, mortgage assistance, and sustainability.